Dana White gives latest update on Conor McGregor’s next fight, B.J. Penn released from UFC, Chris Wiedman thinks he can beat Jon Jones

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all of today’s biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

B.J. Penn released from the UFC

B.J. Penn has finally been released from the UFC after nearly two decades.

The former two-weight world champion first fought in the UFC in 2001 and went on to have 27 fights in the promotion.

BJ Penn’s UFC career is over
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His recent record has been atrocious with seven straight defeats with his last win coming in 2010.

Penn had reportedly been in talks over another fight but, following a recent altercation in Hawaii, he Dana White said he was finished with the promotion.

Dana White on McGregor’s next fight

Conor McGregor teased a return to the Octagon on Twitter when he said: “Dublin, December 14.”

Dana White has dismissed the possibility of him fighting in Ireland on that date because the UFC already have an event planned for Las Vegas on December 14.

In a Twitter Q&A video he said: “Conor wants to fight December 14 in Dublin, but we have a fight in Vegas.

“So if he doesn’t fight on that card, he’ll fight early next year.”

Wiedman wants Jones fight

After losing four of his last five outings in the octagon, Chris Wiedman is making the step up to light-heavyweight and he is targeting a date with Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

Before he does that, he’s got to face the unbeaten Dominick Reyes on October 18.

Still, he’s made it no secret that his goal is to face Jones and he doesn’t think the UFC light heavyweight champion is the force he once was.

Chris Wiedman is a former world champion

“Being the guy that shocks the world, not once but twice, against what people think are the greatest of all time, and against someone that most people think can’t even be beaten,” Weidman told Submission Radio.

“That’s where Anderson Silva was when I fought him and this is where Jon Jones is right now, and so that motivates the hell out of me. That’s the legacy I want.”


Jon Jones sends heartfelt message to Daniel Cormier following the death of UFC rival’s father

27 Aug

Jon Jones put his rivalry with Daniel Cormier to one side and offered him support following the death of his father.

Cormier, a former two-weight world champion, used social media to announce the passing of his father, Percy Benoit.

”Today I lost my hero to cancer,” Cormier wrote. “My father was the bravest, strongest, hardest working and most caring person I’ve ever known. Always the life of the party and made everyone he ever came in contact with feel good.”

The tragic news comes just two weeks after Cormier lost his heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241, when he was knocked out in the fourth round.

Jones is considered Cormier’s biggest rival, having fought him on two occasions, first in 2015 and then again in 2017 winning both, although the second fight was later ruled a no contest when Jones tested positive for banned substances.

In 2017, Jones mother Camille, passed away following a long battle with diabetes.

Despite their long-standing feud, Jones has reached out to ‘DC’ with a message of sympathy following his loss.

Jones and Cormier have been rivals for years
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“All beef aside, I’m really sorry about your loss DC. Know that he’s in heaven with the opportunity to watch you front row and center for the rest of your life. Continue living a life that makes him proud. Thoughts go out to you and your family today,” Jones wrote.

Dana White warns Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov suggests ‘jail’ for rival and Israel Adesanya tipped to replace Jon Jones

16 Aug

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Stop or go broke

Dana White has shared his views on Conor McGregor’s latest controversy and says he hopes the Irishman learns to control his temper before he is completely out of pocket.

The UFC president was responding to a video of his fighter punching a bar patron in a Dublin pub.

Dana White has spoken on McGregor’s latest actions

Footage of the altercation, believed to have occurred in April, shows the Irishman throwing a left hook to the side of an elderly man’s head after he reportedly turned down the offer of McGregor’s Proper Twelve whisky.

“You get to a point where you look at a guy like Conor and you look at the bus incident in New York and the camera, the phone, the guy took the picture of him in Miami and he slaps the phone [away from him] — what’s the number?” White said.

“What’s it going to cost Conor McGregor before he decides ‘all right, this isn’t worth it, enough is enough, I need to stop doing this’.

“The incident in New York cost him millions. Millions he had to pay out. He had to pay the guy with the phone. What’s he going to pay this guy that he hit in the bar? The list just goes on and on. I just don’t know when he wakes up and says ‘I’ve got to stop doing this’.”


Prison awaits

Khabib Nurmagomedov believes jail is the answer for McGregor.

The UFC lightweight champion submitted ‘Notorious’ in a highly anticipated match-up at UFC 229 last October and was not impressed with his rival’s action in the pub.

“It’s crazy,” Khabib told TMZ Sports. “All media stayed quiet. Nobody posted about this. I can’t imagine if I punched this guy how many media are gonna post it and talk about me.

