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Chael Sonnen: Mike Tyson will be on PEDs for Roy Jones Jr. fight

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson recently spoke about the ways he used to beat drug tests during his legendary boxing career, and former MMA fighter Chael Sonnen is convinced that means Tyson is using illegal performance-enhancing substances now.

Tyson said on his “Hotboxin'” podcast recently that he used to use a prosthetic penis — also known as a Whizzinator — and his son’s or wife’s urine to pass drug tests during his boxing career. He didn’t specify which substance he had used, but Iron Mike said in his book several years ago that he used cocaine and marijuana during his career. Sonnen is convinced that means Tyson is still doing something wrong.

On his YouTube channel recently, Sonnen said he interpreted Tyson’s story as a way of coming clean. He believes it is an indication that Tyson is currently on PEDs and will be for his upcoming fight against Roy Jones Jr.

“It’s very hard to come clean and in many ways, this was Tyson’s attempt to come clean,” Sonnen said, via Darryl Pinto of Essentially Sports. “Not only was Tyson using performance enhancers, he’s using performance enhancers right now. He will go into the Roy Jones fight on performance enhancers right now.”

Sonnen compared Tyson’s admission to one that UFC fighter Jon Jones made. Sonnen believes Jones admitting to cocaine use just a smokescreen to distract people from the fact that he was using PEDs. It should be noted that Sonnen was busted for using PEDs during his MMA career.

Tyson has been training for his exhibition fight against Jones on Nov. 28. The 54-year-old appears to be in tremendous shape based on workout videos he has shared.

Conor McGregor to fight Dustin Poirier in rematch at UFC 257

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor never officially retired after once again claiming he was walking away from the UFC back in June, and the former lightweight champion is now back.

McGregor has signed a deal to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, as first reported by The Mac Life. It’s unclear where the fight will be held, though the majority of the UFC’s recent events have been at UFC APEX in Las Vegas and on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

The fight will be a rematch between McGregor and Poirier, as the two fought much earlier in their careers. McGregor knocked Poirier out in the first round when the two met at UFC 178 in September 2014.

McGregor’s last fight was in January, when he knocked out Donald Cerrone in the first round. He and UFC president Dana White then had some disagreements about McGregor’s future with the organization, and McGregor said he was retiring. McGregor has announced his retirement several times in recent years and gone back on it.

Poirier was taken to the hospital after an epic fight against Dan Hooker back in May.

Ramiz Brahimaj nearly loses ear during loss to Max Griffin

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Ramiz Brahimaj lost to Max Griffin via third-round TKO in their fight at UFC Vegas 13 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nev., and he nearly lost an ear in the process.

The fight was stopped after Brahimaj took an elbow to his left ear. Brahimaj’s ear was literally dangling off the side of his head following the elbow. Brahimaj was grabbing his ear to hold it in place but simultaneously seemed to wonder why the fight was being stopped.

Brahimaj’s effort was valiant, but the referee didn’t change his decision.

Griffin is now 16-8 following the win.

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MMA star Tito Ortiz wins city council seat in Huntington Beach

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MMA star Tito Ortiz has scored another big victory in his career.

Ortiz on Tuesday won a seat on the city council in his hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Huntington Beach, aka “Surf City,” had three seats available with 15 candidates on the ballot.

Ortiz received 22,791 votes (11.8 percent), which was good enough to finish third. He, Natalie Moser and Dan Kalmick all won the election according to results from The Los Angeles Times.

The focus of Ortiz’s platform was to “Make Huntington Beach Safe Again.” Ortiz has used his hometown as part of his branding throughout his professional career. He goes by the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” He also owns a gym in Huntington Beach called Punishment Training Center.

Ortiz (21-12-1) is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, UFC Hall of Famer, and regarded as one of the company’s pioneers. He most recently fought last year for Combate Americas.

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Paige VanZant has funny reason for being angry with suspected car thief

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Paige VanZant appears to have been the victim of an attempted robbery on Tuesday night, but the biggest issue she had with the incident may surprise you.

VanZant shared some videos on her Instagram story Tuesday night that showed a brutal rainstorm ripping through where she lives in Florida. On Wednesday morning, she uploaded another video saying it looked as though someone tried to break into her car. While she had nothing to steal, the thief or thieves left VanZant’s driver’s side door open. That resulted in the interior of her car getting wet.

“I’m not even mad that I think someone tried to steal stuff from me because there’s absolutely nothing in here worth stealing,” VanZant said with a laugh. “It was pouring rain and now the whole thing is soaking wet. Listen, if you’re gonna break into my car, at least shut the door.”

The nerve.

We’re happy to hear that VanZant didn’t have any items to steal, but hopefully the interior of her car dries out.

VanZant gained popularity in the UFC and has a record of 8-5 in her professional mixed martial arts career. She went 5-4 in the UFC but was disappointed with the pay, which is why she announced back in August that she is making a significant career move. The 26-year-old hopes the change will result in people looking at her as more than “just a pretty face.”

