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McGregor posts $50K bond, launched after UFC bus attack

Conor McGregor speaks to a reporter during an event for the Aug. 26, 2017 fight. (FOX5)
 Conor McGregor speaks to a press reporter throughout an occasion for the Aug. 26, 2017 fight. (FOX5) Conor McGregor speaks with a reporter throughout an occasion for the Aug. 26, 2017 fight.( FOX5). LAS VEGAS (FOX5)-. Conor McGregor was released on $ 50,000 bond Friday. He gave up to police Thursday night after assaulting a bus carrying UFC fighters in New York, according to TMZ. A warrant was formerly provided for McGregor’s arrest.

TMZ reported that McGregor stood calmly in court as the judge noted the charges against him that included three misdemeanor attack charges and one felony criminal mischief charge. The judge enabled McGregor to keep his passport which implies he can fly back to Ireland. The judge likewise ordered him to stay away from UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg.

He spoke only to acknowledge that he comprehended the conditions of his release, saying, “Yes, your honor.”

McGregor’s next court appearance was arranged for June 14, TMZ reported.

McGregor crashed an interview Thursday at the Barclays Center. He was with a group of people throughout his unannounced appearance.

Video obtained by TMZ reveals McGregor picking up a dolly and smashing it into the side of the bus. White informed TMZ that Chiesa was cut up and is being hospitalized for his injuries. It is unclear if he will combat in UFC 223. A number of others were injured, TMZ stated.

TMZ said numerous people included stated they plan on suing McGregor.

McGregor has actually not defended the UFC considering that Nov. 2016, the Associated Press reported. UFC President Dana White removed McGregor of the 155-pound champion he never ever protected. McGregor reacted on Twitter mentioning, “you’ll remove me of nothing.”

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Report: Conor McGregor gives up to cops after UFC bus attack

Conor McGregor speaks to a reporter during an event for the Aug. 26, 2017 fight. (FOX5)
 Conor McGregor speaks with a reporter throughout an event for the Aug. 26, 2017 fight. (FOX5) Conor McGregor speaks to a reporter throughout an occasion for the Aug. 26, 2017 battle.( FOX5). LAS VEGAS (FOX5)-. Conor McGregor gave up to authorities Thursday night after attacking a bus carrying UFC fighters in New York, inning accordance with TMZ. A warrant was formerly provided for McGregor’s arrest.

Citing Dana White, TMZ stated law enforcement officials said McGregor’s aircraft might not leave the state and he was advised to turn himself in.

McGregor crashed a press conference Thursday at the Barclays Center. He was with a group of individuals throughout his unannounced appearance.

Video obtained by TMZ reveals McGregor getting a dolly and smashing it into the side of the bus. White informed TMZ that Michael Chiesa was cut up and is being hospitalized for his injuries. It is unclear if he will combat in UFC 223. A number of others were hurt, TMZ stated.

TMZ said multiple people involved stated they intend on suing McGregor.

McGregor has not fought for the UFC given that Nov. 2016, the Associated Press reported. UFC President Dana White stripped McGregor of the 155-pound championship he never ever safeguarded. McGregor reacted on Twitter specifying, “you’ll remove me of nothing.”

Copyright 2018 KVVU ( KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press added to this report.

Mayweather, McGregor ticket prices dropping

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Conor McGregor are scheduled to eliminate Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena. (File)” border=”0″ width=”180″/ > Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are scheduled to fight Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena. (File). LAS VEGAS (AP)-. Ticket costs for Saturday’s 154-pound fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are trending down, with lots of listed below the initial sale price.

Some tickets at the T-Mobile arena could be had for as low as $1,100, while seats closer to the action were being listed on secondary markets for less than they originally cost. A day before the fight, there were also numerous tickets left at the box workplace.

Jesse Lawrence of TicketIQ, a reseller and market analysis site, said promoters misjudged their market when they priced the arena from $2,500 in the upper areas to $10,000 at ringside. He said approximately 10 percent of the 20,000-seat arena remained for sale.

There were also lots of closed circuit seats offered at hotels owned by MGM Resorts at $150 each.

While ticket sales have actually been spotty, the battle is still expected to do huge numbers on pay-per-view. Up to 50 million people are expected to view the bout in the United States alone.

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Mayweather sees a racial double standard in megafight vs. McGregor

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Steve Marcus Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC light-weight champ Conor McGregor of Ireland present during a press conference at the MGM Grand Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017|2 a.m.

