Top Fight Lawyer Reveals Why Conor McGregor’s Legal Team Wants Him Back Fighting

Here’s some insight from a Brooklyn lawyer on Conor McGregor’s legal issues:

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Earlier this month (June 14, 2018), former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor appeared in court in Brooklyn following his outburst at the Barclays Center after a UFC 223 media day this past April.

Ultimately, however, little regarding his future was settled, as the court agreed to let McGregor return to court next month, while his team attempts to strike a plea deal.

As far as the plea deal goes, top fight lawyer Dmitriy Shakhnevich, who recently spoke with Bloody Elbow, said that it will likely focus on getting McGregor back into the Octagon as soon as possible where he can continue to make money, which is a key part of his character:

“It looks like what happened is exactly what most thought would happen,” Shakhnevich said. “His lawyers probably as soon as they got into the case back in April – or I guess it was the beginning of May – called the D.A.’s (district attorney’s) office and started talking (about) a plea deal. It didn’t look like the evidence was in Conor’s favor, and with a plea deal they save a whole lot, they can get fighting faster. They likely keep him here in terms of allowing him to re-enter (the country), and they keep him making money. And that’s really all he’s concerned about. At the end of the day there’s this persona, he’s a charismatic superstar, that’s fine. He’s used to a lifestyle now, and he’s got to maintain that lifestyle and that means he needs to make money. This way he can get to that faster.”

As far as what could come next, Shakhnevich gave his thoughts on the process and implied that McGregor will likely have to appear in court a few more times:

“Sure, I presume that he would need to either plead either to a misdemeanor or a violation which is a non-criminal disposition,” he said. “And sometimes what they do is what’s called a conditional plea, which is a two-step. So if you plea to, for example, a misdemeanor, then you complete certain conditions and then the let you re-plea a non-criminal disposition. And that would probably be the best case scenario. I presume that plea would include some form of community service and of course, taking some form of community service, monetary penalties just to reimburse for all the damage, restitution. And that would mean that if he fulfills all these conditions, maybe he doesn’t have to go back to court to show all that to the judge. Although he probably will because this is a serious case. He’s probably at this point looking forward to at most two more court appearances.”

McGregor hasn’t competed inside of the Octagon since finishing Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. He was then defeated by Floyd Mayweather in a highly publicized boxing match that took place last August.

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Colby Covington Delivers Warning To ‘Two-Pump Chump’ Tyron Woodley

Colby Covington has a new set of insults for Tyron Woodley:

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It’s not official yet, but the overwhelming belief is that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will return soon for a grudge match with newly crowned interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington in the very near future.

The two former training partners have already begun trading blows – and it hasn’t been pretty – in the mere moments after Covington won the placeholder strap in a five-round decision win over Rafael dos Anjos at June 9’s UFC 225, so the fight now has a preinstalled trash talk war to build on their already bad blood-filled history as (sort of) teammates at American Top Team (ATT).

It’s gotten so bad, so fast that Woodley has claimed he wants to get ‘banned from the UFC’ and has already brought Covington’s family into the mix, but to fair, any and all topics are open season for ‘Chaos’ in his seemingly never-ending, scripted trash talk vignettes that may or may not be working to actually get him the following he clearly so desires.

Just that was recently the case for Covington, who spoke up even more about his new archrival on The MMA Hour, poking fun at Woodley’s rap album and acting career while calling him his trademark “TyQuil” insult for the perceived boringness of his fights. Despite an overarching penchant for winning fights on the scorecards, Covington promised to put the champ to sleep for good:

“Tyquil, there’s nowhere else to run,” Covington said. “There’s nowhere else to hide. What you gonna do now? No more rap albums. I know all the people hate me, but if you really want to hate me, go look on Google and try to listen to this dude rap. That’s why he’s trying to come fight. That’s why he’s begging to fight me now, because his rap album is failing. He’s got baby mamas to pay. That dude is a joke, man. His B-list acting career that goes straight to DVD, it is no more. Don’t worry, Tyquil. I’m sending you to sleep for good, motherf*cker.”

