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McGregor Commends Garbrandt Following Dillashaw Drama

Back in 2015, Conor McGregor labeled former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw a “snake in the grass” and predicted that “Viper” would turn on Urijah Faber and the whole Team Alpha Male (TAM) camp down the road.

A few years later, TJ and the Sacramento-based fight team had an ugly separation, with both sides slinging dirt at one another after Dillashaw opted to leave the team to form his own in Colorado, leaving Conor with a big “I told you so” smirk on his face.

At the time of Conor’s comment, he and Urijah Faber were opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and everything was right as rain with TAM, including Cody’s friendship with TJ. Taking offense to Conor running his mouth about Dillashaw and Faber’s refusal to see “Viper’s” true motives, “No Love” got in a brief tussle with “Notorious,” proving that his loyalty was deep for his team.

Fast forward four years later, and McGregor is applauding Garbrandt for willing to go to war for his team.

“Respect Cody! The loyalty you showed for Urijah and your team on that faithful day in the TUF gym will forever stand out to me!” wrote Conor on Twitter. “Enjoy this moment and these returned victories to you! Clean and Unbeaten!”

Willing to let bygones be bygones, Garbrandt showed some love back to Conor.

“Loyalty we both understand, I hope the family is well,” he wrote.

Of course, Conor’s comments are a result of the news that Dillashaw was suspended two years for testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) after his knockout loss to Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+1 in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 19, 2019.

Like “Mystic Mac” — who knows a thing or two about loyalty to friends — predicting Dillashaw would turn his back on TAM, Garbrandt had been screaming at the top of his lungs for over a year now that Dillashaw was dabbling with EPO.

With the news of TJ failing multiple United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA)-administered tests, it does give “No Love” some sort of satisfaction of saying he was right all along.

That said, much to the chagrin of Conor and Cody, it won’t do anything as far as reversing the two knockout losses Garbrandt suffered to TJ, as all of Dillashaw’s tests for those bouts came back clean.

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Midnight Mania! Never-Before-Seen McGregor Sparring Footage Released

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Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh posted old sparring footage from the vaults today. No, it isn’t the Paulie Malignaggi sparring match, though that would be a great way to build his channel — just release it round by round, as Kavanagh once said they would after the Mayweather fight.

This sparring footage, as McGregor explains, is from before McGregor fought Chad Mendes at UFC 189. His ACL was dangling by a thread, but his movement was still pretty slick. It’s a reminder that before he became a global superstar and a magnet for controversy, McGregor was also a pretty good fighter.

The post is typical for the current iteration of McGregor, reflecting on past glory in between increasingly ugly feuds with current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to keep himself relevant.

A spar in the lead up to the Mendes fight. Just weeks after ACL tear. Note the occasional buckle in the leg + zero kicks. The spar before this you tried to pull me from the fight. Good times!Always good, sharp work with @FransMlambo! Looking forward to his next outing!


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Tony Ferguson isn’t even dressed for the gym, he just stopped by and had to do some medicine ball throws while he was there.

Bryce Mitchell getting a power drill caught in his sack wasn’t the first accident to befall him.

It’s the suspense that kills in this video. This cat is way out of its weight class.

Paulie Malignaggi’s face when he saw it was Rumble Johnson holding him back was hilarious

Former RIZIN fighter Baruto is now in the Estonian parliament.

Garry Tonon feeding the conspiracy theorists

Of course Demetrious Johnson would enjoy talking Dragon Ball Super with his opponent even more than fighting him.

So Jacare replaced Costa against Romero because Costa pulled out, then Costa replaced Romero against Jacare because Romero pulled out, then Costa pulled out again?

Update on what took Yoel Romero out of the fight:

IS IT TIME FOR JACARE-CAMOZZI 3??

Uh… this is not the safest idea in the world. Urijah Faber is a fan, though.


Fight Bookings


Slips, Rips, Spinning Elbow Sh*t

Nice elbow

Y’all like horror movies?

I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen this one before, but everyone loves a good spinning elbow


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This will never not be amazing to me

My girl’s dog Nala is a dachshund mix (small and annoying at times, but not this small or this annoying). The dog did try to bite her one time and my girl bit her back. Nala never bit her again.

Terrible. Amazing, though.

No one arrested Thor when he rode the subway to save the world. This is species discrimination. Rocket should sue.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Offers Message of Unity: ‘It Is One World’

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The past two days have seen an escalating online feud that saw McGregor mock Khabib’s wife and her traditional religious head garment, Khabib call Conor a rapist, and Conor speculate that perhaps under the thick veil, Khabib had married a goat. Khabib’s manager tweeted that McGregor didn’t realize he was insulting 1.5 billion Muslims. Conor eventually deleted several of his earlier tweets and posted this message of unity instead, perhaps after Dana White and Company stepped in to try to enforce something resembling the UFC code of conduct again through back channels.

