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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is tracking to be one of, if not the most, financially lucrative fights in combat sports history.

Ahead of Saturday’s anticipated boxing match between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for a high-definition price tag of $99.95, MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn joined CBC’s “On the Money” program to discuss the money side of “The Money Fight.”

Watch the entire interview above.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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From mom's death to bad knee: Talita Nogueira's rough road to long-awaited Bellator debut

When jiu-jitsu champion Talita Nogueira enters the Bellator cage tonight, almost four years will have elapsed since her most recent MMA fight.

Yes, it’s been a long layoff. But it wasn’t for lack of trying. Since being signed to join Bellator’s women’s 145-pound roster back in 2014, Nogueira faced a number of hardships – physical and mental – before being able to finally make her promotional debut.

Just 10 days before traveling to the U.S. for a scheduled Bellator 133 meeting with Julia Budd in 2015, Nogueira suffered ACL and meniscus tears. She managed to compete in jiu-jitsu in the meantime, but with her knee continuing to go out of place, she went under the knife six months later.

“The recovery itself was close to one year,” Nogueira told MMAjunkie. “My thigh muscle had atrophied.”

After attempted bookings for June and July of 2016 fell through, Nogueira finally got a new date. It was a big one, too: Nogueira was slated to meet veteran Marloes Coenen at Bellator 183.

Speaking to MMAjunkie at the time, Nogueira said the training was great. But while she was physically recovered, the featherweight was dealing with a personal tragedy: Her mother died of cancer just three months prior to signing the bout agreement.

“While dealing with my mother’s illness, I put on weight, way above the usual,” Nogueira said. “I accepted the fight because I truly wanted to fight in Bellator, and because I wanted to use that as a motivator. In truth, it wasn’t a good time for me.

“My weight was too high and my head wasn’t in the right place. I still suffered from the loss of my mother, who was very important in my life.”

As a result, Nogueira came in 5.6 pounds too heavy the day before the meeting with Coenen – who, in turn, made weight. The bout was scrapped. Coenen went on to headline Bellator 174, opposite Budd, and retired shortly after a fourth-round TKO loss.

Nogueira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), in turn, had to wait a little before finally getting another debut date. Now, set to meet Amanda Bell (5-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., the Brazilian grappling expert’s head is certainly in a much better place.

“I’m feeling great,” Nogueira said. “I’m happy. I’m ready.”

Other than the physical and personal issues beyond her control, another reason why Nogueira’s only had six pro MMA bouts since her 2009 debut was merely the fact she was focused somewhere else: on jiu-jitsu.

That paid off for the black belt world champion, who’s collected titles and staved off rust by keeping an active schedule in grappling competitions. While it’s not her sole weapon, Nogueira makes no secret of how confident she is on her ground game.

“Ultimately, I’m a jiu-jitsu world champion, with and without the gi,” Nogueira said. “I don’t care if someone is bad, good, or what martial art they came from. I’ll still beat them.”

It also helps that Nogueira had the help of someone who’s come to basically simbolize what a successful grappling-to-MMA transition looks like in the cage.

“I’m training at Vila da Luta, which is (UFC welterweight contender) Demian Maia’s academy,” Nogueira said. “I’m a big fan of his. He inspires all jiu-jitsu practitioners in MMA. It’s also a great inspiration to hit the mat with him every day.

“My trainers and cornermen are the same as Demian’s. Several great fighters train here like (former UFC champ) Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. I want to be at least 50 percent as good as Demian. I’m very happy here.”

For now, Nogueira says the focus is 100 percent on coming out victorious of her long-awaited Bellator debut. But, if everything goes according to plan, this will only be the first step of yet another highly victorious career path.

“I want to be the best,” Nogueira said. “I already wrote my story in jiu-jitsu, and I want to do the same in MMA now. I’m taking it one step at a time.

“If I keep winning, that will be a consequence of my work. I’ll be ready for anyone. I trust in what I do. I trust my jiu-jitsu.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Faced with thorny ethics of buying a Floyd Mayweather fight, some fans try to 'balance the scales'

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On Saturday night in Las Vegas a serial abuser of women will put on a pair of boxing gloves, step through the ropes and earn an incredible sum of money for acts of violence very similar to those that, in the not-so distant past, terrorized the women and children in his life.

We know this, in part, because it’s been so exhaustively documented over the years that we can’t possibly not know it. And yet, millions of us will still take out our credit cards and give Floyd Mayweather our money when the time comes.

How are we supposed to justify that to ourselves, especially in a sport where, due to the nature of most pay-per-view contracts, the money consumers spend is so directly tied to the money a fighter takes home? If you buy a Mayweather fight, how do you tell yourself that you’re not directly supporting an unrepentant, repeated woman-beater?