The interim champion insists he’s cocksure about the outcome of their pending match-up based on their history of training together at ATT, sessions which Covington claims Woodley quit due to the sheer amount of oxygen required to sustain his massively muscled frame:

“Every single round, every single time,” Covington said. “He literally never took one round off me. First round, he would be so tired trying to get oxygen to those muscles. The second round would just be easy pickings to me. I would pick him apart, do whatever I want to him. That’s the real reason he never wanted to talk to me again, after I gave him enough beatings. He was like, ‘Nah, I’m not doing this anymore.’”

But as for “The Chosen One’s” trash talk, Covington said he doesn’t see any of it. If the champion truly wants to bring some smack talk his way, he said, he can unblock him on social media after he supposedly shut him off and say it to his face:

“I don’t see anything he says,” Covington said. “Anything he says is fake news. He just tries to come out in the media, he’s trying to steal my spotlight. He knows I’m the real world champ. He’s got that fool’s gold at home. If he has something to say, he can say it to my face or unblock me and say it to me and let me see it, like a real man.”

Finally, Covington used an insult that only “Chaos” could before proclaiming Woodley wouldn’t last the distance when they did fight:

“He’s a little two-pump chump,” Covington said. “He won’t last more than two rounds.”

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Donald Cerrone Clears Up Talk About When He’ll Retire

Things didn’t go as Donald Cerrone had planned heading into his latest fight.

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Things didn’t go as Donald Cerrone had planned heading into his latest fight.

As seen in the main event of Saturday’s (June 23, 2018) UFC Singapore event in Kallang, Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, the former title contender lost to rising contender Leon Edwards by unanimous decision.

As a result of this loss, Cerrone is now just 1-4 in his last five fights. On the flip side, Edwards continues to rise up the welterweight rankings as he is now on a six fight winning streak following the biggest win thus far in his pro-MMA career.

Following the event, Cerrone cleared up talk about he’ll retire from the sport and what’s next for him.

‘Cowboy’ will fight until told by the UFC to stop and even has plans to fight two more times this year.

“I don’t think I lost any stock,” Cerrone told reporters at the UFC Fight Night 132 post-event news conference (transcript courtesy of MMAJunkie). “I love my job more than any of you can ever imagine. I love getting in there and fighting, so winning and losing is part of this game. Of course it sucks. I only got half my check, but hey, I had fun. I really did. I had a good time.”

“He went out there and got the unanimous decision, five rounds, good for him,” Cerrone said. “Congratulations. I’m still looking to fight two more times this year, so if there’s anybody out there looking to fight ‘Cowboy,’ the old dog, give me a call and we can set this up.”

“I’m going to go until UFC says, ”’Cowboy,’ enough, bro. Enough, enough, enough,’” Cerrone said. “(I want to fight) at least five more years, definitely. At least. Until the UFC says, ‘No more.’”

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Stipe Miocic Explains Why He Won’t Fight Brock Lesnar Shortly After UFC 226

Stipe Miocic continues to address a potential fight with Brock Lesnar.

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UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic continues to address a potential fight with former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

UFC heavyweight champion is slated to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event. However, that has not stopped him from talking about a potential showdown with Lesnar.

Lesnar has competed just once inside of the cage since 2011. The former UFC champion holds notable wins over fighters such as Shane Carwin Randy Couture and Frank Mir.

Hard-hitting heavyweight star Mark Hunt is the last man to have fought Lesnar in the Octagon at UFC 200 in 2016. This marked Lesnar’s return to MMA after an almost five-year retirement.

As seen in the fight, Lesnar won a unanimous decision that night which was subsequently overturned when it was revealed he failed two USADA issued drug tests before the bout. This led to Hunt filing a civil suit against Lesnar and the UFC to settle his grievances.

Now, there is speculation that Lesnar might show up to UFC 226 to call out the winner of this main event fight. The only issue with this grand idea is the fact that Miocic may not want to fight Lesnar right away and has a good reason for it.

“Honestly, I heard about that too, they’ve talked about it before at that press conference,” Miocic said about the Lesnar rumors in a recent interview with Submission Radio (transcript courtesy of MMA Mania). “Like I said, all I care about it July 7th, it’s all I’ve got my mind on, and after that, I’ll worry about it afterward. Then I’ll worry about my daughter being born.”

