Short Shots: TV deals, 165lb division?, BAMMA on the ropes?

It’s back. All the most important news of the MMA world smashed into one article. You call it ‘a handy bite sized article’, others call it, ‘being too lazy to write individual articles for each relevant news story’. Either way, you’re welcome to this edition of Short Shots.

UK and Ireland TV Deals

In case you didn’t know, the UFC is no longer set to be broadcast on BT Sport as of next year. In the worst kept secret of the year, Eleven Sport are set to take over next January.

In the latest press release, it looks like a dedicated TV channel is not yet on the horizon and fans will have to resort to streaming the fights via smart device or through Chromecast.

It’s hard to know how this will sit with fans and more details are yet to emerge with what will happen to the current streaming service, UFC Fight Pass with Eleven Sports claiming that UFC events will be available on demand once the event has finished.

Mixed news for the moment but in even better news for those clamouring for live Bellator content, Scott Coker announced yesterday that Saturday’s main card will be available to watch live on Channel 5.

Hopefully this isn’t just a once off and we can now finally watch live events instead of definitely not streaming them illegally. *ahem*

165lbs – To be or not to be?

I’m speaking for every mixed martial arts fan when I say that Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier is exciting as all holy hell.

The lightweights are already scheduled to fight at Madison Square Garden for the UFC’s annual trip to the famous venue in New York but as of yet, they have not yet found a main event for the card.

Diaz and Poirier have been tweeting during the week claiming that they are fighting for a belt but in a brand new weight class. The 165lbs division.

Dana White hasn’t confirmed it. Poirier wants it. Diaz wants it. I say, give the fans what they want. At this late stage, it’s unlikely that a stellar main event is going to pop up and they’ve already got themselves a ready made barnburner booked.

It makes no sense to book anything else at this late stage let’s be honest.

BAMMA on the brink?

There have been rumblings that European promotion BAMMA have been in a bit of trouble as of late despite announcing a raft of events for Dublin in 2019.

Aaron Chalmers has been in court lately attempting to get out of his contract with the promotion and with a wave of up and coming prospects leaving, Alex Lohore is the latest to leave having signed a contract with Cage Warriors this week.

Jude Samuel was an integral part of BAMMA’s matchmaking and roster but has now taken up a new position with Bellator with whom BAMMA have collaborated with for events in the past.

it’s a move that is seen as a coup for Bellator who have been making waves in signing top European talent but it’s a crushing blow for BAMMA who are currently in limbo and are yet to announce any bouts for their upcoming event in Dublin this December.

 

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