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Bookies lay odds on Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor UFC fight … and it’s not pretty

Bookies will lay odds on anything (proof), so we shouldn’t take this latest betting line between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor as an indication that a potential mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in on the horizon.

Not that it’s stopped Mayweather from fanning the flames.

According to our fiscal friends at Bovada, “Money” is anything but inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, limping in at +550 (11/2) against the reigning UFC lightweight champion at -900 (1/9).

Those numbers are nearly identical to their first go-round (in favor of Floyd).

Mayweather stopped McGregor in their much-ballyhooed boxing match last August, a performance that brought in big bucks for the “Notorious” MMA fighter. Now the trash-talking Irishman wants “Money” to return the favor and meet him inside the cage.

This is what it would cost.

Fortunately for the “sweet science,” Mayweather is retired and not holding up any of the weight classes he once ruled with an iron leather fist. The same can’t be said for McGregor, who has the lightweight division chasing its own tail.

Which hopefully gets caught here.

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UFC 219 ‘Embedded’ video blog (Ep. 1): It’s a dirty job, but ‘Cyborg’s’ gotta do it

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has just four more days until its UFC 219: “Cyborg vs. Holm” pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Saturday night (Dec. 30, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now that Christmas is wrapped, no pun intended, the combatants headlining the show — UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and division No. 1 contender Holly Holm — will finish their training and preparations before flying to “Sin City.”

Which brings us to episode one of UFC 219 “Embedded” (via YouTube):

On Episode 1 of UFC 219 Embedded, former champion Holly Holm continues preparing with her team in Albuquerque. Women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg trains outdoors for another holiday fight night. Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza visits an Orange County chiropractor, as her opponent Cynthia Calvillo has her final sparring session in northern California. Lightweight Edson Barboza’s S&C work has him in the best form of his life, and opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov gets promo advice from light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. UFC 219 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 219 on Saturday, December 30th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 219 also features the lightweight co-main event between top division contenders Edson Barboza and Khabib Nurmagomedov, who collide for a spot in the 155-pound title chase and a possible shot at one of two titles.

See the current UFC 219 fight card and line up here.

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UFC 219 ‘Embedded’ video blog (Ep. 1): It’s a dirty job, but ‘Cyborg’s’ gotta do it

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has just four more days until its UFC 219: “Cyborg vs. Holm” pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Saturday night (Dec. 30, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now that Christmas is wrapped, no pun intended, the combatants headlining the show — UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and division No. 1 contender Holly Holm — will finish their training and preparations before flying to “Sin City.”

Which brings us to episode one of UFC 219 “Embedded” (via YouTube):

On Episode 1 of UFC 219 Embedded, former champion Holly Holm continues preparing with her team in Albuquerque. Women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg trains outdoors for another holiday fight night. Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza visits an Orange County chiropractor, as her opponent Cynthia Calvillo has her final sparring session in northern California. Lightweight Edson Barboza’s S&C work has him in the best form of his life, and opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov gets promo advice from light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. UFC 219 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s featherweight championship bout at UFC 219 on Saturday, December 30th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 219 also features the lightweight co-main event between top division contenders Edson Barboza and Khabib Nurmagomedov, who collide for a spot in the 155-pound title chase and a possible shot at one of two titles.

See the current UFC 219 fight card and line up here.

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Ronda Rousey ‘Why We Fight’ video: ‘It’s like eating and sleeping’

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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey calls fighting “an innately human thing, like eating and sleeping,” which I guess makes sense, since you can eat a knee to the face and go to sleep.

The question of Why We Fight is the driving force behind her new eight-part web series starring Golden Gloves champion Zac “Kid Yakima” Wohlman, who travels the world trying to solve the motivational riddle of unarmed combat.

“There is no one answer to why we fight,” Rousey — who will executive produce Verizon’s Go90 series — told People.com. “My motivations are very different than anyone else’s and I think that’s why this series is so fascinating.”

One question mixed martial arts (MMA) fans are still asking is why Rousey doesn’t fight following consecutive losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. While “Rowdy” has yet to officially retire, she’s expected to make her pro wrestling return at some point in 2018.

Until then, this is the closest we’ll get to seeing her involved with fighting.

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Robbie Lawler Values Role as Training Partner, Mentor: ‘It’s All About Giving Back in This Sport’

At 35 years old with 40 professional fights under his belt, there isn’t much that Robbie Lawler hasn’t seen in mixed martial arts.
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Mike Perry discusses Santiago Ponzinibbio fight: It’s redemption to beat the guy who beat the guy

When Mike Perry steps inside of the Octagon at UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 live on FOX from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada, he’ll have the opportunity to overthrow rising welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio.

