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Amanda Nunes apologizes to Ronda Rousey

Amanda Nunes apologized to Ronda Rousey for her behavior following their match.

Brazilian fighter, Nunes, defeated Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar and Hollywood actress, Ronda Rousey, for the UFC bantamweight championship at UFC 207. Rousey was at one point an unstoppable force in the octagon, making quick work of opponent after opponent. Her star had risen to the point that she was an internationally renowned personality. Before her fight with Nunes, Rousey suffered the first loss of her career to Holly Holm. Holm then lost to Meisha Tate in UFC 196. Nunes defeated Tate at UFC 200 and then faced the returning nova, Rousey.

Rousey and Nunes had a contentious lead up to the fight in which both fighters guaranteed the defeat of the other. Nunes would go on to defeat Rousey in 48 seconds before going on long, emotional rants about her victory and posting mocking references to Rousey on her social media. Nunes apologized for her unsportsmanlike conduct.

 

“Let me take a moment to explain myself. I was overwhelmed with adrenaline, emotion and hurt at the time. I held so much in during the weeks prior to my fight with Ronda. I might have said or posted some things at the time that I now realize was not the right thing to do. I want to apologize to Ronda. Her fans and mine and the UFC as well. Ronda is an amazing athlete and has done so much for this sport, especially for the women. #respect,” posted Nunes on Instagram.

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White says Diaz worth less without McGregor

UFC head, Dana White, said that Nate Diaz has very little value without a fight with Conor McGregor.

Diaz and McGregor fought twice. The first time, Diaz surprised the fight world by defeating the UFC star. The second fight was won by McGregor won in a decision that Diaz has contested, claiming that the UFC influenced to ensure that its cash cow could continue to be profitable. Diaz shared words for White, Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor and the UFC as a whole during a highly controversial interview on The MMA Hour. Dana White responded to the assertions and allegations placed by Nate and his brother, Nick, as to why they are not being offered fights. According to White, without McGregor, Diaz is not worth much in a pay per view.

“Whatever his deal is, he’s got a pretty good deal. I mean, listen, at the end of the day, what is Diaz worth without Conor McGregor? I don’t know. The kid isn’t in a position for pay-per-view or any of that type of s—t. But this could put him in a position If he fought Tony Ferguson, it would be for the interim title. Obviously, if you held the interim title, you would get a piece of the pay-per-view. Diaz has to put himself in a position to make the pay-per-view money,” responded White. “It doesn’t change my life one way or another. People really like the Diaz brothers. When they get in there, they’re tough and gritty and they mix it up. They’re fun to watch and their interviews are fun, and funny.”

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Jones says Cormier weigh in fiasco was dirty

Jon Jones questioned the legitimacy of the Daniel Cormier weigh in before UFC 210.

Cormier stepped on the scale at the official weigh in on Friday but tipped the scales at 206.2 pounds, more than a pound over the weight limit. He left the stage and returned two minutes later to weigh in at exactly the 205 pound mark.

Jones questioned the entire incident. During his media day weigh in press conference with reporters, “Bones” Jones asserted that Cormier had used his towel for leverage to take weight away from the scale. Jones pointed at the New York State Athletic Commission for allowing the dubious weigh in to occur.

“The crazy thing is that it was allowed to happen. I would imagine there has to be some type of commission or something to go back and see this blatant foul play and address it,” said Jones. “Nobody addressed it. They just basically got away with one of the dirtiest things I’ve seen in sports. That was absolutely nuts. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. I watched the guy. If you focus on his hands, you can see him looking down and like, balancing out his weight just right to make 205. What a clever trick. Very dishonest of him.”

Cormier, for his part, said that if Jones enters the ring after his fight to discuss the weigh in, something bad would happen to the former champ.

“I think he said something like if I came into the Octagon, it won’t be pretty, or something like that,” said Jones. “I should just see what he meant by that. Maybe go in there.”

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Miocic requests a rematch from Daniel Cormier

Croatian martial artist Stipe Miocic, who lost to Cormier via first-round knockout in Las Vegas, tweeted congratulations to the new titleholder on Monday afternoon, with additional indication demonstrating his interest in a rematch.

Miocic stated in a tweet, “Congrats to DC. Didn’t get the chance to say it in the cage, but lets dance again and get a rematch before you call it a career. Thx to my coaches and team.” He further added, ” Being the greatest heavyweight in UFC history is a career-long journey and doesn’t end here. I’m more motivated than ever,” signifying the request.

Cormier, for his part, did not specifically respond to the rematch request. However, he reciprocated the respect and wished Miocic and his family wellness, who are expecting the birth of a child this week.

“My brother it was an honor to share the cage with you. I know you’ll be back better than ever champ. Head up and good luck with baby. #father #husband #hero #champ #cle,” Cormier replied.

