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(This is the first installment of a three-part series on the gambling aspect of the “The Money Fight” between boxer Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.)

Scott Cooley remembers exactly where he was on June 14. He was eating with his family at Mary Lou’s Cafe in San Antonio when the bar TV across the room delivered news that, after months of rumor, hype, and speculation, “The Money Fight” between five-division world boxing champ Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor was actually going to happen.

As an avid fan of both boxing and MMA, Cooley was “gleefully excited.” But as an odds consultant for offshore sportsbook BookMaker.eu, Cooley immediately realized that, like McGregor, the situation was going to put him a bit outside of his element.

“I told my wife, ‘Well, I’ve got a lot of work to do tonight,’” Cooley told MMAjunkie. “And yes, the news prompted the consumption of one more margarita.”

Obviously the celebrity of the controversial combatants, along with the novelty of the inter-combat-sport spectacle, slated for Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, was bound to attract interest and action anywhere gamblers could lay a bet. The problem Cooley and his fellow bookmakers faced was how to set the odds for something that has never happened before.

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“You’re delving into the unknown,” Cooley said. “Obviously McGregor is a capable fighter in all aspects of physical combat, but when you’re thrust into unknown territory, it’s hard to put a value on what he might or might not be able to do in a boxing ring. And you’re not just putting him out there against Joe Boxer—you’re putting him out there against one of the greatest boxers of all time.”

Like a lion fighting a shark beached on his turf, the undefeated super featherweight Mayweather was clearly going to be the super heavyweight favorite—if not a virtual lock. But how do you handicap the fight – one with fight purses that could reach $400 million – so that it’s enticing to would-be bettors while keeping this fantasy matchup within the bounds of reality?

Fortunately for Cooley and company, the boxing ring has a long tradition of being the setting for Hollywood endings, where anyone who’s tough enough to climb the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum or spar with a side of beef has a puncher’s chance of pulling out an upset. No one seems to remember that Rocky actually lost.

“When it comes to gambling, boxing, in general, is a different animal,” said Todd Fuhrman, gaming insider for Fox Sports and CBS and host of the “Bet the Board” podcast. “The money line creates a disparity between the pros and the Joes, and the recreational bettor backs the underdog. They don’t care if he has a chance. They have a chance to bet a little and make a lot.”

And this time, the underdog isn’t a Buster Douglas unknown going up against Mike Tyson. As Fuhrman points out, McGregor is a huge name with lots of cache, albeit in a completely different sport.

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But Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts, which is hosting the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile, says casual gamblers know little and care less about the differences between squared circle and octagon.

“A lot of people who are going to watch this are MMA fans,” Rood said. “Hardcore boxing purists are going to turn their nose up at this a bit, but you know, it’s really no worse than a boxer who’s 25-0 taking on a journeyman boxer who’s 14-23 on an undercard getting ready for a title shot.”

In other words, even if casual bettors don’t think McGregor makes much of a boxer, the Irishman’s notoriety alone will win him as much support as an anonymous stepping-stone pug.

Vegas odds opened up with McGregor being around a +1,100 underdog, while the offshore sites tended to keep the action narrower (+635) to attract interest. BookMaker.eu picked Mayweather as a -975 favorite (Vegas was closer to -2,500). But even at those steep odds, Cooley says he’s already seen some heavy bets on the Irishman—and not just from novice bettors, but players who win betting MMA on a weekly basis.

“I don’t know what some of our sharper betters are thinking,” he said. “If we knew, maybe we would lose less money to them.”

While some saltier gamblers are obviously finding value, most bettors are thus far treating “The Money Fight” for the reality TV it is, putting up a few bucks to speculate on what Kim Kardashian will say next or who will ultimately sit on the Iron Throne.

“We’re in the entertainment business,” Rood said. “Based on what I’m seeing, there’s an appetite to see how this shuffles out. If it’s not as one-sided as people like me are setting it out to be, we might be witnessing the next saga of combat sports.”

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

Tony Rehagen is a freelance writer based in St. Louis. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, GQ, espnW and others. Follow him on Twitter @trehagen.

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Here's the undercard for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing blockbuster

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The undercard – comprised strictly of boxers in boxing bouts – for this month’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor blockbuster event is set.

