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Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

Bellator 204 Results: Conor McGregor’s Cocky Teammate Talks Big, Gets Destroyed

It’s becoming more and more clear that, despite all these fighters trying to be Conor McGregor, only Conor McGregor can be Conor McGregor.

Case in point: last night’s Bellator 204, which saw McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher once again enter the Bellator cage surrounded by a lot of hype and trash-talk. And yet, despite a four-fight win streak in the organization, a decent organizational push, and top-notch submission skills, Gallagher got kicked and punched into oblivion.

It was the sweetest of justice, served up courtesy of Ricky Bandejas, and it came mere moments after the Irishman got up in his face during the pre-fight introductions.

No matter how cocky Gallagher is, he still lacks McGregor’s timing and head-movement, so he was easy pickings for Bandejas’ punches up the middle and a side-kick that left him stumbling.

McGregor Teammate James Gallagher Reacts To Viral p0wning At Bellator 204

The internet was not kind to Gallagher after a display of bad sportsmanship ended with his KO loss. At least he handled the aftermath better.

Things did not go well for up and coming prospect James Gallagher, whom Bellator has been banking on to become the next Conor McGregor.

There are reasons for the comparisons … the two are teammates at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, and Gallagher comes with a similar cocky style that could make him a star if he backs it up in the cage. Unfortunately for James and Bellator both, he didn’t on Friday night at Bellator 204.

Gallagher entered the cage pretty pumped up and decided to scream right in opponent Ricky Bandejas’ face before their fight.

But halfway through the first round, Bandejas got sweet revenge, catching the Irish prospect and then putting him out with what a side kick many are noting is a carbon copy of WWE legend Shawn Michaels’ ‘Sweet Chin Music.’

That of course, resulted in the internet taking the piss out of young James, who attempted to make lemonade out of lemons with his statement following the loss.

”I talked a big game and got the big fall, that everyone is scared to do,” he wrote. “If I hadn’t of talk none of you would be talking about me either. It’ll be the best thing that ever happened me!! I’ll take it on the chin (literally) and move on.”

But before we move on? A little more internet savagery.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Teammate Taunts Opponent, Eats Side Kick to Face

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This was a truly glorious knockout rendered more glorious by what transpired before. Conor McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher got in Ricky Bandejas face at Bellator 204, trying to intimidate him.

It didn’t work out for him.

The man has become a meme, and not in the good way.

Sweet chin music

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That’s just how the sport goes. Bandejas is now 11-1 at bantamweight and someone to keep an eye on. Check out the full Bellator 204 recap with GIFs!


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Pankration, the original MMA, fought naked and sometimes to the death.

This guy, Bud Jeffries, and Tony Ferguson might get along

Great drawing but I can’t decide if it looks like Darren Till or not.

What Canadian maple syrup nonsense was happening at this old Kajan Johnson weigh-in faceoff?? Steve Claveau looks like he came straight from a cabin in the wilderness for this fight.

Sorry man, Palhares will not be outmuscled.

l This isn’t even his final form…

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Mike Perry has big ambitions

A mans gotta have goals @platinummikeperry

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Justin Gaethje is training at altitude with featherweight prospect Cory Sandhagen for his upcoming main event with James Vick.

Ido Portal, Conor McGregor’s erstwhile movement coach, on his new sleeping style.

That would get some attention.

Bantamweight prospect Petr Yan is getting his second UFC fight after a first round KO in his first.

All gloves should be banned from competition, it’s the repeat head trauma that’s the problem.

Oooh this is nasty. The classic “duck into a knee” Aljamain Sterling style KO (sorry Aljo)


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This kind of skill will always amaze me.

