After weeks of rumors, $4 billion UFC sale announcement coming Monday
It’s now all but official: After weeks of speculation, reports and denials, the Ultimate Fighting Championship appears poised to announce it has been sold. The pricetag: $4 billion.
According to the report, the new ownership group will include the William Morris Endeavor, an entertainment agency whose CEO Ari Emanuel is a longtime friend of the UFC; New York-based entertainment company International Management Group; private equity firm MSD; and New York-based investment firm KKR Co.
UFC 200 post-fight facts: Inside the numbers of the most anticipated card in company history
After more than a year of buildup, UFC 200 finally took place on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The historic pay-per-view event was capped off by a one-sided headliner. Amanda Nunes (13-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) forced the game of hot potato in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division to continue when she steamrolled Miesha Tate (18-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC) for a first-round submission to capture the gold.
With the most stacked event in UFC history in the books – and one that produced numerous notable results – check out 65 post-fight facts to come out of UFC 200...
Amanda Nunes reacts to becoming the first openly gay UFC champion
Amanda Nunes made history on a big night.
With her win over Miesha Tate, Nunes became the first openly gay champion ever in the UFC. The talented Brazilian submitted Tate in the first round with a rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 200 on Saturday to take home the women's bantamweight title.
"It's amazing," Nunes said of becoming the UFC's first openly gay champ. "The most important thing is I'm happy with my life. That's the most important thing."
UFC 200 Aftermath: Brock Lesnar proves his point
As Brock Lesnar took the podium for his one-man press conference in a sweltering, makeshift tent outside T-Mobile Arena (they couldn't find money in the new joint's $375 million construction budget for a proper press conference room?), he looked like a man who had exercised his demons.
The way Lesnar left the sport of mixed martial arts five years ago wasn't exactly the sort of closing chapter any fighter wants to have. Lesnar, who had mastered the ability of channeling his ridiculous size and strength for MMA wrestling purposes, never quite did the same with his standup game.
MMA fighter issues death threat, says he'll attend UFC 200 to shoot Dana White
UFC president Dana White is on the receiving end of death threats from a former MMA fighter, according to TMZ Sports.
Dan Quinn and a crew of his have tickets to Saturday evening's UFC 200 and plan on bringing weapons to kill White, per the report. Quinn is reportedly "angry over some unresolved bad blood." White is shaking off the supposed death threats, however.
Quinn is an MMA fighter with a 5-7-1 record who hasn't fought since 2010. He never made it to the UFC, but gained a following online thanks to his rather strange videos posted on YouTube, which included regular rants regarding White. In 2012, Quinn dropped White with death threats in a voicemail accusing him of sending in hired gunmen to murder him and his family. Quinn threatened to shoot White in the head.
Jon Jones b sample tests positive
The results of Jon Jones' B sample from a test administered on June 16 has confirmed the presence of a banned substance, United States Anti-Doping Agency spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
On Wednesday, Jones, 28, was removed from a scheduled title bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 after USADA informed him of a potential anti-doping violation. Jones requested his B sample be tested by the same lab in Salt Lake City.
Johny Hendricks misses weight for UFC 200
Hendricks, the former UFC Welterweight Champion and a two-time NCAA champion wrestler at Oklahoma State, weighed in at 171.25 pounds, missing weight by a quarter pound. Hendricks is scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200 on the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card Saturday. He will forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Gastelum
Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson injured, out of UFC 201 title fight with Wilson Reis
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has been forced out of a scheduled title defense for just the second time in his nearly four-year reign as divisional kingpin.
Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) suffered an injury ahead of his planned UFC 201 title bout against Wilson Reis (20-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC), and the bout has been pushed back to a later date that has yet to be determined.
A source close to the event confirmed the change with MMAjunkie but spoke on the condition of anonymity since a formal announcement hasn’t been made. Globo first reported it.
Miesha Tate nearly misses weigh-in window, fight with Amanda Nunes still on
Miesha Tate almost missed the two-hour window to weigh-in Friday morning here at the Monte Carlo. If Tate would have checked in after 10 a.m. PT, her main event title fight with Amanda Nunes would have been called off, per UFC spokesperson Dave Lockett. Tate hit the scale and made weight (134.5 pounds) at about 10:02 a.m.
Kelvin Gastelum and Johny Hendricks also narrowly made the window between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Hendricks missed weight at 171.25 pounds and has to forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Gastelum. Gastelum made weight at 171 pounds. Both weighed in before Tate, just before 10 a.m.
Anderson Silva Vs Daniel Cormier official for UFC 200
Daniel Cormier will remain on Saturday's UFC 200 card and fight former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a three-round, nontitle light heavyweight fight.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN on Thursday evening. Cormier, the light heavyweight champion, was originally scheduled to fight Jon Jones at UFC 200, but that fight fell through Wednesday, when Jones was informed of a potential anti-doping violation.
Diego Sanchez vows to fight smarter after concerns about brain injury
Sanchez decided to visit the Cerebrum Health Center in Dallas before his fight in March against Jim Miller and find out if there’s extensive damage that could impair his motor functions and memory.
“I went to get checked out because I had been hit in the head several times in my career,” Sanchez said to Yahoo Sports. “I thought it wouldn’t hurt to get my brain checked out and make sure nothing is going wrong there.”
Klinger in for injured Vassell, Grove vs. Mulheron added to Bellator 158
Linton Vassell has been knocked out of his bout with Francis Carmont at Bellator 158.
Vassell (16-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) was scheduled to compete in front of his fellow countrymen at the event, but will instead be replaced by Lukasz Klinger (7-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Bellator 158 takes place July 16 at The O2 in London. The main card airs on Spike at 9 p.m. ET via tape delay. Untelevised prelims stream at 1 p.m. ET on MMAjunkie.
In addition to Klinger taking on Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) at light heavyweight, British heavyweight veteran Neil Grove (12-7-1 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) will take on James Mulheron (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the preliminary portion of the card.
ONE Championship Confirms Two More 2016 Cards in Macau and Bangkok
ONE Championship officials on Wednesday confirmed two more cards that for 2016. On Aug. 13, the promotion heads to Macau for the first time. The other new addition to the schedule is a show in Bangkok on Dec. 17.
Venetian MacauNext month’s event will be at the 15,000 capacity Cotai Arena. The venue is situated in the bowls of the Venetian Resort & Casino and has played host to a couple of Manny Pacquiao fights in recent years.
The UFC also held three events at the Cotai Arena between 2012 and 2014, but has not returned in nearly two years. Boxing promoter Top Rank has also held multiple shows in the venue, featuring the likes of Zou Shiming and Rex Tso, as well as Manny Pacquiao.