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Lyoto Machida Believes Bisping Fight Makes Sense: ‘He Might Retire Soon, I Could Retire Soon’

Moments after Lyoto Machida ended a three-bout skid with a hard-fought split verdict over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 headliner, he set his sights on a high-profile opponent.
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Midnight Mania! NFL star A.J. Hawk says Conor McGregor could bring collective bargaining to the UFC

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Former NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk says that if he really wanted to make a difference for his fellow fighters, Conor McGregor could bring collective bargaining to the UFC.

The NFL, like most mainstream sports, has collective bargaining in place, in the form of a union. Because the UFC does not consider their fighters employees, but independent contractors, it would be incredibly difficult to legally form a union with them. Associations are the collective bargaining format that lends itself more readily to organizing independent contractors, but the various fighter associations that have cropped up, including the Professional Fighters’ Association (PFA), the Mixed Martial Arts Fighter’s Association (MMAFA) and the ill-fated MMAAA (Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association) have failed to gain ground with most of the fighters on the roster.

Because of collective bargaining, the NFL splits about 50% of gross revenue with fighters. Because the UFC is privately held, it doesn’t release financial figures, making it difficult to see exactly how many millions of dollars the fighters bleed for, but never see. Best estimates of UFC fighter revenue share range from 10-17%.

Hawk, who spent months off the field during a lockout between NFL players and management, said in an interview with MMAJunkie.com that having collective bargaining in place has been crucial to getting the best deal for athletes who often sacrifice their long-term brain health for their sports careers.

“Having the NFLPA is huge,” he told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t know how the NFL would be without the union.”

He has taken an interest in cage fighting since retiring from his NFL career, and its not difficult for him to see how collective bargaining could help the athletes in cages.

“It would really help them out to have a collective bargaining agreement, where they could come together and you had someone to back you when you’re fighting a suspension, or you’re fighting for more pay from Reebok,” he said. “You want a bigger piece of the pie.”

He also says that a figure like Conor McGregor could bring such changes about… though he admits it isn’t likely.

“If (the fighters) want to realize what kind of power they have – it would be absurd to think they could do it – but let’s say Conor gets booked on a fight,” Hawk said. “He’s headlining. If they shut down the fight – if Conor goes about his business, and all of a sudden, the day of, he says, ‘No, we’re not fighting unless we get these terms, and we’re going to come together, (and) this card does not happen tonight,’ – if it was for a card like that and you shut down a whole card.

“I just don’t know how you get all the fighters to come together, because you’re asking people to sit out fights and not get paid, possibly, for the greater good of the future of the sport. It’s just really tough to get everyone on the same page.”

But when questioned about the efforts of Georges St. Pierre and the MMAAA to recruit him at the beginning of 2017, McGregor was critical of their attempts, and said while he sees there should be something in place, he doesn’t see his role in this particular fight.

“There needs to be something – I just don’t know what it is, McGregor said. “I’m focusing on me. I’m focusing on my family’s security, my family’s financial security. That’s all I can do. So I when I saw that, I just thought it was the biggest, fakest load of (expletive) I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Hawk laid out the scenario. The Irish star could single-handedly elevate the conditions for his fellow mixed martial artists fighting at the higest levels. It is, however, unlikely McGregor would abandon pure self-interest and follow this playbook. From what we have seen, McGregor is more interested in building his own fortune, more focused on becoming a member of the capitalist class than opposing it.


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Old man Frankie Edgar has been here before.

Frankie Edgar’s spawn is evolving into a formidable wrestler himself.

Classic and pivotal moment in MMA history.

We all recognized Demetrius Johnson’s flying armbar as the best submission of 2017, right? He better come out with the real Mouse Trap in 2018 if he wants us to keep calling it the Mighty Wiz-Bar.

I’m not sure why Khabib’s eyes works so well on this bear’s face.

@thenotoriousmma vs @khabib_nurmagomedov A quickee after work, enjoy y’all!

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Past the top two fights, the next two upcoming UFC Pay-Per-Views (PPVs) are… a little light on depth.

This is a great highlight of some of Miocic’s best moments in the cage, and he approves.

What gets Rory Macdonald up and excited. This man fights Bellator champion Douglas Lima on January 20th. Mark your calendars, it’s a double header of MMA goodness headlining that night.

Legit as it gets.

#LegitAF #toodeadlyformma #ufc #mma #bjj

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Cody hitting pads- if I’m honest I hope the Jimmie Rivera fight gets made. Rivera has looked unshakable at 135, but Garbrandt can shake anyone.

Yeah that one’s gonna need stitches.

Jose Aldo training for my fantasy matchup with Khabib Nurmagomedov

The intensity of some of the workouts MMA fighters do astounds me.

@vinnyuzi is a cruel human being #ufc #ufccharlotte

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Good defense is hard to find

Glory kickboxer Anissa Meksen is out here just kicking down a damn tree.

Tony Ferguson is pretty good on the speed bag

BJJ Scout does good work breaking down how Khabib matches up with Tony Ferguson

Great accuracy on the headkick

Derrick Lewis isn’t here for the pre-fight slaps Cris Cyborg’s coach uses

@krubobperez I’ll beat your ass if you ever do this to me before the fight

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

The Soul Assassin, Kevin Ross, is a hell of a Muay Thai fighter. If you ever wondered what kind of man you would need to be to catch Gina Carano’s attention, look no further.

More Muay Thai

I’ve never been clowned this hard in my life.


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Hockey’s version of 6 months sprawl…

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Report: Turner could become major player in new UFC TV deal

The television deal between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and FOX is nearing its end and the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion may be in the market for another partner.

While FOX has handed UFC what many consider to be a lowball offer of $ 200 million per year, UFC desperately needs a larger payday if WME-IMG is going to close any ground on its $ 4.2 billion purchase of the MMA juggernaut last year. Luckily for UFC, a potential merger between AT&T and Time Warner could lead to a bigger piece of the pie.

According to a report by Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand, Turner could become a major player in forming a new TV deal with UFC should the proposed merger finalize:

“I know Fox is the clear front-runner to retain this package. But I have an inkling that once the AT&T deal gains approval, Turner’s David Levy will sign a big-time media rights deal that would put the UFC on all AT&T platforms. Imagine UFC fights on truTV, pay-per-view cards on DirecTV, mobile programming on AT&T Wireless, and over-the-top rights on Turner’s planned sports service. A caveat: If the AT&T deal is rejected (or if it takes too long), the UFC will cut a deal with Fox for around $ 250 million that will see Fox give up shows like “Ultimate Fighter” that UFC will shop elsewhere. Amazon showed early interest in picking up a streaming package, but it ultimately will pass on a UFC deal.”

Considering the UFC’s global reach and consistent growth, a new TV deal is most certainly worth more than $ 200 million. But the MMA promotion has already began to scare some suitors away with a ridiculous $ 450 million per year asking price. The common ground between UFC and its next television partner probably lies somewhere in the middle of those two gaudy numbers.

Of course, if UFC can get this guy to stay around and this guy to join its new venture, maybe $ 450 million isn’t that high of an asking price.

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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face

Dustin Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and Saturday night was no exception.
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Dana White Says UFC Could Eventually Bring Boxing Events ‘Under Our Umbrella’

During the promotion of the heavily hyped Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match this summer, UFC President Dana White could be seen sporting a Zuffa Boxing T-shirt on multiple occasions.
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