Meatball to undergo surgery for broken orbital following win vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Molly 'Meatball' McCann beat Priscila Cachoeira via UD at UFC on ESPN +5 on Saturday night, and Sunday will undergo surgery for a broken eye orbital. The former Cage Warriors champ lost to Gillian Robertson in her league debut, and earned her first UFC win in London. Honestly, I’ve been through hell and back since the last fight,” said McCann. “I wanted to give a performance you’d be proud of.” h/t MMA Fighting
Masvidal earns two of the four performance bonuses at UFC on ESPN+ 5
At the post-fight press conference for the UFC on ESPN+5, which took place in London England, promotion official announces the winners of the events performance-based bonuses:
Fight of the Night - Jorge Masvidal vs. Darren Till
Performance of the Night: Jorge Masvidal
Performance of the Night: Dan Ige
Each athlete was awarded $50,000 for their bonuses, so Masvidal walked away with $100,000 in addition to his fight purse.
Masvidal and Edwards get into backstage scrap at UFC London
Tony Ferguson reports he's in good spirits and getting help
White slams ref who stopped Silva/Roberts fight
Filipino warriors go 3-2 vs the world at Brave 22
Brave 22: Storm of Warriors in Manila saw five Philipinnes vs. The World fights. In the very first, Jomar Pa-ac defeated India's Sataya Behuria, but then Finland's Abdul Hussein and Bahrain's Hussain Ayyad got back to back wins; one more loss and the world wins. However, Rolando Dy defeated Pakistan's Mehmosh Raza and it was down to the final, title fight. And there Stephen Loman successfully defended his bantamweight world championship vs. the ultra game Elias Boudegzdame, taking it 3-2.
McGregor confirms he's in negotations for July fight
”Yes, we’re currently in negotiations, we’re aiming for July, we’ll see what happens. I am staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program, the McGregorFast program, today in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch interview
Tom Breese: I feel like a ‘cardio machine’ without ‘ridiculous’ cuts to 170
“I was fighting at welterweight from a very young age, the cuts got tougher and I just decided to fight healthy. It’s crazy the amount of benefits that I feel from it. I don’t even have to cut any weight to be honest. I feel so much stronger. Even before the fight, when I was warming up, you always have a bit of nerves when you’re warming up that make you feel sluggish, but I just felt so sharp warming up. I felt like I could’ve warmed up all day. I didn’t have that tiredness and that gaunt kind of feeling in my stomach. I walk around at about 90 kilos  so it drops down a little bit. In the middle of camp I’m around 88 kilos . I’m very low body fat at that stage because I’m a very tall guy. For me to lose four more kilos [nine pounds] to get to middleweight, it’s very easy with the training, it just comes naturally. Compare that to draining my body down to 77 kilos . It was ridiculous what I was doing.” h/t MMA Fighting • Listen to Eurobash podcast (42:00 mark)
Conor McGregor offers a troubled Tony Ferguson encouraging words
John Brewin dedicates Brave 22 victory to homeland after Christchurch massacre
New Zealand's John 'Trouble' Brewin fought Cian Cowley at Brave 22 cage just hours after an attack took place in two mosques in his home country. He almost pulled out, but soldiered through and ended up with his hand raised for the third time inside the Brave cage. "I walked down with this flag. I know the strength of the people of New Zealand. This is a dark day in our country and I never imagined the size of the hatred in such a beautiful place. We will pull through this dark time. I have to thank my opponent. If it wasn't for Cian Cowley I would probably pull out. I made the walk because it was him. He gave me the opportunity to face him and I'm thankful for that."
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Nova Scotia AC allowed to retain revenue instead of sending to general fund
The Nova Scotia government announced changes to the Boxing Authority Act on March 1 that will modernize financial oversight and align practices with the Nova Scotia Boxing Authority. The changes will allow any generated revenue to be invested in programming that fits within the authority's mandate such as safety in combat sports. The act currently requires all revenue by the authority to flow directly to the province. The authority will also be able to choose its own auditor on an annual basis. Currently, there is a requirement for the auditor general to audit the authority.
Tony Ferguson's wife releases statement on restraining order
When news broke that Tony Ferguson's wife Cristina had filed for a restraining order, some assumed that there must have been violence against her. There was not. The fighter is, however, behaving erratically. Ms. Ferguson's attorney Jeffrey L. Heath issued a statement on her behalf: "Tony Ferguson is a good husband and good father to our son. The current legal proceedings are a part of a process to ensure that Tony will receive the help necessary to continue being the best possible, as well as to pursue his passion and career as a UFC champion fighter. All positive well wishes are sincerely appreciated and I hope our privacy will be respected." h/t ESPN
Avengers: Endgame inspires UFC 236 trailer
Jojo Calderwood: Dana White said to be ready for UFC 238 title shot, just in case
Joanne Calderwood fights Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 238 on June 8; Valentina Shevchenko defends her flyweight belt vs. Jessica Eye in the co-main, and UFC president Dana White says Jojo should prepare for the possibility that she steps in: “I saw Dana at the PI and he told me that I should be ready, and I said, ‘I’m already ready.’ And I’m going to be hitting that weight – 125, championship weight – and just be training for a five-round fight. Because you just never know, especially in this sport – it’s such a crazy one. So I’m definitely going to be ready. In any fight, you could face the opponent changing the week of or even the day before. So I think it’s good to always have your eye on your other opponents, especially people that are on your card.” h/t MMAjunkie
Adesanya statement on Christchurch shootings
Rachael Ostovich's husband pleads no contest to assaulting her
Arnold Berdon, the estranged husband of UFC flyweight Rachel Ostovich, is pleading no contest to an assault charge stemming from an alleged attack in November during which she reportedly suffered a fractured orbital bone. Ostovich is also seeking a divorce from Berdon, who is also a professional fighter. Sentencing is expected on 5/16; he potentially faces up to five years in prison, but it is expected he will be sentenced to probation only and will avoid jail time if he completes a domestic violence program.