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Conor McGregor makes a huge impact on ESPN’s subscribers

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Return and Revival of the “Notorious”
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor is introduced before fighting Donald Cerrone during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
After the devastating loss with Khabib Nurmagomed on October 6, 2018, Connor McGregor made a solid comeback by defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, on 18 January 2020. 
The fight which was widely anticipated and most people doubted that McGregor would be able to manage a victory. But he proved everyone wrong. It just took him 40 seconds in the first round to defeat his opponent via technical knockout. 
It was very hard to imagine that the scenario would have developed in such a way, but considering McGregor’s fighting technique and his ability to slowly improve his advantage, had its consequences. The win gave him an award known as a Performance of the Night. 
McGregor became the first-ever UFC player to have technical knockouts in his repertoire in three different divisions, which are featherweight, lightweight and welterweight, the feat, extremely hard to accomplish in a career. Now he holds 22 wins(19 of them are by knockout) and 4 losses. 
Although he was favourite by betting odds, it was unclear whether he could make a successful comeback for almost one-year hiatus.
Impact on the streaming media
However the win was not only notable for the spectacular victory, Conor McGregor pulled off, but also the massive impact he made on subscribers. The fight became the most streamed live event in history hitting million streaming buys, therefore surpassing Logan Paul vs KSI boxing match. It was such commercial success that even Robert “Bob” Iger CEO of Disney underlined his influence on the MMA world.
Bob Iger while holding a conference on February 4, 2020, declared that the number of subscribers on ESPN+ soared enormously from 6.6 to 7.6 million.
The upsurge was mainly caused by two factors: first of all the new package which costs $12.99, contains ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu and the 500,000 new subscribers to ESPN+ which the fight brought forward. Approximately 500,000 of these subscribers who had ordered the fight already made up ESPN+ subscribers. The deal and bundle between Disney+ and ESPN+ was also a key factor of subscribers’ rising number.
Based on statistics fight between McGregor and Cerrone produced roughly $70 million in terms of streaming revenue only, not to mention $11 million at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas.
Based on the Google searches and huge anticipation of McGregor vs Nurmagomedov match, it was unclear whether any future fight would eclipse it. Albeit it lost the title of largest-pay-per-view event.
McGregor – a prominent figure of MMA
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his first round TKO victory against Donald Cerrone following UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Now it is not so difficult to comprehend why Conor McGregor enjoys such a huge popularity in MMA and worldwide – he always puts on a show, he always attracts the people no matter if he is in form or not. His eccentric character, unconventional and arrogant nature is always a matter of debate among the people. Thus promoters always try to facilitate the organization of events, where McGregor is a part of it.
McGregor is notably known for his match against Floyd Mayweather as well. Talking about his characteristics, one should not forget that he is always striving for further challenges. Despite the fact that he lost this fight in 2017, McGregor gained more admiration worldwide. It is not so common when MMA fighters decide to try their prowess against boxing opponents. We are talking here about someone like the calibre of Mayweather who has not lost a single match throughout his career. 
Providing that, McGregor is not only a simple UFC fighter but a great influencer as well who promotes the operation UFC and brings more viewers to the organization.
January 18, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his TKO victory against Donald Cerrone following UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
What is the future for Mcgregor?
According to McGregor, he is not just going to sit and do nothing. The Irishman looks for more opportunities and promises to create a spectacle for people. Most notably he proposed the ideas of fighting against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
But his desired fight would be the rematch against the Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, with whom he lost without a chance 15 months ago. It provides a possibility for him to avenge the defeat, but this would not be simple considering the fact that Nurmagomedov is undefeatable in his career. 

