Jarred Brooks Says ESPN Deal & Flyweights Missing Weight Led To Reports Of The Division’s Demise (Exclusive)

Jarred Brooks along with teammate Justin Scoggins – and former opponents Jose “Shorty” Torres and Robert Sanchez – were all released from the UFC last week after reports surfaced claiming a decision was made to fold the flyweigh…

Jarred Brooks along with teammate Justin Scoggins – and former opponents Jose “Shorty” Torres and Robert Sanchez – were all released from the UFC last week after reports surfaced claiming a decision was made to fold the flyweight division. UFC president Dana White did not confirm the report in his recent update. “The Monkey God” […]

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UFC 231’s Gilbert Burns Believes He’ll Finish Olivier Aubin-Mercier (Exclusive)

Gilbert Burns will be the first to admit he was very disappointed after being pulled from his fight against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in February. “Durinho” was deemed too heavy to make a weight cut by the commission and he was forced to withdr…

Gilbert Burns will be the first to admit he was very disappointed after being pulled from his fight against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in February. “Durinho” was deemed too heavy to make a weight cut by the commission and he was forced to withdraw from his matchup against Mercier at UFC on FOX 26. However the stars […]

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Ep. 9: MMA News Podcast With UFC 208 Winner Rick Glenn

The ninth episode of the MMA News Podcast powered by Pony Keg Sports has arrived. As usual, Tim Thompson (@MMANews_Tim) and Josh Stephens (@PonyKegSports) serve as hosts of the podcast. The guys get this episode started by talking about the third Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) event that took place last Friday night (Feb. 10) inside the […]

The ninth episode of the MMA News Podcast powered by Pony Keg Sports has arrived. As usual, Tim Thompson (@MMANews_Tim) and Josh Stephens (@PonyKegSports) serve as hosts of the podcast. The guys get this episode started by talking about the third Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) event that took place last Friday night (Feb. 10) inside the […]

Yoel Romero Phones Michael Bisping’s Radio Show & Goes Berserk

This is shaping up to be one of the funniest rivalries ever… Although they are yet to be scheduled to fight, Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero are sharing an intense feud. Since ‘Soldier of God’ knocked out Chris Weidman at UFC 205, the beef has been cooking with current champion ‘The Count.’ Directly after taking out

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This is shaping up to be one of the funniest rivalries ever…

Although they are yet to be scheduled to fight, Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero are sharing an intense feud. Since ‘Soldier of God’ knocked out Chris Weidman at UFC 205, the beef has been cooking with current champion ‘The Count.’ Directly after taking out the former champion, Romero called out the in-attendance Englishman. After undergoing successful knee surgery, Bisping has been railing the Cuban wrestler about his USADA drama. Responding in kind, ‘SoG’ took things to a new level this week.

Setting up a GoFundMe page for Bipsing’s ‘retirement expenses,’ Romero showed he has some serious banter. Expecting to face ‘The Count’ on the May 13 UFC 211 card, ‘Soldier of God’ is getting his digs in early.

Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Radio Show Argument

During Bisping’s segment on ‘The Countdown,’ another heated exchange started on Twitter. Claiming it was not Romero in control of his social media, Bisping threw out some insults that spurred his rival to phone in. Obviously, this led to some comedy gold. Here’s the Twitter banter, followed by Romero and Bisping’s hilarious argument on Sirius XM:

There’s More

Keeping in line with the current stream of bowel movement news, Bisping points out a rather gross moment from Romero’s past. Under the new set of proposed rules, Romero would’ve actually suffered a TKO loss during this obscene moment. Garnering him the nickname ‘poopy pants’ from Bisping, Romero’s unfortunate mid-combat release is not forgotten.

This Rivalry Has It All

Once they finally meet in the octagon, there’s going to be a rich rivalry to settle between Bisping and Romero. Having already overcome the odds against Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold, can the long serving Brit take out the explosive ‘Soldier of God?’

Only time will tell.

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Coach: I Beat The S*** Out Of Conor McGregor The First Time We Met

Conor McGregor returns at UFC 205 to face Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight for the ages. Following only three years fighting for the UFC, ‘The Notorious’ has become the main attraction of the promotion. Both the Irish star and Ronda Rousey embody the modern UFC athlete-Dangerous in the octagon and lively marketing machines

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Conor McGregor returns at UFC 205 to face Eddie Alvarez in a lightweight title fight for the ages. Following only three years fighting for the UFC, ‘The Notorious’ has become the main attraction of the promotion. Both the Irish star and Ronda Rousey embody the modern UFC athlete-Dangerous in the octagon and lively marketing machines outside the arena of combat. Coming from Crumlin in Dublin, McGregor admits he first took up training in boxing and martial arts to defend himself.

