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UFC's Jake Ellenberger finds out the hard way: Kids throw the darnedest things

As a career fighter, Jake Ellenberger has taken all kinds of bumps and bruises, breaks and cuts.

But earlier this week, he found out being a dad comes with its share of injuries, as well. Ellenberger (31-13 MMA, 10-9 UFC), a longtime UFC welterweight, posted on his Instagram account that he was headed to the emergency room for an eye injury – and not from an errant finger or precise punch.

Ellenberger took an iPad Mini to the face when he said his son threw it. The veteran fighter went so far as to say he thought he “was going to lose an eye.”

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Just a month ago, he was posting happier pictures of himself with his son. And it stands to reason future photos will be taken when that iPad Mini and other hurlable objects are out of reach.

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Ellenberger has not yet provided an update of just what the doctors told him at the emergency room. He does not currently have a fight scheduled.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Floyd Mayweather is going to spend every night until 'The Money Fight' in a strip club

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In fairness, there are worse ways to spend an evening.

Undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) recently announced that he’s taking an unconventional approach to the final few days of preparation for his blockbuster matchup with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC). Mayweather took to Instagram to reveal that he’ll spend every night at his Las Vegas strip club, Girl Collection.

“That’s right … I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at ‘GIRL COLLECTION!!!!’” Mayweather wrote.

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Mayweather said each night until the Aug. 26 pay-per-view event at the nearby T-Mobile Arena (and for a few days after), he will be “meeting and greeting” his fans, who can then enjoy, say, a magnum of Patron Platinum for $2,700 – or perhaps a $1,000 “Happy Ending,” which includes a liter of Absolut vodka and a 750 ml bottle of Luc Belaire Rare Rose sparkling wine.

For the record, Mayweather doesn’t drink, so it’s not as if he’ll be getting hammered and ordering lap dances every night. Instead, it’s a prime opportunity for him to help promote one of his businesses outside of fighting.

Still, with McGregor burning the midnight oil with late-night training sessions at the UFC Performance Institute a few miles down I-15, one has to wonder if Mayweather could potentially be buying into the belief that McGregor has absolutely no chance in the 12-round affair.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Conor McGregor's 'The Mac Life' vlog, No. 3: Inside sparring day

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is releasing his own video blog series in the lead-up to his Aug. 26 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in the pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, launched TheMacLife.com this past year to provide exclusive insight and updates on his career.

The third edition of his vlog series for the Mayweather fight goes behind the scenes of McGregor’s final full-fledge sparring day, which is attended by UFC President Dana White.

Watch the previous episodes of “The Mac Life” vlog below.

And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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LFA 19/AXS TV Fights video: Sid Bice on South Dakota homecoming for co-main event vs. Porter

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LFA returns tonight for an event in South Dakota, and a flyweight prospect will fight in front of his home crowd.

In the LFA 19 co-main event, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a main card that airs on AXS TV, Sid Bice (6-1) takes on Ken Porter (10-3).

Bice, a Titan and RFA veteran, fights out of Denver at Factory X. But in Sioux Falls, he’ll be fighting close to where he’s from. He got back on track in front of his home fans in April with a decision over Cody Land after a loss to Pedro Nobre at Titan FC 38 in April 2016.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Bice to talk about tonight’s co-feature, fighting for the home crowd, and where he thinks he beats Porter.

Check out the video above to hear from him ahead of the fight.

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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LFA 19/AXS TV Fights video: David Michaud on his quest to get back to the UFC

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LFA returns tonight for an event in South Dakota, and a former UFC fighter will continue to try to fight his way back to the big show.

In the LFA 19 main event, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a main card that airs on AXS TV, David Michaud (11-3) takes on Ciro Rodrigues (20-6).

Michaud is 3-1 since he went 1-2 in a three-fight stint in the UFC, including a TKO win over Jake Lindsey in Sioux Falls in April. His only loss since being bounced from the UFC came to recent “TUF 25” runner-up Dhiego Lima at Titan FC 39.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Michaud to talk about tonight’s headliner and his goal of getting back to the UFC.

Check out the video above to hear from him ahead of the fight.

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'Bigfoot' Silva moves to kickboxing, meets champ Rico Verhoeven at GLORY 46

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Antonio Silva has struggled in MMA of late, so now he’s moving to kickboxing to fight one of the best in the world.

“Bigfoot” Silva (19-12-1 MMA) has signed with GLORY kickboxing and will jump right into the fray with a matchup against heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven (51-10-1 kickboxing) in a non-title affair at GLORY 46 in October.

A GLORY official confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie following the announcement from Silva on social media (via Instagram):

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GLORY 46 takes place Oct. 14 at Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China. Silva vs. Verhoeven headlines the SuperFight Series portion of the card, which streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Silva has suffered five consecutive losses in MMA and owns just a single win in his past 10 fights dating back to May 2013. Moreover, he’s suffered seven knockouts in that stretch. His most recent fight was a second-round knockout loss against former Bellator champ Vitaly Minakov at Fight Nights Global 68 in June.