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Malignaggi labels McGregor a ‘punchbag’ as he vows to expose ‘overrated’ UFC star

Category : BOXING , MMA

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI has once again challenged bitter rival Conor McGregor to an ‘all or nothing’ boxing match.
Recently rumours circled that negotiations for the pair to meet in the boxing ring was underway – though Malignaggi later denied the suggestion.
Malignaggi has called out McGregor to a boxing matchGetty Images – Getty
McGregor has had one fight as a pro boxerRex Features
However, speaking to Off The Ball, Malignaggi has called out McGregor to a boxing match, even suggesting promoter Eddie Hearn or advisor Al Haymon could make the fight happen.
Malignaggi said: “There’s no other fight he can make that he makes more money than he does fighting me – the problem is, he gets beaten by me.
“Hearn can easily put the fight together, Haymon can easily put the fight together, Showtime have said they’d be interested in it – I don’t think it’s a no-brainer at this point.
“I don’t think it’d any secret at this point – there’s money in the fight.

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The rivals came face-to-face before a press conference last yearReuters
“I would love to fight Conor McGregor in a winner-takes-all fight in a boxing match, I would absolutely love it because I would beat him to a pulp, I would hospitalise him and I’d make him go home broke too.
“In boxing I’d be interested in it – I’d love to do a winner-takes-all fight just so he can go for free but I don’t think he’d ever agree to that.”
The Brooklyn boxer likened McGregor to the ‘punchbag of combat sports’ and vowed to expose him as overrated.
Malignaggi said: “A legacy is created over longevity and Conor McGregor has had no longevity – he’s just the punching bag of combat sports.
McGregor was called a punchbag by MalignaggiGetty Images – Getty
Malignaggi called for a winner take all boxing matchGetty Images – Getty
“Believe me, when Conor McGregor is gone and irrelevant in the next couple of years and I will make sure, in my time, that everybody knows how overrated he was.
“I will destroy whatever legacy he thought he was going to make because he’s a con-artist and I’ve been slowly uncovering how much of a con-artist he is.”
The two have been feuding since last summer when Malignaggi became McGregor’s sparring partner before the Irishman cashed in on a money-grab boxing cameo against Floyd Mayweather.
Things turned sour when the UFC star leaked pictures and footage of the spars with a disputed knockdown of Malignaggi, 38, prompting the Brooklyn boxer to leave Team McGregor’s camp.
The pair became sparring partners last yearRefer to Caption
Footage of the spar showed a disputed knockdown of Malignaggi
Full footage of the spar has never surfacedInstagram

McGregor would go on to be beaten by Mayweather inside 10 rounds, with Malignaggi having a front row seat for what could have been pleasant viewing for the now pundit.
Mayweather has since fought another boxing debutant, when he travelled to Japan to box Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
The fight lasted just one round as Mayweather dropped the featherweight kickboxer three times – though shortly after McGregor would call out the 20-year-old Nasukawa.
Malignaggi claims McGregor is looking for ‘free money’ after calling out Nasukawa on social media.
Mayweather defeated McGregor in August 2017Sportsfile – Subscription
Mayweather stopped Nasukawa after one round in Tokyo, Japan in December 2018AFP
While the former two-weight boxing champion accused McGregor of losing every year – poking fun at the Irishman’s defeats to Nate Diaz in 2016, Mayweather in 2017 and Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
Malignaggi added: “McGregor’s trying all that he can to keep himself relevant as best he can – even going as far as calling out the Japanese featherweight Nasukawa.
“That guy just did an exhibition with Floyd Mayweather – I don’t think he was intending to fight guys as big as Floyd and Conor, that physically big – he’s a very small guy.
“It was a one-off situation. Conor’s not the same – he’s not Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Mayweather doesn’t lose – Conor loses every year.
Malignaggi poked fun at McGregors last three defeatsGetty – Contributor
McGregor made a reported $100m for his Mayweather boutGetty Images – Getty
Nurmagomedov beat McGregor last yearSportsfile – Subscription
“So I think Conor twisted up the roles a little bit. He got a bit confused – he forget he was Conor ‘McQuitter’ and thought he was Floyd Mayweather for a second where he could just walk into the free money. Guys like Floyd earn that kind of thing.
“’In truth, he’s trying to look for free money because he knows that his time at the top is coming to an end.”

