Dana White offers Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather $25 million each and PPV cut
UFC President Dana White has stepped in between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, blasting the boxing champ’s offer to the Irish UFC champ and countering with his own.
After Mayweather claimed to offer McGregor $15 million to his $100 million for a boxing match, White came on FS1’s “The Herd” today to offer the fighters $25 million each and a possible cut of the pay-per-view revenue for a boxing match.
“There’s a real offer to Floyd,” White said.
Nevada commission begins regulation projects looking at marijuana, new Unified Rules of MMA
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will be taking a hard look at removing marijuana from its banned substance list.
At its monthly meeting Friday, the NAC unanimously voted to begin an open regulation project regarding cannabis as a prohibited drug. Commission chairman Anthony Marnell said, following research and workshops, a special hearing would be held in March or April to vote on whether to keep or remove cannabis from that banned list.
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson official for UFC 209
A sizzling lightweight matchup is making its way to Las Vegas.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson have both signed bout agreements to meet at UFC 209 on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Wednesday report by the Los Angeles Times.
With UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on the sidelines awaiting the birth of his first child, the UFC has made this bout a five-round interim title fight.
Injury knocks Stefan Struve from UFC Fight Night 105 headliner vs. Junior Dos Santos in Halifax
Stefan Struve has suffered a shoulder injury and is out of a headlining rematch against former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos, according to a report.
Brazilian MMA outlet Combate today reported Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) has had to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 105 main event opposite Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC), which puts the UFC on the hunt for a replacement to headline the card.
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Feb. 19, a Sunday, at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and airs live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC Fight Night 107 gets 6 fights, including Brad Pickett's likely farewell
The UFC’s return to England is still short on a headliner, but the card is starting to take shape.
UFC officials today announced six matchups for UFC Fight Night 107, which takes place March 18 at The O2 in London. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Among the additions is bantamweight veteran Brad Pickett (25-13 MMA, 5-8 UFC), who is expected to walk away from the sport after facing Henry Briones (16-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the event.
Additionally, UFC Fight Night 107 includes:
Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque
Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Tom Breese
Scott Askham vs. Brad Scott
Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart
UFC cancels March 3 event in Las Vegas
The UFC has canceled its second show of 2017.
A scheduled March 3 event in Las Vegas has been scrapped, according to the promotion. No specific reason for the decision was announced. The event, which did not have any fights attached to it yet, was slated to air on UFC Fight Pass the night before UFC 209.
Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card
Invicta FC is shuffling the deck just four days out of its next event.
The MMA debut of popular female boxer Heather Hardy is now off due to an injury to her opponent Brieta Carpenter, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday night with Invicta officials. In its place at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday will be a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips and Leah Letson. The fights take place in Kansas City.
Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani catchweight bout headlines Bellator 171
A 175-pound catchweight matchup between 14-year veteran Melvin Guillard and fellow knockout artist Chidi Njokuani has been booked as the headlining bout of Bellator 171.
The event takes place Jan. 27 at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. As with all Bellator events, the night’s main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though the night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed.
UFC on FOX 23 loses Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares, adds Alessio Di Chirico vs. Eric Spicely
A fight between UFC welterweights Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares has been scratched from UFC on FOX 23.
A UFC official passed on the news to MMAjunkie, and people close to both fighters confirmed it. The parties asked to remain anonymous because the news hadn’t been announced.
In its place, the promotion has booked a fight between middleweights Alessio Di Chirico (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Eric Spicely (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC officials today announced the contest, which was previously reported by FloCombat.com.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The main card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Mark Hunt files civil suit against UFC, Dana White, Brock Lesnar
Mark Hunt has taken his grievances against the UFC to court.
The veteran heavyweight filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday naming Brock Lesnar, UFC president Dana White, and the UFC’s parent company Zuffa LLC as defendants, and seeking damages “in the millions” for the controversy surrounding Lesnar’s two failed drug tests ahead of his return fight against Hunt at UFC 200.
The suit alleges racketeering, fraud, negligence, and breach of contract among eight charges levied by Hunt against the UFC, Lesnar, and White. Hunt’s lead attorney, Christina Denning, confirmed the validity of the suit to MMA Fighting on Tuesday night following an initial report by ESPN.
Henrique da Silva vs. Johnson, Caceres vs. Knight added to UFC on FOX 23
UFC on FOX 23’s fight card is quickly filling with the addition of two new bouts.
UFC officials today announced a pair of new bookings: Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Henrique da Silva (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will take on UFC newcomer Jordan Johnson (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweight Alex Caceres (12-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) will face Jason Knight (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).