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Friday, April 28, 2017

MMA

Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne engaged

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Ronda Rousey is off the market — officially.

Rousey got engaged to boyfriend Travis Browne, who proposed to her last week in New Zealand, according to TMZ Sports.

“We are engaged,” Browne told a reporter from SplashNews.com.

Browne gave a detail about the proposal, saying he did it “under a waterfall in New Zealand … felt like the right place to do it.”

Rousey was asked when they may have the wedding. She said she wasn’t sure, but don’t expect a whole elaborate deal from her.

“Soon but I don’t know what goes into planning a wedding,” said Rousey. “I could be really easy. I don’t really want a lot. Don’t really need decorations and flowers, just somewhere to go, something to eat, and people around.”

Rousey and Browne, who is also an MMA fighter, have been together since 2015. They even were dating while Browne was separated but still married to his now ex-wife, which led to some tension.

This will be the first marriage for Rousey, who just turned 30.

Conor McGregor expects to make over $100 million in Floyd Mayweather fight

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UFC president Dana White said this week that he is working toward getting Conor McGregor into the ring with Floyd Mayweather, and White expects the Irishman to take home somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 million for the fight. Not surprisingly, McGregor thinks that number is a bit low.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, McGregor wrote that he expects to make more than $100 million for the Mayweather fight.

“…happy Thursday everyone how’s that 75milli make your stomach feel? It’s actually 100+ milli if we go by the non conservative numbers the fight will actually do and that’s not including my endorsements and business ventures. 28 years of age. Fresh (expletive). Doubt me now.”

As White mentioned on Wednesday, Mayweather is unlikely to agree to a 50-50 split.

“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White told Colin Cowherd, via Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com. “And if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75 (million). He (Mayweather) feels like he’s the A-side and he should get more of it. We haven’t really gotten into that negotiation yet. I wanted to get McGregor locked in first, because McGregor is under contract with me.”

White has expressed confidence that the fight will eventually happen, which is important because McGregor is under contract with the UFC. He’ll need permission from White in order for the fight to take place.

All signs — including some recent big news from the Nevada State Athletic Commission — point to Mayweather vs. McGregor going down. With this much money involved, there’s simply no way either side can pass it up.

Report: Conor McGregor’s friends trashed hotel suite, left laughing gas cans

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Conor McGregor and his friends did some pretty serious partying in Liverpool last week, and the mess left behind at a hotel suite might provide some indication as to how hard they went.

A report from The Sun claims McGregor had to hire specialists to clean the presidential suite at the Hilton Liverpool after the place was left trashed. McGregor’s friends supposedly left shattered glass and 20 laughing gas canisters behind, though there is no indication the UFC star himself was using nitrous oxide.

“There were canisters all over the floor, smashed glass and food lying about,” a source told The Sun. “They damaged sofas and left cig butts and his Irish flag. (McGregor) got people in there to clean because of the level of damage. It’s just been carnage. Just full-on partying.”

Some photos The Sun shared show the alleged damage, which is said to have amounted to thousands of dollars. It’s unclear if McGregor was present at the time most of the chaos took place. Earlier in the week, the 28-year-old bragged on social media about how much he was living it up.

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McGregor’s next UFC fight has not yet been scheduled, and UFC president Dana White said this week that any potential fight between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is nowhere near happening. However, we did hear some good news that indicates there won’t be as many hurdles as some initially believed.

In many ways, McGregor is trying to be the Mayweather of mixed martial arts. The photos of him standing outside private jets and holding piles of cash in his lap are proof of that.

Dana White: Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight ‘not close’

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The talk about a potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing fight seems to persist, but Dana White says such a match is “not close” to happening.

The UFC president spoke with a TMZ Sports cameraman, who asked about the progress of the fight talks. White did not offer much encouraging news.

“I think it’s progressing but nowhere near being done,” said White. “It’s not even close to being done.

“If we were close, I would tell you we were close. We’re not even close.”

TMZ’s reporter also asked White about the status of Ronda Rousey, who has not commented on her fighting future since losing in December.

“I don’t think so,” White said when asked if he thinks Rousey will return. “She hasn’t retired. She hasn’t told me she’s retiring. But I don’t think [she’s coming back].”

The response probably should not come as a surprise from White. Back in January, he made a similar comment when asked about Rousey.

Director: Conor McGregor would be approved for Nevada boxing license

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As Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather continue to talk about a potential boxing fight between them, there is one thing that we know: the state of Nevada will not stand in the way of such a match. In fact, they will help facilitate it.

Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Bob Bennett told the Daily Star that McGregor would be approved for a boxing license despite not having boxed professionally.

“We would be willing to give him a license,” Bennett told Starsport. “He will be approved for a license.”

Why would Bennett approve McGregor for a boxing license? He says it’s due to McGregor’s prowess as an all-around fighter, from kickboxing, to youth boxing, to McGregor’s success as a striker in the UFC.

“As a youngster, as a young man, at the age of 12, he took up kickboxing,” he continued. “And Conor later became an All-Ireland boxing champion at a very young age. And if you fast forward to his UFC career, I think he’s 21-3, 17 (18) of his fights he’s won by KO or TKO from strikes. So he obviously has the striking ability in the mixed martial arts world.

“I’ve also seen some video of him training and sparring with a competitive boxer with gloves and head gear and he obviously has the skill set to be a boxer.”

That all led to Bennett saying McGregor “clearly qualifies” for a license.

The bottom line is that if McGregor and Mayweather are going to fight, Nevada wants it to take place in their state and bring in all the revenue that comes from holding such an event. Plus, once they saw McGregor was already approved to box in another state, they probably figured they had to answer.

Conor McGregor in trouble over Instagram photo

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Conor McGregor is in trouble over a photo he posted on Instagram Tuesday.

McGregor has been enjoying himself while partying in Liverpool the past few days, rolling in style the entire way and sharing the photos on social media. But one particular photo caught the attention of a luxury rental car company, and they are not happy.

Here’s a picture McGregor posted Tuesday showing him standing on the hood of a Rolls Royce:

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That expensive vehicle did not belong to McGregor. He was just renting it from Platinum Executive Travel, which told the Liverpool Echo that they are assessing the vehicle for potential damage. They are considering action against the UFC fighter.

Additionally, the company told the paper that they will not rent to McGregor again due to “the level of disrespect” he has shown.

McGregor better hope that Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t find out about this story. Mayweather owns multiple luxury vehicles and is known for showing off the wealth he owns, not rents. He’s also been ruthless in the past about taunting McGregor too and would take no prisoners here.

H/T Bro Bible

Pearl Gonzalez pulled from UFC fight because of breast implants

MMA fighter Pearl Gonzalez was set to make her UFC debut at UFC 210 on Saturday, but she has been pulled from the event one day before she was scheduled to climb into the Octagon. Why?

Breast implants.

According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, Gonzalez was informed on Friday by the New York State Athletic Commission that she will not be permitted to fight Cynthia Calvillo because she has breast implants.

Gonzalez made weight on Friday morning, and she was given the bad news shortly thereafter. She appears to have passed all of her medical exams prior to that, so it’s unclear why the issue arose so close to the actual fight. Marc Raimondo of MMAFighting.com says female fighters with breast implants have competed in New York before, but the rules clearly state that it is not permitted.

“Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in New York,” the medical standard for the NYSAC reads. “Boxers who have had breast reduction surgeries are eligible to box.”

Rules are rules, but the timing is certainly unfortunate.

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