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Conor McGregor Throws Some Shade at Max Holloway

It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Conor McGregor comes back to the Octagon and fights anyone that won’t make him millions of dollars.

So it’s a bit puzzling that, after featherweight king Max Holloway bowed out of his fight against Frankie Edgar due to injury, McGregor took to social media to throw some shade at the Hawaiian slugger.

I mean, it’s not like McGregor didn’t beat him or something. And there is no way in hell McGregor – the lightweight champ – is cutting down to featherweight again.

Well, regardless of McGregor’s motivation, here’s the Irishman’s latest jab.

When there is no referee to save you.

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Donald Cerrone Gives Darren Till Some Props

To the victor goes the spoils, which, for Darren Till, means a healthy $ 50,000 bonus for taking out Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Also among those spoils is the bump in recognition for taking out such a high-profile UFC star, plus the ability to influence (at least somewhat) his […]

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Donald Cerrone Gives Darren Till Some Props

To the victor goes the spoils, which, for Darren Till, means a healthy $ 50,000 bonus for taking out Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Also among those spoils is the bump in recognition for taking out such a high-profile UFC star, plus the ability to influence (at least somewhat) his […]

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Donald Cerrone Gives Darren Till Some Props

To the victor goes the spoils, which, for Darren Till, means a healthy $ 50,000 bonus for taking out Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Also among those spoils is the bump in recognition for taking out such a high-profile UFC star, plus the ability to influence (at least somewhat) his […]

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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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Rory MacDonald accuses Robbie Lawler of taking steroids, was ‘on some sh*t’ at UFC 189

Robbie Lawler has long been known for his incredible endurance and ability to keep on ticking after taking a good licking.

According to Rory MacDonald, however, it’s with the help of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). During a recent interview with MMA Fighting, “Red King” said “Ruthless” was undoubtedly on “some shit” during their epic brawl at UFC 189.

“I’m convinced he was,” said Rory.

“He never slowed down. I would hurt him and his output was high, high, high and he never really lost power and endurance. He just kept the pace and kept the power no matter how hurt or tired he was. He always was recovered very fast. It made me very suspicious.”

Indeed, both men took quite a beating that night, Lawler included, who suffered a lacerated lip, busted up face and more before finishing Rory in the fifth and final round.

“Obviously, I think Robbie is a tank of a person. He’s got that fire and that will and the rage and that anger in him that burns and pushes him through those hard moments. He’s an absolute warrior. I’m not disagreeing with that. But I do believe he was taking some sh*t,” he added.

Despite “suspicious test results,” which included high Luteinizing Hormone, Lawler did not fail the test administered by USADA.

After stating he’s heard not-so flattering things about American Top Team’s (ATT) ties with PEDs, Rory got into a Twitter spat with Yves Edwards.

More on that here.

Still, Rory wants to make it clear that he isn’t accusing all ATT team members of using steroids, but won’t back down on his thoughts on Robbie.

“I didn’t call so and so and so and so someone who was on performance-enhancing drugs,” he said. “I don’t have an issue with whatever. Someone asked me, ‘Do I think Robbie Lawler is on steroids?’ Yeah, I do. That’s it.”

At the end if the day, Rory says it’s not about sour grapes, he’s simply expressing what he believes to be true.

“I’m totally not crying about it,” MacDonald said. “If you’re gonna ask me, do I think Robbie Lawler takes performance-enhancing drugs? Absolutely, I do. And I absolutely think he was on something when we fought.”

To date, Robbie has never failed a drug test.

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Twitter reacts to Jon Jones’ failed UFC 214 drug test – ‘I hope this is some insane mistake’

The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was flipped upside-down last night (Tues., Aug, 22, 2017) when news broke that Jon Jones failed drug test administered by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) one day before his fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.

Naturally, many of the sport’s top stars and personalities took to Twitter to express their feel goods following the unexpected news:

According to Malki Kawa — long-time manager to Jon Jones — “Bones” was “crushed” upon hearing the news and the team is looking into the possibility of a tainted supplement being the culprit.

Jones now faces up to a four-year suspension since it’s his second infraction in just over a year’s time. His knockout win over Cormier at UFC 214 was his first bout after serving a one-year suspension for his failed drug test, which ultimately scrapped his scheduled fight vs. “DC” at UFC 200.

Jones has long proclaimed he has stayed far way from performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), while Cormier has always accused his bitter rival of taking steroids throughout his career. And after this latest infraction, it’s kind of hard to side with “Bones.”

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NBA’s Deron Williams on possible UFC fighters union: ‘Some changes need to be made’

Deron Williams has a unique perspective on the possibility of a UFC fighters union.

Williams, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is a member and major proponent of the NBA Players Association (NBAPA). He’s also a longtime UFC fan. And now he’s closer than ever to the sport of mixed martial arts as the co-owner of Fortis MMA in Dallas.

