Conor McGregor responded to UFC President Dana White's decision to strip him of his lightweight belt in typically understated fashion: by tweeting an unprintable insult, crashing a pre-fight press event, chucking a barricade and prompting a scene of general mayhem that left at least one fighter injured and organizers stunned. For his trouble, McGregor appears to be in some.McGregor turned himself into police Thursday and was arrested and charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after his role in Thursday’s fracas that left UFC fighter Michael Chiesa in the hospital with a facial laceration, Reuters reported.According to the Independent, McGregor was held overnight and remained in police custody early Friday morning as he awaited a court appearance in Brooklyn. MMA Fighting reports that Cian Cowley, McGregor’s SBG teammate, also was charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief over the incident.Three matches scheduled … [Read more...] about Conor McGregor arrested, charged with assault after ravaging UFC event, forcing 3 matches to be scrapped
By Demetrio Teniente, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle Updated 2:39 pm, Thursday, April 5, 2018 Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC Via Getty Images LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 19: Conor McGregor of Ireland steps on the scale during the UFC 202 weigh-in at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 19: Conor McGregor of Ireland steps on the... On Wednesday at the UFC 223 pre-fight press conference in Brooklyn, UFC president Dana White confirmed that Conor McGregor would be stripped of his lightweight championship belt, making way for either Max Holloway or Khabib Nurmagomedov to take the crown. McGregor won the belt in 2016 but delayed his return to the octagon for so long that the belt being stripped away seemed like a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, McGregor did not take the news very … [Read more...] about There is a warrant out for Conor McGregor’s arrest after he crashed the UFC 223 presser
Quick Stats: Cain Velasquez UFC FighterDaily Driver: 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (Cain’s rating: 8.5 on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: see belowFavorite road trip: Yuma to PhoenixCar he learned to drive in: 1987 Nissan StanzaFirst car bought: 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Cain Velasquez is preparing for his much anticipated fight against Frank Mir at UFC 146, where fans get to see four of the best heavyweights in the world duke it out. But this former UFC Heavyweight Champion, who’s only had one loss in his MMA career, is also gearing up for a fight of another kind — the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race on April 14. While he’s been on a racetrack twice in Las Vegas, this is the first time Velasquez is getting the chance to race in earnest, having had four days of practice at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in Southern California with ace driving instructor Danny McKeever and earlier this week, a day at the actual road … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: Cain Velasquez, UFC Fighter
Greetings from Jakarta, where the press day of the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) kicked off earlier today. The annual show in this sprawling capital is as vibrant as the Indonesian car market itself, which is set to overtake Thailand as the largest in ASEAN. It’s still held at the JI Expo in Kemayoran, but the show is fast outgrowing the venue. Daihatsu, a big player in Indonesia, has one of the biggest stands in JI Expo, and the small car expert is showing a couple of concept cars here, some of which are pretty large in size. We start off with the Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept, mid-size three-row MPV around the size of a Perodua Alza. If the name sounds familiar, the UFC-3 is a development of the UFC-2 Concept that was on show at last year’s IIMS. The original UFC made its debut here in 2012. Compared to the UFC-2, the third concept looks immediately more feasible and less experimental. There’s still plenty of showcar bling, but it’s now possible to … [Read more...] about IIMS 2014: Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept – a junior Avanza?
