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MMA News Roundup: Hall of Famer Pat Miletich Gearing Up for MMA Return; Chael Sonnen Returns to UFC’s Broadcast Team; Donald Trump Discusses UFC and Dana White

Published 07/25/2023, 4:26 AM EDT

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We are all bound by the strict restrictions of time in this modern age. This is why many MMA fans regularly miss out on the daily advancements in their beloved sport. Fortunately, we are here to bridge that gap with our latest edition of the MMA news roundup. We will provide you with a brief overview of several noteworthy MMA events from the past 24 hours in only a few minutes.

We will start our news compilation with the news of Hall of Famer Pat Miletich gearing up for his MMA return at 55 years of age. Secondly, we will take a look at former UFC star Chael Sonnen returning to the broadcast team for UFC 291. Finally, we will sum up our round-up with Donald Trump revealing his thoughts on the UFC and president Dana White.

Hall of Famer Pat Miletich will return to MMA competition

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The UFC’s first-ever welterweight champion, Pat Miletich, is gearing up for his return to cage fighting on October 14th for Caged Aggression MMA. He will take on his former protégé and ex-UFC fighter, Mike Jackson. Miletich used to corner ‘The Truth’ during his previous MMA bouts. However, their relationship soon deteriorated over time and now they find themselves in a sanctioned 3-round fight. Each round will have five minutes and it will take place in the 175-pound catchweight category.

Caged Aggression MMA promoter Mike Goodwin assured that the fight is a fully sanctioned bout. Meanwhile, it has been over 15 years since Miletich last stepped foot inside a cage to fight. Fans are concerned as to why he decided to come back in his 50s. We will have to wait and see how ‘The Croatian Assassin’ fares in his comeback fight.

Chael Sonnen returns to the UFC’s broadcast team

It has been over a year and a half since we saw ‘The American Gangster’ as an analyst for UFC events. However, according to ‘MMA Junkie’, Chael Sonnen will be a part of UFC 291 after a long hiatus. He will join former champion Anthony Smith and MMA coach Din Thomas in the post-fight show. Meanwhile, Michael Eaves will act as the host of the post-UFC 291 show on ESPN.

Moreover, the commentary team will include Joe Rogan as the perennial color commentator, and Jon Anik as the play-by-play commentator. Joining them will be the UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier.

The legendary Bruce Buffer will reprise his role as the announcer of the fights, and Megan Olivi will conduct the backstage interviews.

Donald Trump talks about the UFC and Dana White

Former US President Donald Trump appeared in an exclusive interview with legendary Matt Serra and Jim Norton in a recent edition of ‘UFC Unflitered’. He expressed how big of an MMA fan he was and surprised a lot of people with his MMA knowledge. Trump recalled the time when the UFC couldn’t find a venue to host the events, and that’s when MMA was seen as a dangerous sport.

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The billionaire extended his support to Dana White and made sure that they were able to proceed as planned. The 45th US president also showered praise on Dana White as the president of the UFC. He believes that the 53-year-old is an irreplaceable figure of the promotion. He said, “I don’t think anybody could have done what Dana did… I don’t think this guy’s replaceable.”

Moreover, Trump claimed to be a fan of Khabib Nurmagomedov. He had high praises for the former lightweight champion and even asked Dana White if ‘The Eagle’ will ever return to MMA. Trump said, “I think Khabib was great… I thought he was a seriously good fighter.” Other than the Hall of Famer, the former president also spoke highly of former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

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Trump stated, “He’s [Usman] is a fantastic fighter.” Furthermore, he spoke about the UFC 278 main event, where ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ suffered a last-round KO loss to Leon Edwards. The outcome of that fight surprised Donald Trump, but he also gave credit to Edwards for his valiant effort.

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Himanga Mahanta is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. He has a passion for combat sports and a deep understanding of the intricacies of MMA. With his expertise and extensive knowledge, Himanga provides in-depth coverage of UFC events and fighters, bringing his readers closer to the action and the athletes they admire.
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Yeswanth Praveen