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Dana White Defends CM Punk’s Spot On UFC 225 Card (Video), AXS TV Airing Okada Matches to Celebrate Historic Title Reign



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CM Punk has been generating criticism from those who feel his sophomore MMA fight against Mike Jackson does not belong on the main UFC 225 card, while fighters like Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans are competing on the event prelims.

UFC President Dana White defended the decision to place Punk on the main card during the UFC Liverpool post-fight press conference over the weekend. White simply feels Punk is a bigger draw than guys like Overeem, which is why he is on the main card.

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AXS TV Airing Okada Matches to Celebrate Historic Title Reign

AXS TV has issued the following press release:


AXS TV Will Present Okada’s Record-Breaking Title Match Against Hiroshi Tanahashi on Friday, June 15 at 8pE/5pP

Los Angeles (May 29, 2018) – AXS TV—the exclusive U.S. broadcast home for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW)—celebrates IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada’s record-breaking fourth reign with a late-night programming block dedicated to “The Rainmaker.” For 12 weeknights starting May 31, the network will air each of Okada’s first 12 title matches, including his epic battles with Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, Katsuyori Shibata and more. Fans are encouraged to set their DVRs to capture these legendary battles airing at 5aE/2aP.

Then, AXS TV presents Okada’s historic match against longtime rival Hiroshi Tanahashi on Friday, June 15 at 8pE/5pP from Wrestling Dontaku 2018, where he broke Tanahashi’s record for consecutive title defenses and continued his run as the longest-reigning champion in NJPW history.

AXS TV’s late-night Okada championship schedule is as follows:

5/30 – Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito – Dominion 6.19 – June 19, 2016

5/31 – Okada vs. Naomichi Marufuji – King of Pro-Wrestling 2016 – Oct. 10, 2016

6/1 – Okada vs. Kenny Omega – Wrestle Kingdom 11 – Jan. 4, 2017

6/4 – Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki – The New Beginning in Sapporo 2017 – Feb. 5, 2017

6/5 – Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata – Sakura Genesis 2017 – April 9, 2017

6/6 – Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale – Wrestling Dontaku 2017 – May 3, 2017

6/7 – Okada vs. Omega – Dominion 6.11 – June 11, 2017

6/8 – Okada vs. Cody – G1 SPECIAL IN USA – July 1, 2017

6/11 – Okada vs. EVIL – King of Pro-Wrestling 2017 – Oct. 9, 2017

6/12 – Okada vs. Naito – Wrestle Kingdom 12 – Jan. 4, 2018

6/13 – Okada vs. SANADA – The New Beginning in Osaka 2018 – Feb. 10, 2018

6/14 – Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr. – Sakura Genesis 2018 – April 1, 2018

6/15 at 8pE/5pP – Okada vs. Tanahashi – Wrestling Dontaku 2018 – May 4, 2018

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Ryno Wrestling Review Episode 114: UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Joins The Show! Plus, A MITB Preview



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UFC 249 Officially Canceled; All Future Events Postponed



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Another sport has now fallen to the Coronavirus outbreak as UFC 249 has officially been canceled, despite Dana White’s best attempts to make it happen.

Yesterday the UFC President spoke confidently about making the upcoming show happen, as well as future events. However, top executives at Disney and ESPN have stepped in and pulled the event due to Coronavirus concerns.

It is also worth noting that it isn’t just UFC 249 that has been affected here, as all other future UFC shows have been postponed indefinitely until the situation becomes clearer.

The decision to put events on had certainly been met with a mixed response from fans in the first place. Many were happy to see fights going ahead, while others didn’t want to see it happen due to health and safety concerns.

Below you can see Dana White’s official comments about the decision. In the interview, he promises no UFC staff will be getting fired during this period and states he will put things right for the fighters who were set to compete, and the people who worked hard to try and make it happen.

Dana has also stated that ‘Fight Island’ is still going ahead and being constructed, and that he hopes it will be ready for athletes to train at by the end of this month.

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Dana White Close To Securing Private Island For International UFC Fights



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Dana White spoke with TMZ Sports earlier this week, and not only did the UFC President double-down on his promise that the upcoming UFC 249 pay-per-view will take place, but he dropped a bombshell of breaking MMA news.

White has come under a ton of fire in recent weeks for his insistence on pushing forward with UFC 249 despite most sports organizations completely shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve been working on this since the world fell apart. Every day when we would work on something, we’d wake up the next day and the world would change. This is definitely been the hardest thing that I’ve ever tried to do – ever.”

White confirmed that the undisclosed location that will play host to UFC 249 has actually been locked down for two months, so the company plans to “pump out fights every week”.

That’s not even the major news coming out of White’s interview with TMZ. Apparently, he is just “a day or two away” from securing his very own private island to run fights until the COVID-19 pandemic blows over.

Due to strict restrictions on international travel, specifically with people coming into the U.S., White has been unable to book international talent for upcoming fights. He noted that they’ll have their own private planes to fly in fighters from all over the world – and obviously there would be no fans in attendance.

UFC 249 airs on April 18th on ESPN+.

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