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  • Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up in his locker room prior to his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
    Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up in his locker room prior to his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor may be taking some time off from the Octagon, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be out of the spotlight.

    The only person in the UFC to hold world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously is reportedly scheduled to make an appearance in HBO’s “Game Of Thrones.” According to a report by Belfast Live, one of the directors of HBO’s popular show is a huge fan of McGregor and thought that the Irishman would be a perfect fit on the show. The report also said that Mystic Mac would appear in one of the final two seasons of the show.

    Although the reports have yet to be confirmed by McGregor or HBO, the lightweight champion’s manager recently told MMA Junkie that HBO has been after McGregor

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  • Jon Jones looks on while he defends his title against Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. (Getty)
    Jon Jones revealed that he used to party and get drunk before every fight. (Getty)

    Jon Jones made a startling admission about his alcohol abuse during his appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience. The former light heavyweight champion is currently serving a suspension for failing a drug test prior to his UFC 200 fight and decided to deliver a tell-all interview with Rogan that revealed some interesting things about Jones.

    Perhaps the most shocking thing about the two-hour interview was Jones revealing that he used to get “black out drunk” before all of his fights.

    “I had this crazy thing that I would do where I would party one week before every fight,” Jones said. “And I did it throughout my whole career. And it was stupid, but it was this mental crutch that I had.”

    Jones said he would drink and party all night, deprive himself of sleep and essentially do everything wrong so that he would have a built in excuse just in case he ever lost.

    “I literally would, one week before every fight,”

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  • Conor McGregor is the only UFC fighter to ever hold two belts simultaneously. (Getty)
    Floyd Mayweather isn’t moved by Conor McGregor obtaining a boxing license in California. (Getty)

    If nothing else, Conor McGregor is certainly stirring the pot in regards to a rumored boxing match with retired boxer Floyd Mayweather.

    The Irishman obtained a license to professionally box in the state of California this week, further fueling speculation that the UFC star is angling toward a fight with Mayweather. McGregor’s agent and the California State Athletic Commission both confirmed with ESPN.

    The current UFC lightweight champion is taking a brief hiatus away from the sport as he awaits the birth of his first child in early 2017. But he’s been adamant about fighting Mayweather and has demanded $100 million if the fight were to come to fruition. However, Mayweather remains retired and hasn’t expressed interest in fighting again.

    Mayweather recently posted a $100 million check from his blockbuster fight with Manny Pacquiao last May and stated he was “happily retired” in the Instagram

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  • Dana White created interim featherweight belt because of huge logjam

    UFC president Dana White (L) laughs with Conor McGregor at a news conference last month in New York. (Getty Images)
    UFC president Dana White (L) laughs with Conor McGregor at a news conference last month in New York. (Getty Images)

    There were a lot of disappointed fans when the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had given up the featherweight title he’d won at UFC 194 by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.

    There was also speculation, including from John Kavanagh, McGregor’s highly respected coach, that the decision wasn’t McGregor’s. UFC president Dana White vehemently disputed that contention in an interview Thursday with Yahoo Sports.

    McGregor won the lightweight belt at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round. White promised at the post-fight news conference that night that McGregor would be forced to make a decision which belt he wanted to keep, and on Sunday, it was announced he’d decided to keep the lightweight.

    McGregor hasn’t commented publicly, though, and so Kavanagh’s words attracted a lot of attention.

    They felt they had to make this for a title in order

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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)

    Daniel Cormier’s removal from the main event at UFC 206 has caused a ripple effect throughout the MMA world that ended up seeing Conor McGregor having to “relinquish” his UFC featherweight title.

    The light heavyweight champion was scheduled to defend his title in a rematch with Anthony Johnson at the pay-per-view event on Dec. 10 in Toronto. However, his injury caused the UFC to elevate the co-main event between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway to the main event and turned that bout into a UFC interim featherweight title fight. But in order to do so the UFC had to promote fellow interim titleholder Jose Aldo to full titleholder and strip McGregor of the title he won last December when he knocked Aldo out in 13

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  • Jose Aldo may be featherweight champion again, but he still wants a piece of Conor McGregor. (Getty)

    Jose Aldo is not completely satisfied with being UFC featherweight champion.

