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McGregor To Holloway: I’m The Real Featherweight GOAT

Max Holloway’s impressive win over Brian Ortega at UFC 231 has many fans calling him the best featherweight ever. And with 13 UFC wins in a row – two of those TKOs of fellow FW GOAT contender Jose Aldo – you could certainly argue the case. But Holloway still places himself behind Aldo, whose six year reign atop the WEC and UFC 145 pound division saw him successfully defend the featherweight title a whopping nine times.

Then there’s Dillon Danis, who wants to make sure you don’t forget his BFF Conor McGregor when talking about legendary featherweights.

Yes, McGregor does hold a win over Max Holloway: a dominating 2013 decision that saw “Notorious” blank “Blessed” on the scorecards 30-27, 30-27, 30-26. On the plus side, Max holds the distinction of being the first opponent Conor beat that survived until the final bell.

And really, how relevant is that loss in the current scheme of things? The Holloway we saw at UFC 231 is clearly light years ahead of the Holloway McGregor faced five years ago. Max hasn’t lost a fight since, and has developed into a volume striker so prodigious that he just broke the record for most significant strikes landed in UFC history (1627). His fight with Ortega pushed him past Frankie Edgar (1463) and former record holder Michael Bisping (1567), who built his numbers up over 11 years and 29 fights. Meanwhile, Holloway got there with 19 fights in 6 years … and he’s only 27 years old!

You don’t need statistics to prove Holloway is the real deal. Anyone who has watched him over his past four title fights can see his Power Level is 10,000 and rising. But is he greater than Conor McGregor? Unsurprisingly, Conor McGregor doesn’t think so.

Here’s what the former featherweight champ had to say about Max’s UFC 231 performance:

Here’s a crazy thought: why not run it back? McGregor’s claim to the title of world’s greatest 145er is tenuous at best because he didn’t stick around and defend the belt. But putting the stamp on Prime Holloway would re-establish McGregor as de facto king of the featherweights. An absentee king, for sure … but one who just proved he’s capable of returning at any time to crush whatever pretender he finds on his throne.

It’d be a wild fight for sure, but who knows what kind of head space McGregor is in these days? What kind of opponent would he need to scratch that competitive itch? Holloway seems to tick more boxes than Dustin Poirier, Dana White’s recent pick for the Red Panty Night sweepstakes. Max is a champion, and he fights like a warrior poet. He’ll take any fight the UFC offers him, be it an immediate rematch against Jose Aldo or a last minute lightweight fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s got swagger. He’s got charisma. He’s got Hawaii behind him (and apparently Canada, too). And he’s got Conor’s belt. What more could you want?

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Ferguson Would ‘Break’ McGregor In Both MMA And Boxing

I’m disappointed that Tony Ferguson went an entire tweet without referring to Conor McGregor as “McNugget.” I mean, he could have at least used the hashtag #SnapCity, but I guess nothing is sacred these days.

There was a point earlier this year when Ferguson was the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim lightweight champion, waiting for McGregor to defend his 155-pound strap. Fast-forward past UFC 229 and now neither of them can claim gold.

Blame this.

Anyway, all the cool kids want to box McGregor because beating him at mixed martial arts (MMA) is no longer good enough. Kinda says something about the sport as a whole. Remember when Eli Manning topped Tom Brady in the Super Bowl and then said, “What I really want is to get a basketball and beat him in a game of 1-on-1.”

Of course you don’t, because that’s stupid and it never happened.

“I feel I do my best against ‘Southpaws,’” Ferguson wrote. “Most of my finishes are against them with style points. I feel if I were to fight Conor McGregor in a cage or boxing match my athleticism and conditioning would be too much for the Irishman and he would easily break in a few rounds.”

Ferguson may get the chance to prove his mettle against the power-punching Irishman as current titleholder, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is expected to earn a mandatory timeout from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

If and when that finally happens, let’s just hope the promotion doesn’t create yet another substitute strap. Considering how long “Notorious” was able to hold the division hostage, “The Eagle” should be able to do likewise.

Actually, at this point, who even cares about the title, just make good fights.

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Khabib Willing To Box McGregor, Prove He’s The Better Striker

“What would you do for a Klondike bar?”

Would you box Conor McGregor? Punch-punch-punch!

Would you post nonsensical clickbait? Click-click-click!

Now that Floyd Mayweather is too busy training to pay attention to the theatrics of UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the 30 year-old grappler is forced to troll elsewhere, so I guess it only makes sense to come full circle.

At least now we understand his obsession with boxing.

“As for the fight against Conor under boxing rules, this is a fight we are interested in,” Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, told the Russian media. “Khabib showed that he is able to beat the best strikers of mixed martial arts. He said this before, but few believed it. However, after strong victories over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Conor, people begin to believe.”

Nurmagomedov (27-0) has only been outstruck once in 11 trips to the Octagon, and that was by Gleison Tibau back in summer 2012. But most of “The Eagle’s” offense comes from top position, as the Sambo master has 52 takedowns during that same span.

I guess his newfound confidence on the feet came during his five-round jab-a-thon opposite the flat-footed Al Iaquinta earlier this year in New York, followed by the knockdown Nurmagomedov scored in his submission win over McGregor at UFC 229.

Is it time to see “The Eagle” take his talents to this upstart boxing promotion?