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That’s the question longtime fight fan Petey Passguarte asked himself in the weeks leading up to “The Money Fight.” On one hand, he couldn’t possibly miss this bout. He’s been a Conor McGregor fan since the Irishman first showed up in the UFC, so the chance to see him in a blockbuster boxing match felt like it was easily worth the nearly $100 pay-per-view cost.

But then there was the problem of Mayweather himself.

“I know nobody’s perfect, myself included, so if a fighter is flawed as a person I usually see that as a separate thing,” Passguarte told MMAjunkie. “Performers don’t have to be role models in order to be on my TV. But there are exceptions, and Floyd is an exception. He’s an exceptional exception. His history of violence against women, it isn’t just one instance. It’s chronic, and the details of it are harrowing.”

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In one lawsuit, Mayweather was accused of punching the mother of his daughter and hitting her in the head with a car door. A few months later, according to police reports, he punched the same woman in the neck after an argument at a shopping mall.

And with Mayweather, it’s not just a series of unfounded accusations. He has multiple convictions for violence against women, spanning many years and resulting in little to no outward remorse on Mayweather’s part, with relatively few actual consequences.

Even when Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail for a 2010 attack on ex-girlfriend Josie Harris – an assault witnessed by their nine-year-old son, who described it in chilling detail in a subsequent police report – a judge later delayed the start of his prison sentence so he could fight Miguel Cotto, which his lawyer claimed would be a needed boost for the Las Vegas economy.

Josie Harris, the mother of Floyd Mayweather’s children, was attacked by Mayweather on Sept. 9, 2010, resulting in a two-month prison term for the boxing champion. (Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)

“When you see stuff like that, that just highlights the grossness of what we’re doing and supporting when we’re purchasing a Floyd Mayweather fight,” Passguarte said.

He considered skipping the pay-per-view altogether. He’s never bought a Mayweather fight before and would be fine if he never did, Passguarte said, but he didn’t want to miss what might prove to be his only chance to see McGregor in a boxing ring. Plus, he reasoned, it’s not like Mayweather’s bank account would feel the hit from this one-man boycott.

So rather than make a statement to nobody by skipping the fight, Passguarte decided instead to “balance the scales” by donating $100 – roughly the same price as the pay-per-view – to Safe Haven Ministries, a charity supporting victims of domestic violence in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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“I thought, ‘OK, I’m definitely buying this fight, but what could I do that is tangible – other than complaining about it on Twitter, basically – that is tangible and will help offset this icky feeling inside of me?’” Passguarte said. “That’s when I thought, let’s distill it down to the simplest thing. If my money that’s going to the scumbag is just a drop in the bucket for him, then let me at least put the same drop in another, better bucket.”

It’s a strategy familiar to TV writer and fight fan Kevin Seccia. He also struggled with the ethics of giving money to Mayweather, but he couldn’t resist the appeal of Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao, so Seccia offset his own purchase with a donation to a local women’s shelter.

“On the one hand, I know it’s a rationalization, because I just really want to see the fight, and I’m finding a way to justify it even though I know he’s a horrible person,” Seccia said. “But I also think that skipping the fight would not have hurt him or impacted him in any way, and this money, which I wouldn’t have otherwise thought about donating, probably did some small good.”

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That’s a fair point, according to Suzanne Davis, who was herself a victim of domestic violence, but who is also an avid fight fan well acquainted with the moral difficulties of following such a sport at times.

In addition to her hobby providing statistical analysis and hilarious quips on MMA via her Twitter account (@SoozieCuzie), Davis also works with local shelters in her home state of Tennessee. While giving some money to a charity might make for a less guilty viewing experience, she said, it doesn’t offer complete absolution.

“Donating to one doesn’t clear you from purchasing the other,” Davis said. “Mayweather is getting your money. That’s all he cares about. He doesn’t care if you’re racist. He doesn’t care if you hate domestic violence. He doesn’t care who you feed. As long as he can tack on a zero or two, whatever. What it does negate, however, is the zero dollars you would have donated before. So, yes, it’s worthwhile.”

According to activist and grassroots organizer Nadia Dawisha, who recommended that people also consider volunteering at a shelter, it might also help raise people’s awareness about the problem in general, which could have a lasting impact beyond one weekend’s worth of boxing.

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“So many of the local rape and domestic violence centers are barely surviving,” Dawisha said. “I honestly think when people start addressing this issue in their own backyards, that’s when we will see a real cultural shift.”

As for Passguarte, he said he doesn’t expect his donation to change the world, or even to act as a shield against accusations that he supported exactly what he claimed to oppose. Especially in combat sports, where there’s no extra layer of remove between sport and violence, some things are impossible to ignore.

“You’re literally rewarding a woman-beater for being violent,” Passguarte said. “It’s right there in your face.”

Still, he added, some good has to be better than none.

