• Conor McGregor is ready to put all of the nonsensical distractions behind him and focus on getting revenge against the last man who beat him.

    In an interview with ESPN, the UFC featherweight champion explained why he sought a rematch with Nate Diaz, who campaigns at lightweight, at the welterweight limit. The only reason their first fight was at 170 pounds was because it was on short notice after McGregor’s original opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, was sidelined with an injury less than two weeks before the fight.Nate Diaz lands a punch on Conor McGregor during their UFC 196 fight. (Getty)Nate Diaz lands a punch on Conor McGregor during their UFC 196 fight. (Getty)

    McGregor’s decision to face Diaz at 170 pounds would prove to be a mistake as the bigger Diaz was able to absorb McGregor’s punching power, wear the smaller man down and secure a second-round submission victory.

    Although the fight has yet to be booked after their original date at UFC 200 was scratched, McGregor is determined to get the rematch under the same circumstances.

    "What kind of fighter would I be, if I said, 'Hey, I didn't get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155,'"

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  • UFC women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko and her trainer, Pavel Fedotov, were caught in middle of a shootout during a robbery at a restaurant in Peru that resulted in Fedotov being hit by gunfire and taken to the emergency room.Valentina Shevchenko walks to her corner during her UFC 196 fight against Amanda Nunes. (AP)Valentina Shevchenko walks to her corner during her UFC 196 fight against Amanda Nunes. (AP)

    The shootout took place during a robbery attempt at the restaurant in the Chorrilos distract of Lima, Peru, and was captured by security cameras. According to Peru’s El Comercio, three armed individuals entered the restaurant on Sunday evening and demanded employees and patrons to hand over their belongings, which included cash, cell phones, purses and wallets.

    There were conflicting reports as to how the shootout started. El Comercio initially reported that Fedotov started firing at the assailants when they were trying to escape. However, FPP reported that Fedotov pulled out his gun and fired after the robbers started firing their weapons, injuring a female customer in the process. Another restaurant patron also reportedly engaged in the shootout that led

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  • Cody Garbrandt flattens Thomas Almeida to remain undefeated

    LAS VEGAS – The battle of the UFC’s young and unbeaten knockout artists was no contest.

    Cody Garbrandt is still undefeated after stopping Thomas Almeida. (AP Photo)Cody Garbrandt is still undefeated after stopping Thomas Almeida. (AP Photo)From the moment the bell rang, Cody Garbrandt was dominant over Thomas Almeida in the main event of their bantamweight fight Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

    They entered the bout a combined 29-0 and were seen as the future of the 135-pound division. Almeida, who was 21-0, was ranked fourth, though Garbrandt was unranked.

    But in racking up his ninth win in as many tries, Garbrandt pretty much guaranteed that he’ll be way up in the rankings when they come out later in the week.

    “When the lights are shining, that’s when I’m at my best,” Garbrandt said.

    Garbrandt knocked Almeida out with a brutal right cross that sent the Brazilian crashing to the canvas. The super aggressive Garbrandt could have pulled a Mark Hunt and simply walked away, because it was obviously over the moment that right landed.

    But Garbrandt was amped and out to make a point and he followed Almeida to the floor before

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  • Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will look to get back on track to regain his championship when he faces Ben Rothwell at UFC 203 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sept. 10. The announcement came during the UFC Fight Night 88 main card on Fox Sports 1.

    Fabricio Werdum will fight Ben Rothwell at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Fabricio Werdum will fight Ben Rothwell at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Werdum will be on the same card with the man who knocked him out to take his title at UFC 198 as Stipe Miocic will headline in his hometown against Alistair Overeem for the UFC heavyweight championship.

    The Brazilian will look to reset after losing for the first time in seven fights when Miocic dropped him with one punch. Before then, Werdum had one of most intriguing stories in MMA. After losing to Overeem in 2011 at the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, he appeared to turn a corner and peeled off six straight victories that culminated in beating Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 188 last June.

