White has kept the public in the dark about his controversial plans to go forward with the event. He's chosen tribal land in California.
Posted: April 8, 2020, 12:22 am
HernÃ¡ndez: Staging fights amid coronavirus outbreak is a risk, but you have to understand UFC culture
Understanding why UFC is refusing to shut down in the middle of a global pandemic requires familiarity with the organization, columnist Dylan Hernandez writes.
Posted: April 7, 2020, 11:16 pm
* * *UFC President Dana White conducted a lengthy interview with ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Monday after revealing the revamped UFC 249 fight card.White not only discussed how UFC 249 came together, but why it was so important to him to get the UFC back up and running. There have been numerous critics calling it an irresponsible thing to do amidst the current pandemic sweeping the world, but White defended his actions, promising that UFC 249 was just the beginning of resuming the promotion's schedule of events for the remainder of 2020.During the 20-minute interview, White also defended his lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is currently ensconced in Russia, necessitating a new UFC 249 main event.Watch as Dana White defends his decision to move forward with UFC 249, as well as the promotion's upcoming events, including securing a private island for international fights.* * *TRENDING > Justin Gaethje â€˜terrifiedâ€™ heading into UFC 249 main event* * *(Courtesy of ESPN MMA)
Posted: April 7, 2020, 8:44 pm
Dana White absolves Nurmagomedov: â€˜Khabib didnâ€™t fly back to Russia; he got flown back to Russiaâ€™
UFC President Dana White has been hit from all angles as he tried to keep the UFC 249 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson intact.At the end of the day, though he has been able to keep UFC 249 on the schedule for April 18, it just wasnâ€™t possible to keep Khabib vs. Ferguson at the top of the bill. He has instead had to shift gears and pit Ferguson against fellow contender Justin Gaethje for an interim championship. Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov is parked in Russia, taking flack from many critics for the most anticipated lightweight fight of all time falling through the cracks for the fifth time.White, however, insists that it was not Nurmagomedovâ€™s fault that he ended up in Russia on lockdown, while UFC 249 is expected to move forward at an undisclosed location in the United States.* * * "(Khabib) ended up getting flown back to Russia. He didn't fly back to Russia; he got flown back to Russia."* * *Nurmagomedov did not pass blame to anyone but the COVID-19 pandemic that is running rampant, forcing ever tightening restrictions across the globe.â€œNumber one thing that make me crazy (is) when people say I pull out or I do something. I no understand this. I still training since December. I train very hard, 9 December. I come (to) U.S. because UFC give me location, New York Barclays Center. I come U.S. I train 40 days, then everything is go crazy,â€� Nurmagomedov told ESPN.â€œThey say U.S.A. 100 percent no fight. Okay. We move to Abu Dhabi, Dubai. Why? Because they told me 99 percent itâ€™s gonna be in Dubai. Like last my training camp, how I did, I come to U.S. I train with Coach Javier in AKA 55 days then we move to Abu Dhabi because fight was in Abu Dhabi. I understand, if Abu Dhabi, no problem. We did this before, weâ€™re gonna do this one more time. We come. They close gate. But this is not my problem. I donâ€™t make mistake. One more time, I wanna say I am Khabib, Iâ€™m not coronavirus.â€�When Nurmagomedov arrived in Abu Dhabi, he found the country closed to foreigners and was sent home to Russia. After announcing the revamped UFC 249 fight card, White conducted a lengthy interview with ESPNâ€™s Brett Okamoto, defending his lightweight champion.â€œI know everybody was going crazy on Khabib. Khabib didn't do anything wrong. You look at the way the world changed, literally by the day, he got caught up. He ended up getting flown back to Russia. He didn't fly back to Russia; he got flown back to Russia. It sucks, but what are you gonna do?â€�White was as disappointed as anyone that Khabib vs. Ferguson was nixed for the fifth time, but felt fortunate to navigate the most difficult thing heâ€™s ever had to do and end up with another stellar main event."I could go on for 10 minutes telling you how that whole thing fell apart. The reality is that is nobody's fault. Every day when I got up, the rules changed. Things were shutting down. Things were closing,â€� said White.* * *TRENDING > Justin Gaethje â€˜terrifiedâ€™ heading into UFC 249 main event* * *â€œ(Khabib) got caught up in Russia. It was a total mishap. We all made mistakes in that one. Nobody is to blame for that. It is what it is. The fact that we can even pull off an event right now... this is the hardest thing I've ever done. By far the hardest thing I've ever done."But if you look at Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje, ridiculous fight, and a fight that absolutely makes sense. Khabib vs. Tony should be happening, but it should have happened five times ago. I'm starting to believe Joe Rogan that this fight is cursed. This is an incredible main event and I have a lot of respect for both guys standing up.â€�White plans for UFC 249 to be the signal that his fight promotion is back in business. He is adamant this isnâ€™t a one-off, feel-good event, but the start of the rest of the UFCâ€™s calendar of events for the remainder of 2020.* * * Dana White securing a private island for UFC international fights(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: April 7, 2020, 6:51 pm
Do you want to see Klitschko return?
Posted: April 7, 2020, 3:45 pm
Who has the better resume: Davis or Garcia?