“And maybe it’ll help me get to sleep (after the fight) on Saturday night.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Ex-champ Andrey Koreshkov has sights focused on another title run after Chidi Njokuani

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VERONA, N.Y. – Andrey Koreshkov is thinking about getting another Bellator title shot – sort of.

This past November, when he was the promotion’s welterweight champion, Koreshkov fought Douglas Lima in a rematch at Bellator 164 in Israel. He had beaten him 16 months prior to win the title, then defended the belt against former UFC and WEC champ Benson Henderson.

But in Tel Aviv, Koreshkov found out that one sudden move can change a fight, and a career, in an instant. Lima caught him, knocked him out, and won the title back.

Tonight, Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) starts his quest to get back to title contention and go after Lima, or whoever might be holding the belt when his turn comes up again. Koreshkov takes on Chidi Njokuani (17-4 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the Bellator 182 main event, which takes place at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The main card airs on Spike following prelims that stream on MMAjunkie.

“It’s a very important fight for me,” Koreshkov told MMAjunkie. “Almost one year ago, I made a mistake. We want to fix it and get my belt back. This fight is the first step on my way to the belt.

“In the last fight, in a moment, I didn’t listen to my corner and changed tactics. I made a move and I lost. I made a huge mistake. Now, I think we’ve found the problem. This fight, I believe we won’t make that mistake.”

Koreshkov had a six-fight winning streak snapped when he lost to Lima. His only other loss came to former Bellator champion and current ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren in a title fight more than four years ago.

Tonight, he’s a 3-1 favorite against Njokuani, whose troubles making the welterweight limit continued Thursday when he came in at 175 pounds. Koreshkov believes Njokuani has some physical attributes that make him tricky, but doesn’t seem too worried about being outclassed overall.

“Chidi is a very uncomfortable fighter,” he said. “He’s very tall, he has a long reach, and (he’s a good striker). But I think I’m a better striker, better wrestler, and better in all aspects of the fight than Chidi.”

With Bellator’s welterweight title picture starting to stack up behind Lima with Rory MacDonald and Michael Page in the mix, Koreshkov could use not just a win, but an impressive one to make a case that he should jump the line.

But first things first:

“First, I must beat Chidi. After, I’ll think about a title shot.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Does the town of Floyd, N.Y., care about Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor showdown?

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FLOYD, N.Y. – Driving through upstate New York in the days leading up to “The Money Fight,” the sign on the side of the road almost was too good to be true.

“Town of Floyd,” the sign said. And in full disclosure, I was so distracted with looking for the nearest place to pull off while also on the phone with my brother, days away from the birth of his first child, that I spilled half a strawberry milkshake all over the rental car. And my shorts.

It seems Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor can do that to us – get us that distracted from reality that we think this is the way things always will be. But alas, it soon will be over, and normal once again will mean … well, you can imagine.

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But it seemed like a no-brainer that if you were a resident of Floyd, N.Y., founded in 1790, and now with a population of 3,800 and no stoplights, you’d be a fan of Floyd Mayweather. At the very least, you’d be pumped for Saturday’s fight. Right?

Yeah … maybe not really.

In Floyd, at the volunteer Fire Department, no one was interested in talking. The trucks looked nice and clean, though. The same three cars sat in front of The Hideaway pub for two hours. Parents took their kids to the playground. People mowed their lawns. And basically everyone has a camper.

But talking about MayMac? Nice try.

It might be, though, that the people of Floyd know a thing or two about staying nice and level-headed – they can’t get too high, lest they one day they get down too low.

To hear from some of the people of Floyd with their picks, and get a little tour of the town, check out the video above.

And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Jul 12, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Conor McGregor sits near UFC president Dana White during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Budweiser Stage. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Jul 12, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Floyd Mayweather (right) draws a reaction from Conor McGregor as he speaks during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Budweiser Stage. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Jul 12, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Floyd Mayweather taunts Conor McGregor as he speaks during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Budweiser Stage. 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In his own lane, Chidi Njokuani doesn't care about anyone else ahead of Bellator 182

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VERONA, N.Y. – Chidi Njokuani has been cruising along, but in classic fighter style, he says it doesn’t matter who it’s been against, or where.

Njokuani brings an eight-fight winning streak into tongiht’s Bellator 182 main event at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The main card airs on Spike following prelims that stream on MMAjunkie. Included in that mix are wins for RFA on AXS TV, a Tachi Palace Fights title, and most recently four straight for Bellator.

Tonight, Njokuani (17-4 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) gets former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 10-2 BMMA), who is fighting for the first time since losing his title. It’s Njokuani’s second straight Bellator main event, which he believes is intentional on his bosses’ part.

“They’re finally seeing what I’m capable of doing,” Njokuani told MMAjunkie. “And they’re finally trying to help boost my career, too, instead of me on my own doing it. It’s nice to have the actual push behind me.”

