Dana White Says McGregor vs. Ferguson Likely For Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White believes that a unification bout between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take place in Las Vegas. McGregor holds the UFC lightweight title, while Ferguson recently captured interim gold. White insists that McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III is not in the cards. He said that McGregor vs. Ferguson […]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White believes that a unification bout between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson will take place in Las Vegas. McGregor holds the UFC lightweight title, while Ferguson recently captured interim gold. White insists that McGregor vs. Nate Diaz III is not in the cards. He said that McGregor vs. Ferguson […]

Khabib: Tony Ferguson – Not Conor McGregor – Is The Real Champion

Despite not having competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) yet this year, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes he is up for a interim lightweight title clash with Tony Ferguson later this year. “The Eagle” joined Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour’ earlier today (Mon. October 16, 2017) to discuss his fighting career after his hellacious weight cut […]

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Despite not having competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) yet this year, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes he is up for a interim lightweight title clash with Tony Ferguson later this year.

“The Eagle” joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour’ earlier today (Mon. October 16, 2017) to discuss his fighting career after his hellacious weight cut prior to UFC 209 this past March, which forced him out of his scheduled interim lightweight title bout against “El Cucuy.”

Nurmagomedov believes fight fans want to see him fight Ferguson instead of McGregor, whom he thinks should take a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“We have almost 12 weeks, 11 weeks before UFC 219,” Nurmagomedov said. “And now is the beginning a very interesting moment in my life. I hope UFC gives me a championship fight. End of the year, I want to take everything back. Attention, belts; I want to take everything. End of the year, I want to fix everything. And we’ll see what happens. But first of all, I think UFC has to make the fight, Conor versus Nate Diaz 3, and after, me and Tony.

“Because, my opinion, I think Tony Ferguson is the real champion. That’s why. I don’t think, if I fight versus Tony Ferguson, this is an interim belt. Officially, yes. But people want to see me versus Tony Ferguson. I think this is a much better fight, for everything. If I beat Tony Ferguson and take the interim championship belt — Conor’s the official champion, but he’s not the people’s champion.”

While some fighters such as McGregor may be worried about pulling in as much cash as possible, Nurmagomedov is simply interested in testing himself against the best in the world, and he believes Ferguson gives him the best chance to do just that:

“My opinion, I have to fight with Tony,” Nurmagomedov said. “All of my fans, everybody wants this fight.

“For me, everything isn’t about money. For me, it’s what my father wants, my team, my management team, my friends. This is more important for me.”

After his botched weight cut prior to UFC 209, many fans were angered at the Russian for robbing them of what many believe was going to be the fight of the year. For this reason, Nurmagomedov has been working extra hard to get back inside the cage and is eying a fight with Ferguson before the end of the year, which he calls his dream fight, to silence all doubters:

“I don’t feel [people have abandoned me]. This is what I feel, I understand a lot of fans. They treated me like, ‘Hey, you have to fight,’ but I agree with this,” Nurmagomedov said. “It’s why I tried to come back. It’s why I’m going to hospital, having surgeries. People think I love surgery? I don’t think somebody loves surgery.

“Trying to come back, training every day — every day, training full-time — this is not easy. I agree with fans, I have to fight. I have to make weight. I have to stay professional. I agree with this. But when I fight, I all the time smash my opponents. All the time, when I fight. Now I have one goal, and by the end of the year, one dream fight: This is fight versus Tony Ferguson. This is what I want.”

Nurmagomedov takes nothing away from Ferguson’s accomplishments inside the cage and believes he is the true champ at lightweight. Ferguson’s actions as of late seem that he is fully focused on a fight with Conor McGregor and has moved on from the possible match-up with “The Eagle.” This doesn’t seem to bother the Russian, however, as he believes Ferguson would have to take a fight with him if the UFC told him to:

“I don’t think he makes the decision,” Nurmagomedov said. “What happens if UFC tells him, ‘Hey, Conor is going to fight with Diaz. You have to fight with Khabib.’ What happens? He has to take this fight.

“And I want to send a message: Enjoy this belt. He deserves this, 10 (fight) win streak. My opinion, he’s the real champ, and he has to fight with me. We have to fight, and we have to do this fight for all the fans. Now I am ready, now I am healthy. Last time, I made the problem. This is my fault, last time. I know this. But before, he pulled out too. You have to remember this. Now he’s the real champ. Enjoy this. See you at the end of the year.”

