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  • Terry Etim was 16-5 in his professional MMA career, including a 6-5 record in the UFC. (Getty)
    Terry Etim was 16-5 in his professional MMA career, including a 6-5 record in the UFC. (Getty)

    Former UFC fighter Terry Etim is hospitalized and in serious condition after reportedly throwing himself onto a series of vehicles in the Old Swan region of Etim’s hometown of Liverpool, England.

    Via the Liverpool Echo: “[Etim] appeared to throw himself against as many as four vehicles, including three single-decker Stagecoach and Arriva buses. All except one were believed to be stationary at the time. “He was eventually restrained by police and taken to hospital. His condition was this evening described as serious.

    “The dramatic events in East Prescot Road close to the Navigator pub traffic lights junction began shortly after 2 p.m.

    “Eyewitnesses who work in a nearby parade of shops first became aware of a man running in and out of traffic and throwing himself against the windscreens of a number of vehicles, leaving him covered in blood.”

    Police are shown at the scene of the accident in Liverpool. (Credit: Liverpool Echo)
    Police are shown at the scene of the accident in
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  • Ronda Rousey will guest star in an upcoming episode of
    Ronda Rousey will guest star in an upcoming episode of “Blindspot.” (Getty)

    Ronda Rousey is back.

    No, she isn’t returning to the Octagon – at least not yet. But EW reports that Rousey will be on the small screen as a guest star appearing on the TV show, “Blindspot,” with the episode likely to air in early May.

    “Rousey will be playing Devon Penberthy, a female prison inmate who grew up in a working class family from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and is serving time for transporting weapons across state lines,” the news release stated. “She is a tough, athletic woman who knows how to fight and handle a weapon.”

    Rousey has had roles in the film industry with “Furious 7” and “Entourage,” as well as experience on TV with shows such as Comedy Central’s “Drunk History.” She also hosted “Saturday Night Live” in January 2016.

    It is unknown if the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion will be returning to MMA. Rousey has lost her last two fights by knockout – to Holly Holm at UFC 193

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  • CM Punk
    CM Punk received a special voicemail from The Rock on Monday night. (AP)

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hasn’t appeared in a WWE ring since WrestleMania 32 last April. CM Punk hasn’t appeared in a WWE since he left the company in 2014. But both men nearly shared a moment together in a WWE ring Monday night.

    Johnson made an appearance before and after the “Raw” taping from the Staples Center in Los Angeles because he was filming a scene for an upcoming movie he’s producing on the career of WWE wrestler Paige titled, “Fighting With My Family.”

    When the TV taping ended, a match took place between two actors recreating Paige winning the WWE Divas Championship from Punk’s wife, AJ Lee, in 2014.

    When Lee was announced, the crowd starting chanting loudly for CM Punk. Hearing the cheers, Johnson called his one-time opponent (Johnson won the WWE championship at the 2013 Royal

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  • NFL players dance in the end zone after they score a touchdown. Athletes dance after they win a title. But, dancing in the middle of a MMA fight?

    We saw it on Saturday night during the British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts (BCMMA) 18 event as Joe Harding faced Johan Segas in an amateur featherweight bout.

    After connecting with a high kick and then a left jab, Harding decided to break out a salsa dance in the middle of the cage. Segas noticed and was clearly not impressed by Harding’s dance moves as he connected on a left head kick that sent Harding’s eyes back into his head before he hit the canvas.

    Segas landed a couple hammerfists for good measure and the referee finally stepped in when it was clear Harding was out.

    Let’s hope Harding learned a lesson and will never do something like that again. And hopefully fighters everywhere learned something there. Never dance until you won the fight.

    Joe Harding
    Joe Harding learned you should never dance during a MMA fight.
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  • Derrick Lewis isn’t one to mince words and hold anything back.

    That rang true again on Sunday night after notching a second-round knockout of Travis Browne in the main event of UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During his post-fight interview with Brian Stann, Lewis brought up Browne’s past domestic abuse allegations and took a step further when he brought up his opponent’s current girlfriend, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.

    “I just knew I had a bigger heart than him,” Lewis said. “He call himself a man, but he likes to put his hands on women. So, forget that guy. I got much more heart than he has. Where’s Ronda Rousey’s fine [expletive] at?”