Miocic’s loss to Cormier ended a six-fight winning streak, during which he became the only competitor in UFC history to successfully defend the heavyweight title on three consecutive occasions.

For Miocic, the dramatic loss has purportedly influenced an increase in his competitiveness. He had been unbeaten over the past three years and had been champion for over two years. He had made three successful title defenses, more than any previous UFC heavyweight champion. Although Miocic is known as a soft-spoken fighter who refrains from elevating his star power with mouthiness, Miocic nonetheless was being held up by some as the greatest the heavyweight division has ever seen.

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UFC fighter suffers shocking injury in power drill accident

Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 27 participant Bryan Mitchell took to social media this week to detail an injury he suffered while performing construction work.

According to Mitchell, also known as “Thug Nasty”, an electric drill he was carrying in his front pocket unexpectedly went off, grabbing a hold of his testicles, and ripping them in half.

Mitchell further explained his reasons for missing upcoming training. IN a tweet, he wrote, “So I was gonna train today but I ripped my nutsack in half. I’m about to get stitched up. I was holdn a board over my head with a drill n my pants. i was sizing up the board n the drill went off n tangled my nuts up in it.”

The MMA fighter further explained that he reversed the drill and untangled his scrotum from the power tool.

The undefeated (10-0. 1-0 UFC) Featherweight demonstrated his sense of humor despite the horrific situation, though it’s safe to say his road to recovery and timetable for a return could be lengthy.

” I obviously can’t post a pic, but when my nuts r sealed back up ima come train again. I think a high kick would re-rip them haha,” Mitchell stated in his tweet.

Mitchell joins UFC fighter Tony Ferguson in this year’s bizarre injuries. Ferguson himself went on Twitter to elaborate in an April statement, saying “As I was completing my UFC pre-fight media obligations on Friday I had an accident on a studio set that tore a ligament in my knee.”

Mitchell made his mark on TUF 27, defeating Jay Cuccinello before having his run ended by Brad Katona, who went on to win the season. Mitchell then went on to compete at TUF: “Undefeated” Finale, defeating Tyler Diamond via unanimous decision.

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Greg Hardy wins MMA match, TKO in 17 seconds

Former Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy competed in his second mixed martial arts fight on Tuesday night at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas, proving himself as he knocked out his opponent Tebaris Gordon within 17 seconds.

The fight took place as part of the Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

Hardy is far from the first NFL player to make the jump to mixed martial arts, as former players like Herschel Walker, Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub and Eryk Anders all made the transition after their football careers.

Hardy’s career in mixed martial arts came about shortly after his tenure in the NFL came to an end. Drafted in the sixth round by Carolina in 2010, Hardy developed into one of the Panthers’ best defensive weapons, earning a Pro Bowl nomination in 2013 after racking up 15 sacks and 40 solo tackles.

Numerous legal issues, including a domestic violence case, resulted in the Panthers opting to sever ties with Hardy in March 2015.

The Cowboys quickly picked him up for a one-year deal, but he had to sit out the first four games after violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

He finished the 2015 season with six sacks and an interception across 12 starts, but the Cowboys opted not to re-sign him due to bad behavior in the locker room.

Hardy announced in October 2016 that he would be starting a career in mixed martial arts despite having no martial arts training. He competed and won three amateur fights from November 2017 through February 2018.

Hardy made his professional debut as part of the Contender series in June, where he faced off with fellow former NFL defensive lineman Austen Lane. He won the fight in 57 seconds via knockout and was promptly awarded a UFC contract afterwards.

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Nate Diaz returns to UFC after two-year absence

Jujitsu-schooled, boxing-trained Nate Diaz will return to the UFC octagon after more than a two-year absence on November 3rd at Madison Square Garden for an expected firefight of a stand-up bout against destructive puncher Dustin Poirier, the Los Angeles Times uncovered Thursday.

33-year-old Diaz (20-11) has competed in the main event of two of the most lucrative UFC pay-per-view cards in history, first by taking a March 2016 fight against Conor McGregor on less than two weeks’ notice to submit him in the second round.

Subsequent to Diaz and his fighter brother, Nick battling McGregor in a bottle-and-can throwing exchange during a pre-fight news conference, he succumbed to McGregor by decision in one of the most overwhelming matches in UFC records.

Notably, Diaz opted to remain sidelined until another fight capable of generating a massive revenue developed.

He refused to participate in Saturday’s UFC 227 at Staples Center against former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre, with a representative saying Diaz felt that St-Pierre was his brother’s rival.

Unfortunately, St-Pierre fell ill.

“Diaz returns on the third version of an MSG November card that has also performed well in pay-per-view sales dating to McGregor’s 2016 knockout of Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight belt and last year’s show headlined by St-Pierre’s comeback and stoppage of then-middleweight champion Michael Bisping,” MMA reporter Nick Ferros reports.

