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Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Mark Hunt says ‘there’s a lot of scared puppies out there’ hindering a UFC fighters union

Mark Hunt scored an early victory ahead of his UFC Fight Night 110 showdown against Derrick Lewis.

Last week, Hunt’s lawsuit against the UFC, Dana White, and Brock Lesnar survived a motion to dismiss by the defendants, allowing Hunt’s case to move forward in the courts. The win was a small but important one for Hunt in the ongoing saga of Lesnar’s failed drug test at UFC 200, however the “Super Samoan” isn’t getting ahead of himself when it comes to the bigger picture.

“I’m never confident about anything, especially with law,” Hunt said Monday on The MMA Hour. “All I’m trying to do is get a fair go at fighting. I’m sick of fighting these juicers, and like I said before, if they didn’t do enough to keep me happy, I’ll just do it myself. You guys put me in this position. I didn’t put myself in this position. I didn’t do anything wrong here. So you need to fix what you did wrong and change things, because like I said before, someone’s going to die.

“But I’m glad that the judge allowed it to go through to discovery, which is good.”

In the amended complaint filed last week, Hunt alleged the UFC, White and Lesnar knew of Lesnar’s performance-enhancing drug use but aided Lesnar in fighting Hunt at UFC 200 regardless. Lesnar went on to test positive for the banned substance clomiphene in two separate drug screenings, the results of both of which were unavailable until after the fight, which Lesnar won via unanimous decision. The Nevada Athletic Commission subsequently overturned that result into a ‘no contest’ and fined Lesnar a total of $ 250,000.

Altogether, the moment was a breaking point for Hunt, a 43-year-old heavyweight legend who has fought numerous UFC opponents who either possessed a checkered PED past or popped positive immediately after facing Hunt. Hunt said he hopes the lawsuit helps show “how corrupt this bullsh*t is,” and vowed to continue speaking his mind about his situation without fear of UFC repercussions.

“I don’t really care. If they want to fire me, go right ahead,” Hunt said. “It doesn’t do anything, I’ll just find a new contract. Like I said, if that’s the case, then why even want to be a part of the UFC? I’ve done nothing wrong here. All I’ve done is been a good company man, [fighting] all the time. You want me to fight? Yeah, when’s the date and where? Look, I’m just sick of fighting these juicers. They just keep giving me f*cking cheaters, so that’s all I’m trying to do is make it fair so that I can get a shot at fighting here for a title. And every time I start getting a run on, I get a f*cking juicehead because that’s all they have. So like I said, if they want to fire me now, go right ahead.

“I don’t give a rat’s,” Hunt continued. “Man, why would I give a rat’s about something, like I said, being in a company that treats you like dirt? Why would I want to be a part of that sh*t? … I’ve been fighting cheaters. They got freakin’ help and they got away with it. So being part of such a sh*tty company who treats you like this, why would I want to be here? Fire me. F*ck, I’m out of here. I can go do something else.”

Hunt’s suit comes at a time in which fighter unrest is the highest it’s ever been in the UFC, at least publicly. He said hopes his cause makes a difference to help future generations “reap the rewards of being the best fighter and having great money, instead of being a great fighter but being broke.” Hunt noted that “a lot of other fighters are getting thrown under the bus all the time,” stating as much on the same day one of the best pound-for-pound fighters the sport has ever seen, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, went public with his own accusations of “mistreatment and bullying” from the UFC.

One much-discussed solution that could potentially help fighters handle such grievances would be a UFC fighters union or association. Hunt has offered his support causes like that in the past, but remains unenthusiastic about any unionization progress thus far.

“I’m just focused on fighting and on the court case,” Hunt said. “Like I said, with the union, I don’t know what’s going on. All the fighters need to band together for that, but there’s a lot of scared puppies out there.

“I hope a union starts or something happens, but it’s all big talk, big talk, but that’s all it is at the moment. Just talk. Right now, it’s nothing.”

As it stands, Hunt still has enough on his plate dealing with the challenge looming ahead of him this weekend. His battle in Auckland against Lewis is a major fight for the heavyweight division and is essentially a homecoming for Hunt, who was born and raised in nearby South Auckland. And despite all of the negativity that surrounds his current relationship with the UFC, Hunt said he is still enjoying the fisticuffs side of the sport as much as he ever has.

“The last time I fought here was 15 years ago and it was a Muay Thai fight. Now it’s MMA with the biggest company in the world,” Hunt said.

“It’s good to be here again a second time, regardless of the gloomy cloud hanging over the whole situation. It’s going to be a great event. Derrick Lewis is hopefully one of the clean ones and we’ll put on a good show this weekend. It’s a good opportunity for a lot of (local) fighters here.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Anderson Silva is still upset with the UFC following the circumstances that led to him being unable to compete at UFC 212.
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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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Morning Report: Floyd Mayweather to Conor McGregor: ‘There’s a lot of barking, but no biting’

If MMA fighters can learn one thing from Floyd Mayweather Jr., it should be the ability to constantly keep their names in the headlines.

Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor are, theoretically, going to fight at some point in the future. Their potential superfight has been one of the major talking points in combat sports for the better part of the last year and both sides have consistently said they want to make the fight happen. And though the amount of money to be made on such a spectacle seems to be enough to potentially force the UFC to acquiesce to co-promotion, the bout is nowhere closer to being booked as far as anyone knows. So, in lieu of actual fisticuffs, Mayweather and McGregor can be found periodically firing shots at one another, keeping the buzz about the fight alive.