    Derrick Lewis destroyed Travis Browne in the cage and on the microphone. (Getty Images)

    The incident Lewis referenced was from July 2015 when Browne’s then-wife Jenna Webb accused Browne of abuse by putting a photo on her Instagram account featuring multiple bruises on her body. The No. 9 ranked UFC

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  • 'Cyborg' cleared by USADA, becomes eligible to fight immediately

    Cris “Cyborg” Justino was cleared of an anti-doping violation Friday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and is free to fight immediately. (Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

    Cris “Cyborg” Justino will soon get the opportunity to fight for the championship of the division that was created for her.

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency granted Justino a retroactive therapeutic use exemption on Friday, paving the way for the hard-hitting Brazilian to start to challenge for the women’s featherweight title.

    On Dec. 5, Justino failed an out-of-competition test given to her by USADA, testing positive for Spironolactone, which is banned at all times by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list in the category of diuretics and masking agents.

    But upon the news becoming public, Justino said she had been prescribed medication by a doctor which caused the positive result.

    USADA’s statement:

    USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Cristiane Justino, of Curitiba, Brazil, has been granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use

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  • Georges St-Pierre
    Georges St-Pierre won’t have a problem finding an opponent when he returns to the UFC. (Getty Images)

    With his contract now official after ironing out some details, it’s safe to assume former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will step inside the Octagon sometime in 2017.

    St-Pierre is eager to fight and UFC officials are excited to have him back. But finalizing a deal won’t resolve all issues. For example, will St-Pierre compete at 170 pounds or move to middleweight? And who should he face in his return?

    Finding a fighter willing to step in against St-Pierre is easy. It’s a big-money bout and a victory will immediately alter the opponent’s standing in the MMA circle.

    The lucky winner of the St-Pierre sweepstakes, however, must meet certain criteria: He must be a current contender or titleholder at welterweight or middleweight. He must have high name recognition — this is, by the way, a high-profile bout.

    With this in mind, here are the four most likely fighters to get the call

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  • Hannah Kampf’s cornerman breaks up the fight. (@Jolassanda/Twitter)

    A cornerman was forced to take matters into his own hands and save his fighter after a referee missed a blatant submission during a Super Fight League event in India on Friday.

    The disturbing incident took place when Asha Roka locked in a guillotine on Hannah Kampf early in the first round. Kampf’s body went limp seconds after Roka applied the choke, but it wasn’t until nearly 20 seconds later that Kampf’s cornerman entered the ring and stopped the fight himself.

    Kampf did show some movement shortly after going out, but it’s clear she wasn’t defending herself and the referee horribly misjudged the situation.

    Check out the scary incident in the clip below:

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  • Conor McGregor says his next fight will be against Floyd Mayweather. (Photo credit: GQ Style)
    Conor McGregor has a very unconventional selection for his favorite romantic comedy. (Photo credit: GQ Style)

    Conor McGregor doesn’t look like the type of man who fawns over romantic comedies during his downtime. But during an interview with GQ Style, the UFC lightweight champion revealed that there is a certain film that Mystic Mac adores more than any other.

    And it certainly isn’t what you would expect.

    “My favorite romantic comedy would probably be Scarface,” McGregor said in the video conversation with GQ.

    The unconventional rom-com selection falls right in line with McGregor’s greatest love: the mighty dollar. Sure, McGregor has his first baby on the way with his girlfriend Dee Devlin. However, his affinity for cash is something that the 28-year-old shares with the film’s anti-hero, Tony Montana.

    “The love Tony had for the money. It was absolutely breathtaking, it blew me away,” he said. “Such a beautiful love story. Crafted together beautifully.”

    Unfortunately, Al Pacino’s

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  • Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission as a result of blows after the bell she suffered in her loss to Germaine de Randamie in their featherweight title bout in the main event Saturday of UFC 208 in Brooklyn.

    Holm’s appeal, filed by attorneys Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton, includes a complaint against referee Todd Anderson, who chose not to penalize de Randamie despite blows thrown well after the bell following Rounds 2 and 3.

    The appeal, first reported by MMA Fighting, asks the commission to review Anderson’s decision.

    Germaine de Randamie (L) lands a right hand to the chin of Holly Holm after the bell to end the second round, but referee Todd Anderson did not deduct a point. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

    “We respectfully request the commission review referee Anderson’s failure to assess a foul and render a decision regarding a point deduction following Round 2, and failure to assess a foul and a point

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  • Georges St-Pierre
    Georges St-Pierre is close to returning to the UFC. (Getty Images)

    After being away from the Octagon for more than two years, former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is on the verge of returning to the promotion, a source close to the situation told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.

