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  • 'Cyborg' makes statement in UFC debut, knocks out Leslie Smith

    Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino for years was the most feared female fighter in the world, but through an odd and often difficult-to-understand set of circumstances, it wasn’t until Saturday that she finally made it to the UFC.

    (Getty Images)(Getty Images)She reminded fans who hadn’t seen here before why her reputation was so out-sized, landing two-thirds of her strikes in a one-sided demolition of Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.

    For years, fans have longed to see Cyborg compete in the UFC. She built an extraordinary record, losing her pro debut in 2005 and then reeling off 15 consecutive victories, most by first-round finish.

    When the UFC made the trip to Curitiba, the deal was finally made to bring her in, though she fought at a catch weight of 140 pounds.

    Smith never had a chance.

    Justino, who sprinted to the cage and seemed to soak in every second of the loud ovation she received from her hometown fans, roared out of her corner and put Smith away quickly.

    She landed two rights in the

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  • UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic analysis

  • Just because Floyd Mayweather is retired doesn’t mean that he won’t take advantage of an opportunity to remain in the limelight when it presents itself.

    Mayweather could have squashed recent speculation that the unbeaten boxer would compete in some fashion against UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Instead, Mayweather saw an opening to seize attention even in retirement and he continued to fan the flames in an interview on ShoBox’s Friday night telecast.

    “It’s really not a rumor,” Mayweather said when asked about McGregor. ”The fight may happen. We really don’t know as of right now. But do I think the fight will happen? Absolutely.”

    The idea of pitting Mayweather against McGregor had the combat sports world buzzing although the logistics of making that fight happen would be a challenge. UFC president Dana White, who happens to be McGregor’s boss, shot down the idea in a recent interview on ESPN’s "Russillo & Kanell" and stated that it would be “impossible.”(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)

    But Mayweather isn’t

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  • UFC president Dana White has maintained that he holds no ill will toward Conor McGregor after the UFC featherweight champion was pulled from his UFC 200 fight with Nate Diaz because of his refusal to participate in a pre-fight media conference in Las Vegas.

    And if what White’s saying is true, it appears that the two sides will look to mend the fences over dinner next week and figure out when the Irishman will step into the Octagon next.

    White revealed on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he has been in touch with McGregor “every day” and that the relationship is “great.” He remained firm that the fighter would not be competing at UFC 200 but it is likely that we’ll see him fighting again sooner rather than later.

    “McGregor’s ready to fight on [UFC] 200,” White said when asked if McGregor-Diaz 2 could take place at UFC 202 in August. White wouldn’t confirm the date or event, but it seems like the rescheduling of his rematch with Nate Diaz is inevitable. “The thing that has made Conor McGregor

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  • Ronda Rousey, ex-manager avoid defamation lawsuit with book settlement

    Ronda Rousey has agreed to make what her attorney describes as "extremely minor" changes to the  paperback, ebook and audiobook versions of her autobiography as part of an agreement with her ex-manager to avoid a defamation lawsuit.

    Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)Rousey, the ex-UFC women's bantamweight champion who settled a managerial dispute with Darin Harvey in February, will make changes to her best-selling biography, "Rousey: My Fight/Your Fight," that Harvey felt defamed him.

    In a statement, Harvey said, " ... During the four years we worked together, Ronda easily won all her amateur fights, went 8-0 as a professional, became the first woman to sign with the UFC, and landed roles in several feature films. Her book failed to acknowledge the important role I played in all of that and, in my view, defamed me in several respects."

    A news released issued by Harvey said that Rousey and Regan Arts, the book's publisher, had agreed to make material changes to those portions of the book which reference Harvey. It said

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  • Anderson Silva out of UFC 198, may require gall bladder surgery

    Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was forced Tuesday to pull out of his homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, with Uriah Hall because of abdominal pain that may require gall bladder surgery, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports.

    Jeff Davidson, the UFC's medical consultant, told Yahoo Sports that Silva, 41, will be examined in Brazil for potential gall bladder surgery.

    "Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis," Davidson said Tuesday. "He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery."

    Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder and is a primary reason patients have their gall bladders removed.

    Silva's removal from the show puts a major dent in the UFC 198 card. White said he is trying to find an opponent for Hall to keep him on the card.

    Silva, considered by many to be the greatest mixed martial artist in the sport's brief history, is 0-3 with a no contest in his last

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  • Just because a Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight is highly unlikely doesn’t mean that the potential participants can’t have fun with the idea, right?

    A rumor fueled by United Kingdom tabloid "The Sun" suggested that a potential fight between retired boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was close to being made. Although there was no truth to the rumor and UFC president Dana White quickly shot it down, both McGregor and Mayweather found an opportunity to toy with the fantasy matchup between two of the most entertaining and polarizing athletes in all of combat sports.(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)

    "It's possible. It was a name that was shot at me, but the rumors that y'all been hearing is the rumors that I started," Mayweather said in an interview with FightHype.com. "It may not be a rumor, keep y'all fingers crossed. It may be boxer vs. MMA fighter."

    Mayweather hasn’t fought since defeating Andre Berto last September and has remained firm that he’s retired.

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  • Adam Piccolotti decides to fight on after Jordan Parsons' tragic death

    Adam Piccolotti never met Jordan Parsons, though he was beginning to feel like he knew him.

    Piccolotti and Parsons were scheduled to fight at Bellator 154 on May 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., but Parsons was tragically killed in a hit-and-run auto accident on May 1 in Delray Beach, Fla.

    Piccolotti told Yahoo Sports that he was following Parsons on social media as he prepared for their bout, and said he started to get a sense of the man.

    Parsons’ friends, teammates and coaches lauded him as an outstanding man who was optimistic, outgoing and determined to succeed in his chosen career.

    Piccolotti said he'd developed respect for Parsons in the short time he followed him.

    “Unfortunately, I hadn’t met him and we didn’t really have any back and forth,” Piccolotti said. “But I was following him and I’d checked out his Instagram and all that stuff. I was getting a sense of how good of a person he was and how blessed he felt he was. He was really a motivational kind of a guy.”

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  • As former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey had her fair share of intense rivalries.When will Ronda Rousey make her return to the UFC? (Getty)When will Ronda Rousey make her return to the UFC? (Getty)

    Who could forget her first – and arguably greatest – rivalry with current UFC champion, Miesha Tate? Or how about her serious beef with Brazilian Bethe Correia? Heck, even “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm caught some of Rousey's vitriol, right before kicking her in the head and ending Rousey’s reign as champ last November.

    Now, we’re finding out that apparently Rousey’s mean-mugging gaze extends past her own division, and no female UFC fighters are safe.

    Her latest victim, according to rival Miesha Tate, is none other than current "Dancing with the Stars" frontrunner and UFC 115-pound contender Paige VanZant.

    “You know what she did to Paige?” asked Tate on Thursday’s edition of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. “So, Paige was also at that VIP party [referencing a prior party both she and VanZant were attending] – and Paige and I have spoken, we’re friendly, but I don’t know her that

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  • In the world of combat sports, just about everyone has taken a swing at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Whether it's different philosophies on culture, finances or politics, Trump has proven to be quite the polarizing personality.

    Miesha Tate is still not a fan of Ronda Rousey. Miesha Tate is still not a fan of Ronda Rousey. But one person who has found common ground with Trump happens to be UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

    Tate recently stated that she would like to see a Republican in the White House and explained that both her and Trump share similar resilient traits where they can bounce back from failure and shock the world.

    But perhaps the thing they share most is a common enemy.

    “We do have one thing in common: he’s not a Ronda Rousey fan,” Tate told TMZ. “That’s one thing he’s got going for him if I can give him any credit where credit is due.”

    Tate’s feud with Rousey has been one of the better-documented rivalries in mixed martial arts. Tate failed on two occasions to upend Rousey but managed to defeat Holly Holm, who knocked out

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  • Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons dies after hit-and-run accident

    Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons, a 25-year-old contender in Bellator’s featherweight division, died Wednesday of injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run auto accident Sunday in Delray Beach, Fla.

