UFC news: Daniel Cormier named MMA fighter of the year, McGregor on Forbes’ rich list, Shamrock starting bare-knuckle promotion

11 Jul

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Daniel Cormier named ESPY MMA fighter of the year

Former two-weight UFC champion, and current heavyweight king, Daniel Cormier has been named the inaugural ESPY MMA fighter of the year.

Daniel Cormier was named as the ESPY fighter of the year
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He beat fellow nominees Amanda Nunes, Henry Cejudo and Isreal Adesanya to the title.

It is the first year ESPY has separated mixed martial arts and boxing into two different categories.

Only three MMA fighters had previously won an ESPY for best fighter. Those were Ronda Rousey in 2015, Conor McGregor in 2016 and Demetrious Johnson in 2017.

The heavyweight champion took to social media to celebrate winning the award.

“I won the espy for mma fighter of the year tonight,” he said. “I am humbled, I have the greatest support system ever. From my family, to my coaches, managers and partners we’ve all made this happen. And to the fans that voted I love each and every one of you. Thank you DC”

Conor McGregor in top 100 highest paid celebrities

McGregor may have only had one fight last year, his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov, but he still raked in the cash.

Forbes estimated he earned $47million over the last 12 months to place him 65th overall on the list of the world’s highest paid celebrities.

The fight with Khabib alone is thought to have earned the former two-weight UFC champion around $30million.

In addition to that, he has an endorsement deal with Reebok and also the revenue from his Proper No.12 Whiskey, which launched last year.

Ken Shamrock’s bare knuckle promotion

The UFC Hall of Famer is launching his own bare-knuckle fighting promotion with the first event scheduled for September.

As an ultimate fighter, the 55-year-old was one of the pioneers in the company’s early days and has also competed in the Pride and Bellator promotions, among others.

“I fell in love with bare-knuckle in the first no-holds barred UFC promotion in 1993,” Shamrock said in a press release. “There is nothing like bare-knuckle. You have to be much more accurate with your strikes, and you have to train with a specific strategy in mind.

“Bare-knuckle has always been my favourite way to compete because it is simply fighter against fighter, no more and no less. There is something pure and uncomplicated about that.”

Michael Chiesa ‘got his oil checked’ in UFC 239 bout with Diego Sanchez

Chiesa earned a convincing decision victory over Sanchez at UFC 239 but he got a bit of a shock during the bout.

The welterweight ‘got his oil checked’ by his opponent and he explained all to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

He said: “I could feel he was butt-dragging me, and that’s whatever, but all of a sudden — I don’t know if he intentionally did it — but he literally, his fingers touched my butthole.

“I yelled at him, ‘get your fingers out of my ass, m**********r!’ I don’t think anyone heard it though.

“In wrestling, when you get your fingers in the brown-star, we call that oil checking.

“So he was definitely checking my oil. I yelled at him to get his fingers out of my ass. I yelled it. I thought for sure, when the fight was over, ‘my God, I’m going to go on Twitter and it’s going to be everywhere,’ but I don’t think anyone heard it.”