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  • 'Cyborg' says showdown with Ronda Rousey needs to happen

    Cristiane Justino made her UFC debut earlier this year. (Getty)
    Cristiane Justino made her UFC debut in May. (Getty)

    The dream showdown between Ronda Rousey and Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino seemingly went up in smoke after Holly Holm knocked Rousey out last November. The mere concept of these two dominant forces in women’s MMA meeting was built upon the premise of both being invincible. But with Rousey suffering her first loss and the entire women’s bantamweight division being turned upside down over the past year, the focus has shifted away from bringing the fantasy bout to fruition.

    However, Cyborg still has her sights set on a potential Rousey fight.

    Speaking to MMA Junkie, the Invicta FC featherweight said she still envisions a fight with Rousey.

    “I respect all the girls regardless of who they are,” Justino said. “But I believe there’s a ‘novela’ [Brazilian soap opera] between Ronda and I that we need to finish. I think that’s a fight everyone wants to watch.”

    Cyborg is currently scheduled for her second UFC fight against newcomer Lina Lansberg in

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  • Meisha Tate will take on Amanda Nunes at UFC 200. (Getty Images)
    Miesha Tate lost her bantamweight title at UFC 200. (Getty Images)

    Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate is regarded as a kind and giving soul by her peers. Her latest act of kindness is a heartwarming one that finds her as a real-life hero to a 6-year-old girl and her parents during an incident near Mount Charleston in Las Vegas, NV.

    Over the weekend, Tate was hiking at Mary Jane Falls, a hiking trail at Mount Charleston, when 6-year-old Kai broke her arm near the top of the mountain trail. Tate spotted Kai’s mother struggling to carry the little girl down the 2.6-mile trail and decided to help out.

    “I saw her meekly built mother struggling to carry her daughter down the mountain so I offered to carry the little girl to the bottom,” Tate posted on her Facebook. “The mother asked her 6-year-old daughter ‘would you rather have me or her carry you down’ without hesitation (to my surprise) she quickly replied ‘I want HER to carry me.’”

    Images posted by the parents of Kai

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  • CM Punk
    CM Punk addressed his critics during a recent conference call ahead of his fight at UFC 203. (Getty)

    In a little over a week, former WWE superstar CM Punk will make his long awaited UFC debut against Mickey Gall. There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether Punk – who has no MMA, collegiate wrestling or kickboxing experience – will be able to acclimate and be competitive in the top MMA promotion in the world.

    As part of the build to his upcoming fight, a Fox Sports 1 documentary titled “Evolution of Punk” that captures Punk’s journey to his first professional MMA fight was released. However, the documentary has drawn much criticism of Punk’s progress in becoming an MMA fighter. Fighters have condemned Punk’s overall technique and there are skeptics that don’t believe he stands a chance against Gall on September 10. According to Sportsbook Review, Punk is as much as a +275 underdog. And some think that even that is being generous.

    Punk addressed his critics during a recent

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  • Tyron Woodley is the new UFC welterweight champion. (Getty Images)
    Tyron Woodley is the new UFC welterweight champion. (Getty Images)

    Winning the UFC welterweight championship was supposed to be a joyous occasion for Tyron Woodley. His first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler shocked the world and proved that his decision to wait a year and a half for the title fight paid off. However, now that he’s the freshly minted champion, it appears that not everyone shares the excitement that Woodley does.

    “I can tell you from experience, as a champion, the last three weeks of my life have been completely the opposite of what you’d think it’d be,” Woodley said on his podcast, ‘The Morning Wood Show.’ “I’ve had so many people say, ‘You [expletive], you’re scared of this person’ and I’m like, I just fought an hour ago. I just got the belt. I’ve had people say ‘You should be stripped of the belt’ and actually it’s a month today that I won the belt.”

    Some backlash was expected. But what Woodley didn’t expect was the amount of racist comments that were directed at him

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  • Rory MacDonald lost his last two UFC fights. (Getty)
    Rory MacDonald lost his last two UFC fights. (Getty)

    Former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald’s recent announcement that he signed with Bellator was arguably the biggest coup for the company. After a seven-year tenure with the UFC that saw the Canadian go 9-4 with victories over the likes of Demian Maia, B.J. Penn, Nate Diaz and current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, MacDonald decided that his time with the UFC was up and sought a new career path with Bellator.