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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather have words at Staples Center during Clippers game (Video)

Category : BOXING , MMA

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao had plenty of trash talk leading up to their one epic bout in the past, but when the event finally rolled around, the GOAT took care of his counterpart with ease.
And just because they exchanged plenty of words before the fight took place, it doesn’t mean that the two haven’t been cool since.
They ran into each other at Tuesday’s Hornets-Clippers game, with the two celebrities both hitting up the epic matchup at Staples Center. Manny approached Floyd, and the two exchanged a few words, and some smiles, which ended with the GOAT taking a sip of his beer.

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UFC 232 sensationally moved from Vegas to LA due to Jon Jones’ drugs test

Category : MMA , Sport , UFC

JON JONES’ fight with Alexander Gustafsson and the rest of next week’s UFC 232 has been sensationally switched from California to Las Vegas.
An “abnormality” over a recent drugs test sample from Jones is the reason behind the huge move for the December 30 bash.
fight with Alexander Gustafsson and the rest of next week’s UFC 232 has been sensationally switched from California to Las VegasAP
A trace of turinabol was found in the fighters system, but because Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t have enough time to investigate, the whole show has been relocated.
It is the same substance the 31-year-old Jones was handed a 15-month suspension for back in 2017.
He was only cleared to return to the Octagon last week.
Now the pay-per-view will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California after plans to use the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas were axed.
Dana White has come out in defence of Jon Jones after the shock news
The California State Athletic Commission will approve a license for Jones to take on Gustafsson at the last minute.
UFC VP of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky insists that this isn’t a violation by Jones, explaining that he and USADA have said that the positive test is a “pulsing” effect.
Novitzky said that there was only a “picogram” level of turinabol in Jones’ system.
He said: “A picogram is a one-trillionth of a gram. If you put one grain of salt on the table and split it up into 50 million pieces, a picogram is one of those pieces of that gram of salt.
“These levels have shown up in the single and double digits of picograms – so such a small amount.”



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The NSAC issued a statement to MMAjunkie explaining that Jones’ application for a licence has been allowed to be withdrawn in the state of Nevada so he is clear to fight in California.
The NSAC also said that Jones will go before the board in January.
There statement said: “Today, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett announced that, in consultation with NSAC Commission Chair Anthony Marnell III, unarmed combatant Jon Jones will be allowed to withdraw his pending application for licensure, which was intended to clear him to fight in a major contest in Nevada later this month.
“After extensive analysis of Mr. Jones’ prior 18 months of USADA in- and out-of-competition anti-doping drug testing results, Director Bennett, Chair Marnell and Mr Jones agree that he will appear at an evidentiary hearing in January. This will allow for a measured, thoughtful and comprehensive discussion of his anti-doping testing protocol and results and provide an opportunity for the NSAC to determine the appropriate path forward for him in Nevada. We look forward to this hearing.”

UFC president Dana White, who has been very critical of Jones’ failed drug test past, has taken a different stand this time round as the chief launched a defence of the fighter.
He said: “I haven’t heard anything negative about Jon Jones leading up to this fight – nothing.
“He was willing to jump on a plane yesterday and go take a drug test – like, immediately. If I want to plan a PR for Jon Jones in two months, try pulling that together. It’s tough to get Jon Jones.
“He’s willing to do anything. So, I believe that Jon Jones is clean. He’s in fight shape, and I believe that he’s been doing the right thing.”
White added he would not move the fight just to keep Jones in the event, they would’ve just pulled the fight instead.
He said: “We wouldn’t do it. We’d pull the fight, and the (Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes title fight) would be the main event and the fight would roll. That’s it. We’d roll on. Jones would either go away forever, or – you know how I am – if these guys even doubted that something bad happened here and he was wrong or whatever, the fight’s off. We’d pull the fight.
“Jones didn’t do anything wrong here. All the biggest experts, the smartest people in the world that deal with this are saying that he did not cheat, he didn’t do anything. So how do we not do this fight?”

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Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Picks

Category : Combat , MMA , Undercard Superstar


WBC World Junior Middleweight Championship: Jermell Charlo (c) (31-0) vs. Tony Harrison (27-2)
Nolan Howell: Harrison is a similarly tough, but not nearly on the same level type of opponent for Jermell Charlo and is a bit more of a rebound after Jermell struggled a bit and stunk up the joint against Austin Trout. This card seems designed to get the Charlos some highlight reel material on a major network and they should both deliver. Jermell Charlo by ninth-round TKO.

Interim WBC World Middleweight Championship: Jermall Charlo (c) (27-0) vs. Matt Korobov (28-1)
Nolan: Korobov takes the place of Willie Monroe Jr. here after a drug test failure and probably gives us a more exciting, though less competitive fight in the process. Jermall Charlo has been on a KO streak and it is hard to see that ending here, but Korobov is a tough cookie even if his sell-by date has come and gone. Jermall Charlo by fifth-round TKO.

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Top Rank on ESPN/SKY Sports Picks

Category : Combat , MMA , Undercard Superstar


IBF World Featherweight Championship: Josh Warrington (c) (27-0) vs. Carl Frampton (26-1)
Nolan Howell: After taking a few tune-up fights following his brutal split series with Leo Santa Cruz, Carl Frampton takes a much tougher fight here against IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington, who won the title from Lee Selby last time out. Frampton will be at a height and reach disadvantage against the taller Warrington here, but that really shouldn’t matter too much after Frampton found a way to get inside on Leo Santa Cruz. Warrington also doesn’t have the power necessary to keep Frampton cautious enough on the outside and avoid getting the fight at his range. Where Warrington might trouble Frampton is using his reach and output to not allow Frampton inside until his punching power fades later on in the fight, no matter the lack of power.
Still, Frampton has shown an ability to keep the pressure inside on taller fighters before and he has faced better opposition than Warrington in his career. Given that and the power advantage that could trouble Warrington from peppering Frampton, Frampton is the rightful favorite here. Carl Frampton by unanimous decision.

Vacant BBBofC British Middleweight Championship: Liam Williams (18-2-1) vs. Mark Heffron (21-0)
Nolan: Williams looks to move up in weight here after two losses to Liam Smith at super welterweight and some severe can crushing to get here. Heffron’s power gives him the edge in this domestic title matchup for the vacant BBBofC British Middleweight Title. Mark Heffron by seventh-round TKO.

Middleweight Bout: Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (36-3) vs. Martin Murray (37-4-1)
Nolan: Murray still has a bit left in the tank after his loss to George Groves in 2016 and his subsequent rebound tour, while N’Dam’s best win was Curtis Stevens and tends to struggle against fighters below the level of Murray’s best losses. It all depends how Murray looks here, but it should be a winnable fight for him even on an aging decline. Martin Murray by unanimous decision.

Featherweight Bout: Jason Cunningham (24-5) vs. Michael Conlan (9-0)
Nolan: Showcase for Conlan. Michael Conlan by third-round TKO.

Super Middleweight Bout: Billy Joe Saunders (26-0) vs. Charles Adamu (32-13)
Nolan: Clearly a showcase for the return of Saunders here, but the matchmaking is particularly dreadful even with all that in consideration. Billy Joe Saunders by first-round TKO.