Posted: April 7, 2020, 3:39 pm
Who would give Canelo the most exciting fight?
Posted: April 7, 2020, 3:37 pm
The flu-like virus has infected 1.27 million people globally and caused over 70,000 deaths and brought the sports world to a standstill, but the UFC plans to stick to its schedule albeit without fans in attendance. The organisation, which was forced to postpone three events, will resume its calendar with UFC 249 on April 18 and White said he had also found a new venue for that event after the Barclays Center in New York was ruled out. "I locked this venue up for two months," White told TMZ Sports https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrlXgLDBi_4.
Posted: April 7, 2020, 5:45 am
Dana White says he has secured private island to hold UFC events 'every week' amid coronavirus pandemic
This is not a joke.
Posted: April 7, 2020, 3:13 am
UFC 249 may not be moving forward fully as planned, but UFC President Dana White has thus far followed through on his promise to put together a fight card which he intends to have take place on April 18.Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov had been slated to defend against Tony Ferguson in Brooklyn, N.Y., but COVID-19 concerns nixed that location. The pandemic restrictions also forced Nurmagomedov off of the fight card.White didn't give up on the event, however, eventually finding a location where it could take place in the United States. He has yet to reveal where that location is. According to ESPN, not even the fighters or managers have been looped in on the location yet. It is believed to be somewhere along the West Coast of the U.S. and expected to serve as a de facto UFC home base for follow-up events beyond UFC 249 until operations able to return to some semblance of normalcy.The revamped fight card has a new headliner. White revealed midday on Monday that Ferguson would now face fellow contender Justin Gaethje for an interim lightweight championship on April 18.Monday evening, the rest of the UFC 249 fight card was released, including bouts such as the rematch between former strawweight champions Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas, Francis Ngannou vs. Jair Rozenstruik, Jacare Souza vs. Uriah Hall, and several other bouts.In all, the UFC 249 fight card currently has a slate of 12 bouts, and is still expected to be a Pay-Per-View offering via the ESPN+ app.* * *TRENDING > Editorial: UFC 249 is not about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson* * * UFC 249: Ferguson vs. Gaethje full fight card * Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje* * Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas * Vicente Luque vs. Niko Price * Jeremy Stephens vs. Calvin Kattar * Francis Ngannou vs. Jair Rozenstruik * Uriah Hall vs. Ronaldo Souza * Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro * Alexander Hernandez vs. Omar Morales * Marlon Vera vs. Ray Borg * Khama Worthy vs. Michael Johnson * Sijara Eubanks vs. Sarah Moras * Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey*For the interim UFC lightweight championship
Posted: April 7, 2020, 2:49 am
UFC president Dana White announced on Monday that UFC 249 would be held as scheduled on April 18 with a new main event.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 9:01 pm
UFC 249 is still on schedule for April 18, with Tony Ferguson fighting Justin Gaethje for an interim lightweight title in the main event. Although UFC President Dana White hasnâ€™t announced a venue for his promotion's biggest pay-per-view show of the spring, he remains determined to hold an event in less than two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The mixed martial arts promotion announced the change to UFC 249's main event bout Monday.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 8:30 pm
Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje is signed, sealed, and about to be delivered at UFC 249 on April 18... "somewhere on Earth."UFC President Dana White has been adamant that he would pull off UFC 249 in some form or fashion on April 18. He has yet to reveal a location, but on Monday, White revealed that a bout between Ferguson and Gaethje has been inked and the two will fight for the interim UFC lightweight championship."The fight is signed and is 100% ON LIVE on ESPN somewhere on EARTH!!!! (Tony Ferguson) vs (Justin Gaethje) is LIVE on ESPN+ PPV April 18th for the interim lightweight belt!" White revealed on Twitter.Following Saturday's conference call between U.S. President Donald Trump and various heads of the major sports leagues, including White, most felt that UFC 249 was going to get kicked to the curb until after the coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Instead, the UFC is moving full steam ahead to hold an even on April 18. Why is Khabib Nurmagomedov out of the UFC 249 main event?UFC 249 was originally slated to feature lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his belt on the line opposite Ferguson.Nurmagomedov, having initially been told that UFC 249 would not happen in the U.S., flew to the Abu Dhabi, where he thought it was likely to be held. When he arrived, Nurmagomedov was told that the country was locked down, so he then flew home to Russia, which also went into a lockdown situation because of the covid-19 pandemic.With Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson on the sidelines, UFC officials moved to make the fight between Ferguson and fellow top contender Gaethje, who will now serve as the new UFC 249 main event and battle for a new belt. The winner would then presumably unify titles with Nurmagomedov later this year. Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje's championship credentialsFerguson has already been an interim UFC champion. He won that designation by defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October 2017, but was later stripped of the title when he couldn't fight because of injury. He currently stands at 25-3, having won 12 consecutive bouts, and most recently defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.Gaethje's record is 21-2. He was undefeated in the first 18 bouts of his professional career, including becoming the World Series of Fighting lightweight champion and defending that belt on five separate occasions. Gaethje is 4-2 under the UFC banner. He has won his last three bouts, knocking out James Vick, Edson Barboza, and Cerrone.The rest of the UFC 249 fight card has yet to be revealed, although it is sure to take a drastically different shape than the original line-up, which was set to take place in Brooklyn, N.Y., before the pandemic knocked everything sideways.* * *TRENDING > UFC President Dana White reportedly named as a victim in sex-tape case* * *https://twitter.com/danawhite/status/1247244231778775041
