White: McGregor Vs. Chandler Is BOOKED!

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He was right all along.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The long-awaited fight between Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler is official f…


The Ultimate Fighter Season 31: Team McGregor vs. Team Chandler
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He was right all along.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The long-awaited fight between Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler is official for UFC 303, which will take place June 29, 2024, inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, wrapping up the promotion’s 12th annual “International Fight Week,” which includes UFC Hall of Fame inductions (details here), infamous Fan Expo and much more.

UFC CEO, Dana White, made the long-awaited announcement this evening at UFC 300’s post-fight press conference (watch it here). It will be a five-round fight contested at Welterweight (170 pounds).

He was right all along, too.

McGregor — who is still the biggest star in combat sports today — has been recovering from a gruesome leg break suffered against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 back in July 2021. That is the last time “Notorious” stepped foot inside of the Octagon. He’s been on the mend ever since, taking his time to heal and explore other ventures like his Hollywood debut atop the ultra-successful Road House reboot.

Chandler, who helped coach The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 31 opposite McGregor, has essentially put his budding UFC career on hold to wait for his own Red Panty Night. The former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion has been ridiculed by the combat community for waiting for so long, but his fiery efforts have finally paid off.

Many believed that UFC was going to bring McGregor back into the mix to help headline UFC 300 last night, but things never panned out. McGregor has grown impatient with his delayed return as he’s been ready and willing to come back. Even McGregor’s arch rival, Nate Diaz, called for UFC to stop playing around and “free” McGregor.

Now, McGregor has an official date for his return. He will make his first Octagon appearance in nearly three years when he takes on Chandler in “Sin City” this summer. If “Notorious” is able to win that fight and show a glimpse of his former self it could lead to great things at 155 pounds.

This includes a fourth fight with Poirier, a fan-friendly affair against Max Holloway, a long-awaited clash with Charles Oliveira, or even a potential title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protege, UFC Lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev.

He’s got to make up for lost time.


For the latest TUF 31-related (and Conor McGregor) news and notes click here.

Bonuses! Holloway Blessed With $600K For ‘BMF’ KO

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*** HIGHLIGHTS! Watch Pereira Smoke Hill Here, Holloway Sleep Gaethje Here *** Alex Pereira defended his UFC light heavyweight title with a nasty knockout finish over Jama…


UFC 300: Gaethje v Holloway
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*** HIGHLIGHTS! Watch Pereira Smoke Hill Here, Holloway Sleep Gaethje Here ***

Alex Pereira defended his UFC light heavyweight title with a nasty knockout finish over Jamahal Hill last night (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In co-main event action, UFC women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili escaped a few knockdowns to secure another title defense against Yan Xiaonan (details HERE).

In addition to UFC 300’s two title fights, the entire card produced some of the best combat action you’ll ever see. From highlight-reel knockouts to insane back-and-forth wars, the legendary event delivered as advertised. Check out some of the key moments below:

  • Deiveson Figueiredo sparked the “Prelims” undercard with a nasty submission finish over former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (watch HERE)
  • Lightweight finisher Renato Moicano took full advantage of a Jalin Turner botched walk-off knockout to earn his own submission stoppage (highlights HERE)
  • Diego Lopes pushed his UFC stock to new heights with a vicious TKO stoppage over featherweight contender Sodiq Yusuff
  • Former two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison made good on her UFC debut with a suffocating rear-naked choke over former UFC champion Holly Holm (see it HERE)
  • Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka may have punched his ticket to another title shot with a violent TKO stoppage over Aleksandar Rakic
  • Top middleweight prospect Bo Nickal remained undefeated with a second-round submission stoppage over Cody Brundage (watch HERE)
  • Max Holloway delivered one of the best knockouts of all time by sleeping Justin Gaethje with one second left to claim the “BMF” title

In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home a a staggering $300,000 each we take a closer look at the official UFC 300 post-fight bonus winners below:

UFC 300: Pereira v Hill
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For complete UFC 300 results, coverage and highlights click HERE.

Highlights! Pereira Closes Out UFC 300 With Blistering KO

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Alex Pereira officially defended his UFC light heavyweight title for the first time last night (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Are…


UFC 300: Pereira v Hill
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Alex Pereira officially defended his UFC light heavyweight title for the first time last night (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, stopping former division king Jamahal Hill with a blistering first-round knockout (punches).