Related5 reasons to watch 'Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani,' hiding under the MayMac radar

In January, Njokuani got arguably his biggest win yet, 21 fights into his career, when he beat former UFC standout Melvin Guillard. And though he acknowledges he wasn’t fighting a vintage version of Guillard – “The Young Assassin” has gone just 3-11 the past six years – the experience still proved valuable to him.

“I know he wasn’t the old Melvin, but it was still cool to beat somebody, to fight somebody with a name,” Njokuani said. “Going around, people are constantly asking who I’m fighting, and they have no clue who I’m fighting. Finally, they actually knew who I was about to fight. So that was pretty dope. And getting the experience with a veteran, understanding how they do things differently.”

But tonight, there could be a lot more on the line. A win over Koreshkov, Njokuani believes, ought to put him right up there to be in line for a shot at the welterweight title.

For the record, Njokuani came in heavy for the third straight fight. He weighed in at 175 pounds, which might give the Bellator brass some pause about handing him a title shot without showing he can make the weight first. But before he can worry about that, he needs to get the win – which would be his most quality one yet.

“One hundred percent (I should be in line for a title shot),” Njokuani said. “I (would have) just beat the ex-champ. If it doesn’t, there’s no explanation for that. If I’m fighting the ex-champ, it means it’s either for title contention or, I don’t know – I should be put in that slot afterward. Beating him, that’s a different level. It’s not just another chump. I’m beating someone who actually held the belt.”

And if you’re wondering about some of the other big names in Bellator’s welterweight division right now, like champ Douglas Lima, Rory MacDonald, Michael Page, or even Lorenz Larkin, well …

“I don’t really care about them,” Njokuani said. “I don’t care about nobody else. I’m just doing my thing. I’m not worried about them. They’re not fighting Koreshkov, I am. (Expletive) them. I’m in my own little box. I’m just doing my own thing, and I don’t care about being in the same lane as them unless we’re fighting.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 126 – Las Vegas: The Money Fight talk, featuring Conor McGregor, Dana White

Episode No. 126 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

“The Money Fight” is finally here, and it’s been an interesting week, to say the least. MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn and Chamatkar Sandhu join the show to talk about the week in Las Vegas, as well as the wild news surrounding Jon Jones. Afterward, Cold Coffee and Fiasco Jones also sit in to discuss the madness. Along the way, hear Bohn’s interview with Ray Borg, Sandhu’s interview with Kevin Lee and Morgan’s conversation with The Mac Life’s Andrew McGahon.

You can check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.


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Bellator 182 live video stream and official results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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Bellator 182 takes place tonight, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place aat Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. In the main event, former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov takes on Chidi Njokuani. And another intriguing fight at 170 pounds takes place in the co-feature between Fernando Gonzalez and Brennan Ward.

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the preliminary card above at 6:30 p.m. ET before the main card shifts to Spike at 9 p.m. ET.

Bellator 182 results include:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani
  • Fernando Gonzalez vs. Brennan Ward
  • Veta Arteaga vs. Bruna Ellen
  • A.J. McKee vs. Blair Tugman

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Joshua Ricci vs. Brandon Warne
  • Brandon Polcare vs. Alex Potts
  • Tom Regal vs. Kastriot Xhema
  • Matt Secor vs. T.J. Summer
  • Kristi Lopez vs. Jessica Sotack
  • Ricky Rainey vs. Marc Stevens
  • Amanda Bell vs. Talita Nogueira
  • Philipe Lins vs. Vadim Nemkov
  • Henry Corrales vs. Noad Lahat
  • Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Daniel Pineda
  • Kate Jackson vs. Colleen Schneider
  • Kevin Casey vs. Chris Honeycutt
  • Arlene Blencowe vs. Sinead Kavanagh
  • Joey Davis vs. Justin Roswell

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Conor McGregor's 'The Mac Life' vlog, Episode No. 5: Drama at grand arrivals


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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is releasing his own video blog series in the lead-up to Saturday’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in the pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, launched TheMacLife.com this past year to provide exclusive insight and updates on his career.

The fifth edition of his vlog series for the Mayweather fight goes behind the scenes of the grand arrivals to kick off fight week.

Watch the previous episodes of “The Mac Life” vlog below.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Were Floyd Mayweather and Paulie Malignaggi plotting against Conor McGregor all along?


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Did Floyd Mayweather send Paulie Malignaggi into Conor McGregor’s camp as a plant? Mayweather says so, but perhaps it was tongue-in-cheek?

Malignaggi became one of the main storylines ahead of Saturday’s fight between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) when he joined the UFC lightweight champion’s camp and engaged in a pair of sparring sessions. The situation blew up after unflattering photos and video footage were released to the public, leading to a feud between Malignaggi and McGregor.

