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McGregor Teammate James Gallagher Reacts To Viral p0wning At Bellator 204

The internet was not kind to Gallagher after a display of bad sportsmanship ended with his KO loss. At least he handled the aftermath better.

Things did not go well for up and coming prospect James Gallagher, whom Bellator has been banking on to become the next Conor McGregor.

There are reasons for the comparisons … the two are teammates at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, and Gallagher comes with a similar cocky style that could make him a star if he backs it up in the cage. Unfortunately for James and Bellator both, he didn’t on Friday night at Bellator 204.

Gallagher entered the cage pretty pumped up and decided to scream right in opponent Ricky Bandejas’ face before their fight.

But halfway through the first round, Bandejas got sweet revenge, catching the Irish prospect and then putting him out with what a side kick many are noting is a carbon copy of WWE legend Shawn Michaels’ ‘Sweet Chin Music.’

That of course, resulted in the internet taking the piss out of young James, who attempted to make lemonade out of lemons with his statement following the loss.

”I talked a big game and got the big fall, that everyone is scared to do,” he wrote. “If I hadn’t of talk none of you would be talking about me either. It’ll be the best thing that ever happened me!! I’ll take it on the chin (literally) and move on.”

But before we move on? A little more internet savagery.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Teammate Taunts Opponent, Eats Side Kick to Face

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This was a truly glorious knockout rendered more glorious by what transpired before. Conor McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher got in Ricky Bandejas face at Bellator 204, trying to intimidate him.

It didn’t work out for him.

The man has become a meme, and not in the good way.

Sweet chin music

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That’s just how the sport goes. Bandejas is now 11-1 at bantamweight and someone to keep an eye on. Check out the full Bellator 204 recap with GIFs!


Insomnia

Pankration, the original MMA, fought naked and sometimes to the death.

This guy, Bud Jeffries, and Tony Ferguson might get along

Great drawing but I can’t decide if it looks like Darren Till or not.

What Canadian maple syrup nonsense was happening at this old Kajan Johnson weigh-in faceoff?? Steve Claveau looks like he came straight from a cabin in the wilderness for this fight.

Sorry man, Palhares will not be outmuscled.

l This isn’t even his final form…

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Mike Perry has big ambitions

A mans gotta have goals @platinummikeperry

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Justin Gaethje is training at altitude with featherweight prospect Cory Sandhagen for his upcoming main event with James Vick.

Ido Portal, Conor McGregor’s erstwhile movement coach, on his new sleeping style.

That would get some attention.

Bantamweight prospect Petr Yan is getting his second UFC fight after a first round KO in his first.

All gloves should be banned from competition, it’s the repeat head trauma that’s the problem.

Oooh this is nasty. The classic “duck into a knee” Aljamain Sterling style KO (sorry Aljo)


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This kind of skill will always amaze me.

The goose is loose

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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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Pederneiras Calls For Aldo Vs. McGregor Rematch

With Jose Aldo back in the UFC win column after defeating Jeremy Stephens via TKO last month, head coach Andre Pederneiras is already brainstorming what’s next for the former featherweight champion.

While it’s going to take Aldo an additional victory or two to lock down another title fight — especially after losing to Max Holloway twice in the past 14 months — Pederneiras is already setting the bar high for the Brazilian’s final few fights.

If Pederneiras had it his way, UFC would book a rematch between Aldo and former UFC champion Conor McGregor. Remember, “Notorious” knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds nearly three years ago to claim the 145-pound crown.

“We can try to angle for a rematch, because I really did think it was unfair and I think most people thought it was unfair that there wasn’t a rematch,” Pederneiras told MMAjunkie. “But, as far as Conor goes, he isn’t to blame. He may have turned it down, but the UFC had the power to tell him to fight. And they didn’t.

“I think the first fight didn’t really represent what the fight could have been – unfortunately for all of those who wanted to see it. So I’d choose Conor. Even though I don’t have anything against him.”

With McGregor already scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight title at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 it would take Aldo a very long time to get his hands back on the Irishman. It’s unknown if UFC would even be remotely interested in such a rematch, but given Aldo’s undying popularity in Brazil maybe it’s something that will surface in the future.

Despite finishing Aldo in 13 seconds back at UFC 194, Pederneiras still respects McGregor as a martial artist. The Brazilian coach believes McGregor isn’t the person he portrays to be leading up to a fight, but understands it’s all a show to bring in the big bucks.

“I think, behind that ‘artist,’ he’s a good person, who doesn’t represent the things he says,” Pederneiras said. “He talks a bunch of crap to get attention and sell. Outside of that, no, he’ll respect you whenever you meet up with him.

“I think that was that ‘artist,’ the way I see it. He knows he’s going to have to fight (Khabib Nurmagomedov) at some point. Since he knows that, why not start creating some chaos and start promoting it?”

If Aldo wants to get another crack at McGregor he may have to journey up to 155 pounds to do so. Aldo doesn’t have a lot of time left to make it happen considering the veteran is planning on retiring after his current UFC contract expires, so he must work quickly to regain the dominance he once possessed.

