Joe Hawkins Says He Will Beat Greg Hardy in Former NFL Player’s MMA Debut

Joe Hawkins, who will be fighting against Greg Hardy in the former NFL player’s MMA debut at Rise of a Warrior 21 on Nov. 4, unsurprisingly believes he will come out victorious in the bout.
“I’m gonna be incredible,” he said, per TMZ Sports, addin…

Joe Hawkins, who will be fighting against Greg Hardy in the former NFL player’s MMA debut at Rise of a Warrior 21 on Nov. 4, unsurprisingly believes he will come out victorious in the bout.

“I’m gonna be incredible,” he said, per TMZ Sports, adding, “I see the referee raising my hand.”  

Hawkins, who is also making his professional fighting debut, told TMZ his goal is to fight in the UFC one day.

Hardy, 29, last played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. While he was a talented player, registering 40 sacks in his six-year career, the NFL suspended him for four games in the 2015 season for domestic assault. Hardy had been convicted of the crime but the charges were dropped after Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, stopped cooperating with prosecutors.

He was also arrested in September 2016 on charges of cocaine possession.

According to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, Hardy began MMA training in 2016. 

“I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on,” Hardy told MMAFighting.com (h/t Okamoto). “I would say [training MMA] helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see every day.

“I get choked out, punched in the face and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has ever come across.”


 

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UFC Fighter Henry Cejudo Details Narrow Escape from NorCal Fires

Mixed martial arts fighter Henry Cejudo revealed he had to escape a burning hotel when he was caught in the middle of the wildfires that have spread across northern California. 
In an interview Monday with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, …

Mixed martial arts fighter Henry Cejudo revealed he had to escape a burning hotel when he was caught in the middle of the wildfires that have spread across northern California. 

In an interview Monday with Ariel Helwani on The MMA HourCejudo said he had fallen back asleep after hearing the fire alarm go off in his hotel. He awoke to find smoke filling his room and looked out his window to see half of the hotel was on fire.

I was scared,” Cejudo said (via MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi). “I thought I felt adrenaline fighting. This is something I’ve never felt before. I was kind of in survival mode. I’m a fighter, I’m a wrestler. The only thing I know how to do is survive. I was thinking this is a horrible way to die, man. Maybe I deserve to die, but not like this.”

Cejudo escaped the hotel by jumping out of his second-story room and onto a tree branch that was on fire. He jumped down from the branch and ran toward a police car he saw in the distance. However, the police car left the scene before he reached it. Instead, he got a ride to safety from a passing fire truck that spotted him.

Cejudo confirmed to Helwani last week he suffered burns to his right foot during the escape.

Because he had little time to exit his room, Cejudo was forced to leave behind many of his possessions, including his gold medal from the 2008 Summer Olympics, an Olympic ring and a one-of-a-kind belt his mentor had made for him. All three were lost in the fire.

I think they’ll eventually find it in the rubbish,” Cejudo said of his gold medal, per ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto. “Everybody is pretty sentimental about it. They’re not letting anyone into the area right now, but I think they’ll dig for it when they can.”

Cejudo also confirmed to Okamoto he still plans to fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.

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Dana White Doubts There Will Be Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Rematch

While Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Conor McGregor surpassed many fans’ expectations in terms of entertainment value, UFC President Dana White is skeptical about the odds of a rematch between the two stars. 
Asked about the possible bout on Pard…

While Floyd Mayweather‘s victory over Conor McGregor surpassed many fans’ expectations in terms of entertainment value, UFC President Dana White is skeptical about the odds of a rematch between the two stars. 

Asked about the possible bout on Pardon My Take (h/t Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Chavez), White said, “I never say never but I doubt it.”

It’s not like fans were left with any doubt regarding who was the superior boxer following Mayweather’s TKO victory in August. McGregor looked good early on, but he ran out of gas midway through the fight, making the gulf in class between him and McGregor clear.

Money talks, though. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported in August that Mayweather was set to earn at least $100 million from the fight, with his total payout likely surpassing $200 million. McGregor, meanwhile, made a minimum of $30 million that likely climbed above $100 million.

The allure of a massive payday could get Mayweather and McGregor back in the ring, even if a rematch is largely unnecessary.

White’s comments about a possible rematch aren’t all that surprising since he arguably has a vested interest in getting McGregor away from a boxing ring.

