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McGregor Claims Nine-figure Contract Negotiation

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Truth or fiction?

In an interview with MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani UFC superstar Connor McGregor has said he is negotiating a nine figure contract with the UfC franchise.

“Let’s compare contracts,” he said in the interview, “because the contract that I’m talking now is nine figures – NINE FIGURES!, I’m talking. Nobody in the game has talked nine figures.

“That’s $100 million plus. That’s my contract, so, that’s where I’m at and I’ve done it the way I’ve done it. Either learn from it or don’t.”

Many are wary of such an astronomical sum. Especially when the UFC has never even approached the figures paid to boxing superstars (like Floyd Mayweather).

But McGregor claims he is worth every cent.

“When you’re bringing in $60 million revenue on a fight where the main event guy (Jose Aldo) has pulled out two weeks before, you think anyone else can do that?

“This next one (the fight against Aldo), we are estimating $10 million for the gate alone. This is going to bring in $90 to $100 million this card here. So you’re damn right I’ll get it (the nine-figure contract).

“I came at them (the UFC) with facts, I came at them with numbers, and I didn’t go round about. I looked them dead in the eye with straight facts. When someone comes at you with clear facts, there’s only one thing you can do – and that’s respect it. You got to respect good business, if you don’t respect good business, then that’s on you. I am very confident we will come to a deal and it will be in the nine-figure mark, and rightfully so.”

McGregor will fight Aldo for the championship belt on December 12th after easily disposing of Aldo’s short-notice replacement Chad Mendez.

McGregor has become one of the most widely recognisable fighter in the UFC stable. But when asked who was the bigger star, himself or Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, he was quick to give credit where it was due:

“I have a lot of respect for Ronda, rightfully so. She’s as dominant as they come. I’m a big fan of Ronda, I always have been,” he waxed. “Ronda is the queen and I am the king.”

Travis Wolford Poos Pants After MMA Loss

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MMA fighter Travis Wolford has earned himself the nickname The Brown Bomber.

Wolford pooed himself when he lost a match to heavyweight rival Danbiel Cooper.

Cooper sunk a chokehold into Wolford forcing him to tap. But the loss of air forced his body into survival mode. His body diverted blood from all non-essential areas in its fight for life – and this meant the bowels were on their own.

The fight took place at West Virginia’s Ruckus in the Cage Event. Cooper released his hold on Wolford, who lies gasping for air for a moment.

He rises shakily to his feet and that’s when it happens.

Be warned, this video is not for the faint of heart.

The crowd were horrified. One woman is heard dry retching and saying, “Oh my God, I’m going to throw up.”

Wolford appears barely sensible as he meanders away from scene.

Commentators attempt to lighten the mood by calling for volunteers to clean up the mess and laying on trite jokes like ‘Cooper just beat the crap out of Wolford – literally!’

Wolford has said he plans to fight again next month.

We wonder if he’ll be wearing nappies.

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MMA Fighter in Weight-Class Dispute

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Well here’s a problem you don’t come across every day. Brye Anne Russillo is a 29 year-old New York MMA fighter. She has two amateur fights with one win and one loss.

The problem she faces is that she has to fight in a heavier division than she would like to because of her double-D breasts.

“I can’t cut my tits off,” said the single mother of one to MMA News, “and put them on the side, they weigh 12 pounds (5.4 kg).”

That 5.4 kg moves her up a weight class, but gives her no strength advantage. And in combat sports that’s a huge advantage to give away.

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In fact, it took Russillo’s team more than three months to finalise an agreement to fight Paige Lian at 150 pounds (68 kg) for the Aggressive Combat Championships in Queens on October 3.

Everyone expects me to be a Barbie Doll,” says the pastry chef, bartender and mother of one. “Bleach blonde hair and a big chest.”

But when she found MMA she fell in love with the sport. Her trainer made the decision simple when he said it was alright to bring her baby daughter to training.

“If you find a hobby late in life, follow it! I have a child and turning 30 in a couple of months, and I’m glad I followed my passion.”

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The Hidden Side of Professional Boxing

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In boxing parlance they’re known as Journeymen. They are fighters skilled enough to protect themselves, brave enough to fight anyone, and tough enough to take a beating – but they also must pose little to no threat to anyone.

There’s a little known side to boxing – One in which fight promoters need their ‘prospects’ given experience without the risk of being beaten up.

Enter the Journeyman.

Kristian Laight is one of the most well-known journeymen in professional boxing. Since beginning his career at the Britannia International Hotel in London in November of 2003, he has fought an amazing 215 times.

