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Antonio Silva is on a troubling career trajectory, and there's no one who can stop him

Here’s what Antonio Silva’s career looks like over the past two years: Win (TKO), loss (TKO), loss (KO), loss (KO), loss (decision), loss (KO).

He’s been stopped by strikes in seven of his past 10 bouts. He has just two victories since 2012 – one over Soa Palelei, and one over Alistair Overeem, who was beating him soundly until a sudden third-round comeback by Silva.

If you do some combat sports math on the 37-year-old “Bigfoot,” what you see is a fighter on a dangerous trajectory. That path took him out of the UFC and into two fights for smaller Russian promotions, both of which he lost. His last knockout loss was two months ago.

So why did Silva (19-12-1 MMA) just sign on for a kickboxing bout against GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (51-10-1 kickboxing) in China this October?

“Obviously, it’s not a good fight for ‘Bigfoot,’” Silva’s longtime manager Alex Davis told MMAjunkie. “Jumping right into (GLORY) to go against the current champ, who’s a murderer? Yeah, we get it.”

But Silva’s doing it anyway, and for reasons that are as old as the fight game.

For one, he thinks he can win. According to Davis, “Bigfoot” is back on testosterone-replacement therapy, which he used somewhat controversially for a time in the UFC, before the practice was effectively banned.

Now, fighting in places like Russia and China, and for organizations whose anti-doping policies are notably less stringent, he’s free to resume the use of synthetic testosterone, which makes “a huge difference” for him, Davis said.

“And also he needs money,” Davis said. “He can’t turn down fights at the moment for that reason. If it was up to me, he would not take this fight. But at the end of the day, my job is to inform him, give him my advice, and the one who has to make the final decision is him.”

Here we get into a persistent problem for fighters and fight sports. No one can tell Silva to stop. They can suggest and argue and recommend. Promoters can cut him and trainers could refuse to train him. Even Davis, a longtime friend, could stop managing him.

But as long as Silva can find someone willing to pay for his name and his willingness to walk face-first into someone else’s fists, he gets to keep going.

It was the same with Gary Goodridge, another MMA fighter who turned to kickboxing later in his career. He lost about twice as many kickboxing bouts as he won, but his appeal for promoters was that, when you booked “Big Daddy,” you knew someone would get knocked out – even if the someone was usually him.

For Goodridge, those years of damage contributed to brain trauma that eventually left him unable to remember conversations moments after they’d ended. By the evening, he couldn’t tell you what he’d done during the afternoon.

But Goodridge also needed the money. Even when he knew he shouldn’t fight anymore, he was a man in his forties with no real work history outside of cages and rings. What else was he supposed to do?

According to Davis, Silva’s brain health has been closely monitored with testing done at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas.

“Physically, ‘Bigfoot’ has no problems whatsoever,” Davis said. “He has no brain damage. We’ve done extensive research and testing, even before he left the UFC. So he’s OK on that end.”

But then, some signs of degenerative brain diseases like CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which researchers have found in the brains of deceased fighters and football players, are sometimes not apparent until years after the actual trauma.

And clearly, Silva is doing himself no favors. He went less than five months between knockout losses in 2016. You’d have to go back to 2010 to find a single calendar year in which he didn’t suffer at least one knockout.

This fight against Verhoeven doesn’t promise to be any easier on his brain. Verhoeven is younger, faster, and riding a winning streak that’s about as good as Silva’s losing streak is bad. If anything, the kickboxing rules will likely only lead to Silva absorbing more punishment than he would in an MMA bout. And then what?

Soon the paycheck will be spent and Silva will face the same questions about his future that he faces now. So far, he only seems to know one answer.

“I’ll be very sincere and tell you, I can’t defend a man from himself,” Davis said. “If he fights and doesn’t manage his money, he’ll go looking for the next fight. This is a very common problem with many fighters, not just ‘Bigfoot.’ That’s what creates situations like Gary Goodridge.”

As for Goodridge, he also had people telling him he should stop. Then he had people telling him that there was something troubling happening to him. The damage “sneaks up on you,” he said later. When he finally realized the full extent of it, it was too late to stop it.

“I had no idea it was coming,” Goodridge said in 2012. “You don’t know. Everyone around you tells you it’s happening, but you don’t notice it yourself.”

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Conor McGregor's 'The Mac Life' vlog, No. 3: Inside sparring day


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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is releasing his own video blog series in the lead-up to his Aug. 26 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 third edition of his vlog series for the Mayweather fight goes behind the scenes of McGregor’s final full-fledge sparring day, which is attended by UFC President Dana White.

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

And 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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Ex-UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw talks about why drama always seems to find him

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Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw isn’t quite sure why drama seems to follow him everywhere.

From his public fallout and feud with Team Alpha Male, to his failed attempt to get a flyweight title shot, to would-be contenders taking verbal jabs, there’s always something to talk about.

“I don’t know – maybe it’s just me getting out there and being around everyone,” Dillashaw told MMAjunkie Radio. “Jimmie Rivera’s talking about sparring footage we had back in the day, and the past with me and Alpha Male, there’s going to be stuff there.

