Dana White hopes for Brock Lesnar return this summer
“Brock Lesnar, he’s doing his thing right now with the WWE. One of the things about Brock Lesnar is when that guy’s ready to fight, he’s not shy. He’ll call me, he’ll let me know. To be honest with you, I’m hoping I’m going to hear from that guy this summer. I know Cormier wants it bad and I know Brock wants it bad. When two guys want to fight each other as bad as these two do, I think it’s going to happen.” h/t MMA News • Watch
We don't deserve Jorge Masvidal
Dana White: UFC is now one of the top 4 sports in the USA
"It’s not about money, it’s not about any of that stuff," said white after signing a 7 year contract with UFC owners Endeavor. "I don’t care about any of that stuff. I like to win and I like to take this thing to the next level, the next level, the next level. And it’s what we’ve done and it’s what we’re gonna continue to do. A lot of big things have happened to us over the years, but once you make it to ESPN, you know you’ve made it as a sport. Right now, if you look at our deal, where we’re at, what we’re doing, we’re now one of the top four sports in the United States. The Big Four has changed. We are now one of them. ... This is what we always dreamed of. We’re doing what I always believed we could do and what I hoped someday we would do. It’s everything me and UFC fans ever dreamed of. And every fighter.”
UFC 237 poster is better than usual
Cian Cowley coach wants quick turnaround after SD loss at Brave 22
SBGi founder John Kavanagh following Cian 'The Warrior' Cowley vs. John 'Trouble' Brewin at Brave 22 in Manila, Philippines, in a fight that saw Cowley take Round 1 and Brewin come back with a strong clinch game in 2 and 3 to take a Split Decision: "Didn't get the result we wanted. Thought we'd done enough in the first two rounds but that's how it goes sometimes. Very proud of the progress Cian Cowley making, this is a bump in the road and we'll be back. Thank you Brave CF, zero damage done so we're ready to go again as soon as possible."
Dana White comments on PPV move to ESPN+ exclusively
“When will you stop doubting me? It’s been f@$%ing 20 years now. When will you stop doubting me? ... This was the right move at the right time. ESPN has been an incredible partner in just a short amount of time. Everything works together. We’re both aligned with our goals and what we want to do, so it’s going to be so much better for the fans. Obviously in the beginning change is weird, everybody hates change, but once we get dialed in, it’s going to be amazing.” h/t MMAjunkie
McGregor dismissed from Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade due to fan crush
After McGregor got out of his SUV, which was promoting his Proper No. Twelve whiskey, crowds surged toward him, so cops directed McGregor go back into his car and turn up L Street toward the Seaport and away from the parade, according to state Sen. Nick Collins Collins: “Conor McGregor was a late addition to a parade, which was a mistake. He didn’t get very far before police had to dismiss him from the parade. [Police] were having breakdowns along the parade route. It was a headache for them that was unsustainable. Some bad decisions were made. We’re going to have to sit down as officials and talk about what went wrong.” Total crowd size was estimated at over a million. h/t Boston Herald
John McCarthy explains verbal tap rule
The Unified Rules define a Verbal Tapout as, When a contestant verbally announces to the referee that he or she does not wish to continue or makes audible sounds such as screams indicating pain or discomfort. On Saturday Danny Roberts was in a Claudio Silva armbar and yelled out and referee Kevin Sataki controversially stopped the fight. Now McCarthy offers a clarification: "A scream of pain is to be considered a verbal tap by the referee. But, it must be a scream. I use to tell fighters all the time I will let you grunt, groan or summon the gods of stupid strength with a Arrrggghhhh, but don’t scream out like you just turned into an 8 year old."
ONE flyweight tournament gets shuffle after Andrew Leone withdraws with injury
With Leone out, Japan's Senzo Ikeda is in vs. Danny Kingad in the flyweight tournament that opens in ONE Championship: A New Era on 3/31 in Toyko. The show will have four title fights, the debut of Eddie Alvarez in the ongoing lightweight tournament, and the opening round of the flyweight tournament: debuting Demetrious Johnson vs. Yuya Wakamatsu; Ivanildo Delfino vs. Tatsumitsu Wada; Kairat Akhmetov vs. Reece McLaren; and, Kingad vs. Ikeda.
