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10 Feb, 2017
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White: Woodley’s ‘drama queen’ antics hold him back

White says that rather than racism,Woodley is his own enemy.

The thing is with Tyron, first of all; he’s a smart guy. He’s a good looking kid. He’s explosive. He’s got knockout power; but he’s a bit of a drama queen. … When a fight is made — and Conor McGregor is a perfect example — Conor McGregor has that fight anybody, anywhere attitude, but doesn’t just have the attitude, he lives it. I’ve stood in front of him [with] ten days notice and he doesn’t care. He doesn’t care. If Tyron Woodley had that attitude, Tyron Woodley would be a massive star. Massive star. But he does these things where he literally [go] on Instagram when he knows who he’s fighting next and say ‘I’m not fighting him, I don’t wanna fight him, I think I wanna fight this guy or that guy’. And that’s not what people want to hear…“People don’t want to hear that, and then what he does then, is he’ll start fighting an arguing with people on social media. Then he wonders why when he shows up at a press conference the whole crowds booing him. They’re not booing him because he’s black, there’s tonnes of black guys fighting in the UFC.

Dana White – No One Boos Tyron Woodley Because He's Black, Discusses Ronda Retirement & More

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Mayweather Snr.: ‘I would whoop McGregor, and I’m 63’

Mayweather Snr. responds to the video of McGregor sparring in boxing gloves.

In would love to see [a match against my son], ‘cos I know Conor get knocked out…Who is he? His boxing skills is nothing. I’d beat his ass myself… I’m not impressed at all. If my son decided that he didn’t want to do it I’d take it over and I’d do it. And I’d beat his ass. He can’t whoop me with that there, and I’m a 63-year-old man…Conor’s a bum!

9 Feb, 2017
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Sonnen warns McGregor of UFC’s power

In his most recent podcast, Sonnen talks about the ongoing rift between the UFC and McGregor, noting the UFC’s power to make stars.

When Randy Couture retired and Tito Ortiz got into his pissing match and stepped aside, they were left with absolutely no stars and they created one overnight called Andrei Arlovski…His skills were not great but he had the look and he had the marketing machine behind him and the next thing you knew, not only was he ranked #1, but he was also selling out arenas. The point I’m trying to make, and Conor may not know this story, they created something out of nothing overnight, it literally took them just over a week to do it…Tito was soon forgotten. Tito – who was the biggest star at the time – could not get an appearance at the local country fair and the same thing can happen with Conor. And you think that it can’t, but it can, and it can happen overnight. If he wants to puff and if he puffs a little too hard. If in the office he becomes too hard to deal with and they can’t get something done. It’s going to be game over, and it’s going to be game over in record time. And that’s what he doesn’t understand. He thinks he’s going to come on shows like this [podcasts] or go on Sports Centre and tell his side, he will not. When we all get the email that says ‘he’s out and this is who’s in’, that’s who we are then going to talk to…It’s like, ‘hey man, as good as you think you are, not only is there a guy who can beat you, we know who the guy is and we will put his name opposite your’s once you force us to and we will show you, time and time again, who is in control here and who really set this table.

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Calls McGregor ‘fake as f-ck’

Ferguson continues his attacks on McGregor:

He wants to call himself the ghost but he’s gonna fade like a ghost cause he’s a buster. That dude’s fake as f-ck. He’s trying to quit, he’s trying to look for excuses on his way out. He don’t wanna be in a man’s division. Go play somewhere else, McNugget. We’re real fighters over here. You ain’t no ghost…I’m that dude that won’t back down. Mayweather’s gonna knock his ass out. Mayweather’s too much for him – and he knows that shit too.

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Rogan: 70-80% chance of McGregor-Mayweather fight

Rogan says that there is a strong chance of a McGregor-Mayweather fight happening.

