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Morning Report: Coach predicts Conor McGregor will face Floyd Mayweather next, defend UFC title against Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is a man of many options, and his coach seems to like all of them.

For the past year, McGregor has been embroiled in discussions about boxing all-time great Floyd Mayweather, Jr., with things really reaching a fever pitch after McGregor won the lightweight title at UFC 205. Now, almost every day it seems there’s a new pundit or associate claiming that the crossover superfight is sure to happen and that includes McGregor’s own coaches and teammates. McGregor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh recently spoke with Submission Radio to discuss the idea that Mayweather-McGregor is going to happen.

“I can’t answer that because I’m not privy to all that’s going on,” said Kavanagh. “It seems like it’s coming. When or how definite, I don’t know, but it’s looking more likely. And the two guys seem to want it and they’re making moves towards it, but I won’t lie, I don’t know is the short answer. There seems to be a lot of steps to get over with various commissions involved and different promotions involved and so on and so forth, but it’s a fight that’s getting more and more momentum every day and more and more people want to see it. So if you ask just me, my personal uneducated opinion on it, I would say that I believe it’s gonna happen.”

Should the fight happen, it is sure to be a massive pay-per-view draw, the two biggest draws in boxing and MMA respectively in a cross-promotional juggernaut the likes of which has not been seen since Muhammad Ali fought Antonio Inoki. Unlike Ali vs. Inoki though, this fight wouldn’t be mixed rules. Mayweather has made it clear he would only box McGregor, meaning McGregor would be at a massive disadvantage right from the outset. But Kavanagh says that challenge is part of the appeal to him and his protégé.

“One hundred percent. I love challenges and Conor is a lot more competitive than me, but I would love the challenge of it and the spectacle of it and the level of interest. . .

“So yeah, I would love to see the challenge for Conor to test himself in that area. I’ll be honest, like right from the beginning I’ve been used to hearing ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that, you can’t. You won’t train somebody up to a UFC-level from Ireland. You don’t have wrestling or grappling. It’s impossible to fight for a world title. It’s impossible to hold two world titles. It’s impossible to have a thousand-square meter gym dedicated to MMA.’ So I’ve just heard those things my whole life and yet here I am, I’m talking to you and I have a best-selling book and I’m coming to Australia to talk about that and I’ve got a world-renowned gym. So we’re kind of used to being told what we can’t do, but we don’t pay too much attention to it, we just get on and make things happen.”

For the moment, it appears that McGregor is focused on make this particular impossible task happen and Kavanagh is happy to go along. But while he would embrace the challenges presented by trying to beat the best boxer of his generation, a man who has never been officially defeated, Kavanagh says that if he had his druthers McGregor would stick to MMA where there are a number of intriguing match ups for him, including McGregor’s nemesis Nate Diaz as well as Khabib Nurmagomedov, who Kavanagh believes will be crowned the UFC interim lightweight champion this weekend.

“My number one thing would be for Conor to fight MMA. That’s my number one thing. That’s my selfish number one, what I would like to see. Which opponent? I’ve said it before – the Nate [Diaz] rematch interests me a lot because it’s 1-1 and how the styles match up. Almost on a par with that, not much difference, will be the winner of Khabib and [Tony] Ferguson this weekend. I think Khabib does it, so I think Khabib will be the winner. So Khabib will be the match up out of that. Below that would be [Georges St-Pierre]. Purely because GSP was an incredible fighter. [I’m a] big fan of him, I’ve learnt a lot from watching his fights, but it’s a long time since he’s fought and the game changes very, very quickly and I think Khabib is sort of like a better version of GSP. Although we don’t know, it’s hard to tell how GSP and Khabib would match up. But yeah, MMA-wise, Nate or almost on a par winner of Khabib/Ferguson.”

Nurmagomedov faces Ferguson on Saturday for the UFC interim lightweight title with the winner ostensibly being set to challenge McGregor for the actual championship belt sometime later this year. However, as Yoel Romero and Demian Maia recently learned, being promised a title shot and actually receiving one are two very different things. In fact, Jose Aldo was once promised a title shot against McGregor after beating Frankie Edgar for an interim featherweight championship, only to have that opportunity denied to him. But Kavanagh says he doesn’t foresee the winner of Nurmagomedov-Ferguson having the same issue as Aldo.