The main card tilt is undoubtedly Perry’s biggest test to date and a challenge he’s been waiting to conquer for a long time. In fact, the idea of defeating Ponzinibbio, who is coming off a scintillating knockout win over Icelandic contender Gunnar Nelson, offers a sense of redemption for “Platinum.”

“I seen that fight with Gunnar Nelson and it’s just another blessing, man,” Perry said during a Facebook Live interview with Dan Hardy ahead of UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland. “I guess I love that word, huh? It’s just a true thing that so many good things happen to me. It’s the fight I want. I got a game opponent that steps forward. We all know I come forward. I come to fight. I’m down to take one or two just to land one good one. Santiago [Ponzinibbio] is going to move forward and I’m going to hit him and we’ll see what happens when that happens. It’s kind of redemption for me to beat the guy, who beat the guy, who beat the guy.”

Perry, 26, has quickly ascended the UFC’s 170-pound ladder with four crushing knockout victories, including a Performance of the Night finish over veteran Jake Ellenberger. The hard-hitting gunslinger was scheduled to step up in competition and fight former title challenger Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 116 this past September, but “Pitbull” pulled out and Perry was left to quickly dispose of Octagon newcomer Alex Reyes.

With Ponzinibbio on deck, “Platinum” again has an opportunity to defeat a contender higher than him in the pecking order. And considering Ponzinibbio locked down the biggest win of his career when he flattened “Gunni” back in July, Perry finds himself in a good position entering UFC on FOX 26.

“People thought Gunnar Nelson was definitely the next champ,” Perry explained. “For sure. His ability in the Octagon, ground game, striking, trains with Conor McGregor — the super notorious biggest fighter in MMA, the biggest draw, the money man — and he’s right there with him. Calm and relaxed. That’s a weird thing that he has, how clam and relaxed he is that people fear. And here comes this Argentinian and he knocked him out in the first round and I’m going to do the same to him. It’s funny how the world turns.”

If “Platinum” is able to continue winning fights in devastating fashion and puts the Argentinian to sleep this December, he’ll put himself on a growing list of exciting title contenders entering 2018. But Ponzinibbio is an extremely dangerous opponent who packs a similar punch, so Perry must proceed with caution.

UFC on FOX 26 will be headlined by a welterweight clash between former divisional king Robbie Lawler and former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

For more UFC on FOX 26 fight card news click here.

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UFC Fight Night 118 Primer: Oh, Hey, It’s Artem Lobov

I suppose if I was best buds with Conor McGregor, I’d totally milk that relationship for all it’s worth, and wear t-shirts that say things like, ‘Hi, I know Conor McGregor’ and maybe get his likeness tattooed across my chest. Now, McGregor teammate Artem Lobov hasn’t quite gone that far, but you have to know […]

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Jim Ross: It’s ‘guaranteed’ Conor McGregor earns a massive WWE paycheck some day

WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross believes Conor McGregor will pop up in wrestling sooner or later.

Conor McGregor may or may not be making a surprise appearance at WrestleMania next year, but as far as WWE announcer Jim Ross is concerned, a run in pro wrestling is inevitable.

Ross was on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and shared his predictions on McGregor’s future.

“I know that he’s an amazing performer, and amazing talent,” he said. “And I have a great respect for the UFC, everything they do, and him. There’s no way you can convince me will not earn a massive check from Vince McMahon some day in the future.”

“It will not be a career deal, it will be a one-off special occasion, massive promotion. I would suggest maybe at a WrestleMania somewhere down the road. The attraction’s there, the marketing’s there, the money’s there. Why not make it happen? And so I think Conor is guaranteed for that, and I also think that Conor’s not done in the Octagon, either. I think that he’s a competitor. He likes to prove he’s the alpha male.”

McGregor revealed back in January that he had turned down offers from the WWE, which has only fueled much less substantial rumors that he’d appear at 2018′s WrestleMania 34 on April 8th in New Orleans.

But if McGregor is going to do it, both the UFC and WWE are willing to say whatever it takes to keep his participation a secret. Dana White recently claimed to have texted Vince McMahon about the rumors, with Vince replying “News to me!”

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Luke Rockhold Rips Michael Bisping’s Title Reign: ‘I Think It’s the Worst In UFC History’

After more than a year away, Luke Rockhold returned to the Octagon in emphatic fashion this past Saturday, scoring a technical knockout of David Branch in the second round at UFC Fight Night 116.
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Luke Rockhold Rips Michael Bisping’s Title Reign: ‘I Think It’s the Worst In UFC History’

After more than a year away, Luke Rockhold returned to the Octagon in emphatic fashion this past Saturday, scoring a technical knockout of David Branch in the second round at UFC Fight Night 116.
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