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Monday, October 23, 2017

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Conor McGregor reportedly in talks with WWE for one-time appearance

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has already mastered mixed martial arts and made a fortune in professional boxing, so it only makes sense that he could be thinking about trying his hand at professional wrestling.

According to a report from The Sun, McGregor is in talks with the WWE to make a one-time appearance at a wrestling event. A source told the publication that a deal between McGregor and WWE executives is close, but that the Irishman’s appearance may have to wait until WrestleMania 34 next April.

“Conor is a huge wrestling fan. His entire persona on stage he has developed from watching performers like Ric Flair and The Rock,” The Sun’s source said. “These are the top dogs at self-promotion and trash talk. He watched these guys when he was younger.

“This is something he’s always wanted to do. The WWE guys have asked him to do shows before with them but the timing was never really right. But this time it looks like a deal is going to be locked into place.”

WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon said recently that she believes McGregor would be a “perfect fit” for the organization. McGregor said in February that he would not rule out making a WWE appearance, but he was focusing on his megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the time. Last year, McGregor criticized WWE superstars and called them “p—ies” but said he respects Vince McMahon and some of the sport’s legends like Ric Flair. If you remember, McGregor paid tribute to the WWE boss once when he stepped into the Octagon for a fight.

McGregor enjoys nothing more than playing the role of heel, so it would be tough to imagine him turning down the WWE for the right money.

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Ronda Rousey has not signed with WWE; offer still stands

Ronda Rousey

A promo that featured Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair was released earlier this month, leading many to believe it was only a matter of time before the former UFC champion explores a career in pro wrestling. As it turns out, Rousey still hasn’t signed a contract.

Stephanie McMahon, the WWE’s chief brand officer, told TMZ this week that there is an open offer for Rousey.

“Ronda, the offer still stands,” McMahon said. “We’d love to have you in WWE.”

It certainly seemed like a match between Rousey and Flair was being set up when the two cut a promo together, so perhaps there is some sort of hold-up on the business end of things.

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though an Instagram post from January got people talking. McMahon said earlier in the year that Rousey and the WWE would be a match made in heaven, so it’s no surprise she still wants that match to be made.

Conor McGregor thinks Mayweather will need to fight him again due to spending habits

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor thinks he could end up facing Floyd Mayweather in the ring again.

McGregor held a Q&A at a fan event in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday and spoke about his future. The Irishman was his typical cocky self, saying that he thought he could beat Mayweather in a boxing rematch.

McGregor said he thinks the fight could happen again because he believes Floyd would need the money due to his spending habits and alleged tax problems.

Keep in mind that Mayweather is now claiming to be a billionaire, so McGregor’s comments might not be too accurate.

McGregor also said he is open to fighting in the UFC this year, though Dana White says that won’t happen until 2018. McGregor said a fight with Georges St-Pierre would be a money fight, but the issue is he thinks Michael Bisping will beat GSP first. Maybe a fight with Nate Diaz in 2018 will be next on the agenda for McGregor.

Report: Judge Adalaide Byrd could be removed from UFC 216

Canelo GGG

Judge Adalaide Byrd’s immediate future is in question after she turned in a scorecard for the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight Saturday night that was highly criticized.

Alvarez and Golovkin fought to a draw in their superfight. One judge scored it 115-113 for Golovkin; another had it 114-114; and Byrd scored it 118-110 for Alvarez. Her scorecard suggested she saw Alvarez win the fight easily. Most people who watched it felt it was a close fight, with many thinking GGG had the edge. Social media was not kind to Byrd after the fight as these tweets show, and now it sounds like the Nevada Athletic Commission may take action.

The Irish Independent reports that NAC executive director Bob Bennett said he would give Byrd a “small break.”

“I’m not going to put her right back in,” Bennett reportedly told the Independent. “She’ll still be in the business, but she needs to catch her breath.”

On top of that, CBS Las Vegas reporter Chris Maathuis said Byrd had been removed from the UFC 216 fight card she was set to judge on Oct. 7 in Las Vegas.

Bennett may have been getting ahead of himself in his comments to the Irish Independent, because he later told MMA Fighting that they will decide Byrd’s fate over the next week. It could be that news about Byrd leaked out quicker than the commission was ready for, leading them to ask for patience in an announcement.

Jon Jones: ‘I would never do steroids, I put that on my children’

Jon Jones may be facing a lengthy suspension for failing a drug test but he insists he has not used steroids and seemed quite serious about it.

After defeating Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 to regain the light heavyweight belt, news broke that Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol after his weigh-in the day the day before the fight. Despite the test results, Jones says he would never use steroids and went as far as to say he “puts that on his children.”

This is the second failed test of Jones’ career. He previously was banned for one year. Jones could now be facing a four-year suspension if the maximum penalty is enforced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

UFC announced it would reinstate Daniel Cormier as its light heavyweight champion

Ronda Rousey cuts first WWE promo, challenges Charlotte Flair

Ronda Rousey is destined to take part in a WWE event at some point, and it looks as though her debut could be coming sooner rather than later.

A promo featuring Rousey was released this week, and it seems like the goal was to set up a WWE match between the former UFC champion and Charlotte Flair, the daughter of Ric Flair and a former champ herself.

For those of you who don’t follow wrestling, that was Bayley and Becky Lynch — two more former WWE champions — standing next to Flair. Rousey was with MMA training partners Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, who along with Rousey and Shayna Baszler have been referring to themselves as “The Four Horsewomen.”

Rousey hasn’t said whether she will ever fight again in the UFC, though an Instagram post from January got people talking. Stephanie McMahon recently said Rousey and the WWE would be a match made in heaven, and it looks like that match has officially been made.

Conor McGregor in legal battle over filing of several trademarks

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor was already a household name before his fight against Floyd Mayweather last month, but you could now argue that the Irishman is a global icon. It makes sense, then, that McGregor is trying to secure a number of trademarks so he can continue making money through new avenues.

But trying and succeeding are two different things, and McGregor is meeting plenty of resistance with his trademark applications. The Irish Times reports that McGregor has hired FR Kelly, one of the top trademark law firms in Dublin, to help him secure a number of trademarks.

McGregor’s nickname is “The Notorious,” and that phrase is one of several the 29-year-old has filed a trademark application for with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Spain. Liverpool businessmen and brothers Andy and John Underwood are seeking to block McGregor from profiting off of “The Notorious,” as they have been selling combat sports apparel with their Notorious Fightwear brand since 2009, which is long before McGregor became a star.

McGregor is also hoping to use the phrase “Notorious” to market his own whiskey, beer and other beverages.

He’s going to have to fight for that, too. A company called the Carlow Brewing Company already owns thew EUIPO trademark for “Notorious” as an alcohol brand.

As the Irish Times notes, typically the person who holds a trademark first is at a significant advantage in legal battles. McGregor probably has a better chance of winning his trademark fights than these fans do with their lawsuit regarding his fight against Mayweather, but that isn’t saying much.

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