Jorge Masvidal Launched Major Campaign To Fight Nate Diaz

Jorge Masvidal apparently wanted to replace Dustin Poirier against Nate Diaz at UFC 230 in November.

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Nate Diaz’s Octagon return is on hold.

Initially, it was announced that the fan-favorite would be making his return to the Octagon at UFC 230. Diaz was to fight Dustin Poirier in the pay-per-view’s (PPV) co-main event. There was a big push from fans to try and implement a 165-pound title to boost it to the headliner.

However, UFC President Dana White shot that idea down immediately. Once the UFC figured out its issues with the UFC 230 main event, announcing Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis for the heavyweight title, UFC 230 took another hit.

It was announced Poirier suffered a hip injury and would be forced off the card. Diaz, reluctant to take a replacement opponent, opted to pull from the event as well. Had he decided to fight, however, he would’ve had plenty of willing dance partners to step in.

One of those being 170-pound fighter Jorge Masvidal. During an interview on BJPenn.com Radio, “Gamebred” revealed that he really wanted to fight Diaz at Madison Square Garden (via MMA Mania):

“I really wanted that fight,” Masvidal said. “I think I would’ve matched up very well, I would’ve put the money on me. I’ve got a lot of respect for Nate and Nick.

“Mainly because of their will. They don’t have the biggest skill set in the game but they probably got some of the most heart in the game.”

Masvidal hasn’t fought in almost a year. His last outing was a unanimous decision loss to Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The 33-year-old former street fighter is ready to get back into the Octagon now, however, and he’s looking for a ranked opponent.

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Douglas Lima Wants MVP Fight, But Says Paul Daley Is No Slouch

Douglas Lima wants to fight Michael Page in the next round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, but he realizes that it may not happen. Lima has advanced to the next round in the tournament. He did so by choking out Andrey Koreshkov in their rubber…

Douglas Lima wants to fight Michael Page in the next round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix, but he realizes that it may not happen. Lima has advanced to the next round in the tournament. He did so by choking out Andrey Koreshkov in their rubber match. Lima is set to take on the winner […]

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Greg Hardy Set For Next Pro Fight Before Year’s End

Former NFL player Greg Hardy may be on a fast track for the UFC roster, but he will have at least one more fight before making his official Octagon debut. Hardy, 3-0, will compete in a heavyweight bout against a yet-to-be-determined opponent under the Island Fights banner on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. ESPN first […]

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Former NFL player Greg Hardy may be on a fast track for the UFC roster, but he will have at least one more fight before making his official Octagon debut.

Hardy, 3-0, will compete in a heavyweight bout against a yet-to-be-determined opponent under the Island Fights banner on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. ESPN first broke the story.

The venue is also yet to be determined. However, official announcements are expected to come in the near future.

The former All-Pro has been downright impressive during his short time in the cage. Hardy competed on ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Contender Series’ over the summer and scored a brutal 57-second KO. He followed that performance up a few weeks later with a 17-second knock out on the same show.

Hardy just recently fought at Xtreme Fight Night 352 in September. There, he won via 53-second knockout over Rasheem Jones.

Although very impressed by Hardy’s performances, UFC President Dana White feels the former footballer isn’t UFC caliber yet. Perhaps a fourth straight win in dominant fashion could earn Hardy his UFC contract.

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Video: Conor McGregor Pitches Massive Fight At Cowboys Stadium

Last Sunday (October 14, 2018) we found out that Conor McGregor most certainly could not throw an NFL football. That won’t stop the UFC’s biggest name from pitching a fight at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. McGregor was seen hyping up the Cowboys before their amazing 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that wasn’t enough, Cowboys […]

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Last Sunday (October 14, 2018) we found out that Conor McGregor most certainly could not throw an NFL football. That won’t stop the UFC’s biggest name from pitching a fight at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

McGregor was seen hyping up the Cowboys before their amazing 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that wasn’t enough, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott used McGregor’s infamous “Billionaire Strut” to celebrate. The Irish megastar even reportedly went out to a club with Elliott that night.

But the biggest and most important interaction McGregor had at the NFL game was most definitely with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. With a monster UFC fight having been rumored for Cowboys stadium for years, McGregor wants to be the one to finally do it.

McGregor’s Pitch

NFL Films caught McGregor’s conversation with Jones. ‘The Notorious’ insisted now was the time to finally bring the UFC Octagon to ‘Jerry’s World’:

“It is a spectacle, this place. That octagon has got to be in the center one day. I’m going to make that happen. Especially now after being here and seeing it. I know it was rumored many times. We never got there but now is the time.”