I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds.

All faiths challenge us to be our best selves.

It is one world and one for all

Now see you in the Octagon.

Whether mostly a PR move or a genuine acknowledgement that many of his comments crossed some lines, McGregor’s message of unity with one another can be appreciated. He still ended with ‘see you in the Octagon’, which makes one wonder why he bothered to announce a retirement if he’s going to keep picking fights like this. He might as well be Michael Scott shouting “I declare bankruptcy” for all it means.

It is also worth noting that Khabib’s tweet alleging that Conor is a rapist- based on very real sexual assault allegations against the Irish star- is still up at the time of writing.


Insomnia

Garry Tonon himself commented and solved the mystery: it was the back of his cup.

Max Holloway recalls being just a scared young kid fighting Dustin Poirier in his UFC debut. It’s fascinating which fighters grow to become greats and which equally gifted fighters do not. Poirier and Holloway have both surpassed all expectations in overcoming career adversity.

Tony Ferguson posted some self-affirmation. Hopefully he makes it back alright.

I must regretfully report Sage Northcutt has turned to violence.

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This was posted by a parody account, but it is pretty funny to imagine nonetheless.

When I saw it, I winced

Amazing rhythm

This sequence of pictures from Johnny Walker is physical comedy

Retired UFC fighter Brad Pickett is killing it in bareknuckle boxing.


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I don’t have anything for this tonight except to watch ‘The Legend of Cocaine Island’ on Netflix. I have a feeling a lot of y’all would enjoy it.

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Khabib Responds To McGregor And Yes, He Went There

Leave it to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 155-pound champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, along with ex-lightweight titleholder, Conor McGregor, to somehow make the Brooklyn bus attack — as well as the UFC 229 post-fight brawl — two of the least offensive things they’ve done throughout their protracted rivalry.

Thanks social media!

Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor back in October in what should have sent both fighters in opposite directions; however, last week’s “Notorious” retirement announcement came with side commentary from “The Eagle.” As you might expect in the fight game, everyone wants to have that “mic drop” moment (and secure fanboy supply).

McGregor tried to land the killing blow with his offensive (and since-deleted) “towel” tweet (see the screenshot here) and now Nurmagomedov has responded in equally vulgar fashion, taking aim at some of the Irishman’s recent tabloid headlines, which include accusations of sexual assault.

Click here if you’re unable to see the tweet.

“Talking shit, this guy is insulting someone’s wife and making fun of her religion and belief,” Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, wrote on Twitter. “He doesn’t realize he’s insulting 1.5 billon Muslims. Religion and family is a no no. You’re fucked Conor, let’s see what the media is going to say now. He’s a rapist, and a bitch.”

When Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspended both fighters for brawling at T-Mobile Arena (more on that here), the governing body suggested stiffer penalties for combatants who took trash talk to an inappropriate level. Naturally, fans (and media) were aghast at the “insane” suggestion that speech should be regulated in combat sports, but now the idea doesn’t sound so crazy.

Sorry folks, we just can’t have nice things.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Tweets, Deletes Post Calling Khabib’s Wife a Towel

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Conor McGregor called Khabib Nurmagomedov’s wife a towel. That is a strange sentence to write, but it is what he did. Khabib, a devout Muslim from Dagestan and the UFC lightweight champion, who thoroughly routed McGregor last year at UFC 229, has been going back and forth online recently with the supposedly retired Irishman. McGregor evidently found photos of Khabib’s wedding with his wife wearing the head covering traditional in Muslim cultures.

Unlike most of his trash talk, however, McGregor must have sensed he crossed a line with this insult, and deleted the tweet. Perhaps his manager or PR guy was scrambling to erase the blunder. The internet is forever, though.


McGregor is no stranger to offensive trash talk. He has called Khabib ‘a mad backwards c***’ for not drinking his whiskey, and said his father was a coward for accepting foreign rule. He made some cringeworthy racial comments in the buildup to the Mayweather fight, which he seemed to realize later ‘didn’t really hit right’. Khabib, for his part, once advised that aspiring female fighters ‘just stay home.’

After absorbing all the insults from Conor, Khabib admitted that crushing McGregor felt good, and the insults no doubt contributed to Khabib’s post-fight decision to leap out of the cage and attack McGregor’s cornerman and BJJ coach Dillon Danis.

