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Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Wrestler Wants To Fight In UFC

Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Wrestler Wants To Fight In UFC

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Kyle Snyder, the youngest American to ever win a wrestling gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, wants to pursue a UFC career.

The 22-year-old Ohio State University junior took to Twitter on Sunday to make his intentions public and even tagged the company to make sure he was heard.


The brief tweet came days after he posted a photo of himself with UFC champion, Tyron Woodley, presumably taken after attending the UFC 203 in Cleveland on Saturday night.

He later explained to Fox Sports:

I want to fight. Basically what that tweet means. I love wrestling, I really do. I would want to continue wrestling but I want to do both at the same time. I want to pursue my wrestling career, wrestle in World Championships and the Olympic games, but if the scheduling could work out and I can become an elite fighter, then I want to fight in the UFC as well.

They put on a great show, it’s really exciting. I think it’s something that I could excel in. I haven’t done much boxing or jiu-jitsu or striking or stuff like that but I think that I could pick it up pretty quickly. The crowd and the way they made the whole thing a big show was just exciting for me. It’s something that I want to do.

If he ever joins the UFC roster, he will have become the most accomplished and decorated mixed martial arts fighter.

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Ronda Rousey Not Returning To The Octagon This 2016?

Ronda Rousey Not Returning To The Octagon This 2016?

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It’s been a while since Ronda Rousey was seen at a UFC match, and it looks like she won’t be returning anytime soon despite previous rumors.

During her appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the former bantamweight champion will not be seen in action in the highly anticipated UFC 205 fight, which will happen in New York City on November 12.

She’s definitely not fighting in New York. I’m actually going to start building the New York card this week,” White said.

The last time the UFC star fought was in the UFC 193, which was in November last year; it was the match where she relinquished the bantamweight championship to Holly Holms after being brutally knocked out, which also happens to be her first UFC loss.

This New York fight is a historic event for the UFC since the state had banned an MMA fight in 1997, and even though this is a celebrated event, and may be the right time for her return, Rousey made a pass.

Despite her being M.I.A since the said event, White said that although nothing is planned yet, the discussion for Rousey’s return is on going and there is still a chance to see her back at the Octagon before this year ends.

There are still hope to see her fight at UFC 206 in Toronto on Dec. 10 or UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.

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Dana White Confirms $4 Billion UFC Sale

Dana White Confirms $4 Billion UFC Sale

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On Sunday night, UFC President Dana White confirmed that the company had been sold to a group headed by the talent agency, WME/IMG for approximately $4 billion.

The new group bought out the shares of Fertitta Brothers (81 percent) and White (9 percent). As for the Abu Dhabi-based Flash Entertainment, their 10 percent shares are staying intact for the moment.

White confirmed via text message that he will be staying in the company as an owner and president to oversee the day-to-day operations.

“I’m obviously bummed about not being in business with my best friend [Lorenzo Fertitta] and my partners of 20 years,” White said. “I am happy about the future of the UFC, the sport and my role moving forward.”

White and the Fertitta brothers purchased the company in 2001, for $2 million from the Semaphore Entertainment . It struggled in their early years and in 2004, the company funded the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” as a last hope to save the company.  This move enabled them to reach a new demographic, the 18 to 34 years old became their strongest market.

It was in May when the rumors about the company’s sale went around, which White immediately denied at the time. WME/IMG will not be playing an active role in the operations of the new company and sale is expected to be completed before UFC 202 on August 20.

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Conor McGregor Bought BMWs For His Entire Family, Says Dad

Conor McGregor Bought BMWs For His Entire Family, Says Dad

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Conor McGregor is actually quite very generous, according to his father, Tony McGregor, who spoke with The Independent in Ireland.

According to the UFC champ’s dad, Conor surprised the family with a fleet of BMW 5 Series cars back in 2005. Tony told the publication:

“He came home from an American trip last year, and I saw this fleet of cars coming around the corner with him in the lead car, a black BMW 5 Series.”

“I presumed it was an entourage chauffeuring him home, but he told me to hop in and asked if I liked the car? I said it was lovely and he handed me the keys and said, ‘Good, because it’s yours.’ He bought one for everyone in the family, which was really nice.”

