- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter9 hrs ago
Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald’s recent announcement that he signed with Bellator was arguably the biggest coup for the company. After a seven-year tenure with the UFC that saw the Canadian go 9-4 with victories over the likes of Demian Maia, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, MacDonald decided that his time with the UFC was up and sought a new career path with Bellator.
“They’re straight-up guys,” MacDonald said during an interview with “The MMA Hour” regarding his reasons for leaving MMA’s biggest promotion for Bellator. “They’re easy to talk to, they’re approachable, and they have their ears open. They don’t just have their plan and tell the fighters to just do what they want. They want to hear what the fighters want to do.”
MacDonald’s decision came down to a number of things, which included accessibility to the higher-ups in Bellator and being interested in something that he believes is both “creative” and “new.”
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter3 days ago
Conor McGregor may wear the crown as the UFC’s current pay-per-view king, but UFC president Dana White believes that the Irishman may simply be keeping the throne warm for a certain woman’s highly anticipated return to the Octagon.
White appeared on “The Herd” and stated that Ronda Rousey’s return would topple all UFC pay-per-view records set by McGregor, including his UFC 196 fight with Nate Diaz that raked in 1.5 million PPV buys and what appears to be yet another a million-plus buys estimated for UFC 202, where McGregor defeated Diaz by majority decision.
“I think that Ronda Rousey’s return will be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done,” White said.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter5 days ago
What was expected to be possible two-year suspensions for Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones after failing drug tests last month will be shortened, according to MMA Fighting.
Instead of facing 24 months away from the Octagon, both fighters could face as little as a public warning and as much as a year suspension. This comes due to a World Anti-Doping Agency code that lists hydroxy-clomiphene and letrozole – the substances that both Jones and Lesnar tested positive for – as “specified substances,” which are recognized as substances that can enter the body inadvertently. Because of this, there is more flexibility in levying a sanctioning decision.
“There is a greater likelihood that these [specified] substances could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation,” WADA code states.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter6 days ago
Nate Diaz was seen casually vaping on the dais when speaking to the media following his Saturday night loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202. Little did he know that it may get him into some hot water with USADA.
“It’s CBD,” Diaz said. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”
CBD is cannabidiol oil. According to Leaf Science, it is one of more than 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. It’s also illegal and classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States. More important, cannabinoids are banned in competition by the World Anti Doping Agency and USADA goes by WADA’s list of banned substances. Considering that Diaz was vaping CBD shortly after his loss to McGregor, it falls in the in-competition window, which is six hours before or after a fight.
- Cagewriter6 days ago
If Ronda Rousey is going to return to the UFC in the future, it certainly won’t be at the fighting promotions highly anticipated debut in New York City.
UFC president Dana White appeared on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast to state that the former women’s bantamweight champion would not be fighting at UFC 205 on Nov. 12.
“She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”
Rousey last fought at UFC 193, where she was knocked out in brutal fashion by Holly Holm and relinquished the UFC women’s bantamweight title last November. Since suffering her first MMA loss, Rousey hasn’t been heard from. But White has been adamant that she would make a return and hoped it would take place at the end of this year or early 2017.
With the New York card being a historic moment in the UFC considering MMA had been banned in the state since 1997, many fighters have sought to compete. And with it being such a momentous occasion, it appeared to be the most opportune time for Rousey to return. However, it simply won’t come to pass.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter7 days ago
Now that Conor McGregor avenged his loss to Nate Diaz at 170 pounds, the UFC’s plan is for the Irishman to head back down to the featherweight division to defend the title he won in December against Jose Aldo. If he doesn’t plan to defend his title, UFC president Dana White has stated that McGregor would have to vacate it.
However, after his UFC 202 victory, the current UFC featherweight champion wouldn’t commit to a fight with Aldo, whom he knocked out in 13 seconds to win the title at UFC 194 and instead teased that he would be looking for bigger fights. McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has long been against McGregor cutting down to 145 pounds and suggested there’s a possibility that his fighter never fights at featherweight again.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter9 days ago
LAS VEGAS — Anthony “Rumble” Johnson cemented himself as the No. 1 contender for Daniel Cormier’s UFC light heavyweight title with an emphatic 13-second knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Teixeira was the latest in a long line of fighters to fall victim to the tremendous knockout power that Johnson possesses and left no doubt that he will get his rematch with Cormier, with or without Jon Jones around.
“I’m not worried about it at all,” Johnson said after scoring his third consecutive knockout since losing by submission to Cormier for the light heavyweight title last May.
After decimating Teixeira – who hasn’t been finished since his first professional fight back in 2002 – Johnson called out Cormier, who was present cageside. The two have a mutual respect for one another and have both been vocal about stepping into the cage again regardless of what happens with Jones.
- Cagewriter9 days ago
Losing his last fight clearly didn’t affect Conor McGregor’s earning potential.
The UFC featherweight champion will earn a record $3 million purse in his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas despite losing when they first met back in March at UFC 196.
The Nevada Athletic Commission disclosed McGregor’s record setting purse prior to the start of Saturday’s PPV.
McGregor’s massive purse eclipses Brock Lesnar’s $2.5 million earned at UFC 200. Prior to that, McGregor was the first to take home a purse north of a million in his first fight against Diaz.
McGregor will take home more than the $3 million once it is all said and done and has went as far to suggest that he would rake in $10 million.
Chances are, he’s right.
- Andreas Hale at Cagewriter10 days ago
The Professional Fighters Association pressed forward in hopes of forming a fighter’s union on Thursday evening with a press conference in Las Vegas, where baseball agent Jeff Borris held court about fighters’ needs for things such as a pension, health insurance, a grievance process and fighter input in an anti-doping policy.
Borris, along with Lucas Middlebrook (best known as Nate Diaz’s attorney), is in Las Vegas hoping to get the ball rolling on establishing the union. In order to get started, the pair will need 30 percent of UFC fighters to sign an authorization card, which will allow a National Labor Relations Board election. After that, they would then need a majority of the UFC roster to vote “yes” for the PFA to collectively bargain with the UFC.
There are fighters who are in favor of a union, but still on the fence trying to figure out what the direction of the PFA will be. One of those fighters happens to be one of the more outspoken when it comes to fighters being treated fairly: Donald Cerrone.