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MMA fighter writhes in pain, hospitalized after one of the hardest groin kicks you'll ever see

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Sometimes in MMA, things happen that are simply painful to watch. This is certainly one of those things.

On June 10 at Road FC 39 in Seoul, South Korea, heavyweights Aorigele and Myung Hyun-Man met in a fight that didn’t last long. That’s because, in a matter of 7 seconds, Myung Hyun-Man hit Aorigele with one of the hardest kicks to the groin you’ll ever see in an MMA fight, resulting in a no-contest (watch it above).

The moment it happened, Aorigele, affectionately known as “Kung Fu Panda,” fell to the canvas and writhed in pain, practically coming to tears. The kick was so hard, in fact, he was hospitalized because of excessive vomiting.

A Road FC official tells MMAjunkie that Aorigele was released from the hospital “shortly after his admission,” adding that “no lasting or permanent damage” was done.

Aorigele on Tuesday issued a video statement seemingly in good spirits. He made it clear that what happened wasn’t malicious, and he would like a rematch.

“What’s left now is to return to Road FC after a full recovery, meet Myung Hyun-Man and put on a thrilling match,” Aorigele said in a video posted to YouTube. “Many people might have misunderstood what happened in our match. It was totally an accident. Myung Hyun-Man didn’t do it intentionally.”

Everything about this is nuts.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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The story behind Conor McGregor knocking out Floyd Mayweather (in a mural on his gym wall)

When Conor McGregor steps inside the ring to fight Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match on Aug. 26, he will have already seen himself knocking out Mayweather every day for two months.

And that’s because of what can be seen in the background of this Instagram post from the UFC lightweight champion:

Instagram Photo

Yes, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is training for Mayweather (49-0 boxing) every day with the backdrop of a giant mural depicting him knocking Mayweather silly with a straight left.

Here’s a better and complete look of the artwork that adorns McGregor’s gym in Dublin, courtesy of an Instagram post from the company that made it:

Instagram Photo

So how did this come about? Besides the fact that something this bold and brash is what we’ve come to expect from “The Notorious.” Turns out it was a last-minute request from McGregor’s coach, John Kavanaugh, to help his fighter mentally prepare.

Via Yahoo.com:

We, SUBSET, are a Multidisciplinary Artist Collective with interests ranging from Art, Marketing​,​ Music and Film to ​Finance, Hospitality and Clothing. We have a great relationship with John Kavanagh and he graciously provided us with the opportunity of producing the artwork which is now the backdrop for Conor’s preparations.

The artwork is a gift for John which will aid Conor with the visualization of his success. As it was a surprise we were required to produce it once he finished a training session on Sunday evening and before he began another training session on Monday night. We filmed his arrival and reaction to the artwork and we are currently in the process of making a short video using the footage. This will be posted online in the coming days – https://www.instagram.com/subsetdublin/.

In real life, McGregor has never boxed professionally and is a giant underdog against Mayweather. In his mind and on the wall of his gym, though, McGregor is the favorite and winner. And if he can see it, then he can do it.

No?

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

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Floyd Mayweather will finish Conor McGregor by Round 3, boxing coach Angelo Reyes says

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It’s unlike Floyd Mayweather to come out firing when he fights, but boxing coach Angelo Reyes expects that to change against Conor McGregor.

Reyes, a disciple of legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, made a bold guarantee of how the fight will go down when the boxing legend and UFC lightweight champion clash in the ring during an appearance on MMAjunkie Radio.

“Mayweather will knock him out in three (rounds) or less,” Reyes said. “Everybody thinks, ‘Oh, well, Floyd is just going to dance around.’ Not in this fight. And he doesn’t dance around. I don’t think he dances around anyway. You have to truly understand the craft of boxing to really understand what he does.”

To back up his prediction, Reyes points to the outcomes of McGregor’s two fights with Nate Diaz, whose specialty is boxing. Diaz made McGregor tap out at UFC 196 in their first fight. In the rematch, McGregor scored a close majority-decision victory after a five-round war at UFC 202, which Reyes believes could be argued the other way.

“Arguable. I can argue it,” Reyes said. “(McGregor) didn’t dominate Nate Diaz. … I’m just saying that he didn’t beat the heck out of Nate Diaz.”

