LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor has altered many things going into this rematch with Nate Diaz. One of them? Not making any decisions yet on what will be next after UFC 202.
Conor McGregor’s striking coach says Khabib Nurmagomedov would be an interesting fight
Shortly after Conor McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, he announced that he will be taking a bit of a break from fighting. With the layoff, having a baby on the way, and even demanding for a stake in the company, everything seems up in the air at this point.
Naturally, the people have been asking about what’s next for Conor, and while the final decision rests with the dual-champion, his coaches have started to weigh in on the topic. Striking coach Owen Roddy appeared at The MMA Hour and he was asked who he would like McGregor to fight next.
Tony McGregor, father of Conor McGregor, responded to the allegations of racism that have been directed at his son since his press conference antics building his bout with Floyd Mayweather.
The four-stop press tour that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather went on to promote their August fight last week drew a lot of fans and generated a fair amount of controversy. Perhaps the most divisive thing that came up were some claims of racism that were thrown Conor’s way for comments early on in the tour.
CONOR McGregor will soon have a decision to make regarding his next fight and whether or not he’s going to keep his featherweight title or pursue another goal inside the Octagon.
Brendan Schaub recently tried to bet boxing personality Max Kellerman a cool $100,000 that not only would Conor McGregor land punches on Floyd Mayweather, but went as far as to say he’d even win a few rounds of their scheduled 12-round boxing match, which is set to go down on Aug., 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dillon Danis, Conor’s jiu-jitsu coach, is doing one better, as he told TMZ Sports that “Notorious” will not only defeat the former best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, but he will knock him out in under six rounds.
In a lot of ways, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was in a no win situation Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena when he faced middleweight icon Anderson Silva, who took their UFC 200 fight on two days’ notice following the removal of Jon Jones due to a potential Anti-Doping violation. Cormier did secure the three-round unanimous decision victory in the non-title bout though, even if the 41-year-old Silva won the crowd with his gutsy effort.
Daniel Cormier believes him and Jon Jones as the new breed of light heavyweights are better than their predecessors.
Just a decade ago, the likes of Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell were the kings of the light heavyweight division. But in 2011, the new breed of 205-pound champion emerged in the form of Jon Jones.
Daniel Cormier says Tony Ferguson’s glaring flaws would cost him in a future bout with Conor McGregor.
Tony Ferguson won the interim lightweight title at UFC 216 by beating Kevin Lee, which possibly lines him up for a title unification bout against Conor McGregor. According to current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier though, his glaring flaws would be his downfall in that potential match up.
Cristiane Justino will fight in the UFC octagon for the second time while Renan Barao is set to face off with Phillipe Nover according to a report from Brazilian site UOL.
Long before Cris "Cyborg" Justino was fighting in the UFC, she seemed like the ultimate test for former women's champion Ronda Rousey.
The fight was teased for years and even UFC president Dana White predicted that if "Cyborg" ever met Rousey in the Octagon that it would end up as the highest-selling pay-per-view of all time.
The last time Incivta featherweight champion Cris Cyborg had to make the cut to 140 pounds was a harrowing affair. Justino looked gaunt and frail on the scales the day before her swift UFC 198 victory over Leslie Smith.
Cris Cyborg wants to continue fighting in the Octagon, but don't ever expect her to challenge for the UFC bantamweight championship.
She simply can't do it.
Cyborg currently holds the Invicta FC featherweight championship, and was the Strikeforce featherweight champion. While adding another belt to her collection would be a welcome addition, if the UFC continues to leave the 145-pound weight class on the sidelines, Cyborg will continue to take catchweight bouts.
Ronda Rousey’s camp finally broke silence after nine months when coach Edmond Taverdyan brought up the idea of a possible fight with Cris Cyborg. It is a long overdue match-up that has been talked about since Rousey’s days as the dominant women’s bantamweight champion just four years ago.
Rousey is a far cry from that fighter that finished her opponents within 30 seconds. And now that the tables have turned, and Cyborg finally has a UFC title in her possession, she is no longer interested in what was once the most-buzzed fight in women’s MMA.
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stepped into the cage to face off with UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
Georges St-Pierre’s return to the UFC will be for Michael Bisping’s middleweight championship belt.
Legendary former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will mark his UFC return by fighting for a title. Dana White announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter that GSP will go up against reigning middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who has clamored for this fight for almost a full year. No date or venue has been confirmed, but White noted that it’ll be held during the second-half of 2017 and that there will be a press conference held in Las Vegas on Friday, March 3rd.
A bout for the new women’s featherweight title will headline UFC 208.
The newest UFC title will be competed for in the main event of UFC 208. The event, which goes down February 11th in Brooklyn, will be headlined by Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie for the UFC women’s featherweight title. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news in an interview with Fox 5 in New York (via MMA Weekly).
The move was widely expected, considering they didn’t have another title bout to add to the card.
The $4 billion sale of the UFC to WME-IMG not only proved the financial viability of the company in the sports market, but it also raised several questions by fighters about the pay they are receiving for services rendered.
Will Brock Lesnar and CM Punk ever return to the Octagon? UFC president Dana White gives us an update on their status.
Two of the biggest MMA stories of 2016 involved popular pro wrestlers stepping into the Octagon for real fights. One was a return, as former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar ended five-year retirement to come back at UFC 200 to defeat Mark Hunt. The other was CM Punk, who finally stepped in for the first time but was beaten badly by Mickey Gall at UFC 203.
Mickey Gall will have to pick a new walkout song for his fight with CM Punk on Saturday night at UFC 203 after his first choice was nixed by the promotion.
UFC president Dana White gives an in-depth take on the altercation between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana.
Much has been made of the interaction between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana at the Athletes Retreat a couple of weeks ago. Magana had been taunting Cyborg on social media and Cyborg confronted her about it, eventually punching her in the face. Cyborg was cited for misdemeanor battery, and while Magana made a huge deal of it, she was out partying with the rest of the fighters that very night.
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