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Ronda Rousey: UFC Return ‘As Likely As Me Going Back to Another Olympics for Judo’

Ronda Rousey has never officially announced her retirement from mixed martial arts, but she came pretty close during a recent appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”
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Morning Report: Conor McGregor: ‘As soon as I touched down in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather retired twice’

A long, long time ago, in a world that seems very far away, a man by the name of Floyd Mayweather, made an offhand remark about coming out of retirement to face Conor McGregor, a UFC champion who “is good with the stand up.” That comment picked up speed like a freight train barreling downhill and now, every other week there is some new development of bit of trash talk from one or both parties. Last week, it was rumors perpetuated by many of the more mainstream sports media that the fight was almost official; until Mayweather issued a statement declaring the rumors untrue. This week, it’s McGregor responding to Mayweather.

McGregor recently visited Las Vegas where he, among other things, met with Lorenzo Fertitta, former member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission as well as the former owner of the UFC. Rumors abounded that McGregor met with Fertitta to try and make a boxing match with Mayweather a reality. But the rumors appear to have been just that as the overall outlook for a potential McGregor-Mayweather fight still seems low.

But even though the potential super-fight isn’t close to being a reality yet, that doesn’t mean McGregor can’t keep it fresh on everyone’s mind. When TMZ Sports recently caught up with McGregor over the weekend, he had nothing but ire for the pound-for-pound boxing great.

“Floyd is a b**ch. He’s petrified. I flew to Las Vegas and he didn’t show his face. As soon as I touched down in Las Vegas, he retired twice. He retired twice.”

If McGregor really is focused on only Mayweather, keeping his name in the streets is a good way to make that happen. Then again, another enormous money fight just became recently available that McGregor might be more interested in.


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Here are the UFC results from over the weekend.

Results part deux. And here are the Bellator results.

Back. Georges St-Pierre officially re-signed with the UFC.

Late. Derrick Lewis said he “appreciated” the late stoppage against Travis Browne.

Replacement. Scott Coker explained why Fedor Emelianenko did not get a late replacement fight after Matt Mitrione was removed from the fight.


MEDIA STEW

Free fights.

Derrick Lewis’ speech posted up by the UFC but they edited out a good chunk.

T-Wood saying he’s the WW GOAT.

Joanna getting in on the TMZ.

Conor training.

Then why won’t Canelo’s people let him fight GGG, Tito?

LFA highlights including a potential KO of the Year.


LISTEN UP

Three Amigos.

Rogan fight companion.


TWEETS

The enormous viral hit from over the weekend.

THE KING.

Lol @as_shopped_as_it_gets_

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Champion.

Jeez.

For real.

No comment.

Yeah we do.

Two years later, he made it happen.

Claudia coming in hot.

Bullying.

Elias followed through.

Mitrione.

Tito damn near had the shortest retirement in MMA history which is saying something.

Couple of KO of the Year contenders for y’all.

Angie is a delight.

#Mantra

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Bisping is a great heel.

Consistently beating GOATS since 1979. Greatest.of.all.time

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Daniel Straus (25-6) vs. Patricio Freire (25-4); Bellator, April 21.

Michael Page (12-0) vs. Derek Anderson (14-3); Bellator, May 19.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Derrick Lewis gave the best post-fight speech in MMA history and he is the official heavyweight champion of The Morning Report.

Hope y’all enjoy the weekend and, for the American crowd (most of y’all?) happy President’s day. See y’all tomorrow.


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‘Babalu’ Sobral wants to tap Chael Sonnen ‘as quick as possible’ at Metamoris 6

Renato Sobral and Chael Sonnen will face off at Metamoris’ upcoming event in California on May 9, and “Babalu” wants to once again submit “The American Gangster”.

Sonnen and Sobral battled for the first time 3502 days before Metamoris 6, and the Brazilian came out victorious with a second-round triangle choke. Almost 10 years after UFC 55, “Babalu” expects the same outcome.

“I will attack him from the beginning,” Sobral told MMAFighting.com. “I want to tap him as quick as possible.”

Sonnen competed under Metamoris rules in 2014, losing to multiple time jiu-jitsu and ADCC champion Andre Galvao. “Babalu”, who recently competed in jiu-jitsu tournaments, didn’t do anything special for the 20-minute, submission-only match.

