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  • The UFC held a press conference in January to promote their upcoming super fight between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5.

    McGregor showed up 30 minutes late to the presser and went into his promotional shtick, unleashing a venomous succession of insults directed at his Brazilian opponent throughout the duration of the hour-long fiasco.

    He called dos Anjos a traitor to his country. He insulted his team at King’s MMA. He called dos Anjos ugly and referred to him as a ‘free TV fighter’ unworthy of his upcoming pay-per-view billing.

    The brash featherweight even went as far as to bring dos Anjos’ family into the mix, saying: “I wanna send you back to our Brazilian media partners at Globo and have you answer to the Brazilian people why we have to book you a hotel in your own home country, why your kids' names are Bob and Donald – why are you raising American children? Why don’t you trust in your own people?”

    Dos Anjos

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  • No sooner does Jon Jones have his return date to the UFC formally announced, the ex-champion finds himself right back in trouble with the law.

    Jon Jones (AP)Jon Jones (AP)Jones — who will face Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 — will be in an Albuquerque, N.M., court on Wednesday after being cited back on Jan. 31 for driving without a license, registration and proof of insurance.

    This comes hot on the heels of Saturday’s announcement by the UFC that he’ll get the opportunity to regain the light heavyweight title he was stripped of last year when he faces Cormier in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

    Jones and his traffic violations have been a major thorn in the side of the 28-year-old former champion. Jones was stripped of his title and suspended last April in a highly publicized hit-and-run incident that left a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a broken arm as Jones fled the scene. He was given supervised probation but avoided spending time behind bars after reaching a plea agreement.

    Prior to that, Jones was

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  • LAS VEGAS – After months of speculation, there is finally a winner in the ‘who fights Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks’ sweepstakes.CM Punk talks to Mickey Gall after Gall's submission win Saturday. (Credit: Dana White/Twitter)CM Punk talks to Mickey Gall after Gall's submission win Saturday. (Credit: Dana White/Twitter)

    Mickey Gall, a 24-year-old with just one prior professional fight, submitted Mike Jackson via rear-naked choke just 45 seconds into their showdown at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. With the victory, Gall, who was featured on UFC President Dana White’s ‘Looking for a Fight’ reality show, is now in line to be the first person to fight the former WWE champion.

    “Last time I was on the mic, I was talking about one guy,” said Gall after the fight. “CM Punk. [And] I’m still talking about CM Punk -- I want to be fed, I’m hungry -- feed me CM Punk, please!”

    When asked about his game plan heading into the fight with Jackson, the victorious Gall kept it short and sweet: “Punch him as hard as I can in the face; like to punch faces and I like to choke people out, that’s what I like to do.”

    Shortly after Gall’s speech, the man of the hour, Punk, entered the cage for

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  • CM Punk gets into tense exchange with reporter for Complex

    CM Punk didn't particularly enjoy the questions he was being asked by reporter Kevin Wong in an interview that was being conducted last month for a piece in Complex Magainze. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, left the WWE and signed with the UFC in 2014, and has been training ever since to prepare for his Octagon debut.

    Punk will fight Mickey Gall in the summer, likely at UFC 200, if Gall beats Mike Jackson Saturday at the MGM Grand.

    Ever since his very public departure from the WWE in 2014, CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) hasn’t been one to mince words with people on social media who want to discuss his past. And his signing with the UFC has only brought upon more questions as the MMA world awaits his professional debut.

    His frustration with people questioning whether or not a former pro wrestler with no professional fighting experience will fare in the very real world of mixed martial arts is palpable. Things went south very quickly in his interview with Wong when some of the

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  • LAS VEGAS -- Love was in the air at the UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson weigh-in Friday when a fighter decided to take the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend before he hit the scales.  

    Alex Nicholson, who will make his UFC debut Saturday at the MGM Grand against Misha Cirkunov in a light heavyweight bout –made the stroll to the stage with his girlfriend, Hannah Goldy, in tow.

    For most fighters, the weigh-in is a time of stress as they work extremely hard to shave off those last few pounds in order to come in under the weight limit. But Nicholson looked relaxed and was clearly up to something. Before disrobing, the 25-year-old paused and pulled a small box out of his pocket. With Goldy not quite sure what was going on, Nicholson got down on one knee and proposed.

    Goldy accepted and the two shared a kiss before Nicholson took care of business and made weight.

    Nicholson is on a five fight-winning streak, with all of his victories coming by way of stoppage. He’s a massive

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  • There are plenty of people thinking Conor McGregor has little chance against UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 next month.

