Bellator 183 Peaks at 966,000 Viewers for ‘Pitbull’ vs. Henderson Headliner

Bellator 183 peaked at 966,000 (DVR +3) viewers during the main event between Patricky Freire and Benson Henderson on Spike Saturday night, according to a network official.

Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis, Two Other Bouts Announced for UFC Fight Night 123

Liz Carmouche and Alexis Davis will make the move to flyweight for their matchup at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, Calif, promotion officials announced Thursday.

UFC 218 Update: Abdul Razak Alhassan, Sabah Homasi to Clash in Detroit on Dec. 2

Abdul Razak Alhassan will lock horns with Sabah Homasi in a welterweight contest at UFC 218 on Dec. 2.

Report: Andrea Lee Removed From UFC 216 Bout Against Kalindra Faria

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight queen Andrea Lee will need wait a little while before she can make her UFC debut.

UFC Veteran Michael McDonald to Make Bellator Debut in England on Dec. 15

Former interim UFC bantamweight title challenger Michael McDonald will make his Bellator MMA debut on Dec. 15.

Coach Wants Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 for St. Paddy’s Day

With a fight by the end of 2017 apparently off the table, Conor McGregor‘s coach wants a fight with Nate Diaz on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Concurring with UFC president Dana White, McGregor coach John Kavanagh recently said that a Dec. 30 date for UFC 219 is “definitely not happening.”

Speaking to Mike Sheridan at an event on Wednesday in Dublin, Kavanagh shot down the Dec. 30 date with Diaz, but left the door wide open for a trilogy bout in early 2018, even laying out his perfect scenario.

McGregor has a strong contingent of followers everywhere, but particularly so in New York, and that’s where Kavanagh would like for the trilogy bout to take place… on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2018.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor UFC 202 Post-Fight“I don’t know how these things get started, but they have a certain way of gaining momentum,” Kavanagh told Sheridan when shooting down the Dec. 30 date, per MMAFighting.

“I can also tell you that his manager rang me this morning saying that him and Conor had been in meetings all day. Obviously, tomorrow is when we would start to consider the date. If it was my choice, and I must stress that this is only my choice and that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, it would be Nate Diaz in March. That’s what I would push towards.”

The last time McGregor fought was in New York at Madison Square Garden. That is where he made history, capturing his second UFC world title while simultaneously holding the first. He defeated Eddie Alvarez to become lightweight champion at UFC 205 before being forced to relinquish the featherweight title he already held.

That event, as with many things related to McGregor, drew incredible numbers. There was an announced attendance of 20,427, which accounted for a stunning gate of $17.7 million. The event also drew an estimated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys. 

It’s no wonder that Kavanagh would want McGregor’s first UFC bout in more than a year to be at Madison Square Garden, it’s a humongous stage, adding to a fight for which there is already tremendous demand.

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“I have in my head that it would be a Paddy’s Day card in New York, Nate Diaz 3. I think that would be absolutely amazing. That’s what I would wish for,” Kavanagh continued.

“That’s what I’ll be leaning towards with my 0.1 percent influence when I meet with Conor and Audie (Attar) tomorrow. I want Diaz 3, Paddy’s Day in New York.”

Whether or not it will come to fruition remains to be seen. There has been chatter of a match-up with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia and Tony Ferguson is fighting Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight title next week at UFC 216, so there are plenty of options. All the rumblings, however, keep pointing to a third match-up with Diaz, which is a fight that McGregor has been steadfast in believing will happen.

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Breaking: Francis Ngannou Draws Alistair Overeem in December

Francis Ngannou has signed to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit. He will face former Strikeforce, Dream, and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem. The bout is expected to serve as a de facto No. 1 contender’s bout for a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.

Ngannou announced the fight via a Facebook Live video on the UFC’s official page. 

Currently ranked No. 4 in the UFC heavyweight division, this is the most significant fight that Ngannou (10-1) could sign without facing Miocic for the belt. 

The only blemish on Ngannou’s record came in his second professional fight four years ago. He has since reeled off 10 consecutive victories. He had expected to face former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 215 on Sept. 9, but Dos Santos had to withdraw because of a knee injury. Officials were unable to find a suitable replacement in time to keep Ngannou on the card.

