Short Shots – Woodley/Till?, UK/Ireland TV deal, Holloway health update.

Missed any of the big talking points in MMA this week? Chances are we did too…. But never fear, they’re all here in this edition of ‘Short Shots’.

Do you remember that time when Colby Covington claimed that he would never be without a belt after his win against Rafael Dos Anjos? Well, it appears that the UFC are set to strip Covington of his interim belt.

Darren Till took to social media this week to inform current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, that Colby declined a fight scheduled for UFC 228 and staked a claim that he should be next in line.

ESPN.com later reported that the UFC are working on a potential match up between the two.

Covington is adamant that he has not yet been stripped and as far as he is aware, the UFC have not stripped him as of yet.

Strap in folks, this one isn’t done just yet.

UFC TV Deal – PPV for UK/Ireland?

First reported by Jim Edwards of MMAnytt.com this week, it appears that BT Sport will no longer host UFC events.

Eleven Sports, will launch in August of this year with events seemingly moving to these channels come the close of year when the BT Sport deal ends.

BT have been the host of the UFC for the past 5 and a half years and now fans may have to fork over a bit more money for PPV events with the report claiming that “the biggest events may be sub-licenced to Sky Sports or BT Sport which may be potentially sold as PPV events”.

It is not yet clear as to what state UFC Fight Pass – the UFC’s streaming service – will play in this region.

Brace yourselves. This could get costly.

Holloway’s health.

While there’s not much by way of actual results from Holloway’s test, the Hawaiian did confirm via social media that he was in Vegas undergoing several medical examinations after his concussive like symptoms which forced him out of UFC 226.

UFC President Dana White has pledged that he will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of the issue and figure out what is happening with the featherweight champion so that procedures may fall in place for protection of his fighters.

UFC and M1- Global Partnership

A welcome piece of news for Russian fight fans as the UFC are partnering up with M1 Global for a feeder type promotion for up and coming talent.

Think Russian Cage Warriors.

The news comes after ACB cancelled four upcoming events leaving fans wondering what the landscape for Russian/European MMA would be after a strange week for the country with regards combat sports.

Fight Announcements

Sam Alvey vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – UFC Sao Paolo

Mark Hunt vs Aleksei Oleinik – UFC Russia (Main Event)

Pat Curran vs AJ McKee – Bellator 205 (Main Event)

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