    His opponent has experienced a similar resurgence over the past few years. Rothwell had won four

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  • The number of celebrities who support Donald Trump continues to grow as UFC Hall of Famer and current Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz has now publicly endorsed the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

    The 41-year-old was spotted in attendance at a Trump rally in Anaheim, Calif., this week. His appearance caused a stir as Ortiz was pictured holding a sign that said, “Hillary Clinton Killed My Friends,” and later joined in a “build that wall” chant.Tito Ortiz holds up a sticker during a Donald Trump rally. (Credit: @Twitter)Tito Ortiz holds up a sticker during a Donald Trump rally. (Credit: @Twitter)

    Ortiz, whose father is from Mexico, posted a picture on Instagram alongside Donald Trump with the caption “Proud to support @RealDonaldTrump #Trump2016 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.” Some took issue with Ortiz’s support of Trump considering the Republican candidate’s stance on immigration laws. However, Ortiz is just one of many from the Latino community who support Trump.

    “History will repeat itself,” Ortiz posted on Instagram with an image that showed the similarities between Trump and former president Ronald Reagan. “I want safe borders. I want our

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  • When Paige VanZant entered the "Dancing With The Stars" competition, the 22-year-old wasn’t sure that her ability on the dance floor would match her skill as a mixed martial artist.

    But as the show entered its finale, VanZant not only proved that she was a competent dancer, she ended up posting a near-perfect score in her final routine that brought two of the judges and her dance partner to tears and ended up securing a second-place finish in season 22 of the dance competition.

    VanZant and her partner Mark Ballas performed the salsa and a freestyle dance that captivated the judges. The salsa performance, which was the duo’s pick during the “redemption” stage when Ballas had to be replaced due to injury, scored 29 out of 30 points. But that was only a precursor of what was to come.

    For their second dance, VanZant and Ballas performed a freestyle that drew a perfect 30 out of 30. But, perhaps of more significance, the performance had an emotional effect on the judges. Two judges and

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  • Cris Cyborg Justino (Getty Images)Cris Cyborg Justino (Getty Images)The only question on everyone’s mind after Cris “Cyborg” Justino made her UFC debut a successful one with a first round knockout of Leslie Smith at UFC 198 was what would be next for the hard-hitting Brazilian.

    Currently, there is no weight class in the UFC for the Invicta FC World Featherweight Champion to compete in, which is why Cyborg’s fight with Smith was at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Depending on whom you ask, Cyborg could either find herself defending the Invicta featherweight title or back in the Octagon for her next fight.

    “UFC Tonight” reported that there were plans in place for Cyborg to return to the UFC as early as UFC 201 on July 30 in Atlanta. It would be another 140-pound catchweight fight and her opponent would be Germaine de Randamie, a Dutch kickboxer who scored a scintillating first round TKO victory over Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 87.

    But Cyborg balked at the reports and fired back with her desire to return to Invicta for her next fight via Twitter.

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  • The buzz surrounding a potential boxing match between retired pound-for-pound boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor hasn’t quite died down yet. After Mayweather poured gasoline on the fire by talking up the fight, McGregor is now fanning the flames as a video has surfaced of the Irishman sparring with former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden.

    After posting a picture of Reebok boxing boots earlier in the week, footage of McGregor sparring in headgear at the Box ‘N Burn gym in Brentwood, Calif., has hit the Internet and added to the speculation.

    In the two-and-a-half minute video, McGregor is seen stalking van Heerden while eating several jabs from his opponent whenever he draws near. He also struggles to land anything of significance while being unable to cut off the ring.

    The MMA instincts from the man who recently tweeted “I run boxing” are still present as he deploys a wide karate stance that gives him a distinct advantage in MMA,

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  • Luke Rockhold to defend title against Michael Bisping at UFC 199 on June 4

    Michael Bisping is tied with Hall of Famer Matt Hughes for the second-most victories in UFC history with 18, only one behind ex-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. If Bisping ties the mark in his next outing, he'll become a champion himself.

    Bisping will step in to replace Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 199 on June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., challenging champion Luke Rockhold for the middleweight belt.

    Weidman needs surgery on his neck, he noted Wednesday in a Facebook post.

    Bisping, The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 winner, has been in the UFC since 2006 without a title shot. He was beaten by Rockhold in a non-title fight in Australia in 2014. Rockhold submitted Bisping with a guillotine choke on Nov. 7, 2014, in Sydney.

    Since that defeat, Bisping has won three in a row, including a victory over ex-champion Anderson Silva on Feb. 27 in a Fight of the Night battle in London.

    When news of Weidman's injury broke Tuesday, Bisping pleaded for the title shot.

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  • Stipe Miocic (AP Photo)Stipe Miocic (AP Photo)After knocking out Fabricio Werdum with one punch at UFC 198, newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic put together yet another scintillating knockout performance on Tuesday afternoon. However, instead of an Octagon, Miocic took his talents to the baseball diamond.

