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Joe Rogan has long been considered one of, if not the, best commentators in MMA, but UFC star Conor McGregor thinks the renowned sports personality could do a better job at calling fights.

McGregor was recently asked if he’d be interested in featuring as a guest on Joe Rogan’s famed podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, to which the Irishman responded with the following statement:

“He’s a great man, he’s got a great following, he’s got crazy insight, gets great guests, maybe at some stage of the game I’ll be on his podcast, who knows,” McGregor said at a fan Q&A in Chicago, per BJPenn.com’s Mike Pendleton. “I’d like him to call a fight how he sees it correctly, instead of reading off a script though.”

Although McGregor criticised Rogan for rehearsing his lines, the longtime UFC commentator has always gave the impression that he calls the action spontaneously, without any script or direction from the UFC. The same is true of his podcasts, which are all broadcast in an informal, conversational tone.

McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, hasn’t fought since his championship loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The 30-year-old is currently being sued for allegedly smashing a man’s phone outside a nightclub in Miami.

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It was a busy weekend for former UFC champion Conor McGregor, as “Notorious” dropped the puck in Boston and was the guest of honor during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago.

McGregor, who hasn’t fought since falling to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year, offered up some insight into when we might see him back in action. There were initial reports that the Irish fighter and Donald Cerrone were being targeted for April, but that that doesn’t appear to be the case any longer.

“Yes, we’re currently in negotiations,” McGregor said during an interview with ABC 7 Chicago. “We’re aiming for July. We’ll see what happens, but I’m staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program, the McGregorFast program, in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.”

McGregor was dealt a suspension for his involvement in the post-fight incident at UFC 229 in October. He was also recently arrested and charged on criminal mischief after breaking the phone of a fan. He noted his past during the interview, which included time spent as a plumber in Ireland.

“The plumbers got me here. The plumbers were the ones who dyed the river green. I wasn’t aware of that until I arrived here,” McGregor said. “Big respect to the plumbers. It’s a tough job and you have to respect the plumbing man.”

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Former UFC champion and Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping is the first inductee into the upcoming 2019 UFC Hall of Fame class. Bisping will be enshrined this July during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

Bisping, who held the middleweight title, became the first British champion in UFC history. He’ll join the “Modern Wing” of the hall of fame with Forrest Griffin, BJ Penn, Urijah Faber and Ronda Rousey. Bisping finished his career with 31 wins including victories over Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva and Luke Rockhold.

“It’s hard to have the level of talent needed to compete in UFC for any amount of time, but Michael Bisping was able to have an 11-year career where he became a world champion and won The Ultimate Fighter, not many people can say that,” UFC president Dana White said. “He also came back and coached The Ultimate Fighter and is now one of the best analysts on our broadcast team. Michael has been a huge part of not only building our brand, but also the sport of mixed martial arts. He absolutely deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame. Congratulations.”

Bisping’s 16 career wins at middleweight are a division record for the UFC and his 20 wins total are tied for second-most. He spent over five hours competing inside the Octagon, landing 1,384 significant strikes and 1,567 total strikes. “The Count” is just one of eight Ultimate Fighter winners to also be crowned undisputed UFC champion and he is the only one of those eight to defend the title successfully.

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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate says she’s been the target of unwanted photos before. She understands it comes with the territory of fame.

“It’s not breaking the law, and it’s not illegal,” Tate said Wednesday on “MMA Tonight.” “It’s annoying, but it’s not crossing the line.”

And that, Tate said, is something Conor McGregor has to understand.

Earlier this week, McGregor found himself in hot water after he allegedly slapped a cell phone out of the hand of a fan who wanted a picture outside a Miami nightclub, leading to his arrest. According to the police report, McGregor stomped on the phone and took off with it in his possession.

Footage of the incident surfaced today in which a man who appears to be McGregor can be seen stomping on a smart phone, then picking it up.

McGregor was arrested Monday and charged with felony strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief, which carry maximum jail sentences of 15 and 5 years, respectively. McGregor was taken to jail but released after he bonded with $12,500.

The alleged victim, Ahmed Abdirzak, gave his side of the story to TMZ, detailing how McGregor tricked him by going in for a handshake before turning on him.

