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Six UFC Champs, Plus COO Ike Epstein To Ring the NYSE Bell Ahead of UFC 223 in Brooklyn

While MMA traditionally uses an air horn, some of the UFC’s biggest stars about to ring the bell ahead of UFC 223.
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Six UFC Champs, Plus COO Ike Epstein To Ring the NYSE Bell Ahead of UFC 223 in Brooklyn

While MMA traditionally uses an air horn, some of the UFC’s biggest stars about to ring the bell ahead of UFC 223.
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UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou to Serve as ‘Ring Boy’ at Invicta FC 28 on March 24

Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on March 24.
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UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou to Serve as ‘Ring Boy’ at Invicta FC 28 on March 24

Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on March 24.
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Glory fighter wins by controversial KO, gets attacked by fans in the ring

Glory 42 had one of the most bizarre — and scary — sequences in recent combat sports memory.

Welterweight fighter Murthel Groenhart won the co-main event bout in Paris against Harut Grigorian by savage knockout when Grigorian inexplicably turned his back to Groenhart in the middle of the round. Seconds after the finish, fans jumped into the ring and attacked Groenhart.

The fans landed multiple punches on the Glory fighter, who said he might have had his jaw broken in the wild melee.

“Some guy caught me with a hook to my face,” Groenhart said on the broadcast. “I got my guard up. With those hands without gloves, it came through to my chin and my teeth. I think it’s broken [jaw], I don’t know. It hurts.”

Glory announcers explained on the broadcast that per the sanctioning body Groenhart didn’t break any rules by hitting Grigorian while his back was turned, because the referee did not step in to stop the action. It was a legal blow and knockout.

“When you are in the heat of the game, you just continue,” Groenhart said. “He turned away. I came after him and got him with the right hook that’s all. I did nothing wrong. It was all in the fight, all in the game. Everyone says in the rules to protect yourself at all times. The referee did not come in. I came in with the right hook. He fell down, and then I saw the referee come in. I did nothing wrong.”

Grigorian’s trainer Nicky Hemmers said on the broadcast that his fighter turned his back due to a cut — “which you never do in a fight,” he said — and he didn’t hold it against Groenhart for hitting him.

“It was not illegal,” Hemmers said. “It was not nice to do, but it was not illegal.”

Groenhart, 30, is one of Glory’s top welterweight fighters and the 2016 Glory welterweight tournament champion. This was his third straight win for the kickboxing promotion and very likely the strangest one, considering how everything unfolded.

“I was in the corner and I saw these guys coming out,” Groenhart said of the attackers. “I was like come on guys this is a sport. Things happen. Some people get emotional, too close. But this is a sport and little children are watching this sport at home. You can not come into a ring like this.”

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Tony Ferguson says there’s ‘no way’ Conor McGregor beats Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring

UFC 209 was either going to be a breakout moment for Tony Ferguson or for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who were meeting for the interim lightweight title. Yet the reason there was an “interim” attached to the fight at all was because nobody is sure what happens to the lightweight champion Conor McGregor next.

The Irishman is in the process of trying to put together a mega crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, a pursuit that has graduated from “unlikely to happen” to an “exploratory phase” in early 2017. Mayweather recently went on record saying he’d like to fight McGregor in June of this year. Complicating his return further, McGregor is going to be a father in May, and is taking time off to be with his girlfriend and help prepare for parenthood.

Should McGregor and Mayweather meet in the boxing ring, count Ferguson among those who doesn’t think he has a chance against the undefeated “Money” Mayweather (49-0). He said as much during an interview on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“No way,” Ferguson said. “Floyd’s just a different animal.”

Ferguson was hoping that a victory over Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 would result in a unification bout with McGregor, which has the added bonus of becoming a colossal payday. Yet with Nurmagomedov fell ill during the eleventh hour of his weight cut and was forced to withdraw, Ferguson was left in limbo again. The fights that interest him the most are bouts against Nurmagomedov (which has been booked three times already), Nate Diaz (whom he called out on the show), and McGregor.

As for the latter, Ferguson doesn’t think McGregor is too interested in squaring off with him anytime soon.

“That dude doesn’t want to fight me directly,” he said.

