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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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    Jose Aldo’s trainer believes that he’ll be fighting for the UFC again in 2017. (Getty)

    Disgruntled UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo flirted with the idea of retirement after watching a rematch with Conor McGregor end up being shelved in favor of the Irishman going for the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. But perhaps cooler heads have prevailed as Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, recently suggested that we could see Aldo back in the Octagon early next year.

    In an interview with Combate, Pederneiras explained that it’s highly unlikely that Aldo’s request to be released from his UFC contract would be granted and he’s left with “no choice but to fight.”

    “Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there’s Conor’s decision, too,” Pederneiras said. “We can only know what’s going to happen after that. Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue

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  • The actor has been training hard for his first kickboxing fight and it shows! Idris Elba was successful in his kickboxing debut as Madonna watched from ringside. (Photo: Instagram)

    Idris Elba is an accomplished actor who has demonstrated his impressive thespian chops as a detective in “Luther,” a drug dealer in “The Wire” and a ruthless commander in “Beasts of No Nation.”

    But the 44-year-old’s kickboxing debut was anything but an act. And Madonna was there to capture it all.

    Elba made his kickboxing debut over the weekend at London’s York Hall and scored a knockout win over his opponent while demonstrating an impressive arsenal of kicks and punches.

    Elba, who also spends time as a DJ, had spent the past year training for this moment as part of a three-part documentary titled “Idris Elba: Fighter” that will debut early next year on the Discovery Channel.

    “It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally,” the Golden Globe winner said in a press release back in August. “Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have

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    Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was the apparent victim of an attack that saw three of his vehicles set on fire in the driveway of his Milwaukee home early Thursday morning.

    The news was first reported by Fox 6 when a witness noticed something wasn’t right in the neighborhood.

    “I saw a car speeding through the neighborhood,” said Carson Blaszak. “Right around the same time as that happened, there was kind of a large bang. It was three cars caught on fire. I just, I ran outside, and I was hoping, you know, the house hopefully wasn’t gonna catch on fire.”

    The cars belonged to Anthony Pettis, who recently had his next fight announced against featherweight Max Holloway at UFC 206 in Toronto, Canada. The fire was no accident as Milwaukee police are investigating as a case of arson and suspect that an accelerant was used on the first two vehicles, which caused the fire to spread to a third car.

    Fortunately, the police and fire departments responded quickly and were able to

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  • Kayla Harrison of the United States celebrates after defeating Audrey Tcheumeo of France during the women's -78kg gold medal judo contest on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Carioca Arena 2 on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)
    Kayla Harrison will make the leap to mixed martial arts after signing with World Series of Fighting. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)

    Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison announced that she will make the jump to the world of mixed martial arts. The 26-year-old has signed a deal with World Series of Fighting where she will serve as a brand ambassador and commentator before making her MMA debut.

    “I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison told USA Today Sports. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.”

    Harrison captured gold medals at 78 kg (roughly 172 pounds) at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games in Judo and will immediately draw comparisons to former training partner Ronda Rousey, who made the leap to MMA after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and the first U.S.

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  • A proposed fight between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping at UFC 206 was quickly shot down by GSP. (Getty)

    For a moment, there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing battle between Georges St-Pierre and the UFC. After St-Pierre declared himself as a free agent, the UFC drew their line in the sand and stated that the former champion was still under contract.

    On Tuesday, Michael Bisping took to Twitter and said that he “verbally agreed” to a fight with St-Pierre at UFC 206 in Toronto, which would be a homecoming of sorts for GSP. The UFC middleweight champion added that the UFC and GSP had been “negotiating this fight for the last few days.” All Bisping was waiting for was St-Pierre’s signature to make the fight come to fruition.

    However, St-Pierre responded to Bisping’s claims by

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    Georges St-Pierre’s lawyer called his current UFC contract a “form of slavery.” (Getty)

    The standoff between the UFC and Georges St-Pierre is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

    After St-Pierre rocked the MMA community with his declaration that he is no longer under contract with the UFC, the company promptly responded that the former welterweight champion remained under an existing agreement with the promotion.

