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Israel Adesanya is Nothing for Jon Jones

»Posted by on Nov 19, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Israel Adesanya is Nothing for Jon Jones

Israel Adesanya is Nothing for Jon Jones

UFCs roster regularly employs social media to engage in verbal abuse & challenge each other to battles, providing UFC President Dana White an ample selection of fighting opportunities. Supporters have recently witnessed Champion Jon Jones verbally assault Israel Adesanya & Jan Blachowics, informing both competitors that they’re not viable opponents for becoming a Two-Division Champion. Few have accomplished this task & now with analysts questioning if Jon Jones is the GOAT, the American MMA fighter is looking towards a second championship. Maintaining two belts consecutively would cement Jones as the UFCs Greatest of All Time and not Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Twitter discussions were maintained between Jon Jones, Israel Adesanya, and Jan Blachowics. It was Blachowics that prominently engaged in verbally assaulting the Light Heavyweight Champion, with Jones being forced to defend himself. It prompted Jones to discuss criticism from former rivals like Daniel Cormier & inform Blachowics that his presence in the octagon is pointless.

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones mentioned to Jan Blachowics that before turning twenty-five, he’d begun earning millions & has accumulated a wealth most in the Ultimate Fighting Championship haven’t ascertained. Jones evoked that a “Super Fight” against Israel Adesanya or Jan Blachowics wouldn’t benefit his career long-term. Jon is the divisional champ & has defended his belt multiple times while amassing monetary wealth that can sustain a lifetime. Money won’t sway Jon’s decision to compete.

Heavyweight Division for Jones

Stripe Miocic is the opponent Jon Jones wants to compete against at his next Pay-Per-View. Discussions regarding these two men battling in the octagon have been considered on several previous occasions. Jones competing against Stripe Miocic means moving up to the Heavyweight division. It should be clarified that Jon Jones hasn’t competed since the UFC entered their pandemic era, with his last PPV being in February 2020. Dominik Reyes was defeated horribly by Jon Jones at UFC 247 and marked Jones 11th title defence of the UFC Light Heavyweight Belt.

Supporters of the Ultimate Fighting Championship have clamoured for Jon Jones to return before 2021. Champions in the UFC are required to defend their title once-per-year, with Jones having accomplished that requirement in February 2020. Most analysts believe he’ll return by January to February in 2021, prolonging his run as champion.

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McGregor Assesses Career of Khabib Nurmagomedov

»Posted by on Nov 5, 2020 in Fighter | Comments Off on McGregor Assesses Career of Khabib Nurmagomedov

McGregor Assesses Career of Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement at UFC 254, shocking fighters & analysts that predicted others. Praise for the combative skills displayed by Nurmagomedov throughout his career has come in waves since his retirement. Nobody had anticipated that rivals from throughout Khabib’s career would praise the UFC Lightweight Champion. However, Conor McGregor & Justin Gaethje have both evoked that Khabib is a phenomenal fighter.

The rivalry of Khabib Nurmagomedov & Conor McGregor was massive for the UFC, creating one of the most viewed pay-per-views in history. When the two fought against each other in October 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov would dominate over Conor McGregor & defeat “Notorious” by the 4th round via submission. Their rivalry didn’t stop after this bout, with analysts & fans wanting to see a rematch. After announcing his retirement, McGregor won’t ever obtain that rematch with Nurmagomedov.

Fans of the Ultimate Fighting Competition would see Khabib Nurmagomedov fight his last octagon battle at UFC 245. For the third time since acquiring the UFC Lightweight Championship, Khabib defended his title & submitted Justin Gaethje by the 2nd round. Minutes later Nurmagomedov announced his retirement. Most have maintained that Khabib is the “Greatest of All Time” in MMA history. Though the Russian Champion might have a 29-0 Record in his fighting career, Khabib Nurmagomedov claiming GOAT isn’t accurate. That title belongs to Jon Jones & Anderson Silva.

McGregor Believes Himself Better Than Khabib

Conor McGregor took to Twitter, reflecting on the career of Nurmagomedov & their rivalry. Notorious evoked that Khabib is the most excellent grappler ever seen in mixed martial arts & the best fighter of the modern era UFC. However, Conor believes himself capable of dethroning Nurmagomedov. That isn’t possible considering that McGregor has lost numerous fights throughout his career, including a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr in a boxing match.

Notorious will be given another opportunity to showcase his skillsets on January 23rd, 2021. That’s when Conor McGregor & Dustin Poirier are slated to compete for a second time. Conor won their last octagon matchup, with Notorious dominating over Poirier with a first-round knockout. Supporters of Conor hope that history will repeat itself on January 23rd.