Officials today announced the three bouts, including a pair of title bouts with IBF junior-lightweight champion Gervonta Davis (18-0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1) in the co-feature slot.

In the main event, UFC lightweight champion McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) – the card’s lone MMA representative – and undefeated boxing great Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round super-welterweight boxing match tops a pay-per-view event that’s expected to be the most lucrative prize fight in combat-sports history.

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The PPV broadcast – one that comes with a hefty $100 price tag – also includes these bouts:

  • Champ Gervonta Davis (18-0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1) – for IBF junior lightweight world Championship
  • Champ Nathan Cleverly (30-3) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2) – for WBA light heavyweight world Championship
  • Andrew Tabiti(14-0) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1) – for vacant USBA cruiserweight title

“What a night this will be for fight fans,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, stated. “Not only will they witness a first-of-its-kind main event, but they will also see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts.

“Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power. Former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly. But first, Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance.”

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


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Jon Jones recognizes Brock Lesnar could be using him for leverage in WWE contract negotiations

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is hopeful an octagon encounter with Brock Lesnar will eventually come to fruition. However, he’s also preparing for the possibility it won’t.

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), who regained the 205-pound belt with a third-round knockout of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last month, called out Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) following his victory, further fueling the hype for a potential matchup.

The subject of a Jones vs. Lesnar fight was first broached early in UFC 214 fight week when a fan asked “Bones” about it during a Facebook Live Q&A. Once it came up, though, he began to give it serious consideration, and from there the topic took on a life of its own.

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“I had no intentions of fighting Brock Lesnar – he wasn’t on my radar,” Jones told MMAjunkie. “It’s honestly not even my style to call out people. People were asking me on Facebook Live. I didn’t expect it to go anywhere. There was only like 30 viewers logged in at the time. Little did I know Facebook Live actually records. I was just speaking freely and loosely. I got asked about Brock, and it went back to his camp, and they released a statement right away, and it kind of took off from there.”

The timing of it all is curious. Lesnar, who is typically borderline inaccessible to the media, has responded to Jones, the No. 1-ranked fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings, at every turn. He’s warned Jones to “be careful” what he wishes for, but whether he’s serious about another UFC comeback remains to be seen.

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Lesnar has fought just once since December 2011, defeating Mark Hunt in July 2016 at UFC 200 in a result that was later overturned to a no-contest when Lesnar flunked multiple drug tests around the time of the bout. Lesnar still owes the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) more than six months of suspension time after retiring in February, which means a comeback is still far off.

Moreover, talk of Lesnar fighting for the UFC comes up on almost a yearly basis. He signs short-term contracts with WWE, and rumors of switching professions comes up each time a new negotiation period surfaces. His current deal is reportedly done after WrestleMania in April.

With that knowledge in mind, Jones knows he could simply be part of Lesnar’s ploy to maximize his next contract with WWE. However, he thinks a UFC return to fight him would be a massive financial opportunity, as well.

RelatedTwitter Mailbag: Was post-fight Jon Jones the real one, or just a convincing fake?

“I could see it being a leverage point to get paid the bigger bucks to stick around (with WWE) or come over to the UFC,” Jones said. “Either way, I think it would be great if he comes over to the UFC to get a gigantic payday, probably his biggest UFC payday. Now he has this as a leverage point from whichever direction he decides to go in. Good for Brock to have options.”

Jones said given the entire scope of the situation, he’s unlikely to fight Lesnar next. He’s still waiting on word of his next opponent but told MMAjunkie he’s open to a long-awaited rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, just not at UFC 217 in New York City.

Whatever comes in Jones’ future is going to be a significant moment as he looks to make his second UFC title reign better than the first. When it comes to big-fight opportunities, though, especially ones where he likes his chances of winning, Lesnar sits atop the mountain.

“I asked my coaches how they felt about it and everyone said, ‘You know what, Jon? That’s a very winnable fight, and it’s such a huge payday – why not?'” Jones said. “I just kept it going and have been entertaining it, and now it’s taken off. It’s something that could be in the works.”