Posted: April 6, 2020, 8:14 pm
The UFC has the capability to hold its own closed-door events on its Las Vegas campus â€“ including full production equipment â€“ but it won't be able to utilize its facilities to hold events for the foreseeable future.Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett informed MMAWeekly.com on Sunday that the state has suspended all unarmed combat sports (such as mixed martial arts and boxing) until further notice. The athletic commission initially put unarmed combat sports on hold on March 14 pending a March 25 commission meeting where its response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be further solidified. The March 25 meeting was scrapped when Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on March 22 shutdown public meetings in the state, along with all non-essential businesses, until at least April 16. With U.S. President Donald Trump extending nationwide social distancing recommendations until at least April 30, it is likely that Nevada and other states will also extend their orders.Regardless, Bennett told MMAWeekly.com that there was no direct timeline for unarmed combat sports to return to Nevada. The NSAC will follow the guidance of "the science regarding COVID-19" as it moves forward. Nevada Athletic Commission statement on unarmed combat sports: "As of this date (Sunday, April 5) the NSAC will not have any Unarmed Combat events until further notice. We will listen and follow the science regarding COVID-19 and move forward with events accordingly. The health and safety of the fighters, their camps, the fans and our staff is the number one priority."* * *TRENDING > Dana White denies fake Khabib-Putin report, but insists UFC 249 happening* * * How is the UFC moving forward?UFC President Dana White had initially planned to move several events to its APEX facility at its headquarters in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped rather quickly when it became apparent that Nevada wasn't likely to approve such a move.UFC APEX has built-in, advanced production capabilities with an arena space that can be configured to accommodate a variety of live events. But as long as the NSAC is unable to oversee events in the state, the UFC will be unable to produce live events at APEX or at any other Las Vegas venue. No unarmed combat sports promoter will be able to hold an event in Nevada until the order changes.As of Sunday, White was still intending to move forward with UFC 249 on April 18, though he has yet to unveil a revised fight card or a location.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 4:13 pm
A Tweet on Sunday reported that UFC President Dana White reached a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin that would bring Khabib Nurmagomedov to the United States for UFC 249 on April 18.While the tweet appeared to be "breaking news" from ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani, it was actually the work of a troll that set up an authentic looking fake account.Despite the fake news from the fake account, White responded, shooting down the tweet, but indicating that UFC 249 was still going to take place with a fight card to be revealed on Monday. That had yet to happen at the time of publication. The initial fake tweet:BREAKING: Dana White and Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement on travel arrangements for UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to come to the United States. He will fight Tony Ferguson. Itâ€™s happening folks. UFC249 will go on as scheduled April 18. Dana White's reply to the fake tweet:Absolutely NOT true!!! The card is happening but @TeamKhabib (Khabib Nurmagomedov) is out. I will announce the entire card tomorrow. A quick UFC 249 timelineThe UFC 249 fight card was originally slated to feature Nurmagomedov putting his lightweight title on the line opposite Tony Ferguson on April 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y. The first domino to fall was the state of New York telling White that UFC 249 would not be allowed in the anywhere in the state on April 18. White then began searching for a new location, of which he has said there were several options.In the meantime, Nurmagomedov flew back to Russia via Abu Dhabi, where he initially thought the event would be held, only to be put into the midst of a countrywide lockdown.UFC officials then moved on to try and find a new opponent for Furgeson. Most speculation has settled on Justin Gaethje as the likely candidate for the bout.White was part of a conference call with U.S. President Donald Trump and several other sports league officials, but that apparently hasn't dissuaded him from trying to move ahead with UFC 249 in some fashion on April 18.* * *TRENDING > UFC President Dana White reportedly named as a victim in sex-tape case* * *
Posted: April 6, 2020, 3:17 pm
Join promoter Eddie Hearn as he gives commentary on the round that shook the boxing world; the dramatic third round between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr
Posted: April 6, 2020, 2:34 pm
Dana White strongly denies fake report that he has deal with Vladimir Putin to get Khabib out of Russia
White added that he will announce the full UFC 249 card on Monday.