We’re thinking he got four, all in all–for his parents and 2 sisters. It’s no surprise that Conor loves cars, especially after he bought himself a couple of Rolls-Royces.

Must be nice to be considered family by Conor, despite his reported behavioral problems!

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Kimbo Slice Dies At 42

Kimbo Slice Dies At 42

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Professional mixed martial artist Kimbo Slice died on Monday, according to a shocking report by Bellattor MMA.

The 6-foot heavyweight, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, had been admitted to a hospital in Margate, Florida earlier that day for undisclosed reasons, according to a Coral Springs police who had been sent to the MMA artist’s home to prevent fans and paparazzi from gathering outside.

“We lost our brother today,” Slice’s longtime manager, Mike Imber, said in a text message to The Associated Press.

 

“We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family,” Bellator president Scott Coker also said in a statement about Slice, whom he described as “a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport.”

“Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo’s friends, fans, and teammates,” Coker added.

Slice, who previously fought for the UFC, was scheduled to headline Bellator 158 in London on July 16 against James Thompson. He had a 5-2 professional record with four TKOs.

He was 42.

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Joe Rogan: “I’d Like To Move On” From UFC Commentator Job

Joe Rogan: “I’d Like To Move On” From UFC Commentator Job

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Joe Rogan has become a staple in every UFC broadcast, so much that it would be noticeably different without him making color commentaries about the fights.

The huge UFC fan, who also rose to fame as the host of “Fear Factor,” has been handling the mic duties for the sport since forever (1997). Of course, nothing lasts forever and all good things must also come to an end.

“If the [UFC] sale goes through I’m outta there,” Rogan recently told Rolling Stone when asked about rumors about the league selling for more than 4 billion dollars. “I’m already wondering whether or not I can continue doing this as it is. I will always be a fan, I’ll always love it, but shit, I’ve been working for the UFC on and off for almost 20 years. And that’s more than I’ve done anything in my life. I’d like to move on.

“The only other thing I’ve done longer than that is stand-up comedy, but you know, with stand-up comedy I’m constantly writing new material, I’m traveling, I do it out of my schedule, I do it whenever I want. You know, it’s a very different thing calling fights rather than just being a fan. I’ll always be a fan, for sure, but as far as calling fights…boy, I don’t see that going on very much longer.”

Late last year, Rogan also hinted at ending his long run as a UFC commentator after mentioning that his contract with the company was going to be up in August this year. At the time, he said, “I like taking chances, and I like walking away from things. I’m not a big fan of doing the same s**t over and over again.”

It truly has been grueling for a huge fan that has had an overwhelming dose of the sport, no matter how much he’s getting for the stint. Back when he started, there were only about 7 huge stints for him a year, compared to the 26+ all around the world the past few years.

Looks like these next few months will truly be the last that we’ll see (and hear) of Rogan in the UFC, so better relish his presence while it lasts.

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Lyoto Machida: Cyborg Can Beat Ronda Rousey (Video)

Lyoto Machida: Cyborg Can Beat Ronda Rousey (Video)

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UFC legend Lyoto Machida has spoken.

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Machida talks about Cris “Cyborg” Justino being the “real deal.”

Not only that, he agrees that she can beat the best male fighter out there.

Hmm. We think he’s trying to be super supportive of his fellow Brazilian, but Cyborg does seem to be an interesting match for Rousey–and we all know Cyborg wants that to happen.

Watch his video interview below:


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Cris “Cyborg” Justino Calls Ronda Rousey “Weak” For Having Suicidal Thoughts

Cris “Cyborg” Justino Calls Ronda Rousey “Weak” For Having Suicidal Thoughts

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Ronda Rousey is still getting mixed reactions from her shocking revelation that she had suicidal thoughts after her sad UFC fight with Holly Holm.

We already heard that Holm thinks Rousey will be “stronger mentally” from it, and now it seems Cris “Cyborg” Justino has pretty much the same opinion… Only, she stated it in a rather insulting way.

In a recent interview, the Curitiba-native said fighting Rousey was “something that should happen.”

“At first I thought this fight would never happen because the UFC was protecting her, but the reality is, after Holly Holm beat her up, she ran away from the rematch, saying she wants to have kids and all that.”