It isn’t exactly clear what McGregor hopes to accomplish with the nonstop insults at this time, aside from eventually drumming up another fight with the Dagestani. Khabib says he’s returning in September to fight the winner of Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier, and McGregor, besides announcing his retirement after negotiations with the UFC seem to have stalled, is facing serious sexual assault allegations in Ireland. Still, there seem to somehow be an audience for a rematch to the one-sided UFC 229 affair.


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In case you missed it, Paulie Malignaggi slapped Artem Lobov today, and McGregor responded by posting a slew of photos of himself punching Paulie in the face.

Artem Lobov attracts slaps like a lightning rod. It’s amazing he never got slapped by Nate Diaz over two fights.

Irony from Dillon Danis

I mean… this is accurate

Aspen Ladd does spend a lot of time outside with her wolvogs.

Boxing great Terence Crawford says MMA doesn’t pay enough

Sometimes the weird stuff works, sometimes it backfires.

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Buggy choke slam (h/t caposa)

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Josh Emmett had some serious weight loss to get to 145.

VON FLUUUUUUUUUUUUE

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Von flued to #valhallaclub

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Hide Your Dolly! McGregor Reacts To Paulie Slap

Almost a year ago today, Artem Lobov was involved in a heated altercation with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn, N.Y., which saw “The Eagle” grab “The Russian Hammer” by the back of the neck.

See it again here.

That prompted Conor McGregor — Lobov’s friend and training partner — to hop on a private jet from Ireland all the way to Brooklyn to get at Khabib. What resulted was chaos, as “Notorious” hurled a dolly at a bus full of fighters.

And the rest, as they, is history.

Earlier today, (Tues., April 2, 2019), Lobov was once again involved in a physical altercation, this time with ex-boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi, who slapped the former UFC featherweight during a face-to-face confrontation (video).

This time around, however, Conor won’t be making the trip to New York for retaliation — at least not yet. Instead, Conor took to social media to post a series of what I can only assume are never-before seen pictures of him clipping Paulie during their now-infamous sparring sessions.

Here are a few:

And there is plenty more where that came from.

Much was made about Paulie and Conor’s battle, with Conor claiming he knocked Malignaggi down cleanly (evidence here) and got the best of the overall exchanges, while Paulie says it was also blown out of proportion. Since then, the two sides have been embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth dispute.

Paulie has been tried to convince “Notorious” to take him on in a real boxing match, but the fiery Irishman has shown littler interest.

Instead, Lobov and the former boxing champion could very well find themselves swinging bare knuckles at one another under the Bare Knuckle FC banner this June; assuming Artem gets a win over Jason Knight this Saturday night (April 6, 2019) in Biloxi, Miss.

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Midnight Mania! Why Won’t Dana Give McGregor UFC Equity?

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Conor McGregor REALLY wants a share in the UFC. The thing is, it wouldn’t be difficult at all to give it to him. WME-IMG are already paying him more than any UFC fighter in history. Celebrities, including Mark Wahlberg, already own shares in the company. McGregor is as much a celebrity as he is a fighter. Why, then, is Dana White so against the idea?

The word ‘idea’ is key. Inherent in the relationship between the UFC and it’s fighters is the underlying, implicit understanding of the way capitalism works. Fighters do the fighting, UFC owners do the profiting. Workers work, owners of capital profit because they own the capital. If you own the thing, you can do what you want with the thing. Never mind that the UFC paid it’s fighters roughly 17 percent of revenue before the ESPN deal (certainly even less now). They own the show. Everyone else is an employee (except not quite, they don’t get a 401K, or the right to collectively bargain via a union). In this sense, the UFC is exactly like the rest of America. This is more and more how the world works: huge monopolistic corporations own the planet, the rest of us just live on it. The era of workers organizing to limit the power of capital ended 40 years ago. If the UFC wants to unilaterally trade away the fighters’ right to wear any sponsor they want in favor of one sponsor that pays a fraction of the amount individual fighters could get, all the fighters sign that contract amendment. That’s how Justin Gaethje made just $ 4,000 in ‘promotional guidelines compliance pay’ for wearing Reebok gear.

Every single fighter in the company is underpaid relative to the value of the ‘product’, the violence they create in the Octagon. This is especially true in the ESPN era, where the value of the fights they put on is paid for by the hardcore audience that bought an ESPN+ subscription, and the revenue comes mostly from a stable TV deal, and less from individual stars on Pay-Per-View (PPV). The UFC needs the likes of Donald Cerrone, Michelle Waterson, Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, Josh Emmett, and Aljamain Sterling, to fill their TV and streaming slots.

