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  • Conor McGregor plays to the crowd during the UFC 196 weigh-in on March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)
    Conor McGregor plays to the crowd during the UFC 196 weigh-in on March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Getty Images)

    Now that Conor McGregor avenged his loss to Nate Diaz at 170 pounds, the UFC’s plan is for the Irishman to head back down to the featherweight division to defend the title he won in December against Jose Aldo. If he doesn’t plan to defend his title, UFC president Dana White has stated that McGregor would have to vacate it.

    However, after his UFC 202 victory, the current UFC featherweight champion wouldn’t commit to a fight with Aldo, whom he knocked out in 13 seconds to win the title at UFC 194 and instead teased that he would be looking for bigger fights. McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has long been against McGregor cutting down to 145 pounds and suggested there’s a possibility that his fighter never fights at featherweight again.

    “I really don’t see the point in it,” Kavanagh said on “The MMA Hour.” “With all due respect to the [1]45 guys, especially after that fight with

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  • Anthony Johnson
    Anthony Johnson made short work of Glover Teixeira. (Getty)

    LAS VEGAS — Anthony “Rumble” Johnson cemented himself as the No. 1 contender for Daniel Cormier’s UFC light heavyweight title with an emphatic 13-second knockout of Glover Teixeira at UFC 202 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

    Teixeira was the latest in a long line of fighters to fall victim to the tremendous knockout power that Johnson possesses and left no doubt that he will get his rematch with Cormier, with or without Jon Jones around.

    “I’m not worried about it at all,” Johnson said after scoring his third consecutive knockout since losing by submission to Cormier for the light heavyweight title last May.

    After decimating Teixeira – who hasn’t been finished since his first professional fight back in 2002 – Johnson called out Cormier, who was present cageside. The two have a mutual respect for one another and have both been vocal about stepping into the cage again regardless of what happens with Jones.

    Jones was pulled from UFC

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  • UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 analysis

  • Conor McGregor
    Win or lose, Conor McGregor is getting paid a record purse at UFC 202. (AP)

    Losing his last fight clearly didn’t affect Conor McGregor’s earning potential.

    The UFC featherweight champion will earn a record $3 million purse in his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas despite losing when they first met back in March at UFC 196.

    The Nevada Athletic Commission disclosed McGregor’s record setting purse prior to the start of Saturday’s PPV.

    McGregor’s massive purse eclipses Brock Lesnar’s $2.5 million earned at UFC 200. Prior to that, McGregor was the first to take home a purse north of a million in his first fight against Diaz.

    McGregor will take home more than the $3 million once it is all said and done and has went as far to suggest that he would rake in $10 million.

    Chances are, he’s right.

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  • Donald Cerrone not sold on proposed UFC fighters' union

    Donald Cerrone
    Donald Cerrone is not sold on the Professional Fighters Association. (AP)

    The Professional Fighters Association pressed forward in hopes of forming a fighter’s union on Thursday evening with a press conference in Las Vegas, where baseball agent Jeff Borris held court about fighters’ needs for things such as a pension, health insurance, a grievance process and fighter input in an anti-doping policy.

    Borris, along with Lucas Middlebrook (best known as Nate Diaz’s attorney), is in Las Vegas hoping to get the ball rolling on establishing the union. In order to get started, the pair will need 30 percent of UFC fighters to sign an authorization card, which will allow a National Labor Relations Board election. After that, they would then need a majority of the UFC roster to vote “yes” for the PFA to collectively bargain with the UFC.

    There are fighters who are in favor of a union, but still on the fence trying to figure out what the direction of the PFA will be. One of those fighters happens

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  • UFC 202: Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz discuss chaotic press conference

    Conor McGregor
    Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz give their thoughts on Wednesday’s wild press conference. (Getty)

    The bad blood between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz boiled over at the final press conference Wednesday before their rematch at UFC 202, as expletives, middle fingers and water bottles flew during a bizarre scene at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    Once the dust settled (and the water dried), both sides gave their respective takes on what happened.

    Diaz appeared on “UFC Tonight” and made it clear that the reason he walked out was because McGregor was nearly a half-hour late to the press conference. Diaz took it as a sign of disrespect, which prompted him to give his UFC 202 opponent the middle-finger salute.

    “Like I said, that guy [McGregor] walks in like he was the show,” Diaz said. “But I thought the show was over, so I left the show.”

