Khabib Nurmagomedov Issues Statement On UFC 249 Status

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken out on his UFC 249 status. Nurmagomedov is scheduled to put his lightweight gold on the line against Tony Ferguson on April 18. It looks like those plans have been derailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nurmagomedov is in Russia, where a travel ban is in effect. Khabib […]

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Kamaru Usman Wants To Make Jorge Masvidal ‘Squeal Like The Pig That He Is’

Kamaru Usman continues to express his interest in fighting Jorge Masvidal. At first, it appeared “The Nigerian Nightmare” was downplaying a matchup with “Gamebred.” When asked by Jon Anik if a bout with Masvidal interested him following UFC 245, the welterweight champion responded by asking, “who?” Since that time, a beef has been brewing between […]

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Tony Ferguson Says Khabib Should Be Stripped Of UFC Lightweight Title

Tony Ferguson has responded to his April 18 bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov being off. Ferguson was set to challenge Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 249. The coronavirus pandemic has left the UFC searching for a new location and now a new main event. Nurmagomedov is currently in Russia […]

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LFA fighter and Police Officer Vernon Lewis on working through pandemic: ‘This is what I signed up for’

With MMA at a standstill due to the coronavirus, many fighters most recently scheduled bouts have had to have been postponed or cancelled, but a lucky few managed to fight right before sports were shut down.

Heavyweight Vernon Lewis was one of the lucky ones, managing to fight and pick up a first round win over Austen Lane on the March 6 LFA card; the last before its events were cancelled until the foreseeable future.

“It was probably my best training camp I ever had,” Lewis told MMAWeekly.com. “I had strength and conditioning program I was going through, so I was in very good shape, I had 12 weeks to prepare for the fight, and everything went right.

“As far as the outcome of the fight, when we talked to my coaches, we were like, ‘that was weird,’ because usually it’s one of those things where you have a great training camp and then you lose, or you have a terrible camp or a short notice fight, and I end up winning, so it’s one of those thing where everything worked out perfectly.”

For Lewis the severity of the coronavirus lockdown really hit home when not only did the LFA cancel their events but the UFC also was forced to clear their upcoming slate of events as well.

“I’m not just a fighter, I’m a big fan of MMA, and every week I look forward to a fight. Whether it’s from ONE, Bellator, or local cards, I’m always looking for and watching the fights. So when the UFC bowed down to it, that’s when I knew it was really serious,” said Lewis.

While some fighters’ schedules have completely altered due to social distancing, aside from sparring and rolling sessions, Lewis has always been a solitary trainer, so things have not so much altered for him.

“I would say that 60 to 70-percent of my training is by myself,” Lewis said. “I work in Fort Worth, and my family is in Waco, so I’m going back and forth all the time. So I don’t have a schedule that’s stable enough to meet with a team most of the time. I usually have to schedule certain times of the day to meet with people.

“Of course not being able to spar or go to the gym where they have like a swimming pool or something like that, that’s one of the things that upsets you, but you’ve just got to kind of roll with the punches.”


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Also unlike other fighters, Lewis continues to work, being a police officer in Fort Worth, and with that he experiences a city in lockdown every time he goes out on the job.

“This is what I signed up for. It’s what can happen and what you’re obligated to (deal with),” said Lewis. “I’m just grateful that I still have a job I can support my family with. Even though the dangers of my job, I’m sure someone else would love to be in my shoes just to know that the income will still be coming.

“For sure (the lack of people can be unsettling), especially Fort Worth which is busy, especially on the weekends or nighttime. It’s one of those things that it’s something we’ve never dealt with before. This is new to us. The sooner we can adapt to it the better.”

Bellator postpones at least three upcoming events

Bellator MMA World Championship Belt

Due to the ongoing safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as current federal, state and local government mandates, Bellator MMA officials on Monday announced that three upcoming live events scheduled for May have been postponed.

These events include:

  • Bellator 242 – May 9 in San Jose, Calif.
  • Bellator European Series London – May 16 in London
  • Bellator 243 – May 29 in Temecula, Calif.

The organization will continue to monitor the situation closely and fully intends to reschedule the events as soon as possible.


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As always, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, partners and staff remains our top priority. We appreciate the understanding and patience of everyone involved during this incredibly difficult time.

Refunds for ticketholders to these events, as well as Bellator 241 originally scheduled for March 13 at Mohegan Sun Arena, will be available at their original point of purchase.

The event postponements included Ryan Bader’s planned light heavyweight title defense, European sensation James Gallagher’s next bout, and the promotional debut of former UFC title contender Liz Carmouche.

Please visit Bellator.com for additional information.

Professional Fighters League suspends 2020 season pending COVID-19 crisis

Kayla Harrison recieves PFL belt from Mike Tyson

The Professional Fighters League on Monday issued a statement noting that its 2020 season is currently on hold pending developments surrounding the covid-19 global pandemic.

