Anderson Silva to Fight Derek Brunson at UFC 208

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircGxNwJ2Zk

Just when it seemed as if fight fans might want to skip over UFC 208, the UFC goes and adds a legend.

Anderson Silva, the former UFC middleweight king, will meet Derek Brunson from the Barclays Center…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircGxNwJ2Zk

Just when it seemed as if fight fans might want to skip over UFC 208, the UFC goes and adds a legend.

Anderson Silva, the former UFC middleweight king, will meet Derek Brunson from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event takes place February 11 and features Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural female featherweight title.

The 41-year-old Silva (33-8) hasn’t won a fight since he finished Stephan Bonnar back in 2012. He lost back-to-back bouts to Chris Weidman in 2013, had a win over Nick Diaz reversed to a no-contest due to a failed drug test and is coming off decision losses to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.

Brunson (16-4) will have the biggest fight of his life against “The Spider.” He had won five in a row before falling to Robert Whittaker via strikes in November. His run included wins vs. Uriah Hall, Sam Alvey and Lorenz Larkin.

Floyd Mayweather Responds To Dana White’s Offer To Fight Conor McGregor For $25 Million

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbVF4Qkm95o

Floyd Mayweather is not impressed by Dana White’s $25 million offer to fight Conor McGregor.

Earlier today, UFC’s president put his money where his mouth is and formally offered the two fighters $25 million a piece (plus back-end action) to make this inter-sport mega fight a reality.

TMZ Sports caught up with Mayweather in New York City and asked about the offer. Floyd called Dana White a “f*cking comedian” and was more interested in showing off his new Hublot Laferrari watch, which sells for over $200,000.

Translation: You’re not even close.

Mayweather stated earlier this week that it would take $100 million for him to take the fight – and that McGregor should be happy with $15 million, since that would be the biggest payday of his career by a long shot.

If this fight is ever going to happen, it’s going to take a savvy deal maker with deep pockets and a willingness to meet Mayweather’s demands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbVF4Qkm95o

Floyd Mayweather is not impressed by Dana White’s $25 million offer to fight Conor McGregor.

Earlier today, UFC’s president put his money where his mouth is and formally offered the two fighters $25 million a piece (plus back-end action) to make this inter-sport mega fight a reality.

TMZ Sports caught up with Mayweather in New York City and asked about the offer. Floyd called Dana White a “f*cking comedian” and was more interested in showing off his new Hublot Laferrari watch, which sells for over $200,000.

Translation: You’re not even close.

Mayweather stated earlier this week that it would take $100 million for him to take the fight – and that McGregor should be happy with $15 million, since that would be the biggest payday of his career by a long shot.

If this fight is ever going to happen, it’s going to take a savvy deal maker with deep pockets and a willingness to meet Mayweather’s demands.

MMA Fugitive: Tom Duquesnoy Looking to World Glory in The UFC

MMA is banned in Duquesnoy’s homeland of France, however many expect “Fire Kid” to go all the way to the top of the world in the UFC.

While we await confirmation from the UFC that Duquesnoy has in fact signed on with the promotion, MMA News looks at the most promising fighter to emerge from Europe since fellow featherweight Conor McGregor.

“Fire Kid” was born and raised in Lens, France, and entered his MMA career as a 12 year old when his father enrolled him into a sambo class.This was proven to be a smart move, as Duquesnoy developed an obsession with boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai and MMA in general.

The Frenchman’s father, who supported him ardently from day one, then financially backed his son for 12 months in Paris as an 18 year old. The young fighter developed swiftly in MMA, eventually amassing a 7-1 amateur record prior to turning professional. Duquesnoy won championships in Belgium Beatdown and Killacam Promotion prior to signing with British MMA promotion BAMMA in 2013. The Jackson-Wink MMA fighter has only been defeated once, losing to UFC featherweight prospect Makwan Amirkhani in February 2013, and has a professional MMA record of 14-1.

Duquesnoy has run through all of his opponents since his loss in 2013, and is the first ever BAMMA two weight world champion. The man who fights at bantamweight and featherweight is the epitome of the ever-evolving MMA fighter, with a varied skill-set encompassing more than just the raw fundamentals required to enter the octagon. In 14 wins, 10 are KOs, with the remaining 4 coming via subs; 6 of the Lens native’s 14 wins have come in the first round.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBZxz8W55Qc
Conjecture is that Duquesnoy will make his UFC debut sooner, rather than later. At just 23, Duquesnoy has time and an abundance talent on his side. What division he will enter the UFC ranks in is yet to be decided, but the vast wealth of talent in the existing ranks of bantamweight and featherweight are enough to test a man who many believe can go right to the top of the tree.