Well I would say, if you looked at it in terms of a zero percent chance to a hundred percent chance, I think we’re in the 70’s. I think we’re in the 70’s or 80’s. I think there’s a significant legal hurdle to overcome with the UFC and they might not overcome that depending how they play that card. Now, McGregor has publicly stated that he believes, because of the Ali Act, he can compete in boxing and not do it with the UFC but, he wants everything to be smooth so he would rather have the UFC involved. But, he also wants the UFC to recognise, what he says, is ‘their place’. So there’s Mayweather Promotions, McGregor Promotions and the UFC. So this is what he is stating now, he is going to be a partner in the promotion. And so, there’s going to be some sort of negotiation for how things are split up in three ways.

Joe Rogan on Conor McGregor telling UFC to "know their place"

8 Feb, 2017
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Silva: McGregor is the best technical striker in UFC

Speaking at the UFC 208 media day, Silva says McGregor’s striking is unmatched:

This is a personal challenge for my life, because Conor in my opinion has the best stand-up technique in the UFC. For me, I think it’s a good challenge for my technique and for my martial arts technique and stand up. I think this is the great fight in my mind, but I don’t know. One day, maybe…Conor is the best now. I think Conor broke the records, broke everything, and [the Floyd fight] is a new challenge for Conor. [But] it’s a different sport. This is no simple guy. Mayweather is no simple guy, is no MMA guy. This is different sport. I train box[ing] for long time in my life. And when I go to sparring with the professional guys it’s so different. the timing is different, the movement is different. the people need to respect both sports, but boxing is different.

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Grammys announce Prince, George Michael tribute

The Recording Academy announces that the 59th annual Grammy Awards will pay homage to Prince and George Michael, who both died in 2016.

While the primary focus of the Grammy Awards is to celebrate and honor the year’s best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music’s broader story by honoring its legends lost—that’s what we strive to achieve with our annual tributes. While it’s nearly impossible to convey the full depth of an artist’s cultural impact in a single performance, it’s that very challenge that has led us to some of our most memorable Grammy moments.

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Talks about 90-day rehab

Press Conference

Gomez speaks at a Netflix press event about her 90-day stint in rehab. She also draws parallels between the series she’s working on and her life.

I think that my high school experience may have been a little amplified, so I wouldn’t say it was worse, but it definitely made it harder. To be frank with you, I actually was going through a really difficult time when they started production…I went away for 90 days, and I actually met tons of kids in this place that we’re talking about the issues that these characters [in the series 13 Reasons Why] are experiencing. I would say yes, I have to deal with it on a different scale, whether it was just kids or growing up in the biggest high school of the world, which was Disney Channel. It was also adults that had the audacity to tell me how to live my life. It was very confusing for me, it was so confusing. I had no idea who I was going to be…It’s hard right now. I can’t stand social media, I can’t stand what they’re looking at. I can’t stand what they think is reality, and the show is real as it could possibly get…I want them to understand it. I would do anything to be able to have a good influence on this generation, but I definitely relate to everything that was going on [in the show]. I was there for the last episode, and I was a mess just seeing it all come to life because I’ve experienced that.

things got real today with @selenagomez

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7 Feb, 2017
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Cormier will only fight on a McGregor card

Cormier says that, if he beats Anthony Johnston in April’s UFC 210, and faces Jon Jones, who is currently on suspension, that despite traditionally headlining, he and Jones will only fight if a McGregor fight is the top of the card.

Jon and I will not fight in a co-main event to anyone other than Conor McGregor.

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Kavanagh: I always knew McGregor would become world champion

Kavanagh says he knew from the first fight that McGregor would become UFC world champion.