“I find it hard to imagine not seeing that. You know, even with Conor getting the – if and when the Mayweather fight was to happen and he got that out of the way, I know, like myself, I do believe his true love is free combat sports and there is no freer combat sport than mixed martial arts and he is the UFC lightweight champion. He did only win it a couple of months ago, so he is the lightweight champion. So I can’t imagine him not fighting the winner of [Nurmagomedov-Ferguson]. We gotta see what happens with the Mayweather talks and all that, but yeah I do believe that will happen, yes.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Titles. Georges St-Pierre will challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title.

Easy. Michael Bisping says GSP thinks “I’m an easy opponent.”

Draw. Dana White responded to Tyron Woodley saying, “You fought to a draw in your last fight.”

$ $ $ . Misha Cirkunov and the UFC have come to terms on a new contract.

Filing. The UFC has filed a motion to dismiss Mark Hunt’s lawsuit.


MEDIA STEW

Embedded.

Khabib and Thompson on Fox.

T-Wood on TMZ.

Mark Hunt says he’s gonna knockout the “cheating, steroid using prick.”

A Paul Bradley interview before M-1 for all five of you who care.

Bas analysis.

A video of the dedication Machida puts in to learning English.


LISTEN UP

Heavy Hands.

Press Row.

Bushido.


TWEETS

The poster.

It’s on!

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Yoel’s (*cough* Malki *cough*) response.

TUF is done filming it seems.

May this has all been a ruse and Platinum Mike is actually the one fighting GSP…

This is 100% not true.

Macedo’s out it seems.

Sage can legally drink as of yesterday.

Jones rolling with Yana.

@jonnybones не получилось выиграть #yanakunitskaya #jonjones #jacksonwink #mma #invictafc22

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Pretty dope picture.

Lorenz ain’t happy.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Michael Bisping (30-7) vs. Georges St-Pierre (25-2); UFC.

Jeremy Stephens (25-13) vs. Renato Moicano (10-0-1); UFC Fight Night: Kansas City, April 15.


FINAL THOUGHTS

This is why GSP came back. He doesn’t need the money and fighting at welterweight doesn’t add to his legacy. He came back to fight Bisping. Like Randy when he came back to fight Big Tim. And just wait if he wins. You think he’s gonna fight Yoel Romero? Lol. No chance. If GSP wins, Anderson Silva challenges for the middleweight belt next.

That’s it for today y’all. Have a good one and I’ll see y’all tomorrow.


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Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 209 workout video

LAS VEGAS — Khabib Nurmagomedov puts on a show for the fans and the media at UFC 209 workouts Thursday afternoon at the T-Mobile Arena.

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Fireworks erupt between Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson in heated UFC 209 conference call

With a little over a week to go before Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson throw down for the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 209, tensions are already running high between the world’s top 155-pound contenders.

The two lightweights effectively took over the UFC’s media conference call ahead of UFC 209 on Thursday, erupting into bitter exchanges over everything from their past opponents to Ferguson’s contract negotiations with the UFC, with neither man rarely letting the other get a word in edgewise.

“Look man, if somebody doesn’t piss me off, I’ll finish them in the first round. This dude pissed me off,” Ferguson said at one point following another heated exchange. “I’m going to drag him into deep waters and make him deal with the hammerhead.

“I’ve already talked to him about it. You guys are going to see f*cking fireworks. This should be the main event. I don’t know why Stephen Thompson and T-Wood (Tyron Woodley) are the main event. This is the sh*t everybody is talking about. This is the third time. The third time’s the charm.”

The fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson is one the UFC has attempted to make three times over the past several years, only for plans to inevitably fall apart due to injuries sustained on both sides. But now both lightweights are healthy and riding the two longest win streaks of the division. Ferguson has won nine UFC consecutive fights while Nurmagomedov has won eight, and the winner of UFC 209’s co-main event will claim the interim 155-pound title underneath reigning champion Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov went so far as to call the bout “the greatest match-up in lightweight history.” But he also continually pointed to the fact that the fight very nearly failed to come to fruition due to stalled contract negotiations on Ferguson’s side. Things were only booked after Nurmagomedov turned down an offer to fight current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for an interim lightweight strap, and Nurmagomedov reminded Ferguson of that fact over and over again on Thursday.

