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Midnight Mania! McGregor to Cerrone: Whiskey Offer ‘Sounds Like a Party’

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Donald Cerrone seems more and more likely to land the biggest fight in MMA, Conor McGregor. McGregor offered to fight Cerrone after ‘Cowboy’ beat the brakes off Alex Hernandez in a bonus-winning performance on the UFC’s debut on ESPN (see the highlights). Today, he posted an offer on Instagram to drink the Notorious Irishman’s whiskey, Proper 12, at the pre-fight presser, the kind of offer Khabib Nurmagomedov famously turned down due to the tenets of his Islamic faith.

Don’t worry @thenotoriousmma I’ll drink @properwhiskey at the Press Conference with ya!! Hell I’ll bring the @budweiser

McGregor responded “Sounds like a party!” in the comments. It would be highly unusual to see a Conor McGregor respecting and having fun with his opponent before a fight. He should beware, though. Friendly, relaxed Donald Cerrone is the most dangerous Donald Cerrone.


McGregor seems to be back in the gym training, as he also posted this today.

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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, meanwhile, is doing what Cowboy does: riding a snowmobile in the great outdoors.

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Turbos and fresh tracks

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Donald Cerrone is in many ways the perfect opponent for McGregor. He’s been a model UFC fighter for years, taking on any and all opponents, no questions asked, on short notice, and beating most of them. He has well-documented weaknesses to the high-pressure style McGregor prefers, but also poses a legitimate threat on the mat. He has a name, at least among hardcore fans, and a persona that works well opposite a proven draw in McGregor.

Imagine the kind of promo video you can cut: Cerrone, riding his horse on his ranch, a light dusting of snow on the mountains; McGregor driving an Aston Martin in his suit, the city lights flashing off his sunglasses. That’s… about all you need, actually. Maybe throw in a showdown at a dusty saloon, like that old Anderson Silva vs. Steven Seagal commercial. (The outtakes were great too, by the way)


Insomnia

It turns out reports of Ronda Rousey’s departure were greatly exaggerated, but she is considering taking a break to start a family.

Sweet chin music outta nowhere

I’m sure these exercises are useful and easy on the joints but Georges St. Pierre still looks silly doing them.

When you and your partner are professional fighters but also love each other

Yeah… not so sure about that one

Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane has an interesting take on motivation: she lacks it for herself, and piggybacks on others’ expectations of her to achieve greatness. Success looks different for different people.

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LONG POST IF YOU CARE TO READ I basically have been on a 5 week long vacation since my last fight and just started going back to the gym this week. Even though my body hates me right now, I’m relieved to be home and back on my routine. However, I definitely needed some motivation to bring myself in. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have THE WORST internal motivation. By internal motivation I mean that if I don’t have to make weight for a fight or go to a team workout, I’ll sit my ass at home and eat cookies. I hate working out. Period. Sure I’ll feel better after a hard session, but I also feel better after cleaning my house. You wanna know the reason why I even started fighting in the first place? Cause Manolo told me to. That’s right. I’m only in this position as a world champion because my coaches kept telling me what to do and I listened because I wanted to please them. THEY were my motivation. And I found out that what I need, what I thrive on is EXTERNAL motivation. I cannot bring myself to get off of the couch for a run if I don’t have a reason to. That reason could be me getting booked for a fight, me promising a teammate that I would lift with them, or even me paying for an expensive ass month long yoga membership and trying to get my money’s worth. But I know that that reason won’t come from within me, and I’m ok with that. Everyone has their different motivations for getting up and doing shit, and mine is simply because I have to, not because I want to. I’m an “obliger” and I’m fine with being on vacation until someone tells me to get off of my ass. You don’t need to have a crazy internal drive to be active or to be world champion, you just need to find ways to trick yourself into doing it. So anyway, since I’m in the gym full-time again maybe that means I have some news for you. You may even want to watch the @bellatormma fights this Saturday . P.S. I chose this picture of me from three years ago in fight shape cause some would think that wanting to look good all the time is enough motivation to workout. Nah lol. My body goes through seasons and I accept each one. I also wanted more likes. #thirstythursday #tbt #fakeabs @tc1gel

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Anthony Smith doesn’t care.