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UFC Popularity is Dwindling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

»Posted by on Oct 30, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on UFC Popularity is Dwindling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

UFC Popularity is Dwindling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Foolish predictions for UFC 254 were made by President Dana White, who suggested that the Pay-Per-View would evoke the highest views to date. UFC 245 was slated to be the largest PPV that the Ultimate Fighting Championship had held at Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island. What Dana White was suggesting would’ve also broken all records for UFC Pay-Per-View history. Conor McGregor & Khabib Nurmagomedov had been the previous record holder in October 2018.

That record wouldn’t be overtaken until Jorge Masvidal & Kamaru Usman fought this year. Dana White presumed history would repeat itself with Nurmagomedov’s battle against Justin Gaethje. However, viewership records were the lowest the UFC has seen throughout 2020. For the eyes of UFC President Dana White, it’s likely a failure & indication that new viewers must be approached.

The UFC 245 Pay-Per-View is reported to have acquired 675,000.00 viewers, meaning that hundreds of thousands paid $64.99 to witness the fight. That’s still an incredible profit for four hours of hosted entertainment. Without spending any respective fees & costs associated with hosting this fight, Dana Whites UFC would’ve made $43 Million. Its likely profit margins are roughly $30 Million. It should be clarified though that margins are lower than what would’ve been earned with Usman vs Masvidal ranking 1.3 Million viewers. PPV Costs were still the same at $64.99.

Details regarding viewership for the Ultimate Fighting Championship was provided through ESPN+. It was noted that 500 thousand viewers were obtained through America. The remaining 175 thousand PPV buyers were international supporters. What this shows is dwindling popularity in the UFC. Justin Gaethje last fought in May 2020 against Tony Ferguson, with that Pay-Per-View ranking 700k viewers.

The Nelk Boys

Preliminary fight viewership also saw its lowest ratings in 2020. The UFC 245 Prelims saw 343 thousand recorded viewers, with the demographic ageing between 18 to 49. It means the UFC must reach new audiences quickly to sustain future growth from 2021 to 2022. One method that UFC President Dana White has worked to create new viewers is with the NELK Boys, a YouTube Channel that averages 5.3 Million views per video. Dana White was seen on their latest video, with suggestive discussions indicating that members of the NELK Boys could join the UFC. Justin Gaethje & Khabib Nurmagomedov also appeared in this video.

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McGregor Demands Bellator Start Drug Testing

»Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on McGregor Demands Bellator Start Drug Testing

McGregor Demands Bellator Start Drug Testing

Bellator MMA has received demanded from a fighter that isn’t contracted in their division. Conor McGregor from the UFC, a champion of two divisions, has required that Bellator MMA implement a drug testing program for their fighters. This follows after years of criticism for Bellator refusing to enforce a league-wide drug testing system. However, Conor McGregor wasn’t the first to prompt this argument. Bellator’s Sinead Kavanagh began the discussion of drug testing, with McGregor defending his friend’s stance & making a general agreement.

Sinead Kavanagh stated through his Twitter Handle that fighters are capable of getting tested for the coronavirus & cannot get tested for drug usage. Bellator Executives have ignored public outcries from Sinead Kavanagh, with his sentiments not gaining mainstream attention until Conor McGregor replied. Notorious claimed that Bellator MMA partnering with an international drug testing institution is long overdue. McGregor continued by evoking it’s destructive for Bellator MMA not to test for performance-enhancing drugs, that fighters getting addicted can result in lifelong battles & potential death. Conor McGregor has actively voiced keeping athletes safe from these addictive drugs.

Conor McGregor is contracted with the UFC, which received regular & unexpected testing from the “United States Anti-Doping Agency”. That’s been an active regulation in the UFC since 2015, which saw alterations to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Fighters were provided with a list of substances that cannot be used any longer and required each fighter to sign an agreement for random drug tests. Any competitor that was deemed an active user of performance-enhancing drugs was liable for suspension. The length & severity of that suspension is determined through a USADA Investigation. Multiple infringements will revoke those fighters right to compete in America.

Local Regulation

Bellator MMA doesn’t have any formal partnership with a governing regulator like the USADA. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs is engaged with local athletic commissions, which are easily swayed through financial compensation. This is something that Conor McGregor & Sinead Kavanagh has both disputed, with both men actively supporting mixed martial arts without performance-enhancing drugs. McGregor himself has never tested positive in any of his drug tests.