    Contract talks between representatives for St-Pierre and UFC have heated up, with the sides agreeing on most of the major issues. However, a deal has not yet been announced by the UFC.

    MMAFighting.com was first to report on this matter.

    Members of St-Pierre’s camp haven’t been shy to discuss his desire to return to action. But St-Pierre has been mum about a return date. It’s also unclear in which weight class he intends to compete.

    Regarded as the best 170-pound fighter in MMA history, there is speculation St-Pierre has his eyes set on challenging for the middleweight title. Under the right circumstances, champion Michael Bisping is more than willing to welcome St-Pierre into the 185-pound ranks.

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  • Germaine de Randamie offers Holly Holm a rematch as a result of late blows

    Germaine de Randamie (L) connects with a right hand on Holly Holm thrown after the bell to end the second round of their featherweight title fight Saturday in the main event of UFC 208. Referee Todd Anderson did not penalize de Randamie. (Getty Images)

    Criticism of new UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie about throwing late blows at the end of the second and third rounds of her title fight Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Holly Holm has prompted de Randamie to take to Facebook to offer Holm a rematch to quell the controversy.

    De Randamie won a unanimous decision, 48-47 on all three cards, to claim the newly created women’s featherweight belt. But had referee Todd Anderson taken a point for either of the two low blows, the fight would have been a draw.

    The late blows were the topic of much debate in the MMA media the day after. Yahoo Sports put much of the blame on Anderson. MMA junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes noted that de Randamie was “the one who gave

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  • Yoel Romero has launched a gag GoFundMe page to raise money for Michael Bisping’s future medical expenses. (Getty)

    Talking trash has never been considered as UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero’s strong suit. But as he waits for his number to be called for a title fight against champion Michael Bisping, it appears that the Cuban-born Olympic silver medalist in wrestling took the time to brush up on his taunting skills.

    Although he’s been named as Bisping’s opponent, no date has been set for their fight as the champion is currently recovering from a minor knee surgery. But if it is up to Romero, this won’t be the last time that The Count will find himself hospitalized. As a matter of fact, Romero was kind enough to launch a GoFundMe page in an effort to preemptively raise funds to help pay for Bisping’s medical expenses after Romero gets his hands on him.

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  • Rory MacDonald to face Paul Daley in Bellator debut on May 19 in London

    Rory MacDonald (L), shown during his epic battle with Robbie Lawler at UFC 189, will fight Paul Daley in London on May 19 in his Bellator debut. (Getty Images)

    Rory MacDonald created a big splash in August when he left the UFC and signed a free-agent contract with Bellator. The welterweight, despite back-to-back losses in his final two UFC fights, was arguably the most gifted fighter among those that Bellator president Scott Coker signed away from the UFC.

    If he never wins another fight, MacDonald will be remembered for taking part in one of the greatest matches of all time, an incredible slugfest on July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas at UFC 189 that he lost via fifth-round TKO to Robbie Lawler in a bout for the welterweight title.

    Bellator will get to show off its prize signing in another high-profile fight. It announced on Twitter on Thursday that MacDonald will face heavy-handed Paul Daley on May 19 in London.

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  • Conor McGregor belongs on the biggest stage the UFC can offer. (Getty)
    Conor McGregor may not have a fight lined up, but he remains in the spotlight. (Getty)

    Even when he isn’t scheduled for a fight, Conor McGregor remains the talk of the town.

    The UFC lightweight champion has been the topic of discussion over the past few months regarding a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather. Although there hasn’t been any movement on that front aside from some conversations through the media, McGregor is still finding ways to be the topic du jour.

    The Irishman that everyone wants to fight has now been targeted by UFC legend Anderson Silva, who has gone on record stating that he’d love to get a shot at McGregor before the 41-year-old retires.

    Silva spoke on the prospect of facing McGregor during a recent media call in advance of his UFC 208 showdown with Derek Brunson.