“Everybody knows I make this fight. And Tony knows I make this fight, because he tried running away,” Nurmagomedov said. “I ask you about money. Why don’t you take money? I ask you about $ 200,000. This is big money in USA.”

“I don’t want your fake-ass money, dude,” Ferguson responded. “You know what, you keep this money, you wipe your ass with it, do whatever the f*ck you want with it. Why don’t you donate it? Why don’t you be a man and donate that.”

“No, calm down, calm down, relax, relax,” Nurmagomedov said. “Because you understand. You understand who is who and what happens after this fight.

“I bring you here. Nobody bring you. I bring you.”

“You didn’t make sh*t, dude,” Ferguson said. “You didn’t make sh*t. What, you going to fight another Darrell Horcher? Is that what you’re going to fight? Another Darrel Horcher and bully him? Come on, man. Nobody brought (me here). So all the nine victories that I have, nine victories that I have in a row, you’re going to be like: ‘I did that. Tony, I did that. I did all the work.’ You didn’t do sh*t. F*ck you, Khabib. You didn’t do nothing, dude. You’re a bully. I’m a f*cking matador. I’m going to finish your ass. You ain’t got sh*t against me.”

And so it went, two of the world’s most dangerous 155-pounders trading shots back and forth about virtually every topic under the sun, from Ferguson’s wrestling capabilities to Nurmagomedov’s manager to both men’s combined records against shared opponents.

“You got too many people talking in your ear,” Ferguson said at one point. “And that’s your problem. That’s why I’m going to win. That’s it. You’re focusing on so much other bullsh*t, dude. You’re talking about breaking arms and talking about fighting Conor, doing this and that and all this other stuff. Dude, I hear you. I understand it, man. You’re going to lose. You’ve got to look out for yourself.”

“I think about you,” Nurmagomedov responded. “I think I’m going to break you. This is what I think. I don’t think about Conor, other stuff. What are you talking about? You talk about Conor.”

“Dude, I am unbreakable,” Ferguson said. “Trust me, dude, I’m a f*cking machine now. You have no idea what you’re dealing with. You just woke me up. You keep laughing. You keep laughing. I’m the new John Wick.”

“How many times you lose?” Nurmagomedov replied. “Danny Castillo beat your ass. You remember this?”

“Danny Castillo didn’t do sh*t,” Ferguson angrily shot back. “He f*cking laid on me, dude. I beat his ass too. Trust me, the only thing he could do is hold on for dear life. You lost to (Gleison) Tibau. I’m sorry but you lost to Tibau. Sorry, not sorry. You remember that fight? Look, I’ll post it up today. I’ll post it up today, and I’ve seen you lose in that Sambo fight, that Sambo match where you were f*cking crying on your knees because you lost.”

“Which Sambo fight?” Nurmagomedov said. “When I am 17 years old? Of course I lose a lot of times when I competed immature. But professional career…”

“Everything’s been handed to you,” Ferguson interrupted. “Nothing’s been handed to me. Nothing has been handed to me. I had to earn every single step of the way.”

Considering the length of time Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been forced to think about one another due to past bookings, it was evident the rivalry had grown personal ahead of UFC 209. But through it all, the fire raging on the two sides always came back to Nurmagomedov’s assertion that it was his stand against the UFC that led Ferguson to secure the biggest payday of his Octagon career.

And with nine days to go until the two meet on March 4 in Las Vegas, Ferguson wasn’t trying to hear it.

“Doubt never got me here, and nobody else held my hand to get me here,” Ferguson said. “My f*cking hard work, my determination, and my finishing people and earning performance victories has gotten me here. I’m going to finish this dude like I did everybody else. I’m not going to tell you how, because I’m not like anybody else. This guy wants to talk about trying to break me, break my arm, break this, and he says I talk too much? Dude, I haven’t even f*cking said nothing. You got 1.9 million people that are going to be f*cking sad as f*ck when I go in and I finish your ass.”