Askren reevaluating next matchup following Till loss
“I would love to fight [Masvidal], but ... I think he’s trying to find reasons not to fight me. He’s talking about fight for the belt — prior to this fight, he had two losses in a row. You don’t go from losing two to winning one and then all of a sudden you have a belt when there’s all these guys in front of you. ... No one likes Colby, I don’t like Colby. I would love to skip over him and fight Usman, but it doesn’t seem like Usman wants that either. ... I thought Till was going to win tonight. I think we’ll go reevaluate. I’d love to fight Masvidal. I’d love to fight Leon Edwards. I would like someone higher, but if that’s who they gave me instead, I would definitely say yes.” h/t MMA Fighting
Why Piers Morgan is a lowlife
UFC welterweight Darren Till and journalist Piers Morgan have been in a bitter Twitter quarrel for some time, and Morgan demonstrated the depths of his deplorable character following Till's KO loss to Jorge Masvidal on Saturday. Till put everything on the line and came up short, as half the human beings do in every fight. Morgan, who, sadly, has the appearance in body and soul of never being punched in the face, chose the moment of Till being down to kick him, tweeting "Hi mate, you’ve gone a bit quiet. Everything OK?"
Promo for Bisping entry into UFC Hall of Fame
Demetrious Johnson: Why Marlon Moraes should be next for T.J. Dillashaw
“In my personal opinion, if I were to say what would be the best thing to happen, if T.J. went off and defended the belt against Marlon Moraes, who’s the number-one contender in my personal opinion, and then Henry Cejudo can go defend his belt. Because a lot of these champ-champ and double champ and all that stuff, it kind of holds the division. When I’m sitting by watching it, I’m ready to see Marlon Moraes get his chance. I think when there’s absolutely nobody for those two to compete against, that’s when you do superfights.” h/t MMA News
Sylvester Stallone: Conor McGregor is at a crossroads
"If he can't overcome his fear and beat this man, I think it'll plague him for the rest of his life. [He should tell himself] 'Okay, I've gone through a very rough time. I've been somewhat publicly humiliated. I'm at a crossroad in my life ... I have to overcome an incredible opponent who seems invulnerable.' This is a crossroad in his life. This is probably the most important one because if he doesn't live up to his ideal ... if he can't overcome his fear and beat this man, I think it'll plague him for the rest of his life." h/t TMZ
Marc Diakiese wanted release, before win
“After the last fight, I wanted to get released, because I felt I’m young and learning, but I’m getting beat by mistakes. I had a lot of doubters, like, yeah after this, he’s out, so it’s nice to get this win out of the way. I’m just going to be a lot smarter now, not just taking fight after fight. I’ll take my time and see what’s next.” h/t MMAjunkie
Danny Roberts concedes he audibly indicated pain
Verbal Tapout: When a contestant verbally announces to the referee that he or she does not wish to continue or makes audible sounds such as screams indicating pain or discomfort. Danny Roberts was in a Claudio Silva armbar and yelled out; referee Kevin Sataki moved in to stop the fight, but by the time he got there, Roberts had escaped. Silva said it was legit: "The referee told me - 'Verbal Tap'. If somebody shouts when you have the submission on, it's a verbal tap. And that's what he did, he shouted twice." Roberts conceded he audibly indicated pain, but did not agree with the stoppage: "Yah, I might have made noise, I might have grunted, it hurt. But I was ready to carry on to the bitter end. We hadn't finished, I wasn't done. I'm just gutted." Moral of the story - don't yell when caught in a sub or the ref will stop it, as he's supposed to.
Conor McGregor drops puck at Bruin's game, fires up the team
Leon Edwards on 7-fight streak and finally gets notice, for Masvidal brawl
Masvidal explains brawl with Edwards
”I’m doing my interview and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff, like ‘July, get your ass kicked in July, July!’ I go ‘Maybe bro, whatever, because maybe I wanna kick your ass in April. Maybe I don’t wanna wait until July. Maybe I don’t want to fight you in a prize ring because you’re not worth the training camp, I’ll just fight you here because you’re a scrub.’ So I tell him to just say it to my face like a man. You’re saying it and walking away? We’re both men, and as I’m walking to him I got my hands behind my back to signal to him that I’m not looking for problems. But he put his hands up like this and he walks towards me. Well ... where I’m from if you do that you’re going to punch me in the face and that’s not going to happen. You are what you are, you’re just a loser in life, man. You’re not going to get a hit off on me. So I had to give him the three piece with the soda and then just glide out of there, you know? And then some of his friends tried to sucker punch me, those guys did a big mistake.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch ESPN Interview