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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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  • UFC's Chad Mendes suspended two years by USADA for failed PED test

    Chad Mendes is suspended until June 10, 2018. (Getty Images)
    Chad Mendes is suspended until June 10, 2018. (Getty Images)

    The hammer has come down swift and heavy for UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes. USADA announced that the Team Alpha Male fighter has been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.

    The positive result came from an out-of-competition urine test on May 17. The test found GHRP-6 (Growth Hormone-Releasing Hexapeptide) in his system.

    Mendes has long been one of the top 145-pound fighters in the UFC despite a recent slide when he was knocked out in back-to-back fights against Frankie Edgar and Conor McGregor. He hasn’t fought since losing to Edgar last December.

    The 31-year-old will be sidelined until June 10, 2018, two years after the date the provisional suspension began.

    This comes hot on the heels of Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar being flagged by USADA for banned substances. Both Jones and Lesnar are waiting to see what disciplinary action will be handed down from USADA.

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  • Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos fractured his skull at Bellator 158. (Credit: Instagram)

    Michael Page is quickly becoming Bellator’s fastest rising star and the 29-year-old added to his growing legacy with one of the most violent knockouts of all time against Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at Bellator 158 over the weekend.

    The unbeaten welterweight scored an absolutely devastating knockout of Santos with a flying knee in the second round of their bout. To put a cap on the scintillating knockout, Page celebrated by channeling the Pokemon Go craze that has taken the world by storm. With Santos still sprawled out on the canvas, Page went to his corner, grabbed a Pokemon hat and then rolled a Pokeball at his downed opponent in an attempt to “capture” his prey.

    With a “Cyborg” now in his faux Pokemon stable, Page wrapped up his post-fight celebration with a “Yatta!” pose at the end.

    But the celebration would take a back seat to the damage that Page’s knee inflicted on the skull of Santos. The 38-year-old had a very visible dent in his forehead as a direct result of the knee and

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    It was certainly a tumultuous week for Daniel Cormier. From preparing for the biggest fight of his life against Jon Jones to wondering if he’d even compete on the card and then ending up being relentlessly booed by fans at UFC 200 when he chose to ground legendary striker Anderson Silva to win a unanimous decision in a short notice fight, Cormier certainly is glad that it’s all over.

    But that doesn’t necessarily put an end to the turmoil surrounding him.

    It was revealed that Cormier had to take a pay cut to face Anderson Silva at UFC 200. Cormier’s purse was originally set to be $1 million to face Jones and was slashed in half to $500,000 with the opponent switch after Jones was pulled after testing positive for two banned substances in a June 16 drug test administered by USADA. Although Cormier didn’t complain about it publicly, Jon Jones’ manager feels that Cormier received the short end of the stick and deserved to make just as much as he was originally set to receive,

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  • UFC 200 winners and losers

    Brock Lesnar
    (Getty Images)

    The UFC had one hell of a week. Three days, three events and 36 fights sounds like something that would keep the top MMA promotion in the world with their hands full. For a minute, it appeared that the weekend would go off without a hitch, as only one fighter scheduled for UFC 200 wasn’t able to make it to the finish line (Derek Brunson).

    However, when you lose your main event just three days before the biggest and most stacked card in UFC history, things can spiral out of control. Somehow, the UFC managed to steady the ship by bringing Anderson Silva in to face Daniel Cormier and put a Band-Aid on a glaring hole. But the show went on and was ripe with multiple narratives.

    But, alas, the end is here and not everyone could come out a winner. Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from a huge week in MMA.

    WINNERS:

    Brock Lesnar


    $2.5 million guaranteed for one night of work? Sure, why not? After nearly five years away from competing, Lesnar essentially salvaged a

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  • UFC's Donald Cerrone apologizes for using anti-gay slur

    Donald Cerrone
    (Getty Images)

    UFC 200 came and went with much to discuss. Among those topics includes Daniel Cormier’s performance against Anderson Silva. Many fans were not happy with Cormier opting to put his wrestling to work despite holding a significant size advantage and the fact that Silva stepped up to face the UFC light heavyweight champion on two days notice after Jon Jones was pulled due to a failed USADA drug test.