“It almost sounds like jealousy, really. It’s gotten kind of childish and really embarrassing with how obsessed Alpha Male has gotten with my career.”

Things are unlikely to settle down now that Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) is officially rebooked to fight champ Cody Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC 217, a do-over after Garbrandt withdrew from their highly anticipated grudge match at UFC 213.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw served as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 25” and repeatedly clashed on the set, with Garbrandt once physically assaulting his ex-training partner.

When Dillashaw met with a few ex-teammates after the show to hash things out, Garbrandt wasn’t in attendance.

“I think it’s just all circumstances and the position I’m in,” Dillashaw said. “I’m on top, and I’m looking to get my belt back. People, I think, are just a little bit jealous of the lifestyle and what I’m trying to accomplish.”

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Dillashaw lost the title at the start of 2016 with a split-decision loss to Dominick Cruz. He’s since beaten top contenders Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker to put himself back in title contention. It’s been a rocky road to get a second shot at the belt. Garbrandt’s injury prompted him to volunteer for a fight with flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, only to be rebuffed when Johnson declined the offer.

If Dillashaw is able to take the title from Garbrandt, it would be the validation of nearly two years of work toward a comeback. Then he could look forward to the real drama of keeping the belt.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.

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Dillashaw (red gloves) reacts after knocking down Joe Soto (blue gloves) during the bantamweight title bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; T.J. Dillashaw (red gloves) fights against Joe Soto (blue gloves) during the bantamweight title bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; T.J. Dillashaw (red gloves) fights against Joe Soto (blue gloves) during the bantamweight title bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; T.J. Dillashaw (red gloves) fights against Joe Soto (blue gloves) during the bantamweight title bout of UFC 177 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports August 30, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; T.J. 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Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna headed to UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk

The UFC’s return to Virginia this fall continues to see its lineup build with the addition of a light heavyweight bout.

Jake Collier (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will meet Marcel Fortuna (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 120. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The show is headlined by a lightweight showdown between ex-champ Anthony Pettis and Dustin Poirier.

RelatedTrainer: Ex-champ Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia

Jake Collier

Collier has alternated wins and losses since coming to the UFC nearly three years ago. After an 8-1 start to his career, he debuted in the promotion with a TKO loss to Vitor Miranda in hostile territory in Brazil. He rebounded in June 2015 with a split-call win over Ricardo Abreu, but later that year found himself on the wrong end of a TKO against Dongi Yang in South Korea.

In May 2016, though, he bounced back witih a bonus-winning second-round TKO of Alberto Uda at UFC Fight Night 88 in Las Vegas. But after a layoff of more than 10 months, he moved from middleweight to light heavyweight earlier this year and lost a decision to Devin Clark at UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City.

Fortuna came to the UFC earlier this year on a five-fight winning streak. His promotional debut was a big one. He picked up a performance bonus for a first-round knockout of Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston in a heavyweight fight. In July, he dropped back to 205 pounds, but lost a decision to Jordan Johnson at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas for his first setback since 2012 – which coincidentally came to Jesse Taylor, the “TUF 25” winner, in a middleweight fight.

RelatedDiego Sanchez returns to welterweight, meets Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night 120

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 120 now includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Conor McGregor's 10 most memorable outside-the-cage moments

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In April 2013, UFC President Dana White traveled to Dublin to receive an award from Trinity College. After accepting the Philosophical Society’s Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage, White dropped by The Temple Bar. There, he heard one name over and over.

“Everybody was saying, ‘Conor McGregor, Conor McGregor, Conor McGregor,'” White told USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie. “I thought he was a heavyweight for some reason, the way everyone was talking about him.”

Intrigued, White told UFC matchmakers to sign the 24-year-old McGregor, who at the time held the Cage Warriors lightweight and featherweight titles.

Once in the UFC, it didn’t take McGregor long to make his presence felt both inside and outside the octagon. Equally talented in the cage or on the mic, McGregor has become the UFC’s biggest star.

He parlayed that star power into an Aug. 26 boxing match against undefeated multi-time boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, a matchup that could earn McGregor a nine-figure payday.

Before McGregor and Mayweather meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, here are 10 of McGregor’s most memorable outside-the-cage moments.

10. ‘Chuck!’

Chuck Liddell and a young Conor McGregor

On June 7, 2008, more than 15,000 fans entered The 02 in London to witness UFC 85. The event was headlined by a catchweight bout between Thiago Alves and Matt Hughes. Alves won the contest by TKO in the second round, blasting Hughes with a flying knee.

One of the people in attendance that night was former UFC light heavyweight champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell. At some point during the event, a young Irish fighter, with a 2-0 record, shouted Liddell’s name and grabbed a selfie with the seemingly stunned Liddell. That young fighter was McGregor.

(McGregor was 19 at the time the photo was taken, not 16 as he indicated in his 2014 post.)

9. Welcome to the big stage

Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage

McGregor made his UFC debut at UFC on FUEL TV 9. He fought on the untelevised Facebook prelims that night and earned a TKO win over Marcus Brimage. A few hours after that victory, McGregor appeared at the post-fight news conference – a rarity for a preliminary card fighter.