“This is like really, really bad thing. Like, even if this old guy on video punch your face 10 times, you can’t punch this guy’s face. You can’t.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken out about McGregor

This is like impossible. We have to respect all people. I don’t understand.

“I think these people have to go jail, bro. They have to go jail. This happened in Ireland? What happened about Ireland government? We guys from Russia have problem with visa, but why this bullsh*t guy don’t have problem with visa in U.S.A? How U.S.A. can give him visa or something like this, respect or job? These people, they have to go jail.”

A new king?

Chael Sonnen believes Jon Jones will eventually be replaced as the best in the UFC by Israel Adesanya.

Jones is widely regarded as the number one fighter in the Octagon and the light heavyweight champion has been dominant for much of his MMA career.

The air of invincibility Jones once had, has slipped in recent fights and he has been pushed close by Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos in his last two bouts.

Israel Adesanya is the interim middleweight champion

Sonnen fought and lost to Jones by TKO in 2013 and feels ‘Bones’ will soon lose his crown.

“You now have Israel Adesanya, just by example, coming up,”Sonnen said on his podcast.

Israel Adesanya is going to be the one that grabs the torch and moves that organization [the UFC] forward, for sure. He will become the biggest star and the talk will quickly be that he is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Jones is getting replaced.”

Adesanya is set to face Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 in October 6.

UFC news: Conor McGregor ranked fifth most valuable athlete, Covington hits out at Jon Jones, Cyborg officially leaving promotion

6 Aug

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McGregor ranked fifth most valuable athlete

Conor McGregor may not have fought in the UFC since October but that still has not stopped him being a social media powerhouse.

The Irish fighter was ranked as social media’s fifth most valuable athlete in the world, according to Forbes.

Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC since October
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Cristiano Ronaldo was way ahead of his rivals with 887.2million total interactions.

McGregor had 159.7million total interactions with Lionel Messi (367.1million), Neymar (289million) and Kylian Mbappe (167.6million) the only other athletes ahead of him.

Covington hits out at Jon Jones

Colby Covington continues on what seems like his mission to insult every other fighter in the UFC.

Jon Jones was in his crosshairs most recently following Covington’s decision win over Robbie Lawler.

Jones may have provoked this one, though, as he tweeted ‘Robbie just let the whole world down’ following the fight.

“Jon Jones, he’s out there talking s*** about Robbie Lawler letting the world down? Jon Jones knows firsthand about letting the whole world down,” Covington told MMA Fighting.

“Don’t talk about Robbie Lawler, Jon Jones. Robbie Lawler’s not wrecking a Bentley with hookers in the back of his car.

“Robbie Lawler’s not hitting a pregnant lady and then fleeing the scene with all his drugs in the car. Robbie Lawler’s a legend, he’s a family man, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer.

“So how dare Jon Jones talk about him when he’s the biggest piece of s*** in all of sports.”

Cyborg era in UFC officially over

Cris Cyborg announced on her Instagram account that she has had her last fight in the UFC.

She had a very public falling out with Dana White and Joe Rogan over comments the pair made.

Cyborg’s win over Felicia Spencer proved to be her last in the promotion.

She wrote on Instagram: “I’m very happy God is faithful, I finished ERA UFC. I did my last fight, that means no one released me.

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Estou muito feliz Deus é fiel , finalizei a ERA #UFC fiz minha última luta, isso quer dizer que ninguém me liberou 😅! Juntos tivemos a ERA #eliteXc , ERA #Strikeforce , ERA #InvictaFC e Era #UFC, todas foram de sucesso! Estaremos começando uma nova #ERA em breve novidades ansiosa para saber aonde vai ser a nossa próxima ERA! A Nação Cyborg já era Gigante antes da da ERA UFC mesmo tentando nos deletar, imagina agora que estaremos em um barco que a Nação Cyborg vai ser bem-vindo. “ Vai ser só alegria “ ! 🚨 galera não deixem de seguir meu canal do YouTube vai ter em breve novidades. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I'm very happy God is faithful, I finished ERA #UFC I did my last fight, that means no one released me 😅! Together we had ERA #eliteXc, ERA #Strikeforce, ERA #InvictaFC and ERA #UFC, all were successful! We will be starting a new #ERA soon news I’m excited to know where will be our next ERA! The Cyborg Nation was already Giant before the ERA UFC even trying to delete us, imagine now that we will be in a boat that the Cyborg Nation will be welcome. “It will be just joy”! 🚨 guys be sure to follow my YouTube channel will soon have news. #CYBORGNATION #NEWERA

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“Together we had ERA eliteXc, ERA Strikeforce, ERA InvictaFC and ERA UFC, all were successful!

“We will be starting a new ERA soon. I’m excited to know where will be our next ERA!