    Cormier won a clear unanimous decision but it became the topic of debate between Donald Cerrone and CM Punk during a special Q&A at the UFC Fan Expo that was titled “UFC 200 Aftermath.”

    The two UFC fighters talked about how the UFC 200 fights went and things took a turn when the topic of “worst fight” was brought into the conversation.

    “Your boy, DC. Terrible!” Cerrone said to Punk. After Punk inquired about what made Cormier’s performance “terrible,” Cerrone fired back a response tainted with an anti-gay slur.

    “Terrible,” Cerrone said. “How are you going to give up weight and

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    A former MMA fighter has targeted UFC president Dana White with death threats and has allegedly claimed that he will show up at UFC 200 with a crew and guns to murder White.

    According to TMZ, Dan Quinn is looking to get payback on some unresolved issues between he and White. Although he has never fought in the UFC, Quinn has made White a target for several years. Back in 2012, Quinn left death threats on White’s voicemail and threatened to shoot him in the head.

    Quinn is known for some extraordinarily strange videos and his bizarre support of Stevia, which is a sweet leaf sugar substitute that grows North and South America. He has been jailed on several occasions and some of his offenses include domestic violence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Quinn hasn’t fought since 2010 after losing three fights in a row and holds an MMA record of 5-7-1. His unusual behavior is nothing new but this certainly raises a few red flags. A source told TMZ that Quinn bought tickets for UFC 200.

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  • UFC 200 prelims: Joe Lauzon, Jim Miller, Gegard Mousasi deliver first-round TKOs

    Joe Lauzon celebrates after knocking out Diego Sanchez. (Getty)

    Julianna Pena W3 Cat Zingano

    LAS VEGAS – Julianna Pena scored the biggest win of her career Saturday when she rallied to win the final two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards and take a unanimous decision in a women’s bantamweight fight over Cat Zingano at UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena.

    Zingano controlled the first and came out storming in the second. The former title challenger, fighting for the first time since her loss to Ronda Rousey at UFC 184 last year, threw Pena twice in the opening seconds of the second round.

    Zingano had a dominant position, but was unable to do anything with it. She tried to pin Pena’s arms with her legs, but it failed and it allowed Pena to get top position.

    Pena dominated the rest of the fight from that point. She took Zingano down in the third round and basically didn’t let her up, out-grappling her over the final five minutes.

    It is Pena’s biggest win and should move her into serious title contention after a win over the third-ranked Zingano. It was her

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  • UFC 200 live chat and analysis

    Follow along live as the Yahoo Sports crew breaks down all the action at UFC 200 – the most stacked card in the company’s history – featuring a women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

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  • Will Brooks won a narrow decision over Ross Pearson in his UFC debut. (Getty)

    The UFC lightweight division has just become even more competitive as former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks made his successful UFC debut by defeating Ross Pearson by unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

    Brooks signed with the UFC on June 16 after being released from Bellator despite being the promotion’s reigning lightweight champion. The same day he signed, Brooks was thrust into a fight with Pearson after James Krause, Pearson’s original opponent, was pulled from the fight. But the short notice didn’t affect Brooks as the former champion looked sharp against the former TUF winner.

    Brooks and Pearson spent much of the bout standing as Brooks utilized short knee strikes to the torso and leg kicks to keep Pearson from settling into a comfortable boxing match. The former Bellator champion did manage to secure a takedown in the second round but was unable to put his vaunted wrestling to work as Pearson managed to shrug off his attempts to take his back.

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  • The Ultimate Fighter Finale live chat and analysis

    Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha are held back from one other during the TUF 23 finale weigh-in. (Getty)

    Follow The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale live on Yahoo Sports as we break down the action, including the main event women’s strawweight title fight between champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and challenger Claudia Gadelha.
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