Paulie Malignaggi Explains Leaving Conor McGregor’s Camp (video)

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Paulie Malignaggi unloaded on Conor McGregor after leaving his fight camp for the Floyd Mayweather superfight. Malignaggi spoke with FOX5 in New York, hardly pulling any punches in explaining why he got fed up with McGregor and left the UFC lightweight champion’s camp little more than 3 weeks before fight time.

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McGregor and Mayweather face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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TJ Dillashaw Doesn’t Think Ray Borg is a Deserving UFC Flyweight Challenger

Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw doesn’t feel like Ray Borg is a deserving contender to Demetrious Johnson‘s UFC flyweight title.

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A planned bout between Dillashaw and Johnson never materialized, so Johnson is next facing Borg in defense of his flyweight title in the UFC 215 main event on Sept. 9. Dillashaw is expected to challenge bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt sometime later this year.

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Chuck Liddell Thinks Chael Sonnen is a Boring Fighter, but an Easy Match-up

Chael Sonnen recently said that he believes that his next fight will be against UFC Hall of Fame member Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell.

“I think the most likely opponent is going to end up being Chuck Liddell,” Sonnen told FloCombat. “We’ll see what happens there, but that’s what I think is going to happen.”

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Liddell retired from fighting in 2010 after being knocked out by Rich Franklin at UFC 115. For the fight to happen, Liddell would have to come out of retirement and sign a deal with Bellator MMA.

On Monday, TMZ Sports caught up with “The Iceman,” who said that Sonnen would be an easy fight.

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“I’ve never been very interested in fighting him. He’s kind of a boring fighter,” said Liddell. “It’s a great match-up for me if I’m going to fight, but I haven’t talked to anybody about anything.”

Liddell believes Sonnen is gunning for a big money bout and Liddell coming out of retirement would be just that.

“He wants a big money fight. It’s going to be big money if I’m fighting him,” he said. “He’s an easy match-up.”

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Dana White May Be Part of WME/IMG Buyouts, but He’s Digging in as President

UFC owner WME/IMG recently confirmed that it is close to closing a deal that raises $1.1 billion dollars from two foreign investors. Part of that money will be used to help WME/IMG buy out some of the outstanding minority owners in the UFC.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the buyouts will help raise WME/IMG’s ownership stake to a 51-percent majority. Among the minority investors believed to be targeted for at least a partial buyout are “banks, investors in the United Arab Emirates, former owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and Dana White.”

Despite White being on the buyout list, he insisted that he is not going anywhere. In fact, White told the Los Angeles Times that he is digging in for the long haul. 

“I’m not going anywhere, brother,” White told reporter Lance Pugmire. “Not only am I not going anywhere, I’m actually making moves in the office and doing (stuff) and changing things for the way I really want it.

“I’m burrowing myself in like a … tick.”

White cashed out to the tune of an estimated $360 million dollars when WME/IMG purchased the UFC for slightly more than $4 billion last year. Although White no longer holds a significant stake in the company, and that stake appears to be dwindling even further after the buyout, he inked a five-year deal with the new ownership, which is believed to pay him 9-percent of net profits annually.

Upon news of the buyouts, White continued to insist that he views his role with WME/IMG owner Ari Emanuel as a partnership, and he has plans to continue growing what he and Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta built into a promotional juggernaut.

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“Ari and I are partners. We’re getting involved in more (stuff). We’re not going to spend a lot of money and not change things. I’m making a lot of changes in this new building for things I want changed.”

In a news release Wednesday, WME/IMG announced Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Government of Singapore Investment Fund would join WME/IMG primary stakeholder Silver Lake Partners as strategic partners. Though the $1.1 billion investment will help buy out minority UFC owners, the investment is in WME/IMG and is expected to help the company with other acquisitions and business dealings.

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Luke Rockhold Not Sure Georges St-Pierre Will Actually Fight Michael Bisping

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre‘s return to the Octagon was originally scheduled to be against middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping. The match-up was abandoned by the fight promotion and then rescheduled.

The organization held a press conference on March 1, announcing St-Pierre’s return and the title fight against Bisping. St-Pierre suffered an injury pushing back his return, and the fight against Bisping was subsequently canceled. UFC president Dana White stated that St-Pierre would fight for the welterweight title instead, but those plans changed after UFC 214.

Luke RockholdWelterweight champion Tyron Woodley defeated top contender Demian Maia by unanimous decision, but failed to do it spectacularly. White criticized Woodley’s performance and announced that the St-Pierre and Bisping fight was back on.

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold isn’t confident that the fight won’t be declared off again. He questioned whether St-Pierre will actually be ready to fight on the November date.

“We’ll see what happens. Nothing is official until it’s official,” Rockhold said while appearing on The MMA Hour. “Who knows at this point? Georges has been out a long time. There will be a fight in November; we just don’t know who. You never know if it’s Georges.”

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Rockhold questioned St-Pierre’s willingness to return to fighting and his physical ability to come back. He wouldn’t be surprised if St-Pierre pulls out of the fight.

“Who knows if Georges is going to make a fight at his stage in the game with all the things he’s been through? You can’t expect that he’s going to show up at that date,” said Rockhold. “His body might fail. His mind might fail. There’s a lot of things in question with Georges.”

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Jon Jones Explains How Conor McGregor Inspired Him to Call Out Brock Lesnar

Super fights have been a topic of discussion for many years when it comes to the top fighters in the UFC but only recently have more of those matchups seemed possible.

