Quote: Conor McGregor Will Not Fight For The Belt

The UFC lightweight division is in focus right now, as the New York debut for the promotion beckons. UFC 205 is set for Madison Square Gardens in NYC, and as usual pulling together the biggest stars for the November 12 pay-per-view has not been a simple process. Originally widely rumoured to feature Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor

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The UFC lightweight division is in focus right now, as the New York debut for the promotion beckons. UFC 205 is set for Madison Square Gardens in NYC, and as usual pulling together the biggest stars for the November 12 pay-per-view has not been a simple process. Originally widely rumoured to feature Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor for the lightweight title, the story took a few twists and turns this week. First off UFC president Dana White and Khabib Nurmagomedov chimed in.

‘The Eagle’ claimed, with a confirmation from White Himself, that he was next in line for the title shot. Sharing via Twitter that he’d signed the bout agreement for UFC 205 against Alvarez, Nurmagomedov laid waste to weeks of rumours, or at least it appeared that way. Following this stream of head-spinning announcements came another curve ball. Apparently ‘The Notorious’ was still injured from his UFC 202 bout with Nate Diaz. Was the Irish star out of the running for UFC New York?

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Who’s It Gonna Be?

After the announcement of McGregor’s injury came reports to the contrary. The featherweight champion was fine and still gunning for a spot at UFC 205. All the while the UFC featherweight division was like the poor relative on the outskirts of town, waiting for an invitation to the big party. Dana White had previously stated McGregor would have to vacate the 145-pound title to fight at any other weight again. Clearly confirmation of anything in that regard is still wanting.

Now we await next Tuesday, where the official line-up of UFC 205 will be confirmed. In the meantime, Ariel Helwani confirmed that neither McGregor or Alvarez have officially been offered a fight against each other. Khabib Nurmagomedov on the other hand, he’s already signed two bout agreements, as per his recent Tweets:

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What About Conor?

That’s an interesting question, one that ‘The Eagle’ has his own opinion on. As per a report on FOX Sports, Nurmagomedov feels McGregor should fight his way from the bottom:

“I promise I become the lightweight champ, I promise all the lightweight fighters, Conor is not going to fight for the belt. He’s going to have to earn it. From the bottom up.”

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Michael Bisping: I Think Eddie Alvarez Destroys Conor McGregor

UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping faced stacked odds against Luke Rockhold on June 4. Although ‘The Count’ is one of the longest-serving current UFC stars, he’d been beaten rather dominantly against ‘Rocky’ already. Following the 2014 defeat to Rockhold, Bisping compiled three straight wins before taking the title shot on short notice. The British slugger

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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping faced stacked odds against Luke Rockhold on June 4. Although ‘The Count’ is one of the longest-serving current UFC stars, he’d been beaten rather dominantly against ‘Rocky’ already. Following the 2014 defeat to Rockhold, Bisping compiled three straight wins before taking the title shot on short notice. The British slugger was obviously the underdog heading in to UFC 199, but he made very short work of Rockhold.

Knocking out his foe in the first round, ‘The Count’ finally tasted UFC title glory after 10 years of trying. After 26 fights for the promotion, this was Bisping’s first title fight. Facing such staggering odds made his title glory that much sweeter. Since rising to the top the trash talking Englishman has really started to let his feelings be known. Currently slated to face his fierce rival Dan Henderson at UFC 204, ‘The Count’ has not limited his banter to ‘Hendo.’

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Trash Talk

First off we heard accusations of steroid abuse aimed at Dan Henderson. Then, in a recent snippet via BloodyElbow ‘The Count’ absolutely blasted Georges St-Pierre. Having called out the former welterweight champion 24 hours after winning the middleweight strap, the brash English native claimed GSP was a ‘pussy’ for not taking the fight.

“Quit being a p**sy Georges. I officially challenge Georges St-Pierre to a fight in Toronto in December. I’ll fight him at 180lbs. Right here, right now, I challenge him.”

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The subject of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is always a popular one. After defeating Nate Diaz in a classic war at UFC 202, doors to a title fight at 155 pounds were opened by Dana White. The UFC president revealed ‘The Notorious’ would not be stripped, but would have to vacate the 145-pound belt if he wanted to pursue a title in another weight class. Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is baying for that fight, and Bisping doesn’t fancy the Irishman’s chances. Here’s what ‘The Count’ told The Daily Star:

“I think looking at that last fight, he does not want to fight Eddie Alvarez at 155. I think Alvarez kills him man. He’ll just take him down and destroy him. I’m not saying that to be mean, I just think stylistically. I like Conor. Conor is incredible, he’s done amazing things for this sport. He’s brought so many eyes on to it, he’s making so much money and he’s exciting as hell. He brings excitement.”

