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Negotiations Ongoing For Khabib vs McGregor In 2018

Conor McGregor may have a legal case pending following his Brooklyn blowout (see it again here), but that doesn’t mean his fighting career is at a complete standstill. According to his head trainer John Kavanagh, there are active negations taking place surrounding a “Notorious” comeback.

And to no one’s surprise, the man in talks to welcome him back is none other than current UFC Lightweight champion of the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“I hope so. It’s no secret the headlines are out there. There is ongoing negotiations. Like I said, I have to be honest and I don’t know, I don’t involve myself in the management things,” revealed Kavanagh during a recent chat with ESPN.

“Him and Audi have that on lock down. They both know what they’re doing in that world and I’m okay on the coaching side of things. I hope so. I get regular updates and it is ongoing,” he added.

To hear the Straight Blast Gym head trainer tell it, Conor has been putting in some serious work in the gym, proving to him that there is a spark there and he’s ready to put all of his other business ventures to the side to resume his combat career.

“I really have seen the spark back lately,” Kavanagh said. “I think that was directed at other areas of his life for a while, building up his business world — which is completely justified. We all know the hard-luck stories of fighters retiring broke. They get pats on the back and they’re forgotten,” he said.

”I supported [McGregor focusing on other business] and I’m fully behind it, but I do see the spark back. I do see him very hungry, coming down to regular jiu-jitsu class and throwing a gi on. Strength and conditioning. There’s a real fire back.”

Regarding Conor’s legal issues and his rampage on a bus full of fighters in Brooklyn, John says one bad moment shouldn’t deter everyone from seeing the good side of the “Notorious” one.

“It is what it is. I don’t really have a comment on that,” Kavanagh said. “Conor is a man. He’s his own person. He’s very busy with what he’s doing outside the gym. I’m super busy with what I’m doing outside and inside the gym.

”I love him to bits. He’s been my kid brother for over 10 years. I am behind him 100 percent. Is he perfect? No. Are you? No. Am I? No. But I know he’s a good person. I’ve seen all the good stuff he’s done. He’s incredibly loyal. He’s a great teammate. What can I say? I support him.”

Conor is due in court on July 26, 2018 where he and his legal team are expected to make a case for a plea deal that will likely see McGregor get off with a slap on the wrist. After that, we will have to wait and see what kind of punishment UFC levies against Conor (don’t laugh) before the promotion can actually book him for a fight.

Though something tells me it won’t be too severe.

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Dana White Can See McGregor vs. Khabib Happening

While the UFC president continues to play coy about Conor McGregor’s future, he did admit a fight with Khabib was likely.

There’s been no movement on the Conor McGregor front, despite word that UFC president Dana White was set to meet with the promotion’s mercurial star during UFC Liverpool weekend. According to MMA Junkie’s John Morgan, ‘unforeseen scheduling conflicts’ kept the two parties from getting together as originally planned, but fortunately it sounds like there won’t be too much of a delay.

”Conor and I are going to meet in Vegas,” White said during the UFC Liverpool post fight press conference. “Yeah, he and I haven’t seen each other since New York. We haven’t seen each other, we haven’t talked, nothing. So we need to see each other soon.”

As for McGregor’s future, White is still refusing to say much other than they’re waiting for McGregor’s June 14th court date in New York before making any firm plans. But he was willing to tease what we all know is undoubtedly coming sometime in the fall of 2018.

When a reporter asked him about a Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor fight, White said “I’m pretty confident that that is the fight that Conor wants … and I’m pretty confident that is the fight that Khabib wants. So I can see that happening.”

Barring another McGregor freak out leading to more arrests and legal issues, of course. Let’s just hope Conor isn’t chasing Jon Jones’ GOAT screw-up title.

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Tatiana Suarez: The Female Khabib?

The Ultimate Fighter 23 winner is quickly gaining a fearsome reputation for Khabib-like dominance.

After a quick and impressive submission win over Alexa Grasso at UFC ‘Chile’, Tatiana Suarez is now 3-0 in the Octagon and 6-0 in MMA … numbers that don’t include her three exhibition wins en route to winning The Ultimate Fighter 23 strawweight tournament. She’s also an Olympic caliber wrestler, and her aggressive top game has some making comparisons to another dominant UFC fighter: lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In her backstage interview with Laura Sanko, Suarez was happy to be mentioned in the same breath as Khabib and revealed she actually cribbed some of her moves in the fight from him.

“I love that comparison because I’m a huge fan of his,” Suarez said. “I really base a lot of my wrist riding off of him. I do that a lot in practice and actually, that’s what happened, I went for the wrist ride and she turned her back to me and I took her back off of it. So yeah, thank you Khabib for that because I learned from him.”

”I learn from all the fighters,” she continued. “There’s so many amazing fighters. I know a lot of fighters that say ‘I don’t watch fights.’ That’s crazy, because you can learn so much from anybody and grow as a martial artist.”

Suarez’s position in the co-main event shows you that the UFC is serious about pushing her as a force in the strawweight division. We’re looking forward to seeing her grow as a martial artist, especially if she keeps borrowing from some of the best fighters in the game.

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Tatiana Suarez: The Female Khabib?

The Ultimate Fighter 23 winner is quickly gaining a fearsome reputation for Khabib-like dominance.

After a quick and impressive submission win over Alexa Grasso at UFC ‘Chile’, Tatiana Suarez is now 3-0 in the Octagon and 6-0 in MMA … numbers that don’t include her three exhibition wins en route to winning The Ultimate Fighter 23 strawweight tournament. She’s also an Olympic caliber wrestler, and her aggressive top game has some making comparisons to another dominant UFC fighter: lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In her backstage interview with Laura Sanko, Suarez was happy to be mentioned in the same breath as Khabib and revealed she actually cribbed some of her moves in the fight from him.

“I love that comparison because I’m a huge fan of his,” Suarez said. “I really base a lot of my wrist riding off of him. I do that a lot in practice and actually, that’s what happened, I went for the wrist ride and she turned her back to me and I took her back off of it. So yeah, thank you Khabib for that because I learned from him.”

”I learn from all the fighters,” she continued. “There’s so many amazing fighters. I know a lot of fighters that say ‘I don’t watch fights.’ That’s crazy, because you can learn so much from anybody and grow as a martial artist.”

Suarez’s position in the co-main event shows you that the UFC is serious about pushing her as a force in the strawweight division. We’re looking forward to seeing her grow as a martial artist, especially if she keeps borrowing from some of the best fighters in the game.

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