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    Getty Nate Diaz prepares to fight Leon Edwards at UFC 263 in June 2021. UFC superstar Nate Diaz “tried to jump” boxer and MMA combatant Anthony Taylor, the fighter told Heavy’s Stephen McCaugherty in a recent interview. The alleged incident happened after Bellator 238 in January 2020 when “Pretty Boy” defeated Diaz’s teammate Chris Avila via majority decision. Taylor is preparing to fight Avila again, however this time it’ll be in a boxing ring. They’re competing during the Jake Paul vs Tommy Fury undercard, which airs via Showtime PPV on December 18, 2021. Speaking with us ahead of the rematch, Taylor talked about the post-fight incident with Diaz and Avila. Listen to what Taylor had to say below via the YouTube video: Play VideoVideo related to fighter says ufc’s nate diaz ‘tried to jump’ him after fight2021-11-26T01:04:59-05:00 Taylor said that his beef with Avila, and ultimately Diaz, started on the night of Bellator 228 in September 2019, when future Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee knocked out Georgi Karakhanyan. “I saw Nate Diaz and Chris Avila,” Pretty Boy...
    Ketlen Vieira was pleased with her winning effort over Miesha Tate at UFC Vegas 43, but her opponent’s wrestling took her off guard. Women’s bantamweight contender Kelten Vieira picked up the biggest victory of her career in her first headlining spot at UFC Vegas 43. Heading into this matchup, the Brazilian had only won one of her previous three bouts — which includes the narrow decision defeat to Yana Kunitskaya in her last outing. Beating a former UFC champion and a fellow top-10 fighter in Tate was a major step in Vieira’s title chase. Overall pleased with her performance, Vieira was shocked to find out how tough Tate’s grappling is to deal with. “Definitely her wrestling (surprised me),” Vieira said via a translator in her post-fight interview. “Her wrestling and wrestling defense. After the first round when I tried my takedown, I realized her wrestling was just not something I’ve heard about that I had to watch out for. It’s definitely world-class.” Ketlen Vieira wants to learn all the tricks of the trade from TateIn her post-fight octagon interview, Vieira...
    Getty According to former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor, a certain foe should receive a “s*** in his pants medal.” As “Notorious” likes to do, the Irishman took to Twitter and randomly fired a shot at his rival, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The two have a fiery history and they still hold the record for the highest sold UFC PPV of all time. McGregor and “The Eagle” fought for Nurmagomedov’s 155-pound title in October 2018 at UFC 229, and the Russian defeated Notorious via fourth-round submission. On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, McGregor took to Twitter to ask the Head of The Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, where Nurmagomedov’s defecation medal was. Notorious also shared a screenshot of The Eagle with a frightened look on his face. See McGregor’s tweet below: TwitterConor McGregor’s tweet about Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 13, 2021. The latest UFC news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on UFC newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on UFC Newsletter! Follow the Heavy on UFC...
    UFC welterweight Jared Gooden thrives in the midst of firefights, but he admits that there’s something special about making an opponent tap.  Jared Gooden is looking to retain his momentum by defeating Randy Brown at UFC Vegas 39 in the co-main event. The 27-year-old picked up his first UFC victory in July when he knocked out Niklas Stolze just over a minute into the bout. Gooden will tell you he loves getting into slugfests and entertaining the audience. However, he’ll also be first to admit to the specialness of making another high-level fighter give up and tap. “It’s a weird paradox so check me out,” he told reporters at the pre-fight presser. “I do prefer a knockout, but to me, there’s nothing sexier than a submission — and the reason I say that is because there’s nothing sexier than making another trained fighter say I quit.” Jared Gooden is living in the moment ahead of UFC Vegas 39The Georgia native suffered back-to-back decision losses to begin his UFC tenure, but everything clicked in his last outing. Gooden feels as though he...
    Jake Paul says he’s 10 per cent closer to becoming a billionaire after defeating Tyron Woodley by split-decision win. The 24-year-old sat down exclusively with DailyMailTV for the first time since his win against the former heavyweight champion. Paul confirmed a rematch is unlikely but did finally reveal the number of zeros on the paycheck he received thanks to his win. Jake Paul has revealed he received an 'eight-figure' payday for fighting Tyron Woodley The 24-year-old kept his undefeated record in boxing after beating the former UFC star  ‘It’s eight-figure paydays,’ Jake admits. 'The money is great, the business is great, it is. I work blood, sweat, and tears in the gym, but this is a product of working day in and day out since I was 17 years old.’ Paul says he’s only beginning to get the respect of a fighter after outboxing a five-time Hall of Fame UFC fighter in seven of the eight rounds. The self-proclaimed ‘problem child’ has had a scandal-risen rise to fame that’s landed him with over 60million followers across platforms,...
    JAKE PAUL has sensationally claimed that his bitter rival Conor McGregor is the most UNDERPAID fighter UFC history. The YouTube star thinks that the Irishman's pay-packet doesn't reflect the value that he brings to the sport, his skills, or to the TV channels that broadcast the UFC fights. 3Jake Paul thinks McGregor is the most underpaid fighter in UFC historyCredit: Instagram / @jakepaul 3The YouTube boxer reckons for what McGregor brings to the sport he should be paid moreCredit: The Mega Agency The Mirror reported that Paul, who's been baiting McGregor to get in the ring with him over the past year, made his thoughts known in a Twitter rant. Paul tweeted: "[Conor] McGregor is the most underpaid fighter in history [for] what he gets paid to fight versus the value he has brought to UFC, ESPN and MMA." Paul's crusade for fair fighter pay is what he says led him to start his own promotion company Most Valuable Promotions with ESPN's rival, Showtime Boxing. He added: "I partnered with Stephen Espinoza [the head of Showtime Boxing. "Because he created...