In viewing the fighters who train at his gym, Williams sees what he describes as a a high-risk-and-low-reward situation. He sees fighters who are “putting in a lot of work — blood, sweat and tears — for very little money,” Williams told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“It’s just tough on them,” Williams said. “You talk about the UFC, it’s not like basketball. We have a players union that’s fighting for us and helping us better our contracts and things like that. These guys are kind of just on their own and it’s whatever [the UFC says] goes. So, it’s a tough situation.”

Recent attempts to start a fighters union have been futile and associations have had a hard time gaining a foothold as well. The MMA Fighters Association (MMAFA), which has been around since 2008, has had the most success, spearheading an antitrust lawsuit against the UFC that is currently in litigation.

Talk of some kind of organization of fighters hit a fever pitch when the Fertitta brothers sold the UFC to WME-IMG for more than $ 4 billion last summer, but have cooled down since then. While NBA players see an increase in salaries when the league signs a new broadcast deal — as mandated by the collective-bargaining agreement with the NBAPA — UFC fighters don’t get a percentage of the promotion’s broadcast money. And that money is likely to expand exponentially when the UFC’s deal with Fox is up next year.

“I don’t know what’ll happen,” Williams said. “I think there’s definitely some changes need to be made, because it’s kind of taking a lot of money out of their pockets the way things are going. It’s working for the UFC, obviously. The business model is working. I don’t know.”

Williams has been a fan of the UFC for years and has been training in MMA himself, too. Williams said he has trained on and off for about four years, but has really gotten into it in the last 18 months, especially Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He trains with his coach and partner Sayif Saud at Fortis MMA, with Rob Handley in Utah and with UFC veterans Josh Burkman and Steven Siler, too. Williams said he’s usually in the gym three to four times per week in the offseason.

When his NBA career is over, Williams said he’d love to compete in jiu-jitsu competitions. He is, after all, a former wrestling youth state champion in Texas.

“I’m gonna do some jits tournaments, for sure,” Williams said. … “I’ll probably have to [after retirement]. It’ll probably be the smartest thing to do.”

Right now, Williams has plenty on his plate. The 12-year NBA veteran is the backup point guard for the Cavaliers, who are currently in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Williams is a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Still, if a basketball game comes on at the same time as an MMA fight, Williams will choose MMA every time. He said he watches every UFC card, from Fight Pass prelims to the main event. Williams calls his favorite fighter Jon Jones, but since he has been inactive Demetrious Johnson is Williams’ second choice.

“Jon Jones was my favorite fighter,” Williams said. “He hasn’t fought in two years, it’s hard to say somebody that’s not out there. But I love watching Mighty Mouse. He’s amazing. He’s just so technical. He’s great standup, wrestling, he’s slick on his back. He can do it all.

“Not a lot people like the 125ers. There’s not a lot of knockouts, to be honest. But watching him and what he does, it’s so crazy. He’s so patient, he’s so smart.”

Williams, 32, is definitely a student of MMA. And he’s got a stake in it now, too. He’s not sure if there will ever be a union like NBA players have, but he’ll surely be keeping a close eye on the developments.

“I know guys have talked about it,” Williams said. “You’ve seen fighters talk about it in the past. It seems like when they talk about it, they end up in Bellator.”

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TJ Dillashaw on coaching TUF opposite TAM: ‘I really get to show the world some true colors’

Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw was far from the only person to leave Team Alpha Male over the past couple years. But out of all those who left Sacramento, from flyweight standout Joseph Benavidez to coaches Martin Kampmann and Duane Ludwig, Dillashaw caught the most flack for leaving Urijah Faber’s famed gym.

“I left when I had the belt, there was a lot of attention coming back on the team about it being kind of on a downward spiral,” Dillashaw said on Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour. “Coaches left, they couldn’t get another coach to stay, Kampmann moved back home, and so, I was the one coaching practices, and just kind of knew that I didn’t really need it for my career. So I feel like there was just some insecurity there.”

Dillashaw’s beef with TAM, now two years running, is back in the headlines with The Ultimate Fighter 25 playing out on FOX Sports 1. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt are coaching teams of fighters in a comeback season, which will culminate in Dllashaw challenging Garbrandt for the bantamweight belt at UFC 213 in Las Vegas.

And with the scrutiny comes fresh reminders of what went down. One of Team Alpha Male’s coaches, Justin Buchholz, has been vocal in criticizing Dillashaw. But the former champ noted that Buchholz was in his corner for his Jan. 2016 fight in Boston with Dominick Cruz, in which Cruz defeated Dillashaw in a narrow decision to claim the belt — and that this went down after Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male.

“He cornered me for my Cruz fight, when this all started,” Dillashaw said. “When I told Urijah I was going to do my full camp in Colorado. That’s when I got the ultimatum and left, and yeah, Buchholz continued to coach me. He was actually the one who told me I made the right decision, that me leaving was the best thing and that Faber was running that team into the ground and that what I did was the right thing to do.”

Dillashaw admits that when he got the call asking him to take the TUF coaching gig, he hesitated, not wanting to rehash all the drama that seemed close to dead and buried. But at the end of the day, he was confident his side of the story would shine through.

