UFC Rankings Report: McGregor Drops, Mendes Returns

The new UFC Rankings have been released in the aftermath of UFC Boise. Below, you will find the changes in each division: Women’s Strawweight: No Changes Women’s Flyweight: Following Liz Carmouche’s victory over Jennifer Maia, Carmouche has moved up fr…

The new UFC Rankings have been released in the aftermath of UFC Boise. Below, you will find the changes in each division: Women’s Strawweight: No Changes Women’s Flyweight: Following Liz Carmouche’s victory over Jennifer Maia, Carmouche has moved up from #7 up to #4. Roxanne Modafferi, Lauren Murphy, and Katlyn Chookagian moved down to #5, […]

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Floyd Mayweather Tops Conor McGregor On Forbes Celebrity 100 List

Floyd Mayweather continues to beat out Conor McGregor.

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Floyd Mayweather can’t stop beating Conor McGregor, even outside of the boxing ring.

Since their ‘money fight’ last year, Mayweather and McGregor have been lavishing in the mega paydays they each received as a result from the Las Vegas affair. Mayweather has since been traveling across the globe while McGregor has found himself in some legal trouble after a Brooklyn bus attack, and is also preparing to welcome his second child into the world.

Even after defeating the Irishman in August, Mayweather has defeated McGregor yet again – this time on the 2018 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Mayweather tops off the list at the No. 1 spot, while McGregor is well below him at number 12:

“The UFC’s biggest star has not stepped foot in the Octagon professionally since November 2016, but Conor McGregor scored his biggest payday to date thanks to a 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

“McGregor banked an estimated $85 million for the fight, more than five times his previous top paycheck. The fight had 4.3 million PPV buys and generated more than $550 million in revenue. The Irishman signed a slew of deals over the past 12 months with the buzz around the Mayweather fight.

“His current partners are Burger King, Beats by Dre, Monster Energy, David August, BSN, Anheuser-Busch, HiSmile and Betsafe. He also has a residency deal with the Wynn Las Vegas for all of his afterparties, and his digital properties, Conor McGregor FAST Program, MacMoji App, MacTalk App and the Mac Life, also generate cash.”

Mayweather defeated McGregor via 10th round TKO inside the T-Mobile Arena. “Money” allowed the former UFC “Champ Champ” to exhaust himself in the opening rounds before pouring on the offense to finish the gassed Irishman, and earn his 50th consecutive victory inside the squared circle. Mayweather has since retired from boxing with an undefeated 50-0 record.

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Seven Reasons Why UFC Ratings Are Worse Than Ever

The action in the Octagon has been solid, but ratings are not. Here’s why.

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If you are a mixed martial arts fan, and I assume you are if you’re reading this list, it’s obvious the landscape of MMA has drastically changed in the last several years. So much so, in some instances, the sport is nearly unrecognizable.

It’s fair to point out that all major sports are suffering from a “new era” of content consumption and MMA is no different. But why has MMA, and in particular, the UFC suffered such a drastic decline in viewership these last few years, with cards on FOX Sports 1 and FOX bringing some of the lowest numbers ever and even a superfight-headlined card like UFC 226 earning only a reported 400,000 buys?

We here at Lowkick have compiled a list of the seven reasons why the UFC ratings are worse than ever. Check them out:

Too Many Shows

We could have worded this many different ways, but the fact remains the same, the MMA industry is simply way too oversaturated. There may be only a handful of high-level promotions operation in today’s combat sports climate; the UFC, Bellator, and the PFL come to mind. But rest assured, there are dozens of regional promotions that contribute to the weekly blitz of mixed martial arts.

In 2017 the UFC hosted a total of 39 events (including 12 PPVs, 4 UFC on FOX, 2 TUF Finales). The UFC is scheduled to hit that very same mark this year, once again reaching 39 events in a 12-month span. Compare that to 41, which was the number of events the Endeavor-owned promotion promoted in 2016.

It’s not necessarily that the UFC is solely responsible for the oversaturation of MMA; the numbers just don’t support that claim. But there was a time, not too long ago, that the only MMA on TV was the UFC, and even that was challenging to find the proper channel at times.

