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McGregors team won’t let showtime use sparring footage – Espinoza

Showtime Sports VP says McGregor won’t grant Showtime permission to use footage

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Early this week UFC President Dana White released the now-infamous footage of Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor sparring against former world boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi.

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Dana said he released the footage because Showtime refused to use it during their “All Access” series of shows in the lead up to McGregor vs Mayweather. According to White, Showtime has plenty of footage from the two sparring sessions, but they are not willing to use it as they don’t want Malignaggi to look bad.

“We gave them a ton of footage and they denied it because they didn’t want to make Paulie look bad, they didn’t show any of it. They had a ton of the sparring footage and they wanted to use zero.” said White.

However, Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s Sports and Events Programming VP has stated that this is not the case – According to Espinoza, Showtime did not as Dana suggested, receive a ton of footage from the spar, instead, Espinoza states that they received around a minute worth of edited footage.

“It was a series of sort of spliced-together McGregor highlights, eight or nine seconds each. We didn’t want to use the whole thing.” Said Espinoza, “It was sort of repetitive, we were told if we didn’t use the whole segment as they edited it then we couldn’t use it at all. So in the end, Conor’s camp withheld permission for us to use it.”

Espinoza goes on to further state that their decision to not use the footage was purely because of its repetitiveness and not out of loyalty to Paulie – “We definitely wanted to use it” said Espinoza, however they wanted to pick and choose their segments and not use the whole footage, in the end, McGregor’s camp denied permission for the footage to be used.

What do you think of these latest developments? Who’s side of the story do you believe? sound off in the comments below.

 

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GSP set to announce retirement – Khabib offers one final fight

GSP expected to announce retirement. BUT, Khabib may throw a spanner in the works

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Former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight Champion Georges St-Pierre is expected to announce his official retirement tomorrow in a planned press conference

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GSP was last seen in the Octagon at UFC 217 in November of 2017 when he submitted then UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping to snatch the title, becoming a two-weight champion.

Since then GSP has been out of action due to ulcerative colitis which forced him to vacate the Middleweight Title just over a month after winning. Since then GSP has been linked to ‘super fights’ with various opponent including Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and most recently UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Today news broke that GSP has arranged for a press conference to take place tomorrow, where according to multiple sources, he is expected to officially announce his retirement. This comes after GSP says he wanted a fight with Khabib to become a three-weight champion (the first in UFC history) since that fight never materialised he now wishes to call an end to his fighting career for good.

However, since the news broke, Khabib has called out GSP stating that “he doesn’t want to be the reason St-Pierre retires” and that he wants to give the former champion one last fight. Khabib’s most recent outing inside the Octagon was a submission win over former Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in what was the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history, however, after the win Khabib scaled the cage and attacked Conor’s cornermen causing a brawl both inside and outside the cage.

Khabib received a 6 month suspension and a fine for the NSAC, however, Khabib’s training partners received 12 month suspensions and Khabib has gone on to state that he will not fight for the UFC until their suspensions are up, if that’s the case we won’t see Khabib inside the Octagon until at least November at the very earliest – Only time can tell now whether the time frame suits GSP’s desires, or if this is truly the end for one of the greatest fighters to have ever graced the Octagon.

If this truly is the end for GSP, then he leaves behind a legacy that many fighters will look up to, unbeaten for 13 straight fights, two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and one-time UFC Middleweight Champion. GSP is truly heading for the MMA Mount Rushmore.

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Cage Warriors 101 – Live Results & Updates

Live results from Cage Warriors 101

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Cage Warriors returns to Liverpool for an action-packed night of fights for Cage Warriors 101 – Full results and fight card details are below.

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Cage Warriors North West Undercard

Adam Shelley vs Marcus Lewis – CWA Lightweight Title Bout
Adam Shelley – R1 – TKO

Joffe Houlton vs Carl Dilks – Light Heavyweight
Joffe Houlton – R1 – SUB – Kimura

Adam Caldwell vs Ben Petches-Kelly – Lightweight
Ben Petches-Kelly – DEC

Harrison Teare vs Tom Somerset – Welterweight
Tom Somerset – R1 – TKO

Oskar Stachura vs Jamie Hayes – Welterweight
Jamie Hayes – R1 – TKO

Teddy Stringer vs Richie Lunt – Lightweight
Teddy Stringer – R1 – TKO

Danny Dixon vs Mariusz Mikolajewski – Welterweight
Mariusz Mikolajewski – R1 – SUB – Rear Naked Choke

Cage Warriors Under Card

James Sheehan vs Ian Garry – Welterweight
Ian Garry – Decision – 30-25, 30-25, 30-27

Andrew Lofthouse vs Gavin Kelly – Featherweight
Gavin Kelly – Decision – 30-27

Anthony O’Connor vs Steven Hooper – Lightweight
Anthony O’Connor – DEC

Mark Kinsella vs Tomasz Wojtyna – Welterweight
Mark Kinsella – DEC – 29-28, 29-28, 29-28

Adam Wilson vs Harry Ettridge – Bantamweight
Adam Wilson – DEC

Main Card

MAIN EVENT
Tom Aspinall vs Sofiane Boukichou – Heavyweight
Tom Aspinall – R1 – KO

Bryan Creighton vs Manuel Bilić – Bantamweight
Manuel Bilic – R3 – Technical Submission

Tim Barnett vs Adam Ventre – 160lbs catchweight
Tim Barnett – R2 – KO

Matt Bonner vs Madars Fleminas – Welterweight
Madars Fleminas – SPLIT DEC – 29-28, 28-29, 29-28

Mick Stanton vs Jenaid Ebanks – Middleweight
Mick Stanton – DEC – 30-26, 30-26, 30-25

 

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Cage Warriors 96 Live Results

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Cage Warriors 96 takes place today, live from the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

The main event will see Liverpool’s Paddy Pimblett take on Soren Bak for the CW Lightweight Title – Also featuring on the card is Jonas Billstein as he takes on latecomer Mick Stanton on less than 24 hours notice – Jonas was expected to face off against Lee Chadwick who would be making his second defence of the Middleweight Title, however, Chadwick failed to make weight and was instantly stripped of his title on the scales – Jonas will now face Stanton for the now vacant CW Middleweight Title. The event will also see an amateur Grand Prix tournament.

