Survey says: Bader, Macfarlane, Woodley among fighters on upcoming ‘Celebrity Family Feud’

Five MMA notables will be hitting buzzers, not faces, on an upcoming episode of “Celebrity Family Feud.”

Survey says: UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell (21-9) and Randy Couture (19-11) will join Bellator double champ Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), Bellator women’s flyweight champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (10-0 MMA, 9-0 BMMA), and former UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) on the ABC series.

The episode will air Sunday from 8-9 p.m. ET and also wil be available on ABC.com and the ABC app beginning Monday.

According to news release from Bellator, the five fighters will comprise “Team MMA” and take on “Team Nikki and Brie Bella.” The aptly-named opposing squad will feature WWE divas Nikki and Brie Bella, as well as stars from their reality show, “Total Bellas.”

The winning team will donate its earnings to charity. “Team MMA” will play on behalf of the Andy Vargas Foundation; “Team Nikki and Brie Bella” will play for The V Foundation and Connor’s Cure.

The Andy Vargas Foundation helps educate children through music and provides mentors. The V Foundation funds cancer research and programs, and Connor’s Cure raises money to support pediatric cancer research.

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ONE Championship: Watch Gustavo Balart go into zombie mode to survive Chan Rothana’s onslaught

They call him “The Gladiator” for a reason.

Gustavo Balart showed incredible heart when he somehow survived a late surge from Chan Rothana at “ONE Championship: Dreams of Gold” on Friday in Manila, Philippines.

He took shots to the face, legs and body, but stood in like a zombie, absorbing it all, and even pressing forward. Breathing heavy, his body was visibly shut down for brief occasions as he tried to battle back, lunging forward with spinning backfists and punches.

And somehow, he mustered up the strength to pick Rothana up and slam him before the sound of the horn.

Standing at only 4-foot-11, the undersized Balart (8-3) showed incredible survival instincts, but the last round gave judges a great lasting impression of Chan, who picked up the unanimous decision win.

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UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou joins ‘Fast & Furious 9’ cast

Francis Ngannou isn’t only making big waves in the cage.

The top-ranked UFC heavyweight contender will take his skills to the big screen. Deadline reported that “The Predator” will join the cast of the ninth installment of the blockbuster film franchise “The Fast & the Furious.”

Ngannou posted the news on his Instagram account, as well.

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Represented by Creative Arts Agency, Ngannou (14-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) was able to rebound from back-to-back losses to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis. He failed to capture the heavyweight title in a lopsided decision loss to then champion Miocic at UFC 220, followed by a lackluster performance in a loss to Lewis at UFC 226.

But with his back against the wall, he rebounded emphatically with first-round knockouts of Curtis Blaydes and former heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.

Ngannou is hungry for another crack at the title. He may not have his next fight booked, but it appears he’s making moves on a different kind of big stage.

Ngannou will be the third MMA fighter to be part of the movie franchise. Former Strikeforce champion Gina Carano took part in “Fast & Furious 6” in 2013. Former UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey was in “Furious 7” in 2015.

Blaze it up! Nate Diaz smokes out during UFC 241 open workout

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Nate Diaz kicked off his first fight week in three years in true Nate Diaz fashion during UFC 241 open workouts on Wednesday.

Diaz walked out on stage to a massive ovation from fans at Honda Center. 2Pac’s “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” blared. Diaz shadow boxed and strolled around for a a couple of minutes.

And then Diaz lit up a joint.

That’s right, someone from Diaz’s crew handed him a joint, and he smoked out. Forget working out. The crowd loved it. And he even passed the joint to someone in the crowd.

It was an all-time peak Diaz moment.

Afterward during his media scrum, Diaz said the joint was CBD from his own line, Game Up Nutrition. Because, you know, fighters can’t be smoking marijuana with THC until after fight night (wink wink).

All I can tell you is what it smelled like. It smelled like straight-up weed.

Either way, it’s nice to have Diaz back.

Check out the scene in the video above.

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We’ve found Bruce Buffer’s backup career – as a London train announcer

We’re sure he won’t, but if Bruce Buffer, the UFC’s legendary “Voice of the Octagon” ever falls on hard times, he can always head across the pond to announce train arrivals on London’s famed Underground network.

Some of the station announcers in London have developed a reputation for being quirky and amusing. After all, announcing the same trains, making the same stops, for hours on end, day after day, must get a little boring.

So the announcer on the platform at Bank Station on London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) service has decided to liven up commuters’ days by adopting a ring announcer persona as he hails the arrival of the latest service to Lewisham.

