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Chael Sonnen fires back at Chuck Liddell following Bellator callout: ‘Say when’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who also rests comfortably in the promotion’s hall of fame, is contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) under the Bellator banner on Spike TV.

Depending on this.

While Bellator boss Scott Coker is more interested in using the melting “Iceman” as a promotional tool, considering the former Dancing with the Stars contestant turns 48 in December, Liddell (21-8) has other plans.

Like snapping his three-fight losing streak.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t competed in over seven years, so he might need a tune-up fight before taking on anyone of merit. In Liddell’s mind, former UFC stablemate Chael Sonnen fits the bill.

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Sonnen (29-15-1) has already registered two fights for Bellator and sits at 1-1. After getting submitted by Tito Ortiz back in January, “The American Gangster” turned away Wanderlei Silva last June.

Anyone interested in seeing these two throw down?

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Jon Jones Removed from UFC Rankings Following Second Failed Drug Test

In a span of two days, Jon Jones has lost his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier, his light heavyweight title and now, his spot atop the Las Vegas-based promotion’s rankings.
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Gavin Tucker Tells Fans to Lay Off The Ref Following One Sided Loss

Following Gavin Tucker’s decision loss to Rick Glenn, which saw him take a vicious beating in the latter half of the bout, the featherweight’s telling fans to stop criticizing the referee. Many people have relayed they think the referee, Kyle Cardinal, should have stopped the UFC 215 fight, since Tucker appeared to be badly hurt […]

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‘Disappointed’ Daniel Cormier not ruling out Heavyweight return following knockout loss to Jon Jones

Other than this social media post, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has kept quiet following his knockout loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.

During a recent episode on “The MMA Hour,” however, “DC” spoke for the first time following his second defeat to “Bones,” discussing the loss and his mixed martial arts (MMA) future moving forward. And to hear Cormier tell it, he’s more disappointed that he let down his team of coaches.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Cormier said (via MMA Fighting). “You’ve got to remember, I’m a guy who wants to be the best. I train hard, I work hard and I feel like I was ready to go. I feel like I was prepared, and I was very disappointed in the result of the fight,” he said.

Many wondered of the former 205-pound champion would hang up his gloves following the loss. But, according the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) team captain, there is no reason for him to ride off into the sunset just yet.

“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said. “I feel like I still love the competition more than anything. That’s really what’s driving me. When I don’t have competition, I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable, man. I love to compete. I love to be in the environment.”

Furthermore, “DC” is confident he’ll cross paths with Jones again, despite saying during his post-fight speech that if a guy wins two fights there really is no rivalry. While that may be an admirable goal to try to obtain, getting back to a trilogy fight against “Bones” will be easier said than done, as the 205-pound division has experienced a re-emergence as of late.

Still, the former Olympian isn’t ruling out a return to Heavyweight if things don’t pan out down at Light Heavyweight.

“I really shrunk myself from Heavyweight,” Cormier said. “I used to have big ole’ traps and I was bigger guy when I fought at Heavyweight, but I’d entertain anything. The UFC values me and honestly, man, they’ve already reached out with some ideas about me fighting, and I was like, ‘Well, I need time,’ but there are options at Heavyweight and options at 205,” he said. “Obviously the Jimi Manuwa fight is a fight that could happen. Volkan Oezdemir has done fantastic for himself, a guy that’s a cool guy, but if the easiest path back to fighting the fights that I want is to go through somebody like that, then I’ll do it. So it’s a matter of just what I decide to do.”

At the end of the day, the opportunities for Cormier are endless inside the Octagon, who plans to return to “UFC Tonight” later this week, but will sit out the rest of 2017 from active competition.

“At this point, I’ve kinda gotten to a point in my career where UFC, they really are very open to a lot of my suggestions. This last 2.5 years since I fought Jones the first time through now, I’ve headlined cards, there were cards I was supposed to headline or had marquee fights on, I’ve sold millions and millions of pay-per-views, and with that comes some respect within the organization.”

Anyone care to see the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner return to land of the big men?

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Andre Berto cancels Conor McGregor sparring session following Paulie Malignaggi fallout

Things didn’t go well between UFC champion Conor McGregor and former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi during their recent sparring sessions. Malignaggi stepped up and attempted to help out McGregor in preparation for his showdown with Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 live on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, but the relationship between the two quickly took a turn for the worse after McGregor’s team leaked a photo suggesting Malignaggi was knocked down.

Now that some of the dust has settled and Malignaggi is putting himself in the public eye to address the “dirtbag” behavior of McGregor, other potential sparring partners are shying away from “Notorious.”

“I spoke to Andre Berto. Andre was supposed to go there and box on Saturday, and he changed his mind after seeing what happened with me,” Malignaggi said during a recent appearance on Cagesiders. “Everybody already knew what happened with Van Heerden, now he’s doing the same with me too. When word goes around that somebody is like that, even in regular life, you start to alienate (people).”