Jones is so interested in the fight, in fact, that he may consider crashing Lesnar’s upcoming Universal Title defense at WWE SummerSlam in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 27 (via Twitter):

It's crossed my mind https://t.co/xlnbywH1y2

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 9, 2017

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Heath Herring and Georgi Karakhanyan


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Heath Herring and Georgi Karakhanyan.

Veteran MMA fighter and commentator is our in-studio guest host. Karakhanyan fights Daniel Pineda on Aug. 25 at Bellator 182.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2508 with Al Bernstein, Kevin Iole, Chidi Njokuani, Alex Perez

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Al Bernstein, Kevin Iole, Chidi Njokuani, Alex Perez, and Mike Piranio.

Bernstein will be calling the upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on August 26. Iole, a longtime combat sports journalist, was in-studio to co-host the episode, to largely discuss Mayweather-McGregor. Njokuani headlines Bellator 182 on August 25 vs. former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. Perez defeated Kevin Gray Tuesday at Dana White’s Contender Series 5 event. Piranio, the Mandalay Bay sports book director, talked about the significant odds movement on Mayweather-McGregor.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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How Yair Rodriguez has been dealing with first UFC loss

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Yair Rodriguez won’t go so far as to say his first UFC loss was a good thing, but he’ll tell you he’s learned a lot from it.

Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) was coming off his most high-profile win yet – a second-round TKO  victory over former two-division champ and UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn – when former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC) came into the picture.

For Rodriguez, who’d been looking increasingly sharp with every octagon outing, a pay-per-view main-card spot against an ex-champ had the makings of a career-defining moment. But it was Edgar who rose above at UFC 211, dominating Rodriguez for two rounds before a badly swollen eye deemed the rising star unable to continue.

RelatedUFC 211 video highlights: Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez

The win turned Edgar into the most likely challenger to champ Max Holloway’s recently-conquered featherweight belt. For Rodriguez, it provided another opportunity: growth.

“I learned a lot from that fight,” Rodriguez told MMAjunkie. “I actually think that it was – I’m not saying good, but I’m learning a lot from it. I feel like I used to have a lot of weight on my back. And now that I lost, that fear went away. So now, whatever happens, I don’t care. I don’t really care. I’m just only looking one way, and that’s forward.”

Rodriguez, No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, has since taken some time off to travel, visit his family and tend to some media obligations. But he’s also been working on addressing what exactly went wrong. That involved being back at the gym the Monday after the fight – with the limitations imposed by the hurt eye, of course – and exhaustively reviewing what happened during it.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Frankie Edgar's dominant win over Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211

“I was moving; I was doing some light sparring, some shadow-boxing,” Rodriguez said. “You’ve got to keep going – shake it off and move on. I was watching the film of the fight several times a day, for probably like two weeks just to see what I was doing wrong. And, well, I learned from it.”

Ultimately, Rodriguez doesn’t want to make excuses for the setback. Edgar, he said, did a great job. But in hindsight, Rodriguez thinks something was off about his own mindset that night.

“I think my mental side, it wasn’t there,” Rodriguez said. “I trained really hard. I always train really hard. And I think the most important thing sometimes in a fight is being healthy up here – in your thoughts, or whatever. And I wasn’t. I just wasn’t. I wasn’t there. I lost the fight, I accept the loss, and I don’t want to put any excuses.”

Was it maybe the added weight that came with not only being a young, exciting prospect – but one who became such a key piece when it came to the Latin American fanbase and market?

“Probably, a little bit,” Rodriguez said. “But I can tell you it wasn’t an excuse. Because I feel a lot of support. But I used to feel a lot of pressure, as well. Even myself – I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. Either in training or my life.”

After a busy few weeks, Rodriguez said he’s now looking to slow down on the media obligations, take one week off to rest and review things, and get back at it. He’d like to fight once more before year’s end. As for whom that return might be against, Rodriguez neither knows nor cares. He does know one thing, though.

“I don’t ask for opponents,” Rodriguez said. “But whatever comes, I’ll be ready for it. Like I’m telling you – if I used to be afraid, I’m not anymore.”

To hear more from Rodriguez, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 211, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Champ Chris Fishgold gets challenger for Cage Warriors 88 headliner

Lightweight champion Chris Fishgold has an opponent for his Cage Warriors 88 headliner.