Posted: April 6, 2020, 1:57 am
UFC President Dana White was named in a civil lawsuit filed on Friday as the alleged "prominent Las Vegas businessman" who was victimized in a $200,000 sex-tape extortion case, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.Ernesto Joshua Ramos pleaded guilty to criminal charges for extortion in federal court in 2015, serving 366 days in prison. He is accusing White of having backed out of an agreement to pay him $450,000 for not publicly naming him as part of the case. White on Saturday issued a statement about the lawsuit:â€œI just found out that a bulls--t lawsuit was filed against me yesterday. This guy went to federal prison for trying to extort me over five years ago. Now heâ€™s hired a lawyer who is also a convicted felon, and heâ€™s trying to extort me again for $10 million. He got no money from me last time and he wonâ€™t be getting any money from me this time. I look forward to the court dismissing this quickly so I can get rid of these scumbags forever.â€�Ramos's lawyer, Ian Christopherson, was convicted of tax evasion in 2012.The criminal case stems from Ramos's attempts to extort $200,000 from an unnamed prominent businessman in Las Vegas, whom he now identifies as UFC President Dana White. He allegedly had video footage of White having sex with an adult nightclub dancer, who was also his girlfriend. He alleged that White paid his girlfriend thousands of dollars to dance for him and have sex with him at the Spearmint Rhino strip club. Ramos's girlfriend then allegedly had sex with White during an overseas trip and secretly recorded the incident on her phone.FBI agents arrested Ramos and charged him with extortion after he was videotaped receiving money from the prominent businessman at a late-night meeting at the businessman's office.White was not identified in the criminal case. The victim of extortion was identified as a married businessman and Las Vegas resident with two minor children and who was â€œpart-owner of a well-known businessâ€� with access to a company jet.* * *TRENDING > What is the status of UFC 249 after Dana White meets with President Trump?* * * Why is Ramos going after Dana White after having pleaded guilty?The civil suit filed on Friday alleges that White and his attorneys offered Ramos money to accept a guilty plea and to keep quiet about his target being White. Ramos pleaded guilty, but White never paid him anything. Ramos later tried to rescind his guilty plea, but was denied.â€œThe actions of White were fraudulent, oppressive and designed to encourage Ramos to plead guilty so he could negotiate a substantial settlement, which would prevent the disclosure of his actions at trial for the personal benefit of White and his related businesses and interest,â€� the civil suit alleges.The UFC was also named in the lawsuit alongside Dana White.
Posted: April 5, 2020, 10:48 pm
Miesha Tate talks lockdown in Singapore, working for ONE and if a co-promotion could happen with UFC
Former UFC champion and current ONE Championship vice president Miesha Tate and Yahoo Sportsâ€™ Kevin Iole discuss the recent womenâ€™s strawweight title fight between Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzejczyk and if ONE and the UFC could ever come together and put on a joint show.
Posted: April 4, 2020, 11:24 pm
What is the status of UFC 249 after Dana White attends President Trumpâ€™s call with sports leagues?
U.S. President Donald Trump held a conference call with the heads of all the major sports leagues across the country on Saturday, including UFC president Dana White. "We have to open our country again." â€“ President TrumpThough everyone in the mixed martial arts world was wondering if the call would mean the final nail in the coffin for UFC 249, as of late Saturday afternoon, there was no clear answer.â€œThe President recognized the good work being done by many teams and players to care for their communities, workforces, and fan bases across the Nation,â€� read a White House statement after the call. â€œThe commissioners thanked President Trump for his national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry. President Trump encouraged them to continue to support their fellow Americans during this challenging time.â€�President Trump spoke with league heads which reportedly included White as well as Adam Silver of the NBA, Cathy Engelbert of the WNBA, Rob Manfred of MLB, Roger Goodell of the NFL, Gary Bettman of the NHL, Jay Monahan of the PGA, Vince McMahon of WWE, John Middlebrook or Jim France of NASCAR, and Don Graber of MLS.According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, President Trump told the league representatives that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September. "They want to get back. They've got to get back.... We want to get back soon, very soon."White has been working feverishly to keep UFC 249 intact in some form or fashion for April 18, although main eventer Khabib Nurmagomedov is all but ruled out because of being on lockdown in Russia. There has been talk of Nurmagomedov's opponent, Tony Ferguson, instead squaring off against the likes of Justin Gaethje or Dustin Poirier, plus other bouts being shifted to the UFC 249 fight card, but White has admitted to numerous new hurdles every day.President Trump saying that he hoped to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September might be an indicator that UFC 249 will not take place, but not necessarily, as White has already conceded that if it were to happen on April 18, UFC 249 would take place without an audience.What might be a more cryptic indicator of whether or not UFC 249 will happen would be a promotional video that White released on Saturday, asking for fans to try and win an opportunity to be his guest at a future pay-per-view. During the video, White said, "Hey guys, this is your last chance to enter to win two VIP tickets to any pay-per-view event of your choosing this year. And you know once everything gets back to normal, we're going to start cranking out some killer fights. And you must be so sick of sitting at home right now. You know you wanna come on this trip."That, of course, isn't clear cut either, and there has been no statement from UFC officials saying whether or not White is still working on making UFC 249 happen on April 18. The mixed martial arts world, like so many other sports, remains in a holding pattern.* * *TRENDING > UFC 249 is not about Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson* * * What does Dana White's video tweet mean for UFC 249?(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: April 4, 2020, 9:36 pm
UFC president Dana White is among the heads of several major league sports that are meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday on a conference call to discuss the covid-19 crisis.ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted the meeting, attributable to the White House, Saturday morning. He noted that White would be among a lengthy list of sports commissioners that includes Adam Silver of the NBA, Cathy Engelbert of the WNBA, Rob Manfred of MLB, Roger Goodell of the NFL, Gary Bettman of the NHL, Jay Monahan of the PGA, Vince McMahon of WWE, John Middlebrook or Jim France of NASCAR, and Don Graber of MLS.The call comes amidst a time when White has still been intent on hold UFC 249, in some form or fashion, on April 18. The UFC has already had to postpone or cancel at least three events with more sure to come.* * *TRENDING > Khabib fires back at Conor McGregor & Tony Ferguson, defends return to Russia* * *https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1246435315444785153?s=20https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1246441796923797510?s=20
Posted: April 4, 2020, 4:34 pm
Who would give Canelo the most trouble?
