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  • UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy announces retirement from MMA

    Tim Kennedy, being tended to at UFC 206 after being stopped by Kelvin Gastelum, announced his retirement on Tuesday. (Brandon Magnus/Getty Images)
    Tim Kennedy, being tended to at UFC 206 after being stopped by Kelvin Gastelum, announced his retirement on Tuesday. (Brandon Magnus/Getty Images)

    Tim Kennedy, the former Army Ranger who for several years was among the elite mixed martial artists in the world, announced his retirement as an active fighter Tuesday.

    In a post on Facebook, Kennedy cited his age as a factor. He was stopped by Kelvin Gastelum in December at UFC 206 in Toronto in what proved to be his final bout. He ends his career 18-6 overall and 3-2 in the UFC. His UFC highlight was a win over Michael Bisping, the current UFC middleweight champion. He lost two middleweight title bouts, to Jacare Souza and Luke Rockhold, while he was fighting in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion.

    I appreciated their comments and I don’t think they are wrong. I know I am still a good fighter. I know I was away a while. But they didn’t feel what I felt, and that’s being 37. I felt like I was in slow motion the entire match. I felt tired

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  • Yair Rodriguez batters Hall of Famer B.J. Penn, stops legend via TKO in second round

    Yair Rodriguez kicks B.J. Penn during his second-round TKO victory in their featherweight bout in Phoenix on Sunday. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
    Yair Rodriguez kicks B.J. Penn during his second-round TKO victory in their featherweight bout in Phoenix on Sunday. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

    For all the great things that B.J. Penn has done in mixed martial arts, he had no business being in the Octagon on Sunday. He hasn’t won in more than six years and is just a shell of his former self.

    What made it worse on Sunday was that he was matched at the Talking Stick Resort Arena with a fast, quick, dynamic striker who looks to be on the verge of stardom.

    Yair Rodriguez won his sixth fight in a row, easily handling Penn before stopping him at 24 seconds of the second round. Rodriguez caught Penn with a right front kick, and then threw a right cross behind it. Penn went down and Rodriguez unloaded with strikes, forcing referee John McCarthy to stop it.

    Penn briefly complained, but there is no disputing the stoppage. Penn was never in the fight and took a brutal beating in the first round. Penn was fighting for the first time since losing

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  • UFC President Dana White delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016. (Getty)
    UFC President Dana White put an offer on the table for a Mayweather-McGregor fight. (Getty)

    During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” Floyd Mayweather said he attempted to make a fight with Conor McGregor and offered him $15 million while he would rake in $100 million. Dana White caught wind of Mayweather’s comments and appeared on “The Herd” to counter the retired boxer with an offer of his own to make the dream fight come to fruition.

    “Here’s a real offer: We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer,” White said.

    White’s offer is merely 25 percent of Mayweather’s asking price while McGregor’s purse is $10 million more than what Mayweather offered. Despite the offer, White made it clear that there are a number of variables that come into play when attempting to make a fight happen between a UFC fighter and a boxer. But he did make one thing clear: Mayweather suggesting that he attempted to make

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  • Not even needless interim title ruins great Ferguson-Nurmagomedov match

    Khabib Nurmagomedov will face Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)
    Khabib Nurmagomedov (above) will face Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight title at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)

    If you asked mixed martial arts fans which fight they would want to see most, it’s a good bet that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in a five-round lightweight match would be high on that list.

    And so it should be good news that the fight is done and will serve as the co-main event of UFC 209 on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A rematch for the welterweight title between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will headline the show. That show also includes what should be a bombs away heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.

    But the UFC placed the interim-title designation on the Nurmagomedov-Ferguson bout, which has irritated some fans. It’s a move the UFC is making more and more often, and not always to great acclaim.

    When Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta purchased the UFC from Semaphore Entertainment Group in 2001

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  • Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has had a rough past couple of weeks with the loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. And now there has been some insult added to injury as her home in Venice, Calif., has been the target of vandalism.

    According to the Daily Mail, Rousey’s home was spray painted on Monday evening. The graffiti is indecipherable and doesn’t necessarily address Rousey or her loss. However, it is certainly a headache for the former champion who has suffered back-to-back knockout losses after starting her MMA career winner her first 12 fights.

    The photos also are the first images of Rousey since her knockout loss to Nunes.

    There are no suspects at this time.