Resplendent in a gray suit and bowtie, McGregor was practically giddy after he learned he had won the “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going on here,” McGregor said. “I’m just up here hearing $60,000. I’m just thinking of what I’m going to spend it on. Maybe a nice car and some suits or something, some custom-made suits. I don’t know.

“Just last week I was collecting the social welfare. I was in there saying to them, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m signed to the UFC. I don’t know. Blah, blah, blah.’ Now I suppose I’m just going to have to tell them, ‘(Expletive) off!'”

8. Mystic Mac

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

UFC 178 marked the first time McGregor fought in Las Vegas. A large contingent of Irish fans witnessed McGregor dispatch Dustin Poirier at the 1:46 mark of the first round that night via strikes. After the fight, McGregor reminded everyone he had predicted a first-round knockout.

“I said I’d knock him out in the first round, and I knocked him out in the first round,” McGregor told UFC commentator Joe Rogan during his post-fight speech. “You can call me ‘Mystic Mac,’ because I predict these things.”

And with those words, McGregor guaranteed he would be asked for a prediction at every one of his pre-fight press conferences.

Since the birth of “Mystic Mac,” McGregor has been correct in his pre-fight predictions for first-round finishes of Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo, but he’s been incorrect on Dennis Siver (second-round TKO), both Nate Diaz bouts (submission loss and majority decision win), and his win over Eddie Alvarez (second-round TKO).

As for the Mayweather fight, McGregor has predicted a knockout victory inside four rounds.

7. Might as well jump

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo

McGregor headlined his first American event at UFC Fight Night 59. At the time, McGregor was the No. 7 featherweight in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings. His opponent that night was the unranked Siver.

McGregor finished Siver in the second round with strikes on the ground. He walked around the cage for a moment, then sprinted from the middle of the octagon and vaulted over the cage to confront then-champion Jose Aldo, who was sitting with his family. The meeting was brief. McGregor screamed into Aldo’s face, and Aldo replied with a smile.

After the fight McGregor addressed the situation.

“I don’t know,” McGregor said. “I just saw his skinny Brazilian head, and I knew they were filming him over there. ‘What’s he doing there, sitting front row?’

“They thought I was going to see my girlfriend. They must’ve thought I was a romantic. But I was going to kill that little Brazilian. But Pat, Lorenzo (Fertitta’s) right hand, intervened. And thankfully – because I like money. When fights happen outside the octagon, they take your money. And I want to keep my money.”

6. “Red Panty Night”

Conor McGregor

On Sept. 5, 2015, the UFC hosted the “Go Big” press conference, which focused on fight cards in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. Some of the UFC’s biggest stars were on stage for the event, including then-champions Ronda Rousey, Jose Aldo, Daniel Cormier and Rafael dos Anjos. Current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk also waas there. But the man who stole the show was then-featherweight champion McGregor.

Early in the press conference, MMAjunkie asked Dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone about comments McGregor made about facing either of them at lightweight because a fight with him would change their lives.

“If he wants to move up, I’m here. It’s going to be easy money,” replied Dos Anjos.

McGregor did not allow Cerrone to reply. Instead, he picked up his microphone and turned to address Dos Anjos.

“I can make you rich,” McGregor said. “I’ll change your bum life. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration. You ring back home, you ring your wife: ‘Baby, we’ve done it. We’re rich, baby. Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties!’

“It’s Red Panty Night when you sign to fight me. It’s a celebration.”

5. You’ll do nothing

Conor McGregor at UFC 202 news conference

The UFC 202 press conference was full of surprises. McGregor was late. That left his opponent, Diaz, on the dais with co-main event fighters Glover Teixeira and Anthony Johnson for 30 minutes.

When McGregor did appear, Nick Diaz told Nate to leave the stage, and the younger Diaz did. Not one to leave quietly, Diaz shouted, “(Expletive) your whole team,” on his way out.

“Shut your (expletive) mouth. You’ll do nothing,” McGregor responded with, “You’ll do (expletive) nothing.”

Diaz threw a water bottle toward McGregor on the stage. McGregor retuned fire, throwing water bottles and full cans of Monster at Diaz and his team while UFC President Dana White and UFC personnel tried to get him to stop.

McGregor was fined $25,000 and ordered to complete 25 hours of community service due to the skirmish. Diaz received a $15,000 fine along with 15 hours of community service.

4. Going for a walk

Conor McGregor

While many of McGregor’s catchphrases and mannerisms have become popular among the MMA community (see: “You’ll do nothing,” “Who the (expletive) is that guy” and “Red Panty Night”), one has had real crossover appeal, especially among pro athletes. That’s the “billionaire strut,” which took off in popularity following UFC 202.

McGregor lifted the move from WWE owner Vince McMahon, something he acknowledged during a January 2017 pay-per-view interview.

“I’m thinking Vince McMahon must be pissed,” McGregor said. “I don’t give a (expletive) about Vince McMahon. I stole that walk, and that walk is now mine. And not Vince or any of those (expletives) over in WWE are going to do anything about it. That’s my walk. I created that walk. I made that walk. It’s amazing to cross into all different cultures, all different sports.”