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Nate Diaz Trolls Conor McGregor About UFC 202 Decision

UFC 202 proved to be one of the greatest cards ever, let alone in 2016. The enjoyment levels of the Las Vegas card got off to a great start with some thoroughly exciting prelims, before the main card delivered in spades. Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz faced off for the second time in the main

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UFC 202 proved to be one of the greatest cards ever, let alone in 2016. The enjoyment levels of the Las Vegas card got off to a great start with some thoroughly exciting prelims, before the main card delivered in spades. Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz faced off for the second time in the main event, and were nicely backed up by straight finishes on the undercard. Perhaps most notable before the main event was Anthony Johnson’s tooth-removing 13-second KO of Glover Teixeira.

The main attraction rolled in to town, and it was a thriller of epic proportions. We knew the bitter rivals at the top of the card would throw down hard, but most predicted the fight would end in the early or middle rounds. The Irishman and the Stockton bad boy had other ideas, making good use of the championship rounds. By the time the full allotted 25 minutes was up, both men wore the fight.

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Respect Between Warriors

After the fight was done we saw a beautiful show of respect between McGregor and Diaz. The fight was indeed close, but in the end it was the Irish star who got his vengeance on Diaz. The judges handed down a majority decision for the featherweight champion. After their narrow war, Diaz didn’t waste time in making his opinion on the outcome known.

The post-fight media scrums were highlighted by Diaz vaping some CBD oil and also claiming he won. The Stockton native says he scored the fight four rounds to one in his own favor. Now three days removed from the event, Diaz is still taking shots at McGregor’s decision win. Check out the social media shot fired from Nate Diaz’s official Twitter account:

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Shots Fired!

UFC president Dana White sensationally shot down Diaz’s request for a trilogy fight. In doing so he also revealed that McGregor could fight Eddie Alvarez without having to vacate the 145-pound belt. The decision caused outrage among certain sects of fans, and most likely Diaz too. The lightweight champion Alvarez had already called out for the winner of McGregor vs. Diaz 2 some weeks ago.

It looks as though Jose Aldo might be the junior champ for a little longer than expected.

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Chuck Liddell Responds To Jon Jones Scandal With Cold-Blooded Rant

The current situation that former undisputed light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones finds himself in was somewhat sealed last night (Friday July 8, 2016). The B sample from his failed drug test conducted on June 16 came back positive, erasing what slim chance ‘Bones’ had of potentially being cleared due to a laboratory error or some other

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The current situation that former undisputed light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones finds himself in was somewhat sealed last night (Friday July 8, 2016). The B sample from his failed drug test conducted on June 16 came back positive, erasing what slim chance ‘Bones’ had of potentially being cleared due to a laboratory error or some other mitigating factor. His removal from the UFC 200 rematch with 205-pound boss Daniel Cormier was somewhat softened by his replacement by Anderson Silva, but the fact remains Jones’ sudden scratching made a big dent on the biggest UFC pay-per-view of all time.

Cormier was distraught, UFC president Dana White was visibly shaken and uncharacteristically lost for words, and the interim champ Jones appeared with tears streaming down his face when addressing the media about the USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) violation. Initial reports are sketchy at best, but White indicated the troubled young ‘Bones’ had popped for multiple banned substances.

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Given his past discrepancies and his unchallenged role as the biggest heel in MMA history, Jones has faced some harsh criticism since this saga erupted. Surprisingly Cormier remained reserved in his opinion of ‘Bones’ during this latest tribulation, but one former light-heavyweight champ in Chuck Liddell is not as tactful. ‘The Iceman’ and Jones have exchanged many words in recent months, with Liddell claiming Jones is the ‘Floyd Mayweather of MMA’ and predicting he could knock the younger man out, and in response the 28-year old mocked the ex-champion using his favorite troll tool of Instagram.

