After Diaz says he intends to get a boxing license:
I’m not doing it for a publicity stunt, I’m doing it because I love the sport of boxing. I want to win, I want to win fights for real and get out of this MMA shit that I’m not even into anyway.
BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor confirms with sources that Mayweather has reached out to Diaz about joining ‘The Money Team’ (TMT).
With Tony Ferguson appearing to drop out of UFC 209, Anna Jane Kesington reports that the interim title fight with Nurmagomedov has been offered to Diaz.
Nate Diaz has been offered an interim title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209. The fight was originally offered to Tony Ferguson, but he was asking for too much money.
The Belfast newspaper Sunday Life says McGregor has filmed a cameo for the next season of Game Of Thrones, which is filming in Belfast and other locations. It is not known what McGregor’s role will be. Source:
It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game of Thrones. He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.
Helwani reports that the UFC wants Pettis to fight Holloway for the interim 145 pound title in December in Toronto. This would be the main card fight after the Daniel Cornier-Anthony Johnson fight was cancelled due to injury. This means that the organisation will strip McGregor of his featherweight belt, reinstating it to Jose Aldo.
A senior transition official says that Ross, a billionaire, is Trump’s pick for Commerce secretary. If chosen, Ross would oversee nearly 47,000 employees and a budget of roughly $8 billion. The department represents the interests of U.S. businesses domestically and abroad as the head at Commerce. His department would be among those tasked with carrying out the Trump administration’s stated goal of protecting U.S. workers and pushing back against globalisation.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Romney is the candidate favoured by Trump for the position of Secretary of State. Giuliani supporters are pushing Trump to choose their candidate. A third group is pressing the president-elect to keep searching for candidates. The paper says Trump sees Romney as the prototypical choice to be the nation’s top diplomat.
Sources say Bolling has discussed the possibility of taking a position in Trump’s administration in the Department of Commerce. Bolling was spotted at Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday by the press pool and may have visited again on Friday. Bolling:
At this time I can’t confirm anything. I’m sure you understand.
A senior official offers says Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Flynn the job of national security adviser. The official wouldn’t say whether Flynn has officially accepted the job.
A source says Romney will meet with Trump this weekend to discuss the secretary of state position. No further details have been released at this time.
Sonnen says he has been hearing rumors that McGregor is pushing for a Mayweather fight, and that Dana White is open to the idea.
He does have a contract the [UFC]. Ultimately, he will need Dana White to be on board with whatever he wants to do as long as he is under contract with the UFC. Now, what Conor is telling people, and we are only as good as the information we are given, but Conor is telling people privately, he hasn’t gone public with it yet, but he is saying, ‘Look, with a win here tonight, should I beat Eddie, I’m going to take some time off and I’m going to do everything I can to get the boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.’ Allegedly. Now, again, the only person that can sign off on this contractually is Dana White – to come in and co-promote. Allegedly, rumour, Dana White is a little bit more open to the idea – to at least hearing what it is that he wants to do, instead of having a closed door. So, leave the speculation at that. I think there is some legs to it myself.
Kano says Mayweather may attend UFC 205.
According to friends, McGregor is planning to take a one-year break from UFC after 205 to settle down with Devlin, his long-term girlfriend. McGregor is set to make an announcement after the fight, but it it is not known whether it concerns a break. There has been no official statement from McGregor. Source:
He’s telling people he wants time out. It’s unlikely to be permanent, but the time is right to step back for a while. He knows that if he wins UFC 205 he can always come back in a year or two for a mega money fight. He could name his price. He’ll be back.
TalkMMA claims McGregor was knocked out in sparring.
According to the MMA news website, Smack His Face, McGregor is set to announce his retirement from MMA. Reportedly worn down by the travel and media commitments, McGregor’s family life is apparently suffering and he wants to take an indefinite time out from the sport to reconnect with those close to him.
Coming after Dana White’s announcement that McGregor will not fight Alvarez at UFC 205, and reports that Alvarez has not yet signed the contract, Megan Olivi claims that McGregor will miss UFC 205 completely as his leg injury will keep him out of action beyond the event. However, other reports say that McGregor’s leg is fine. If McGregor does not fight Alvarez he would most likely have to defend his featherweight title against Jose Aldo, or take on the potentially returning Georges St-Pierre. The official UFC 205 announcement is set for Tuesday 27th September.
According to @TalkMMA, Rousey and Nunes are being lined up to fight at UFC 207.