“Conor knows exactly what he’s up against, and he knows I’m a force to be reckoned with. He can’t talk his way through this one. And the same thing with Nate. It’s a different scale with me.”

One way or another, after being booked for a title shot — interim or otherwise — Ferguson expects his next fight to carry the same import. He says he deserves to be in a title bout, and nothing less.

“Well, why not? I mean, literally I was just fighting for the [interim] belt,” he told Ariel Helwani. “I feel like I am a legit contender, I’ve got nine wins in a row, I’ve got X amount of performance [of the night] victories. Really, I’ve been putting in some work. I feel like I deserve it. What am I going to do. I’m just going to boom boom, banging through these dudes, man. And just keep knocking them out and finishing them. I’ve had it in my head I need a knockout. So if you guys want to see somebody get knocked out, let’s go.”

A fight between Ferguson and McGregor doesn’t seem imminent at the time. Yet if McGregor gets his wish, and steps in the boxing ring with Mayweather, Ferguson says he wouldn’t blame him for taking the big payday. Then again, if boxing’s what McGregor wants to do, Ferguson said he’d accommodate him.

“No, I mean if he’s all about business and being a punk he needs to vacate that belt but, I don’t know,” he said. “If you want to box, let’s go. I’ll box you.

“That dude would get eaten up on his feet.”

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Tony Ferguson says there’s ‘no way’ Conor McGregor beats Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring

UFC 209 was either going to be a breakout moment for Tony Ferguson or for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who were meeting for the interim lightweight title. Yet the reason there was an “interim” attached to the fight at all was because nobody is sure what happens to the lightweight champion Conor McGregor next.

The Irishman is in the process of trying to put together a mega crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, a pursuit that has graduated from “unlikely to happen” to an “exploratory phase” in early 2017. Mayweather recently went on record saying he’d like to fight McGregor in June of this year. Complicating his return further, McGregor is going to be a father in May, and is taking time off to be with his girlfriend and help prepare for parenthood.

Should McGregor and Mayweather meet in the boxing ring, count Ferguson among those who doesn’t think he has a chance against the undefeated “Money” Mayweather (49-0). He said as much during an interview on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“No way,” Ferguson said. “Floyd’s just a different animal.”

Ferguson was hoping that a victory over Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 would result in a unification bout with McGregor, which has the added bonus of becoming a colossal payday. Yet with Nurmagomedov fell ill during the eleventh hour of his weight cut and was forced to withdraw, Ferguson was left in limbo again. The fights that interest him the most are bouts against Nurmagomedov (which has been booked three times already), Nate Diaz (whom he called out on the show), and McGregor.

As for the latter, Ferguson doesn’t think McGregor is too interested in squaring off with him anytime soon.

“That dude doesn’t want to fight me directly,” he said.

“Conor knows exactly what he’s up against, and he knows I’m a force to be reckoned with. He can’t talk his way through this one. And the same thing with Nate. It’s a different scale with me.”

One way or another, after being booked for a title shot — interim or otherwise — Ferguson expects his next fight to carry the same import. He says he deserves to be in a title bout, and nothing less.

“Well, why not? I mean, literally I was just fighting for the [interim] belt,” he told Ariel Helwani. “I feel like I am a legit contender, I’ve got nine wins in a row, I’ve got X amount of performance [of the night] victories. Really, I’ve been putting in some work. I feel like I deserve it. What am I going to do. I’m just going to boom boom, banging through these dudes, man. And just keep knocking them out and finishing them. I’ve had it in my head I need a knockout. So if you guys want to see somebody get knocked out, let’s go.”

A fight between Ferguson and McGregor doesn’t seem imminent at the time. Yet if McGregor gets his wish, and steps in the boxing ring with Mayweather, Ferguson says he wouldn’t blame him for taking the big payday. Then again, if boxing’s what McGregor wants to do, Ferguson said he’d accommodate him.

“No, I mean if he’s all about business and being a punk he needs to vacate that belt but, I don’t know,” he said. “If you want to box, let’s go. I’ll box you.

“That dude would get eaten up on his feet.”

