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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor will make his return to pay-per-view (PPV) later this month, thanks to a sold out appearance inside EventCity Exhibition Centre in Manchester, England, on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017.
No, he’s not fighting.
Instead, “Notorious” will hold a one-hour (cough) “unscripted” interview with mixed martial arts (MMA) reporter Ariel Helwani, who is expected to challenge the Irishman on various topics (like this) in front of 5,000 curious fight fans.
If you didn’t get a chance to buy tickets for the sold-out appearance, don’t fret, as the tell-all (lolz) interview will be available by way of live PPV stream for just £3.99 (roughly $ 5) on www.notoriouslive.tv.
Then comes the afterparty, helpfully described by Manchester Evening News:
An Experience With Conor McGregor’ will feature live music and a huge night of entertainment, with a purpose-built nightclub inside EventCity set to play host to the official event after party, allowing fans, celebrity attendees and VIP guests to party with the man himself.
There will be around 1,000 black tie VIP diners at the event, with several more thousand in tiered seating around the arena. Fans will VIP tickets also have the opportunity to meet McGregor.
It should be noted that Jan. 28 is also the night of UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Colorado (fight card here), so even with the discrepancy in time zones, there will be some tough decisions to make later this month.
Assuming you haven’t already committed to this.
Rizin Fighting Federation announced a pair of new matchups for its New Year’s Eve event, as Tatsuya Kawajiri with face Kron Gracie at featherweight, while Charles Bennett will rematch Minoru Kimura in a catch-weight affair.
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Days after getting his featherweight clash with B.J. Penn cancelled, Ricardo Lamas has a new date and opponent for his return to the Octagon. The UFC announced on Wednesday that “The Bully” will take on Charles Oliveira on Nov. 5 in Mexico City.
UFC Fight Night 98 takes place at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico and features Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson in the main event.
Lamas (16-5) looks to get back on track following a loss to Max Holloway in June. Prior to that defeat, the former UFC title contender beat veteran Diego Sanchez via decision, improving to 7-3 as a featherweight under the promotion’s banner.
Oliveira (21-6, 1 NC) was on a roll in the 145-pound division until he suffered an injury in his fight with Holloway in August 2015. He returned to action four months later, tapping Myles Jury in the first round, but lost his last bout against former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis.
“I’m really happy with this fight,” Oliveira told MMA Fighting. “I only have 25 days to prepare for it, but I’m thrilled. I’ve never fought in Mexico, but I trained for six weeks in Texas for my last fight and there are a lot of Mexicans there, and they always treated me really well – and I hope it continues this way.
“Ricardo Lamas has a big name in the UFC and it’s going to be a great fight, for sure. I hope my hands are raised in the end. I’m really happy. It’s a fight everyone wants to watch. He’s aggressive and moves forward the entire time just like me, so this fight should be decided in the details. You saw my evolution standing in my last fight, and I can’t wait for Nov. 5.”
She’s back! But is she better than ever?
Sorry Cyborg, maybe next time.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her long awaited return to the Octagon when she tangles with newly-minted 135-pound queenpin Amanda Nunes.
They’ll headline the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place Dec. 30, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which also features “Prelims” on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement on Wednesday.
Rousey (12-1) hasn’t been seen since her stunning knockout loss at the hands (and feet) of Holly Holm last November. Following her lesson from “The Preacher’s Daughter,” the part-time movie star took some well-deserved time off from the mixed martial arts (MMA) game to pursue outside endeavors.
Nunes, meanwhile, finished Miesha Tate at UFC 200 back in July, her fourth win in a row. “Lioness” has been calling for a “Rowdy” showdown (probably because of this) ever since she iced “Cupcake” and now gets her wish.
Much to the chagrin of top contender Julianna Pena.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for much more on this pending showdown in the coming days; meanwhile, what’s your take on the Rousey vs. Nunes bantamweight showdown?
Marloes Coenen will make her return to the Bellator cage in November against promotional newcomer Talita Nogueira, MMA Fighting confirmed with sources close to the situation following a report by Graciemag.
Coenen (23-7) looks to rebound from a stunning upset loss to Alexis Dufresne in May, when the longtime MMA veteran tapped to a triangle armbar. In her previous Bellator bouts, the former Strikeforce champion defeated Annalisa Bucci and Arlene Blencowe via submission.
Nogueira (6-0) finally makes her Bellator debut after pulling out of a featherweight bout with Julia Budd in February 2015 due to a knee injury. The multiple time jiu-jitsu champion competes for the first time outside of Brazil in MMA after winning all of her previous six fights by stoppage.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard will make his return to the cage at TUF 24 Finale on Dec. 3 live from Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, per a recent report by Las Vegas Review-Journal (later confirmed by UFC). Maynard, who will be making his second appearance at 145 pounds, will challenge former TUF winner Ryan Hall.
It’s matchup that will pin one of the best wrestlers in the featherweight division in Maynard against one of the best grappling specialists in Hall.
Maynard, 37, made a successful featherweight debut this past July when he defeated Fernando Bruno via unanimous decision at TUF 23 Finale. It was his first UFC victory since defeating Clay Guida back in 2012 in one of the worst main event fights in promotional history. “The Bully” had fallen on tough times after losing four-straight bouts from 2013-2015 to the likes of Nate Diaz, T.J. Grant, Ross Pearson and Alexander Yakovlev.
Hall, 31, will make his first Octagon appearance since defeating Straight Blast Gym knockout star Artem Lobov at TUF 22 Finale last December. With only six professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts to his name, Hall will look to use Maynard’s notoriety and high-profile name to further expand his own UFC stock.
TUF 24 finale will be headlined by a flyweight title fight between current champion Demetrious Johnson and the winner of TUF Season 24 Flyweight Tournament.