Speaking to MMAMania.com on the subject of Jon Jones, the notoriously hard hitting Chuck Liddell verbally swings for the fences:

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“Don’t be crying, you know you took something. Really? I mean, ‘Someone slipped it in my drink. It must’ve been one of the supplements I was taking.’ At this level you didn’t check the supplements you were taking and make sure they were cleared? I had my own supplements. I made sure they were cleared. I used to go make sure they were cleared by Nevada State Athletic Commission when I was fighting. I wasn’t taking anything that might jeopardize me getting in trouble for a fight. Crying? You chose to take something. You got caught. Are you crying because you got caught or are you crying because you feel bad? What? I don’t get it. He’s his own worst enemy. He can’t stay out of trouble.”

“I’ve seen quite a few guys down on the lower end that are very self destructive, but just don’t quite make it to where he made it,” he continued. “He made it to the top and imploded. Maybe he just couldn’t handle it. I don’t know. It’s just one of those things. He needs to reevaluate what he wants to do and either decide to start making the right choices and good choices and try to mount a comeback or just let it go and do something else.”

“It’s one of those things, if you are going to do it, if you are going to drug test, you should do it this way,” he said. “You should do whatever you can to catch everyone. You should deter people. If you want to clean up any sport, you need to do it in a way that makes it’s hard to not get caught and if you do get caught you need to punished them severely. You start losing two years and guys will think maybe it’s not worth it. Maybe it’s not worth trying to get that little extra boost or whatever it is you were trying to do. You get guys to actually think about it and make good choices. Think about consequences when you do something.”

So there’s no sympathy on the way from Liddell, but the big questions are which drug(s) Jones popped for, and how USADA and the Nevada Athletic Commission will deal with this case.

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Quote: Conor McGregor & Ronda Rousey Are Puppets On Strings

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and former women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey befell similar fates in the last six months. Although ‘The Notorious’ rose to prominence at the same time ‘Rowdy’ fell off her perch, it wouldn’t be long before Nate Diaz would step in and hand McGregor his first UFC loss. Where the two

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and former women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey befell similar fates in the last six months. Although ‘The Notorious’ rose to prominence at the same time ‘Rowdy’ fell off her perch, it wouldn’t be long before Nate Diaz would step in and hand McGregor his first UFC loss. Where the two differ is how they initially dealt with their first losses under the Zuffa banner.

Although McGregor has become entangled in drama with his bosses since his UFC 196 loss to Diaz, it pales in comparison to the crisis of identity that Rousey went through after UFC 193. After being hailed as the most dominant athlete of her time, ‘Rowdy’ suffered one of the most sudden and brutal downfalls in MMA history.

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Holly Holm’s monster head kick not only separated Rousey from her consciousness, but it took away the essence of’Rowdy.’ The unbeatable image was shattered and the consequential backlash from fans on the internet led to a very dark stage in her life.

For McGregor it’s been more of a beef with the UFC themselves that’s been highly publicized recently, along with the wild rumours of a potential boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. Either way, without a return date set for either of the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draws, the similarities are apparent.

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There’s a lot to be said of the UFC’s style of promotion, and it’s clear when they want certain fighters to become popular. So what happens when a fighter falls off that so called ‘hype train?’ Perhaps it’s even harder for these types of names to bounce back from a loss.

One former UFC heavyweight who was popular for his heavy handed knockouts believes it’s best to fly under the UFC’s promo radar, and carve the path on your own terms…

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Floyd Mayweather Joins The UFC, Will Fight Winner Of Diaz vs. McGregor

Well at least you didn’t turn on your computers this morning thinking there wouldn’t be any huge news around. Only this time, it’s something you may not have expected. That’s right…. April Fools day is upon us  And unfortunately you’ve been had, but don’t worry, we’ve dug up some cool mixed martial news and video to

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Well at least you didn’t turn on your computers this morning thinking there wouldn’t be any huge news around. Only this time, it’s something you may not have expected. That’s right….

April Fools day is upon us

 And unfortunately you’ve been had, but don’t worry, we’ve dug up some cool mixed martial news and video to make your journey to our page worthwhile.

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So let’s start with the biggest news of the last week, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 200. The two will rematch, again at welterweight, in the huge July 9 pay-per-view. The second fight in four months between ‘The Notorious’ and Diaz has been met with mixed reactions, mainly due to the featherweight title that McGregor holds remaining in status. The result of Diaz’s second round submission over the Irish star on March 5 is a meteoric rise in popularity for the Stockton native, and he’s been on a massive media tour lately.

His most recent interview was with Chael Sonnen, and it’s quite possibly the best in mixed martial arts history. In typical Diaz fashion, the younger of the infamous Diaz brothers stays true to himself and his feelings towards the UFC and their plans…

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