“That confirmed to me what I already knew: she’s a coward with a weak mind that never learned after all these years… In her book, she talks about her being depressed after her Olympic loss, she continues as mature as a 5-year-old, she hasn’t learned the philosophy of the sport.”

Cyborg also told TMZ, “When you fight, you can lose, you can win. It’s a sport. You cannot think you want suicide because you lose one fight. Some people handle it better than others.”

Do you agree with Cyborg?

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Conor McGregor To Nate Diaz: “I Will See You Again”

Conor McGregor To Nate Diaz: “I Will See You Again”

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Looks like Conor McGregor is already looking forward to a rematch.

After losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 over the weekend, CM is not feeling too down. Sure, as he said, “sh*t happens,” but he’ll definitely be back to avenge himself.

He went on Instagram recently (and made sure he sends the message to the right person), “Nate I will see you again.”

Check out his full statement below:

“I stormed in and put it all on the line. I took a shot and missed. I will never apologize for taking a shot. Sh*t happens.”

“I’ll take this loss like a man. I will not shy away from it. I will not change who I am. If another champion goes up 2 weights let me know. If your tired of me talking money, take a nap.  I’ll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and the gate. Still talking multi 7’s.”

“Thank you to the true support and f*ck the hate that came out of the woodwork. I love it all. Its still steak for breakfast. I’ve been here many times in my life in some form or another. I’ll eat it all and come back stronger.”

“Aldo you are a p*ssy. Dos anjos you are a p*ssy. When the history books are written, I showed up. You showed up on Twitter.To the fans! Never ever shy away from challenges. Never run from adversity. Face yourself head on.  Nate I will see you again.”

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Ronda Rousey Reveals History Of Suicide In Family

Ronda Rousey Reveals History Of Suicide In Family

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Ronda Rousey wasn’t playing with words when she admitted that she had suicidal thoughts after her shocking loss to Holly Holm. In fact, the (former) UFC champ says she knows the seriousness of suicide–because someone close to her had taken their life, too.

In an ambush interview with TMZ, Rousey says suicide is “something real people are going through” and that she doesn’t even consider it a weakness. She then shared that her own dad and paternal grandfather had committed suicide, although she didn’t say how long ago.

“It’s really heavily affected our family … anything I can do to make sure it affects as few people as possible, I’d be happy to do that,” she said.

Looks like Holm was right about Holly ending up being “stronger mentally” from this ordeal.

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Holly Holm On Ronda Rousey’s Suicidal Thoughts Post-Fight: “She’ll Be Stronger Mentally From It”

Holly Holm On Ronda Rousey’s Suicidal Thoughts Post-Fight: “She’ll Be Stronger Mentally From It”

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You may remember that before 2015 ended, UFC ultimate fighter Ronda Rousey shocked everyone when she was defeated by Holly Holms.

This year, we were even more shocked after hearing from Rousey herself how she actually reacted to her devastating loss. In an emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the fighter said, “Honestly … I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself.”

Rousey’s father did also commit suicide when she was 8, making it an existential crisis. It was her devotion to her boyfriend, UFC fighter Travis Browne, that saved her.

“I looked up at him and I was just like, ‘I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.'”

Now, 34-year-old Holly Holm is responding to the suicidal comments made by Rousey. She admitted, “There’s a lot of things around that. When I heard that she said that, for me it’s one of those things it’s like, ‘How do I respond to that?”

“I don’t want to say I’m sorry because I think on a competitive level for me, if somebody was to say they’re sorry after beating me, it’s like, ‘No, I’m a competitor.’ I’m not a charity case.” Holm added, “I don’t want to say that I’m glad that she felt that way and I don’t want to say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry.’ It’s something I think that you have to dig through on your own. In the long run, she’ll be stronger mentally from it.”

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CM Punk Confirmed To Appear In “UFC 2”

CM Punk Confirmed To Appear In “UFC 2”

 

We know you’ve already heard that WWE Champion Phil “CM Punk” Brooks would be fighting for the UFC in 2016, but it seems we would be seeing him in a video game first.

According to EA, Books would be starring as a playable fighter in their upcoming game, “UFC 2,” the sequel to their own branded “UFC” game. But the question of his strengths and weaknesses remain considering he has never fought in the octagon before, unlike other fighters Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey (one of the featured fighters on the game’s cover) who have obviously showed off their fighting capacities.