The way Reyes sees it, if McGregor couldn’t dominate a high-level boxer by MMA standards, there’s no way he stands a chance against one of the all-time legends of the sport.

Check out the clip above to hear more from Reyes on the matchup.

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

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Stipe Miocic burns Anthony Joshua in response on Twitter, tells him exactly who he is

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With Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor slated to happen Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, there has been no shortage of boxers and MMA fighters looking to do a crossover fight in hopes of cashing in on a big payday.

Chief among them is UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, whose campaign to face rising boxing star Anthony Joshua hit another gear well before Mayweather-McGregor was announced.

Last week after Mayweather-McGregor became official, the International Business Times ran a story with the headline:

Anthony Joshua offered chance to fight on Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather undercard

It was accompanied by a photo of Miocic, which caught the English champion’s attention, though not in a way Miocic would prefer:

It took more than a few days, but Miocic had a response today on Twitter:

Both fighters’ stocks are high right now. Miocic (17-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) is on a five-fight winning streak after his second title defense via first-round TKO over Junior Dos Santos last month at UFC 211. Joshua (19-0 boxing) has won all of his fights by knockout or TKO, the most recent coming in a thrilling April bout against Wladimir Klitchko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Both can stake claim as the current “baddest man on the planet” as heavyweight champions in their respective sports. But is a crossover fight to settle who’s undisputed really necessary?

Nothing seems out of the realm of possibility anymore.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Ice Cube willing to change T-Mobile Arena booking for Mayweather-McGregor – for the right price

Oh, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are fighting in a boxing match on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las vegas?

You better check yo self before you wreck yo self. Ice Cube already has the date and venue booked.

The rapper and actor, who runs the fledgling BIG3, finds himself in a standoff of sorts with the folks behind the Mayweather-McGregor fight. The 3-on-3 basketball league had already locked in its championship game for Aug. 26 at T-Mobile before Mayweather-McGregor was announced last week.

It seemed as though Ice Cube and the BIG3 were digging in last Friday when the league’s official Twitter handle tweeted this, perhaps as a message that they wouldn’t budge:

But now it sounds like Ice Cube is ready to soften his stance – for the right price, of course.

“If they do what they’re supposed to do and make us happy, yeah, we’ll move,” he said during Monday’s episode of “Undisputed” on FS1. “We’re talking about it. I think we can get there.”

TMZ, citing sources connected to the Mayweather-McGregor fight, reports the plan is to move the BIG3 championship game to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. As of Monday afternoon, T-Mobile Arena was still selling tickets for the BIG3 title game on its web site.

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

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Watch Dan Hooker knock out Ross Pearson with a vicious knee that sent his mouthpiece flying

Dan Hooker and Ross Pearson were engaged in an entertaining back-and-forth affaird at UFC Fight Night 110, with both men spilling blood from their faces.

Then this happened 3:02 into the second round, and the fight was over.

What timing by Hooker to score an incredible finish like that in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. That’s as good as it gets.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Derrick Lewis did a backflip into a swimming pool, and the results were unexpected

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Derrick Lewis is a UFC heavyweight brawler who pushes the 265-pound weight limit. And so “athleticism” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind to describe him.

This video of Lewis doing a backflip into a pool following UFC Fight Night 110 weigh-ins kind of changes that perception, though.

Aside from the fact that could’ve been a total disaster just one day before his main-event fight vs. Mark Hunt, that was wholly and completely impressive.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stephen Thompson has come around on the idea of fighting Georges St-Pierre – for UFC gold

When word started to surface that Georges St-Pierre would be making a UFC comeback, there were plenty of guys willing to welcome the former welterweight champion after a nearly four-year layoff.

Stephen Thompson, however, was not one of them.

After it was announced that St-Pierre would forego trying to reclaim the welterweight throne he never lost and instead challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, Thompson was especially pleased. It meant he didn’t have to worry about fighting his longtime friend with whom he’s trained in the past.

That was then, though, as Thompson was about to face Tyron Woodley in a title rematch in March at UFC 209. Thompson lost that fight in a close decision. And as we now know, St-Pierre’s title fight with Bisping was called off, leaving GSP’s future in the balance. Will he still challenge for the middleweight title? Or is it possible he returns to welterweight, after all?