    The language in that contract is something that St-Pierre’s lawyer, James Quinn of New York firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges, suggested was a “form of slavery,” according to MMA Fighting.

    “They’re basically tying him up for life,” Quinn said while stating how “blown away” he was by what he read. “They have no rights and they own all of his licensing and all the other things. It’s unheard of in the other professional sports. And they won’t get away with it forever.”

    Quinn has been successful in cases against the NBA and NFL in the past but was shocked at how restrictive

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  • Could foot cream and eye medication be the source of Brock Lesnar’s failed UFC 200 drug test? (Getty Images)

    The reason for Brock Lesnar’s failed UFC 200 drug test is still a point of contention according to an anti-doping attorney who represents the former UFC heavyweight champion.

    After initially suggesting that asthma medication could have caused the positive drug test, Lesnar has now requested that eye medication and foot cream he used prior to his fight with Mark Hunt be tested for clomiphene and clomiphene metabolites.

    MMA Junkie reports that Lesnar’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, requested to postpone the WWE superstar’s disciplinary hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission while it is determined what was the source of the positive test. However, the NAC has not approved the request.

    “We are still investigating this matter [which investigation includes the ongoing testing of products used by Mr. Lesnar prior to the date of the positive test],” Jacobs wrote in a letter obtained by

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  • Greg Hardy was arrested in Texas on drug possession (AP)
    Dana White would sign Greg Hardy to the UFC but only after he gains some MMA experience (AP)

    There has been a lot of controversy surrounding former NFL lineman Greg Hardy’s recent announcement that he’s going to pursue a career in mixed martial arts. His checkered past and legal trouble, which includes domestic violence charges and cocaine possession, bled over into his professional career and has kept him off the football field.

    Many have criticized the move, including NFL and UFC analyst Jay Glazer, who has called for MMA promotions to steer clear from the troubled 28-year-old. However, that suggestion doesn’t quite ring true for UFC president Dana White.

    White appeared on FS1’s Speak for Yourself show and addressed the possibility of Hardy transitioning into the world of MMA. Although he said he wouldn’t bring Hardy into the promotion right now, he wouldn’t rule it out if the former Dallas Cowboy proved he was good enough.

    “I’m one of those guys too who believes that we’re all human

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    The daughter of legendary MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko was attacked in Moscow after her father criticized Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov support of children’s MMA fights.

    The teenage daughter of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko was attacked and hospitalized in Moscow in what appears to be in response to Emelianenko’s criticism of child MMA fights in Chechnya hosted by Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.

    The original reports suggested that the victim was the daughter of a “famous heavyweight.” However, Bloody Elbow confirmed with multiple sources that the girl was Emelianenko’s daughter.

    According to a report by Moscow publication MKRU, the 16-year-old was assaulted by several individuals while walking home from school late last wek. The attack left the girl with several bruises, but she returned to her home in Moscow and remained there through the weekend. However, the pain did not subside and was taken to the hospital by her mother. She was transferred to the Research Institute of

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  • Ronda Rousey returns, will face Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30

    The long-awaited return of Ronda Rousey has been confirmed.

    UFC president Dana White made the announcement that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion will make her anticipated return to the Octagon on Dec. 30 at UFC 207 in Las Vegas against the division’s current champion, Amanda Nunes.

    Rousey’s hasn’t fought since losing to Holly Holm last November and there had been growing concerns as to whether a return to fighting was in her future. However, Dana White stood firm that Rousey would eventually return and promised her a title shot whenever she decided that she was ready to compete, much to the chagrin of the rest of the division.

    Since losing the title to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the title has changed hands on two occasions with no champion having a successful defense. Holm lost to Miesha Tate by submission at UFC 196 and Tate dropped the

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    UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz says he can “absolutely” beat Conor McGregor.

    It’s no secret that everyone wants a piece of Conor McGregor. The UFC featherweight champion possesses a loud mouth but has also become a massive draw for the fighting promotion. Facing McGregor gives opponents the opportunity at a massive payday as well as the chance to silence the mouthy McGregor.

    Although lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is the next to get the opportunity at UFC 205, there is one opponent who may be able to match McGregor in both the skills department as well as trash talking: UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.

    The topic of a possible McGregor-Cruz fight was brought up by a fan question after UFC 204 and Cruz certainly didn’t shy away from the idea. The bantamweight champion outlined how he’d take out the hard-hitting Irishman. Not only that, but Cruz is willing to meet McGregor two weight classes higher than his own at lightweight.

    “I know as much as McGregor, and more,

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  • Miesha Tate 'wouldn't be against' fighting Cris Cyborg

    UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate holds an open gym day for the media at Xtreme Couture on June 27, 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    It’s no secret that the UFC is struggling to find credible opponents for Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The No. 15 ranked pound-for-pound fighter has destroyed her last two opponents, Lina Lansberg and Leslie Smith, with little trouble and fans have been clamoring for her to face one of the more recognizable names in women’s MMA.

    Although a Ronda Rousey fight has been the women’s MMA equivalent to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, it doesn’t seem close to coming to fruition anytime soon. But while so many other women don’t appear to be too interested in facing the Invicta 145-pound champion, a former UFC women’s bantamweight champ says that she certainly wouldn’t mind stepping up to face the powerful Brazilian.

    Miesha Tate appeared on “The MMA Hour” to talk about her UFC 205 showdown with Raquel Pennington but made it clear that she’d be more than willing to fight Cyborg at a catchweight of 140 pounds if the opportunity presented itself.

    “When I was the champ the UFC told me that they would

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  • Conor McGregor fined $150,000 for UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident

    UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was hit with a $150,000 fine by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his role in a bottle-throwing incident that abruptly ended the UFC 202 pre-fight media event in Las Vegas on Aug. 17.

    The commission voted unanimously to levy the Irishman with the fine – which equates to five percent of his disclosed $3 million purse earned against Nate Diaz – while also tacking on 50 hours of community service and requiring McGregor to participate in an anti-bullying campaign.

    The punishment may seem a bit harsher than originally thought. The Nevada Attorney General initially suggested a fine of $25,000 with 25 days of community service and five hours of media training. However, the commission appeared to want a stiff penalty that would serve as a warning to anybody else that wants to engage in a degree of unsportsmanlike conduct as McGregor did.

    The incident took

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  • Michael Bisping was dropped early in his rematch with Dan Henderson but found a way to survive. (Getty)
    Michael Bisping was dropped twice early in his rematch with Dan Henderson but found a way to survive. (Getty)

    It was almost déjà vu for Michael Bisping. In almost identical fashion to their first meeting at UFC 100, a Dan Henderson right hand landed and Bisping went down…twice in the first two rounds. But this time, Bisping managed to keep his senses and survive. “The Count” refused to allow a fairy tale story come to fruition and outworked a retiring Dan Henderson to retain his UFC middleweight title by unanimous decision in front of a rabid hometown crowd in Manchester, England, in the main event of UFC 204.

    Seven years ago, Michael Bisping ended up on the wrong side of the highlight reel when Henderson landed his patented H-Bomb right hand on the Brit’s chin to score one of the most brutal knockouts in UFC history. A lot has changed since then with Bisping becoming the middleweight champion and Henderson at the tail end of his career. However, the rematch was necessary for Bisping

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  • Daniel Cormier to defend UFC title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206

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    UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto on Dec. 10. The fight, which will take place at the Air Canada Centre, was announced on FS1’s “UFC Tonight.”

    The announcement follows speculation that Jon Jones – who had his disciplinary hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing a UFC 200 drug test postponed – could face Johnson in an interim title fight. But with Jones’ hearing pushed back to November, the UFC moved forward with the rematch from UFC 187, where Cormier submitted Johnson to take possession of the championship that Jones had vacated when he was suspended last year.

