Dana White named the amount that the UFC will lose due to the coronavirus

The UFC President, Dana white, called the amount that the organization will not be counted this year due to the coronavirus epidemic, which does not allow fans to attend the stands.

“The biggest problem of all sports, including our own, is that we can’t make money on tickets,” the UFC chief said at a press conference in Las Vegas. “We will lose more than $ 100 million this year. Much more than 100 million. It was easier to sit down and fold your hands and say, ‘ Let’s wait until this is all over.’ Waiting is a good option for most people, because you can’t sell tickets»

“Why do you think new films are not being released? There are already a lot of movies that can be put on sale, but they are afraid of losing hundreds of millions of dollars if they sell them without rental in theaters. From a financial point of view, it is difficult for everyone, but I continue to move forward. I do not care. I’m ready to go through with it”.

Earlier, the head of the UFC said that fans should not wait for the next few months to return to the octagon Conor McGregor, who is the organization’s record holder for ticket sales and paid broadcasts.

UFC President called the timing of the return of Conor McGregor

The President of UFC, Dana white, answered a question about when former UFC champion in two weight categories and the main star of the organization Conor McGregor will return to the octagon.

According to the head of the largest MMA promotion, fans should hardly expect this in the next few months.

“Barring an absolute miracle and the world is not coming to normal over the next three months, which I highly doubt, I don’t think Conor McGregor will fight”, – said the head of the organization to journalists at the press conference for the UFC on ESPN 9. “As soon as it started, I tried to get ahead of it, and every time I thought I did, the next day the world was again changing. I’m not going to sit back and claim that everything is going back to normal, because I have no idea what will happen in 30 days»

“I’m in the same boat with everyone. I just try to think a few moves ahead and act aggressively-aggressively, but with intelligence. I strongly doubt that McGregor will agree to a lower fee than usual, and I am already besieged by guys who demand more money for the fight. Obviously, they don’t watch the news, and they don’t know that we have a pandemic. It’s not their problem”

Earlier, Dana white said that Conor McGregor can return to the octagon in July and take part in one of the UFC tournaments on Fight Island.

Probably, now everything is going to the fact that Conor McGregor will wait for the result of the unification match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitzhi, previously scheduled for August-September, and by the end of the year will meet the winner of this confrontation.

The head of the UFC: “I don’t think the fight Jones and Ngandu will be held»

The President of UFC, Dana white, commented on the information about the unsuccessful conclusion of negotiations on a likely fight between the current UFC light heavyweight champion, John Jones, and the second number of the organization’s heavy division, Francis Ngannou.

“Jon Jones vs Francis Ngandu? Obviously, this is a fight that people would like to see, and these guys have already said a lot to each other, but I don’t think it will happen. I don’t see that this fight will become a reality,” ESPN quotes the head of the UFC as saying.

Earlier, Jon Jones reported that he changed his mind about switching to heavyweight, because the organization offered him a standard fee for a fight with Francis Ngannou, refusing to pay the world’s best fighter for a fight against the most dangerous heavyweight of the UFC.

Francis Ngandu: “Cormier for me a more difficult challenge than Miocic»

The second number of the UFC heavyweight rating, Francis Ngannou, supports the idea of Daniel Cormier to deprive Stipe Miocic of the title and play the vacant championship belt in a duel between them.

“I think the UFC needs to do something and organize a title fight,” the Cameroonian said in an interview BJPenn.com. “I don’t know when the pandemic will end. No disrespect to Stipe, because he is a worthy champion, but the division must move on. The division can no longer be held back, so the UFC must do everything that is necessary. It’s been almost a year since the last title fight, and who knows when the next one will take place if nothing is done”

According to “Predator”, he considers the fight with Daniel Cormier a more serious challenge than the rematch with Stipe Miocic.

“First of all, I will be happy to fight with Cormier. He wanted to finish the trilogy with Miocic and retire, so there was no point in me calling him out, but since he came out and said he wanted to fight me, it would be an honor for me to have this fight. And I’ll walk out of the octagon with my hand up»

“To be honest, I am more confident in a rematch with Stipe than in a fight against Cormier. I think Cormier is a more difficult challenge for me than Miocic. I had a fight with Stipe and he couldn’t get me to finish. If it had been D. C., He would have killed me. I was exhausted, I couldn’t move, but Stipe couldn’t finish me. If I fight Stipe again, I will beat him, because now I have more knowledge and skills”

Recall that at the moment, 33-year-old Francis Ngannou leads a series of four wins by knockouts in the first rounds, spending less than three minutes on all opponents.

Oleg Taktarov praised Conor McGregor for a worthy act

Veteran of mixed martial arts Oleg Taktarov commented on the statement of Conor McGregor, who yesterday addressed Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and wished the famous Russian coach a speedy recovery.

