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Netflix making Mike Tyson documentary where he explains ‘happiness is death’

Mike Tyson has opened up on his life views in a new Netflix documentary on the former heavyweight champion of the world.

Tyson, 54, is set for a sensational return to the ring next month as he takes on Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout.

Iron Mike has not fought since retiring following defeat to Kevin McBride in 2005.

He was the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles though had plenty of issues outside of the ring.

Tyson is now being trained by Rafael Cordeiro for his next fight with Netflix filming a doc based on his life.

One day while filming, Cordeiro asked Tyson what happiness means to him, and the reply was very emotional.

Tyson, known as the Baddest Man on the Planet during his career, replied: "Happiness for me is death, because I saw many bad things and lost many bad things in my life."

Tyson has previously said he is looking forward to death, saying earlier this year: “Yeah. I don’t fear it. “Living might be more complicated than dying to me.

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“The belief of it. I don’t know if it’s true. Because living takes a lot of courage. Without the courage, you can’t handle living.

“Living is a journey, living is a struggle. People have everything and they still can’t do it, they struggle. We take ourselves too seriously.

“We think we’re somebody. Who the f***? We’re nothing! We come from s***; we think we’re special! Fame is s***.

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“I knew there was a possibility that I could die during training, during a fight. I knew that.

“But I wasn’t scared because I thought if anybody was going to die, I would do the killing. That self-confidence was a survival mechanism.

“But now, from my experience, from what I believe, the more I know about not existing, the more willing I am to die.”

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‘WWE Hell in a Cell free live stream warning on official channels

Six WWE superstars will do battle inside the daunting steel structure that is Hell in a Cell tonight.

There will be no less than three matches fought within the 20ft cage, which was made famous by The Undertaker and Mankind.

Roman Reigns defends the Universal Championship against Jey Uso – another member of the Anoaʻi family of Samoan wrestlers.

If Jey loses their "I Quit" match, he and his brother Jimmy Uso will have to take orders and acknowledge Reigns as the Tribal Chief.

Randy Orton – a man who once brutalised Jeff Hardy in Hell in a Cell –  challenges Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship.

And Bayley defends the SmackDown Women's Championship  against her former best friend turned bitter rival Sasha Banks.

The annual pay-per-view always promises wild action and brutality takes place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Because of the clocks going back in the UK today, the Kickoff pre-show begins at 10pm and the main card at 11pm.

All the action is being shown on either BT Sport Box Office or on the WWE Network – but there is a way you can catch all of it for free.

When you sign up for the WWE Network, your first month is completely free.

What makes the deal so attractive is that you can cancel your subscription at any time, if you decide you don't want to keep watching.

So if you sign up for the WWE Network, you can watch the PPV event without paying a penny, providing that you cancel your subscription inside the first month.

A £9.99 per month subscription will then start, unless you cancel.

The deal includes unlimited access to WWE’s premium content – available anywhere, anytime, on any device – and you can cancel without obligation.

Here is the full card for the show:

1. Jeff Hardy vs. Elias Singles – Singles match

2. Otis (MITB) vs The Miz – Singles match for the Money in the Bank contract

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3. Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks – Hell in a Cell match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship

4. Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Jey Uso – Hell in a Cell "I Quit" match for the WWE Universal Championship

5. Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Randy Orton – Hell in a Cell match for the WWE Championship

Watch WWE Hell in a Cell live on the WWE Network or on BT Box Office at 11pm on Sunday, October 25.

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Khabib vs Gaethje result: Champion submits American in second round to retain lightweight title at UFC 254

“I want to say thank you to Lorenzo [Fertita], Dana [White], Hunter [Campbell]. Thank you to all this UFC team, everybody around the world. Thank you so much Justin, you helped me a lot. I know you’re a great man. I know a lot of things about you.

“You never know what will happen tomorrow. My teammates, I love you so much. Today is my last fight in the UFC. It was my father, what else…

“[Conor] McGregor and [Dustin] Poirier fight in January, I choked out both of them, I’m not interested in this…”

Old rival McGregor reacted by writing on Twitter: “Good performance Khabib. I will carry on.

“Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Yours sincerely, The McGregors.”

After the main event had conluded, UFC president White revealed Khabib had apparently broken his foot just weeks before the fight.

White, who said he could “smell” an upset as Khabib didn’t look right, said: “What this guy has been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight.

“Apparently, he was in the hospital and he broke his foot three weeks ago.

“So he has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken. That’s what his corner told me.”

In the night’s co-main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker outpointed Jared Cannonier (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). It was a masterful performance by the Australian, who is now expected to get a rematch against current titleholder Israel Adesanya, who took the belt from Whittaker one year ago.

