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Dana White: Conor McGregor Has Already Called Wanting a Rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov

The future of the lightweight division will remain murky until the Nevada Athletic Commission decides how to handle to post-fight brawl at UFC 229 involving Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and members of both fighters’ corners.
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Conor McGregor Already Training Hard for That Khabib Fight

Last week, troubled Irish lad Conor McGregor accepted a plea deal with the authorities in New York, putting his transgressions against a bus behind him.

Now he’s in the midst of training hard for the next big thing on his plate: a match-up against UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. And that training has apparently taken the form of working out in Central Park.

Look, it’s not really that special what McGregor is doing. You can’t walk 50 feet in that park without running across someone shadowboxing, practicing katas… heck, there are even occasional no-holds-barred fights in there.

But anyway, it’s Conor, so that warrants TMZ Sports capturing it on video.

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Midnight Mania! White: McGregor ‘Faced a Lot of Repercussions’ Already

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Whatever your criticisms of the UFC president, you have to hand it to him: Dana White is a master of hypocrisy whenever there is money involved. In the case of Conor McGregor, where hundreds of millions are potentially at stake, White is truly generous when it comes to letting bygones be bygones. (He has to keep paying for those million-dollar birthday parties, after all) The same man who banned Jason High for life for shoving a referee has decided Conor McGregor — who chucked a dolly at a bus in Brooklyn, injuring two fighters and causing three fight cancellations in an act White called “the most disgusting thing that has every happened in the history of the company” — has paid his dues.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“Conor has faced a lot of repercussions,” White said after UFC on FOX 30 weigh-ins. “Conor has lost a lot of money and a lot of time. Conor and I are good. We’re good.”

McGregor’s plea deal avoided a felony charge, and instead called for anger management classes and five days of community service. White is now targeting a fight between McGregor and undefeated current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 229 on October 6.

He also gave a nod to the forgotten man at lightweight, former interim champion Tony Ferguson.

“I would love to put (Ferguson) on the same card as Khabib and Conor,” White said.


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Zincorp is being sued by Carlos Diego Ferreira for providing tainted supplements- good for him.

Of course Floyd Mayweather is this petty

Accurate

And the wall come tumbling down…

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Jon Jones is just now every single dude on Facebook who posts a shirtless selfie with a semi-spiritual caption he thinks is deep, and also, he assumes, will inspire thirst for him among women.

I was not aware Eddie Alvarez had a Japanese nickname- ‘American Knuckle Star’, which I now prefer over ‘Underground King’.

Cub Swanson staring at Jose Aldo from behind is indeed hilarious


Insomnia

Now THIS is a submission- watch this hammerlock from back control.

Congratulations to Renzo Gracie on still being formidable at 51

Shinya Aoki is still fighting and winning too

Gaston Bolanos fighting in Rome a few weeks ago

There are always more fights


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Thug Rose: Jedrzejczyk Already Psyched Herself Out

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight titleholder, Rose Namajunas, captured the 115-pound crown by obliterating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event last November in New York City.

That’s probably why the former champion has already psyched herself out ahead of this weekend’s UFC 223 co-main event in Brooklyn, New York, where “Thug” Rose will give Jedrzejczyk a chance to avenge the first defeat of her pro career.

Namajunas talks to FloCombat:

“I think that I took [that intimidation] away from her the minute she knew about me, even before the fight. I think she’s been psyching herself out just by the presence of myself, ever since I’ve been on the scene. I’ve just been freaking her out ever since I’ve been around. I don’t think that’s going to change with this fight. We’re constantly improving my game. My reactions, my reflexes, physically and mentally, it seems like everything is perfect right now for me to be a dominant champion.”

The oddsmakers disagree.

Leading up to their 115-pound do-over, Jedrzejczyk promises to be even more arrogant than she was ahead of UFC 217, despite losing in dramatic fashion her last time out. Namajunas, meanwhile, will continue to play the strong, silent type.

The winner could move on to face Jessica Andrade later this year, unless Jedrzejczyk prevails and the promotion decides to stage a rubber match. To see who else is fighting at UFC 223 click here.

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Floyd Mayweather: I’ve Already Started Training for MMA Debut

Floyd Mayweather tells FightHype.com that he has already started training for his possible mixed martial arts debut, which could come by the end of 2018.
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Alistair Overeem Dismisses Calls for Retirement: ‘I’m Already in the Gym’

Things didn’t go Alistair Overeem’s way at UFC 218, but that hasn’t weakened the Dutchman’s resolve to continue with his mixed martial arts career.
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Joe Rogan claims that ‘extraordinary’ Conor McGregor has already ‘eclipsed’ the sport of MMA

Despite losing to undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past August, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is bigger than ever. The 29-year-old Irishman is continuously raising the bar for other combat athletes and has already carved out his place in history as the only UFC fighter ever to simultaneously hold titles in two separate divisions.

As McGregor makes his journey back to the Octagon, so does his ability to produce great moments in combat sports. According to one powerful voice in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, McGregor is a once-in-a-lifetime type of fighter who has already proven to be better than the rest.

“I think he’s a unique guy in a very – it’s almost like we don’t have a word strong enough [to describe him],” UFC color commentator Joe Rogan said during a recent edition of The Joe Rogan Experience. “Unique isn’t a strong enough word. . . He’s got brilliant ability. He’s incredibly smart. He’s very innovative in his techniques and his approaches and I think he has phenomenal coaching as well.