It was very obvious from early on that Conor had this unusual set of skills contained in the one person. It’s tempting to talk about Muhammad Ali when you talk about Conor just from the showman side of things. There is a certain set of skills, as Liam Neeson might say, that are required to become the no.1 in this world. And certainly being very good at the sport is a huge part of it. But to have the x-factor, to be able to have charisma, to be able to speak on the mic and be able to deal with the heavy media attention, that’s something that I don’t think you can be taught. That’s something that’s in somebody or it’s not. I’ve seen it before with guys who are incredible in the gym but the can’t do it on fight night or they can’t handle the pressures of dealing with a bunch of interviews and so on and so forth

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Holm doesn’t think she ‘broke’ Rousey

Holm is asked about her win’s effect on Rousey:

I’m one of those that, I’m a firm believer in the fact that once a fighter, always a fighter. She might not ever want to fight again. She might not fight for two years, and then she might say, ‘You know what? I’m really egging for it. I want to get back in there, I really want to fight. I’ve had enough of this regular life business.’ You know? Here’s what I think about [her being broken] and a lot of people have asked me about that ever since she had that fight with Nunes. Coming off of a knockout, [whether it’s] Ronda or anybody else — I’m not saying it’s just her, it’s just fighters — you come off of a knockout it is very, very hard mentally and emotionally. You second-guess yourself. I remember when I got knocked out, every time I would spar for the first two weeks, every time I would get hit, I would be like, am I OK? Yeah, I think I’m OK. Am I OK? Yeah, I think I’m okay. You really second guess yourself a lot.

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Hyland to Sherwood: You are my rock

Hyland sends a birthday message to Sherwood.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Happy [email protected] you for inspiring me on a daily basis to be a better person. To not take things too seriously. And to remember the little things. You’re my rock.

4 Feb, 2017
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Coach: Holm ‘broke’ Rousey

Winkeljohn, Holm’s coach, says Rousey was broken by Holm.

I can’t see [Rousey returning to fight] happening now. Yeah, it just absolutely can’t happen. I think Holly broke (Rousey). I think Ronda was on top of the world and Holly broke her because when she came out for Amanda she just wasn’t the same fighter by any means. Not taking anything away from Amanda, but Ronda, she didn’t have anything, she just wasn’t there. She was just basically waiting for the end in essence once she couldn’t find a way to grab her. And she did the same thing she’s done before in the past, reaching out with her left arm and trying to corral. It was just a one-sided fight just like I said. I think she’s done.

Submission Radio #113 Randy Couture, Tyson Pedro, Dillon Danis, Coach Wink, Damon Martin

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Silva: No disrespect, wants to fight McGregor for the challenge

Silva says that because he holds McGregor in high regard he wants to fight him.

First of all, I respect a lot Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in the UFC. Because I’m very respectful of Conor McGregor’s style. I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts techniques. I don’t talk to disrespect Conor. I do it for challenge, for myself and the best stand-up fighting. I respect Conor and I think this is a great show, it’s a great fight for the rest of my life. For the rest of my story in the UFC…Yeah of course [I’m older]. I’m so happy because in my heart I have energy. I have a lot of energy. In my mind and in my heart and I talked to my family and my family gives me support to finish my contract in the UFC. I think I have the energy to fight for more years. I think maybe six or seven years but I have energy. This is more important. I have energy. I have passion and I love my job.

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White: Nate Diaz has fight offer, Nick Diaz turned down a pair

White says a fight offer has been extended to Nate Diaz, but does not say who the opponent is. White also says he’s turned down multiple fight offers. He says the Diaz brothers currently are at the top of the list in terms of struggling to put fights together, so he can’t predict when either will next be seen inside the octagon.

We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see. These guys say they want a fight – I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight…The most difficult to get into the octagon? Right now, it’s the Diaz brothers – right here, right now. But throughout history? I don’t know.

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Sitenkov: McGregor cried after I beat him

Sitenkov – the first man to defeat Conor McGregor – says the Irish fighter cried when he was beaten in 2008, and that he is the only reason why he still fights occasionally today.

I believe [John Kavanagh] saw me as an easy opponent. McGregor was looking to extend his winning record and I was seen as a perfect opponent. He was physically bigger so they would have believed that he would overpower me. I was the first to submit him. The three times he has lost have been on the ground, so I think it’s his weakest point. This phrase, everybody keeps telling this phrase — that he was crying. It begins to sound like I’m bragging about it, so I don’t want you to write it that way, that I’m bragging about it. He was a teenager, 19 years old, he had his first defeat — it’s a normal thing that he cried a little bit.

