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Well, that escalated quickly.

One day after Dana White called Oscar De La Hoya a “cokehead junkie” for making the Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz trilogy, the retired boxing champion’s personal publicist released a statement on his behalf in response to the UFC president’s rant.

“Dana is so small and threatened by our success with DAZN and now in MMA that he is bringing up news from a decade ago to try to stay relevant,” De La Hoya said, according to a statement, sent by Stefan Friedman. “Boxing has entirely rejected him. And MMA fighters are now realizing they don’t have to risk their lives just so he can get rich.

“Golden Boy and I are moving forward and are bigger than ever. Dana should shut the (expletive) up and try to figure out how to save his own company.”

This past week, De La Hoya told MMAjunkie he’d apologized and made peacewith White after attacking “The Money Fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

White agrees the beef started there, but apparently he didn’t get the olive branch. In a 10-minute rant, he put De La Hoya on blast for allowing Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 to happen this past Saturday in the headliner of Golden Boy’s MMA debut. Ortiz, 43, defeated the 48-year-old Liddell by first-round knockout.

Triggered by De La Hoya’s opinion that he had no right to tell Liddell to retire, White went straight for the jugular, referring to his rival as “the cokehead, Oscar De La Weirdo” and “Oscar De La Dummy” and mocking a claim that the UFC underpays its fighters.

“Oscar (expletive) De La Hoya says, ‘Oh, come over to Golden Boy where we respect the fighters,’ and it makes me sick what these fighters were paid and all this (expletive),” White said. “Out of 14 fights on the card, five bouts were amateur fights, which means he didn’t pay them jack (expletive). And 12 of the professional fighters on the card made less than ($3,000 and $3,000). What the (expletive) are you talking about, you cokehead junkie? And some of the guys on the card made $1,000 and $1,000. And he respects the fighters so much, he couldn’t remember their names at the press conference.

“I hope somebody talks De La Hoya into fighting again. I hope the state of California makes the fight, and I hope he gets knocked out just like Chuck Liddell in the first round. (Expletive) cokehead nutball.”

Ortiz, who hopes to take a promotional job with Golden Boy after announcing his re-retirement from MMA, stepped to De La Hoya’s defense, writing on Instagram, “This is not about you, it is not about me… I want it to be about the fighters & giving them the opportunity to share in all the rewards this business has to offer to where they don’t have to fight when they are 43 (and) 48.”

The trilogy fight drew almost 8,000 fans to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The card underwent multiple changes before its final confirmation, and the pay-per-view purchase of $49.95 was discounted by $10. A Black Friday offer of $19.95 was canceled due to “contractual restrictions.”

Ortiz knocked out Liddell inside one round, avenging a pair of losses to his fellow UFC Hall of Famer over one decade ago. The matchup was roundly criticized in the wake of Liddell’s performance, and the California State Athletic Commission indefinitely suspended “The Iceman.”

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Dana White says the only way Floyd Mayweather Jr. will get his desired nine-figure paycheck from fight Khabib Nurmagomedov is if they square off in the Octagon.

Mayweather told TMZ Sports earlier this week that a potential crossover fight against Nurmagomedov would have to be under his terms, and he’s only interested in a boxing match. However, White isn’t willing to give into Mayweather’s demands.

“The answer is ‘no.’ He’s gonna have to come here and get his ass whoopin’,” White told TMZ Sports. “We did that last time. You gotta come here this time.

“Every time he wants to box. You wanna fight? Want to make 150 million? Come over here and get your ass whooped.”

Mayweather is scheduled to face Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition fight on Dec. 31. He has also teased a rematch against Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd Mayweather denied that he ever agreed to fight kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa in a lengthy Instagram post Wednesday.

“Now that I am back on U.S. soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media in regards to the upcoming event on December 31 that was recently announced. First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan,” the boxer wrote.

The Rizin Fight Federation announced Sunday that Mayweather would fight Nasukawa on Dec. 31 in Japan.

Mayweather said he was under the impression that he would participate in a private three-round, nine-minute exhibition against an opponent of Rizin’s choosing for a “small group of wealthy spectators.” After arriving at the press conference, Mayweather said he and his team were “derailed” by the way the event was being characterized.

