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Happy Friday and welcome back to TGIFighting . We’ll get you set for this weekend’s MMA action and break down the news of the day. Let’s get it on…

Happy Friday and welcome back to TGIFighting . We’ll get you set for this weekend’s MMA action and break down the news of the day. Let’s get it on…

UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 pre-sale tickets priced up to $10,000

Ticket prices for Conor McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 have been released, and they’re not cheap. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC 264 pre-sale ticket prices are out, and they’re nowhere ch…


Ticket prices for Conor McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 have been released, and they’re not cheap.
Ticket prices for Conor McGregor’s trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 have been released, and they’re not cheap. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC 264 pre-sale ticket prices are out, and they’re nowhere cheap.

If you’re planning to catch UFC 264 live, you may want to think things through. TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter tweeted out the pre-sale ticket prices on Thursday after it was released, and they’re nowhere cheap.

To get early access to pre-sale tickets, hopeful patrons must first be a member of UFC Fight Club. Each membership costs $85, but you do get an exclusive T-shirt along with a welcome letter from none other than UFC president Dana White himself.

UFC Fight Club pre-sale ticket access

A second pre-sale happens on Friday, April 16. According to MMA Mania, ticket buyers will need a special code which they’ll get by subscribing to the UFC’s official newsletter.

Headlining UFC 264 is the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. The last time these two men fought was at UFC 257 in January, with “The Diamond” avenging his 2014 loss via second-round TKO.

The said event will take place in front of a full capacity audience at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Roach: Paul will be made into a video highlight by Askren

Jake Paul and Ben Askren square off ahead of their boxing match on April 17th. | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“When Ben knocks Jake Paul on his ass on Saturday night, YouTube will have itself a new most-viewed vide…


Jake Paul and Ben Askren square off ahead of their boxing match on April 17th.
Jake Paul and Ben Askren square off ahead of their boxing match on April 17th. | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“When Ben knocks Jake Paul on his ass on Saturday night, YouTube will have itself a new most-viewed video highlight,” Roach said.

Ben Askren’s boxing coach Freddie Roach is expecting his fighter to end the hype of Jake Paul this weekend.

Askren will meet Paul in an eight-round boxing match this Saturday at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The fight will mark Askren’s first return to professional competition since retiring from MMA in November 2019.

Since making his pro boxing debut last year, YouTube and Internet celebrity Paul has caught the attention of the combat sports world. Paul knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson last November and called for fights with Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis before being matched against Askren.

“Ben is so driven. He has a great work ethic,” Roach told MMA Fighting. “He had no problem with trying anything I recommended and gave me everything I asked of him in the gym. He has a lot of power. He’s a helluva guy.”

Roach went on to say that he isn’t bothered by the increased number of celebrities stepping over to boxing in search of big paydays. Despite this, he is hoping for Askren to turn the ‘YouTube boob’ Paul into a highlight reel in their fight.

“I refer to Jake Paul as the ‘YouTube boob,’” Roach said. “I’ve seen video of him fighting and his press conference with Ben. It’s really hard for me to watch him too long.

“I know one thing, when Ben knocks Jake Paul on his ass on Saturday night, YouTube will have itself a new most-viewed video highlight.”

Paul vs. Askren will take place live on Triller/Fite.TV this Saturday, April 17.

Frank Mir Says Bella Mir ‘Checks Off Every Box To Be A World Champion’

Bella MirFrank Mir believes his daughter, Bella, has all the tools to go down as one of the sport’s all-time greats. 18-year-old Bella Mir is already 2-0 as a professional, picking up a pair of victories under the iKon FF banner. Frank said that initially, he was opposed to the idea of his daughter going in […]

Bella Mir

Frank Mir believes his daughter, Bella, has all the tools to go down as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

18-year-old Bella Mir is already 2-0 as a professional, picking up a pair of victories under the iKon FF banner. Frank said that initially, he was opposed to the idea of his daughter going in to the family business due to how little fighters make. However, he eventually grew into liking the idea of having his daughter follow in his footsteps. Now that he has seen what Bella is capable of inside the cage, Mir told Just Scrap Radio that he is confident she will go down as one of the best to ever do it (Transcribed by BJPenn.com).