3. Who’s that?

Jeremy Stephens

The UFC held its first event in New York in more than 21 years on Nov. 12, 2016. The promotion went big for that event, UFC 205, stacking the card with three title fights. The main event pitted lightweight champion Alvarez against featherweight kingpin McGregor. Alvarez’s belt was on the line, giving McGregor the opportunity to become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time.

At a September news conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, a vociferous McGregor stole the show.

When McGregor was asked who would give him the hardest fight of the fighters on the stage, Jeremy Stephens cut in, not allowing McGregor to reply.

“Right here,” said Stephens from the row behind McGregor. “The hardest hitting 145 pounder. The real hardest hitting 145er, right here.”

McGregor didn’t miss a beat with his reply.

“Who the (expletive) is that guy?” asked McGregor. “Who the (expletive) is that?”

And with that reply, an MMA catchphrase was born.

2. No doubt

Conan O’Brien and Conor McGregor

In July 2015, McGregor appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late-night show and fired a shot that made headlines, mostly because his request seemed an impossibility.

“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd, I mean, who would not like to dance around the ring for $180 million?” asked McGregor.

By May 2016, Mayweather’s interest seemed to be piqued and he allegedly started rumors that the fight was close to being booked.

More than a year later, Mayweather and McGregor announced the fight had been booked for Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

McGregor, the man who joined the UFC while near rock-bottom, financially, now is preparing to fight in what could be the most lucrative fight in boxing history. That the fight is happening brings to mind a McGregor quote from the UFC 202 post-fight press conference.

“Every single person doubted me,” said McGregor. “Every single fighter doubted me. Doubt me now.”

1. Those threads

Conor McGregor’s infamous suit

At his first post-fight press conference, McGregor said he planned to spend some of his “Knockout of the Night” bonus money on “some suits.” Over the years, he has certainly done that. Those suits are usually custom-made and on the flashy side, but none compared to the pinstripe number he wore to the Los Angeles tour stop for his boxing match against Mayweather.

The suit, which was one of the main subjects of conversation after the July event, was not your normal pinstripe affair. If you looked closely you could see the pinstripes said “F**K YOU” running vertically.

As far as statement pieces go, the suit was a major one.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Kevin Lee and Simon Samano in studio


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Kevin Lee and Simon Samano.

Lee will be in the studio to co-host the show. He recently got the news he’s about to have the biggest fight of his career. He’ll take on Tony Ferguson for an interim lightweight title on Oct. 7 at UFC 216 in Las Vegas, where he’s based. Samano, one of MMAjunkie’s assistant editors, will co-host, as well, and help the hosts field calls and talk about the latest MMA news.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2514 with Gilbert Melendez and Mike Dolce

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Gilbert Melendez and Mike Dolce.

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Melendez previewed his featherweight fight vs. Jeremy Stephens, while Dolce was an in studio co-host and fielded many questions regarding nutrition, weight loss and strength and conditioning.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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ONE Championship 59 results: Martin Nguyen stuns Marat Gafurov to earn 145-pound title

Thanks to a perfect counter by Martin Nguyen, Marat Gafurov no longer is undefeated, and ONE Championship got a new featherweight champion in the process.

Nguyen (9-1) saw himself in a rough spot early in today’s “ONE Championship 59: Quest for Greatness” headliner. But a low kick by Gafurov (15-1) paved the way for a massive overhand that had the now-ex-champ landing face down on the mat at the 1:27 mark of Round 2.

Seemingly awakened by follow-up shots, though, Gafurov was quick to get up and express his dismay with the stoppage. In fact, he wasn’t even in the cage to hear the announcement of Nguyen’s win at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The title win also meant revenge for the 28-year-old Nguyen, whose sole career loss had come exactly by the hands of choke expert Gafurov at ONE Championship 31 in 2015. The new champ now is on a five-fight winning streak – all finishes. (via Twitter)

A perfectly timed counter off the low kick. Mannn.. Nguyen clocked him #OneChampionship pic.twitter.com/9sCUDvXBT8

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 18, 2017

It seemed like we could be off to a short fight when Gafurov cracked Nguyen with a right hand and immediately went for the takedown. Nguyen tried to resist, but soon saw himself exactly where he didn’t want to be against Gafurov: with his back dominated. The challenger managed to escape the early scare, though, switching positions against the cage before even briefly getting Gafurov to the ground.

Gafurov, however, was quick to prop himself back up, and the two went back to the center of the cage. After some overall balanced exchanges, Nguyen was once more taken down by Gafurov. This time, however, he managed to keep Gafurov from getting to his back, and briefly got up before being once more taken down before the end of the round.

The tides turned in the second round, after Nguyen managed to get back up from yet another takedown. Approximately one minute in, Gafurov went for a low kick and saw himself hit flush in the face with an overhand right. Nguyen made sure to follow it up with punches, prompting the referee to step in.

The setback was the first of Gafurov’s stellar record – which most recently included six consecutive rear-naked-choke finishes.

