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You probably didn’t know: Dana White used to hate EA game company

With the EA game industry giant and the world leading tournament UFC having a very good partnership, it’s hard to believe that the president of this tournament once hated EA.

The feud between EA and Dana White began in 2007, a time when UFC in particular and MMA in general were gradually responded by the public. Because EA Sports division of EA game company has released many high quality sports simulation games (Madden NFL, FIFA, NASCAR, Tiger Woods PGA and the famous Boxing series Fight Night), Dana White has been want to have an agreement to make a UFC own video game. However, EA refused.

With EA rejecting the invitation to cooperate from Dana White, THQ company (famous for the WWF and WWE Smackdown vs Raw series) actively requested cooperation. In 2009, THQ game company launched the UFC Undisputed 2009 game. The game was so successful that it earned the title of “Best Personal Sports Game of 2009” at the Spike Video Game Awards.

With the professional success and revenue of UFC Undisputed 2009, EA Sports decided to “turn over” and started developing a game called EA Sports MMA. Because of rejecting UFC in 2007, EA Sports MMA can only use Strikeforce fighters and other tournaments. Upon learning of this, Dana White announced that all boxers who signed with EA Sports MMA would never be allowed to compete at UFC.

However, in 2012, Dana White and EA made up because at the world’s largest video game event, E3, EA announced that they would cooperate with UFC to make a new game series about this tournament. The reason for this unexpected cooperation is because the THQ company went bankrupt and EA realized the huge bargains that can be earned thanks to UFC fans in particular and MMA in general.

After all, the cooperation of EA and Dana White is a very beneficial thing for UFC because EA Sports UFC series has brought a lot of new fans to the MMA sport and this tournament.

Will Conor fight with Justin Gaethje “Crazy Warrior” this summer?

Will Conor fight with Justin Gaethje “Crazy Warrior” this summer?

If this is true, Conor fans will be very happy with the idol’s continuous broadcast frequency in the first half of 2020.
After defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, Conor McGregor is in “waiting” state to face the winner of Khabib vs. Vs. Tony Ferguson next April, according to confirmation from UFC president Dana White.
However, this morning 25 of February, reporter Ariel Helwani from ESPN said the discussions between Conor McGregor and “Crazy Warrior” Justin Gaethje – the boxer behind Conor on Lightweight Chart are starting to start. Although there has been no confirmation from UFC, this information is getting attention from the Conor fan community.

Having repeatedly attacked Conor McGregor recently, Justin Gaethje proved quite annoyed when Conor was given priority to compete despite no light victory. Meanwhile, the former WSOF champion has had 3 consecutive TKO wins to reach the Top 5 of the strongest boxers.

On the contrary, Conor has not denied the possibility of a battle with Justin Gaethje, even Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh, wants to study the game with “The Highlight” at Welterweight.

“Justin Gaethje is in the 77kg (Welterweight) category. It was my personal recommendation, because he was a fighter in Lightweight. None of them want to lose weight, I’ll be cautious, but I think this can help regain the 70kg (Lightweight) belt. ” – John Kavanagh said.

If he can really fight and defeat Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor will dismiss all doubts and objections from the audience that he is favored by the UFC. But at the moment, all this information is just a rumor and has not been verified by either side.

Paul Felder wants to knock out Dan Hooker “right in front of his family”

The decision to warm up the match by mentioning the Dan Hooker family is something “Irish Dragon” Paul Felder should do?


UFC Fight Night 168: Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker will take place on Sunday, February 23 in Auckland, New Zealand. The main match between the two boxers of the event will determine which boxers are in the Top 5 of the UFC lightweight, closer to the first title of their career.
In New Zealand, “Irish Dragon” Paul Felder understands the attention that UFC wants to create when choosing host Dan Dan “The Hangman” Hooker as a rival. And the Irish boxer also decided to warm up the game on his own way

“The heat of this match is real,” said Paul Felder after the first face-to-face encounter with Dan Hooker. “I will go to New Zealand and wait for a little response from Dan, when both have had interaction before.

