Aljamain Sterling Injured; Out of UFC Fight Night 102 Clash vs. Raphael Assuncao

Aljamain Sterling has suffered an injury and has withdraw from a proposed bantamweight clash against Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night Albany in Albany, N.Y.

McGregorMania: 5 Potential WWE Opponents For Conor McGregor

So you wanna be a wrestler?

Conor McGregor‘s agent says the two-time champion would be open to an appearance or match in the WWE.

“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,” said Audie Attar, during an ESPN podcast

It was just a matter of time. The WWE is, after all, where everyone wishes they could perform. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ronda Rousey, Shaquille O’Neal, even President-Elect Donald Trump has appeared on WWE television.

So what if The Notorious One made a WWE run? Could he hang with the WWE wrestlers that he has so famously blasted in recent months? If booked correctly, McGregor can make more money in the WWE than he ever could in UFC. PPV. T-Shirts. Ice Cream bars.

If Vince McMahon is reading this, here’s some unsolicited advice on how to book him. Let’s look at five possible matches for the Irish champion.

McGregor vs. Roman Reigns

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No. 1 babyface vs. the No. 1 heel. Can you imagine the insults McGregor could unload on Reigns? Everything from his hair to his propensity to sleep during his matches. Reigns would be the perfect heel for McGregor because even though the fans don’t like Reigns, pro wrestling fans are fiercely loyal. It might take McGregor to finally get Reigns over as a good guy. And if not, we all can laugh as McGregor skewers Reigns week after week after week.

McGregor vs. John Cena

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This is the dream match. Whereas Reigns would be unable to hang with McGregor, McGregor would likely meet his match with Cena, one of the sport’s best talkers and arguably its most popular. No one can freestyle poetry slam like Cena. If anyone can put McGregor in his place it’s Cena, who has gone toe to toe with The Rock and came out OK. The face-to-face promos on Monday Night Raw would spark Raw’s greatest ratings in a decade.

McGregor vs. The Big Show

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocked out the Big Show a few years ago at WrestleMania. Can McGregor do the same? The size differential between these two is worth the price of admission alone. The Big Show doesn’t get enough credit for his acting ability and he would have an opportunity to make McGregor look really strong, while putting himself over as a good sport. Can you imagine a Big Show choke-slam on McGregor. NO FOOKIN’ WAY.

McGregor vs. The Rock

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“Who in the blue hell is this roody poo?” The Rock undoubtedly would bury McGregor deeper than Mankind in one of those Buried Alive matches. By the time The Rock is finished with McGregor, he’d be a shell of himself, begging to get booked in Combate Americas. No one out-talks The Rock and this feud could be just what The Rock needs to propel him into the White House in 2020.

McGregor vs. Brock Lesnar

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Two MMA fighters going at it in a WWE ring. This match would be unreal. McGregor insulted Lesnar after his multiple drug test failures for UFC 200. Lesnar doesn’t take insults from anyone. The real drama to this feud would be hearing Paul Heyman build the match and work with McGregor on the microphone. Who wouldn’t want to see McGregor take trip to Suplex City?

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UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson Event Page and Fight Card

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Date: November 27, 2016 (Nov. 26 in North America)
Venue: Rod Laver Arena
Location: Melbourne, Australia

 

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UFC Fight Night 101 Fight Card

Main Card (on FS1)
Luke Rockhold (15-3) vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (24-4, 1 NC) Rockhold Injured
Robert Whittaker (16-4) vs. Derek Brunson (16-3)
Jake Matthews (10-2) vs. Andrew Holbrook (11-1)
Kyle Noke (22-9-1) vs. Omari Akhmedov (15-4)
Yusuke Kasuya (9-2) vs. Alex Volkanovski (13-1)
Khalil Rountree (5-1) vs. Tyson Pedro (4-1)
Seo Hee Ham (16-7) vs. Danielle Taylor (7-2)

Prelims (on FS1)
Daniel Kelly (11-1) vs. Chris Camozzi (24-11)
Damien Brown (16-9) vs. Jon Tuck (9-3)
Rich Walsh (9-5) vs. Jonathan Meunier (7-1)
Geane Herrera (9-2) vs. Ben Nguyen (16-6)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass)
Dan Hooker (13-6) vs. Jason Knight (14-2)
Marlon Vera (7-3-1) vs. Ning Guangyou (6-3-1)
Yao Zhikui (2-3) vs. Jenel Lausa (6-2)

