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Friday, July 20, 2018


Ex-UFC fighter War Machine reportedly engaged to prison pen pal

War Machine mug shot

War Machine has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance for being released until he is 71, but that is apparently not going to stop the former UFC fighter from getting married to a woman he met while behind bars.

War Machine, whose real name is Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, was sentenced to life in prison last year for attacking his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and a man she was with at the time back in 2014. His charges included assault, kidnapping, strangulation, coercion and trying to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime, and he will not be eligible for parole for another 35 years. According to a report from TMZ, War Machine recently got engaged to a woman he met last year as a pen pal.

The woman, 30-year-old Ashley Farrington, began writing to War Machine last summer. Eventually she began visiting him in Ely State Prison in Nevada, and the two now plan to hold a wedding ceremony in prison. As TMZ notes, prison laws in Nevada will allow War Machine and Farrigton to share a hug but nothing more.

War Machine’s case received attention in 2014 after Mack, an adult film star, went public with some disturbing photos of her injuries. He later apologized to Mack in a lengthy statement on Twitter but also shared some bizarre thoughts about how overjoyed he is to have been sentenced to life in prison.

Ex-UFC fighter Brendan Schaub threatens to expose Dana White

Dana White

Former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub threatened to expose Dana White amid a social media beef between the two.

Schaub, 35, was 10-5 in his pro MMA career and has not fought since 2014. He has gone into broadcasting since then and become successful. In fact, it was comments he made about kickboxers transitioning to MMA that started things.

“I think everybody is all high and mighty on these guys who come from kickboxing, boxing backgrounds,” Schaub said on his “Below the Belt” podcast earlier this week. “When they come over to the UFC, they expect them to be elite strikers. The distance, the combos, the head movement, the number of variables, it’s a completely different game. So to me that never translates.”

UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya, who previously was a kickboxer, heard the comments and responded on Instagram.

Ssshhhh… #ithinkyoudbesurprised

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That served as the starting point for the beef because Dana White and Schaub got into it in the comments section of the post.

White, the UFC president, called Schaub a “tool” and suggested Adesanya ignore the criticism.

“Such a f—in tool!!!!” White wrote in a comment. “What the —- does this idiot know about the sport or the business??? @stylebender for u to be listening to one word from this MORON is a waste of ur time. Guy went 6-5 in the UFC!!! The only thing he could teach u is how to get KO’d. Tune idiots like this OUT.”

Schaub responded to White with a zinger about him being a servant to Ronda Rousey.

“@danawhite whoooooooa look who got a break from folding Ronda’s laundry to jump on instagram,” Schaub wrote. “Bravo sir. He’s right @stylebender what do I know listen to the bald fat guy who has never been in a fight in his life. Do that.”

White continued his criticism of Schaub, telling another commenter that Schaub is being carried by comedian/MMA commentator Joe Rogan, in the media world.

That led to Schaub breaking out the big guns. He posted a photo on social media of a note he wrote. In the note, Schaub says White was carried by former UFC boss Lorenzo Fertitta. He ends the note by saying, “Also, this is NO way Eskimo brothers should talk to one another. Last warning.” Beware, the note (seen here) contains some foul language.

“Eskimo brothers” is a term for two men who have shared a sexual partner. Schaub has spoken in the past about dating a notable female UFC fighter, though it is unclear about whom he was talking in this case. Schaub probably has already said too much.

Greg Hardy set for second MMA fight with Dana White’s brand

Greg Hardy

Controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy will continue forward in his MMA career.

Hardy is set for his second career pro MMA fight, according to a report. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani says that Hardy will fight on Aug. 7 as part of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series card in Las Vegas.

Hardy, who began his amateur MMA career last year, fought in White’s contender series last month. He beat Austen Lane in what was considered his pro debut, making him 1-0. After his 57-second victory, Hardy was offered a developmental contract with the UFC.

Both Hardy’s fight against Lane and his upcoming fight next month against Tebaris Gordon are not official UFC fights, though they count towards his pro record.

The former Carolina Panthers All-Pro defensive lineman has not played in the NFL since 2015. Teams no longer had interest in him after his slew of off-field issues, which including serious domestic violence allegations, as well as a cocaine arrest.

Hardy is 4-0 including his three amateur fights.