As far as Tate is concerned, there is no excuse for McGregor’s alleged actions.

“He is a megastar. He has made himself into one of the most recognizable faces … and he’s making millions and millions and millions of dollars. He’s created that,” Tate said. “So, what I think is that this fan was out of line. He was disrespectful and probably should’ve had a little more common sense to respect the space of Conor. With that being said, I guarantee you that guy’s bought every single one of Conor McGregor’s pay-per-views.

“So figure it out, Conor. Do you appreciate your fans, all of them, the ones that are making you rich, or not? Blow the guy off. That’s kind of what you have to do. It’s the price of fame.”

Plus, as Tate pointed out, what good is it to escalate these types of situations with fans?

“It’s not helping anything, and it’s the unfortunate thing that I think megastars and super famous people have to learn to put up with. And Conor’s no exception,” Tate said. “You cannot take a person’s phone and smash it.”

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Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor is facing a civil lawsuit after being charged in South Florida with stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo.

Miami-Dade County court records show that 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzak filed a lawsuit seeking more than $15,000 on Thursday, accusing 30-year-old McCregor of battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Miami Beach police say McGregor was leaving the Fontainebleau Miami Beach early Monday morning when Abdirzak attempted to take a picture of McGregor. Police say McGregor slapped the phone out of Abdirzak’s hand and then stomped on it several times. Investigators say McGregor then grabbed the phone and left the area. McGregor was later arrested on robbery and criminal mischief charges.

McGregor’s criminal defense attorney called the lawsuit ”a quick effort seeking a payday.”

 

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UFC star Conor McGregor was arrested Monday evening in Miami after being accused of smashing a fan’s phone, according to the Miami Herald’s David Ovalle. He was later released from a Miami-Dade County jail Monday night after posting a $12,500 bond, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

McGregor is being charged with felony strong-armed robbery and misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to Miami Beach police, per Ovalle.

The incident took place outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel at around 5 a.m. on Monday when the fan attempted to take a photo of McGregor, according to the arrest report. McGregor then allegedly slapped the phone out of the fan’s hand and stomped on it multiple times.

McGregor was arrested later Monday evening after detectives reviewed surveillance video of the incident.

“Last evening, Conor McGregor was involved in a minor altercation over a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation,” read a statement from the fighter’s lawyer, according to Helwani.

The Irishman spent the past week completing court-ordered community service as part of his punishment for sparking a backstage melee at the Barclays Center last April. He was ordered to complete five days of community service and undergo anger management evaluation.

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The social media feud between RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch has been the talk of much of the wrestling world for several days. One person who chimed in on the feud is former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and Rousey-rival, Miesha Tate. She recently spoke to SiriusXM Busted Open Radio to share her thoughts on the feud.

One of the tweets that stuck out the most was one regarding Lynch’s Disarm-her from the RAW before Survivor Series, which Tate found hilarious.

“This is the funny part where Ronda’s saying to Becky that ‘Hey, your armbar looks like the d–k you wish you had,” Tate said. “Then, Becky hilariously takes Travis Browne’s face and pastes it on to the fist of the arm and says ‘Huh, now that you mention it, it does look like a d–k.”

A former opponent of Rousey at UFC 168 and opposing coach of season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, Tate knows how Rousey must have felt after Lynch sent out the tweet, saying it must have gotten under her skin.

“I know for a fact that burned Ronda’s cookies,” Tate said. “It really, I mean, it got under her skin cause, I know about this, you don’t talk about her family, you don’t talk about this, like even if you’re just joking.”

Tate also discussed how Rousey’s sense of humor regarding that topic is nonexistent.

“She does not have a sense of humor, and therefore, s–t got real. When Ronda called her out by her real name, no Ronda’s pissed and Ronda’s not joking. She’s not playing games, she’s not used to having to play by rules. She never had to before, why is she going to now? She’s already broken the rule with the ‘f’ word, saying some things are fake. She’s not a company woman and she never has been.”

Rousey will find out the status of her RAW Women’s Championship defense at WrestleMania 35, as CharlotteFlair and Becky Lynch will go one-on-one this Sunday at Fastlane. If Lynch wins, she gets added to the current Rousey vs. Flair matchup for the championship at WrestleMania 35.