Posted: April 4, 2020, 1:57 am
Who would win in their respective primes: Ali or Tyson?
Posted: April 4, 2020, 1:55 am
Is Ryan Garcia a superstar in the making?
Posted: April 4, 2020, 1:55 am
* * *UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is ensconced in Russia. Tony Ferguson is hunkered down in the U.S. Conor McGregor is in Ireland. But that's not stopping them from taking shots at each other as UFC president Dana White tries to keep UFC 249 intact, with or without his original main event featuring Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson.White has been trying mightily to move forward with UFC 249 in some form or fashion on April 18. The original location of Brooklyn, N.Y. is long gone. It also appears that almost any other location would be a long shot, but he insists he will keep trying until there are too many roadblocks to pull it off.In the meantime, Nurmagomedov has come under the scrutiny of many critics, Ferguson and McGregor chief among them, for his decision to return to Russia during the global covid-19 pandemic.Ferguson is calling for Nurmagomedov to be stripped of his belt. McGregor, despite calling for everyone around the world to stay in place, declared Nurmagomedov a chicken.Nurmagomedov recently answered back, defending his decision to return to Russia and explaining how it unfolded.* * *TRENDING > Where are they now? First UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman* * * Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson 'game of chicken'(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: April 3, 2020, 5:09 pm
UFC 249 has no location and no champion right now. Whose fault is that?
Posted: April 3, 2020, 3:59 am
The California State Athletic Commission, as first reported by ESPN, has canceled all combat sports events in its state through the end of May.Under guidance of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the move was a proactive measure to help inhibit the spread of the covid-19 virus that has the world dealing with a global pandemic."The Commission didn't take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and the industry of combative sports. We had to weigh the best interest of our fighters and the community around us," the CSAC statement said.The UFC has already postponed at least three events, though company president Dana White has insisted on trying to move forward with UFC 249 on April 18. He has yet to name a location or a new main event now that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to remain in place in his home country of Russia.The UFC had one date slated for California in May. UFC on ESPN+ 33 was slated for May 16 at Pechanga Arena with a main event featuring lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker. That event, at minimum, will have to move locations or be rescheduled for a later date.In addition to the UFC, Bellator MMA had also been slated for two events in California in May. Bellator 242 was set to feature dual-division champion Ryan Bader defend his light heavyweight strap against Vadim Nemkov on May 9 in San Jose. Former UFC contender Liz Carmouche was expected to make her promotion debut opposite Mandy BÃ¶hm in the Bellator 243 headliner on May 29, at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.* * *TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov rebukes UFC 249 critics: â€˜I am Khabib. I am not coronavirus.â€™* * *Bellator had already announced that it was cancelling its May events prior to the release from the California State Athletic Commission.Most other fight promotions around the globe have canceled all events through at least April, if not May. California State Athletic Commission statement cancelling Combat Sports events through May:Based on guidance issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to protect Californians against the possible spread of COVID-19, the California State Athletic Commission is canceling events through the end of May 2020. The Commission didnâ€™t take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and the industry of combative sports. We had to weigh the best interest of our fighters and the community around us.The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued guidance that certain types of gatherings be postponed or canceled to protect public health and slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission. The recommendation applies to all nonessential professional, social, and community gatherings. Additional information about COVID-19 is available online from CDPH and from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Posted: April 2, 2020, 9:07 pm
UFC president Dana White has been hard at work trying everything within his power to keep UFC 249 intact. His initial belief was that he'd even be able to keep the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson main event intact. Amidst the regulatory hurdles and restrictions that continue to fly up, White is running out of time to stick with his intended April 18 date. But even if he is able to do so, the main event between Khabib and Ferguson has been nixed for the fifth time. After returning to Russia, Nurmagomedov found himself basically locked down, as his country closed its borders. There was a glimmer of hope that he might be able to fly around the globe on a private business flight in order to keep the fight intact. He didn't appear to see the sense in that when nearly everyone, including longtime rival Conor McGregor, has been urging everyone to remain where they are to decrease the risk of continuing to spread the covid-19 virus that has the world under a pandemic crisis.Nurmagomedov has received praise and criticism for his decision to honor the restrictions, but has become frustrated by those that continue to say that he is begging his way out of the fight. Even McGregor, who has been making public videos to implore his country and the world into a full-on lockdown, took the time to take a dig at Nurmagomedov, saying he chickened out of the fight with Ferguson.In a video posted by ESPN MMA on Twitter, Nurmagomedov defended his position: "My name is Khabib. I am not coronavirus. Dana is Dana. Tony Ferguson is Tony Ferguson. My name is Khabib, but number one thing that make me crazy when people say I pull out or I do something. I no understand this. I still training since December. I train very hard, 9 December. I come (to) U.S. because UFC give me location, New York Barclays Center. I come U.S. I train 40 days, then everything is go crazy. They say U.S.A. 100 percent no fight. Okay. We move to Abu Dhabi, Dubai. Why? Because they told me 99 percent it's gonna be in Dubai. Like last my training camp, how I did, I come to U.S. I train with Coach Javier in AKA 55 days then we move to Abu Dhabi because fight was in Abu Dhabi. I understand, if Abu Dhabi, no problem. We did this before, we're gonna do this one more time. We come. They close gate. But this is not my problem. I don't make mistake. One more time, I wanna say I am Khabib, I'm not coronavirus."