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  • Conor McGregor has pulled no punches in prodding Floyd Mayweather on social media. (Getty)
    Conor McGregor says his next fight will be in a boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather. (Getty)

    Conor McGregor has made it very clear that a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is his No. 1 priority. Anything else, including competing for the UFC, is on the backburner. McGregor hosted a Q&A pay-per-view in England to discuss what his future looks like and made no bones about it that he’s chasing after a boxing match with Mayweather.

    It all started when the UFC lightweight champion took to Instagram moments before the question-and-answer session began to make a statement that resonated throughout the combat sports world.

    “Heading to do a Q and A in front of 5000 fans! You read that right. That’s more than UFC attendance tonight,” McGregor posted and then followed with dynamite series of f-bomb expletives aimed at just about everyone, including the promotion he’s currently a world champion in. “[Expletive] the UFC. [Expletive] Floyd. [Expletive] boxing. [Expletive] the WWE. [Expletive]

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  • Anderson Silva wants to fight Conor McGregor, must have been hit harder than we thought

    Anderson Silva (far right), the former UFC middleweight champion, says he wants to fight Conor McGregor (third from right). (Getty Images)

    There are many mixed martial arts experts who still believe that former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter in the sport’s history. The records prove that.

    He has 18 knockdowns, most in UFC history. He’s tied for seventh in wins (16). He’s got the most consecutive wins (16). He’s got the second-most wins in title bouts (11). He has the most consecutive successful title defenses (10). He’s got the most Knockout of the Night awards (7) and is tied for third in most fight night bonuses (13).

    His greatness is indisputable.

    But during all that winning, Silva must have been hit in the head harder than we thought, because he’s yet again talking about fighting UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

    Silva, in addition to his long career as a middleweight (185 pounds), has also fought as a light heavyweight (205 pounds). McGregor

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  • Once homeless, Francis Ngannou is now a highly regarded UFC heavyweight prospect. He fights Andrei Arlovski Saturday in Denver. (Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

    With little more than a dream, and an unrealistic one at that, Francis Ngannou packed up his belongings and made the 3,100-mile journey from Cameroon to France.

    To do what, he did not know for sure. In Cameroon, as a young boy, he had become a fan of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. He saw Tyson’s enormous punching power and fearsome countenance, and that appealed to him.

    As he became an adult, he was frustrated with the direction of his life. He saw no opportunity. There was little chance of him achieving greatness in Cameroon, he came to believe.

    He wanted a better life, a way to take care of his family, the opportunity to fulfill a belief he had deep inside that he was destined for greatness.

    He arrived in France with the vague notion that he’d become a heavyweight boxer. He traveled alone, and arrived in Paris with

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  • Fox, FS1 ratings show that women's fights are exceptionally popular with UFC fans

    Joanna Jędrzejczyk (R) lands a jab on Claudia Gadelha during their bout in July. (Getty Images)

    Ronda Rousey may have laid the foundation for women fighting in the UFC, but  women across the board are proving popular for the UFC.

    Television ratings for shows headlined by women on either Fox or Fox Sports 1 are almost always above average and show the impact that women have made on the promotion since they began to compete in the UFC in 2013.

    On Saturday in Denver, Valentina Shevchenko will meet Julianna Pena in a bout that will be broadcast live on Fox. The winner will most likely be women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes’ next challenger.

    If history is a precedent, Fox will get a large number on Saturday.

    Consider some of striking television ratings numbers the Fox Sports research department dug up at Yahoo Sports’ request:

    • The Paige VanZant-Michelle Waterson card from Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 17 was the most-watched UFC show on Fox since April 2013 and attracted the

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  • Ronda Rousey stands in solidarity with those protesting the pipeline in Standing Rock. (Twitter)
    Ronda Rousey stands in solidarity with those protesting the pipeline in Standing Rock. (Twitter)

    Unlike how she handled her loss to Holly Holm in 2015, Ronda Rousey will not go into hiding for almost a year. Instead, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has made an effort to not allow her recent knockout loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 keep her down. As a matter of fact, Rousey has put her UFC career on the back-burner in lieu of more important matters taking place outside of the cage.

    An image of Rousey was posted on a Standing Rock protester’s Twitter account that appears to show the “Rowdy” one in solidarity with those battling the planned building of a $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Sioux tribe of Standing Rock has been at the forefront of this ongoing battle as they have growing concerns that their drinking water will be contaminated if this pipeline is indeed built. In late 2016, an intense standoff between protesters and police turned ugly as rubber bullets

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  • Chael Sonnen will fight Tito Ortiz in the main event of Bellator 170. (Getty)
    Chael Sonnen took a pair of losses in and out of the cage. (Getty)

    It hasn’t been the best week for Chael Sonnen.