Clearly inspired by Buffer and his legendary boxing announcer brother Michael, the announcer builds gradually before reaching a crescendo as the train arrives at the platform. And we can enjoy his work in the video below.

“Welcoming all passengers to Bank Station DLR arena, welcome to the main event,” he began. “The train now fighting out of the Platform 9 corner is your Lewisham service. Calling at Canary Wharf, Cutty Sark and Greenwich.”

Then, in classic ring announcer style, he starts to crank up the intensity as he lists the train’s “record.”

“This train needs no introduction,” he continued. “Weighing in at 600 tons of pure steel, always on time with zero delays. Introducing the undefeated, undisputed best train service in the world, fighter DLR Lewisham!”

Then he signs off with an homage to Bruce’s brother, legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer, with a grand: “Let’s get ready to travel!”

As a Brit who has spent countless hours stuck on London’s transport network over the years, I can confirm that stuff like this always brightens up an otherwise dull commute, and would love to one day see Bruce himself take control of the microphone to announce an incoming train or two next time he’s in London for a UFC event.

Surely his booming declaration of “It’s time!” as the sliding doors open at the platform would send productivity in the capital skyrocketing as energized commuters head off with Buffer’s voice ringing in their ears.

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Should Joe Rogan moderate a 2020 presidential debate? More than 120,000 have signed petition

At this point in time, almost everyone knows who Joe Rogan is.

With his popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience” continuing to top the charts on a weekly basis, the longtime UFC commentator has seemingly transcended the sport and his comedy routines.

Now a petition has been started to get Joe Rogan on the national stage – the debate stage, that is.

With more than 120,000 signatures (and counting), the Change.org petition was created as an effort to propel Rogan into a moderator slot for the 2020 U.S. presidential debates. The signature goal set by petition creator Ashton Stowell was 150,000.

The petition states three main reasons Rogan should host the 2020 presidential debates:

“1. Joe Rogan is a widely respected host who has hosted interviews with politicians, economists, scientists, and other popular figures, who come from various walks of life.

2. Joe Rogan has experience with interviewing both progressive and conservative thinkers. Figures such as Andrew Yang (D), Tulsi Gabbard (D), Kyle Kulinski (D), Gary Johnson (L), Benjamin Shapiro (R), and Candace Owens (R), have all appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” program.

3. Joe Rogan has an audience containing viewers from all areas of the political spectrum. Joe Rogan is not registered under any political party and is well-known for having civil, productive, and interesting, conversations about political issues without partisan bias.”

Frequently, Rogan has walked the line between political parties and has openly supported policies on both sides of the aisle. Rogan has been described as a Libertarian in the past and even appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno alongside former Congressman Ron Paul in December 2011.

More recently, Rogan declared himself a Democrat on a July episode of JRE with conservative figure Andy Ngo. In 2018, Rogan called for tighter gun laws and more leniency with immigration laws.

As the petition states, Rogan’s guest list has featured major political guests from all angles, including three 2020 presidential candidates: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii; Democratic businessman Andrew Yang; and, most recently, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Henry Cejudo’s callout of Valentina Shevchenko is ‘the wackiest sh*t’ Dana White’s ever heard


“You take a street fight, Ronda wins that fight and hurts him badly. You do an MMA fight, same result. Boxing match, Floyd Mayweather chews her up.”

That was UFC president Dana White in May 2014, at the height of Ronda Rousey’s popularity, talking about how Rousey would beat up Floyd Mayweather if they ever fought – which was an absurd thing to say back then and still remains to this day.

Fast forward a little more than five years, and White is completely baffled by UFC men’s flyweight champion Henry Cejudo actually calling for a fight with his female counterpart, Valentina Shevchenko, and wanting to become the promotion’s first “intergender” champion LOL.

“That’s the wackiest shit I’ve ever heard,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. “It’s just (expletive) crazy that Henry would say that. But Valentina would probably do it. I don’t even know how to respond to that or what to say other than ‘wow.’”

We agree on two things: It’s absolutely wacky – some would call it cringe – for a male fighter to call out a female fighter, No. 1. And No. 2, yeah, Shevchencko probably would do it.

But we definitely don’t need to see it.

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As for who White would put his money on in a champion vs. champion showdown, he had no answer when asked.

“I can’t even (expletive) wrap my brain around that, why he would say that,” White said. ” It’s just crazy, but … what are you gonna do?”

Those were my thoughts exactly when White said what he said about Rousey and Mayweather five years ago. At least he’s come to his senses on this one.

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