    As Diaz was walking out, he (along with his team) exchanged words from a distance with McGregor before a water bottle was thrown at the UFC featherweight champion.

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  • Jon Jones
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    In a recent post on Instagram, Jon Jones said that he would be returning to the Octagon “really soon” despite facing a potential suspension for failing a drug test that ended up having him removed from the UFC 200 main event in July.

    “I’m sure you guys are curious about what’s going on with this USADA situation,” the interim UFC light heavyweight champion said. “Obviously I can’t get into it because it’s still pending, but what I can say is that we have found out lots of really good news, and I am expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon.”

    Some scoffed at those claims, considering Jones’ history and the fact that he appeared to be staring at a possible two-year suspension. However, UFC president Dana White made an appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” and somewhat corroborated Jones’ claims.

    “It’s coming back now that it looks like he did not take the supplement that everybody thought he took,” White said in relation to Jones originally being notified that he was pulled for

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  • Conor McGregor
    (AP)

    The Conor McGregor vs. WWE feud is showing no signs of letting up after McGregor fired more verbal shots at the sports entertainment promotion during a recent media day in Las Vegas in promotion of his upcoming UFC 202 fight versus Nate Diaz on Saturday.

    While the conversation started with his rematch, things quickly progressed to other subjects and when the topic of the WWE was brought up again, McGregor certainly didn’t shy away. The UFC featherweight champion had stated on Twitter that he’d smack the entire WWE roster, which drew the ire of many professional wrestlers. But McGregor wasn’t about to back down.

    “I’m just speaking the truth,” McGregor said. “These new age of those guys are absolute dweebs. They just seem messed up in the head. I don’t know what it is. When I listen to them talk, when I listen to them carry themselves, they just don’t seem right in the head. That might have been a bit rudeness for me to say, but again: It ain’t trash talk, it’s truth talk.”

    When

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  • UFC
    The Professional Fighters Association could have a huge impact in the UFC. (AP)

    For the past few years, the conversation surrounding the formation of a fighters union has been more lip service than action. That has all changed with the announcement of the formation of the Professional Fighters Association (PFA), the first step in unionizing.

    The release on the PFA’s website mentioned the organization’s hopes to get recognition of a fighters union through the National Labor Relations Act and spoke specifically to working toward securing a collective-bargaining agreement for UFC athletes.

    “It is the goal of the PFA to organize these hard-working athletes so that they may collectively bargain their terms and conditions of employment pursuant to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA),” the release stated. “The PFA will not only be a union of fighters, but it will be governed solely by fighters. It is the fighters who will control their own futures.”

    The announcement comes in the wake of

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  • Reality is beginning to set in for the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Just over a year ago, Ronda Rousey ruled the division with an iron fist. But in less than twelve months, the title has changed hands on three different occasions. Nunes being the most recent to grab hold of the title when she dispatched of Miesha Tate by brutal knockout in the first round of their UFC 200 main event.

    “I didn’t expect it to end in the first round but I did expect to finish the fight,” Nunes reflected in an interview with Yahoo’s SportsDash. “I’m happy it finished in the first round but I was surprised because Miesha Tate is very tough.”

    Now that the smoke has cleared, Nunes can begin focusing on what’s to come. There has been much debate as to who should get the next shot at the title. Ronda Rousey was promised a title shot upon her return. However, there are two problems with this train of thought. One is that nobody knows exactly when Rousey will be back in the Octagon. The

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  • Conor McGregor calls out the WWE roster

    Conor McGregor
    Conor McGregor didn’t hold back in talking about the WWE. (AP)

    With his larger-than-life persona and grandiose method of delivering his interviews, Conor McGregor is about as close to a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar on the UFC roster as there is. But the Irishman won’t be making friends over at the house that the McMahon’s built after his comments regarding the professional wrestlers employed by the WWE.

    On a recent conference call, McGregor blasted the WWE roster after being asked if he was interested in one day participating in the world of sports entertainment.

    “For the most part, those WWE guys are [expletive], to be honest,” McGregor said. “They’re messed up [expletive], if you ask me. Fair play to Brock [Lesnar], he got in and fought, but at the end of the day he was juiced up to the [expletive] eyeballs, so how can I respect that?”

