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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.
Bellator 171 “Guillard vs. Njokani” comes to Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kans. on Jan. 27, 2017. It’s a night of fights headlined by “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard and Chidi Njokuani having a catchweight bout at 175 pounds.
Bellator has announced some exciting new bouts for the card. featherweight standout McKee (6-0) will make a quick return following his Bellator 166 bout in December, despite his initial belief that he broke his thumb fighting Ray Wood.
Maybe it was just sore from the lopsided beating he dished out.
McKee will take on a slightly more experienced opponent in Brandon Phillips, a 6-2 Featherweight with more total fights if not more wins. Don’t take Phillips lightly though — Chuka Willis already made that mistake.
Meanwhile Wichita, Kans. based fighter Jessica Middleton looks to follow up on her successful Bellator 159 debut by facing the much more experienced Alice Yauger (4-4) in a featured flyweight fight.
Yauger brings a two fight win streak into the cage and is a known grinder who picks up 75% of her wins by decision, so the young Middleton (28) will have her hands full against the 38-year-old.
To finalize the card Bellator has announced bouts for three up-and-coming fighters, including two of their “blue chip” prospects and one who will look to redeem herself from a loss at the same venue to Middleton.
Following a successful pro debut in Thackerville, collegiate wrestling stud Jarod Trice (1-0) will look to once again showcase why he’s a heavyweight to be reckoned with. Kevin Woltkamp (1-2) will look to score the upset.
He’ll be joined in Mulvane by another rising star of the division in Tyrell Fortune (1-0), who proved his mettle in Uncasville last November and can do it again by facing Will Johnson in his first MMA fight.
Last but not least Bruna Ellen (2-1) returns after suffering a surprising defeat in her last trip to Kansas Star Casino, but she too faces a newcomer to MMA on Jan. 27 in Carmella James.
The finalized Bellator 171 line up for Mulvane is below.
Bellator 171 “Guillard vs. Njokuani” Card (Spike TV):
175 lbs.: Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 3 NC) vs. Chidi Njokuani (16-4, 1 NC)
Lightweight: Dave Rickels (17-4, 2 NC) vs. Aaron Derrow (14-8)
Featherweight: A.J. McKee (6-0) vs. Brandon Phillips (6-2)
Flyweight: Jessica Middleton (1-0) vs. Alice Yauger (4-4)
Bellator 171 “Prelims” Card (Spike.com):
Middleweight: Chris Harris (7-0) vs. Jordan Young (5-0)
Featherweight: Gaston Reyno (6-1, 2 NC) vs. Justin Overton (3-2)
Weltereweight: Will Lavine (Debut) vs. Domo Garcia (Debut)
Welterweight: Chance Rencountre (8-2) vs. Jake Lindsay (11-5)
Bantamweight: Johnny Marigo (2-0) vs. Joe Fulk (4-4)
Welterweight: Manny Meraz (8-3) vs. Scott Heston (4-1)
Lightweight: Craig Farley (Debut) vs. Mike Breeden (Debut)
Heavyweight: Jarod Trice (1-0) vs. Kevin Woltkamp (1-2)
Heavyweight: Tyrell Fortune (1-0) vs. Will Johnson (Debut)
Flyweight: Bruna Ellen (2-1) vs. Carmella James (Debut)
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UFC on FOX 23 fight card: Raphael Assuncao vs Aljamain Sterling Bantamweight battle re-booked for Jan. 28 in Denver
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has re-booked the Bantamweight battle between top-ranked contenders Raphael Assuncao (No. 3) and Aljamain Sterling (No. to take place at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 28, 2016, according to Newsday.com.
The 135-pound scrap was supposed to actually take place at UFC Fight Night 102 this weekend (Fri., Dec. 9, 2016) before Sterling had to withdraw from the Fight Pass-only event with an injury.
Sterling (12-1) is looking to gain back ground in the Bantamweight Top 10 after a split decision loss to Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 88 back in May. Getting struck by “Kid Lightning” snapped a 12-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) win streak and put “Funk Master” in a divisional holding pattern.
That could all soon change a “Mile High.”
Indeed, it will all depend on his performance against Assuncao (23-5). The Brazilian is also coming off a recent loss, ending a run of seven consecutive wins, thanks to a unanimous decision defeat to ex-champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 200.
It’s a meaningful divisional match up that will inch the winner closer to a potential title shot sometime in 2017.
UFC on FOX 23 features a possible No. 1 women’s Bantamweight contender eliminator match between top-ranked contenders Valentina Shevchenko (No. 2) and Julianna Pena (No. 3) in the main event of the evening. In addition, a bang fest between Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares, as well as a Lightweight showdown between J.C. Cottrell and Jason Gonzalez, are currently planned to take place inside Pepsi Center.
When Tito Ortiz takes on Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it will be a meeting between two of the best trash talkers in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. It will also be the last time MMA fans will be able to see “The Huntington Beach Bad Bay” in action, according to a recent social media submission by the man himself.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) December 2, 2016
If Bellator 170 will in fact be Ortiz’s swan song, it’s one hell of a way to go out. Ortiz vs. Sonnen is building up to be the biggest fight in Bellator MMA history and a main event outside of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) competition that will have the combat world buzzing.
Ortiz, 41, has a current professional record of 18-12-1, which includes legendary feuds with former UFC staples Chuck Liddell and Ken Shamrock. While Sonnen is a shell of his former self at the age of 39, he’s a nice addition to the collection of opponents Ortiz has verbally battled with.
Whether or not UFC actually rescheduled UFC 208 to make room for Ortiz’s final performance, it’s nice to know that one of the more infamous characters in MMA history will have the entire night to himself, while Sonnen has another opportunity to play “The Bad Guy.”