Latest MMA News (Week 4 February 2019)

PFL goes into multi-year contract with ESPN

The Professional Fighters League has finally been brought into the ESPN family. As announced by PFL on Monday, the organisation has signed a multiple platform, multi-year deal with the channel. The League’s events will be aired on ESPN’s platforms like ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. This exclusive deal with ESPN follows PFL’s previous collaboration with NBC Sports, which was signed in 2012, when PFL used to go by the name the World Series of Fighting. Along with the news of this new partnership, the league also disclosed this season’s schedule on Monday. In the months of May and August, six of PFL’s regular events will be airing on ESPN channels on Thursdays, followed by PFL playoffs that will take place over a set of three events in October. As per reports by ESPN, the PFL season will premiere on May 9 and will, along with the preliminary bouts, air on ESPN+. The main card will be aired on ESPN2 while the Playoffs will start on October 11. Finally, the finals on 2019 PFL Championship will be taking place on New Year’s Eve and will air on exclusively on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2.

 

Dillon Danis gets suspension and hefty fine for UFC 229 post-match brawl

Bellator welterweight, Dillon Danis was given a seven-month ban by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his role in the out of cage brawl that took place after KhabibNurmagomedov’s fourth-round win against Conor McGregor at the UFC 229. Danis, who was McGregor’s cornerman, is also facing a hefty $7,500 fine, his ban stretching till 6th May, 2019. The 25-year-old, who was the fifth to face punishment for the brawl, was attacked by Nurmagomedov immediately after his win over McGregor. As per NAC officials, the reason of Danis’ punishment was “unsportsmanlike conduct charge”, with special mention to the fact that he had to be physically restrained by guards multiple times and had used obscene gestures towards Nurmagomedov and his team.

 

Esparza against Souza booked for UFC

Sources have confirmed that former strawweight champions Livinha Souza and Carla Esparza will meet for a 115-pound contest, to be billed by UFC Fort Lauderdale. Inaugural Invicta FC, Esparza had defeated Rose Namajunas in the UFC 20 to claim the strawweight title. However, her UFC record has dropped to 4-4 due to loss in her recent couple of outings. Souza, on the other hand, has remained undefeated in the Octagon till now. She claimed by the Invicta FC title in April 2015 and was successful in defending it once before losing to Angela Hill. Her last two victories have been over Sarah Frota and Alex Chambers. The Esparza vs. Souza will take place on 27th April at the BB&T Center, Sunrise and will be aired on ESPN 3.