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‘Evolution of Punk:’ Watch episode 1 of CM Punk’s journey from WWE to UFC 203 debut

The season premiere of the four-part series, “The Evolution of Punk,” debuted last week on FOX Sports 1, chronicling Phil Brooks’ (a.k.a. CM Punk) journey from the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon.

The behind-the-scenes documentary, which promises to take a closer look at his “unique skills” and “unexpected setbacks,” begins, well, at the beginning as Punk kicks off his mixed martial arts (MMA) training at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wis., alongside former Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, among others, back in Jan. 2015. It also delves into his childhood and personal life, as his wife, A.J. Lee, learns to accept his decision to have his face punched. The first episode ends about three months into his training after his first-ever sparring session against an eight-fight professional fighter.

It didn’t go too well, but it’s all part of the learning process.

Punk’s UFC debut has been plagued by injuries, setbacks, and various delays; however, he is currently on track to fight Mickey “I Don’t Want To Look Like An Asshole” Gall at UFC 203, which takes place inside Quickens Loan Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 10, 2016.

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UFC 202 results: Biggest winners, losers from ‘McGregor vs Diaz 2′ last night in Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to pay-per-view (PPV) for a thrilling mixed martial arts (MMA) event last night (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada, as UFC 202 gave fight fans — who packed into T-Mobile Arena — a wild night of pay-per-view (PPV)-worthy action. In the main event of the evening,  Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor went to war for 25 minutes, providing fans with a fight for the ages that saw “Notorious” bust up Diaz to earn a close — and controversial — majority decision (watch video highlights here).

In other main card action, Donald Cerrone dominated Rick Story on the feet before knocking him out in the second round with a great combination (recap here), while Anthony Johnson steamrolled Glover Teixiera en route to a 13-second knockout win (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Anthony Johnson

After taking out Teixiera in opening frame in a matter of just 13 seconds, “Rumble” earned himself another championship fight against Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. In the process, he became the first man — other than Eric Schwartz back in 2002 — to finish the Brazilian, reminding the rest of the 205-pound division just what kind of damage he can do if he lands one single clean shot. It’s something “DC” can attest to, as well, and something he will be prepared for in their upcoming rematch.

Runners Up: Donald Cerrone an Conor McGregor

“Cowboy” has been on a roll since losing his first-ever title fight at Lightweight to Rafael dos Anjos, winning three straight at Welterweight since moving up a weight class. His latest “W” came at the expense of Rick Story, knocking out “The Horror” with a nice combination in round two, forcing the official on duty to call a halt to the fight. Cerrone just looks looser and fresher at 170 pounds. On an interesting note, Cerrone opted to call out the current 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez to a championship showdown at UFC 205 in New York. Whether or not UFC officials oblige remains to be seen, but “Cowboy” looks good at Welterweight and a few more wins in the division could earn him a shot at that coveted strap.

Conor McGregor, meanwhile, kept his train from completely going off the track after he got some much-needed get-back on Nate Diaz after the two men put on a five-round war for the ages that saw “Notorious” bust up the Stockton scrapper and bloody him up to earn a majority decision win. Long live the king? Hardly, but it was a gutsy performance against a much bigger man that should erase the memory of him tapping into submission just five months ago … at least in the short-term.

Biggest Loser: Glover Teixiera

Not only did Teixiera get knocked out before he could break a sweat, the Brazilian bomber lost out on the opportunity to compete for the 205-pound title again after falling victim to “Rumble’s” one-punch knockout power. Still, it’s nothing to be terribly ashamed of, as many a men have fallen to his lead fists.

For complete UFC 202: “Diaz vs. McGregor 2″ results, including real-time play-by-play updates, click here.

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Banned! Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz camps prohibited from water bottle wars rematch during UFC 202

If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz want to run back their recent game of water bottle toss, it will have to happen outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because property officials probably want to ensure the safety of their other guests, as well as avoid potential lawsuits, banning members of their respective entourages from the building. The only exceptions are those individuals who have been licensed to corner the fighters during UFC 202, which takes this weekend (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016).

For the sake of clarity: T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. In other words, MGM has the authority — and the technology — to do as it pleases in regard to this situation.

Chris Avila — who is a Diaz protege — and Artem Levin — a McGregor disciple — were booked to battle for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those two are now affected by this decision and neither one of them was seemingly involved in yesterday’s circus. Guilty by association, apparently.

To add insult to injury — at least in the case of Diaz — his older brother, Nick Diaz, will not be allowed in his corner. That’s because he apparently still owes Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) $ 100,000 related to his most recent settlement agreement. Therefore, technically, he is still considered suspended even though his sentence was up earlier this month.

What a tangled web the Diaz brothers weave.

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Banned! Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz camps prohibited from water bottle wars rematch during UFC 202

If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz want to run back their recent game of water bottle toss, it will have to happen outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because property officials probably want to ensure the safety of their other guests, as well as avoid potential lawsuits, banning members of their respective entourages from the building. The only exceptions are those individuals who have been licensed to corner the fighters during UFC 202, which takes this weekend (Sat., Aug. 20, 2016).

For the sake of clarity: T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. In other words, MGM has the authority — and the technology — to do as it pleases in regard to this situation.

Chris Avila — who is a Diaz protege — and Artem Levin — a McGregor disciple — were booked to battle for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, those two are now affected by this decision and neither one of them was seemingly involved in yesterday’s circus. Guilty by association, apparently.

To add insult to injury — at least in the case of Diaz — his older brother, Nick Diaz, will not be allowed in his corner. That’s because he apparently still owes Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) $ 100,000 related to his most recent settlement agreement. Therefore, technically, he is still considered suspended even though his sentence was up earlier this month.

