Midnight Mania! McGregor Willing to Face Either Tony if Khabib Bails

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Conor McGregor covered a lot of thoughtful ground in an interview with one of MMA media’s many talented Andrews, Andrew McGahon. Thoughtful McGregor is the best McGregor, and he had a lot to say, including the revelation that he would be willing to fight either Pretty Tony Pettis or Crazy Tony Ferguson if the need arises- but he didn’t start out with that willingness.

Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“I’ve already been mapping out what I want to do next,” McGregor told The Mac Life.

“I know Pettis and Ferguson is in the co-main. Originally, about a month or two ago when that fight got announced for the co-main, I was like, ‘Man, if Khabib bottles this fight, like he has bottled many fights before…if he bottles this one I don’t think…you know…f*ck those other two’. No disrespect to those other two…I don’t think I give a f*ck about those other two to step in and [fight]. I think I probably would have just disappeared back into the shadows and got that man [Nurmagomedov] somewhere else outside of here.”

McGregor had a change of heart once he got to Vegas and mentally got into the full swing of fight camp. McGregor and his camp have previously indicated that Khabib’s history of injury and weight cutting trouble is a potential problem waiting to happen.

‘The Notorious’ also gave some indication of his future plans, which could vary a lot depending on whether he decides to defend his belt or go outside the box and fight Anderson Silva, or box Mayweather again (Click here to see my reaction if that happens).

“Now that I’m here, I’m back and I’m close, if he didn’t show up. I think I would take a fight against either of those,” he said.

“I’m already mapping out what’s happening next in my head. I know Dustin and Nate [are] competing. I know the 170-pound belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron [Woodley], the current welterweight champion, is itching for that one — like they all f*cking are. I know Georges is test cutting to 155. I know everyone is around looking for it. I’m here, let’s see what happens next.

We will see what happens indeed.


Insomnia

Elias Theodorou is the perfect bounce-back fight for Eryk Anders.

Is it just me, or does Jon Jones really make it sound like he did steroids in this caption?

What… what IS this?

John Danaher really does train a death squad.

The Khabib Nurmagomedov/Conor McGregor memes are out in force this week- stay vigilant on the internet

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l The double Champ will do what the FOOK he wants!!

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Marlon Moraes calls out TJ Dillashaw again

RIZIN’s production values are great, and this walkout was very cool- especially when Andy Nguyen explained the significance behind the music choice

Sounds right

Credit to this woman for flawless execution to beat the man who was fighting her

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Wow

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Light heavyweight/heavyweight legends Daniel Cormier and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson met each other at Bellator 206, after Rampage won an Actually Good fight in 2018

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Met the champ for the 1st time DC!!!

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Conor McGregor is the only person to ever beat Nate Diaz by moving forward and throwing with him in the pocket, without trying to wrestle- and even then, he’s 1-1.

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Show stealer @road2war #ufc230 Line ‘em up

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Suga Sean O’Malley popped for… something… so he’s off UFC 229. It’s a shame, he was one of the highlights of the undercard.

This is a hilarious entry into the ‘dumb criminal’ annals and also the best street fight annals.

This guy can really throw hands. He timed that hook perfectly.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Remember when Conor McGregor won with the quasi-legal death elbow?

That soccer kick made me wince in pain

The best and the brightest are back to win in 2018

Mirko Crop Cop does have sneaky good elbows

Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi put on a SHOW at RIZIN 13.

This kick started the winning sequence for Tenshin Nasukawa

Daron Cruickshank killed him with this knee

That’s one way to counter a guillotine

Aaron Pico is the future- Leandro Higo is no joke, and Pico smashed him

Nice armbar

Just an Inocente little throw… I’ll see myself out

Brutal combination

When in doubt repeat what’s working


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The fictional land of Iceland

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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Official for UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8

A rumored featherweight championship clash between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega is official for UFC 231.
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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Official for UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8

A rumored featherweight championship clash between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega is official for UFC 231.
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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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David Green named as head of Bellator in Europe

Scott Coker

As Bellator 206 ‘Mousasi vs MacDonald’ took place September 29, 2018 exclusively on DAZN, Bellator MMA dropped another announcement. David Green was officially named as head of Bellator’s European operation.

Bellator 206 “Mousasi vs. MacDonald” took place September 29, 2018 at SAP Center in San Jose, California. Before the co-main event had even taken place, Bellator MMA had more news to announce.

Company President Scott Coker announced that David Green would officially become “Head of Bellator Europe,” reporting to Coker and overseeing Bellator’s European expansion. This expansion is set to include an all new Western Europe-based fight series, details of which were not fully available in said announcement. Coker did offer these comments.

“We are pleased to welcome David to the Bellator team. His experience and knowledge of the U.K. market makes him a great addition to the organization. We look forward to him being an integral part of Bellator’s growth as we continue to expand our footprint within the region.”

Prior to accepting this position with Bellator, Green was the founder and CEO of BAMMA dating back to its inception in 2009. Green oversaw BAMMA’s TV rights negotiations and partnerships for 38 successful events held all across Europe. Obviously that body of experience bodes well for Bellator’s European plans going forward.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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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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‘The No. 1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter On The Planet’

I don’t typically watch these goofy “Embedded” video blogs, but this one actually matters as we gear up for the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s because UFC 229 marks the first time mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will see Conor McGregor in almost two years, which means his Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight will let us know if he’s still the king of combat sports, or just the promotion’s part-time court jester.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 1 of UFC 229 Embedded, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finishes his training camp, surrounded by his coach, fans and “big energy.” Former lightweight champions Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis prepare in their respective hometowns for a high-stakes co-main event. And two-division champ Conor McGregor returns to form, gathering his team for a late-night training session in Las Vegas. UFC 229 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor taking place Saturday, October 6th on Pay-Per-View.

We’re just five days out.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 229 click here.

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