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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

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Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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‘I Felt Like I Had A Fight Before The Fight’

Rose Namajunas reveals just how close she was to pulling out of UFC 223 after getting stuck in the middle of Conor McGregor’s rampage.

Conor McGregor’s bus attack leading up to UFC 223 caused a lot of damage to the card, but it could have been much worse if women’s strawweight champ Rose Namajunas had ended up pulling out of her fight over it. While several of the other Dagestani and Polish fighters saw the sudden explosion of heavy metal and flying glass as just another day, word from Dana White was that Namajunas was seriously shook up by the event.

”Yeah it was a bit of an adrenaline dump because I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to fight off 20 dudes or a chair coming at my face,” she said on the UFC 223 post-show. “So I felt like I had a fight before the fight.”

She elaborated on the incident at the post event press conference, admitting she considered withdrawing from UFC 223.

”Yeah, I did,” Namajunas admitted. “But I think a lot of times leading up to many fights I’ll question that. I’ll doubt myself or I’ll question myself, but the voice was strong this time.”

”The chair nearly came at my window,” she continued. “Thankfully to the bus driver he was on point. He was backing up the bus as it came to my window but it ended up hitting Michael Chiesa in the head instead unfortunately. So thanks Michael!”

”It shook me up because I didn’t how far it was going to escalate. All the guys inside wanted to fight back and jump out of the bus but I don’t know if they are going to open the door and all come in. They are obviously not directly after me but I’m caught in this scenario.”

”My imagination goes crazy through all the things I’ve been through in the past. I know anyone could have had a gun or a knife. I jump to the negative pretty quickly. It was a lot of thoughts going into this fight but I’m grateful to be in one piece and be happy, healthy and safe.”

Fortunately, Namajunas pushed through any doubts she had immediately after the incident and stayed in championship form, beating Joanna Jedrzejczyk on the scorecards at UFC 223 to retain her title.

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Greatest UFC Fight Of All Time?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has staged a lot of great mixed martial arts (MMA) fights over the last 25 years, including the Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald bloodbath at UFC 189, as well as the five-round thriller between Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua at UFC 139.

But which bout stands as the greatest of all time, according to fickle fight fans?

The rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, which took place in the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) main event in August 2016, a do-over that allowed “Notorious” to avenge his submission loss at UFC 196 earlier in the year.

And it was a close one.

Unfortunately, Diaz hasn’t been seen since, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise when you consider this. Not that McGregor has been a busy little beaver. After taking the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, “Notorious” went on to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. and set sail for Ireland.

If and when he returns, remains to be seen.

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Max Holloway Couldn’t Turn Down ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Opportunity to Fight at UFC 223

There was no way Max Holloway was going to turn down a chance to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 — even on short notice.
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McGregor Wasn’t Offered Khabib Fight At UFC 223

UFC president Dana White explains why the promotion didn’t turn to McGregor instead of Max Holloway.

Roughly seven hours before UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN that Tony Ferguson was injured and out of his UFC 223 title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Khabib threw out an interesting Tweet on social media.

”Where are you now?” he asked, tagging Conor McGregor.

We imagine this was probably around the time he learned that Tony Ferguson’s knee was too injured for him to fight. Maybe he was told about featherweight champ Max Holloway stepping in to replace Ferguson, and maybe he wasn’t. Either way, he went ahead and asked a question some other MMA fans are asking: where’s the McGregor that was allegedly so eager to step in last minute at UFC 222 to fight Frankie Edgar?

”I don’t think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days notice,” White told ESPN. “That’s a tough weight cut for him. And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter. He’s a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight. I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys.”

Having enough time to promote a McGregor fight properly was the reasoning the UFC used to turn down his offer to fight at UFC 222, so it’s not surprising that reasoning hasn’t changed here. And given how quiet things were from Thursday when Ferguson was injured to Sunday when the UFC announced Holloway as a replacement, we doubt McGregor even heard a sniff about the fight.

Sorry Khabib, no last minute red panty night for you!

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McGregor Wasn’t Offered Khabib Fight At UFC 223

UFC president Dana White explains why the promotion didn’t turn to McGregor instead of Max Holloway.

Roughly seven hours before UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN that Tony Ferguson was injured and out of his UFC 223 title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Khabib threw out an interesting Tweet on social media.

”Where are you now?” he asked, tagging Conor McGregor.

We imagine this was probably around the time he learned that Tony Ferguson’s knee was too injured for him to fight. Maybe he was told about featherweight champ Max Holloway stepping in to replace Ferguson, and maybe he wasn’t. Either way, he went ahead and asked a question some other MMA fans are asking: where’s the McGregor that was allegedly so eager to step in last minute at UFC 222 to fight Frankie Edgar?

”I don’t think Conor McGregor could make the weight on six days notice,” White told ESPN. “That’s a tough weight cut for him. And Conor is not the guy I want to throw in as a late replacement fighter. He’s a guy I want to make a fight with and have the right amount of time to promote the fight. I think Conor could return in September, and it could be against one of these guys.”

Having enough time to promote a McGregor fight properly was the reasoning the UFC used to turn down his offer to fight at UFC 222, so it’s not surprising that reasoning hasn’t changed here. And given how quiet things were from Thursday when Ferguson was injured to Sunday when the UFC announced Holloway as a replacement, we doubt McGregor even heard a sniff about the fight.

Sorry Khabib, no last minute red panty night for you!

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Darren Till Expects Stephen Thompson to Be the ‘Most Interesting Fight of My Life’

Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson recently became official for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, and Till already has some very specific stakes in mind for the matchup.
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Darren Till Expects Stephen Thompson to Be the ‘Most Interesting Fight of My Life’

Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson recently became official for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, and Till already has some very specific stakes in mind for the matchup.
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Darren Till Expects Stephen Thompson to Be the ‘Most Interesting Fight of My Life’

Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson recently became official for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, and Till already has some very specific stakes in mind for the matchup.
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Darren Till Expects Stephen Thompson to Be the ‘Most Interesting Fight of My Life’

Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson recently became official for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, and Till already has some very specific stakes in mind for the matchup.
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