Conor McGregor: ‘Hard Not To Be Impressed’ By Michael Chandler

Conor McGregorConor McGregor has been impressed by Michael Chandler’s UFC run despite the fact the former Bellator champion has lost two of his first three fights with the promotion. Chandler made the perfect start to life in the UFC when he knocked out Dan Hooker inside one round to secure himself at the lightweight title. The […]

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Conor McGregor has been impressed by Michael Chandler’s UFC run despite the fact the former Bellator champion has lost two of his first three fights with the promotion.

Chandler made the perfect start to life in the UFC when he knocked out Dan Hooker inside one round to secure himself at the lightweight title.

The 35-year-old dominated Charles Oliveira in the opening round of their 155lb scrap for the belt before getting caught flush and finished in the second frame.

Last time out, Chandler went to war with Justin Gaethje for three rounds in what appears to be the frontrunner for 2021’s Fight of the Year. Despite putting on another commendable performance, Chandler once again walked away without the win, this time by unanimous decision.

Despite the fact Chandler has a losing record in the UFC, he’s done enough to impress the biggest star in the sport. McGregor took to social media on Saturday and answered questions on a variety of topics including his lightweight rival.

“Hard not to be impressed,” McGregor wrote about Chandler. “In a game of inches he has been incredibly close each time! Could well be today’s champion.”

The Respect Is Mutual Between Conor McGregor & Michael Chandler

Chandler like every other fighter at lightweight wants to be the man to welcome McGregor back to the Octagon. However, unlike most, he has been pursuing a fight with ‘Notorious’ in a fairly respectful manner. He even defended McGregor against critics who have put him on blast for losing the majority of his recent fights.

“His mental awareness capacity and stability inside of the octagon, inside the confines of competition – especially with how heightened the stakes and the senses are, inside of his fights, while everybody in the entire world is watching – it’s something to behold, man,” Chandler said. “He’s a different level of competitor. And anybody who discredits him because he’s lost fights is just either a casual or a Conor hater, to be honest with you.” 

Do you think we’ll see Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler next?

Quote: Israel Adesanya & Francis Ngannou Could Learn From Conor McGregor

Bobby Lashley believes Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou could stand to learn a thing or two from Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor has long ago cemented himself as the biggest star the UFC has ever had, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only star. Two…

Israel Adesanya, Francis Ngannou, Conor McGregor

Bobby Lashley believes Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou could stand to learn a thing or two from Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor has long ago cemented himself as the biggest star the UFC has ever had, but that doesn’t mean he’s the only star. Two names that have fit the ‘star’ label are champions Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou. 

Israel Adesanya headlined one of the highest-selling pay-per-view of the year thus far in UFC 259: Blachowicz vs. Adesanya, which is reported to have done 800,000 buys worldwide. Meanwhile, Ngannou has been building his heavyweight star power by crossing over into Hollywood.

Still, according to WWE superstar Bobby Lashley, they are missing that special ingredient to take them to the next level. 

“You got some like Israel Adesanya…Francis Ngannou. I think those guys are phenomenal. And if they turned the volume up a little bit on what they were doing, I think it would put them to that stardom of Conor McGregor. Conor already gets it,” Lashley said in an interview with comicbook.com.

Lashley argues that taking components from the professional wrestling business can and already has proven beneficial to some MMA fighters. In fact, he has taken credit for former American Top Team teammate Colby Covington’s character amplification that began in 2017. 

As it pertains to Adesanya, Ngannou, and any other MMA fighter looking to transcend to that next tier of stardom, Lashley specifically laid out what McGregor does so well that others could learn from. 

“Conor promotes fights, and every time, he’s promoting fights when he is not even fighting. He’s sitting at home injured and he still promote fights and sell himself. And I think a lot of times when you go into mixed martial arts it’s all about respect. And some of those guys are saying, ‘Okay, I’m not going to talk because I want to have respect.’ But at the same time, the promoters are like, ‘Well, I’m paying the money for guys that are selling these tickets, that are putting a—es in seats’ So there’s got to be a balance. It’s one thing to be a good fighter and let the promotion push you, but the promotion is more about the promotion. 

“So if you want to be great and make some big money, you need to learn about that selling aspect that I think all the guys can use a little refresher course, because all of them are trying to be Conor right now.”

Bobby Lashley became a MMA pro in 2008 and has a professional record of 15-2. He has not competed since 2016, when he picked up a rear-naked choke victory over Josh Appelt at Bellator 162. That made for eight consecutive victories for the former WWE champion.

Lashley had expressed interest in joining the UFC in the past, where he could have taken his own advice toward potential superstardom. However, there were never any serious negotiations between him and the promotion.

What do you think about Bobby Lashley’s advice for Israel Adesanya and Francis Ngannou?

