Latest MMA News (Week 4 March 2019)

Tuivasa Vs. Ivanov scheduled for UFC 238

Tai Tuivasa is making a comeback to the place of his last victory as he prepares to face Blagoy Ivanov at the UFC 238. The fight, which was confirmed on the promotion’s official website, will be held on 8th June at the United Centre in Chicago, the same site where he defeated Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision at the UFC 225 in June last year.

A 3-1 in UFC as of now, Tuivasa defeated three of his first Octagon opponents before suffering a second round in his recent bout against former heavyweight Junior dos Santos at the UFC Adelaide in December, 2018. Before that defeat, the 26 year old was an 8-0 professional with first round seven victories. Bulgarian fighter, Blagoy Ivanov is coming off a unanimous decision win against Ben Rothwell this March. The 32-year-old has had six wins in his last seven fights, besides winning the World Series of Fighting’s (now known as Professional Fighters League) heavyweight title and and defending it successfully four times.


Conor McGregor tweets his decision to retire from MMA

On Monday night, Conor McGregor tweeted what seems like a retirement announcement, though it is not yet clear if that is his true intension. The former two-champion had his outing at UFC 229, losing KhabibNurmagomedov in the fourth round. Owing to his role in the melee that followed the fight, McGregor was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission and would be eligible to fight again from next month. Earlier this March, the 30-year-old was arrested with charges of violence against a fan who was trying to take pictures of him outside a hotel in Miami. During his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, McGregor in fact mentioned that he will potentially be fighting this July. According to reports, he had been booked for a potential UFC fight against Donald Cerrone but McGregor turned it down since he did not agree to the bout being the co-main event unless he got shares in the organisation. His Paradigm management firm was requested to comment on McGregor’s retirement tweet but there was no immediate response.


Casey Kenny to fight Ray Borg at UFC

Legacy Fighting Alliance talent, Casey Kenny stepped in, on less than a week’s notice, to fill in for Kyler Phillips to face Ray Borg at the UFC on ESPN 2. The fight is to take place this Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia. The reason for Kyler’s withdrawal from the bout was not disclosed. Last Friday, Kenny defeated Vincent Cachero with a first round KO to win the LFA’s interim bantamweight title. Having already claimed LFA’s interim flyweight title, Kenny is the first fighter in LFA’s history to simultaneously hold two belts. UFC on ESPN 2 will be headlined by a lightweight contest between Justin Gaethje and Edson Barboza.