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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wrestling

Pat McAfee is the Bad Guy like Razor Ramon

Pat McAfee Colts

Pat McAfee must have gotten tired of seeing Marquette King get all the cool punter headlines, because he did something about it.

After a great punt during “Monday Night Football” between his Colts and the New York Jets, McAfee broke out the Razor Ramon “Bad Guy” intro:

Now that is how you celebrate a punt. How will King answer?

Reporter: Ronda Rousey had to be consoled after staredown

Ronda Rousey

The chatter over Ronda Rousey’s behavior at a UFC 205 staredown still has not stopped.

Rousey is set to face Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30 for her first fight in over a year. The two fighters met on stage at a UFC 205 pre-fight event for a staredown/face-off to give the media photo opportunities, but Rousey ended up storming off the stage afterwards while UFC commentator Joe Rogan began interviewing Nunes.

UFC boss Dana White later defended Rousey’s behavior.

“She was never supposed to speak, and neither was Amanda,” said White. “My production guy screwed that up. It made Ronda look bad again – like she just stormed off. They were not supposed to do an interview. They were supposed to go out there and square off, and they were both supposed to walk away.”

Earlier this week, a Twitter user asked MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer whether it was true that Rousey was upset and had to be consoled after the incident with Nunes. He said it was.

Whether you believe what White said or not, it sure looked like Rousey was upset that Nunes was introduced as the champion and interviewed first. Rousey was devastated after her loss to Holly Holm in her last fight and has taken over a year to get back into the cage. She’s also already talking about retiring soon after the Nunes fight. The loss to Holm seemed to truly affect Rousey’s psyche, who previously seemed invincible.

H/T Bro Bible , Black Sports Online

Conor McGregor open to WWE offer

Conor McGregor belts

Conor McGregor isn’t exactly looking to change sports, but he is open to entertaining offers from the WWE.

McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold championships in two weight classes simultaneously when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 earlier this month. After that bout, McGregor announced he is going to take some time off and UFC president Dana White said the earliest Conor will fight again is May. So what about a WWE appearance in the meantime?

“I think it’s all about business, man,” McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, said in an appearance on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast Tuesday. “If [WWE] is going to come with an offer, we are willing to entertain it. We are here. Have their people call his people — which is me. We can have a conversation.”

WWE executive and 14-time champion Triple H was at UFC 205 to watch McGregor beat Alvarez, and he told the Daily Telegraph that he would love to see McGregor in the WWE.

“He could come over, he’s got it all, man,” Triple H said. “He’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure.”

For what it’s worth, McGregor was highly critical of Brock Lesnar and other WWE wrestlers several months ago.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” McGregor said. “For the most part, those WWE guys are p—ies, to be honest. They are master p—ies, if you ask me. I mean, full credit to Brock, he got into a fight. But at the end of the day, he’s juiced up to his f—ing eyeballs. How can I respect that?’

One thing we know is that McGregor is a smart businessman. He has also said in the past that he respects Vince McMahon, and he even paid tribute to the WWE boss once when he stepped into the Octagon for a fight.

As Attar said, he’ll have to talk to his friend Benjamin Franklin and see if he can convince McGregor that a WWE appearance is a good option.

Ric Flair voted for himself in presidential election

Ric Flair

Wrestling legend Ric Flair and Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame announced last month that they are teaming up for a presidential run, and they followed through with the commitment on election day Tuesday.

Flair shared a photo of his ballot on Twitter, which is actually illegal. Nevertheless, it proved that he wrote himself in for United States President.

Flair also shared an entertaining graphic on Instagram that claimed he has a huge lead in the polls over both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

WOOOOO!

A photo posted by Ric Flair® Nature Boy® (@ricflairnatureboy) on

Make no mistake about it — there will be other Americans who vote for Flair and Flame. The duo launched a website last month that has been selling merchandise for their “campaign,” so you know at least a few people have latched onto that.

Unfortunately, Flair cannot count on votes from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, who have supposedly already endorsed another candidate. Hang in there, Nature Boy. We’re pulling for you.

Ronda Rousey will retire not long after Amanda Nunes fight

Ronda-Rousey

Ronda Rousey is looking to reclaim her UFC bantamweight championship belt when she fights Amanda Nunes in December, and it would not be a surprise if Rousey retires after the bout one way or another.

In a recent appearance on “Ellen,” Rousey revealed that she is not planning to fight for much longer.

“Not that long — I’m wrapping it up,” she said when asked how much longer her MMA career will last. “This is definitely one of my last fights. The show can’t go on forever.”

Rousey may have felt differently before she lost to Holly Holm over a year ago, but we all know how important her undefeated record was to her. While the 29-year-old hardly ever admitted weakness in the past, she now says preparing for a fight takes a lot out of her.

“I think it’s definitely the buildup that’s more tiring than anything else,” said Rousey. “If we had a fight right now, I’d go fight right now and then get dinner. I wouldn’t really feel tired over it. … It’s that buildup for weeks on end. If it just happened right now, I wouldn’t be nervous at all. It’s the waiting.”

In fairness, Rousey isn’t only contemplating retirement because her undefeated record is no longer intact. She has always been passionate about acting and even has an extremely lofty goal for herself if she takes that career path, so fighting was never her only plan. If Rousey loses to Nunes, it seems like a virtual guarantee that we won’t see her in the Octagon again.

Bill Simmons ripped by WWE’s Sheamus after random jab

Bill Simmons ESPN

Bill Simmons was trying to make a clever joke using a WWE reference on Sunday night, but he picked the wrong wrestler to call out.

Although the Houston Texans came back to beat the Indianapolis Colts in a dramatic overtime win, Simmons felt NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was overselling the quality of the game. That’s when he decided to compare a lousy football game to a WWE match featuring Sheamus.

Simmons was probably surprised to see that Sheamus heard about the dig. And the former heavyweight champion delivered an even better shot of his own.

Simmons should probably stick to defending his favorite boy toy, because he just lost that Twitter battle in a big way.

H/T Barstool Sports

Brock Lesnar having eye meds, foot cream tested as possible source of positive test

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar failed two drug tests prior to his July 9 win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, and the former heavyweight champion insists he mistakenly ingested the same banned substance twice.

Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie reports that Lesnar’s camp has requested tests on an eye medication and a foot cream to determine if either substance contains clomiphene, which is an estrogen blocker that increases testosterone levels. Lesnar’s attorney, Howard Jacobs, said in a letter last month that the eye medication came back negative for clomiphene but the foot cream is still being tested.

“We are still investigating this matter (which investigation includes the ongoing testing of products used by Mr. Lesnar prior to the date of the positive test),” Jacobs wrote. “To provide further detail, I am advised that the testing laboratory (Korva Labs) initially tested an eye medication, which was negative for either clomiphene or clomiphene metabolites. Subsequent testing has been conducted on a foot cream; that testing has included three separate extraction attempts, all of which have failed. A fourth extraction attempt is being made by Korva Labs this week.”

The odds of proving Lesnar ingested a banned substance unknowingly are incredibly slim. Jon Jones also tested positive for clomiphene, and there have been some crazy rumors about how he ingested the substance. In the end, both fighters are likely to face some sort of suspension.