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Floyd Mayweather: Beating Conor McGregor by decision would be 'win for him'

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LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather believes he will have failed if he is unable to knock out Conor McGregor in the superfight between the biggest stars in boxing and MMA.

The Aug. 26 boxing clash at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is scheduled for 12 rounds, yet if McGregor lasts that long it will be seen in many quarters as a victory for the UFC lightweight champion.

Mayweather agrees.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

“I would say so,” Mayweather said at his official media workout on Thursday. “If the fight goes the distance it is a win for him. But I don’t think that is going to happen. He is going around saying that it will be over in four rounds, and he might be right. But it will be because I say so, and not him.”

The possibility of a knockout may have been increased by a preliminary agreement that 8-ounce gloves will be used for the contest. Typically, fights taking place at 154 pounds and above use 10-ounce gloves, but both fighters have agreed to an exception, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by the Nevada State Athletic Commission next week.

“The people should expect entertainment, and that is what I am going to give them,” Mayweather said. “They have to understand that this is a show. One of the biggest shows in history. No one is going to be disappointed.”

RelatedSo, how do you determine odds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, anyway?

Mayweather business adviser Leonard Ellerbe claimed that he has never seen the fighter so motivated to secure a knockout at any point of his career. Of Mayweather’s recent opponents, Victor Ortiz was knocked out with a controversial cheap shot in 2011 and Ricky Hatton was stopped in 2007. All of his other victims have succumbed on points.

“I can’t see any way this goes 12 rounds,” Ellerbe said. “I just don’t see it. Either McGregor is going to hit Floyd with a shot and knock him out or Floyd is going to do the same to him.”

Mayweather insisted his trademark defensive style will be out of the window once the bell rings.

“I will be coming forward,” he said. “I am coming to get him.”

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

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DWCS 5 contract winner Alex Perez proud he took no shortcuts to make it to the UFC

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LAS VEGAS – After paying his dues for more than six years in the sport, Alex Perez finally has made it to the pinnacle.

Tuesday night, Perez (18-4) turned out Kevin Gray’s (9-4) lights with an anaconda choke in the first round of their flyweight fight at Dana White’s Contender Series 5 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The win, streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, got Perez one of two UFC contracts haded out by the UFC president at the weekly event.

“(It’s) overwhelming,” Perez told MMAjunkie after learning his win got him into the UFC. “I worked so hard. I turned pro when I was 18, and it’s been a long time coming. I’m 18-4 now, and I’m in the UFC. I can’t wait.

“(I thought about being in the UFC) all the time. I was close one time to making it to ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … At that point, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I’m going to have a chance again.’ My coaches and teammates and manager and family were like, ‘Give this another run. … You’ll eventually get there.'”

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And get there, Perez now has. The 25-year-old Californian has some high-level experience on the regional circuit, including 13 bouts for Tachi Palace Fights and wins under the RFA and CFFC banners. The latter two have come during his current five-fight winning streak over the past year.

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Perez now hopes his 22 fights as a pro will pay off in the UFC, especially since most fighters come to the promotion with a lot less cage experience than that.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve seen everything, but I’ve seen a lot,” Perez said. “A lot of people take it for granted. They go on ‘TUF’ or get a couple shortcuts, and (getting to the UFC means) nothing to them. But no one can ever take this away from me. I worked my ass off for this. I put my time, my sweat, my tears into everything I had. I worked 100 percent for it, and I was given no shortcuts.”

For more from Perez after his technical submission win over Gray, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Reports: Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum targeted for UFC Fight Night in Shanghai

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It didn’t happen in Rio de Janeiro or New York, but it seems Kelvin Gastelum will finally get to add another chapter to his legend-hunting mission against former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

According to multiple reports, the middleweights have agreed to meet in the headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, set to take place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Nov. 25.

FloCombat.com first reported the news.

RelatedKelvin Gastelum planning welterweight return after loss to 'really strong' Chris Weidman

The middleweights were originally set to meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, but Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) had to be pulled from the bout after testing positive for marijuana metabolites in a test stemming from a previous bout with Vitor Belfort. A suitable replacement couldn’t be found for Silva  (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who ended up out of the card altogether.

Gastelum then suggested a meeting in Long Island, New York, which hosted UFC on FOX 25 on July 22. Gastelum got the date but ended up meeting another ex-champ in Chris Weidman. Gastelum suffered a third-round submission, which also meant his first loss since a split decision to Neil Magny in 2015.