Verhoeven, meanwhile, is riding a seven-fight winning streak in the kickboxing ring. GLORY’s heavyweight titleholder has defended his belt five consecutive times and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ismael Lazaar at GLORY 41 in May.

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Conor McGregor on fighting Paulie Malignaggi: 'Tell the kid to join the queue'

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The war of words between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi isn’t going to lead to a fight any time soon if McGregor’s most recent statement is any indication.

“Tell the kid to join the queue,” McGregor on Wednesday said of Malignaggi, who this week entertained the idea of coming out of retirement for a possible St. Patrick’s Day fight. “Tell him to shut his mouth and join the queue, will you for (expletive) sake.”

Malignaggi (36-8 boxing) fumed after footage of his sparring session with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was leaked by UFC President Dana White. In several interviews, Malignaggi blasted both men and said the video didn’t show a dominant run he had between Rounds 5 and 10.

Malignaggi said the video is merely a distraction to mask McGregor’s paltry chances against the undefeated Mayweather (49-0 boxing).

McGregor contends he came out well ahead when the two sparred, concussing the retired two-division champ so badly that his team was concerned about the damage done.

Now, with a public feud distracting from the Aug. 26 Mayweather fight at T-Mobile Arena, McGregor has had enough.

“He got his ass whooped, and he went sprinting. I don’t know what to say about the guy,” McGregor said. “But, hey, there’s a big list of people who want to get in there and try and fight me. Tell him to join the queue, and we’ll see what happens after the fight.”

McGregor has said he will compete in both boxing and MMA after he fights Mayweather. White has said the Irish champ will be back in the octagon by the end of the year to defend his lightweight belt.

There are plenty of opponents waiting for him there.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Luke Rockhold will remain in Florida for UFC Fight Night 116 prep, but AKA 'will always be my home'

Former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold insists California’s American Kickboxing Academy will always be his training home, even though he’s staying in Florida for his UFC Fight Night 116 prep.

Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) takes on former WSOF dual-division champ David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 on Sept. 16 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Rockhold today took to social media to explain that injuries to his normal training partners back at AKA necessitated his decision, but that he will always consider the California camp that helped build his career to be his true home.

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Rockhold has recently posted multiple pictures of him training at Florida’s Combat Club under the tutelage of Henri Hooft, who he says will be in his corner on fight night along with “all the usual suspects.”

Rockhold is currently ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, while Branch checks in at No. 6. Oddsmaker have pegged Rockhold as a -350 favorite, suggesting a nearly 78 percent chance of winning the contest.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Max Holloway responds to Conor McGregor on 4-year anniversary of fight

Conor McGregor may still consider himself a two-division UFC champion, but current featherweight titleholder Max Holloway not surprisingly has a different opinion.

“I mean, how can I not consider myself the UFC featherweight world champion and the UFC lightweight world champion?” McGregor said Wednesday during a conference call. “The current champion is Max Holloway, a man I dismantled. And the former was Jose Aldo. I still reign supreme over that division.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in an anticipated boxing match on Aug. 26, defeated Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 26 in August 2013. “Blessed” has won 11 consecutive fights since, including a title-winning TKO of Aldo in June.

McGregor, the UFC lightweight champ, never lost the belt now in Holloway’s possession, but rather was stripped because of his inability to defend within an appropriate timeframe after he won the 155-pound title and was presumably going to focus on that division.

Holloway caught wind of the comments made by McGregor, and he fired back with the some thoughts of his own (via Twitter):

Although McGregor claims he will eventually return to the octagon to defend his “multiple” titles, the Irishman’s attention is currently locked in his pay-per-view showdown with Mayweather, which takes place T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Holloway, meanwhile, is expected have a title defense against ex-UFC champ Frankie Edgar scheduled for later this year. The Hawaiian has previously stated he doesn’t expect McGregor to return to the UFC following his bout with Mayweather.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Want Conor McGregor to talk trash to you? There's an app for that

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor told you, he’s not just a businessman, he’s a business, man.

The latest product to bear his name? The MacTalk App, a soundboard of some of the McGregor’s most memorable quotes that can be yours for just $0.99 and is available for iOS or Android Smartphones.

The app comes loaded with some 27 phrases, including some predictable favorites such as “You’ll do nuttin!” and “You can call me ‘Mystic Mac’ because I predict these things.” But there’s also a few surprises, including “The Notorious” laying down a little cyberbullying: “Checking your emails? Spoiler. You didn’t get any.”

And then, there’s some maniacal laughing thrown in just for good measure. All of the quotes have been studio recorded rather than lifted from their on-air debuts to the world.

Clearly missing (at launch, at least) are the epic words from Jeremy Stephens’ nightmares, “Who the (expletive) is that guy?” and a much-needed reference to “red panty night.”

It’s not quite the now-defunct “It’s Time” app from Bruce Buffer. After all, one never knows when you might need The Voice of the Octagon to let you know that “it’s sexy time.” But it might be just what you need to get you through to Aug. 26, when McGregor gets to prove, as he states in the MacTalk App, that “I am boxing.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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