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UFC to Host Times Square Viewing Party for Khabib vs. Conor Press Conference

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going big for its Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor press conference.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov-Conor McGregor Press Conference Set for Sept. 20 in New York

One of the most anticipated promotional events in recent memory will take place next week in New York.
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Midnight Mania! Should Khabib Fans Be Worried About This McGregor Training Video?

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Conor McGregor is gearing up for his MMA return, and it seems he is not pulling punches in the gym. I mean that literally, as he is shown dropping training partner(s) in this heavily edited and condensed training montage.

He is seen throwing an elaborate spinning roundhouse kick, practicing his bodyshots, pairing his kicks with his punches, throwing jumping switchkicks like the version of McGregor that fought Max Holloway, sticking his training partners with side-kicks to the gut, and doing a LOT of wrestling. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Dillon Danis can be seen prominently attempting to take him down, among others, and McGregor appears to drop one training partner with a shot to the head and seems to buckle another with a body blow.

Are Khabib fans worried, or confident?

McGregor faces Khabib at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, on October 6th.


Is Khabib jacking Conor’s style?

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#ufc229 let’s go!

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Brutal body knee in sparring by a world class Muay Thai athlete

Mark Hunt talks Brock Lesnar, JDS vs. his teammate Tai Tuivasa, and much more.

Mike Perry isn’t quite convinced the 9/11 conspiracy theories aren’t real but he is promoting a message of positivity here no matter what.

Gunnar Nelson has a creepy way of welcoming you to his fight team

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Welcome to Mjölnir my sweet boy

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BJJ Scout breaks down Conor McGregor

CM Punk has been paid more in his MMA stint than most other athletes who have trained MMA their entire careers.

Chad Mendes killed this elk to feed his family for half a year.

CSA has prepared a gameplan for Cris Cyborg against Amanda Nunes

The real ‘I’ll take his head clean off’

I’m confused now which is the real image

These people are insanely talented and incredibly skilled

Khabib still doesn’t like rap concerts. Russia can be a reactionary place, and Khabib’s views seem especially reactionary.

I don’t know how staged this is, but the choke slam was hilarious.

Imagine the sparring

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Classic Pride fight, with Liddell on loan from the UFC back when they did cross promotion.


What a battle

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Amazing spot.

This guy is cooler than I will ever be

This article on the anniversary of 9/11 was utterly extraordinary

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Channels Ivan Drago: ‘If Khabib Dies, He Dies’

Conor McGregor hasn’t been in the public eye much since the UFC announced his big superfight with Khabib Nurmagomedov was announced. There have even been rumors that he’s refusing to do media for this fight, deciding instead to spend every minute training for what many consider his toughest test in the Octagon. His Instagram account certainly backs up the time he’s spent in the gym. It’s photo after photo of McGregor looking beat after hard sessions.

The latest missive that made us take note, though, is this latest Rocky reference where McGregor channels Ivan Drago…

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If he dies, he dies then I’m paid twice.

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”If he dies, he dies,” McGregor wrote. “Then I’m paid twice.”

That’s an obvious callback to Rocky 4 after Ivan Drago beats Apollo Creed to death in the ring. Spooky. Who knows exactly how McGregor would get paid twice if that happens … it’s generally best not to consider this trash talk to seriously. Instead, let’s just appreciate the reference.


What do I do with my hands?

Cowboy sounding inspired!



More hard training.


Meanwhile at AKA…

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A much needed update from Nate Diaz.

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Shoutouts #NateDiaz #UFC230

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Return of the Roxy.

The struggle of the lower weight classes.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father: We Still Want the Tony Ferguson Fight

Khabib Nurmagomedov has his long awaited showdown with Conor McGregor looming at UFC 229, but according to his father, there is still plenty of interest in another potential opponent down the road.
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Jones Inspired By McGregor, Says Irishman’s Wrestling ‘Shouldn’t Be Underestimated’ Against Khabib

Hate him or love him, Conor McGregor has done things in combat sports that no other fighter has ever even dreamed of.