    Rousey has kept a very low profile since losing to Nunes, similar to when she disappeared from

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  • Ronda Rousey breaks social media silence

    Ronda Rousey broke her social media silence with a J.K. Rowling inspired quote - Rigel Salazar
    Ronda Rousey broke her social media silence with a J.K. Rowling inspired quote – Rigel Salazar

    Ronda Rousey has broken her social media silence for the first time since losing in the first round at UFC 207 to Amanda Nunes. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion had only offered a written statement after being soundly battered by Nunes on Dec. 30 that only alluded to her taking some time to ponder her future in MMA. This post on Instagram was a bit more cryptic and inspired by none other than “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

    A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:37pm PST

    While Rousey has had to deal with her fair share of criticism and ridicule from the world since dropping her first bout since losing to Holly Holm in 48 seconds, one person who refused to kick her while she was down happened to be rival, Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

    The Brazilian had been chasing a fight with Rousey for quite some time and often used social media to fire a number of

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  • Tyron Woodley, Stephen Thompson to rematch on March 4 at UFC 209 in Las Vegas

    Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (L) and Stephen
    Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (L) and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will rematch at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas. They fought to a majority draw in a Fight of the Night battle at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York. (Getty Images)

    Until Monday afternoon, none of the UFC’s 10 reigning champions had a fight scheduled. But that changed quickly when UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports that welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on March 4, in a rematch of their majority draw last year in New York.

    Woodley retained his title with the draw at UFC 205. Two judges scored it 47-47, while the third had Woodley winning, 48-47. It was chosen as the Fight of the Night.

    After a brief flirtation with a bout against his Fox Sports broadcast partner, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Woodley agreed to the rematch with Thompson on Monday, much to White’s delight.

    “So close [and] sooooo good,” White said via text message of the first

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  • Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech sparks outrage among MMA fans

    In the early part of this century, when mixed martial arts was banned from cable television and fighting to escape a barbaric image encapsulated by Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) depiction of it as “human cockfighting,” the sport was literally kept alive by hard-core fans posting news on the internet.

    Those fans were out in force on Sunday after actress Meryl Streep kinda, sorta dissed the sport during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes for winning the Lifetime Achievement award.

    As she was discussing diversity, Streep said, “So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

    That was all it took to spark outrage.

    Bellator president Scott Coker is a long-time martial artist and

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  • Nick Diaz
    Nick Diaz reveals that he and Kimbo Slice used to smoke marijuana at events. (AP Images)

    It’s no secret that Nick Diaz is a marijuana aficionado. But what you may not have known is that Diaz once smoked marijuana with the late Kimbo Slice before EliteXC events back in the day. The fighter revealed that bit of information in an interview with Snoop Dogg on The Doggfather’s GGN News show.

    “We were always hanging out at backstage at the Strikeforce or Elite XC events and smoke blunts,” Diaz said when asked what he remembers most about Slice, who passed away last June of heart failure. “We would headline the whole show. It was me and Kimbo Slice.”

    Diaz and Slice were both featured on EliteXC: Renegade in 2007. Diaz headlined against K.J. Noons while Slice made his professional MMA debut against Bo Cantrell in the co-main event.

    “I knew it was the Kimbo Slice show, but it was me and the Kimbo Slice show,” Diaz said. “Because I was the MMA fighter that was bringing the MMA crowd and he was

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  • Jon Jones offered words of support for Ronda Rousey after her second straight loss. (Photo credit: Twitter)
    Jon Jones offered words of support for Ronda Rousey after her second straight loss. (Photo credit: Twitter)

    Ronda Rousey’s future as a mixed martial artist is uncertain after losing her second consecutive fight, this time to Amanda Nunes, in a mere 48 seconds at UFC 207. Since the loss, the critics have come out in droves to bash the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. But if there’s anybody who can relate to a fall from grace and offer some words of encouragement, it’s Jon Jones.

    The former UFC light heavyweight champion is currently serving a one-year suspension for a failed drug test that caused him to be pulled from the main event at UFC 200 just days before his fight with Daniel Cormier. The criticism he received was harsh, yet he’s managed to stay positive in the midst of the turmoil. From one former champion to another, Jones advised Rousey to give it another shot.

    “My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,” Jones tweeted. “I think it’s important for

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  • UFC 207 preliminaries on FS1 averaged 1.5 million viewers, peaked at 1.8 million

    Neil Magny celebrates his unanimous decision victory Friday at UFC 207 over ex-welterweight champ Johny Hendricks. (Getty Images)
    Neil Magny celebrates his unanimous decision victory Friday at UFC 207 over ex-welterweight champ Johny Hendricks. (Getty Images)

    The UFC 207 preliminaries on Fox Sports 1 did huge numbers on Friday, further showing ex-women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s drawing power.