“He’s a combination of a lot of things. He has a brilliant team. John Kavanagh, his coach, is a brilliant coach. He’s got amazing jiu-jitsu coaching and striking coaching and his mind, he understands how to apply these things. His ability to perform under pressure is fantastic. You saw that in the Mayweather fight. Even though he lost that fight, he hit Mayweather with some pretty good shots and he won the first three rounds against the greatest boxer of all-time. That’s extraordinary.

“Conor’s an extraordinary person. He has greatness.”

While many were worried that a shocking loss to Mayweather inside of the boxing ring would diminish McGregor’s stranglehold on MMA, it doesn’t appear like that is happening. Even though Mayweather starched “Notorious” with a vicious 10th-round TKO, McGregor landed enough shots in the boxing superfight to turn his biggest doubters into intrigued fans.

“I don’t think it hurts his stock in any way. I think it elevates him,” Rogan said. “His next fight in the UFC, whoever it will be, will be probably the biggest fight in UFC history, especially if it’s Nate Diaz because Nate Diaz is a huge name. If Nate Diaz and him decide to do it one more time I think that will be the biggest fight ever in the history of the sport because I think Conor has eclipsed the sport, largely.

“He’s the biggest combat sport athlete not just of today, but ever. There’s no one like him.”

At this point, McGregor is in control of his own future. If he does decide to take on Nate Diaz for a trilogy fight then it would certainly produce some of the biggest numbers in UFC history, if not the biggest.

But if the Irishman wants to build on his legacy he’ll find a way to defend his 155-pound title against the division’s best, which includes Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, who will fight for the interim lightweight strap tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Cris Cyborg/UFC Relationship Already Breaking Down

Cris Cyborg was long hailed as the best female fighter in the world, and recently, after a few missteps, the UFC was finally able to offer her a shot at the 145-pound title – which she won, because she’s Cris Cyborg. But the crown rests uneasy upon the brow of the queen. She is, theoretically, […]

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James Krause explains why he wanted to do The Ultimate Fighter despite already being on the UFC roster

LAS VEGAS — It’s been five years since James Krause had a chance on The Ultimate Fighter Live. He lost by knockout to Justin Lawrence in the elimination round and never made it into the house for TUF 15 in 2012.

Krause regretted the experience so much that he threw his name in the hat for The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption — even though he’s already firmly entrenched on the UFC roster.

Part of the allure of doing TUF 25, which is made up of all former TUF competitors, is getting back into the UFC. Krause is already there and has won two in a row.

“I don’t think I have the answer that everybody is looking for,” Krause told MMA Fighting recently at a TUF 25 media day. “I just wanted to do it. I felt kind of slighted in my first go-around. It was just something I wanted to do. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and I wanted to prove to myself that I would win.”

Krause (23-7) has not fought since a unanimous decision win over Shane Campbell in February 2016. Family issues and a hamstring injury sidelined him over the rest of the year. But when the opportunity to do The Ultimate Fighter came up and he was healthy, he jumped at the chance. The $ 250,000 prize at the end didn’t exactly make him less enthusiastic, either.

“It’s basically the opposite of what we’re used to,” Krause said. “We’re using to doing our training camp at home, not being next to anybody that you’re fighting, creating game plans. And then we go to this huge venue where there are thousands of people watching. Now, this is the opposite of that. I sleep [in the same room as] guys that I can potentially fight. When you do fight, there’s nobody in here. It’s really different. It’s a different experience.”

Another big difference for Krause is that he’s been competing in the UFC at lightweight. The TUF season is at welterweight. Getting down to 155 is tough for the Missouri native, he said, and he’ll consider fighting at welterweight in the future, too, when he’s back on the main roster. After the show, Krause said he’ll talk to UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby and decide what the best move is for him.

The TUF season he missed was coached by the bantamweight champion and top contender: Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, respectively. This one is, too. Cody Garbrandt, the UFC 135-pound titleholder, is coaching opposite rival and former champ T.J. Dillashaw.

There is a lot of heat between both men. They are former training partners at Team Alpha Male and things have been tense between Dillashaw and that camp since Dillashaw departed in 2015. The war of words has already begun.

As far the cast, there are some well known names like Joe Stevenson, Jesse Taylor, Eddie Gordon, and Ramsey Nijem. Taylor and another cast member Julian Lane are remembered for their drunken antics on Ultimate Fighter seasons of the past.

All of those elements together, Krause said, make for a very interesting season. The Ultimate Fighter’s ratings have gone down after its time as the UFC’s must-watch reality series and the main thing that got MMA on cable television. But Krause promises this season will be worth checking out.

“I will say this, for the fans that say that the show is no longer relevant, I highly encourage you to watch this season, because there is a lot going on and it is definitely going to be entertaining from multiple standpoints,” Krause said. “I definitely think it’s lost some of its steam, but I think with the cast that we have, there’s a lot of loyal following with the people that are here. And even with the casual fan that doesn’t necessarily follow any of us, there’s lot going on this season. There’s a lot of controversy.

“It’s been an interesting stay. There’s never a dull day here. I’m a huge MMA fan and I’m excited to watch the show from a fan perspective as well.”

At the time of this interview, Krause had been in the house for a few weeks. Despite already having a spot in the UFC, he was glad he decided to embark on this experience.

“We’ve been through most of it now,” Krause said. “I would do it all over again.”

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Jacare Souza Already Talking Exit Plan

It’s possible, with this new UFC leadership, that we’ve seen Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza go as high as he’s going to go in the Octagon. After all, his trash-talking sucks, he’s not a knockout artist, and he’s definitely not Irish. But that seems fine with the Brazilian, who, as per MMAFighting, was talking about an exit […]

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