MMA News Round-Up: Dana White Power Slap-Islam Makhachev Goof Up, Conor McGregor Assures Katie Taylor Support, UFC Champion Worried About Tickets Price

Published 02/06/2023, 7:12 AM EST

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Multiple notable events have already taken place in the MMA world over the last few hours. Hence, it may be said that the rapidly changing world of MMA provided enough excitement to its fans in the last few hours as well. The UFC supremo, Dana White, may have some fingers pointed at him about getting negligent regarding the UFC, but remembering the exact numbers related to ‘PSL’. Additionally, the UFC star, Conor McGregor, showcased signs to back his words about sponsoring the boxing bout of his country mate boxer, Katie Taylor. Recently, the UFC put the UFC 286 tickets out for sale. But, a lot of MMA fans and noted figures of the sport, including the main eventer, Leon Edwards, expressed their concern about the soaring price of the tickets.

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Has Dana White started to neglect the UFC for the Power Slap League?

Recent acts from the UFC supremo, Dana White, might have some UFC fans questioning him regarding the decline of his dedication to the MMA promotion. On the UFC Vegas 68 post-event press conference, White took to the mic and talked about the coveted upcoming UFC 284 main event featuring the Lightweight champ Islam Makhachev against the UFC Featherweight king and UFC no.1 pound-for-pound fighter, Alexander Volkanovski.

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He mentioned how this event may even break the record of the highest-selling UFC pay-per-view event in Australia and New Zealand. But, a lot of fans might agree that he showcased an act of negligence when he forgot the name of the Lightweight champion of his own promotion.

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White couldn’t recall the name of Islam Makhachev while stating, “You know when you talk about legacy, if [Alexander] Volkanovski could pull this off, it’s obviously massive, and if uh … if uh … (forgets Makhachev’s name) yeah, could pull it off, he is on his way to building an incredible legacy.” Moreover, Makhachev was also the main eventer of the upcoming UFC 284.

On the other hand, he remembers the proper average count of views that the ‘PowerSlap League’ was getting on TikTok. At the same conference, White mentioned how ‘PSL’ was beating all of its peers in terms of online views.

He also presented the average view count of the peering promotions like WWE, UFC, and others showcasing how ‘PSL’ was ahead of everyone. Remembering even the view count of one of his promotions and forgetting the name of the main event of another, understandably, might get the fans enraged.

Conor McGregor intends to stand by his words about Katie Taylor

The Irish UFC star, Conor McGregor, had made a big announcement regarding his country mate boxer Katie Taylor. McGregor had stated that he would be paying the £500,000($603,160) “extra security bill” required to get the fight of Katie Taylor hosted at Dublin’s Croke Park.

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McGregor recently revealed, “The extra security bill is 500k to have Katie Taylor fight at croke park? I will sponsor the event to see this happen.”

‘Mystic Mac’ recently posted one more tweet asking for the Twitter population to support his #KATIEFORCROKEPARK movement.

He also received a lot of support for his movement from his own followers and the general Twitter community as well.

Leon Edwards doesn’t understand the soaring UFC 286 ticket prices

The UFC had set up high prices for witnessing their upcoming London-based event live. The UFC 286 tickets recently went out for sale. But, the soaring prices of the tickets enlarged the eyes of a lot of fans. The lowest pricing of the tickets was £400($482.16) while they ranged up to a startling £7,000($8,437.76) for the Octagon-side floor seats.

Many fans were absolutely shocked at the steep rise in the pricing of the tickets. The noted MMA journalist and ‘The Ringer’ co-host, Peter Carroll, tweeted about these extremely high ticket prices and lamented about a lot of fans missing out on UFC events due to them.

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The UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC 286 main eventer, Leon Edwards, also didn’t see the exact reason behind the reason behind such high prices of UFC tickets. ‘Rocky’ appeared on Ariel Helwani’s coveted podcast and as reported by ‘MMA News’, he said, “For me, I don’t understand why they’re so high”. He also mentioned, “It’s not good for the fans that can’t afford it. But it will still be a good show either way.”

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