Heavyweight Bout: Dereck Chisora (29-8) vs. Dillian Whyte (24-1)
Nolan: Chisora was able to keep his name near the top of the division last time out with an eighth-round TKO over Carlos Takam, while Whyte picked up what may be the best victory in his career when he defeated Joseph Parker in July.
Overall, Chisora looked like the more impressive fighter of the two the last time they fought in December of 2016. Chisora crowded Whyte against the ropes throughout and seemed untroubled by the power of Whyte as he exchanged inside, rocking him throughout the last half of the fight. Whyte picked up the decision on the scorecards though and has looked like the more impressive fighter as of late while Chisora seems to be hanging on to relevancy at heavyweight after the losses to Whyte and Kubrat Pulev in 2016 and a bit of a stunner against Agit Kabayel in November of last year.
Having defeated a more technical fighter like Parker and unlikely to be goaded into going toe-to-toe throughout again with Chisora in what may be the declining Del Boy’s only chance at winning, Whyte should be able to stay out of trouble here and only mix it up inside when Chisora is slowed down a bit. At this stage, it simply looks like Whyte is a fighter who could perhaps surprise a few and put his name in the same league as the likes of Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua (despite being outmatched by Joshua when they met in 2015), while Chisora was always on the outside of those more elite fighters even in his best days. Barring a complete lapse into a brawl by Whyte, this fight looks like his to lose. Dillian Whyte by sixth-round TKO.

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UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Tuivasa Picks

Category : Combat , MMA , Undercard Superstar


Heavyweight Bout: Junior dos Santos (19-5) vs. Tai Tuivasa (8-0)
Nolan Howell: Though he has traded wins and losses over the last half decade, this fight seems like a winner for dos Santos, who should be able to slow down Tuivasa with punches as he comes forward and pick up a finish late when Tuivasa loses the gas tank to continue chasing and eating punches in doing so. Junior dos Santos by third-round TKO.

Heavyweight Bout: Justin Willis (7-1) vs. Mark Hunt (13-13-1)
Nolan: Hunt’s main trouble still seems to be grapplers after loses to Blaydes and Oleynik and Willis doesn’t necessarily present the sort of striking threat someone like Overeem or dos Santos has for Hunt. Aside from a quick, pressuring start, I like Hunt to wait it out for the knockout. Mark Hunt by second-round KO.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Mauricio Rua (25-11) vs. Tyson Pedro (7-2)
Nolan: I could try and muster up some hope for Shogun supporters here by saying Tyson Pedro doesn’t really have monster power that should threaten Shogun, but really, Shogun is who he is at this stage. Tyson Pedro by second-round submission.

Welterweight Bout: Jake Matthews (14-3) vs. Tony Martin (14-4)
Nolan: A bit of a coin flip here between two good grapplers here, but I like Matthews’s game more overall. Jake Matthews by unanimous decision.

Featherweight Bout: Sodiq Yusuff (7-1) vs. Suman Mokhtarian (8-0)
Nolan: Pains to pick a Lloyd Irvin fighter, but here we are. Sodiq Yusuff by second-round TKO.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Jim Crute (8-0) vs. Paul Craig (10-2)
Nolan: Jim Crute by first-round submission.

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Golden Boy MMA: Liddell vs. Ortiz III Picks

Category : Combat , MMA , Undercard Superstar


Light Heavyweight Bout: Chuck Liddell (21-8) vs. Tito Ortiz (19-12-1)
Nolan Howell: Hahahahahaha, holy fuck, this is actually happening, huh? Jesus. Liddell has been retired for closer to ten years and Ortiz is probably still a competent enough grappler. While Liddell has always had Ortiz’s number, all his training videos look awful and nothing tells me he is fast enough these days to sprawl and brawl. Simply put, Ortiz looks like a decent enough low-tier fighter, while Liddell has no business being anywhere near a cage ever again. Tito Ortiz by first-round submission.

Light Heavyweight Bout: Deron Winn (4-0) vs. Tom Lawlor (10-6)
Nolan: Winn looks to be better at Lawlor’s bread-and-butter than he is and has shown some powerful striking. Lawlor is splitting his time between MMA and pro wrestling and this could very well just be a quick paycheck for him. While Lawlor is the more tested of the two, this seems like name value vs. prospect and I will take the prospect. Deron Winn by second-round TKO.
Lightweight Bout: Efrain Escudero (30-13) vs. Gleison Tibau (33-14)
Nolan: Escudero is probably the less shot of these two fighters and has been having success since his UFC release. However, Luke has told me that I will be fired if I do not pick the Patron Saint and namesake of Undercard Superstar, so we have to go with the only way he knows how. Gleison Tibau by split decision.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Jay Silva (11-12-1) vs. Oscar Ivan Cota (8-1)
Nolan: Jay Silva lost to Mariusz Pudzianowski in the year of our lord 2017 and was, somehow, someway, at some point, a UFC fighter. No analysis there, just some facts for you. Oscar Ivan Cota by first-round KO.