    UFC’s Sean Strickland (24-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) thinks he can manage some serious brain damage. And it sounds like he is already be dealing with side effects from a hit to the dome after he made a crazy comment that he’d be at peace with dying, or possibly killing someone, in the Octagon. Both outcomes still fall within the context of UFC rules, of course. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "If I killed somebody in the ring, it’d f—ing make me very happy," said the UFC fighter, in an interview with TMZ Sports ahead of his fight against Uriah Hall. The unhinged comments are bad news for the rest of the UFC … because Strickland sure knows how to fight. The comments were telling of his fervor in his fight against Hall (17-10 MMA, 10-8 UFC), a fight which the faux Ivan Drago won easily. Strickland pummeled the Middleweight fighter on Saturday night and reduced him to a punching bag with arms en route to a win via unanimous decision. "Oh, I love it. Absolutely. But, I’m...
    CONOR MCGREGOR has been told to go away and 'work on his life' following the fallout from his UFC 264 clash with Dustin Poirier. The Irishman's outbursts on Twitter since breaking his left leg last month have caused outrage in the mixed martial arts world. 3Conor McGregor's recent Twitter antics have caused uproar in the MMA worldCredit: Getty 3And the Irishman has been slammed by Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager Ali AbdelazizCredit: INSTAGRAM McGregor tweeted and deleted a picture of Poirier with his daughter before writing 'gonezo' a few weeks before mocking the death of Khabib Nurmagomedov's father Abdulmanap. The Notorious' since-deleted tweet about Abdulmanap has sparked suggestions of a potential rematch with Nurmagomdov, something the Russian's manager Ali Abdelaziz insists will never happen. When asked about the bitter rivals sharing the octagon again, Abdelaziz told ESNews: “Brother, Conor is not even a high-level fighter anymore. "He needs to work on his life. He doesn’t need to fight anymore." Nurmagomedov, 32, submitted McGregor in the second round of their UFC 229 grudge match in October 2018. The undefeated Russian went on to...
    UFC fighter Cheyanne Buys had an emotional reaction after earning a $50,000 bonus Saturday night. Buys defeated Gloria de Paula during UFC Vegas 33, and her impressive performance earned her an extra $50,000. How important is the money to her? Well, she apparently had absolutely no money at all going into the fight. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH pt. 2 #UFCVegas33 pic.twitter.com/iMSZXachM5 — UFC (@ufc) August 1, 2021 “I am negative in my account right now…I’ve been so broke my whole life because of this sport, but it’s so worth it to me because I love this sport” Buys said Saturday night. You can watch her full comments below. Cheyanne Buys breaks down after learning of her “life-changing” $50,000 bonus. “I am negative in my account right now. … I’ve been so broke my whole life because of this sport.”#UFCVegas33 | Full video: https://t.co/hpoU12R2r3 pic.twitter.com/7HBOSxeQWP — MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) August 1, 2021 It’s sometimes hard to realize that some pro athletes don’t make much money. I think everyone assumes if...
    CONOR McGREGOR is not 'quite the same fighter' anymore, according to Dustin Poirier's coach, who also hit back at John Kavanagh. Poirier's head trainer Mike Brown has three times faced McGregor and opposing cornerman Kavanagh. 3Mike Brown with UFC lightweight Dustin PoirierCredit: Sportsfile 3Conor McGregor after defeat to Dustin PoirierCredit: Getty The first ended in defeat in 2014 but it was avenged seven years later by knockout when the pair rematched. It set up a trilogy bout at UFC 264, which finished in chaos as McGregor broke his tibia before the second round, with Poirier winning by doctor stoppage. Brown argued the Irishman both in and out of the cage is no longer the same threat he once was. He told MMA Fighting: “I’m not sure what it is but he did see much sharper with his tongue in the past. “Maybe he’s in a tough spot, I don’t know what it is but it also appears he has no lines anymore. "Where he used to have some lines, some are ethnical but more...
    DUSTIN POIRIER'S coach poured cold water on a fourth Conor McGregor fight, believing his man has proven he is 'the superior fighter'. Poirier was initially beat in 60 seconds by the Irishman in 2014, but won the rematch by knockout in January. 3Conor McGregor suffered a horror leg break against Dustin PoirierCredit: Getty But their trilogy bout ended in shock as McGregor suffered a broken tibia towards the end of round one in their UFC 264 headliner. It meant Poirier was awarded the win by doctor stoppage, and his head trainer Mike Brown does not see much value in another rematch. He told MMA Fighting: “I don’t think [a fourth fight is needed]. "But who knows where they’ll be when Conor gets healthy and is back in there. We’ll see where he goes. He’s got a journey ahead of him. "Maybe he needs to fight somebody else and get a win or two to get back up there but he’s also the biggest star in the sport. “He’s changed the game, done so much...
