Khabib’s Coach Wants Conor McGregor Rematch At AT&T Stadium

Khabib’s coach thinks that he has the perfect location for a rematch against Conor McGregor. In the meantime, Khabib Nurmagomedov could be facing a long suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to his actions at UFC 229. Obviously, a rematch between the UFC lightweight champ and McGregor would be a huge fight. […]

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Khabib’s coach thinks that he has the perfect location for a rematch against Conor McGregor. In the meantime, Khabib Nurmagomedov could be facing a long suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) due to his actions at UFC 229. Obviously, a rematch between the UFC lightweight champ and McGregor would be a huge fight.

American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez believes that Khabib’s going to do what his father thinks is best for him.

“Nobody else has that closeness to him,” Mendez said “After his father it’s me or Ali [Abdelaziz], or me and Ali. But as far as what he wants to do, it’s going to come down to basically what Khabib wants. It might not matter what the UFC wants with the Conor and Khabib rematch.”

Mendez was also asked if a rematch would justify a stadium show. This is when he thinks so and would take place AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“Now’s the time, to be honest with you. We don’t know with Conor, he’s so rich with his Proper 12. I hear it’s doing fantastic,” Mendez told Off The Brawl (H/T to MMAFighting). “He’s got a great image, bro. He appears to be a helluva businessman.

Now’s the time to strike while the iron is hot, I say Cowboys Stadium. That would do the pay-per-view numbers; that would do everything. I think now is the time to consider doing something like that. It would be the right place for a stadium show. Vegas would be the right place if they built the Raiders stadium in time, but that won’t be built in time.”

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Dana White Rules Out Restrictions For Possible Khabib vs. Conor Rematch

Dana White rules out any restrictions on the trash talk for a potential rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.

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Dana White rules out the chance of putting any restrictions on the trash talk for a potential rematch between two top stars. The general feeling is that a rematch between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former UFC featherweight and lightweight champ Conor McGregor is likely. Khabib only has one more fight left on his current UFC deal and already has his sights set on a boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.

Leading up to their first fight that went down at the UFC 229 pay-per-view event, there was a lot of trash talk. To the point that it led to a brawl. The UFC President recently said during an ESPN Q & A that he wouldn’t implement any rules or restrictions to keep things in line. The reason for that is due to this being the fight game. Crazy moments equals big money for everyone involved.

“Well my philosophy on this stuff is that this a fight,” said White. “Since the beginning of time people have said mean things to each other in a fight, no matter what. Muhammad Ali called Joe Frazier an Uncle Tom, back when that was one of the worst things you could say to a guy.”

Reason For White’s Mindset

White doubled down on how this is not the nice business, but rather is the fight business. Things could go out of hand as a result of that mindset.

“He called him a gorilla; ‘it’s gonna be a thriller and a chiller when I get the gorilla in Manilla,’ and things like that. And for the rest of his life, [Frazier] hated Muhammad Ali, hated him for the things that he said about him. This is not the nice business, this is the fight business. This wasn’t the first time that mean things were said to another person and it won’t be the last.”

At the end of the day, the UFC is just waiting to see what the NSAC does with these two fighters as they need to receive their punishments. The NAC meets on December 10th to discuss possible sanctions.

“I don’t know if the immediate rematch happens because we got to see what the Nevada State Athletic Commission hands down in December when that hearing happens,” White said. “So I’m not even thinking about that, I’m thinking about possibilities in the future but, right now, not even worth thinking about until we find out what happens in Nevada.”

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Joe Rogan Defends Conor McGregor From UFC 229 Criticism

Joe Rogan explains why Conor McGregor didn’t prematurely tap out against Khabib.

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Joe Rogan defends former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor from criticism about how his latest fight ended. McGregor lost to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the headliner of UFC 229 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the fight, Khabib submitted McGregor with what appeared to be a neck crank or face choke. Due to the choke not being under his chin, there have been many fight fans accusing McGregor of giving up early. It would’ve been a rear-naked choke should the choke be under the chin.

Now, the longtime UFC color commentator is sticking up for the former UFC champion. Rogan spoke about the ending of the fight on a recent episode of his podcast. He claims that McGregor did not tap prematurely.

“He did not tap prematurely,” Rogan said.(transcript via Pundit Arena). “He did not defend it though. He was done, he was beaten down. Khabib f**ked him up. There are a lot of people who don’t train who think that that was something that you shouldn’t tap to. They are out of their f**king minds. That is what is called ‘a fulcrum choke’. It’s not necessarily a choke. But it really feels like your head is going to pop off.”

Joe Rogan Breaks Down His Opinion

Rogan continued by stating that McGregor waited until he couldn’t take it anymore more and tapped.

“If you look at what Conor did, he just waited until he couldn’t take it anymore more and tapped. That was a perfect example of a fulcrum choke, a neck crank. It doesn’t have to be under the chin. It can be on the face and you’re going to get f**ked up.”

Rogan also stated that anyone who has doubts about the intensity of the choke needs to try the experience for themselves in order to understand the pain.

“All those folks out there saying it wasn’t a choke need to go have someone apply that to them. They need to start training jiu-jitsu and stop talking about MMA submissions. Not everyone is going to tap to that. Some others, unlike Conor, are going to be better at defending them. People tap.”

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Video: Dana White Has Intense Interview Over UFC 223 Bus Attack

Dana White got into an intense interview who brought up the UFC 223 bus attack involving Conor McGregor.

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Dana White has an intense interview with Waleed Aly of the Channel 10 show to promote UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide and UFC 234 next February. This is when Aly brought up the UFC 223 bus attack.