    The UFC announced on Saturday that Conor McGregor would “relinquish” the UFC featherweight title, which would make Aldo the champion, while Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway will compete for the interim featherweight title at UFC 206.

    “I was always the champion and will always be as long as I’m in the featherweight division,” Aldo told Brazilian TV show Planeta SporTV. “No matter what happens, I will always be the champion. I had no doubt about it. The moment I lost, I knew the belt would be mine. It was a matter of time. It’s not the way I wanted, but I’m happy because I know I’m the champion.”

    Although Aldo said that it wasn’t the way he wanted to become champion again, he isn’t surprised by how it all transpired.

    “I knew that would happen,” Aldo said. “To me, I never stopped being champion. I lost that fight

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  • Fedor Emelianenko has signed with Bellator and will fight next February. Could GSP be next? (Twitter)
    Fedor Emelianenko has signed with Bellator and will fight next February. Could GSP be next? (Twitter)

    One of the greatest heavyweights of all time is coming to Bellator.

    During the broadcast of Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson, the MMA promotion announced the signing of Fedor Emelianenko and that “The Last Emperor” will be making his promotional debut at Bellator 172 on Feb. 18 against Matt Mitrione at the SAP Center in San Jose.

    “It’s great to be back in business with Fedor,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said about the man he worked with during his time at Strikeforce. “The man is a legend both inside and outside of the cage and I’m elated to bring him back stateside for the American MMA fans to witness him fight Matt Mitrione in San Jose. He and I go quite a ways back, and I look forward to continuing to build our partnership here in Bellator MMA.”

    Interestingly enough, Fedor will return to the very arena where he suffered defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum in a massive

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  • Nate Diaz believes the UFC wants to keep him far away from Conor McGregor. (Getty)
    Nate Diaz believes the UFC wants to keep him far away from Conor McGregor. (Getty)

    Now that Conor McGregor has disposed of Eddie Alvarez and become the UFC’s first fighter to hold world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously, the options for his next fight are plentiful. But according to Nate Diaz, the one fight the UFC doesn’t want to make is a rubber match between him and McGregor.

    As a matter of fact, Diaz questions whether the UFC wants him and McGregor in the same building.

    Diaz spoke to ESPN about what he feels is the MMA promotion protecting their prized possession. He even went as far to suggest that he was denied tickets for UFC 205 by Dana White because there wasn’t enough room.

    “As soon as [McGregor wins], hundreds of people are turning around and staring at me,” Diaz said. Instead of having floor seats, he was relegated to watch the fight from a club box at Madison Square Garden. “I’m like, ‘Hey, what do you want me to do? The UFC didn’t even want to give me

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  • Conor McGregor’s stock soared to new heights when he became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in separate weight classes simultaneously when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

    Already a wanted man by fellow UFC fighters, the target on the brash Irishman’s back has grown exponentially. The UFC featherweight and lightweight champion has plenty of options when he returns to the cage to defend either title. But if he wants to add a third world title to his collection, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is more than open to granting McGregor the opportunity.

    Woodley, who is coming off a majority draw at UFC 205 against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, may be forced into an immediate rematch. But there is money to be made if McGregor wants a crack at his title. The two engaged in a brief war of words over the weekend and Woodley is ready to revisit that challenge.

    “I’m gonna talk to my management team and we’re gonna see what’s next for me,” Woodley said at the

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  • Miesha Tate
    Miesha Tate announced her retirement following a loss at UFC 205 in New York City. (Reuters)

    It’s the end of a rollercoaster career for Miesha Tate.

    From realizing her dream and winning the UFC women’s bantamweight title when she defeated Holly Holm early this year to losing it by devastating first-round knockout at the hands of Amanda Nunes shortly thereafter, Tate has just about done it all.

    And now it’s time for her to say goodbye.

    After losing to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205, the former champion shocked the MMA world by announcing her retirement from the sport at Madison Square Garden.

