Nick Diaz jumped by 4 men at nightclub in Vegas

Nick Diaz remained in Las Vegas this week after his brother’s UFC 202 majority decision loss to Conor McGregor on Saturday.

According to TMZ, Wednesday morning Nick Diaz was at the Hyde nightclub at the Bellagio hotel, when he bumped into a man on the way to the bathroom. Diaz apparently apologized, and told the man he didn’t want any trouble, when the man’s 3 friends jumped in and jumped the oldest Diaz brother.

According to the report, Diaz was hit in the head while trying to defend himself, at which point the brawl grew as others jumped in from the casino floor. While the brawl started between Diaz and the 4 men, workers were caught in the middle as the 4 attackers began using chairs as weapons.

Diaz explained after the incident that none of the men recognized him, and that he wouldn’t be pressing charges because his attackers “got the worst of it.”

Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

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EXCLUSIVE | BJ Penn: “To the doubters, go put all your money on Lamas!”

Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn will return to the octagon on October 15 when he squares off with former UFC featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas in the main event of UFC Manila.

The UFC Hall of Fame fighter, Penn, recently sat down with BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor where he discussed his comeback fight and future plans in the sport.

Check it out:

Taylor: “I know you were initially targeting your comeback fight to take place at November’s highly anticipated UFC 205 event in New York. How did this fight with Lamas in Manila come together?”

Penn: “The UFC called and offered me the fight with Ricardo in Manila and I thought to myself this is perfect. I’m really happy and excited to be fighting in Asia. I want to show my fighting spirit to all of the Asian fans. This one is going to be called ‘The Killa in Manilla!’”

Taylor: “A lot of fans and analysts are questioning your decision to comeback and fight the #4 ranked featherweight in the UFC for your first bout in over two years. What is your response to that?”

Penn: “Why would I care what anyone else thinks? The first thing those guys should do is go to the bank, drain their accounts and go put all of their money on Ricardo Lamas. Because the day before the fight I’m going to bet on myself and make a whole lot of money.”

Taylor: “What do you think of Ricardo Lamas as a fighter?”

Penn: “Ricardo is going to be a great test for me. He has some nice fancy kicks and I’m sure he is an excellent grappler. It is a great comeback fight for me.”

Taylor: “Will you be returning to train at Greg Jackson’s gym for this fight with Lamas?”

Penn: “Yes. I am back at Jackson’s for this camp. I’m training with Diego Brandao and hopefully with Donald Cerrone very soon.”

Taylor: “How do you feel about your comeback fight being a five-round main event bout?

Penn: “I’m used to only title fights being five rounds. But that said, this fight is not going to go five rounds!”

Taylor: “If you are able to defeat Lamas on October 15 in Manila, would you be opposed to fighting your former training partner Jose Aldo for the featherweight title?”

Penn: “No. At 37-years-old I have no choice at this point. I have to make my mark or walk away. When I first tried to make my comeback, there was a different champion (McGregor) then Aldo. Who knows what the future will hold with all of this.”

Taylor: “There are rumors that fellow Hawaiian Max Holloway may be the next man to challenge Jose Aldo for the title, this if Conor McGregor decides against returning to featherweight. If that was the case, who would you rather fight in the future assuming that you defeat Ricardo Lamas in Manila?”

Penn: “May the best man win in that fight (Aldo vs. Holloway). It doesn’t matter to me, may the best man win.”

Taylor: “Speaking of Conor, what did you think of the second fight between McGregor and Diaz and do you feel he is worthy of a lightweight title shot without ever having fought in the UFC’s lightweight division?”

Penn: “It was a great fight, very close. I really don’t know why McGregor would get a lightweight title shot. He fought Diaz twice at welterweight and lost once and this last fight was basically a draw. But it is a business and I understand that, so that is why Dana probably offered him the lightweight title shot.”

Taylor: “What is the ultimate goal in regards to your UFC comeback?”

Penn: “The first goal is to beat Lamas and go get the 145-pound title. Then me and Greg Jackson will sit down and talk about going after the 155-pound title again. Look, all of this stuff about winning titles at different weights has been done before. I did it twelve years ago when I was 25-years-old. As of today, I am the only one chasing a third world title. Nobody else is even close.”

Taylor: “Any last words for Lamas or your fans?”

Penn: “To the fans thank you for all your support over the years. Ricardo Lamas I will see you on October 15. And to all the doubters, go put all your money on my opponent.”

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Referee Big John McCarthy comments on Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor UFC 202 judge’s decision

Big John answered a bunch of questions from fans with his #AskBJM hashtag and revealed some interesting things from his point of view.