The sheer number of events makes each week’s card less special, and both the PPV buys and TV ratings show that.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Talks Not Confronting Conor McGregor at World Cup

Khabib Nurmagomedov kept things civil during the World Cup. The beef between Nurmagomedov and McGregor has been brewing. During the week of UFC 223, Nurmagomedov and his team confronted Artem Lobov in a hotel lobby in New York City for comments he had …

Khabib Nurmagomedov kept things civil during the World Cup. The beef between Nurmagomedov and McGregor has been brewing. During the week of UFC 223, Nurmagomedov and his team confronted Artem Lobov in a hotel lobby in New York City for comments he had made regarding “The Eagle.” McGregor retaliated by attacking a fighter bus holding […]

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Khabib Reveals Why There Was No Conor McGregor Confrontation At World Cup

Those looking for a Khabib vs. Conor McGregor faceoff yesterday will have to wait.

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Yesterday while the soccer world was fixated on the World Cup final between France and Croatia, the mixed martial arts world was more concerned with the fact that rivals Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were finally in the same place at the same time.

It turned out that McGregor was a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin, oddly enough, as it would have been thought that the Dagestani Nurmagomedov would have been a much more likely guest of the leader.

Regardless, Nurmagomedov and the controversial former UFC champ McGregor are rumored to be headed for a massive megafight sometime later this year, although nothing concrete has arisen in terms of details of the booking. “The Notorious” is still awaiting his next court date for the insane assault he initiated by throwing a metal dolly through the window of a bus containing Nurmagomedov and other fighters days prior to April’s UFC 223, so we have no clue as to where negotiations truly stand.

Because of that, some may have been hoping that public clash between the two superstars would provide some direction in that regard, but during a recent interview translated by Express.co.uk (via MMA Fighting), “The Eagle” said that while he did expect he may run into McGregor at the World Cup, he would have kept it professional in hopes of actually getting the fight:

“I thought I’d meet McGregor at the Luzhniki Stadium. But even if we meet now, we still will not be able to find out who is stronger. If there was a cage in the middle of the arena, it would be more interesting. And now something to find out on the street and so on. We are not at that age and not in that position.

“It would be ideal if there were no one around. Or vice versa — to the full stadium, in the middle of the cage, and in it — we. In general, I see no reason to approach him now. We are hospitable people. Let the football look, enjoy Russia.”

A calm, collected outlook from the highly reserved-yet-calculating champion, who apparently wants to let his fighting do his talking in the Octagon. There’s a decent chance we may not get to see the McGregor match-up this year, however, and even a chance it never happens at all.

“The Eagle” is aiming for that fight, yet if it doesn’t materialize, he recently revealed on his YouTube show that he’s eying a fight with his idol Georges St-Pierre, the winner of July 28’s Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier main event at UFC on FOX, or perhaps even a fifth scheduled fight with Tony Ferguson:

“If not Conor, if not (Georges St-Pierre), I think winner of Eddie Alvarez versus Dustin Poirier.

”The winner deserves a title shot. About Tony Ferguson, I don’t know. He has surgery but if he can [fight], why not? Tony Ferguson is the biggest matchup for me. It is the match I want.”

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Conor McGregor Praises Vladimir Putin As World Cup Guest

Conor McGregor was a special guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the World Cup.

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If you heard that a high-profile MMA fighter was going to be in Russia to attend the World Cup final as a special guest of Soviet President Vladimir Putin, you most likely would have thought Khabib Nurmagomedov.

That would’ve been a safe assumption, and although the UFC lightweight champion was in attendance today, he was not there at Putin’s request.

That fighter is “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. McGregor wasn’t in Russia just to take in the spectacle that is the World Cup, apparently he also has ambitions of building a “Russian Compound”. Your guess is as good as mine.

McGregor, as it turns out, was the special guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both men enjoyed each other’s company as they took in the football game. “The Notorious” one hurled words of praise at the President.e

See Conor’s Instagram post with Putin below:

As stated above, Khabib was also in attendance for the day-long festivities, but there have been no reports of Nurmagomedov and McGregor causing any ruckus at the last game of the World Cup

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