* * *TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov declares himself out of UFC 249 main event* * *https://twitter.com/espnmma/status/1245782908360687620* * * Conor McGregor rips on Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 249 withdrawal(Subscribe to MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)
Posted: April 2, 2020, 8:16 pm
UFC Octagon girl and artist Brittney Palmer chats with Yahoo Sportsâ€™ Kevin Iole about her artwork and how she handles fight nights when her â€œfamilyâ€� is fighting inside the cage.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 7:26 pm
Top stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manuel Neuer and Paul Pogba are finding creative ways to stay active at home during COVID-19.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 5:50 pm
Conor McGregor has been screaming from the rooftops about what he believes his country and the world should be doing to stem the tide of the covid-19 global pandemic. But that hasn't stopped him from using it to take another dig at rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.The Irishman has posted a few videos since the novel coronavirus was elevated from an epidemic to a pandemic, spreading across the globe. He both praised his country's government for increasing restrictions and called on them to do more, including shutting down airports and urging the utilization of the country's defense forces to ensure restrictions were being obeyed.Covid-19 has accelerated its spread over the past few weeks, but UFC president Dana White has tried his hardest to keep an April 18 date for UFC 249 intact. He had initially hoped to keep the lightweight championship between Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson as the headliner, but that bout has fallen apart and McGregor is using it as a weapon to attack the champion."The fact of this matter is, both Tony and Khabib where engaged in a game of chicken here towards the fight bell. With Khabib chickening out first. Making it 3-2 in pullouts in Tonyâ€™s favour," McGregor wrote on Twitter on Thursday."Khab scurried out of the U.S to home, and amid the crisis. Very high risk. Congrats Tony." Why did Khabib return to Russia ahead of UFC 249?Nurmagomedov had been in the United States training at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., for the April 18 bout with Ferguson. When things started to shift because of the pandemic, Nurmagomedov made the decision to return home to Russia. â€œWe were training in the AKA without any information regarding the fight, where and how is it going to happen,â€� Nurmagomedov said, as translated by RT Sport. â€œThen the UFC told us that the fight 100-percent isnâ€™t happening in the States. And they said that 99-percent that it will happen in Emirates, Abu Dhabi.â€œAfter talking to the UFC, we decided to fly over to the Emirates a month before the fight. I donâ€™t remember the exact date, it was 19th or 20th, Iâ€™ll have to check. But when we landed in Emirates we learned that they are going to close borders. And no one will be able to leave or fly in, with exception for residents. So we had to fly back to Russia."Now, Russia has closed its borders to almost all international traffic. There was a tiny window left open, as Russia still allows private business travel, but Nurmagomedov seemed to shut the door on that idea as well on Wednesday."Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight?" Nurmagomedov said."I understand everything and Iâ€™m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I canâ€™t control it all."Perhaps he was referring at least in part to McGregor when he mentioned famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements, as McGregor has done just that in his multiple video posts.* * *TRENDING > Tony Ferguson: Khabib 'should be stripped of his title'* * * Conor McGregor glad he didn't have a fight booked during covid-19 crisisIn fact, McGregor, just before taking a dig at Nurmagomedov on Thursday, almost seemed to be coming to his defense in his tweet immediately prior to that one."I am in shape to fight right now! At the beginning of all this, I said to myself - Iâ€™m happy I donâ€™t have an official fight booked," he wrote. "If I did, I would have consumed all the incorrect data to support me taking part in the bout, and I would have followed through, competed. And won."Nurmagomedov defeated McGregor via a fourth-round submission at UFC 229 on Oct. 6, 2018. Evidently, the rift between McGregor and Nurmagomedov runs so deep that nothing is off limits, even in the time of a global pandemic.https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1245726053206831104?s=20https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/1245726244567748608?s=20
Posted: April 2, 2020, 3:34 pm
Legendary referee â€œBigâ€� John McCarthy chats with Yahoo Sportsâ€™ Kevin Iole about his role as a color commentator for Bellator and how MMA refs become larger than life figures within the mixed martial arts community.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 5:56 am
Relive the boxing classic between golden boy Oscar De La Hoya and Arturo Gatti with commentary from De La Hoya himself and celebrity fight fan Mario Lopez.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 1:41 am
Should boxing champion Canelo Alvarez consider fighting Conor McGregor in the future?