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Conor McGregor Reveals He Has Two Fights Left On His UFC Contract

Conor McGregorThe biggest star in MMA, Conor McGregor could soon be a free agent. ‘Notorious’ took to social media on Saturday and invited his fans to as him whatever questions they want. During the Q&A session, McGregor revealed that he is reaching the end of his current UFC deal. While his plan is to remain a […]

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The biggest star in MMA, Conor McGregor could soon be a free agent.

‘Notorious’ took to social media on Saturday and invited his fans to as him whatever questions they want. During the Q&A session, McGregor revealed that he is reaching the end of his current UFC deal. While his plan is to remain a UFC fighter that could change if/when he fights out the contract.

“I have two fights left on my contract,” McGregor wrote in response to a fan who asked if he would ever start his own fight promotion. “I’d love to be with the UFC for life. I am the UFC! We shall see.”

Conor McGregor Hopes To Return To Action In The Summer Of 2022

For those who have been living under a rock, McGregor is currently out of action after fracturing his tibia and fibula at UFC 264. The Irishman was hoping to avenge his UFC 257 loss to Dustin Poirier but instead injured himself in the first round and the fight came to an inconclusive end.

McGregor has been documenting his recovery process on social media and appears to be making great strides in his bid to return to the Octagon. During the AMA session, the former dual-weight champion provided fans with a further update on his recovery.

“The fibula is fully healed,” McGregor wrote. “The medial side of the tibia is developing nice callous also. It is just patience now for it to form down through the bone to the lateral side of the tibia where the larger break occurred. It’s getting there. Patience will win this race for me!”

The 33-year-old expects to be back in full training by April and says fight news will soon follow.

“I will be full mixed martial arts sparring by April,” McGregor revealed. “Easily! By then a return will be imminent. But I must be patient. I will beat this!”

Who do you want to see Conor McGregor fight next?

McGregor Eyes April Return To Sparring, Plans To Fight Soon After

Conor McGregor’s leg injury is healing fast, and he plans on returning to training in a matter of months.

McGregor has been recovering from a broken leg sustained during his loss to Dustin Poirier in July. That, however, hasn’t stopped the “Notorio…

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Conor McGregor’s leg injury is healing fast, and he plans on returning to training in a matter of months.

McGregor has been recovering from a broken leg sustained during his loss to Dustin Poirier in July. That, however, hasn’t stopped the “Notorious” from leading a very active, and some would say, unhinged lifestyle that has dominated headlines in recent months.

Conor has allegedly assaulted, or attempted to assault, no less than two celebrities, namely rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Italian DJ Francesco Facchinetti. He also sent out a wildly wayward pitch at a Chicago Cubs game. Additionally, he has likely spent much time deliberating with his legal team as he prepares to defend himself against criminal charges in Ireland, and thanks to his assault on Facchinetti, Italy, too.

All these extra curricular activities are, however, par for the course for a man like McGregor and haven’t diverted him from his goal of reclaiming the UFC lightweight belt. Conor is adamant he’ll face the 155 pound champ when he returns to the Octagon, and if that turns out to be Dustin Poirier, is looking forward to settling some unfinished business with the American.

Conor McGregor, Machine Gun Kelly
Conor McGregor, Machine Gun Kelly

McGregor Provides Update On Injury and Timeline For Return

Twitter, too, has almost become a part-time occupation for McGregor during his stint on the sidelines, typically to needle former, current, and potential UFC rivals, or even commentators. But in his latest Twitter foray, Conor has turned the attention to himself, hosting a Q&A session with his legions of fans. And the question on the minds of many concerned the recovery of his broken leg.

According to McGregor, things are on the up and up.

“The fibula is fully healed. The medial side of the tibia is developing nice callous also. It is just patience now for it to form down through the bone to the lateral side of the tibia where the larger break occurred. It’s getting there. Patience will win this race for me!,” tweeted McGregor.

Not only is Conor’s leg healing fast, but now that it features metallic properties, he believes it may even be more potent a weapon than it was previously.

“I cannot wait to wrap this steel bar in my leg across the neck of a future opponent! I am counting down by the seconds until I get to launch this weapon,” tweeted McGregor.

So when can we expect Conor to make his UFC return? The 33-year-old says he’s expecting to begin sparring in a matter of months, and step into the Octagon soon after.

“I will be full mixed martial arts sparring by April. Easily! By then a return will be imminent. But I must be patient. I will beat this!” tweeted McGregor

What do you think? Who should Conor McGregor face when he makes his Octagon return?