    The “American Gangster” was handed a one-sided loss to Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170 over the weekend and followed that loss by being tossed off “The New Celebrity Apprentice” for cheating during one of the challenges.

    The former UFC star, who has never shied away from controversy, drew the ire of host Arnold Schwarzenegger when he purposefully cut a wire to a computer in an effort to give his team some extra time to put their presentation together.

    “In spite of this heroic and brilliant move on my part, I didn’t feel like a big hero,” Sonnen said about his tactics. “I felt like a guy that knew if we had a technical difficulty, we had more time.”

    But his teammates weren’t too fond of his cheating and told on him.

    Schwarzenegger was not pleased by Sonnen’s underhanded methods and gave him a tongue lashing in the boardroom for being dishonest before delivering his new catchphrase

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  • Nate Diaz believes the UFC wants to keep him far away from Conor McGregor. (Getty)
    Nate Diaz claims that the UFC has purposefully put him on the bench. (Getty)

    Nate Diaz hasn’t competed in the UFC since his rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202 last August and he’s not happy about that. The man who owns the only victory over McGregor in the UFC and pushed the Irishman to the limit in the subsequent rematch believes that he’s being benched purposefully by the UFC.

    “I know what this is: I’m being put on the shelf,” Diaz told the Los Angeles Times while attending the the Bellator event over the weekend. “That’s why I’m trying to get a boxing license.”

    What’s interesting about Diaz’s claim is that he’s told a few different stories since losing to McGregor in what was one of the best fights of the year. Initially, he stated that he would bench himself for 10 months while waiting to complete the trilogy with McGregor and wouldn’t take another fight prior to that. Then, he stated he wouldn’t compete again unless he was paid no less than $20 million. He also threatened to

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  • Why a potential Floyd Mayweather bout would likely be Conor McGregor's last fight

    If Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, it’s a good bet he’ll never fight again after that.

    And, no, to all of you cynics and wise guys, it won’t be because of the way the fight goes. Rather, if the fight ever happens, it would almost certainly price McGregor out of any future UFC fight.

    McGregor is the UFC lightweight champion, a belt he won on Nov. 12 in New York when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to, at that point, become the first man ever to hold two weight-class titles simultaneously in the UFC.

    He shares the record of the largest UFC guarantee ($3 million) with former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. He made far more than that for the win over Alvarez when his pay-per-view cut and other revenue streams are included. It’s more likely he surpassed $10 million when all is said and done, though the UFC doesn’t release that information.

    UFC president Dana White, who made McGregor and Mayweather $25 million offers for the fight recently, has interest in

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  • Sage Northcutt will meet Mickey Gall on Saturday. (Associated Press)
    Will Sage Northcutt join the Diaz brothers? (Associated Press)

    Twenty-year-old Sage Northcutt has a reputation for being too nice despite being a third-degree black belt in karate and one of the brightest stars in MMA. However, a recent loss to Mickey Gall may have the Texan reconsidering his approach to the sport.

    With a 3-2 record in the UFC, Northcutt hasn’t quite lived up to the overwhelming hype that followed him into his UFC debut in October of 2015. Some have questioned whether he has the mental toughness to deal with adversity. Well, it appears that Northcutt may have an idea about how to fix this so-called problem.

    After being seen backstage with Nick and Nate Diaz after his loss to Gall at UFC on Fox 20, Super Sage confirmed that an offer is on the table with “The MMA Hour.”

    “They mentioned getting some training together in the future so we’ll see if that happens,” Northcutt said about his meeting with the Diaz brothers. “They were just super nice guys so it was cool to meet

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  • Tito Ortiz goes out a winner, submits Chael Sonnen in first at Bellator 170

    Tito Ortiz submitted Chael Sonnen Saturday with a rear naked choke at Bellator 170 in the final fight of his legendary career. (Al Powers/Getty Images)
    Tito Ortiz submitted Chael Sonnen Saturday with a rear naked choke at Bellator 170 in the final fight of his legendary career. (Al Powers/Getty Images)

    Tito Ortiz put an exclamation point on his legendary mixed martial arts career Saturday, reminding the crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and a national television audience of his greatness with one final victory.

    On his 42nd birthday, Ortiz survived an early guillotine choke attempt to submit Chael Sonnen with a rear-naked choke at 2:03 of the first round in the main event of Bellator 170.

    Ortiz, a member of the UFC Hall of Fame and one of the pioneers of the sport, had some anxious moments. But he was clearly far stronger than Sonnen and in the end essentially overpowered the man known as “The American Gangster.”

    A one-time collegiate wrestler who 19 years ago to the day was pinned by Sonnen in the first round, Ortiz had his son, Jacob, perform a symbolic act and leave his red gloves in the center of the cage.

    “Everyone, this

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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 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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