This will be Silva’s first octagon outing since February, when a close decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 snapped a two-fight losing skid. Silva, who had a decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 183 later overturned after both fighters failed doping tests, hadn’t had an official UFC win since 2012.

Before his title-costing loss to Weidman, however, the record-breaking former champion was on a 17-fight victorious run. Silva is still widely considered one of the best to ever grace the octagon.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Shanghai, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

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Are we about to see a different Floyd Mayweather in his 50th fight? Maybe.

Assistant trainer Nate Jones on Thursday told the Los Angeles Times the game plan is for Mayweather to come out fast and furious for his boxing showdown with Conor McGregor.

“We’re going to fight him,” Jones said. “… We know this is something new for him. So, Floyd’s going to turn the gas on early. We’re going to fight him. We don’t think he can go past four rounds. So we’ll burn the gas out of him (early), make it a tough fight for him, let him see some things he’s never … hit him with some good body shots.

“I don’t want to give the whole game plan, but we got some things different.”

RelatedFloyd Mayweather: Beating Conor McGregor by decision would be 'win for him'

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.

If the plan, indeed, is for Mayweather to take the fight to the UFC lightweight champion in the early going, it would be a major change from his patented style of defensive genius and picking apart his opponents with counter-punches.

Perhaps also it’s news to Mayweather.

“We’ll just see. I can’t really say,” Mayweather said when asked if he’d go toe to toe with McGregor. “What’s so crazy is we always have our teammates, and you have people on his side communicating and saying certain things … but when it’s all said and done, it comes down to the two competitors. It comes down to the two fighters, the two warriors.”

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

Mayweather will be fighting for the first time since retiring after his Sept. 2015 win over Andre Berto and hasn’t knocked out an opponent in seven fights. Mayweather’s last win by KO came in 2011 in a controversial finish over Victor Ortiz.

Jones expects everything about McGregor’s first professional boxing experience to overwhelm him and is counting on that being the key to Mayweather getting the early stoppage.

“His head movement is going to confuse McGregor,” Jones said. “His relaxation is going to confuse him. Making him fight at a high rate early is going to surprise him. We’re not going to box him; we’re going to fight him.

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

“We know we’re going to get his tank blown early. We’re going to let him see things, show him all that stuff early. Let him see wht he’s been dealing with, make him more confused. Because he’s new to this, and he ain’t ready for this.”

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

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Conor McGregor lookalike shows up in New York's Times Square and sets off a frenzy

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Islam Badurgov is a professional street workout athlete (that’s a thing?) from Kazakhstan who has been told on many occasions by many people that he bears a striking resemblance to UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

Armed with that knowledge, Badurgov last month decided to hit the famed Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif., pretending to be “The Notorious” himself, complete with fake McGregor tattoos and everything. It was a fantastic prank that fooled so many people.

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Well, Badurgov was back at it again this past weekend at Times Square in New York, and the scene could best be described as sheer madness, with people going nuts at the chance to meet “Conor McGregor” up close and personal.

What I don’t understand is, don’t McGregor fans know he’s in Las Vegas preparing for the biggest fight of his life against Floyd Mayweather? Why would he be roaming the streets of New York?

There’s also the fact that Badurgov’s frame looks massive compared to McGregor, but I guess the eyes see what they want to see.

In any case, check out the video above. You can also learn more about how Badurgov has taken his prank to the next lever over at For The Win.

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


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For McGregor-Mayweather, important decisions on gloves and officials to come at next NSAC meeting

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Next week’s meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission is shaping up to be a very important one for Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. That’s because there’s much that’s still to be decided about how their boxing match will proceed, and with the commission’s final meeting of the month set for 10 days prior to the bout – on Aug. 16 – some potentially divisive calls await.

Among the decisions yet to be made is what sort of gloves the fighters will wear.

Mayweather took to social media recently to request eight-ounce gloves for the bout, as opposed to the 10-ounce gloves that the Nevada commission typically mandates for any bout heavier than 147 pounds. His reasoning was simple, Mayweather (via Instagram):

“Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate,” Mayweather wrote. “Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.”

But according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Bob Bennett, that would require special permission from the commission, which the commission would likely give only if a compelling case could be made for the change in protocol.

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The fighters and their representatives will have the opportunity to make that case at next week’s commission meeting, Bennett today told MMAjunkie in an email.