Quick Stats: Dominick Cruz UFC Bantamweight champ Daily Driver: 2015 Toyota Tundra (Dominic’s rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: see below Favorite road trip: San Diego to Los Angeles Car he learned to drive in: 1998 Eagle Talon First car bought: 1985 Ford Escort When UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz isn’t in the octagon or preparing to defend his title in his fight against longtime rival Uriah Faber on June 4 in Los Angeles, the avid car lover is dominating San Diego freeways in his 2012 Nissan GT-R. The supercar was a bonus “The Dominator” received when he won his UFC title against Demetrious Johnson. While he doesn’t let it go to waste languishing in the garage (he has taken it to the track once when he drove to Vegas), Cruz does mindfully drive his cherished prize, which he always makes time to enjoy. “I’m a big car guy, and I wanted a car that was going to give me high performance and could beat anything on the … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: UFC Champion Dominick Cruz
Quick Stats: Stipe Miocic UFC Heavyweight ChampionDaily Driver: 2016 Ram Rebel (Stipe’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)Favorite road trip: Cleveland to BradentonCar he learned to drive in: early 1990s Buick RegalFirst car bought: 2008 Chevy Trailblazer UFC’s current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic thought he had the perfect ride with his Chevy Avalanche, until he got his 2016 Dodge Ram Rebel. “It’s an amazing truck,” he says. “I love it.” Miocic hadn’t even planned on buying a new truck, until he saw a Ram at the dealership when his wife was getting a new car. “When my wife was getting a lease for her Jeep Cherokee and I saw a Dodge Ram Sport, I thought, ‘Oh wow, it’s amazing,’” he recalls. “I didn’t get anything that day. I told my coach about it and my coach said, ‘Did you see that new Dodge Rebel?’ I looked online and I was so amazed by it.” He is an example of how tastes in … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: Stipe Miocic, UFC Heavyweight Champion
The blue compact MPV you see above is the Daihatsu UFC-2 Concept, which premiered at last year’s IIIMS in Jakarta. It was an updated version of the original UFC Concept from IIMS 2012. Daihatsu is said to be launching an updated UFC-3 Concept (yellow image of the car leaked can be seen below) at this year’s IIMS 2014, with a production version of the car possible launching next year. The product is essentially a front wheel drive 7-seater B-segment MPV based on a passenger car platform, a big contrast from Daihatsu’s previous take on a 7-seater MPV for Indonesia, the Daihatsu Xenia, sold here in Malaysia as the Toyota Avanza. This change reflects the Indonesian consumer’s new more sophisticated taste buds, looking for a more car-like driving experience for their 7-seaters. By now you would have already figured this out – this will eventually become the next generation Perodua Alza. Daihatsu’s competitors have already launched similiar products in … [Read more...] about Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept to debut at IIMS 2014 – previews next generation Perodua Alza?
Quick Stats: Chuck Liddell UFC Light Heavyweight ChampionDaily Driver: 2013 BMW 760Li (Chuck’s rating: 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10)Other cars: see belowFavorite road trip: San Luis Obispo to Arroyo GrandeCar he learned to drive in: 1980s Ford Fairmont wagonFirst car bought: 1988 Ford Ranger Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell’s 2013 BMW 760Li is one of the most comfortable rides the former UFC champ has had. Although there isn’t anything he dislikes about the BMW, it’s just short of perfect for Liddell. Especially compared to his last car. “I would give it a 10 except I got rid of my [Ferrari] F430, so after driving the 430, it’s kind of hard to give a car a 10,” he says, giving the BMW a “9 or 9.5” rating. “It’s just not quite there. It’s more comfortable and more usable and, man, it’s fast. When you want to be fast, it’s fast. I can sit comfortably in the back. It’s got TVs in the back, … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: Chuck Liddell, UFC Light Heavyweight Champ
The second of Daihatsu’s eight world premieres in Jakarta is this blue machine, called the UFC-2 Concept. Daihatsu isn’t planning a new mixed martial arts competition, as the name stands for Ultra Function Compact (the press release actually says Function Ultra Concept, but let’s let that slide, shall we?). The Daihatsu UFC-2 Concept – which evolves from the UFC Concept from last year’s show – is claimed to be a sporty compact car for seven passengers. Our take is, it’s a small seven-seater that looks more like a family vehicle than a boxy van, which is always pleasant. There’s lots of chrome and LED detailing around it to make it stand out from a crowd of boring people carriers. Based on its size, proportions and window line, the UFC-2 Concept looks to be a design study to preview a new Daihatsu Boon Luminas and its Toyota twin, the Passo Sette. The names sound familiar to you? Well, that’s because the current Perodua Alza is … [Read more...] about Daihatsu UFC-2 Concept previews the next-gen Alza?
This funky-looking people mover is called the Daihatsu Ultra Functional Compact (UFC) Concept, and it’s another debutant at the ongoing IIMS in Jakarta. It’s a six-seater study that Astra Daihatsu Motor says it has taken the lead in developing, using Daihatsu’s expertise in compact cars. But while designed along the lines of a compact, the B-pillarless vehicle features a large interior and a versatile seating arrangement. In this case, both the second row and third row seats are fully electrically-powered and adjustable, in the sense that the second row units can slide forward to the point that they can be “stacked” directly behind the front row seats, and the slightly-raised third row seatbacks can fold down, offering a high degree of functionality and cavernous cargo space, if so desired. Elswhere, rear sliding doors offer ease of ingress and egress. Aside from all this, there’s no mention of any specific details, like what powertrain the UFC … [Read more...] about Daihatsu UFC Concept breaks cover at IIMS