Officials today announced Fishgold (16-1-1) will meet challenger Alexander Jacobsen (8-1) in the championship main event.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and it streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Fishgold has won six straight bouts, which included a submission victory over Adam Boussif for the vacant title and defenses over Jason Ponet (64-second submission) and Nic Herron-Webb (decision). The 24-year-old is 7-0 under the Cage Warriors banner and owns 13 stoppages in 16 career wins.

He now takes on Jacobsen, a 29-year-old Norwegian fighter who’s 2-0 since joining Cage Warriors with a TKO win over Tim Wilde and a decision victory over Tom Green. The three-year pro has gone 8-0 with seven stoppages since losing his pro debut in 2014.

As previously announced, a number of other Liverpool fighters are slated for the card, including former featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett (13-2), flyweight prospect Molly McCann (5-1), lightweight contender Martin Stapleton (19-5) and middleweight vet Lee Chadwick (23-13-1).

The latest Cage Warriors 88 card includes:

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

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


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Luke Jumeau returns at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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Following a successful UFC debut, New Zealand’s Luke Jumeau is slated for a return at the UFC’s upcoming show in Japan.

UFC officials announced Jumeau (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to fight welterweight Shinsho Anzai (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 117.

The event takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Jumeau signed with the UFC earlier this year after defeating UFC vet Vik Grujic at a regional show in Australia. Then, in his his promotional debut, he scored a unanimous-decision victory over Dominique Steele at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland. The 29-year-old credited the New Zealand crowd for giving him a boost in the fight, which pushed his overall winning streak to seven.

He now meets Anzai, a 31-year-old Japanese fighter who made his UFC debut in 2014. He suffered a TKO loss to Alberto Mina, which snapped a six-fight winning streak. He returned a year later and scored a TKO win over Roger Zapata (who suffered a finger injury) for his first UFC victory. Following a back injury, he now returns to the cage for the first in two years for his fight with Jumeau.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Coach: 'No doubt' that Holly Holm can pick apart and beat UFC champ 'Cyborg'

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Newly crowned UFC women’s featherweight champion Cristiane Justino has been an unbeatable MMA force over the past 12 years, but Holly Holm’s coach think she’s “definitely beatable.”

According to veteran coach Mike Winkeljohn, Holm, a former women’s bantamweight champion, can “pick apart” the famed “Cyborg” – and “there’s no doubt about that.”

As Winkeljohn told Submission Radio, Justino vs. Holm is a real possibility – and he likes the former pro boxing titleholder’s chances against “Cyborg”:

This past month at UFC 214, Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) finally claimed a UFC belt with a third-round TKO win over Tonya Evinger (19-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC). It was a dominant performance, but Winkeljohn wasn’t totally convinced.

“There’s no doubt there’s some holes in there and she’s definitely beatable,” he said of Justino.

After the title win, UFC President Dana White mentioned the possibility of Justino vs. Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who recently halted a three-fight skid (which included title losses to bantamweight and featherweight) with a head-kick knockout of bantamweight Bethe Correia.

“It seems like she’s interested,” White said of Justino. “I like Holly vs. ‘Cyborg.’ I think it’s a good fight.”

After the victory – the 18th straight in her career – Justino said she’s open to all challengers, including Holm (watch the video above).

As for Winkeljohn, he said Holm could be game and that she “will never turn down a fight.” However, she’ll need time to put back on a suitable amount of weight to fight at 145 pounds, and the money has to be right. And if that’s all worked out? As he told Submission Radio:

“I think Holly can pick her apart. There’s no doubt about that. What people don’t understand is how strong Holly is too in the clinch, on her feet and moving and stuff. Cris is definitely going to try to do most of her damage by pushing her back against the cage. You know, good luck keeping Holly there and backing her up, coming in that hard.

“But yeah, Cris is really strong, but I think Holly wears her down and is able to stop her. You look at Holly’s knockout percentage, I think her and Amanda Nunes are the biggest out there. She stops all of her fights, everybody else other than ‘Cyborg.’ So Holly has the power to stop ‘Cyborg’ just like ‘Cyborg’ has the power. The difference is Holly’s got speed and her footwork.”

