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Daughter of Star Wars Creator George Lucas Has MMA Fight in August

The daughter of Star Wars creator George Lucas has an MMA fight scheduled for August. Amanda Lucas is 1-1 in her fighting career and set to take on Hikaru Shinohara at DEEP 55 in Japan August 26th.

Lucas lost her MMA debut in 2008 but won a year later. She took two years off after getting married and tried to return earlier this year, but withdrew from her fight after her opponent couldn’t make weight.

You might think that someone who has only fought twice in her career might not be too serious about fighting, but that’s not the case. In an April interview with MMA Fighting, Lucas said of her MMA aspirations, “This is a professional sport, one I take seriously, and in which I dedicate my life to.”

You may recognize Lucas from her cameos in almost all of the Star Wars movies. The fight in Japan will be her third career professional bout.

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MMA Fighter Ryan McGillivray Has a Nasty Broken Nose (Picture)

Squeamish people beware. Since I chose not to put the picture after the jump, that warning will probably come too late.  Sorry.  Of all the nasty injuries we have shown you here on LBS, nothing can really stack up to the overall gruesomeness of injuries suffered in the octagon.  As far as how the following injury stacks up against this dangling toe, this torn off ear, or this other torn off ear, you’ll have to be the judge.  Check out the Ryan McGillivray broken nose picture, courtesy of Deadspin:

McGIllivray, who was on the last season of The Ultimate Fighter, suffered the injury during training. I suppose any injury that allows you to keep the affected extremity is a victory, but that still looks ridiculously nasty.  We thought Ben Roethlisberger’s broken nose and Manu Ginobli’s crooked beak were brutal, but McGillivray puts them to shame.  Glad he’s all smiles, because I’d probably be crying.

Alistair Overeem Interested in Boxing

Alistair Overeem is one of the top MMA heavyweights in the world and currently fighting for Strikeforce. He has an upcoming bout with Big Foot Silva in the semifinals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, and he may only have one fight left with the promotion before his contract comes to an end. After that, Overeem has to decide what to do next.

In a recent interview with Boxing News in Poland, Overeem said he’s considering boxing next. “UFC or boxing,” Overeem replied when asked about his plans after Strikeforce. He went on to explain what he’s thinking.

“I’m always looking for a challenge,” Overeem said. “That came about in becoming a K-1 champion, something nobody ever did before. It would be cool to go to boxing and beat the main guy there. I know if you give me good preparation, good sparring partners — which, I can arrange, I can fix that — with my background already in kickboxing, my K-1 background, I’m sure I can break some bones.”

Given Reem’s versatility, I wouldn’t doubt his ability to succeed in boxing. However, if he thinks he’d be able to step into a ring and immediately beat Vitali Klitschko, I think he’s dreaming. The guy can fight, but that would be too much to ask for in his first bout.

Here’s a video of the interview (they start talking boxing around the 4:15 mark):

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Dana White: Lyoto Machida Wanted Anderson Silva Money to Fight at UFC 133

UFC 133 is just over three weeks away, and the promotion was put in a bad spot when Phil Davis had to pull out of his fight with Rashad Evans. Davis was headlining the event along with Evans, so Dana White needed to scramble to find a replacement. Tito Ortiz is the guy now, but it was supposed to be Lyoto Machida.

According to White, Machida has been bugging him for a big fight and got his opportunity. He initially said “yes” to serve as a replacement in the fight, but after discussing it with his team he thought better of taking a difficult fight on such short notice, so he demanded a monetary premium. As MMA Junkie reported late Wednesday, Machida’s camp told White they wanted Anderson Silva money for the fight. White said until you’ve accomplished what Silva has, you’re not getting the kind of money he does.

White turned to Tito Ortiz who decided to accept the fight after contemplating the decision since Tuesday night. Ortiz is also fighting on short notice, but he should be in good shape after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 132 on July 2nd.

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Brett Rogers Has Awesome Mug Shot After Assault Arrest

We’ve featured some classic mug shots at LBS over the years. Former MLB player Derek Bell had a legendary one several years ago. Former Calgary Flames forward Brett Sutter looked like a pedophile in his. And running back Laurence Maroney went Busta Rhymes with his hair in his. But does anything top Brett Rogers and his mohawk from his mug shot? I think not.

Laughing over Rogers’ mug shot does not mean we find his alleged actions to be funny. Quite the opposite, in fact. As we learned from Bloody Elbow, Rogers was jailed and charged with “assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation and pattern of stalking conduct — all felonies –in Dakota County. He was also charged with endangerment of a child, a gross misdameanor.”

Here are the details of what allegedly transpired. “His wife blacked out from being choked, suffered a golf ball sized wound on her face among smaller wounds. The couples daughter had tried to intervene after she saw Rogers strike her mother.”

Rogers reportedly admitted to getting in a fight with his wife after drinking, and he says he was returning force. Bro, even if you were returning force, YOU’RE A PROFESSIONAL MMA FIGHTER. You don’t fight anyone unless paid to in the ring or unless you’re defending someone’s life. Somehow I doubt punching your wife and choking her was necessary. See Brett, this is the sort of thing you should have done to Josh Barnett, not your wife.

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Nate Marquardt’s Failed Medicals Centered Around Elevated Testosterone Levels

Nate Marquardt was replaced for his scheduled UFC on Versus 4 fight Sunday because of a failed medical exam. UFC President Dana White was upset with results and said Marquardt was out of the UFC. Marquardt kept quiet on the issue until Tuesday when he explained the nature of the failed tests on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

Marquardt said he failed his medicals because of elevated testosterone levels that were the result of hormone replacement therapy. Marquardt says he underwent testing last August after feeling sluggish during training and that tests came back saying he had low testosterone. His doctor recommended he go on hormone replacement therapy to correct the issue.

Marquardt said he worked with the UFC to handle the issue and figure out a plan that would allow him to receive hormone replacement. He says he was treated through the end of the year. Marquardt explained that when he fought Dan Miller he applied for therapeutic exemption in New Jersey and was approved. They asked him to go off treatment for eight weeks, take three blood tests, and then have an endocrinologist see if he needed more treatment. The blood tests came in and the endocrinologist wrote a letter saying he had low testosterone, recommending he go back on treatment.

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Rampage Jackson Tries to Punk Ariel Helwani Again (Video)

Rampage Jackson sat ringside for the UFC on Versus 4 Sunday night and provided some analysis on TV afterwards. After breaking down the win by his training buddy Cheick Kongo, Rampage was asked about his rumored upcoming fight with Jon Jones. That’s when he rekindled his issues with reporter Ariel Helwani. Check out the video:

Rampage is frequently a character full of personality during interviews and he often crosses the line. He got into it with Helwani during a pre-UFC 130 interview after being upset with the way a previous radio interview went between them. The guy may be entertaining because of his spontaneous and wacky personality, but he needs to cool it with Helwani.