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Daniel Cormier on UFC 230 Fight With Derrick Lewis: ‘The Deal I Got Was So Good’

The announcement of the main event heavyweight title fight next month at UFC 230 in New York between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis definitely surprised a few fans, given the short notice.
Cormier had announced previously that he would retire from MMA for good by March 2019 and a fight with World Wrestling Entertainment super star Brock Lesnar had been pencilled in for “early 2019.”
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Bruce Buffer: Nate Diaz Should Be Thanking UFC, ‘Bowing to Dana White’ for Good Fortune

Nate Diaz wasn’t happy when he learned that he would not be part of the card featuring the blockbuster lightweight title bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.
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Is the UFC’s ESPN Deal Actually Good?

Thanks to the inevitable expiration of a contract, the FOX era of the UFC is coming to close, with ESPN soon taking over as the major broadcaster of Octagon-related content.

*Pours a little of my Starbucks coffee out for the FOX homies no longer with us*

Okay, so we know the UFC is a multi-billion dollar operation now, and with that huge valuation and subsequent loan- and investor obligations to take care of, you have to assume that the UFC really wrung out the most money they could from ESPN. And they probably did. Because even though the sport lost its biggest stars in Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey, and Conor McGregor pretty much does what he wants and can’t be counted on for consistent revenue, the UFC still has the potential to have monster money-making years when new stars emerge. So of course ESPN would want a piece of that.

But was the deal truly a good one for the UFC? MMAFighting‘s Dave Meltzer thinks maybe not.

Being on ESPN has its obvious advantages: A sports property having the promotional synergy of working with the sports leader in the U.S. It’s a lock that there will be more promotional time to events, and the fighters, particularly the ones with personalities, will have more opportunities to sell themselves to a far larger sports audience than before. The deal also has its disadvantages, including far less television airtime and no broadcast network component, as well as no longer being top dog on a station, but simply being one of many, and inherently a far lower-profile sports property than the big five (NFL, NBA, MLB, college football and basketball) on the station.

The negative is fewer television shows and fewer television hours.

In 2018, between FOX, FS1, and FS2, the UFC will be on approximately 35 or 36 television dates and have 159 live fight hours. With the new deal, that declines in 2019 to 22 television dates and 54 total hours per year.

Another key is that FS1 on most Saturdays was broadcasting five hours. ESPN, on the other hand, will not only broadcast fewer dates, but its live shows will only be three hours. The one thing that had changed in recent years is that the UFC audience that had remained was more likely to be watching some or all of the prelims in greater number than ever before.

In other words, whereas FOX spread UFC content around like butter on toast, ESPN won’t be doing the same. That’s less exposure, and less potential for growth.

Was the deal a good one? Time will tell.

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How Good Would Jones Have Been Had He Tried?

Dana White has had his fair share of ups and downs with former Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

While the two have enjoyed a fruitful financial relationship due to Jon’s star power, White has had more headaches than he would’ve liked at the expense of Jon’s troubles outside of the cage, which have seen him have run-ins with Johny Law and fail multiple drug tests.

It’s those transgressions that have cause Jones to miss a lot of time away from the cage thanks to multiple suspensions. And since he can’t compete, his legacy can’t improve. According to White, had Jon tried to stay out of trouble, the sky truly was the limit.

“The whole Jon Jones thing drives me crazy,” White told the MMA Roasted podcast via MMA News. “Honestly, Jon Jones — the greatest of all time, the greatest to ever do it — and the thing that’s really frustrating, imagine if this guy tried. Imagine if he tried even a little bit. How incredibly amazing this guy could have been,” added White.

While Jon and White haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, the outspoken president won’t bash his ex-champion’s abilities.

“He could have been the biggest star ever. God knows what he would have finished accomplishing in light heavyweight and then in the heavyweight division, maybe he would have had a title defense [record] at heavyweight that would never been broken. The endorsements, everything that that guy could have been is unbelievable.”

Of course, despite this statement, Jones isn’t finished with his combat career, though it is currently in limbo due to his latest failed drug test.

While on hiatus, his team is confident Jon is only improving his game for his much-anticipated return. If and when he does return — based on the outcome of this – Jones could be moving up to Heavyweight to face former division champion Brock Lesnar.

And who knows, a win over Brock could be enough to earn a championship fight against the winner of this championship bout.

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Dana White: Chances of Brock Lesnar Fighting in UFC Again Are ‘Very, Very, Very Good’

Perhaps the picture of UFC President Dana White and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar taken recently was more than just a publicity stunt.
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Dana White: Chances of Brock Lesnar Fighting in UFC Again Are ‘Very, Very, Very Good’

Perhaps the picture of UFC President Dana White and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar taken recently was more than just a publicity stunt.
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Dana White: Chances of Brock Lesnar Fighting in UFC Again Are ‘Very, Very, Very Good’

Perhaps the picture of UFC President Dana White and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar taken recently was more than just a publicity stunt.
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After Beginning Career as Teen, Rory MacDonald Sees ‘Another 10 Good Years’ in MMA

Rory MacDonald made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the tender age of 16, on a card Extreme Challenge 4 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
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After Beginning Career as Teen, Rory MacDonald Sees ‘Another 10 Good Years’ in MMA

Rory MacDonald made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the tender age of 16, on a card Extreme Challenge 4 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
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After Beginning Career as Teen, Rory MacDonald Sees ‘Another 10 Good Years’ in MMA

Rory MacDonald made his professional mixed martial arts debut at the tender age of 16, on a card Extreme Challenge 4 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
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