Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee Headlines UFC Atlantic City

Two top lightweights will square off for pivotal lightweight positioning this April. News came from MMA Fighting today that No. 4-ranked Edson Barboza will meet No. 7 Kevin Lee in the main event of April 21’s UFC Fight Night event from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The UFC’s ninth journey to Atlantic City will […]

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Two top lightweights will square off for pivotal lightweight positioning this April.

News came from MMA Fighting today that No. 4-ranked Edson Barboza will meet No. 7 Kevin Lee in the main event of April 21’s UFC Fight Night event from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The UFC’s ninth journey to Atlantic City will be a critical one for both men, as each was defeated in their last bout, albeit to top competition.

Barboza met a brutal three-round beating at the hands of current title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov at December’s UFC 219, while Lee was submitted by current interim champion Tony Ferguson in the main event of last October’s UFC 216.

The lightweight title picture is obviously a mess with champ Conor McGregor’s return uncertain, but the winner of this fight will put themselves in prime position for the next title shot, if the title is ever defended again.

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Conor McGregor Confirms He’s Returning To MMA

Conor McGregor says he will return to MMA. With the lightweight champion in negotiations to fight twice in 2018 while Dana White insisted McGregor ‘understood why he was being stripped’ of the 155-pound title, ‘The Notorious’ took to his own personal Instagram account to confirm he will be back, period, because he’s the best. His return […]

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Conor McGregor says he will return to MMA.

With the lightweight champion in negotiations to fight twice in 2018 while Dana White insisted McGregor ‘understood why he was being stripped’ of the 155-pound title, ‘The Notorious’ took to his own personal Instagram account to confirm he will be back, period, because he’s the best.

His return was apparently closer than we all thought too, as he offered to fill in for Max Holloway at March 3’s UFC 222, but the UFC couldn’t raise the funds to pay him his now-astronomical asking price:

“I am fighting again. Period. I am the best at this.

I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need.

I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.

On top of the fighting.
I am here.
It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.

Yours sincerely,
The Champ Champ™

So it appears to be a matter of cold, hard cash – as always – and the word is the UFC and McGregor are getting closer and closer on agreeing to terms for his return.

He may or may not be stripped of his title, but the consensus has him facing the winner of UFC 223’s Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight.

That is, unless Floyd Mayweather actually makes his way to the UFC.

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Conor McGregor Reportedly In Negotiations For Two Fights In 2018

Dana White insisted Conor McGregor ‘understands the decision to strip him’ of his lightweight title, but some further news has surfaced suggesting that may be a moot point. According to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com (via Bloody Elbow), McGregor is in negotiations to return for not only one UFC fight in 2018 but two: “The word is […]

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Dana White insisted Conor McGregor ‘understands the decision to strip him’ of his lightweight title, but some further news has surfaced suggesting that may be a moot point.

According to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline.com (via Bloody Elbow), McGregor is in negotiations to return for not only one UFC fight in 2018 but two:

“The word is that negotiations with Conor McGregor are going well. No deal to return has been inked but they are said to be not so far apart and are in talks about him doing two fights in 2018.”

A ton of heat has recently surfaced about McGregor possibly returning to face Floyd Mayweather, whom he lost a tenth-round TKO in their hyped boxing match last August, in the Octagon.

However, Meltzer believes that Mayweather will not ultimately sign with the UFC to compete in a sport he would be at a massive disadvantage. And if he does not, the obvious choice for McGregor in the UFC would be a bout versus the winner of UFC 223’s Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov main event:

“All the pub right now is Mayweather under MMA rules but I can’t see Mayweather agreeing to that, even though it’s huge money,” Meltzer noted. “The UFC fight idea is the winner of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov”

It’s an obvious choice, yet there’s far from a guarantee that McGregor will return to the UFC in 2018, if ever again.

He made a reported $100 million to box Mayweather, and as White hinted in his recent interview where he said Ferguson and Khabib would be fighting ‘for the title,’ he wouldn’t go as far to say that the UFC had officially stripped “The Notorious.”

Many believe that’s coming right before UFC 223.

With White noncommittal on McGregor’s return and the Irish star recently having broken the record for the longest UFC title reign without defending, everything is still as clear as mud.

We don’t fully know what’s going on behind the scenes, but if Meltzer’s report proves true, something huge could be coming soon.

