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ESPN Acquires Full UFC Package, Adds Broadcast Television Deal to Streaming Rights

ESPN is going all-in on the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Michael Chiesa to Work on FS1 Desk During UFC Fight Night Liverpool Broadcast

UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa is the latest fighter to try his hand as an analyst.
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Michael Chiesa to Work on FS1 Desk During UFC Fight Night Liverpool Broadcast

UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa is the latest fighter to try his hand as an analyst.
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Michael Chiesa to Work on FS1 Desk During UFC Fight Night Liverpool Broadcast

UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa is the latest fighter to try his hand as an analyst.
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Michael Chiesa to Work on FS1 Desk During UFC Fight Night Liverpool Broadcast

UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa is the latest fighter to try his hand as an analyst.
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Video: O’Malley Fake Sparks Joint During UFC On FOX 29 Broadcast

Rising UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley went full Cheech last night (Sat., April 14, 2018) during the FOX broadcast for UFC on FOX 29 from Glendale, Arizona, when he acted like he was sparking up a joint on live television (seen above).

A little awkward for UFC women’s flyweight contender Mackenzie Dern, who was siting right beside “Sugar,” but a moment most fight fans took in with a smile.

O’Malley, 23, is one of UFC’s most promising young athletes, although he’s not really a standard role model like other fighters that would be featured at the forefront of a mixed martial arts (MMA) broadcast. As a fighter who utilizes a chunk of his free time to enjoy the greener side of things, O’Malley took time during his short TV spot to pull out a rolled joint and pretend to light it.

Jealous?

Whether or not you’re someone who partakes in that sort of thing, you have to applaud the kid’s effort. After all, this isn’t new to UFC or the many fans who follow O’Malley. Ever since “Sugar” released footage of a side-by-side smoke session with rap icon Snoop Dogg, the talented bantamweight has publicly revealed marijuana-infused after parties and plans to roll out his own customized weed strain.

Not too shabby, especially for a young fighter with only two Octagon appearances under his belt (both victories).

O’Malley is a unique character to say the least and a fighter UFC is certainly going to lean on to attack a specific demographic moving forward. Not for nothing, but this guy has already paved the way for the second generation of UFC weed smokers.

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Sean Grande to Make ‘One Night Only’ Return for Broadcast Duties at Bellator 196

Former Bellator MMA commentator Sean Grande will return to work for the California-based promotion for “one night only” next month.
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Ex-Bellator Commentator Jimmy Smith Signs Deal to Join UFC Broadcast Team

It didn’t take long for veteran mixed martial arts commentator Jimmy Smith to find a new home.
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Daniel Cormier: UFC told broadcast team not to mention Kevin Lee’s staph infection at UFC 216

When Kevin Lee stepped inside of the Octagon at UFC 216 earlier this month the team of cageside UFC commentators, including Jon Anik, Joe Rogan, and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, noticed that “Motown Phenom” was suffering from a nasty staph infection on his chest.

Lee’s durability against Tony Ferguson in the main event was clearly affected, forcing him to give in to “El Cucuy” via third-round submission. Not to mention the brutal weight cut Lee endured leading up to UFC 216.

While Lee’s staph infection most certainly played a role in his inability to cut weight and perform on fight night, the team of UFC commentators were told not to discuss the ailment when the fight began.

“So we’re on air, right, and Rogan goes ‘is that staph?’” Cormier said during a recent episode of the Talk & Talker podcast. “And somebody in my ear, I don’t know who it is goes ‘don’t say nothing.’ And I was like ‘What the hell? Do I address this, or do I not say anything?’”

“So I was like ‘it is.’ I couldn’t help myself, I go ‘it is staph.’ Because it’s big and red, and raised up.”

It’s strange that UFC would specifically request Anik, Rogan, and Cormier to ignore the golf ball-sized staph infection on Lee’s chest. The infection was impacting the young contender’s performance and that probably should have been relayed to the hoards of fight fans tuning in to the fight.

And if you think for one second that the staph didn’t change Lee for the worse, listen to Cormier discussing the negative effects of fighting such an infection before and during competition.

“The issue is you can take antibiotics to get better. But again, antibiotics, it’s the devil when you’re getting ready for a fight because it f*cks with your cardio,” Cormier explained. “You don’t really have much of an option in terms of feeling better when you have staph.

“In training, you go ‘oh my goodness, what is this? It might me staph.’ You stop, you get on antibiotics, and you get better. When you’re a week from the biggest fight of your career, you go ‘oh shit, this is staph, but I gotta keep training.’ You don’t have the option to just shut it down.”

Lee did everything in his power to hide the staph infection from UFC and Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in order to keep his interim lightweight title fight with “El Cucuy.” As someone who has competed in five UFC title fights himself, Cormier understands Lee’s decision to move forward and fight with the illness.

“For Kevin Lee, he had no option because he couldn’t not fight,” Cormier said. “And you saw it, I mean between the second and third round, he told his corner, he goes ‘I’m just so tired.’”

“It’s sad because he didn’t get a fair shake, but the reality is, Tony Ferguson was on his game. And it was just getting worse because Tony was just getting better as the fight was going on.”

At just 25 years of age, “Motown Phenom” will certainly have another opportunity down the road to challenge for a UFC title. Hopefully he’s healthier the next time out.

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Broadcast Duties Announced for Mike Goldberg, Mauro Ranallo Ahead of Bellator 180 in NYC

Bellator MMA has set its broadcast line-ups set for Saturday evening at Madison Square Garden.
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