Quote: Conor McGregor Looks “Better Than Ever”

Will Conor McGregor return to spark Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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Conor McGregor looks better than ever ahead of his anticipated UFC return.

That’s the story his teammate James Gallagher it telling, at least.

Gallagher recently sounded off on McGregor’s anticipated return to MMA Fighting. The young Irish contender claims his superstar teammate has the ‘fire’ back inside of him. McGregor has supposedly been given a boost from Nurmagomedov to prove his status:

“[Conor] looks better than ever. He’s got that fire back inside of him. When you’re on the top of the world like he’s been for so long, you need to chill out for a little bit to get that hunger back. It’s hard to keep that hunger when you have everything that you’ve ever wanted.

“While he’s been away, Khabib has been creating some hype and getting himself in a position to fight Conor. There are a lot of people who see Khabib as a serious threat, so I think that’s given Conor a push to step up and say, ‘Nah, mate, I’m the champ around here — you’re not on my level.’ I think Conor’s going to show Khabib who’s boss and put him back in his box.”

Back For A Challenge

Gallagher admits that McGregor has all the money he will ever need. That might cause most athletes to stop chasing top-level challenges, yet McGregor is apparently looking for just that.

MMA’s biggest-ever star has beaten every man the UFC put in front of him, Gallagher said, and he’s motivated to do it again against ‘The Eagle’:

“Conor could wipe his *** every morning with a €500 note and it would be just a drop in the ocean for him, so the real part of this he’s interested in is the challenge. You can buy all the cars and everything else, but you can’t buy a challenge like this. The thrill of competition is what is driving him,” he said.

“Conor has beaten everyone the UFC have put in front of him. He climbed to the top of a division and he won a belt, then he won another belt…he loves a challenge. People are saying that Khabib is the guy now and I know that Conor is thinking, ‘I’m going to show all of these people again’. He’s got a fire inside of him to show everyone who is the boss.”

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Tony Ferguson Responds to Al Iaquinta: You Had Your Chance & F*cked it up

Tony Ferguson responds to Al Iaquinta in a way that he feels is brutally honest. Ferguson has been out of action due to a torn ligament in his knee. “El Cucuy” underwent successful surgery and says he is now cleared to compete. The next lig…

Tony Ferguson responds to Al Iaquinta in a way that he feels is brutally honest. Ferguson has been out of action due to a torn ligament in his knee. “El Cucuy” underwent successful surgery and says he is now cleared to compete. The next lightweight title bout is set for UFC 229. Lightweight champion Khabib […]

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Al Iaquinta Wants Tony Ferguson Fight In November

Al Iaquinta is sick of Tony Ferguson and wants to shut him up.

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Al Iaquinta wants Tony Ferguson next.

“Ragin” Al comes off a unanimous decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223. The fight was for the vacant UFC lightweight championship. Iaquinta was filling in for Ferguson, who had suffered an injury during a freak accident.

The loss ended a five-fight win streak. Iaquinta finished four of those five wins via knockout. Iaquinta was expected to make his Octagon return against Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln. However, he withdrew from the contest.

Iaquinta has his eyes set on “El Cucuy” now that he’s ready to get back into the cage. He told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he “can’t stand” Ferguson and wants to fight the former interim lightweight champ in November:

Ferguson indicated he’s not too interested in fighting Iaquinta upon his return in his online response:

Ferguson hasn’t lost a fight since May of 2012. He’s riding a ridiculous 10-fight win streak in the UFC. He has defeated the likes of Kevin Lee, Rafael dos Anjos and Edson Barboza in recent outings.

He most recently beat Lee in October 2017 to capture the interim lightweight title. Ferguson was expected to defend that title against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, but tore his LCL and was forced to withdraw due to the injury.

Ferguson likely wants to return for a fight with UFC gold on the line because of his recent streak. He might have to wait around for a shot at the title with Nurmagomedov defending his title against Conor McGregor in October

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Ticket Prices For UFC 229: Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor Revealed

Ticket prices for UFC 229 are here. The highly-anticipated ticket for October 6’s anticipated pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will go on sale this week. They will be available to the general public at 1 p.m. ET this Friday. UFC Fight Club Members will receive early access on its website starting […]

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Ticket prices for UFC 229 are here.

The highly-anticipated ticket for October 6’s anticipated pay-per-view event from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will go on sale this week. They will be available to the general public at 1 p.m. ET this Friday.

UFC Fight Club Members will receive early access on its website starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET. UFC newsletter subscribers will get one day of early access starting Thursday at 1 p.m on UFC.com.