Who do you like in the potential matchup? Cast your vote below.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz fight analysis from Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe is cringeworthy


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Thanks to the upcoming showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor there has been an increase in talking heads, who never pay attention to boxing and MMA, acting as though they’re authorities on both sports.

Which, as we all know, isn’t the case.

This couldn’t have been more apparent than during Wednesday’s episode of “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. While opining on Mayweather’s breakdown of why he could lose to the UFC lightweight champion, Bayless and Sharpe began to discuss the first fight between McGregor and Nate Diaz.

And, well, it was a cringeworthy analysis/recap/whatever you want to call it to say the least.

Bayless: “Speaking of fighting a bigger man, a guy who outweighed him by – I’m going to guess – 40 pounds and had, what, 5 inches of reach on him and got him on the ground. It’s called wrestling – sumo style wrestling. And he just pinned him. He pinned him.”

Sharpe: “How did he get him on the ground? He put them things on him first to knock him down and then jumped him.”

Bayless: “He didn’t knock him down. He got a hold of him and dragged him down.”

Where do we even begin with all that was wrong with that?

  • First of all, Diaz didn’t have 40 pounds on McGregor – that is just an absurd number.
  • Diaz’s reach advantage was 2 inches, not five. Big difference.
  • The fight went to the ground once McGregor shot for a takedown out of desperation, not with Diaz’s “sumo style wrestling” in any way, shape or form. Who even sumo wrestles in MMA?
  • Diaz did not try to pin McGregor in any way shape or form, because this was an MMA fight not a wrestling match. He submitted him with a rear-naked choke.
  • Diaz didn’t “put them things” on McGregor to knock him down nor did he try to jump him. What is this, a gang fight?
  • Diaz did not get a hold of McGregor and drag him down because, again, it was McGregor who shot out of desperation once he realized he was in trouble.

Of the rematch won by McGregor, Bayless would go on to say “he punched (Diaz) into submission” in what we all know was a narrow majority decision.

I mean, did they even bother to watch either fight or at least a highlights package before going on the air?

At the risk of your head exploding, feel free to watch the exchange in the clip above.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 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.

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Video: Watch today's Floyd Mayweather media day live from Las Vegas at 5 p.m. ET


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LAS VEGAS – The first of back-to-back media days takes place today, and you can watch a live video stream of the session with boxing great Floyd Mayweather here on MMAjunkie at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT).

The media event and open workout takes place at Mayweather Boxing Club in Sin City.

RelatedWait. What? Floyd Mayweather breaks down the reasons Conor McGregor could (should?) upset him

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) meets UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in a boxing mega-fight on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The high-definition price tag of the boxer-vs.-MMA-fighter event, dubbed “The Money Fight” and expected to be one of the biggest combat-sports spectacles in history, is a whopping $99.95.

MMAjunkie is on site and will have live coverage of today’s event. We’ll also be on site and covering Friday’s media day with McGregor, which also takes place in Vegas.

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

Jul 13, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports July 11, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor stare down one another during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports July 11, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Conor McGregor reacts during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports July 11, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Conor McGregor gestures toward Floyd Mayweather during a world tour press conference to promote the upcoming Mayweather vs McGregor boxing fight at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. 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Fast-rising bantamweight Marlon Vera eyes New York to fight alongside 'idol' Georges St-Pierre

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Ecuador’s Marlon Vera is the type of fighter who insists he’ll face anyone willing to sign the dotted line. But if he can offer the UFC a little advice on when and where he’d like to compete, “Chito” says UFC 217 in New York sounds just about right.

“I would love to fight in Vegas in a big show someday,” Vera told MMAjunkie. “That’s like the capital. That’s one of my goals – a big fight in Vegas. But also, I saw (Georges St-Pierre) is fighting Nov. 4 in Madison Square Garden. That’s the guy, that’s the reason I’m fighting today.

“That my biggest idol in life, my role model. He’s a guy that doesn’t talk too much, fights well, always looking good, never letting people talk about him doing dumb things. … He’s just a role model for me. It would be a huge dream for me, fighting on the same card.”

