It feels like the only Conor-related news in the media lately, is Conor’s lack of media activity in the lead up to UFC 229. It has left many in the MMA world somewhat underwhelmed and… More
We head to North West England for this instalment of Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA, in particular, the county of Merseyside.
Merseyside is now hailed for its fighting brawn. In recent years it has been propelled by names such as UFC title challenger Darren Till, Cage Warriors’ fan favourite Paddy Pimblett, boxing star Tony Bellew and once Cage Warriors champion and UFC newcomer Molly McCann. With notable names like that being produced on a somewhat regular basis, it is clear to see why there is a certain buzz in the fighting world around the talent that has recently emerged from the area. Continue reading “Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA: Liam Gittins”
In the wake of USADA’s relatively swift response in dealing with Fabricio Werdum‘s failed drugs test in April, speculation has been rife as to why UFC’s anti-doping partner are taking so long to reach the conclusion of their case against Jon Jones.
UFC 229 will have host it’s premier media day press conference next Thursday in New York City ahead of it’s fast approaching October 6th date. Event headliners Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will meet face to face for the first time since their highly publicised fracas at the Barclays Centre last April.
ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto offered an update on what feels like a genuinely mismanaged promotional campaign as he confirmed the first official press event at Radio City Music Hall next Thursday evening. A McGregor media tour usually offers a merry-go-round of insults and memorable catchphrases, but also a masterclass of mental warfare in which the Dubliner often tends to beat his opponent before they meet in the Octagon.
Khabib and McGregor are sworn rivals dating back to their backstage clash at UFC 205. Dagestani Khabib, called out the SBG product after a dominant win over Michael Johnson, attempting to comprehend how McGregor was at the time warranted a title shot despite losing to Nate Diaz earlier in the year and making his lightweight debut that night. McGregor secured the Lightweight crown that same night in November, stopping Eddie Alvarez convincingly in the second round.
A 2017 expedition into the boxing world against Floyd Mayweather extended McGregor’s hiatus from the cage, followed by the birth of his son, Conor Jr. October will mark his return to the sport after a two-year absence.
Expect a huge security presence at next Thursday’s media day presser. Both fighters are known to travel with hefty entourages which have been chomping at the bit to get into it with each other in the recent months. I would imagine the UFC will be pulling out all of the stops security-wise, as this is a precious and highly anticipated fight.
Despite the ongoing preparations for his monumental UFC 229 title clash with arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, lightweight contender Conor McGregor’s legal troubles away from the Octagon appear to have reared their head once again.
The Dubliner’s criminal case for his involvement in the UFC 223 bus attack in the Barclays Centre at the end of July is now over, but one of the blue corner fighters involved in the incident, Michael Chiesa, has initiated civil legal proceedings against ‘The Notorious’ one.
After an impressive TKO victory over the former strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, Suarez makes it clear she has her sights on gold. In her Octagon interview with Joe Rogan Suarez made a clear call out to the current women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas. Continue reading “Report: Tatiana Suarez calls out Rose Namajunas after dominant UFC 228 victory”
Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-3) and his somewhat arch-rival, Luke Rockhold (16-4), are set to clash again at UFC 230 in November. UFC 230 takes place November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York, so it is very much in Weidman’s back-yard. Continue reading “Report: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman rematch headed to UFC 230 in New York”
Saturday 8th September – American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
In the main event, Tyron Woodley will defend his UFC welterweight title against Darren Till. Woodley has seemed to be invincible at the top since winning the belt in dramatic fashion from Robbie Lawler. He will hope this form continues against a heavy hitting and game Darren Till, hungry to live his dream and capture the welterweight strap. Continue reading “Results: UFC 228 – Woodley vs. Till”
Saturday 8th September – Devenish Complex, Belfast, N. Ireland.
The main event sees a bantamweight title fight between ZKJ’s Ciaran Breslin and Fight Academy Ireland’s Glenn McVeigh for the Cage Warriors Academy Ireland bantamweight Title.
On Saturday 8th September, the Cage Warriors Academy takes over Belfast’s Devenish Complex in what will be an exciting and explosive night of amateur Mixed Martial Arts. Continue reading “Preview: Ones to watch at Cage Warriors Academy: Ireland”
Following the dramatic news that UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montaño () had been transported to a local hospital and wouldn’t be defending her title at UFC 228, her opponent, Valentina Shevchenko (15-3-0) has taken to social media to express her total lack of surprise.