• Conor McGregor may not be fighting at UFC 200, but he isn’t going away quietly.

    The UFC featherweight champion hosted an impromptu fan Q&A on Twitter on Monday where he discussed everything from how well he thinks UFC 200 will sell without him on the card to his desire to eventually step into the Octagon again with Nate Diaz.Conor McGregor lands a punch on Nate Diaz during their UFC 196 bout. (Getty)Conor McGregor lands a punch on Nate Diaz during their UFC 196 bout. (Getty)

    McGregor believes that UFC 200 will not accumulate 1.5 million buys without him on the card and went so far as to suggest that the PPV record held by last year’s Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao showdown was in his sights. While that may be a bold assessment, it’s become typical McGregor.

    The Irishman continued on his random Twitter rampage by stating that he’s ready to face the winner of UFC 200’s interim featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar so that he can unify the titles.

    “I look forward to my end-of-year unification bout,” McGregor tweeted. “But like I said before. These featherweights don't understand...”

    It didn’t take long for

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  • Caros Fodor has a little advice before hanging up and his tone has changed. He's spent about 20 minutes discussing his July 30 bout in the World Series of Fighting and going over the strengths and weaknesses of his opponent, Phoenix Jones.

    He knows Jones better than most, though, because Jones is his brother, whose real name is Ben Fodor. The two don't get along, and haven't for some time. But with their fight now booked, Caros admits, "It's kind of surreal that this is really happening."

    Ben Fodor is, to be kind, a character. Phoenix Jones is his alter ego, a so-called crime fighter in Seattle who wears a costume as if he were a modern-day Batman.

    Asked about his brother's superhero shtick, Caros Fodor sniffs dismissively.

    "It's [strange]," he said of his brother portraying himself as a crime fighter. "I think it's a gimmick for attention, if you want to know the truth. He started out meaning well, but, I don't know. You know, I don't even like Marvel comic books. I can't read the

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  • In the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, the publication premiered “The Fame Index” that utilizes a formula that “combines athlete paychecks – salary and endorsements – with social media fan base and Google search popularity” to figure out who the top 50 famous athletes currently are.

    Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather both made ESPN's The Fame Index.Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather both made ESPN's The Fame Index.The world of combat sports was represented well as a pair of boxers (Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao) along with a pair of UFC fighters (Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor) landed on the list. Rousey, McGregor, Mayweather and Pacquiao all fell in behind the top 10 list that was dominated mostly by soccer players and consisted of (in order) Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Tiger Woods, James Rodriguez, Rafael Nadal and Kobe Bryant.

    In what might be a bit of a surprise, Rousey was tops amongst the combat sports practitioners at No. 21 and the second highest ranked woman behind Maria Sharapova (No. 17). Even with her loss to Holly Holm, Rousey’s popularity

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  • Gregory Goyle has graduated from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry using a wand to cage fighting with his hands and feet.

    Former Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman. Former Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman. Josh Herdman, the actor who played Goyle in eight “Harry Potter” movies, has left his acting career behind for the time being and made his successful MMA amateur debut over the weekend at the City Pavilion outside of London, England.

    The 28-year-old, who has been training in Japanese jujitsu for the past five years, defeated Poland’s Janusz Walachowski by unanimous decision. Herdman competed for the recently launched UK promotion Rise of Champions, which was holding its second event since debuting last October.

    Herdman impressed with his striking ability and took home the decision and plans to continue fighting in hopes of eventually turning pro.

    “It’s raw, exciting and unpredictable,” the buffed-up child-actor-turned-MMA-fighter told The Mirror. “I find it more interesting than boxing although I appreciate the beauty and art in boxing. It also made

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  • There was no surprise on Wednesday when the UFC announced on "Good Morning America" that the main event of UFC 200 will be a rematch between champion Daniel Cormier and interim champion Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt on July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    Jones, then the outright champion, routed Cormier in the main event of UFC 182 on Jan. 3, 2015, in Las Vegas, taking a lopsided unanimous decision. But Jones had a series of legal problems after that and he was stripped of his title in April 2015 when he was involved in a hit-and-run traffic accident in Albuquerque, N.M., where he trains.

    Cormier won the vacant title in his absence, submitting Anthony "Rumble" Johnson in the second round of UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

    The bout replaces Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz II, which was to be the main event until the UFC yanked it when McGregor balked at participating in promotional activities.

    UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. (Photo by Mike Roach/Getty Images)UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. (Photo by Mike Roach/Getty Images)The Jones-Cormier rematch was originally scheduled for UFC 197 on

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  • If Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are going to have their rematch, it almost certainly won’t be at UFC 200.

    Conor McGregor (AP Photo)Conor McGregor (AP Photo)The proposed rematch was originally scheduled to headline UFC 200 until McGregor was pulled from the card after he didn't make himself available for a news conference in Las Vegas last week. Despite public outcry to allow the Irishman to fight, UFC president Dana White has stood firm that McGregor would not be placed back on the July card and reiterated his position under no uncertain terms when approached by TMZ Tuesday morning.

    "Conor's his own guy, he's going to do what he's going to do but he's not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White said while mentioning that he has no ill will toward McGregor. “Listen, he'll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don't know when, but we'll get it figured out."

    The other half of the equation, Nate Diaz, made headlines when he stated at Friday’s UFC 200 news conference that he was not interested in facing another opponent and would instead go “on

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  • Djamil Chan said he doesn't want to be pitied. The Bellator MMA newcomer is autistic, which makes the fact that he finds himself competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts all the more amazing.

    Djamil Chan (Getty Images)Djamil Chan (Getty Images)And anyone who watched Chan's Bellator debut last week against Richard Patishnock would no doubt be pitying Patishnock and not Chan.

    After working his way off the ground, Chan landed one of the best overhand rights of the year that all but finished Patishnock. The rest were the formalities, like how long it would take the referee to get in to stop the bout. It was over at 3:09 of the first round.

    Chan, 25, grew up in The Netherlands, where so many of the great kick boxers train. He was into fighting from a young age and said he dropped out of school while he was in high school.

    He said he prefers not to discuss his autism, because he doesn't want to be pitied. He wants to be judged as a fighter and said he's taking his job more seriously now that he is a father.

    "I love fighting and I

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  • As the Conor McGregor vs. UFC saga continues to unfold, some new details about what transpired have surfaced. For the past week, we have heard little from Conor McGregor and his team aside from a few posts on social media here and there. But now his coach, John Kavanagh, has surfaced to give his side of what transpired behind the scenes that led to the current situation that finds the Irishman out of a highly anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200.

    Conor McGregor (Getty Images)Conor McGregor (Getty Images)Speaking to “The MMA Hour” on Monday, Kavanagh sounded somewhat optimistic that McGregor would still end up fighting at UFC 200 and is a little confused as to why Dana White and the UFC are standing their ground.

    "I'm 51 percent optimistic and 49 percent pessimistic, if you want to know my feelings on it, "Kavanagh said. “At some stage you've got to see that maybe it's pointless to upset so many fans that want to see this fight and ignore the kind of numbers that are going to be brought in. Things seem to be swinging in the right way

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  • Conor McGregor has once again gotten the mixed martial arts world buzzing with a tweet. This time, the UFC featherweight champion has tweeted that he is back on the UFC 200 card, only three days after UFC president Dana White officially ruled him out because he did not show up in Las Vegas for promotional activities related to the summer blockbuster card.

    At about 2 a.m. ET on Monday, McGregor continued his pattern of issuing a single tweet and then going silent. In this one, he thanks White and UFC chairman for fixing the issue and making certain that he's back on the blockbuster summer card, which will be July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    It appears McGregor's tweet was simply about leverage. White told Yahoo Sports, "It's not true. We haven't talked to Conor or his manager since the press

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  • LAS VEGAS — There has been a significant amount of hype behind featherweight prospect Yair Rodriguez and the 23-year-old gave the mixed martial arts world something to talk about with a highlight-reel worthy knockout of Andre Fili in the second round at UFC 197 on Saturday night.

    Yair Rodriguez (AP Photo)Yair Rodriguez (AP Photo)The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” drilled Fili with a jumping switch kick that connected with a sickening thud and immediately separated his opponent from his consciousness.

    The featherweight bout kicked off the pay-per-view portion of UFC 197 with a bang and put the featherweight division — where Conor McGregor still remains king — on notice.

    After a first round that saw Rodriguez takedown an eager Fili, it appeared that Rodriguez had plans to utilize his ground and pound to win the fight. However, in the second frame it all changed when the highly touted prospect showed why he’s arguably one of the most lethal fighters in all of MMA with his feet.

    With just enough distance between them,

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