Indeed the UFC’s biggest star is the only man who could conceivably pack Cowboys Stadium and its 80,000-seat capacity. The stadium held a record crowd of 105,121 fans for a 2009 football game between the Cowboys and the New York Giants.

McGregor is still on top of the MMA game, but that could be changing if he doesn’t start winning again. He’s 2-2 in his last four UFC bouts and doesn’t have a win since 2016. He could pack Cowboys Stadium for a fight with perhaps Nate Diaz, but he’s probably right that the time is now to do it.

With a few more losses, that date at Cowboys Stadium will inch farther away.

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Greg Hardy’s Fourth MMA Bout Reportedly Set For Dec. 21

Greg Hardy reportedly has his fourth professional mixed martial arts bout set. At the very least, there appears to be a date and location in place. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that former NFL star Hardy will be competing on Dec. 21 in Pensa…

Greg Hardy reportedly has his fourth professional mixed martial arts bout set. At the very least, there appears to be a date and location in place. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that former NFL star Hardy will be competing on Dec. 21 in Pensacola, Florida. His opponent has not been determined. Hardy has had two first-round […]

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Crawford does huge ratings on ESPN, Bellator MMA has mixed results

The ratings are in for Terence Crawford’s win over Jose Benavidez Jr, as well as both Bellator MMA cards from over the weekend. Last weekend may not have had a UFC event, but it was nevertheless filled with MMA and boxing cards, and the ra…

The ratings are in for Terence Crawford’s win over Jose Benavidez Jr, as well as both Bellator MMA cards from over the weekend.

Last weekend may not have had a UFC event, but it was nevertheless filled with MMA and boxing cards, and the ratings and viewership figures have been revealed.

We’ll start off with what was the biggest show of the weekend, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s dramatic 12th round TKO of Jose Benavidez Jr. The Top Rank on ESPN broadcast averaged 2.245 million viewers, peaking at 2.7 million for the main event, with a rating of 0.81, good for 4th among all cable programs on Saturday night. It’s 2018’s most-watched fight — boxing or MMA — on cable or network television. The main lead-in was a college football game between #1 ranked Alabama and Missouri, which was a mismatch on paper and a comfortable Alabama win. That broadcast averaged 3.758 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among the 18-49 demographic, so that lead-in helped, but 15-minute blocks suggest that viewership actually built up to the main event.

This is the second-highest rating and viewership number for Top Rank under their ESPN deal, only behind Jeff Horn’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in July 2017. The grudge match storyline certainly helped sell Benavidez as an opponent, but this is hugely encouraging for Crawford’s star power beyond just being a ticket-seller in his home state of Nebraska. 2.7 million more than doubles his number from when he stopped Julius Indongo in Augusy 2017, which was his most recent televised fight. His win over Jeff Horn in June was shown on the ESPN+ streaming service.

As for Bellator MMA, they had cards on Friday and Saturday, with the latter representing a much higher profile main event. Bellator 207 averaged just 416,000 viewers on Paramount Network, with a 0.20 rating that ranked 29th for Friday cable programming. According to Viacom officials, the main event between Ryan Bader and Matt Mitrione “delivered 620,000 viewers peaking with 798,000,” basing that off DVR+3 numbers. They also added that Bellator 207 “delivered the highest ratings among Adults 18-49 for a Friday event since May 2017.” It’s also their highest-rated event over the last four months.

Bellator 208, which had Fedor Emelianenko taking on Chael Sonnen in the other heavyweight tournament semifinal, and that three-hour broadcast averaged 521,000 viewers and a 0.22 rating, ranked 22nd on Saturday. DVR+3 numbers were not revealed and likely won’t be until Thursday. This is essentially on par with Fedor vs. Frank Mir, which had 581,000 viewers and an identical 0.22 rating, with an additional 169,000 watching on a CMT simulcast. The DVR+3 peak viewership for that fight was 1.5 million viewers, so perhaps they’ll fare just as well when Bellator 208 numbers are announced. Fedor is responsible for two of Bellator’s better-rated cards of 2018, but certainly a far cry from what they were capable of even in January 2017.

For the record, viewing figures for both Bellator cards on DAZN are unknown.

Lastly, the Professional Fighters League’s lightweight and light-heavyweight playoffs averaged 88,000 viewers on NBC Sports Network, and did not crack cable’s top-150 programming for Saturday.