Archive for the ‘MMA’ Category

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lit up social media with his postgame attire Sunday – a look that had many comparing him to UFC star Conor McGregor.

As Fitzpatrick shared with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, he’s actually had people mistake him for McGregor.

“The first time I heard it was last year. We were playing Minnesota, so I was walking around the Mall of America with Garrison Sanborn, and Bryan Angerand Nick Folk, and somebody came up to me and started talking to me about my fight with (Floyd) Mayweather,” Fitzpatrick said. “And it took me a minute, I didn’t really know what they were talking to. Then when they walked away, I came to the realization that they thought I was Conor McGregor, which, I think I’m a little bit probably bigger and chubbier than he is, but I’m OK with it I guess.”

Fitzpatrick added that it wasn’t his intention to dress up like McGregor on Sunday.

“It wasn’t even my intent or thought going into that interview, but I get it with the side-by-sides now,” he said.


Be careful what you ask Joanna Jedrzejczyk!

The former UFC women’s strawweight champion recently made an example out of a budding reporter for trying to get a juicy quote on Conor McGregor at a media scrum in Moscow, Russia.

Jedrzejczyk, who was in attendance for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 136 event at Olimpiyskiy Stadium, was first asked to give a prediction on the upcoming lightweight title bout between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

“I’m 50/50. I’m a big fan of Conor, and I’m a big fan of Khabib. Two different styles,” Jedrzejczyk answered (h/t Simon Samano of MMA Junkie). “As you saw, I never predict a fight. I don’t like to predict the fights. People can do that. They can predict my fights, but I never do that. Anything and everything can happen in the fight. This is definitely the fight of, what, like the century? In MMA. So I cannot wait to watch two great warriors fighting each other. I’m 50/50.”

But then, the reporter switched the focus to McGregor’s behavior in New York, where the Irishman attacked a fighter’s bus in retaliation to Khabib’s confrontation with teammate Artem Lobov in a hotel.

Jedrzejczyk didn’t like how the reporter was fishing for insults towards McGregor and decided to flip the script and told the Russian to insult ‘The Notorious’ himself, in front of the cameras. It all made for a very awkward encounter.

Check out the full video below.

Since his loss against Mike Jackson at UFC 225, CM Punk has been out of the limelight until now. As noted, Punk was a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN and talked about everything from his Netflix show Ultimate Beastmaster, a new horror movie he is the lead on and his future in MMA. First Punk was asked about his run in the UFC and if the door is open for another fight.

“There’s absolutely no shame in taking a chance in your life, and I took a big chance,” said Punk. “I feel like even speaking about this now, I feel like there is finality to it, but I don’t want anybody to jump to conclusions and start making headlines. I got to talk to Duke. I got to get back to training, and I plan on doing that as soon as I wrap up this movie. So yeah, I look back on this stuff very fondly.

“I’m not ruling it out, but I’m also not throwing my name in a hat right away.”

It has now been two years since Punk made his debut. As noted, he is leaving the door open for another fight, but will it be in the UFC?

“I don’t think it’s UFC or bust, but I am definitely in a weird position. There’s other places out there, but would I go, should I go? I still look at everything like ‘the world is my oyster’. I’m fortunate enough that I can kind of pick and choose. I’ll be the first to admit, you know me, I’m brutally honest, it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for me to fight in the UFC again. But we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

Punk also goes over what he could have done better in his recent fight against Jackson at UFC 225.

“Yeah, I think I took the second round off, but I think I was clearing cobwebs out of my head. I think I maybe kind of woke up two or three minutes into the second round and it was probably too late by then.”

The day just went from bad to worse for Nicco Montaño.

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

Montaño, 29, won the title last December by defeating Roxanne Modafferi in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title bout at the TUF 26 Finale. Montaño won three fights on The Ultimate Fighter to earn the spot in the championship final. This would have been her first title defense after a year rife with injuries and illnesses.

