MMA News Roundup: Conor McGregor May Not Feature in UFC 300; Mark Zuckerberg Hypes Up Zhang Weili vs Alexa Grasso; Leon Edwards Melts Over Jon Jones’ Gift Promise

Published 12/19/2023, 6:25 AM EST

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There have been numerous thrilling developments in the world of MMA over the last 24 hours. Regrettably, fans often overlook the most significant moments in our cherished sport due to time constraints. However, fret not, as we bring you yet another installment of the daily roundup. Stay up-to-date with the top headlines in just a few minutes of your precious time.

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We will start with MMA legend Chael Sonnen, who claims Conor McGregor may not be a part of UFC 300. Then we will shift our focus to Mark Zuckerberg expressing his excitement about the possibility of Zhang Weili fighting Alexa Grasso at UFC 300. Finally, we will sum up our daily news compilation with Leon Edwards thanking Jon Jones for promising him a gift after his UFC 296 triumph.

Conor McGregor to be left out of UFC 300?

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Chael Sonnen recently appeared in an interview where he shared his thoughts on how UFC 300 could shape up to be. He mentioned Conor McGregor and how the UFC would be making a mistake if they didn’t feature him on the card, since he is the biggest star the company has ever had. However, Sonnen believes that the plan for Dana White‘s promotion is to feature a title fight in the main event.

“To have Conor McGregor back and not use him when he’s your biggest star would be hard to bet on,” Chael Sonnen told ‘MMA Junkie‘. “However, I do think we will have a title fight in the main event and Conor McGregor does not have a title… I think that eliminates Conor.”

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With Chael Sonnen’s explanation regarding why he thinks Conor McGregor will be out of UFC 300, the Irishman’s team previously mentioned that the promotion is considering pushing back his return sometime in July 2024. It remains to be seen when the former double champion will come back to compete inside the Octagon.

Mark Zuckerberg wants to see Zhang Weili vs. Alexa Grasso

2-time strawweight champion Zhang Weili recently proposed a fight for UFC 300. She approached flyweight champion Alexa Grasson for a title fight for the UFC’s triple-century event. The Mexican fighter seemed to have liked the idea of a fight against the ‘Magnum’ and asked her to make weight, which Weili accepted to do. Meanwhile, the proposal for this fight has created excitement for Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Mark Zuckerberg has been a big fan of MMA for a while now. His love for the sport led him to learn jiu-jitsu and even win his first competition. Moreover, Zuckerberg has been an advocate for Zhang Weili becoming a double champion in the past and as such, mentioned his excitement about the possibility of her fighting Alexa Grasso for the flyweight title. “I would love to see this fight,” commented Zuckerberg on Weili’s Instagram post. We will have to wait and see how Dana White perceives this UFC 300 proposal.

Leon Edwards reacted to Jon Jones’s promise

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‘Rocky’ recently registered a statement win over Colby Covington at UFC 296. Leon Edwards dominated the former interim champion with a unanimous decision victory. Meanwhile, Jon Jones also witnessed the fight while he was recuperating from his shoulder injury and promised to give Edwards a motorcycle as a gift after the emotional win this past weekend.

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Leon Edwards was over the moon after the ‘greatest of all time’ promised to gift him a motorcycle. However, ‘Rocky’ doesn’t ride motorcycles. But he is willing to accept another vehicle as a gift. Edwards said, “Respect G.O.A.T it was easy work. means a lot coming from you. I don’t ride bikes but I will take a rollie tho.” There is no doubt that the UFC 296 win cemented the British fighter’s legacy as one of the best welterweights ever, and we look forward to what lies ahead for him after a successful second title defense.

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