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Dana White Doubts There Will Be Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Rematch

While Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Conor McGregor surpassed many fans’ expectations in terms of entertainment value, UFC President Dana White is skeptical about the odds of a rematch between the two stars. 
Asked about the possible bout on Pard…

While Floyd Mayweather‘s victory over Conor McGregor surpassed many fans’ expectations in terms of entertainment value, UFC President Dana White is skeptical about the odds of a rematch between the two stars. 

Asked about the possible bout on Pardon My Take (h/t Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Chavez), White said, “I never say never but I doubt it.”

It’s not like fans were left with any doubt regarding who was the superior boxer following Mayweather’s TKO victory in August. McGregor looked good early on, but he ran out of gas midway through the fight, making the gulf in class between him and McGregor clear.

Money talks, though. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported in August that Mayweather was set to earn at least $100 million from the fight, with his total payout likely surpassing $200 million. McGregor, meanwhile, made a minimum of $30 million that likely climbed above $100 million.

The allure of a massive payday could get Mayweather and McGregor back in the ring, even if a rematch is largely unnecessary.

White’s comments about a possible rematch aren’t all that surprising since he arguably has a vested interest in getting McGregor away from a boxing ring.

McGregor is one of UFC’s biggest names. Four of the company’s five biggest buy rates have come with the lightweight champion headlining the card. With Ronda Rousey’s mixed martial arts career in flux and Jon Jones facing a lengthy suspension, UFC needs all the star power it can get.

McGregor is already approaching nearly a year since his last fight in UFC—a victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November. The last thing UFC needs is for him to continue his boxing career, thus necessitating even more time away from the Octagon.

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Tony Ferguson Says Conor McGregor ‘Talked’ His Way To Title

After submitting Kevin Lee to become the interim lightweight champion at UFC 216 earlier this month, Tony Ferguson has begun campaigning for a fight with undisputed champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was last seen taking on the legendary Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Prior to that, he hadn’t fought since knocking out […]

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After submitting Kevin Lee to become the interim lightweight champion at UFC 216 earlier this month, Tony Ferguson has begun campaigning for a fight with undisputed champion Conor McGregor.

McGregor was last seen taking on the legendary Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match on Aug. 26. Prior to that, he hadn’t fought since knocking out Eddie Alvarez to become the lightweight champion at UFC 205 last November.

It’s unclear when McGregor will make his return to the Octagon, and it’s also unclear who he’ll take on in his return. Ferguson, however, recently said that the Irishman ‘can’t run away’:

“This guy needs an ass whooping at my hands. There is nobody else in line, so he needs to unify the belts,” Ferguson told TMZ Sports. “You can’t run away. If you want a money fight against Nate, set it (the belt) down and fucking walk away,” he said.

There have indeed been rumors indicating that a trilogy bout between McGregor and Nate Diaz could be in the works, but UFC President Dana White has said that a fight between McGregor and Ferguson is the fight to make.

Ferguson obviously agrees, and he even went as far as to label McGregor as the ‘paper champ’:

“But, I guarantee you, he’s an athlete, and he is going to take it right to the heart because he doesn’t like to be called a paper champ. That paper champ is all paper. He talked his way into the title. He has talked his way into a whole lot,” said Ferguson.

“I’m a mental warfare kind of guy. He’s good at this (talking). When you put hose kinds of things together, my high IQ and my fight IQ, it’s way too much for him. I save a lot of my A plus material for that bastard.”

At the end of the day, it seems as if “El Cucuy” feels as if McGregor is trying to avoid him:

“He has no backbone, no spine and he’s never mentioned my name ever. He said he was going to watch this fight. Not only did he watch it, but he is sitting around in his yacht saying, ‘Holy shit, I got the boogyman on my tail, the grim reaper is coming for my ass.’ That’s what he’s fucking saying. I have his number. I put the numbers down and I got my belt,” concluded Ferguson.

Would you like to see McGregor and Ferguson do battle?

