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White: UFC On ESPN Could Spell The End Of TUF

Currently airing season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), FOX Sports 1 has committed to one final round of the combat sports reality show — designed to help Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) populate its featherweight division — in the second half of 2018.

What happens after that is anyone’s guess.

That’s because UFC will be leaving FOX for greener pastures on ESPN, and promotion president Dana White didn’t sound too convinced that TUF would be part of the network’s programming line up.

“We’re coming up on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter,” White told MMA Junkie (via MMA Fighting). “We don’t know. It might be the last one. 13 years, The Ultimate Fighter has gone, it’s incredible.”

TUF has produced several UFC champions since its 2005 debut. All four winners of the first four seasons went on to capture the crown in their respective weight classes and in recent years, TJ Dillashaw, Rose Namajunas, and Nicco Montano all walked away with division titles.

That said, it’s been difficult to maintain fan interest, at least from a ratings perspective, as the formula has remained largely unchanged. In fact, moving from Spike TV to FOX took away most of the alcohol-induced antics, leaving more “reality” in the “show.”

For better or for worse.

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UFC 224 Primer: Vitor Belfort Could Actually Retire This Time – No, Really

One-hundred year-old vial of synthetic testosterone Vitor Belfort might actually retired this weekend at UFC 224. No, really, it’s true.

The UFC 19 vet (!) is slated to face former champ Lyoto Machida, and as long as the fight doesn’t get canceled at the last minute (for whatever reason; seriously, just pick one), this could be it.

Oh man, this has been a long time coming. Especially since the UFC cracked down on testosterone replacement therapy, and steroids, and anything else that might enhance performance that Belfort has very likely already used ten times.

Here’s a clip of Belfort with superpowers:

Thankfully, stringent drug screening has seen those powers decline. Now, Belfort fights like he’s been in the game for ten years too long (which is accurate).

So yeah, this may be it for him, with UFC 224 and Machida giving Belfort the send-off he deserves after so many years of cheating.

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Nate Diaz Could Return in August

Octagon superhero Nate Diaz has been chilling on the sidelines for a while, enjoying the piles of money he made fighting Irish dandy Conor McGregor twice. As well he should be.

But the yearn to get back into the cage is a powerful one for the man who’d just as soon fight you as shake your hand, plus, the UFC really needs stars to move the needle, and that’s pretty much what Diaz is now. Though it’s tough to pin down who he might fight next – Tyron Woodley? Conor McGregor? Some other dude? – at least the talk around the water cooler has him maybe coming back in August at UFC 227.

Maybe. Nothing is firm yet.

Here’s ESPN:

The UFC and Nate Diaz have discussed the possibility of him returning to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, according to sources.

Although an official deal remains uncertain, the two sides have at least discussed the August date as recently as last week, sources told ESPN.

Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he suffered a majority decision defeat to Conor McGregor in the second bout of a two-fight rivalry. That event produced the fourth-highest MMA gate in the history of Nevada, drawing $ 7.7 million.

Whether it comes to fruition or not, UFC 227 would offer an attractive landing for Diaz’s return. The pay-per-view event will take place at Staples Center, in the fighter’s home state of California. A bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt has already been announced.

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Could Diaz Be Set To Return At UFC 227?

Jake Shields, one of Nate Diaz’s closest friends and training partners, recently declared that Nate Diaz could be nearing a return to the Octagon if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) comes correct with it’s financial offers.

And a date for his possible comeback could be as early as Aug. 4, 2018. That’s according to a report by ESPN, which revealed that the promotion and the Stockton slugger have had talks recently regarding his return to action.

The UFC and Nate Diaz have discussed the possibility of him returning to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, according to sources. Although an official deal remains uncertain, the two sides have at least discussed the August date as recently as last week, sources told ESPN.

Diaz hasn’t competed since coming up short in his rematch against Conor McGregor back at UFC 202 nearly two years ago, preferring to sit on the sidelines in hopes of scoring a trilogy fight against the Irishman. But according to Shields, that isn’t the case anymore as Nate is simply looking for a good payday to make it worth his while to dust off his gloves.

And it’s a good thing, too, as it seems the promotion is high on booking a Lightweight title fight between “Notorious” and newly-crowned champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As far as what weight class Nate will compete in, that is still very much up in the air as Diaz has fought in both the lightweight and welterweight divisions. That said, his adaptability gives him and the promotion a lot of wiggle room to find a suitable foe to lure him into singing on the dotted line.

UFC 227 is currently set to feature a Bantamweight championship rematch that will see division king T.J. Dillashaw defend his title against bitter rival Cody Garbrandt

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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: Could Either Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje Beat Khabib?

Thanks to a week full of madness, we finally have someone sitting atop the lightweight mountain who might actually defend his belt.

Yes, you can forget Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, because Khabib Nurmagomedov is now the man. And provided you don’t try to book him any fights during Ramadan, he’ll fight whoever you put in front of him.

This Saturday, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje – two lightweights clawing their way up the 155-pound division ladder. They are closer to the top than most, so it’s conceivable that an impressive win (and maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez, who’s defeated them both) could have them kneeling before Nurmagomedov’s throne petitioning the king for an audience.

Can either Poirier or Gaethje beat Khabib?

