Canelo Alvarez Signs Biggest Contract In Sports History

Canelo Alvarez just became a very wealthy man after signing a broadcast deal with DAZN.

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Boxing megastar Canelo Alvarez just inked a huge broadcasting deal with DAZN streaming service.

Alvarez is currently the unified middleweight champion of boxing, coming off a majority decision win over Gennady Golovkin last month. The fight was the last of his broadcast deal with HBO, who recently announced they’ll be exiting the boxing game after several decades.

Golden Boy Promotions’ Oscar De La Hoya had announced that negotiations to find Canelo a new home would be getting underway immediately – and he wasn’t lying. While most fans assumed Alvarez would jump to now-former HBO Boxing rival, Showtime, the Canelo camp opted to go a different route.

ESPN has reported that Alvarez inked a five-year, 11-fight, $365 million broadcast deal with DAZN. The streaming service just debuted in the United States in May, but has been up and running since 2016. DAZN has been on quite a rise as of late, already having streamed several Bellator MMA events, as well as boxing matches featuring the likes of Anthony Joshua.

The broadcast deal is the richest contract signed by an athlete since New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. He had signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins in 2014. De La Hoya concealed that Alvarez is “extremely happy” being the highest-paid athlete in the world.

While Alvarez enjoys his new deal, he will make his return to the ring in December. The Mexican is challenging Rocky Fielding for the super middleweight championship. This would be Canelo’s first title at a new weight class.

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Chandler Vs Khabib In Bellator?

A few months ago, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Michael Chandler declared himself to be the man to hand current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound king, Khabib Nurmagomedov, his first loss.
While the statement was w…

A few months ago, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Michael Chandler declared himself to be the man to hand current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound king, Khabib Nurmagomedov, his first loss.

While the statement was well received even by Russian fans, according to Chandler, there were just as many who scoffed at the notion, especially since Michael was making the statement after inking a contract extension to remain with Bellator.

Still, Chandler didn’t sign a lifetime deal with the Viacom-owned promotion, and says even if he never fights for UFC, Khabib could still very well make the jump over.

“Let’s keep this in perspective,” Chandler said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “Yes, I did sign with Bellator, but it was not a lifetime deal. It wasn’t a 10-fight deal. It wasn’t even an eight-fight deal. It will not carry me to the end of my career. There will be more contracts being signed,” he added.

“I am still a young fighter. I’m 32, but I feel like I’m 22. So therefore, I can’t imagine declining in skill to where there’s not going to be great opportunities for some ridiculously good matchups. Not to mention, Khabib is getting offered $2 million by 50 Cent, not to mention the fact that Bellator’s roster is ever-evolving.”

50 Cent, the gangster rapper who now has a stake with Bellator MMA, did indeed offer “The Eagle” a $2 million payday to jump ship. Despite interest on Khabib’s side, Dana White recently declared “The Eagle” would be staying put. Still, Chandler says anything can happen at the drop of a hat.

“To think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Khabib is going to be a Bellator fighter in the next year-and-a-half to two years at only 30 years old, you’re a little bit ignorant to think there can’t be some switching of these rosters in the very near future,” Chandler said concluded.

Until then, Khabib and Chandler will be taking out the competition in separate organizations, as Michael is currently lined up to rematch Brent Primus at Bellator 212 on December 14, 2018, while Khabib has to face off against Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) before he resumes his combat career.

And he already has his eyes set on a former champion for his return bout.

McGregor Tells Jerry Jones “Now Is The Time” For UFC In AT&T Stadium (Video)

Conor McGregor is always looking to set records. He now has his sights on AT&T Stadium. The UFC has never held an event from the venue that hosts the Dallas Cowboys on a regular basis. If anyone can bring the Octagon to Dallas, however, it’s …

Conor McGregor is always looking to set records. He now has his sights on AT&T Stadium. The UFC has never held an event from the venue that hosts the Dallas Cowboys on a regular basis. If anyone can bring the Octagon to Dallas, however, it’s Conor McGregor. The Irishman recently visited AT&T Stadium accompanied by […]

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Coach Confirms Jones ‘Didn’t Train Hard’ For First Gustafsson Fight

Jon Jones’ coach confirms that the former UFC light heavyweight champion didn’t train hard for his first fight with Alexander Gustafsson.

