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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Watch: When Mayweather-McGregor referee Robert Byrd forgot how to count

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Imagine being a boxer, and you’ve just been knocked down. You’re dazed, and your senses are all out of whack. At this point the referee gives you a standing eight count.

Wouldn’t you appreciate it if he counted correctly?

Veteran referee Robert Byrd on Wednesday was chosen to officiate the Aug. 26 boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. And for what it’s worth, McGregor expressed how pleased he is with Byrd’s selection.

But back in January 2015, Byrd had an embarrassing moment during a fight between Amir Imam and Fidel Maldonado Jr. after Imam knocked down Maldonado Jr. in the third round. When Byrd began his standing eight count, he started at five … counted backwards to four … and then counted back up to five and so on.

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I can only imagine how confused Maldonado must’ve been.

Relive the hilarious moment in the clip above.

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

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Go inside Conor McGregor's training camp with Episode 3 of striking coach Owen Roddy's vlog

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Conor McGregor’s head striking coach, Owen Roddy, has had a tradition of releasing a video blog series in the lead up to his pupil’s most recent fights.

With the entire team in Las Vegas to help “The Notorious” finish the remaining days of camp for Floyd Mayweather, there’s some footage Roddy was able to capture that’s unlikely to be seen elsewhere.

In the latest episode, Roddy and teammates cruise Las Vegas, attend open workouts at the UFC Performance Institute and more ahead of the Aug. 26 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Check out the video blog above, and previous episodes below.

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

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Street-fight story: How calling Paul Felder a 'Bobby Flay wannabe' led to a smashed nose

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An MMAjunkie Radio tradition is to ask fighters about memorable street-fighting encounters. UFC lightweight Paul Felder offered up a good one during a recent in-studio appearance.

“One of my favorites was I was in college,” Felder told MMAjunkie Radio. “We were at a graduation party for the class ahead of me, and we were hanging out. This one girl brought this total d-bag. He thought, ‘These guys are all ‘actors,” not knowing I’d been doing martial arts as a little kid.”

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who’s coming off a first-round knockout of Stevie Ray at UFC Fight Night 113 in July and has been keeping busy as a commentator for the Dana White’s Contender Series in Las Vegas, went on to describe his encounter with the “total d-bag.”

“He calls me a Bobby Flay wannabe,” Felder said. “I was in the kitchen with one of my friends making microwave pizzas. He goes outside. I follow him out. Really long story short: He’s staring at me, and I was like, ‘Are you going to do something about it or just stare at me?’

“He comes running up, goes to throw a right hand … Guy throws a punch, I clinch him, and I smashed this dude’s face in so bad with knees.”

Watch the video above to hear Felder recount the fight, which at the time had him convinced he would land in jail – but instead ended in an apology.

And for more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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