Main card and prelim results:

Khabib def. Gaethje via second-round submission (triangle choke, 1:34)

Whittaker def. Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Volkov def. Harris via second-round TKO (front kick, 1:15)

Hawes def. Malkoun via first-round KO (strikes, 0:18)

Murphy def. Shakirova via second-round submission (rear naked choke, 3:31)

Ankalaev def. Cutelaba via first-round KO (ground strikes, 4:19)

Tai Tuivasa def. Stefan Struve via first-round KO (strikes, 4:59)

Casey Kenney def. Nathaniel Wood via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Shavkat Rakhmonov def. Alex Oliveira via first-round submission (guillotine, 4:40)

Sam Alvey drew with Da-Un Jung (28-29, 29-28, 28-28)

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Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov retirement with classy message

Conor McGregor has sent a classy message to Khabib Nurmagomedov after the UFC lightweight champion announced his retirement.

Nurmagomedov beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 to extend his record to a remarkable 29-0, then shocked the world by announcing his retirement.

It came following the death of his father with Khabib promising his family he will not fight again without his parent by his side.

And McGregor, who Khabib beat in 2018, was quick to respond to news of the retirement on Twitter.

The Notrious put: “Good performance @TeamKhabib. I will carry on. Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Yours sincerely, The McGregors.”

Khabib had beaten Gaethje with a triangle choke early in round two of their bout on Fight Island.

Announcing his retirement after, the champ said: "Thank you to these guys with me, with my father more than 10 years. Coach Javier I love him so much, all my team. Thank you.

"Today I want to say this is my last fight. No way am I coming here without my father. When UFC comes to me about Justin I spoke with my mother for three days. She didn't want me to fight without father. And I said this is my last fight and I have given her my word.

"There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in UFC, greatest in world. I think I deserve. I want to say thank you Dana, Fertita brothers.

"Thank you so much Justin. I know you are great, I know how you take care of your people. Be close with your parents, because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. Thank you coach, thank you guys. Today is my last fight in the UFC.

"It was my father's dream. Dustin [Poirier] and Conor [McGregor] will fight in January, I have choked both out, I am not interested in this."

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Khabib Nurmagomedov announces retirement from UFC after Justin Gaethje win

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UFC icon Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed he is retiring following his victory over Justin Gaethje this evening.

Russian Khabib, 32, retained his Lightweight Championship belt and subsequently ended his career in the Octagon.

His father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, died in early July after complications from Covid-19, which followed pneumonia and heart surgery.

The loss of his dad hit Khabib hard but he prepared for his return against American opponent Gaethje.

The victory, following a choke hold on the 31-year-old, meant Khabib ends his career with a 29-0 record.

After the fight, Khabib revealed: "Thank you to these guys with me, with my father more than 10 years," he said. "Coach Javier I love him so much, all my team. Thank you.

"Today I want to say this is my last fight. No way am I coming here without my father.

"When UFC comes to me about Justin I spoke with my mother for three days. She didn't want me to fight without father. And I said this is my last fight and I have given her my word.

"There is only one thing I want from UFC, to put me as No 1 pound-for-pound fighter in UFC, greatest in world. I think I deserve. I want to say thank you Dana, Fertita brothers.

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"Thank you so much Justin. I know you are great, I know how you take care of your people.

"Be close with your parents, because you never know what is going to happen tomorrow.

“Thank you coach, thank you guys. Today is my last fight in the UFC."

The Eagle added: "It was my father's dream. Dustin [Poirier] and Conor [McGregor] will fight in January, I have choked both out, I am not interested in this."

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Conor McGregor slammed by Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 before Khabib Nurmagomedov fight

Justin Gaethje has blasted Conor McGregor a “b****” for not stepping up to fight him earlier this year – but his focus is now on trying to beat Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 tonight.

McGregor was briefly banned from the UFC following his submission loss to Nurmagomedov in 2018 because of the explosive aftermath.

The Irishman’s return earlier this year was highly-anticipated and he cruised past Donald Cerrone with a knockout inside 40 seconds.

However, Gaethje is still furious that the Notorious opted to take on Cerrone instead himself.

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“I’ve tweeted him and called him a s*** father, human and husband,” Gaethje told BT Sport.

“That was in October and he fought ‘Cowboy’ in January. He had every opportunity to fight me and he passed every time.

“The time’s he said he was going to fight I never had a call from UFC or anybody to confirm whether that happened, so I dunno what was going on behind the scenes.

“But they never called me and he had many opportunities to fight me and he didn’t.”

