GSP Heaps Praise On ‘Unique & Authentic’ Nate Diaz

MMA legend Georges St-Pierre isn’t in a ‘Rush’ to fight rival Nick Diaz again. However, while the former UFC two-division champ remains uninterested in facing the elder Diaz brother, he recently had some high praise for Nate Diaz. The Stockton slugger has largely been the talk of the MMA world this week. He returned from […]

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Whittaker Feels Romero Was Discouraged When He Couldn’t Finish Costa

Robert Whittaker believes Yoel Romero was taken aback when Paulo Costa absorbed his shots. On the main card of UFC 241, Romero went one-on-one with Costa. The bout was back-and-forth and neither man was interested in giving in to the power shots. In the end, Costa earned the unanimous decision victory. It was another close […]

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Combate Americas 42 Weigh-in Results: Title Fight Doubleheader Set

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Joey Ruquet looking for redemption and a belt at Combate Americas 42

Though he picked up a win in his most recent bout this past April versus Alan Cantu Garcia, bantamweight Joey Ruquet isn’t overly pleased with his performance.

For Ruquet, his loss to Bruno Cannetti in December of 2018 had residual effects that caused him to have a less-than-acceptable performance against Garcia.

“With Alan, I didn’t actually like my performance,” Ruquet told MMAWeekly.com. “Coming off the knockout (loss to Cannetti) at Copa Combate, I was a little hesitant with some stuff and I feel like I missed a lot of opportunities in that fight.

“I did what I was supposed to, but I feel I didn’t fight how I should have.”

While Ruquet is understandably disappointed in his loss to Cannetti last year and how it has plagued his first outing of 2019, he does feel some good came from the defeat.

“That fight sucked getting taken out like that. It was the first time something like that happened to me, but I grew a lot of strength from that fight,” said Ruquet. “There are a lot of things I hadn’t worked on before that I was able to work on. It made me a better fighter, actually, and I’m ready to show my skillset.

“I feel smarter. I feel my fight IQ has improved. I feel more dedicated. I’m feeling more well-rounded. Just all around I work better and fight three times as better as I did before.”

On Friday in Lake Tahoe, Nev., Ruquet (7-2) faces Gustavo Lopez (10-4) in a rematch of their 2015 bout, this time in the bantamweight championship main event of Combate Americas 42.

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“Because he has that win, he thinks this is like the first fight,” Ruquet. “I had gone to Florida to fix my marriage. I wasn’t training. I was doing things I shouldn’t have. They gave me a fight offer on two weeks notice and I needed the money and took it.

“I didn’t have the cardio. In that fight you don’t see me using the jab or see me using a lot of punches to set things up. It worked out for me, but I couldn’t hit him in the right spot, I cardio’d out, and he came up with the win. I don’t take anything away from him because a win is a win, but it’s not going to be the same as before.”

While paying back a loss and claiming a championship would be a great thing for Ruquet, in order to do those things he first has to get the win versus Lopez and that’s all he’s focused on.

“My main focus is just to beat Gustavo,” said Ruquet. “I haven’t really thought about the title. I do post about it because it is a title fight, but my main focus is just beating him. The title will just be the reward for beating him.

“My short term goal right now is just to beat Gustavo; but long term goals is to keeping what I’m doing, going one day at a time, keep pushing and be the best that I can be.”


Gustavo Lopez vs. Joey Ruquet – Combate 4 full fight video

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Joe Rogan after old guy punch: ‘Conor McGregor is living like you’re supposed to live if you’re Conor McGregor’

Conor McGregor and Joe Rogan

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Joe Rogan, on a recent podcast, chimed in on Conor McGregor punching a pub patron in Ireland, allegedly for not accepting a glass of his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey.

While Rogan said, “Don’t do that,” he also admitted that McGregor is pretty much doing what he’s supposed to be doing to play the promotional game and get eyeballs to tune in for everything he does.

“He’s Conor McGregor. He’s living like you’re supposed to live if you’re Conor McGregor. The dance is: don’t go to jail, dude. Don’t get locked up.”

The incident, according to a TMZ report, occurred on April 6 at The Marble Arch Pub in Dublin. McGregor apparently stepped into the pub to buy a round of his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey for the patrons, lining up glasses for each and pouring it himself.

One man apparently refused the whiskey, which allegedly led to McGregor throwing a punch at the man. Two other men immediately grabbed McGregor and removed him from the pub, but the incident was caught on camera.

There was no sound on the recording, so it was unclear what was said between McGregor and the pub patron that refused his hospitality.

The incident occurred in April, but the police in Ireland told TMZ that “no arrests have been made to date.” So it is currently unclear what will come of the incident. 

UFC president Dana White recently discussed the incident on The Jim Rome Show, saying, “That happened in April, and I knew that happened. They just got the video, and, yeah, it’s pretty bad.”

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While it didn’t sound as if White expected McGregor to serve any jail time over the incident, White wondered when his superstar was going to stop adding to his list of out-of-the-cage incidents like this that cost him millions of dollars in fines and settlements.

“What’s it gonna cost Conor McGregor before he decides, ‘Alright, this isn’t worth it. Enough is enough, I need to stop doing this.’ The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions, he had to pay out. He had to pay the guy with the phone,” said White, referring to McGregor attacking a bus full of UFC fighters at UFC 223 in 2018 and an incident where he smashed a person’s phone earlier this year in Miami.

“What’s he gonna pay this guy that he hit in the bar? The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says, ‘I’ve got to stop doing this.’”

Stipe Miocic learned his father was declared cancer free the day of UFC 241 (The Thrill & The Agony)

Stipe Miocic UFC 241 thrill and agony

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UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 was a rollercoaster of emotion, particularly for Stipe Miocic. 

Nate Diaz made his return to the Octagon after nearly three years on the sidelines to get the better of Anthony Pettis in the UFC 241 co-main event. It was a strong performance by Diaz that elevated his popularity to an entirely new level. UFC president Dana White declared Diaz’s stardom on par with that of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.

Miocic had been out of the Octagon for more than a year, awaiting a rematch with Daniel Cormier, the man who took the heavyweight belt from him.

Early on in their UFC 241 main event, it appeared as if Cormier would keep a grip on the belt, perhaps walking off into the sunset with it wrapped around his waist. Miocic dug deep and then dug his massive hands into Cormier’s ribs, softening the champion up for the finishing blows, putting Cormier on the canvas late in the fourth round.

Not only did Miocic win his belt back, as he was celebrating his victory backstage at UFC 241, he learned that his father had been declared cancer free.

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Go behind the scenes to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from UFC 241: Cormier vs Miocic 2. Check out the full episode exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.


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