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Sunday, March 26, 2017

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War Machine found guilty on 29 charges in Christy Mack case

War Machine mug shot

Former MMA fighter War Machine was found guilty Monday on 29 of 34 charges in his case for his attack on ex-girlfriend Christy Mack in 2014.

War Machine was being tried in Las Vegas for his attack on Mack, his ex-girlfriend, and a man she was with at the time, Corey Thomas. He was found guilty of sexual assault, kidnapping, coercion and trying to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime, according to the AP.

The case received media attention in 2014 because War Machine was a fairly well known MMA fighter at the time, while Mack was a well known adult film star. Mack also released photos of her injuries following the horrific beating War Machine gave her.

War Machine had gone into hiding after his attack on Mack and was captured by authorities.

War Machine, real name Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, could face life in prison. The jury deadlocked on two attempted murder charges. He is set to be sentenced in early June.

Conor McGregor gets in boxing reporter’s face with bold prediction

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor continues to do what he does best: talk a big game.

McGregor was in New York on Friday night to walk Mick Conlan into the ring for the Irishman’s professional boxing debut. Conlan won his fight in three rounds, which gave McGregor plenty of time to talk afterwards. McGregor did just that.

The famous UFC fighter got into the face of ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael and promised some big things.

McGregor also promised to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole that he would shock the world by knocking out Floyd Mayweather.

There has been talk for months about McGregor switching from MMA to boxing to face Mayweather. Mayweather thinks it would be an easy fight, which is why he’s eager to come out of retirement for it and make countless millions. UFC president Dana White recently said he thinks the fight will happen.

Dana White believes Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight will happen

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight believes the bout will eventually happen.

During an appearance on “Conan” Wednesday night, UFC president Dana White was asked if he believes McGregor and Mayweather will eventually square off.

“I do,” White said, according to MMAFighting.com. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously [there are] a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

The egos are certainly a factor, but White is downplaying his own role in the negotiations. Even if McGregor and Mayweather agree to financial terms, no fight is happening without White’s approval. McGregor has an exclusive contract with the UFC, so White would need to sign off on any fight the Irishman has outside of the organization.

Of course, White wants the UFC to somehow profit from the fight if it happens. That’s why he already made an offer to both fighters, but Mayweather understandably laughed it off.

In addition to the financial and contractual obstacles, White said there is a size difference between the two fighters that very few people have mentioned.

“Conor McGregor is huge,” White said. “He’s 27 years old. He’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd has always had a problem with southpaws. Conor is a southpaw. And Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out — that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting.”

As White said, there’s simply too much money at stake for the fight to not happen — assuming both fighters genuinely want it. Even if the quality of the bout itself winds up being a joke, Mayweather recently gave a great reason for why McGregor should want to box him.

This Edson Barboza flying knee knockout was incredible

Edson Barboza knee

Edson Barboza had a knockout so unreal on Saturday that it demands your attention.

Barboza beat Beneil Dariush at “UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum” on Saturday night in Brazil in the second round. He did so with this spectacular flying knee:

That was good enough to give Barboza the Performance of the Night.

The Brazilian fighter is now an impressive 19-4.

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Floyd Mayweather has great reason why Conor McGregor should fight him

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

From a financial standpoint, it is no secret that Conor McGregor could use a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. more than Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs a fight against Conor McGregor. And for that reason, Mayweather feels McGregor should do everything in his power to make the bout happen.

Mayweather, who has an estimated net worth of around $350 million, told The Telegraph over the weekend that McGregor would be wise to fight the undefeated boxer before he loses a UFC fight and his star begins to fade.

“The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight,” Mayweather said. “If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my a– for a lot of money. It makes business sense.”

Mayweather made nine figures for his fight against Manny Pacquiao, so you can understand why he feels that McGregor is the one who should be compromising. The biggest obstacle, as Mayweather noted, is that McGregor is under contract with the UFC.

“If someone says ‘I want to fight Floyd Mayweather’, I can simply say ‘yes, let’s make it happen,'” Mayweather said. “But when you’ve got a guy like Conor McGregor he has to talk to Dana White (the UFC president). Dana has to talk to Dana’s bosses.

“Conor’s not a shot caller. When they said ‘Why is Floyd Mayweather not fighting Manny Pacquiao?’, it was because Manny Pacquiao had a boss. I don’t have a boss. We could have easily made the fight happen years ago. Everything happens for a reason.”

There have been rumblings that the Mayweather-McGregor fight is close to happening, but ultimately White has to sign off on it. It’s not a good sign that the UFC president has said the bout is nowhere close to being a reality.

McGregor can continue to troll Mayweather on social media all he wants, but he has never had much leverage. He needs the payday more than Floyd, and he needs permission from his boss in order to be in a position to receive it.

Dana White: Khabib ‘went rogue’, fight could have been saved

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Dana White was upset on Friday with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team for the way they handled the fighter’s weight cut struggles ahead of UFC 209 on Saturday.

Khabib’s scheduled fight with Tony Ferguson was called off on Friday after Khabib went to the hospital following a failed attempt at a weight cut. Doctors recommended that he not go through with his scheduled fight.

Appearing on FS1 Friday, White said the fight could have been saved had Khabib’s team called him instead of going to the hospital.

Khabib walks around at over 190 pounds, though he fights at 156. He is 24-0 in his professional MMA career and was set to fight for the interim lightweight championship.

This is not the first time Khabib has failed to make weight for a fight. He had the same issue in 2013 prior to his fight with Abel Trujillo and fought at a catch weight.

Perhaps had White been informed of Khabib’s difficulties with his weight cut, he would have told the fighter to get healthy, and he would have just set things up for a catch weight.

Floyd Mayweather wants to make Conor McGregor fight happen

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

Floyd Mayweather expressed extreme interest in making a fight with Conor McGregor happen while speaking with Showtime for an interview on Friday.

Mayweather was in Temecula, Calif. for a fight card his company was promoting that was televised on Showtime. While in attendance, he spoke with Showtime and was asked about facing McGregor. Mayweather praised McGregor in order to hype up a potential fight between them:

“They keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there. Conor McGregor: I’m here, let’s make it happen,” said Mayweather.

Mayweather was then asked why boxing fans should believe McGregor, who is an MMA fighter, could actually give the 49-0 Mayweather a good fight.

“Every time Conor McGregor goes out there and competes and wins, he does it standing up. When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and he’s a very tough competitor, and he has the will to win,” said Mayweather.

He then dismissed the notion that McGregor wouldn’t be dangerous with larger boxing gloves.

“UFC gloves are no different from boxing gloves — they’re just a little bit smaller. If a guy has power, a guy has power. And Conor McGregor has power.”

Mayweather said that the important thing is for McGregor to receive permission from the UFC, with whom he’s under contract, in order to fight.

“Once Conor McGregor speaks with the UFC and his bosses, then we can make it happen.”

Mayweather was also asked how much he would want in order to fight McGregor, but he’s already answered that question.

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