. It had been more than two decades because a white male had won the world heavyweight boxing title.

The eccentric promoter Don King understood not only that, but that the United States was still a country with deep racial departments. So when Gerry Cooney– a stout, white New Yorker with a punishing left hook– agreed in summer 1982 to face the reigning champ, Larry Holmes, who was black and from the Pennsylvania rust belt, King understood what he had to do.

“If it’s an antagonistic fight between 2 blacks, it’s one thing,” King said in a recent interview. “However if it’s an antagonistic fight in between a white and a black, then you can play the race card significantly and get an overwhelming return.”

Such purposeful racial themes, long a tradition in boxing, may not be laid out rather as starkly this evening when fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is black, and blended martial arts fighter Conor McGregor, who is white, square off in Las Vegas in a boxing match.

But race has actually definitely influenced this phenomenon of a bout between 2 titans of their respective sports in methods both plain and subtle.

Both fighters have flung racially tinged barbs at each other– McGregor told Mayweather to “dance for me, boy” and said he himself was half black “from the bellybutton down”; Mayweather stated he was battling “for all the blacks around the world.”

The racial bitterness cuts deeper than a couple of remarks.

Mayweather had spent more than a decade accepting his status as the undeniable king of battle sports villainy: brash, bad and eager to flaunt his loan, while trying to dismiss a record of domestic violence convictions.

Then along came McGregor, a mixed martial artist from Ireland, who used a boldness that equaled Mayweather’s to reach the peak of stardom in the fast-growing Ultimate Fighting Champion universe, in which fighters use their fists and feet and can wrestle challengers down. Even though the two men competed in different sports, they ended up being fast rivals.

Now, as they prepare to eliminate, McGregor is claiming most of the fan support, while Mayweather is asking a pointed concern: Exists a racial double requirement?

“He’s big-headed, he’s arrogant, he’s this, he’s that, he’s unappreciative,” Mayweather told press reporters of how his shenanigans have been gotten, while McGregor has displayed similar behavior “and they praise him for it.”

To some, the extremely truth that McGregor has an opportunity to make nine figures in his very first expert boxing match speaks to a racial double requirement.

Mayweather, 40, has actually assembled a 49-0 record given that his expert launching in 1996. Although McGregor, 29, has proved to be a disastrous striker en path to a 21-3 mark in mixed martial arts, this will be his very first expert boxing match.

Holmes, the defending champion and the victor in the 1982 fight, drew a contrast to the $10 million purses that he and Cooney– each undefeated entering their bout– received when they fulfilled in the ring.

“If it wasn’t for the white man that I was combating, we wouldn’t have gotten $10 million,” Holmes stated. “If I would have combated five siblings, we wouldn’t have got that much money.”

McGregor’s revenues might have come down to his marketability.

“McGregor remains in lots of ways a cheap replica of Floyd’s ‘Money Mayweather’ persona,” Todd Boyd, a teacher who studies race and pop culture at the University of Southern California, wrote in an e-mail. “However McGregor is white, he’s younger, and his clowning features an Irish accent. All this seems to have endeared him to some in the media and numerous fans too. McGregor is being commemorated for the exact same things that Floyd has actually been denigrated for.”

But one essential difference between Mayweather and McGregor, Boyd kept in mind, is that Mayweather has remained in serious difficulty with the law connected to domestic violence and has served prison time. As well as though the crowds at advertising occasions have leaned greatly in McGregor’s favor, Mayweather has actually invited– and made plenty of money from– people who cheer versus him.

So it is difficult to measure how much of the assistance for McGregor is from people who like him rather than those who just want to see Mayweather lose.

McGregor stated he did not think that there was a double standard in how he was dealt with compared with Mayweather, and he kept in mind that he had his reasonable share of critics.

McGregor has actually been slammed for a few of his racial remarks throughout the promo of the battle. He gyrated on stage throughout a promotional occasion, calling it “a little present for my stunning, black female fans.” In an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” McGregor seemed to refer to black fighters in a scene from “Rocky III” as “dancing monkeys.”

McGregor insisted that he was not making race a problem in this fight.

“I’m not saying that there are not individuals on both sides that have this state of mind where it’s black versus white, and this type of thing,” he stated. “However it’s definitely something I do not excuse. I’m disappointed to hear the method sometimes it’s been represented. However I expect it’s simply the nature of the game, with the way things are going on the planet at the minute.”

