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Sunday, February 17, 2019

MMA

Conor McGregor at Super Bowl with son in matching purple jackets

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor was in attendance for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Atlanta between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, and he brought a special guest.

McGregor was at the big game with son Conor McGregor Jr. They were wearing matching purple jackets:

It’s hard to beat that swag. Just hope that McGregor doesn’t throw the football like he did at a Cowboys game, because that’s when he’ll start to lose respect.

Chris Pratt serves in Adel Altamimi’s corner for Bellator debut

Chris Pratt Adel Altamimi

When Adel Altamimi made his Bellator debut on Saturday night, a familiar face joined him in his corner.

Actor Chris Pratt walked Altamimi to the cage, watched from the fighter’s corner, and celebrated in the cage with him after his win.

What was the famous actor doing at the Bellator 214 fight card at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., hanging with Altamimi? The two are unlikely friends.

Altamimi, who came to Los Angeles a decade ago from Iraq, helped train Pratt in MMA after the two met at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in West Hollywood. They formed a friendship and bond, with Altamimi saying Pratt is more like family to him than a friend.

“This is my brother here,” Altamimi said after asking Pratt to stand beside him for his postfight interview.

Pratt has even posted about Adel on his Instagram page:

Altamimi is now 8-5 after winning his fight over Brandon McMahan via first-round armbar submission.

Watch: Greg Hardy booed after disqualification in UFC debut

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy was booed by the fans in Brooklyn after being disqualified from his fight during his UFC debut on Saturday night.

Hardy lost to Allen Crowder because he was disqualified for an illegal knee to his grounded opponent’s head during the second round of their fight.

The loss was Hardy’s first in MMA, as he had won all six of his previous fights (half pro and half amateur).

As he made his way through the crowd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Hardy was booed.

Between his dirty move in the cage and his past as an alleged woman abuser, the chilly fan response was no surprise. Hardy also being disqualified for not following the rules, showing restraint, and being too violent, seems fitting.

Conor McGregor accepts Cowboy Cerrone’s challenge

Conor McGregor

Cowboy Cerrone’s efforts to goad Conor McGregor into a fight have finally paid off.

After Cerrone beat Alexander Hernandez at UFC Brooklyn on Saturday night, he called out McGregor once again. Only this time McGregor responded.

Cerrone is a UFC veteran who has fought for the promotion since 2011. Durable, active and fearless, he is always ready for a challenge and has fought multiple times per year, helping him set UFC records for wins and finishes. The only issue is he lost three fights in a row 2017, somewhat dampening his luster.

Is he as much of a sell as some other big names? Maybe not, but as long as McGregor’s involved, a UFC card will always sell big numbers, and you know Cerrone would make the fight interesting.

Dana White takes aim at business reporter Darren Rovell

Dana White

Dana White took aim at sports business reporter Darren Rovell during his post-UFC 232 press conference on Saturday night.

One of the major results from the fight card headlined by Jon Jones was Amanda Nunes beating Cyborg to win the UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship. Nunes has now won eight straight fights, is the bantamweight and featherweight champion, and has beaten the likes of Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey, in addition to Cyborg.

Despite all that, Rovell sent a ruin-the-moment kind of tweet about how Nunes killed the UFC’s most valuable women because she’s not marketable.

White hated that line of thinking and blasted Rovell in his press conference after the card. Beware that if you watch, White drops multiple curse words:

This sort of thing is common for Rovell, who receives backlash for sharing uninformed authoritative takes.

Jon Jones refuses to answer questions about drug testing

Jon Jones

Jon Jones and Dana White antagonized a reporter who tried to press them about the decision to let the former champ fight at UFC 232 on Saturday despite his positive drug test.

The UFC held a press conference on Thursday, two days ahead of the big fight card that was moved from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. One reporter asked why Jones was being allowed to fight despite the trace amounts of a banned substance being found in a pre-fight drug test. Jones refused to answer the question and had the backing of White, who also wouldn’t answer it.

As far as the UFC is concerned, they’ve already issued a statement on the matter and explained why Jones has been cleared to fight. They will be taking no further questions and entertaining no further scrutiny about their choice, regardless of how inconsistent it’s proven to be. This is unprofessional behavior on their parts.

Dana White: UFC 232 move to Inglewood will cost $6 million

Dana White

The UFC’s decision to move UFC 232 from Las Vegas to Inglewood, Calif. will be costly.

Dana White said at a press conference on Thursday that the move will cost the company about $6 million.

There are so many costs created by the move in locations and venues. Not only might the UFC have to pay fees to T-Mobile Arena and The Forum, but everyone needs to move and switch accommodations, while the fighters need to get new medical checks for California rather than Nevada.

The UFC on Sunday announced the decision to move the entire card, six days before it would be taking place. The move was made to allow Jon Jones to continue headlining the card after a pre-fight drug test of his was flagged for the same substance that led to his 15-month suspension by Nevada.

Although the costs are lofty, the UFC must have done calculations and determined the move would work out financially to their benefit.