“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that, I am truly sorry,” Mayweather wrote. “I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements, and occasional small exhibitions.”

Mayweather (50-0) has yet to fight since defeating Conor McGregor in an August 2017 bout that was dubbed “The Money Fight.”

Nasukawa remains unbeaten in mixed martial arts and kickboxing.

Conor McGregor is expressing interest in a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and an eventual meeting with Georges St-Pierre once UFC 229 is in the rearview mirror.

“The Notorious” will step into the Octagon on Saturday for the first time since Nov. 2016. He’ll take on Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight championship, a belt McGregor was previously stripped of due to inactivity.

“I would like to box him again,” McGregor said of another matchup with Mayweather on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

McGregor fought Mayweather in the ring last year, losing via TKO in the 10th round. The Irishman added he’d gladly welcome Mayweather into the Octagon, but doubts the 50-0 boxer would jump over into the MMA world.

When asked about other potential bouts, McGregor admitted he’s open to a clash with St-Pierre.

“I don’t think next though,” he said, noting that St-Pierre doesn’t have a title for him to take or a personal score with him to settle.

St-Pierre previously revealed he’s interested in fighting the winner of McGregor-Nurmagomedov. St-Pierre and McGregor represent two of the five fighters in UFC history to win a championship in multiple weight classes.

“I’m gonna do fights that interest me or that have meaning,” McGregor said.

As for a possible rubber match with Nate Diaz, the 30-year-old said a third fight will happen at some point.

“I will always give that man his rematch,” he told the show. “He gave me a rematch, I give him a rematch, that’s the way it is. When it will happen, I don’t know. … We will complete that trilogy, no doubt about it.”

McGregor holds a 10-1 record in UFC action heading into his blockbuster title fight with Nurmagomedov, who boasts a spotless 26-0 professional record.

LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment have several film and television projects in the works, but there’s one that has the Los Angeles Lakers star particularly excited.

As HBO first announced in 2016, James and Maverick Carter will serve as executive producers on a multi-part documentary about the life of Muhammad Ali titled “What’s My Name.”

After HBO shared a trailer for the documentary Saturday, James tweeted, “One of my favorite projects we’ve done!! My GOODNESS it’s so good!”

Other upcoming projects produced by James and Carter include the Showtime documentary series “Shut Up and Dribble,” a competition series for CBS, an NBC comedy series inspired by the upbringing of reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, and an NBC basketball drama called “Hoops.”

Mike Tyson is eyeing a role in the movie version of “Downton Abbey.”

Tyson is a big fan of the British period drama series, and told The Sun’s Rod McPhee he’d be thrilled if he was approached about starring in the film, which is reportedly set to begin production this year.

“If the producers of the new movie were to call me up, the answer would be a ‘Yes.’ I’d love to appear in ‘Downton Abbey,'” he said.

The boxing legend also has some ideas on what character he could play.

“Maybe I could play an American musician, or I could be very aristocratic,” he said. “An aristocrat would be a good role to play. That would be great fun. God willing.”

Tyson stars alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hafthor Bjornsson, aka “The Mountain” from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” in the action flick “Kickboxer: Retaliation,” due out later this month.

It’s become quite clear Conor McGregor’s brand transcends mixed martial arts, but if his longtime coach, John Kavanagh, has it his way, the fighter will be stepping back into the Octagon this year.

Kavanagh, who was in the Irishman’s corner as he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, believes the next 12 months will be a successful venture, regardless of what avenue his fighter decides to travel down.

“I think 2018 will be another big year for us,” Kavanagh told BBC Northern Ireland on Sunday. “Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned. … My opinion, I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done, but mixed martial arts is my passion.”

While McGregor is still deciding what his next move will be – whether it be in the Octagon, a boxing ring, or wherever else life takes him, Kavanagh says the fighter has gotten back to training regularly recently and reminded the rest of the UFC who still owns the lightweight division.

“Conor’s still the champion. They can say what they want – I have his belt at home, actually,” Kavanagh said. “He’s still the champion.

“He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move. It’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away – he’s had other things on. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it, anyway.”

“If I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”