Gaethje instead went head-to-head Tony Ferguson and that victory earned him a shot at undefeated lightweight champion Nurmagomedov.

The 31-year-old is the underdog heading into tonight’s showdown but he still holds bad feelings towards McGregor.

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Gaethje added: “He chose ‘Cowboy’ and I’d just knocked ‘Cowboy’ out, that’s a b**** move.

“[Media] jump on board and act like [Cerrone] is the fight to make an it’s gonna be awesome – that was a b**** move.

“And it will be a b**** move for the rest of his life.”

McGregor has weighed in on who he thinks will come out on top out of Nurmagomedov and Gaethje.

“Khabib is going to be on the back foot from the bell,” he said. “Khabib is going to be trembling in there like he always does.

“He’s the most easily backed-up fighter in the game.

“Gaethje will know this and he will get low on his stance and Gaethje’s style is a style to get in and beat that jab nice and low.

“And while Khabib’s head is up high, come in with a big shot and he could knock him out.

“He could very, very, very well knock him clean out. He’s got good wrestling but does he have grappling with his wrestling? I do not believe so.

“I believe if Khabib gets him down it could be over early in the first. I’d probably favour Khabib.”

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Fury plans Dec. 5 fight in London; Wilder unlikely

LONDON — WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said Saturday that he plans to fight in London on Dec. 5, but his opponent is unknown.

“I’d just like to announce I’m definitely fighting December the 5th in London. Opponent to be announced very, very soon,” Fury said in a video message posted on his social media accounts. “Just working on some opponents. Let you all know who it’s going to be shortly.”

Fury and his co-promoter Frank Warren recently expressed doubt that a third fight with American Deontay Wilder would happen in 2020.

Fury claimed the WBC belt off Wilder with a seventh-round stoppage in February, after their draw in 2018.

A fight between undefeated Michael Conlan and former WBO junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe has been agreed upon for Dec. 5 at Royal Albert Hall in London. That fight is expected to be part of the Fury card, sources told ESPN’s Steve Kim.

Fury, 32, announced in June that he had agreed to a two-fight deal with Anthony Joshua. The sides said that the first bout could take place in 2021 in what would be an all-British showdown between the current holders of the heavyweight belts.

Joshua is scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev on Dec. 12 at the O2 Arena in London. The fight was postponed from June because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Mike Tyson hated Michael Jackson and held grudge for years after backstage snub

Mike Tyson has revealed his past hatred towards Michael Jackson ahead of his return to the ring.

The 54-year-old former undisputed world heavyweight champion has reminisced on a feud he had with the King of Pop over what he believed to be a backstage snub at a concert in Cleveland.

Tyson, who will take on fellow veteran Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition fight next month, has also revealed how he ended up forgiving Jackson after he was invited to hang out with the late star.

The contrasting characters were two of the most recognisable names on the planet at the time, which led to even more fury from the boxer when he wasn’t immediately recognised.

While on T.I.’s expediTIously podcast, he said: “I met Mike one day, I think he was at a concert in Cleveland, I’m with Don King.

“So me and Don come in, right? And I’m champ and everything, did all this s***, undisputed.

“So Don goes and Don gives Michael Jackson the ‘peace’ sign, like this. And then so Michael gives Don the ‘peace’ sign, and so I give Michael the ‘peace’ sign, and Michael put his hand down.

“In a way, I say, ‘Did he play me? Nah, he didn’t play me, he just didn’t see me. I knew he didn’t play me, cause I’m f***ing champ.”

He then continued: “So we went backstage, right? So I’m backstage, and so there’s his backstage, some of his singers and stuff.

“He’s on stage, it’s over I’m signing autographs and stuff, so Michael comes over and he talks to Don, he doesn’t talk to me. I say ‘Let me just go on and meet Mike’, cause that’s really why I’m here, I want to meet Mike.

“And then I go over to meet Mike, … and he goes like this, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere? Where I know you from?’

“He broke my ego, he crushed me. I said ‘No, I’m just a fan, pleasure to meet you, sir. He said, ‘OK’, and then he got out and went in the car.”

Before adding of the invitation from Jackson that led to their friendship: “I said ‘OK I’m coming, I’ll be over there’, right?

“So I got on a plane, went over there, hung out, and we just started hanging out together.

“And I said ‘F*** man, he’s a good guy.

“But in my mind, I said ‘Why’d you play me though, Mike, why’d you play me like that? You knew who I was, why’d you play me?’”

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UFC 254 prize money: How much can Khabib and Gaethje earn?

Khabib Nurmagomedov has risen to become one of the biggest UFC stars. And despite earning millions for each fight, he insists he is not in the sport for the money. The 32-year-old took home £1.5million ($2m) from his mega-clash with Conor McGregor and picked up £4.6m ($6m) from the bout against Poirier last time out.