    “It’s not my time right now, I’ve been doing this for over a decade,” Tate said. “Thank you so much for being here, I love this sport forever but it’s not my time anymore.”

    The 30-year-old ends her career with a record of 18-7. Although she reached the pinnacle of her career by beating Holm

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  • Ronda Rousey bolts out of raucous MSG crowd after staredown

    NEW YORK — Ronda Rousey made a surprise appearance Friday following the UFC 205 weigh-in at Madison Square Garden. Seconds after champion Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor weighed in successfully, a preview for UFC 207 that is set for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas played on the video boards in the arena.

    Rousey then came out on stage to a large reaction of mostly cheers mixed with a few boos. When her opponent, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, came out, the two posed for a photo and Rousey leaned in aggressively toward Nunes.

    UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan then went to do interviews with the fighters. During the UFC 205 weigh-in, he interviewed all six participants in the title fights, champions Alvarez, Tyron Woodley and Joanna Jedrzejczyk and challengers McGregor, Stephen Thompson and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

    Nunes granted an interview, but as Rogan began to speak to Nunes, Rousey bolted the stage. UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports via text message that it was an error on the

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  • UFC 205 predictions: Will Conor McGregor make history?

    UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will stake his claim on history Saturday at UFC 205 as he attempts to become the only UFC fighter to ever hold two belts simultaneously. But he faces a significant task in taking down lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who has won 13 of his last 15 fights.

    Watch the video above for Yahoo Sports analyst Kevin Iole’s opinion on how the match will play out.

  • Will President-elect Donald Trump attend UFC 205 in New York?

    NEW YORK – Two fighters missed weight, one so badly he wasn’t allowed to fight and another by so much that his opponent was forced to weigh in heavier in order to comply with state regulations limiting weight differences to five pounds.

    Another fighter was dropped off the card for an old medical reason that didn’t impact him in any other jurisdiction.

    And there was the fighter who attempted to whack another with a chair, and the little head bump from champion to challenger during a photo opportunity.

    Nothing, though, could hurt Dana White’s mood this week as the UFC’s New York City debut draws nearer. It’s going to be a mega-event that could set company records for both pay-per-view sales and live paid gate and which may alter the perception of the sport forever.

    Conor McGregor’s grab for history in the main event has captivated the sport as he attempts to defeat lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday and in the process

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    Conor McGregor already has his sights set on his next opponent. (Getty)

    Conor McGregor has yet to face Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205 but it appears he’s already moved on to his next target.

    As he prepares to be the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously, McGregor set his sights on Tyron Woodley, who will defend his welterweight title at UFC 205 against Stephen Thompson.

    It all started when McGregor made a statement at the UFC 205 news conference that he would get “all the belts on the table” in reference to the world titles that are being defended at UFC 205. Obviously, with the exception of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s 115-pound title, that would also include Woodley’s 170-pound title.

    After McGregor clarified his position, Woodley responded, “We punch with a way different power in this division.” Later, Woodley posted video of McGregor and Eddie Alvarez’ news conference scuffle.

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  • Conor McGregor does what he wants. That much is obvious.

    After showing up 30 minutes late to the UFC 205 news conference at Madison Square Garden – which frustrated opponent Eddie Alvarez to the point where he threw a tantrum and stomped off the stage – McGregor then waltzed over to Alvarez’s side of the dais and grabbed his lightweight belt.

    That obviously didn’t sit well with Alvarez when he returned to the stage. He grabbed his title back and a scrum ensued, with UFC president Dana White having to try to hold both fighters from getting at each other.

    Things seemed to be dying down when Alvarez slid his chair behind White in McGregor’s direction and, well, just watch the video. (Chair incident occurs at 24:50 mark.)

    (Warning: profanity used in video)

    Even with his boss looking on three feet away from him, you know the Irish firebrand wasn’t going to show contrition for his tardiness.

    “I operate on my time,” McGregor said. “I operate on my own time.”