His remarks came prior to white nationalists’ demonstrations over the planned elimination of a Confederate statue resulted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 and subsequent disputes throughout the country.

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Regardless, racial friction has frequently been embedded in boxing, and often utilized to make money.

The very first significant race war inside a boxing ring in the United States came when James Jeffries was coaxed out of retirement in 1910 to eliminate Jack Johnson, the very first black heavyweight champ, in a not successful effort to recover the title for the white race, as lots of white Americans, consisting of Jeffries, framed it. The fight gave birth to the term “the Great White Hope.”

Subsequent years brought a series of matches owned by race and ethnic culture– Mexican-Puerto Rican, Mexican-black, black-white. And promoters have actually been unapologetic.

Utilizing race in a promo made good sense, King stated, due to the fact that it was tapping into society’s true feelings. He was not promoting or triggering hate, he stated, but was rather revealing the bigotry that had always existed. For example, King recalled that before the Holmes-Cooney battle, which Holmes won, an older white woman had approached Cooney and said, “Do it for us, Gerry.”

King included: “If you have actually got a white male that they figure has the opportunity to win, you sell exactly what’s deeply ingrained into the psyche of my fellow Americans. You offer them on their incorrect beliefs, and for that reason, it’s not incorrect to them. It’s truth to them. It ain’t perpetuating hate. The hate’s already there.”

Stephen Espinoza, basic supervisor of Showtime Sports, which is relaying the Mayweather-McGregor bout, stated the fight was primarily about 2 athletes at the top of their disciplines proving who was best, but he acknowledged that such events were frequently seen through the patterns of the time.

“The intriguing thing to me personally about boxing is it’s constantly been a mirror of society,” Espinoza said. “The sport has actually always been reflective of everything from U.S. migration patterns to socioeconomic and demographic patterns.”

The diversity of boxing has actually been shown in Showtime’s audience. The network said its boxing telecasts draw in a viewership that is, typically, 35 percent black and 30 percent Hispanic.

The UFC, on the other hand, tends to draw in a whiter audience, in both viewership and attendance at matches.

For the Mayweather-McGregor meeting, the combined disciplines may attract a more diverse audience, though as a boxing match, it may have to pull more of the weight in any effort to combine racial and ethnic groups.

“Ultimately, when you get these diverse groups that wind up enthusiastically rooting, you get often a flammable environment,” Espinoza stated. “Typically, these are nationwide and ethnic rivalries, which are restricted to the sport. One of the things that boxing succeeds is that it brings together a multicultural, multigenerational audience in such a way that can be a bonding experience.”

Offered out or not, Vegas will party throughout Mayweather-McGregor

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L.E. Baskow Conor McGregor shadow boxes before a mirror during a media exercise within the fitness center at the UFC Performance Institute on Friday,

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017|2 a.m.

Cash Fight: Mayweather Workout Launch slideshow” Conor McGregor Media Exercise Release slideshow”The fight in between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may not have actually offered out yet, but that won’t stop Las Vegas from putting on its celebration hat. The city’s clubs have reserved a long list of celebrities– including one of the fighters– and high-rolling bettors and VIPs have actually snagged a few of the most glamorous lodgings in the area. Boxing-themed mixed drinks have even been prepared for the event. The social media-fueled Saturday night fight at the T-Mobile Arena will be a weekend-long, citywide affair, though in some aspects it might not tip the scales as much as a previous Mayweather fight.”It’s going to be a crazy weekend,”said Ryan Thompson, senior vice president and regional chief marketing officer

for Caesars Home entertainment, whose World Hollywood, The Cromwell and Caesars Palace resorts on the Strip have a few rooms readily available.”The energy over that weekend is going to be on par with a New Year’s Eve in the city. “Caesars and MGM Resorts International, which owns the fight’s location, anticipate their properties to offer out as the weekend approaches. But unlike the bullish market produced by Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in Might 2015 in Las Vegas, hotel spaces are still readily available. The MGM Grand has actually cut its costs for the weekend 3 times, with a two-night stay now at $329 a night. Spaces at numerous other hotels on the Strip can

still be found for $200 or less a night. Lots of VIPs and high-rolling gamblers need not stress over costs, they will be”comped”with free hotel rooms and tickets, as it is popular. Others not so lucky– however

certainly with deep pockets– have scheduled the most luxurious lodgings on the Strip. The vacation homes at Caesars Palace(beginning at$ 25,000 a night )and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace($35,000 a night and formerly utilized by the similarity Jennifer Lopez and Johnny Depp )have been declared for the weekend.”We get a lots of ask for tickets. We have a lot of our high-end players and guests who can be found in specifically for the event,”Thompson said.”We put them up for the weekend and they will be participating in the fight.