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Jon Jones had the fight of his life at UFC 165 back in September of 2013.

“Bones” successfully defended his then-held light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson via unanimous decision. But it wasn’t pretty.

The Swede brought the fight to Jones unlike anyone before. The fact that “The Mauler” could match Jones in size, something no one else had or has done since was especially helpful. The fight was so close, in fact, that many believe Gustafsson should’ve won the bout. However, Jones retained his title and was victorious.

Talk of a rematch immediately after swirled, but unfortunately, nothing was able to get done. Until now.

Jones and Gustafsson will headline December 29’s UFC 232 for the light heavyweight title. Daniel Cormier currently reigns as the 205-pound champion but will be stripped as soon as the fight begins. Jones is an extremely talented mixed martial artist, and what makes things even crazier about him is he apparently defeated Gustafsson coming off a training camp he didn’t take too seriously.

His coach, Mike Winkeljohn, spoke to “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” recently and confirmed this. Winkeljohn revealed that Jones “definitely didn’t train hard” for the fight (via Sherdog):

“Oh yeah, there’s no doubt about it. You know what, Jon won the last fight [and] he definitely didn’t train hard for that fight. His mind was elsewhere, I think he took it a little light. Kinda real fascinating how stupid that was because Gustafsson can fight.”

The famous coach admitted Gustafsson is indeed a challenge and they want to make it easier the second time around. He believed it would be a war the first time:

“He’s the real deal and definitely a different look for Jon with his height. This time we’re gonna try to make it a lot easier. I wasn’t doubting he’d beat him, but I knew we were gonna be in for a war.”

Despite that feeling, Winkeljohn ultimately believed in Jones’ ability to overcome adversity, which he did:

“I’m always a believer in Jon Jones’ heart and ability to figure sh*t out and come out on top. I figured it was gonna be one of those rough ones and it was, there’s no doubt about it.

“It was just we had to find a way as a team to help him conserve his energy here and there because he wasn’t in quite the shape he should’ve been in, which played out huge throughout the fight.”

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McGregor Fans Harassing Michael Chiesa’s Family Over Lawsuit

It looks like Conor McGregor’s fans are harassing Michael Chiesa’s family over “Maverick’s” UFC 223 bus attack lawsuit against the Irishman.

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The fiasco that was Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is done – for now. However, the aftermath of McGregor’s UFC 223 media day bus attack lives on.

One of the fighters injured during the ordeal was UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa. Chiesa was cut by shards of glass from McGregor tossing a dolly through a fighter bus window. He was removed from his scheduled fight with Anthony Pettis as a result.

Chiesa is now suing McGregor over the incident, much to the dislike of the Irishman’s fans. Speaking to “The MMA Hour” recently, “Maverick” revealed that some McGregor fans have actually been sending some hurtful messages to his mother and girlfriend (via MMA Fighting):

“I’m gonna tread lightly with this, obviously I can’t say a whole lot. But it just has not been good. Even my girlfriend and my mom get messages and comments. They’re not a part of this and it’s kind of a shame when — my mom’s a sensitive lady and I do my best to protect her and stuff.

“And when she tells me about some of the mean things that are getting sent her way it’s really, it’s a shame. Anybody can say whatever they want to me. This is about me, this isn’t about my family. And, you know, today hasn’t been great.”

Chiesa wasn’t the only fighter affected by the attack.

Flyweight Ray Borg had some glass residue enter his eyes, affecting his vision and canceling his fight as well. McGregor was targeting UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Of course, McGregor and Khabib fought earlier this month (Sat. October 6, 2018) at UFC 229. “The Notorious” was defeated via fourth-round submission.

His lawsuit with Chiesa is ongoing. From the sound of how things are proceeding, ‘Maverick’ most likely wants it over sooner than later.

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Michael Bisping Wonders If Jon Jones Will Be The Same

Michael Bisping wonders if Jon Jones can return to form once he steps back inside the Octagon. Jones is set to take on Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch at UFC 232. The bout will be contested for the light heavyweight championship. Once the fight begin…

Michael Bisping wonders if Jon Jones can return to form once he steps back inside the Octagon. Jones is set to take on Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch at UFC 232. The bout will be contested for the light heavyweight championship. Once the fight begins, Daniel Cormier will be stripped of his 205-pound gold. This […]

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