The goose is loose

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Rory MacDonald Discusses Teammate Georges St. Pierre’s Legacy, Fighting Future

Georges St. Pierre’s long-time friend and Tristar Gym training partner Rory MacDonald doesn’t believe the former welterweight and middleweight champion is done with the sport.
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Midnight Mania! Marcelo Garcia suspends McGregor teammate Dillon Danis

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we have Marcelo Garcia suspending top student and McGregor’s grappling partner Dillon Danis,


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Marcelo Garcia, one of the greatest no-gi grapplers ever to compete, has suspended his student Dillon Danis, who trains with Conor McGregor and helps with his grappling coaching. Danis was originally brought in to help McGregor prior to the Diaz rematch. A decorated competitor in his own right, Danis is slated to face Jake Shields in a headlining bout at SUG 4, and also recently signed with Bellator MMA. While his profile has certainly risen since partnering with the brash Irishman, Danis has adopted what many would describe as a knock-off version of McGregor’s schtick. This divisive approach that has alienated some fans and BJJ competitors, a community that often prides themselves on camaraderie and a culture of martial arts-inspired respect.

Garcia, in typical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor fashion, announced the decision in a long-winded, semi-philosophical speech that fully laid out the reasons behind the decision. See the full video below:


Bobs and Weaves

This is an absolutely fantastic bout. Marlon Moraes vs Raphael Assuncao is a matchup that puts Moraes, the former WSOF bantamweight champion, within touching distance of a title shot if he wins. With charismatic new champion Cody Garbrandt on the throne, and Moraes and Duquesnoy joining the ranks of the division, UFC’s 135 pound weight class looks extremely promising over the next couple years.

Donald Cerrone with Claudia Gadelha:

Cub Swanson freezing:

It’s RIZIN fight week and that means some pageantry.

I don’t recall exactly when this was, but Jon Jones and Anderson Silva were having a little fun.

Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones!

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Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr and Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh are just shooting the breeze when a fight breaks out right in front of them.

Yoel Romero, or more probably Malki Kawa on his twitter, talking trash at Michael Bisping.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Moraes is a man of exceptional violence.

Ouch.

The reason Demetrius Johnson is as good as he is, especially in the clinch, is thanks to Matt Hume

Another reminder: RIZIN

That’s a lot of punching power

Suplexes too?

Not sure what the rules are with these big gloves but suplexes and chokes both seem to be legal so I’m down

Fight Motion is pretty violent this time


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Teammate Muhammed Lawal wants Robbie Lawler to take extra time to ‘recharge’ after KO loss

One of the most anticipated non-title fights on the UFC’s winter schedule abruptly fell apart this past month when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his Madison Square Garden clash against Donald Cerrone less than a week after the bout was announced to great fanfare for UFC 205.

The news disappointed many in the mixed martial arts world, however Lawler’s teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201.

“It’s like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn’t fight until December or January,” Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. “Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie’s been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it’s a great fight for the fans — why rush it? Cerrone ain’t going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight.”

In truth, Lawler’s output since returning to the UFC in 2013 has been nothing short of incredible. The old-school fighter has competed 10 times over that span, and his title reign was perhaps one of the most ferocious in welterweight history. From Dec. 2014 to Jan. 2016, Lawler fought a trio of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates against Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit, winning all three until succumbing to a first-round knockout at the hands of Woodley in his UFC 201 title defense.

And while the announcement of Lawler’s return at UFC 205 against Cerrone was widely met with excitement from the MMA fanbase, it appears the Nov. 12 target date ultimately ended up being too quick of a turnaround for a veteran who has suffered 16 years worth of damage and was coming off his first knockout loss since 2004.

“He came over and told me face-to-face, said, ‘I wanted to let you know man-to-man that this fight’s not happening,’” Cerrone said of Lawler at UFC 203. “I was like, what are you talking about? He’s like, ‘yeah, just not going to do it.’ I said this is Madison Square Garden. If I was to step aside, a little piece of fan died in me. Like, damn, that’s a fight that I would love to watch. So it sucked, but he just said he’s got some sh*t going on and wanted to let his head heal up a little more from the knockout he just had. So hey, I can’t make him fight.