RelatedConor McGregor on fighting Paulie Malignaggi: 'Tell the kid to join the queue'

With the clock rapidly winding down until Mayweather fights McGregor at T-Mobile Aren in Las Vegas, a new twist in the story has been revealed. Malignaggi made a fight week stop by Mayweather’s gym, and the pair were chumming it up, hinting that they would talk strategy before the fight. Malignaggi can be heard uttering the words “suckers” in the video.

Mayweather indicated that he sent his “friend” into McGregor’s training camp to help get the dirty details. Make of that what you will.

Watch the video above, courtesy of FightHype.com.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Ray Borg says he's going to end Demetrious Johnson's career in UFC 215 title fight

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LAS VEGAS – Ray Borg not only believes he’s going to take the UFC flyweight title from Demetrious Johnson at UFC 215, he also plans to end to his career in the process.

Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who challenges Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) for the 125-pound belt in next month’s UFC 215 headliner, said “Mighty Mouse” is slowing down as he gets older and participates in more fights. He said his time is over and plans to show the longtime champion the exit door from fighting.

“For the sport he’s getting old, especially as long as his title reign has been,” Borg told MMAjunkie at Thursday’s UFC 215 media day. “He’s never been in any crazy wars, but people don’t realize that you don’t have to be in a war to be getting taxed on your body and stuff like that. Training camp does enough of it. Going through as many training camps as this guy’s gone through, he’s getting older. He’s getting to the end of his career, and I think I’ll go ahead and put a stop to the end of his career for him.”

UFC 215 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Borg vs. Johnson headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

At just 24, Borg has the chance to become one of the youngest champions in UFC history if he can defeat Johnson, the No. 2-ranked fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings. Some of Johnson’s opponents have been rushed into title shots before they were ready, and while No. 5-ranked flyweight Borg admits he didn’t expect his to come so soon, he said he’s fully prepared.

“I believe in my abilities to get to this point this early, but did I see it happen from a realist point of view? No, not really,” Borg said. “I told myself when I was young I want to be signed to the UFC by the time I’m 23. Now I just turned 24, and now I’m fighting for a world title. I’ve shown time and again in all my fights my whole career that whether people think I’m too young or not, I rise to the occasion and make it happen and I win fights. That’s what I do: I rise to the occasion and I win fights. Nothing is going to change from this. I’m going to go in there and rise the occasion. No matter how young I am, I’m going to win this fight.”

RelatedDana White: If Demetrious Johnson wants Ray Borg, he can have him – but don't complain

Although Borg is beaming with confidence ahead of UFC 215 and is making the bold prediction of retiring Johnson, actually defeating one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport is something entirely different.

Johnson has never lost a fight at flyweight, and it’s safe to assume he doesn’t intend to start now. Upsets happen frequently inside the octagon, though, and while Borg’s would be one of the biggest in history, he said he has no self-doubt.

“After watching some of (Johnson’s) previous fights, seeing how he is evolving, getting into his older years, coming into his career, I just know that I can do it,” Borg said. “Especially after his past few fights. I just know I’m the guy to do it.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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How about a pop-dance Conor McGregor anthem? There's one of those now


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Because one Conor McGregor anthem ahead of “The Money Fight” wasn’t enough, we now have another.

The previous anthem, from fellow Irishman Mick Konstantin, is a catchy ukulele tune performed as a tribute to the UFC lightweight champion’s rise to the top of MMA. This new track is nothing like it.

DJ Skadobie has taken some of McGregor’s most memorable lines and mashed them up with what I can only describe as a “Vengabus”-sounding pop-dance track. It’s called “Fanfare for the Crumlin Man.”

RelatedConor McGregor is flying out fan who performed ukulele song to Floyd Mayweather fight

Take a listen above. Enjoy it, McGregor fans. Now is your time to party.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Video: UFC 215, UFC 216 media day face-offs, where Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee get heated

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LAS VEGAS – The UFC today hosted a media event to promote September’s UFC 215 and October’s UFC 216 fight cards, which feature three championship bouts in total.

Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who fight for the interim UFC lightweight title at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas, stole the show with a heated staredown which included a lot of trash talk.

RelatedUFC interim title challenger Kevin Lee says Khabib b-tched out and doesn't want to fight

The face-offs for the Sept. 9 UFC 215 card, which takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, were much more cordial. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) and challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) as well as women’s bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA 7-1 UFC) and challenger Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), kept things relatively peaceful.

Watch a video of all the staredowns above.

For more on UFC 215 and UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Bellator 182's Bruna Ellen eyeing finish over Veta Arteaga now, flyweight belt later

Bruna Ellen might’ve had a short path in MMA, but her relative inexperience in the cage is in no way stunting her ambition.

The 21-year-old fighter, the youngest among the main-card fighters featured on Friday’s Bellator 182, was only two fights – and two wins – into her professional MMA career when she got her first taste of the big stage. In a Bellator 159 battle of fresh faces against Jessica Middleton, Ellen came out on the losing end of all scorecards.

