Conor McGregor Gifted Astronomia Casino Watch Valued at $620K for Birthday

Conor McGregor’s absurd watch collection added another jewel this week. The currently retired UFC star was reportedly gifted the Astronomia Casino by Jacob & Co. for his 32nd birthday on Tuesday…

Conor McGregor’s absurd watch collection added another jewel this week. The currently retired UFC star was reportedly gifted the Astronomia Casino by Jacob & Co. for his 32nd birthday on Tuesday…

Overeem vs Sakai In The Works For Sept. 5

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An interesting Heavyweight showdown is in the works to headline an upcoming UFC event on September 5, as ESPN is reporting that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to book a bout betwe…

UFC Fight Night: Overeem v Harris

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An interesting Heavyweight showdown is in the works to headline an upcoming UFC event on September 5, as ESPN is reporting that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to book a bout between Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai.

While the location has yet to-be-determined, it’s a safe bet that the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada could play host. That’s assuming other states and countries haven’t made progress with allowing mass gatherings.

Plus, there is always “Fight Island.”

Overeem is coming off a second round knockout win over Walt Harris at UFC on ESPN 8 last May (see it again here). Had it not been for a last-second Hail Mary knockout loss to Jairzinho Rozenstruik last December, “The Reem” would be on a four-fight win streak and knocking on the door of another title shot. Nevertheless, the hard-hitting big man hopes to get some momentum going by taking out Sakai.

Augusto, however, has been on a tear since making his UFC debut in late September of 2019, winning four straight fights, bringing his record to 15-1-1, 4-0 under the UFC umbrella. Getting his start on the “Contender Series,” Sakai has proven to be a great addition to the 265-pound weight class.

A win over “The Reem” would be the biggest one to date for the Brazilian big man, who excelled under the Bellator MMA umbrella to the tune of going 4-1-1. On the flip side, a victory for Overeem puts him in a great position to make one last run at the UFC title before he hangs up his gloves for good.

Early predictions?

Following UFC 251, Dana White praises Jorge Masvidal as ‘massive star’

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The UFC president was more than happy with how UFC 251 fared in terms of pay-per-view buys. UFC 251 proved to be a smashing commercial success, and it’s safe to say that Jorge Masvidal was the main reason f…

UFC 251: Oezdemir v Prochazka

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The UFC president was more than happy with how UFC 251 fared in terms of pay-per-view buys.

UFC 251 proved to be a smashing commercial success, and it’s safe to say that Jorge Masvidal was the main reason for it.

Early estimates have last Saturday’s pay-per-view at roughly 900,000 buys in the United States, with international sales taking the overall total past the one million mark. Between UFC 251 vs. Kamaru Usman and last November’s UFC 244 bout vs. Nate Diaz, it’s evident that Masvidal has become one of the sport’s biggest names at such an unlikely time in his career.

UFC president Dana White didn’t divulge exact PPV numbers with media at Tuesday’s UFC on ESPN 13 pre-fight scrum, but he was nevertheless quite pleased.

“It was a very successful event,” White said (via MMA Fighting). “We’re happy. This thing killed it across the board in every way you could possibly kill it. It was awesome. The thing did really well.”

In addition to the reported high buyrate, the television ratings for the preliminary card topped all cable programming. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC has produced two very strong PPVs in the form of 251 and 249, not to mention the pre-pandemic one million buys reportedly pulled in from Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January.

Masvidal’s win over Nate Diaz at UFC 244 was the UFC’s best-selling PPV of 2019, and he’s near or at the top of that list in 2020. He may have lost to the reigning welterweight champion Usman on short notice, but there’s no denying his status as a superstar.

“I said it to you guys the other night, when you put on a fight, a successful promotion of an event, it’s a big melting pot of different things,” White explained. “’Fight Island’ was a massive star in this thing. Masvidal is a massive star. Obviously, Usman, the champion and a guy that we’re all start to realize is tough to beat and a great card underneath.

“It all came together perfectly. It was a major success. Everybody’s healthy. It’s all good. Literally not one negative thing that I could point out.”

The public contract negotiating battle between the UFC and Masvidal last month feels so long ago now, doesn’t it?

Bellator Returns On July 24 With Sergio Pettis vs. Ricky Bandejas Set As Main Event

Bellator is back. After months of fans and fighters wondering when the Viacom-owned promotion would return, we finally have a date. It was previously reported Bellator would return on July 24 and now we have the main event as Sergio Pettis will battle …

Bellator is back. After months of fans and fighters wondering when the Viacom-owned promotion would return, we finally have a date. It was previously reported Bellator would return on July 24 and now we have the main event as Sergio Pettis will battle Ricky Bandejas. Combate was first to report the news, which has since […]

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Alistair Overeem To Headline UFC Fight Night Card On September 5 Against Augusto Sakai

Alistair Overeem will be headlining his fourth straight UFC event. According to ESPN, the longtime combat sports veteran, will take on the surging contender, Augusto Sakai on September 5. The location of the event is unknown at this time, but Fight Isl…

Alistair Overeem will be headlining his fourth straight UFC event. According to ESPN, the longtime combat sports veteran, will take on the surging contender, Augusto Sakai on September 5. The location of the event is unknown at this time, but Fight Island could certainly be a possibility. Overeem returned to the win column last time […]

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Masvidal: Only Way Usman Gets Big Boy Money Is With Rematch

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Jorge Masvidal is confident the outcome will be different in a fight against Kamaru Usman if he has a full training camp under his belt. But despite coming up short against “The Nigerian Nightmare” at UFC 2…

UFC 251: Usman v Masvidal

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Jorge Masvidal is confident the outcome will be different in a fight against Kamaru Usman if he has a full training camp under his belt. But despite coming up short against “The Nigerian Nightmare” at UFC 251 in a fight “Gamebred” took on six days notice (see it again here), he isn’t taking anything away from the Welterweight champion, saying he was simply better.

“I want that damn belt, and I’m stubborn. And I know I’m better than Usman, and I want to prove it. I want to fight again,” Masvidal said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show via ESPN. “I’m not going to take nothing from him — he won the first one. Let’s do it again.”

Usman won a clear-cut unanimous decision this past weekend (Sat., July 11, 2020) on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, though it seems the 170-pound kingpin did have some newfound respect for Masvidal after the fight.

And while UFC president Dana White did state that Gilbert Burns would get next crack at trying to dethrone Usman, Masvidal wants his chance to do it all over right away after discovering the blueprint following a 25-minute war with the champ.

And while the last thing he wants to do is step on anyone’s toes, Masvidal says that the rematch makes sense business-wise for all parties involved.

“We’ll talk to [the UFC]. I’m sure Usman would be onboard, because this is the most money he’s made,” he said. “So if he wants to make that big-boy money again, gotta run it back, come on, let’s go. So in business that makes sense. I don’t know what his management is thinking or what he’s thinking, but obviously that’s what I want to do.”

While official salaries have not been released, Masvidal did score a pay raise to step up and face “The Nigerian Nightmare” on short notice after Burns was forced out due to testing positive for COVID-19. And if he managed to get in on the pay-per-view (PPV) points, “Gamebred” is about to get a whole lot richer in the coming weeks thanks to UFC 251’s stellar early PPV buy rate (details).

While initial reports had Jorge signing a multi-fight deal, he revealed that isn’t actually the case, as he is still locked in to his old contract and the salary he gets for UFC 251 was a one-off to face Usman, which means it will be back to the negotiating table in the near future.

Furthermore, Masvidal says even if Dana White and Co. managed to offer him a bigger fight against Conor McGregor or even a Nate Diaz rematch, he would rather challenge Usman one more time.

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