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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Anthony Pettis savagely licks his own blood after knockout win

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis went straight savage after his knockout win over Wonderboy Thompson on Saturday night at UFC Nashville.

Pettis knocked Thompson out with a Superman punch with five seconds remaining in the second round. After the fight was waved off, Pettis licked his own blood as part of his celebration.

After fighting at lightweight and even featherweight, this was quite a showing at welterweight for Pettis. He now seems to be angling for another shot at Rafael dos Anjos.

Pettis (22-8) lost to dos Anjos at UFC 185 and wants revenge.

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Conor McGregor aiming to have next UFC fight in July

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor last fought in October and is apparently targeting a return to the octagon this year.

McGregor has been making his way around the country recently, including an appearance at a Boston Bruins game where he dropped the ceremonial puck. He was in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and was interviewed by ABC 7. He told them he’s in negotiations and aiming for a July fight.

“Yes, we’re currently in negotiations, we’re aiming for July, we’ll see what happens,” McGregor told ABC 7 in Chicago, via MMA Mania. “I am staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program, the McGregorFast program, today in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.”

McGregor is coming off a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and has actually been defeated twice in his last four fights. There has been talk of him facing Cowboy Cerrone, though it’s not as much of a done deal as was previously indicated. News of McGregor scheduling another fight would be a welcome change in the dialogue surrounding him following his recent arrest.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Dana White lost big money betting on Mikey Garcia against Errol Spence

Dana White

Dana White was among those who believed Mikey Garcia had a chance to overcome long odds and capture the IBF welterweight title on Saturday night. Unfortunately, the UFC president put his money where his mouth was.

Garcia, who entered Saturday’s bout having never lost a fight, was a +230 underdog against also-undefeated Errol Spence Jr. White bet $10,000 on Garcia for a chance to win $23,000.

Spence won the fight in dominant fashion with a unanimous decision. He outlanded Garcia 345 to 75, and he had a clear power advantage with 51 percent of power shots landed compared to just 18.5 percent for Garcia.

Simply put, the fight wasn’t close. Despite how confident Garcia was in calling out Spence last year, he was clearly outclassed. White and many others got burned by going for the big payday.

Jorge Masvidal gets funny Wikipedia update after backstage brawl

Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal got a funny edit to his Wikipedia page after his backstage fight with Leon Edwards on Saturday.

Masvidal knocked out Darren Till in the second round of their bout at UFC Fight Night in London. During an interview after his win, Masvidal was taunted by Edwards, so he went over and gave him a combination (beware of a curse word):

Some fans got clever after seeing Masvidal handle Edwards and edited his Wikipedia page accordingly. They gave him a second win on his record, complete with funny explanations for the victories

One edit even changed Masvidal’s name to “The Leon Edwards Killer.”

The folks on the net don’t waste anytime. Maybe this will be a taste of what’s to come in the summer.

Tip via Big Daddy

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Attorney issues statement in response to Conor McGregor arrest

Conor McGregor

The attorney for Conor McGregor issued a statement on Monday evening in response to his client’s arrest.

McGregor was arrested Monday after allegedly knocking a cellphone out of a fan’s hands, throwing it on the ground, smashing it, and then taking it away. The incident allegedly took place in the morning outside Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, and McGregor was arrested later in the day.

“Last evening Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation,” the attorney said in a statement.

McGregor was arrested on charges of strong arm robbery and criminal mischief, both felonies.

McGregor was released from jail after posting bond.

Conor McGregor arrested for allegedly smashing fan’s cellphone

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is in trouble with the law again.

McGregor was arrested on Monday for a cellphone incident with a fan outside a hotel in Miami Beach. Here is the booking information.

The police report states that McGregor and the alleged victim were walking out of the Fontainebleau Hotel, where popular nightclub LIV is located, around 5:00 a.m. The fan claims he tried to take a photo with McGregor, who then knocked the phone out of the fan’s hand. McGregor then allegedly stomped on the phone, damaging it, and then picked up the phone and walked away with it.

McGregor has been booked for felony strong-armed robbery and felony criminal mischief. The Miami Herald says the incident was captured on video. McGregor was not immediately arrested but was later picked up after detectives spent the day investigating the matter.

McGregor recently completed the probation for his bus attack at a UFC 223 event last year.

Khabib Nurmagomedov willing to fight GSP despite retirement talk

Georges St-Pierre

Reports are swirling that Georges St-Pierre is planning to announce his retirement this week after he failed to work out a deal for a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, but Khabib says he is willing to help make the bout happen.

A French-language report from Benoit Beaudoin of RDS claims St-Pierre will announce his retirement in a press conference at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Thursday.

Shortly after that report surfaced, Khabib took to Instagram and said he wants to fight GSP in November. He also said he grew up watching St-Pierre and has “nothing but respect” for the former middleweight and welterweight champion.

Khabib said he is willing to fight at 155 or 160 pounds, and he also offered to let GSP set the location. However, things may not be as simple as the two agreeing to a fight, as UFC president Dana White said last year that GSP has to face a contender before he can earn a shot at Nurmagomedov.

GSP basically walked away from mixed martial arts in 2013, but he returned in 2017 to defeat Michael Bisping and win the UFC middleweight title. He hasn’t fought since and has vacated the belt due to a bout with ulcerative colitis. There was talk last year about matching St-Pierre with a different opponent, but he was not interested in that.

It’s unclear if Khabib’s willingness to fight GSP will be enough for him to put his retirement on hold, especially since White previously said St-Pierre can’t just jump over contenders to face Khabib.