Conor McGregor tweets he's back on the UFC 200 card
The plot thickens. Again.
Conor McGregor tweeted Sunday night that he is back on the UFC 200 card after a tumultuous few days between him and the promotion last week.
McGregor, the biggest financial draw in the sport and the UFC featherweight champion, was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in the main event of the card until last Tuesday. "The Notorious" announced he was retired on Twitter and a few hours later UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he wouldn't fly to Las Vegas to perform promotional obligations.
On Thursday, McGregor posted a lengthy statement on Facebook, clarifying that he wanted to focus on training after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and was willing to do some promotion now and some later. White doubled down, though, on Friday at a press conference, saying that McGregor was definitely off the UFC 200 card and the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Diaz.
Now, though, McGregor is saying he is back on UFC 200.
A request for comment from the UFC was not immediately returned Sunday night.
UFC 197 attendance: Event draws 11,352 fans for $2.3 million live gate in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s UFC 197 event drew an announced attendance of 11,352 fans for a live gate of $2.3 million.
UFC 197 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 197 was the fourth event at MGM Grand Garden Arena this year. It ranks second in total attendance and second in live gate.
The full list includes:
“UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz” – 14,898 ($8,100,000 live gate)
“UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux” – 11,352 ($2,300,000 live gate)
“UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit” – 10,300 ($2,003,986 live gate)
“UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson” – 7,422 ($1,435,000 live gate)
Page–Gonzalez, Carmont–Vassell set to meet at Bellator 158 in London
Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 158.
The welterweight bout was announced on the Bellator 153 broadcast following Page’s toe hold submission of Jeremie Holloway.
Bellator 158 takes place July 16 at The O2 in London, and the main card airs on Spike. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) rematches James Thompson (20-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the heavyweight main event while Paul Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Josh Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) rematch in the co-main event.
Patricio Freire: ‘Bellator promised me’ title shot with win
Patricio Freire wants to regain the Bellator featherweight belt, but first he needs to get past Henry Corrales.
Freire’s life became a rollercoaster last November, when he lost the 145-pound title in a rematch with Daniel Straus. "Pitbull" wanted to avenge the loss and get the belt back, and claims that Bellator was willing to make a fourth between them bout right away, but the champion was forced to be on the sidelines.
Undefeated Andrew Todhunter Will CallI It A Career Following Legacy FC 54 Bout
Looking back on 2015, Oklahoma-based middleweight Andrew Todhunter isn’t shy about saying it was the lowest point of both his MMA career and life outside the cage.
The first problem Todhunter ran into was when he was offered a fight at UFC 188 in Mexico City at welterweight. Unfortunately, fighting at a weight class below what he is used to and being in unfamiliar surroundings made for disastrous results.
‘Kid’ Yamamoto to Make Octagon Return at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto will seek his first Octagon triumph when he faces Chris Beal at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18.
Promotion officials announced the bantamweight bout on Friday. UFC Fight Night takes place at TD Place Arena in Ottawa and is headlined by a welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson. The evening’s main card airs on Fox Sports 1.
The K-1 Hero’s 2005 middleweight grand prix tournament champion, Yamamoto began his UFC tenure with consecutive losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama and Vaughan Lee. Most recently, the Krazy Bee representative’s bout with Roman Salazar at UFC 184 was declared a no contest after Salazar couldn’t continue due to an accidental eye poke. Yamamoto is 18-6 as a pro, including 13 wins via KO or TKO.
Four Bouts Announced For UFC Fight Night In South Dakota on July 13th
The card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first-ever trip to South Dakota is beginning to take shape.
The promotion confirmed the following matchups Thursday following an initial report from the Argus Leader: Louis Smolka vs. Ben Nguyen at flyweight; Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura at welterweight; Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman at middleweight and Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister at lightweight.
Sioux Falls native Ben Nguyen meets Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 91 in S.D.
The UFC’s first event in South Dakota will feature a native of the “Mount Rushmore State,” even though he fights out of Australia.
