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Monday, February 20, 2017

MMA

Derrick Lewis taunts Travis Browne in interview, mentions Ronda Rousey

Derrick Lewis

MMA fighter Derrick Lewis is the kind of guy who wants to kick your rear and then take your girl. And he said just as much on Sunday night.

Lewis defeated Travis Browne by second-round knockout at “UFC Fight Night” in Nova Scotia on Sunday night. After his win, he was interviewed by FS1 and proceeded to talk about how he needed to relieve himself. He also referenced Browne’s domestic violence allegations, as well as Browne’s girlfriend, Ronda Rousey.

“I just knew I had a bigger heart than him. He calls himself a man, but he likes to put his hands on women, so forget that guy,” said Lewis. “I have much more heart than his a–. Where Ronda Rousey’s fine a– at?”

Lewis is up to 18-4 and has won six in a row. He’s also registered 8 career UFC heavyweight knockouts, which is tied for the third-most all-time. Browne has lost three in a row and is now 18-6-1.

As for the domestic violence allegations, those came from Browne’s ex-wife.

Conor McGregor meets with Lorenzo Fertitta

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is making the most of his time in Las Vegas.

McGregor is in Vegas this week to appeal his fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for throwing a water bottle at a UFC 202 event. While there, he has trolled Floyd Mayweather, and now he has taken a meeting with former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

Fertitta recently sold his stake in the UFC. He is a former NSAC commissioner and used to help out the UFC with making certain fights happen, which has some thinking he could be helping with the Mayweather fight.

Conor McGregor trolls Floyd Mayweather on Twitter, Instagram

Conor McGregor

The same day that buzz circulated about a potential Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight being close to happening, the UFC star decided to troll his boxing counterpart.

McGregor sent this tweet on Tuesday evening saying he was in Las Vegas and that Mayweather “retired” upon his arrival:

He posted the same thing on Instagram. That seems to be his way of saying Mayweather is scared of him. It’s also a troll job of Mayweather because Floyd took a similar photo years ago.

A report on Tuesday said that a fight between the men had been agreed upon, but there was one holdup. A follow-up report said the fight was “very close” to happening.

Naturally, as is Mayweather’s habit, he feeds the buzz and gets everyone hyped for a fight, and then he throws cold water on all the rumors (seen here).

One serious roadblock for a fight between them is McGregor’s contract with the UFC. UFC boss Dana White said that a fight is not even close to happening between McGregor and the undefeated but retired boxer.

While some could interpret McGregor’s presence in Las Vegas as even bigger of a sign that he is ready for a fight with Mayweather, he is actually there for his appeal of a water bottle incident before UFC 202 that resulted in a fine from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Report: Brock Lesnar tells UFC he is retired

Brock Lesnar

Is Brock Lesnar done fighting in the octagon?

Reports on Tuesday said that Lesnar informed the UFC that he is retiring from MMA. MMA Fighting first reported the news, and other outlets later confirmed it.

Lesnar, 38, fought Mark Hunt in a one-off fight last year after nearly a five-year absence from competition. He won the fight but it was overturned into a no-contest after Lesnar tested positive for PEDs twice.

Lesnar was fined and suspended a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a result of his positive tests.

These reports come as no surprise given that we shared last week that Lesnar’s name had been removed from the UFC’s fighter roster online.

Lesnar remains a huge attraction and is getting prepared for his match against Goldberg at WrestleMania in April. Given his popularity and draw as a fighter, don’t be surprised if Lesnar fights at some point in the future.

Floyd Mayweather told Stephen A. Smith fight with Conor McGregor is ‘very close’

Shortly after a report surfaced on Tuesday claiming Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have come to a financial agreement for a potential fight, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith fueled the speculation even further.

Smith said on “First Take” Tuesday that he spoke with Mayweather over the weekend at the Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder game, and Floyd claimed a bout between him and McGregor is “very close” to happening.

“It’s not finalized. There are details to be worked out. He did not confirm that a deal has been done as of yet, but he had a smile on his face and he said, ‘We’re getting there. We’re getting very very close,'” Smith said. “He believes he has the potential to make even more money than he made fighting (Manny) Pacquiao.”

Money is obviously a huge part of negotiations, especially when dealing with Mayweather. While Floyd has made it clear that he would not agree to anything close to a 50-50 split with McGregor, Smith said the undefeated boxer is “excited” about McGregor’s marketability.

“Floyd is all about business. His whole thing is that it has to be the right deal business-wise and has to be worth his time,” Smith added. “McGregor can market himself. Floyd usually has to market his fights, because with the guys he fought against he had to do all the talking and the promoting. He won’t have to do that with McGregor and he knows it. That part has him excited from a business perspective.”

According to The Sun, Mayweather and McGregor have worked out the financial parameters of the fight. But the Irishman would need permission from the UFC to be let out of his contract for an unprecedented cross-sport fight, and there have been no indications that UFC president Dana White is going to make that easy for his biggest star.

McGregor has already made some outlandish demands about how much money he wants to be guaranteed, but those were likely the starting point in his negotiations. In reality, he needs the fight more than Mayweather. Both men have plenty of money, but McGregor has never seen anything close to the type of money he could make by fighting Floyd.

Report: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor reach agreement for fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor have reportedly taken a huge step toward actually getting in the ring together.

According to The Sun, McGregor flew to the United States on Monday to work out a deal with Mayweather for a fight. The agreement has not been formally signed because of a “third party hold-up,” but both Conor and Floyd are said to have outlined the financial terms of the bout.

A source close to the Straight Blast Gym star told the Irish Sun: “Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have agreed a deal to fight and have both settled on their respective fees.

“The contract hasn’t officially been signed yet because of a third party hold-up but all the details have all been agreed on.

“The fight could even be announced within two weeks.”

The third party hold-up likely has to do with the UFC. Because of his current contract, McGregor would need UFC’s permission to be able to fight Mayweather. UFC president Dana White made a formal offer to both McGregor and Mayweather last month, but Floyd understandably laughed it off.

Even if McGregor and Mayweather have come to a financial agreement (which seems unlikely considering the outlandish demands McGregor has made), there would still be a long way to go. We heard for years that Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had agreed to a fight before it actually happened, and that was because there were a number of obstacles to overcome. There are even more with McGregor and Mayweather.

Report: Brock Lesnar removed from UFC active roster

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar was reportedly removed from the UFC’s active roster as part of a roster purge on Friday.

A Twitter account called UFC Fighters Info runs a webscript that produces notifications when UFC.com deletes fighters from its roster. Over 40 fighters were marked as deleted Friday. These can be fighters whose contract with the UFC expired, or ones who retired or are no longer competing for the organization for another reason.

The biggest name included in the roster purge is Lesnar, who was one of the company’s biggest stars.

Lesnar, 39, first joined the UFC in 2008 and fought Frank Mir, losing via first-round submission. He bounced back and won two in a row, including a second-round TKO of Randy Couture to become the UFC heavyweight champion. Lesnar successfully defended his title twice in a row before losing consecutive fights, leading him to step away from MMA.

After a four and a half year absence from MMA, Lesnar made a surprising return to the octagon in July to face Mark Hunt. Lesnar did not have to go through all the drug testing that is typical for a fighter to get cleared to re-join the UFC. He ended up testing positive for PEDs before and on the day of the fight.

Lesnar is currently serving a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission stemming from his positive drug tests. The suspension is set to end in July.

In addition to Lesnar, Tim Kennedy is another notable fighter who was removed from the roster. Kennedy announced his retirement last month.

H/T Bloody Elbow

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