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Aldo: UFC 229 Brawl With McGregor Wasn’t Khabib’s Fault

Out of all the fighters who have faced Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo was undoubtedly the one most affected by his mental warfare.

Aldo had to listen to Conor’s endless chirping as he rose up in the featherweight ranks. He had to endure an entire world tour’s worth of insults before their first cancelled bout, and then another round of media leading up to their fateful meeting at UFC 194 in 2015. All that endless trash talk led him to rush forward recklessly and get KO’d just 13 seconds into their fight.

So if anyone ‘gets’ the kind of anger that led to Khabib Nurmagomedov jumping the fence at UFC 229 and eagle stomping his way through McGregor’s corner, it’s Jose Aldo. Aldo shared his feelings on the matter with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto at UFC 230, saying he hoped Khabib got away without any punishment at all over the incident.

”I understand the reaction of Khabib,” Aldo said through a translator. “No, it’s not his fault, we shouldn’t blame him for his actions because it’s the UFC letting McGregor do whatever he wants, in the past and here in New York. So it’s not Khabib’s fault. No time, no nothing for him.”

Unfortunately for Nurmagomedov, it’ll be the Nevada State Athletic Commission making the determination, and they’re liable to see things quite a bit differently than the honor-based Brazilian.

We’re now more than a month removed from the incident at UFC 229 that saw Khabib jump Dillon Danis and members of his entourage storm the cage to attack McGregor. A meeting is set for December 10th that will hopefully resolve everything. Dana White has suggested a six month suspension as reasonable, which seems hopeful but not out of the question in a world where athletic commissions make their money off big fights in their jurisdiction.

With Khabib’s manager already promising mind blowing news, maybe they all know something we don’t. Maybe Jose Aldo’s reasoning is shared at least in part by the NSAC, who have dealt first hand with McGregor’s antics in the past. At this point, it’s hard to find many fans unwilling to let bygones be bygones if it means getting “The Eagle” back in the cage sooner rather than later.

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Midnight Mania! Khabib’s Response to McGregor is Classic

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Conor McGregor posted lengthy self-analysis on Instagram last night, revealing, among other things, that he hadn’t sparred experienced strikers in his training camp, which could be why he looked ‘off’ even when he was able to stuff Khabib’s takedowns in the third round and keep the fight standing.


Khabib’s response was simple, a callback to McGregor’s comment to him between rounds:

It’s only business

Khabib also included a location pin emoji, itself a callback to his response to McGregor’s bus attack.

Nurmagomedov has reportedly turned down 15 million dollars to rematch McGregor, instead entertaining either a fight with Tony Ferguson or a boxing match with (please God no) Floyd Mayweather. Maybe he’s just trolling us with the latter. Let us hope so. McGregor, for his part, has come to peace with earning his way back to a rematch. Maybe Nate Diaz will finally get the trilogy he is looking for- or perhaps we will get a wacky fight with Anderson Silva. Who knows?


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Oh, Tito.

Dolph Lundgren has stayed in top shape for like 40 years.

Somehow Baby Fedor does look like gigantic Kelvin Gastelum…

Who should Ben Askren face upon his delayed entry to the UFC?

Michael Chandler posted this fisheye view of him piecing up and suplexing Benson Henderson.

I’m not sure what was happening here, but it definitely wasn’t what this guy expected to happen.

No, Carlos Condit’s patriotism is not on the line but the knockout is nice.

Eddie Alvarez discusses his new deal. Apparently it is worth 8 figures- does that include stock options?

I like that Jackson Winklejohn is using their social media to highlight up and coming fighters at the gym.

Jon Jones congratulates Kyle Dake.

Paige VanZant trying to get back into fighting shape

Where is Mike Perry finding this stuff?

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This goes too hard ! Wait for the beat drop !

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Michael Chiesa zooms in on the knife in case you have anything to say about his mom.

Lando Vannata is training at Donald Cerrone’s BMF ranch for his upcoming UFC 231 fight

Counterpoint to the McGregor analysis of his own performance: Khabib was ready for his usual counters

John Kavanagh gives his perspective on his student’s performance:


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Luke Thomas explains where Tony Ferguson could threaten Khabib Nurmagomedov


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Not a job I’d want

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Midnight Mania! Khabib’s Dad Forgives McGregor, Invites Him to Dagestan

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Despite the very harsh words McGregor had for him before his clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s father, is willing to extend an olive branch of peace to the Irishman.

Via BloodyElbow.com:

“Distinguished guests, I invite again to the tournament our close friend [actor and former UFC fighter] Oleg Taktarov and McGregor,” Abdulmanap said, per Russia Today. “I said that I forgive him [for all the insults], it’s important to be kind-hearted!”

