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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Report: Judge Adalaide Byrd could be removed from UFC 216

Canelo GGG

Judge Adalaide Byrd’s immediate future is in question after she turned in a scorecard for the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight Saturday night that was highly criticized.

Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in their superfight. One judge scored it 115-113 for Golovkin; another had it 114-114; and Byrd scored it 118-110 for Alvarez. Her scorecard suggested she saw Alvarez win the fight easily. Most people who watched it felt it was a close fight, with many thinking GGG had the edge. Social media was not kind to Byrd after the fight as these tweets show, and now it sounds like the Nevada Athletic Commission may take action.

The Irish Independent reports that NAC executive director Bob Bennett said he would give Byrd a “small break.”

“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett reportedly told the Independent. “She’ll still be in the business, but she needs to catch her breath.”

On top of that, CBS Las Vegas reporter Chris Maathuis said Byrd had been removed from the UFC 216 fight card she was set to judge on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas.

Bennett may have been getting ahead of himself in his comments to the Irish Independent, because he later told MMA Fighting that they will decide Byrd’s fate over the next week. It could be that news about Byrd leaked out quicker than the commission was ready for, leading them to ask for patience in an announcement.

Jon Jones: ‘I would never do steroids, I put that on my children’

Jon Jones may be facing a lengthy suspension for failing a drug test but he insists he has not used steroids and seemed quite serious about it.

After defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 to regain the light heavyweight belt, news broke that Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol after his weigh-in the day the day before the fight. Despite the test results, Jones says he would never use steroids and went as far as to say he “puts that on his children.”

This is the second failed test of Jones’ career. He previously was banned for one year. Jones could now be facing a four-year suspension if the maximum penalty is enforced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

UFC announced it would reinstate Daniel Cormier as its light heavyweight champion

Ronda Rousey cuts first WWE promo, challenges Charlotte Flair

Ronda Rousey is destined to take part in a WWE event at some point, and it looks as though her debut could be coming sooner rather than later.

A promo featuring Rousey was released this week, and it seems like the goal was to set up a WWE match between the former UFC champion and Charlotte Flair, the daughter of Ric Flair and a former champ herself.

For those of you who don’t follow wrestling, that was Bayley and Becky Lynch — two more former WWE champions — standing next to Flair. Rousey was with MMA training partners Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, who along with Rousey and Shayna Baszler have been referring to themselves as “The Four Horsewomen.”

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though an Instagram post from January got people talking. Stephanie McMahon recently said Rousey and the WWE would be a match made in heaven, and it looks like that match has officially been made.

Conor McGregor in legal battle over filing of several trademarks

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor was already a household name before his fight against Floyd Mayweather last month, but you could now argue that the Irishman is a global icon. It makes sense, then, that McGregor is trying to secure a number of trademarks so he can continue making money through new avenues.

But trying and succeeding are two different things, and McGregor is meeting plenty of resistance with his trademark applications. The Irish Times reports that McGregor has hired FR Kelly, one of the top trademark law firms in Dublin, to help him secure a number of trademarks.

McGregor’s nickname is “The Notorious,” and that phrase is one of several the 29-year-old has filed a trademark application for with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Spain. Liverpool businessmen and brothers Andy and John Underwood are seeking to block McGregor from profiting off of “The Notorious,” as they have been selling combat sports apparel with their Notorious Fightwear brand since 2009, which is long before McGregor became a star.

McGregor is also hoping to use the phrase “Notorious” to market his own whiskey, beer and other beverages.

He’s going to have to fight for that, too. A company called the Carlow Brewing Company already owns thew EUIPO trademark for “Notorious” as an alcohol brand.

As the Irish Times notes, typically the person who holds a trademark first is at a significant advantage in legal battles. McGregor probably has a better chance of winning his trademark fights than these fans do with their lawsuit regarding his fight against Mayweather, but that isn’t saying much.

Oscar De La Hoya ‘very disappointed’ by Dana White’s attack

Oscar de la Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya is “very disappointed” by the personal attack he received from Dana White last week.

De La Hoya and White have been at odds for several months over conflicting business interests. De La Hoya is a boxing promoter and was working to organize a fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin — a blockbuster match to fans within the boxing world. All the while there was plenty of talk about a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight, a subject of which De La Hoya and boxing purists were dismissive.

De La Hoya beat the UFC and White to the punch by scheduling the Alvarez-GGG fight for Sept. 16 — or so he thought — until the UFC and Mayweather Promotions slipped in first by having McGregor and Floyd fight on Aug. 26. Outraged over being outmaneuvered, De La Hoya was critical of the Mayweather-McGregor bout every step of the way.

Last week, on the day before the Mayweather-McGregor fight, De La Hoya tweeted an F-bomb at the two fighters for “disrespecting the sport of boxing.”

White did not exactly take the high road in response, tweeting back, “WTF?!? Is this guy snorting coke and drinking booze again??!?”

De La Hoya has been in rehab before for substance abuse problems, which is what led to White’s response.

During an appearance on The MMA Hour, De La Hoya addressed the shots exchanged.

“I just brush it off,” De La Hoya said. “I never attacked [White] personally, whatsoever. I was obviously very disappointed by his words. But it is what it is. I’m gonna continue defending the sport of boxing, I’m gonna continue respecting the MMA. And move on to Sept. 16.”

So De La Hoya thinks it’s OK for him to tweet an F-bomb about the competing fight, but then he gets offended when White responds with a jab? If you’re going to dish it, Oscar, you have to be prepared to take it, too.

Floyd Mayweather credits McGregor for having ‘solid’ punching power

Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. had some praise for Conor McGregor after defeating the Irishman in their boxing match on Saturday in Las Vegas.

After his 10th-round TKO win over McGregor, Mayweather acknowledged that the UFC champ has “solid” punching power.

“As far as his punching power – he’s solid. I’ve felt it before, so that’s why I kept coming straight ahead,” Mayweather said after the fight, via MMA Junkie. “Obviously, it wasn’t the type of power to say, ‘I can’t come forward.’ Because if it were that type of power, I wouldn’t have come forward.”

All things considered, McGregor had a good showing in the fight. He won the first few rounds largely because of his activity, but he also prevented Mayweather from getting comfortable.

McGregor didn’t do much damage against Floyd, but he certainly showed he belonged in the ring. If he pursued a boxing career, he would be a legitimate force. Even Mayweather’s word seems to recognize that.

UFC offers refund to those who had trouble with Mayweather-McGregor stream

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

The UFC is trying to do right by some of its fans who had difficulties streaming the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing match on Saturday night.

The UFC said in a statement Tuesday that they are refunding fans who purchased the fight but were unable to access the stream after buying the bout.

This is a nice gesture by the UFC, and the proper thing to do. But they’re not the only ones dealing with fallout from streaming problems. A fan has filed a class-action suit against Showtime over the poor quality of the stream for the pay-per-view bout.

The amount of buys for the fight has not been publicized yet, but UFC boss Dana White had said prior to the event that the fight was tracking to be a record-setter.

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