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Nate Diaz Could Return in August

Octagon superhero Nate Diaz has been chilling on the sidelines for a while, enjoying the piles of money he made fighting Irish dandy Conor McGregor twice. As well he should be.

But the yearn to get back into the cage is a powerful one for the man who’d just as soon fight you as shake your hand, plus, the UFC really needs stars to move the needle, and that’s pretty much what Diaz is now. Though it’s tough to pin down who he might fight next – Tyron Woodley? Conor McGregor? Some other dude? – at least the talk around the water cooler has him maybe coming back in August at UFC 227.

Maybe. Nothing is firm yet.

Here’s ESPN:

The UFC and Nate Diaz have discussed the possibility of him returning to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, according to sources.

Although an official deal remains uncertain, the two sides have at least discussed the August date as recently as last week, sources told ESPN.

Diaz (19-11) hasn’t fought since August 2016, when he suffered a majority decision defeat to Conor McGregor in the second bout of a two-fight rivalry. That event produced the fourth-highest MMA gate in the history of Nevada, drawing $ 7.7 million.

Whether it comes to fruition or not, UFC 227 would offer an attractive landing for Diaz’s return. The pay-per-view event will take place at Staples Center, in the fighter’s home state of California. A bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt has already been announced.

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Dana White Says New York Gets First Dibs on Punishing Conor McGregor

It seems like just yesterday that Irish hooligan Conor McGregor was going nuts in Brookyln, smashing the windows of a van, and exiting the 78th Precinct as a guest of the New York City Police Department. Ah, we were so innocent then…

But alas, McGregor has long since been out on bail, and though he’s got a court date set, the smart money is on the UFC superstar never seeing the inside of a jail cell for his crimes. Which is whatever. It’s Conor – what do you expect?

However, there’s also the matter of the UFC themselves punishing McGregor for his sins. I mean, he did knock three fights off the UFC 223 card. So, are they going to suspend him? Fine him? Make him drink Xyience?

According the UFC boss Dana White, it’s all about the wait-and-see, as in, they’re going to wait and see what punishment New York State levies upon McGregor before they do anything.

Take it away, TMZ!

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Dana White Says New York Gets First Dibs on Punishing Conor McGregor

It seems like just yesterday that Irish hooligan Conor McGregor was going nuts in Brookyln, smashing the windows of a van, and exiting the 78th Precinct as a guest of the New York City Police Department. Ah, we were so innocent then…

But alas, McGregor has long since been out on bail, and though he’s got a court date set, the smart money is on the UFC superstar never seeing the inside of a jail cell for his crimes. Which is whatever. It’s Conor – what do you expect?

However, there’s also the matter of the UFC themselves punishing McGregor for his sins. I mean, he did knock three fights off the UFC 223 card. So, are they going to suspend him? Fine him? Make him drink Xyience?

According the UFC boss Dana White, it’s all about the wait-and-see, as in, they’re going to wait and see what punishment New York State levies upon McGregor before they do anything.

Take it away, TMZ!

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Dana White Says New York Gets First Dibs on Punishing Conor McGregor

It seems like just yesterday that Irish hooligan Conor McGregor was going nuts in Brookyln, smashing the windows of a van, and exiting the 78th Precinct as a guest of the New York City Police Department. Ah, we were so innocent then…

But alas, McGregor has long since been out on bail, and though he’s got a court date set, the smart money is on the UFC superstar never seeing the inside of a jail cell for his crimes. Which is whatever. It’s Conor – what do you expect?

However, there’s also the matter of the UFC themselves punishing McGregor for his sins. I mean, he did knock three fights off the UFC 223 card. So, are they going to suspend him? Fine him? Make him drink Xyience?

According the UFC boss Dana White, it’s all about the wait-and-see, as in, they’re going to wait and see what punishment New York State levies upon McGregor before they do anything.

Take it away, TMZ!

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Junior Dos Santos Freed From Suffocating Yoke of USADA Suspension

Former heavyweight champ and all-around nice guy Junior dos Santos was supposed to face Francis Ngannou at UFC 215, but USADA swooped in like a hungry pterodactyl and put the kibosh on that.

Since then, the Brazilian has been languishing in administrative hell, waiting for USADA to conduct their tests and determine that yes, he failed a drug test because of tainted supplements.

And guess what? They have finally come to that conclusion.

As per ESPN:

“I am not a cheater,” dos Santos told ESPN. “Since the first day we found out about this, we have cooperated with USADA and done everything they’ve asked or suggested to prove this was not intentional doping. It’s taken a really long time.”

“We want to know the real results of fights, but in a case like this, with a diuretic, I think they should have allowed me to continue my life until they proved it was my fault. If they prove that, they can do whatever they want. But if I prove I’m innocent, I’m here for almost nine months, doing nothing with my life. I want to keep fighting for a long time, but I don’t have any time to lose.”

Immediately after his failed test, dos Santos submitted multiple supplements to be tested for contamination. Initially, he did not even test any supplements from the Brazilian pharmacy, as he had built a high level of trust with the facility over time.

The Farmacia Analitica supplements were eventually tested, however. In December, USADA confirmed several bottles were in fact contaminated with hydrochlorothiazide. Per USADA’s protocols, the agency still needed to obtain and test those specific supplements independently, before moving forward with dos Santos’ case. So, even though dos Santos had supplied tainted supplements, his case was still on hold.

“I was happy when those results came back, because I thought it was done,” dos Santos said. “They would see it’s not my fault and I could resume fighting. But then, they started to say other things, like maybe I could have contaminated them on purpose. I said, ‘My God, I’m not a chemist.’”

Poor JDS. Screwed by the system. Oh well. Now he can come back.

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Cool Is Dan Hooker Calling Out the Guy Interviewing Him

Last night’s UFC Fight Night 128 had a moment of sadness to it, with young New Zealander Dan Hooker knocking aged veteran Jim Miller out inside of a round.

But that sadness turned to coolness when Hooker had his postfight interview with Paul Felder.

Felder, you see, is a badass fighter in addition to being a commentator, so when he asked Hooker who he wanted next as an opponent, Hooker said he wanted someone ranked. Someone like Felder.

Now, this isn’t the first time a fighter has called out his interviewer – when Tito Ortiz was doing interviews for Affliction, he was the recipient of a challenge or two. However, it was nice and respectful the way Hooker did it, made even more so by Felder being a total class act about it all.

Watch the clip below.

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