- Conor McGregor indicated in an interview with Rolling Stone that he does not plan to pay the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s $150,000 fine they issued to him earlier this week for throwing things at the UFC 202 press conference in August. Not only that but McGregor confirmed what Dana White said in that he doesn’t see himself fighting in Nevada for the foreseeable future. McGregor cannot protest the fine because he called into the NSAC meeting, apologized and said he would accept any punishment deemed fitting. Instead of it helping his case though, they fined him 5% of his fight purse, or $150,000, up significantly from the originally proposed fine of $25,000. Here’s what McGregor told Rolling Stone:
“I thought they might respect [McGregor calling in] a little bit more," McGregor says. "I owned up. I man'd up. I'm here. I apologized. I'm not trying to blame nobody, although they fired the rounds off first. I didn't think they would even go that route because I didn't think this was like a real thing. Are they going to come and arrest me or what the fuck is that? I wanted to give them the respect and I felt they would have respected that but they didn't. So, whatever. It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.”
CLICK HERE for the complete interview on RollingStone.com.
- CM Punk is not expected to fight for UFC again, according to comments made by UFC president Dana White on a recent episode of UFC Tonight. White stated Punk is probably not going to be a guy who is going to stay in the UFC and continue to fight. He wanted to fight in the UFC, he trained for two years and he did it. Punk was defeated handily by Mickey Gall via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:14 in the first round of their fight at UFC 203 in September.
- Ronda Rousey has confirmed with Dana White that she will fight Cris Cyborg. The assumption is the fight will take place if Rousey beats Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on December 30, 2016. Cyborg has said she wants Rousey, regardless of the outcome of the Nunes fight. While Rousey hasn’t fought in nearly a year, she’s still seen as UFC’s biggest name ever and was granted the time off that she requested.
- If Conor McGregor defeats Eddie Alvarez for the UFC middleweight championship at UFC 205 next month, he’ll have to drop one of the titles. McGregor has held up the UFC featherweight championship since winning it last December by moving up to face Nate Diaz twice.
- Jon Jones is scheduled for an arbitration hearing against the United States Anti-Doping Agency, who handles the UFC drug testing policy, on October 31, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. If a last-minute settlement is not reached, Jones will be the first UFC fighter ever to officially appeal a sanction imposed by the USADA. Jones was forced off the UFC 200 card in a fight against Daniel Cormier after being flagged for a positive drug test. The Nevada Athletic Commission revealed Jones tested positive for the anti-estrogen agents hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole, which are both banned subtances. Jones faces a maximum one year-suspension.
- The UFC recently sent a letter out to all fighters, detailing the appeal process that MMAFighting.com explained at this link.
- Marion Reneau vs. Milana Dudieva has been added to UFC Fight Night 99 on November 19, 2016 in Belfast. That show will be headlined by Dong Hyun Kim vs. Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight fight.
- UFC Fight Night 99 will also feature Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ali Bagautinov, which was scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Penn but canceled due to the injury to BJ Penn.
- Bellator MMA announced that Daniel Weichel will face Paul Redmond at Bellator 169 on December 16, 2016 in Dublin. The promotion has already announced that show’s main event as Muhammed “King Mo” Laval vs. Satoshi Ishii.
- Combate Americas, who just named Alberto Del Rio president, will hold their “Empire Rising” show tonight from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The card will be headlined by John Castaneda vs. Gustavo Lopez as well as Matt Hamill vs. Julian Marquez and will air live on UFC Fight Pass.