3 Feb, 2017
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Eubank Jr interested in McGregor fight, crossover to MMA

Chris Eubank Snr. says Junior has been trained in jiu-jitsu from a young age, which would make the transition to UFC a lot easier.

There’s a guy called Conor McGregor talking about Mayweather. If anyone’s going to make the crossover into UFC, it’s this young man here because he can do it…So just imagine him crossing over and putting to sleep these UFC guys like Conor MCGregor, taking the talk like he can deal with my guy and Mayweather, who is the Grand Master when it comes to hitting and not being hit…If you’re talking about one-on-one boxing, there’s no contest [against McGregor]. You can’t compare a boxer and a UFC fighter. In the Octagon of course, then it’s a different story.

Eubank Jr.:

[Jumping to the UFC] is not in my immediate thought process. I’ve got many goals and achievements I’m working towards in boxing, but I did MMA, I did grappling, all types of jiu-jitsu for a while as a kid – so I have the base. I could easily transition if I wanted to.

Chris Eubank Jr. talks winning the world title & knocking out Conor McGregor

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Aldo: McGregor ‘doesn’t have a chance’ against Mayweather

Aldo says McGregor cannot beat Mayweather.

First of all, we don’t know if it will happen or not. there are a lot of things involved, mainly McGregor has a contract to follow so it’s hard to happen, but if it happens, I don’t think he has a chance. Mayweather has the experience of competing for years in the sport of boxing, so I don’t see how. Of course, it’s a fight, but it’s hard for us MMA fighters to go to a different world challenging one of the best in the history. I don’t see a result different than a win for Mayweather.

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Sister: McGregor will be an ‘awesome dad’

McGregor’s sister Erin says she has been giving her brother and Devlin parenting advice.

Conor’s very excited. He’s going to be an amazing dad I have to say.He’s really good with Harry and he’s really good with Taylor, his other niece. We’re all really excited for him. Dee is brilliant, she looks amazing. She’s blooming. We’re just so excited now. We’re helping her pick out clothes. Because my baby is only just six months, we’re able to literally share things. I’m saying, ‘this happened to me’ and ‘this is normal’ so it’s really good. They’re literally going to grow up best of friends. At the moment his priority is obviously having a little bit of time out and being there for the baby which is really important.

3 Feb, 2017 10:29 am
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Cites non-existent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’

During an appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball hosted by Matthews, Conway talks about the executive order by President Trump that suspended immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.

Kellyanne Conway Cites 'Bowling Green Massacre' To Defend Refugee Ban | Hardball | MSNBC

3 Feb, 2017 03:45 am
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Justice Department lawyer: 100,000 Visas Revoked

A lawyer for the Justice Department in a court hearing in Virginia says more than 100,000 visas have been revoked because of Trump’s executive order. The lawyer’s number came in response of a question from US Judge Leonie Brinkema about how many people have been affected by this order. The state department disputed this number, saying “fewer than 60,000 individual’s visas were provisionally revoked because of the executive order. Erez Reuveni, of the office of Immigration Litigation within the Civil Division of the Justice Department, also claimed that no legal returning residents have been denied entry at Dulles International Airport.

2 Feb, 2017
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Browne: ‘I don’t know’ if Rousey will fight again

Browne, Rousey’s boyfriend, says he doesn’t know if she will fight again.

She’s doing great and she’s in a good place. For me, I have a fight Feb. 19 and that’s all that matters. I don’t know [Rousey’s fighting future]. Her and I haven’t really had that talk. That’s going to be her decision she has got to make. Honestly, I don’t know. When the time comes, she’s going to do it her way. That’s what people that support her I think will appreciate. She’ll do it like she did everything else: Her way.

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Froch: McGregor-Mayweather a ‘mismatch’

Froch says Mayweather will beat McGregor easily.