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Mark Striegl Makes UFC Debut on October 17th

»Posted by on Oct 14, 2020 in Company News, Fighter | Comments Off on Mark Striegl Makes UFC Debut on October 17th

Mark Striegl Makes UFC Debut on October 17th

The Ultimate Fighting Championship was slated to have another fighter debut in 2020, this time at UFC Fight Night 180. Mark Striegl was expected to make his debut months ago but was forced out of contention after contracting COVID-19. Without testing positive for the coronavirus, Mark Striegl would’ve fought Timur Valiev in August 2020 at UFC ESPN 15.

UFC President Dana White would give Striegl another opportunity to compete, this time with the younger brother of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Mark Striegl didn’t hesitate to sign this contracted fight & will now battle Said Nurmagomedov on October 17th. Most believe that Dana White is favouring the Nurmagomedov family, with Mark Striegl having never competed in the UFC before & Said Nurmagomedov having ample experience in the Octagon.

Vengeance for Said Nurmagomedov

Said Nurmagomedov has maintained two fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with his namesake becoming popular amongst supporters with family relations to Khabib. Dana White has waited until the perfect moment to reintroduce Said Nurmagomedov for a 3rd bout, with his last battle taking place in December 2019 at UFC Fight Night 165. It’d be during this bout that Said Nurmagomedov lost his 2nd fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with judges providing the unanimous decision to Raoni Barcelos. He’ll now look to dominate over Mark Striegl at UFC Fight Night 180.

The most dangerous weapon associated with Said Nurmagomedov is his kickboxing capabilities. When competing against Ricardo Ramos at UFC Fight Night 144, the debut fight for Said Nurmagomedov, he’d perform a destructive spinning back-end kick. Afterwards, the younger brother of Khabib laid out nearly a dozen punches before the fight was called. Said Nurmagomedov won his first bout by unanimous decision. It’ll be this moment that Khabib’s younger brother tries to repeat, and not the bout against Raoni Barcelos.

Striegl Emphasis Concern

UFC Reporters have questioned Mark Striegl on his thoughts behind the Said Nurmagomedov fight. Striegl evoked that Khabib’s younger brother has formidable kickboxing capabilities and that his camp has accounted for that in his training. Mark mentioned that his mental state has honed into his talents and will impose his physical prowess onto Said Nurmagomedov. Defeating the brother of Khabib during Mark’s debut fight would cement his future in the Ultimate Fighting Competition. The stakes might be high, but the reward is more significant.

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Rafael Dos Anjos Contracts COVID-19

»Posted by on Oct 10, 2020 in Company News, Fighter | Comments Off on Rafael Dos Anjos Contracts COVID-19

Rafael Dos Anjos Contracts COVID-19

UFC 254 is being altered in it’s scheduling for the 2nd time. It’s been announced by the Ultimate Fighting Champion that Rafael Dos Anjos has contracted COVID-19 & cannot compete at the upcoming Pay-Per-View because of health concerns. It’s a notable disappointment for Rafael, who was slated to compete against Islam Makhachev on the October 24th PPV. It would’ve marked his strongest opponent yet, with Dos Anjos having to content against a future Russian-champion.

Makhachev has dominated over his six last opponents, and bookmakers were expecting no different with Dos Anjos. Defeating Islam Makhachev would’ve cemented Rafael Dos Anjos as a serious contender in the UFC. His exit from UFC 254 means that Dana White is seeking a replacement fight, with multiple names being suggested. It’s been rumoured that Islam Makhachev could have a rematch against Adriano Martins, the exclusive fighter to have knocked out the Russian.

The Twitter Revelation

Rafael Dos Anjos didn’t hesitate to reflect over his COVID-19 infection through Twitter. He took to thousands of follows and clarified what’s happening going forward with his case of coronavirus. Dos Anjos first mentioned that life is confusion & that things we don’t understand today, can become revealed years into the future. He’d reflect that by leaving the United States of America & travelling towards Brazil, the risk was associated with contracting coronavirus. Both these nations have the highest infection numbers for COVID-19. However, Rafael Dos Anjos didn’t regret his decision & reflected that time spent in Rio De Janeiro was unforgettable.

The Brazilian UFC fighter would then mention that healthcare professionals are guiding him towards defeating this virus and that his coaches have been resilient turning this period. He’d promise to supporters that regardless of what happens going forward, he’ll continue to preserve in the determination of acquiring his championship goals. He pledged that shortly he’d be victorious in the Octagon.

However, eliminations in the UFC Roster have been consistent during the COVID-19 pandemic & CEO Dana White hasn’t hesitated towards cancelling contracts when coronavirus measures aren’t followed. Fighters aren’t supposed to travel after the Khabib Nurmagomedov incident, meaning that Rafael Dos Anjos broke the rules. His punishment is unknown for now but inevitably coming.

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