Max Holloway Believes He’ll Eventually Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov

Max Holloway still has faith that a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov can materialize. Holloway is scheduled to defend his UFC featherweight championship this Saturday night (Dec. 14) against Alex Volkanovski. Nurmagomedov will put his lightweight gold…

Max Holloway still has faith that a showdown with Khabib Nurmagomedov can materialize. Holloway is scheduled to defend his UFC featherweight championship this Saturday night (Dec. 14) against Alex Volkanovski. Nurmagomedov will put his lightweight gold on the line against Tony Ferguson on April 18. Holloway and Nurmagomedov were scheduled to collide back in April […]

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Coach: Conor McGregor’s Camp For Khabib Nurmagomedov Was ‘Sporadic’

Conor McGregor is back in training and we just might get the old one that everyone fell in love with according to his striking coach Owen Roddy. McGregor will return to action for the first time in 15 months when he meets Donald Cerrone in a welterweight matchup in the main event of UFC 246 […]

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Conor McGregor is back in training and we just might get the old one that everyone fell in love with according to his striking coach Owen Roddy.

McGregor will return to action for the first time in 15 months when he meets Donald Cerrone in a welterweight matchup in the main event of UFC 246 on January 18. And Roddy, for one, is particularly excited that his fellow Irishman is back:

“Yeah – we’re back,” Roddy told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “Conor is so busy, you can’t tie him down outside camp. And I’ve got a lot on myself, I’m running the gym and I’m doing a couple of other things. When we’re not seen constantly working together people start saying – what’s going on? I’m not doing many interviews because I’m flat out and he’s doing all of his stuff as well.

“We’re in camp now, so it’s go time. The one thing Conor has been constantly doing is working on his strength and conditioning – he’s constantly staying in shape and he’s constantly eating clean – and you can see that straight off the bat. Now it’s time for us to execute a game plan and go in and do it on the night. I’m very excited to be back working with him, and I’m very excited that he’s back fighting in the UFC.”

McGregor’s last fight was a fourth-round submission defeat to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor kept going on about how his camp was poor for that fight and that the focus was too defensive.

Roddy agrees in the sense that their current training camp is much more structured and less “sporadic”:

“The training camp is structured way better,” Roddy explained. “The last camp was just a bit sporadic. We didn’t know what time we were training at. Sometimes it was very late at night, sometimes it was early in the morning and nobody really knew.

“Even though we were making all of these sessions, I don’t think that’s good for you when he doesn’t even know what time he’s going to train at, just doing it off feel. For the past couple of months it’s been very regimented.”

McGregor’s stock has dropped in the eyes of many fans not only because of his inactivity but actions outside the Octagon. However, Roddy believes McGregor is hungry and motivated again and fans will start to see the old one that they all fell in love with:

“… I think when you start to see some footage of him training, he starts to do his interviews and he starts building the fight, you’re going to see the old Conor back,” Roddy added. “… I can see that already. When people see that, they’re going to say, ‘That’s the Conor we fell in love with.’ He has that hunger again. A hungry, dedicated and motivated Conor McGregor is a scary dude.”

What do you think of Roddy’s comments?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Father Details Preparations For Tony Ferguson

Once again, the UFC has booked a matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The pair will headline an April 18 show on pay-per-view (PPV) from Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov puts his lightweight strap up for grabs against Ferguson, who is on a 12-fight win streak at the moment. This is the fifth time the […]

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Once again, the UFC has booked a matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

The pair will headline an April 18 show on pay-per-view (PPV) from Brooklyn, New York. Nurmagomedov puts his lightweight strap up for grabs against Ferguson, who is on a 12-fight win streak at the moment. This is the fifth time the UFC has made the matchup, each time previous eventually falling through due to injury (twice each has pulled after getting hurt).

Now, the UFC is hoping the fifth time’s a charm, and according to Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap, speaking to RT Sport, it is a massively important event for the sport of MMA.

