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MX News Update 2024


Masvidal vs. Diaz change, UFC Saudi deal, Ryan Garcia admission

It’s been a slow news week when it comes to the upcoming UFC St. Louis card, but for MMA and combat sports in general, some big things have happened. BYB announced they have bought BKB in a blockbuster takeover, we’re getting closer to a fight between Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford, and Sean O’Malley and Conor McGregor are trading blows on Twitter. It’s another day in the life of an MMA fan.

But there are a few news stories that I think need a little more attention than the rest, and I have some thoughts about each of them.

Late Tuesday evening it was announced that the previously scheduled boxing fight (and rematch) between former UFC fighters Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal has been postponed. The pair were scheduled to fight on June 1 at the Kia Forum, but they will now fight on July 6 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The change was partially due to several major events, including UFC 302 starring Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier, taking place on the same night.

What I think: Moving the date is a great move. When it was initially announced we all wondered how they were going to sell a PPV when there were so many other things happening that same night. Some wonder if the move is also due to a lack of ticket sales, but I don’t think that’s a factor since they’re moving to a larger venue (17,000 vs. 18,000).

The Ryan Garcia saga continues. After failing a drug test due to his fight with Devin Haney, it has been noted that a third test came back negative, implying that he may not be in as much trouble as we all initially thought. But before that news, Garcia made a big confession.

“If I had been on steroids, I would have been in much better shape,” Garcia said. “I literally drank and smoked weed every day – every day. I didn’t stop, not even until the damn day of the fight. And I came in there high as f*ck and I hit his ass.”

What I think: At this point, I don’t know what to think about Ryan Garcia anymore. He’s a loose cannon and has already proven that he can’t be trusted. I think he should stop talking and let the investigation run its course before he digs himself into a deeper hole.

It was announced on Tuesday that UFC and Saudi Arabia have signed a “strategic agreement” to host more events for the Riyadh season. This is in addition to the Fight Night card already scheduled for June 22nd. The deal also includes an event in the US, a sponsorship of the first event at The Sphere in Las Vegas and a Power Slap in Riyadh.

What I think: It’s hard to be too excited about a country with several human rights issues gaining a bigger stronghold in martial arts, but here we are. It’s not the best feeling, but it’s also a step toward potentially bigger things for the UFC and Power Slap and that’s a good thing. Sports washing is a real thing and unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon.

Stay tuned for more articles like this where I break down the biggest martial arts stories of the day and give my thoughts on them.

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