UFC RETURNS TO THE O2 LONDON MARCH 21 2020

 

The UFC has confirmed this morning that they will be back in the London March 21 for their 11th show.

Last year the event was headlined by Darren Till, where he lost to the now owner of the BMF Belt Jorge Masvidal.

Make no mistake Till is again the front runner to headline this year also again. Having made his middleweight debut back at UFC244 against Kelvin Gastelum beating who many thought would be too much for the Scouse man, means he now has the pick of the anyone in the middleweight division.

 

The fight we could likely see at the top would be Till Vs. Whittaker.  Robert Whittaker the former middleweight champ who recently lost his title to Israel Adesanya .  With no title rematch on the cards, this fight makes sense. One ex-champ vs a real contender at middleweight, I feel the UFC would be silly not to make this fight as a headline event.

No fights have as yet been schedule so its all speculation at this moment.  MMA in the UK is on quiet the high at the moment which will make this UFC London card spectacular

Bellator London weigh-in results

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At the Bellator London weigh-ins, all 38 fighters taking part in Saturday’s Bellator London fights stepped on the scale Friday.

In the main event, Michael Page and Giovanni Melillo will have to make the welterweight limit of 170 pounds (with one-pound weight allowance).

Check out Bellator London weigh-in results below.

Main card (Bellator app at 5 p.m. ET)

Michael “Venom” Page (170) vs. Giovanni Melillo (170.8)

Fabian Edwards (185.4) vs. Mike Shipman (185)

Terry Brazier (155.6) vs. Søren Bak (156)

Undercard (Bellator app at 11:30 a.m. ET)

Denise Kielholtz (121.6) vs. Sabriye Sengul (124.6)

Tim Wilde (155.8) vs. Charlie Leary (155.2)

Charlie Ward (185.6) vs. Pietro Penini (185)

Robert Whiteford vs. Sam Sicilia

Walter Gahadza (170.2) vs. Lewis Long (170.4)

Chris Bungard (155.8) vs. Benjamin Brander (155.2)

Kent Kauppinen (184.8) vs. Andy Manzolo (184.4)

Alfie Davis (160.2) vs. Alessandro Botti (160.4)

George Tokkos (185.2) vs. Kevin Fryer (185)

Aiden Lee (145.6) vs. Damian Frankiewicz (145.6)

Jeremy Petley (149.6) vs. Tom Mearns (149)

Nathan Rose (145.4) vs. Harry Hardwick (145.4)

Akonne Wanliss (154.4) vs. Tim Barnett (156)

Raphael Uchegbu (135) vs. Shane Campbell (135.4)

Charlotte McIntyre (144.8) vs. Josie Blaber (144.6)

Valentina Shevchenko expected to defend her title against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC pay-per-view on Feb. 8

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It appears Valentina Shevchenko has her next assignment as the women’s flyweight champion is expected to face surging contender Katlyn Chookagian at a UFC event currently scheduled for Feb. 8 in Houston, Texas.

Multiple sources close to the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report from ESPN. The UFC has made no official announcements about the fight or the Feb. 8 card, which is expected to be a pay-per-view.

Regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport, Shevchenko has run roughshod over the 125-pound division in the UFC ever since the weight class was first introduced.

She’s currently 4-0 in the division with two title defenses already under her belt including a highlight reel knockout against Jessica Eye back in June. Shevchenko most recently fought in August when she defended her belt against Liz Carmouche in a lopsided decision after five rounds.

As for Chookagian, her opportunity to fight for UFC gold comes after building a 4-1 resume at flyweight inside the Octagon including two consecutive wins in a row.

Chookagian has most recently defeated Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia while also holding wins over Alexis Davis and Mara Romero Borella in the division.

Now she will get the chance to pull off the upset against Shevchenko in a flyweight title fight that is expected to join the Feb. 8 UFC pay-per-view currently rumored for the Toyota Center in Houston.

Mayweather: I’m coming out of retirement, working with Dana White

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Floyd Mayweather is teasing another collaboration with Dana White.

Floyd Mayweather and Dana White were sitting next to each other courtside at the L.A. Clippers vs Boston Celtics game on Wednesday night. They seemed to have enjoyed their time watching the NBA, but now the undefeated boxer is teasing that they weren’t just there for basketball.

Mayweather took to social media to announce that he’s working with Dana White for another “spectacular event.” On a separate post that went up moments after, he says he’s coming out of retirement in 2020.

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“@danawhite and I working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020,” Mayweather wrote.

Both the UFC and Dana White’s social media accounts also reposted both posts from Mayweather shortly after.

Mayweather, who is turning 43 in February, had an exhibition bout against Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa at the end of 2018. Before that, he had his last professional bout against Conor McGregor in 2017 that evened his record to 50-0.

White has long teased the launch of Zuffa Boxing.

Floyd Mayweather says he’s coming out of retirement in 2020, Dana White shares Instagram post

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather said on social media Thursday night he’s coming out of retirement, and UFC president Dana White was quick to share the news.

Mayweather announced on his Instagram lately Thursday that he is coming out of retirement in 2020. This is what he wrote.

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“Coming out of retirement in 2020”

White was quick to re-post the photo of Mayweather on his own Instagram account, which has quickly led to speculation that White and Mayweather may have come to a deal.

On Wednesday night, Mayweather and White were shown sitting beside each other at the L.A. Clippers vs. Boston Celtics NBA game in Los Angeles. Mayweather shared a photo of the two sitting courtside on his Instagram.