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Tony Ferguson says there’s ‘no way’ Conor McGregor beats Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring

UFC 209 was either going to be a breakout moment for Tony Ferguson or for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who were meeting for the interim lightweight title. Yet the reason there was an “interim” attached to the fight at all was because nobody is sure what happens to the lightweight champion Conor McGregor next.

The Irishman is in the process of trying to put together a mega crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, a pursuit that has graduated from “unlikely to happen” to an “exploratory phase” in early 2017. Mayweather recently went on record saying he’d like to fight McGregor in June of this year. Complicating his return further, McGregor is going to be a father in May, and is taking time off to be with his girlfriend and help prepare for parenthood.

Should McGregor and Mayweather meet in the boxing ring, count Ferguson among those who doesn’t think he has a chance against the undefeated “Money” Mayweather (49-0). He said as much during an interview on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“No way,” Ferguson said. “Floyd’s just a different animal.”

Ferguson was hoping that a victory over Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 would result in a unification bout with McGregor, which has the added bonus of becoming a colossal payday. Yet with Nurmagomedov fell ill during the eleventh hour of his weight cut and was forced to withdraw, Ferguson was left in limbo again. The fights that interest him the most are bouts against Nurmagomedov (which has been booked three times already), Nate Diaz (whom he called out on the show), and McGregor.

As for the latter, Ferguson doesn’t think McGregor is too interested in squaring off with him anytime soon.

“That dude doesn’t want to fight me directly,” he said.

“Conor knows exactly what he’s up against, and he knows I’m a force to be reckoned with. He can’t talk his way through this one. And the same thing with Nate. It’s a different scale with me.”

One way or another, after being booked for a title shot — interim or otherwise — Ferguson expects his next fight to carry the same import. He says he deserves to be in a title bout, and nothing less.

“Well, why not? I mean, literally I was just fighting for the [interim] belt,” he told Ariel Helwani. “I feel like I am a legit contender, I’ve got nine wins in a row, I’ve got X amount of performance [of the night] victories. Really, I’ve been putting in some work. I feel like I deserve it. What am I going to do. I’m just going to boom boom, banging through these dudes, man. And just keep knocking them out and finishing them. I’ve had it in my head I need a knockout. So if you guys want to see somebody get knocked out, let’s go.”

A fight between Ferguson and McGregor doesn’t seem imminent at the time. Yet if McGregor gets his wish, and steps in the boxing ring with Mayweather, Ferguson says he wouldn’t blame him for taking the big payday. Then again, if boxing’s what McGregor wants to do, Ferguson said he’d accommodate him.

“No, I mean if he’s all about business and being a punk he needs to vacate that belt but, I don’t know,” he said. “If you want to box, let’s go. I’ll box you.

“That dude would get eaten up on his feet.”

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Rick Glenn apologized to his wife after giving ring girls Phillipe Nover’s Valentine Gifts at weigh-ins

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Rick Glenn talks to the media about his decision win over Phillipe Nover at UFC 208, the valentine gifts Nover gave him at weigh-ins, earning his first UFC win, and much more.

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Mike Jackson released by UFC after just one bout, headed for the boxing ring

The situation was all a little novel, but Mike Jackson — who made his UFC debut against fellow debutant Mickey Gall on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas — was never long for the Octagon.

Jackson has been released by the promotion after getting submitted in 45 seconds against Gall, the fighter who was discovered during an airing of Lookin’ For A Fight being groomed for the chance to face pro wrestler-turned-mixed martial artist CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks).

“I was released few weeks ago,” Jackson told MMA Fighting. “I wish they would have done it sooner, or gave me the Artem [Lobov] fight. But I’m getting back to boxing next month.”

The 31-year-old Jackson — who had experience as a kickboxer competing in Legacy heading into his UFC debut — had been angling to face SGB’s Lobov in his next fight. Lobov had even accepted the challenge.

Yet the Houston native was never delusional heading into his UFC Fight Night 82, admitting openly that he wasn’t UFC caliber. It all went into unique setting, which placed Jackson — who carries the nickname “The Truth” — essentially as a hurdle for Gall to clear en-route to CM Punk.

Jackson, who also doubles as a journalist in combat sports, said he’s hoping to have a boxing bout booked for the end of May.

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