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  • ‘Gamebred’ Banks Big Reebok Bucks In London
    by Adam Guillen Jr. on March 18, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) invaded the O2 Arena last Saturday (March 16, 2019) to stage UFC Fight Night 147. In the main event, Jorge Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in the headlining act to earn his first victory in two years (see it again here), while Leon Edwards scored his seventh straight win after narrowly edging out Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event. “Gamebred” made out with the biggest sponsorship checks from Reebok to the tune of $15,000, while Till managed to rake in $5,000 for his efforts. Also, Nelson and Edwards each banked $10,000 from the sports apparel giant for their welterweight clash. That’s not all! Take a look at the entire UFC Fight Night 147 Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie). Jorge Masvidal: $15,000 def. Darren Till: $5,000 Leon Edwards: $10,000 def. Gunnar Nelson: $10,000 Dominick Reyes: $4,000 def. Volkan Oezdemir: $5,000 Nathaniel Wood: $3,500 def. Jose Quinonez: $5,000 Claudio Silva: $4,000 def. Danny Roberts: $5,000 Jack Marshman: $5,000 def. John Phillips: $3,500 Arnold Allen: $4,000 def. Jordan Rinaldi: $4,000 Marc Diakiese: $5,000 def. Joseph Duffy: $5,000 Saparbek Safarov: $3,500 def. Nicolae Negumereanu: $3,500 Dan Ige: $4,000 def. Danny Henry: $3,500 Molly McCann: $3,500 def. Priscila Cachoeira: $3,500 Mike Grundy: $3,500 def. Nad Narimani: $3,500 According to the payout structure (see it), the more fights a fighter has accumulated — combined with UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce promotions — the more coin he or she gets to fill his or her combat sports piggy bank. And the less fights a fighter has under the Endeavor umbrella ... well, the less he or she gets. According to the report, fighters will also receive royalty and payments up to 20 to 30 percent of any UFC-related merchandise sold that bears his or her likeness. For complete UFC London results and coverage click here. […]

  • All UFC PPV Events Moving Exclusively To ESPN+
    by Jesse Holland on March 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Hey, remember back in February when DirecTV tried to strong-arm Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White over the cost of mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) events? In my best Colonel Yin voice: YOU. LOSE. The promotion today announced a new deal with ESPN that will take all upcoming PPV events and put them on the ESPN+ streaming service, so if you want to catch the big-name fight cards, you’ll have to go digital. That includes UFC 236 on April 13 in Atlanta. And if you’re thinking, “Wow, just five bucks a month for everything,” kind of like the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Network that streams the whole enchilada for a measly $10 every four weeks, let me be the first to disappoint you. You still have to buy them at $59.99 on top of your monthly subscription (get a free trial here). New ESPN+ subscribers will get one-year of ESPN+ and a UFC PPV event for $79.99; while existing ESPN+ subscribers will be able to purchase UFC PPV events for $59.99 per event, according to today’s release. ESPN+ also plans to explore other potential packaging options in the months ahead. “Today’s announcement further establishes the strength of the partnership between UFC and ESPN,” White said. “Now our fans will be able to watch all UFC events exclusively on ESPN platforms, including ESPN+, which is an innovative way to deliver fights to our young fan base. I couldn’t be more excited to work with ESPN for the next seven years. Together we’re going to do amazing things to help grow this sport.” ESPN and ESPN+ will continue to air the UFC “Prelims” and “Fight Night” events. Commercial establishments will retain the rights to PPV purchases outside the ESPN+ platform, so if you and your buddies typically go to Buffalo Wild Wings or some other watering hole to watch the fights, that is expected to remain unchanged. The seven-year PPV deal ends in 2025. […]

  • Masvidal ‘Pissed Off’ Backstage Brawl Overshadowing Big Win In London
    by Adam Guillen Jr. on March 18, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Jorge Masvidal picked up the biggest wins of his combat sports career this past weekend (Sat., March 16, 2019), knocking out former Welterweight title contender, Darren Till, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 147 in London, England (highlights). Afterward, “Gamebred” was involved in a scuffle with Leon Edwards backstage after “Rocky” interrupted his post-fight interview on ESPN to call him out for a scrap. And much to the chagrin of Masvidal, his “three piece and soda” serving to Edwards has overshadowed his win given the amount of views it has garnered online. “They keep bringing that up. I’m even offended that it gets brought up right now. But, whatever, that’s what the clickbait lives for and I gave it to them,” Masvidal said on a recent edition of The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “It’s just stupid, it’s something that happened. I wish in some way I could control myself, but I can’t let someone disrespect me. This guy has been attacking me on social media, talking crap all of the time,” Masvidal added. Still, Masvidal says he wouldn’t take back his actions, as he was simply responding and reacting to an aggressive man who has been egging him on now for quite some time. And hijacking his interview on “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “It’s not that I wish I didn’t do it, I just wish it wouldn’t get more attention than what I actually love to do, which is fight, you know? I got upset because I’m just tired of this individual disrespecting me already. Then he goes in on my interview and does this. Enough,” he said. “I’m sure he’s going to come back with a million corny quotes, but just stop, bro, nobody is buying into your act. You are disrespectful, you go up in my interview, I’m not talking about this guy, not even mentioning him in any shape or form. But, this moron tries to come in on my interview and punk me, and I am not going to let that happen. “And now it pisses me off that it gets more attention than the Till fight when he doesn’t deserve a click,” Masvidal added. “He doesn’t deserve a view, anything. I know they love the drama, but it’s taking away from my performance. So if you are my fan, speak about my performance fighting No. 3 in the world, not some dude that nobody knows backstage. Who is that guy? I’m making this dude famous. We spent 70-percent of my interview talking about some bum,” Masvidal said, who jokingly threatened to cut his interview short if Leon's name kept coming up. As far as what he wants to do following his $100,000-bonus winning performance, “Gamebred” wants a title shot or the next best man in the division. We have our thoughts as to who it could be (read them here), care to offer yours? For complete UFC London results and coverage click here. […]

