MMA News Roundup – Conor McGregor to Start Fight Camp After Christmas; Dana White Rejects Logan Paul’s 1.3M PPV Claim; Khabib’s Cousin and Michael Page’s Return Leaked

Published 11/29/2023, 4:49 AM EST

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Lots of developments take shape in the world of MMA on a daily basis. But that often becomes a constraint for fans and the enthusiasts of our favorite sport and they end up missing out on the most noteworthy moments. However, there is nothing to worry about as we bring to you yet another edition of the daily roundup. Catch the biggest headlines in just a few minutes of your time.

We will start with Conor McGregor, who hinted at starting his training camp after Christmas. Then we will shift our focus to Dana White, denying claims about Misfits X DAZN: Prime Card’s 1.3m pay-per-view buys. Finally, we will sum up our daily news compilation with the UFC’s leaked plans for Usman Nurmagomedov and Michael Page.

Conor McGregor will start his training camp after Christmas


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‘The Notorious’ is inching closer to his return to the Octagon after submitting his test samples to USADA over a month ago. He is slated to fight Michael Chandler, who was also his opposition coach in the 31st edition of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. Recently, the head coach of Straight Blast Gym Charlestown, Owen Roddy, joined ‘TheMacLife’ for an interview, where he spoke about McGregor’s comeback fight.

“It’s a great fight for Conor, and Conor’s away at the moment but he’s working hard,” said Owen Roddy. He also mentioned there are plans for Conor McGregor to start camp again, but only after Christmas, when he’ll be back in Ireland.

“I’d imagine he’ll be home for Christmas and then, you know, we get the band back together… till we get that finalized date. Hopefully, April or around that time,” Roddy added. It will be interesting to see what McGregor has in store for the fans when he comes back after almost three years.

Dana White dismissed Logan Paul’s claim about the Prime Card’s PPV buys

The UFC CEO recently made an appearance on the ‘Full Send’ podcast, where he spoke about Logan Paul and KSI‘s claims about Misfits X DAZN: Prime Card’s 1.3 million PPV buys. Dana White mentioned that he had not heard anybody selling as many PPVs as the Prime Card claims to have sold. Furthermore, he also revealed the truth about selling PPV buys.

“Let me tell you how hard it is to sell 1.3M PPVs buys… If you sold f***ing 700,000 PPV buys, they’d be putting on fights f***ing ten times a year,” said Dana White. He mentioned that when such claims are made, regarding a combat sports event, it is most probably a lie. He added, “When you hear those kinds of numbers fly around the PPV world, they’re lying motherf***ers. Don’t ever believe that sh*t.” We will have to wait and watch how Logan Paul and co. react to these statements made by the 54-year-old promoter.


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The UFC’s plans for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin and Michael Page have been leaked

Dana White’s recent ‘Full Send’ appearance took place in the UFC’s War Room. This is where the UFC CEO and the promotion’s matchmakers sit down to set up fights for events. Recently, White made a huge blunder when the upcoming plans for Khabib’s cousin Umar Nurmagomedov and former Bellator fighter Michael Page got leaked.

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In the podcast’s video, there was an instance when the camera panned on the War Room’s board, which saw a potential fight between Usman Nurmagomedov and Cory Sandhagen in the works as a main event for February next year. Moreover, another fight between Michael Page and Kevin Holland also seemed to be on the board for UFC 297. Nevertheless, the UFC is yet to announce these fights and we will have to wait and see if this is what the promotion has planned for the aforementioned fighters.


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Himanga Mahanta


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Yeswanth Praveen