Only one man can stop Hurricane Ophelia: (Fake) Conor McGregor

Dann StuppAs Hurricane Ophelia bears down on Ireland and the U.K., one man is ready to step up to the challenge: (Fake) Conor McGregor.

Ophelia has forced the region to shut down schools, businesses and government offices – and has wreaked havoc on travelers – to start the work week, and the tropical storm has found an enemy.

Although the storm has been downgraded from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone, it’s still expected to pack a punch and bring hurricane-force winds and flying debris – exactly 30 years after the “Great Storm of 1987” killed 18 people in Europe.

Yet, one man is undeterred (via Twitter):

Al Foran, who’s gained some notoriety with his McGregor impression, posted the above video, co-starring a fake mom.

Fake McGregor: Mark my words: I will knock that hurricane out within two rounds!

Fake Mom: It’s bigger than you!

Fake McGregor: It’s not bigger than me.

Fake Mom: Conor, it’s bigger than you!

Fake McGregor: Fook that hurricane!

Fake Mom: Come in!

Fake McGregor: Where is it? It’ll do absolutely nothing! It’ll do fookin’ nothing! Ahhh! Where are you, Ophelia?

Ultimately, the fake mom won out (via Twitter):

As for the real McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), the UFC lightweight champion, what’s next? Following a massive payday for his recent 10th-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing pay-per-view blockbuster, the famed Irishman is expected to fight recently crowned interim titleholder and budding rival Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) at an upcoming UFC event.

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

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Finally, a Mike Perry 'highlight' video that captures his full bro-tastic essence

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What would you say if I told you that for the low, low price of 12 minutes out of your life, you could come to a fuller understanding of UFC welterweight Mike Perry that is both hilarious and yet somehow weirdly insightful?

You’d probably say that the cost is still too high, but you’d be wrong. Because if you don’t watch this video, how else will you find out that Perry’s squat workout apparently includes getting kicked in the gut by his girlfriend between reps?

First, let’s state the obvious. Whoever put this video together (and that someone seems to be “Super Fights” on YouTube) really dug deep for source material. Not only do we see highlights from some of Perry’s most violent moments in the cage, but we also see him in the gym, looking immensely proud of himself as he flips a baseball cap in the air and then catches it on his head.

And then there are the quotes. My god, the quotes. For instance:

– “I don’t intend any harm with my words, only my hands when they step in that cage with me and they shut that door and they double my paycheck when I hurt them.”

– “I think I’m the guy that’s going to be the first dude to kill somebody in the UFC.”

– “I’m kind of an (expletive). I just like to mess with people. If we’re going to get in there and try to kill each other, I’m going to talk (expletive). I’m going to let ’em know. (Expletive) ’em.”

– “I have a really strong face.”

– “Put this out there: I got off probation the same day as Jon Jones.”

– “Nah, I don’t eat chips. Well, I guess when I’m not on weight cut I like Doritos.”

This video highlights the overflowing ridiculousness of a fighter like Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who next meets Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) on Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26, but it also somehow makes you like him. Or, well, at least you’re glad to have him around.

A fighter with face tattoos who talks about his punching power like it is no less formidable than a thunderbolt from the hand of Zeus himself? A guy who not only says this stuff, but really seems to believe it? A guy who appears to have a Velcro board with the faces of all the UFC welterweights, in order of their ranking, so that he might more effectively visualize his rise in the division? That’s a guy you’re going to want to keep an eye on.

With some careful editing and questionable sound effect choices, this masterful video brings the full bro-tastic Perry experience to the viewing public. It also might end up as evidence of premeditation if he does succeed in killing someone inside the octagon.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Nikita Krylov challenges Fabio Maldonado to title fight: 'It's either your hands or my feet'

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Nikita Krylov and Fabio Maldonado squaring off in the cage with a belt on the line? It won’t be in the octagon, but it might happen.

After a Fight Nights Global 77 starching of Emanuel Newton earned Krylov his second straight win since leaving the UFC, he took to the mic to issue a challenge. It was a simple, straightforward one – directed at a fellow UFC vet who happens to have recently earned the vacant FNG light heavyweight title.

“I have one thing to say – and this is: Fabio Maldonado, I challenge you to a title fight,” Krylov said. “This will be a stand-up fight. It’s either your hands or my feet. Let’s see who’s better” (via Twitter):

Krylov was the protagonist of one of the most talked-about UFC departures earlier this year. Before a first-round submission loss to Mirka Cirkunov in the octagon, the 24-year-old was riding a five-fight winning streak and was highly regarded as top talent in an otherwise shallow division.

Krylov (22-5) is ranked No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings and said it was his decision to part ways with the promotion.  Maldonado (24-11), in turn, was on a two-fight skid before the UFC cut him loose – having lost three of his last four octagon outings.

The Brazilian heavy hitter has also been enjoying some success outside the octagon, though. While Maldonado did go on a two-fight skid immediately after leaving, one of the losses was a highly controversial call against heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Maldonado has also been on a two-fight, two-finish streak, which includes his first submission win in more than seven years: a guillotine choke that earned him the belt over Kurban Omarov.

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Here's that knee-KO that continued Tatsuya Kawajiri's career tailspin

Dann StuppToday at Rizin FF 7, MMA vet Tatsuya Kawajiri had a chance to build some momentum. Instead, it left him with a bruised noggin and another loss.

