Morning Report: Conor McGregor apologizes to Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate for sexually explicit tweet

Martin McNeil, SB Nation

During an impromptu Twitter Q&A session Monday, UFC featherweight Conor McGregor gave an off-color response to a question regarding a hypothetical sexual scenario involving UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and fellow Ultimate Fighter coach Miesha Tate. Rather than choose who he'd prefer spending a night alone with, McGregor took the political route by involving them both.

Monday night, no doubt after hearing from UFC code of conduct Czar Matt Hughes, McGregor removed the tweet in question before posting the following apology:

I would like to personally apologize to both Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. This morning I quoted a song on Twitter in an attempt to make a joke, which I now I see was totally unacceptable and offensive. I have infinite respect for Miesha and Ronda as individuals and as athletes. I have always been a big fan of women's MMA and the incredible talented athletes that compete in the sport. I regret making this offensive comment and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I offended, but especially Ronda and Miesha.

No word yet from Rousey on the matter, but Tate seems to have chalked it up to just a poor take on humor.

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MEDIA STEW

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Joe Rogan ranks the greatest heavyweight KO's in UFC history.

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Free fight: Roy Nelson vs. Cro Cop.

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Vlogs from Ronda and Anderson Silva.

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You had me at 'Randy Couture wearing a trench coat.'

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Get it, Tom.

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This week's episode of Knuckle Up with Eugene S. Robinson.

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And they said deep half in MMA was dead.

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TWEETS

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Toquinho apologizes to Pierce.

...and Renzo's take.

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Imagine the talk leading up to this.

Diddy now Mickey?

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Get well.

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"Good to hear, we're following from afar, success!"

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Jack Link's couldn't find a seven footer?

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Interesting take.

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Good day all around for War Machine.

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Rematch?

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Oct. 14 2013)

Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz at Bellator 106

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via leriksson.

WMMA October Recap part 1 - Megumi Fujii ends career in disappointment

Since October had many fights, I decided to recap two weeks into the month

This is where I separate what's relevant in WMMA from what isn't. Lets take a look, there is video for every single fight today. woo! ... hoo!

135lbs: Amanda Kelly def. Hannah Stephens via round 1 KO

Stephens had no business being in the cage with Kelly. I thought striking from range, they were sort of equal, but once it got into clinch Stephen's got her Frank Mir on and wilted. Elbows and knees for days.

Kelly says she cuts from 145lbs but she still looks frail. Being a Muay Thai Champion at bantamweight, I have to make the comparison with Miriam Nakamoto. Nakamoto looks much bigger, thicker, and her strikes look a lot more vicious. Kelly has this Martin Kampmann feel to her attack. Nonetheless, it was a decent MMA debut, but my expectations are moderate.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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