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Conor McGregor Seems Totally Cool With What Happened Last Night

At UFC 229, former champ Conor McGregor took a beating at the hands of reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then, because of all the bad blood between them, Khabib spat on Conor, climbed over the cage, and leaped into the audience to scrap with McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis.

To make matters worse, Khabib’s teammates scampered over the side of the cage and attacked McGregor. It was total bedlam, and it ended with Las Vegas police escorting McGregor backstage.

A dismayed UFC boss Dana White made it clear that some of Khabib’s teammates were subsequently arrested. And for sure the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse pending a review of the chaos.

But you know who seems totally cool with what transpired? Conor McGregor.

Here’s what the Irish superstar said on both Twitter and Instagram afterwards:

 

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I’ll be back.

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As for Khabib’s teammates who were arrested, McGregor even declined to press charges.

Those dudes ganged up on him and attacked him from behind. And McGregor is cool with that!

We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect that, had McGregor won the fight, he wouldn’t have spit on Nurmagomedov and attacked his team. He might have actually been respectful – complimentary even.

Here’s champ Daniel Cormier giving his two cents:

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Conor McGregor Seems Totally Cool With What Happened Last Night

At UFC 229, former champ Conor McGregor took a beating at the hands of reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then, because of all the bad blood between them, Khabib spat on Conor, climbed over the cage, and leaped into the audience to scrap with McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis.

To make matters worse, Khabib’s teammates scampered over the side of the cage and attacked McGregor. It was total bedlam, and it ended with Las Vegas police escorting McGregor backstage.

A dismayed UFC boss Dana White made it clear that some of Khabib’s teammates were subsequently arrested. And for sure the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse pending a review of the chaos.

But you know who seems totally cool with what transpired? Conor McGregor.

Here’s what the Irish superstar said on both Twitter and Instagram afterwards:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I’ll be back.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on

As for Khabib’s teammates who were arrested, McGregor even declined to press charges.

Those dudes ganged up on him and attacked him from behind. And McGregor is cool with that!

We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect that, had McGregor won the fight, he wouldn’t have spit on Nurmagomedov and attacked his team. He might have actually been respectful – complimentary even.

Here’s champ Daniel Cormier giving his two cents:

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Conor McGregor Seems Totally Cool With What Happened Last Night

At UFC 229, former champ Conor McGregor took a beating at the hands of reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then, because of all the bad blood between them, Khabib spat on Conor, climbed over the cage, and leaped into the audience to scrap with McGregor’s teammate, Dillon Danis.

To make matters worse, Khabib’s teammates scampered over the side of the cage and attacked McGregor. It was total bedlam, and it ended with Las Vegas police escorting McGregor backstage.

A dismayed UFC boss Dana White made it clear that some of Khabib’s teammates were subsequently arrested. And for sure the Nevada State Athletic Commission was withholding Nurmagomedov’s fight purse pending a review of the chaos.

But you know who seems totally cool with what transpired? Conor McGregor.

Here’s what the Irish superstar said on both Twitter and Instagram afterwards:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I’ll be back.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on

As for Khabib’s teammates who were arrested, McGregor even declined to press charges.

Those dudes ganged up on him and attacked him from behind. And McGregor is cool with that!

We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect that, had McGregor won the fight, he wouldn’t have spit on Nurmagomedov and attacked his team. He might have actually been respectful – complimentary even.

Here’s champ Daniel Cormier giving his two cents:

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Michael Bisping Seems Cool With Losing

It was easy to dislike Michael Bisping back when he won TUF, as he was cocky as hell and came across as a dude with a chip on his shoulder. But when he loss spectacularly to Dan Henderson – via a highlight-reel knockout that will forever remain in circulation – the brash Brit seemed to […]

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Michael Bisping Seems Cool With Losing

It was easy to dislike Michael Bisping back when he won TUF, as he was cocky as hell and came across as a dude with a chip on his shoulder. But when he loss spectacularly to Dan Henderson – via a highlight-reel knockout that will forever remain in circulation – the brash Brit seemed to […]

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Immediate rematch between Tyron Woodley, Stephen Thompson seems likely

NEW YORK – Demian Maia may be waiting a bit longer for his title shot in the welterweight division.

On Saturday night, after challenger Stephen Thompson and current 170-pound champion Tyron Woodley fought to a majority draw in their Fight of the Night at UFC 205, the urge to do an immediate rematch swept through Madison Square Garden.

More importantly, UFC president Dana White said he wants to see the two fight again. When asked about the co-main in the UFC 205 post-fight press conference, White didn’t mince words.

“You rematch, man,” he said. “I think that it was a draw and the fight was ridiculous. It was the fight of the night. Let’s do it again.”

The fight was a back-and-forth affair in which Woodley clearly won the first round, and Thompson found his rhythm in the second. The third was close — so close that it could have gone either way — while the fourth belonged to Woodley. That particular round was considered a 10-8 on one scorecard.

Woodley said he would leave the decision up to the UFC as to whom he would defend his title against next. “Wonderboy” Thompson said he would only be interested in a rematch. That would mean the odd man out would be the 39-year old Maia, who’s won six fights in a row including a first-round destruction of Carlos Condit in August.

White said that Maia would have some options if the UFC opted to run back Thompson and Woodley.

“Demian Maia is right there, man,” White said. “He’ll get the next shot. If he wants to fight somebody else or whatever. I don’t know. Again, it’s the night of the fights. I hate to make fights on the night of the fights, but that one makes sense. I think it makes sense.”

There was a moment of confusion when the scorecards were read before the sold out crowd at MSG. At first Woodley was declared a majority decision winner, which was clearly wrong with the scores being 47-47, 47-47, 48-47. The correct verdict was brought in to boos, though it was really just a slip in semantics.

The end was a majority draw, meaning Woodley keeps his belt.

“They were really trying to make sure those scores were totaled right,” White said of the confusion. “And, you don’t want to mess that up. And even when we came back you could tell Tyron thought we were going to say, ‘oops, Wonderboy won.’ But it was a draw. And when you look at that fight…I actually had it even going into the fifth round. My opinion doesn’t mean shit, so.”

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Wanderlei Silva Struck By Car While Riding Bicycle, Shoulder Surgery Seems Likely


(Yeah, but you should see THE CAR.”)

Brazil continues to be an absolute terror for mixed martial artists on two-wheeled modes of transportation, Nation.

The latest victim of Brazil’s notoriously rough streets? Wanderlei Silva, who was struck by a car while riding a bicycle last night.

Details after the jump.

The news was first broke via The Axe Murderer’s official Facebook page.

“We inform that Wand has been in an accident. A car hit him while he was returning home on his bike following a training session. Because of that, he injured his shoulder and undergoes surgery today. We ask for your prayers for our champion.”

Having just gotten his lifetime ban from the sport reduced to a three year suspension (retroactive to his failed fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175), Silva was expected to take part in Rizin’s eight man, open-weight tournament later this year. No word yet on how or if this injury will affect his slot in the tournament.

We’ll keep you up to date on Silva’s recovery as it happens, but given what we’ve seen in recent weeks, let’s all just be thankful that Silva’s accident wasn’t much, much worse.

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Dana White Seems More Optimistic Than You’d Expect

When the dust settled on UFC 196, a couple things were clear. First, thanks to the undeniable effort of Miesha Tate to win the belt, his monster rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey was now a smoldering wreckage on the side of the road. Second, his last remaining superstar – Conor McGregor – had […]

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With Rampage Jackson, nothing is ever quite as it seems

Quinton Jackson is another word for complicated. You get the feeling “Rampage” may not know an injunction from an outjunction from Petticoat Junction, but he always had a feeling he’d fight on Saturday night and guess what — it turns out he will. Here he comes, there he goes, beware the Mighty Bungalows.

