Report: Zuffa accepts bid of $4.2 billion for UFC sale

Sources: Zuffa Accepts $4.2 Billion Bid for Sale of UFC

Sources: Zuffa Accepts $4.2 Billion Bid for Sale of UFC

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The UFC will soon be in the hands of a new ownership group.

Multiple sources confirmed with FloCombat on Monday afternoon that a bid of $4.2 billion from a group consisting of WME-IMG, the Dalian Wanda Group, The Kraft Group and Tencent Holdings was accepted by Zuffa brass. While this does not mean the entire company is officially sold, it is a strong likelihood that the sale will be completed shortly.

A sealed bidding process handled by the investment bank Goldman Sachs accepted private bids from a number of companies. Initially, many of the companies were filing separate bids.

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Does Dan Henderson Deserve the Next Middleweight Title Shot?

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Nineteen years ago today, Dan Henderson started his MMA journey the same way Olympic wrestlers of his vintage often did: at a single-night tournament in Brazil. Two weekends ago at UFC 199, it looked like that career made of right hands, sprawls, and fan adoration might have finally found its end two months before his 46th birthday. “I’m not sure what’s gonna happen after this fight,” Henderson said after taking out part-judoka-part-action-figure Hector Lombard with a gnarly backward elbow. “I’m gonna see what happens, but that could have been the last one of my career.”

The audio cut to announcer Mike Goldberg. “If that is the last time, what a way to go out. But you know what, Hendo? We hope it’s not, because that man has a lot of fight left in him.” In the moment, Goldberg sounded hopelessly tone-deaf: wishing that the oldest fighter on the UFC roster, who’s just 3-6 since 2013 and just went out on a high note on the last fight of his contract, might re-up instead of retire? Even after he broached the subject himself? It was the most Mike Goldberg-y thing he could have said

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Is USADA educating UFC fighters enough? Tristar fighters weigh in

Is USADA educating UFC fighters enough? Tristar fighters weigh in

A comprehensive drug testing policy the UFC implemented this past year was a watershed moment for drug-free MMA.

And with the UFC tasking the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to oversee the program, it showed the industry-leading promotion was serious about the job.

And yet, 11 months after the program was implemented, it’s apparent there’s still plenty of work to do. Despite a comprehensive push for education from USADA regulators, UFC athletes continue to test positive for banned substances. A returning legend has beenensnared by the new policy. And recently, two fighters have cut deals with the third-party testing firm after failed drug tests were attributed to tainted supplements.

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The Women Boxers Who Fought for Their Right to Be Pro

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Marian “Tyger” Trimiar (left), Jackie Tonawanda (right)

In October of 1974, at the New York State Athletic Commission, Marian “Tyger” Trimiar and Jackie Tonawanda applied for professional boxing licenses. The women were reportedly met with snickers as they went through what was then a routine application process for their male counterparts. Despite the sarcastic comments of some of the men in the audience, Tyger and Jackie were excited, as was the young woman accepting their applications, who said eloquently, “this is where it will start,” with the licensing of these two women. But it was not going to be an easy road for Jackie, Tyger, or any other female fighter looking to go pro in the 1970s. The New York State Athletic Commission unanimously denied Tyger and Jackie’s request for licenses, claiming Rule 205.15 stated that “No woman may be licensed as a boxer or second or licensed to compete in any wrestling exhibition with men.” The chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, Edwin Dooley, admitted that he believed licensing female boxers would “erode the sport’s image as the ‘manly art of the self defense.’” This is the story of how Jackie and Tyger would fight for their professional boxing licenses while being constantly assailed by institutionalized sexism and chronic, insidious racism.

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Pradal Serey: Kickboxing the Cambodian Way

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In the last minute of the fifth round Samnang Sambath from the blue corner makes a last attempt at shoving his right elbow at his notably taller opponent, Loy Vandy’s face. He misses but instead manages to lock his arm around Vandy’s neck, and they get stuck between the ropes until judges separate them.

I am at Bayon TV studio in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, watching this week’s kickboxing matches, that are undoubtedly a national craze. Every weekend TV studios in the city welcome spectators to watch live Cambodian Kickboxing for a couple of hours, completely free of charge. Cambodia’s national sport is either locally known as Kun Khmer or Pradal Serey, the latter meaning “free fighting” in the local Khmer language.

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Weighing the Options for Michael Bisping’s First Title Defense

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Last weekend, in the main event of UFC 199, British veteran Michael Bisping shocked the world with a title-synching destruction of Luke Rockhold. Almost a week later, the Brit’s massive upset still has the world buzzing.

As time ebbs on, however, the focus is starting to shift to Bisping’s first defense as UFC middleweight champion, and who might be standing across the canvas from him when he makes that defense. Given that his shocking victory completely upended the division—which is currently more stacked than ever—that’s a very interesting question to ponder.

So, let’s take a look at the new champion’s options.

 

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Form, Not Super Fights, Forced Anthony Pettis to Featherweight

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There is a lot changing in the life of Anthony Pettis. Spending more and more time at Jackson/Winkeljohn in Albuquerque ever since his second last loss to Eddie Alvarez, the spectacular former lightweight champion made a big announcement yesterday regarding his future.

Along with a picture posted on Instagram of himself in the Albuquerque gym flanked by his brother, UFC flyweight Sergio Pettis, Brandon ‘Six Gun’ Gibson, Izzy Martinez and Roberto Alencar, Pettis announced his attention to ply his trade in the featherweight ranks from now on.

 

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