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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: But What If Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor?

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally getting the big fight he deserves at UFC 229 this weekend.

Sure, he won the belt, and by default, anytime you win a belt it should be considered a “big” fight. But he did it by defeating Al Iaquinta – a tough, but part-time fighter – and the bout everyone wanted, against Tony Ferguson, constantly eluded him.

Now it’s time for Conor McGregor, the biggest star of all. Khabib is undoubtedly getting pay-per-view points for his role, and since it’s Conor we’re talking about, that means the Dagestani is going to make bank like never before.

But a question remains. Sure, McGregor can easily knock out wrestlers, and could very well put Nurmagomedov to sleep on Saturday night. And Khabib can certainly take McGregor down and pound him into oblivion…

…But if Khabib does, then what?

When Nate Diaz defeated McGregor in their first go-around, it set up one of the most anticipated UFC fights ever. Seriously, Diaz got so rich off the rematch, he now owns slaves.

What will a victory mean for Nurmagomedov, though? Will there be a rematch, and another chance for both me to soak up more pay-per-view percentage points?

Honestly, it’s probably not up to Nurmagomedov what happens next if he wins. Nor is it up to the UFC.

It will be up to Conor.

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UFC 229 Primer: But What If Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor?

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally getting the big fight he deserves at UFC 229 this weekend.

Sure, he won the belt, and by default, anytime you win a belt it should be considered a “big” fight. But he did it by defeating Al Iaquinta – a tough, but part-time fighter – and the bout everyone wanted, against Tony Ferguson, constantly eluded him.

Now it’s time for Conor McGregor, the biggest star of all. Khabib is undoubtedly getting pay-per-view points for his role, and since it’s Conor we’re talking about, that means the Dagestani is going to make bank like never before.

But a question remains. Sure, McGregor can easily knock out wrestlers, and could very well put Nurmagomedov to sleep on Saturday night. And Khabib can certainly take McGregor down and pound him into oblivion…

…But if Khabib does, then what?

When Nate Diaz defeated McGregor in their first go-around, it set up one of the most anticipated UFC fights ever. Seriously, Diaz got so rich off the rematch, he now owns slaves.

What will a victory mean for Nurmagomedov, though? Will there be a rematch, and another chance for both me to soak up more pay-per-view percentage points?

Honestly, it’s probably not up to Nurmagomedov what happens next if he wins. Nor is it up to the UFC.

It will be up to Conor.

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UFC 229 Primer: But What If Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor?

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally getting the big fight he deserves at UFC 229 this weekend.

Sure, he won the belt, and by default, anytime you win a belt it should be considered a “big” fight. But he did it by defeating Al Iaquinta – a tough, but part-time fighter – and the bout everyone wanted, against Tony Ferguson, constantly eluded him.

Now it’s time for Conor McGregor, the biggest star of all. Khabib is undoubtedly getting pay-per-view points for his role, and since it’s Conor we’re talking about, that means the Dagestani is going to make bank like never before.

But a question remains. Sure, McGregor can easily knock out wrestlers, and could very well put Nurmagomedov to sleep on Saturday night. And Khabib can certainly take McGregor down and pound him into oblivion…

…But if Khabib does, then what?

When Nate Diaz defeated McGregor in their first go-around, it set up one of the most anticipated UFC fights ever. Seriously, Diaz got so rich off the rematch, he now owns slaves.

What will a victory mean for Nurmagomedov, though? Will there be a rematch, and another chance for both me to soak up more pay-per-view percentage points?

Honestly, it’s probably not up to Nurmagomedov what happens next if he wins. Nor is it up to the UFC.

It will be up to Conor.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

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Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

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Bellator 206 Results: Gegard Mousasi Eats Rory MacDonald for Dinner, Spits Out His Bones

In case you were wondering, the best welterweight in Bellator is no match for the best middleweight in Bellator.

In the main event of Bellator 206, champ Rory MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to see how I do against champ Gegard Mousasi,” and the results weren’t pretty.

First of all, MacDonald got tore up on the feet. Mousasi – long time an ace striker – was just too fast and too accurate with his jab and kicks. A few times MacDonald got through and landed something, but he was otherwise toast in the stand-up department.

Bellator 206

Not feeling the love on the feet, MacDonald said, “Screw it, I’m going to try one of those rolling techniques that Japanese leglock specialists used to do back in the day.” But Mousasi simply stuffed him, took mount, and beat the living daylights out of him.

This was an intriguing fight on paper because it had the best of two divisions going at it. But in reality, it wasn’t close.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Are At It Again, And Cormier Is Winning

Former champ and part-time snitch Jon Jones has a little bit of history with Daniel Cormier.

Twice Jones has beaten the current light-heavyweight and heavyweight champ. And yet both those times, Jones ended up losing his belt because he can’t keep away from illicit substances.

Now Jones is back from his last drug suspension, and he’s working the social media angles to get under Cormier’s skin. It just might be working, but Jones is getting slapped around a little hard…

Here’s some of the back and forth:

First, Jones fired off some Hater-ade.

 

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@dc_mma You mad, Bro? USADA keeps calling but you’re not going to pick up the phone because the second you hear them say I’m innocent is the instant the illusion you’ve created shatters. Then it’s all real AGAIN and that’s not a step you’re willing to take. Instead you wrap yourself in your fake belt and keep telling yourself the shin that slammed into your face and the performance that buried you once again was enhanced. The fact you can’t beat me kills you and it stops you from picking up that phone. If you answer it then the nightmare becomes reality. Then again, maybe you do pick up, accept the truth that you were defeated by a superior fighter and that gives you peace. Or it goes another way and you get motivated to try a third time and that will save me the hassle of having to dig you up before I bury you. So now that the illusion you’ve built is crumbling and the “violation was not intended nor could it have enhanced the athlete’s performance” you still have to tell yourself something yeah? And while there was “absolutely no intention to use prohibited substances,” it was my intention to kick your ass once again. Mission accomplished. Pick up the phone #letstalkaboutit

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Then Cormier responded, and I have to say, he totally eviscerated the dude.

 

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So here we go again Jonny boy. First off, if you did nothing wrong and were “innocent“ then you’d have never been suspended. You’ve had to stand before these people and arbitrators so many times it’s insane. So you slipped again, how many times can one man slip? I’ve been tested 70 times and I haven’t slipped once. How do you explain that? And on top of all the cheating you’ve done around UFC 182, UFC 200 and UFC 214 that’s not even the straw that broke the camel’s back. You are actually a SNITCH! You think you’re the only one that’s been offered this deal? No, you’re just the only scumbag low enough to take it! Which one of your teammates did you tell on to get this joke of a punishment from USADA! I thought there was nothing lower than a cheater but it’s not surprising that you show me a whole new level. You’re a cheater and a SNITCH! Get off my page and go do some coke, or steroids or whatever you losers do in your spare time. #doublechamp

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Jones replied, but I don’t know… He’s probably hiding under the cage at Jackson-Winklejohn gym crying right now.

 

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@dc_mma that’s the face of the man who would have you washing his underwear. I run your house

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What do you think?

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