    FUTURE UFC Hall-of-Famer Conor McGregor is no longer a force to be reckoned in mixed martial arts. That's according to current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. 4Conor McGregor has lost three of his last six fights inside the octagonCredit: Getty 4And UFC welterweight Kamaru Usman reckons the Irishman is now a spent forceCredit: Getty McGregor, 32, has lost three of his last six octagon outings, with his most recent defeat coming at the hands of Dustin Poirier in January. And Usman believes the Irishman's best days are now behind him, telling ESPN: "Right now, he's more of a loudmouth. "He's a guy a that can compete, but he's not the champion Conor McGregor. "He's not the double champion. He's not that guy anymore. He's just a guy that's in the UFC." The Nigerian Nightmare reckons McGregor - the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion - is living on his achievements of yesteryear. He continued: "If he wasn't Conor and hasn't done the things that he's done, he would just be a regular fighter. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros – our...
    SNOOP DOGG said 'Dana White, where's my money at?' after Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren - as the rapper won his $2million bet. YouTuber Paul closed the show with a dramatic right hand in the first round against Askren, who retired from the UFC in 2019. 2Snoop Dogg and YouTuber Jake PaulCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Jake Paul knocked out ex-UFC star Ben AskrenCredit: Getty Images - Getty Beforehand, UFC president White told Mike Tyson he would be willing to bet $1m the social media star lost. Paul, 24, and rap royalty Snoop Dogg, 49, asked to up the wager to $2m - though their call was never asked. But it still did not stop the West Coast star from calling out the UFC boss and campaigning for his proposed winnings. Snoop Dogg said: "Dana White, where's my money at?" Paul moved to 3-0 in his professional boxing career and beat his first ever experienced fighter. He said: "I told y'all I was gonna do it in the first round. "I told...
    FORMER UFC middleweight Markus Perez insists Jake Paul isn't a 'real fighter', claiming the YouTuber was 'afraid' of him during their sparring session. The former Disney actor will lock horns with retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren in a boxing match in the early hours of Sunday morning. 4YouTube star Jake Paul (L) will face ex-UFC welterweight Ben Askren (R) in a boxing matchCredit: Getty 4Former UFC middleweight Markus Perez reckons Ben Askren will knock out Jake PaulCredit: GETTY Paul, who is 2-0 as a professional boxer, has been tipped by many to knock out the former UFC welterweight. But Perez, who recently sparred with the social media star, reckons the 24-year-old will end up being stopped by Funky. He told AG Fight: “To tell you the truth I had no idea who he [Paul] was, but when someone related to him offered me $300 (to train with him), I decided to accept. “When I arrived at his house with my friend Alexandre Pantoja, I politely went to greet everyone. “But when I went to shake hands, he gave me...
    UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal sat down with Ariel Helwani from ESPN, heading into his title fight rematch against Kamaru Usman. ‘Gamebred’ is gearing up for his 50th professional fight and possibly his last opportunity to fight for undisputed gold. However, given the way his career has shaped up, it’s probable he could land another marquee opportunity. What’s more, title fights aren’t the only avenues available to Masvidal who is now a bonafide star in the sport. Chiefly, Masvidal was actually expected to return to action against Colby Covington after coaching against him on TUF. However, plans for a Masvidal-Covington-led ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season fell through, and now Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega stepped up. Also Read: WOW! Jon Jones Gets Pinned in Wrestling Practice by Claressa Shields Jorge Masvidal x Colby Covington: Perennial bad blood The ATT standout revealed to Helwani that coaching against Colby Covington wasn’t something he had given top priority to. In fact, Masvidal echoed a rather dark sentiment towards his rival that involved jail time if he actually had to spend time with Covington. Both men...
    BEN ASKREN reckons it is 'almost impossible to tell' if Jake Paul is a good fighter because his level of competition 'was so low'. Paul has two knockouts in as many fights since his January 2020 debut. 3Ben Askren reckons it is 'almost impossible to tell' if Jake Paul is a good fighterCredit: Getty 3YouTuber Jake Paul is 2-0 as a proCredit: Getty Images - Getty But those have come only against online rival 'AnEsonGib' and ex-NBA star Nate Robinson. His biggest challenge comes on April 17, against retired UFC welterweight Askren. And the former Olympic wrestler admitted he is still in the dark about what to expect, having seen Paul untested in his boxing career. Askren, 36, told The Metro: "We haven’t seen anything. "The level of his competition was so low that it was almost impossible to tell if he is actually good at this. "If there is one thing people respect about all fighters it’s the toughness to deal with adversity in battle and we have not seen that out...
    PAULIE MALIGNAGGI said Ben Askren can never 'call himself a fighter ever again' because he was knocked out in five seconds. Askren is on the receiving end of the fastest KO ever in the UFC, thanks to Jorge Masvidal's devastating knee in 2019. 3Jorge Masvidal knocked out Ben Askren in five secondsCredit: Getty - Contributor 3Paulie Malignaggi said Ben Askren can never 'call himself a fighter ever again'Credit: Getty Images - Getty The American had one more fight before retiring that year, but is now returning for a boxing match against YouTuber Jake Paul on April 17. Malignaggi senses some wise matchmaking by Paul's team, and incredibly claimed Askren can no longer be considered a true fighter due to his historic loss against Masvidal. He said on The Schmozone podcast: “You can technically call him a fighter. "Personally, me, anytime you get knocked out in less than five seconds in any fight, you lose the ability to call yourself a fighter ever again. "So I don’t think Ben Askren can ever call himself a fighter ever...