    Rousey competed in the pay-per-view main event, but fans generally tune into the preliminary fights when the PPV main event is compelling. UFC president Dana White attributed the success of the show on Fox Sports 1 to Rousey’s appeal. He referred to her as the most powerful woman in combat sports history.

    The four-fight preliminary card peaked at 1.8 million viewers, which came in the show’s final 15 minutes, during Neil Magny’s victory over ex-welterweight champion Johny Hendricks on Friday at T-Mobile Arena. It averaged 1.5 million viewers for the two-hour broadcast. It exceeded the preliminary viewership from UFC 193, Rousey’s previous fight, by 200,000. That show, on Nov. 14, 2015, came on a Saturday and

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  • Ronda Rousey speaks out for first time after devastating UFC 207 loss

    Ronda Rousey released a statement to ESPN Saturday saying she needs
    Ronda Rousey released a statement to ESPN Saturday saying she needs “to reflect and think about the future,” after her loss to Amanda Nunes Friday at UFC 207. (Getty Images)

    Less than 24 hours after being stopped by Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds in their fight for the women’s bantamweight title before a sell-out crowd of 18,533 at T-Mobile Arena in the main event of UFC 207, Ronda Rousey has broken her silence.

    In a statement released to ESPN, Rousey said, “I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future.”

    Rousey, the former unbeaten champion, has had a precipitous fall in the last 13 months. She was stopped by Holly Holm in the second round at UFC 193 in a fight in which she was dominated. After more than a year off, she returned Friday but was no match for Nunes‘ powerful strikes.

    She took the bout against Nunes after negotiating a deal with UFC president Dana White in which she didn’t have to do any media. She did an interview with ESPN the Magazine and appeared on

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  • UFC 207: Ronda Rousey knocked out in 48 seconds

    Amanda Nunes finished off Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds on Friday. (Getty)
    Amanda Nunes finished off Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds on Friday. (Getty)

    LAS VEGAS – Ronda Rousey was once again pummeled by a striker and lost her second consecutive bout.

    The former women’s bantamweight champion was completely outclassed in the striking game by Amanda Nunes, who stopped Rousey at 48 seconds of the first round to retain her women’s bantamweight championship in the main event of UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena.

    Nunes landed a big right just seconds into the fight that clearly hurt Rousey, who was fighting for the first time since a stunning defeat at the hands of Holly Holm on Nov. 14, 2015.

    Rousey tried to throw punches with Nunes, but she had nothing to offer. Nunes was blistering her with combinations, hitting her with virtually everything she threw.

    “This is amazing,” Nunes said in exultation.

    Nunes landed 23 of 35 strikes she threw, all of which were powerful shots. She backed Rousey up from the very first seconds of the bout and simply overwhelmed her.

    The loss

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  • The UFC and Conor McGregor appear to be at an impasse when it comes to the timeline for his return.

    It was initially reported that McGregor would be out of the Octagon until early summer due to his longtime girlfriend, Dee Delvin, giving birth to their first child next spring. UFC president Dana White suggested that McGregor would be out 10 months from the time of his last fight at UFC 205 in November when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to claim the UFC lightweight title.

    However, McGregor has gone on record to deny that he ever gave White that timeframe and suggested that he’d only be taking the holidays off before stepping back into the Octagon.

    Which one is it?

    White addressed the situation during UFC 207 media day and reiterated his position.

    “The last conversation Conor and I had, he was taking 10 months off,” White said. “Everybody keeps talking about Conor but I’m not even thinking about Conor. He’s not in my plans for the next 10 months.”

    UFC president Dana White (L) laughs with Conor McGregor at a news conference last month in New York. (Getty Images)
    UFC president Dana
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  • UFC's Cris 'Cyborg' Justino notified of potential anti-doping violation

    UFC fighter Cris
    UFC fighter Cris “Cyborg” Justino was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Thursday about a potential violation from an out-of-competition test on Dec. 5. (Getty Images)

    The UFC created the featherweight division specifically for Cris “Cyborg” Justino, and before it ever had one bout, it was turned upside down.

    Justino was notified Thursday of a potential anti-doping violation that emanated from a Dec. 5 out-of-competition test from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Justino has been tested 14 times by USADA since the UFC began its anti-doping program in 2015. She passed the first 13, but the last one was a positive. She was tested 11 times in 2016 and three times in 2015. She fought twice in the UFC this year, winning both by knockout.

    Overall in her MMA career, she is 17-1 with one no contest.