In a wild card qualifying match for Rizin FF’s bantamweight grand prix opening round, Gabriel Oliveira (10-0) blasted Kawajiri (36-12-2) with a stiff knee that forced a second-round knockout stoppage.

The blow caught Kawajiri flush, and the ref quickly and mercifully halted the bout a second after it landed (via Twitter):

Kawajiri, a 39-year-old Japanese fighter who’s competed with organizations such as PRIDE and the UFC and World Victory Road/Sengoku and DREAM and Strikeforce, spent most of his career at lightweight before a move down to featherweight in 2011. He then made he big cut to bantamweight for Rizin FF 7.

The gamble, though, didn’t pay off like he hoped.

A fight prior, Kawajiri halted a three-fight skid with a decision victory over Anthony Birchak at Rizin FF 5. But with today’s loss, he’s now in a 1-4 skid.

For more on Rizin FF 7, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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MMA's week out of the cage: Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey resurface, Cerrone's rattlesnake, more

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey updates

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UFC champ Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre meet on the ice

Dann StuppThe promotion continues for UFC 217’s headliner between middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre.

The rivals today met at center ice for the ceremonial puck drop between the NHL game between the home Montreal Canadiens and visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

St-Pierre, a French-Canadian who gave Canada some of the biggest events in UFC history, got a thunderous welcome from the crowd of 20,000-plus. Bisping, meanwhile, got the type of reception you might expect for an outspoken Brit who’s soon fighting the hometown hero.

Here’s video, which includes UFC President Dana White and some jawing between the fighters (via Twitter):

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, and St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), a longtime welterweight champ who returns from a four-year layoff, meet in UFC 217’s pay-per-view headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 4.

Their recent press conference had plenty of fireworks.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Ex-Bellator champ Liam McGeary 'broke my bloody thumb,' calls out top 205ers

Dann StuppRemember that injury that knocked Liam McGeary out of next week’s Bellator 185 event? We now have an X-ray of it.

As MMAjunkie reported this past week, McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), a replacement for Muhammad Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA), was slated to fight Bubba McDaniel (28-10 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) at the event, which takes place Oct. 20 and airs on Spike from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. However, an injury knocked him out of the bout.

The nature of McGeary’s injury wasn’t immediately known, but the former Bellator light-heavyweight champion recently revealed a “bloody thumb” he broke.

Here’s a pic (via Instagram):

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In a lengthy caption that accompanied the X-ray, McGeary said he still wants to fight “King Mo” – like, really wants to fight him:

“Tell you what tho bubba, you lucky bastard! You got away from a fuckin hiding there!! I was gunna prove a point on you!! I bet I could have even done that 1 handed. But the doc wouldn’t let me!
@kingmofh , I’m gunna be out for a little while longer, heal up fast mate, let’s get this fight sorted! I want to fight you man”

McGeary, who was hoping to rebound from a submission loss to Linton Vassell in May, didn’t stop there, though. The 35-year-old English striker also called out Phil Davis (17-4 MMA, 4-1 BMMA), who took the title from McGeary in 2016. He also gave out a shoutout (and callout) to Vassell (18-5 MMA, 7-2 BMMA), who meets current champ Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in Bellator 186’s main event next month.

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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MMA has inspired some terrible tattoos, but this McGregor-Diaz ink is pretty amazing

One MMA fan now has quite the way to remember UFC 202 and the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

On Aug. 20, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, then-featherweight champion McGregor narrowly edge Diaz via majority decision in a non-title welterweight bout. McGregor avenged a submission loss to Diaz from earlier in the year, and it ultimately set up a move to lightweight, where McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title.

The rematch between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) was a back-and-forth, bloody and often-grueling five-rounder that earned plenty of “Fight of the Year” accolades. UFC 202, which had the two rivals on the top of the bill, is also reported to have done 1.6 million pay-per-view buys – a UFC record.

So how do you honor one of the biggest fights in MMA history? One MMA fan got some nifty ink to do it.

Here’s the tattoo, in video form (via Instagram):

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It appears to be inspired by this image from AP photographer Isaac Brekken:

For more on UFC 202, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Chase Sherman roasted fans who posted selfies on Twitter by telling them what they do for a living

Chase Sherman probably has the best social media game in all of MMA, and the UFC heavyweight showed us why again with a legendary Twitter thread.

Sherman on Friday (the 13th) asked fans to post a selfie so he could predict what they do for a living, and the results were hilarious, with Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) roasting fan after fan after fan.

Here are just a few of my favorite responses, though the entire thread is worth a scroll:

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

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Is CM Punk's return to UFC imminent? He's apparently training like it is

CM Punk is hard at work, preparing for his second fight in the UFC.

At least that’s what it looks like based on an Instagram post by MMA trainer Duke Roufus, who serves as Punk’s head coach at Roufusport in Milwaukee.

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Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former WWE star, hasn’t competed since a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall in his MMA debut at UFC 203 last year. It was widely considered a failure for Punk, who wasn’t able to mount any offense before tapping out to a rear-naked choke just 2:14 into the fight.

Roufus’ Instagram post caption is curious, with him specifically stating Punk is back in camp “working on his next fight,” which makes you wonder if a booking could be in the works. Is it possible Punk fights before the end of the year as Roufus hinted at back in August.

For what it’s worth, UFC President Dana White said shortly after Punk’s loss that he would “probably not” continue fighting for the organization, though he’s never taken a definitive stance.

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

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