    Jordan ParsonsJordan ParsonsParsons was struck by a gray or silver 2012 or 2013 Range Rover while crossing the street shortly after midnight on May 1. He was taken to Delray Medical Center, where a portion of his right leg was amputated.

    On Wednesday, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker confirmed the news in a statement.

    "It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons,” Coker said. “Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates."

    Jordan was a member of the

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  • Conor McGregor may not be fighting at UFC 200, but he isn’t going away quietly.

    The UFC featherweight champion hosted an impromptu fan Q&A on Twitter on Monday where he discussed everything from how well he thinks UFC 200 will sell without him on the card to his desire to eventually step into the Octagon again with Nate Diaz.Conor McGregor lands a punch on Nate Diaz during their UFC 196 bout. (Getty)Conor McGregor lands a punch on Nate Diaz during their UFC 196 bout. (Getty)

    McGregor believes that UFC 200 will not accumulate 1.5 million buys without him on the card and went so far as to suggest that the PPV record held by last year’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown was in his sights. While that may be a bold assessment, it’s become typical McGregor.

    The Irishman continued on his random Twitter rampage by stating that he’s ready to face the winner of UFC 200’s interim featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar so that he can unify the titles.

    “I look forward to my end-of-year unification bout,” McGregor tweeted. “But like I said before. These featherweights don't understand...”

    It didn’t take long for

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  • Caros Fodor to take on 'crime-fighting' brother 'Phoenix Jones' in WSOF

    Caros Fodor has a little advice before hanging up and his tone has changed. He's spent about 20 minutes discussing his July 30 bout in the World Series of Fighting and going over the strengths and weaknesses of his opponent, Phoenix Jones.

    He knows Jones better than most, though, because Jones is his brother, whose real name is Ben Fodor. The two don't get along, and haven't for some time. But with their fight now booked, Caros admits, "It's kind of surreal that this is really happening."

    Ben Fodor is, to be kind, a character. Phoenix Jones is his alter ego, a so-called crime fighter in Seattle who wears a costume as if he were a modern-day Batman.

    Asked about his brother's superhero shtick, Caros Fodor sniffs dismissively.

    "It's [strange]," he said of his brother portraying himself as a crime fighter. "I think it's a gimmick for attention, if you want to know the truth. He started out meaning well, but, I don't know. You know, I don't even like Marvel comic books. I can't read the

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  • In the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, the publication premiered “The Fame Index” that utilizes a formula that “combines athlete paychecks – salary and endorsements – with social media fan base and Google search popularity” to figure out who the top 50 famous athletes currently are.

    Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather both made ESPN's The Fame Index.Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather both made ESPN's The Fame Index.The world of combat sports was represented well as a pair of boxers (Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao) along with a pair of UFC fighters (Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor) landed on the list. Rousey, McGregor, Mayweather and Pacquiao all fell in behind the top 10 list that was dominated mostly by soccer players and consisted of (in order) Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods, James Rodriguez, Rafael Nadal and Kobe Bryant.

    In what might be a bit of a surprise, Rousey was tops amongst the combat sports practitioners at No. 21 and the second highest ranked woman behind Maria Sharapova (No. 17). Even with her loss to Holly Holm, Rousey’s popularity

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  • Gregory Goyle has graduated from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry using a wand to cage fighting with his hands and feet.

    Former Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman. Former Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman. Josh Herdman, the actor who played Goyle in eight “Harry Potter” movies, has left his acting career behind for the time being and made his successful MMA amateur debut over the weekend at the City Pavilion outside of London, England.

    The 28-year-old, who has been training in Japanese jujitsu for the past five years, defeated Poland’s Janusz Walachowski by unanimous decision. Herdman competed for the recently launched UK promotion Rise of Champions, which was holding its second event since debuting last October.

    Herdman impressed with his striking ability and took home the decision and plans to continue fighting in hopes of eventually turning pro.

