Khabib Nurmagomedov has admitted his long-awaited bout against Tony Ferguson is likely to be called off for a fifth time, with the UFC lightweight champion currently stranded in Russia. Nurmagomedov was originally scheduled to face Ferguson on 18 April in New York before the esca
Mixed martial arts has nothing to fear from the extension of legal protections to fighters that originated in boxing, Bellator CEO Scott Coker has said in the wake of two new TV deals that will move MMA further towards the mainstream. Coker's promotion recently announced broadcast deals with Showtime in the U.S. and the BBC's iPlayer streaming service in the United Kingdom, and he said his organisation would welcome the extension of the Ali Act, named after Muhammad Ali and designed to protect the rights and welfare of boxers, to MMA.
The agreement includes weekly UFC livestreams that will feature behind-the-scenes footage and interactions with athletes, TikTok said in a blog post https://newsroom.tiktok.com/en-us/ufc-and-tiktok-go-live-with-multi-year-partnership. UFC is the third-most-popular sports league on TikTok with more than 6.3 million followers. The partnership will kick off on Feb. 20 with promotional content on the UFC match "Blaydes vs. Lewis."
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