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Tyron Woodley Goes Off On Potential Georges St-Pierre-Conor McGregor Bout

Some people do not like the new era that the UFC is currently in. It’s all about making money fights that define top-tier stars rather than becoming a champion to become the next star. UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is something of a throwback since winning the title at UFC 201 last July. Since becoming […]

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Some people do not like the new era that the UFC is currently in. It’s all about making money fights that define top-tier stars rather than becoming a champion to become the next star.

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is something of a throwback since winning the title at UFC 201 last July. Since becoming the champion, Woodley has defended the belt three times, each time against the top-ranked contender.

It’s not that Woodley hasn’t tried to chase down money fights because he has. If you recall, just hours after winning the title Woodley began calling out Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, and Nick Diaz but those fights have evaded him.

St-Pierre is making his return to the octagon after an almost four-year layoff, but instead of attempting to reclaim his title, St-Pierre is moving up a weight class to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title at UFC 217.

On the most recent edition of his The Morning Wood Show podcast (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting), the champ doubled down on his assertions.

“Some guys have medium speed, medium power, good wrestling, good attacks. I’ve been blessed to have maximum speed, maximum explosion, maximum power, and then [Din Thomas] and Duke [Roufus] have helped me add the other stuff, economy of motion, knowing when to explode, when not to explode, how to fight five rounds. . .

“They don’t want them problems, man. He had a chance to fight me, and he said no. Georges has been away for three years, almost four. By the time he gets in there, it’s gonna be just a few days shy of four years, so the sport has caught up. Whatever advantage he had, whatever degree of separation he created by being such a great martial artist, people have played catchup. I think I’ve surpassed him. He was a person I looked up to but skill for skill, mindset, explosion, power, wrestling ability, timing, strategy, all those things, I feel like I’ve surpassed Georges and that’s why I want to go out there to fight him and prove it.”

Rumors have been running rampant that St-Pierre and his team have the UFC lightweight champion in their sights as the next possible opponent for “GSP” after the middleweight title fight. It should be noted that St-Pierre has denied the rumors for his part though he did not rule it out entirely.

It’s safe to say that if GSP wins at UFC 217 then a McGregor call out becomes odd as the most obvious weight for that fight to happen at would be 170 pounds due to the fact that cGregor has fought there twice before

“No, that’s a disrespect to me. [St-Pierre] probably [will call out McGregor], but he’s gonna have to be honest with the fans and say, ‘I’m here for money.” And that’s okay. There’s no shame in that. . . Just know I’m gonna call him out on that. Win, lose, or draw, I’m gonna want to fight the winner of that fight, Bisping or Georges. Then I’m going to want to come back and see all this fresh new talent in the welterweight division and I’m gonna want to show them a lesson too.”

“He’s smart. He’s a PPV king. He already did what he needed to do in the welterweight division. Win or lose, it’s not gonna do anything to tarnish his career against Bisping and also he wants to make money.”

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Paulie Malignaggi’s Team Reaches Out To UFC For Conor McGregor Fight

We are almost two months removed from the superfight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile arena. Former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi is still calling out the UFC champion through social media. The bad blood between Malignaggi and McGregor has been well documented. […]

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We are almost two months removed from the superfight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile arena.

Former boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi is still calling out the UFC champion through social media. The bad blood between Malignaggi and McGregor has been well documented. Malignaggi was brought in as a sparring partner to help McGregor prepare for Mayweather.

As a result of this, Malignaggi was upset with some of the images and videos of posted on McGregor’s social media accounts from their sparring sessions in which ‘Magic Man’ felt he was depicted in a bad light due to the fact that one of the pictures showed McGregor standing over him on the canvas. Since then, the former boxing champion has been campaigning for a grudge match

This past Friday, Malignaggi noted on social media that his adviser, Al Haymon, had reached out to UFC president Dana White to try and begin formal negotiations for the bout.

McGregor ultimately lost to Mayweather in the tenth round by TKO after being hit by a series of punches against the ropes. Although he lost the fight, the UFC champion surpassed many expectations in his boxing debut.

It appears that McGregor will not be fighting in a boxing ring for his next bout, but instead, he will end up fighting newly-crowned UFC interim champ Tony Ferguson in a title unification bout.

UFC officials have yet to make the bout official, but the expectation is that McGregor and Ferguson to square off in late-December or the new year.

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