“The Cyborg Nation was already giant before the ERA UFC even trying to delete us, imagine now that we will be in a boat that the Cyborg Nation will be welcome.”

UFC fighter Dong Hyun Ma suffers horror eye injury, Trump congratulates Covington, Cormier conflicted over Jones trilogy

5 Aug

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Dong Hyun Ma’s eye injury

UFC fighter Dong Hyun Ma suffered a horrific eye injury that forced his fight to be stopped after two rounds.

The South Korean took early blows to his left eye in his bout with Scott Holtzman at UFC Newark.

His medical team tried to patch him up but Ma could not see out of his eye and the TKO victory was given to Holtzmann.

Cormier conflicted over Jones trilogy

Current heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been one of the best fighters the UFC has seen in recent years.

He has just two blemishes on his mixed martial art record, both of them coming to Jon Jones.

Cormier was beaten by Bones in 2015 and then again in 2017, with the second being overturned after Jones failed a drugs test and declared a no contest.

The 40-year-old said the ultimate decision was up to him on whether or not to go for a third fight.

Daniel Cormier is the current heavyweight champion
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“When it comes to Jones, I know now with all that I’ve accomplished, I don’t need that fight,” Cormier told MMA Fighting.

“I’ll be fine regardless but it will be something we revisit, me and my team, my management and everybody else and we’ll see if it’s something we want to do. Ultimately it will be my decision.

“Things are different. I feel like Jones is competing so many times because he has to try and one, regain the faith of the fans, but also retake his place in the sport and I did that.

“My place is secure with no question marks, no issues in regards in what I’ve done. It would ultimately be up to me to see what I want to do.”

Covington gets a call from Trump

Colby Covington solidified himself as one of the top welterweights in the UFC with his win over Robbie Lawler on Saturday.

He may not be everyone’s favourite fighter but Donald Trump is a fan.

After the fight, Covington said: “Donald Trump, Mr. President, he tweeted out support for me before the fight, and then after the fight, he gave me a call,’ Covington said after beating Lawler.

“He just said he appreciates everything I’ve done. He wants me to come back to the White House and shake his hand again and hang out with him in the Oval Office.

“He just appreciates how much I do and the hard-working American. I haven’t been given anything. I’ve had to work and earn everything I have. This (fight) was a landslide, just like it’s going to be a landslide in 2020.”

Covington also received criticism for his comments about Lawler’s friend Matt Hughes.

He made reference to the incident when Hughes’ truck was hit by a train at a level crossing, which caused him serious injuries.

“Did I say something that was offensive? The guy’s done some pretty crappy stuff, he’s got lawsuits against his family, against his brother, I just said the truth, I’m honest.

“I’m a little bit brutally honest sometimes and people can’t handle it. If people were worried about words but we go in the Octagon to kill each other, don’t be so sensitive, snowflakes.”

Donald Trump Jr to attend Colby Covington UFC fight, Tyron Woodley on Jon Jones and Conor McGregor treatment and Aalon Cruz delivers knockout

1 Aug

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VIP guests

Colby Covington revealed Donald Trump Jr. will attend his fight with Robbie Lawler on Saturday night.

Eric Trump is supposedly also set be cage-side.

The former interim UFC welterweight champion, last year celebrated capturing the belt, by visiting the White House.

Taking his heel antics to a new level, Covington wore a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat when he told TMZ: “The only fighter in the history of this sport to ever go to the White House and hang out with a sitting president in the Oval Office.”

It remains to be seen whether this will actually happen or if Covington is simply building interest in his bout.

Double standards

Tyron Woodly believes there is a stark contrast in the way fans react to Jon Jones and Conor McGregor in moments of controversy.

Light heavyweight champion Jones has a chequered history that includes DUIs, hit and runs and multiple failed drugs tests, but his latest incident was with a waitress in a strip club.

Woodley has said there is double standards with McGregor

He was accused of slapping the victim on her vagina and getting her in a rear-naked chokehold.

McGregor, meanwhile is no stranger to getting on the wrong side of the law and his list includes smashing a bus window with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team inside and smashing a fan’s mobile phone.

“We gonna act like Conor doesn’t do that every week? And we still want to put him on every fight card; he’s the biggest star. The second Jon Jones does something…” Woodley said on The Hollywood Beatdown.

“I’m defending the fact that we selectively throw people under the bus. Conor has done way worse things than Jon, and he’s glorified and praised as some Scarface of our sport. So I’m not gonna be too hard on Jon (when) I don’t even know the details.”

Big statement

Aalon Cruz impressed UFC president Dana White so much, that he earned himself a contract with the company by knocking out Steven Nguyen with a sickening flying knee.

