MMA News Round-Up: Dana White Belittles Francis Ngannou, MMA Legend Retires at Bellator 292, UFC Fight Night 221 Weigh-Ins Drama

Published 03/11/2023, 8:30 AM EST

The fast-paced world of MMA showcased a lot of advancement in the last 24 hours with the occurrence of some noted events. Right from the Bellator 292 to the UFC supremo, Dana White‘s shocking opinion about Francis Ngannou. This edition of our MMA news roundup will get you leveled up with other MMA fans with information about the most noted MMA world events from the last 24 hours. This edition will begin with a look at the victors and the defeated and what else happened at Bellator 292. Further, we’ll also look at the outcomes of the UFC Fight Night: Yan vs Dvalishvili weigh-ins. Finally, we will wrap things up after knowing what the UFC boss, Dana White, recently said about the UFC’s estranged Heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou.

Who won and who lost at Bellator 292?

The Bellator 292 provided the fans with probably a bit more excitement than they had expected. The coveted main event between Usman Nurmagomedov and Benson Henderson got over in the first round itself. But it still managed to deliver superb entertainment to the audience.


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With the UFC Lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev in his corner, the Bellator Lightweight champion, Usman Nurmagomedov, pulled over his first title defense successfully against Henderson. Nurmagomedov showcased utter domination and ended the bout with a rear naked choke in the third minute of the initial round. Following his defeat, Henderson announced his retirement from MMA as well, which apparently was heartbreaking for his fans.

In his retirement announcement, Henderson stated, “I’ve had a nice, long run. I’ve done a lot of great things and was able to do a lot of amazing accomplishments, and thank you to everybody around the world. Thank you guys for your love and support. I appreciate that.”

The night was also packed with a lot of other enthralling bouts. Here is a summary of the results of the other fights in Bellator 292:

  • Usman Nurmagomedov def. Benson Henderson, submission (rear-naked choke), 2:37 – Round 1
  • Alexander Shabliy def. Tofiq Musayev, TKO (kick), 0:29 – Round 3
  • Linton Vassell def. Valentin Moldavsky, KO (strikes), 3:03 – Round 1
  • Michael Page def. Goiti Yamauchi, TKO (injury), 0:26 – Round 1

The audience probably had received the value for their money after witnessing the Bellator 292.

Chaos at the UFC Fight Night 221 stare-downs

As most UFC fans know that UFC Fight Night 221 is all set to enchant the fans on 11 March 2023. The pre-bout weigh-ins and stare-downs for the event gave the fans a clear indication of the fact that things might get hated inside the Octagon as well. All the other fighters of the card had relatively quiet stare-downs except the main eventers, Petr Yan and Merab Dvalishvili.

The Georgian, Dvalishvili, took the stage for the stare-down initially. He appeared to be fully charged for the bout as he also gave out a roar. He also showcased some unsaid hostility toward his opponent Yan while he was taking the stage. The Russian was also quick to spot the hostility and pushed off his opponent Dvalishvili during the stare-down.

‘The Machine’ also made an attempt to have a go at ‘No Mercy’ but he was stopped by the UFC security. The rest of the event was quite a usual one, with no such other chaotic instances.

Dana White saw a similar fate for Francis Ngannou alike Ciryl Gane if he faced Jones Jones

Recently, the UFC supremo, Dana White, revealed his thoughts about how the coveted failed matchup between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou would have unfolded. White was interviewed by TMZ Sports, where he stated that he wouldn’t be rooting to make that fight anymore.

The 53-year-old revealed that he had almost tried for two years to work out a bout between the current UFC Heavyweight champion, Jones, and the former Heavyweight champion Ngannou. But a failure even after so much effort has left White with no interest in that matchup.

However, he gave out his opinion on how the bout would have unfolded if it actually happened. The UFC boss stated, “I think that’s exactly the way the fight would’ve gone if [Ngannou] was in there, too.”

White had formed his opinion based on the fact that Ngannou had a pretty close bout with Gane at the UFC 270. Although ‘The Predator’ managed to win it, a lot along with White agreed that it could have gone either way. But Jones finished off the same Gane within the first round without any major efforts.


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Do you also agree with the UFC boss on this issue?

Some more MMA news

  • UFC Lightweight King, Islam Makhachev had stated that he would be more eager to take on Beneil Dariush than a rematch with Charles Oliveira
  • The Bellator Lightweight champion, Usman Nurmagomedov stated that he likes challenges like his stablemate Islam Makhachev faced against Alexander Volkanovski.


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Souvik Roy

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana