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UFC 229 Primer: Guess What? Conor and Khabib Aren’t the Only Fighters on the Card!

Combat sports superstar Conor McGregor and lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov are clashing at tonight’s UFC 229. And of course, because it’s Conor, the entire world is tuning in and thinking about that main event. But guess what? There are other fighters on the card, too! Crazy, right?

The co-main event pits former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis against former interim champ (and TUF winner) Tony Ferguson. That’s… actually a pretty amazing match-up. Both men are elite members of the 155-pound weight class, and could conceivably be facing McGregor or Nurmagomedov in the future. Heck, Ferguson was supposed to take on Nurmagomedov about two dozen times, but the fight always fell apart for some reason or another.

There’s also a stellar heavyweight bout between Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov on the card. Volkov has won four times in four trips to the Octagon, and has taken out the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson. Lewis, meanwhile, had a ton of momentum in the division before Mark Hunt derailed him. But he beat Francis Ngannou in his last fight, so there may be hope for Lewis yet.

Ovince St. Preux is also fighting, as is Michelle Waterson and Felice Herrig. Granted, they’ll all have to do something seriously dramatic to steal even a sliver of the spotlight from McGregor, but whatever! They’re on the card!

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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UFC 229 Primer: Who Will Step in and Fight Conor When Khabib Bows Out?

Right now Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov is the biggest fight the UFC can make, and it’s set to be the main event for UFC 229 this weekend. Hooray! Conor and Khabib are going to fight!

Okay, now that the thrill of their impending match-up has made us happy, let’s face reality: There’s a very good chance that come Saturday night, that won’t be our main event.

Not to jinx things, but our intrepid lightweight champ, Khabib, has been known to have issues cutting weight. In fact, it’s a minor miracle he ever won the belt. Not because he isn’t good – he is. But because for one reason or another, he’s had to bow out of fights at the last minute.

McGregor is superhuman and impervious to training injuries, and he can cut weight all the way down to 135 pounds without checking into the emergency room. So we don’t have to worry about him.

But Khabib…

So the big question then will be who actually faces McGregor in the main event. Thankfully, the UFC is playing four-dimensional chess here and have thought ahead. They put former interim champ Tony Ferguson and former champ Anthony Pettis as the co-main event.

Yup, that’s right. In the highly-possible chance that Khabib can’t fight, we might be seeing McGregor smash Ferguson or Pettis. Heck, Conor would be willing to fight them both if the money was right!

So of Ferguson and Pettis, who do you think will fare better against the Irish superstar? Ponder that while you watch the first installment of Embedded for the week.

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UFC 229 Primer: But What If Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor?

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally getting the big fight he deserves at UFC 229 this weekend.

Sure, he won the belt, and by default, anytime you win a belt it should be considered a “big” fight. But he did it by defeating Al Iaquinta – a tough, but part-time fighter – and the bout everyone wanted, against Tony Ferguson, constantly eluded him.

Now it’s time for Conor McGregor, the biggest star of all. Khabib is undoubtedly getting pay-per-view points for his role, and since it’s Conor we’re talking about, that means the Dagestani is going to make bank like never before.

But a question remains. Sure, McGregor can easily knock out wrestlers, and could very well put Nurmagomedov to sleep on Saturday night. And Khabib can certainly take McGregor down and pound him into oblivion…

…But if Khabib does, then what?

When Nate Diaz defeated McGregor in their first go-around, it set up one of the most anticipated UFC fights ever. Seriously, Diaz got so rich off the rematch, he now owns slaves.

What will a victory mean for Nurmagomedov, though? Will there be a rematch, and another chance for both me to soak up more pay-per-view percentage points?

Honestly, it’s probably not up to Nurmagomedov what happens next if he wins. Nor is it up to the UFC.

It will be up to Conor.

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UFC 229 Primer: But What If Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor?

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally getting the big fight he deserves at UFC 229 this weekend.

Sure, he won the belt, and by default, anytime you win a belt it should be considered a “big” fight. But he did it by defeating Al Iaquinta – a tough, but part-time fighter – and the bout everyone wanted, against Tony Ferguson, constantly eluded him.

Now it’s time for Conor McGregor, the biggest star of all. Khabib is undoubtedly getting pay-per-view points for his role, and since it’s Conor we’re talking about, that means the Dagestani is going to make bank like never before.

But a question remains. Sure, McGregor can easily knock out wrestlers, and could very well put Nurmagomedov to sleep on Saturday night. And Khabib can certainly take McGregor down and pound him into oblivion…

…But if Khabib does, then what?