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Dana White: Rumors of Donald Cerrone vs. Conor McGregor ‘Absolutely Not True’

Last week, Donald Cerrone hinted that he was ”just waiting” on Conor McGregor for a potential booking in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Midnight Mania! McGregor Congratulates Teammate On Leg Kick TKO

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Conor McGregor has been laying relatively low lately when it comes to MMA since his high-profile loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. He seems mostly to be focusing on launching his new whiskey brand, which he recently had to apologize for. There is no official word on his next opponent, though Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone called him out after a win over Mike Perry, a potential bout McGregor opened as favorite in.

However, “The Notorious” is always good for a shoutout to a successful teammate. Today, he congratulated his teammate, fellow Irishman Cian Cowley, for getting a leg kick TKO tonight. A welterweight, Cowley won his Brave CF 18 bout in a round, an impressive result by any metric. His official pro record is now 2-1.


Insomnia

Daniel Cormier wants you to tag his next opponent… who is buying that it will affect his decision-making in the slightest?

Kazushi Sakuraba is one of the Greatest of All Times.

One got good looks, the other got the fighting genes?

Is this most MMA nickname and shorts design ever?

This was funny because you could really picture Hannibal Buress saying it

This cat has claws

Never believe a Diaz is back until the get into the cage

I enjoy thinking of Darren Elkins as a superhero, but something of a cross between one from Super or Kickass, where he lacks the self-awareness to know how bad his chest tattoo is, but at the same time has built up a real superhuman toughness that keeps him in fights he has no business being in.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This spinning backfist is excellent- Kailan Hill sets it up with a lead hook and spins straight into his opponent.

This is not his first spectacular knockout- he’s one to keep an eye on!

One-two

It has been a while since I’ve seen a lead leg switchkick land this cleanly

Just keeping hitting, hitting, hitting

Tenshin Nasukawa is fighting tonight, and so are a couple fighters who pushed him to the limit

I had forgotten about how close this fight was- George St. Pierre ended his reign in a dogfight against Johny Hendricks. GSP came back to take Michael Bisping’s middleweight belt and retire again, while Hendricks won the welterweight belt, then fell off so steeply that last week he got knocked out in a bareknuckle boxing match.

Sumo!

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Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone? Yes, Please!

The lovable adrenaline junkie Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone managed to notch another win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Whatever, and fresh off his armbar victory over Mike Perry, he’s already teasing a future match-up.

Can you guess who that opponent may be?

Supposedly, it’s Conor McGregor.

Obviously, this is all just talk until the contracts are signed. But… that’s not a bad match-up at all. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for both men to make some healthy cheddar while throwing down in crowd-pleasing fashion.

Because you know damn well that Cowboy isn’t going to Khabib McGregor, and ground him into oblivion. Nope, they’re going to bang.

I like this fight (if it happens, and that’s a BIG if). What do you think?

 

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Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone? Yes, Please!

The lovable adrenaline junkie Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone managed to notch another win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Whatever, and fresh off his armbar victory over Mike Perry, he’s already teasing a future match-up.

Can you guess who that opponent may be?

Supposedly, it’s Conor McGregor.

Obviously, this is all just talk until the contracts are signed. But… that’s not a bad match-up at all. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for both men to make some healthy cheddar while throwing down in crowd-pleasing fashion.

Because you know damn well that Cowboy isn’t going to Khabib McGregor, and ground him into oblivion. Nope, they’re going to bang.

I like this fight (if it happens, and that’s a BIG if). What do you think?

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Just waiting on him! ”</p

Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone? Yes, Please!

The lovable adrenaline junkie Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone managed to notch another win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Whatever, and fresh off his armbar victory over Mike Perry, he’s already teasing a future match-up.

Can you guess who that opponent may be?

Supposedly, it’s Conor McGregor.

Obviously, this is all just talk until the contracts are signed. But… that’s not a bad match-up at all. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for both men to make some healthy cheddar while throwing down in crowd-pleasing fashion.

Because you know damn well that Cowboy isn’t going to Khabib McGregor, and ground him into oblivion. Nope, they’re going to bang.

I like this fight (if it happens, and that’s a BIG if). What do you think?

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Just waiting on him! ”</p

Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone? Yes, Please!

The lovable adrenaline junkie Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone managed to notch another win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Whatever, and fresh off his armbar victory over Mike Perry, he’s already teasing a future match-up.

Can you guess who that opponent may be?

Supposedly, it’s Conor McGregor.

Obviously, this is all just talk until the contracts are signed. But… that’s not a bad match-up at all. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for both men to make some healthy cheddar while throwing down in crowd-pleasing fashion.

Because you know damn well that Cowboy isn’t going to Khabib McGregor, and ground him into oblivion. Nope, they’re going to bang.

I like this fight (if it happens, and that’s a BIG if). What do you think?

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Just waiting on him! ”</p

Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone? Yes, Please!

The lovable adrenaline junkie Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone managed to notch another win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Whatever, and fresh off his armbar victory over Mike Perry, he’s already teasing a future match-up.

Can you guess who that opponent may be?

Supposedly, it’s Conor McGregor.

Obviously, this is all just talk until the contracts are signed. But… that’s not a bad match-up at all. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for both men to make some healthy cheddar while throwing down in crowd-pleasing fashion.

Because you know damn well that Cowboy isn’t going to Khabib McGregor, and ground him into oblivion. Nope, they’re going to bang.

I like this fight (if it happens, and that’s a BIG if). What do you think?

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Just waiting on him! ”</p