“He’s still a friend of mine,” Cerrone added. “He’s one of the good guys, man, so [it hasn't changed my opinion of him] at all. Something must be off. Robbie is not a guy that just doesn’t show up to fights, he’s one of the last of a dying breed, so something must really be an issue.”

Lawal, a cornerman for Lawler in several of his UFC title fights, echoed Cerrone’s sentiments that Lawler ultimately needed to do what is best for himself, especially as he approaches the end of his window as a fighter able to compete at the highest level. And considering that Cerrone is the living embodiment of the ‘fight anyone, anywhere’ mentality, a fan-friendly match-up against Lawler is one that can easily be revisited at a late date.

“Robbie, he’s always in shape. It’s just that, why rush it,” Lawal said. “The past two years, man, his schedule and his fights — man, take some time for your family, take some time for yourself. Recharge. After his last three fights, the following Monday he’s back in the gym, lifting weights or doing something. He really hasn’t stepped away from the gym. He has to be forced out by coach Kami (Barzini), like, ‘hey, go home. Go do something. Go fish, go mow your lawn, go do something. Go swimming.’ They have to push him out of there because he always wants to be in there.”

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Teammate Muhammed Lawal wants Robbie Lawler to take extra time to ‘recharge’ after KO loss

One of the most anticipated non-title fights on the UFC’s winter schedule abruptly fell apart this past month when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his Madison Square Garden clash against Donald Cerrone less than a week after the bout was announced to great fanfare for UFC 205.

The news disappointed many in the mixed martial arts world, however Lawler’s teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201.

“It’s like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn’t fight until December or January,” Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. “Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie’s been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it’s a great fight for the fans — why rush it? Cerrone ain’t going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight.”

In truth, Lawler’s output since returning to the UFC in 2013 has been nothing short of incredible. The old-school fighter has competed 10 times over that span, and his title reign was perhaps one of the most ferocious in welterweight history. From Dec. 2014 to Jan. 2016, Lawler fought a trio of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates against Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit, winning all three until succumbing to a first-round knockout at the hands of Woodley in his UFC 201 title defense.

And while the announcement of Lawler’s return at UFC 205 against Cerrone was widely met with excitement from the MMA fanbase, it appears the Nov. 12 target date ultimately ended up being too quick of a turnaround for a veteran who has suffered 16 years worth of damage and was coming off his first knockout loss since 2004.

“He came over and told me face-to-face, said, ‘I wanted to let you know man-to-man that this fight’s not happening,’” Cerrone said of Lawler at UFC 203. “I was like, what are you talking about? He’s like, ‘yeah, just not going to do it.’ I said this is Madison Square Garden. If I was to step aside, a little piece of fan died in me. Like, damn, that’s a fight that I would love to watch. So it sucked, but he just said he’s got some sh*t going on and wanted to let his head heal up a little more from the knockout he just had. So hey, I can’t make him fight.

“He’s still a friend of mine,” Cerrone added. “He’s one of the good guys, man, so [it hasn't changed my opinion of him] at all. Something must be off. Robbie is not a guy that just doesn’t show up to fights, he’s one of the last of a dying breed, so something must really be an issue.”

Lawal, a cornerman for Lawler in several of his UFC title fights, echoed Cerrone’s sentiments that Lawler ultimately needed to do what is best for himself, especially as he approaches the end of his window as a fighter able to compete at the highest level. And considering that Cerrone is the living embodiment of the ‘fight anyone, anywhere’ mentality, a fan-friendly match-up against Lawler is one that can easily be revisited at a late date.

“Robbie, he’s always in shape. It’s just that, why rush it,” Lawal said. “The past two years, man, his schedule and his fights — man, take some time for your family, take some time for yourself. Recharge. After his last three fights, the following Monday he’s back in the gym, lifting weights or doing something. He really hasn’t stepped away from the gym. He has to be forced out by coach Kami (Barzini), like, ‘hey, go home. Go do something. Go fish, go mow your lawn, go do something. Go swimming.’ They have to push him out of there because he always wants to be in there.”

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