When Nate Diaz defeated McGregor in their first go-around, it set up one of the most anticipated UFC fights ever. Seriously, Diaz got so rich off the rematch, he now owns slaves.

What will a victory mean for Nurmagomedov, though? Will there be a rematch, and another chance for both me to soak up more pay-per-view percentage points?

Honestly, it’s probably not up to Nurmagomedov what happens next if he wins. Nor is it up to the UFC.

It will be up to Conor.

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UFC 229 Primer: But What If Khabib Nurmagomedov Beats Conor McGregor?

Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov is finally getting the big fight he deserves at UFC 229 this weekend.

Sure, he won the belt, and by default, anytime you win a belt it should be considered a “big” fight. But he did it by defeating Al Iaquinta – a tough, but part-time fighter – and the bout everyone wanted, against Tony Ferguson, constantly eluded him.

Now it’s time for Conor McGregor, the biggest star of all. Khabib is undoubtedly getting pay-per-view points for his role, and since it’s Conor we’re talking about, that means the Dagestani is going to make bank like never before.

But a question remains. Sure, McGregor can easily knock out wrestlers, and could very well put Nurmagomedov to sleep on Saturday night. And Khabib can certainly take McGregor down and pound him into oblivion…

…But if Khabib does, then what?

When Nate Diaz defeated McGregor in their first go-around, it set up one of the most anticipated UFC fights ever. Seriously, Diaz got so rich off the rematch, he now owns slaves.

What will a victory mean for Nurmagomedov, though? Will there be a rematch, and another chance for both me to soak up more pay-per-view percentage points?

Honestly, it’s probably not up to Nurmagomedov what happens next if he wins. Nor is it up to the UFC.

It will be up to Conor.

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Bellator 206 Primer: Rampage Is Fighting This Weekend and the Joke Is on Us

Bellator is hitting us over the head with a big show this weekend – Bellator 206 to be exact. It will air on that new DAZN platform, which is sort of the equivalent of the UFC’s Fight Pass, and there are some big, compelling fights on the card.

There’s also a very much not-eagerly anticipated rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, because, I don’t. Maybe promoter Scott Coker thought he could squeeze more money out of these long-faded warriors’ names.

Listen, the joke is on us, people. Neither Rampage nor Silva should be fighting anymore. And they certainly shouldn’t be fighting each other!

They’ve fought three times already. The first two meetings were in PRIDE FC, where Silva destroyed Jackson with knees. Then the UFC had the rubber match, and Jackson won via knockout.

That bout – back in 2008 – was pretty much the last time Rampage looked awesome. Since then, he’s gotten older and slower and infinitely more bitter.

And of course Silva has gotten old, too, and his last fight was a dismal one against Chael Sonnen last year.

There are plenty of other good fights on the Bellator 206 card. Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald is probably the best match-up Bellator could make in all of their divisions, and it’s always fun watching Aaron Pico.

But Coker is relying on whatever residual love fans may have for the ancient Rampage and Silva, and if you haven’t been living in an underground bunker for the last ten years, or maybe in jail, it’s hard not to see this bout for what it is.

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UFC 228 Primer: Are You Ready to See a UFC Champ Murdered?

To say the odds are against UFC female flyweight champ Nicco Montano would be an understatement. When she fights at UFC 228 this weekend, she literally has almost zero chance of successfully defending her belt.

Heck, she has almost zero chance of survival. And some of that is because, since winning her belt at the culmination of some season of TUF, Montano has been frickin’ AWOL (absent without leave, a ghost, a mythological creature that may or may not ever have existed), which undoubtedly makes her rusty as hell. But most of her doom centers around the fact that her opponent is Valentina Shevchenko.

Valentina Shevchenko the top bantamweight challenger. Whose only two losses in the Octagon are to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, and both of which were narrow decision losses.

Shevchenko is going to murder Montano. It’s not even going to be close.

Just take a look at their respective resumes. A glance at Montano’s and it seems as if she’s just starting out, giving this MMA thing a try while she works towards an associate’s degree at the local community college.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko’s record paints another portrait entirely. After years of amateur kickboxing, and years of being a Muay Thai champ, she jumped into the cage. There, she’s beaten the likes of Julianna Pena, Sarah Kaufman and Holly Holm. HOLLY HOLM!

Thus far in her UFC career, Montano has earned a decision over Roxanne Modafferi. And chilled on the sidelines for almost a year.

Never mind their respective strengths and weaknesses. With the massive disparity in their experience, it won’t matter if Montano can throw a decent punch or kick hard or summon the Great Spirit. Shevchenko is going to crush her.

Anyway, here’s Daniel Cormier hyping the fight.

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