Then again, Brooks’ involvement is bound to rake in money from MMA fans, which is probably what EA and UFC are hoping for.

“UFC 2” is expected to be tentatively released in the spring of 2016—soon before or after he’ll finally be setting foot in the real octagon.

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Nate Diaz Wants To Fight Conor McGregor Tonight, Next Week Whenever

Nate Diaz Wants To Fight Conor McGregor Tonight, Next Week Whenever

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Not to be too eager, but Nate Diaz is requesting Conor McGregor to fight with him in the cage as soon as possible.

In his expletive-filled post-fight interview with Joe Rogan in the ring after beating Michael Johnson, as well as at the post-fight press con, Diaz ranted and talked about Conor McGregor. According to him, he’s the next best opponent for the Irishman.

“If we’re going to see a fight that people want to see, it’s going to be that fight with Conor McGregor,” Diaz said. “We can do that (expletive) tonight. Whenever, next week.”

Diaz insists he’s unlike any other fighter, and that he’s not into joke time type of fights that people will forget.

“Now this guy Conor McGregor’s coming back and he’s doing all this big stuff, and everybody’s calling him out, left and right,” he said. “I’m not like these guys begging for no fight. We’re talking about big fights. He wants a big fight — we can fight, and that’s a big fight. And that’s the kind of (expletive) I’m talking about; real fights, not funny fake fights.”

The 30-year-old fighter, currently at 170 pounds after fighting at 155 a few times, shares that he doesn’t plan on cutting down to lightweight. Then again, things can change.

“I don’t think I’m going to be losing weight for any of these guys down here,” Diaz proclaimed. “There aren’t too [many] big names at 155, I fought them all. If there’s something worth it in the future, we’re going to have to see. But yeah, definitely big fights is what I’m after.”

Watch his profanity-laced rant in the ring below:

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Conor McGregor Defends Ronda Rousey Against Donald Trump

Conor McGregor Defends Ronda Rousey Against Donald Trump

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Conor McGregor has some words for Donald Trump after the notorious businessman blasted Ronda Rousey following her disappointing loss to Holly Holm.

You may have seen Trump’s tweet then, when he wrote, “”Glad to see that @RondaRousey lost her championship fight last night. Was soundly beaten – not a nice person!”

We didn’t expect anything less, after Ronda herself blasted Trump when she endorsed Bernie Sanders for president earlier this month and told CNN last August, “I wouldn’t vote for [Trump]. I just really wouldn’t trust the guy with running my country, that’s all … I’m not really going to get into specifics of it, but, I mean, I don’t want a reality TV star to be running my country.”

Now featherweight title holder McGregor answered to a TMZ reporter at LAX on Monday, saying that Ronda will definitely make a comeback after a rematch with Holm.

Oh, he also said “I don’t give a f*ck about Donald Trump.” Uh-oh.

Watch his interview below:


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Ronda Rousey Knocked Out By Holly Holm In First Career Loss

Ronda Rousey Knocked Out By Holly Holm In First Career Loss

In the most shocking UFC news this week, Ronda Rousey seems to have met her true match in American Holly Holm, who knocked her out on Sunday’s match in Melbourne and took away her UFC bantamweight championship belt.

Their physical rivalry kicked off during the weigh-ins earlier this week, with them almost scrambling to fight after Holm held a fist against Rousey’s face during the photo op. And during their match at the Etihad Stadium, it came to a shocking end early in the second round when Holm used her infamous left kick knockout to wipe out the defending champion. It’s currently being described as the “greatest upset in UFC history.”

The “bummed out and depressed” Rousey suffered a split lip and was immediately transported to the hospital after the knock out—her first loss in her entire career. Holm, meanwhile, became the first ever fighter to claim both a world boxing and UFC title.

Holm says she welcomes the idea of a rematch. “I have been on the losing side of a fight and wanted to avenge my loss. So for a champion like Ronda, who has gone out of her way to do great things, absolutely, she deserves a rematch,” the 34-year-old champion says. “I don’t look at this fight and think I’ve made it. I think I’ve still got some things to do.”

Watch the knock out below:


What did you think of the thrilling Holm-Rousey fight?

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