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Joaquin Buckley delivers UFC knockout of the year

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Joaquin Buckley delivered the UFC knockout of the year with an absolutely incredible KO at UFC Fight Island 5 on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates.

Buckley attempted to kick Impa Kasanganay during the second round of their fight. Kasanganay caught Buckley’s leg, so Buckley responded with a crazy move. He delivered a spinning back kick to Kasanganay’s head for the knockout.

That was incredible. A video game knockout.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, that’s only the fourth spinning back kick to the head knockout in UFC history.

Buckley felt he was in line for all sorts of bonuses for the incredible performance.

“We drill to kill, but I never landed it in a fight before. He was coming hard, he had heavy pressure, so I said, ‘why not throw it?'” Buckley said after the game.

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Floyd Mayweather would demand this much money for Conor McGregor rematch

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has not fought since he improved his record to 50-0 with a win over Conor McGregor back in 2017. He has hinted at coming out of retirement (again) numerous times in the past, and apparently he is open to a rematch against McGregor.

For the right price.

Mayweather made a recent appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast and discussed whether or not he will fight again. He basically said he values his long-term health and will only take easy fights that come with a big payday. If he were to fight McGregor again, Mayweather says he would need a guaranteed $300 million.

As for whether or not a fight against McGregor would be safe and easy, Mayweather clearly thinks it would. He told Sharpe that the UFC star has no punching power.

“Conor McGregor can’t punch. He can’t punch,” Mayweather said, via TMZ.

Mayweather added that he remembers taking a punch from McGregor when the two fought and thinking, “Man, this dude punch so soft.”

Mayweather made around $300 million total for his August 2017 fight against McGregor and McGregor made $100 million. Floyd was guaranteed $100 million going in, while McGregor’s guaranteed number was $30 million.

This isn’t the first time Mayweather has indicated he is open to a rematch against McGregor, but the fight seems unlikely to happen. McGregor, who is supposedly retired as well, recently revealed that he has his sights set on a different high-profile boxing match.

Conor McGregor says he will fight Manny Pacquiao in boxing match

Conor McGregor

It has been only three months since Conor McGregor made his latest “retirement” announcement, but the former UFC champion is already looking for another big pay day.

McGregor revealed in a series of tweets on Friday that he is planning for his next fight to be a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao. He didn’t provide any details but claimed the fight will take place in the Middle East.

The big news from McGregor came after he shared some direct messages between him and UFC president Dana White that show McGregor was trying to push for a fight earlier this year. He said the reports about him turning down a fight against Tony Ferguson were inaccurate and that he wanted to headline his own event rather than being an alternate. White seemed willing to work something out, but it never came to fruition. Beware that some of the messages contain inappropriate language.

“I was pushing hard for the season,” McGregor wrote. “Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back. Then when covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage. … anyway all water under the bridge who gives a (expletive). I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”

McGregor announced his retirement roughly three months after the exchange he referenced with White. It’s possible he was frustrated that the two couldn’t work something out. McGregor, of course, has announced his retirement numerous times in the past several years and gone back on it.

McGregor had a professional boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August 2017. It’s unclear if he’s planning something similar with Pacquiao, but there have been hints throughout the year that the two could eventually do something together.

Colby Covington calls LeBron James a ‘spineless coward’

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Colby Covington beat up on Tyron Woodley in their UFC fight on Saturday night, and then he kept the shots coming.

Covington defeated Woodley via 5th-round TKO at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas to improve to 16-2 in his pro MMA career.

Covington, who proudly supports Donald Trump and regularly wears a “Make America Great Again” hat, spoke with the president after his fight. He dedicated his fight to the military and first responders. He also said he was sick of all the “woke athletes,” such as LeBron James, whom he called a “spineless coward.”

This isn’t the first time Covington has gone after James. He challenged the Los Angeles Laker when the NBA canceled its games after the Bucks decided not to play on Aug. 26.

Covington is billing himself as “The People’s Champ” and proud that he was the first UFC champion invited to the White House.

Covington against James in the octagon would make for quite a fight.

Covington isn’t the only person who has called out James lately.

Conor McGregor gets drug tested on his yacht, is not officially retired

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced back in June that he is (once again) retiring from fighting, but he has (once again) yet to make it official.

McGregor is currently on a yacht in the Mediterranean, but the United States Anti-Doping Agency managed to track him down. The former UFC champion revealed on Twitter Thursday that the USADA showed up to his yacht to drug test him. McGregor insists he is still retired but said he submitted to the test because he has nothing to hide.

If the USADA is still testing McGregor, that means he has not officially filed his retirement paperwork. McGregor followed up the original tweet by taking a shot at Nate Diaz.

McGregor and Diaz have fought twice, with one win each. Many believe a third fight against Diaz is one that would entice McGregor.

McGregor appeared to announce his retirement in 2016. Then in March 2019, he also said he was retired. His 2019 “retirement” announcement was viewed as a leverage ploy for negotiations with the UFC. There is some belief that his latest retirement announcement is the same.

H/T Big Daddy