Berto, 33, fought Mayweather for 12 rounds back in 2015. The former WBC welterweight champion ended up losing via unanimous decision, but he could have showed McGregor a thing or two about fighting the most elusive boxer of all time. According to Malignaggi, McGregor is starting to rub people the wrong way and could be preventing himself from sparring with top-flight partners like Berto in the future.

“He’s going to have trouble getting any help in boxing, because the sneaky tactics, the sneaky qualities that he has now can no longer be looked at as a coincidence,” Malignaggi said. “With the Van Heerden situation, like maybe he didn’t know how the ethics work in boxing, maybe he still had to learn, or now that he has learned, everything will be okay.

“I think the cat’s out of the bag with Conor McGregor in boxing, now that he’s tried this again, with sneaky tactics. You spar, and let me put in sneaky pictures, or make sneaky videos in Van Heerden’s case and let me spin it.”

Malignaggi is confused as to why McGregor would post “sneaky” pictures online in the first place. The UFC superstar is one of the biggest names in combat sports today and really doesn’t need the extra publicity, especially if it comes at the expense of a training partner or has a good chance of backfiring.

“I just don’t think it’s really necessary,” Malignaggi explained. “Conor McGregor’s name was pretty big when he boxed Van Heerden. I think Conor McGregor’s name was pretty big when he sparred me, obviously. I don’t think he needed to spin that sparring into any direction to make his name bigger.

“There was no need to do that, but all it’s done is ruin his reputation. I don’t think he’ll be able to get big name help at any point in his boxing career. But at the end of the day, it was definitely something that has hurt his ability to work with contacts — or have contacts in boxing.”

With limited elite sparring partners at his disposal, McGregor is going to truly have his work cut out for him on Aug. 26 when he tangles with Mayweather in his professional boxing debut. Of course, “Notorious” has been surprising naysayers his entire career and may very well prove once again why he’s considered Mystic Mac.

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Edmonton Orders Third-Party Review Into Death of Tim Hague Following Boxing Match

The City of Edmonton has ordered a third-party review to be conducted into the boxing match the resulted in the death of Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Tim Hague, according to a report from Global News.
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Holm-schooled Bethe Correia vows to return stronger than ever following Singapore KO

Don’t expect a little thing like a savage, third-round head kick knockout to stymie a grizzled veteran like Bethe Correia.

In fact, the Brazilian vows to return stronger than ever, despite her main event loss to Holly Holm, which took place in the UFC Fight Night 111 headliner last Saturday on UFC Fight Pass in Singapore.

Our full recap here.

“I want to congratulate Holly for the fight. Even though she was coming from three losses she didn’t quit and hide, and fought me on the main event,” Correia wrote on Instagram.

Holm snapped a three-fight losing streak with the win.

“I won’t return with the victory I dreamed of, but I return with my head held high with a dream to fight in Asia realized and being a protagonist of the night,” she continued. “I can only say this to my fans that like Bethe Correia: I WILL BE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER! YOU CAN BE SURE OF IT!!!!!”

The loss dropped Correia to 10-3-1 and leaves “The Pitbull” at 1-3-1 over the past three years. No question her drubbing at the hands (and feet) of “The Preacher’s Daughter” will affect her standing in the bantamweight rankings (see them here).

Where does she go from here? See the possibilities here.

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Former UFC fighter Tim Hague dies after suffering brain hemorrhage following knockout loss in boxing match

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight contender Tim Hague was deemed brain dead on Friday June 16, 2017 after suffering a brutal knockout loss during a boxing match in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. And today (Sun., June 18, 2017), it’s with great sadness that we report Hague passed away due to a brain hemorrhage.

His sister Jackie Neil provided a statement regarding Hague passing via the Edmonton Journal:

“It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today. He was surrounded by family, listening to his favorite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.”

Hague was just 34 years old.

During the boxing match against Adam Braidwood, Tim was knocked down repeatedly, until he was knocked out cold in the second frame. According to MMA Fighting, Tim had been knocked out in a previous boxing match last December.

Hague competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) professional for 10 years, going 21-13, including going 1-4 inside the UFC’s Octagon. Tim competed for several promotion’s, including World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

During his last five MMA bouts since August 2015, Tim suffered four losses, all via knockout. For his boxing career, Hague compiled a 1-2 record.

Our thoughts and prayers with Tim’s family during this very difficult time.

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Former UFC champ Matt Hughes airlifted to hospital with head trauma following collision with train

Not the kind of news I was hoping to bring you this afternoon.

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was involved in a vehicular accident earlier today (Fri., June 16, 2017), after his truck collided with a moving train. The longtime wrestler has since been airlifted to a medical facility where his condition is unknown.

“Apparently he has head trauma,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN. “His family is traveling to him now.”

More on this unfortunate news in just a bit.

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Nate Diaz Offers Reminder of First Fight vs. McGregor Following Mayweather Announcement

Nate Diaz wasn’t about to let the day’s big news pass without issuing some kind of response.
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