“We will have one hearing on the gloves,” Bennett wrote, with a decision to follow at the same meeting. The commission will also be selecting officials for the bout at the same meeting, and that decision could get contentious as well.

According to Sky Sports, McGregor has requested that an “international” judge be added to the list of ringside officials, apparently out of concern that a panel of exclusively American judges might be biased against him.

McGregor’s team has also expressed reservations about who the commission might choose as the referee for the bout, with officials like boxing referee Kenny Bayless getting an early thumbs down from McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh.

“I think we’re going to have a hard time finding a fair referee and a fair set of judges,” Kavanagh said in an interview with ESPN.com last month. “It will be very difficult for a 50- to 60-year-old boxing referee to not go into this bout a little bit biased.”

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The NSAC will consider all those arguments at the Aug. 16 meeting, Bennett said, and a final decision on officials will be made at that time. It may prove to be an important one, especially with McGregor competing in his first professional boxing match – and against a legendary fighter who’s been accused by former opponents of stretching the boundaries of the rules.

A hint as to McGregor’s strategy may have come from Kavanagh, who suggested that a referee with experience working MMA bouts be selected, on the grounds that such a person “will understand the inside fighting that will go into this fight.”

Anyone wishing to make their case for or against specific referees and officials had better hone those arguments now. After the NSAC meeting, the cast of pertinent characters will officially be set.

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

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So, how do you determine odds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, anyway?

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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.

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

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.

RelatedIs this what Jon Jones can expect from Brock Lesnar if they fight?

“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.

RelatedJon Jones discusses UFC 214 fallout, mixed feelings on Daniel Cormier's post-KO interview with Joe Rogan

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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.

March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss against Nate Diaz during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss against Nate Diaz during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts following his loss against Nate Diaz during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz celebrates his victory by submission against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor reacts after losing during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz celebrates his victory by submission against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz celebrates his victory by submission against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor is tended to by a doctor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor is looked at by the ring doctor following his loss against Nate Diaz during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor is tended to by a doctor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz lands punches against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (top) against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz pins Conor McGregor against the mat during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (top) against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (top) against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Nate Diaz (top) against Conor McGregor during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. 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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.

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Confira as próximas etapas da Copa Prime de Jiu-Jitsu e conquiste sua vaga na Seleção Prime

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VI Etapa com inscrições abertas!

Os atletas que sonham em disputar o Campeonato Mundial de Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF em Long Beach, nos Estados Unidos, terão mais quatro oportunidades para atingirem esta meta, com o benefício de ter a passagem aérea custeada pela Seleção Prime de Jiu-Jitsu.

A disputa no Rio Grande do Sul pelo título de TOP Ranking Prime se une à cobiçada vaga na Seleção Prime para o Mundial IBJJF em 2018. O calendário de competições esta a todo vapor e ainda há muitas disputas pela frente, com mais de 180 pontos em jogo nas próximas etapas, agendadas para os dias 20 de Agosto (VI Etapa), 17 de Setembro (VII Etapa), 22 de Outubro (VIII Etapa) e 19 de Novembro (IX Etapa).

A VI Etapa Prime, em Porto Alegre no Parque Esportivo da PUCRS no dia 20 deste mês, já esta em seu último lote de inscrições com encerramento do prazo no próximo dia 15.

“Até o momento estamos com 630 atletas cadastrados pelo site e grandes nomes do esporte já confirmaram presença na competição, como Nicholas Meregali, Murilo Amaral, Fabio Alano e Giovanne Guedes, além dos Tops 2016 Gui Cleovan, Gabrile Oliveira, Gabriel Spiller e Samuel Arriechi. O interessante da Copa Prime é esse intercâmbio entre os atletas de alto rendimento e atletas iniciantes, veteranos, mestres de Jiu-Jitsu e a categoria de base. Essa troca de experiência é de grande relevância para os atletas e para o esporte como um todo. A evolução é constante, em cada etapa há um novo aprendizado e uma nova conquista”, afirma o faixa-preta Fernando Paradeda, diretor da Pro Sports.

Sobre a VII Etapa, o primeiro lote das inscrições com valor reduzido iniciará no 12 de agosto e se estenderá até 12 de setembro. A etapa, que dará sequência ao circuito de competições, terá como palco o Centro Poliesportivo La Salle, em Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, no dia 17 de setembro.

Os interessados podem garantir presença nas competições através do site da Pro Sports, no www.prosportsbjj.com.

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

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