Six months later, though, Ellen was back at the very arena that saw her drop her first pro loss. This time, the Brazilian flyweight made the most of it, walking away from Bellator 171’s battle against Carmela James with the unanimous nod from the judges.

Related5 reasons to watch 'Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani,' hiding under the MayMac radar

Other than some relieved pressure, Ellen (3-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) says the difference between the second and first fights lays on a perfectly healthy camp. So, as she heads into her tie-breaker against Veta Arteaga (3-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), she has reasons to feel encouraged.

“Mine has been a short MMA career, so far, but I still have a lot to show,” Ellen said. “For my (fight against James), I was finally at 100 percent. I had no problems at all during my camp. So I was able to let my game go inside the cage.

“And for this next one, I’m feeling even better. It’s been a great camp. I expect to arrive at 110 percent, both physically and mentally. That’s very important. Everyone will be able to see that during my fight.”

Arteaga brings a pro record identical to Ellen’s. While she’s also suffered a Bellator loss – a controversial split call to Anastasia Yankova at Bellator 161 – she’s proven herself a tough opponent by inflicting some serious damage on both Yankova and, more recently, Bellator 172 opponent Brooke Mayo. (via Instagram)

Arteaga’s strength and solid striking have not gone unnoticed by Ellen, who’s sure Friday’s Spike-televised main-card encounter at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y, will be a great one.

But, confident in the strategy that she and her team put together, Ellen believes this might just end up being the perfect occasion to give the Bellator fans something they haven’t seen from her yet.

RelatedBellator 182's Colleen Schneider will call out Ilima-Lei MacFarlane – with cameras rolling this time

“This time, I want to make sure it doesn’t go to the judges,” Ellen said. “I want to get a finish within the three rounds. I’ve been training every facet of MMA, including jiu-jitsu and wrestling. Maybe I’ll get a submission or a KO, but it certainly won’t go to the judges.”

As for the post-Arteaga future? Well, Ellen has some ideas.

“After this fight, I want to face whoever is best regarded in our weight class,” Ellen said. “I aim to bring the championship belt back to Brazil.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Official Irish Fan Zone might be the best place to watch Mayweather-McGregor

Hundreds of Irish people and an open bar might seem like a recipe for disaster, but in this case it might make for the greatest Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor viewing party imaginable.

Although there are several closed circuit screenings of Mayweather (49-0 boxing) vs. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) available, the Artisan Hotel in Las Vegas will have a unique one specifically catered to the Irish.

The “official Irish Fan Zone” may cost a pretty penny, but the experience has the potential to be once-in-a-lifetime.

Find out more details here.

McGregor meets Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on pay-per-view for a high definition price tag of $99.95.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Bellator 182's Colleen Schneider will call out Ilima-Lei MacFarlane – with cameras rolling this time

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Colleen Schneider was signed to Bellator on the promise of her potential in the women’s flyweight division.

At bantamweight, she’d stumbled, losing to several seasoned veterans. But 10 pounds lighter, she’d seen impressive runs in the cage.

The stage was set for Schneider to show her abilities at Bellator 170, the Viacom-owned promotion’s first “tentpole” event of this year featuring a grudge match between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. And she did show off, despite multiple opponents withdrawing prior to the event, submitting Chrissie Daniels with an anaconda choke in the first round.

Only no cameras filmed it.

Related5 reasons to watch 'Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani,' hiding under the MayMac radar

“Literally, right as I was ready to walk out for the prelims, they told me I’d be fighting in post-lims,” Scheinder (11-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who next faces Kate Jackson (8-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 182, told MMAjunkie. “I’d done an entire warmup and had to sit for a couple hours.”

A victim of the promotion’s dubious policy of relegating local fighters to the non-televised backend of televised events, Scheinder, who’s faced UFC vets Tonya Evinger and Irena Aldana, fought in a vacuum. Many of the media members in attendance for the fights didn’t see her win, having already walked backstage for the post-fight press conference.

It wasn’t a wash, but it was pretty close.

“It did something for me in the sense that I went out there and fought well and won my first fight for Bellator, but it could have been a lot better than it was – a lot more useful than it was,” she said.

Although Schneider won her first bout, her second basically serves as a do-over. She’ll emerge with footage the promotion can use to promote her – if they so choose. After the first outing, she rightfully has concerns.

“I would love to fight one of the established flyweights in Bellator,” she said. “I think that gives me more leverage in the organization. So the fact that they’re having me fight someone they just signed, I don’t think it is the strongest thing as far as where it could put me in title contention.”

But then again, Schneider is there to build up her resume. The Bellator flyweight division is relatively thin, with only a few clear contenders for the belt, which has yet to be put up for grabs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, with an undefeated record and five wins under the promotional banner, is the front-runner.