McCarthy stated that he felt that the majority decision in favor of McGregor was the right call saying, “The fight was scored correctly with Conor winning 1,2&4. 2nd was close, but Conor had a knockdown #AskBJM”

The fight was scored correctly with Conor winning 1,2&4. 2nd was close, but Conor had a knockdown #AskBJM https://t.co/8b75gBoYc7

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) August 21, 2016

McCarthy also followed up saying, “I thought it was a great fight between 2 tough as hell warriors. The judges got it right #AskBJM”

I thought it was a great fight between 2 tough as hell warriors. The judges got it right #AskBJM https://t.co/eNzgJP2RUD

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) August 23, 2016

Big John also released some interesting info that only those close enough in the Octagon would know immediately after the fifth round was over.

Big John was asked, “@JohnMcCarthyMMA what did u say to Conor and Nate just before the decision was announced #AskBJM”

“I just told them both great fight”

I just told them both great fight #AskBJM https://t.co/qj9sEMUUQC

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) August 23, 2016

In the end, Big John is simply a man that still loves to do his job.

“It’s an honor being in the cage with 2 warriors like Nate & Conor. They put on an incredible show 4 the fans #AskBJM”

It’s an honor being in the cage with 2 warriors like Nate & Conor. They put on an incredible show 4 the fans #AskBJM https://t.co/fCZYBtq1S4

— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) August 22, 2016

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Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz 2 at UFC 206 in Toronto?

Georges St-Pierre recently stated that he has enrolled in USADA’s drug testing program so that he can be eligible to fight in the UFC once again.

While no official word has been released from the UFC on GSP’s return, Big Brand Boys reports that sources are telling them that the UFC and St-Pierre have come to an agreement for “the comeback of the year.” The report also states, “it seems the date of return has finally been set,” which is on December 10 at UFC 206 in Toronto.

The report says that rumors are going around that GSP’s first fight back in the UFC may be a rematch with Nick Diaz.

St-Pierre and Diaz fought at UFC 158 in 2013 where GSP won a five-round unanimous decision.

Who do you want to see Georges St-Pierre matched up with for his comeback fight? Is Nick Diaz the fight to make? Sound off in the comments!

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Jon Jones & Brock Lesnar potentially face reduced suspensions from USADA

With just 48 hours to go until UFC 200, Jon Jones was pulled from the card for failing a random, out-of-competition drug test back in June.

Jones has maintained his innocence throughout the entire process of appealing his failed drug test, with USADA looking into the possibility of a contaminated substance being the reason for Jones’ failure.

Lesnar, who fought and defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200, failed an out-of-competition drug test the month before his fight, in addition to a fight night drug test.

Now, according to MMAFighting, both men could be facing reduced suspensions, with the maximum being a year-long suspension. Both men tested positive for hydroxy-clomiphene, and Jones tested positive for Letrozole metabolites. Fortunately for both men, the above-mentioned drugs are classified as “specified substances” by WADA, meaning “there is a greater likelihood that these (specified) substances could be susceptible to a credible non-doping explanation.”

Stay tuned for updates as they become available!

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Racist insults from cornerman for Mike Perry came from fellow UFC fighter Alex Nicholson

Many fans were furious after they found out about the racist insults that were made towards Hyun Gyu Lim from Mike Perry’s corner.

On Tuesday, fellow UFC fighter Alex Nicholson came out with a short statement on twitter and said, “I respect every man who steps in the cage and my comments were insensitive towards lim I was hype for my brother but It’s all love no hate.”

I respect every man who steps in the cage and my comments were insensitive towards lim I was hype for my brother but It’s all love no hate.

— Alex Nicholson (@spartanlife32) August 23, 2016

Mike Perry was a guest on The MMA Hour on Monday and responded to the situation as if it was no big deal.

“What did he say? People may have taken it wrong,” Perry questioned (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “I think people’s opinion on this has been blown way out of proportion and they need to calm down.”

When Perry was told it was about the Korean fighter’s features, he seemed to shrug it off like it wasn’t a big deal.

“I don’t know,” Perry said. “I don’t think any of my competition can see me, and when I hit Lim I opened a lot of people’s eyes.”

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Rating report! UFC 202 numbers are in

This past weekend the MMA world tuned in as Conor McGregor looked to avenge his UFC 196 loss to Nate Diaz back in March.

McGregor and Diaz went to war over the course of 5 rounds, winning over the hearts of MMA fans as they put on what some consider to be the greatest fight of all time. Ultimately, after 5 rounds of war, McGregor was awarded the majority decision win.

In the wake of the event, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto has learned that the event did 1.5 million PPV buys, making it the 3rd biggest PPV in UFC history behind UFC 100, and UFC 196.

Per UFC, UFC 202 was third biggest PPV in company history, behind UFC 196 and 100. In other words, McGregor + Diaz = Ca$h Money.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 24, 2016

While UFC President Dana White has remained adamant that the UFC won’t book a trilogy fight between the two at the present time, given the numbers the first two fights did, a trilogy fight between the two would certainly do massive numbers once again.

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