    Dramatic video shows U.S. Coast Guard coming to rescue of sinking fishing boat Vilsack is back at USDA after 4 years of Trump. The world has changed. Matt Serra is confident that not only will Aljamain Sterling become the new champion, but he’ll reign the division for a long time © Provided by MMAJunkie Sterling (19-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) challenges bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 259, which takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+. Yan (15-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has been on a stellar run since joining the UFC roster in 2018, taking out legends Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo back-to-back to win the title. He only has one career blemish which happened in 2016, a loss he later avenged. Serra knows the kind of fight they’re in for and had nothing but high praise for the champion. “I think he’s ferocious,” Serra told MMA Junkie. “I think the word is ferocious. He’s a natural fighter and he’s fearless. I think he’s...
    The 20 best Comedy Central Roast jokes of all time It Costs Big Money to Be Beyoncé © Provided by MMAJunkie Carla Esparza has climbed back to the top of the strawweight division and now sees herself one away from a shot at her old title. Esparza (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who captured the inaugural 115-pound belt after winning Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2014, was dethroned by Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her first title defense. But, following some mixed results in the octagon, Esparza has turned things around by winning her last four fights, including notable wins over Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez, to return to the upper echelon of the division. “I’m not one to speak ahead of myself, but I feel with what I’ve done so far, I’ve earned my spot,” Esparza told MMA Junkie. “The proof is in what I’ve accomplished in these last four fights. I’ve had very tough competition and not only that, but I actually did have to change my mindset a couple of years ago because I did come off,...
    PAIGE VANZANT has been backed to prove she is more than an 'Instagram model' - but instead a tough fighter who is not afraid of being a 'bloody mess'. The American makes her Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut on Friday night against former pro boxer Britain Hart. 9Former UFC star Paige VanZantCredit: Sportsfile - Getty 9Paige VanZant has a massive online followingCredit: Instagram VanZant's shock and brutal switch comes having been released by the UFC, where she left with an 8-5 MMA record. And BKFC president David Feldman insists any fans sceptical of her transition should look at some of the ex-UFC star's gory battles in the cage as evidence she can take one to give one. Feldman told SunSport: "People say she's an 'Instagram model' that kind of thing but at the end of the day if you've seen her face in some of her fights she was a bloody mess. "She's not afraid of bleeding, of getting hit, and this is what this sport is about if you can get hit and throw a...
    Conor McGregor is going to rematch Dustin Poirier after 6 and a half years for his highly anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 257. Conor last fought Donald Cerrone in January 2020 and is coming back after a year. However, he has actually fought just twice since his win over Eddie Alvarez in 2016. That is a lot of time spent away from the cage. Even though he went into the boxing ring, Conor never forgot about MMA. He has claimed on multiple occasions that he kept active in his training in the sport. As a result, McGregor seems a little miffed about the lack of attention the media has given to his development as a fighter, especially compared to how they are treating Dustin Poirier. He spoke to Barstool Sports. “They never like to give me my credit. That’s okay. That’s fine. I have improved immensely and Dustin has also- to an extent. You know he is tough, he still has the same reactions, shots, and entries, but he has improved regarding the clock, he has been in...
    UFC cut ties with Ottman Azaitar on Friday after he broke the company’s safety violations that are in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus, chairman Dana White said. White explained to MMA Junkie why Azaitar was released ahead of his fight against Matt Frevola, which was set to take place Saturday at UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "He and his team cut their wristbands off and got them to people on the outside, one guy," White said. "This guy got inside the bubble, went in through a room, shimmied down four balconies, went in through [Azaitar’s] balcony, and dropped off a bag of we don’t know what. Then he changed his clothes and went back outside of the bubble. We got everything on camera, we saw the whole thing, and how it all went down, pulled his fight and cut him." CONOR MCGREGOR DISMISSES MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR LAWSUIT AS 'OLD NEWS' Azaitar was 13-0 in his professional MMA career. He was making his third UFC appearance since coming to...
    (CNN)Conor McGregor is back, again. The 'Notorious' UFC fighter returns to the Octagon after a third retirement this Saturday where he'll face Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. It's a rematch from 2014 where McGregor took less than two minutes to knock out the American. Poirier says he learned a lot from that defeat and six years later he's a very different fighter."I'm more prepared now on the mental side," Poirier told CNN Sport's Don Riddell. "Before, when I was younger, I didn't put a whole lot into the mental side of fighting. I listened to critics. I listened to opinions of people. I listened to Conor."I got frustrated and caught up in all the war of words leading up to the fight. And he's one of the best at that, getting under your skin, making you upset. Now, that's just noise to me."READ: YouTuber Jake Paul offers UFC fighter Conor McGregor $50 million to box himConor McGregor returns to the Octagon this Saturday to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.Read MoreChaotic fighting in silenceThere will be very little noise on...