We like to look after our finest guests. “McCarran International Airport spokesperson Christine Crews said the number of private aircraft that flew in for the Mayweather-Pacquiao battle overwhelmed available apron parking and required a taxiway to be closed and utilized as a jet parking area. Teams said there is no plan to do that again this weekend however officials are requiring pilots to make parking bookings and motivating making use of 2 close-by basic air travel airports, in rural Henderson and North Las Vegas. UFC fighter McGregor will get in a boxing ring for the very first time as an expert when he takes on the undefeated Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement for a fight that will make him 10s of countless dollars. Simply four days to fight night, there are a lot of tickets still available

in the T-Mobile Arena, which seats 18,000 for boxing, and prices on the secondary market are beginning to boil down. Ticketmaster has numerous non-VIP tickets ranging from approximately$1,400 to$17,000. Still available are VIP tickets that consist of hotel lodgings, roundtrip airport transportation, an official keepsake, food and drinks. Those who cannot afford exactly what’s expected to be the year’s most popular ticket can enjoy the fight

inside 6 of the 7 theaters that frequently host Cirque du Soleil shows, which are going dark for the night. Dining establishments, bars and strip clubs around town will also reveal the battle. Closed-circuit seats are offered at numerous MGM properties, consisting of hundreds for$150 each at the Park Theater just a few steps from the T-Mobile arena itself. By contrast, Mayweather-Pacquiao closed-circuit tickets offered out the day they went on sale. Pay-per-view sales at $100 each are expected to be in the community of 5 million buys, topping the Mayweather-Pacquiao record of 4.6 million. The city’s sports books state this will be the most greatly wager fight ever. Up until now the majority of the tickets are on McGregor, who has to do with a 5-1 underdog, with the William Hill chain stating a McGregor win would cost them more than $1 million. R&B star Chris Brown and his crew of dancers will carry out at Drai’s Nightclub on Saturday. Other places will see efficiencies by Puff Daddy, Jamie Foxx, Travis Scott, Chase B and Kaskade. The night before

the battle, 50 Cent, Trey Songz and Jeezy will have a combined efficiency. Win or lose, McGregor will have to celebration after the battle. The Irish MMA champ is arranged to be a host at Encore Beach Club that night as part of a two-year agreement to amuse partygoers at the Encore. The tallest observation wheel on the planet, the High Roller at The Linq boardwalk, will participate the action by turning its lighting red, white and blue if Mayweather wins or green, orange and white if McGregor manages the upset. For fans who want to toast the fighters with something besides a Guinness, mixologists have created special cocktail menus. At the bars and lounges of the Cosmopolitan, the Pretty Kid is a mix of Ciroc pineapple, lemon and tropical Red Bull, while the Bob and Weave gets you Customer Silver, lime

, lemongrass, lychee and cucumber soda.

Mayweather, McGregor still aiming to hype their fight

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Floyd Mayweather, left, and Conor McGregor exchange harsh words during an advertising drop in Toronto on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, for their upcoming boxing match in Las Vegas.

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017|2 a.m.

It’s a fight (or at least an event) born and reproduced by social media. There is really no factor for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor to satisfy in a boxing ring Aug. 26 other than a great deal of UFC fans believe it’s a fantastic concept and it will make the two fighters a lot of loan.

So it’s little surprise that both are attempting their hardest to find something– anything, truly– to begin a promotion that has actually floundered after a four-city sneak peek trip last month was consulted with mixed evaluations.

If you haven’t been focusing, here’s a condensed version of the current from As The World Turns, Mayweather-McGregor design:

SMALLER GLOVES: Mayweather began the week by declaring on social networks that he is not just willing however excited to combat with smaller gloves than the 10-ounce gloves used in 154-pound boxing matches in Nevada. That isn’t awfully substantial, except that UFC fighters utilize four-ounce gloves and UFC fans believe McGregor would have the ability to knock Mayweather out simpler with smaller gloves. The only problem is Nevada boxing authorities would have to make a rule exception to approve the smaller gloves, and Mayweather hasn’t inquired to do that. Chalk this up as nothing more than an advertising smoke screen.