“No, probably not, [I wouldn’t fight Brock] right now. I’d do it, but not right away,” Miocic continued. “I plan on [taking a break after my daughter is born]. I mean, it’s the plan. I gotta enjoy my daughter.”

“Everyone’s tough, it doesn’t matter,” Miocic said. “Everyone can win on any given night. It’s the fight game. Honestly, like I said, I don’t really care what’s happening outside of it right now, my focus is on July 7th. Good for Brock, good for Curtis [Blaydes], I wish nothing but the best for them, but right now all I care about is DC, July 7th.”

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Lyoto Machida Releases Statement On Bellator MMA Signing

Machida releases a statement on his decision to sign with Bellator…

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has finally parted ways with the UFC after over 10 years of hard-working service.

In a surprise move, “The Dragon” announced he had signed with rival promotion Bellator on Friday to the confusion of MMA fans. Machida is coming off of a career-reviving knockout over fellow Brazilian MMA legend Vitor Belfort at UFC 224, and seemed poised to re-sign with the UFC after fighting out his most recent contract.

Machida took to social media after the news broke to provide fight fans with some explanation for the move:

“Hello everyone, I’m here to announce a great change in my career. My contract with UFC has finished, and I’m going to a new house: Bellator, which is a great MMA event that has been growing a lot here in the United States. I’m very grateful for everything that happened with me in the UFC.

“I’m very happy with everything I lived. I believe that everything in our lives is made of periods. All that comes is great and all that goes is also great. We have to be open to new changes, new challenges. This is how I think. My best regards to all of you, and I wish you keep on supporting me, because everytime I fight and everytime I practice, I do my best for all of you.”

Olá pessoal, estou aqui para anunciar uma grande mudança na minha carreira profissional. Meu contrato com UFC encerrou e eu estou indo para uma nova casa: para o Bellator, que é um grande evento do MMA e que tem crescido muito aqui nos Estados Unidos. Sou muito grato por tudo o que aconteceu comigo no UFC, sou muito feliz por tudo que eu vivi ali. Eu acredito que tudo na nossa vida são ciclos. Tudo que vem é muito legal e tudo o que vai também é legal. Temos que estar abertos a novas mudanças, novos desafios. E essa é minha mentalidade! Um grande abraço a todos vocês, quero que vocês continuem me acompanhando, porque sempre que eu participo das lutas, sempre que eu estou em treinamento eu estou dando sempre o meu melhor e é para vocês Hello everyone, I'm here to announce a great change in my career. My contract with UFC has finished, and I'm going to a new house: Bellator, which is a great MMA event that has been growing a lot here in the United States. I'm very grateful for everything that happened with me in the UFC. I'm very happy with everything I lived. I believe that everything in our lives is made of periods. All that comes is great and all that goes is also great. We have to be open to new changes, new challenges. This is how I think. My best regards to all of you, and I wish you keep on supporting me, because everytime I fight and everytime I practice, I do my best for all of you. @bellatormma #bellatormma

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“The Dragon” captured UFC gold after knocking out former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans back at UFC 98 and eventually moved down to middleweight where he fell short in his pursuit of the title.

Now at 40 years old, Machida joins a promotion where he holds a knockout victory over their light heavyweight champion and a dominant decision victory over the middleweight champ.

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Report: UFC Targeting Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kamaru Usman

A pivotal welterweight fight appears to be in the works:

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A pivotal welterweight fight could be taking place in the coming months.

According to a report from BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor, the UFC is ‘working on’ a bout between former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and surging contender Kamaru Usman:

Dos Anjos last competed earlier this month in Chicago at UFC 225, dropping a unanimous decision defeat to Colby Covington in an interim title fight. Prior to that, the Brazilian had won three consecutive fights over the likes of Tarec Saffiedine, Neil Magny and Robbie Lawler since moving up to 170 pounds in 2017.

He also underwent ear surgery following his loss to Covington.

Usman, on the other hand, has been gradually climbing up the welterweight rankings, winning an incredibly impressive 12-straight fights including eight-straight in the UFC. Most recently, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ picked up a decision victory over veteran Demian Maia in Chile.

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