“I get to really show the world some true colors,” Dillashaw said. “I get to show, you know, what’s really been going down. And it’s kind of nice. I’ve always wanted to coach The Ultimate Fighter, I thought it would be something I’d really enjoy. But, when I got the call and they asked me to coach against Team Alpha Male and Cody Garbrandt, of course, there was a hesitant of thinking, like ‘damn, I don’t really want to deal with all this drama.’ I’ve done everything I possibly can to avoid this drama in my life and now I’m going to put it back in. So, it’s something I’ve been trying to avoid, but ultimately, I knew the best decision was to take the fight and take the show, and show people who I am, and tell my side of the story once again and be done with it.”

Showing up on the set nearly every day for six weeks and being side-by-side was a bit unnerving at first, but Dillashaw said he got around it by simply focusing on his own team’s needs.

“It was stressful, you know? It was definitely a stressful situation, but I feel like I handled it well.” he said. “I just kind of laughed it off, really. I just continue to be professional and give all my guys as much as I possibly could. I was there to be a coach, I really enjoy coaching, and I really was there to push my guys as far as I possibly could, but I felt like the other team was there to try to make themselves look cool and try to make me look as bad as possible, so, I think the thing about it was just that I stayed level-headed and kept to my business for the most part.”

Dillashaw’s final concern was how he’d be portrayed in the fast-and-loose version of the truth often provided by reality TV. Through the early episodes, at least, he has no complaints.

“When I was on the show, you’re always worried about how you’re going to come off, and so far it’s been portrayed the way it’s really gone down, you know?” Dillashaw said. “So, I mean, there was so much drama and so much going on with the show that they didn’t have to add anything or add a storyline, because it was already there. The drama and the storyline of me and Team Alpha Male and them so worried about me and my life was already there, you know? Their insecurities and them being worried about me created the plotline for The Ultimate Fighter, so, it’s gone the way it went down.”

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Cub Swanson gives Conor McGregor ‘some chance’ against Floyd Mayweather

With a fight this weekend against Artem Lobov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108, Cub Swanson has his immediate future in view. But beyond that, he’s as open-minded about the possibilities as the champion who was recently stripped of his title in the featherweight division.

Swanson is a boxing fan who has sparred with many boxers throughout his years a mixed martial artist. He says that if Conor McGregor lands the colossal boxing match with Floyd Mayweather (which looks like he will), he wouldn’t mind being on that card, too.

“I would love for there to be a boxing versus MMA card,” Swanson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think it would be awesome. I think MMA guys doing boxing is hard, you know, but it’s exciting and people want to see it. It’s almost like when MMA first started, when it was style versus style. So, I would love to be in on it, and I would love to see it.”

Swanson joins a growing cast of MMA fighters who’ve expressed interest in stepping in the boxing ring. Anderson Silva has long coveted a bout with Roy Jones Jr., and recently English light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa made it known he’d love to box his countryman David Haye if he can’t get a title shot next against Daniel Cormier.

As for who Swanson would like to fight specifically, he did have a name in mind — but was ultimately open to suggestions.

“I mean, I had called out [Paulie] Malignaggi,” Swanson said during the interview. “He said he would fight me, but I would fight anybody. I spar a lot of good guys. I’m not afraid.”

Swanson admitted that the prospect of the current lightweight champion McGregor taking on the undefeated Mayweather has major allure. And as somebody who has stood in the ring and tried to out-fox boxers he doesn’t necessarily like McGregor’s chances of winning. Then again, he doesn’t see it as a sure thing that Mayweather will defeat McGregor.

“Only in the fact that [McGregor]’s so awkward,” he said. “He would have to really train for it and be ready, and he’d have to land big shots early. I’d give him some chance, but I don’t think he’s going to win.”

Swanson has been vocal about MMA fighters venturing into the boxing ring, and he explained why on the show.

“I’ve chimed in a lot because I felt that if anybody should be doing a boxing match that’s been an MMA fighting, it’d be me,” he said. “I don’t think anybody’s done more rounds. But I’ll tell you though, the one thing that keeps me able to hang with all these guys at a high level is the fact that I keep them guessing. When I try to box like them, within two rounds they’ll just figure me out and just out box me.

“But if I box them and I switch to southpaw, and I’m throwing big shots, and I clinch with them and I stick and move, and I’m fighting on the inside like a dirty boxer, and I just keep switching it, throwing a lot of things they’re not used to seeing — that’s the way that I dominate rounds.

“That being said, that’s going to be the biggest ‘what if’ for Conor fighting him.”

Swanson is coming off a Fight of the Year against the young Korean prospect Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206, a fight that he prevailed in via unanimous decision. He’s now won three fights in a row after he dropped a couple of fights against Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway in late-2015/early-2015.

Asked directly if he thought Mayweather would win against McGregor, Swanson leaned that way — but left the door open a little bit for surprises.

“That would be the safe money bet, that Floyd beats him,” he said. “But it’s very possible that Conor throws some real awkward stuff and if he lands something big it could kind of throw Mayweather off his game.”

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