“It’s beautiful to watch your child do something they love and get recognition for it and be successful. I’m happy about that,” Frank Mir said. “Obviously, being a professional fighter, it’s not the injuries that scare me, it’s making a living out of it. You are not working on your business during a fight career so you are putting all your eggs in one basket. That’s scary to me because of the financial payback, there is a lot of luck involved.

“You might blow your knee out before a big fight, you might get caught and that was your chance for a title shot,” Mir continued. “Like Conor McGregor doesn’t have the accolades that Demetrious Johnson as pure as a mixed martial artist, like Johnson, is the better fighter. But, who makes more money? It’s not even close, it’s not even in the same ballpark. That’s the scary part because financial security is not easy. She wants to do it, so I’m either going to sit on the sidelines or be a part of it and try to make sure she can be the best she can be.”

While Bella Mir has been training at Syndicate MMA, Frank has still been offering his daughter advice on her career. He knows major organizations will be eager to sign her based on her last name alone, but he doesn’t want her rushing to sign with the UFC. Instead, he hopes his daughter will take the time to develop her skills and reach her full potential before making the leap.

“Right now, there are a lot of people saying let’s go to the UFC right now and as a father, I’m putting on the brakes,” Mir said. “Let’s not get ahead of herself. She’s talented, tough, smart, she has everything going and she checks off every box to be a world champion, a Hall of Famer. Anyone getting in there too soon is not good.”

While Frank is excited to cheer on his daughter during her career, he’s hoping for one last moment in his. He hopes to one day fight on the same card as Bella, and have the event serve as a symbolic passing of the torch as he moves on to retirement.

“One of my ambitions I have said and I would really like to stick to it, is I would like to fight on the same card as my daughter,” Mir said. “That would be a great father-daughter experience and how many people can say they’ve done that in their career? Compete as an athlete on the same playing field as their child. It would be a moment of passing the torch of the ending of my career and the starting of her career. I would have to make it an MMA fight to make that happen.”

Do you hope to one day see Bella Mir fight in the UFC?

Jake Paul Says He Has Been Diagnosed With ‘Early Signs Of CTE’

Jake PaulIn the lead-up to his boxing match against Ben Askren, Jake Paul has made a rather startling admission. Paul meets Askren in the ring on April 17 as part of the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. During his media day presser, Paul claimed to have been diagnosed with early signs of CTE (Transcribed by MMA Mania). […]

Jake Paul

In the lead-up to his boxing match against Ben Askren, Jake Paul has made a rather startling admission.

Paul meets Askren in the ring on April 17 as part of the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. During his media day presser, Paul claimed to have been diagnosed with early signs of CTE (Transcribed by MMA Mania).

“It’s a dangerous sport,” Paul told reporters Thursday. “That’s why, when people question my dedication to it—it’s like, I’m showing up every single day. I’m putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line. Like you said, I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE.”

CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is a debilitating condition that, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is the term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas… CTE has been found in the brains of people who played football and other contact sports, including boxing.”

An admission to showing signs of CTE has usually ended any discussion about a fighter possibly returning to the ring. After hearing stories like those from Spencer Fisher about what it’s been like to live with brain injuries, it’s easy to see why commissions have been hesitant to give fighters like Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt licenses to fight.

“I love this sport and wouldn’t trade it for anything else,” Paul continued. “And I’m a fighter and people will see that. Whether it’s after Saturday night or whether it’s a year from now, they will see that I’m a fighter.”

The lasting effects and symptoms from brain injuries are hard to predict, and most diagnoses can only be made by a post-mortem examination. The UFC has taken steps to fund the research of long-lasting brain injuries, hopefully opening the door for other sports and organizations to follow suit.

Are you surprised by Jake Paul’s CTE admission?