Even the top stars are underpaid, though; perhaps especially the top stars. Floyd Mayweather made a minimum purse of 32 million dollars fighting Andre Berto, a fight that sold between 400,000 and 550,000 PPV buys. By comparison, Conor McGregor made 3 million guaranteed minimum fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov, a fight that sold 2.4 million PPV buys. Sure, McGregor no doubt made a lot more than that with what the UFC considers a generous cut of the PPV sales, but before the fight he estimated that he would make 50 million if the fight sold 3 to 3.5 million buys. It’s safe to estimate he made much less than that with the actual buyrate. For a fight that quintupled the buyrate of Mayweather-Berto, McGregor likely made a comparable amount of money. The reason for the difference? Mayweather owns his own promotion. Without getting into the legal differences between boxing and MMA created by boxing’s Ali Act, that’s the reason Mayweather gets much bigger paychecks.

In short, Dana White realizes that giving any fighters equity in the company threatens to blur this clear line between labor and capital that allows the UFC’s owners to get away with capturing ~85% of the revenue unquestioned. This is just how the world works, naturally, like the divine right of kings. Giving a fighter ownership would threaten to shatter the illusion that anything else is impossible.


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This lifetime ban is not an April Fools joke! USADA has no chill.

The gi offers so many possibilities

Insane choke

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Savage no arm triangle choke #valhallaclub

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RETURN TO SENDER

Petr Yan calls out Jimmie Rivera, but if I were Rivera, I wouldn’t want that fight coming off two losses in a row.

This was the first time Michael Johnson has ever been knocked cold like that, but he’s taking it in stride. It’s criminal Josh Emmett hasn’t gotten a post-fight bonus though.

Ouch. Paul Felder doesn’t care though. He’s got thick skin.

I think… Justin Gaethje might be right. If his wrestling is as good as his pedigree suggests, he just might be the toughest matchup for the Dagestani champion.

Dan Henderson’s still got jokes in retirement

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I wish I would have seen this sooner.

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Anthony Pettis knocking out Stephen Thompson is better when it’s Dark Souls

McGregor congratulated Justin Gaethje

Amanda Nunes is right, Tatiana Suarez is the top contender if she beats Nina Ansaroff, but the real gem is in the replies, where Ansaroff, who is Nunes’ partner, complains that Nunes can’t get her pregnant.

Max Holloway is fighting Dustin Poirier this weekend, so just a reminder of what we could be in for:


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OWNED

How about a magic trick? Ever seen an octopus disappear?

Normally this would make me nervous but you can tell this giant cat just wants rubs.

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Conor McGregor Arrested in Miami

Everyone’s favorite Irish UFC star and unrepentant law-breaker Conor McGregor is in hot water yet again.

This time, it’s in Miami, FL. The reason? Some jerk was taking pics of McGregor, and McGregor apparently didn’t like that so he grabbed the dude’s phone and smashed it. Which… is considered “Strong Arm Robbery” and “Criminal Mischief” in Miami Beach.

Oh well. Honestly, this isn’t as egregious as smashing a bus with a handtruck. I mean, it’s bad, but not that bad.

What may be bad, though, is Conor’s current suspension by the commission in Nevada. Is this going to put him in even more hot water with them?

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Conor McGregor Arrested in Miami

Everyone’s favorite Irish UFC star and unrepentant law-breaker Conor McGregor is in hot water yet again.

This time, it’s in Miami, FL. The reason? Some jerk was taking pics of McGregor, and McGregor apparently didn’t like that so he grabbed the dude’s phone and smashed it. Which… is considered “Strong Arm Robbery” and “Criminal Mischief” in Miami Beach.

Oh well. Honestly, this isn’t as egregious as smashing a bus with a handtruck. I mean, it’s bad, but not that bad.

What may be bad, though, is Conor’s current suspension by the commission in Nevada. Is this going to put him in even more hot water with them?

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Conor McGregor Arrested in Miami

Everyone’s favorite Irish UFC star and unrepentant law-breaker Conor McGregor is in hot water yet again.

This time, it’s in Miami, FL. The reason? Some jerk was taking pics of McGregor, and McGregor apparently didn’t like that so he grabbed the dude’s phone and smashed it. Which… is considered “Strong Arm Robbery” and “Criminal Mischief” in Miami Beach.

Oh well. Honestly, this isn’t as egregious as smashing a bus with a handtruck. I mean, it’s bad, but not that bad.

What may be bad, though, is Conor’s current suspension by the commission in Nevada. Is this going to put him in even more hot water with them?

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