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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.

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

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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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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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Let's talk about how Mayweather vs. McGregor could generate $1 billion (with a 'B') in total sales

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Yes, it’s true the upcoming boxing showdown Aug. 26 between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has yet to sell out T-Mobile Arena, but does that even matter?

Nothing is going to stop both fighters – all parties involved, really – from making massive amounts of money. Just how much of it Showtime, Mayweather, McGregor, and the UFC will be dividing among themselves remains to be seen.

The live gate, despite tickets still being available, already has reached $60 million, which already is close to the $72.2 million record set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao in 2015. That fight also holds the record for pay-per-view buys with 4.4 million, which Mayweather-McGregor is tracking to break by a long shot, according to UFC President Dana White.

During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie Radio, longtime Yahoo! combat sports writer Kevin Iole talked numbers with George and Goze, and the number 1 billion (gulp) came up.

Really? $1 billion. That would be insane.

Watch the video above to hear the guys discuss.

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

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This video of UFC's Dennis Bermudez getting Tasered in the spine is must-see

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez is one of the more unique characters in the sport. For proof, look no further than his Guinness World Record for “fastest time to drink one liter of lemon juice through a straw.”

Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) clearly likes to do things outside the box, and today another video surfaced adding to the legend of “The Menace.”

Bermudez is currently overseas for a military tour and visit with the likes of two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard and former UFC champions Carla Esparza and Benson Henderson.

Apparently he had some downtime while in Romania. Bermudez opted to take a Taser shot under his own free will. Not only that, but he took it directly in the spine (via Instagram):

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Bermudez is currently on a two-fight skid inside the octagon. He lost a split decision to Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 25 in July, which followed a first-round knockout defeat to Chan Sung Jung in February’s UFC Fight Night 104 headliner.

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

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Twitter – including an ecstatic Dana White – reacts to Mayweather-McGregor glove change

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A notable change to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match occurred today when the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) voted to change the contracted glove size for the Aug. 26 fight.

The NSAC unanimously voted to reduce the glove size from 10 ounces to eight at the request of both teams.

The news was met with mixed reaction, from those thrilled McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) gets a glove weight close to that what he uses in MMA, to those outraged the NSAC would go against its own rules for the already curious showdown with Mayweather (49-0 boxing).

Nevertheless, it’s one more chapter written in a wild build to Mayweather vs. McGregor, which airs on pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Check below to see the top Twitter reactions to today’s news.

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

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'The Reem' Season 4, No. 5: Behind the scenes of Alistair Overeem's UFC 213 win over Fabricio Werdum

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Alistair Overeem is the center of one arguably the most well-produced documentary series in MMA. Just weeks after his UFC 213 victory over Fabricio Werdum, the UFC heavyweight is back with another episode of “The Reem.”

The series is currently in its fourth season of production after debuting in February 2011, and now the latest episode has been unveiled.

In episode No. 5 of Season 4, cameras follow the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champion behind the scenes of UFC 213 fight week in Las Vegas. Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC) met former heavyweight champ Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in a trilogy bout at the event and earned a unanimous-decision victory over the Brazilian.

Watch the latest episode of “The Reem” above, and if you missed any previous episodes, a complete series archive can be found here.

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

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After 2nd DWCS win and (finally) a UFC contract, Charles Byrd eyes dream fight in Japan

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LAS VEGAS – It took two tries and two finishes, but Charles Byrd is now officially a UFC fighter.

Byrd (9-4) stamped his octagon ticket on Tuesday after submitting Randall Wallace (15-7) in the second round of a middleweight fight at Dana White’s Contender Series 6.

What made the situation unique was that Byrd was also the first fighter to win twice at the event series after previously (and brutally) choking out Jamie Pickett in its debut.

With two big, high-stakes fights in a five-week span, one would imagine Byrd is ready for a bit of a break, right?

“No, man,” Byrd told MMAjunkie after the fight, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. “I want to fight in Japan. That’s been my dream, to fight in Japan.

“They can call me whenever; I’ll tell you that much. I’ll go home. I’ll heal up quick. I’m ready. I’m ready to fight.”

Whether Byrd will end up getting his spot at UFC Fight Night 117, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena on Sept. 22, remains to be seen. But, hey, his willingness – or better yet, eagerness – to make quick turnarounds has already paid off once.

“I love this kid, Byrd, for coming back twice and finishing both times,” UFC President Dana White told reporters after the event. “I respect it, so I’m going to give him a shot.

“He asked to (return to the show), I guess. I guess it was him. He wanted to come back and do it again, and he did it again, so you’ve got to respect that.”

Byrd was, indeed, the one who asked to come back, motivated by the “pit in his stomach” left from his first attempt. After an arm-triangle put a first-round end to his meeting with Pickett, Byrd admitted he – as well as the people around him – anticipated a contract coming.

