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Monday, September 16, 2019

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Watch: Raymond Daniels delivers highlight knockout in Bellator Birmingham

Raymond Daniels knockout

Raymond Daniels showed on Saturday why “The Human Highlight Reel” is an appropriate nickname for him.

Daniels knocked out Wilker Barros at the end of the first round of their welterweight fight at Bellator Birmingham at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, England. He did so with a huge punch that came after some fake flying spin kicks. Take a look:

Here’s the full fight:

This fight and win is a big deal for Daniels. The 39-year-old has mostly fought in Bellator Kickboxing, going 8-0 in those fights. He is 35-3 as a kickboxer. However, he was 0-1 as an MMA fighter prior to this win and hadn’t had an MMA fight since 2008.

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Report: Brock Lesnar to retire from MMA

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar’s heavily anticipated return to the UFC looks like it will not be happening.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto reported on Tuesday that an often-teased Lesnar return to the octagon will not be taking place. Okamoto even shared a quote from Dana White, who told him Lesnar is retiring from MMA.

There has been talk for over a year about Lesnar returning to the UFC, with him reportedly targeting a fight against Daniel Cormier. Lesnar even hinted at an MMA return during his appearance at WrestleMania earlier this month.

The 41-year-old WWE Superstar last fought in the UFC in 2016. He won a unanimous decision over Mark Hunt, but the result was overturned due to a positive test for a banned substance. His improbable rise in the UFC included beginning his career 5-1, with victories over Shane Carwin, Frank Mir and Randy Couture. He incredibly captured the UFC heavyweight championship in only his fourth career fight and then impressively defending it twice before losing to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 in 2010.

During his MMA career, Lesnar dealt with health issues such as diverticulitis, was suspended for a positive drug test, and retired twice. This would be his third — and potentially his last — retirement.

Conor McGregor reportedly settles lawsuit over smashing fan’s cellphone

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has dealt with a number of legal issues in recent months, and the former UFC champion has reportedly settled at least one of them.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the man who was suing McGregor for allegedly smashing his cellphone outside a hotel in Miami Beach last month has dropped his suit. The fan, 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzak, had been suing McGregor for battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress. He was seeking more than $15,000, and a settlement has likely been reached.

Abdirzak claimed he tried to take a photo with McGregor, who became enraged and smacked the phone out of his hand before stomping on it repeatedly. McGregor is still facing charges of felony strong-armed robbery and felony criminal mischief from the incident. He is due to appear in court later this week.

McGregor’s attorney tried to downplay the fan altercation, though he did not deny that it took place. A video from TMZ appeared to show the portion of the incident where McGregor stomped on the phone.

In addition to the charges he is facing from the fan altercation, McGregor is reportedly being investigated in Ireland for a potentially far more serious crime.

Brock Lesnar losing at WrestleMania hints at likely UFC return

Brock Lesnar

The way Brock Lesnar was handled and lost at WrestleMania on Sunday points to a likely UFC return for the heavyweight fighter.

Lesnar and Seth Rollins took on each other early at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. Rollins ended up winning the singles match for the WWE Universal Championship in just 2:30 — a very short match.

Not only was it somewhat of a surprise for Lesnar to have lost, but to also be involved in a match so early in the card rather than as a main event signified a likely change. On top of that, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman said something about Lesnar heading to Las Vegas where he would be appreciated. That seemed to hint at Lesnar going to the UFC, which often holds fights in Vegas.

There were talks about Lesnar potentially fighting Daniel Cormier going back to last year. Earlier this week, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said Lesnar and Cormier might be fighting in August. Brock’s brief WrestleMania appearance seems to point towards a future UFC fight.

Ronda Rousey’s husband Travis Browne beat up fan who attacked Bret Hart

Travis Browne

A fan who attacked Bret Hart during the WWE Hall of Fame event on Saturday night in Brooklyn paid the price.

Hart was tackled by a fan in the ring while giving a speech about The Hart Foundation’s induction. As soon as the fan made contact with Hart, people jumped into the ring to subdue the assailant. One of the most notable people in there was Travis Browne, an MMA fighter who is married to Ronda Rousey.

In this video, you can see Browne beat up the fan (beware: there is some bad language in the video).

You can also see WWE’s Dash Wilder slug the fan with a vicious shot in this video clip:

The fan got what he had coming to him — quickly. That could have gotten ugly if not for a couple of quick-thinking people.

Conor McGregor seemingly ends spat with Khabib in positive tweet

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor seemingly ended a social media spat with Khabib Nurmagomedov by sending a positive tweet on Wednesday night.

McGregor and Khabib had been trading shots on Twitter, which began with McGregor taking a shot at Khabib’s religion. He posted a photo of Khabib’s wife wearing a hajib and said “Your wife is a towel mate” in his Twitter post.

He later deleted the inappropriate tweet.

Khabib responded by calling out McGregor over the legal matter he’s facing.

The activities between the men were bad enough to prompt a response from Dana White, who called it “unacceptable.”

McGregor seemed to get the message, because he sent a tweet about moving forward and preaching love for everyone.

Whether he means it or not is a good question. It seems clear that McGregor is trying to trash talk his way into a rematch with Khabib after losing to him in October.

Conor McGregor challenges ‘Hollywood actress’ Mark Wahlberg to fight

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed marital arts last week, but the former UFC champion apparently has at least one fight left in him.

On Saturday night, McGregor took to Twitter to call out actor Mark Wahlberg. He referred to Wahlberg as an “actress” and said a bout between the two would be “a fight for all the shares!”

Wahlberg was among a group of celebrities who purchased a stake in the UFC when the company was sold in 2016. When McGregor said in his post-fight press conference after UFC 205 that he wants a share of the company, Wahlberg later offered to give the Irishman a portion of his shares if McGregor is willing to “cut the check.”

When one of McGregor’s Twitter followers made a reference to Wahlberg’s character in the movie “Four Brothers,” McGregor said he will whoop Wahlberg and his four brothers.

Obviously, this “fight” is never going to happen. As for whether or not McGregor is actually retired, we have our theory about that.