Back in April during fight week of the UFC 223 pay-per-view event, McGregor and several members of his entourage decided to fly from Ireland to Brooklyn, New York to get revenge on current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

It all started once the UFC lightweight champion got into an argument with McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov, earlier that week. This led to McGregor attacking the fighter bus that had Nurmagomedov on and he was arrested as a result, then was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Aly brought up how there haven’t been any real punishments involving these fighters for their actions. This includes the bus attack and their UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

“We have a hearing that’s coming up in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that’s coming up in December. They will lay down fines and suspensions and whatever they’re going to do. They’re actually coming after me for the promotion of the fight. So it was a bad night and believe me everybody asks me this question, White said (H/T to News.com).

Dana White Fires Back

White continued by stating that this incident isn’t good for business as they don’t need outside drama in order to sell fights.

You know, ‘This happened and it was bad, but it’s good for your business’, it’s really not good for business when things like that happen. We don’t need that type of stuff to sell a fight.”

This led to White defending himself by stating that McGregor was definitely punished for his actions.

“We do a show called UFC Embedded where we follow the fighters around. So those cameras were there when that happened because of that. But do you understand, he (McGregor) got arrested. He went to jail! He had to go before the New York Attorney-General. So they already took care of it, what am I going to do? What’s a suspension going to do? He was suspended, he couldn’t fight because he was in jail!”

Dana Doesn’t Back Down

Aly doubled down with his take and made it known that he wasn’t criticizing White but trying to get an answer from him.

“I’m levelling, that’s what I do. I put on fights. This guy was arrested, he was down there because we were supposed to be talking about a fight he was going to be in. He came and attacked a bus and got arrested and went to jail.”

White brought up how the UFC is overseen by the NSAC. Following their UFC 229 post-fight brawl, they’re both suspended for their actions.

“Now we’re overseen by the NSAC, so these guys can’t fight. They’re both on suspension, they’re going to get fined a certain amount of money. Whatever that number is that they suggest and then there’s going to be a suspension held out. That’s what Nevada does, they govern us. So what else am I going to do? Suspend them for another year? It doesn’t make sense.”

Finally, the UFC President made it known that reality is always better than a script that is written for MMA. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.

“Let me tell you what, reality is better than any script you could ever write. If you think that we would put our top guy in a position where he attacks a bus. Hurts other fighters then gets sued by all of them and then gets arrested. We’re not that good.”

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Conor McGregor’s Attorney Says Cornermen Should Share Blame For UFC 229 Brawl

Conor McGregor’s attorney is hoping that the cornermen for both fighters take responsibility.

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Conor McGregor’s attorney, Michael Mersch, has made it known that he hopes that all the cornermen involved in the UFC 229 brawl should take responsibility for their actions.

On Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission held a hearing regarding this incident. At the meeting, it was revealed that they would give extended the temporary suspension to both McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Following the main event fight, the UFC lightweight champion went flying out of the Octagon. He got into a brawl with some of McGregor’s teammates including his training partner Dillon Danis. There were many people trying to calm down the situation at the UFC 229 pay-per-view event. There were also some cornermen involved in the brawl.

McGregor and Khabib must face their punishment when they find out actual sanctions from the NSAC later this year. The commission will meet on December 10th where they will decide the fates of the two UFC stars.

NSAC chief Bob Bennett has made his stance known by stating that he puts part of the blame on both fighters’ managers.

McGregor’s Attorney Fires Back

However, McGregor’s attorney and former UFC legal counsel member, has fired back with a statement of his own. Those comments are about the cornermen taking the blame as well.

“But for the actions of Mr. Nurmagomedov, none of this would have happened.” Mersch said (via MMAjunkie). “I hope the commission will not just focus on the two fighters in this case. Because I think the commission has a history of looking at the actions of corner people, as well.”

Featherweight fighter Zubaira Tukhugov is a cornerman in question as he jumped the cage and blindsided McGregor. This was in the middle of the chaos that ensued. Mersch stated that although he’s not sure who was involved in the brawl, the NSAC can get those names.

“I don’t pretend to know the names or functions of every single person that was in and out of the octagon post-fight. But I assume that at least some of them were licensed by this commission.”

Mersch continued by stating the NSAC always looks at activities above and beyond the fighters themselves in these cases.

“And this commission, whether it was in the Zab Judah hearings, or the Mike Tyson ‘Bite Fight.’ The commission looks at activities above and beyond the fighters themselves. Once I have a complaint, we’re happy to address it with them.”

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Conor McGregor Breaks Down UFC 229 Loss

Conor McGregor has issued a lengthy statement on his fight at UFC 229 as well as a potential rematch against Khabib.

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Conor McGregor breaks down in a long-form manner his latest loss inside of the Octagon under the UFC banner. McGregor lost to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the headliner of UFC 229 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

If fight fans wondered what the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion thought about his latest performance, he’s let them know. He took to his official Instagram account where he gave some analysis on it.

In his lengthy post on this social media platform, he gave a round-by-round breakdown of this fight and noted that he doesn’t have a problem with not getting an immediate rematch with Khabib.

“Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine.”

McGregor continued by bringing up how he thought in the second round, the UFC champion was running away inside of the Octagon.

“Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot.”

Conor brought up how it was a dominating round for Khabib and should’ve given his standup game more respect in hindsight.

“After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now.”

The former UFC champ admitted that while preparing for this fight, he didn’t give Khabib striking skills any respect, which in his words won’t happen again.

“I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set.”

He stated that he must take his own advice as he’s the master of this game and fix the mistakes that he made.

“You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault.”

McGregor understands that he made a critical error of abandoning his over hook at an important time in this round.

“Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.”

Conor ended the statement by stating that he will make his return with his confidence being high and well prepared.

“What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all.”

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