We’re all the people who are competing for the title after this game, that’s how this game should take place, when you have 5 rounds in the main match against a host boxer. ”
Not only that, Paul Felder also confirmed that he wants a knockout victory, right in front of relatives and home fans of Dan Hooker. I will “invade his country”. My plan was simply to knock him out in front of family and friends, take that money and wait for the first title, Felder said

The match against Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 168 will be the first time Paul Felder is leading an UFC event. A first 5-round match against a host boxer, overcoming Dan Hooker is the closest goal “The Irish Dragon” needs to make if he wants to go further at UFC.

We will have the result after watching this match to see whether Paul Felder can knock out Dan Hooker as he has claimed

UFC 247: Jon Jones defends his belt against Dominick Reyes

UFC 247 ended with a victory for champion Jon Jones, despite the successful protection of the belt, but the No. 1 UFC was not easy to surpass opponent Dominick Reyes.

UFC 247: Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes was the UFC’s most notable opening event in February. The event will see two defenders, Jon Jones and Valentina Shevchenko, two belt defenders against rivals Dominick Reyes and Katlyn Chookagian.


Time: 7:00 am starting – 10am in the main matches – Expected 12pm in the last match between Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes.

UFC happenings and results 247: Jon Jones vs Dominick Reyes
Light-Heavyweight: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

The opening of the attack is still Reyes, but Jones has the first attack for the 5th. Reyes got up immediately and brought the two close to the fighting cage. Combo belly – face from Jones and Reyes has a counter. Both are lurking for attacking the opponent. Jon Jones was still very cautiously while Reyes was leading the amazing attack. A high kick from Jones helped Reyes to encounter with the precise attack.

Reyes took the initiative to attack, but let Jon Jones take advantage of the opportunity to strike. The ratio of 5 rounds is very stressful when both give at least 2 rounds of dominance. The game goes into the final seconds, without KO or submission and waiting for the result of the referee.

Reyes continued to be the one who pushed the speed up and forced Jones to retreat continuously for the first 1 minute. Meanwhile the champion gradually saved each opportunity and regained the game from the second minute of the half. In return, Dominick Reyes showed amazing moves causing Jones to give up.

Female Flyweight: UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko won Katlyn Chookagian by TKO in the third round
Heavyweight: Justin Tafa beat Juan Adams by TKO in 2:01 in the first half
Featherweight: Dan Ige wins Mirsad Bektic by scoring disagreement points
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis won Ilir Latifi by consensus scoring

Popular Upcoming UFC Matches

One of the most exciting things about UFC is that there are plenty of bouts happening almost every time of the year. There are interesting UFC matches taking place before the end of 2019 and early 2020. Here are some of the fights you would not want to miss.

Date: Sunday, 8th December 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C., United States.

  • Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs Ben Rothwell
  • Women Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez vs Cynthia Calvillo
  • Women Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd vs Yana Kunitskaya
  • Bantamweight: Geraldo de Freitas Jr. vs Song Yadong
  • Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs Mickey Gall

Date: Sunday, 15th December 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.

  • Welterweight: Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington
  • Featherweight: Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski
  • Women Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie
  • Bantamweight: Marlon Moraes vs José Aldo
  • Bantamweight Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber

Date: Saturday, 21 December 2019

13:00 pm

Venue: Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea

  • Featherweight: Brian Ortega vs Chan Sung Jung
  • Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir vs Aleksandar Rakić
  • Featherweight: Choi Doo-ho vs Charles Jourdain Covington
  • Light Heavyweight: Jung Da Un vs Mike Rodriguez
  • Middleweight: Park Jun-yong vs Marc-Andre Barriault
  • Bantamweight: Kang Kyung-ho vs Brandon Davis

Date: Sunday, 26 January 2020

Venue: PNC Arena, Raleigh, United States

  • Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs Curtis Blaydes
  • Bantamweight: Frankie Edgar vs Cory Sandhagen
  • Bantamweight: Felipe Colares vs Montel Jackson
  • Middleweight: Alen Amedovski vs Bevon Lewis
  • Featherweight: Nate Landwehr vs Herbert Burns
  • Women Flyweight: Lucie Pudilová vs Justine Kish
  • Heavyweight: Darko Stošić vs Jamahal Hill
  • Flyweight: Alex Perez vs Jordan Espinosa

Now you have a calendar of the UFC matches that are taking place before the year ends and early next year. These are very exciting fights that you do not want to miss. Check them out.