  • Matches To Make For UFC ‘London’ Main Card Winners
    by Adam Guillen Jr. on March 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    UFC Fight Night 147 went down last Saturday (March 16, 2019) inside O2 Arena in London, England, featuring a Welterweight showdown between Jorge Masvidal and Darren Till that resulted in “Gamebred” knocking out “The Gorilla” in violent fashion (highlights). In addition, Leon Edwards picked up his seventh straight win after edging out Gunnar Nelson in the co-headlining act (recap), and then proceeded to mix it up with the aforementioned Masvidal backstage. Winner: Jorge MasvidalWho He Should Fight Next: Leon Edwards It’s pretty obvious this is now the fight to make after Masvidal fed Edwards a “three piece and a soda” backstage at O2 Arena. Plus, the two men are separated by just one spot in the official UFC rankings. Sure, Masvidal — and even Kamaru Usman’s team — have high hopes of a title shot, but I really don’t see that happening. I mean, if he got it I wouldn’t be mad, it’s just hard to envision him getting bumped over Colby Covington, Santiago Ponzinibbio or even Edwards. UFC should have “Gamebred” and “Rocky” duke it out (in a sanctioned fight) next, build off the impromptu brawl (like you know UFC will), and see who emerges as a legit title contender after that. There were talks of the two men squaring up awhile back, so why not make it official now that the beef has bubbled over? There is the possibility of Ben Askren stepping in to face Masvidal, but UFC passing on Masvidal vs. Edwards at this point is highly unlikely. Winner: Leon EdwardsWho Should He Face Next: See Above Winner: Dominick ReyesWho Should He Face Next: Corey Anderson This one was a bit tricky, as I would’ve liked to see Reyes and Thiago Santos square off next. But, if UFC does indeed book “Marreta” to face Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight title next, then it’s on to the next for “The Devastator.” Alexander Gustafsson is booked to face Anthony Smith, two men coming off a loss; Jan Blachowicz and Volkan Oezdemir are on losses, while Corey Anderson is riding a three-fight win streak. That said, “Overtime” is really the only sensible option for Reyes after “Devastator” escaped London with a win over Oezdemir. The winner will set himself up nicely to face “Bones” — or Santos — sooner, rather than later. Winner: Nathaniel WoodWho Should He Face Next: Ricky Simon Wood picked up his third straight win inside the Octagon, eighth straight overall, after submitting Jose Alberto Quinonez. Meanwhile, Simon, coincidentally enough, is also riding an eight-fight win streak, including three inside the Octagon. Sure, Simon is ranked (No. 15), while Wood is hoping to crack the rankings list after his latest win, but the fight simply makes sense. It will be a bit before either of them can start looking ahead at Top 10-ranked foes, so why not let them handle business inside the cage to see who gets closer to that goal? Winner: Claudio SilvaWho Should He Face Next: Anthony Rocco Martin Can we start Silva a little more respect? All the man has done is win 13 in a row, including beating the aforementioned Edwards, and hasn’t tasted defeat in 12 years. Martin, meanwhile, is on a four-fight win streak and most recently competed at UFC Fight Night 146 by defeating Sergio Moraes. With the win, Martin earned himself his first-ever Top 15 ranking, something Silva may accomplish this week. Both men have a well-rounded game, are black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and can stand-and-bang if need be. Book it. Winner: Jack MarshmanWho He Should Face Next: Tim Boetsch Marshman — who came in overweight for his fight against John Phillips — snapped his two-fight skid in London via razor-thin split decision, so let’s not start giving him the cream of the crop just yet. Boetsch, meanwhile. suffered his second straight defeat at UFC Fight Night 146 against Omari Ahkmedov, so the two men should be eying a return to action around the same time. For Marshman, facing a recognizable name and long-time veteran like “The Barbarian” would look good on his resume. Boetsch needs a win in the worst way, and while it won’t come easy against Marshman, it’s a good challenge to see where he currently stands. For complete UFC London results and coverage click here. […]

  • Oezdemir ‘Clearly’ Won Fight Against Reyes
    by Jesse Holland on March 18, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title contender, Volkan Oezdemir, was hoping to keep himself afloat in the 205-pound title chase with a commanding performance against rising contender, Dominick Reyes, at the UFC Fight Night 147 mixed martial arts (MMA) event last weekend in London. Get complete results and play-by-play here. Unfortunately for “No Time,” the judges rendered a split decision in favor of “The Devastator,” though most MMA websites recording the bout (even this one) scored two of the three rounds for Oezdemir. “Even the coaches of Reyes came to me before the judges announcement and after the judges announcement and told me I was winning the fight,” Oezdemir said (via MMA Junkie). “I don’t want to say it’s (expletive). Maybe I should have produced a little more, but I clearly won the fight. I was the better man [that night], and unfortunately the judges didn’t see it that way.” While Reyes emerged the winner after three rounds of action (recap here), the victory is unlikely to get him the winner of Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos, simply because “Bones” can find more lucrative bouts in the heavyweight division. And a loss to “Marreta” would probably require an immediate rematch. It’s unlikely that either fighter will move far from their existing spots in the 205-pound rankings and considering the outcome, I wouldn’t be surprised if the promotion asked them to run it back sooner, rather than later. […]