UFC 229 Quickly Makes History Thanks To Conor McGregor

UFC officials are thrilled to have their biggest draw back.

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UFC 229 quickly made history despite the fact that the event is well over a month away from taking place but that just goes to show the draw power of Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor is slated to make his Octagon return to challenge Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC lightweight championship at this show.

As a result, once tickets went on sale, it was a hit. The reason for that is due to the event racking racked up millions of dollars in ticket sales where it will be one of the largest gates in UFC history.

UFC 229 Quickly Makes History

MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer noted that the event is close to selling out as “there were still a small amount of tickets left at the AXS ticket website at $990 as of Saturday afternoon.”

This is a great start to the road of the return of the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion. This event has surpassed UFC 200 and UFC 129 in terms of gate revenue but is still trailing the top spot and won’t get it.

The all-time record is the one set for UFC 205 on November 12, 2016 which the company’s first-ever event in New York held in Madison Square Garden. That show did $17.7 million.

The UFC 229 pay-per-view event is slated to take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass. The promotion will be adding more matches to the card in the coming weeks.

The Card

Champ Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis
Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lina Lansberg
Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin
Felice Herrig vs. Michelle Waterson
Dominick Reyes vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Sean O’Malley vs. Jose Quinonez
Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick

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World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation Signs Two More Former UFC Fighters

The World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation has inked deal’s with two former UFC fighters and a former TUF contestant for their first ever show later this year.

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The World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) signs two more former UFC fighters as bare-knuckle promotions continue to be the latest trend in combat sports.

The upstart promotion will host its first event later this year in October. The (WBKFF) made headlines last month when they officially announced a contest between Chris Leben and Phil Baroni. The promotion took to Instagram to announce the signing of two more UFC veterans- Josh Neer and Melvin Guillard. The (WBKFF) also inked former TUF 26 contestant Christina Marks.

Neer (36-16-1) hasn’t competed in MMA since getting knocked out by surging UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith at Victory FC 47 back in 2016. “The Dentist” posted a record of six wins and nine defeats in his two runs with the UFC.

Guillard (32-21-2, 3 NC) has competed in nearly every relevant combat sports promotion during the last ten years. However, “The Young Assassin’s” best days may be behind him. Guillard has gone 0-8 with one NC in his last nine fights dating back to a 2014 defeat to Justin Gaethje.

Marks (8-10) lone appearance in the octagon was a loss at the hands of Montana De La Rosa during The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.

The (WBKFF) will debut this fall, and with an already promising stable of fighters, it should prove to be an exciting night of fights.

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Lesnar Drops His WWE Belt At Summerslam As UFC Run Looms

Brock Lesnar is no longer a WWE champion, making it all the more likely his next appearance will be in the UFC cage. Brock Lesnar is no longer the WWE Universal champion.
Lesnar lost the belt to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE’s big …

Brock Lesnar is no longer a WWE champion, making it all the more likely his next appearance will be in the UFC cage.

Brock Lesnar is no longer the WWE Universal champion.

Lesnar lost the belt to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE’s big Summerslam event from the Barclays Center in New York City, in what many believe is a precursor to his move from pro wrestling back into the UFC.

Those hoping for a more MMA-centric plotline – an appearance from expected opponent and two division UFC champ Daniel Cormier, perhaps – were disappointed to instead see only Braun Strowman appearing ringside in an attempt to cash in his ‘Money in the Bank’ insta-title shot briefcase. Instead, the only thing he got was an ass whupping from Lesnar, who beat Strowman mercilessly with a chair before tossing the briefcase across the arena.

That was enough of a distraction to allow Reigns to catch Lesnar with a spear, pinning him in what was a surprisingly quick main event for a big Summerslam. But as far as MMA fans are concerned, Lesnar has now lost his belt which seemed like an important requirement before he could return to the UFC.

As mentioned, Lesnar is expected to fight Daniel Cormier sometime in early 2019 once he is no longer under suspension from USADA, the drug testing agency that nailed him for clomiphene back in 2016. But according to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Lesnar hasn’t signed a bout agreement and is only bound to the UFC insofar as he can’t fight MMA for any other promotion.

That leaves the door open for Lesnar once again using the UFC to pry another big contract out of Vince McMahon and the WWE. But Lesnar’s jaunts back and forth from the UFC are big money and big visibility, a win win win for the UFC, Lesnar, and WWE. So unless another strange pro wrestling plot twist occurs, we can all look forward to seeing Lesnar challenge Cormier for the UFC heavyweight belt in early 2019.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 results and live discussion

Join us at Bloody Elbow for live discussion of The Biggest Event of the Summer, WWE SummerSlam 2018. Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results and discussion of WWE SummerSlam 2018. The show kicks off at 7pm ET/4pm ET and will feature a to…

Join us at Bloody Elbow for live discussion of The Biggest Event of the Summer, WWE SummerSlam 2018.

Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results and discussion of WWE SummerSlam 2018. The show kicks off at 7pm ET/4pm ET and will feature a ton of elite pro wrestling talent. In addition, two of the top three bouts will feature former UFC champions in Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey.

You can also catch the kickoff show, which will feature three bouts and starts at 5pm ET/2pm PT.

Here’s how you can watch the show (via our friends at Cageside Seats).

And here’s a look at the card for the PPV:

Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Universal Title

Ronda Rousey defeated Alexa Bliss to win the WWE Raw Women’s Title

Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the WWE US Title

Finn Balor (in demon gear) defeated Baron Corbin

The Miz defated Daniel Bryan

Samoa Joe defeated A.J. Styles via DQ, Styles retains the WWE Championship

Charlotte Flair defeated Carmella and Becky Lynch to win the Smackdown Women’s title

Braun Strowman destoyed Kevin Owens to keep the Money in the Bank briefcase

The New Day defeated The Bludgeon Brothers via DQ, Brothers retained the Smackdown Tag Team Titles

Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the WWE Intercontinental title

Kickoff show

Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega defeated Rusev and Lana

Cedric Alexander defeated Drew Gulak to retain the WWE Cruiserweight title

The B-Team defeated The Revival to defend the Raw Tag Team titles

(For comprehensive coverage and fallout from SummerSlam, head over to our pro wrestling brethren at Cageside Seats.)

Editors note – Anyone complaining in the comments about BE’s pro wrestling coverage will be warned or banned.

Ronda Rousey Wins A WWE Belt At Summerslam

Rousey becomes just the third person in history to hold both a WWE and UFC title. Much like her early matches in MMA, Ronda Rousey just tore through her opposition quick to take a championship belt. This time it was the WWE’s RAW Women’s C…

Rousey becomes just the third person in history to hold both a WWE and UFC title.

Much like her early matches in MMA, Ronda Rousey just tore through her opposition quick to take a championship belt. This time it was the WWE’s RAW Women’s Championship title, which she took off Alexa Bliss in a five minute squash match that ended with (what else?) an armbar.

We’d show you more but there’s not much else … the whole affair was a bit anti-climactic. Bliss offered no real offense and took three or four bumps before Rousey performed a decently convincing mangling of her arm, forcing a tap. The ending had shades of Rousey’s first fight against Miesha Tate, where Ronda snapped Miesha’s arm backwards. We’ll have to get back to you on the time, but I think the celebration actually lasted longer than the match itself.

With the victory, Ronda Rousey joins Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar as they only athletes (and the first woman) to win titles in both the WWE and UFC.

UFC 229 quickly becomes second-largest gate in UFC history

It’s safe to say that MMA fans are really eager to see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, and it’s great business for the UFC. In just a matter of days, the highly anticipated UFC lightweight championship showdown between Khabib Nurma…

It’s safe to say that MMA fans are really eager to see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, and it’s great business for the UFC.

In just a matter of days, the highly anticipated UFC lightweight championship showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor has racked up millions of dollars in ticket sales, on its way to becoming one of the largest gates in UFC history.

Despite reports that UFC 229 sold without within three minutes of tickets going on sale for the public on August 17th, that is not the case, but they are close. As MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer noted, “there were still a small amount of tickets left at the AXS ticket web site at $990 and up, as of Saturday afternoon.”

In other words, there’s plenty of demand to watch McGregor’s MMA return, and this a promising start for a fight billed as possibly the UFC’s biggest.

UFC 229 has raced past UFC 200 and UFC 129 in terms of gate revenue, but there is one show that it won’t manage to top.

Per Meltzer:

The all-time record, which this show won’t break is the one set for UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, the company’s first-ever event in New York, held in Madison Square Garden. That show set the all-time record for any event ever held in the world’s most famous arena, doing $17.7 million. McGregor captured the UFC lightweight title beating Eddie Alvarez. McGregor was later stripped of the title for failing to defend it, and Nurmagomedov became champion beating Al Iaquinta on April 7 at the Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

On the secondary market, the cheapest tickets, originally priced at $205, are going for $631 and up. A number of ringside seats are being priced in excess of $10,000, with $45,000 currently the highest asked-for price for a front row ringside seat. The number of tickets on the secondary market are substantially lower than one would expect for a show that has sold nearly 18,000 tickets.

It’s not been a banner year for UFC pay-per-views, but in a couple of months it looks like they’ll hit the jackpot. And assuming McGregor makes it to fight night, he’ll have been the headliner for the second-largest gate in boxing history (vs. Floyd Mayweather, of course), and own five of the top six MMA gates all-time for UFC shows in the state of Nevada.

UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor airs live on pay-per-view on Saturday, October 6th, with heavyweight contenders Alexander Volkov and Derrick Lewis squaring off in the co-main event.