    Conor McGregor (Getty Images)Conor McGregor (Getty Images)Apparently, you can now add UFC president Dana White to that group.

    “I don’t see how he wins this fight,” White admitted to Fox Sports.

    The UFC boss man, like many critics, is applauding “Mystic Mac” for his desire to keep challenging himself after his stunning 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo just eight weeks ago. White is also remaining realistic, however, and believes the size difference will be too much for the Irishman to overcome.

    Well, that, and the fact dos Anjos makes even the best fighters look like timid amateurs.

    “[McGregor’s] the 145-pound champion, he can stay in his own lane, [but] this guy’s moving up to 155 to take on an animal who destroyed Cowboy Cerrone, destroyed Anthony Pettis.”

    He continued, “And this isn’t like boxing, where you move up two or three pounds, you move up 15 pounds.”

    In McGregor’s case, it’s actually 10 pounds,

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  • LAS VEGAS — UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez is stuck in a holding pattern.

    Joseph Benavidez hasn't figured out Demetrious Johnson yet.Joseph Benavidez hasn't figured out Demetrious Johnson yet.At 31, Benavidez is atop the flyweight pecking order. With 27 career bouts to his credit, Benavidez is a true veteran of the sport. Unfortunately four of those 27 fights resulted in losses against Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson.

    Benavidez sits as one of the best fighters in the world who cannot seem to beat two of the greatest champions to ever fight.

    “I love the purgatory of MMA,” Benavidez said in a sarcastic tone Wednesday from inside the MGM Grand, “it’s the best.”

    He is on a four-fight win streak, and a victory over Zach Makovsky at UFC Fight Night on Saturday should theoretically put him in line for a third fight with Johnson and the UFC flyweight title. Given the circumstances, however, it’s anyone’s guess.

    The scene is a familiar one for Benavidez, a veteran of 19 UFC/WEC fights, but lately, things have been anything but recognizable.

    Over the last month, Benavidez has been using his GPS with more

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  • Although Ronda Rousey has remained relatively silent about when she will return to the Octagon, the speculation continues regarding exactly when we’ll see the “Rowdy” one back in the UFC.

    Ronda Rousey (AFP Photo)Ronda Rousey (AFP Photo)It looks like UFC president Dana White may have a timeframe on her return.

    While appearing on “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” radio show, White revealed that we are likely to see Rousey back in competition toward the end of 2016 against the winner of the UFC 196 bout between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate.

    “The winner of that fight will fight Ronda probably in November,” White said.

    Rousey has been on the sidelines since suffering a devastating knockout loss to Holm last November. Since then, the 29-year-old has, for the most part, been virtually invisible. Aside from a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Rousey hasn’t done much by way of public appearances. She participated in a pair of photo shoots with Sports Illustrated wearing only body paint, has a pair of films in the works and occasionally posts on

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  • Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velaquez, who pulled out of a title fight with champion Fabricio Werdum that was scheduled for Saturday at the MGM Grand, reported on his Facebook page Wednesday that his back surgery went well and that he's already doing light training.

    Velasquez said he's been told he'll be able to train at 100 percent in about four to five weeks. If that's the case, given an eight-week training camp, that would put his return to competition somewhere in the late April, early May time frame.

    Velasquez announced on Jan. 24 that he would have to pull out of UFC 196, which was scheduled for Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden. The UFC immediately named Stipe Miocic to replace him, but the next day, Werdum pulled out, citing injuries as well.

    That prompted the UFC to take the fight off of pay-per-view and no longer refer to it as UFC 196. Instead, it will be a UFC Fight Night on Saturday, headlined by Johny Hendricks against Stephen Thompson, and it will air on Fox

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  • Everybody wants a piece of Conor McGregor these days. Whether it is Jose Aldo wanting to avenge his 13-second knockout loss, Frankie Edgar seeking to shut the Irishman’s mouth or even Floyd Mayweather adding his two cents on McGregor’s rise, it seems like a day doesn’t go by that "The Notorious One" isn’t making a new enemy.

    Now, you can add a Texas Baptist preacher to the list.Conor McGregor (Getty)Conor McGregor (Getty)

    Donnie Romero of Steadfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, took to the pulpit to air his grievances with McGregor. On a sermon posted on YouTube, Romero took the UFC featherweight champion to task for his comments at the UFC 196 press conference in Las Vegas. During the press conference, which was held to promote McGregor challenging Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight title on March 5, McGregor suggested that he was “cool” with Jesus and “gods recognize gods.” Both comments rubbed Romero the wrong way and resulted in the preacher hoping that McGregor – who he labeled as a “wicked person” – gets

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