“I want to say something,” Nurmagomedov interjected. “Please, listen. When you UFC asks me, ‘Khabib, you have to fight with Tony,’ I said okay, let’s go. This is what I want, because you have nine win streak, I have eight win streak, we have to fight. And after UFC asked me, you said, ‘please, please, give me money, give me this.’ You tried to run.”

“Oh, there’s no f*cking please, please,” Ferguson shot back. “Dude, it’s what I’ve earned. You can talk as much sh*t. Like I said, your management speaks for you. And you know what? I don’t give two f*cks. Try to hype it up. You were trying to f*cking pay me. I said, you know what? I spit on your money. Your money is f*cking worthless to me. I can give two f*cks. I want the UFC’s money because I earned it.”

“You know why you ask for too much money?” Nurmagomedov responded. “Because you know this is your last fight. This is your last fight in UFC. That’s why. We’ll see March 4th. I’m going to break your face. I’m going to break your career.”

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Tony Ferguson is not impressed with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s threat to break his arm

Tony Ferguson had harsh words for his UFC 209 opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov in this recent interview with FightHubTV.

With UFC 208 now in the rear view we can start looking forward to UFC 209 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As if the big rematch fight between welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and karate master Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson wasn’t reason enough to tune in, the card also features a much anticipated interim lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

We don’t even care about the interim belt. That fight is going to be wild. Ferguson is riding a 9 fight win streak and Khabib has never lost once in his 24 fights. There’s a good amount of heat between the two fighters as well, with Ferguson calling Khabib a stalker for popping up in his Twitter notifications seconds after he posts anything. Khabib responded by threatening to break Ferguson’s arm, so there’s no love lost there.

Ferguson addressed the threat in a recent interview with FightHubTV.

“This dude says he wants to break my arm,” he said with an angry look on his face. “I’m gonna tell you like I told other people. I like to hold my kid, I have a newborn. I broke my arm once, but I knocked that dude down with the same arm. I’ll pimp smack that dude if he tries to break my arm. Go for it, dude. You try it, bro. You try to break it you’re gonna have problems, I’m going to come at you with everything else, because I got elbows, I got knees, kicks … I’m gonna hit you with everything I got.”

Ferguson also feels like Khabib is looking past him, a mistake he plans on punishing the Russian for.

“Khabib, you better focus on this fight and not McGregor, buddy. Because you’re looking too far and you’re making the same mistake that Rafael Dos Anjos made.”

“That dude’s got no problems for me, so long as my conditioning and my feet are underneath me. I’m geared up from the feet up as far as conditioning wise, and this guy won’t make me quit. I’m going to bring it all to him.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov offers to help UFC, ‘smash’ Conor McGregor and make him ‘humble’

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who will face Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 on Mar. 4 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight interim title, has been highly critical of current 155-pound champ Conor McGregor, The undefeated Russian sensation has gone out of his way to belittle the Irishman at every possible opportunity, which is exactly what he did earlier today (Fri., Feb. 10, 2017) during UFC 208′s Q&A session (watch here).

“I think if Conor has one fan, I have 20 times more fans than him,” said Nurmagomedov. “I think UFC has to make plans a little bit, because this chicken is not loyal. If you remember, the first time he fought in the UFC, and he talked like, ‘$ 50K baby,’ something like this. He asked Dana please give me $ 50K. The UFC made him. If he had never fought in the UFC, how would he have got like this?

“Now he’s talking about I can fight without the UFC in boxing, you know. For me, this is disrespectful of the UFC.”

Nurmagomedov is eluding to McGregor’s recent comments about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. with or without the permission of UFC. UFC president Dana White has labeled McGregor’s recent moves as a potentially epic fall, but leave it up to “The Eagle” to put McGregor in place before the wheels come off.

“I wanted to say to the UFC, I can help these guys,” said Nurmagomedov. “We can make the other guy humble, because we remember how he asked for $ 50,000. Now he talking about he can make this [Mayweather] fight without the UFC. I don’t worry about my PR, because in Dagestan and Russia, I’m a bit worried about how I become popular because before I never feel this pressure. And that’s why I don’t think about this.

