UFC 229 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 6
Joe Rogan breaks down Khabib vs. Conor
EFC now live in the USA on DAZN starting TODAY at 2:30 p.m. ET
EFC is to be broadcast live exclusively on DAZN in the USA under a new multi-year broadcast deal, joining Bellator, Combate Americas, Matchroom Boxing, and more. The first live EFC broadcast on DAZN starts this Saturday at 2:30 ET. The five-fight EFC 74 main card is headlined by DRC’s Igeu Kabesa defending his featherweight title against Scotland’s Calum Murrie, and features the highly-anticipated bout between USA’s Cheyanne Vlismas and Poland’s Karolina Wojcik. “With this world-class platform, we are now able to reach a larger audience in the world’s biggest MMA market," said EFC President Cairo Howarth.
Combate Americas signs sponsorship deal with Monster Energy
Monster is to become the official energy drink of Combate Americas in the United States and Mexico,with brand integration inside La Jaula, brand integration in the Facebook Watch streaming portion of Combate Americas live events, and in-venue activations during Combate Americas events. “We are thrilled to have Monster Energy sign on as the Official Energy Drink of Combate Americas,” said Mike Pine, Chief Revenue Officer, Combate Americas. “Bringing the Monster Energy brand to life in La Jaula and incorporating it during our live events and Facebook Watch streams offers Monster’s messaging in an authentic voice that only Combate Americas can deliver." The partnership starts on Oct. 13 at the Mexico vs. USA event, which airs live on Univision and streams live on DAZN. H/T MultiChannel.com
UFC 229 standing room only tix at $424
Tickets for the UFC 229 sold out rapidly; the sole way to get one is via a secondary market ticket-seller like SeatGeek. it currently shows UFC 229 with $424 for standing room only tix, $670 for a seat, and an average resale of $1,234; the third figure is 2nd only to UFC 205's $1,441. The live gate is expected to rival the T-Mobile Arena UFC record of $10.7M for UFC 200.
H/T MMA Payout
After 145, 155, and 170, Notorious nutritionist identifies McGregor's peak division
Brian Ortega: Contract says Max Holloway stripped if he doesn't fight at UFC 231
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender Brian Ortega appeared recently on MMAjunkie Radio and said it's contractually guaranteed he will fight for the belt at UFC 231 on December 8, even if champion Max Holloway is unavailable. "With this fight happening, we have it where if Max shows up or doesn’t show up, I’m going to have a fight for the featherweight [belt] no matter what. This is the first time I’m letting it out right now. Yeah, it’s in the contract. Everything is done. I will fight for the featherweight belt with or without him. There’s no more of me letting the fans down. If he pulls out on one days’ notice, three hours’ notice, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to show up and it’s going to be for the featherweight belt and it’s going to be main event. Dec. 8, that’s the goal. UFC 231. Toronto.” H/T MMAjunkie
Drake at the weigh-ins
Conor tries to kick Khabib, fighters dragged apart
Lewis, Volkov very nearly come to blows at ceremonial weigh-ins
UFC 229 Embedded: Vlog Series, Episode 5: F@$% Peace
Top 15 UFC 229 fighter nicknames from worst to best
Honorable Mention (tie) “The Notorious” Conor McGregor • Honorable Mention (tie) Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov • #15 Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner • #14 Jussier (his last name which is his nickname means Ant) Formiga • #13 Alexander “Drago” Volkov • #12 Yana “Foxy” Kunitskaya • #11 Felice “Lil’ Bulldog” Herrig • #10 Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger • #9 Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman • #8 Gray “The Bully” Maynard • #7 Nik “The Carny” Lentz • #6 Anthony “Showtime” Pettis • #5 Lina “Elbow Queen” Lansberg • #4 Alan “Nuguette” (It means Shoe Polish; he shone shoes as a destitute child) Patrick • #3 Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson • #2 Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis • #1 Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson.
Dan Hardy reports he is medically cleared to fight, at last
In 2012 UFC welterweight Hardy was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which leads to periods of a very fast heartbeat. He transitioned into a wonderful fight analyst, and now reports that he's finally been cleared to fight. “I went back to the UK, took a bunch of tests with a cardio specialist and they compared past test results and told me ‘You’re all good. Whenever you choose to return, you’ve got the paperwork to compete.’ ... It’s gotta be the right venue, the right opponent. No one in particular, and that’s the thing, this sport changes so quickly that you don’t know who’s going to be available mid-to-late next year. It really depends on where the sport sits at the time." H/T Sherdog
Coaches confident Ev Ting upsets Shinya Aoki
Shinya Aoki, one of the great submission masters in MMA history, fights Ev Ting at ONE: Kingdom Of Heroes tomorrow in Bangkok. Ting's longtime coach, BJJ black belt Bruninho Barbosa is confident. “Ting has a great cardio and is very explosive. He's also a very hard hitter. The plan tomorrow is not to play Aoki’s game. Ev is experienced enough in facing tough opponents and Aoki will be no different. I believe he can knock him out. Aoki is good, but Ev is not a beginner. Ev will win this fight by dominating the scrambles and keeping the fight where he wants it. He needs to control distance and pace where the fight goes to if he wants that win. He keeps improving his game and people under-rate his wrestling and grappling. Aoki needs to watch out for everything. Ev is dangerous anywhere.” H/T Malay Mail