Gregor Gillespie fishing in ice-cold water

Mighty Mouse sparring with the warrior who will one day kill him

Aaron Pico thinks a win would put him in title contention, but Bellator hasn’t told him anything about future plans.

What a knockout

Great counter kick:

I really enjoy Karate Combat’s aesthetic

These guys are tired

Sonned him:

Airborn

Good contest

Great armdrag!

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Joanna Declines March Fight Offer In Favor Of Rest

Fight fans will have to wait to see Joanna Jedrzejczyk step foot back inside of the Octagon.

That’s according to the former UFC women’s strawweight champion herself, as Jedrzejczyk recently revealed that she turned down an offer to fight in March. The proposed event and opponent are unknown at this time, but streaking strawweight contender Tatiana Suarez was a rumored name.

“I received a fight offer for March, but I turned it down,” Jedrzejcyzk recently told WezloFM. “For now on, I just want to rest a bit, have a nice time with my family and eat well.”

This comes just days after Jedrzejcyzk tagged ONE Championship in an Instagram post, which was later deleted.

Jedrzejczyk, 31, is coming off a crushing defeat at the hands of Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 231 for the vacant UFC women’s flyweight title. Before that, the Polish striker lost back-to-back title fights to Rose Namajunas at 115 pounds, which ultimately ended her eight-fight UFC unbeaten streak. Jedrzejczyk sprinkled in a decision win over Tecia Torres this past July but simply hasn’t looked like her dominant self since her initial knockout loss to “Thug” back at UFC 217.

Considering Jedrzejczyk has fought at least twice per year since her UFC arrival in 2014, which includes a total of nine five-round title fights, the former champion may be taking a second to reset and collect herself.

When Jedrzejczyk does decide to return to action she’ll have to start from scratch to work her way back up the strawweight/flyweight ladder in another attempt at UFC gold.

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Coker Shortchanges 50 Cent Over ‘Garbage’ Offer For Khabib

If he can’t do it; homie, it can’t be done.

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has no problem scooping up disgruntled UFC fighters, already collecting the likes of Gegard Mousasi and Ryan Bader, among others, but it appears the former Strikeforce head cheese is not in the “Eagle” business.

Sorry, Fitty.

After Khabib Nurmagomedov threatened to quit the promotion (over this), rapper and newly-christened Bellator broski 50 Cent offered $ 2 million to have the UFC lightweight champion abandon ship and join the rank-and-file over at Viacom.

“He called me yesterday and he said, ‘Hey, what’s going on with this?’” Coker said at the Bellator 208 press conference (via MMA Junkie). “I said, ‘Well, the commission’s involved. There’s a lot of steps to that whole situation.’ I told him, ‘Hey, let’s just stay clear of it because that has nothing to do with Bellator, it has to do with the commission and the fighter and the league.’ So that’s their business.”

Not that it would have made a difference.

That’s because Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abedaziz, told TMZ that he’s not going to entertain a “garbage” offer for $ 2 million — the amount being held by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his UFC 229 post-fight brawl — because “The Eagle” is worth 25-times that amount.

“For $ 2 million, [that won’t even] open a Coca-Cola bottle for Khabib,” Abdelaziz said. “Khabib makes a lot of money. If we talk about $ 50 million and up, we can talk. But $ 2 million? This is garbage.”

If Nurmagomedov is going to make that kind of coin, then he better hope Floyd Mayweather was serious when he said this. If not, it make take that Conor McGregor match at Cowboys Stadium to get into double digits.

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Bellator President Scott Coker Addresses 50 Cent’s $2 Million Offer to Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Says She’s ‘Gotten Offer’ to Fight Valentina Shevchenko

The Ultimate Fighting Championship hasn’t announced who Valentina Shevchenko will face for the vacant women’s strawweight crown, but there’s a pretty decent chance her opponent could be former muay Thai rival Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
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If you thought that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were on their way to becoming drinking buddies, think again.
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