France’s ban of MMA will certainly come under more ridicule should Duquesnoy fulfil his potential, and become one of the world’s premier UFC stars. This could hopefully persuade France to overturn a ban on the sport, given that one of their sons has achieved a high profile in the world’s chief MMA promotion.

 

MMA is banned in Duquesnoy’s homeland of France, however many expect “Fire Kid” to go all the way to the top of the world in the UFC.

While we await confirmation from the UFC that Duquesnoy has in fact signed on with the promotion, MMA News looks at the most promising fighter to emerge from Europe since fellow featherweight Conor McGregor.

“Fire Kid” was born and raised in Lens, France, and entered his MMA career as a 12 year old when his father enrolled him into a sambo class.This was proven to be a smart move, as Duquesnoy developed an obsession with boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai and MMA in general.

The Frenchman’s father, who supported him ardently from day one, then financially backed his son for 12 months in Paris as an 18 year old. The young fighter developed swiftly in MMA, eventually amassing a 7-1 amateur record prior to turning professional. Duquesnoy won championships in Belgium Beatdown and Killacam Promotion prior to signing with British MMA promotion BAMMA in 2013. The Jackson-Wink MMA fighter has only been defeated once, losing to UFC featherweight prospect Makwan Amirkhani in February 2013, and has a professional MMA record of 14-1.

Duquesnoy has run through all of his opponents since his loss in 2013, and is the first ever BAMMA two weight world champion. The man who fights at bantamweight and featherweight is the epitome of the ever-evolving MMA fighter, with a varied skill-set encompassing more than just the raw fundamentals required to enter the octagon. In 14 wins, 10 are KOs, with the remaining 4 coming via subs; 6 of the Lens native’s 14 wins have come in the first round.


Conjecture is that Duquesnoy will make his UFC debut sooner, rather than later. At just 23, Duquesnoy has time and an abundance talent on his side. What division he will enter the UFC ranks in is yet to be decided, but the vast wealth of talent in the existing ranks of bantamweight and featherweight are enough to test a man who many believe can go right to the top of the tree.

France’s ban of MMA will certainly come under more ridicule should Duquesnoy fulfil his potential, and become one of the world’s premier UFC stars. This could hopefully persuade France to overturn a ban on the sport, given that one of their sons has achieved a high profile in the world’s chief MMA promotion.

 

UFC Promote ‘FIGHT PASS Free Weekend’ from Friday

UFC are allowing fans access to three exclusively live fight streams, in addition to a further three days to enjoy FIGHT PASS’s entire catalogue of content.

Included in the free weekend offer is TKO 37, on Friday night and Invicta FC 21 on Saturday. Four live fights from this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night, headlined by UFC legend BJ Penn is also available. With unrestricted, free access to FIGHT PASS’s entire libraray of  11,000 fights, and UFC content.

Courtesy of ufc.com:

“This is a thank you to our fans,” UFC Senior Vice-President & UFC FIGHT PASS General Manager Eric Winter said. “In 2016, FIGHT PASS live-streamed over 100 fight card live and exclusively, and we’re excited to begin the New Year by showcasing the first of many action packed weekends on FIGHT PASS.

“We also invite viewers to take full advantage of the FREE WEEKEND and deep-dive into the FIGHT PASS Library. FIGHT PASS has over 11,000 historical fights from 33 combat sports promotions, plus great Original series including Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight, Fightography and Where Are They Now? We believe FIGHT PASS is a must-have for combat sports fans, and are thrilled to offer this free weekend of action.”

The Free weekend has already started,  and is scheduled to end Sunday at midnight, Eastern Time. Full fight details, courtesy of ufc.com, can be found below:

The FIGHT PASS FREE WEEKEND live action begins on Friday, when the newly resurrected Canadian promotion TKO presents TKO 37: RIVALS from Montreal, Canada. The main event sees bitter middleweight rivals Jo Vallee and Strahinja Gavrilovic throwdown while feuding featherweights Charles Jourdain and Michael Cyr will settle the identity of Quebec’s hottest new 145lbs prospect.

