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CM Punk was recently asked during an appearance on ESPN Radio out of Chicago, IL if there was any part of him that misses professional wrestling.

“Not at all,” the former WWE Champion said to ESPN Radio Chicago (h/t Wrestling Observer Newsletter).

Punk revealed WWE has sent lawyers and people by proxy after him because they’re mad he “called them on their BS.” One example of this is WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann suing Punk for defamation over comments he made on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast in 2014. Cabana was a co-defendant in the suit.

Punk (0-1) stated he hasn’t spoken to UFC president Dana White in several months but he wants to fight again. Punk believes he’ll know what is next for him in another month or two.

CM Punk, 38, left WWE suddenly after Royal Rumble 2014. He went on to sign a multi-fight contract with the UFC that was announced in December 2014. His fighting debut took place last September, where he lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2:14.

He has continued to train at Roufusport under the direction of Duke Roufus. Dana White is on record as to saying Punk is probably not going to fight in the UFC again.

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Conor McGregor made a bad situation worse on Thursday, answering claims that he’s racist by making more controversial comments.

McGregor claimed to be “black from the belly button down” before thrusting his hips for all his “black female fans,” and Floyd Mayweather took offense to the Irishman’s remarks. The 40-year-old reflected on comments he made when he was younger, but made sure to let McGregor know he had crossed a line.

“He disrespected my daughter, disrespected the mother of my daughter, disrespected black women, calling black people monkeys – it’s totally disrespectful,” Mayweather said in his post-event press conference. “When I was young, I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said when I was young, but we live, we learn, and you don’t say those things once you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity. But it’s total disrespect …

“You do not disrespect – I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asian, Latina, or Latino – you don’t disrespect people. To get respect, you must give respect. We live and we learn.. when he get’s older, he’ll probably look back and say ‘I shouldn’t have said that.'”

McGregor, still shirtless, responded to claims of his perceived racism after the event, claiming that his comments were intended to poke fun at how “stupid and ridiculous” he felt the accusation was to begin with.

“It doesn’t really sit well with me,” McGregor told media about accusations that he is racist. “I’m a very multicultural individual. I don’t have any ill feelings towards anyone. I don’t even see color.

“I just wanted to say something and have a bit of fun with it … I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way. It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous is basically what I was getting at.”

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More than two weeks after his truck was struck by a moving train, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes no longer needs a ventilator and is showing “small signs of improvement,” his sister Beth Hughes Ulrici announced Tuesday on Facebook, according to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.

The incident occurred on June 16 in Raymond, Ill., near his hometown of Hillsboro, after Hughes drove his truck over train tracks.

The vehicle was hit on the passenger side, and Hughes was subsequently transported to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The UFC legend did not sustain any broken bones or internal injuries, although he’d been only slightly responsive since being stabilized.

State police are still investigating, Raimondi reports.

Hughes held the UFC welterweight title on two occasions between 2001 and 2006. He’d recently entertained a return to the Octagon after retiring in late 2011.

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MMA broadcasting is about to get lifted by a hip-hop legend.

On Friday, the UFC announced that Snoop Dogg has signed on to be a play-by-play commentator for the upcoming “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” a Fight Pass-exclusive show designed to showcase up-and-coming talents as well as veterans looking for a second shot at the Octagon.

The 45-year-old rapper will team up with recently retired UFC fighter Urijah Faber on the “SnoopCast,” an alternative audio option that viewers will be able to switch to should they tire of a more traditional broadcast team.

“I’m a big fan of UFC and looking forward to joining the team to bring my unique take on all the action,” Snoop Dogg said. “Ya’ll in for a brand new experience with Dogg on the mic.”

“I can’t wait to call fights with the Cali legend Snoop Dogg,” Faber added. “Snoop is on another level. Hope he brings the gin because I’ll bring the juice, laid back.”

This isn’t the first time Snoop has offered his gift of gab to the Octagon. He’s previously recorded promos for the UFC, hyping up some of its star fighters as only he can.

The first episode of the “Tuesday Night Contender Series” airs July 11.

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UFC lightweight Nate Diaz is being sued for more than $1 million by former representatives The Ballengee Group in connection with his high-profile rematch with Conor McGregor, according to Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.com, following an initial report based on court documents acquired by TMZ Sports.

According to the lawsuit, Diaz fired the agency a month prior to the UFC 202 bout, which it had helped negotiate, and failed to pay for services rendered.

The court documents state that Diaz made The Ballengee Group his agent of record in 2014 after it had previously forged a relationship with his brother Nick. The agency says it subsequently helped Nate negotiate bouts with Rafael dos Anjos, Michael Johnson, and McGregor on two occasions.

Nate made a disclosed $2 million for the second McGregor fight – the largest payday of his career – and that appears to be the root of The Ballengee Group’s complaint as it seeks over $1 million in damages.

He’s being sued for breach of contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation, among other claims.

The lightweight has not fought since losing a majority decision to McGregor in their rematch.

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Things are starting to look up for Matt Hughes.

After being hospitalized due to a collision with a moving train just over a week ago, the former UFC welterweight champion’s condition has improved, his sister, Beth Hughes Ulrici, announced Sunday on Facebook.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Matt,” her post read. “He is improving and continues to show us his heart and determination each day. He has a long road ahead of him and your continued thoughts and prayers will help him with the journey.”

Hughes is currently in stable condition at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., but has only been slightly responsive despite not suffering any broken bones or internal injuries in the accident. The 43-year-old collided with a moving train while driving his pickup truck in Raymond, Ill. on June 16. According to Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting, the state police are still investigating the incident.

The Illinois native twice held the UFC welterweight strap and had recently entertained returning to the cage in what would have marked his first fight since September 2011.

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“The Karate Hottie” is about to get flashbacks to her modeling days.

UFC strawweight contender Michelle Waterson will follow in the footsteps of Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Conor McGregor, and Jon Jones when she represents the sport of MMA in the latest edition of ESPN’s Body Issue.

Waterson’s involvement was announced by ESPN on Sunday. She will be one of 23 athletes tastefully baring it all in the magazine’s annual ode to some of sports’ most famous forms. The list also includes Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Boston Celtics scoring machine Isaiah Thomas, and tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki.

This won’t be the 31-year-old Waterson’s first time getting gussied up for the cameras, as she worked as a professional model before embarking on a successful career in MMA. Waterson is currently No. 6 in the UFC’s official rankings.

The 2017 edition of the Body Issue will go on sale July 7.