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 […]

The post Video: Conor McGregor Pitches Massive Fight At Cowboys Stadium appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

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.

The post Video: Conor McGregor Pitches Massive Fight At Cowboys Stadium appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

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 […]

The post Greg Hardy’s Fourth MMA Bout Reportedly Set For Dec. 21 appeared first on MMA News.

Dana White Calls Khabib vs. Conor Rematch Rumor ‘No. 1 Bulls**t’

According to UFC President Dana White, the talks of a potential $15 million rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are just not true. The Russian website Sport Express (h/t MMAjunkie.com) reported yesterday (Oct. 16, 2018) that Khabib had, in fact, turned down a $15 million payday to rematch his Irish rival. Khabib’s uncle, Alex […]

The post Dana White Calls Khabib vs. Conor Rematch Rumor ‘No. 1 Bulls**t’ appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

According to UFC President Dana White, the talks of a potential $15 million rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor are just not true.

The Russian website Sport Express (h/t MMAjunkie.com) reported yesterday (Oct. 16, 2018) that Khabib had, in fact, turned down a $15 million payday to rematch his Irish rival.

Khabib’s uncle, Alex Nurmagomedov, broke the news. Alex also indicated that Khabib wants to defend his lightweight title against Tony Ferguson, then retire undefeated:

“From the start, they offered him 15 million if he agrees,” Alex Nurmagomedov said. “But Khabib said no. Let Conor stand in line, let him fight with others. Khabib wants to fight Ferguson, and then finish his career.”

Shortly after this story broke, White took to social media to address the issue as only he can – well, he actually took a page from Khabib’s book:

“This story is Number 1 BULLSHIT,” White posted on Instagram.

View this post on Instagram

This story is Number 1 BULLSHIT.

A post shared by Dana White (@danawhite) on

White also cleared up any uncertainty surrounding Khabib. Stating that the Dagestani would not be going anywhere and that he will defend his UFC lightweight title.

Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor via neck crank at UFC 229. “The Eagle” was dominant throughout much of the contest.

A rematch with McGregor certainly makes financial sense., yet the potential hit to their biggest star’s rep may not be worth it overall. In that sense, you may see McGregor face Nate Diaz in their inevitable trilogy fight before any rematch with Khabib.

The post Dana White Calls Khabib vs. Conor Rematch Rumor ‘No. 1 Bulls**t’ appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

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.

Canelo Alvarez Signs Biggest Contract In Sports History

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

The post Canelo Alvarez Signs Biggest Contract In Sports History appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

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.

The post Canelo Alvarez Signs Biggest Contract In Sports History appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

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.