While it’s not official just yet, St-Pierre is expected to make his long-awaited comeback at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden. There, the former UFC welterweight champ is expected to face current middleweight title holder Michael Bisping for the 185-pound belt.

Vera said he’d be honored to compete at the event, where he would be looking to extend a current three-fight winning streak.

“I just want to keep this momentum going,” Vera said. “I want to keep active. I’m not the type of person that I’m thinking about who I beat before; that’s already gone for me. It’s everything from today to let’s see what happens tomorrow. I want to see who’s next, and I would love to fight one more time this year – even two more times. (Expletive), I’m down.”

Of course, Vera has proven thus far in his UFC career that he’s always willing to step in when asked, so don’t be surprised if you see him before UFC 217.

“You never know – this sport is crazy,” Vera said. “Sometimes, somebody gets injured, and everybody says, ‘Oh, I’m not ready. I’m not ready.’ For me, it’s different. If I’m in the gym, I’m ready.

“At the end of the day, it’s a fist fight. One punch can change everything.”

To hear more from Vera, check out the video above.

And for the latest on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Aug 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera during weigh ins for UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) fights against Roman Salazar (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) fights against Roman Salazar (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) fights against Roman Salazar (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) fights against Roman Salazar (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) fights against Roman Salazar (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) reacts after defeating Roman Salazar (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Aug 8, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Marlon Vera (red gloves) reacts after defeating Roman Salazar (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports Feb 27, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Davey Grant (red gloves) competes against Marlon Vera (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Feb 27, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Marlon Vera (blue gloves) during his fight against Davey Grant during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Feb 27, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Davey Grant (red gloves) competes against Marlon Vera (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports Nov 26, 2016; Melbourne, Australia; Marlon Vera (red gloves) competes against Ning Guangyou (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Rod Laver Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Roberts-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/Csjkvt2u6ngu4tLPwrwy5o/264622", customAnalytics: true, title: "Marlon Vera", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
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UFC's Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov in new round of online beef – or is it tiramisu?

Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) defeats Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout against Michael Johnson during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson (left) fights Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson (left) fights Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. 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After so many months of back-and-forth, it’s almost refreshing to see that lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov haven’t run out of creativity yet.

Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) had a few near-misses when it comes to meeting in the octagon, but at UFC 209 the two went as far weigh-in day before something went awry. That something, we know, turned out to be Nurmagomedov’s weight cut, which landed him at the hospital and had the interim title fight removed from the card.

While Ferguson took the classy route then, he hasn’t turned out many chances to take jabs at Nurmagomedov’s weight status. And, this Tuesday, he added some crafty visuals to go with the habitual verbal offense (via Facebook).

The two had also exchanged some words on Twitter that day. After another tiramisu-related montage by Ferguson, Nurmagomedov said he was waiting for the fellow contender in New York – presumably UFC 217, set to take place at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4.

Your MGR @aliabdelaziz00 Informed @ufc U Are Not Well Enough To Fight Me At MSG, Turned Down The Fight On Your Behalf. Don't Fool Your Fans https://t.co/Z6yKrgJTTf

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 9, 2017

When Ferguson retorted that a possible matchup had already been turned down by Nurmagomedov’s manager, the Dagestani contender said there was no need for a third party to speak on his behalf. And, this morning, Nurmagomedov reiterated his desire for the meeting.

Stop talking, fans waiting, we must finish our business.@TonyFergusonXT

— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) August 9, 2017

Whether we’ll ever get to see that matchup remains to be seen. But we can’t really blame the fans for being skeptical.

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— Michael Flinn (@michaelskyflinn) August 8, 2017

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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James Gallagher headlines Bellator's return to Dublin vs. Jeremiah Labiano

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Bellator is returning to Ireland this fall, and one of the country’s home-grown up-and-comers will headline the card.

James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), one of Conor McGregor’s training partners, will take on Jeremiah Labiano (11-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a featherweight main event when Bellator hosts a Nov. 10 show at 3Arena in Dublin. A promotion official today confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from RealSport.com.

The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though precise broadcast plans have not been announced. (Past Bellator shows in Europe have aired via tape delay in North America.)