Check out the results below live as they happen

Fight Card:

CW Academy North West Undercard (NON-TELEVISED)

Luke Bennett vs Sam Irving
Sam Irving def Luke Bennett – R1 0:54 – Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Mike Thompson vs Sean Alpin
Mike Thompson def Sean Alpin – Unanimous Decision – 30-27, 30-27, 30-26

JJ Jones vs Liam Carrol
JJ Jones def Liam Carrol – Split Decision –  29-28 28-29 29-28

CW Academy NW Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Light-Heavyweight
David Piotrowicz vs Carl Dilks
David Piotrowicz def Carl Dilks – TKO (Ground & Pound) – R2 0:44

Welterweight
Ivan Blanita vs Adam Cullen
Ivan Blanita def Adam Cullen – R2 – Submission (Americana)

Lightweight
Constantine Blanita vs Danny Williams
Constantine Blanita def Danny Willaims – Unanimous Decision – 30-25, 30-25, 30-25

Featherweight
Scott Harvey vs Liam Molloy

Prelims (6:30 pm – Sports Bible – Facebook)

Flyweight
Liam Gittins vs Kevin Cordero Lopez
Liam Gittins def Kevin Cordero Lopez – R1 4:36 – TKO

Lightweight
Anthony O’Connor vs Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar

Flyweight
Sam Creasey vs Conor Hignett
Sam Creasey def Conor Hignett – R1 4:03 – TKO (Ground & Pound)

Lightweight
Elliot Jenkins vs Mahmod Faour
Mahmod Faour def Elliot Jenkins – R2 – TKO

Main Card  (9pm – BT Sports / UFC Fight Pass)

Welterweight
Tim Barnett vs Matthew Bonner
Tim Barnett draws Matthew Bonner – Majority Draw -28-27, 28-28, 28-28

Welterweight
Nicolas Dalby vs Roberto Allegretti
Nicolas Dalby def Roberto Allegretti – R2 – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Lightweight
Jack Grant vs Aleksi Mantykivi
Jack Grant def Aleksi Mantykivi – R1 4:20 – KO

Vacant Middleweight Title Bout
Mick Stanton vs Jonas Billstein
Jonas Billstein (C) def Mick Stanton – R1 3:20 – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Vacant Lightweight Title Fight
Paddy Pimblett vs Soren Bak
Soren Bak def Paddy Pimblett – Unanimous Decision – 48-44, 48-45, 48-46

Keep checking back with MMAThread as we will be bringing you all the live backstage interviews with all your Cage Warriors 96 fighters.

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Cage Warriors 96 Preview

Cage Warriors returns to Liverpool as both Paddy Pimblett and Lee Chadwick fight in title bouts

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Cage Warriors returns to the Echo Arena, Liverpool this Saturday, September 1st. The event is headlined by a lightweight title fight between Liverpool’s own Paddy “The Baddy” Pimbeltt and Demark’s Søren Bak

Paddy Pimblett (14-2-0) is fighting for the second time at Lightweight since moving up a weight class after losing his Featherweight Title to Nad Narimani back in 2017 at CW82.

Soren Bak (11-1-0) comes into this fight riding a three-fight winning streak with submission wins over Alexander Jacobsen and Martin Stapleton – This will mark Bak’s fourth Cage Warriors appearance.

Also fighting on the card is another Liverpool native, Lee “The Butcher” Chadwick (24-13-1). Chadwick is on a three-fight winning streak and is set to defend his Middleweight Title for the first time since beating Victor Cheng for the vacant strap back at CW88 in October 2017.

Chadwick’s opponent will be in the form of Germany’s Jonas Billstein (19-5-1), who himself is on a four-fight winning streak and is making his Cage Warriors debut. Billstein is a veteran of Bellator and ACB. His last fight back in May ended in a majority draw, but before that, he has won his previous two bouts, both by way of second-round submission.

Several other big names on the UK regional scene are also set to square off including the likes of Jack Grant (14-4-0), Connor Hignett (6-3-0) Liam Gittins (2-0-0) and Mick Stanton (3-2-0).

As well as a pack main card and prelims, before the show even begins fans will be treated to a wrath of amateur bouts, as Cage Warriors Academy: North West returns to action. The amateur card will feature a title bout at Light Heavyweight between David Piotrowicz and Carl Dilks, as well as a scrap for the Welterweight Title, as Ivan Blanita takes on Adam Cullen – Then at Lightweight, Ireland’s Constantin Blanita will take on Wales’ Danny Williams, and finally at Featherweight Scott Harvey will take on Liam Molloy for the title.

Cage Warriors 96 will take place this Saturday, September 1st from the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The event will air live on BT Sports for the UK fans and UFC Fight Pass for international viewers.

MMAThread will be live at the event conducting post-fight interviews with all your winners so be sure to check back, and don’t forget to comment below and share.

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