Thanh Le’s Road from TUF to ONE Championship Title Fight

Thanh Le faces Martin Nguyen for the ONE featherweight world championship Oct. 30 at Inside the Matrix. Watch for free on B/R Live and the B/R app…

Thanh Le faces Martin Nguyen for the ONE featherweight world championship Oct. 30 at Inside the Matrix. Watch for free on B/R Live and the B/R app…

Michael Chandler Wants Four-Man Tournament For Lightweight Title

Michael ChandlerRecent UFC signee Michael Chandler has let it be known he wants to waste no time getting a title shot, and he’s come up with an innovative way to get one. The former Bellator MMA star signed with the UFC in September, and was immediately thrown into the lightweight title picture. Chandler even made the […]

Michael Chandler

Recent UFC signee Michael Chandler has let it be known he wants to waste no time getting a title shot, and he’s come up with an innovative way to get one.

The former Bellator MMA star signed with the UFC in September, and was immediately thrown into the lightweight title picture. Chandler even made the 155-pound weight limit to serve as an alternate for the title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Ultimately, his services weren’t needed and Nurmagomedov would go on to submit Gaethje in the second round. Following the win, Nurmagomedov would announce his retirement, which has thrown the division into a state of flux.

In an interview with BT Sport, Chandler offered his own idea to give some clarity to the crowded division (H/T MMA Mania).

“Let’s be honest, I’m the new guy, I’m not going to come in and say, ‘Hey guys, I deserve a title shot,’” the former Bellator champ Chandler told BT Sport. “I’d love my name to be thrown into the mix. I’d love the opportunity to fight in a four man tournament for that title. There’s all sorts of different things the UFC could do, this is the biggest martial arts sports promotion in the world and I’m excited to be a part of it.

“But Conor, Poirier, myself, Ferguson,” he continued. “There’s some names that need to be fighting for a title so let’s make it happen.”

All four men Chandler mentioned have a legitimate claim to a title opportunity. Once thought of as the face of Bellator MMA, Chandler’s stock has arguably never been higher as he has won nine of his past eleven fights and is coming off a first round knockout of Benson Henderson. Poirier rebounded off a loss to Nurmagomedov with a decision win over Dan Hooker in a “Fight of the Year” contender; McGregor is the UFC’s biggest star and coming off a first round knockout over Donald Cerrone, and, though he is coming off a loss, Ferguson had previously been on a 12-fight winning streak with wins over some of the divisions biggest names.

Poirier and McGregor are already scheduled to face each other on January 23. With the rest of the fight card still relatively bare, the UFC could theoretically add Chandler vs Ferguson as the co-main event. A couple of other men with with title aspirations – recent title challenger Gaethje and owner of an eight-fight win streak, Charles Oliveira – could also face off in an alternate fight.

The UFC has been open to hosting title tournaments before. Demetrious Johnson was awarded the inaugural flyweight championship after winning a similar tournament.

Do you like Michael Chandler’s idea of a lightweight title tournament? Let us know!

Conor McGregor Blasts ‘Embarrassing’ Justin Gaethje Performance

Conor McGregorFormer dual weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has laid into Justin Gaethje for his sub-par performance against lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov. Gaethje was dubbed the toughest test of Nurmagomedov’s career ahead of UFC 254. However, on the night it was easy work for the undefeated Russian. Nurmagomedov needed just two rounds to find the triangle […]

Conor McGregor

Former dual weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has laid into Justin Gaethje for his sub-par performance against lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Gaethje was dubbed the toughest test of Nurmagomedov’s career ahead of UFC 254. However, on the night it was easy work for the undefeated Russian. Nurmagomedov needed just two rounds to find the triangle choke submission win that left ‘The Highlight’ unconscious on the canvas.

Post-fight Nurmagomedov announced he was retiring from MMA. Gaethje called for a fight with McGregor for the now vacant lightweight title.

“With him retiring, I’m No. 1,” Gaethje said. “Poirier and (Conor) McGregor are going to fight (Jan. 23). They haven’t made it official, so if McGregor wants to bounce out and get the belt, then I’m right here. If they want to give it to someone else, then so be it. But I’ll be ready. I’m ready to fight again. This is my job. This is my life. I love it so much.”

McGregor shut down that idea and ripped into Gaethje for his performance against Nurmagomedov, he wrote the following on social media before deleting the comments.

“Dustin KO’d you, as well as your wrestling/grappling and overall fear of the central positions being truly embarrassing tonight, Justin.”

