Ronda Rousey returned to the UFC on Friday for the first time in more than a year, but it took about five seconds to realize one of the most dominant athletes in MMA history had met her end in a land far, far away.
Few matchups reach the epic stage of combat sports, but that’s exactly where the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rivalry now exists after McGregor evened the score with a majority decision Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.
The betting public has started to lean toward cocky Irishman Conor McGregor, a minus-130 favorite, in a hyped rematch against Nate Diaz on Saturday.
When it comes to last week’s announcement about the formation of the Professional Fighters Association to represent the collective interests of UFC fighters, that old line about a union only being as strong, effective and powerful as its members who participate isn’t necessarily true.
John McCain was for years the despised adversary of those niche mixed martial arts souls who wanted the UFC to grow and prosper. Without such an uncompromising stance from McCain, the Fertitta family would never have realized the historic success created from purchasing the UFC for $2 million in 2001.
I’m not sure what fans at UFC 200 were expecting, but any bitterness that such a historic evening lacked the sort of fireworks those purchasing tickets desired should have been pointed toward Jon Jones and not Daniel Cormier.
Minus stars Jon Jones and Conor McGregor, the Las Vegas wagering handle for Saturday’s UFC 200 card at T-Mobile Arena will be down an estimated $1 million or more.
Jon Jones’ removal from the main event of UFC 200 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena for a potential violation of the anti-doping policy will test the company’s resolve.
The more times the UFC bullies and removes and bans journalists, the more others will be fearful of similar actions and choose not to report what could be highly important stories about the health and well-being of fighters or other critical matters.
Bob Bennett isn’t going to comment on the nonsense that is anyone believing a Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Conor McGregor fight has the slightest chance of happening, no matter how rich a payday it might generate for all involved.