Prices for the event are listed on axs.com (via MMA Fighting) as $2,505, $2,005, $1,505, $1,005, $755, $555, $405, $355, $305, $255, and $205, not including fees. Fans purchasing them can only buy a maximum of eight.

UFC 226 is expected to legitimately contend for the title of the biggest pay-per-view spectacle in UFC history. McGregor will return to the octagon after nearly two years out of action to face undefeated champ Nurmagomedov.

The fight brings the pre-installed bad blood of McGregor’s highly-publicized assault in Brooklyn earlier this year. He threw a metal dolly through the window of a bus containing ‘The Eagle.’ The former two-division UFC champ reached a plea deal in a Brooklyn court last month. Footage of the incident is now being used to promote the fight due to its controversial nature.

Dana White has hinted the event could draw more than two million buys on pay-per-view. Meanwhile, the live gate is sure to be massive.

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Dustin Poirier Predicts Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

One of the UFC’s top lightweights has weighed in on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor. Surging No. 3-ranked Dustin Poirier will return to action against Nate Diaz at November 3’s UFC 230. He could (should) earn a shot at the winner of UFC 229’s Khabib vs. Conor main event on October 6, 2018. So “The […]

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One of the UFC’s top lightweights has weighed in on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor.

Surging No. 3-ranked Dustin Poirier will return to action against Nate Diaz at November 3’s UFC 230. He could (should) earn a shot at the winner of UFC 229’s Khabib vs. Conor main event on October 6, 2018.

So “The Diamond” has a vested interest in the megafight, and he has his prediction ready as well. Poirier offered it to Luke Thomas on a recent edition of The MMA Hour:

“I’m kinda leaning toward Khabib. I just don’t know if he’s going to stop Conor or whatnot, but I’m thinking he’s going to get the victory.”

Nurmagomedov’s fearsome wrestling is the reason many are picking him to hand McGregor a second loss in the octagon. But ‘The Notorious” knockout striking is also the stuff of legends, and Poirier knows it. Their heated rivalry in 2014 was ended due to the Irishman’s scary striking when he floored Poirier in one round.

McGregor’s straight left hand may be the most feared weapon in all of MMA. Because of that dynamic, Poirier rightfully couldn’t count ‘The Notorious’ out:

“I mean, he has a huge chance,” Poirier said. “He’s got great timing, great judge of distance. We’ll just see if the takedown defense holds up and the cardio holds up. That’s all he has to do. The openings will be there, but he just has to stand the test of the wrestling and the conditioning, the physical part that Khabib’s going to put on early in the fight.”

The former lightweight and featherweight champion will have been out of the octagon for almost two years when UFC 229 takes place. Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, last competed at UFC 223 this April, winning the title in the main event.

Poirier doesn’t think that will be an issue. McGregor simply has to find his timing in his mind:

“It’s all a mindset, really,” Poirier said. “Once you get your rhythm down, your timing, everything else falls into place.”

McGregor and his ability to defend the endless takedown attempts expected to come his way should decide the UFC’s biggest fight of 2018. Many gamblers are betting on Nurmagomedov because of it.

The striker vs. grappler dynamic may be cliche but in this case, it holds true. Either man’s ability to impose their skillset could be the deciding factor in what may be the UFC’s biggest-ever fight.

Meanwhile, Poirier will be waiting for the winner.

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Tony Ferguson Is Cleared To Return, Eyes Huge Fight

Former interim champion Tony Ferguson is cleared to return to action after four months of rehab, eyes huge return to the octagon.

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Tony Ferguson is cleared to return to action.

The former interim champ is looking for a huge return fight with the lightweight champion. The title picture will be hopefully be sorted out soon.

However, Ferguson could be the odd man out looking in.

Ferguson suffered a rather bizarre injury just days before his UFC 223 title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. , “El Cucuy” is ready to return to the octagon after four months of painstaking rehab:

“Cleared”, made that recovery my b*tch 4 months & a day. Thanks, everyone that believed in me, keep that sh*t up. Time for some chaos & reclaim whats mine- Champ.”

Ferguson last competed in the octagon at UFC 216 when he captured the interim lightweight title over Kevin Lee.

“El Cucuy” was subsequently stripped of his title due to the freak injury he suffered during promotional duties for the UFC. Khabib Nurmagomedov was crowned the undisputed lightweight champion when he defeated Ferguson’s replacement Al Iaquinta in a five-round affair at April’s UFC 223.

It’s unclear whom Ferguson will fight in his return with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor set to do battle at UFC 229 and Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier going to war at UFC 230. UFC may keep “El Cucuy” on standby just in case one of those fighters is forced to pull out.

Regardless, Furguson’s return to action is only going to bolster the best division in combat sports.

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