Posted: April 2, 2020, 1:34 am
Is GGG getting enough respect?
Posted: April 2, 2020, 1:33 am
Is Tyson Fury too overconfident entering the highly-anticipated fight against Deontay Wilder?
Posted: April 2, 2020, 1:28 am
Mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov said Wednesday he would not take part in a UFC card scheduled for April 18, saying he was not prepared to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lightweight champion Nurmagomedov was due to have headlined the UFC 249 event in a bout against Tony Ferguson but said in a post on Instagram he was not willing to leave Russia for the fight. "I understand everything and I'm definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I can't control it all," Nurmagomedov wrote.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 11:55 pm
Tony Ferguson said that Khabib is using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to skirt the fight.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 11:27 pm
UFC president Dana White has not given up hope of holding UFC 249 as scheduled on April 18 somewhere in the world.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 9:54 pm
Hall of Fame trainer Teddy Atlas goes in-depth with Yahoo Sportsâ€™ Kevin Iole about the current state of boxing and how fighters today compare to some of the legends of the past.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 8:47 pm
Khabib is stuck in Russia and doesn't believe he should be the exception to the health and travel restrictions in place worldwide.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 8:22 pm
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he won't leave quarantine in Russia to fight, dealing another blow to UFC President Dana White's determination to hold UFC 249 on April 18 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nurmagomedov made his announcement Wednesday on Instagram, telling the mixed martial arts world to â€œtake care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes.â€� Nurmagomedov (28-0) was scheduled to fight top contender Tony Ferguson (25-3) in the main event of UFC 249 in two weeks.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 8:13 pm
Though there appeared to be a glimmer of hope that Khabib Nurmagomedov would be able to leave Russia and keep his fight with Tony Ferguson intact, it now appears that he has resigned himself to the fact that he will not be fighting on April 18.UFC president Dana White is trying to jump all the necessary hurdles to keep UFC 249 intact in some form or fashion on April 18, reportedly even without Nurmagomedov after Russia closed its borders to international travel. The sliver of hope was that Russia had not yet stopped all private business travel, but that hasn't persuaded Nurmagomedov to try and travel during the current covid-19 crisis.Nurmagomedov on Wednesday posted to his Instagram account, saying:> "Staying home in quarantine and reading the reaction of people to the situation around my fight, it turns out that the whole world should be in quarantine, governments of all countries, famous people around the world urge people to follow all safety requirements in order to limit the spread of the disease, to save people, and Khabib is the only one relieved of all obligations and must demonstrate free will and train flying around the world, for the sake of fight? - I understand everything and Iâ€™m definitely upset more than you to cancel the fight, probably like all others, I had many plans after the fight, but I canâ€™t control it all. > The greatest countries and the largest companies of our time are shocked by what is happening, every day the situation changes unpredictably.> > "But Khabib still has to fight, is that what you saying?> > "Take care of yourself and put yourself in my shoes."With Nurmagomedov out, UFC officials have focused on revamping the UFC 249 fight card with Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier leading candidates to potentially face Ferguson or even each other.But with restrictions tightening every day, it is going to be difficult for White to get UFC 249 to the finish line on April 18.* * *TRENDING > Jon Jones pleads guilty to DWI, agrees to house arrest and probation* * *https://www.instagram.com/p/B-cwOyOqml3/?igshid=un3r04fptslx
Posted: April 1, 2020, 8:09 pm
Earlier this week, the UFC began looking for a replacement for Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 after travel restrictions prevented Nurmagomedov from leaving Russia. Nurmagomedov posted on social media that he was continuing to train but expected the fight promotion to move on with our without him. â€œCurrently, I am in Dagestan and I am training and preparing every day,â€� Nurmagomedov said. â€œAlthough I donâ€™t know what am I preparing for because after we came to Russia we also learned that the borders are going to be locked. Same as in the States, the same as in Europe, Emirates, everywhere. The whole world is in quarantine right now. â€œSo now I am hearing that they are looking to organize it with or without me." With Nurmagomedov on lockdown in Russia, Justin Gaethje was reportedly offered the opportunity to step in and face Ferguson, but on Wednesday, new developments may allow Nurmagomedov to make the April 18 date and face Ferguson as planned. TRENDING > Dana White vows UFC will not lay off any employees: â€˜I donâ€™t care how long this lasts!â€™ It was revealed that even with the travel restrictions in place, private flights from Russia to the U.S. were permitted. â€œIn order for Khabib to be able to fly to the United States in a private jet, the company whose services he intends to use must obtain permission to fly from Russia and to arrive in the United States,â€� the Federal Air Transport Agency said to local Russian media outlets. â€œThere are no restrictions for business aviation on departure from Russia.â€� With the event 17 days away, it remains unclear where it will take place or if Nurmagomedov will be on the fight card.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 5:09 pm
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman tells Yahoo Sportsâ€™ Kevin Iole that he offered to fight Tony Ferguson or Jorge Masvidal at UFC 249 when he heard Khabib Nurmagomedov was stuck in Russia.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 4:33 am
Jon Jonesâ€™ latest legal issue is coming to an early end. The UFC light heavyweight champion pleaded guilty in New Mexico to driving while intoxicated, TMZ reports.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 11:58 pm
The UFC light heavyweight champion has received his legal punishment. What repercussions will he face from the UFC?