The lawsuit filed by his former (at times current?) employer Bellator FC in the state of New Jersey that was to prevent him from competing at UFC 186 was nothing more than a little something to confuse poor Fabio Maldonado. At first, in a bit of highly theoretical matchmaking, Maldonado was facing Jackson. And then, after some legal action, he wasn’t. One click of the gavel meant former hockey player Steve Bosse was in. Two meant he was back out. 

(I thought I heard two. Did you hear two? Could have sworn it was two.)

When the injunction came down to prevent Jackson from competing in Montreal the UFC was flummoxed, and Bellator was stoked. On Tuesday, when that injunction lifted like a morning fog just five days before fight day, Bellator was disappointed, and the UFC was pleased. UFC president Dana White, who didn’t necessarily like Jackson just a couple of years ago, said he liked “Rampage” now because he goes in there to finish fights. Bellator sees him today as a paradox — the greatest finisher to ever leave things so unresolved.

Somewhere, in an underground lair that from the outside looks like an ordinary mountain face, Bjorn Rebney is stirring a tall Tanqueray and tonic with a naked finger.

If you are confused by any of this, join the freaking club. All I know is Jackson-Maldonado is back on, and that’s got to be triply confusing for Maldonado, who has to be wondering if he lost more than he realized in that Stipe Miocic fight.

All I can say is that when Quinton Jackson fights it’s usually pretty complicated, and this time he’s really raising the bar. In his last fight in Bellator against Muhammed Lawal he won a fight he sort of lost. In his last fight in the UFC — before he left full of mood and aspersions — he lost to Glover Teixeira in a let’s-just-get-this-out-of-the-way fight. Before then he lost to Ryan Bader, a wrestler, and was disgruntled because Bader was not only a wrestler (something he hates), but also a stinking wrestler (which he really can’t abide by). That was the time he was casually tinkering with TRT. When asked to explain himself about that, he said, well…here’s what he said to Sherdog.

“If I was losing my hair and the doctor told me, ‘You need a hair transplant,’ I’m going to do a hair transplant. If I get my tooth knocked out like did against [Lyoto] Machida, I’m going to get a new tooth put in my mouth. If my testosterone gets low and the doctor tells me, ‘You need to raise your levels back up to where you used to be when you were 25,’ and you’re fighting these young folks, I’m going to go do it.”

But all of this is just a sideways glance at the bottom line. The thing that matters is that, after clearing some legal hurdles and a tug-of-war over the word “breach,” Jackson is fighting Maldonado again on Saturday in Montreal, and really nobody outside of the Viacom offices is overly upset about it. In fact, plenty of us just went, “oh, hell yeah,” when we heard. Some didn’t.

“WTF,” wrote one colleague.

And see, that’s a good question. With Rampage it’s always a little bit like that. “WTF” indeed. Maldonado is saying “WTF.” Bosse is saying “WTF.” Bellator’s saying “WTF.” Yet for all we know “WTF” stands for Watch The Fights, because with Jackson, well, it’s always a little complicated like that.

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After fighting Chris Weidman every week, the rest seems easy for UFC on FOX 15′s Eddie Gordon

Eddie Gordon’s last Octagon memory is also one he’d like to forget. Fresh off a victorious coronation as TUF 19 champion, Gordon strolled into Las Vegas this past December and drowned Josh Samman for eight solid minutes under a buffet of takedowns and punches. It was a perfect start to Gordon’s second UFC fight, but the good vibes would be short-lived.

By the match’s end, Samman was euphoric while Gordon was unconscious, floored by a head kick that no one in the Mandalay Bay Events Center saw coming, least of all the Longo-Serra product laying comatose on the mat. Samman’s dramatic comeback wound up topping a slew of media outlets’ Knockout of the Year lists, including MMAFighting.com’s own, while Gordon was forced to relive the moment ad infinitum, leading to more than a few sleepless nights in the time between UFC 181 and this Saturday’s return bout against Chris Dempsey at UFC on FOX 15.

“You know what, man, I’ve very competitive, and that bothered me for a while,” Gordon admitted on an in-studio appearance on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. “I think I just got over it probably five minutes ago, getting off the train. But realistically, I’m fortunate enough to have the best people around me.