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Georges St. Pierre: My Money’s on Khabib Nurmagomedov to Beat Conor McGregor at UFC 229

Former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship king Georges St. Pierre isn’t necessarily a gambling man, but he knows who he has his money on for the newly-announced Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov lightweight title fight at UFC 229 in October.
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White Says No World Tour For Khabib Vs. McGregor – ‘We Don’t Have Time’

Despite a marvelous UFC 227 fight card that lit up the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., UFC president Dana White still had to answer questions last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s upcoming lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor.

The massive superfight was announced earlier this week and will take place at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 from Las Vegas, Nevada. That puts us just about two months away from arguably the biggest fight in UFC history.

The rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov has been brewing for a very long time, and hit a whole new level this past April when “Notorious” attacked a Brooklyn bus to get to Khabib. McGregor ended up getting hit with a felony and misdemeanors, but was cleared of most charges late last month.

A title fight as big as Khabib vs. McGregor warrants all the attention in the world, especially from a promotional standpoint. But with 60 days to prepare for a Las Vegas showdown, White confirmed UFC won’t be bringing the circus on the road, which is exactly what UFC did for McGregor’s anticipated clash with Jose Aldo three years ago.

“We don’t have time for a world tour,” White said during UFC 227 post-fight press conference (full replay here). “These guys are going to fight the first week of October. Both guys are going to go into camp. We’ll do something fun, we’ll do some different stuff. We’re literally having a big meeting on Monday to get this stuff in order and get it going.”

Unfortunately for White, promoting Khabib vs. McGregor isn’t the only thing he has to worry about. In addition to attracting massive interest from fight fans all across the globe, White and company must do their best to prevent any out-of-cage encounters between Khabib, McGregor, or any members of their teams.

When one fighter throws a dolly through a bus window to get to another fighter you can understand UFC’s cautious approach.

“We’re pretty confident that we can control what happens,” White said. “What happened in New York, obviously if you look at what happened, everyone was loading onto the buses, everything was done, and our staff still handled it pretty damn well for what was going down.

“We’re very aware. Nothing is going to happen. We’ll be good.”

With just two months before Khabib and McGregor finally clash inside of the Octagon, expect countless Twitter feuds, verbal lashings, face-to-face staredowns, and behind-the-scenes video coverage, all of which will be used to promote the Russia vs. Ireland superfight.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov Set for UFC 229

It’s official! Former featherweight and lightweight champ (and part-time boxing enthusiast) Conor McGregor will face current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

Now we’ll get to see if all that malarky with the Irishman smashing a bus window with a dolly equals hype for the inevitable pairing of him and the Dagestani.

We’ll also get to see if McGregor can stop Nurmagomedov’s wrestling… or, more accurately, catch Nurmagomedov on the chin while moving backwards. (Spoiler alert: McGregor totally can).

Here’s the official release:

The biggest fight of 2018 will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 6, as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor returns in an attempt to retake the UFC lightweight title from the hands of unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229.

The bout, which was announced Friday in Los Angeles, will air live on Pay-Per-View

At 26-0, Russia’s Nurmagomedov has been untouchable as a pro, and his recent wins over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza and Al Iaquinta have only strengthened his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever. But Ireland’s McGregor, the first man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously, has made a career of achieving what some say is impossible, and this fall, he plans on putting a “1” in Nurmagomedov’s loss column while taking back the crown he never lost in the Octagon.

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Khabib Betting Favorite Over McGregor For UFC 229 Title Fight

The mixed martial arts (MMA) gods delivered us a massive title fight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. Now it is time to enjoy the ride and soak of the fun before the two stars collide at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas.

Just hours after the fight was announced at the UFC 25th anniversary press conference in Los Angeles, Calif., oddsmakers were already on the prowl. While the odds are due to change in the coming two months, early numbers show Nurmagomedov as the betting favorite.

According to our buddies over at Bovada, “The Eagle” is currently a -175 favorite to take care of McGregor in his return to the Octagon. On the other side, McGregor comes in as a +145 underdog, which is understandable given his two-year absence from the sport.

While these odds make sense right now, McGregor tends to swing the numbers his way as the fight draws closer. The Irishman’s mind games sometimes play a factor in the way his opponents enter a bout, so it will be interesting to see how Khabib stomachs the verbal lashing McGregor is about to unleash.

In McGregor’s case, he’s about to face the worst possible matchup on the 155-pound roster. If there’s anything McGregor is less qualified to do it’s fighting off his back. Khabib is likely to enforce that reality at UFC 229 so “Notorious” better come with a new bag of tricks. After all, Khabib is planning on taking McGregor down 100 times.

Of course, McGregor could always flip the script and stun Khabib early with a left hand to recapture the UFC lightweight title.

Everything is a possibility, folks. But for now, Khabib is the betting favorite to retain his lightweight belt at UFC 229.

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