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WWE Reacts To Conor McGregor Offering To Provide 'Back Up' For Current WWE Champion

For years, fans of both MMA and WWE have felt that UFC Superstar Conor McGregor would be a great fit for the Squared Circle if he ever decided to transition from The Octagon. The outspoken Irish-born McGregor has been likened to great pro wrestling heels of the past, and much like Ronda Rousey, might be a welcome addition to the WWE roster.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have both made public statements in recent years making it clear Conor McGregor has an open invitation to test out his skills in a pro wrestling ring, and earlier this week the “Notorious” one had WWE fans buzzing when he issued a Tweet to fellow countryman and WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, which prompted the following social media exchange.

Call me when you need Proper back up.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 22, 2018

Cheers, Conor. I’m carrying two divisions at the moment, but you know exactly how that is. I hear New York is nice in the spring, though. https://t.co/51VSVCCG28
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) November 22, 2018

WWE.com even picked up on the Twitter banter between the WWE and UFC greats, writing, “it looks like Becky Lynch has an ally in fellow countryman Conor McGregor.
“The SmackDown Women’s Champion responded to an article comparing her meteoric rise to McGregor, boasting “The Man channels no one” and that she would break their Irish bond (and his arm) if their paths should happen to cross.

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“Lynch, who’s had absolutely no issues holding her own as champion, then thanked McGregor for his offer and mentioned “New York is nice in the spring,” alluding to the fact that WrestleMania 35 will be hosted at MetLife Stadium in the New York/New Jersey region.
“Should The Man ever team up with “The Notorious” somewhere down the line, we fully expect to witness the internet’s collective head exploding.”
Photo: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports
As for McGregor possibly making an appearance at WrestleMania 35, while the temptation might be there on McGregor’s part, he remains under contract with UFC, so he would need to get permission to make any type of WWE related appearance. It’s possible UFC could allow him to participate at the event similar to the way Ronda Rousey participated alongside The Rock at WrestleMania 31, however, it is unlikely the MMA juggernaut would allow McGregor to compete in a match.

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UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou II Picks

Category : Combat , MMA , Undercard Superstar


Heavyweight Bout: Curtis Blaydes (10-1) vs. Francis Ngannou (11-3)
Nolan Howell: After their last matchup, it seems like one fighter has improved leaps and bounds and one has regressed. Blaydes has put together a solid striking game in addition to his wrestling, while Ngannou put on an all-time bad performance against a severely hindered Derrick Lewis. The threat of the takedown plus the suddenly improved boxing of Blaydes may make Ngannou unable to pull the trigger here once again. Curtis Blaydes by third-round TKO.

Heavyweight Bout: Alistair Overeem (43-17) vs. Sergey Pavlovich (12-0)
Nolan: Pavlovich can strike fairly well and has power. At this point, that is simply enough to trouble Overeem, who has become pretty plodding in addition to a declining chin. Sergey Pavlovich by first-round KO.

Bantamweight Bout: Song Yadong (12-3) vs. Vince Morales (8-3)
Nolan: Song Yadong looked impressive last time out against Felipe Arantes, a good enough fighter, and Vince Morales is coming in off a loss on Dana White’s Contenders series. Seems like a hometown vs. enhancement talent bout. Song Yadong by second-round submission.

Welterweight Bout: David Zawada (16-4) vs. Jingliang Li (15-5)
Nolan: Li Jingliang by unanimous decision.

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