Long layoff shows, and Suzuki is no match for a fresh Ev Ting

Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2) hadn’t fought in three years when he met a fighter more than a decade his junior in Ev Ting (14-4). The disparity became apparent when a much faster and fresher Ting needed less than a round to end things in pretty assertive fashion.

While Suzuki showed early aggression with low kicks – and stuffed a takedown attempt by Ting, it didn’t take too long for the tides to turn. After drawing first blood, hurting Suzuki above the left eye, Ting started taking more definitive control of the exchanges halfway through the round. Soon, a failed low kick by Suzuki led to a beautiful takedown by Ting.

At that point, it was clear Suzuki didn’t have much left to give. Ting capped off the display with some violent ground-and-pound. The stoppage marked Ting’s return to the winning column after a title loss to champ Eduard Folayang. Suzuki, in turn, is now on a two-fight skid after a TKO loss to champ Ben Askren in 2014.

Thani cruises, Belingon and May score solid finishes

Malaysia’s own Agilan Thani (8-1) had an easy time bouncing back from his first career loss, cruising his way to an unanimous decision over fellow middleweight Sherif Mohamed (8-4). It was Thani’s first time heading into the judges’ scorecards in his entire pro career. The result follows a first-round submission by Askren in a title affair back in May. Mohamed is now on a two-fight skid.

Reece McLaren (9-5) gave champ Bibiano Fernandes one of his toughest challenges to date when they met back in December. But Kevin Belingon (16-5), himself a former challenger to Fernandes throne, took no notice of that, needing only a minute to land the right hand that spelled the beginning of the end of the bantamweight scrap. (via Twitter)

Picture perfect counter right hand by Kevin Belingon #OneChampionship pic.twitter.com/ugMhM7ULTD

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 18, 2017

May Ooi (3-2) was rocked by Ann Osman (5-4), but managed to bounce back big by locking in a finish of her own. The upset win put the 41-year-old former Olympic swimmer back on the winning column after a two-fight skid. It also meant she gets to keep her 100 percent finish percentile in pro wins.

and May Ooi submits Ann Osman, Propely executed RNC (ONE) pic.twitter.com/l02pj4LGSD

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 18, 2017

ONE Championship 59 results:

For more on ONE Championship 59, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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NSAC says it won't get dragged into another glove challenge after 'The Money Fight'

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LAS VEGAS – Don’t expect the Nevada State Athletic Commission to bend rules for fighters from here on out – or so that’s the message after the commission waived an 11-year-old rule.

After a social media challenge from Floyd Mayweather led the NSAC to allow eight-ounce gloves against Conor McGregor for “The Money Fight,” NSAC chief Bob Bennett said the brakes are on.

“I think chairman (Anthony Marnell) put it very eloquently, very succinctly, and he basically put everybody on notice,” Bennett told MMAjunkie when asked if the commission’s decision on Wednesday had created a precedent. “This is not something we get involved in.

“We’re strictly business. We’re regulators. We’re not promoters. We don’t do the PR work for them. So he basically put everybody on notice and did it very well, and I happen to agree with him.”

“The Money Fight” takes place Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs live on pay-per-view.

After several commissioners expressed concern over the change, only to signal their approval, Marnell briefly changed the tone of the NSAC meeting. He admonished reps for McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) for the last-minute request, indicating the commission was being played as a mark to a big hustle.

“My biggest concern about this consideration or this request that is being made is that I do not like the (NSAC) being used as a pawn in a social media bout between these two,” Marnell said. “That part of this request, it pisses me off, I’ll be really, really honest with you. I respect the fact that you missed this and you admitted that in your testimony that you may have missed this subject when you guys put this bout agreement together.

“But this body is not the subject of two fighters who want to go back and forth like these two have at each other to create social media stir and another controversy for attention to sell tickets (and) to sell DirecTV. However, in saying that, I would like to put that aside and I would just caution going forward that this body, this forum, not be used for that again.”

Right now, though, the NSAC has no trouble being used for that.

RelatedNevada commission approves 8-ounce gloves for Mayweather vs. McGregor, who is 'very pleased'

Social media, of course, is what turned a fantasy fight between an undefeated boxing great with a complete novice. Mayweather and McGregor’s improbable path to the ring was paved by thousands of messages from fans and observers, creating a groundswell of attention that regulators eventually couldn’t ignore.

It’s an experiment that will benefit the NSAC handsomely, to say nothing of the fighters and the local economy in Las Vegas.

Despite McGregor’s absence of experience in the boxing ring, Bennett expressed confidence it will be a competitive fight. He noted Mayweather has used eight-ounce gloves for most of his career with his only recent knockout a 2007 stoppage of Ricky Hatton, and McGregor using four-ounce gloves in the UFC.

“I think a one-fight exception is conducive to this fight, because these are two elite fighters that pose a very interesting, compelling fight that is good for both MMA, boxing and the fans,” Bennett said.

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

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LFA 19/AXS TV Fights video: Sid Bice on South Dakota homecoming for co-main event vs. Porter

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LFA returns tonight for an event in South Dakota, and a flyweight prospect will fight in front of his home crowd.