The fight promotion is one of several that is trying to provide guidance as to its upcoming planned events, while we all wonder when life will return to some semblance of normalcy as we navigate the ramifications of the novel coronavirus.

While several events have been postponed or cancelled, UFC president Dana White is continuing his efforts to try and keep his UFC 249 pay-per-view event on April 18 intact.

Bellator officials on Monday announced the postponement of all three of its May events, as they continue to monitor developments surrounding the crisis.


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Statement from Peter Murray, CEO of the Professional Fighters League:

March 30, 2020 – “The Professional Fighters League is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 global crisis closely and assessing its impact on the PFL 2020 Season.

The health and safety of our fighters, fans, partners, and league personnel remain our top priority.

In light of this unprecedented pandemic, we are adjusting our plan for the rest of this year and look forward to starting our next season as soon as it is feasible. We are committed to continuing to evolve and grow the sport of MMA.”

Dana White vows UFC will not lay off any employees: ‘I don’t care how long this lasts!’

Dana White UFC 229 Post-Fight Press Conference

UFC president Dana White is up against incredible odds to try and proceed with UFC 249 on April 18, but he continues to insist he is going to find a way to make the event happen. One thing that he won’t do is let go of any of his employees, regardless of how long the current coronavirus crisis lasts.

The economic turmoil has already begun because of the covid-19 global pandemic. Stock markets have been seeing their worst results in history and businesses have been forced to close or extremely limit operations. The UFC isn’t immune. In fact, the entire sports world has little wiggle room for moving forward until pandemic restrictions are lifted.

White has had to postpone three events already, though promising to make up the fights at some point. And even if he somehow manages to put forth some version of UFC 249 on April 18, there are surely going to be more postponements before any of us returns to any sort of normalcy.

No matter what happens with the UFC’s event calendar, however, White is adamant that he will not lay off a single employee because of restrictions surrounding the covid-19 pandemic.

“A guy wrote today UFC is gonna be laying people off. And he’s f—ing gloating about it. First of all, it’s a f—ing lie. It’s not even true. He saw a statement that Endeavor is laying people off and then he says something like, hey, Dana, you got bosses now. No I don’t motherf—er. You have no idea what my situation is,” White said in a recent interview with Barstool Sports.

“I don’t care how long this lasts. How long this f—ing goes on. I’m not laying anybody off. It’s not f—ing happening. There’s a lot of things that I will f—ing do to make sure that doesn’t happen. And I make those decisions. So it won’t happen… period!”


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Dana White addresses UFC 249 and shoots down report of UFC layoffs

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Video: Dustin Poirier down to fight Tony Ferguson or Justin Gaethje at UFC 249

Dustin Poirier victory at UFC 236

If UFC president Dana White can somehow keep UFC 249 on the docket for April 18, Dustin Poirier is down to fight, and he’ll fight anyone.

In an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Tuesday, Poirier said he would be willing to fight regardless of the opponent. He thinks he’d “beat up” Ferguson, and he already holds a win over Justin Gaethje, but would be willing to fight either.

The initial place was for Tony Ferguson to challenge lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 249 main event on April 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y. But once covid-19 reached pandemic status, New York shut down any idea of a UFC event in its state on that date.

White had been trying his hardest to keep Khabib vs. Ferguson intact. Nurmagomedov returned home to Russia a couple weeks ago and now his country is on lockdown with no international flights in or out, presumably knocking him out of the fight.

UFC officials reportedly shifted to a potential Ferguson match-up with fellow contender Justin Gaethje, but Poirier says he’s prepared to jump in the mix as well, facing either fighter.

“I like the fight and I’m down with the fight. Anybody, I’ll fight anybody,” Poirier said about competing at UFC 249. “Yeah, I think I’ll beat up Tony. The Gaethje fight as well, I would do a rematch with him.”


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Where are they now? First UFC heavyweight champion Mark Coleman

 


UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman turned his Olympic wrestling skills into MMA success, becoming the first UFC heavyweight champion and PRIDE Grand Prix champion.

Known as “the godfather of ground & pound,” the legendary Coleman now works to repair the strained relationship with his older daughters as he relishes a new title: Stay-at-Home Dad.


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Watch Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 in its entirety (free full event video)

Bellator 225 - Mitrione vs Kharitonov 2 replay


“There are no live MMA events and I can’t take it any more!”

That’s how a lot of us are feeling with the world going into a relative lockdown in an attempt to curb the effects of the covid-19 global pandemic.

Many sports leagues are doing their best to keep interest up during this difficult time, and Bellator MMA is no different.

The fight promotion recently unleashed the full playback of Bellator 225: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov 2 for fans to watch for free. 

Bellator 225 featured the immediate rematch between heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov. The two first fought at Bellator 215. That first bout ended in a no contest just 15 seconds into the fight when Mitrione landed an accidental groin strike that left Kharitonov unable to continue. 

Watch their rematch and the full Bellator 225 event. 


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