“@danawhite and I working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020. #boxing #UFC #mma #mayweatherpromotions”

The question is now, what are Mayweather and White working on?

For months now, White has teased Zuffa Boxing. What better way to lead off White’s boxing venture with a bang than with Mayweather as the headliner. Such a partnership is something that could be very lucrative for both sides. Then again, Mayweather also said recently in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he’s done with boxing. It’s hard to say what the actual truth is at this point.

But if White and Mayweather were to come to an agreement on some sort of deal, it wouldn’t be the first time as White and Mayweather have been no stranger to co-promotion in the past. In 2017 White allowed UFC superstar Conor McGregor to fight outside his UFC contract against Mayweather, an agreement that all parties profited from. Perhaps White and Mayweather have come up with another deal that benefits all sides. At this point, it’s pure speculation.

Do you think UFC president Dana White and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather have worked out some sort of deal for his return?

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Midnight Mania! Floyd Mayweather Ends Retirement, Partners Up With Dana White

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) collaborations are all the rage right now, and neither Dana White nor Floyd Mayweather intend to be left behind. Mayweather officially retired following his August 2017 victory over Conor McGregor, but the boxing legend also competed in an exhibition match against Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Just about two hours ago, Mayweather hinted that something big was brewing in the works between him and White:

On its own, that post does not imply much, as it could merely mean one of the fighters that Mayweather represents could be competing soon inside the Octagon or with Zuffa Boxing. However, Mayweather followed it up less than an hour later by announcing an end to his retirement.

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One has to assume these to posts are connected, but what does it all mean? The most likely bet is definitely a rematch with Conor McGregor, but one has to wonder how much Mayweather’s preexisting contracts would interfere with such a bout. Perhaps he’s looking for another exhibition match of some kind? Of course, there’s always the realistic chance that it’s all nonsense, but there’s probably still a goal behind getting everyone excited.

Stay tuned for any updates!

Insomnia

My fight write up posted earlier today, and I greatly appreciate everyone who took the time to read and watch. The highlights are below — and admittedly out of order — but the article explaining it all can be read HERE!

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Well, this is certainly creative.

Yoel Romero seems to be merchandising his catchphrase “I luh juh.” Personally, I’ll wait for the “No For Gay Jesus” apparel, but I do wonder if there’s a stencil of Romero kissing Luke Rockhold on the back of the hat.

Luke Rockhold moving into the world of jiu-jitsu is a really smart move — that man can grapple!

Joanna Jedrzejczyk is expanding upon her tooth-removing abilities, which were already scary enough.

Being unable to fit your resume on a boxing glove is a good problem to have!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

SUMO!

A perfect entrance into the leg entanglement by Garry Tonon:

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Insane @flograppling @garrytonon

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And the mouth piece goes flying!

Random Land

“Just be yourself.”

This clip made the internet rounds a few years ago now, but if you have not yet seen it, it’s incredible footage.

Midnight Music: Yes, I’m still working through both my 1001 albums book and all the Billboard Hot 100 Singles, but I’ve set a new goal to listen to more of the classic blues albums that I’ve neglected.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Nong-O vs. Saemapetch Muay Thai title fight official

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao faces his Thai-fellow Saemapetch Fairtex in defense of his ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai title tonight (Nov. 22) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The contest tops the fight card titled “Edge of Greatness”. Both main event competitors successfully passed the hydration test and made weight.

The champion tipped the scales at 65.8 kg. The challenger was 65.2 kg. The championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.

The co-main event is a three-round lightweight MMA battle between Amir Khan and Ev Ting. The athletes weighed-in at 77.05 kg and 77.1 kg, respectively.

Also on the main card, Troy Worthen came in light, showing 65.35 kg for his 68.5 kg catchweight Muay Thai bout against Chen Lei, who was 68.45. In addition, Rahul Raju showed 78.85 kg for his MMA encounter at lightweight with Furqan Cheema, who declared 80.95 kg.

The complete ONE Age of Greatness fight card, hydration and weigh-in results can be found below.

ONE Age of Greatness: Nong-O vs. Saemapetch

Main Card

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao (65.8 kg, 1.0248) vs. Saemapetch Fairtex (65.2 kg, 1.0074)

Amir Khan (77.05 kg, 1.0074) vs. Ev Ting (77.1 kg, 1.0053)

Troy Worthen (65.35 kg, 1.012) vs. Chen Lei (68.45 kg, 1.0049)

Rahul Raju (78.85 kg, 1.000) vs. Furqan Cheema (80.95 kg, 1.0132)

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (56.7 kg, 1.0168) vs. Muhammad Imran (56.7 kg, 1.0124)

Colbey Northcutt (60.6 kg, 1.0074) vs. Putri Padmi (59.85 kg, 1.0036)

Alex Silva (56.65 kg, 1.0044) vs. Peng Xue Wen (56.7 kg, 1.0187)

Preliminary Card

Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy (70.3 kg, 1.0057) vs. Charlie Peters (69.75 kg, 1.0066)

Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat (60.85 kg, 1.0199) vs. Yuta Wantanabe (60.7 kg, 1.0099)

Bruno Pucci (65.7 kg, 1.0222) vs. Shuya Kamikubo (65.45 kg, 1.0023)

Brown Pinas (69.9 kg, 1.0066) vs. Liam Nolan (70.05 kg, 1.016)

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