Is UFC Losing Its Popularity?

The UFC is not as popular as it used to be a few years ago. There are many reasons for this. However, the question is, have we already seen the best of the UFC? This article tries to answer this question by looking at what is currently happening at the UFC.

The Reebok Deal

The UFC struck a US$70 million deal with Reebok in 2016, which did not go down well with fighters. The agreement prohibits fighters from wearing their own sponsor’s attires during the fight and at any event related to UFC. They are even not allowed to wear them during the fight week. This has made fighters like Schaub to retire as a result of the Reebok deal and low pay.

Payment of Fighters

Even with the Reebok deal, top fighters are making good money at the UFC. However, low profile fighters are not being paid well. For instance, in a particular UFC event, the main event fighters went home with millions of dollars while one of the co-main event fighters walked away with less that one hundred thousand dollars. There are also instances where fighters have made around ten thousand dollars. With taxes and other fight related expenses, some fighters are left with barely enough to pay for their bills.

Too Many Events

The UFC used to have monthly events, and everyone was looking forward to it. However, right now, there are weekly events all over the world with over 500 fighters. This is becoming overwhelming to the UFC fans hence losing its popularity.

Lack of Superstars

The UFC is not attracting top fighters, and the ones they have are about to retire. This is very dangerous as its popularity will also depend on the reputation of its fighters.

For UFC to regain its glory, it needs to find the right sponsor, pays its fighters well, hold fewer quality events, and find ways to attract superstars.

Three Main UFC Rules

The UFC is regulated by the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, which are also used in several other promotions across the world. These rules have become the mixed martial arts standard rules in many countries in the world with little or no variation. They include the following;

The Rounds

The UFC bouts vary in the length of the match, depending on the type of the fight. For the championship titles, the number of rounds cannot exceed five. For non-title bouts, the number of rounds is capped at three. For both titles, each round should be five minutes with a minute between the rounds to rest.

The Cage

The UFC fights happen in an eight-sided cage called an Octagon. Initially, this cage was trademarked, but when Zuffa, LLC acquired UFC in 2001, it allowed other promotions to use such cages. The octagonal cage is 30 ft in diameter and 6 ft high fence. The enclosure is raised 4 ft from the ground. It also has two gates facing each other which are used for entry and exit. UFC can use smaller cages for small events and venues. The mat of the cage is painted with logos of sponsors, and this is changed every time there is a new sponsor.

The Attire

Fighters wear approved shorts and they are not allowed to wear shoes. Only female fighters are permitted to wear tops. As a safety measure, competitors must wear mouthguards, padded gloves, and protective cups. To ensure fighters comply with these attire requirements, an official from the State Athletic Committee checks them before they enter the cage. These attires have sponsor logos during the match and the media appearances before the bouts.

This article has given you details of the three main UFC rules regarding the fight rounds, the cage, and the type of the attire fighters should wear. There are other rules that regulate other aspects of a UFC match.

A Guide to Placing a Winning UFC Bet

If you want to make extra bucks on fighting sports, you should consider UFC betting. UFC bouts have become attractive to bettors because they are great and predictable. However, if you are new to combat sports betting, there are a few things you need to know before wagering on UFC fights. This guide gives you four tips on how to place a winning UFC bet.

Choose a Bookmaker

There are many bookies you can use to place your UFC bets. Choose the one with good odds and great welcome bonuses. Also, consider bookies with special offers and promotions. This will help you manage your bankroll from the start.

