The weirdness between Conor and Dana just got wierder

The weirdness between Conor and Dana just got wierder
Dana White and Conor McGregor


Its off. Its on. No its back off. Dana White on Conor McGregor’s UFC 200 future. 

Early on Monday UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor took to his twitter and yet again blew the MMA world up. According to the Irish superstar he is back on UFC 200 and will indeed be facing Nate McGregor in the nights main event.

Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @Danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect

Well, according to promotional president Dana White this is “not true” and McGregor is not going to be fighting at UFC 200 as he stated last week during a press conference. Talking with the Times White also stated that they have not spoken to any of team McGregor since Friday’s UFC 200 conference.

We haven’t talked to Conor or his manager since the press conference on Friday. I don’t know why he would tweet that.

This situation needs to be rectified as soon as possible. Both Diaz and McGregor are training as if the fight is still on. Dana and Conor need to hug it out and get back to doing what is right for business. Having Diaz vs. McGregor II as UFC 200’s main event. That’s what is best for business.

Conor McGregor breaks silence, “I AM NOT RETIRED.”

Conor McGregor breaks silence, “I AM NOT RETIRED.”

 

Conor McGregor vs. Josè Aldo (UFC/Getty images)
 

Conor McGregor has broken his silence after retirement tweet and being pulled off UFC 200.

Just days ago the UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor broke not just the Internet, but the world with a single tweet. Nearly two days later the 145-pound King has broken his silence. 

 
In a statement released on McGregor’s Facebook page he addresses why he has been pulled from UFC 200 and what led him to the decision to not attend media obligations in Las Vegas this week. 

I am just trying to do my job and fight here. I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote. I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time where you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop. 


McGregor apparently asked for a “slight adjustment” and “leeway” in regards to doing promotional activities this week due to being in Iceland training and was seemingly denied by the promotion. 

I feel the $400 million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am ready for UFC 200. 

The statement, which can be read in full above, ended with four words which I’m sure made a lot of people, including promotional figures, very happy. “I AM NOT RETIRED.”

The UFC or Dana White have yet to make any comments on the statement or if the fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 is still off. 

Lyoto Machida blames ‘bad’ supplement for fight cancellation

Lyoto Machida blames ‘bad’ supplement for fight cancellation
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida UFC 157 (Getty images)

What was expected to be a fun fight between two legends has been cancelled after one takes banned supplements. 

The highly anticipated rematch between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson that wasset to co-main event this Saturday’s UFC on Fox 19 card is off. 

News broke late Wednesday night via the UFC that Machida had informed officials at the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he had been using a banned substance while preparing for the bout. 

The supplement that was being used is called 7-Keto and it contains DHEA which is an illegal substance. A “surprised” Machida, who posted a statement on his Facebook page, insists that he had no knowledge that the above mentioned supplement was indeed banned. 

I want to tell you that I really didn’t know about this substance, so I listed it on my declaration form amongst everything else I was taking.  

Having lost his last two Octagon appearances to Yoel Romero and current middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, this could prove to be a very costly mistake for the former light heavyweight champion. 

Rose Namajunas and Tecia Torres have now been bumped upto the events co-main event. As for Dan Henderson? He made his thoughts very clear after news broke….. 

  

Miesha Tate’s first title defence will come at UFC 200 

Miesha Tate’s first title defence will come at UFC 200 
Miesha Tate UFC 196 (Zuffa/Getty Images)

It’s been a great week for ‘Cupcake’. 

Just days after signing a new UFC contract we found out that women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will defend her title against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. 

Tate (18-5) is coming off of her fifth-round submission over former champion Holly Holm at UFC 196. In what was her second crack at promotional gold, Tate was able to finally be crowned a UFC champion with a rear-naked choke. Since her 2013 loss to Ronda Rousey, Tate has gone 5-0 with wins over Liz Carmouche, Rin Nakai, Sara McMann, Jessica Eye and most recently Holly Holm. 

Nunes (12-4) is also bringing her own hot streak into the meeting. After her last loss to Cat Zingano in 2014 “The Lioness” has won three straight over Shayna Baszler, Sara McMann and the very same night Tate was crowned champion Nunes beat Valentina Shevchenko in a very exciting bout. 

This fight is just another great and exciting addition to an already stacked card which is headlined by a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. 

EFC Worldwide and e.tv partner up in landmark broadcasting deal 

EFC Worldwide and e.tv partner up in landmark broadcasting deal 

  
After months of planning and negotiations EFC Worldwide has landed a huge broadcast deal with e.tv, a free-to-air channel that will put the promotion’s broadcasts in over 50 million more homes with in South Africa. 

During previous live events that were broadcast on the channel (EFC12 – EFC 19) a record audience of over 1.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the ever growing sport. The promotion increased e.tv’s viewership for the timeslot by 31.5% and demographics crossed all race and income groups. 

In a press release EFC President Cairo Howarth stated just what a monumental deal this is not only for the promotion but the sport as a whole. 

This is absolutely huge for EFC, e.tv and the sport of MMA. It’s a deal we have been working on for some time and we are are ecstatic. It is great for e.tv, the EFC and its partners, the athletes and the fans. This partnership provides an even greater platform for the sport of MMA to grow. 

EFC has a huge following in South Africa and we are delighted to give South African MMA fans events for free on terrestrial television and to be able to reach the whole country.  

All future events will take place on Friday evenings and will be broadcast live on Kwesè Sports and then shown delayed live on e.tv

e.tv is very excited to have EFC back on the channel. We provide viewers with the best local and international entertainment and EFC is one of the most exciting local sports property in the country. 

Ovince St. Preux steps up to face Jon Jones for interim title 

Ovince St. Preux steps up to face Jon Jones for interim title 

  

  
Never fear for Ovince St. Preux is here…. To save the day. 

The UFC 197 main event is back on. Promotional president Dana White announced to ESPN that rising star Ovince St. Preux is to step in for the injured Daniel Cormier and fight Jon Jones for the Interim light heavyweight title. 

St. Preux (19-7) takes the fight on just under 3-weeks notice. Last in action in February where he bested Rafael Calvacante via unanimous decision, the 32 year-old has won four of his last six outings. A dangerous and talented fighter this is a huge step up in competition for the Tennessee native. 

The former champion Jones (21-1) has not been inside the octagon since January of 2013 where he beat Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision. Legal woes have unfortunately kept him out of action and the it seemed the injury to Cormier would do the same but thanks to quick work from the promotion he gets his wish and stays on the card. 

Jon Jones calls on “any” light heavyweight or heavyweight to save UFC 197 

Jon Jones calls on “any” light heavyweight or heavyweight to save UFC 197 

Jon Jones has called out two divisions to help save UFC 197. 

The former champion has taken to his Instagram and has asked the UFC to fight anyone in the light heavyweight or heavyweight division in the main event of UFC 197 after Daniel Cormier pulled out with injury last night. 

In the video posted on Jones’ Instagram he makes it clear that it could be anyone in either division (watch video below). 

So UFC whether you have a light heavyweight or heavyweight, it doesn’t matter. Let’s keep this main event going, send them my way. 

It’s been a long and difficult road for Jones to get back to the octagon and seemingly understands how important a fight, regardless of opponent, is for him and the UFC. 

Watch the video here