    Upon returning home to a hero’s welcome from his hometown of Cleveland, which has been starving for over 50 years to see a championship brought home, Miocic was invited to take part in batting practice with the Cleveland Indians. Similar to his walk-off performance on Saturday night in Brazil, Miocic sent a pitch from Indians bench coach Brad Mills soaring over the wall in left field in his final swing.

    Yes, another knockout performance.

    The 33-year-old, who played baseball for Eastlake North High School and at Cleveland State, was never a threat to become a

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  • Stipe Miocic KOs Fabricio Werdum to bring UFC belt home to Cleveland

    Cleveland finally has a world champion once again.

    (Getty Images)(Getty Images)Stipe Miocic knocked Fabricio Werdum cold Saturday in the main event of UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil, catching Werdum with a right hand on the chin, finishing him at 2:47 of the first to bring the UFC heavyweight title back to his hometown of Cleveland.

    Werdum was moving forward, chasing Miocic, who was back-pedaling in an effort to create distance. Miocic fired a short right at Werdum that landed squarely on the chin. Werdum fell face first and it was quickly over.

    Referee Dan Miragliotta jumped in to stop it, handing Miocic, a one-time wrestling and baseball star at Cleveland State, the heavyweight title.

    "Fabricio Werdum is tough, [and] he had me guessing," Miocic said. "I trained hard, man. He’s quicker than I thought. He was catching me off guard. It was a good shot."

    Miocic, who is one of the finest athletes in the UFC, was relaxed throughout in the biggest fight of his life. Werdum, who has had notable wins over Fedor

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  • 'Cyborg' makes statement in UFC debut, knocks out Leslie Smith

    Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino for years was the most feared female fighter in the world, but through an odd and often difficult-to-understand set of circumstances, it wasn’t until Saturday that she finally made it to the UFC.

    (Getty Images)(Getty Images)She reminded fans who hadn’t seen here before why her reputation was so out-sized, landing two-thirds of her strikes in a one-sided demolition of Leslie Smith at UFC 198 in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.

    For years, fans have longed to see Cyborg compete in the UFC. She built an extraordinary record, losing her pro debut in 2005 and then reeling off 15 consecutive victories, most by first-round finish.

    When the UFC made the trip to Curitiba, the deal was finally made to bring her in, though she fought at a catch weight of 140 pounds.

    Smith never had a chance.

    Justino, who sprinted to the cage and seemed to soak in every second of the loud ovation she received from her hometown fans, roared out of her corner and put Smith away quickly.

    She landed two rights in the

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  • UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic analysis

  • Just because Floyd Mayweather is retired doesn’t mean that he won’t take advantage of an opportunity to remain in the limelight when it presents itself.

    Mayweather could have squashed recent speculation that the unbeaten boxer would compete in some fashion against UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. Instead, Mayweather saw an opening to seize attention even in retirement and he continued to fan the flames in an interview on ShoBox’s Friday night telecast.

    “It’s really not a rumor,” Mayweather said when asked about McGregor. ”The fight may happen. We really don’t know as of right now. But do I think the fight will happen? Absolutely.”

    The idea of pitting Mayweather against McGregor had the combat sports world buzzing although the logistics of making that fight happen would be a challenge. UFC president Dana White, who happens to be McGregor’s boss, shot down the idea in a recent interview on ESPN’s "Russillo & Kanell" and stated that it would be “impossible.”(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)

    But Mayweather isn’t

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  • UFC president Dana White has maintained that he holds no ill will toward Conor McGregor after the UFC featherweight champion was pulled from his UFC 200 fight with Nate Diaz because of his refusal to participate in a pre-fight media conference in Las Vegas.

    And if what White’s saying is true, it appears that the two sides will look to mend the fences over dinner next week and figure out when the Irishman will step into the Octagon next.

    White revealed on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he has been in touch with McGregor “every day” and that the relationship is “great.” He remained firm that the fighter would not be competing at UFC 200 but it is likely that we’ll see him fighting again sooner rather than later.

    “McGregor’s ready to fight on [UFC] 200,” White said when asked if McGregor-Diaz 2 could take place at UFC 202 in August. White wouldn’t confirm the date or event, but it seems like the rescheduling of his rematch with Nate Diaz is inevitable. “The thing that has made Conor McGregor

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  • Ronda Rousey, ex-manager avoid defamation lawsuit with book settlement

    Ronda Rousey has agreed to make what her attorney describes as "extremely minor" changes to the  paperback, ebook and audiobook versions of her autobiography as part of an agreement with her ex-manager to avoid a defamation lawsuit.

    Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)Rousey, the ex-UFC women's bantamweight champion who settled a managerial dispute with Darin Harvey in February, will make changes to her best-selling biography, "Rousey: My Fight/Your Fight," that Harvey felt defamed him.

    In a statement, Harvey said, " ... During the four years we worked together, Ronda easily won all her amateur fights, went 8-0 as a professional, became the first woman to sign with the UFC, and landed roles in several feature films. Her book failed to acknowledge the important role I played in all of that and, in my view, defamed me in several respects."

    A news released issued by Harvey said that Rousey and Regan Arts, the book's publisher, had agreed to make material changes to those portions of the book which reference Harvey. It said

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  • Anderson Silva out of UFC 198, may require gall bladder surgery

    Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was forced Tuesday to pull out of his homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, with Uriah Hall because of abdominal pain that may require gall bladder surgery, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports.

    Jeff Davidson, the UFC's medical consultant, told Yahoo Sports that Silva, 41, will be examined in Brazil for potential gall bladder surgery.

    "Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis," Davidson said Tuesday. "He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery."

    Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder and is a primary reason patients have their gall bladders removed.

    Silva's removal from the show puts a major dent in the UFC 198 card. White said he is trying to find an opponent for Hall to keep him on the card.

    Silva, considered by many to be the greatest mixed martial artist in the sport's brief history, is 0-3 with a no contest in his last

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  • Just because a Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight is highly unlikely doesn’t mean that the potential participants can’t have fun with the idea, right?

    A rumor fueled by United Kingdom tabloid "The Sun" suggested that a potential fight between retired boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was close to being made. Although there was no truth to the rumor and UFC president Dana White quickly shot it down, both McGregor and Mayweather found an opportunity to toy with the fantasy matchup between two of the most entertaining and polarizing athletes in all of combat sports.(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)(Credit: Conor McGregor/Twitter)

    "It's possible. It was a name that was shot at me, but the rumors that y'all been hearing is the rumors that I started," Mayweather said in an interview with "It may not be a rumor, keep y'all fingers crossed. It may be boxer vs. MMA fighter."

    Mayweather hasn’t fought since defeating Andre Berto last September and has remained firm that he’s retired.

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  • Adam Piccolotti decides to fight on after Jordan Parsons' tragic death

    Adam Piccolotti never met Jordan Parsons, though he was beginning to feel like he knew him.

    Piccolotti and Parsons were scheduled to fight at Bellator 154 on May 14 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., but Parsons was tragically killed in a hit-and-run auto accident on May 1 in Delray Beach, Fla.

    Piccolotti told Yahoo Sports that he was following Parsons on social media as he prepared for their bout, and said he started to get a sense of the man.

    Parsons’ friends, teammates and coaches lauded him as an outstanding man who was optimistic, outgoing and determined to succeed in his chosen career.

    Piccolotti said he'd developed respect for Parsons in the short time he followed him.

    “Unfortunately, I hadn’t met him and we didn’t really have any back and forth,” Piccolotti said. “But I was following him and I’d checked out his Instagram and all that stuff. I was getting a sense of how good of a person he was and how blessed he felt he was. He was really a motivational kind of a guy.”

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  • As former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey had her fair share of intense rivalries.When will Ronda Rousey make her return to the UFC? (Getty)When will Ronda Rousey make her return to the UFC? (Getty)

    Who could forget her first – and arguably greatest – rivalry with current UFC champion, Miesha Tate? Or how about her serious beef with Brazilian Bethe Correia? Heck, even “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm caught some of Rousey's vitriol, right before kicking her in the head and ending Rousey’s reign as champ last November.

    Now, we’re finding out that apparently Rousey’s mean-mugging gaze extends past her own division, and no female UFC fighters are safe.

    Her latest victim, according to rival Miesha Tate, is none other than current "Dancing with the Stars" frontrunner and UFC 115-pound contender Paige VanZant.

    “You know what she did to Paige?” asked Tate on Thursday’s edition of "The Joe Rogan Experience" podcast. “So, Paige was also at that VIP party [referencing a prior party both she and VanZant were attending] – and Paige and I have spoken, we’re friendly, but I don’t know her that

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