“We wish you health and pray for Abdulmanap, who, unfortunately, is now hard,” Taktarov said on Instagram. “I hope everything will be fine. And once again we will see how strong people in difficult times show their inner decency, which was so high – it was visible. I am now talking about Conor McGregor, who first of all wished all the best and said that he was praying for the health of Abdulmanap. Good people are good people, and any de* * * o can now wish the coronavirus on Conor, or someone else».

Recall that the father and coach of the current UFC champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, is rumored to be in a serious condition in one of the Moscow military hospitals due to heart complications after pneumonia.

Glover Teixeira: “Apologized to Smith after seeing him give his tooth to the referee»

The headliner of the UFC Fight Night 171 tournament, Glover Teixeira, explained why he decided to apologize to his opponent Anthony Smith right during the fight.

“I knew that his face was hurting because I was hitting him, and now my hand is hurting myself,” MMA Junkie quoted the Brazilian as saying. “I knew he was in pain and I saw him give his tooth to the referee. He said to the referee, ‘here’s my tooth,’ and I apologized to him, ‘ Hey, man, I’m sorry, but this is part of the job.’ And he told me, ‘what is, is’»

We will remind that the light heavyweight bout ended with Glover Teixeira’s victory by technical knockout in the fifth round, and Anthony Smith was diagnosed with a broken nose, a broken orbital bone, a dissection, and in addition, the fighter lost two teeth after the match.

Reaction of the UFC and the Athletic Commission to the infection of the fighter with a coronavirus

It seems that the management of the largest MMA promotion intends to hold the UFC 249 tournament at all costs, even though one of the fighters passed a positive test for coronavirus and could infect other participants of the show.

The Florida state athletic Commission, which regulates the event, also does not consider Ronaldo “Jacare” Sousa’s positive test a reason to cancel the event.

“I just spoke with an employee of the Florida state Athletic Commission who said that they don’t see any problems with holding the UFC 249 tournament, despite the positive test. He said Jacare reported contact with an infected relative and was isolated on arrival until the test results came in. ‘The system worked,’ he said, ” tweeted Las Vegas Review Journal sports columnist Adam hill.

As for the UFC representatives, they do not claim that Jacare was isolated, but they do not doubt the effectiveness of their security protocols.

“Since their arrival, Souza and his team have followed UFC safety protocols, including wearing personal protective equipment, and maintaining social distance and self-isolation whenever possible,” the UFC statement reads. “There were no other positive tests among the participants of the UFC 249 tournament, which indicates the effectiveness of our security measures. The UFC 249 tournament, the main event of which will be a fight for the interim UFC lightweight title between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaitji, remains in force and will consist of eleven fights».

It is not reported why Jacare Souza appeared at the official weigh-in and face-to-face confrontation, where, judging by the available photos and videos, he contacted not only other participants, but also the President of the UFC.

Recall that a positive test for the coronavirus was passed not only by the Brazilian, who was supposed to fight Uriah Hall during the UFC 249 tournament, but also by two members of his team.

Oscar De La Hoya spoke about holding UFC tournaments during the pandemic

Despite a hostile relationship with Dana white, the head of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya pays tribute to the UFC President, who did everything possible and impossible to save his organization during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I respect Dan white and give him credit,” the legendary boxer said in an interview with CBS Sports. “We had our differences with him. When I wanted to become a promoter in MMA, I organized a fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. It was a huge success. I tried it out and found out what it is. It was a great experience because I love MMA».

“Then Dana criticized me and made fun of everything I did. And you know what? Dana does a phenomenal job protecting his sport, and he does it with scale. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s really good at it. I give him credit»

Recall that the largest MMA promotion will resume its activities on may 9 with the UFC 249 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, and then within a week will hold two more events there, scheduled for may 13 and 16.

Paulo Costa plans to become the UFC champion in two weight categories

Paulo Costa plans to become the UFC champion in two weight categories
Although his bout against Yisrael Adesanya is still not officially announced, Paulo Costa believes that the UFC Middleweight title will not be the only big trophy in his collection.

“I believe that I can pick up two titles, in the Middleweight and light heavyweight division,” the Brazilian said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I’m sure of it. I’m a big guy and it’s pretty hard for me to do 185 pounds, so I think I can bring my country two championship belts»

“My plan is to move to light heavyweight as quickly as possible, right after my next fight, if possible. A lot of it will depend on whether the light heavyweight division will still have big names like Jon Jones or not, but I’m not afraid to fight the big guys”

The current UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, plans to meet Jon Jones only after clearing the division, but Costa has no long-term plans in the Middleweight category.

“This skinny Adesanya challenged John Jones, but when Jones accepted it, he stated that he needed two years to prepare. To challenge and then turn on the back is a disgrace. I’m not like that. I’m ready, and if I want to fight in the light heavyweight division, I can do it. So I believe that after I take the title away from Adesanya, I will get a title chance in the light heavyweight category».