    “The city of Toronto is still buzzing after the Blue Jays’ walk-off home run last night,” Cormier said. “The only thing more exciting than that is that I am defending the undisputed UFC light heavyweight title in the Six on December 10 at UFC 206, only on pay-per-view. Down will go Rumble … again.”

    Both Cormier and

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  • MMA legend outspoken about televised children's MMA fights

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    Ramzan Kadyrov three preteen sons competed in televised MMA fights (Associated Press)

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the Moscow-backed leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, is receiving heavy criticism after video surfaced of his three young sons competing in a mixed martial arts event on the eve of his 40th birthday.

    While having his sons fight wouldn’t sound like such a bad idea if the boys were young adults, the fact that the oldest of the Kadyrov sons is only 10 years old is the reason why so much attention has been brought to the event.

    Akhmad (10) defeated another boy via technical knockout in what was described as an exhibition fight on a nationally televised card earlier this week. Akhmad’s younger brothers, 9-year-old Eli and 8-year-old Adam, also won their fights in front a rabid crowd of adults on hand at the Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 international tournament in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny.

    Kadyrov took to Instagram to celebrate the three boys scoring victories. However, not everyone

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  • UFC fighter Josh Samman dead at 28

    UFC fighter Josh Samman passed away after being comatose for several days (Getty)
    UFC fighter Josh Samman passed away after being comatose for several days (Getty)

    UFC fighter Josh Samman died Wednesday morning in South Florida after being hospitalized late last week. He was 28 years old.

    A friend found Samman, along with roommate Troy Kirkingburg, unresponsive last Thursday evening at their Florida apartment. Kirkingburg, who was an announcer for local MMA promotions, was pronounced dead at the scene. Although there were no signs of foul play at the scene, police suspected a drug overdose. However, Samman’s mother issued a statement earlier this week refuting that heroin was involved.

    “Josh is still in a coma, and more tests are being done. That is the latest update on my son’s condition,” Samman’s mother said in the statement. “And in spite of speculation, there was no heroin found in Josh’s system whatsoever. No matter what people are posting on social media.”

    Samman remained comatose for several days and was moved to a hospice late Tuesday night. Confirmation of

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  • Dana White: Ronda Rousey is the UFC's "biggest star ever"

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    Dana White says Ronda Rousey is the biggest star in UFC history. (Getty Images)

    No matter how big of a star Conor McGregor has become, nobody is larger in stature than Ronda Rousey, according to UFC president Dana White.

    White made it clear that there is nobody in the UFC that is as big as Rousey in an interview with Hot 97 when he spoke on the current state of the MMA promotion.

    “By far. Not even close, by far the biggest star ever,” White said.

    It’s an interesting statement by White considering that Conor McGregor has shown tremendous crossover appeal that has turned in massive PPV returns in Rousey’s absence. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Holly Holm last November. Since then, McGregor has become the hottest ticket in the sport.

    As the headliner, McGregor’s last three pay-per-views have eclipsed the million-buy mark and he’ll once again headline what is arguably the biggest card in UFC history when he faces Eddie Alvarez at UFC

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  • Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor: 'I think he's a hell of a fighter'

    The proposed superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have been a pipe dream that went up in smoke, but that doesn’t mean that the two fighters won’t remain linked in the news. Not just because of their rumored dream fight, but because of the parallels between the two fighters as the top draws in their respective sports.

    With McGregor seeking to become the first UFC fighter to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously at UFC 205 and his grandstanding at the press conference earlier this week, he cemented his status as the top draw in all of MMA. It’s a blueprint that fight fans will notice has been sprinkled with influence from Floyd Mayweather’s historic rise to become the highest paid athlete in all of sports.

    But Mayweather doesn’t take offense to McGregor’s supposed patterning of the way he markets himself. As a matter of fact, he’s flattered.

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    Floyd Mayweather is impressed by Conor McGregor. (Getty Images)

    “If he did take anything from me, if he did steal

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