Rival’s manager says Conor McGregor is running out of money

Conor McGregor

The manager for Khabib Nurmagomedov says that Conor McGregor is running out of money and that’s why he wants to get back into the octagon.

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since Nov. 2016, though he did face Floyd Mayweather Jr in a boxing match last year. TMZ Sports says McGregor is getting closer to fighting Khabib, and the rival’s manager says it’s because Conor needs money.

“Conor’s running out of money,” Ali Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports. “This is why he agreed to fight Khabib.”

The two sides reportedly are discussing a potential fight at UFC 229 or UFC 232, both of which are later this year.

As for the claim that McGregor may be running out of money despite earning around $100 million for his fight with Mayweather, we have our doubts. Even Mike Tyson during his prime might have had trouble burning through that much cash. However, McGregor probably will have to shell out some big bucks to settle all the damage he caused with his bus attack prior to UFC 223.

Greg Hardy says he went into a ‘party phase’ after signing with Cowboys

Greg Hardy

The Dallas Cowboys took a big chance by signing Greg Hardy in 2015, and it meant a lot to the former NFL star — perhaps too much, in fact.

Hardy opened up about the downfall of his NFL career in an interview with Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, and he was rather candid in admitting that he felt entitled after the Cowboys brought him in.

“Having the Dallas Cowboys was like having the biggest bully in the world have your back,” Hardy told Klemko. “It said, ‘Greg’s okay, give him a chance, he’s a Cowboy.’ That launched me into a party phase. I got away from reality.”

Hardy became nearly untouchable after disturbing details of his domestic violence case were released, and that’s why the Panthers decided not to re-sign him. After the Cowboys also chose not to bring him back following one fairly productive season, Hardy was arrested for possession of cocaine and had a lame excuse for police.

Given the circumstances under which he left Carolina, you would think Hardy’s “party phase” would have been put behind him. Now that he has gotten serious about his MMA career and has finally been given a shot with the UFC, perhaps he will finally straighten out.

Report: Brock Lesnar in talks to attend UFC 226, fight Miocic-Cormier winner

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar could find himself back in the Octagon again before long.

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reported on Friday (via Bloody Elbow) that the 40-year-old superstar is in talks to make an appearance at UFC 226. Meltzer also adds that Lesnar has been asked to fight the winner of the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier bout, which will headline the July 7 pay-per-view event. Meanwhile, December 30 in Las Vegas is being floated as a possibility for that potential Lesnar return, which would be for the heavyweight title.

Lesnar still has six months to serve of the one-year suspension he incurred by testing positive for a banned substance when he fought Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in 2016 (the clock stopped when he retired from mixed martial arts for a second time last year). Thus, Lesnar would have to re-enter the USADA testing pool by June 30 to put the above events into motion.

We know that Lesnar recently expressed interest in fighting in the UFC again, albeit against a different opponent. Seeing as he’s one of the biggest box-office draws in the game, it would certainly make sense on a lot of different fronts.

Joe Rogan: CM Punk lacks ‘physical talent’ as MMA fighter

CM Punk

Joe Rogan doesn’t think there’s any coincidence that CM Punk has been throttled in his two MMA fights.

Rogan, who served as a longtime UFC color commentator/analyst, spoke about CM Punk during his podcast this week. Rogan said that Punk “does not have athletic talent.”

“He’s a very nice guy and he’s a hard worker, but he does not have athletic talent,” Rogan said on “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “He’s missing… he’s a showman, and when he was in the WWE, he was allowed to say, ‘I am the f—ing man!’ And throw his hand up in the air and say he is the man, and they had it scripted so that he was the man.”

Punk made his name as a famous wrestler in the WWE. But he left the organization and signed with the UFC in late 2014. His first fight came two years later, and then he fought again over the weekend. He got crushed in both fights and ended up making a trip to the hospital after his loss Saturday.

“He doesn’t have the ability to move his body right,” said Rogan. “There’s a lot of guys you can take out there, track and field guys, football players and you can get them to fight better than him in a couple of weeks easily because they are athletes.

“They’d understand how to shift their weight and throw a punch. He doesn’t have any talent, is all it is, he doesn’t have physical talent for whatever reason.”

UFC president Dana White said after the loss that Punk should give up his MMA career.

H/T Bloody Elbow

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