Conor McGregor deleted tweet to Justin Gaethje via HEAVY.com

McGregor is currently in talks to face Dustin Poirier in a highly anticipated rematch. It seems likely that if Nurmagomedov is in fact retired, that fight will be for the vacant lightweight title. However, other options are available for the UFC.

Former Bellator champion, Michael Chandler was on standby for UFC 254 but thankfully didn’t get the call. The UFC clearly hold him in high regard and seem intent on matching him against former interim titleholder Tony Ferguson. If the ongoing financial issues between ‘El Cucuy’ and the UFC brass can be resolved we could well see these two men square off for the now vacant belt.

Do you agree with Conor McGregor? Did Justin Gaethje under perform at UFC 254?

Conor McGregor Congratulates Khabib on UFC Retirement: ‘I Will Carry On’

UFC star Conor McGregor tweeted a message of respect to Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday after Khabib defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and subsequently announced his retirement…

UFC star Conor McGregor tweeted a message of respect to Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday after Khabib defeated Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 and subsequently announced his retirement…

UFC 254 Results: Khabib Dominates Gaethje, Announces Retirement from UFC at 29-0

Khabib Nurmagomedov did what he does best Saturday—and then promptly shocked the MMA world by announcing his retirement…

Khabib Nurmagomedov did what he does best Saturday—and then promptly shocked the MMA world by announcing his retirement…

Conor McGregor & Fabricio Werdum Argue About Bellator Drug Testing

Conor McGregorFormer dual weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has had a heated online argument with heavyweight legend Fabricio Werdum about Bellator’s lack of drug testing. McGregor posted out yesterday urging the promotion to adopt proper drug testing procedures like the UFC. The Irishman who is often divisive seemed to be making a pretty fair point that […]

Conor McGregor

Former dual weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has had a heated online argument with heavyweight legend Fabricio Werdum about Bellator’s lack of drug testing.

McGregor posted out yesterday urging the promotion to adopt proper drug testing procedures like the UFC. The Irishman who is often divisive seemed to be making a pretty fair point that the vast majority of people could get behind.

However, he found an unlikely foe in Werdum who seemed to think ‘Notorious’ was taking shots at Bellator featherweight champion ‘Cyborg’.

“Losers always will try to find excuses,” Werdum wrote on social media. “Champions work very hard and don’t distracted by ants. @CyborgsGloves Is a living legend McGregor is filha-da-puta HEY”

McGregor responded but seem perplexed by Werdum who brought up the WMMA great out of nowhere – he tried to get back to the point at hand.

“Huh? I did not mention Cris whatsoever. Nothing to do with Cris at all. It is a request to the promotion, as a top tier one, to up its PED testing program. As currently there is zero in place. This is a dangerous business and to take a lax stance here, at this level, is wrong.”

The 32-year-old then seemed to click as to why the Werdum had such strong feelings about Bellator’s inept drug testing procedures.

“Actually wait! Aren’t you currently banned for steroids right now? And got your sentenced reduced for ratting other people? And also just recently signed to this promotion I speak of? Woah. Man, fuck you. My lord, what a business this is,” McGregor wrote on social media.

Werdum continued under the impression that McGregor was tweeting in defence of Sinead Kavanagh who was “beat up” by ‘Cyborg’, despite the fact the two female fighters have never squared off inside the cage.

“The funny thing is it was cause a girl 145 that trains at your gym Sinaed Kavanagh posted a tweet about testing following Cyborg Beating her up Why are you backtrack now,” Werdum replied.

McGregor was perplexed by Werdum’s continued suggestion that Kavanagh and ‘Cyborg’ had fought and tried to get back to the point at hand once again, he wrote.

“They never fought, McGregor said. “I train Sinead. I manage Cris. Both tremendously gifted warriors. This is not about either! Or any of the roster for that matter. It is about the promotion itself stepping up to the plate, as one of the top tier organisations in MMA, and upping its testing.”

Werdum ended the conversation by saying someone with McGregor’s track record should not concern himself with Bellator drug testing, he wrote.

“An alcoholic and a Coke head should not worry about testing anything @ScottCoker always do a good job”

The Brazilian submission specialist continued to tweet at McGregor without response throughout the night. Head over to his Twitter page to see what else Werdum had to say about ‘Mystic Mac’.

Do you agree with Conor McGregor? Should Bellator begin drug testing their fighters?