    “I have a lot of respect for Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in the UFC,” Silva said. “I’m very respectful of Conor McGregor’s style. I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts

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  • Stipe Miocic previously lost to Junior dos Santos. (Getty)
    Stipe Miocic previously lost to Junior dos Santos. (Getty)

    Hard-hitting heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will defend his title against Junior dos Santos on May 13 at UFC 211 in Dallas, a source close the fight told Yahoo Sports on Monday.

    The bout was first reported by Combate.com. The UFC, however, has not yet officially announced the showdown.

    Miocic (16-2) and dos Santos will be meeting for the second time inside the Octagon. Dos Santos walked away with a tightly contested unanimous decision during the first fight, which took place Dec. 13, 2014, at UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix.

    While the judges didn’t see the fight in favor of Miocic that evening, his fortunes have changed significantly since. The Northeast Ohio native has won four in a row, including a first-round KO of then-titleholder Fabricio Werdum in May 2016 to claim the championship belt.

    In his most recent outing, Miocic made quick work of Alistair Overeem. He ended the former Strikeforce champ’s night at 4:27 of the opening

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  • All 500-plus UFC fighters to gather in Las Vegas in May for 'Athlete Retreat'

    New UFC owner Ari Emanuel (third from right) and president Dana White (right) will attend the first UFC athlete retreat in May and will give a joint keynote address. (Getty)

    All 500-plus active UFC fighters have been invited to gather in Las Vegas in May for a two-day UFC Athlete Retreat, which will be their first full integration into WME/IMG.

    WME/IMG purchased the UFC in July for $4 billion-plus, but many of the fighters haven’t met Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, its co-CEOs.

    Emm]anuel and Whitesell are big on integrating their clients from their various sports to create opportunities for everyone, and the retreat will mark the start of that for the UFC fighters.

    Athletes, musicians, actors/actresses and celebrities from many different genres who are represented by WME/IMG will appear at the retreat and will either offer presentations or be available to the fighters to ask questions.

    The fighters will be given a primer on the soon-to-open UFC Performance Institute, which is

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  • When a protest turned violent on the UC Berkeley campus on Wednesday evening, former UFC welterweight contender Jake Shields said he was there to rescue a man who was attacked by a group of protestors.

    A scheduled appearance by controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos caused a protest, which initially started as peaceful before it devolved into violence.

    Six people were treated for minor injuries, Berkeley officials said. About 1,500 people had gathered outside the student union where Yiannopoulos was due to speak.

    According to the university, “150 masked agitators” were responsible for things going awry as they took to the streets dressed in black and threw fireworks and rocks at police. Administrators for the school decided to cancel the Breitbart editor’s speaking engagement amid concern for his safety.

    But the violence had already escalated.

    Shields, who currently fights as a welterweight in the World Series of Fighting, posted a video of an argument between himself

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  • Amanda Nunes wasn’t completely ignored before she defended her women’s bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey on Dec. 30 in the main event of UFC 207 in Las Vegas, but it would be conservative to say the promotion was 95 percent about Rousey.

    Nunes quietly stewed in the background, insisting she wasn’t bothered by the slight. But after those violent 48 seconds in which she knocked Rousey out, a very different, much more animated Nunes surfaced.

    The change in Nunes emerged even before she had made it to her locker room in T-Mobile Arena, where she was spraying a bottle of champagne in excitement. As she passed the media on her way out of the Octagon, Nunes shouted at reporters, who were busily pecking away at their keyboards to document her dominant win, about the lack of respect she’d been afforded pre-fight.

    And so, beginning the night of the fight and continuing on for several weeks, she unleashed a torrent of abuse on Rousey. On fight night, she posted a photo on Twitter of a woman

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  • Dana White on Ronda Rousey: 'I think she's probably done'

    Ronda Rousey’s mixed martial arts career is most likely over, UFC president Dana White said Monday on a podcast with Jim Norton and Matt Serra.

    Asked by Norton about Rousey on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, White said after speaking to the former women’s bantamweight champion that he suspects she will not fight again.

    “It’s funny you asked me that today, [because] I literally talked to her this morning on the way to the gym,” White said in response to a question by Norton. “She’s good, man. Her spirits are good. She’s doing her thing. In the conversation that I had with her, If I had to say right here, right now – and, again, I don’t like saying right here, right now, [because] it’s up to her and [it’s] her thing – but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”

    In a text message to Yahoo Sports, White clarified his statement a bit.

    “I have no idea if she will retire,” he wrote. “I

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