Ben Nguyen (14-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., will meet Louis Smolka (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 91. UFC officials announced the fight today following an initial report from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
McGregor Breaks Silence, Ends Lengthy Retirement
But in a post to his Facebook page Thursday, the UFC featherweight champ wrote that he’d like to leave a certain part of the sport behind: the relentless promoting of his bouts.
"I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting," McGregor wrote. "There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop."
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov to defend title vs. Rashid Yusupov, Stephan Puetz returns vs. Andrey Seledtspv
M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Viktor Nemkov will defend his title May 27 against challenger Rashid Yusupov, headlining M-1 Challenge 66, in Orenburg City, Russia.
M-1 Challenge 66 will be streamed live from Moscow in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.
M-1 Global also announced that former M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion Stephan “T-800? Puetz will also return to action against M-1 Global-debuting Andrey Seledtsov.
Ricardo Lamas booked for fight with Max Holloway at June's UFC 199 in California
Two of the world’s top featherweights are set to fight when the UFC returns to Southern California in June.
Former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will take on Max Holloway (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) at UFC 199. Promotion officials announced the new booking today on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.” A middleweight bout between Hector Lombard Hector Lombard (34-5-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) also was made official.
With the addition to the card, UFC 199 now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight title
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Chael Sonnen thinks Conor McGregor made 'a big mistake'
As everyone is by now aware, Conor McGregor tweeted that he was retiring. Shortly afterwards, Dana White announced that the UFC had removed McGregor from his scheduled bout at UFC 200. And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, MMA fans the world over desperately scoured the internet to figure out what precipitated all of this.
Well Chael Sonnen thinks he knows. Last night after all the hoopla, Sonnen did a Facebook live chat where he answered many listener comments surrounding McGregor's situation and talked about his knowledge of the behind the scenes workings.
"I don't have any inside info on this. Just being around the business since the 90's, I know how it works. I know how this whole thing went down. And if I tell you what I think, I guarantee I'm 98 percent right if not 100.
"Conor had a deal with the UFC. And Conor's now going back and trying to renegotiate and it just doesn't work that way. It can't. You can't write everything down, you can't get your contracts done all the time in this business. There's 500 guys under contract. There's not even that many employees in the UFC. I think there's like 340 employees with 500 fighters. There's 53 shows scheduled for a year that only has 52 weeks in the year. You have to be able to make a phone call, count on whatever the guy says, hang up the phone and that's the end of it. You have to be able to do that.
"Conor has a contract, he made a deal, somewhere he didn't sign it. Let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized ‘I've got the upper hand. Now I can come back and renegotiate. Who's going to tell me no when the advertising is already done?' That's what he did. Guaranteed. With no inside knowledge, guaranteed that's what happened."
Former middleweight champ Brandon Halsey faces John Salter at Bellator 156
Brandon Halsey will resume his attempt to recapture the middleweight title when he faces John Salter at Bellator 156.
The bout was announced via a press release.
Bellator 156 takes place June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Halsey (9-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) didn’t lose his title in the ring, instead dropping it on the scales when he failed to make weight against Kendall Grove at Bellator 137. He returned to action after stopping Grove by suffering his first career loss when he was stopped by a Rafael Carvalho body kick in the second round of their Bellator 144 bout.
Dana White: Conor McGregor has been pulled from UFC 200 headliner vs. Nate Diaz
The UFC 200 main event between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is off, promotion President Dana White said today.
White, appearing on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” said the Irish titleholder – one of the company’s two most bankable fighters – has been pulled from a rematch with Diaz this July in Las Vegas after failing to agree to some of the required promotion for the event.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor already retiring?
With tasting defeat for the first time in the UFC against UFC veteran Nate Diaz at UFC 196, the two are set for an immediate rematch once again in a non-title welterweight bout that will headline UFC 200. However, McGregor tweeted on Tuesday out of nowhere that he is looking to close the curtains on his MMA career.