The 29-year-old Irishman quickly rose the ranks as a UFC featherweight before knocking out champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in 2015. After that, “Notorious” moved up in weight to fight Nate Diaz twice at 170 pounds, knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York City to claim the lightweight championship and become the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, and then eventually locked down a $ 100 million boxing superfight with undefeated pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Add in McGregor’s marketing expertise and ever-growing bank account and it’s easy to see why other fighters around mixed martial arts (MMA) look up to the brash Irishman. This includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is currently sitting on the sidelines after failing his second United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test last year.

“Conor McGregor has definitely inspired me to reach for bigger fights,” said Jones during a recent appearance on Allow Me To Interrupt. “The higher the risk, the higher the reward. That’s my plan, take a page out of his book. And start challenging myself against some pretty scary dudes.”

While Jones is eager to return to the Octagon and test himself against the best fighters at light heavyweight and heavyweight, he can’t do anything until his USADA punishment is dished out. In the interim, “Bones” will have the chance to witness another chapter in McGregor’s historic career as “Notorious” makes his Octagon return against undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next month at UFC 229.

It’s a matchup that looks deadly on paper for “Notorious,” but Jones believes the former two-division UFC champion shouldn’t be overlooked at this point in his career.

”I believe that Conor McGregor has wrestling,” said Jones. “I don’t think it’s at the level of Khabib. I believe that Khabib will get the majority of his takedowns that he goes for. Conor, he’s an athlete. He shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Many believe that McGregor’s only chance to defeat Khabib on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas is to catch him with one perfectly-timed left hand. That may be true, but Nurmagomedov is going to have to find a way to finish McGregor on the ground when he gets him there. To this point, Khabib hasn’t necessarily stopped opponents inside of Octagon when he should have. Just look at how long Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, and Rafael dos Anjos lasted amidst one-sided beatdowns by “Eagle.”

”I think Khabib, his boxing defense isn’t the the strongest. I don’t understand why he doesn’t work a lot of jiu jitsu,” explained Jones. “If you can take down anybody, why not know how to finish them? He depends on ground-and-pound and he never finishes anyone with that. Khabib is a black belt wrestler. If he adds a black belt in jiu jitsu to his recipe, he’d be extremely scary.”

Jones may be right, but that doesn’t mean Khabib still can’t dominate McGregor at UFC 229, take him down at will, and punish him on the ground for the full 25 minutes. It will be up to McGregor to get back to his feet and let his hands lead the dance.

Luckily, we will find out in one month’s time if McGregor can shock the combat world yet against and instill even more inspiration into all-time great fighters like Jones.

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McGregor continues his assault on members of Team Khabib

UFC 229 is a mere six weeks away, yet up until a few days ago headliners Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov had remained largely silent in regards to one another. Perhaps the UFC has asked them to save it for the press conference, scheduled to go down sometime in early September. Or maybe with some number around hundred million in the bank, McGregor no longer feels the need to caper for pay-per-view sales.

Whatever the case, we did finally see some shots fired a few days ago via Instagram, where McGregor has decided to attack not Khabib, but those around him. He kicked things off by messaging his opponent’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, calling him or his son or both quivering cowards. Now he’s followed that up with a message to Team Khabib member Zubaira Tukhugov, who is set to face Conor’s buddy Artem Lobov on October 27th in Moncton, New Brunswick.

That’s a problem, as far as Conor McGregor is concerned.

A true Chechen would never assist in a Dagestani led attack on another Chechen,” McGregor wrote. “A true Chechen would never take orders from a Dagestani man. This is treason. There is no worse than treason.”


McGregor has never had much issue bringing up the troubled past of different areas – remember the time he said he’d invade Jose Aldo’s favela on horseback and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work? In this case he’s using the troubled history between Dagestan (where Khabib is from) and Chechnya (where Zubaira is from) for fodder, which is recent enough to be kinda messed up. It wasn’t Bosnia-Serbia bad, but someone from Ireland should understand that trying to stir up stuff like that isn’t cool.