“I didn’t do a training camp for this,” he said. “I train every day, so for this match I just trained more wrestling, trained with Josh Barnett, but nothing special. It’s not a MMA bout, it’s a jiu-jitsu match. I’m going there to fight. I always train with my students, every single day, so it’s was kind of normal to me.”

Besides training with Barnett, Sobral worked with longtime training partner and UFC interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

“I’m always training with Fabricio, and he will be there with me. Bruno Mamute, who just competed at the BJJ Pan-American, will be there to help me as well,” he said. “Fabricio was very important in my training camp, he’s a f—ing warrior and we always train together.”

As of Sonnen’s first experience at Metamoris, “Babalu” was not impressed. He’s not expecting an easy match, though.

“I think he did his best to stall and draw, to not get submitted, and Andre Galvao had the opportunity and caught him like he was supposed to,” he said. “I think that what worries me the most in his game is his guillotine. I have to pay attention with his guillotine and stalling. If he tries to stall, I will do everything I can. I will submit him. I’m going there to submit him.”

After Metamoris 6, Sobral will fly to Mexico to help Werdum in his training camp for Cain Velasquez, and is still open to a MMA fight.

The Brazilian was expected to meet Volkan Oezdemir at the Strength and Honor Championship card on June 20 in Switzerland, but the fight is now cancelled.

“Nobody talked with me about anything anymore. I believe they changed their plans,” Sobral said. “But I’m here. If a good opportunity comes, I will fight again. I’m not looking for it, but if something fair and cool shows up, I’m in.”

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‘Babalu’ Sobral wants to tap Chael Sonnen ‘as quick as possible’ at Metamoris 6

Renato Sobral and Chael Sonnen will face off at Metamoris’ upcoming event in California on May 9, and “Babalu” wants to once again submit “The American Gangster”.

Sonnen and Sobral battled for the first time 3502 days before Metamoris 6, and the Brazilian came out victorious with a second-round triangle choke. Almost 10 years after UFC 55, “Babalu” expects the same outcome.

“I will attack him from the beginning,” Sobral told MMAFighting.com. “I want to tap him as quick as possible.”

Sonnen competed under Metamoris rules in 2014, losing to multiple time jiu-jitsu and ADCC champion Andre Galvao. “Babalu”, who recently competed in jiu-jitsu tournaments, didn’t do anything special for the 20-minute, submission-only match.

“I didn’t do a training camp for this,” he said. “I train every day, so for this match I just trained more wrestling, trained with Josh Barnett, but nothing special. It’s not a MMA bout, it’s a jiu-jitsu match. I’m going there to fight. I always train with my students, every single day, so it’s was kind of normal to me.”

Besides training with Barnett, Sobral worked with longtime training partner and UFC interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

“I’m always training with Fabricio, and he will be there with me. Bruno Mamute, who just competed at the BJJ Pan-American, will be there to help me as well,” he said. “Fabricio was very important in my training camp, he’s a f—ing warrior and we always train together.”

As of Sonnen’s first experience at Metamoris, “Babalu” was not impressed. He’s not expecting an easy match, though.

“I think he did his best to stall and draw, to not get submitted, and Andre Galvao had the opportunity and caught him like he was supposed to,” he said. “I think that what worries me the most in his game is his guillotine. I have to pay attention with his guillotine and stalling. If he tries to stall, I will do everything I can. I will submit him. I’m going there to submit him.”

After Metamoris 6, Sobral will fly to Mexico to help Werdum in his training camp for Cain Velasquez, and is still open to a MMA fight.

The Brazilian was expected to meet Volkan Oezdemir at the Strength and Honor Championship card on June 20 in Switzerland, but the fight is now cancelled.

“Nobody talked with me about anything anymore. I believe they changed their plans,” Sobral said. “But I’m here. If a good opportunity comes, I will fight again. I’m not looking for it, but if something fair and cool shows up, I’m in.”

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Leandro Ataides aims to finish Igor Svirid ‘as quick as possible,’ win One FC title

Leandro Ataides and Igor Svirid are set to collide for the vacant One FC middleweight title on Friday night in Singapore, and the undefeated Brazilian wants to bring another major MMA title to his country with a quick finish.

