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Conor McGregor’s Coach Hints at Irishman’s Return, Announcement Coming Soon

While everyone has been wondering how big the rift is between Conor McGregor and the UFC, fear not, it doesn’t appear that the gap is to vast to bridge.

UFC president Dana White, despite the very public falling out with one of his promotion’s top stars, has said all along that he believed McGregor would be fighting again soon, despite being pulled from the UFC 200 fight card. McGregor and UFC brass were at odds over the Irishman’s refusal to fulfill promotional duties for his rematch with Nate Diaz, so he was removed from the fight card altogether.

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Conor-McGregor-UFC-196-press-2-02-750x370It appears that he could be back in the pay-per-view limelight as soon as UFC 201, at least, according to his head coach, John Kavanagh.

Kavangh was on Facebook on Tuesday responding to some fan comments, when he responded to an inquiry about when McGregor might be back in the Octagon.

“(UFC) 201 or 202, announcement soon I’m sure,” Kavanagh responded.

It’s not much, but it’s more than we’ve had to go on previously. As recently as Sunday, McGregor posted on Instagram, still trying to get the UFC to relent and put his fight with Diaz back on the UFC 200 fight card. “Nobody gives a (expletive) about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the (expletive). Run it back. #RealFight,” McGregor said in a post that has since been deleted.

But it now appears that, much like White, McGregor and his camp are looking beyond UFC 200.

Currently focused on the events through UFC 200, UFC officials have yet to announce specific details for either UFC 201 or UFC 202.

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UFC Renews Partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation

UFC on Monday announced the renewal of its partnership with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The extension secures the organization’s continued global commitment to actively support the safe practice and promotion of amateur mixed martial arts.

“We are excited to provide our continued global support to IMMAF,” UFC Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Communications Mike Britt said. “IMMAF has done a tremendous job of bridging the gap between amateur MMA organizations throughout the world while providing a universally integrated set of procedures and measures to keep athletes of all levels safe.”

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“IMMAF’s renewed partnership with UFC will not only strengthen the federation, but also further advance the mutual goal of increased athlete safety in MMA from the grassroots level,” IMMAF CEO Densign White said. “This partnership will benefit MMA athletes globally for its reformation of pathways to increase talent and education while offering opportunities to place protective structures against dangers that arise due to lack of regulation. Our alliance remains a game-changer for amateur combat sports and our awareness continues to make a difference on a global scale.”

Since debuting in 2012, IMMAF has partnered with 53 national amateur mixed martial arts organizations.

With this extension, IMMAF and its global activations will continue to be integrated across UFC social and digital platforms, as well as select events being added to the UFC FIGHT PASS library.

The 2016 IMMAF World Championships will be held during the UFC Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week. The championships will take place from Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10 and will be broadcast on UFC FIGHT PASS.

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Kimbo Slice Negotiates Steroid Settlement for Failed Drug Test in Texas

Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has reached a settlement with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation regarding a drug test that showed nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, and an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ration in his system. The TDLR oversees regulation of the state’s combat sports.

The drug test in question stems from Kimbo’s fight with Dada 5000 (real name Dhafir Harris) at Bellator 149, which took place on Feb. 19 in Houston.

Kimbo SliceThough Kimbo initially was silent on the matter, following Bellator booking him for the main event of Bellator 158 on July 16 in London, his camp negotiated a settlement with the TDLR, according to an initial report by MMAJunkie.com. There was no explanation as to why the TDLR lessened Kimbo’s punishment.

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Kimbo reportedly waived the right to a hearing, instead agreeing to a $2,500 fine and the revocation of his license to fight in Texas. According to TDLR records, Kimbo’s license was originally slated to expire on March 4, 2017. His fight with Dada 5000, initially a victory, was also changed to a no contest.

The settlement was a lessening of the original 90-day suspension, license revocation, and $4,000 fine.

Despite the license revocation, Bellator is moving ahead with Kimbo headlining the promotion’s first event in London. He squares off with James Thompson in a rematch of their EliteXC fight from May of 2008, which Kimbo won.

There is no mixed martial arts regulatory body in England, so Bellator will instead use the International Sport Karate Association to oversee the event.

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