On Saturday, the world’s premier all-female MMA organization – Invicta FC – kicks off its 2017 calendar with an exciting event from Kansas City. The Invicta FC 21 main event sees Australia’s Megan Anderson collide with Canadian Charmaine Tweet for the interim Invicta FC featherweight championship. The co- feature is a bantamweight elimination bout between contenders Pannie Kianzad and Raquel Pa’aluhi, plus 21-year-old undefeated bantamweight prospect Aspen Ladd is in action.

Finally, on Sunday, FIGHT PASS presents exclusive live action from the UFC FIGHT NIGHT event in Phoenix, Arizona. The opening four fights of the evening will live-stream on FIGHT PASS, including the Featured Bout between strawweights Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger and Nina Ansaroff and the clash of UFC lightweight newcomers Drakkar Klose and Devin Powell.

The FREE WEEKEND’s live-streaming schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 13
TKO 37: RIVALS
9/6pm ET/PT

Saturday, January 14
Invicta FC 21
8/5pm ET/PT

Sunday, January 15
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
6/3pm ET/PT

UFC are allowing fans access to three exclusively live fight streams, in addition to a further three days to enjoy FIGHT PASS’s entire catalogue of content.

Included in the free weekend offer is TKO 37, on Friday night and Invicta FC 21 on Saturday. Four live fights from this Sunday’s UFC Fight Night, headlined by UFC legend BJ Penn is also available. With unrestricted, free access to FIGHT PASS’s entire libraray of  11,000 fights, and UFC content.

Courtesy of ufc.com:

“This is a thank you to our fans,” UFC Senior Vice-President & UFC FIGHT PASS General Manager Eric Winter said. “In 2016, FIGHT PASS live-streamed over 100 fight card live and exclusively, and we’re excited to begin the New Year by showcasing the first of many action packed weekends on FIGHT PASS.

“We also invite viewers to take full advantage of the FREE WEEKEND and deep-dive into the FIGHT PASS Library. FIGHT PASS has over 11,000 historical fights from 33 combat sports promotions, plus great Original series including Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight, Fightography and Where Are They Now? We believe FIGHT PASS is a must-have for combat sports fans, and are thrilled to offer this free weekend of action.”

The Free weekend has already started,  and is scheduled to end Sunday at midnight, Eastern Time. Full fight details, courtesy of ufc.com, can be found below:

The FIGHT PASS FREE WEEKEND live action begins on Friday, when the newly resurrected Canadian promotion TKO presents TKO 37: RIVALS from Montreal, Canada. The main event sees bitter middleweight rivals Jo Vallee and Strahinja Gavrilovic throwdown while feuding featherweights Charles Jourdain and Michael Cyr will settle the identity of Quebec’s hottest new 145lbs prospect.

On Saturday, the world’s premier all-female MMA organization – Invicta FC – kicks off its 2017 calendar with an exciting event from Kansas City. The Invicta FC 21 main event sees Australia’s Megan Anderson collide with Canadian Charmaine Tweet for the interim Invicta FC featherweight championship. The co- feature is a bantamweight elimination bout between contenders Pannie Kianzad and Raquel Pa’aluhi, plus 21-year-old undefeated bantamweight prospect Aspen Ladd is in action.

Finally, on Sunday, FIGHT PASS presents exclusive live action from the UFC FIGHT NIGHT event in Phoenix, Arizona. The opening four fights of the evening will live-stream on FIGHT PASS, including the Featured Bout between strawweights Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger and Nina Ansaroff and the clash of UFC lightweight newcomers Drakkar Klose and Devin Powell.

The FREE WEEKEND’s live-streaming schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 13
TKO 37: RIVALS
9/6pm ET/PT

Saturday, January 14
Invicta FC 21
8/5pm ET/PT

Sunday, January 15
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
6/3pm ET/PT

Breaking: Dana White Offers Mayweather & McGregor $25 Million Each to Fight

A PR stunt? Baseless banter? Social media warfare? No, it looks as though Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather could actually happen.

The biggest name in MMA versus one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up gloves could be on the horizon, as Dana White has sensationally confirmed an offer of $25 million dollars plus a cut of PPV to both men. The fight will take place under the “Queensbury Rules”, in what will be the first venture of a high-level MMA fighter into boxing.

https://twitter.com/ZPGIFs/status/819992530620215296

UFC president Dana White has brought what appeared to be a fruitless fantasy into the realms of possibility in confirming that he wants to promote the superfight. Rest assured that this is by no means a “done deal”, as some would like to believe; Mayweather is the most successful self-promoter in the history of boxing, and is doubtfully going to accept terms such as these without a tweak here and there.

While appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, White confirmed the proposition:

“There’s a real offer to Floyd”

The plot has certainly thickened…

 

A PR stunt? Baseless banter? Social media warfare? No, it looks as though Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather could actually happen.

The biggest name in MMA versus one of the greatest fighters to ever lace up gloves could be on the horizon, as Dana White has sensationally confirmed an offer of $25 million dollars plus a cut of PPV to both men. The fight will take place under the “Queensbury Rules”, in what will be the first venture of a high-level MMA fighter into boxing.

UFC president Dana White has brought what appeared to be a fruitless fantasy into the realms of possibility in confirming that he wants to promote the superfight. Rest assured that this is by no means a “done deal”, as some would like to believe; Mayweather is the most successful self-promoter in the history of boxing, and is doubtfully going to accept terms such as these without a tweak here and there.

While appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, White confirmed the proposition:

“There’s a real offer to Floyd”

The plot has certainly thickened…

 

John Kavanagh ‘Too Afraid to Ask’ About Interim Title

SBG’s John Kavanagh has indicated his confusion at the announcement of yet another interim belt in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 in March.

It is truly a matter of East meets West in the lightweight division at UFC 209 in March. The highly anticipated bout between two of the 155 pound division’s top three fighters will have the extra spice of an interim lightweight title added to the mix.

Confirmation of the anticipated fight came from no other than UFC president Dana White, however there was no allusion to an interim belt in White’s declaration. Fight fans will undoubtedly be thrilled that the face-off between two of the promotions most elite fighters will stretch a full 5 rounds.

Another anticipated fight which was previously announced as the headliner for UFC 209 is for the welterweight crown; Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson were separated by only the finest of margins in what was a majority draw decision for “T-Wood” at UFC 205 in New York last November.

Interim titles are not always the most popular among the MMA masses. One man in particular who seems to treat the concept with contempt is the trainer of the current lightweight champion of the world, Conor McGregor. John Kavanagh expressed his confusion at the decision of the UFC hierarchy to offer an interim belt,  by posting the meme below:

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 Whether Kavanagh held the same view following McGregor’s capture of the UFC featherweight interim title following his KO victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 189 is not clear, however.

In addition to the Nurmagomedov v Ferguson fight collapsing previously due to financial dispute, both fighters have had injury problems which have prevented their meeting in the past. With all now appeared to be resolved, fans will wait with bated breath that both fighters can maintain fitness and avoid injury before they square off in the octagon.

There is absolutely no doubt in stating that this fight represents the most significant of both Nurmagomedov and Ferguson’s respective careers, as the winner will edge one square closer to UFC gold, and hopefully their very own “red panty night”.

SBG’s John Kavanagh has indicated his confusion at the announcement of yet another interim belt in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s bout with Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 in March.

It is truly a matter of East meets West in the lightweight division at UFC 209 in March. The highly anticipated bout between two of the 155 pound division’s top three fighters will have the extra spice of an interim lightweight title added to the mix.

Confirmation of the anticipated fight came from no other than UFC president Dana White, however there was no allusion to an interim belt in White’s declaration. Fight fans will undoubtedly be thrilled that the face-off between two of the promotions most elite fighters will stretch a full 5 rounds.

Another anticipated fight which was previously announced as the headliner for UFC 209 is for the welterweight crown; Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson were separated by only the finest of margins in what was a majority draw decision for “T-Wood” at UFC 205 in New York last November.

Interim titles are not always the most popular among the MMA masses. One man in particular who seems to treat the concept with contempt is the trainer of the current lightweight champion of the world, Conor McGregor. John Kavanagh expressed his confusion at the decision of the UFC hierarchy to offer an interim belt,  by posting the meme below:

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In addition to the Nurmagomedov v Ferguson fight collapsing previously due to financial dispute, both fighters have had injury problems which have prevented their meeting in the past. With all now appeared to be resolved, fans will wait with bated breath that both fighters can maintain fitness and avoid injury before they square off in the octagon.

There is absolutely no doubt in stating that this fight represents the most significant of both Nurmagomedov and Ferguson’s respective careers, as the winner will edge one square closer to UFC gold, and hopefully their very own “red panty night”.