MMA Naughty & Nice Christmas List For 2018

Just like any other year, there was good and bad in MMA in 2018. Below are some instances of those in the business who were naughty, and those who were nice. Naughty: Khabib Nurmagomedov Jumps Over Cage There’s no question UFC lightweight champio…

Just like any other year, there was good and bad in MMA in 2018. Below are some instances of those in the business who were naughty, and those who were nice. Naughty: Khabib Nurmagomedov Jumps Over Cage There’s no question UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov tops the naughty list after jumping over the fence at […]

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ONE Championship Announces Demetrious Johnson & Eddie Alvarez’s Debuts

Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez will make their ONE Championship debuts just three months into the new year. On the heels of a landmark year, the Asia-based fight promotion hopes to have an even bigger 2019. ONE Championship will make its debut in Japan on March 31, 2019, at Ryogoku Kokugikan. That is an 11,000-capacity […]

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Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez will make their ONE Championship debuts just three months into the new year.

On the heels of a landmark year, the Asia-based fight promotion hopes to have an even bigger 2019.

ONE Championship will make its debut in Japan on March 31, 2019, at Ryogoku Kokugikan. That is an 11,000-capacity venue near Tokyo. The event will stream on the promotion’s award-winning app.

In his first bout with the promotion Johnson will fight Yuya Wakamatsu in a flyweight bout. Alvarez will take on Timofey Nastyukin in his debut with ONE.

Also on the card, atomweight champion Angela Lee will move up in weight to challenge the strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan. Middleweight champ Aung La N Sang and lightweight champ Eduard Folayang will defend their belts as well. 

Along with “Super” Sage Northcutt, Johnson and Alvarez were three huge free agent sigings for ONE Championship this year. Couple that with the promotion landing Meisha Tate as an exeutive and a massive United States TV deal and the future looks bright for the ONE in 2019.

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ONE Championship Releases Details of Johnson & Alvarez’s Debut Card

The details of Demetrious Johnson’s and Eddie Alvarez’s ONE Championship debuts have been revealed.  Both men will be making their promotional debuts simultaneous to the company making a debut of its own, as they will both be competing in ONE Champions…

The details of Demetrious Johnson’s and Eddie Alvarez’s ONE Championship debuts have been revealed.  Both men will be making their promotional debuts simultaneous to the company making a debut of its own, as they will both be competing in ONE Championship’s first ever appearance in Tokyo, Japan, set for March 31st. In addition to Johnson […]

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Demetrious Johnson Confused By Conor McGregor’s Flyweight Division Comment

Demetrious Johnson confused by the comment that Conor McGregor made about the state of the UFC flyweight division.

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Demetrious Johnson confused over a comment that former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor made. Just last month, McGregor made it known that he put the blame of the reported demise of UFC’s flyweight division on ONE in a message on his official Twitter account. It’s been reported that the Las Vegas-based promotion plans to get rid of this division.

ONE Championship recently signed Johnson as part of a trade with the UFC, who gets Ben Askren. Conor is placing the blame on ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong for the reported dissolution. McGregor wants ONE to sign the entire division.

“You must now take all the 125lbers that have been let go, Chatri. You talk all of this Martial Art and respect talk. Yet your greed has directly cost more than half a fighting division it’s chance to earn income for their family. Have respect @YODCHATRI. Sign the division.”

Demetrious Johnson Gives His Take

Johnson fired back at McGregor over his comment during a recent interview (H/T to MMAFighting) where he expressed his confusion over it.

“I don’t get where this logic comes behind that,” Johnson said. “What makes him think Chatri owes somebody something? If he’s worried flyweights losing their jobs, I’m pretty sure he has a huge stake in the UFC company now. I’m sure he can go to Dana, and be like Dana, ‘Keep these guys, these guys are fucking amazing. Let’s try to do this right. Let’s try to promote them.’ Facilitate a meeting of those who can [change things], with Proper Whiskey. ‘Let’s sit down and have a good talk.’ I’m sure he could come up with something if he really wanted to do it.”

“As I said, that’s Conor’s opinion of what he thinks should happen. This is a guy who just business. You know, the Barclay’s Center [thing], throwing the dolly in the bus, hurting multiple people. I truly think he doesn’t care. But that’s just my personal opinion.”

The former UFC champion is slated to be part of upcoming World Grand Prix tournament under the ONE banner in the flyweight division. As of this writing, there’s no word yet on his next opponent or when this fight will take place.

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Dana White: Nobody Cared About The Flyweight Division

UFC President Dana White believes that nobody cared about the promotion’s flyweight division, amidst rumors that the weight class is shutting down.

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The news hasn’t been made official as of this writing, but the belief is that the UFC’s flyweight division is coming to an end.

For the past several weeks rumors have been circulating around indicating the 125-pound division will close down. This came just after longtime UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was traded to ONE Championship. Now, current division champion, Henry Cejudo, will defend his title against bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 233.

Several top flyweights have been released from their UFC deals, and their managers have reportedly been told that the promotion plans on closing down the division. Recently, UFC President Dana White spoke on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast to address the matter. White noted that the division never really took off. He also mentioned that nobody actually seemed to care about it either (via MMA News):

“The flyweight division just never took off,” White said. “It never caught on even with a dominant champion like Demetrious [Johnson], it just never caught on. People didn’t care.

“I battled for a long time, I tried to keep it alive and obviously it’s still going on now. We still have fights going on in that division. We’ll see what the future holds for it.”

Cejudo will defend the flyweight title against Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 233 on pay-per-view (PPV). The show goes down on January 26th from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. It could perhaps be the last UFC flyweight title fight in history.

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