Schneider plans to call her out after her fight on the MMAjunkie-streamed prelims Friday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

“After I go out there and beat Kate, I’ll call for that,” she said. “That’s who I’d love to fight next.”

It seems unlikely a 2-0 run would warrant a title shot, but with another impressive performance, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Schneider certainly plans to do everything in her power to finish Jackson early when they meet.

She just needs the camera turned on this time.

“I think I’d be a good champion for them if it went down that road, but all I can do it go out there and put on the best fights I can,” Schneider said. “It’s a cliche, but ultimately, it’s up to (Bellator executives) Scott Coker and Rich Chou to decide.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Meet David August, the man who dresses Conor McGregor for success

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Inside a nondescript building that contains some of the finest fabrics in the world, a team of designers, seamstresses and tailors are working on something almost as secret as the details of Conor McGregor’s strategy for his fight against Floyd Mayweather.

That would be McGregor’s boxing robe.

Even the UFC lightweight champion himself will not see it until he’s in his dressing room at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, said David August Heil, the man responsible for the garment.

“When his hands are taped, he’ll say, ‘Well, what am I wearing?’ ” Heil told USA TODAY Sports earlier this week. “I’ll put the robe on him and push him out the door.”

RelatedConor McGregor's 'F*CK YOU' suit maker explains how it came to be

McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious” and known as a notorious clothes horse, trusts he’ll look like a champ. Heil provides tailor-made suits and casual wear to the rich and famous. His clients have included Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush and, more recently and infamously, the bombastic Irish fighter squaring off with Mayweather.

McGregor’s collection of Heil’s three-piece suits numbers in the hundreds. The prized creation is wool and pinstriped. McGregor wore it to the press stop in Los Angeles last month and proudly showed off the pinstripes, which read “F*CK YOU.’’

Heil, wearing a matching suit and mischievous grin that day, said he’d been searching since January for someone willing to weave profanity into the fabric. He said it was a surprise for McGregor — and countless people who have since viewed photos of the suit online.

“It could have been really bad or really fantastic,’’ Heil said. “And it turned out to be a grand slam.’’

David August and Conor McGregor. (David August Inc.)

Working together, Heil and McGregor tend to swing for the fences, recently experimenting with floral prints and never sparing expense. Heil estimated the fighter each year spends more than $1 million on clothes. A good chunk of that money ends up with Heil, who said McGregor spends $5,500 to $8,500 per suit, $4,500 to $10,000 per sport coat and $565 to $895 for dress shirts when he’s ordering from Heil.

For the buildup to the “The Money Fight’’ this week, Heil said, he has produced seven special outfits for McGregor — and has been tasked with helping McGregor win the wardrobe war.

“Conor’s definitely got the edge, in a big way,’’ Heil, 56, said this week. “And I know that Floyd knows that too.

“I think (Mayweather) is looking for flash, and flash is not what you want. You want elegance and you need a beautiful finish on your garment. That’s what Conor has, and Floyd definitely does not have that.’’

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On Wednesday, Mayweather fired back.

“I don’t get paid to dress,” he said. “I get paid to kick ass.”

Heil, 56, gets paid to design and select clothes, but he knows more about McGregor’s wardrobe. Having been in contact with McGregor every day for two months, Heil said, he has gleaned insight on the fight preparations.

The other day, Heil said, McGregor weighed 166 pounds, meaning the fighter would have to drop 12 pounds to make the 154-pound light middleweight limit by Friday’s weigh-in.

On Tuesday, McGregor snapped angrily when Mayweather said he heard McGregor was struggling to make weight. Of a recent visit with McGregor, Heil recalled, “I said, ‘God, you look a little thin.’ He said, ‘Man, I’ve got to go down 12 pounds.’ I said, ‘You’re kidding.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I hate it.’ ”

It’s extra pressure for Heil, too, with one of his assistants tracking McGregor’s weight so they could make last-minute alterations.

Apparently Mayweather once wanted Heil in his corner too.

Conor McGregor in is “F*CK YOU” suit during the May-Mac world tour in Los Angeles. (USA TODAY Sports)

In 2010, Heil said, he got a call from Mayweather’s team in hopes Heil would outfit Mayweather before Mayweather’s fight against Shane Mosley. Turned out Heil was already working with Mosley.

“It was a little awkward,’’ Heil said, “but you’ve got to be loyal and we’re very loyal.’’

He said his relationship with McGregor dates back about three years, when UFC president Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita, then co-owner of UFC, ushered McGregor into an office with a promise of new clothes.

“Is this the tailor?” Heil recalled McGregor asking, and Heil added, “We got to educate him a little on that. Hey, Conor, guess what? I meant to tell you this, but I’m not a tailor.’’

He’s more painter, with fabrics his palette. Heil recalled a phone conversation with McGregor last month when the fighter was in New York for a promotional stop for the fight.