    The UFC released a statement Thursday about Justino’s test. In full, it reads:

    The UFC organization was formally notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane

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  • UFC on Fox show peaks at 4.8 million during Michelle Waterson's submission of Paige VanZant

    Michelle Waterson's rear naked choke victory over Paige VanZant at Golden1 Arena in Sacramento peaked at 4.8 million viewers on Fox. (Getty Images)
    Michelle Waterson’s rear naked choke victory over Paige VanZant at Golden1 Arena in Sacramento peaked at 4.8 million viewers on Fox. (Getty Images)

    They’re not the best fighters in the UFC, but Paige VanZant, Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall are proving they’re already among the company’s biggest draws.

    The show on Fox Saturday featuring the three young up-and-comers at Golden1 Arena in Sacramento averaged 3.2 million viewers for the entire show, and peaked at 4.8 million viewers during Michelle Waterson’s first-round submission victory over VanZant in the card’s main event.

    The show’s ratings were the highest for a UFC show on Fox since April 20, 2013, when Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez in San Jose, Calif., in a lightweight title bout. It was the No. 2 show in primetime on broadcast and cable on Saturday among males 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

    UFC president Dana White heaped praise on Northcutt and Gall, who were discovered on his web series, “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight,”

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  • Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
    Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Con

    If you ask Conor McGregor, he is still is the UFC lightweight and featherweight champion of the world. As for that whole thing about him relinquishing the featherweight title? Complete rubbish.

    McGregor spoke to Ireland’s RTE after receiving their award for Sports Person of the Year and said under no uncertain terms that he was never contacted about relinquishing the title he won by defeating Jose Aldo in 13 seconds last year.

    “All I know is they’re trying to type onto keyboard and say, ‘We’re taking this belt, we’re taking that belt, we’re doing this, we’re doing that,’ ” said McGregor. “You ain’t doing nothing without contacting me first.”

    The murky situation began when the UFC decided to elevate Max

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  • How will Brock Lesnar fare in his return to the cage against Mark Hunt at UFC 200? (Getty)
    Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones and Nate Diaz were all punished by the NSAC Thursday. (Getty)

    The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed out disciplinary action to Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar and Nate Diaz on Thursday, ending a summer of turmoil for the trio of UFC stars.

    All three fighters’ settlement agreements were approved and Lesnar and Jones will serve one-year suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing drug tests around UFC 200 while Diaz was fined and hit with community service.

    In addition to the suspension, Lesnar will pay a fine of $250,000 after being flagged for an anti-doping violation by USADA on June 28 and July 9. His UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt – which he won by unanimous decision after nearly five years away from MMA competition – will be changed to a “no contest.” He will be eligible to compete next summer.

    Jones was infamously pulled from the UFC 200 main event just days before the event after testing positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic

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  • 'Cyborg' sits out as division created for her debuts

    Cris Justino (top), shown during a Sept. 24 win over Lina Lansberg, won't be part of it when the UFC debuts a women's featherweight division on Feb. 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
    Cris Justino (top), shown during a Sept. 24 win over Lina Lansberg, won’t be part of it when the UFC debuts a women’s featherweight division on Feb. 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

    This wouldn’t be happening if Cris “Cyborg” Justino were under a long-term contract to another promoter. And it wouldn’t be happening if Justino could either make the women’s bantamweight division’s limit of 135 pounds or would be content to fight in the UFC at catchweights of 140 pounds, as she has done twice previously.

    It was, though, somewhat startling Tuesday to learn that though the UFC has finally created a women’s featherweight division, Justino won’t be involved in its first championship match.

    Ex-women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie will meet on Feb. 11 at UFC 208 at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn for the women’s featherweight title. ESPN first reported the news Tuesday.

    UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that he created the division

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  • Paige VanZant open to Ronda Rousey fight

    Paige VanZant is open to fighting Ronda Rousey under one condition. (Getty)
    Paige VanZant is open to fighting Ronda Rousey under one condition. (Getty)

    Earlier this year, Paige VanZant had an unpleasant altercation with Ronda Rousey at a Reebok function. The former women’s bantamweight champion apparently wasn’t happy with the strawweight congratulating Holly Holm for defeating her last November.

    Although enough time has passed that the hostility should have subsided, VanZant clearly hasn’t forgotten about what transpired and openly entertained a fight with Rousey in an interview with TMZ. But there is a catch.

    “(I’d fight her) if she wants to meet at 125,” VanZant said. “I’d have to bulk up (from strawweight) but I would consider going up to 125. It’s not that big of a weight gain for me. We’ll see if we meet at 125.”

    Both fighters have some business to handle before a fantasy showdown between the two could even be discussed. Rousey will face Amanda Nunes for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 while VanZant will have her hands full with “The

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