MONEY IN PLAY: The second episode of Showtime’s All Access series promoting the battle opened with Mayweather displaying stacks of cash while talking about how he will make more versus McGregor. Later, he bought shoes for his child and a $20,000 purse for his teenage daughter. It’s an old act, one Mayweather has used considering that he combated Oscar De La Hoya Ten Years ago, and a tired one.

SPARRING SPAT: In what Paulie Malignaggi views as Phony News, McGregor’s camp put pictures out online revealing him on the canvas in a sparring session with McGregor. Malignaggi tweeted his disgust and claimed he had whipped McGregor in both of their sparring sessions, then revealed he was leaving the McGregor camp. The genuine news here is Malignaggi, a Showtime analyst who will work the bout, is nothing more than a shill for the battle. It remains in his network’s benefits to promote it as much as possible, and his reasons for sparring with McGregor are suspect at best.

REMOVED AWAY: If the battle business does not exercise for Mayweather, he’s still got a stable of ladies working for him at his strip club. Mayweather took time off training to put pictures online promoting his Woman Collection club that opened earlier this year simply a short drive from where he and McGregor will meet at the T-Mobile Arena.

BRAND-NEW JOB: McGregor is also getting in the home entertainment organisation. He announced this week he signed to be a host at the Beach Club at the Repetition hotel for 2 years, beginning the night of the battle.

LOTS OF TICKETS: There are still tickets– and lots of them– available for the battle. For some factor (embarrassingly lousy sales maybe?) Ticketmaster has actually disabled its interactive screen that would show all the seats in the arena, however initial tickets– not resale– are available from $3,500 in practically every part of the arena. There are also still plenty of closed circuit tickets delegated enjoy at various MGM Resorts hotels at $335.41 for 2 seats and the MGM Grand has actually cut its room rates for the weekend.

BETTING: A staggering 95 percent of the tickets (and 85 percent of the cash) are on McGregor (now at the William Hill chain of sports books). If Mayweather must in some way lose, the chain’s Nevada books will suffer their worst loss ever, more than a million dollars.

UPCOMING: Both fighters will hold separate media days this week. Anticipate great deals of F-bombs and pontificating, but little about the actual battle itself.

Conor McGregor signs up for Wynn Night life hosting residency

MMA champ Conor McGregor will add professional fighter to his resumé when he takes on Floyd Mayweather August 26 at T-Mobile Arena, but he’s already diversified his curriculum vitae; he also should be described as a party host.

McGregor has actually published up at Wynn Night life places for post-fight parties in the past and now he’s working together for a long-lasting deal. Wynn announced McGregor has inked an unique two-year resident agreement to host four post-fight parties at XS Bar and Encore Beach Club (both at Encore) through 2019. “The Infamous” will start the offer at EBC (and Surrender) for a night pool party following the Mayweather match on Saturday, August 26. Tickets for the event are on sale now at ticketfly.

Pay-per-view rate set for Mayweather-McGregor fight

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Steve Marcus/ AP Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at a press conference after his welterweight title bout with Andre Berto Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Monday, July 10, 2017|3:20 p.m.

. The pay-per-view rate to see the fight in between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 has been set at $99.95 for the high definition broadcast, according to Showtime.

The basic meaning pay-per-view will cost $89.95.

The pay-per-view will cost the like Mayweather’s battle with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. That battle, jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, generated 4.4 million pay-per-view buys– almost double the second-best selling battle of all time, Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 with 2.4 million views.

Mayweather and McGregor are anticipating to surpass that when they step into the ring at T-Mobile Arena next month.

Manny Pacquiao won'' t watch Mayweather-McGregor, states '' it might be extremely uninteresting''.

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Isaac Brekken/ AP Manny Pacquiao, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. embrace in the ring at the finish of their welterweight title battle on Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017|12:39 p.m.

. The all-time pay-per-view record was set in 2015, when 4.6 million consumers acquired a boxing match in between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. If the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor battle is going to break that, it will have to do it without at least one client.

Manny Pacquiao himself.

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McGregor knocks out Mendes, wins UFC interim title

What the very first title battle on the UFC 189 card on Saturday night at MGM Grand supplied in primitive, bloody violence, the second eclipsed with pure drama.

