If you’re wondering why Conor McGregor was able to beat Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, it’s very clearly because he had some Vince McMahon swag in his corner.
Prior to their fight, McGregor got his Vince McMahon in by emulating the WWE boss’ swaggy walk with arms out and a-flailing:
It’s not the first time Conor McGregor did the Vince McMahon swag walk. He also had done it in this video posted on YouTube in March:
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- Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor denied initial reports that he had broken his foot during his bout with Nate Diaz, confirming only that his shin was quite beaten up.
Immediately after the fight, it was said that McGregor’s foot was broken, presumably a result of a number of leg kicks he delivered. However, when speaking to the media, McGregor said that his foot was fine, his shin was simply in poor shape.
“My shin. I kicked his knee about 40 times and it’s hurting me,” McGregor said, via Damon Martin of Fox Sports. “That’s it, just my shin, everything else is good. My ankle was actually a bit banged up coming into the fight. We were practicing leg kicks in camp so it was a little bit swollen coming in but it’s the shin.
“I kicked his knee clean, I think it was in the first round and then I just kept kicking so I’m feeling it now, but other than that I am perfect.”
McGregor did need crutches after the fight, but maintained that he was by and large alright after defeating Diaz in an epic five-round bout.
- Conor McGregor
Jon Jones has been serving an indefinite suspension from his latest failed drug test back in June. It has widely been assumed that he will end up with a two-year ban once his case is reviewed by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Not so fast, the interim UFC light heavyweight champion says.
In an Instagram video from Sunday that has since been deleted, a smiling Jones thanked fans for their support and said he recently received some “really good news” regarding his positive drug test. Jones made it seem like his suspension could wind up getting overturned.
Jon Jones just dropped this message on Instagram and says he has good news & expects to be back in the Octagon soon. pic.twitter.com/Q6U8GFBSTo
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 15, 2016
“We have found out lots of really good news,” Jones said. “I am expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon.”
Jones has been adamant that he had no idea he ingested a banned substance. He broke down crying while speaking to reporters last month (video here) and said he cannot even pronounce the name of the substance he tested positive for. Jones later said in a series of tweets that he knows he is not a cheater and trusts the system will make things right.
- Jon Jones
Kevin Ferguson Jr., the son of the late Kimbo Slice, will be making his professional MMA debut on Aug. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. on the preliminary card at Bellator 160. On Monday, Bellator announced the opponent for “Baby Slice.”
Baby Slice will be facing Jonathan Tomasian, a 20-year-old from Santa Clara, Calif., who will also be making his professional MMA debut. Tomasian was 2-0 as an amateur, winning by knockout and decision. He is a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and trains at Strive Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lodi Calif.
Baby Slice was signed by Bellator to a developmental deal in April. He won his first amateur fight with a knockout win in 83 seconds earlier this year.
Baby Slice trains in Long Beach, Calif. at Body Shop Gym.
The fight between Baby Slice and Tomasian will be streamed live on Bellator.com.
- Kevin Ferguson Jr.
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos underwent a lengthy surgery on Wednesday to help repair his fractured skull, and he later shared photos of the results of the procedure.
The Brazilian MMA fighter lost to Michael Page at Bellator 158 in London on July 16 and had his skull crushed on a flying knee. There was literally a dent in his skull, as photos showed.
But thanks to Bellator, which is covering his medical bills, Santos had a 7-hour operation Wednesday to get his skull fixed.
“I had surgery yesterday, and thank God everything went fine,” Santos told MMA Fighting before leaving the hospital on Thursday. “It lasted seven hours, and the hospital will give Bellator a full report later today. God guided the doctors in this surgery so everything went well.”
You can see all the staples and other tools used to fix his skull, as well as a big scar around his head.
- Evangelista Santos
Ronda Rousey has yet to make an announcement on if and when she will return to the Octagon, and one of her fellow fighters believes that is because the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is expecting a child.
On Thursday, Cris “Cyborg” Justino tweeted that she keeps hearing a “rumor” Rousey is pregnant.
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) July 28, 2016
Rousey claims that is a lie. UFC president Dana White told TMZ he spoke with her on the phone after Cyborg sent the tweet, and Rousey assured White she is not with child.
We know Rousey wants children eventually. The 29-year-old said in an emotional interview earlier this year (video here) that one of the things that kept her from wanting to kill herself after her loss to Holly Holm was the thought of having children with her boyfriend, fellow MMA fighter Travis Browne.
White has said Rousey will get a shot to reclaim her title when she returns, but it’s looking like that won’t come until 2017. Perhaps Cyborg, who has insulted Rousey on more than a few occasions, is trying a new strategy to pressure Rousey into fighting her instead.
- Ronda Rousey
The oldest sign of late mixed martial arts fighter and street brawling legend Kimbo Slice is set to make his professional MMA debut next month.
Kevin Ferguson Jr., who had his first amateur fight in March and defeated his opponent in 83 seconds, will fight on the undercard at Bellator MMA 160 in California on Aug. 26. He told The Associated Press on Monday that he grew up around fighting and always knew he wanted to make it a profession.
“I was always around the fight business and everything, so I saw it and I understood what was going on,” Ferguson said. “I just knew without a doubt that one day, this was what I wanted to do.”
Ferguson said he received Kimbo’s blessing to pursue a career in MMA while he was in college. He did some training in college but admits he was more focused on partying.
“I trained [in MMA] a little bit in college, but not really,” Ferguson said. “I was more focused on having fun and partying a little bit, getting that out of my system early. I trained a little bit, like once a week.”
News of Kimbo’s death last month at age 42 came as a shock to the fighting world. It was later revealed that he was told he needed a heart transplant, which is something his son alluded to.
“I won’t say I adjusted well or it didn’t bother me, but I was talking to him a few days before, so I understood what was going on,” Ferguson said. “It was more of a shock to the world, put it like that. It was still a very big tragedy, but I got through it. I’m still getting through it. I won’t say I’m over it, but I’m working on it, I guess.”
If Ferguson’s punches are anything like his old man’s (see some of Kimbo’s best fights here), he should have plenty of success fighting in Bellator.