Among boxers Laight’s record is deplorable, but among professional Journeymen Laight is a legend. The 34 year-old boasts a record of 9-199-7! That’s 199 losses!

Laight is even so well known as a Journeyman he was given his own chapter in a recently released book Journeymen: The Other Side of the Boxing Business.

Laight said he never planned for his career to go the way it has. Like any new boxer he dreamed of being another champion.

“I thought I could actually do something, you know, be some sort of champion,” he said on BBC. “It dawned on me, probably after the fifth fight, I wasn’t going to be a champion, that’s for sure.”

Journeymen occupy a very necessary niche in professional boxing. And their defensive skills make them, in their own way, champions.

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“I just go in and look after myself, do my job to get through the fight, and reach that final bell in one piece, get my money, come home, and have to fight again the week after It’s a month’s wages for most people, for 12 minutes work.”

But Laight is risking serious injury every time he steps into the ring.

His opponents are usually totally unknown to him. He has to be able protect himself against anyone, entertain the crowd, give his opponent some kind of test, all while not ending the ‘prospect’s’ career with a crushing defeat.

Oh, and Laight has to be ready to fight at a moment’s notice

“One time I’d literally just gone to the pub, my phone’s gone and before I’ve had a sip of my pint my manager’s said ‘You’ve got a fight later on; get out of the pub’ You’ve always go to be ready because the phone could go at any time.”

UFC 187 Wrap-Up

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UFC 187 didn’t disappoint; instead the franchise showed yet again they have the best MMA fighters in the world.

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone appears to have earned himself another title shot with a second round TKO over John ‘The Bull’ Makdessi.

Cerrone laid into the Canadian, Makdessi, with a volley of hard punches and several scoring high kicks.

But it was a rarely used upward back elbow that rocked Makkdessi early in the second round. Cerrone followed it up with a vicious knee to the head that had his opponent backing away and waving for the referee.

It was a smart move. Replays appear to show Cerrone breaking his opponent’s jaw with the final kick.

Chris Weidman survived an early onslaught from crowd favourite Vitor Belfort.

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Belfort came out strong against the incumbent champion and slammed Weidman with several hard shots before trapping him against the cage.

He laid into Weidman with scoring combinations and appeared to be looking for the kill-shot.

Belfort kept pouring on the pressure and managed to open a cut on Weidman’s face.

But the champion said after the fight he was never in trouble.

“He hit me with some good shots, but I was just covering, covering, covering and waiting to come back,” said Wediman.

And come back he did.

As Belfort tired Weidman opened up. He took the Brazilian to the mat and unleashed hell on him.

Weidman rained down an unrelenting barrage of heavy punches and elbows. He then moved to Full Mount and stepped up the attack.

At 2:53 of the first round referee Herb Dean had seen enough. He swooped in to stop the fight.

Belfort didn’t argue.

Then it was time for the big hombres.

Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson gave the crowd what they came for. These men couldn’t have hit any harder if they’d been carrying clubs.

Johnson started aggressively looking to knock Cormier’s head out of the country.

But he bet everything on an early finish.

Cormier had other plans. He survived Johnson’s attack and capitalised on his fast tiring opponent.

It took until round three, but Cormier was able to submit his Johnson in an exciting and brutal fight.

Johnson was philosophical about the loss. “Tonight I might have lost, but the one thing I want you guys to remember is that you should never give up.”

Cormier, in contrast, had only one message: “Jon Jones, get your s***t together. I’m waiting for you.”

Knockout of the Yer Gives Boxing Some Much Needed Legitimacy

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has knocked out  James Kirkland with one of the best punches of the year.

Both fighters were mixing it up early – pressing forward and hammering each other with fast, hard shots. Fans knew early the fight wouldn’t go the distance as both men leaned into their punches, looking for the kill-shot.

The referee was forced to give a standing eight count to Kirkland as he ate some vicious hooks and uppercuts.

Alvarez (24 years-old) knocked Kirkland to the canvas at 1:30 in the first round.

“Once I dropped him the first time I knew I had him” said a clearly delighted Alvarez.

But Kirkland refused to concede the bout, only prepared to relinquish the victory if it was beaten out of him.

Alvarez seemed happy to comply.

Alvarez pushed Kirkland against the ropes with a flurry of stinging body rips and hooks; the last of which sent his opponent to the canvas.

The referee gave him another eight-count and Kirkland rose ready to continue.

Before he could re-gather momentum Kirkland stepped in with a swinging right that whistled as it sliced through the air. That Kirkland’s head wasn’t knocked into the crowd was a miracle. But the brave fighter was unconscious before he hit the ground.

