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Paige VanZant explains risking her ‘pretty face’ in Bare Knuckle Fighting

Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant has left the UFC after contract issues with the organization and has made her next move, which left many surprised.

VanZant announced on Wednesday that she has joined Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, where she’s under contract to fight four times. VanZant’s first of four fights for the organization could come in November, according to ESPN’s report on the subject.

VanZant shared her reason for moving to Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, and she says she wants to prove a point.

“I feel like I still have this stigma in MMA that I’m just a pretty face, and what a way to prove to people that’s not the way I see myself at all. This is a sport where people probably have the highest rate of getting cut open and having long-term scars is definitely something that I’m not even worried about for me. It’s just the love of competition and I’m really excited to go out there and show off in such an amazing sport,” VanZant said, via ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

VanZant is known for her good looks in addition to her fighting ability, as she referenced, and she wants to show she is not afraid to mess with that. Fighting without gloves does lead to more cuts and facial damage for participants, which makes VanZant’s decision so curious.

The 26-year-old has gone 8-5 in pro MMA and was disappointed with the pay she received from the UFC, where she went 5-4. She said she had multiple contract offers after her UFC contract expired and chose Bare Knuckle Fighting. Her deal reportedly will pay her $1 million with incentives.

Derrick Lewis got a little too personal in postfight interview

Damien Lewis

Derrick Lewis got a little too personal during his postfight interview after beating Aleksei Oleinik on Saturday night.

Lewis defeating Oleinik via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas. He conducted a postfight interview with Paul Felder on ESPN+ afterwards and was asked about setting the record for the most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history.

Lewis didn’t answer but instead said “I gotta take a s—.”

Lewis played it off like he didn’t realize he was on air at the time, but this is Lewis we’re talking about, and he’s said much worse during interviews. He seems to enjoy letting a little loose after wins.

The 35-year-old fighter is now 24-7 with one no contest in his pro career. He believes that Curtis Blaydes, Francis Ngannou and Alistair Overeem make sense as potential next opponents.

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Floyd Mayweather says he barely needed any training to beat Conor McGregor

Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor made fans think he had a legitimate chance to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. a few years back when he came out and took the first three rounds, but Floyd insists that was all part of his plan. Looking back on the 2017 bout, Mayweather makes it seem like it was a fairly easy win.

As Jack Fig of The Sun pointed out, Mayweather told Drink Champs earlier this year that he did not train all that hard in advance of his fight against McGregor. He insists he took the match seriously but said there were stretches where he would go a week without getting in the gym.

“For Conor McGregor, I didn’t really train,” Mayweather said. “All I did was do push-ups and sit-ups. That’s all I did. Push-ups and sit-ups, box a few times, hit the bag a few times.”

Mayweather’s conditioning was clearly superior to McGregor’s, which is why Floyd won by TKO in the 10th round. McGregor looked like he had barely anything left in the tank late in the fight.

Mayweather’s win over McGregor gave him a record of 50-0 for his career, and he said after the fight that he was retired. He has since teased a return on a few different occasions, but no official plans have been announced.

UFC fighter Davey Grant suffers broken nose, jaw in UFC 251 fight

Davey Grant scored what may have been the best knockout of UFC 251 in the first fight of the night on Saturday night, and it came with a big cost.

After Grant knocked out Martin Day at the UFC Fight Island Event in Abu Dhabi, the bantamweight was heard telling UFC president Dana White that he broke his jaw during the fight. He campaigned for White to give him the $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. Grant later confirmed on Twitter that he suffered a broken jaw in two places and also broke his nose.

Grant was knocked down by Day in the first round, but he was able to battle back and drop Day with a vicious knockout punch in the third round. It looked like Day was out cold, and the referee immediately stepped in to stop the fight.

UFC Fight Island was an overall success, and multiple fighters suffered some nasty injuries in their hard-fought bouts. Grant ended up earning the “Performance of the Night” bonus, which he told White would “change my life.”

Rose Namajunas ends up with nasty eye after win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251

Rose Namajunas

Rose Namajunas may have ended up with a win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 251 on Sunday in Abu Dhabi (Saturday in America), but she paid a physical price.

Namajunas won via split decision but was seen with a huge mouse under her left eye after the fight.

Andrade started to do some damage in the third round of the fight, landing a couple of big right hands that nailed Namajunas, who was bleeding from the nose. The fight got exciting in the final round with body fighters doing damage.

Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Namajunas, and the third had it 29-28 for Andrade. The two fighters have now split their two bouts as Andrade won their fight at UFC 237 last year in Brazil.

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UFC fighter Mike Perry to seek treatment for alcohol issues

Mike Perry punch

The UFC on Thursday issued a statement regarding Mike Perry, who was shown punching a man and acting obnoxiously in a video that circulated on Wednesday.

Perry was leaving a bar in Lubbock, Texas and ended up punching a man. He curses and uses the N-word numerous times during the incident and appears to be drunk.

The UFC said in its statement that Perry is seeking treatment and that they will not schedule a fight for him.

“UFC is aware and troubled by the video that was released last night concerning Mike Perry. The conduct displayed by Perry is not reflective of that of our organization. Perry apologized for his behavior and acknowledged he was disappointed with himself that his actions may have reflected poorly on UFC. He further acknowledged that he believes he has some issues related to alcohol abuse and has informed UFC that he has committed to immediately seek professional treatment, including substance and behavioral counseling. At this time, UFC has informed Perry that he will not be offered a bout, and the parties have agreed to evaluate next steps for Perry following the completion of his treatment program,” the statement says.

Perry was making his way out of Table 82 on Tuesday night after being asked to leave. He felt like people touched him on his way out, to which he objected. TMZ, citing the police report, says the man who was punched was taken to the hospital.

Perry, 28, is 14-6 overall, including a win over Mickey Gall on June 27.

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Video: UFC fighter Mike Perry punches old man in Texas bar

Mike Perry punch

UFC fighter Mike Perry was recorded on video knocking out an older man at a bar in Texas, reportedly on Tuesday night.

The video shows Perry heading out of Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas (according to TMZ Sports) and being told to go. He is defiant, saying he doesn’t have to go, and questioning whether the police would be called. He is heard raising his voice throughout the video and seemed to be upset about someone touching him.

Perry then punches an older man who said he was going to tell the police what happened.

Perry says “back the f— up” and uses the N-word in the video.

The video is below, but beware it contains a punch and bad language.

Perry, 28, began his pro MMA career in 2014 and started off by winning his first nine fights, including his first two in the UFC. He is 14-6 overall, including a win over Mickey Gall on June 27.

It’s unclear whether police were called regarding the incident. Prior to his pro MMA career, Perry spent six months in prison in 2011 for violating his probation after a conviction for armed robbery.

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