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Thursday, August 16, 2018


CM Punk being sued by podcast host over legal bills


CM Punk and Colt Cabana were on the same side defending themselves in a defamation lawsuit just months ago, and now they are set to square off against each other in a different lawsuit.

Punk (real name Phil Brooks) is being sued by his former friend, Cabana (real name Scott Colton), over legal bills amassed defending themselves in their previous case.

Back in Nov. 2014, Punk joined Cabana’s “The Art of Wrestling” podcast and ripped the WWE in somewhat of a tell-all. Punk, who was one of the organization’s most popular wrestlers, had left the WWE in January and that was his first interview on the subject. In the interview, Punk was critical of a WWE doctor, which led to a defamation lawsuit from the physician.

Punk and Cabana were named as defendants in the suit and prevailed, but they racked up enormous legal bills in the process.

According to Cabana’s lawsuit, Punk told him the total bill for the legal fees amounted to $513,736 and that they would need to split the costs.

Cabana claims that Punk had told him in a text message that he would be “100% covered” in the fees, which is why Cabana went along with the suit. At some point later, Cabana switched counsel, leading to issues over the fees. Cabana claims in his lawsuit that he would have complied with the doctor’s cease and desist orders to avoid a lawsuit had Punk not told him he would cover the fees.

Cabana has sued Punk for $200,000 in damages plus another $1 million in punitive and exemplary damages.

Punk, 39, embarked on a career in MMA after leaving the WWE. He has gone 0-2 in the UFC and needed to be hospitalized after his latest loss.

Greg Hardy wins second pro MMA fight in 17 seconds

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 2-0 thanks to a victory that took less than a minute.

Hardy competed in Dana White’s Contender Series 16 on Tuesday in Las Vegas. For his second pro MMA bout, the former NFL defensive end faced off against Tebaris Gordon. Hardy needed just 17 seconds to overpower Gordon and have the fight stopped.

Hardy is now up to 5-0 in his MMA career (his first three fights were as an amateur). In his pro MMA debut, Hardy defeated his opponent in 32 seconds. This time he around Hardy was even faster. He has won all five of his fights in the first round, none taking longer than 1:36.

The former NFL player is signed to a developmental contract with the UFC. If he keeps mowing through opponents like this, the organization may bring him to the big leagues for his UFC debut.

A former Pro Bowler, Hardy transitioned to MMA after NFL teams stopped showing interest in him following the 2015 season. The awful allegations he faced from his ex-girlfriend were a big reason for his NFL career ending.

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GSP wants to face winner of Khabib-McGregor

Georges St-Pierre

Georges St-Pierre is certainly eyeing new fights, and he has his eye on one in particular.

In a new interview, GSP said he has his eye on the winner of October’s Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov fight, expecting the latter to prevail and pushing UFC to let the pair fight.

GSP’s last fight came when he defeated Michael Bisping last November to claim the UFC middleweight title, which he has since vacated due to a bout with ulcerative colitis. There had been talk of matching him with a different opponent recently, but word was that GSP wasn’t interested in that fight. Perhaps the reason for that is because he’d prefer to wait it out and take on the winner of this one.

UFC will not discipline Conor McGregor for bus attack

Conor McGregor

UFC chief Dana White is satisfied with how the legal system handled Conor McGregor’s bus attack in New York, and he has no intention of adding any more discipline on top of that.

McGregor is returning to UFC, and White said that they were waiting for his legal proceedings to conclude before moving forward.

“Obviously, I’ve been telling you guys forever we had to wait until Conor’s stuff was handled in New York,” White told TMZ Sports. “[That] got done. It was very favorable for Conor. Time to roll.”

McGregor ultimately received a plea deal and was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to attend anger management courses. As far as White is concerned, that’s enough punishment.

“Suspended? He hasn’t fought in 2 years. How much longer should we suspend him?” White said. “He’s obviously lost lots of money. Millions of dollars in what went down in New York. What more could we do to him? He went through the legal process and got what he got. That’s it.”

White originally made it sound like McGregor may never fight in UFC again, but he ultimately changed his tune. Now he’s not even punishing him, presumably because McGregor’s a big draw and money talks.

Rumor: GSP, Anderson Silva fight being discussed

Georges St-Pierre

A superfight that many MMA fans were dreaming about years ago may finally be in the works.

During his “Below the Belt with Brendan Schaub” podcast published on Monday, Schaub said there is a rumor about talks existing for a potential Georges St-Pierre-Anderson Silva fight.

“The other rumor going around the water cooler is GSP vs. Anderson Silva at a catch weight,” Schaub said. He says the catch weight being discussed is 180 pounds.

MMA Insider Front Row Brian says GSP is not agreeing to the fight.

The rumor may have something to it, too.

This was a fight many fans wanted to see years ago when both fighters were at their peaks and considered the best in the sport but GSP felt the weight disparity between them was too much to overcome.

GSP, 37, essentially walked away from the sport after 2013, though he returned to beat Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight championship in 2017. Silva, 43, was once viewed as nearly invincible. That changed with a broken leg and two losses to Chris Weidman, as well as two failed PED tests (one was later overturned). He is only 1-4 with a no contest since 2013.

A fight between the two wouldn’t be close to what it could have been 6-7 years ago, but it would still generate plenty of attention and fan interest.

Dana White throws $1 million birthday party for his son

Dana White

Dana White went all-out for his son Aidan’s 16th birthday party during the week.

The UFC president spent over $1 million on the big birthday bash, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. White rented out Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. The club, which has an indoor-outdoor feel, was rented out from 5:30 pm-11:30 pm.

As if that weren’t enough, musical artists Migos, Everlast, DJ Carnage and A$AP Rocky all performed.

Of course, when you’re going all-out like that for the party, then the birthday present has to be something special. And it was. Aidan received a customized Land Rover Defender for his gift. Not a bad way to turn 16. Let’s just hope Dana didn’t have to take the Vince Young route to pay for the party.

Watch: Shogun Rua knocked out in first round

Anthony Smith Shogun Rua

Shogun Rua was pummeled in the octagon during his fight with Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night in Hamburg on Sunday.

The headline fight lasted just 1:29 before the referee had to step in and keep Smith from doing more damage to Rua, who could not defend himself.

Smith brought the pain with a series of punches and elbows that forced Rua into the fence.

The loss drops Rua to 25-11 and ends his three-fight winning streak. Smith meanwhile is on the way up. He has consecutive first-round knockout wins over Rashad Evans and now Rua.

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