UFCs Colby Covington, the athletic embodiment of Trump’s politics

The American fighter needs little excuse to profess his support for the US president. But more interesting is what his actions tell us about the first family On Saturday night, Colby Covington dominated former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler en route to victory in Newark, New Jersey. Once the final bell sounded, Covington climbed the cage and pointed at Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump in celebration while the US presidents sons cheered him on. Moments later, he would begin his post-fight interview with a political statement. I was truly inspired when the first family came in the building and came to see me backstage, Covington said. Lets give it up for the Trumps. Theyre keeping America great. And indeed, …

Florida prosecutors drop charges against Conor McGregor over alleged robbery

Prosecutors have dropped charges against former UFC champion Conor McGregor after he allegedly smashed a fans phone outside a Miami hotel Prosecutors have dropped charges against former UFC champion Conor McGregor after appeared to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts a few weeks after his arrest. McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, tweeted: Hey guys quick announcement, Ive decided to retire from the sport formally known as Mixed Martial Art today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas! The Irishman, who finishes with a 21-4 record, has not fought since October last year when he …

Is a tarnished UFC worth the risk to ESPN and Disney Studios?

Mixed martial arts biggest money-spinner can deliver a young, internet-savvy audience. But UFC has been hit by a number of unseemly controversies On Saturday the UFC will return Rio de Janeiro for UFC 237. The event, which features a handful of former champions such as Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, will mark the promotions second pay-per-view event since announcing an exclusive deal to host their PPV shows on ESPNs new streaming service, ESPN+. The deal means that fight fans in the United States are required to have ESPN+ subscriptions in order to then purchase the UFCs tentpole shows. Although the exclusive deal emphasizes ESPNs confidence in the UFC product, there are still several risks associated with their investment. In May …