McGregor is one of UFC’s biggest names. Four of the company’s five biggest buy rates have come with the lightweight champion headlining the card. With Ronda Rousey’s mixed martial arts career in flux and Jon Jones facing a lengthy suspension, UFC needs all the star power it can get.

McGregor is already approaching nearly a year since his last fight in UFC—a victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November. The last thing UFC needs is for him to continue his boxing career, thus necessitating even more time away from the Octagon.

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MMA’s First Mother-Son Duo Suffers Pair of Tough Stoppage Losses in Rizin FF

A mother and son competed on the same mixed martial arts card Sunday, but it did not go well for them.
At Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round Part 2, Miyuu and Erson Yamamoto both took tough stoppage losses in a harsh turn for the family.
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A mother and son competed on the same mixed martial arts card Sunday, but it did not go well for them.

At Rizin World Grand Prix 2017: Opening Round Part 2, Miyuu and Erson Yamamoto both took tough stoppage losses in a harsh turn for the family.

After largely controlling the early action of her bout with Irene Cabello Rivera, Miyuu got sloppy on the ground and found herself in a deep armbar. She posted, rolled and bucked to the best of her ability but was forced to tap at 7:25 of the second round.

Her son fared even worse.

Facing Manel Kape in the first round of the bantamweight grand prix, Erson seemed flustered by Kape’s smack talk during the pre-fight staredown. Despite owning a distinct grappling advantage, Erson tried to strike with Kape. This was the result:

Neither suffered especially damaging losses—the armbar left Miyuu’s arm unhurt, while Erson’s loss was labeled an early stoppage by many—but this was still a bad night for the Yamamoto family.

The pair previously competed on the same card in Sept. 2016 to become the first mother-son duo to do so. Erson fared better with a split-decision win, while Miyuu took a loss.

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GSP and Michael Bisping Drop Puck at Hockey Game, Smack Talk Each Other on Ice

UFC 217 is coming down the pipe pretty quickly, and headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre have indulged in quite a press tour in preparation for the Madison Square Garden showdown.
This week the duo headed north of the border to St-Pierre’s …

UFC 217 is coming down the pipe pretty quickly, and headliners Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre have indulged in quite a press tour in preparation for the Madison Square Garden showdown.

This week the duo headed north of the border to St-Pierre’s home country of Canada and—obviously—spent some time paying their respects to the country’s national winter sport of hockey.

After a heated staredown in Toronto that led to some pushing and St-Pierre terrifying a child backstage with his liberal use of foul language, the pair took their hostilities to an even more public venue on Saturday: the ceremonial puck drop prior to St-Pierre’s hometown Montreal Canadiens facing off against their historic rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

UFC President Dana White hit the ice first, followed by Bisping. Predictably the raucous Montreal crowd vociferously rained boos down on the UFC middleweight champion before St-Pierre appeared to a hero’s welcome and standing ovation.

A former UFC welterweight champion, GSP fought for the strap four times in his hometown and went 4-0 there, most memorably stopping Matt Serra at UFC 83 in the promotion’s first-ever visit to the French center of Canada.

Following the welcome and the puck drop, which White took control of, Bisping and St-Pierre squared off in one of the more unusual settings ever to provide a backdrop for such a happening. With players from both teams lined up on their respective blue lines and 20,000 rabid fans boiling over around them, the fighters themselves in street clothes while Bisping brandished his world title, they struck their poses.

Just as they had in Toronto, the sides each took a turn jaw-jacking before things were broken up, and the publicity run rolled on.

The time for talk will be over on November 4 when they throw down, but for now, check out the video below.

     

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Georges St-Pierre, Michael Bisping Involved in Confrontation After UFC 217 Media

Georges St-Pierre confronted Michael Bisping during a heated face off at a media commitments for UFC 217. 
Per TMZ, St-Pierre warned the champion to keep his distance, as Bisping got too close in Toronto, Canada.
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Georges St-Pierre confronted Michael Bisping during a heated face off at a media commitments for UFC 217

Per TMZSt-Pierre warned the champion to keep his distance, as Bisping got too close in Toronto, Canada.

St-Pierre said: “Don’t touch me, man! Don’t touch me. I’m not afraid of you. I don’t give a damn.”

              

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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