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UFC Fighter Bryce Mitchell Fights Power Tool, Loses Badly

Give some people a power tool and they’ll create a table out of thin air, or put together some shelves, or even build an extension on your house. They’re just incredibly handy.

Give TUF 27 washout Bryce Mitchell a power tool, though, and the dude will just about chop his own nuts off.

Seriously. This actually happened.

I’mma let ol’ Bryce tell it himself…

Mitchell even posted a pic of his bloody boxers to social media. Ugh.

If you’re looking for an upside to this horrible tale, you can take solace in the fact that more than a few underwear companies have reached out to the fallen fighter with offers.

Thankfully, no power tool companies have done the same.

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Is The UFC Worth Seven Billion Bucks?

It was just a few short years ago that the Fertitta brothers sold the UFC for over four billion dollars, and now, according to UFC honcho Dana White, the organization’s value tops seven billion.

Granted, this info is coming from a somewhat nonpartisan person, and we’d never know the UFC’s true valuation until a roomful of bespectacled bean counters goes through all the paperwork themselves, but if that number is accurate… wow.

Despite a seeming lack of pay-per-view magic, the UFC has been making some moves.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

According to White and corroborating investor reports, 2017 was the most financially lucrative year in company history. Add in the UFC’s new stateside television deal with ESPN worth $ 1.5 billion over five years, and White said the value of the UFC brand now sits at a whopping $ 7 billion.

“When you think about it we haven’t even scratched the surface yet of how big this thing can be,” White said in a recent interview with Tony Robbins. “We just did a TV deal with ESPN for $ 1.5 billion for five years. Now the company is worth $ 7 billion.”

Whether White’s claim is accurate or not is unknown, but he made it clear he still sees the UFC on an upward trajectory. Ratings for the majority of the UFC’s televised events in the United States arguably tell a slightly different story, but the company is still pulling strong gate and attendance numbers, plus there are a lengthy list of international deals that drive significant revenue.

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Is The UFC Worth Seven Billion Bucks?

It was just a few short years ago that the Fertitta brothers sold the UFC for over four billion dollars, and now, according to UFC honcho Dana White, the organization’s value tops seven billion.

Granted, this info is coming from a somewhat nonpartisan person, and we’d never know the UFC’s true valuation until a roomful of bespectacled bean counters goes through all the paperwork themselves, but if that number is accurate… wow.

Despite a seeming lack of pay-per-view magic, the UFC has been making some moves.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

According to White and corroborating investor reports, 2017 was the most financially lucrative year in company history. Add in the UFC’s new stateside television deal with ESPN worth $ 1.5 billion over five years, and White said the value of the UFC brand now sits at a whopping $ 7 billion.

“When you think about it we haven’t even scratched the surface yet of how big this thing can be,” White said in a recent interview with Tony Robbins. “We just did a TV deal with ESPN for $ 1.5 billion for five years. Now the company is worth $ 7 billion.”

Whether White’s claim is accurate or not is unknown, but he made it clear he still sees the UFC on an upward trajectory. Ratings for the majority of the UFC’s televised events in the United States arguably tell a slightly different story, but the company is still pulling strong gate and attendance numbers, plus there are a lengthy list of international deals that drive significant revenue.

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Is The UFC Worth Seven Billion Bucks?

It was just a few short years ago that the Fertitta brothers sold the UFC for over four billion dollars, and now, according to UFC honcho Dana White, the organization’s value tops seven billion.

Granted, this info is coming from a somewhat nonpartisan person, and we’d never know the UFC’s true valuation until a roomful of bespectacled bean counters goes through all the paperwork themselves, but if that number is accurate… wow.

Despite a seeming lack of pay-per-view magic, the UFC has been making some moves.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

According to White and corroborating investor reports, 2017 was the most financially lucrative year in company history. Add in the UFC’s new stateside television deal with ESPN worth $ 1.5 billion over five years, and White said the value of the UFC brand now sits at a whopping $ 7 billion.

“When you think about it we haven’t even scratched the surface yet of how big this thing can be,” White said in a recent interview with Tony Robbins. “We just did a TV deal with ESPN for $ 1.5 billion for five years. Now the company is worth $ 7 billion.”

Whether White’s claim is accurate or not is unknown, but he made it clear he still sees the UFC on an upward trajectory. Ratings for the majority of the UFC’s televised events in the United States arguably tell a slightly different story, but the company is still pulling strong gate and attendance numbers, plus there are a lengthy list of international deals that drive significant revenue.

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Daniel Cormier Throws Shade at Brock Lesnar for Scripted WWE Loss

When light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier snatched up the heavyweight belt after knocking out Stipe Miocic, the brand-spanking-new two division champ barely had a chance to slobber on the microphone before his postfight speech was interrupted by Brock Lesnar.

Lesnar, you see, used to be a UFC champ back in the day, has been earning a paycheck via pro wrestling escapades in the WWE, and remains the UFC’s “go to” guy for moving some pay-per-view numbers (despite has total lack of real relevance).

When Lesnar stepped into the cage to harass Cormier, it was of course to set up a future match-up between the two.

Well, Lesnar apparently “competed” on some big WWE event this past weekend, and after losing whatever nonsensical belt he held, Cormier blasted him on social media. He blasted him before the match, too, but it was really kinda sweet afterwards.

To me, losing a WWE belt is akin to playing Romeo in the school play: your butt is going to die at the end because it’s in the script, so where’s the suspense?

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UFC Fight Night 135 Primer: The Justin Gaethje Brain Damage Countdown

We knew, based on his dominant run in the World Series of Fighting, that Justin Gaethje would make a welcome addition to the Octagon.

He fights with great intensity and violence, gives his all every time, and – perhaps most importantly – is willing to take ungodly amounts of damage to win. And when he finally made his UFC debut, he certainly delivered against Michael Johnson. But then he took on Eddie Alvarez, who slaughtered him, and then Dustin Poirier, who nearly bashed his head in, and now it seems like where watching a countdown clock on Gaethje’s brain trauma.

The next UFC event on tap is UFC Fight Night 135, and Gaethje headlines against James Vick. Vick has been steadily climbing the ranks, and his height, reach and knack for hitting opponents repeatedly make him a threat to anyone. Is he at Gaethje’s level, though? Maybe, maybe not, but all that is moot if Gaethje’s noggin’ is mush…

…Which it very well could be on its way to becoming after the damage it’s taken.

Ponder this while you watch Gaethje take out Johnson.

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Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.