“He actually FaceTimed me from Gucci that day and said, ‘Hey, listen, I want to wear this fur,’ ” Heil said. “And I said, ‘Oh, my God, don’t do it.’

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“I said, ‘You’ve been talking up you’re an elegant dresser and (Mayweather) should dress his age and now you’re going to come out in a fur? I think it’s a bad idea. But, I know Conor, and once he has something in his mind …”

Bare-chested, McGregor arrived for that press conference wearing the white fur coat, although at Heil’s behest he also wore loafers rather than going barefoot.

“I’m just a young man enjoying myself,’’ McGregor said that day as he paraded past a line of reporters.

Things could get even more flamboyant this week.

Although the seven outfits included two tasteful plaid suits, Heil refused to divulge details about the after-fight party outfit that he called “crazy’’ and “over the top.’’ McGregor’s love for fashion dates to his childhood in Ireland, according to Heil, who said he recently outfitted McGregor’s baby boy for two suits and will be making clothes for McGregor’s father this week.

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“He always told me that his father was a big advocate of wearing a nice hand-tailored suit,’’ Heil said. “I think what we’ve done is taken him to a completely different level.

“Conor loves clothing and he loves to push the envelope. What’s kind of fun about dealing with someone like that and working with someone like Conor is I love doing the same thing, and it’s all about owning what you’re wearing.’’

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Conor McGregor's 'The Mac Life' vlog, No. 4: Finalizing fight preparation


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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is releasing his own video blog series in the lead-up to Saturday’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in the pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, launched TheMacLife.com this past year to provide exclusive insight and updates on his career.

The fourth edition of his vlog series for the Mayweather fight goes behind the scenes of McGregor’s final fight preparations.

Watch the previous episodes of “The Mac Life” vlog below.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Daniel Cormier's coach: Jon Jones is MMA's Lance Armstrong if proven guilty of cheating


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Daniel Cormier’s longtime coach is waiting for the final outcome of Jon Jones’ second positive steroid test, but if the UFC light heavyweight champion isn’t able to clear himself, Javier Mendez believes the verdict should be clear.

“He’s going to be known as the greatest who coulda-woulda-shoulda and never has been,” Mendez, the American Kickboxing Academy coach, told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s just the same like Lance Armstrong. He’s the greatest cyclist of all time, but then they proved he cheated, and where’s Lance Armstrong now? What’s he known as? That’s what’s going to happen here.”

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Mendez said he was in disbelief when he heard Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) had tested positive for turabinol – a vintage steroid no longer in production – in a test administered after the weigh-ins for his UFC 214 rematch with Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

“I was feeling really good about the way he was acting around the fight, so I was thinking, ‘Hey, this guy’s changed,'” Mendez said. “I was saying, maybe this has all been good for him. But I don’t know. Is he really being real, or is he just acting that way?”

Mendez, like Cormier, is fighting the urge to draw conclusions. Cormier said he didn’t know what to think of the positive test and would wait to see whether the initial findings are confirmed.

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“If you want to fast forward, and it’s proven as fact, then I’d be really upset, because you robbed yourself, you robbed the public, and you robbed ‘D.C.’ of the opportunity to find a clean fighter to see who really is the pound-for-pound greatest light heavyweight of all time,” Mendez said of Jones.

Until the full results management process plays out, Mendez said, any conclusions about Jones are “all talk.” He said if he were in Jones’ corner, he’d try to help in any way possible.

Asked what he’d say to Jones directly, however, the coach paused.

“I don’t think I’d say anything to him,” Mendez said. “He is who he is. I’d just accept him and move forward. You’d like to think he’s changed, but all fingers are pointing that he hasn’t changed.”

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Up until now, Jones has been able to overcome all of his setbacks outside of the octagon. He reached plea agreements after multiple run-ins with the law and once evaded jail time. He escaped a suspension when it turned out an out-of-competition test was unwarranted. And he succeeded in getting a shorter timeout when he convinced arbitrators his first positive test for a banned substance was an accident.

Mendez said if Jones can’t prove his latest drug failure is the same situation, the Armstrong comparison is apt. Like the disgraced cyclist, he said Jones’ entire career would be suspect.

“How is it not possible for people to think, ‘Has he ever been clean? Are all of his UFC fights?’ You have to question that,” Mendez said. “I definitely would question that. But he still has due process, so still has an opportunity to clear himself, and if he does, then all of this is just talk.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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'The Money Fight Embedded,' No. 4: What's that McGregor whispered to Mayweather?


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Although it’s not a UFC event, Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match is getting the “Embedded” treatment from the organization.

“The Money Fight” between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on pay-per-view for a high definition price tag of $99.95.

In the fourth episode of “Embedded,” go behind the scenes of the final press conference held by McGregor and Mayweather to find out what was whispered on stage during the face-off.

Check out the full video above.

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