For all the chatter about Anderson Silva facing off with Georges St-Pierre, the bout never actually came together but Conor McGregor’s arrival in the UFC seemed to change the dynamic when it came to the idea of a super fight.

Now as McGregor is preparing to facing Floyd Mayweather in a boxing super fight that is expected to rake in enormous money on pay-per-view and at the box office, the outspoken UFC lightweight champion is inspiring even more of his peers to follow his lead.

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic has been pursuing a boxing match with Anthony Joshua and just recently Jon Jones began floating the idea of meeting current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar inside the Octagon.

Of course, Jones wouldn’t be crossing over to a different sport to meet Lesnar, but he would be moving up a division and likely giving up at least 40 pounds in weight to the hulking former UFC heavyweight champion.

Add to that, Jones versus Lesnar has the potential star power involved to be one of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC and that’s going to be interesting to everybody who could be part of that massive matchup.

Even Jones admits that McGregor landing the Mayweather fight helped make him realize that these kinds of matchups could actually come together and that’s a big part of the reason why he’s pursuing the matchup with Lesnar.

“It’s a big money fight. I think I was inspired by Conor McGregor to be honest with you,” Jones told the Jim and Sam Show. “To just dare and to reach higher.

“Me versus Brock Lesnar is somewhat equivalent to Mayweather and McGregor.”

Considering the draw both Jones and Lesnar have been on pay-per-view throughout their respective careers, it’s hard to argue against that logic.

There’s also the curiosity factor with Jones moving up to heavyweight for the first time while facing a true brute like Lesnar, who would walk into the Octagon at well over 275-pounds on fight night.

According to odds makers, Jones would still be a sizable favorite if the matchup with Lesnar was made, but that doesn’t mean there’s not inherent risk taking on a 6-foot-3-inch, 275-pound behemoth who is also a former UFC heavyweight champion with wins over legends such as Randy Couture and Frank Mir.

“A lot of people would assume I would lose that fight,” Jones said. “Brock Lesnar is super athletic, he was a Division I National wrestling champion. He’s older but he’s just a freak. He’s a rare talent. I don’t know what the betting odds would be on that one so it’s just like do the impossible.

“Be the David and Goliath story just the same way McGregor dares to compete against Floyd Mayweather. It’s like if you come up short, at least you have more balls than the average American to even step in there but if you win, just the glory that comes with beating a Floyd Mayweather or a Brock Lesnar, it’s huge.”

Lesnar has made several comments about Jones in the past few weeks although there remains speculation that the 40-year old professional wrestler is angling for a bigger contract renewal with WWE when his current deal comes to an end early next year.

Then again, Lesnar definitely found the hunger to compete again when he returned at UFC 200 in 2016 and there’s rarely been a more satisfied look on a fighter’s face than when he got his hand raised against Mark Hunt.

That fight was later overturned when Lesnar tested positive for a banned substance so perhaps that’s all the motivation — along with a multi-million dollar payday — that would get him back into the Octagon for one more fight against Jones.

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With Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi on the Skids, Vasyl Lomachenko Offers Hi-Tech Solution

Well, that didn’t take long. 

With Conor McGregor and boxer Paulie Malignaggi parting ways last week after a very public feud erupted between the two over sparring, McGregor may be in need of another sparring partner to help him prepare for his Aug. 26 showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

Enter Vasyl Lomachenko

The 29 year-old boxer has rocketed to the limelight in the world of pugilism. He’s 9-1 as a professional, but has already held titles in two division, and is the current WBO Super Featherweight division. 

With Malignaggi exiting McGregor’s camp, Lomenchenko has jumped at the opportunity to try and fill the gap, taking to Twitter to offer up his services as a sparring partner for the Irishman.

No word yet from “The Notorious” if he wants to go “Hi-Tech.” <– Lame pun intended.

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Dan Hardy Joins Mayweather vs. McGregor Broadcast Team for Sky Sports

Former UFC welterweight title contender turned broadcaster Dan Hardy will join Sky Sports Box Office for the upcoming boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.

Hardy will join former boxing world champions Carl Froch and Johnny Nelson in the studio and commentary booth, as the worlds of boxing and MMA collide.

Hardy is a pioneer of British MMA and his skills have led him to the top of the UFC welterweight division, competing for the world title in 2010. As an analyst and commentator on the night, Hardy will give viewers expert analysis of the sport, the skills that translate to boxing, and McGregor’s career to date.

Dan Hardy at Cage Warriors 6“It’s great to add someone with Dan’s knowledge of MMA to our coverage,” Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith said. “McGregor’s legendary status in UFC, and the intricacies of the sport itself, are two incredibly important stories to tell – I’m sure Dan will do that brilliantly.”

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“The 26th of August will be an historic night for Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts, and probably the biggest combat sports event of our lifetime,” added Hardy. “Sky Sports Box Office is renowned for putting on huge fight nights, and I am honored to be joining the team out in Las Vegas. Just to be in the ‘Fight Capital’ on that night will be a special experience, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to add a little of my MMA knowledge to the broadcast.”

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Francis Ngannou Flattens Luis Henrique in UFC KO of the Week

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Check out Francis Ngannou‘s impact on arrival, as he flattened Luis Henrique in his Octagon debut. Ngannou next faces former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 215 on Sept. 9 in Edmonton.

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Unbeaten Rob Wilkinson Signs with UFC, Will Fight Siyar Bahadurzada

The UFC has signed an unbeaten fighter to face Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115 later this year. Rob Wilkinson (11-0) takes the place of Abu Azaitar on September 2 from the Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The event airs on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Wilkinson is a 25-year-old from Australia […]