Louisiana’s Poirier (24-5) has risen to No. 3 in the UFC lightweight rankings by winning eight of his last 10 bouts. One was a no-contest last year that Poirier answered Saturday by knocking out Alvarez in the second round of the UFC Fight Night event in Calgary.

Poirier has won three fight-of-the-night bonuses and a performance-of-the-night bonus in his last four fights, which have included knockouts of hyped prospect Justin Gaethje and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

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MMA fighter out cold for 90 seconds after chokehold

MMA fighter Melquizael Costa says he saw death closing in after Rafael Barbosa locked him in an anaconda choke during their lightweight title bout Saturday night in Bauru, Brazil .

After the two fighters hit the ground in the third and final round, Barbosa executed a nearly deadly chokehold that Costa had no chance of breaking out of. And, according to MMA Fighting, Barbosa claims he told referee Emerson Pereira Saez that Costa was out, but the referee stood next to the athletes for 90 seconds without checking if Costa was still in the fight.

“I told you,” Barbosa said he yelled to the referee as soon as he released the choke and Costa lay unconscious on the ground. Disturbing video of the fight reportedly went viral online on Monday.

“He locked the anaconda choke, and when I turned to the wrong side, I went out,” Costa said.. “The first thing I remember is opening my eyes and seeing my coaches and a doctor over me, calling my name, and I couldn’t breathe. It was agonizing. I only came back to normal when I got to the hospital and they gave me some serum.”

Costa remained in a local hospital overnight and was released Sunday morning. He’s expected to undergo further testing this week to determine if he suffered any other side effects as a result of being unconscious for so long.

“I saw in the video that I went out and my eyes were open,” Costa said. “You might think I’m awake, but I was already out. I moved a couple of times, but I was having seizures. My corner and his corner yelled that I was out, but the referee said he would only stop the fight if I was out. And I was! Every referee touches the fighter to see if they are out, but he never touched me. My opponent stopped the fight. Otherwise, I would be dead.”

 

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Woodley to defend welterweight title at UFC 228

MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday that Tyron Woodley is set to defend his welterweight strap against undefeated contender Darren Till on September 8 in the main event of UFC 228. The fight has yet to be formally signed, sources said.

Covington was the assumed next man in line for Woodley after winning the interim welterweight title last month with a decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos, however, it appears the needs of the UFC’s busy pay-per-view schedule were not willing to wait for him.

Covington underwent surgery on Tuesday to correct a nasal issue, per ESPN, and was not able to make the September 8 schedule for UFC 228.

Dana White, UFC president, revealed to ESPN that Covington’s interim title will now be stripped as soon as Woodley vs. Till is officially underway, a scenario that closely mirrors UFC 223’s lightweight situation with Tony Ferguson.

Woodley (18-3-1) is fast approaching the two-year anniversary of the night he captured the UFC welterweight strap with a first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler in July 2016. “T-Wood” has since defended or retained his title three times: Twice against Stephen Thompson, the first of which was a majority draw; and once with a unanimous decision over Demian Maia. Woodley underwent successful shoulder surgery following the Maia fight and has been out of action since.

Till (17-0-1), meanwhile, emerged on the UFC’s welterweight scene in explosive fashion late last year with a first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone at UFC Gdansk.

The unbeaten Englishman followed up that performance by taking a narrow unanimous decision win over Thompson at UFC Liverpool, although Till missed weight by three pounds for the contest.

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Brock Lesnar remains under indefinite suspension in Nevada

WWE Universal Champion, mixed martial artist, and former footballer Brock Lesnar immediately ridiculed the UFC heavyweight division aggregate in announcing his return to the Octagon.

Subsequent to taking the heavyweight belt from Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, Cormier called out Lesnar, who was in attendance.

UFC president Dana White confirmed that Lesnar is expected to be Cormier’s first UFC heavyweight title defense. However, there remains issues and challenges in which Lesnar is obligated to resolve.

Lesnar remains under suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive to a banned substance stemming from his UFC 200 bout with Mark Hunt. Lesnar initially defeated Hunt, changing to a “no-contest” plea after he was found to have had clomiphene in his system.

Instead of fulfilling his USADA imposed suspension for violating the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy, Lesnar retired, causing the USADA to place a freeze on his suspension.

He now has to fulfill that suspension before he can fight again.

USADA recently announced that Lesnar had re-entered its testing pool and, barring any failed tests, could be clear of his suspension in January of 2019, as reported by Ken Pishna of MMA Weekly.

“USADA isn’t the only administrative agency that Lesnar must clear the air with, however. Since UFC 200 took place in Las Vegas, Lesnar was also subject to Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioning,” Pishna reported.

Though Lesnar is clear of the one-year Nevada suspension, the WWE champion was also fined 10-percent of his $2.5 million disclosed purse, which equates to $250,000.

The fine remains unpaid as of date.