    Max Holloway. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Max Holloway could become the best fighter to ever compete in MMA, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes. Holloway recently dominated Calvin Kattar on Fight Island, and is only going to get better. "I think … in future, [he will] become maybe the best fighter of all time," Nurmagomedov said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Max Holloway could become the best MMA fighter who's ever lived. That's according to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who marveled at the volume striker's punch-perfect performance Saturday, in which he destroyed Calvin Kattar at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island, Abu Dhabi. Holloway's performance was so dominant it forced the UFC boss Dana White to order Kattar to the hospital where he received staples in his head, as well as treatment for a broken nose and bruising. Kattar has since been slapped with a six-month medical suspension from fighting unless he receives clearance from a doctor that his injuries have recovered sufficiently. What may perhaps be concerning to Holloway's featherweight rivals in the UFC is that,...
    Jake Paul may soon find himself in a real-life battle of the sexes. The YouTube star has been angling unsuccessfully for a boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor for some time, but in lieu of that matchup another of the sport’s biggest stars offered her services Tuesday — Amanda Nunes, considered by many to be the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. It was the culmination of a feisty back-and-forth between Paul and UFC President Dana White, who has been dragging his feet on the Paul-McGregor matchup but said Monday he was “thinking of letting Amanda Nunes knock his ass out.” The women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion tweeted “I’m in” Wednesday. Fresh off his victory against former NBA player Nate Robinson, Jake Paul is now vying for a much higher profile match to prove he is serious about breaking into the world of professional fighting. He claims to have offered the Irish fighter $50 million for a matchup. “You’re scared to fight me, Conor!! You’re ducking me because you don’t wanna lose to a fucking YouTuber,”...
    More On: boxing Jake Paul drags Conor McGregor’s wife into disgusting $50 million ploy Tyson got $30M for ear-bite fight — but blew $1.15M that same day Woman shoved to ground as disturbing fan fight video emerges from boxing match The Mike Tyson pay-per-view numbers are insane Jake Paul may soon find himself in a real-life battle of the sexes. The YouTube star has been angling unsuccessfully for a boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor for some time, but in lieu of that matchup another of the sport’s biggest stars offered her services Tuesday — Amanda Nunes, considered by many to be the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. It was the culmination of a feisty back-and-forth between Paul and UFC President Dana White, who has been dragging his feet on the Paul-McGregor matchup but said Monday he was “thinking of letting Amanda Nunes knock his ass out.” The women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion tweeted “I’m in” Wednesday. Fresh off his victory against former NBA player Nate Robinson, Jake Paul is now vying for a much...
    Why does Hollywood get accents so wrong? A dialect coach explains Analysis: Donald Trump has left the world stage. Few will miss him UFC boss Dana White says hell meet with Khabib Nurmagomedov soon to discuss future plans © Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dana White. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Khabib Nurmagomedov's status as an active fighter in the UFC roster remains unclear. The UFC lightweight champion announced a tearful retirement after submitting Justin Gaethje on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi last month. In the weeks since, Nurmagomedov's inner circle including his trainer Javier Mendez, manager Ali Abdelaziz, and the UFC boss Dana White have suggested the fighter will come back for one bout. This appeared to be at odds with what Nurmagomedov said Friday as he issued a statement saying he no longer has any "competitive interest." Speaking at a press conference Saturday, White said he'll meet Nurmagomedov so they can talk things through. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. UFC boss Dana White...
    Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dana White. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Khabib Nurmagomedov's status as an active fighter in the UFC roster remains unclear. The UFC lightweight champion announced a tearful retirement after submitting Justin Gaethje on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi last month. In the weeks since, Nurmagomedov's inner circle including his trainer Javier Mendez, manager Ali Abdelaziz, and the UFC boss Dana White have suggested the fighter will come back for one bout. This appeared to be at odds with what Nurmagomedov said Friday as he issued a statement saying he no longer has any "competitive interest." Speaking at a press conference Saturday, White said he'll meet Nurmagomedov so they can talk things through. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. UFC boss Dana White says he'll meet Khabib Nurmagomedov to discuss plans for the future as talk of a return for the Russian continues. Nurmagomedov, the UFC lightweight champion, announced an abrupt and emotional retirement last month after he submitted the American striking maestro Justin Gaethje with a second-round arm-triangle choke on...
    Dana White and the UFC have been known to scour the world for the best talent. The UFC has always had a very good recruitment system in place to ensure that there is a plethora of new talent flooding into the UFC- talent that might one day become big names in the UFC.  Dana White’s Contender Series is another initiative by the UFC to give a platform to up-and-coming fighters to earn a place in the UFC. The show has been a runaway success so far, and has produced names such as Sean O’Malley, Greg Hardy, Alex Perez among many others.  Dana White looks back at the success of Dana White’s contender series  Alex Perez one of the breakout stars from Dana White’s contender series will be fighting for the title this weekend. After the recent episode of Dana White’s Contender Series at the press conference, John Morgan asked White if he felt particularly proud that a fight from ‘DWCS’ is fighting for the title. White replied, “Think about this, we were talking about this yesterday. Go back to ‘TUF’ and...
    Cue the “X-Files” music and put on your tinfoil hats. UFC fighter Diego Sanchez said Wednesday he was definitely visited by an UFO. Sanchez, who lives in New Mexico, recalled the event on Twitter. New Mexico is a hotbed for UFO activity, according to a June analysis from Satellite Internet. UFC HALL OF FAMER MARK COLEMAN RECOVERING AFTER HEART ATTACK “I was doing energy work on my patio as a ufo flew right up on me I called for my daughter quick quick she watched this thing Hoover (sic) only hundreds of feet away Albuquerque is a trip sightings are regular here. But this s—t was contact tonight it was obvious it was watching me,” he tweeted. The 38-year-old has had an impressive mixed martial arts career. UFC'S RAMIZ BRAHIMAJ NEARLY LOSES EAR DURING FIGHT NIGHT BOUT: 'TIS BUT A FLESH WOUND' He won his first 17 professional fights between 2002 and 2006. His first loss came in April 2007 at UFC 69 against Josh Koscheck. Sanchez had wins over Nick Diaz, Paulo Thiago, Jim Miller and Mickey Gall. However,...