This comes after Nurmagomedov brawled with McGregor’s teammates after tapping “The Notorious” in the fourth round of their main event at UFC 229. The melee has his immediate future, and that of his teammates, in doubt, with Nurmagomedov having threatened to leave the UFC if they cut his teammate. UFC president Dana White insists all is good and Khabib is not going anywhere.

The elder Nurmagomedov disapproved of his son’s actions after UFC 229, saying his discipline of Khabib would be more severe than the UFC’s. Before the bout, McGregor called him a “quivering coward” and a traitor to his country. Despite the kind-hearted forgiveness, it might not be in Conor’s best interests to take up the offer to train in Dagestan anytime soon- even if he can’t buy the rematch he is hoping for.


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Chris Weidman is determined to stay on the card in his hometown, and he will, against Jacare. Hopefully they get Cannonier as a replacement for Branch to stay on the card.

I’m seriously considering buying one of these Derrick Lewis T-shirts.

UFC 230 has a curse hanging over it but somehow it’s still a half-decent fight card.

Nate Diaz is taking this Dustin Poirier injury to heart.

Nate Diaz and the UFC aren’t in a great place right now thanks to the Dustin Poirier injury.

I’m not sure that it’s the greatest, but this tweet by Wanderlei Silva is definitely a classic.

This is a bit of a niche meme but it’s topical.

Why wouldn’t this be real? Floyd Mayweather has a fast jab. That’s not a secret.

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Is this shit real ?

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Cain Velasquez beating Junior Dos Santos six shades of purple is frankly still not easy to watch. I didn’t make it all the way through the clip.

Cory already posted this in the comments thread a few days ago but this was too funny not to include at some point.

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Slick sweep by the cop, but I don’t know why the guy was trying to save the dude he was just fighting with.

This guy knows his pay grade and what isn’t on it.

Urijah Faber found this funny but that’s gonna be tough to cover up

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There’s always someone that will do it cheaper

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Credit to Dana White for getting this right: Tony Ferguson is next in line for Khabib Nurmagomedov because he damn well deserves to be.

I really do feel bad now because Tito Ortiz is trying, man. He’s getting the words out there. They just aren’t in the right order sometimes, that happens to the best of us.

This is the kind of guard passing I aspire to!

Daniel Cormier wants to assure Derrick Lewis he is taking him seriously!

Jon “Bones” Jones in comic book form.

Now, this is my game. I would smoke Dillon Danis at table tennis… unless that setup means he’s a real-life Forrest Gump.

Honey badger don’t care. Honey badgers will fight anything.


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MMA Ratings talks Eddie Alvarez and Jones vs. Gustafsson


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Good Grief Apocalypse, Charlie Brown

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Midnight Mania! Four Reasons Khabib’s Stand Is Coolest Moment to Date

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Khabib Nurmagomedov once wore a shirt into Brazil that said “If Sambo were easy, it would be called [Brazilian] Jiu Jitsu”, walked out into an arena of people chanting his death, and knocked his Brazilian opponent out cold. The man grew up wrestling bears. He learned to walk on a wrestling mat. While beating down Michael Johnson at UFC 205, he calmly informed Johnson, “I need to fight for the title. You know this. I deserve it” while dropping elbows on Johnson’s face. The Dagestani is a serious guy.

Yet, of all the unbelievable things Khabib has ever done, declaring solidarity with his teammate after he was cut during a brawl Nurmagomedov started in the aftermath of UFC 229 is his best ever, for four big reasons.

Firstly, Nurmagomedov told the UFC if they were going to cut Zubaira Tukhogov, “don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.” That willingness to walk away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes off as completely genuine. Khabib is not kidding. He doesn’t need the American-based promotion. Russia is its’ own market and Khabib is a national star there. The UFC, though, definitely stand to lose if Khabib walks. He just headlined the biggest UFC Pay-Per-View of all time, just under 2.5 million buys, and choked out the biggest draw in MMA history. That puts him in a position of unprecedented leverage.

Secondly, he told the UFC to keep their money. Who scoffs at millions of dollars? Khabib’s entire purse is currently being held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), unlike McGregor’s. “I hope it doesn’t get stuck in your throat” is also a ridiculously cool line. This is the part that really lets us know, Khabib isn’t playing games. If he is leaving that much money on the table, he is truly willing to walk away. That is a terrifying man to sit across a bargaining table from, because it means the UFC have no leverage over him. Nurmagomedov does not care about the money.