    “They’re straight-up guys,” MacDonald said during an interview with “The MMA Hour” regarding his reasons for leaving MMA’s biggest promotion for Bellator. “They’re easy to talk to, they’re approachable, and they have their ears open. They don’t just have their plan and tell the fighters to just do what they want. They want to hear what the fighters want to do.”

    MacDonald’s decision came down to a number of things, which included accessibility to the higher-ups in Bellator and being interested in something

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  • Ronda Rousey
    UFC president Dana White is optimistic about Ronda Rousey’s PPV drawing power (Getty)

    Conor McGregor may wear the crown as the UFC’s current pay-per-view king, but UFC president Dana White believes that the Irishman may simply be keeping the throne warm for a certain woman’s highly anticipated return to the Octagon.

    White appeared on “The Herd” and stated that Ronda Rousey’s return would topple all UFC pay-per-view records set by McGregor, including his UFC 196 fight with Nate Diaz that raked in 1.5 million PPV buys and what appears to be yet another a million-plus buys estimated for UFC 202, where McGregor defeated Diaz by majority decision.

    “I think that Ronda Rousey’s return will be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done,” White said.

    Despite being a huge star with crossover appeal, Rousey had only eclipsed the one million pay-per-view buy mark once as a headliner during her UFC tenure. And that particular fight was her shocking knockout loss to Holly Holm last November at UFC 193.

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  • Jon Jones
    Jon Jones’ USADA suspension could be just for one year. (AP)

    What was expected to be possible two-year suspensions for Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones after failing drug tests last month will be shortened, according to MMA Fighting.

    Instead of facing 24 months away from the Octagon, both fighters could face as little as a public warning and as much as a year suspension. This comes due to a World Anti-Doping Agency code that lists hydroxy-clomiphene and letrozole – the substances that both Jones and Lesnar tested positive for – as “specified substances,” which are recognized as substances that can enter the body inadvertently. Because of this, there is more flexibility in levying a sanctioning decision.

    “There is a greater likelihood that these [specified] substances could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation,” WADA code states.

    Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event against Daniel Cormier three days before the fight after failing an out-of-competition test on June 16.

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  • Nate Diaz
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    Nate Diaz was seen casually vaping on the dais when speaking to the media following his Saturday night loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202. Little did he know that it may get him into some hot water with USADA.

    “It’s CBD,” Diaz said. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

    CBD is cannabidiol oil. According to Leaf Science, it is one of more than 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. It’s also illegal and classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States. More important, cannabinoids are banned in competition by the World Anti Doping Agency and USADA goes by WADA’s list of banned substances. Considering that Diaz was vaping CBD shortly after his loss to McGregor, it falls in the in-competition window, which is six hours before or after a fight.

    MMA Fighting confirmed with a USADA

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  • Nate Diaz
    (Getty Images)

    Nate Diaz was seen casually vaping on the dais when speaking to the media following his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 202. Little did he know that it may get him into some hot water with USADA.

    “It’s CBD,” Diaz said. “It helps with the healing process and inflammation, stuff like that. So you want to get these for before and after the fights, training. It’ll make your life a better place.”

    CBD is cannabidiol oil. According to Leaf Science, it is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. It is not illegal although it is classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States. More importantly, cannabinoids are banned in-competition by the World Anti Doping Agency and USADA goes by WADA’s list of banned substances. Considering that Diaz was vaping CBD shortly after his loss to McGregor, it falls in the window of in-competition, which is six hours before or after a fight.

    MMA Fighting confirmed with a USADA spokesperson

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  • Will Ronda Rousey return in 2016? (Getty)
    Will Ronda Rousey return in 2016? (Getty)

    If Ronda Rousey is going to return to the UFC in the future, it certainly won’t be at the fighting promotions highly anticipated debut in New York City.

    UFC president Dana White appeared on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast to state that the former women’s bantamweight champion would not be fighting at UFC 205 on Nov. 12.

    “She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said. “I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week.”

    Rousey last fought at UFC 193, where she was knocked out in brutal fashion by Holly Holm and relinquished the UFC women’s bantamweight title last November. Since suffering her first MMA loss, Rousey hasn’t been heard from. But White has been adamant that she would make a return and hoped it would take place at the end of this year or early 2017.

    With the New York card being a historic moment in the UFC considering MMA had been banned in the state since 1997, many fighters have sought to compete. And with it

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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
    (Getty)

    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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