    Anderson Silva is without a doubt one of the greatest fighters to have ever stepped into the octagon. ‘The Spider’ terrorized the middleweight division during his reign as the champion. He holds multiple records not only in the middleweight division but in the UFC as well.  As Silva heads into potentially his last fight in the UFC, he has cemented his legacy among the greatest to ever do it. ‘The Spider’ is a pioneer of the sport and has paved the way for a plethora of fighters from his country that have followed in his footsteps. Silva has also served as a source of inspiration for many fighters from across the world. The most notable among these is the current middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya.  Read: “He’s not done fighting”- Chael Sonnen claims Anderson Silva is looking to become a free agent Anderson Silva gives his take on what made him a legendary fighter in the UFC  In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Iole asked ‘The Spider’ what changed when he entered the UFC that he went from a...
    Election 2020: Mail-in ballots could face long waits in Michigan, Ohio, other swing states What to watch today: Stocks set for steady open after Tuesdays rally moderated A rapidly rising Australian UFC fighter says he lives in a van with his dog because he f------ hates paying rent and bills © Instagram/jimmycruteufc/Getty/Jeff Bottari Jimmy Crute. Instagram/jimmycruteufc/Getty/Jeff Bottari UFC fighter Jimmy "The Brute" Crute says he still lives in a van with his dog despite his growing status in the sport, and increasing wealth. He says he does so because he "f------ hates" paying rent and bills. "I don't really care what normal is," Crute, 24, told reporters on Fight Island last week. "I don't give a f--- what people think about me." Crute beat Lithuanian fighter Modestas Bukauskas in stunning fashion on Saturday, taking home a $50,000 performance bonus in the process. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jimmy "The Brute" Crute is rising fast in the UFC, but even as his fame, and his wealth, grows, you can rule out him spending any of his money...
    Jimmy Crute. Instagram/jimmycruteufc/Getty/Jeff Bottari UFC fighter Jimmy "The Brute" Crute says still lives in his van with his dog despite his growing status in the sport and increasing wealth. He says he does so because he "f------ hates paying rent and bills." "I don't really care what normal is," Crute, 24, told reporters on Fight Island last week. "I don't give a f--- what people think about me." Crute beat Lithuanian fighter Modestas Bukauskas in stunning fashion on Saturday, taking home a $50,000 performance bonus in the process. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jimmy "The Brute" Crute is rising fast in the UFC, but even as his fame, and his wealth, grows, you can rule out him spending any of his money on a house, because the Australian fighter hates paying bills and loves life in his van. Crute earned a $50,000 performance bonus for his stunning, brutal knockout win over Lithuania's Modestas Bukauskas on UFC's Fight Island on Saturday, but regardless of how much he earns, he's committed to his life living in a van...
    Joaquin Buckley’s impressive knockout kick against Impa Kasanganay at UFC Fight Night 179 caught the eyes of President Trump, the fighter revealed Friday night. Buckley told TMZ Sports that UFC president Dana White called him about Trump being impressed with the finish. Buckley said he was flattered. CONOR MCGREGOR SAYS HE ACCEPTED OFFER TO FIGHT DUSTIN POIRIER: 'IT MUST HAPPEN IN 2020' “He's the world leader at the end of the day. If anything, that's good to have a person like that on your side,” Buckley told the gossip website. Buckley said he’s still not yet a full-time MMA fighter and currently works at a nearby Walgreens but has the support of his bosses at the chain drug store. UFC LEGEND TITO ORTIZ ESPOUSES WILD CORONAVIRUS THEORY: 'IT'S ALL A POLITICAL SCAM' “They're just happy for me. I told 'em where I come from, they know my background, they know my story -- and just to see where I'm at now, everybody's proud of me,” he said. Buckley is set to get a crack at a pay-per-view event next month....
    Stop Playing Politics With School Reopenings | Opinion Americas most successful employee-owned companies Unbeaten Polish fighter Mateusz Gamrot is one to watch ahead of his UFC debut Saturday, MMA expert Dan Hardy says © Provided by INSIDER Mateusz Gamrot. Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images MMA eyes will be on Brian Ortega's feisty featherweight fight against Korean Zombie on Saturday. The 145-pounders compete in the main event of the UFC Fight Island 6 event on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. But if previous UFC events in the pandemic era are anything to go by, there will likely be a fight or performance earlier in the card which will steal the show. According to the former UFC title challenger and MMA expert Dan Hardy, one guy to keep your eye on is the unbeaten Mateusz Gamrot, a two-weight champion of a Polish fight firm, who makes his UFC debut. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — Saturday's fourth event of the UFC's latest residency on Fight Island, a quarantined area of Yas Island in...