Thirdly, this is the first time I can recall where a fighter of Khabib’s stature threw his entire weight behind a teammate in solidarity. That’s not a small thing. Fellow AKA fighter Josh Thomson wondered if this could be a dawning of a new collective consciousness in fighters’ minds. Despite the team format of MMA gyms, most fighters have an extremely individualistic approach to fighting. When Aljamain Sterling tried to get a better deal from the UFC and the company decided they would rather let him go than pay him more, it never occured to Chris Weidman to put his own position in the company at risk to support his gym mate. Project Spearhead, the anonymous card-collecting effort to unionize the UFC, just had another of their most public supporters- Kajan Johnson- leave the promotion. It may be too much to hope that this display galvanizes a collective identity among fighters, but it sets a bold precedent.

Lastly, Khabib set out his case in a way that made sense to people. “We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my brother” is the kind of stirring line that people instantly connect with. From what I can tell in the comments sections, Khabib’s stand is wildly popular with fans. It was Khabib, after all, that started the brawl. Everything flowed from his actions, and from that perspective his ‘brothers’ were just backing him up. It makes sense for Khabib to take all the blame on his shoulders and not let his teammate suffer for something he started. He also pointed out that in his mind, he defended his honor. That “realness” is a quality people have an appetite for. In a world known for it’s bluster and promotion, Khabib doesn’t play.


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Artem Lobov doesn’t want Tukhugov cut, he wants to fight the guy.

Daniel Cormier might be reaching a little bit with this one. Lobov didn’t hurt anyone personally. Zub jumped into the cage and punched McGregor.

Breaking news: nothing has happened yet in regard to suspensions.

This story shared by MMA legend Frank Shamrock is so sad. The United States doesn’t do a good job caring for people with mental health issues.

UFC 230 is still a great fight card, especially if you forget the fights that could have been.

Well… this might be one more good thing to come from the incident

Stipe Miocic is miffed Cormier openly took the Lewis fight because he considered it easier on short notice.

Daniel Cormier was not taking prisoners online today

The best of Khabib and DC

Chael Sonnen wants Bellator to re-sign Eddie Alvarez

That’s a very big check for a regional show.

DC defends his stance on Zubaira

Fedor is also very cool, the original Russian GOAT.

Dillon Danis denies using an Islamaphobic slur

Derrick Lewis and DC’s backstage conversation is very funny.

Combat sports this weekend include Derrick Crawford and not one but two Bellator events

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Dana White: ‘There’s a Lot of Repercussions’ for What Khabib’s Team Did Tonight

UFC 229 will forever be remembered for what happened after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor to retain his lightweight belt at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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McGregor Will Get Choked Out By Khabib’s Manager

Forget Noah. How’s Conor?

That’s what Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans will be asking when “Notorious” gets choked out by Ali Abdelaziz, manager of Khabib Nurmagomedov, after the Renzo Gracie black belt was caught in the Irishman’s crosshairs during last month’s pre-fight press conference.

Relive the madness here.

“I’m not politic, you know,” Nurmagomedov told The Ariel Helwani MMA Show (via MMA Junkie). “I’m professional athlete. If he have problem with my manager, he can talk with him. He can fight with my manager, my manager 100 percent going to choke him – he’s a black belt from Renzo Gracie.”

Abdelaziz is a pretty good striker too, based on this video.

McGregor challenges Nurmagomedov in the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (results here), with the winner claiming the undisputed 155-pound title.

Assuming we can actually make it that far.

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Iaquinta Shuts Down Dopey UFC Fans Who Snickered At Khabib’s Striking

Respect the Dagestani jab of doom!

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, received heavy criticism for his inability to finish Al Iaquinta in the UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) main event earlier this month in Brooklyn, New York.

But one person who won’t shit on “The Eagle” is “Raging Al,” who was outstruck 172-43 in their five-round championship headliner (highlights). In fact, Iaquinta praised Nurmagomedov for his awkward (but accurate) style that made him hard to hit.

From his conversation with MMA Fighting:

“His standup was really good. I felt like I was a step behind him, just from the first two rounds of trying to get up and stay against the cage, he was kind of wearing on me a little bit. So I felt a little behind, but his jab is good. Every time I tried to let so combos go, he’s awkward, he’s got like the Russians — it’s just a different style of boxing. They were saying he’s got his head up. I connect with everybody. … It was hard to get to him. He’s tough, he’s tough. He’s got his own style. He’s awkward. Maybe it doesn’t look like it from the outside, but, he’s definitely, he’s fucking tough man. I knew we had a mutual respect on the standup when it was going back and forth, he was definitely worried about my power shots. But he kept me away with his jab and his movement was a little awkward and good.”

The still-undefeated Nurmagomedov is best known for his unstoppable takedowns and punishing top game, but the Dagestani champion seemed content to bang it out on the feet against a legitimate knockout artist.

Granted, Iaquinta entered the bout on super short notice after both Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway were pulled from the UFC 223 fight card, but he was already scheduled to compete in “The Empire State” and was not coming in cold.

Is it time to give Nurmagomedov more credit for his striking prowess?

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