If it ends up being the latter, Thompson, who is recovering from knee surgery, seems to have accepted he might have no choice but to fight St-Pierre. The way Thompson sees it, the clock is ticking on his opportunity to win UFC gold.

Via Submission Radio:

“You know, I’m 34 years old, and I don’t think I have the time to wait,” Thompson said. “You know, let’s say he does get that title. Question is, is he going to hold onto it? Is he going to move somewhere else? I don’t know. But my goal, and it’s something he knows, it’s always been to have that title, to win that title belt. So he is a very good friend of mine, and if that ever does happen, that’s something that I would have to talk to him about. Call him and say, ‘Listen, this is, you know, this is my goal. This is what’s happening. Do we want to do this or not?’ Blah blah blah. And mainly I think it would just kind of be up to him. I mean, he knows what my goals are. I don’t think he would be like, ‘You know what, to be honest, I don’t know.’

Before my last Tyron fight he told me, ‘I have no interest fighting you. I’ve known you for a long time. You’re a good friend of mine. I have no interest in fighting you.’ And I was like, ‘All right, sweet.’ But then he was going up to 185 to fight Bisping. Now that I didn’t win, I’m still there and still it could be possible for me to get that title shot and fight for it again. But if he’s the champion, you know, that’s my goal, man. So it may happen.”

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'Butterbean' can't believe McGregor-Mayweather fight could actually be sanctioned

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Wait, they’re going to let Conor McGregor step inside the ring to fight a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather?

“Butterbean” can’t believe it.

That’s because “Butterbean” – real name Eric Esch – has been in this situation before. “Butterbean,” who gained fame as a boxer in the 1990s, sported a 6-2-1 MMA record in 2006 when he agreed to face current UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt under the now-defunct PRIDE banner. The fight was going to happen on Oct. 21, 2006, at PRIDE 32 in Las Vegas.

Except it didn’t because the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed it too big of a mismatch in favor of Hunt, who actually had fewer MMA fights than Butterbean with his 5-2 record.

So what gives with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) – and his zero boxing experience – being on the verge of potentially striking a deal to take on Mayweather (49-0 boxing), a boxing legend? Butterbean wants to know.

“If McGregor were to go out and get some boxing matches, I don’t see … I mean, just personally I went through it myself when I went to fight in Vegas on a PRIDE show, and they wanted me and Mark Hunt to fight MMA, and I wasn’t qualified to fight a level of Mark Hunt in MMA,” “Butterbean” told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t see a commission in the U.S. approving it, because of McGregor’s lack of boxing matches.

“He just doesn’t have the experience. It’s going to be a boring fight. It’ll be a one-sided fight – put it that way.”

Obviously the two situations are different (think: much more money involved). And apparently times have changed since 2006, with Bob Bennett, executive director for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, already telling USA TODAY Sports in February that McGregor-Mayweather would “certainly” be approved in Las Vegas.

But still. “Butterbean” kind of has a point, doesn’t he?

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the sire.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Alexander Volkanovski wants to be a name you should remember after UFC-Auckland

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Alexander Volkanovski was looking dapper, sporting a bow tie during UFC Fight Night 110 media day. Perhaps it’s a sign that he’s got his eye on the future – which is not to say that he isn’t focused on the moment.

After an impressive UFC debut in November resulted in a TKO victory over Yusuke Kasuya, Volkanovski (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Mizuto Hirota in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 main-card opener on FS1 from Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. In the 36-year-old Hirota (18-7-2 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC), Volkanovski knows he’ll be up against a proven veteran but simply likes his chances of earning a 12th win in a row.

“The way he fights, I really don’t think that will work for him,” Volkanovski said. “He’s a pressure fighter, and so am I. I think I’m going to be too strong and a bit too technical for him. But, I mean, he’s obviously a veteran, been around the sport. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s seen and done it all. But I just feel like I’m on another level, and I’ve really got something to prove.”

And that’s the 28-year-old’s motivation. During his 11-fight winning, Volkanovski has finished all but one opponent. With this being just his second UFC fight, he understands that simply winning isn’t how he’ll make a name for himself in the featherweight division.

“The record is a big part of how I got to the UFC, but performance is everything,” Volkanovski said. “So I’m going to go out there, set a statement and capitalize on the moment.”

To hear more from Volkanovski, check out our interview above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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