With Gaethje seemingly Nurmagomedov’s last big challenge in the lightweight division, many have questioned whether the Russian could soon retire.

“Very good question, honestly – very good question,” Nurmagomedov told MMA Fighting.

“I don’t know. For example, I’m going to finish Justin Gaethje inside the cage on October 24. What else? This is a very good question.

“I love competition. I love to compete with the best fighters in the world. That’s why I am here.

“I’m not in the UFC to make money. I have a lot of business projects outside the UFC, I can make money. Good question. Very good question.”

He added: “I don’t think [retirement after this fight]. We have a couple of options. We’re going to think about this after this fight.

“Dana told me after this fight, he has something special for me. But I told him, please keep this, after the fight we’re going to talk.

“He says he has very big things after this fight for me. We’ll see.”

Gaethje is planning on contributing to his parents’ retirement with the money he earns from UFC 254.

He said: My dad retired a little over a year ago, he worked 37 years in a copper mine.

“My mom, she’s going to retire. This fight starts, the bell rings at the beginning, then I will secure that she’ll retire after this fight. And she’s been working 35 years.”

UFC 254 prize money

Prize money figures for UFC 254 have not yet been confirmed but are due to be released after the event.

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Fighters on the card usually earn a base pay, with bonuses available on the night.

Nurmagomedov, for example, had a guaranteed purse of £4.6m ($6m) for the Poirier bout, but he also received a £30,000 ($40,000) fight week incentive and a £38,000 ($50,000) Performance of the Night bonus.

Gaethje’s guaranteed purse to face Tony Ferguson earlier this year was £268,000 ($350,000).

But he ended up taking home £367,000 ($480,000) thanks to a £38,000 ($50,000) Fight of the Night bonus, £38,000 ($50,000) Performance of the Night bonus and £23,000 ($30,000) fight week incentive.

According to UFC president Dana White, Nurmagomedov would take another step towards proving he is the greatest fighter in the history of the UFC if he beats lightweight rival Gaethje at UFC 254.

“I think if Khabib beats Justin on Saturday, he’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and he’s on his way to ‘GOAT’ status,” said White.

“It’s pretty impressive what this guy has done. He’s one of the biggest stars in the sport.”

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Terry O’Connor: Judge cleared of using phone in Lewis Ritson fight

Judge Terry O’Connor will not face any disciplinary action in relation to Lewis Ritson’s controversial win over Miguel Vazquez, after the British Boxing Board of Control cleared him of using a phone while scoring the fight.

Ritson received a split decision win over Vazquez on October 17, with O’Connor scoring the super-lightweight bout widely in the Newcastle fighter’s favour.

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A picture later emerged on social media which purportedly showed O’Connor looking at a phone during the fight in Peterborough.

However, after investigating the matter, the BBBofC says it is satisfied O’Connor was “not in possession of any telephone or handheld device whilst carrying out his duties as a judge”.

A BBBofC statement read: “British Boxing Board of Control Judge Mr. Terry O’Connor appeared before the Stewards of the Board to discuss his performance at the tournament held on 17th October 2020 at the East of England Showground Arena, Peterborough.

“Allegations made on social media and the print media as to Mr. O’Connor using a mobile telephone or similar handheld device were considered.

“Following extensive consideration of footage and Mr. O’Connor’s evidence supplied, the Stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor was not in possession of any telephone or handheld device whilst carrying out his duties as a judge in the contest between Lewis Ritson and Miguel Vazquez and his scoring of said bout was not affected in any way.

“In addition, Mr. O’Connor’s scoring of the bout was considered and whilst judging a contest is subjective and following Mr. O’Connor’s explanation of how he scored the bout, the Stewards are satisfied that Mr. O’Connor’s final score reflected his own opinion of the contest.”

O’Connor scored the fight 117-111 for Ritson, with fellow judge Michael Alexander also favouring the British fighter 115-113.

The third judge, Marcus McDonnell, scored the fight 116-113 in favour of Vazquez and Ritson’s promoter Eddie Hearn admitted afterwards that he thought the Mexican had done enough to win.

“Watching from home and felt Vazquez deserved the win there,” Hearn tweeted.

Ritson, meanwhile, played down talk of a potential future fight against former WBA super-lightweight champion Regis Prograis, who lost to British fighter Josh Taylor in October last year.

“We got the win but it showed where we are. Call out Regis Prograis? I think we’ve got a little while before we get to them,” said Ritson.

“That was an eye-opener. We are world fringe level.”

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