A few days ago, Mayweather, seemingly tired of the ever present questions about boxing McGregor, told the Irish champion to “sign the paper.” Then yesterday, in an interview with FightHype, Mayweather doubled down on the comments, saying that McGregor is all talk and no action.

“I think that, a lot of times with competitors and athletes and fighters, we can ask for certain things that we really don’t want. I want to fight, I want to fight. There’s a lot of barking but there’s no biting. When you talk about biting, sign the contract. Don’t talk the s**t. If you really want to fight, sign the contract and we can make it happen.

“So just letting the world know that he’s full of s**t and he don’t really want to fight. ‘Oh, I want to fight, I want to fight, I want to fight. Mayweather’s scared of me.’ Listen, I’m my own boss, so let’s make the fight happen. You talking all that s**t, you acting like you want to fight, I don’t think you really want to fight. Sign the contract, let’s make it happen.”

Mayweather faced similar accusations himself throughout his career, presenting himself as a willing opponent but, to many eyes, avoiding tough challenges. However, what sometimes appears to fans to be ducking an opponent, often turns out to just be a matter of leverage to secure the best financial outcome for a fighter. After all, over the course of his career, no fighter has ever been so successful at ensuring their own financial security from a fight than Floyd Mayweather.

But Mayweather says things weren’t always that way for him, he had to work himself up to that point. And while McGregor may fancy himself the main attraction in this superfight, Mayweather says the UFC champion needs to learn to walk before he can run, because right now, McGregor has no leverage.

“You belong to the UFC and you don’t own anything. Don’t bid yourself out. Just make the fight happen. Just like when I went out and I competed, at one particular time, I had to be the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When they brought the money to the table, I took it, kicked a**, and became the A side. Now I’m the A side, come kick my a** and you become the A side. . .

“At one particular time, I was the B side. When they made me an offer, I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain, I took the offer and went out there and fought and became the A side. When I became the A side, I demanded what I wanted. He cannot demand anything because he’s not in a position to demand anything. If we offer you, or your team offers you, a certain amount of money – I don’t know what it is – take it.”

Though McGregor is enormously popular, Mayweather is the bigger star for the purposes of this bout, giving him the leverage. His fights have topped one million pay-per-view buys eight times, with another three breaking 900,000 buys. McGregor has only topped the one million mark four times. Then there’s also the fact that Mayweather is worth several hundred million dollars and doesn’t need to fight McGregor at all, whereas Mayweather is certainly the most lucrative option for McGregor.

“With or without Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather is still going to get seven figures every month for the rest of his life and still live a lavish life,” said Mayweather.

So with Mayweather seemingly holding most of the cards here, he ended his McGregor talk with a message to his potential foe, one primed for headlines:

“Conor McGregor, stop blowing smoke up peoples’ a****, you little b**ch. If you want to fight, let’s make it happen you punk.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Miss. Mackenzie Dern was unable to make 115 pounds, had to have her fight changed to a catchweight bout.

Fine. California proposed an increased fine for fighters missing weight.

Changes. Vitor Belfort reflects on the changes in MMA over his 20 years in the sport.

Interim. Edson Barboza says a rematch with Tony Ferguson for an interim title makes sense.

Plans. Kelvin Gastelum says he knows how to beat Tyron Woodley.


MEDIA STEW

Some sort of mystery jellybean challenge.

Roy Nelson on TMZ.

Jake Ellenberger and Mike Perry mix it up on Chael’s show.

Gunni interview.

No pool noodles here.

Kron Gracie vlog.


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TWEETS

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Unhappy about that Edgar-Rodriguez matchup.

Respect.

Cool reaction shot.

That would be great.

Conor.

Reminder.

Someone’s happy about fighters making less money.

Bro down.

And Lauzon just got booked for a fight too.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Joe Lauzon (27-12) vs. Stevie Ray (20-6); UFC Fight Night: Nashville, April 22.

Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) vs. Yair Rodriguez (10-1); UFC 211, May 13.

Antonio Carlos Junior (7-2, 1 NC) vs. Eric Spicely (10-1); UFC 212, June 3.

Johnny Eduardo (28-10) vs. MAtthew Lopez (9-1); UFC 212, June 3.

Marco Beltran (6-4) vs. Deiveson Alcantara (11-0); UFC 212, June 3.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

1995: Ken Shamrock defended his King of Pancrase title for the first time, submitting Bas Rutten with a kneebar at Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 2.

2000: Future UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne made his UFC debut, winning a unanimous decision over Fabiano Iha at UFC 24. The event was supposed to be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo but Randleman slipped on a pipe backstage, knocking himself unconscious and preventing the bout.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Quote that got mostly left out from Mayweather above:

“We gonna fight, regardless, standing up, because real men fight standing up. I’m from the old school. I’m not gonna kick my shoes off, I’m not gonna be between no man’s legs, wrestling on the ground, I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna kick a**. That’s what I do.”

Wouldn’t be combat sports without a little latent homophobia shoved in there. Anyway, it’s fight weekend, folks. Tomorrow, instead of watching Shogun and Vitor fight an old man bout, we possibly (probably?) have to see two legends get stretchered. Prepare accordingly.

Enjoy the scraps and see y’all on Monday.


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