In the LFA 19 co-main event, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a main card that airs on AXS TV, Sid Bice (6-1) takes on Ken Porter (10-3).

Bice, a Titan and RFA veteran, fights out of Denver at Factory X. But in Sioux Falls, he’ll be fighting close to where he’s from. He got back on track in front of his home fans in April with a decision over Cody Land after a loss to Pedro Nobre at Titan FC 38 in April 2016.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Bice to talk about tonight’s co-feature, fighting for the home crowd, and where he thinks he beats Porter.

Check out the video above to hear from him ahead of the fight.

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor 'extremely dirty' in sparring video

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Floyd Mayweather indicated the moves that led Conor McGregor used to knock Paulie Malignaggi won’t fly when they square off for “The Money Fight.”

“A lot of shots were illegal – a lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots,” Mayweather said during a conference call today promoting the Aug. 26 pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) dodged questions about racism and the political firestorm engulfing President Donald Trump. But he watched the video that sparked a firestorm in the sporting world – a brief clip of McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) putting his brief sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi on the canvas.

Malignaggi, who’s still scheduled to commentate on the Showtime pay-per-view event, has blasted those involved with the release. UFC President Dana White claimed Showtime omitted the footage from its behind-the-scenes documentary, which Showtime denied.

Mayweather takes a different view.

“Some may call it a knockdown – some may not call it a knockdown,” he said. “At the end of the day, it only counts once you get under the lights – that’s just in the gym.

“We shouldn’t be here judging Paulie, a guy that’s been retired and commentating and traveling the world and not going to the gym at all, just going in there with a guy who’s an athlete period, and just working up every day. Honestly, they shouldn’t have even went 12 rounds with a young guy that’s active.”

Whatever happened in the gym that day, Mayweather is confident there will be no shenanigans when he faces off with McGregor in the ring. On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission signed off on using eight-ounce gloves for the fight, and veteran official Robert Byrd was tapped to oversee the action. Byrd is known as a referee who doesn’t intervene too much and lets fighters work themselves out of situations.

Mayweather noted McGregor’s enlistment of veteran referee Joe Cortez to oversee his sparring sessions, which he called a “great thing.” But he questioned the ultimate effect it would have on the Irish champ, who’s stepping into the professional boxing ring for the first time.

“Even though he had Joe Cortez in his training camp, I still seen him being extremely dirty,” Mayweather said. “But my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job.”

Given the interest in the video of McGregor and Malignaggi, it seems clear the world is dying to know what happens when the boxing neophyte steps into the ring with one of the sport’s all-time greats. Mayweather said he’s not going to worry about outcome and simply focus on giving fans a show.

“Like I said on numerous occasions building up to this fight, I’m coming straight ahead, so he don’t have nothing to worry about,” Mayweather said. “I look forward following the Queensberry rules of boxing and I’m pretty sure he looks forward to following the Queensberry rules of boxing.”

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

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LFA 19/AXS TV Fights video: David Michaud on his quest to get back to the UFC

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LFA returns tonight for an event in South Dakota, and a former UFC fighter will continue to try to fight his way back to the big show.

In the LFA 19 main event, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a main card that airs on AXS TV, David Michaud (11-3) takes on Ciro Rodrigues (20-6).

Michaud is 3-1 since he went 1-2 in a three-fight stint in the UFC, including a TKO win over Jake Lindsey in Sioux Falls in April. His only loss since being bounced from the UFC came to recent “TUF 25” runner-up Dhiego Lima at Titan FC 39.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Michaud to talk about tonight’s headliner and his goal of getting back to the UFC.

Check out the video above to hear from him ahead of the fight.

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'Bigfoot' Silva moves to kickboxing, meets champ Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 46

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Antonio Silva has struggled in MMA of late, so now he’s moving to kickboxing to fight one of the best in the world.

“Bigfoot” Silva (19-12-1 MMA) has signed with GLORY kickboxing and will jump right into the fray with a matchup against heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (51-10-1 kickboxing) in a non-title affair at GLORY 46 in October.

A GLORY official confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie following the announcement from Silva on social media (via Instagram):

GLORY 46 takes place Oct. 14 at Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China. Silva vs. Verhoeven headlines the SuperFight Series portion of the card, which streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Silva has suffered five consecutive losses in MMA and owns just a single win in his past 10 fights dating back to May 2013. Moreover, he’s suffered seven knockouts in that stretch. His most recent fight was a second-round knockout loss against former Bellator champ Vitaly Minakov at Fight Nights Global 68 in June.

Verhoeven, meanwhile, is riding a seven-fight winning streak in the kickboxing ring. GLORY’s heavyweight titleholder has defended his belt five consecutive times and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ismael Lazaar at GLORY 41 in May.

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


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Gerald Meerschaert vs. Eric Spicely booked for December's TUF 26 Finale

A middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert and Eric Spicely is the first addition to December’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale lineup.