RelatedBellator 180 winner James Gallagher: 'I've got everything to be the greatest fighter of all time'

Gallagher will have recently turned 21 when he steps in the cage against Labiano. The brash Irishman stayed perfect so far in his young career when he submitted Chinzo Machida in the first round in the Bellator 180 portion of Bellator NYC in June at Madison Square Garden in New York.

That gave him three straight rear-naked choke submission wins after starting his Bellator tenure with a decision over Mike Cutting. That decision was the lone time he’s gone to the judges in seven fights. All six of his other victories have been choke submissions.

California’s Labiano has back-to-back wins since a rough patch that saw him lose three fights in four outings. This past November at Bellator 165, he took a unanimous decisino from Vince Murdock. And in June, he outpointed Stephen Cervantes in regional competition. Of his wins, a 2014 decision over Tyson Nam is the most notable.

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


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Georges St-Pierre officially signs agreement to fight Michael Bisping at UFC 217

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Michael Bisping said it was official, and now Georges St-Pierre has signed his bout agreement for the planned UFC 217 middleweight title fight.

After months bouncing from on-again, off-again status, the matchup between 185-pound champ Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and former welterweight titleholder St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) is moving forward for UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Bisping let the cat out of the bag last week with regard to the date and location of the fight. Now St-Pierre has revealed that he’s put pen to paper on his official bout agreement (via Instagram):

St-Pierre vs. Bisping originally was announced in March, but without a date attached. As time wore on the contest appeared to fall apart, with UFC President Dana White claiming “The Count” would fight interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker next and St-Pierre would get current 170-pound king Tyron Woodley.

When Woodley put on a successful title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 214 this past month that didn’t meet White’s standards, White reverted back to the initial plan, which St-Pierre and Bisping said they wanted all along.

With two title fights on tap so far, the latest UFC 217 lineup includes:

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

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

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Jan Blachowicz meets Devin Clark at October's UFC Fight Night event in Gdansk

One of Poland’s standouts in the light heavyweight division will compete in his home country later this year when Jan Blachowicz meets Devin Clarkat UFC Fight Night in Gdansk.

UFC officials today announced the bout between Blachowicz (19-7 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and Clark (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

UFC Fight Night in Gdansk, Poland, takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Blachowicz has fallen on hard times as of late. After winning his UFC debut in October 2014 to improve to 14-1 in a 15-fight stretch, the tide has turned for Blachowicz, who has dropped four of his past five contests.

Although Blachowicz only has lost to ranked opponents in Patrick Cummins, Alexander Gustafsson, Corey Anderson and Jimi Manuwa, the fact he’s won just once in three years could have his UFC roster spot in jeopardy.

Devin Clark

Clark, meanwhile, will be seeking his third consecutive win under the UFC banner. After losing his debut to Alex Nicholson at middleweight at UFC Fight Night 91 in July 2017, “Brown Bear” opted to move up to the 205-pound division, and the results have paid off.

Since changing weight classes, Clark has pulled off unanimous decision wins over Jake Collier and Josh Stansbury. The 27-year-old will next look to add a signature win to his resume against Blachowicz.

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

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Champ Cody Garbrandt says he's fighting T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden

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After one of the biggest fights of the summer between UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt and former champ T.J. Dillashaw fell apart due to injury, the grudge match apparently is back on for the fall.

Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) today announced he will put his title on the line against Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) at UFC 217, which is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass (via Twitter):

UFC 217 Madison Square Garden vs @TJDillashaw pic.twitter.com/i5PbTqTB93

— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 9, 2017

UFC officials have not formally announced the contest.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw have a tenuous history after being teammates for several years at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. Dillashaw unceremoniously left the gym to train with striking coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado, and the disdain with former teammates such as Garbrandt and Urijah Faber has grown thicker ever since.

The feud grew deeper when the pair served as opposing coaches on Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. Dillashaw handled Garbrandt in the coaching partner, seeing a greater number of his fighters advance through the tournament with Jesse Taylor ultimately winning the tournament crown.

Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from their planned UFC 213 bout in July due to a back injury that required treatment. He’s been rehabbing since and is apparently ready to go for UFC 217.

With the addition of the 135-pound title fight, the latest UFC 217 lineup now includes.

