The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is set to cut 60 mixed martial artists from its roster before the end of the year, president Dana White told a media conference after Saturday's (Dec 5) card in Las Vegas. White was responding to a question about Cuban middleweight Yoel Romero, who was recently dropped by the organisation despite fighting for the title as recently as last March. The UFC currently lists 724 active fighters on its website, comprising 117 women and 607 men. "We're gonna go through some serious cuts here at the end of the year, probably going to have 60 cuts here before the end of the year ... our roster is very inflated right now," White told reporters. "We're just literally starting to go through the list and he (Romero) is 44, he's lost four of his last five. These are the tough decisions you've got to make," he added. The UFC was one of the first major American sports bodies to restart in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating a bubble and staging … [Read more...] about UFC to slash roster before year-end, says Dana White
Chinatown is the last place you’d expect to find superlative putu mayam (string hoppers), of all things. But here we were, wide-eyed and wondering how it was that we were seated in a gentrified corner of the historically Chinese enclave eating the best putu mayam we’d had in a long time. Of course, great string hoppers can be found across Little India where the ones we are merrily chomping on had come from. But still, surprise factor 100, as the young and hip like to say (add Raising Hands Emoji here for effect). We were on the second floor of a Teck Lim Road shophouse synonymous with its ground floor tenant, a certain Burnt Ends. Right above it, quietly bringing a taste of Little India to Chinatown is The Elephant Room. A cocktail bar ode to the Indian enclave, The Elephant Room’s devotion to its theme is evident in everything from the russet Jaali vent blocks that hold up its bar counter, to the drinks named after the district’s stalwart businesses. To wit: … [Read more...] about Where to go for the best putu mayam? Try a cocktail bar in Chinatown
SINGAPORE - In a small first step to reopening the nightlife scene here, three bars and pubs will be allowed to reopen for two months under a small-scale pilot programme with strict safe management measures. The bars and pubs that are part of the initial wave of openings are Bell Bar at Cuppage Plaza, which is opening on Tuesday (Dec 8) night; Skinny's Lounge at Boat Quay, which is opening on Wednesday (Dec 9); and Bar Kiharu at Orchard Plaza, which plans to open on Wednesday or Thursday. They were selected jointly by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) from six nominations fielded by nightlife business associations such as the Singapore Nightlife Business Association (SNBA) and Singapore River One. Interested outlets had to submit proposals to the business associations on how they intend to reopen safely, including plans to implement the required safe management measures. Tuesday's announcement follows an earlier one by the … [Read more...] about 3 bars and pubs to reopen for 2 months under nightlife sector pilot
LONDON: Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has signed an agreement for a rematch against American Dustin Poirier in January, according to his website The Mac Life on Thursday. McGregor, who has not fought since knocking out American Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout in Las Vegas in January, previously held the featherweight and lightweight UFC titles. The Irishman was stripped of the former and lost the latter to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated in October 2018. “I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again,” McGregor is quoted as saying. “I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry. Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel." McGregor and Poirier clashed in December 2014, when the Irishman was beginning his meteoric rise, with McGregor winning by TKO after 1 minute 46 seconds of the first round. UFC … [Read more...] about MMA: Former UFC champion McGregor signs deal to fight Poirier
Even before Singapore’s circuit breaker measures were implemented in early April, The Old Man Singapore , a bar on Keong Siak Road , had started making plans for bottled cocktail deliveries . In three days, it had set up its own webpage – it was hitherto tagged to The Old Man Hong Kong, the original outlet – and payment gateway. Cocktails were shortlisted for takeaways and deliveries. “We executed our plans the moment we saw COVID-19 cases increasing locally, and anticipated that the government would be putting measures in place, based on what we observed in other countries,” said Andrew Yap, managing partner of The Old Man Singapore. READ > Supper Club: 'One of the best Hokkien mee in Singapore' is in... a bar? The bar’s monthly revenue has decreased by 80 percent since it shifted to takeaway and delivery services, although there has been a silver lining. “The good thing that came out of [the cocktail delivery] is that we are expanding our customer base. … [Read more...] about What will having a drink be like when Singapore’s bars reopen in Phase 2 (or 3)?