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Michael Phelps jokes, I’d give Conor McGregor a head start

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Michael Phelps insisted his challenge to Conor McGregor for a swim race was a joke, but on Monday reportedly offered details on how to make the hypothetical a fair fight.

The distance — 100m freestyle, according to media at Phelps’ appearance opening an Under Armour store in Dubai.

“I said it as a joke. If he wants to swim, I don’t care. I’ll race him,” Phelps said, according to The National in the United Arab Emirates. “If we did it in a year, and I trained for a year, or even six months, I could probably go 48 seconds if I had to. I don’t see him breaking a minute. So I could probably beat him with a 50-meter head start.

“I would definitely exercise the option to have a conversation if he wants to swim.”

Phelps said he has not heard back from McGregor since the Aug. 29 tweet.

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Ronda Rousey’s Olympic rings stolen by ‘little punks’

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Ronda Rousey said “kids with skateboards” slept in her house for days while she was away and stole items, including her Olympic rings.

Rousey said she and fiance Travis Browne noticed when stopping by her California home before leaving on a recent trip to New Zealand (where Browne proposed).

“Someone had been squatting in my house for, like, three days, sleeping in my bed, stole my Olympic rings, stole my guns, stole all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, credit cards,” Rousey said on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Wednesday.

Rousey has security cameras at her home, so they checked the tape.

“We saw that they were a bunch of kids with skateboards, and there’s a famous skate park right across the street, because we’re in Venice,” she said. “So, you know, my man’s 6’7,” 260. He, like, beelines it straight to the skateboard park, finds the guys right away. He’s smart enough not to [hit them]. We’ll get sued pretty hard, so he found the police right then, and they caught them.”

Rousey called the perpetrators “little punks.”

“I wish five minutes with me was the sentence, but I think that would go under cruel and unusual punishment,” she said.

Rousey competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, becoming the first U.S. woman to earn a judo medal in Beijing (bronze) before converting to MMA.

U.S. Olympians generally receive rings from the U.S. Olympic Committee after the Games.

Rousey has not said if or when she will return to fight MMA following her second straight loss on Dec. 30, a brutal TKO to Amanda Nunes.

UFC president Dana White said in January that he talked to Rousey, and based on that talk, believed she will never fight again.

Rousey’s last comments to mainstream media on her future were via a reported Dec. 31 statement.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future,” she said then.

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Ronda Rousey ‘probably done’ fighting, Dana White says

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UFC president Dana White said he recently talked to Ronda Rousey, and based on that talk, believes she will never fight again.

“I think she’s probably done,” White said on a UFC Unfiltered podcast published Tuesday. “I think she’s going to ride off into the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”

White said he made those comments after speaking to Rousey earlier that same day.

“Her spirits are good. She’s doing her own thing,” he said. “In the conversation that I had with her, if I had to say right here, right now — and, again, I don’t like saying right here, right now because, you know, it’s up to her and her thing — but I wouldn’t say she fights again.”

Rousey (12-2) lost her second straight fight Dec. 30 via a brutal TKO at the pummeling hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.

“It’s not even that I think it was an invincible thing,” White said on the podcast. “She’s so competitive that her career record meant everything to her, and then once she lost, she started to say to herself, ‘What the f— am I doing? This is my whole life? This is it? I want to experience and start doing other things.’ And that’s what she started to do. She’s got a lot of money. She’s never going to need money again because, first of all, unless you spend money like crazy, unless you spend money like Floyd [Mayweather], you’re not going to need money again when you have the kind of money that Ronda has. She’s not a big spender. She’s got a cute place down in Venice, California. She’s got some plans where I think she wants to move to a more desolate place and do her thing.”

The last time Rousey spoke to mainstream media, nearly a month ago, she said she needed “to take some time to reflect and think about the future.”

“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,” Rousey said in a statement Dec. 31, according to ESPN. “However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”

Rousey, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, said before the Nunes fight that she was nearing the end of her MMA career and that Nunes would be “one of my last fights.”

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