Not like McGregor cares — that’s the boundary pushing trash talk that he’s embraced, and it’s served him well in the past. Yesterday was bringing fathers into it, today is stoking ethnic tensions. What delights will tomorrow bring?

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Ticket Prices Revealed for UFC 229 Card Headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

The UFC is billing the lightweight championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor as the biggest fight in promotion history, and the ticket prices reflect that boast.
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Midnight Mania! Couture Calls Khabib “Brilliant” Ahead of UFC 229

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Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture isn’t sure that UFC 229 will break the record, though he thinks the Mayweather fight did raise McGregor’s mainstream profile. Via MMAJvunkie.com:

“Certainly, coming off the pay-per-view from the (Floyd Mayweather vs. McGregor boxing match) and all the boxing people who saw that, a lot of those folks will turn around and tune in to watch this MMA competition,” Couture today told MMAjunkie. “That’s certainly going to help.

“It’s not like either one of these guys are WWE guys, so those tend to be the biggest pay-per-views, when they find a way to bring these WWE guys in. The CM Punk (and) Brock Lesnar type fights, that whole WWE crowd tunes in and those tend to be bigger pay-per-views. But it’s all speculation.”

Randy Couture participated in one of only three pre-2010 fights to break one million PPV buys, against Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, so his perception of the drawing power of WWE stars is understandable. It’s not exactly accurate; the current Pay-Per-View (PPV) record is held by UFC 202, headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2. That event sold approximately 1.6 million buys; Dana White, never one to refrain from hyperbole, thinks UFC 229 will eclipse 2 million buys.

One of the most effective wrestlers and clinch fighters of his day, Couture admires the game of Dagestani lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Not only does he not run his mouth and all the extracurricular stuff, but he’s got that grinding style that was kind of my forte,” Couture said. “So, I like the way he fights. Some people don’t like the way he fights – I think he’s brilliant.

“I think he’s exactly the type of fighter that’s going to give Conor McGregor trouble. We’ve seen that a little bit with Chad Mendes. We saw it a little bit with Nate Diaz – that style that forces him to fight on the ground off his back potentially is a style that’s going to give him trouble.”

He says that McGregor has been impressive in the Octagon, but he isn’t a fan of McGregor’s out-of-cage behavior.

“(McGregor’s) fighting style and his ability to back it up in the cage speaks for itself,” he said. “He does some very dynamic things. Some of the things he does using his range and accuracy is impressive. He does a good job. I’m just not a fan of all that other crap.”

UFC 229 happens in Las Vegas on October 6 in Las Vegas.


Duane “Bang” Ludwig is teaching a combination that has three right hands in a row after TJ Dillashaw’s combination to drop Cody Garbrandt.

Head off the center line, head in motion while your throwing.

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It seems unlikely that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor will go quite like this.

Strange that Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar debuted on the same card.

This made me chuckle- Dustin Poirier fumbling a ball before his last bout with Eddie Alvarez

The truck is headed to the Upside Down

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For some reason this made me angry. Perhaps it’s all the gullible guys in athletic pants who probably paid to watch this.

Mike Bisping loved this admittedly funny and cute video, and made sure he explained in his caption that he doesn’t love animal cruelty.

Thank you for this wisdom, Glory kickboxer Zach Wells

Wow they (or maybe ‘we’) really don’t care about men’s flyweight

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Calm down Houghton

Lights out

This guy can use the parts of his body where his limbs bend to really hurt you

No reason to have the Ultimate Fighter any more

This guy might be pretty good at striking

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Dillon Danis: ‘Conor Could Beat Khabib in a Grappling Match’

Grappling ace and current Bellator MMA fighter Dillon Danis not only believes his teammate Conor McGregor will defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, he thinks the Irishman could give Nurmagomedov a run for his money at his own game.
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