If that ended up being a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, no disrespect to Conor McGregor, I like him but… McGregor against Mayweather is a mismatch. Let’s be honest. It’s too easy for Mayweather, I don’t even think he’d need to train. It’s difficult for top fighters, top boxers that are really really top level boxers, world champions, to get near Mayweather and land a shot. So, there’s no way a cage fighter is going to get in there. I used to spar with Dan ‘the Outlaw’ Hardy and a little bit with Semtex Daly. They’re from Nottingham, they’re cage fighters. If I get in a cage with them it’s game over for me. But they can’t box me. They can’t get near me. It’s different. It’s a totally different sport.

Carl Froch "Mayweather McGregor a mismatch! He doesnt even need to train! Paulie would beat him

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Mayweather Snr: McGregor a ‘caveman fighter’

Mayweather Senior says McGregor could not beat his son even if he trained him.

Brother, that right here is a no-can-do deal. I can’t make Conor McGregor turn around from being a caveman fighter, I don’t know what he is. I’ll let my son fight McGregor and I’ll take on his trainer, whoever he is. I’ll knock his trainer out, I don’t even know who he is and I will knock him straight cold.

Mayweather Sr. calls McGregor a “Caveman” that could never be a boxing world champ

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Trump criticizes Australian refugee plan on Trumbull call

In a phone call with Australian PM Turnbull, President Trump calls into question the resettlement of refugees – most of whom are men from Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq – currently held in offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Trump called the conversation “the worst by far” of his calls with world leaders that day, and cut it short.

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Alabed asks Trump about hunger

In a series of tweets Alabed asks President Trump if he has ever felt hunger.

Have you ever had no food, no water for 24 hours? Just think of refugees and the children of Syria…Dear Trump, banning refugees is very bad. Ok, if it’s good, I have an idea for you. Make other countries peaceful.

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Will release record at 100

Lynn will release Vera Lynn 100 on 17 March, three days before her 100th birthday. On release she will breaking her own record of being the oldest person to release an album, which she did age 97. The album will feature the original vocals from some of her best-known songs with new orchestrations. The vocals of top British singers also feature on the album – Alfie Boe on We’ll Meet Again, Pointless host Alexander Armstrong on White Cliffs of Dover and Aled Jones on As Time Goes By. A previously unreleased cover of Sailing, made famous by Rod Stewart, also makes an appearance. Lynn:

It’s truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago, reliving the emotions of that time – I was after all just doing my job as a singer – and it’s so wonderful for me to hear my songs again so beautifully presented in a completely new way.

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Bornstein: Trump uses hair-growth drug

Bornstein says Trump  takes a small dose of the drug finasteride, which lowers levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, and is marketed as Propecia to treat male pattern baldness. The drug is also responsible for Trump’s low score in a prostate cancer test. Bornstein says he also takes the drug to maintain his own shoulder-length hair.

He has all his hair. I have all my hair.

Bornstein also says Trump takes antibiotics to control rosacea, a common skin problem, a statin for elevated blood cholesterol and lipids, as well as a daily baby aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack.

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Trump: Pray for Schwarzenegger’s ratings

At the National Prayer Breakfast President Trump asks a room full of lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and religious leaders to pray for Schwarzenegger’s ratings on The Apprentice.

We had tremendous success at The Apprentice, and when I ran for President I had to leave the show…And they hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger to take my place. We know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It has been a disaster. And Mark [Burnett] will never, ever bet against Trump again. I want to just pray for Arnold if we can…for those ratings.

Trump: Pray for 'The Apprentice' Ratings and Arnold Schwarzenegger

1 Feb, 2017
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Gives his shoes a shout out

McGregor posts a video of fans trying to get in his Rolls Royce while he quotes 2Pac about his $750 Jimmy Choo “John” slippers.

The shoes are Jimmy Choo, and if you’re not down with Jimmy Choo, f-ck you, too!

@jimmychoo

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Henry: McGregor can beat Mayweather

Henry, Eddie Alvarez’s coach, says McGregor can beat Mayweather.