“Because this isn’t the first attempt, I think it is one of the most important events in this sport,” Abdulmanap said. “It was planned four times and called off twice because of Khabib and twice because of Tony. Millions of fans are waiting for it.

“There’s never been anything like this in UFC history. It’s the most important fight in UFC history. It is important not only for me but for my republic, my country, and all our supporters.”

Abdulmanap also teased that Khabib might surprise people with his evolved striking game under American Kickboxing Academy’s (AKA) Javier Mendez, however, he won’t stray too far from the usual gameplan set by himself nonetheless.

“Throughout all this time we were able to improve our skills in different aspects, especially striking technique,” Nurmagomedov said. “We surprise [opponents] more and more each time. Javier [Mendez] promises to surprise this time but Khabib won’t stray from his father’s plan.”

Abdulmanap seems to have a healthy respect for what Ferguson can do inside the Octagon, pointing to the several different ways “El Cucuy” has earned victory as of late. Abdulmanap dubbed Ferguson a “worthy” opponent and suggested the training camp for him will reflect as much.

“First of all, he’s got good endurance, a good winning streak,” Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov said. “He’s been caught, but he finishes all his fights with submissions, cuts or technical knockouts. He has a good arsenal, he is a worthy opponent and we are preparing accordingly.”

Who are you picking in Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson? Do you think the fight will actually happen this time?

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Khabib and Father Open Up Training Facility in Dagestan

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has accomplished another dream of his, and it revolves around helping fellow citizens of Dagestan realize theirs. Along with father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib has opened an MMA training facility in Makh…

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has accomplished another dream of his, and it revolves around helping fellow citizens of Dagestan realize theirs. Along with father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib has opened an MMA training facility in Makhachkala, which is located in Khabib’s hometown of Dagestan, Russia. In an interview with RT Sport, Khabib opened up about […]

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Dana White: Khabib/McGregor II Likely if Both Win Next Fights

Dana White is on board with Khabib vs. McGregor 2 if both fighters win their upcoming contests. Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor to retain the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 229, the most successful pay per view in the history of the pr…

Dana White is on board with Khabib vs. McGregor 2 if both fighters win their upcoming contests. Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor to retain the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 229, the most successful pay per view in the history of the promotion, and McGregor has been lobbying for a rematch ever since. A year […]

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Dana White Admits Khabib vs. McGregor Rematch Can Happen If Both Men Win Upcoming Fights

UFC president Dana White revealed that a rematch between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is more than possible. The two met in a heated grudge match at UFC 229 in October last year that saw Nurmagomedov come out on top with a fourth-round submission victory. McGregor has since called for the rematch numerous […]

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UFC president Dana White revealed that a rematch between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is more than possible.

The two met in a heated grudge match at UFC 229 in October last year that saw Nurmagomedov come out on top with a fourth-round submission victory. McGregor has since called for the rematch numerous times — but given his drop in stock as well as his overall inactivity, it never seemed likely to happen.

But that doesn’t mean it’s dead. White appeared on the Rich Eisen Show recently and admitted that a sequel could happen provided both men win their next fights. Nurmagomedov is set to defend his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 next on April 18.

McGregor, meanwhile, will return to action against Donald Cerrone in the UFC 246 headliner on January 18.

“He’s gotta beat Cowboy Cerrone, which is a very tough fight, especially at 170, without Cowboy having to cut weight,” White said (via @jedigoodman). “Then, Khabib has to beat Tony Ferguson.

“If both of those things happen, then yeah, I think we can make the rematch.”

In a separate interview, White added the reason why McGregor was fighting at 170 as opposed to 155:

“Conor is going to fight at 170 for this fight,” White added. “Mainly because he doesn’t want to have to cut the weight to 155. Him and Cerrone have both fought at 170.

“He’s hoping that he beats Cerrone and can turn right around and fight Khabib as quick as possible. So he didn’t want to make the cut twice.”

While that serves as good news for McGregor, one person definitely won’t be happy with White’s comments — Justin Gaethje.

Do you think it would be fair for McGregor to get a rematch with Nurmagomedov?

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