Matt (Serra) went over and he talked to me about some things. Ray (Longo) spoke to me. And I can’t even talk about how much it helped having Al Iaquinta on my team, being able to talk me through that whole situation, because you get down on yourself, you’re pissed off, you’re mad, but you’ve always got to look at the losses as a learning experience. Matt said it best. He’s like, if I was getting my butt kicked the whole entire fight, we gotta start from ground zero and kind of fix everything. But that’s why MMA is so exciting. At any given moment, your fate could change.”

Gordon (7-2) will now look to get back on track this weekend against Dempsey, regaining some of the momentum he’s lost since his successful run on TUF 19.

In retrospect, the season is remembered for being one of the most lackluster in recent TUF history, but Gordon made the most of his opportunity, defeating Matt Gabel, Hector Urbina, and Cathal Pendred in succession to land a spot in the finale, then knocking out the middleweight bracket’s darling, Dhiego Lima, with a furious first-round assault.

The win validated Gordon’s decision to finally break the chains that held the 31-year-old to his day job as a banker. Now, even after experiencing the fight game’s unforgiving up-and-down cruelty, Gordon isn’t willing to look back.

“I was in corporate America. I did the suit and tie. Not no more, now I’m done. That’s it,” Gordon said. “I’m focused and full-time on (fighting). Some of my friends think I’m crazy because I have a Series 7 license, I graduated from a prestigious university with a double major, and they’re like, ‘Why are you getting into this Octagon?’

“Wearing this shirt and tie everyday, going into the city, working for the bank — it was cool and all, but I just felt like I was missing something. Like, I always wanted to compete. I had these weird dreams that I would be wrestling in some way, and it came to fruition. And realistically, I love what I do. Like, I hear guys complaining about pay all the time. Do I feel like we should get more money? Of course. But think about how many people pay to go to the gym, how many people pay to go lift weights. They’re paying monthly for that. We get to do something we love, I get to spend time with my kids. That, to me, trumps everything.”

Despite his age, Gordon still considers himself a baby in this whole mixed martial arts game. He grew up in the Long Island wrestling scene then attended university on a football scholarship. But it wasn’t until a few years back, when he ran into an old high-school wrestling rival — some dude named Chris Weidman — that Gordon considered giving his athletic life one last chance.

“I literally came into the gym, probably, 290 pounds,” Gordon said. “I was a football player. All I did was know football, went to college, played at Fordham University, and literally I’m seeing all these guys kick and all of this stuff, like, ‘This is weird. Who does that?’ You see a street fight and nobody’s kicking in a street fight.

“I was getting my ass handed to me at first, but I liked it. It was weird. I think Ray thought I was never going to come back to the gym, but I truly said that I love to compete, I’m getting the best guys in the world, and it’s fun. The rest is history, man.”

Gordon is now a regular sight in a gym full of trained killers. Stroll into Serra-Longo on any given afternoon and it’s likely you’ll see Gordon and Weidman renewing that old high-school rivalry inside the sparring cage, a late-comer going tit-for-tat with the UFC’s middleweight champion. So the way Gordon figures it, after enduring a training camp full of beatings from the world’s best, suddenly fight night doesn’t seem so daunting.

“Being able to train with Chris (Weidman) everyday, I’m getting the best guy in the world. So there’s no ifs, ands, buts about it,” Gordon said. “If anybody knows Chris, he doesn’t take it easy on anybody. Like, when you’re in the cage with him, you know you’re getting his best every time. Chris goes 110-percent. That’s what he knows. And learning from that, that’s half the battle. Going out there and giving it your all, not even caring about result, just going out there and trying to exhaust yourself, give your best effort every single time, and I feel like now I’m just so much more comfortable and that’s why I’m so excited.

“Everyday I’m getting better,” Gordon added. “Like I said, if somebody wants to fight me, they better fight me soon. Because in the next few fights, I’m going to be pretty hard to beat. I’m going to make a statement this weekend.”

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