Conor McGregor’s Manager Says They Are “Willing To Entertain Offer From WWE”

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It looks like there might be something to this Conor McGregor story. During his appearance on ESPN’s “5ive Rounds’ podcast on Tuesday, Audie Atlar, manager of the reigning two-division UFC World Champion who might be the most colorful character in the sports entertainment bracket since the days of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock, spoke about the possibility of “The Notorious” Irishman working for WWE in the future. “I think it’s all about business, man,” Atlar said during his appearance on the ESPN program. “If [WWE] is going to come with an offer, we are willing to entertain it. We are here. Have their people call his people — which is me. We can have a conversation.” Regarding Triple H being in attendance at Madison Square Garden and after the fight expressing his interest in using McGregor’s talents in WWE in some form or fashion, referencing their use of Floyd Mayweather, who defeated a 7-foot, 500-pound wrestler in one of the featured matches at their biggest event of the year at WrestleMania 24 event back in 2008. “McGregor could come over, he’s got it all, man,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque during a recent interview with The Telegraph publication out of the U.K. “He’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure.” Atlar mentioned during his “5ive Rounds” appearance this week that he appreciated the kind words from the former top WWE Superstar turned top WWE Executive. “I think it’s phenomenal that a guy like Triple H was at the fights,” Attar said of “The Game” attending McGregor’s historic fight against Eddie Alvarez at the UFC’s first-ever event in the state of New York, UFC 205, held at a venue WWE has had locked down for years — Madison Square Garden. “I heard he said some positive things, which is always good to hear,” Atlar added. Regarding McGregor appearing, or even wrestling a match for WWE, as top UFC star Ronda Rousey famously did with Hollywood big-shot and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2016, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, back at WrestleMania 31 in 2015, Atlar referenced his client when essentially saying it will come down to a situation where the money will determine McGregor’s level of interest. “Again, I think ultimately Conor will say, ‘Let me talk to my friend Benjamin [Franklin] to see how many of his friends he’s bringing with him before we talk about what the obligations are.” Conor McGregor is currently in the midst of a hiatus from the fight game to be with his better half, Dee Devlin, as the two are expecting the birth of their first child together in May of 2017, so he’ll certainly have plenty of time to fit in a few extra phone calls, as long as the dollars make sense.

Video: Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro From UFC Fight Night 83 (Full Fight)

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https://youtu.be/PD7pv0O3d5g Ahead of his clash against Robert Whittaker in the headline bout of the upcoming UFC Fight Night 101 event, which goes down live from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, Derek Brunson is the subject of the latest “UFC Free Fight.” Featured above is the complete bout between Brunson and Roan Carneiro from the UFC Fight Night 83 event. Brunson would go on to defeat Carneiro via first-round knockout at the 2:38 mark of what was positioned as the co-main event of the UFN 83. UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson goes down live from Melbourne this Sunday, November 27, 2016 and airs live via FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

Video: Jason Knight vs. Jim Alers From UFC On FOX 20 (Full Fight)

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https://youtu.be/HMmq_PNAfGA The UFC On FOX 20 “Fight of the Night” is the latest “Free Fight” released by the UFC to promote this coming Sunday’s return of the Octagon to Melbourne. Ahead of his showdown against Dan Hooker in a featured preliminary bout, Jason Knight’s split decision victory over Jim Alers from the aforementioned “Big FOX” event is the latest Fight Night Melbourne Free Fight, which you can watch in full via the video embedded above. UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson goes down live from Melbourne this Sunday, November 27, 2016 and airs live via FOX Sports 1 (FS1).

Video: Joe Rogan Breakdown Video For UFC Fight Night 101 Main Event

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https://youtu.be/FcOWRiWzj7Y The main event of this Sunday’s UFC event in Australia is the focus of the latest Joe Rogan Breakdown video. As seen above, the longtime UFC commentator gives his expert analysis of the middleweight bout between Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson in his latest breakdown video, ahead of the show that will air live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) this weekend. Scheduled as the main event, Derek Brunson vs. Robert Whittaker will wrap-up a night of action inside the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday, November 27th. Make sure to visit MMANews.com after the event on 11/27 for a complete UFC Fight Night 101 recap.

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Raufeon Stots Heads into Victory FC 53 Ready for the World

Coming off an undefeated year in 2015, bantamweight prospect Raufeon Stots has kept his momentum going in 2016 with three straight wins.

One of the big differences between this year and last for Stots is that he’s managed to finish all three of his 2016 fights, to which he attributes a move to a new team.

“One big thing for me this year is that I moved to Roufusport, and we’ve really been focused on me finishing – being a finishing fighter,” Stots told MMAWeekly.com. “My mindset and how I approach training, it’s been paying off for me.”

Stots explained that his move to Roufusport came at the urging of his former coach, and UFC Hall of Famer, Pat Miletich.

