MMA News Roundup: Dana White Ropes In Ex-Champs for UFC 300, Nate Diaz & Conor McGregor to Headline Iconic Card?, Joe Rogan Stunned as Ngannou’s Record Gets Shattered

Published 01/12/2024, 3:20 AM EST

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A plethora of captivating stories have surfaced as we entered 2024. However, fans are grappling with the dilemma of choosing which news to immerse themselves in due to the multitude of events occurring daily. Fortunately, we have you covered with a daily roundup tailored for the ardent members of the MMA community. Stay informed about the biggest headlines from the last 24 hours in a few minutes.

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We will take a look at UFC 300, getting another match added to the card by Dana White. Then we’ll turn our attention to Joe Rogan, who was baffled after learning that an unranked UFC middleweight fighter broke one of Francis Ngannou‘s records. Finally, we will sum up the daily news compilation with Nate Diaz and the possibility of him fighting Conor McGregor.

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UFC 296 victor and former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will return to action against 135 lbs-newcomer Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 300. ‘No Love’ seemed to have gotten back to his winning ways after a successful 2023. Meanwhile, the former flyweight champion had a dominant outing against Rob Font on his bantamweight debut.

However, some fans seemed worried about the prospect of watching Cody Garbrandt fighting Figueiredo. They seem to believe that ‘No Love’ couldn’t last two rounds against ‘Deus Da Guerra’. Despite that, both fighters have a chance to get into title contention with a win. Garbrandt has come back from his abysmal 2017-2021 run, and a three-fight win streak could earn him at least one more title fight.

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Could we see Nate Daiz vs. Conor McGregor 3 at UFC 300?

After his boxing match against Jake Paul, Nate Diaz started showing interest in a comeback to MMA. The Stockton native recently took to social media to reveal that he was supposed to be a part of the main event of UFC 200. However, that PPV was headlined by Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes. But now Diaz has hinted that he could be interested in being the headliner in April, which has led people to ask whom would he face at UFC 300.

The first name that comes to mind is Conor McGregor. Although the Irishman claimed that he would be returning at UFC 302 and fight Michael Chandler, there is still a chance that he and Nate Diaz could fight for a third time. We are yet to get an official word on that regard from the UFC. Meanwhile, Diaz can also choose to fight current BKFC king Mike Perry who recently mentioned his interest in coming back at UFC 300. Apparently, he also wants to fight the Stockton native, which he revealed in his ‘OverDogs‘ podcast. We will have to wait for further developments in that situation.

Joe Rogan learns that someone broke Francis Ngannou’s punching record

Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is known to be one of the hardest hitters in MMA. There is a machine in the Performance Institute that registers how much force goes into a particular blow. Ngannou seemingly ruled that contest for years as the hardest puncher since 2017. But according to Joe Rogan and UFC welterweight Sean Brady‘s conversation on the JRE podcast, Joe Pyfer had broken ‘The Predator’s record multiple times.

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“That motherf***er hits so hard,” said a baffled Joe Rogan. “We should tell everybody that he [Pyfer] broke Francis Ngannou’s record on that punch machine.” Sean Brady then proceeded to claim that it was not just one time; Pyfer broke Ngannou’s record on three back-to-back attempts.

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“Joe was like, he did it like three times. Like, three times in a row,” Sean Brady added. Joe Pyfer has already shown how dangerous he is with all of his wins coming off finishes within a couple of rounds. Most importantly, three of his four UFC wins are TKO victories. It remains to be seen how good the 27-year-old can get in Dana White’s promotion.

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