    McGregor did pay respect to a few people that have been in the WWE including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Paul “Triple H” Levesque and the

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  • Michael Bisping
    Michael Bisping will face Dan Henderson at UFC 204.

    After weeks of speculation, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson will see their aspirations come to fruition, as they will face off at UFC 204 in the middleweight champion’s backyard of Manchester, England on Oct. 8.

    The fight is layered with multiple narratives including Bisping’s first title defense after knocking out Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 and, win or lose, this will be Dan Henderson’s final fight in the Octagon. Of course, this is also a rematch of their UFC 100 affair when Henderson knocked Bisping out cold in one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history.

    Things are quite different from their first meeting when Henderson was almost a 3-to-1 favorite. Their rematch will likely find Bisping as both the champion and a significant favorite.

    “I think Dan will be like +300 or so,” speculates “Vegas Dave” Oancea, who has built a reputation for betting over a million dollars on UFC fights. “I think Bisping is a much better fight now

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  • Female MMA fighter doesn't rule out fighting men

    Gabi Garcia
    Could we see Brazilian jiujitsu Hall of Famer Gabi Garcia fight a man?

    Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 238 pounds, Brazilian jiujitsu Hall of Famer Gabi Garcia is going to have a difficult time finding women to compete with her in MMA.

    After winning more than10 gold medals in major grappling competitions, including the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation tournament six times, Garcia made the successful transition to MMA in 2015 in Rizin Fighting Federation with a pair of first-round finishes. However, considering that women of her size and remotely close to her skill level competing in MMA are already a rarity, it may be time for the 30-year-old from Brazil to consider other options.

    “I’m sparring with the best guys in the world so I’m not scared of any girl,” Garcia told TMZ Sports.

    She last fought in April when she finished Anna Malyukova in the first round with an armbar. The Brazilian jiujitsu black belt is a work in progress when it comes to striking but is learning

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  • Amanda Nunes: I want to fight Ronda Rousey

    The UFC women’s bantamweight division has been more competitive than ever over the past eight months with the title changing hands on three different occasions. The most recent being Amanda Nunes taking out Miesha Tate in the first round of the main event at UFC 200 last month. Although it appears that Nunes’ first title defense may be against Julianna Pena or Valentina Shevchenko, the Brazilian has targeted the former queen of the division for her next fight.

    “Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said at a recent fan Q&A session. “But we have a couple of girls in line right now — Julianna Pena, Valentina Shevchenko, and if Ronda’s not coming back, I’ll take Julianna Pena. It’s no problem.”

    Amanda Nunes has targeted Ronda Rousey for her next fight. (AP)
    Amanda Nunes has targeted Ronda Rousey for her next fight. (AP)

    Her wish could become a reality should Rousey choose to return. The former champion has been on the sidelines since losing her title to Holly Holm last November. She was originally slated to return this fall but underwent a minor surgical procedure that

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  • Five possible UFC opponents for the returning Nick Diaz

    Nick Diaz
    Nick Diaz is set to return after serving an 18-month suspension. (AP)

    For the past year and a half, the MMA world has been without the enigmatic Nick Diaz due to a suspension for a failed drug test that found marijuana metabolites in his system after his loss to Anderson Silva last January. The punishment could have been a lot worse as a five-year suspension was originally levied on the middleweight. However, Diaz had his sentence reduced to 18 months and is now officially able to compete. He hasn’t won a fight in almost five years but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a cult figure for MMA fans.

    With his return inevitable, it will be interesting to see with whom the UFC pairs him up with for his first fight back in the Octagon. Here are five opponents we’d love to see Diaz face.

    5. Tyron Woodley

    The only reason Woodley appears on this list is because the freshly minted welterweight champion called out Diaz for a “money fight.” And that sentiment rings true to pit a fighter like

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  • WSOF 32: Caros defeats Ben in the battle of the Fodor brothers

    Caros Fodor defeated his adopted brother Ben Fodor at WSOF 32. (Getty Images)
    Caros Fodor defeated his adopted brother Ben Fodor at WSOF 32. (Getty Images)

    We’ve all heard how teammates refuse to fight each other in MMA. But for the Fodor brothers, no fight is off limits. Although they are bounded as brothers by adoption, Caros Fodor and Ben “Phoenix Jones” Fodor don’t get along and had no qualms throwing down in the cage in their hometown state of Washington at World Series of Fighting 32. Caros took home the bragging rights as he defeated his brother by unanimous decision with scores of 30-26 from all three judges.