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“I was training at MFS for a while, and I was feeling like I was kind of not growing as a fighter and not expending my knowledge as much as I wanted to,” said Stots. “I had a talk with Pat about it, and Pat told me any jump I went to, to move to Roufusport.”

raufeon-stots-VFC-750Stots (6-0) will look to keep his winning ways going when he takes on veteran Jeff Curran (36-17-1) in a bantamweight championship main event at Victory FC 53 on Nov. 23 in Waterloo, Iowa, live on UFC Fight Pass.

“Jeff is a veteran fighter, he’s kind of like a pioneer in the sport, he’s been in the UFC, he has over 50 fights, and you can’t help but have some great respect for the guy and what he’s done in the sport,” Stots said.

“At the same time, I approach him as my equal. Getting in there, you might not be able to tell I have respect for the guy, because I’m coming in there to knock his head off. I’m coming in there to hurt him badly.”

For Stots, facing Curran is the start of what he hopes is series of tough, well-regarded opponents, which will help him work his way to the top of the bantamweight division.

“I’ve got to take it one match at a time, and not look past (Curran), but go in there confident, knowing that I’m ready for this,” said Stots. “This is what I’m here to do. I’m here to beat the best in the world, so I’ve got to face the best fighters in the world.

“You never want to go backwards. I’m training to be the world champion. I’m training to take fights that will argue for myself that I’m the best fighter in the world.”

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Cris Cyborg: ‘Ronda Rousey Has Run From Me A Long Time’

The rivalry between Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Ronda Rousey dates back to their days as Strikeforce champions in different weight classes in 2012. Rousey held the 135-pound title while Justino had possession of the 145-pound belt. Since then, Rousey has gone on to become a UFC champion and the biggest name in women’s MMA while “Cyborg” has continued to annihilate everyone put before her.

For years, the stipulation holding up the super-fight from happening was that “Cyborg” had to make 135-pounds to face Rousey. She was unable to cut down to 135, but took catchweight fights at 140 in hopes that it would lead to the Rousey bout happening with both mCris Cyborgeeting in the middle.

Rousey lost her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015. She returns for the first time since being dethroned against current champion Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 main event on Dec. 30 after more than a year layoff.

“Cyborg” doesn’t think Rousey should be fighting for the title after sitting out for so long.

“After her loss to Holly Holm, she took like a one-year break. I don’t think she should fight for the belt after a one-year break. I think she should have rematched Holly Holm, or fought somebody else. But I don’t think she’s humble enough to fight somebody not for the belt,” Justino told Submission Radio.

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UFC president Dana White recently said that Rousey really wants to fight “Cyborg,” but Justino isn’t buying it.

“If she wins or loses her next fight, she’s not going to fight me. I already know. She doesn’t like to challenge herself. If she loses, she’s going to retire. If she wins… she’ll say the same things she said before,” she said.

“Cyborg” asserted that Rousey has been avoiding a fight with her for five years, and if Rousey really wanted to fight her that the fight would have already taken place.

“I don’t’ think this fight is going to happen. I know Dana said, ‘Ronda wants this fight really bad.’ If she wanted this fight really bad it would have already happened,” said the Brazilian.

 “She doesn’t even say my name. Before, she’d all the time say my name, saying she wants to fight me at 135. Now she doesn’t say my name because we’re in the same organization. If she would say my name, this fight would happen,” Justino said.

The 31-year-old featherweight champion has given up hope on a fight with Rousey ever coming to fruition. 

“Ronda has run from me for a long time. This is no surprise that she didn’t fight me for her next fight. Of course not; she can not take a punch. She doesn’t have a strong mind,” she added.

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Luke Rockhold Still Eyeing ‘Jacare’ Souza Fight

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was forced to pull out of his scheduled rematch against Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza at UFC Fight Night 101 due to a knee injury. The two first fought in 2011 for the strikeforce title with Rockhold defeating Souza by unanimous decision. Although the rematch was cancelled, Rockhold is still eyeing a fight against ‘Jacare.’

Jacare Souza vs Luke Rockhold at StrikeforceRockhold believes a fight against Souza is the fastest way to get back to a title fight. Rockhold is ranked second in the 185-pound division while Souza is ranked third. Top contender Yoel Romero is expected to face champion Michael Bisping early next year.

“Jacare, he’s the most clear-cut way back to the title. I’m not looking to fight another guy and then have a question mark on who gets the next shot. I’m going to go straight down the throat and get Jacare, finish my business with Jacare, and it’s no ifs, ands, or buts who’s next in line,” Rockhold told Submission Radio.

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With Romero and Bisping likely taking place in the first quarter of 2017, Rockhold thinks he’ll be able to return in that time frame to take on Souza.

“Given the timetable of what’s going on with potential recovery, and Bisping and Yoel Romero probably not fighting until February or March. I think if I can get into that frame, March, that would be perfect for me,” he said about when he expects to return.

At the moment, Rockhold is taking it easy and doing what he needs to in order to heal. He plans on making a statement the next time he enters the Octagon no matter who he faces. 

“I’m just trying to get healthy. I’ll make my statement when I come back, whomever I fight, whoever it is; I’ll prove that I’m not going nowhere. I’ll be right back in the mix, and I’ll be there to claim my title,” he said. 

“I want my title shot.” 

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