On this edition of The MMA Insiders Podcast, Sam Caplan and Jason Floyd talk about the announcement that Conor McGregor will be headlining UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas and will be looking to become a two-division champion when he challenges Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.The MMA Insiders Podcast

Other topics from this week’s show include how a matchmaker handles fighters pulling out of an event within seven days of the fight card, WSOF President Ray Sefo wanting to do more tournaments in 2016, Tuesday’s Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, Reebok uniform violations, Joe Wooster being the Titan FC matchmaker, and article on Bleacher Report about the free agency status of Aljamain Sterling.

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4 Responses

  1. Hardcore MMA fan

    I’ve seen Kendall Grove vs Kiko France confirmed for a while. But it’s not officially announced by Bellator. Any idea what’s the hold up?

    And who do you think will be the first free agents to re-sign with the UFC or sign with someone else?

    Carlos Silva said before that they’d have news/ rumors of all of MMA on their website. What he meant was the WSOF and UFC news/ rumors only. WSOF won’t put any news about Bellator on their website bc they’re competing with them.

    Do you think WSOF and Titan last thru this yr? And what are the chances that Viacom buys both of them?

    • Hardcore MMA fan

      Also Gaston Reyno vs Chuka Willis is rumored to be on Bellator 150 prelims. Are both of them on multi fight contracts with Bellator?

      Reyno is a good prospect that they should hold on to.

    • Jason Floyd

      – When a fight is just rumored and Bellator has not announced the fight booking, typically means that both both agreements have not been received by the promotion.

      – Either Benson Henderson or Alistair Overeem.

      – Unlikely you would see Viacom purchase either of those promotions and I think it’s likely both WSOF and Titan will make it through 2016.

      – When Gaston Reyno fought in Bellator last year, heard it was a 1 fight deal. Not sure if he is under a multi-fight deal now. For the event he is on coming up, he is being used as a local ticket seller.

      – Co-Main of Bellator 150 has not been officially announced by Bellator, but I was told Rickels vs. Cooper is not the co-main so I would expect Kongo fight as the co-main.

  2. Hardcore MMA fan

    It seems like Bellator is going back to only 4 fights for their non tent pole events. I think that’s a bad idea. They should have 5 fights.

    Any idea what’s the co- main event for Bellator 150? I think it should be Kongo vs Spartan. Hbu?

    It’s time to strip Minakov of his title and either release him or come to a settlement. They should do the winner of Kongo vs Spartan and Johnson Jr vs Butler. Against each other for the vacant belt. Or winner of Kongo vs Spartan should fight Lashley.