“But why not, we can make this guy humble. Smash this guy if the UFC wants.”

If Nurmagomedov can get past a streaking “El Cucuy” at UFC 209, a title unification bout with McGregor would come to fruition sometime in 2017, unless the Irishman takes more time off to actually fight Mayweather. Either way, the Russian beater has one more lightweight to destroy before parking his keister on McGregor’s front doorstep.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov says he can help the UFC make Conor McGregor ‘humble’ whenever they want

NEW YORK – On Friday, the UFC hosted a Q&A with the Dagestani lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brighton Beach, near Coney Island in Brooklyn. The Russian faithful showed up in good number, some of them sporting papakha hats, and all of them chanting his name.

Among the hot topics the fans and media asked Nurmagomedov during his nearly 40-minute Q&A was centered on current lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Nurmagomedov was stoical in his answers — one might even say subdued.

But he also got a rise out of the crowd each time he hit on a potential fight between the two.

“I think if Conor has one fan, I have 20 times more fans than him,” he said at the National Restaurant and Night Club. “I think UFC has to make plans a little bit, because this chicken is not loyal. If you remember, the first time he fought in the UFC, and he talked like, ‘$ 50K baby,’ something like this. He asked Dana please give me $ 50K. The UFC made him. If he had never fought in the UFC, how would he have got like this?

“Now he’s talking about I can fight without the UFC in boxing, you know. For me, this is disrespectful of the UFC.”

Nurmagomedov (24-0) is coming off a victory over Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in November. He is now slated to fight Tony Ferguson for the interim 155-pound title at UFC 209 on March 4.

On that front Nurmagomedov said they might as well just remove the word “interim,” because he said he believed McGregor had no intention of defending the actual title.

He also said that he doesn’t think McGregor necessarily wants to fight him.

“When I see his eyes backstage in the weigh-in, he’s different,” he said. “He wants to talk with everybody, when he see me, he doesn’t want to talk to me. He and his coach.”

Nurmagomedov pointed out on several occasions that the UFC helped build McGregor by giving him the platform they did. He also said that the UFC only need to call him if they ever want to tear him down.

Or, if the UFC wants to “humble” the Irishman.

“I wanted to say to the UFC, I can help these guys,” he said. “We can make the other guy humble, because we remember how he asked for $ 50,000. Now he talking about he can make this [Mayweather] fight without the UFC. I don’t worry about my PR, because in Dagestan and Russia, I’m a bit worried about how I become popular because before I never feel this pressure. And that’s why I don’t think about this.

“But why not, we can make this guy humble. Smash this guy if the UFC wants.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 209 Q&A in Brooklyn video

NEW YORK — Ahead of his UFC 209 interim title fight against Tony Ferguson, undefeated lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov held a Q&A in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn where he talked about Conor McGregor, his relationship with the UFC, Nate Diaz, and much more.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov to Fight Tony Ferguson for Interim Belt

We’re stuck in a Conor McGregor hiatus period thanks to his woman being pregnant and all that, so killer marquee fights are hard to come by. But fear not! The best, most intriguing lightweight matchup we could hope for has been made! Dagestani juggernaut Khabib Nurmagomedov and TUF winner-turned-badass Tony Ferguson are going to scrap […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov to Fight Tony Ferguson for Interim Belt

We’re stuck in a Conor McGregor hiatus period thanks to his woman being pregnant and all that, so killer marquee fights are hard to come by. But fear not! The best, most intriguing lightweight matchup we could hope for has been made! Dagestani juggernaut Khabib Nurmagomedov and TUF winner-turned-badass Tony Ferguson are going to scrap […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov to Fight Tony Ferguson for Interim Belt

We’re stuck in a Conor McGregor hiatus period thanks to his woman being pregnant and all that, so killer marquee fights are hard to come by. But fear not! The best, most intriguing lightweight matchup we could hope for has been made! Dagestani juggernaut Khabib Nurmagomedov and TUF winner-turned-badass Tony Ferguson are going to scrap […]

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