Hill relied on whipping leg kicks early on to score some damage, while Pereira countered with straight punches to the body. It took a few minutes for Pereira to truly open up on his feet, but once he did he launched a perfectly-timed left hook that clipped Hill under the chin. Hill fell backwards onto the canvas and Pereira followed up with heavy hammer fists. Hill was out cold by the time referee Herb Dean finally made it over.

Pereira, who came into this fight as a slight betting favorite, looked completely stoic in his first light heavyweight title defense. He never changed emotion the entire fight and simply followed his gameplan to find a home for his strongest attack. It was a great way to end a historic night of fights at UFC 300.

Check out the final moments below:


For complete UFC 300 results, coverage, and highlights click HERE.

LIVE! Watch UFC 300 Post-Fight Presser Here

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*** HIGHLIGHTS! Watch Pereira Smoke Hill Here, Holloway Sleep Gaethje Here *** With UFC 300 a wrap after a historic night (Sat., April 13, 2024) of fights live on ESPN+ PP…


UFC 300 Press Conference
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*** HIGHLIGHTS! Watch Pereira Smoke Hill Here, Holloway Sleep Gaethje Here ***

With UFC 300 a wrap after a historic night (Sat., April 13, 2024) of fights live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, fight fans can now check out the post-fight press conference video above for all the best reaction and official bonus winners.

On a night that featured a main event clash between UFC light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira and former kingpin Jamahal Hill, a co-headliner pitting UFC women’s strawweight champion Zhang Weili against fellow countrywomen Yan Xiaonan, and a “BMF” title fight between fan favorites Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway, there will be a lot to discuss now that the action has concluded.

The post-fight presser is scheduled to go LIVE in the above video player around 1:45 a.m. ET (Sunday). It will feature the biggest winners and losers from the card, as well as company CEO, Dana White.


For complete UFC 300 results, coverage, and highlights click HERE.

Highlights! Harrison Demolishes Holm With Suffocating Choke

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Kayla Harrison lived up to the hype earlier tonight (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the two-time O…


UFC 300: Holm v Harrison
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Kayla Harrison lived up to the hype earlier tonight (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the two-time Olympic gold medalist demolished former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm with a second-round submission (rear-naked choke).

Harrison, who brought a 16-1 record over from Professional Fighters League (PFL), was a massive favorite to take care of business in her UFC debut. Holm is a former champion who has proven to be a formidable and durable fighter inside of the cage, but she’s 42 years of age and has been on the backend of her career for the last few years. This was Harrison’s fight to lose.

Fortunately for the UFC newcomer, her gameplan worked like a charm. Harrison was able to close the distance and stay out of range of Holm’s long strikes. This allowed Harrison to implement her grappling and score a powerful takedown. Holm reversed it for a moment, but Harrison was there again to land punishing elbows and punches from top control.

Harrison continued her dominant ways into the second round with another takedown of Holm. This time around, Harrison traded in punches for a suffocating rear-naked choke. Holm only lasted a few seconds before tapping. Harrison cashed in the submission finish and called for a UFC title shot after her win.

Check out the final moments below:


For complete UFC 300 results, coverage, and highlights click HERE.

Highlights! Lopes Steamrolls ‘Super’ With Brutal TKO

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The stock of rising featherweight contender Diego Lopes skyrocketed earlier tonight (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Ve…


UFC 300: Yusuff v Lopes
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The stock of rising featherweight contender Diego Lopes skyrocketed earlier tonight (Sat., April 13, 2024) at UFC 300 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when the Brazilian finisher stopped veteran striker Sodiq Yusuff with a nasty first-round TKO (punches). It was a great way to stake claim to a $300,000 post-fight bonus.

Lopes, who has received one of the loudest pops this week, is growing in popularity by the fight. He had captured back-to-back finishes coming into this high-profile affair against a ranked contender and had no issue continuing his dominant ways. It was a serious eye opener for the rest of the division.

It didn’t take long for Lopes to catch Yusuff with a nasty uppercut inside. Yusuff instantly dropped to the canvas as Lopes rushed in for heavy punches. They were landing, but the referee let Yusuff defend and he eventually returned to his feet. That’s when Lopes scored another brutal knockdown that really had Yusuff in trouble. Lopes was able to close the show this time with a collection of punches from top control.

Check out the final moments below:

Lopes, 29, is now 3-1 as a member of the UFC roster. He’s one of the most popular featherweights in the sport right now and this knockout finish should land him a shot at the top 10 his next time out. The Brazilian called for a rematch with No. 5-ranked Movsar Evloev — who he lost to in his UFC debut — but we’ll see if the promotion is interested to book it.


For complete UFC 300 results, coverage, and highlights click HERE.