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UFC's White says he'll pay Mayweather and McGregor $25 million each to fight

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Eternally mythical or not, the subject of a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight was jolted Friday when UFC President Dana White said he's willing pay each man $25 million plus a cut of pay-per-view proceeds for a match that White indicated would be a boxing, not mixed martial arts, affair.

White, speaking to broadcaster Colin Cowherd on ...Read more

Nunes thinks it's time for Rousey to call it quits

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LAS VEGAS -- Amanda Nunes delivered all the answers to Ronda Rousey while stopping her by technical knockout in 48 seconds, and when the subject turned afterward to Rousey's fighting future, Nunes was assertive again.

"That's it for her. For sure, she's going to retire," Nunes said during her post-fight news conference late Friday night at T-...Read more

Rousey falls in 1st-round stunner

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LAS VEGAS -- Ronda Rousey returned to the octagon Friday for the first time since her beatdown loss 13 months earlier, and she was victimized again by a head-rattling flurry of fists that finished her in even quicker form.

Forty-eight seconds into the first round, following a four-punch combination that capped a continued assault of blows ...Read more

Which Rousey will show up at UFC 207?

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LAS VEGAS -- There's a saying around combat sports that every fighter has a screw loose.

So, the intrigue of Friday's UFC 207 main event at T-Mobile Arena is what's bouncing around the mortal mind of the once invincible Ronda Rousey, and how the results inside the octagon will determine the future of one of the most prominent figures in the ...Read more

Ex-champ Rousey keeps low profile

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UFC President Dana White, excusing Ronda Rousey for being "psychotically competitive," filled in for the former women's bantamweight champion at a Wednesday news conference and said he expects "the old Ronda" in the octagon Friday night.

"If you look at the amount of press that's been done by any fighter in UFC history, Ronda smokes everybody ...Read more

Nunes jabs at Rousey ahead of UFC 207 bout

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LAS VEGAS -- Amanda Nunes was informed by the UFC that since Ronda Rousey was not participating in Wednesday's news conference and public workout, Nunes didn't have to, either.

"I don't know what is wrong with this girl, I'm going to be honest with you," Nunes told a small group of reporters Tuesday. "If she wants to play these games, she's ...Read more

What's behind Ronda Rousey's reclusive behavior?

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SAN DIEGO -- Ronda Rousey has been swarmed by an avalanche of criticism following her mystique-shattering knockout loss to Holly Holm last year.

The piling on has intensified due to her reclusive behavior, including comments restricted to chummy, high-profile chats on network television.

Seeking to interpret what is going on in the Los Angeles...Read more

UFC: Cris 'Cyborg' Justino drug sample is flagged by USADA as potential violation

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Days after the UFC created a new women's featherweight division that seemed ripe for domination by Cris "Cyborg" Justino, the organization announced Thursday that a sample she submitted Dec. 5 has been flagged as a potential doping violation.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified Justino of the development from the out-of-competition test and ...Read more

Pettis misses weight; Holloway only fighter who can claim interim UFC belt

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Former UFC champion Anthony Pettis missed weight Friday.

After proclaiming that returning his training base to his home in Milwaukee had resulted in superb conditioning and fitness, Pettis weighed in at 148 pounds -- three pounds above the featherweight limit.

"You've got to be in shape no matter what -- with the adrenaline pumping, the arena,...Read more

UFC's White says his 'fight factory' can endure McGregor layoff, cloudy Rousey future

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LAS VEGAS -- Conor McGregor appears headed to an extended layoff awaiting the birth of his first child, due in May. Ronda Rousey has said her fight clock is ticking to zero. And former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is sidelined until July for a doping case.

Yet, in his office, surrounded by millions of dollars' worth of art that might ...Read more

McGregor makes quick work of Alvarez

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NEW YORK -- Count the knockdowns: five.

Count the titles: two.

Conor McGregor became the first UFC fighter to simultaneously wear two belts when he picked apart lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez with punches to the head and rolled to a second-round knockout victory at UFC 205 before adoring masses at Madison Square Garden early Sunday morning...Read more

Eddie Alvarez has faced bigger odds than beating UFC's Conor McGregor

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NEW YORK -- UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez calls himself "the complete opposite" of the man he'll fight Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the popular Conor McGregor.

"For him, it's a big show: what you can see," Alvarez said. "The fights for me are always about what you cannot see, the intangibles. It's about what's inside -- ...Read more