Do Research

Knowledge is essential when making betting decisions. Make sure you know the UFC rules and regulations. Also, do some research on the fighters and their attack and defense styles. It would be helpful to also look at the historical records between themselves and any other recent fights they have been involved in. This will give an idea of each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses and be able to make your decision wisely.

Analyze the Odds

Pay attention to the odds of the fight and try to determine why bookies have given such odds. For live betting, observe how odds are changing as the bout continues. Based on this, you can predict who is likely to win between the two fighters.

Predict the Outcome

Try to compare the odds given by bookmakers and your own research and see if there is any consistency. Make your decision on where to put your money based on this. If there is inconsistency, follow your instinct.

This article has given you some of the strategies you can use when you want to place a winning UFC bet. So, next time you are placing a UFC mixed martial arts bet, make sure you try these steps.

Four Little-Known UFC Rules

When UFC was founded, there were very few rules that regulated the fights. Thanks to pressure from interested parties and stakeholders, the UFC now has many rules and regulations which make the fights fan-friendly.

There are obvious rules that apply during UFC bouts. However, some rules are not known by many fans. Some of them are listed below;

Small Joint Manipulation

This means trying to break your opponent’s fingers or toes. This technique is prohibited in the UFC, and it attracts disqualification. Most people are not aware of this rule because it rarely happens during fights. Unlike other fouls that occur accidentally, it not easy to grab and twist the opponent’s finger(s)/toe(s) accidentally.

Abusive Language

Trash talk is a technique that has been used by fighters for years to intimidate their opponents. Fans enjoy when fighters build grudge and lousy blood, and this means more money for fighters and promoters. However, hatred never goes beyond the Octagon. Surprisingly, the use of abusing language is prohibited. Nevertheless, UFC rarely enforces this rule, and many fighters end up getting away with it.

Timidity

One UFC rule that many fans might not be aware of is that timidity is outlawed. This is because bouts should be entertaining and should attract fans, and no one would enjoy watching a dull fight. However, timidity behaviors such as avoiding contact and dropping mouthguard intentionally during the fights are not common.

Throwing Opponent Out of the Octagon

You might have seen fighters throwing their opponents out of the ring during wrestling but not in the UFC. It is illegal for fighters to throw their opponents over the Octagon fence. Even attempting to do so is prohibited.

Were you aware of these four strange UFC rules? If you were not, you have learned something new about UFC today.

How UFC Fight Winners are Determined

Like any other sport, there are several ways a mixed martial bout may end. These range from judges’ decisions to fighters’ fouls, submissions and knockouts. This article gives details of how the UFC fight is determined.

Submission

This occurs when a fighter taps his opponent or the mat or submits verbally. The referee may also end the bought if the fighter communicates being in pain. Other technical submissions, such as unconsciousness or severe injury, can lead to a fight termination.

Knockout

This happens when a fighter is knocked out and is unable to continue fighting or becomes unconscious as a result of a legal strike. In this case, the fighter outrightly loses the bout.

Technical Knockout

This happens when a fighter cannot fight due to the referee stoppage or doctor stoppage if a fighter cannot successfully defend himself or is injured. A technical knockout can also occur as a result of the corner stoppage which happens when a cornerman gestures defeat of his fighter.

Decision of Judges

There are many ways judges can determine the winner of a bout based on scoring. These include unanimous, majority, split, and technical decisions and draws. For unanimous decisions and draws, all judges agree. However, for the other decisions, there are remedies provided for by the UFC to determine the winner.

Disqualification

This happens when a fighter makes an illegal move intentionally, which can cause injury to the opponent and can affect the opponent’s performance to his advantage.

Forfeit

Fighters forfeit fights if they prematurely end the fight or fails to contest.

No Contest

No contest happens when a fighter cannot compete due to unintentional illegal move, and the bout rounds are not enough for judges to make the decision.

This article has given you seven ways UFC bouts may end. The decision can be made by the referee, a doctor, the judges, or even the fighter himself.