Alvarez began celebrating, but trned back to his fallen opponent when he realised he wasn’t moving.

“At the end of the day you don’t want him to be injured badly,” said Alvarez in a post-match interview. “I was a little worried about him and as soon as I found out that he was OK I started celebrating again.”

Kirkland was rushed to hospital for a CT scan.  The fight promoter, Bernard Hopkins, announced to the waiting media that Kirkland was responsive and cleared by the scan of any major damage.

Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 Kos) had just returned to the ring after a 10-month break. He beat Kirkland (32-2, 28 Kos) who himself had returned to boxing after a 17 month hiatus.

The fight stats show Kirkland threw 197 punches but only connected 42 times.

Alvarez, by comparison threw fewer punches (150), but connected 87 times.

But all he needed was that last one.

After the disappointment of the Mayweather v Pacquao match this fight is just what the sport of boxing was hoping for.

GO! St. Louis Marathon Winner to Get Special Award Presentation

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GO! St Louis marathon winner Andrea Karl has told SL Today she was “just as surprised as anyone else” to find Kendall Schler had crossed the finish line before her.

“They said someone had crossed before me.

“I don’t know. People were telling me on the course as I was going that I was the first female. I thought I was (the lead runner) most of the way.”

The 23 year-old marathoner crossed the line to a bewildered reception, as Schler was already in the recovery area claiming she’d won.

But Schler, it was later discovered had removed the time strip from her bib and eased quietly into the course without running the full distance.

When speaking to USA Today Ms Karl was gracious: “There’s too much to celebrate to be disappointed in something like that.

“Winning was awesome, but it’s not the reason I was running that race.”

Nonetheless, the GO! St. Louis marathon organisers are working to recreate the awards ceremony so that the rightful winner can have her moment of glory.

CBS New was told that Ms Karl will receive her award at a local St. Louis Cardinals baseball game where she will be officially declared the event’s winner.

“Andrea is a lovely woman,” said Nancy Lieberman, president of the GO! St. Louis event, “and she’s very excited. She’ll be running with the glory of a true champion when she comes from the outfield down the third baseline to home plate. We will have a finish line tape for her to cross. We will then present her with her medal, flower, and some other gifts.”

Kendall Schler, 26, the woman found to have cheated her way to first place, has eluded reporters thus far.

Officials had concerns about her win the moment she crossed the finish line, but needed evidence before they acted.

Schler, against race regulations, had removed her bib and had the race number on her leg covered by a shirt. Upon being questioned about why she posted no early stage times Schler admitted to removing the timing strip.

On-course officials from US Track and Field do not remember seeing Schler in the early part of the race; and they certainly don’t remember her running with the lead pack.

GO! ST. Louis organisers immediately consulted their records. It soon became apparent Schler had done exactly the same thing in last year’s event, where she placed third.

Liieberman said Schler has not responded to her request for photographs of her running the 2014 race.

“It was kind of a nondescript conversation,” Lieberman told reporters. “Most people, quite frankly, would be defensive, but say, ‘Yes, I really did (run the race).’ I explained I would have to contact Boston and let them know (about the questionable qualifying time), and she wanted to know how she could find out if she can run Boston. That was pretty much the end of the conversation.”

Reporters Given a Crash-Course in MMA Referreeing

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Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, has opened up the government organisation for the first time. Five reporters were granted access to the CSAC’s drug-testing unit and protocols, plus they had the roles and activities of EMTs explained to them.

Marc Raimond, from MMA Fighting talked about the experience:

For him, one of the most interesting parts came when reporters were given a crash-course in fight-judging.

Legendary judge ‘Big’ John McCarthy, one of the men responsible for writing the unified rules of MMA explained to reporters what judges are looking for as they score bouts.

Despite the blurb on the TV about fights being scored on ‘effective striking, aggression and Octagon control’ it is the first two judges look for most. Only when these two are equal will dominant positions and ring control be taken into account.

A fighter who inflicts more damage or attempts to finishing the fight with submission attempts is more likely to win a round over another who doesn’t capitalise on their dominant position – whether on the ground or against the fence.

And “it’s not who lands the most strikes,” said McCarthy. “Where do they land and what effect do they have on the fight?”

To illustrate the difficulty involved in deciding questions like this McCarthy showed reporters the third round fight between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez from UFC 166.

Melendez appears to land more strikes throughout the entire round; and he seems to do more overall damage. Sanchez fights scores with a mid-round flurry and sends Melendez to the canvas with an upper-cut. Sanchez is able to take Melendez’s back before round ends.