After Robbie Lawler completed a brutal slugfest with a straight left to the nose of Rory MacDonald to maintain the welterweight title, Conor McGregor was entrusted a challenging act to follow. The polarizing Irish super star didn’t disappoint.

He won the interim featherweight title in the primary event by knocking out Chad Mendes with three seconds continuing to be in a second round that Mendes had controlled.

McGregor lost the first round after Mendes discarded him twice with takedowns and was on his back almost the entire second round.

He got to his feet with less than 30 seconds continuing to be and handled to drop Mendes with a left hand against the cage. He followed with rights till referee Herb Dean stopped the fight with three seconds left in the round.

“No one can take that left-handed shot. It’s as simple as that,” McGregor said. “It breaks everybody and he broke.”

The sold-out crowd, numerous of whom had taken a trip from Ireland, emerged in festivity after withstanding the very first tense minutes of McGregor’s career.

“I’m absolutely surprised by the support,” he said. “I cannot put into words how appreciative I am.”

Mendes was dissatisfied after letting the third title shot of his career slip through his hands, however chose not to blame the abbreviated training camp after stepping in for champ Jose Aldo on less than three weeks’ notice.

“That person’s challenging,” Mendes said of McGregor. “He talks, however he backs it up.”

Lawler showed a similar quality in keeping his title. He lagged 3-1 on all 3 scorecards getting in the final round only to obtain the knockout he required.

Lawler drew first blood during the 2nd round with numerous power punches to MacDonald’s face, however MacDonald rallied and was on the verge of completing the battle when the bell sounded to end the 3rd.

The fourth round started likewise with MacDonald damageding Lawler. The champ showed resolve in righting the ship and making it through the assault.

As the fourth round ended, both competitors stared at the swollen bloody face of his opponent, choosing not to retreat to the corner for numerous seconds.

It had not been long into the last round before Lawler ended the bloodbath, landing a straight left to the bridge of MacDonald’s nose that made him go back and cover up, ending the fight.

“That was the build-up of a beatdown. That wasn’t one punch. I’m the champ. I’m here to stay,” Lawler said. “No matter what occurs I keep coming and I try to knock individuals out.”

Jeremy Stephens emerged triumphant with a knockout of Dennis Bermudez in a back-and-forth thriller that left both competitors damageded and bloodied.

After two wild rounds, Bermudez shot for a takedown early in the third only to capture a knee from Stephens that right away dropped him. Numerous big follow-up shots on the ground were enough to end the fight.

“It was a remarkable fight. I trained difficult and I had a terrific mentality entering,” stated Stephens, a featherweight who missed out on the 146-pound limit by more than 3 pounds Friday. “Dennis is an excellent opponent, I certainly couldn’t have actually done that myself. We were 2 warriors going at it and I won the battle.”

Welterweight Gunnar Nelson recuperated from the very first loss of his profession with a first-round submission of Brandon Thatch.

Nelson, a grappling specialist, was thought to be at a downside on the feet. He knocked Thatch down, nevertheless with a left hook, straight ideal combination and immediately dove in to secure leading position.

Less than a minute later, McGregor’s training partner and fellow homeowner of the training compound in Environment-friendly Valley for the last several months, secured a fight-ending rear naked choke.

“I’m generally very confident when it gets to the ground that it’s going to be a surface,” Nelson stated. “It wasn’t much different this time.”

Brazilian bantamweight phenom Thomas Almeida opened the major card with a second-round knockout of Brad Pickett. Both fighters were torn down in the preliminary, however Almeida remained unbeaten by stopping Pickett with a flying knee that sent him backward and made his head bounce off the mat.

Welterweight Matt Brown recorded the only finish on the undercard with a first-round submission of Tim Means.

Both fighters found early success in the striking video game, however it was Brown who was able to capitalize after dropping Means with an elbow in the clinch.

He followed Method to the ground and locked in a guillotine choke with just 16 seconds staying in the opening round.

Mike Swick returned to the cage after more than 2 1/2 years away from competition and lost a choice to Alex Garcia in a welterweight bout. Another welterweight, John Howard, snapped Cathal Pendred’s four-fight UFC winning streak with a split-decision success.

Cody Garbrandt, a training partner of Mendes, won all three rounds of a bantamweight bout against Henry Briones.

Louis Smolka and Cody Pfister each got consentaneous decision victories.

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