What a tangled web the Diaz brothers weave.

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Two-Time World Champion Marcos Maidana Retires from Boxing

After two consecutive losses and having not competed for nearly two years, popular slugger Marcos Maidana officially announced his retirement from boxing Tuesday afternoon on his official Facebook page.
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Two-Time World Champion Marcos Maidana Retires from Boxing

After two consecutive losses and having not competed for nearly two years, popular slugger Marcos Maidana officially announced his retirement from boxing Tuesday afternoon on his official Facebook page.
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Two-Time World Champion Marcos Maidana Retires from Boxing

After two consecutive losses and having not competed for nearly two years, popular slugger Marcos Maidana officially announced his retirement from boxing Tuesday afternoon on his official Facebook page.
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Two-Time World Champion Marcos Maidana Retires from Boxing

After two consecutive losses and having not competed for nearly two years, popular slugger Marcos Maidana officially announced his retirement from boxing Tuesday afternoon on his official Facebook page.
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UFC Fight Night 92 results: Biggest winners, losers from ‘Rodriguez vs. Caceres’ last night in Salt Lake City

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to FOX Sports 1 for a thrilling mixed martial arts (MMA) event yesterday (Sat., Aug. 6, 2016) in Salt Lake City, Utah as UFC Fight Night 92 gave fight fans — who packed into the Vivent Smart Home Arena– a wild night of action.

In the main event of the evening, Yair Rodriguez continued to rise up the Featherweight division by putting on a stellar performance against Alex Caceres (see it again here).

In main card action, Thales Leites dominated Chris Camozzi to eventually score a third-round submission win (recap here).

Biggest Winner: Thales Leites

Going into his fight against Camozzi, Thales had dropped two straight. Though it was against top notch competition in Gegard Mousasi and Michael Bisping, it wouldn’t have made a difference to his employers had he dropped his third straight when it came to decide whether or not they wanted to retain his services once the dust settled.

Thankfully, the former Middleweight title challenger will live to fight another day, as his victory over Chris was huge for Octagon career moving forward.

Runner Up: Yair Rodriguez

Going into his headlining bout against Alex Caceres, Rodriguez was the betting favorite and many expected him to flat out steamroll “Bruce Leeroy.” But, Alex proved to be a tough draw, taking “El Pantera” to the distance; almost stealing the fight.

After a fast-paced first two rounds that saw both men throw a lot — I mean A LOT — of “spinning shit,” it seemed Alex was the one who has the better gas tank. Rodriguez, though, still maintained a better pace in the championship rounds to steal the fifth and final round.

With another big win in his pocket, Rodriguez can expect bigger and tougher challenges moving forward.

Biggest Loser: Tatsuya Kawajiri

While he showed plenty of heart in his bout against longtime veteran Cub Swanson, taking him the distance in a hard-fought battle, “Crusher” has now dropped two straight and three of his last five. It’s a disappointing run for the Japanese import many felt could have made a run at the division title when he made his Octagon debut back in 2014.

For complete UFC Fight Night 92: “Rodriguez vs. Caceres” results, including real-time play-by-play updates, click here.

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UFC 201 results: Biggest winners, losers from ‘Lawler vs. Woodley’ last night in Atlanta

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to pay-per-view (PPV) for a thrilling mixed martial arts (MMA) event yesterday (Sat., July 30, 2016) in Atlanta, Georgia, as UFC 201 gave fight fans — who packed into the Philips Arena– a wild night of action. In the main event of the evening, Tyron Woodley shocked the world by knocking out Robbie Lawler to win the Welterweight title in the very first round (see it again here).

The co-main event provided combat fans with a thrilling bout, as Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz went to war for three rounds, with Karolina pulling out the split-decision win (recap here).

Biggest Winner: Tyron Woodley

Going into the fight, Woodley was still looking for the respect he felt he rightfully deserved after taking out the likes of Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck, among others. And there’s no better way than to get that respect than by knocking out one of the most dangerous and beloved champions in the sport today.

And in the first round, no less.

With the win, Woodley completed a life-long journey to capture UFC gold to prove once and for all he truly is the best 170-pound fighter on the planet. But his work has just begun, as he will now have a huge target on his back; and this guy will be the first to take his best shot at it.

Runner Up: Jake Ellenberger

Facing a three-fight losing streak, Jake needed a win in the biggest way as he took on fellow striker Matt Brown. Not only did he get the much-needed “W,” he did it in impressive fashion, knocking out “Immortal” in the opening frame with a crushing liver shot.

Recap here.

Now, not only does he have another finish on his resume, but he can sleep easy knowing he won’t be handed his walking papers anytime soon.

Biggest Loser: Robbie Lawler

Unfortunately for “Ruthless,” his title reign, which went on for nearly two years and two title defenses, came to an end with a crushing right hand from “The Chosen One.” Now, the former 170-pound champ will have to climb his way back to a shot at the strap, which can easily be one impressive win away.

Still, it’s a tough loss for a man who hasn’t tasted defeat in his last five outings and has not been finished since 2009.

Runner Up: Rose Namajunas

“Thug Rose” saw her title fight dreams go out the window after losing a razor-thin split decision to Kowalkiewicz after three rounds of intense action. It’s an unfortunate speed bump for Rose, who had been on a good run, taking out Paige VanZant, Angela Hill and Tecia Torres to get closer to the strap.

For complete UFC 201: “Lawler vs. Woodley” results, including real-time play-by-play updates, click here.

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