 

UFC Fight Night 101 Start Times:
Main Card on FS1:
 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Prelims on FS1: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

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Luke Rockhold Breaks Down McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov, Bisping vs. Romero, and More (video)

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Luke Rockhold spoke to Submission Radio to discuss the recent injury that forced him to withdraw from his fight against Rondaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson, why he might be out longer than expected, who he wants upon his return.

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He also touched on Gegard Mousasi, Chris Weidman losing devastatingly to Yoel Romero in New York, Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero, AKA teammate Khabib Nurmagoedov’s dominant victory over Michael Johnson at UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor, how a fight against Conor McGregor would go and McGregor eyeing a fight against Tyron Woodley for the welterweight belt, and more!

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Derek Brunson Knocks Out Roan Carneiro (UFC Melbourne Full Fight Video)

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Derek Brunson has finished four straight fights in the first round including this knockout of Roan Carneiro in February. Brunson faces Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Fight Night Melbourne on Saturday.

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Dana White: Thankful for the Fertitta Brothers

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No matter what UFC president Dana White and the promotion’s new ownership do, no matter what they achieve, no matter what others in the mixed martial arts world accomplish, none of them will be held in higher esteem than Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta. At least, not in the eyes of White, who did nothing but heap praise upon his former partners following the blockbuster UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor event in New York in November of 2016.

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Cris Cyborg Doesn’t Believe Miesha Tate Will Actually Retire

After losing to Raquel Pennington at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate announced that she was retiring from fighting to a stunned crowd at Madison square Garden.

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Despite Tate’s announcement, Cris “Cyborg” Justino doesn’t think “Cupcake” will actually walk away from the sport. She believes Tate was speaking out of emotion.

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“I don’t think she is going to retire,” Cyborg told Submission Radio. “I think she just after she lost the fight she was emotional. It was the second fight in a row that she lost.”

It wouldn’t be the first time a fighter announced their retirement following a loss only to return to the Octagon later.  Randy Couture and B.J. Penn are recent examples.  Cyborg believes Tate just needs time off. 

“I think she needs a break, like a break. I think she was mentally in this fight and I think she emotionally said she was going to retire. I don’t think she’s going to retire,” she said.  

“She’s a young girl. She’s done a lot of things for the sport. I really think she just got emotional after the fight.”

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Valentina Shevchenko: I Want to Fight for the Title, but I Don’t Want to Wait (video)

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No. 2 ranked UFC bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko is eager to fight again after beating Holly Holm earlier this year. So when will Shevchenko get that chance AND against who?

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Stephen Thompson Doubts Conor McGregor Leapfrogs Him to Get to Tyron Woodley

He doesn’t know where and he doesn’t know when, but Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson knows that he deserves an immediate rematch with Tyron Woodley

Thompson and Woodley met in the UFC 205 co-main event on Nov. 12 in New York. After five hard-fought rounds, the bout ended in a majority draw, leaving the UFC welterweight championship around Woodley’s waist. 

Tyron Woodley - Stephen Thompson - UFC 205 PostConor McGregor fought in the UFC 205 main event, defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship, giving him two title belts. There has since been chatter about McGregor possibly wanting to move up to welterweight to challenge Woodley for a third UFC belt. 

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That would mean leap-frogging Thompson, however, and the Wonderboy doesn’t believe that it should be an option.

“I do believe I deserve that title shot. It was a draw. It was like we never fought at all,” Thompson said during an interview with Submission Radio. “We got to go out there and settle it. Who is the real champion? Who is it? I think the fans enjoyed the last fight enough to tune in for that.”

Thompson knows that Demian Maia is another fighter that has been patiently waiting for a shot at the belt and that McGregor is big money, but isn’t about to give up on a rematch that he feels is deserved. Not to mention, it sounds as if McGregor may be taking some time off.

Besides, he’s willing to give either of them a shot at the belt if he’s able to get the better of Woodley in the rematch.

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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.