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

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

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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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Featherweight champ 'Cyborg' Justino calls for UFC 219 fight with ex-135 champ Holly Holm

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Cristiane Justino never has been shy about using her social media to let people know what – or who – is on her mind. Fresh off her title-winning UFC 214 display, that is currently Holly Holm.

Justino (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who most recently capped off yet another demolition with a third-round TKO over former Invicta FC bantamweight titleholder Tonya Evinger to earn the UFC’s vacant 145-pound belt, has always been clear about her interest in meeting Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). Tuesday, however, she took to Twitter and Instagram to add a time and place to her challenge.

Calling for an 145-pound title affair at UFC 219, which is expected to take place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 30, the champ also cited a few failed attempts of negotiating a meeting with the UFC’s former 135-pound titleholder.

“I want my next fight to be the biggest fight I can make for the fans who have supported me my entire career,” Justino said in one of two Instagram posts featuring the former champion. “I want to face Holly Holm in Vegas. Let the UFC know this is a PPV you will buy.”

“Before Holly signed with the UFC her management teased of an independent PPV one day between #TeamCyborg and #TeamHolm. When we both signed to the @UFC I tried to negotiate a fight as the Co-Main against Holly Holm the night Ronda fought Cat Zingano in LA. Holly fought Raquel Pennington instead, while I fought for @invictafc the night before. At #ufc198 I requested Holly, and then again when I was the main event on @fs1 for #ufcfn95. Holly won easily in Singapore, and Megan Anderson was forced to withdrawal my team again requested Holm for #ufc214. #CyborgNation has been very loud online since #ufc214 and wants #CyborgVHolm I want my next fight to be the biggest fight I can make for the fans who have supported me my entire career. #ufc219 I want to face Holly Holm in Vegas. Let the @UFCknow this is a PPV you will buy!”

She had the chance to fight me twice at 140 but at 145 it will be for the gold and Dec 30th gives the @UFC time to promote it right #ufc219 https://t.co/TrI2tosefb

— #UFC219 CyborgVHolm (@criscyborg) August 8, 2017

While Holm has yet to respond publicly, UFC President Dana White did say right after Justino’s dominant UFC 214 win that both he and, apparently, the ex-champ herself were interested in the matchup.

Justino is so determined to make the encounter happen that she has changed her Twitter user name, which now reads “#UFC219 CyborgVHolm.” This is not the first time the Brazilian featherweight has used her social media to leverage bouts – and if it comes to fruition, it wouldn’t be the first successful one either.

After a heavy push, Justino got an encounter with the successor to her Invicta FC featherweight throne: Megan Anderson. The Aussie, however, had to pull out of the bout – which Evinger ultimately took on. Justino and Evinger fought for the belt that the division’s inaugural champ, Germaine de Randamie, was stripped of after refusing to fight logical contender “Cyborg.”

Justino has now fought three times under the UFC banner, although only the most recent one took place in her original 145-pound division. For her first two outings, she made a catchweight limit of 140 pounds before easily beating Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg.

The fight would be Holm’s second stab at the 145-pound title, after dropping a controversial decision to De Randamie at UFC 208. Holm, who shocked the world by beating then-dominant champ Ronda Rousey to earn the UFC’s women’s bantamweight belt, is coming off a knockout over former title challenger Bethe Correia. The win snapped a three-fight skid.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Alex Perez, Chidi Njokuani, Al Bernstein, Mike Piranio, Kevin Iole


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Alex Perez, Chidi Njokuani, Al Bernstein, Mike Piranio and Kevin Iole.

Perez is coming off a submission win over Kevin Gray on Tuesday night to earn a UFC contract at Dana White’s Contender Series 5. He’ll be in the studio to talk about his win and his future. Njokuani takes on former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 182 on Aug. 25 in New York and will visit the studio, as well.

Boxing Hall of Famer and Showtime Sports analyst Bernstein will call in to talk about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. He’ll be on the mic for that event. Piranio, the Race & Sports Book director at Mandalay Bay, will stop by the studio to talk about the money coming in on that fight. And veteran combat sports journalist Iole will co-host the show in the studio.

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.
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  • 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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