UFC 229 fallout: Khabib – McGregor brawl a black eye for the sport

UFC 229 was something else… The sport’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, returning from a two-year absence, taking on his most heated rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov Khabib entered UFC 229 sporting an unblemished record, and proudly wearing the title that McGregor never lost. The bout was months in the making, with plenty of drama to build anticipation…

Buckle up: Khabib vs. McGregor official for UFC 229

The UFC hosted its 25th anniversary press conference on Friday afternoon, where they announced their upcoming schedule, as well as a number of main events moving forward.  At the end of the event, a bombshell announcement – Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his lightweight title against former champion Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on…

The highs and lows: Retirements and comebacks in MMA

In recent weeks, the MMA world has seen several high-profile fighters announce their retirements from the sport, admitting that their time has come and gone. First, former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping walked away, citing health concerns.  Then, former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans called it quits, following his fifth consecutive loss.   After that, former…

Digesting the craziness that was UFC 223

Photo Courtesy: MMAJunkie.com To say that fight week for UFC 223 was wild would be putting it mildly.   First, Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson was forced to pull out of his highly- anticipated matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov, a mere six days before the event.  The two have been scheduled to fight a total of…

Mayweather – McGregor: The Economics of the Fight Business

When it comes to combat sports, there’s one story that stands out above all others in 2017.  The circus that was the Mayweather-McGregor “Money Fight”, pitting reigning UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, against the retired 12-time world boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., captivated audiences the world over. On fight night, Mayweather defeated his MMA counterpart…