MMA News Roundup: Promotion Doesn’t Need Conor McGregor, Dana White in Predicament With Reyes Out of UFC 297, Khamzat Chimaev Reacts to Gervonta Davis (Abdul Wahid) Name Change

Published 12/31/2023, 2:30 AM EST

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In the fast-paced world of MMA, it can be challenging for fans to keep track of the most important events. However, worry not! Our daily roundup brings you the latest and greatest headlines in just a few minutes. Stay informed, and without wasting any more time, let’s dive into the biggest developments in our favorite sport.

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We will start with MMA legend Chael Sonnen, insinuating that the UFC does not need Conor McGregor. Then we will take a look at Dana White facing yet another UFC 297 disaster with the cancelation of Dominick Reyes‘ fight against Carlos Ulberg. Finally, we will end the daily news compilation with Khamzat Chimaev sharing his reaction to Gervonta Davis converting to Islam.

Chael Sonnen believes that UFC doesn’t need Conor McGregor

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Chael Sonnen recently posted a video on his YouTube channel discussing the importance of Conor McGregor to the UFC. It appears that the MMA legend believes things have changed, and the former double champion is not as important for Dana White’s promotion as he was back when he was at his peak. Sonnen claimed that this is especially because the UFC has not had a very beneficial period with ‘The Notorious’ in recent times.

“Does the UFC need Conor McGregor? No… well, they haven’t had Conor in a meaningful time period of time… I think it was two years, and they sold out event after event after event,” said Chael Sonnen. Despite ‘The American Gangster’ revealing the real situation, he thinks that Conor McGregor is still the biggest draw.

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“But it is also true to understand red panty night is real. Conor McGregor is the biggest star whether you’re selling out or not… by the way you also got a PPV portion of which they list the top 10 records and all 10 belong to Conor McGregor,” Sonnen added. He claimed that there are two sides to every situation. Nevertheless, people will always talk about Conor McGregor, which is apparent in their eagerness to see the Irishman fight soon.

Dana White faces another UFC 297 blow

A few weeks ago, Jan Blachowicz had to pull out from his scheduled fight against Aleksandar Rakić at UFC 297. However, a shoulder injury forced the Polish fighter to pull out. Meanwhile, a similar situation popped up with Dana White facing another setback. Carlos Ulberg, who was scheduled to face Dominick Reyes, also pulled out of the first 2024 pay-per-view.

Dominick Reyes announced this news on social media, confirming that the New Zealand fighter suffered an injury, too. Some sources have claimed that the UFC is considering rescheduling the fight on March 30th at Atlantic City, but an official confirmation is yet to be received from the UFC. It remains to be seen how Dana White navigates this situation, as fans have expressed their disappointment regarding the situation.

Khamzat Chimaev reacts to Gervonta Davis converting to Islam

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29-0 boxing star Gervonta Davis recently switched to Islam. He participated in a ceremony on the 24th of December called ‘The Shahada’. The ceremony took place at Masjid Al-Hidaayah in Woodlawn, Maryland. The conversion also revealed that Davis had a name change. He will now be known as Abdul Wahid, which means ‘The Slave of the One’.

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Through a video posted by fellow boxer Badou Jack on X, the public was made aware of his conversion and name change. Soon after, UFC fighter Khamzat Chimaev openly referred to ‘Tank’ by his new official name on Twitter (X). ‘Borz’ shared a picture of Gervonta Davis, captioning it: “Abdul Vahid… Alhamdulilah.” It wasn’t just Khamzat Chimaev. Numerous others also seemed to be congratulating ‘Tank’ for embracing a new religion.

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