    Joaquin Buckley. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Joaquin Buckley scored a knockout strike so rare and so awesome, it has been watched more than eight million times, and rising, since the UFC posted the clip on Twitter on Saturday. The American fighter called the move "Wakanda style," and considering he posed with his arms crossed like the iconic salute in the "Black Panther" movie, it is hard to disagree. Modestly, Buckley said afterward the extraordinary knock out that all he wants to do is stay under-the-radar. But as his finish broke UFC social media records, he may well find that hard to do as the company's newest overnight sensation. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The 26-year-old American who hit the "most unbelievable" knockout in UFC history says he just wants to stay under-the-radar. Joaquin Buckley scored a second-round finish Saturday against his middleweight opponent Impa Kasanganay during the ongoing "Fight Island" festival on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. But the nature of that finish, an ultra-rare jump spinning back kick — one of...
    Getty Abel Trujillo seems to be on towards Tony Ferguson of their struggle in the course of the UFC 181 occasion on the Mandalay Bay Occasions Middle on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Monday, former UFC fighter Abel Trujillo was sentenced to 2 years probation after pleading responsible in a baby sexual exploitation case, in accordance with a report by 9 Information, and UFC commentator and fighter Dan Hardy had some harsh phrases for “Killa.” Based on the report, Trujillo, who was arrested in July 2019 in connection to the case, admitted to sending inappropriate messages to an underage lady on social media. In March, Trujillo pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor cost of selling obscenity, 9 Information reported. Three felony expenses have been dismissed. MMA Junkie reported that the 16-year-old lady accused Trujillo of sending “photos of his genitalia and movies of him masturbating after friending her on Instagram and Snapchat in March 2018.” Trujillo confessed that “he has had a number of conversations with females underneath the age...
    Getty Abel Trujillo looks on against Tony Ferguson in their fight during the UFC 181 event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Monday, former UFC fighter Abel Trujillo was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty in a child sexual exploitation case, according to a report by 9 News, and UFC commentator and fighter Dan Hardy had some harsh words for “Killa.” According to the report, Trujillo, who was arrested in July 2019 in connection to the case, admitted to sending inappropriate messages to an underage girl on social media. In March, Trujillo pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of promoting obscenity, 9 News reported. Three felony charges were dismissed. MMA Junkie reported that the 16-year-old girl accused Trujillo of sending “pictures of his genitalia and videos of him masturbating after friending her on Instagram and Snapchat in March 2018.” Trujillo confessed that “he has had multiple conversations with females under the age of 18” and admitted that he sent nude photos, 9 News reported. “The Outlaw” was...
    Getty Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao isn’t the type to talk noise about his potential opponents through the media, but that doesn’t mean the various people Pacquiao employs as coaches won’t do it on his behalf. Justin Fortune, Pacquiao’s longtime strength and conditioning coach, revealed some candid thoughts to Manilla Times about his fighter’s potential superfight boxing match against UFC superstar Conor McGregor. “Manny will destroy Conor McGregor inside three rounds,” Fortune said. “He will obliterate him. Too fast and too strong as an amazing fighter. McGregor is nothing.”Coach: ‘McGregor Is an MMA Guy’For Fortune, it all boils down to Pacquiao’s elite skills as a professional boxer and vast experience at the top of the sport. Pacquiao is the only fighter in boxing history to win world titles in eight different weight classes, and Fortune doesn’t believe McGregor would be able to deal with Pacquiao’s rare blend of speed and power. “I mean, my God, this is boxing; we are boxers,” Fortuna said. “McGregor is an MMA guy, and we can’t do MMA, and he can’t box. That’s very...
    GEORGES ST-PIERRE has named Khabib Nurmagomedov the best fighter on the planet ahead of their potential mega fight. The Russian is due to face Justin Gaethje in October amid talk of a career-defining clash with GSP next year. 4Khabib Nurmagomedov is looking for two more victories to round off an excellent careerCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Georges St-Pierre has admitted it will be tough for him to fight at Khabib's weightCredit: Twitter / @btsportufc Victory at UFC 254 would leave Khabib just one win away from a perfect 30-0 record in the Octagon. And many believe the 31-year-old will hang up his gloves when he reaches the milestone. St-Pierre believes such a prospect would mean doing battle with MMA's best pound-for-pound brawler. The Canadian told BT Sport: “Khabib right now, I believe, is the best fighter on the face of the earth. "On the face of the planet, he is the best right now." At 39, GSP is still in tip-top shape as he continues to train despite not fighting since 2017. But, having become a middleweight king during his...
    Brandons a Dad, Madissons Engaged and More Siesta Key Reunion Bombshells The 50 Cheapest, Safest Places to Buy a Home in the Pandemic If Khabib Nurmagomedov fights Georges St. Pierre, the winner will be the greatest MMA fighter ever, the Russians coach says © Photos by Frank Franklin II / Mahmoud Khaled / AP Photos Georges St. Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photos by Frank Franklin II / Mahmoud Khaled / AP Photos The winner of the prospective Georges St. Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov mega-bout would produce MMA's best ever fighter, Javier Mandez said this week. Mendez is the founder and head trainer at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, and has often been by Nurmagomedov's side through the years. He will be cornering Nurmagomedov in his upcoming lightweight championship fight against Justin Gaethje. After fighting Gaethje, Nurmagomedov could fight St. Pierre in one of the biggest fights in MMA history. Mendez says the Russia wants the fight to pay tribute to the memory of his father, who died earlier this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    Georges St. Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photos by Frank Franklin II / Mahmoud Khaled / AP Photos The winner of the prospective Georges St. Pierre and Khabib Nurmagomedov mega-bout would produce MMA's best ever fighter, Javier Mandez said this week. Mendez is the founder and head trainer at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, and has often been by Nurmagomedov's side through the years. He will be cornering Nurmagomedov in his upcoming lightweight championship fight against Justin Gaethje. After fighting Gaethje, Nurmagomedov could fight St. Pierre in one of the biggest fights in MMA history. Mendez says the Russia wants the fight to pay tribute to the memory of his father, who died earlier this year. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The winner of the prospective Georges St. Pierre vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov match would be the greatest MMA fighter ever. That's according to the San Jose-based American Kickboxing Academy founder Javier Mendez, the long-time coach of Nurmagomedov, 31. The Dagestani sambo expert must first dispatch Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on October 23, which is...