Spicely (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) announced the bout with Meerschaert (26-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on social media following an initial report from MMAuno.com (via Instagram):

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

After getting off to a hot start to his UFC career with back-to-back first-round submission victories, Meerschaert suffered his first octagon defeat in July when he dropped a second-round TKO to Thiago Santos at UFC 213. The upcoming bout will be his fourth in less than a year since joining the promotion.

Spicely, meanwhile, also had a stretch of consecutive first-round submission wins going into his previous bout. Similar to Meerschaert, though, his was abruptly halted in the form of a second-round submission loss to Antonio Carlos Junior at UFC 212 in June.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Artem Lobov-Andre Fili, Smoliakov-Wieczorek set for UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

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The UFC’s October return to Poland continues to build with another couple fights ticketed for the lineup.

Artem Lobov (13-13-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will take on Andre Fili (16-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and Dmitrii Smoliakov (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will fight Adam Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at heavyweight. UFC officials recently announced the bookings.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedUFC announces 2017 events in Scotland, Netherlands and Poland

Fili has alternated wins and losses for his entire eight-fight UFC tenure. He debuted with a TKO win over Jeremy Larsen nearly four years ago, giving him a 13-1 start as a pro. But since then, he has losses to current featherweight champ Max Holloway, Godofredo Pepey, Yair Rodriguez, and most recently a decision setback to Calvin Kattar at UFC 214 less than three weeks ago.

The loss to Kattar was the first decision loss of Fili’s career. Of his four wins in the promotion, two are by stoppage – a bonus-winning head-kick knockout of Gabriel Benitez in Mexico in November 2015, and his TKO of Larsen. He has decision victories over Felipe Arantes and Hacran Dias, the latter of which came nearly a year ago.

Lobov will try to get back in the win column after back-to-back decision wins over Chris Avila and Teruto Ishihara. A longtime training partner of Conor McGregor, Lobov lost Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter” when Ryan Hall outpointed him at the finale. After that, he dropped to featherweight from lightweight, but lost a decision to Alex White before his consecutive wins.

In April, he got the highest-profile opportunity of his career when he headlined UFC Fight Night 108 against longtime title contender Cub Swanson in Nashville. And though he gave the veteran a battle and earned “Fight of the Night” honors for the performance, he dropped a unanimous decision and saw his career record fall back to .500.

Smoliakov started his pro career a perfect 8-0 with four knockouts and four submissions. But it’s been a different story since he came to the UFC. In July 2016, he made his promotional debut at UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago, but was submitted by Luis Henrique in the second round. In January at UFC Fight Night 103, Cyril Asker knocked him out in the first round.

Wieczorek will make his UFC debut in front of his home Polish fans. The lone l oss of his pro career came to current UFC heavyweight Marcin Tybura back in 2011. But since then, he has seven straight wins, all by stoppage, to get his shot in the big show. When he steps in the cage against Smoliakov, though, it will have been more than a year since his most recent fight.

The latest UFC Fight Night 118 card now includes:

  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Ben Askren defends title vs. Zebaztian Kadestam at ONE Championship 60 in Shanghai

For the first time, ONE Championship will touch down in Shanghai next month, and its welterweight title will be on the line.

Dominant unbeaten 170-pound champion Ben Askren (16-0) will put his belt up against Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-3) in the main event of ONE Championship 60.

The event takes place Sept. 2 at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China. The card will stream via online pay-per-view in North America.

“China is one of our biggest markets, and the focus has been to really bring the rich cultural history of martial arts in China to the forefront,” Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated. “It is a delight to finally announce our inaugural event in the beautiful city of Shanghai.”

Askren will fight for the second time in 2017 when he steps in against Kadestam. In May, he submitted Agilan Thani at ONE Championship 55 for his second defense of the welterweight title. He stayed perfect for his career at 16-0, including 4-0 for ONE Championship.

Askren had just one fight in 2016, a non-title win over Nikolay Aleksakhin when Aleksakhin failed to make weight. And he had just one fight in 2015 – a no-contest with Luis Santos after Santos was poked in the eye and couldn’t continue.

Kadestam has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights. In May, he fought Santos and knocked him out with knees in the third round to put himself on the path to a fight with Askren. Overall, eight of Kadestam’s nine career wins have been by stoppage, indluding seven knockouts.

The ONE Championship 60 lineup includes:

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Martin Stapleton meets Soren Bak at Cage Warriors 88 in London

About a week after he was announced for the card, lightweight contender Martin Stapleton has an opponent for his Cage Warriors 88 bout.

Stapleton (19-5) will take on Soren Bak (8-1) on the card, which takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with a live stream on UFC Fight Pass. Promotion officials announced the booking today.

RelatedChamp Chris Fishgold gets challenger for Cage Warriors 88 headliner

The 34-year-old Stapleton, from the Manchester area, will be fighting in front of his home England fans and will be looking for his third win under the Cage Warriors banner. He’s 2-1 for the promotion after returning earlier this year nearly nine years after he first fought for the company in 2008.

When he returned in February at Cage Warriors 80, he dropped a unanimous decision to Anthony Dizy, which snapped a five-fight winning streak. But he got back on track in June at Cage Warriors 85 when he outpointed Donovan Desmae. His resume, which includes three fights for Bellator, is a right-down-the-middle mix of six wins by knockout, six by submission, and six by decision.