    “It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable,” the buffed-up child-actor-turned-MMA-fighter told The Mirror. “I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made

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  • Daniel Cormier to meet Jon Jones in main event of UFC 200 on July 9

    There was no surprise on Wednesday when the UFC announced on "Good Morning America" that the main event of UFC 200 will be a rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and interim champion Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    Jones, then the outright champion, routed Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas, taking a lopsided unanimous decision. But Jones had a series of legal problems after that and he was stripped of his title in April 2015 when he was involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident in Albuquerque, N.M., where he trains.

    Cormier won the vacant title in his absence, submitting Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the second round of UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    The bout replaces Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz II, which was to be the main event until the UFC yanked it when McGregor balked at participating in promotional activities.

    UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. (Photo by Mike Roach/Getty Images)UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. (Photo by Mike Roach/Getty Images)The Jones-Cormier rematch was originally scheduled for UFC 197 on

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  • If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are going to have their rematch, it almost certainly won’t be at UFC 200.

    Conor McGregor (AP Photo)Conor McGregor (AP Photo)The proposed rematch was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200 until McGregor was pulled from the card after he didn't make himself available for a news conference in Las Vegas last week. Despite public outcry to allow the Irishman to fight, UFC president Dana White has stood firm that McGregor would not be placed back on the July card and reiterated his position under no uncertain terms when approached by TMZ Tuesday morning.

    "Conor's his own guy, he's going to do what he's going to do but he's not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White said while mentioning that he has no ill will toward McGregor. “Listen, he'll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don't know when, but we'll get it figured out."

    The other half of the equation, Nate Diaz, made headlines when he stated at Friday’s UFC 200 news conference that he was not interested in facing another opponent and would instead go “on

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  • Bellator lightweight Djamil Chan overcomes autism to make the big time

    Djamil Chan said he doesn't want to be pitied. The Bellator MMA newcomer is autistic, which makes the fact that he finds himself competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts all the more amazing.

    Djamil Chan (Getty Images)Djamil Chan (Getty Images)And anyone who watched Chan's Bellator debut last week against Richard Patishnock would no doubt be pitying Patishnock and not Chan.

    After working his way off the ground, Chan landed one of the best overhand rights of the year that all but finished Patishnock. The rest were the formalities, like how long it would take the referee to get in to stop the bout. It was over at 3:09 of the first round.

    Chan, 25, grew up in The Netherlands, where so many of the great kick boxers train. He was into fighting from a young age and said he dropped out of school while he was in high school.

    He said he prefers not to discuss his autism, because he doesn't want to be pitied. He wants to be judged as a fighter and said he's taking his job more seriously now that he is a father.

    "I love fighting and I

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  • As the Conor McGregor vs. UFC saga continues to unfold, some new details about what transpired have surfaced. For the past week, we have heard little from Conor McGregor and his team aside from a few posts on social media here and there. But now his coach, John Kavanagh, has surfaced to give his side of what transpired behind the scenes that led to the current situation that finds the Irishman out of a highly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200.

    Conor McGregor (Getty Images)Conor McGregor (Getty Images)Speaking to “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Kavanagh sounded somewhat optimistic that McGregor would still end up fighting at UFC 200 and is a little confused as to why Dana White and the UFC are standing their ground.

    "I'm 51 percent optimistic and 49 percent pessimistic, if you want to know my feelings on it, "Kavanagh said. “At some stage you've got to see that maybe it's pointless to upset so many fans that want to see this fight and ignore the kind of numbers that are going to be brought in. Things seem to be swinging in the right way

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  • Conor McGregor tweets he's back on UFC 200, but White says it's untrue

    Conor McGregor has once again gotten the mixed martial arts world buzzing with a tweet. This time, the UFC featherweight champion has tweeted that he is back on the UFC 200 card, only three days after UFC president Dana White officially ruled him out because he did not show up in Las Vegas for promotional activities related to the summer blockbuster card.

    At about 2 a.m. ET on Monday, McGregor continued his pattern of issuing a single tweet and then going silent. In this one, he thanks White and UFC chairman for fixing the issue and making certain that he's back on the blockbuster summer card, which will be July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    It appears McGregor's tweet was simply about leverage. White told Yahoo Sports, "It's not true. We haven't talked to Conor or his manager since the press

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