All credit to Conor that he hit [Eddie] from the beginning early and rocked him. It’s like I said, the swing that he has is unbelievable. I think he would have the possibility of knocking out Mayweather. He’s way bigger than Mayweather too. Boxers only cut about ten pounds, whereas Conor probably walks around at 173lbs. So he’s also a lot bigger than Mayweather too. I even think he has a chance of knocking out Mayweather if it was in the first three to four rounds. After that, I’d definitely give the edge to Mayweather.

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Army seeks ‘biodegradable’ ammunition

The US Army seeks proposals for biodegradable ammunition to replace the existing rounds used in training — including grenade and tank rounds – citing environmental concerns. The DoD stipulates that the new ammunition should contain seeds that produce food for animals. Brief:

Components of current training rounds require hundreds of years or more to biodegrade. Some of these rounds might have the potential to corrode and pollute the soil and nearby water. Some of these rounds might have the potential to corrode and pollute the soil and nearby water….This effort will make use of seeds to grow environmentally friendly plants that remove soil contaminants and consume the biodegradable components developed under this project. Animals should be able to consume the plants without any ill effects.

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Rouhani: Trump a political novice

Iran’s President Rouhani says President Trump is a political novice. Tehran has already said it will take legal, political and reciprocal measures in response to Trump’s order suspending the entry of people from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. Rouhani:

He [Trump] is new to politics. He has been in a different world. It’s a totally new environment to him.

31 Jan, 2017
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Rogan: McGregor Promotions means UFC will be ‘star driven’

After McGregor announced that he has formed McGregor Promotions, Rogan says that the fighter will have more leverage.

It’s going to become what boxing is. It’s going to become that. It’s star driven…And when it’s star driven like that, guys like Conor who are legitimate stars, they have the leverage. And they’re going to manipulate that leverage. They’re going to utilise that leverage and we’re going to see what happens.

Joe Rogan on Conor McGregor's PPV Interview – Floyd Mayweather, Dana White, UFC

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White: Rousey is ‘probably done’ fighting

White says Rousey will probably not fight again.

In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here right now – again I don’t like saying right here right now because it’s up to her – but I would’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done. She’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting…And then once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the f*ck am I doing? This is my whole life. This is it? I want to experience and start doing other things.’ And I think that’s what she started to do, and she’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again….I’m happy for her. She came in and changed the world. She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women’s fighting, and I hope those records can be broken. I don’t know if they can, but I hope they do.

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Lobov: McGregor will KO Pacquiao within two rounds

Lobov, McGregor’s training partner, says McGregor would beat Pacquiao should the Mayweather bout fall apart.

I think that’s a more realistic fight. I tell you one thing; before even Conor himself thought about fighting Mayweather, I was the one telling him that this is the fight to make. I was telling him that this is where this was going to go…I feel that Conor vs. Pacquiao is a good fight to make…I know Pacquiao will take the fight…I don’t want to disrespect Pacquiao, he’s a great fighter, but I think it would be quite an easy night for Conor. Pacquiao historically has done very bad with counter-punchers and Conor is one of the best counter-punchers on the planet. The range that he has on Pacquiao, he would just be hitting air the whole time. As fast as he is, it wouldn’t be any different. Conor’s footwork, his positioning, his elusiveness, his range — it would just be too much for Pacquiao. I feel that one would be over in one or two rounds.

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Arum: McGregor fight ‘Easy for Manny’

Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, says a fight with McGregor would be an easy one for his client.

Conor McGregor is a good athlete and he is the best at MMA but MMA and boxing are two different sports. So it’s a lot of talk, everybody is having a lot of fun about it and sure Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Conor McGregor in boxing. Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor because they would knock him out.

Because Dana White has previously said that he will not deal with him, Arum also says that he would excuse himself from negotiations.

That’s Dana White, he needs an excuse, Dana is a good guy but it’s all playing around. [I would exclude myself from negotiations] Absolutely!

30 Jan, 2017
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Says next fight will be in Belfast

Frampton says he wants his next fight to be in Belfast, whoever he fights against.