    The rivalry between the Fodor brothers goes back before the two were mixed martial artists and will likely remain unsettled after their first professional fight, where Fodor spent much of the bout controlling his younger brother on the ground. It was almost what one would expect from an older brother outmuscling his younger brother in a fight. There wasn’t a ton of damage dealt by either fighter, although there were moments when the two siblings

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  • Nate Diaz recalls the moment he realized he wasn’t rich

    Nate Diaz
    Nate Diaz recently reflected on his early MMA fighting days. (Getty Images)

    As UFC 202 draws near and Nate Diaz gears up for his highly anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor, the Stockton, Calif., fighter has been busy doing his media rounds. And for those familiar with Diaz, you never quite know what may come out of his mouth.

    For over a decade Diaz has fought in relative obscurity, except to hardcore MMA fans. Often in the shadow of his brother Nick, Nate has never dealt with the spotlight shining so brightly on him. It took a long time to get to this point and Diaz reflected on his early MMA fighting days during an interview with Fox Sports’ Andy Nesbitt.

    Once upon a time, a 22-year-old Nate Diaz thought his future was going to be paved with gold after coming out victorious on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The winner of a six-figure contract, Diaz believed that he was rich and the fighter acted as if he was swimming in money … until he realized he wasn’t.

    “If you

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  •  Kevin Ferguson Jr., Kimbo Slice's son, is shown on the right. (AP)
    Kevin Ferguson Jr., Kimbo Slice’s son, is shown on the right. (AP)

    Although Kimbo Slice is no longer with us, his spirit will live on in the cage as Bellator recently announced the signing of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr.

    Bellator already set a date for the debut of the 24-year-old son of the late Kimbo Slice as well – August 26 at Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.

    “Baby Slice” will fight for the same promotion that his father last competed in before tragically dying of congestive heart failure on June 6. Although Ferguson Jr. doesn’t have a professional MMA fight under his belt, he did have his first amateur fight in March when he scored a knockout in 84 seconds.

    He’s only been training MMA full-time for the past two years. Prior to that, he studied photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

    “I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on,” Ferguson told the AP. “I just knew without a doubt that one day,

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  • Chael Sonnen mulling MMA return, unsure whether he'll pass a drug test

    Chael Sonnen's last fight in the Octagon was at UFC 167 in Nov. 16, 2013. (Getty)
    Chael Sonnen’s last fight was at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013. (Getty)

    The last time we saw Chael Sonnen compete in the Octagon, it was November of 2013 and Rashad Evans dominated him en route to a first-round TKO at UFC 167. Since then, the self-proclaimed “bad guy” has been on the bench after being suspended for failing multiple drug tests by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Shortly after his latest drug test in 2014, Sonnen announced his retirement.

    While being “retired,” Sonnen has done some analyst work for other MMA and pro wrestling promotions as well as competed in a trio of submission grappling matches.

    But as of this week, Sonnen has completed his suspension and is now eligible to return to mixed martial arts competition. The question is whether we will see him in the UFC anytime soon.

    The answer to that inquiry is that he’d love to come back, as long as he’s able to pass a drug test.

    “I jumped into the [drug-testing] pool, which is a four-month process and I’ve done two tests,”

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  • Brock Lesnar wasn't fined by the UFC for his positive drug tests before and after his fight against Mark Hunt.
    The UFC opted not to fine Brock Lesnar for his positive drug tests before and after his fight with mark hunt. (AP)

    Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones sure do have a lot in common lately. Both were booked for UFC 200. However, Jones was pulled from the main event after testing positive for a banned substance while Lesnar won his match with Mark Hunt but had positive test results from drug tests taken both in-competition and out-of-competition.

    It was found that both Jones and Lesnar tested positive for hydroxyl-clomiphene, an estrogen blocker, which can mask steroid use. In addition to clomiphene, Jones also tested positive for Letrozole, an aromatase inhibitor.

    The similarities don’t stop there, however.

    Although both are facing sanctions from USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), the UFC has decided not to fine either fighter for their failed drug tests. That will be left up to the NAC, according to UFC vice president of public relations, Dave Sholler.

    Lesnar will likely be fined a

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