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Tuesday, December 11, 2018


SB Nation fires MMA writer Iain Kidd after child pornography history comes to light

SB Nation fired MMA writer Iain Kidd on Saturday after learning about his criminal history for child pornography possession.

Kidd was in an argument online with another Twitter user during the week, who decided to dig into Kidd’s background to see what kind of information he could pull up to use against him. That person encountered an article from September stating that Kidd had been punished in Scotland, along with two others, for possession of child pornography.

According to the Evening Times, Kidd and the two other men “collected indecent images of children. They also took – or permitted to be taken – lewd images of kids” and had possession of extreme pornography.

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At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Kidd admitted charges of downloading and possessing indecent images of children between July 2005 and June 2017, and a charge of possessing extreme pornographic images between April 2007 and August 2017.

A search of seized equipment revealed Kidd had almost 984 still images and 496 moving, and 7689 pictures of extreme pornography.

Kidd was a writer for SB Nation’s reputable MMA site, Bloody Elbow. He was known for his emphasis on ethics about matters such as PEDs and domestic violence.

News of Kidd’s criminal background circulated on Friday night, and by Saturday, SB Nation/Bloody Elbow issued a statement saying Kidd had been terminated.

Bloody Elbow decided not to cover UFC 231 with the same vigor as usual due to the situation surrounding Kidd.

Other Bloody Elbow staff writers shared their thoughts on the matter.

Kidd and the two other men were sentenced to a Community Payback Order with supervision for three years as a direct alternative to custody. They essentially have a version of house arrest for six months and have to register as sex offenders for three years.

Conor McGregor offers backup to WWE’s emerging Becky Lynch

Conor McGregor

Is Conor McGregor trying to get himself involved in a WWE storyline? That could be the case.

Becky Lynch, the SmackDown Women’s Champion, tweeted an article on Thursday that said she channeled her inner McGregor to become the WWE’s biggest star. McGregor retweeted the article, and then responded to some trash talk from Lynch by offering her some backup. They both agreed they would share some of McGregor’s Proper whiskey too.

This isn’t insignificant. Lynch is Irish, like McGregor, and they could be setting up for an eventual mixed tag team match. Perhaps Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar would get involved.

Report: UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich hospitalized with major injuries after attack

Rachael Ostovich

UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich was hospitalized with major injuries after being attacked in Hawaii, according to a report.

TMZ Sports says Ostovich was in Honolulu when she was attacked by somebody close to her. They say she is believed to have suffered a broken orbital bone.

The 27-year-old Hawaii native has been fighting in the UFC since last year. She is 4-4 in her career and is scheduled to face Paige VanZant in January. It’s unclear how the injury will impact her scheduled fight.

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Ben Askren already talking trash after news of first UFC fight

Ben Askren

Ben Askren is in line for his first fight in the UFC, and he’s already talking trash.

On Monday night, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that Askren’s first UFC fight is likely to come against Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 in January.

In response to the news, Askren said a lot of welterweights were “breathing easy right about now” before promising them that their times to lose would come.

Askren, 34, was traded to the UFC by ONE Championship for Demetrious Johnson. The former Olympic wrestler fought in Bellator before ONE and is 18-0 in his career. His accomplishments and undefeated record make him a fighter of intrigue for fans, especially since he hasn’t fought in the U.S. since 2013.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr to meet MMA fighter Tenshin Nasukawa on Dec. 31

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr is coming out of retirement for a fight on Dec. 31, according to an announcement made by the promotional organization Rizin.

Mayweather will face Tenshin Nasukawa in the fight. Nasukawa is 27-0 as a kickboxer and 4-0 as an MMA fighter. Rizin is an MMA promotional company, and they say they still have details to figure out regarding the rules of the fight between the boxer and MMA fighter.

Mayweather said they will get all the rules figured out soon.

The fight will take place in Japan. Mayweather has never had a professional fight outside of the United States. He hasn’t had a fight outside of Nevada since 2006.

Mayweather is 50-0 in his career as a professional boxer. If the rules of this fight are MMA or some sort of hybrid, a loss would not go on Mayweather’s boxing record, which makes it safe for him to take the fight without risking his undefeated mark.

Manny Pacquiao had said last month that Mayweather had plans to fight on New Year’s Eve, so he was right. Pacquiao also says that this will be a prelude to a rematch between him and Mayweather.

Dana White says Floyd Mayweather will have to fight Khabib in UFC

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been hyping up a potential fight ever since Khabib defeated Conor McGregor earlier this month, but there is one significant obstacle standing in the way of it actually happening — the bout would have to take place in the Octagon.

Mayweather insisted recently that the fight is going to happen, but he said it would have to be a boxing match. UFC president Dana White told TMZ this week that that is not going to work for him.

“Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come fight,” White said. “You fight in the UFC. We’re not boxing again. We did that once. That’s over. … You want to fight, come fight — a real fight.”

It was unlikely to begin with that Mayweather and Khabib would actually square off, but it seems virtually impossible if White insists upon an MMA setting. Mayweather is not going to do that at this point in his career, and Khabib is under contract with the UFC. White can basically squash the fight, and it sounds like he has no interest in signing off on another boxing match.

If Mayweather does fight again, a rematch of the highest-grossing fight in boxing history is far more probable than him getting into the Octagon with Khabib.

Floyd Mayweather says he will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr is once again talking about the possibility of returning to boxing even though he “retired” after fighting Conor McGregor. There has been talk about a potential rematch between Mayweather and McGregor, but Floyd says he has his sights set on another UFC champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who recently defeated McGregor to retain the UFC lightweight title, said last week that he wants to go the McGregor route by fighting Mayweather. Floyd told TMZ this week that he’s open to making it happen.

“Oh we fighting,” Mayweather said confidently. “I’m my own boss. I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, but on my end we can make it happen.”

Mayweather stressed that the fight would have to be in Las Vegas despite Khabib hinting he wanted it to take place elsewhere, and he said the UFC champ would have to conduct himself in a respectful manner inside and outside of the ring. Mayweather was, of course, referring to the embarrassing events that took place after Khabib’s fight against McGregor.

As for why Mayweather would want to fight another MMA superstar, we all know the reason — money.

“He called me out. Come into my world,” Mayweather said, noting that it would have to be a boxing match. “Let’s make it happen. When I face Khabib, of course, I’m getting a nine-figure payday.”

Mayweather insists he would make about $100 million more in guaranteed money than he got when he fought McGregor if he fights Khabib, which seems unrealistic.

It’s hard to tell when Mayweather is serious about something, as he’s a master promoter who knows how to build hype and keep his name in the news. He also said recently that he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao again, which seems a lot more likely to happen than him squaring off against Khabib.