    Getty Georges St-Pierre celebrates together with his group following his victory over Michael Bisping of their UFC middleweight championship bout in the course of the UFC 217 occasion at Madison Sq. Backyard on November 4, 2017 in New York Metropolis. The more and more real looking superfight between present UFC light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and former welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre would decide the best fighter ever, in response to Nurmagomedov’s coach Javier Mendez. Mendez has coached “The Eagle” at San Joses’ American Kickboxing Academy for years and he believes that his fighter could be often known as one of the best ever if he defeats “GSP”. When requested throughout this week’s episode of the Hablemos MMA if the potential conflict would decide the GOAT, Mendez mentioned by way of MMA Junkie, “Yeah, I believe so, and so does Khabib. The individual that beats GSP would be the better of all time; I believe so.” Each fighters have a declare to GOAT standing already. The Eagle is undefeated in 28 fights...
    Getty Georges St-Pierre celebrates with his team following his victory over Michael Bisping in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. The increasingly realistic superfight between current UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and former welterweight and middleweight champ Georges St-Pierre would determine the greatest fighter ever, according to Nurmagomedov’s coach Javier Mendez. Mendez has coached “The Eagle” at San Joses’ American Kickboxing Academy for years and he believes that his fighter would be known as the best ever if he defeats “GSP”. When asked during this week’s episode of the Hablemos MMA if the potential clash would determine the GOAT, Mendez said via MMA Junkie, “Yeah, I think so, and so does Khabib. The person that beats GSP will be the best of all time; I think so.” Both fighters have a claim to GOAT status already. The Eagle is undefeated in 28 fights and boasts a 12-fight win streak in the UFC. He won the lightweight title in April 2018 when he...
    Dana White and Ronda Rousey met on a video call, and it was so nostalgic to see them both discussing fights. Ronda began talking about her Canis Panther pet and how she wants to search a girlfriend for him. But Dana was in work mode, and he came down to business without wasting much time. Holly Holm vs Irene Aldana was supposed to be the main event on August 2. However, that fight is postponed to later this year. The new main event is Derek Brunson vs Edmen Shahbazyan. This gets even more special because Edmen is managed by Ronda. Ronda Rousey puts Edmen Shahbazyan above everyone Edmen has a clean history. He has an MMA record of 11-0-0, having won 10 of those fights in round 1 KO. Further, he won five fights under 1 minute in a dominant fashion. This 22-year-old American MMA fighter is born to fight in the UFC.  Clearly, the youngster impresses ‘Rowdy Ronda’ to no end. She heaped praises on him during this brief exchange of words. She said, “That’s my fighter. He...
    UFC LEGEND Georges St-Pierre has hailed Khabib Nurmagomedov as "unbeatable" and the "perfect fighter". And "The Eagle" is behind only Jon Jones in the latest UFC pound-for-pound rankings. 4Nurmagomedov and Jones and the current UFC men's pound-for-pound top two St-Pierre, 39, had been eager to fight Nurmagomedov prior to his retirement. But when UFC president Dana White refused to make the showdown happen, the Canadian called time on his career, as a legend of the sport. And opening up on why he is still so keen to enter the octagon with the Russian, St-Pierre admitted that fighters "don't think like normal" people. He told the MMA TruFan podcast: "Khabib was very exciting for me because, for a fighter, a fighter doesn’t think like a normal person. "A fighter always wants to fight a guy who seems invincible, a guy who seems like the perfect fighter, who is unbeatable. "He has an aura of invincibility. So, that means if I do it I’ll be the first to have ever done it. It’s not a question of money. “Yeah, the money...
    California is trying to reopen. Should you go? Devin Nunes winery, yacht clubs, a resort in West Virginia owned by its governor – heres who got PPP loans Gilbert Burns fires back at journeyman Nate Diaz, says hed beat him even with corona Gilbert Burns is pretty bothered by Nate Diaz‘s recent comments about him. © Provided by MMAJunkie After Jorge Masvidal initially failed to come to terms with the UFC, Burns (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was announced as the next challenger for welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. Diaz (20-12 MMA, 18-11 UFC), who’s known to have had his fair share of negotiation issues with the UFC, took aim at Burns for allegedly settling for less just so he can fight for the title. After Burns was forced to withdraw from UFC 251 due to a positive COVID-19 test, the promotion circled back to Masvidal, who will now face Usman this Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. And Diaz was quick to chime in after the new announcement, calling Usman vs. Masvidal a “real fight” on...
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