Ataides, a jiu-jitsu black belt who earned a shot at the gold after scoring a pair of first-round knockouts under the One FC banner, aims to put an end on Svirid’s nine-fight winning streak.

“My goal is to always finish my fights as quick as possible so I don’t give my opponent time to recover,” Ataides told MMAFighting.com. “I’m focused on my work only, on how I can evolve as a fighter. I’ve been working hard to evolve every day, in every aspect, and I believe in what I’m doing. I will fight anyone, anywhere. I’m ready.”

Despite an impressive 47-second knockout win over longtime MMA veteran Tatsuya Mizuno in May, Ataides felt he needed a few changes in his training camp.

“My training camp was really, really hard,” he said. “I doubled my training activities, and I was helped by a great staff of coaches and excellent professionals. I trained beyond my limits, training for 10 rounds.

“I really wasn’t expecting to (defeat Mizuno) that fast, especially against a very experienced fighter, but MMA is like that. The better prepared fighter wins, and I tried my best to win.”

Two of the five One FC championship belts belong to Brazilian fighters, and Ataides wants to join Bibiano Fernandes and Adriano Moraes on that list.

“I feel honored and blessed for being part of the history of One FC,” he said. “Fight for the title is a great opportunity to show my work. I feel at home here. Singapore has been like a home to me. I have a lot of friends and fans here that help me every day. I hope that winning the title helps opening doors for more athletes who dream on achieving their goals. I hope I can become a role model, to motivate and inspire others.”

And even if Ataides beats Svirid in devastating fashion on Friday to win the One FC title, he won’t call himself the best middleweight fighter on the planet.

“Of course not, there are great promotions with great fighters,” Ataides said, “but I believe I can get more attention right next to the other world champions.”

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After Jon Jones Injury, Lyoto Machida Wants Alexander Gustafsson ‘As Soon As Possible’

Lyoto Machida may be the UFC’s top light heavyweight contender, but it may nevertheless take awhile for “The Dragon” to receive his next crack at UFC gold.
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Vitor Belfort says ‘don’t fight me’ if you’re going to use TRT ‘as an excuse’

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UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort issued a statement on Saturday (Feb. 17, 2013) regarding fan and media criticism for his TRT usage in his last fight, a knockout victory against Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7.

From UFC President Dana White’s multiple rants (read here and here) over the weekend to Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold making some unsavory comments regarding TRT, the subject has really begun to pick up some steam as of late.

One man who is unquestionably responsible for a lot of the recent outcry is UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, who was on TRT for his UFC on FX 7 victory over Michael Bisping last month; however, it was not revealed until recently that “The Phenom” was using the treatment for the bout.

Belfort was legally using TRT under the approval of the Brazilian athletic commission that oversaw the event in Sao Paulo, but when the news surfaced a much bigger issue was brought up.

The 25-year-old tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a 2006 bout under the Pride banner, something many believe should disqualify Belfort from using TRT.

A large contingent of people strongly feel that fighters who have previously tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) should not be administered therapeutic-use-exemptions (TUE) for TRT due to the fact that previous drug abuse is likely what caused the athlete to suffer from low testosterone levels in the first place.

With Belfort in the midst of a lot of controversy and discussion, the Brazilian took to Twitter to issue what he says will be his one and only statement regarding TRT.

Here’s what he had to say (edited for spelling):

“This will be last time that I will talk about TRT I never hide from UFC that I was on the treatment but I admit that I didn’t admit to the press. I confess that this was my mistake I am MAN enough to admit my mistakes So from now on, guys please don’t fight me if u going to use this as a excuse that’s it. I never lie and never hide from UFC.”

Belfort doesn’t really say much in the statement, other than the fact you shouldn’t fight him if you are going to complain about him being on what is technically a legalized medical treatment.

When Belfort says he “didn’t admit to the press,” he is referring to an interview with ESPN prior to UFC on FX 7 where he gave a very dodgy answer when the subject of TRT was brought up.

It has already came out that Belfort will be granted a TUE for TRT for his scheduled UFC on FX 8 fight against Rockhold on May 18, 2013, in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, which Rockhold says he has no problem with, because he’ll win anyways.

The UFC President was never openly against TRT until the out lash towards Belfort, so one would have to think the former UFC light heavyweight champion will be subject to the camp-round testing White said he will soon begin to administer to TRT users.

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