Well, from what we’ve seen of the champ, if you can’t survive his unearthly ground and pound, you’re toast. However, his striking is still a work in a progress. So any challenger is going to need just the right mixture of skill and resilience. According to Alvarez, Poirier is the more skilled of the UFC on FOX 29 main events, while Gaethje is so damn resilient he’d die before giving up.

Therefore, it all comes down to whether or not Poirier can grit his teeth and bear the Dagestani’s wrestling offense long enough to use his superior boxing on the feet, or whether or not Gaethje is savvy enough to know how not to get submitted or TKO’d until he can get up.

Ponder this riddle while watching Poirier and Gaethje’s “Road to the Octagon” vid.

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Dustin Poirier Could Win a Belt Soon

I don’t believe that reading tea leaves can give you a glimpse into the future, but I did go to law school, so I do believe that reading contracts can give you insight as to what may come.

And guess what might loom on the horizon for longtime UFC fighter Dustin Poirier? According to his new contract with the organization, a championship fight.

As per MMAJunkie:

The key element of Poirier’s new contract, he said, is the fact there are terms in place if he becomes UFC lightweight champion. How far off that is from happening remains to be seen, but Poirier said everything is there for a reason.

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

No, this doesn’t mean that the UFC’s legal counsel employs a witch with a crystal ball or a clairvoyant of some sort. But what it does mean is that someone in the UFC thinks the possibility of Poirier getting a title shot is real enough to warrant inclusion in a contract.

That’s something worth noting, folks. Let’s see what happens when he takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29.

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Dustin Poirier Could Win a Belt Soon

I don’t believe that reading tea leaves can give you a glimpse into the future, but I did go to law school, so I do believe that reading contracts can give you insight as to what may come.

And guess what might loom on the horizon for longtime UFC fighter Dustin Poirier? According to his new contract with the organization, a championship fight.

As per MMAJunkie:

The key element of Poirier’s new contract, he said, is the fact there are terms in place if he becomes UFC lightweight champion. How far off that is from happening remains to be seen, but Poirier said everything is there for a reason.

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

No, this doesn’t mean that the UFC’s legal counsel employs a witch with a crystal ball or a clairvoyant of some sort. But what it does mean is that someone in the UFC thinks the possibility of Poirier getting a title shot is real enough to warrant inclusion in a contract.

That’s something worth noting, folks. Let’s see what happens when he takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29.

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Could Khabib Nurmagomedov Beat Conor McGregor?

Every day we inch closer to UFC 223, and the main event that will pit interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson against undefeated challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will be the most dangerous boxer Nurmagomedov has faced, with the TUF winner’s ability to meet the Dagestani wrestler’s infamous constant pressure with a counter-hook to the chin the most intriguing wrinkle in their match-up.

So… we’ll obviously see if Ferguson is capable of knocking Nurmagomedov out on April 7, but you know who else excels at knocking dudes out while they’re coming at him? I’ll give you a hint: he pulled that trick off masterfully against Jose Aldo.

Yeah, the real champ (for now, he might be stripped soon), Conor McGregor.

Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered this before. You definitely have. Given their respective tools and talents, can Nurmagomedov beat McGregor? Would Nurmagomedov’s relentless capacity for moving forward and crumbling opponents with aggressive mean his downfall against an Irishman with the uncanny ability to knock fools unconscious while moving backward?

Ponder this while you watch this Nurmagomedov hype vid.

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Could Khabib Nurmagomedov Beat Conor McGregor?

Every day we inch closer to UFC 223, and the main event that will pit interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson against undefeated challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will be the most dangerous boxer Nurmagomedov has faced, with the TUF winner’s ability to meet the Dagestani wrestler’s infamous constant pressure with a counter-hook to the chin the most intriguing wrinkle in their match-up.

So… we’ll obviously see if Ferguson is capable of knocking Nurmagomedov out on April 7, but you know who else excels at knocking dudes out while they’re coming at him? I’ll give you a hint: he pulled that trick off masterfully against Jose Aldo.

Yeah, the real champ (for now, he might be stripped soon), Conor McGregor.

Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered this before. You definitely have. Given their respective tools and talents, can Nurmagomedov beat McGregor? Would Nurmagomedov’s relentless capacity for moving forward and crumbling opponents with aggressive mean his downfall against an Irishman with the uncanny ability to knock fools unconscious while moving backward?

Ponder this while you watch this Nurmagomedov hype vid.

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Could Khabib Nurmagomedov Beat Conor McGregor?

Every day we inch closer to UFC 223, and the main event that will pit interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson against undefeated challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will be the most dangerous boxer Nurmagomedov has faced, with the TUF winner’s ability to meet the Dagestani wrestler’s infamous constant pressure with a counter-hook to the chin the most intriguing wrinkle in their match-up.

So… we’ll obviously see if Ferguson is capable of knocking Nurmagomedov out on April 7, but you know who else excels at knocking dudes out while they’re coming at him? I’ll give you a hint: he pulled that trick off masterfully against Jose Aldo.

Yeah, the real champ (for now, he might be stripped soon), Conor McGregor.

Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered this before. You definitely have. Given their respective tools and talents, can Nurmagomedov beat McGregor? Would Nurmagomedov’s relentless capacity for moving forward and crumbling opponents with aggressive mean his downfall against an Irishman with the uncanny ability to knock fools unconscious while moving backward?

Ponder this while you watch this Nurmagomedov hype vid.

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