The situation, Byrd said, hurt. But he wasn’t about to let it stop him.

“I told the matchmaker I was sick to my stomach; I told him I’d fight again next week,” Byrd said. “That’s kind of how it felt. You come out here, you put it all on the line, you get the finish, and you don’t get what you came here for. Of course I’m going to come back. What fighter wouldn’t?”

After reality failed to live up to his expectations the first time, Byrd said he went into his second try with a “we’ll-see-what-happens” mindset. The result, of course, was yet another finish – and one that took overcoming a little more adversity than the first one.

Now, with not only a contract but some personal praise by White, Byrd is not about to rest on his laurels. In fact, it’s quite the contrary: He’s all the more motivated to keep working.

“My goal is to have a strap around my waist,” Byrd said. “I’ve got one goal accomplished. I’m going to keep pushing to the next one.”

To hear from Byrd, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 6, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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Top 25 finishes in Invicta FC history (Nos. 21-25): Cat Zingano vs. Raquel Pennington pre-UFC

More than five years have passed since Invicta FC hosted its first event. During that time the all-female organization has gone through a number of different incarnations.

Despite having its roster consistently ravaged by the UFC, Invicta FC frequently hosts solid fight cards to help further the growth of women’s MMA. The fighters do their part by delivering inside the cage, and with the 25th event in company history set to go down later this month, Invicta FC has decided to highlight its young history.

Invicta FC 25 takes place Aug. 31 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Ahead of the seminal event, Invicta FC’s social media team is rolling out a countdown of the 25 best finishes in its history.

Check out the first portion of the list, which counts down No. 25 to No. 21.

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25. Ashley Yoder def. Amber Brown at Invicta FC 20 (Nov. 18, 2016)

Ashley Yoder was successful in her Invicta FC debut when she locked up a tight armbar on Amber Brown to win in the second round.

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24. Megan Anderson def. Peggy Morgan at Invicta FC 18 (July 29, 2016)

Megan Anderson’s charge toward the Invicta FC featherweight title continued at Invicta FC 18 when she throttled Peggy Morgan with a series of right hands for the first-round knockout.

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23. Ayaka Yamasaki def. Amber Brown at Invicta FC 16 (Mar. 11, 2016)

Invicta FC atomweight champion Ayaka Yamasaki made her first successful title defense at Invicta FC 16 when she caught Brown with a second-round armbar to stay unbeaten in her career at 105 pounds.

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22. Cat Zingano def. Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 3 (Oct. 6, 2012)

In a bantamweight matchup between two fighters who now hold a place among the UFC elite, Cat Zingano put away Raquel Pennington by second-round rear-naked choke at Invicta FC 3.

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21. Livia Souza def. Katja Kankaanpaa at Invicta FC 12 (Apr. 24, 2015)

The triangle choke is now fairly rare in top-level MMA, but Livia Souza proved it still works. At Invicta FC 12, she caught Katja Kankaanpaa with the technique in the fourth round of their bout to win the vacant strawweight belt.

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Check out the Blue Corner on Saturday for the next installment of Invicta FC’s top 25 finishes countdown.

And for more on the Invicta schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Frank Mir is leaving behind an incredible UFC legacy with all these records

Frank Mir’s UFC career is officially over after today’s news that the former two-time heavyweight champion had inked a multi-fight deal with Bellator.

After a nearly 16-year, 27-fight tenure competing against the best inside the octagon, Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has moved on to a new chapter that will see him strap on non-UFC gloves for the first time since early 2001.

Mir’s accomplishments under the UFC banner will hold a prominent place in the heavyweight and overall company record books for the foreseeable future. He will likely land a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame when all is said and done, but for now, here’s the statistical legacy Mir leaves behind in the UFC.

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  • Longest uninterrupted tenure in UFC history: 5,727 days
  • Most fight in heavyweight history/tied for most fights in UFC history: 27
  • Most wins in UFC heavyweight history: 16
  • Most stoppage wins in UFC heavyweight history: 13
  • Most first-round stoppage wins in modern UFC history: 10
  • Most submission wins in UFC heavyweight history: 8
  • Most first-round submission wins in UFC history: 8
  • Most technical submission wins in UFC history: 3
  • Fastest submission wins in UFC heavyweight history: 45 seconds and 46 seconds
  • Most submission attempts in UFC heavyweight history: 21
  • Most knockdowns in a UFC heavyweight fight: 3 vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92

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

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Conor McGregor's 'The Mac Life' vlog, No. 2: A rowing battle with Roddy

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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 second edition of his vlog series for the Mayweather fight goes behind the scenes of one of his conditioning workouts where he has a rowing machine battle with striking coach Owen Roddy.

Watch Episode 1 of “The Mac Life” vlog series here and Episode 2 above.

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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