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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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LIVE! UFC 238 Weigh-In

WATCH! Live weigh-ins for UFC 238 as Henry Cejudo takes on Marlon Moraes for the vacant Bantamweight Title

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Tomorrow night (or Sunday morning if you’re in the UK) the UFC is back!

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UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo is set to face off against Marlon Moraes for the vacant Bantamweight title.

Cejudo was originally supposed to be in a much-rumoured rematch with T.J Dillashaw, after being T.J back in January to successfully defend his 125lb title.

However, things changed in March when T.J vacated his 135lb title after being flagged by USADA for a failed drug test.

In steps Marlon Moraes in what is expected to be a barn burner of a fight, and one in which Cejudo could become the next two-weight champion in the UFC.

In the co-main event UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko makes the first defense of her 125lb title after beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in December for the then-vacant title.

Plus Tony Ferguson returns after some much-publicised personal issues outside of the cage to take on Donald Cerrone in what is expected to be a fight for the number one contender’s spot.

The winner is expected to face off against the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier which is set to take place at UFC 242 in September.

Watch the Weigh-Ins LIVE below

Full Fight Card:

EARLY PRELIMS (UFC Fight Pass)

Women’s Flyweight (125lb)
Katlyn Chookagain vs Joanne Calderwood

Bantamweight (135lb)
Eddie Wineland vs Grigory Popov

Middleweight (185lb)
Bevon Lewis vs Darren Stewart

Women’s Strawweight (115lb)
Xiaonan Yan vs Angela Hill

PRELIMS (ESPN / BT SPORT 1)

Featherweight (145lb)
Ricardo Lamas vs Calvin Kattar

Women’s Strawweight (115lb)
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs Alexa Grasso

Bantamweight (135lb)
Aljamain Sterling vs Pedro Munhoz

Women’s Strawweight (115lb)
Tatiana Suarez vs Nina Ansaroff

MAIN CARD (PPV / BT SPORT 1)

Heavyweight (265lb)
Tai Tuivasa vs Blagoy Ivanov

Bantamweight (135lb)
Jimmie Rivera vs Petr Yan

Lightweight (155lb)
Tony Ferguson vs Donald Cerrone

UFC Women’s Flyweight Title (125lb)
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Eye

UFC Bantamweight Title (135lb)
Henry Cejudo vs Marlon Moraes

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Andy Ruiz Jr. wants $50 million to face Anthony Joshua in the U.K for rematch.

Andy Ruiz Jr. demands $50 million to face Anthony Joshua in U.K rematch

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Andy Ruiz Jr. is on top of the world after defeating Anthony Joshua this past Saturday, and now he’s calling all the shots.

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Currently it is unclear where or when, if at all, a rematch will happen. AJ has stated in the post-fight press conference that he “didn’t has about a rematch clause” because he was so confident he’d beat the Mexican heavyweight.

However, despite Joshua’s comments his promoter Eddie Hearn insists there is a rematch clause and they reckon the fight will take place in November, December.

This is however, all based on whether Matchroom can get a deal with the newly crowned champion. The ball is now of course in Andy Ruiz Jr’s. hands.

In an interview with Fight Hub Ruiz has recently stated that he will take the rematch, but if AJ & Hearn want it in the UK then they are going to have to dig deep in their pockets to make it happen!

“I think they said November, December but right now my team are negotiating. I gotta stay busy, healthy and be ready for the rematch”.

“I would love it to be in Mexico or the United States, but it all depends on what we negotiate. If they want me to go over there (U.K) then they have to give me $50 million dollars”.

Ruiz also stated that he expects Joshua to fight differently but he will once again come out victorious.

“I have the faster hands and I can take a punch” said Ruiz.

So what do you think? Will Anthony Joshua face Ruiz in the U.K or will Mexico get a star studded night of action? Sound off in the comments below and be sure to check back with MMAThread for all the latest MMA & Fighting 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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