While cutting weight Friday morning, Montaño’s teammate Steve Hanna told MMA Fighting in a statement that the UFC medical said she should stop cutting weight and she was transported to the hospital due to kidney issues.

“She will be fine in a few days,” Hanna said in the statement. “The UFC medical team was called in to evaluate her this morning during the process of her weight cut. They determined that she had to cease cutting weight and be transported to and treated at the local hospital for issues regarding her kidney function.”

Shevchenko, 30, earned a title shot by destroying Priscila Cachoeira last February in her UFC debut at 125 pounds. Shevchenko is a former title challenger at bantamweight.

Neville is no longer under contract with WWE, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet. Details have not come out on when this happened or if he’s still under a no compete clause, but the report states the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion is no longer connected to WWE.

Neville had left WWE in mid-October, reportedly over frustration with his status in the company. He was scheduled to lose to then-WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore on the October 9, 2017 episode of WWE Monday Night RAW, and left the company after reportedly learning of the scheduled finish. The match resulted in Enzo losing the championship to Kalisto.

Since quitting the company, Neville has been reportedly wanting his release from WWE. He was under WWE contract and his deal was frozen for the time he wasn’t working, which meant that he couldn’t wrestle anywhere else in the world. He moved back to the U.K. last March and has since kept a low profile.

RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss spoke with The Mirror to promote Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam match against Ronda Rousey. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Her match with Rousey having potential to headline SummerSlam:

“You have the five-time WWE Champion going up against a UFC Hall of Famer. Why not let it be the main event? I do I believe that with the women’s evolution going the way it is, then why not? But if not, then it is still great that I get to have a match with Ronda, who is making her SummerSlam debut.”

Her two years on the main roster and wanting to headline WrestleMania:

“It has been an amazing two years at the WWE and I am very fortunate with the opportunities that I have been given. I am looking forward to seeing women evolve and now I am ready to keep our division going. But for me, the ultimate goal is to main event WrestleMania. That is the big one and is on all of the women’s bucket lists. It really is and would be the epitome of what this evolution is. I am also just happy to help continuing to elevate the women’s evolution.”

Which WWE Hall of Famer she would want to face at the all-women’s Evolution pay-per-view in October:

“Trish Stratus, because I watched her when I was growing up and was one person I would love to get in the ring with. I always watched her and think it would be fun to be in the ring with her.”

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler spoke with Rock Sins when NXT worked at the Download Festival over the weekend. Here are some of the highlights:

How the transition from MMA to pro wrestling has been:

“It’s been smoother I think because I’m a catch wrestler, I’ve been a catch wrestler in MMA, Josh Barnett my main head coach for like 12 years he is a professional wrestler as well as a fighter. Bill Robinson would teach us for mixed martial arts as well as sports entertainment, this is what I’ve been in for a while so I think I have a leg up on people that are like ‘I fight MMA, I think I like this so I’m gonna try it’ I’ve been involved in this a lot longer than people realize as far as the training and the working for it too.”

Working in front of a British crowd and a Download Festival crowd who may not all be wrestling fans:

“Yeah, I think you have to work a little bit to show who you are because they don’t just know, but that’s the stuff I did in MMA, so it’s not unfamiliar to me to let people know who I am. It’s also interesting because a British crowd is different to an American crowd, so that aspect has been more mind-blowing to me than the fact that it’s at a music festival and not a traditional wrestling show.”

Wanting to eventually work with the other MMA Four Horsewomen in WWE:

“It’s a little of both. I’m not going to sidetrack off of my path and the things I’m doing and what I want to accomplish, but who doesn’t want their friends with them at work every day, so it’s awesome, and it’s what we’ve done, once we were living together and training together and we clicked the four of us after the Ultimate Fighter. It’s like when Ronda was UFC Champion and Jess was in Invicta and we were all kind of doing our own thing in MMA as well as supporting so it’s kind of the same thing just on the other side of the coin.”

Baszler also discussed being a metal fan. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.