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UFC 229 Results: Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis Have Insane, Bloody Battle

Anthony Pettis was the UFC lightweight champ for a spell, and though he’s since fallen down the ladder a bit, he’s remained an elite – and highly creative – striker.

Tony Ferguson won a season of TUF, won the interim lightweight belt, and was supposed to fight now-champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, but the Injury Gods had other ideas.

This is your UFC 229 co-main event, ladies and gentlemen.

As soon as the referee says “go!” Ferguson is pressuring his foe, walking him down, getting in his face, and throwing kicks and punches from every angle. Pettis fires back, but he’s a guy that usually needs some space to do his thing, so already he’s in trouble. Much of the first round sees Ferguson control the Octagon with that pressure, though both score often.

Then comes Round 2, and immediately Pettis drops Ferguson with a knuckle-sandwich to the jaw, and drops him again with more punches. They wind up on the ground, with Pettis in Ferguson’s guard, and within seconds they’re both absolutely covered with blood.

Eventually they get back to their feet, and the doctor determines that the blood is coming from a cut along Pettis’ scalp.

After a restart, Ferguson goes back to the full-court press, while Pettis just stands there and covers up. Time runs out in the second, and Pettis reveals to his corner that his hand is broken. The fight is waved off, with Ferguson winning by TKO.

Great fight, and great performance by both men.

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UFC 229 Primer: Guess What? Conor and Khabib Aren’t the Only Fighters on the Card!

Combat sports superstar Conor McGregor and lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov are clashing at tonight’s UFC 229. And of course, because it’s Conor, the entire world is tuning in and thinking about that main event. But guess what? There are other fighters on the card, too! Crazy, right?

The co-main event pits former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis against former interim champ (and TUF winner) Tony Ferguson. That’s… actually a pretty amazing match-up. Both men are elite members of the 155-pound weight class, and could conceivably be facing McGregor or Nurmagomedov in the future. Heck, Ferguson was supposed to take on Nurmagomedov about two dozen times, but the fight always fell apart for some reason or another.

There’s also a stellar heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov on the card. Volkov has won four times in four trips to the Octagon, and has taken out the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson. Lewis, meanwhile, had a ton of momentum in the division before Mark Hunt derailed him. But he beat Francis Ngannou in his last fight, so there may be hope for Lewis yet.

Ovince St. Preux is also fighting, as is Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig. Granted, they’ll all have to do something seriously dramatic to steal even a sliver of the spotlight from McGregor, but whatever! They’re on the card!

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The Conor McGregor Circus Is in Full Swing

UFC 229 y’all. Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov. Just a few days away, so already the McGregor circus is in full swing.

Yesterday it was the pre-fight press conference, and as usual McGregor arrived late. So late, in fact, that Khabib didn’t want to wait. In lieu of sitting on stage acting irritated and bored, he just started answering questions. And he didn’t bother waiting around – he left before McGregor even showed up.

When McGregor finally appeared, it was pretty much everything we’ve come to know and love about the man. So many gems and interesting things emanated from his mouth…

Perhaps one of the shiniest of the gems was his accusations toward Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz. Heck, even the Washington Post latched onto that one!

Once Conor McGregor eventually arrived at Thursday’s news conference to promote his showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, he engaged in plenty of his familiar bravado and trash-talking. However, this time McGregor’s verbal jabs weren’t just aimed at his opponent in Saturday’s megafight, but also the Russian lightweight champion’s manager.

Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a “[expletive] snitch terrorist rat,” said McGregor.

The Irishman went on to claim that Abdelaziz had been “pulled off a flight” from Cairo to New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and was “caught with five passports in his possession.” Abdelaziz “turned informant and turned on the people he was working with,” McGregor said, adding, “I don’t even know why that man is in this [expletive] country.”

McGregor had previously targeted Abdelaziz during a UFC 229 promotional event last month in New York, yelling, “You terrorist snitch!” at the Egypt native. McGregor added at the time, “I know a lot about you as well, you mad rat.”

Few people in the world have McGregor’s gift of gab.

Here’s some of yesterday’s greatest hits:

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The Conor McGregor Circus Is in Full Swing

UFC 229 y’all. Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov. Just a few days away, so already the McGregor circus is in full swing.

Yesterday it was the pre-fight press conference, and as usual McGregor arrived late. So late, in fact, that Khabib didn’t want to wait. In lieu of sitting on stage acting irritated and bored, he just started answering questions. And he didn’t bother waiting around – he left before McGregor even showed up.