If I can get Leo Santa Cruz, and I can get him in Belfast, I do not believe there is a man in and around this weight division who could beat me in Belfast. Hopefully Santa Cruz can come – I don’t know if he will. My next fight will be in Belfast, no matter who it is against. It’ll probably take me a while to get over it [the loss] if I’m being honest. It’s never going to be easy but look, you just have to forget about these things. This is sport, people lose sometimes in sport. It’s about how you come back, and if I believe I can come back stronger. I’m disappointed, I’m disappointed for myself, I’m disappointed for my fans, but listen, they were outstanding and I’m very, very thankful. I want to keep being involved in big fights and big memorable nights. I just hope everyone enjoyed themselves and I hope that they remember it for a very long time.

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Aldo: ‘I hope Conor gets f-cked’

Aldo claims he doesn’t care about McGregor.

I hope Conor gets fucked, that’s what matters to me. I don’t give a damn about him. I’ve already said he’s shit, so what he does or doesn’t do, I don’t care. I worry about myself. I’m training to defend my belt. I want to fly higher.

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Aims to start boxing career

Aldo says he wants to start a boxing career.

I think about having a career in boxing, but I want to start from the bottom, start from zero. I want to get ranked and one day fight for a belt. I don’t want to fight just to fight, for money, to go after big fights and challenge a great champion. I respect every boxer, but I want to start from the bottom. I want a career in boxing. That was my biggest dream, to one day become champion in MMA and boxing. That is my biggest dream.

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McGrath: McGregor ‘a raucous, uplifting celebration of Irishness’

McGrath says McGregor’s success and the national enthusiasm around him reminds him of the support that the Irish football team experienced in their World Cup  in the early 1990s.

What I most like about him is the way he carries himself as an Irishman. He plays the role brilliantly. Fair play to him, he’s making an awful lot of money while making people happy. I remember the first time I saw him in action. I was at home on my own, flicking across the channels. McGregor was fighting in Dublin. What I loved was his fearless gladiator shtick; he was pure theatre, a showman speaking confidently, articulately, and unapologetically about Ireland. And honestly, it sent a shiver down my spine. I was hooked..when I saw the number of Irish fans he brought to Vegas for UFC 202, it brought me back to the great days under Jack Charlton for the Ireland national team. Here it was again, sport offering a vessel for the nation to put its trou­bles to one side and just revel in the joy of identity, a raucous, uplifting celebration of Irishness.

29 Jan, 2017
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Releases statement on immigration executive order

Trump releases a statement regarding his executive order on immigration.

America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days. I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.

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Mayweather: ‘Let’s give the fans what they want to see’

Responding to McGregor’s Manchester interview, Mayweather says a fight with McGregor can happen.

I believe the fight can happen. Conor McGregor, like I said before, he’s a tough competitor. He proved throughout the years in the UFC that he can fight standing up. So we’ll just have to see what the future holds. Can we make this fight happen? Absolutely. That’s what everyone wants to see and of course Showtime is the biggest and the best in the business so hopefully a Showtime pay-per-view, we can make it happen…I truly believe the fans want this fight. The fans have been asking for this fight. It’s all about entertainment. He’s very entertaining. He’s very outspoken, like myself, so let’s give the fans what they want to see.

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White to Mcgregor: ‘If he wants to go down that road with us, it’ll be an epic fall’

White reacts to MCGregor saying “F-ck the UFC’ and other comments about a potential Mayweather fight from his Manchester interview.

When your about go an a pay-per-view where you’re charging people five bucks to hear you talk, I’m sure you’ve gotta say some crazy shit . You know how how I feel about Conor. I’ve always shown Conor nothing but respect. If he wants to go down that road with us, let me tell you, it’ll be an epic fall…Here’s what I think the chances [of a McGregor-Mayweather fight] are: about the same as me being the backup quarterback for Brady on Sunday…I made an offer because [Mayweather] was full of shit. This was a treal offer.