Posted: March 31, 2020, 10:18 pm
UFC president Dana White is up against incredible odds to try and proceed with UFC 249 on April 18, but he continues to insist he is going to find a way to make the event happen. One thing that he won't do is let go of any of his employees, regardless of how long the current coronavirus crisis lasts.The economic turmoil has already begun because of the covid-19 global pandemic. Stock markets have been seeing their worst results in history and businesses have been forced to close or extremely limit operations. The UFC isn't immune. In fact, the entire sports world has little wiggle room for moving forward until pandemic restrictions are lifted.White has had to postpone three events already, though promising to make up the fights at some point. And even if he somehow manages to put forth some version of UFC 249 on April 18, there are surely going to be more postponements before any of us returns to any sort of normalcy.No matter what happens with the UFC's event calendar, however, White is adamant that he will not lay off a single employee because of restrictions surrounding the covid-19 pandemic."A guy wrote today UFC is gonna be laying people off. And he's f---ing gloating about it. First of all, it's a f---ing lie. It's not even true. He saw a statement that Endeavor is laying people off and then he says something like, hey, Dana, you got bosses now. No I don't motherf---er. You have no idea what my situation is," White said in a recent interview with Barstool Sports."I don't care how long this lasts. How long this f---ing goes on. I'm not laying anybody off. It's not f---ing happening. There's a lot of things that I will f---ing do to make sure that doesn't happen. And I make those decisions. So it won't happen... period!"* * *TRENDING > Khabib locked down in Russia, UFC 249 could feature Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje* * * Dana White addresses UFC 249 and shoots down report of UFC layoffs(Courtesy of Barstool Sports)
Posted: March 31, 2020, 7:10 pm
LFA fighter and Police Officer Vernon Lewis on working through pandemic: â€˜This is what I signed up forâ€™
With MMA at a standstill due to the coronavirus, many fighters most recently scheduled bouts have had to have been postponed or cancelled, but a lucky few managed to fight right before sports were shut down.Heavyweight Vernon Lewis was one of the lucky ones, managing to fight and pick up a first round win over Austen Lane on the March 6 LFA card; the last before its events were cancelled until the foreseeable future.â€œIt was probably my best training camp I ever had,â€� Lewis told MMAWeekly.com. â€œI had strength and conditioning program I was going through, so I was in very good shape, I had 12 weeks to prepare for the fight, and everything went right.â€œAs far as the outcome of the fight, when we talked to my coaches, we were like, â€˜that was weird,â€™ because usually itâ€™s one of those things where you have a great training camp and then you lose, or you have a terrible camp or a short notice fight, and I end up winning, so itâ€™s one of those thing where everything worked out perfectly.â€�For Lewis the severity of the coronavirus lockdown really hit home when not only did the LFA cancel their events but the UFC also was forced to clear their upcoming slate of events as well.â€œIâ€™m not just a fighter, Iâ€™m a big fan of MMA, and every week I look forward to a fight. Whether itâ€™s from ONE, Bellator, or local cards, Iâ€™m always looking for and watching the fights. So when the UFC bowed down to it, thatâ€™s when I knew it was really serious,â€� said Lewis.While some fightersâ€™ schedules have completely altered due to social distancing, aside from sparring and rolling sessions, Lewis has always been a solitary trainer, so things have not so much altered for him.â€œI would say that 60 to 70-percent of my training is by myself,â€� Lewis said. â€œI work in Fort Worth, and my family is in Waco, so Iâ€™m going back and forth all the time. So I donâ€™t have a schedule thatâ€™s stable enough to meet with a team most of the time. I usually have to schedule certain times of the day to meet with people.â€œOf course not being able to spar or go to the gym where they have like a swimming pool or something like that, thatâ€™s one of the things that upsets you, but youâ€™ve just got to kind of roll with the punches.â€�* * *TRENDING > Where are they now? Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia* * *Also unlike other fighters, Lewis continues to work, being a police officer in Fort Worth, and with that he experiences a city in lockdown every time he goes out on the job.â€œThis is what I signed up for. Itâ€™s what can happen and what youâ€™re obligated to (deal with),â€� said Lewis. â€œIâ€™m just grateful that I still have a job I can support my family with. Even though the dangers of my job, Iâ€™m sure someone else would love to be in my shoes just to know that the income will still be coming.â€œFor sure (the lack of people can be unsettling), especially Fort Worth which is busy, especially on the weekends or nighttime. Itâ€™s one of those things that itâ€™s something weâ€™ve never dealt with before. This is new to us. The sooner we can adapt to it the better.â€�
Posted: March 31, 2020, 3:05 pm
Should Canelo Alvarez walk away from the Billy Joe Saunders fight following his suspension?
Posted: March 31, 2020, 1:02 am
Is rising star Ryan Garcia being cocky or confident as he calls out 34-year-old boxing veteran and scheduled opponent Jorge Linares?
Posted: March 31, 2020, 1:01 am