“We’ll see what happens” – Dana White

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Conor McGregor Breaks Record For Longest Title Reign Without Defending

Conor McGregor has a new UFC record, but it’s not necessarily one that will earn him a plaque in the UFC Hall of Fame. One year, three months, and one week – or 464 total days as of today – after he became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously […]

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Conor McGregor has a new UFC record, but it’s not necessarily one that will earn him a plaque in the UFC Hall of Fame.

One year, three months, and one week – or 464 total days as of today – after he became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously by defeating Eddie Alvarez, McGregor now holds the record for the longest title reign without attempting to make his first title defense of the lightweight belt according to numbers chronicled by Bloody Elbow, a record McGregor officially broke last Sunday (February 18, 2018).

McGregor also held the UFC featherweight belt but did not defend it for 350 days and was stripped of the title only weeks after winning the lightweight belt.

That absence without defending the belt was long enough for McGregor to also hold the sixth-longest reign without attempting to defend. As it stands as of yesterday, he broke Anthony Pettis for the longest as well, although “Showtime’s” 463-day absence was due to injury, as were the other absences without defending in the top five from Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez’s first reign, and Matt Serra.

McGregor is unique in a sense, however, as his absence has been completely self-imposed. He spent the majority of 2017 seeking and getting a farcical boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, a spectacle that was one of the most lucrative events in combat sports history and made McGregor a reported $100 million, the most likely culprit for his now record-setting absence.

As MMA fans reach a fever pitch in their demands for McGregor to defend the title against the winner of UFC 223’s Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight, a contest that’s supposed to be for the ‘real’ title, he’s been lobbying for a rematch with Mayweather, this time in the UFC octagon.

Whispers have also swirled that the UFC will strip McGregor before UFC 223 once they know the oft-scheduled Ferguson vs. Khabib bout will finally happen without incident.

Regardless, McGregor’s inactivity is now historic, and if he were to get a second fight with Mayweather, we could most likely count on him not returning or ever defending his title.

At least he etched his name into the record books – and now, in more ways than one.

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Video: Nate Diaz Blazes Up In Public At UFC Austin

Fan favorite Stockton slugger Nate Diaz has been teasing an anticipated Octagon return in recent months, but he made an impact only he could at tonight’s (Sun. Feb. 18, 2018) UFC Fight Night 126 from Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Given some limited camera time when the FOX Sports 1 broadcast shifted to him in […]

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Fan favorite Stockton slugger Nate Diaz has been teasing an anticipated Octagon return in recent months, but he made an impact only he could at tonight’s (Sun. Feb. 18, 2018) UFC Fight Night 126 from Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Given some limited camera time when the FOX Sports 1 broadcast shifted to him in the crowd during the program, Diaz used the second such time to light one of his favorite hobbies.

Was it a real blunt? Who knows, but you can’t put it past him, and this won’t hurt the hype for his rumored return at all.

Watch it unfold courtesy of Robbie Fox on Twitter here:

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Conor McGregor Claims Floyd Mayweather Has Backed Out Of Rematch Negotiations

The combat sports world has been besieged with the unfortunate talk of a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in the UFC, but according to “The Notorious,” that’s (thankfully) off the table. McGregor posted on Instagram that Mayweather had supposedly backed out of the current fight negotiations, claiming he never sought a rematch in […]

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The combat sports world has been besieged with the unfortunate talk of a rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in the UFC, but according to “The Notorious,” that’s (thankfully) off the table.

McGregor posted on Instagram that Mayweather had supposedly backed out of the current fight negotiations, claiming he never sought a rematch in the first place and wishing him a mockingly great retirement:

“I am happy for Floyd and his recent announcement that he is out of these current fight negotiations. It is the reason I never seeked the rematch in the first place. I was happy for him in retirement.

“My game is a very unforgiving one. It is not like other games.
I understand completely him staying retired. I will now carry on in my negotiations and see where it goes.

“Have a great retirement Junior.

Now come here and give your old man a hug for old times sake. I’m proud of you son.

Yours truly,
Senior.”

The post sounds a bit more like a goading for Mayweather to further emerge himself in negotiations rather than a confirmation that he had backed out.

But it’s definitely hard to envision Mayweather coming out of retirement to put his spotless combat sports record on the line in a sport where he has a massive disadvantage.

“The Notorious” is certainly baiting the hook for him to do just that, and there’s little doubt UFC ownership would love to stage what would be by far the biggest-ever combat sporting spectacle of all-time in 2018, even amidst never-ending cries for the Irish megastar to finally defend a UFC title.

Are you buying what he’s selling, or is he merely trying to get “Money” to sign on the dotted line?

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