It’s certainly a risky fight for Overeem, who already holds the No. 1 ranking in the division. But it’s a risk that he has said he is willing to take. 

“Francis is a very strong guy and he’s doing really good,” Overeem said of Ngannou at a fan question and answer session in Rotterdam.

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“But yeah, I’m open. If the UFC call me and say lets do this, then I’ll certainly say yes.”

It appears the UFC called Overeem because they are now set to square off at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.

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Dominick Cruz Returns; Cynthia Calvillo Booked Against Former Champ at UFC 219

Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has finally booked his next fight as he will face off with Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.

Cruz has been out of action since losing the bantamweight title to current champ Cody Garbrandt last December, but now he’s ready to make his return while facing one of the top 135-pound contenders in the world.

Rivera has gone undefeated during his run with the UFC, most recently dispatching Brazilian heavy-hitter Thomas Almeida and now he’s got his sights set on gold. If Rivera can get past Cruz, it’s going to be awfully hard to deny him a shot at the bantamweight belt.

In addition to Cruz vs. Rivera, a women’s strawweight matchup has also been confirmed for UFC 219 as former UFC champion Carla Esparza faces off with upstart contender Cynthia Calvillo.

Esparza last fought in June where she earned a unanimous decision win against Maryna Moroz as she looks to climb back into title contender.

As for Calvillo, the Team Alpha Male fighter has remained undefeated after bursting onto the scene earlier this year while racking up three wins in a row including a victory against Joanne Calderwood in July.

UFC 219 takes place on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Watch ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen Batter Li Kai Wen (Free Fight)

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Deemed as one of the best bouts of 2016, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen took on China’s most promising featherweight, the 21-year-old Li Kai Wen. From the get-go, the athletes blasted each other with powerful strikes, repeatedly landing heavy handed punches and kicks. Within moments, Nguyen was able to take Li’s back and execute a thrilling first-round technical knockout.

That was Nguyen’s second consecutive win. He has since added three more, including capturing the ONE featherweight title from Marat Gafurov in his most recent bout.

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Now, as featherweight champion, Nguyen is headed into a superfight in November. At ONE Championship: Legends of the World on Nov. 10 in Manila, Nguyen will move up to 155 pounds to challenge Eduard Folayang for the lightweight title. 

But first, check out Nguyen’s first-round finish of Wen.

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The Upsets Keep Coming on The Ultimate Fighter 26

During last week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion the No. 3 seed fell to the No. 14 seed. This week the upsets continued as No 12 seed Sijara Eubanks took out No. 5 seed Maia Stevenson.

Two of the five fights thus far in the season have resulted in major upsets. The top seed, No. 4 seed, and the No. 6 seed have advanced while the No. 3 and No. 5 seeds were eliminated.

The Fight: Sijara Eubanks vs. Maia Stevenson

Stevenson, the wife of The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Joe Stevenson, entered the reality series on a five-fight winning streak.  Eubanks only had four professional fights before entered the tournament to crown the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion. 

Stevenson had success with her striking in the early going of the opening round but Eubanks was able to take Stevenson down and dominate her on the ground.  Stevenson was able to get back to her feet after having her back taken but was unable to escape the clinch.  Eubanks battered Stevenson’s midsection with knees and delivered a heavy dose of foot stomps.  Eubanks took Stevenson down in the final minute of the round and inflicted damage with hammer fists, punches and elbows. 

In the second frame, Eubanks quickly put Stevenson on her back and hammered away with punches to the body and head from side control.  Eubanks isolated an arm and applied a kimura.  She cranked on the arm and Stevenson was forced to tap out.

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“The fight went really well.  It felt like all the suns and starts and stuff aligned for me,” said Eubanks following the submission win. 

Next Fight Announcement

Through five fights, Team Gaethje leads Team Alvarez 3-2.  Coach Eddie Alvarez choose No. 2 seed Barb Honchak to face No. 12 seed Gillian Robertson in the next match-up.  Honchak is the former Invicta FC flyweight champion.  She’ll enter the bout riding a 9-fight winning streak, but hasn’t fought since November 2014.

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