    McGregor is the gift that keeps on

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  • Ranking every fight and picking every winner at UFC 205

    It was only four months ago that everyone was buzzing about UFC 200 being the greatest card the UFC had ever put together. It turned out to be not so great, but all the hype came before Jon Jones dropped out of a potentially memorable light heavyweight title bout with Daniel Cormier after a failed drug test.

    It not only wound up being just another show, but Jones and Brock Lesnar each had failed drug tests. Jones on Monday was given a one-year suspension for that failure.

    On Saturday at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, UFC 205 will become the company’s first card in New York City and the first since a nearly 20-year ban on MMA in the state was lifted in April.

    This card has three title fights, the first time in UFC history that three championship bouts were held on the same card. It also has a series of fights good enough to be the main event on lesser shows.

    With that in mind, here is my ranking of each bout on the card, from least interesting to most. I take into account the

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  •  Joanna Jedrzejczyk won't be around forever. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
    Joanna Jedrzejczyk won’t be around forever. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    Ronda Rousey isn’t the only fighter who sees the light at the end of the tunnel. UFC women’s 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is looking ahead to a future when she is no longer competing in the Octagon.

    This post-MMA future won’t come after she defends her title at UFC 205 against Karolina Kowalkiewicz nor is it in the near future. But it’s something she’s envisioning.

    “I had the thought in my head a year ago, two years ago I was like, ‘I want to fight two more years,’ and then this year I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll fight to next year or next few years and be done with that,’” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie. “I like to be a healthy person. I like to be focused on my things. Now I’m trying to be the best athlete ever. I left my family, my fiance, my friends. I left my everything in Poland, but I’m trying to be the best in the world, and I’m proving that every single day for myself. There

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  • Remembering the 10 significant cards that made UFC 205 possible

    Only one UFC fight has ever been held in New York — that was UFC 7 in Buffalo on Sept. 8, 1995 — and mixed martial arts was illegal in the state from 1997 until earlier this year when in April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing professional MMA in the state.

    The first UFC show in New York City will be held Saturday at Madison Square Garden, when three title fights will be held at UFC 205. In the main event, Eddie Alvarez defends the lightweight title against featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Tyron Woodley makes his first defense of the welterweight belt when he faces Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, and rising superstar Joanna Jedrzejczyk takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a women’s strawweight title match.

    Given the international significance of New York as the media, business and financial capital of the world, Saturday’s show will instantly become one of the most significant cards in UFC history.

    The card is expected to draw record pay-per-view numbers as well as the

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  • The hammer has come down on Jon Jones.

    After speculation that Jones would receive a lighter suspension or none at all from USADA after failing a drug test and being pulled from the main event of UFC 200, the former light heavyweight champion has been suspended for the maximum of one year by an independent arbitration panel.

    The decision comes after Jones had his case presented to three arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions last week during a 10-hour session. The 29-year-old tested positive for a pair of prohibitive substances, clomiphene and letrozole, following an out-of-competition urine test on June 16.

    Jones and his team were confident that he wouldn’t receive the maximum suspension after claiming that the tainted supplements came from a sexual-performance pill that USADA confirmed was, in fact, tainted. However, the arbitrators stated that Jones did not do his due diligence in checking whether the supplement he took contained any substances that would violate the

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  • Could Ronda Rousey become a WWE superstar after her MMA career ends? (Getty)
    Could Ronda Rousey become a WWE superstar after her MMA career ends? (Getty)

    In a recent interview on “Ellen,” Ronda Rousey teased that her mixed martial arts career would end relatively soon. And although that is sad for many of her fans who love to see Rousey throw down in the cage, the news is music to the ears of Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer of WWE and daughter to Vince McMahon.

    With it being widely known that Rousey is a huge fan of professional wrestling, it’s no secret that the McMahons would love to add her to their roster.

    “I certainly hope so,” McMahon said to TMZ about the idea of bringing Rousey into the fold once her career in the Octagon is over.

    Rousey has a relationship with the WWE as she has been ringside for several events and was a part of WrestleMania 31 when she stood alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a segment opposite McMahon and her husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque. There was speculation that the brief interaction was a tease for a future mixed

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