When McGregor finally appeared, it was pretty much everything we’ve come to know and love about the man. So many gems and interesting things emanated from his mouth…

Perhaps one of the shiniest of the gems was his accusations toward Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz. Heck, even the Washington Post latched onto that one!

Once Conor McGregor eventually arrived at Thursday’s news conference to promote his showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, he engaged in plenty of his familiar bravado and trash-talking. However, this time McGregor’s verbal jabs weren’t just aimed at his opponent in Saturday’s megafight, but also the Russian lightweight champion’s manager.

Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a “[expletive] snitch terrorist rat,” said McGregor.

The Irishman went on to claim that Abdelaziz had been “pulled off a flight” from Cairo to New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and was “caught with five passports in his possession.” Abdelaziz “turned informant and turned on the people he was working with,” McGregor said, adding, “I don’t even know why that man is in this [expletive] country.”

McGregor had previously targeted Abdelaziz during a UFC 229 promotional event last month in New York, yelling, “You terrorist snitch!” at the Egypt native. McGregor added at the time, “I know a lot about you as well, you mad rat.”

Few people in the world have McGregor’s gift of gab.

Here’s some of yesterday’s greatest hits:

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The Conor McGregor Circus Is in Full Swing

UFC 229 y’all. Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov. Just a few days away, so already the McGregor circus is in full swing.

Yesterday it was the pre-fight press conference, and as usual McGregor arrived late. So late, in fact, that Khabib didn’t want to wait. In lieu of sitting on stage acting irritated and bored, he just started answering questions. And he didn’t bother waiting around – he left before McGregor even showed up.

When McGregor finally appeared, it was pretty much everything we’ve come to know and love about the man. So many gems and interesting things emanated from his mouth…

Perhaps one of the shiniest of the gems was his accusations toward Khabib’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz. Heck, even the Washington Post latched onto that one!

Once Conor McGregor eventually arrived at Thursday’s news conference to promote his showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, he engaged in plenty of his familiar bravado and trash-talking. However, this time McGregor’s verbal jabs weren’t just aimed at his opponent in Saturday’s megafight, but also the Russian lightweight champion’s manager.

Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, is a “[expletive] snitch terrorist rat,” said McGregor.

The Irishman went on to claim that Abdelaziz had been “pulled off a flight” from Cairo to New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and was “caught with five passports in his possession.” Abdelaziz “turned informant and turned on the people he was working with,” McGregor said, adding, “I don’t even know why that man is in this [expletive] country.”

McGregor had previously targeted Abdelaziz during a UFC 229 promotional event last month in New York, yelling, “You terrorist snitch!” at the Egypt native. McGregor added at the time, “I know a lot about you as well, you mad rat.”

Few people in the world have McGregor’s gift of gab.

Here’s some of yesterday’s greatest hits:

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Did Joanna Jedrzejczyk Just Get Screwed by the UFC?

It’s tough being a former champ, and that’s probably especially true if you’re Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The former queen of the strawweight division put the new weight class on the map, and beat nearly everyone put before her. She also got to be the center of the UFC universe – or at least a part of it – and entire cards were erected around her fights.

Now, she’s offered match-ups, and after she agrees to them, they get snatched away and given to others.

In case you didn’t know, the UFC was struggling to find a title fight for UFC 230, and nothing was coming together for the Madison Square Garden show. Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, was supposedly going to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231. Then came the ol’ switcheroo, and now Shevchenko will scrap against Sijara Eubanks for that belt. Where does that leave the former strawweight champ?

In the cold, apparently.

And she’s a little peeved about it. As per an Instagram post:

 

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Did Joanna Jedrzejczyk Just Get Screwed by the UFC?

It’s tough being a former champ, and that’s probably especially true if you’re Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The former queen of the strawweight division put the new weight class on the map, and beat nearly everyone put before her. She also got to be the center of the UFC universe – or at least a part of it – and entire cards were erected around her fights.

Now, she’s offered match-ups, and after she agrees to them, they get snatched away and given to others.

In case you didn’t know, the UFC was struggling to find a title fight for UFC 230, and nothing was coming together for the Madison Square Garden show. Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, was supposedly going to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231. Then came the ol’ switcheroo, and now Shevchenko will scrap against Sijara Eubanks for that belt. Where does that leave the former strawweight champ?

In the cold, apparently.

And she’s a little peeved about it. As per an Instagram post:

 

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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