Of the five journalists present three score the round for Melendez and two for Sanchez.

McCarthy explained why the round should have gone to Melendez: Sanchez landed the best strikes of the round, but Melendez was never stunned – he was never dominated. Plus, even though Melendz was knocked to the ground he was able to defend the fall and Sanchez’s stronger back position.

In his favour, Melendez landed more strikes and did more damage – opening up a deep gash above Sanchez’s eye.

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Diego Sanchez image: forums.sherdog.com

Melendez went on to win the fight. He should have won all three rounds. Instead he only won the first two, with two ringside judges scored the third round for Sanchez.

McCarthy explained, “There is some subjectivity to it. But it’s the judge’s job to know what to look for, be educated on the sport and understand how to score certain things. And there’s not time to mull it over. Your scorecard is collected immediately after the round is over. You have to be judging as the round goes.

And the pressure is intense.

Judges’ results determine fighters’ careers. Moreover they determine who gets tens of millions of gambling dollars put down on MMA bouts every week.

The judges can’t afford to miss anything. Their decisions are scrutinised by their bosses and peers, the broadcasters and fight fans, the fighters and the up-and-coming judges who want their jobs.

Paris-Roubaix Nearly Ends in Tragedy

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The blood, sweat, and tears of the Paris-Roubaix one-day classic cycle race nearly ended in tragedy. Several riders had a near miss with a high speed TGV train as they sought to cross the line as the safety barrier was descending.

One of the rider, from the Belgian Lotto team, was actually clipped by the barrier as it descended, with the train hurtling towards him only seconds away.

Organisers shudder to think what might have happened if he’d fallen onto the track.

The incident took place about 87 kilometres from the Roubaix finish.

The race, known (almost feared) as The Hell of the North, has stretches of brutal, bone-breaking cobblestones; winding dirt tracks; tortuous, spirit sapping climbs; and leg burning open bitumen straights.

But riders are aggressive and willing to take risks in order to win this prestigious event.

The riders who chose to cross as the boom gate was lowering were, technically, breaking the rules. In 2006, three riders working together to reel in a lone breakaway (eventual winner Fabian Cancellara) found themselves disqualified after skirting a lowered railway line barrier only 10 kilometres from the finish.

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Race organisers, however, were quickly onto the riders who had slipped through the barrier. They were told to slow down so that those behind them could catch up – which was only fair.

The riders agreed and the race officials let them off with a frown and a hard gaze.

Guy Dobbelaere, the president of the jury of race commissioners, told reporters: “It wasn’t possible for the leading riders to stop sufficiently safely.

‘By neutralising the race for a few moments to not penalise those who stopped, we respected the spirit of the rule.

“In theory, those who pass when the barrier is down are thrown out of the race. This time, that would have been unjust in respect of those riders who weren’t identified.”

Pacquiao – Mayweather Brawl Gets Uglier

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The Pacquiao – Mayweather feud just got even worse. And it’s not a media beat-up.

Philippine fighter and multiple world champion Manny Pacquiao has hinted at his dislike for American undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather. But ahead of their May 2 WBC welterweight showdown Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has admitted his fighter is fueled by Mayweather’s long and well documented history of domestic violence.

“For the first time in my life with Manny Pacquiao,” said Roach to USA Today Sports, “this is the first fighter he hasn’t liked; and I can tell.

“I know Manny Pacquiao doesn’t like this guy, and I think those are the reasons why.”

Mayweather has been involved in seven instances of alleged physical assault – on five different women. All of them ended with the fighter being either arrested or issued with a citation.

In 2012 Mayweather was sentenced to two months in a Nevada detention facility for his attack on Josie Harris – mother to three of his four children. The attack was witnessed by two of his sons.

“Manny is really against domestic violence,: said Roach who has himself witnessed his father striking his mother.

“It’s a big issue in the Philippines for him,” said Roach. “And him being a congressman, he can control some of that stuff. I’ve even thought about bringing a couple of the metro cops from Vegas in to tell Manny how many times he’d been arrested and how bad a guy he is. But I decided I can’t go that far. He (Pacquiao) already doesn’t like him (Mayweather).”

It seems the feeling is mutual.

In 2010 Mayweather launch an outrageous racist attack against Pacquiao over the internet. He called Pacquiao ‘that little yellow chump’ and promised to make the Philippine sensation ‘make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice.’

He then hinted that Pacquiao used PEDs. Pacquiao sued and the case was settled out of court.

But it’s not really settled until one of the fighters has beaten the other into submission.

May 2, people – Wait for May 2.