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Who won the UFC vs Bellator showdown?

UFC pulls in worst ratings ever on FS1. Bellator does third worst ratings since Spike deal.

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Bellator MMA & the UFC rarely ever go head to head, but on a few occasions, the two promotions have clashed. This happened on Friday as Oklahoma played host to Bellator 189 and Las Vegas were the hosts for The Ultimate Fighter season 26 Finale. So who came out on top?

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The real answer to that question? Well it’s no one, both shows performed poorly – with the UFC doing it’s worst ever rated FS1 show with just 501,000 viewers, whilst the prelims drew in an audience figure of 361,000 – This falls well behind the previous lowest figures set by a prelim card of 453,000.

Bellator didn’t fare much better either with its average audience share of 439,000 viewers, which marks the third worst show Bellator has done on Spike.

So what is the problem? Both shows were headlined by women’s title fights – but this isn’t to say women aren’t a draw. Holly Holm’s headline fight against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 20 drew an audience share of 4,687,000 viewers, the most watch summer UFC fight since the UFC started airing on Fox in 2011.

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The problem is star power, yes the UFC has had an entire season to build up the finale and it’s fighters, but the issue simply is not a whole lot of people tuned into TUF 26 to begin with – The tenth episode drew an audience of 158,000 viewers, it’s lowest-rated episode since the series began back in 2005. Whilst this season highest rated episode drew in 381,000 viewers, the opening episode drew in just 308,000 compare this to TUF 10 which featured the late Kimbo Slice, the premiere episode drew 4.1 million viewers, whilst the lowest rated episode of that season was 2.4 million viewers – This is a drastic drop in ratings within the 8 years between TUF 10 & TUF 26. Could this mean that The Ultimate Fighter has outstayed its welcome?

As for Bellator who’s headline was Julia Budd taking on Arlene Blencowe for the Women’s 145lb title, it is once again a case of just not enough star power to draw in the ratings. The fact that both shows were up against college basketball shows also didn’t help.

The UFC is currently in the negotiation stages of a new broadcast deal, there have been previous rumours of no longer having an exclusive deal with FOX, but instead to air on multiple networks, much in the same vein as the NFL or MLB – One thing for sure is these types of ratings can’t be good for the company, which has really been struggling in 2017.

Coming off such a great year in 2016, 2017 has been a lacklustre year for the UFC – No longer does the UFC has the star power it once possed, gone is Ronda Rousey, unlikely to ever return, Conor McGregor had THAT boxing fight and according to Dana White himself, will probably never fight in the UFC again, Jon Jones returned and was gone again faster than we could shout USADA and as for Brock Lesnar, well who knows what he’ll do next – The only saving grace for the UFC was the return of former PPV powerhouse Georges St-Pierre.

So what do you think of these ratings, has TUF finally outstayed its welcome, will the UFC produce new stars in 2018? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to check back with MMAThread.com for all your latest MMA News.

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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

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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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