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Conor McGregor Questions Kamaru Usman’s ‘Suspect Dome’, Believes He Wins Third Title Against Him

Conor McGregorFormer two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor has claimed he has stopped a multitude of holes in the overall game of current welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman, including an apparent, “suspect dome” — before claiming he would fancy his chances of clinching a third UFC crown if paired with him. McGregor, who last featured in the main […]

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Former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor has claimed he has stopped a multitude of holes in the overall game of current welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman, including an apparent, “suspect dome” — before claiming he would fancy his chances of clinching a third UFC crown if paired with him.

McGregor, who last featured in the main event of UFC 264 back in July, dropped his second consecutive loss at lightweight in the form of a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to former interim champion, Dustin Poirier after he fractured his left tibia at the end of the opening frame.

The Dubliner, who underwent a surgical procedure the following day in California, is expected to be sidelined until next summer at the very earliest as he continues to recover and rehabilitate, however, tonight as part of an “#AskNotorious” session on his official Twitter, claimed he would be back in a position to spar fully by April.

I will be full mixed martial arts sparring by April,” Conor McGregor tweeted. “Easily! By then a return will be imminent. But I must be patient. I will beat this!

McGregor, who has been linked with a slew of opponents for his expected return next year, including the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Michael Chandler, Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson, and the aforenoted, Poirier — has also claimed he will challenge for gold upon his return.

Conor McGregor questions the durability of Kamaru Usman, and envisions a third UFC title victory against him

The 33-year-old has frequently linked himself to a welterweight title challenge against Usman in the future. And when asked for his assessment on the Auchi native’s UFC 268 victory over Colby Covington, claimed he saw many holes in the defending champion’s game.

(I) thought Colby (Covington) lumped him up nice last fight,” Conor McGregor tweeted. “Finished stronger. Without that 2nd round knockdown, it’s Colby’s fight imo (in my opinion). If even still. I see many holes. As well as a suspect dome. I fancy it greatly for the treble.

Whilst McGregor envisions a future fight with Usman, the defending welterweight champion is already firmly on the radar of the #3 ranked, Leon Edwards who hopes to secure a well-overdue title rematch with the Nigerian next.

Another contender who appears to have grabbed the attention of McGregor is former featherweight kingpin, Max Holloway, with the duo originally clashing back in 2013. Both McGregor and Holloway appear to be highly receptive to a rematch to boot

Makhachev Revisits & Explains Khabib’s UFC 229 Post-Fight Meltdown

UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has looked back on the post-fight brawl between his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s corner at UFC 229.

The 2018 pay-per-view certainly delivered on the bad blood between McGregor and …

Islam Makhachev, Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC lightweight contender Islam Makhachev has looked back on the post-fight brawl between his teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s corner at UFC 229.

The 2018 pay-per-view certainly delivered on the bad blood between McGregor and Khabib. Unfortunately, it did so more than we could ever have imagined or desired. What started as one of the most anticipated headliners in MMA history, quickly deteriorated into its biggest blemish, an out-of-control brawl inside and outside the Octagon.

In front of a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena, “The Eagle” defended his UFC Lightweight title for the first time. He did so by way of a fourth-round neck crank submission. However, McGregor’s pre-fight trash talk had gotten out of hand, with the Irishman constantly attacking the Dagestani’s family, religion, and country. With that in mind, the action unsurprisingly didn’t end once the fight was stopped.

Makhachev Says Khabib Was “Pushed To The Limit”

While Khabib jumped the cage to attack McGregor’s teammate Dillon Danis, members of the champion’s team scampered around the cage to get involved, with some even entering it to get their hands on McGregor. Along with Zubaira Tukhugov and Asadulla Emirgaev, current top-five UFC lightweight Islam Makhachev was one of the individuals involved in the skirmish.

Now, speaking at the UFC 267 post-fight press conference, the 30-year-old has revisited the incident. Discussing what made Khabib react the way he did after defeating his bitter rival, Makhachev suggested McGregor crossed the line prior to the fight. With the constant verbal attack on close areas of his life, Makhachev believes the former UFC lightweight champion was simply overwhelmed with emotion.

“There is a limit to everything. If somebody crosses that line, you can’t control yourself anymore. In that moment, he was pushed to the limit, he was overwhelmed by emotions and suddenly saw the man talking all that crap, and… He just could not hold himself. Anybody, not just me or Khabib. The thing is, we are not faking stuff or trash talking. We do not play games. If we seem to not like somebody, we do not like him for real.” (h/t Sportskeeda)

Despite Dana White’s threats to suspend and remove those involved from the roster, Khabib’s promise to walk away from the UFC should that happen kept his teammates in the promotion. Now over three years later, both Makhachev and Tukhugov were successful at UFC 267 last month.

Do you agree with Islam Makhachev? Did Conor McGregor cross the line with his pre-fight trash talk?

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