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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.

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  • Fedor Emelianenko
    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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  • Sage Northcutt says Mickey Gall has been 'fighting someone's dad'

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    Sage Northcutt fired back verbally at Mickey Gall in a Sage Northcutt kind of way. (Associated Press)

    There aren’t too many fighters who are as nice as Sage Northcutt. He’s usually complimentary to everyone and rarely projects a semblance of anger or annoyance. But when Mickey Gall called him out shortly after defeating CM Punk at UFC 203, the 20-year-old finally showed a few cracks in his nice guy façade.

    Gall made fun of Northcutt’s spiky hair and called the young MMA prodigy “corny” and was more than happy to fight him next. Northcutt told “The MMA Hour” that he watched Gall’s expletive-laced rant and wasn’t impressed at all by Gall’s words or his performance.

    “I think just him going in and fighting two guys that had no fights — I think they were both close to 40 years old, too — it’s almost like fighting someone’s dad that only trained very little for a fight,” Northcutt said. “It was definitely interesting if you think of it that way.”

    For what it’s worth, Mike Jackson is only 31

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  • Cristiane Justino made her UFC debut earlier this year. (Getty)
    Cristiane Justino will have her 2nd UFC fight this weekend. (Getty)

    The ongoing dilemma facing UFC president Dana White is what to do with Cris “Cyborg” Justino. The current Invicta 145-pound champion is the most dominant female in women’s MMA, but she doesn’t have a place in the UFC to call home.

    This weekend, Cyborg will have her second fight in the UFC at a catchweight of 140 pounds against Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil. It’s a fight where Cyborg is a heavy favorite at -1200, according to Sportsbook Review.

    Another notch in the win column is probable for the Brasilian, but what Cyborg will do next is still up in the air. White recently spoke to Brazil’s Globo and stated under no uncertain terms that there are “no plans” for the UFC to add a 145- or 125-pound division.

    “As far as a heavier division, no I don’t see that happening,” White said. “I don’t see that happening any time soon, but the 115-pound division continues to get bigger.”

    This puts Cyborg in a

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  • UFC commentator Kenny Florian's younger brother found dead

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    In an unfortunate bit of news, the younger brother of UFC commentator Kenny Florian has died at the age of 33.

    Kirk Andrew Florian went missing on Saturday and Kenny took to Twitter on Monday to ask if anyone had information about his brother’s whereabouts and suggested they contact the Dover Police Department in Delaware. He later deleted the message.

    But Kirk had died on Sunday. Kenny confirmed his passing on Instagram.

    “Always loving. Always loved. Always my little brother Kiki. Kirk Andrew Florian 6/22/83-9/11/16,” Florian posted along with a picture of Kirk. “Thank you all for sharing his picture/information. Go tell your loved ones that you love them.”

    There has been no further information regarding the

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  • Olympic gold medalist says he wants to fight in the UFC

    U.S. wrestler Kyle Snyder celebrates after winning gold at the 2016 Olympics. (Reuters)
    U.S. wrestler Kyle Snyder celebrates after winning gold at the 2016 Olympics. (Reuters)

    If a pro wrestler couldn’t get the job done as a UFC fighter, maybe an Olympic gold medalist will fare differently if given the opportunity.

    Twenty-year-old Ohio State University junior Kyle Snyder became the youngest American in history to win a wrestling gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Now the highly decorated wrestler has his eye on competing in the UFC and took to Twitter to make his intentions public.

    He would later speak to Fox Sports and expand on the tweet.

    “I want to fight,” Snyder said. “Basically what that tweet means. I love wrestling, I really do. I would want to continue wrestling but I want to do both at the same time. I want to pursue my wrestling career, wrestle in World Championships and the Olympic games, but if the scheduling could work out and I can become an elite fighter, then I want to fight in the

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  • Jon Jones crouches in his corner before facing Ovince Saint Preux in their interim UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 197 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

    The future of Jon Jones’ MMA career may be up in the air, but the lingering impression is that the former pound-for-pound champion will get a title fight upon his return. Both light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and top contender Anthony Johnson expressed their displeasure with UFC president Dana White’s insinuation – and now you can add the man who pushed Jones to the limit to that list.

    “It wouldn’t be fair, giving him a title shot,” Alexander Gustafsson said on The MMA Hour. “I’m not saying I’m going to get it. I’m just saying, after everything that happened, it’s not fair to other fighters too, who’ve been working their asses off and they’ve been fighting each other. So, not a title shot right away. Just give him a fun fight first and that’s it.”

    Gustafsson gave Jones all he could handle at UFC 165 in 2013. Jones won a unanimous decision but was battered and bloodied by Gustafsson throughout the fight. Since the Jones loss, Gustafsson has gone 2-2 and recently pulled out a

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  • If people were upset before with CM Punk landing a spot on a UFC pay-per-view event with no previous MMA experience, things won’t get any better after learning how much the former WWE superstar made for losing in a two-minute drubbing at the hands of Mickey Gall at UFC 203.

    According to the Ohio Athletic Commission, CM Punk earned $500,000 for his first-round submission loss to Gall. That payout was the third highest of all of the fighters who competed at UFC 203. Main event competitors Alistair Overeem ($800,000) and Stipe Miocic ($600,000) were the only fighters to earn more than the debuting Punk. This was on a card that included tenured fighters such as Urijah Faber ($160,000) and Fabricio Werdum ($375,000).

    As for his opponent, Gall raked in a paltry by comparison $30,000 (includes a $15,000 win bonus) for dominating Punk over the course of the short affair.

    Punk came into that fight as much as a +335 underdog, according to Sportsbook Review. However, the lack of experience and

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  • Fabricio Werdum
    Following his victory over Travis Browne at UFC 203, Fabricio Werdum kicked Browne’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan. (AP)

    The heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne may have been respectful for fifteen minutes. But after the final bell is when the bad blood spilled into the cage and a brawl between corners nearly commenced.

    Werdum, who defeated Browne by unanimous decision, engaged in a heated war of words with Browne’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan (who also trains Ronda Rousey) before Bruce Buffer announced the result. The former heavyweight champion punctuated the argument with a swift front kick to Tarverdyan’s chest. Both corners spilled into the middle of the Octagon, ready for battle, while Werdum went into a fighting stance.

    Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed as both corners were escorted out of

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  • Elevator mishap injures C.B. Dollaway, forces him out of UFC 203

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    C. B. Dollaway suffered what might be the weirdest MMA injuries ever. (Getty)

    Everything appeared to be on track for UFC 203 to take place in Cleveland after all of the fighters made weight on Friday evening. However, an elevator would have its say and wreak havoc on the card, resulting in one fighter needing to be removed due to an injury.

    C.B. Dollaway was forced out of his scheduled light heavyweight showdown with Francimar Barroso after an accident that took place in a Cleveland hotel after the UFC 203 ceremonial weigh-ins. Dollaway, along with several fighters, were trapped in an elevator at the Wyndham Hotel after it malfunctioned and apparently dropped. Although the other fighters came out unscathed – aside from being startled – Dollaway suffered a back injury that doctors said would take him out of his UFC 203 fight the day before the pay-per-view.

    Other fighters in the elevator included Urijah Faber (who posted video of the incident), Fabricio Werdum, Yancy Medeiros and Brad

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