The 25-year-old Bak, from Denmark, made his promotional debut in May and took a unanimous decision from Scott Clist at Cage Warriors 83. That got him back in the win column after the first loss of his pro career, which came in October 2016 with an 82-second TKO setback at a Euro FC event in Finland. Overall, Bak has six of his eight wins by stoppage.

The latest Cage Warriors 88 card includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. TBA
  • Molly McCann vs. TBA
  • Soren Bak vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Lee Chadwick vs. TBA

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 125 – Las Vegas: The Money Fight talk, featuring Conor McGregor, Dana White

Episode No. 125 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.

It’s just one more week until The Money Fight, and John Morgan and Cold Coffee are right in the thick of it all, as you’d expect. Get all the details of a busy week in Las Vegas, including highlights of Conor McGregor’s media day, as well as UFC President Dana White’s media scrum following the latest Contender Series event.

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


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

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The war of words between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi isn’t going to lead to a fight any time soon if McGregor’s most recent statement is any indication.

“Tell the kid to join the queue,” McGregor on Wednesday said of Malignaggi, who this week entertained the idea of coming out of retirement for a possible St. Patrick’s Day fight. “Tell him to shut his mouth and join the queue, will you for (expletive) sake.”

RelatedDana White: Conor McGregor gave Paulie Malignaggi '1-way beating' for 12 rounds

Malignaggi (36-8 boxing) fumed after footage of his sparring session with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was leaked by UFC President Dana White. In several interviews, Malignaggi blasted both men and said the video didn’t show a dominant run he had between Rounds 5 and 10.

Malignaggi said the video is merely a distraction to mask McGregor’s paltry chances against the undefeated Mayweather (49-0 boxing).

McGregor contends he came out well ahead when the two sparred, concussing the retired two-division champ so badly that his team was concerned about the damage done.

RelatedLet's talk about how Mayweather vs. McGregor could generate $1 billion (with a 'B') in total sales

Now, with a public feud distracting from the Aug. 26 Mayweather fight at T-Mobile Arena, McGregor has had enough.

“He got his ass whooped, and he went sprinting. I don’t know what to say about the guy,” McGregor said. “But, hey, there’s a big list of people who want to get in there and try and fight me. Tell him to join the queue, and we’ll see what happens after the fight.”

McGregor has said he will compete in both boxing and MMA after he fights Mayweather. White has said the Irish champ will be back in the octagon by the end of the year to defend his lightweight belt.

There are plenty of opponents waiting for him there.

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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Luke Rockhold will remain in Florida for UFC Fight Night 116 prep, but AKA 'will always be my home'

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold insists California’s American Kickboxing Academy will always be his training home, even though he’s staying in Florida for his UFC Fight Night 116 prep.

Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) takes on former WSOF dual-division champ David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Rockhold today took to social media to explain that injuries to his normal training partners back at AKA necessitated his decision, but that he will always consider the California camp that helped build his career to be his true home.

Rockhold has recently posted multiple pictures of him training at Florida’s Combat Club under the tutelage of Henri Hooft, who he says will be in his corner on fight night along with “all the usual suspects.”

Rockhold is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, while Branch checks in at No. 6. Oddsmaker have pegged Rockhold as a -350 favorite, suggesting a nearly 78 percent chance of winning the contest.

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Luke Rockhold reacts following the third round against Chris Weidman during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Luke Rockhold lands punches against Chris Weidman during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Luke Rockhold fights against Chris Weidman during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Luke Rockhold speaks to media following his championship victor against Chris Weidman at UFC 194 press conference at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Apr 18, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; Luke Rockhold (blue) celebrates with his corner after defeating Lyoto Machida (not pictured) in their middleweight bout during UFC Fight Night at Prudential Center. Rockhold won via second round tap out. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Apr 18, 2015; Newark, NJ, USA; Luke Rockhold (blue) enters the arena against Lyoto Machida (not pictured) for their middleweight bout during UFC Fight Night at Prudential Center. Rockhold won via second round tap out. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Jan 15, 2014; Duluth, GA, USA; Luke Rockhold (second left) celebrates his win against Costas Philippou (not pictured) at Gwinnett Center. Rockhold wins. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports Jan 15, 2014; Duluth, GA, USA; Luke Rockhold is interviewed after his win against Costas Philippou (not pictured) at Gwinnett Center. Rockhold wins. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Luke Rockhold celebrates his win over Tim Kennedy in the middleweight championship fight at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Luke Rockhold (blue shorts) fights Tim Kennedy (white shorts) for the middleweight title at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Luke Rockhold lands punches against Chris Weidman during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 18: Luke Rockhold celebrates defeating Lyoto Machida of Brazil by tap out in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 18: Luke Rockhold celebrates defeating Lyoto Machida of Brazil by tap out in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 18: Luke Rockhold celebrates defeating Lyoto Machida of Brazil by tap out in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images) NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 18: Luke Rockhold prepares to fight against Lyoto Machida of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. 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