Back in 2007, the dream of becoming a UFC star was far less realistic than it is today. Boxing was more of a likely path, especially for a young Irish lad who could punch. McGregor ended up coming in to the Straight Blast Gym as a fresh faced boxer to spar against Owen Roddy. Currently McGregor’s striking coach, Roddy was still a competitive fighter back then, and ‘The Notorious’ made a big first impression, perhaps not all good. As told by Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh:

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Kavanagh vs. McGregor

PK: Tell me about the first day (in 2007) he walks into your gym. He had been boxing in Crumlin with Phil Sutcliffe.

JK: Correct.

PK: And he picks a fight with Owen Roddy.

JK: Well, it was supposed to be a spar, but it was a fight. Owen was the top dog back then and the new guy wanted to test himself.

PK: And you’re watching this with an inquisitive eye?

JK: Of course. Owen had been with me a long time — he was my boy — but this new kid moved in a certain way. He was a southpaw, a good boxer and he just had a way about him that made you go: ‘What’s going to happen here?’ And he caught Owen with a good shot and put him down. 

PK: And then he floored Aisling Daly, which was incredible really.

JK: It sounds worse than it was. He wasn’t hitting her in the head or anything, but just happened to throw a body shot that hit her in the sweet spot, the solar plexus, and put her down.

PK: And now the coach is not happy.

JK: I got a little emotional because Ash had been with me a long time and the other guys would look after her. But this new guy had come in and put her down, and my protective nature kicked in. I was still fighting at that stage, or hadn’t stopped that long, so I put the gloves on… actually, he has corrected me on that and says it was bare knuckles. But I held him down and beat the shit out of him, without putting too fine a point on it.

PK: (Laughs.)

JK: I kept hitting him in the body until he couldn’t breathe and then I looked at him: ‘What’s it going to be? We can train or we can fight?’ And he was OK from the next day.

Humbling Beginnings

We’ve all got to start somewhere! Now standing on the brink of potentially holding UFC titles in two weight classes at the same time, Conor McGregor has gone from a gym brawling kid to a possible candidate for greatest of all-time. If he defeats Alvarez in New York City, few will be able to exile ‘The Notorious’ from at least the top 3 GOATs conversation.

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Donald Cerrone: McGregor Hidden From Other Fighters Backstage

UFC 205 goes down on November 12, and will arguably be one of the biggest events of all-time for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the pay-per-view extravaganza will mark the first UFC event in New York. After learning of the incredible star-studded line up in recent weeks, it’s the clear the promotion is

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UFC 205 goes down on November 12, and will arguably be one of the biggest events of all-time for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the pay-per-view extravaganza will mark the first UFC event in New York. After learning of the incredible star-studded line up in recent weeks, it’s the clear the promotion is pulling out all the stops for the Big Apple debut. Who sits at the top of the UFC 205 pile? None other than lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight boss Conor McGregor, and they’re fighting each other.

Causing a huge division in opinion, Alvarez’s first lightweight title defense against McGregor has also brought out the best and worst in fellow fighters. One very common opinion was that MMA was heading down the direction of boxing. Money rules the game, and certain sects of both fans and fighters find this very negative. Following the initial wave of reactions, UFC welterweight and lightweight Donald Cerrone has some interesting opinions.

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Cowboy

Also fighting at UFC 205, Donald Cerrone was on stage at the infamous UFC 205 press conference last week. After sitting through another episode of the Conor McGregor show, ‘Cowboy’ revealed the Irish star had turned down two fights against him. Furthering these comments in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Cerrone says the rest of the fighters have a dislike for McGregor. So much is the tension that, according to Cerrone, McGregor has to be kept separate from everyone else backstage:

“They line us all up in a line, but they take Conor and they put him off in another room because he can’t be around the other fighters because we don’t play that (expletive). behind the scenes he’s like a scared little kid.”

“He’s not one of the fellas, he’s not a good dude. It is what it is. He does a good job promoting the sport, he does a good job of making money. So I can’t hate the guy for that, but just as a person I ain’t a fan.”

Not My Buddy, Guy

Although he sees McGregor as the class clown, Cerrone acknowledges the good he’s done for the sport:

“He brings a lot of people, so my hat’s off to him for that,” added Cerrone, “but just like hang with him like a fella, no, he’d never be my buddy.”

Will Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone ever fight? Given their recent tendency of fighting in multiple weight classes and their constant rivalry, why the heck not?

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