There was little to separate the pair in an evenly-fought contest, before Cruz unleashed a blistering attack on his opponent towards the end of the third and final round.

The stoppage was similar to Jorge Masvidal’s win over Ben Askren at UFC 239 and White looked on in astonishment, before gesturing that he wanted Cruz to put pen to paper.

Jon Jones third in latest UFC rankings, while Conor McGregor drops out of top 10

25 Jul

Jon Jones has dropped down into third place in UFC’s latest pound-for-pound rankings.

In his last fight, the UFC light-heavyweight champion earned a split-decision win over Brazilian Thiago Santos.

Jones has beaten Cormier twice but is below his rival in the rankings
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It was Jones‘ 16th consecutive win since his controversial 2009 disqualification in a bout against Matt Hamill and his 13th in a world title fight, a record he shares with Georges St Pierre.

Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who has twice fought and lost to Jones, is top of the pile, with lightweight king, Khabib Nurmagomedov second.

Amanda Nunes, the women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion, has enjoyed complete domination since her last loss in 2014 and beat Holly Holm at UFC 239, with a huge head kick. She is fifth.

Conor McGregor drops to 12th
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Conor McGregor drops out of the top 10, due to inactivity and the fact his last bout, in October, saw him submit to Nurmagomedov in four rounds.

Dustin Poirer moves up two places from ten, while heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic moves to no.9, having been 11th.

UFC pound-for-pound list

1. Daniel Cormier (heavyweight)

2. Khabib Nurmagomedov (lightweight)

3. Jon Jones (light-heavyweight)

4. Henry Cejudo (flyweight)

5. Amanda Nunes (bantamweight)

6. Max Holloway (featherweight)

7. Kamaru Usman (welterweight)

8. Dustin Poirier (lightweight)

9. Stipe Miocic (heavyweight)

10. Robert Whittaker (middleweight)

11. Tony Ferguson (lightweight)

12. Conor McGregor (lightweight)

13. Valentina Shevchenko (flyweight)

14. Tyron Woodley (welterweight)

UFC news: Jon Jones next fight, Ben Askren comeback revealed, Anderson Silva becomes US citizen

24 Jul

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Anderson the all-American

UFC legend Anderson Silva has officially become a US citizen after a ceremony on Tuesday.

Brazilian-born Silva took his oath of citizenship along with his son Kalyl, 20, and daughter Kaory, 23, report MMA fighting.

“Everything USA [gave] for us, it’s time to give back, you know,” said Silva, who has lived in Los Angeles for the past decade.

The longest reigning middleweight champion in history, Silva had 16 consecutive victories from 2006 to 2013, before losing twice to Chris Weidman, with their second fight resulting in a broken leg.

Anderson Silva is a legend in the UFC debuting in 2006
Anderson Silva is a legend in the UFC debuting in 2006

Jones hints at comeback

Jon Jones has revealed he plans on fighting again in November.

The UFC light heavyweight champion has hinted he could be ready to return when UFC returns for its annual November slot in Madison Square Garden.

“Madison Square Garden in November?” Jones wrote in a Tweet.

Jones has been pretty busy in the past year, beating Alexander Gustafsson in December, then thwarting Anthony Smith in March, before picking up a split decision win over Thiago Santos.

Plans for Askren

Following his record-breaking five second loss to Jorge Masvidal, it was unclear what was next for Ben Askren.
‘Funky’ was knocked out cold by a flying knee from ‘Gamebred’ at UFC 239, his first loss in his second fight with the company.
Ariel Helwani announced on Twitter that the UFC is looking to book Askren against Demian Maia once Askren is medically cleared, in September, again to compete.
It took Masvidal just five seconds to knock out Askren at UFC 239
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Maia is coming off the back of a  unanimous decision victory over Anthony Rocco Martin, his second win of 2019.
Fans had been hoping to see Askren take on former world title challenger Darren Till, but that can still happen at some point in the near future.

UFC news: Hall of Famer backs Nunes to beat Cejudo, Jon Jones denies putting strip club waitress in chokehold, 12-second knockout revisited

22 Jul

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Hall of Famer backs Nunes to beat Cejudo

UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping has said he’d love to see a bout between Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo and he could be tempted to bet on Nunes, the women’s bantamweight champion, if it were to ever happen.

Speaking on his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said he he would be intrigued to see the cross-gender fight take place in the Octagon.

“[Cejudo] said he wants all the belts from 125 to 145 and that means the female belts as well, and I swear to God, I would love to see Cejudo vs. Amanda Nunes,” said Bisping.

“I like it. I mean I’m not for a woman fighting a man or beating a man up. I like what he’s saying, but I kinda wanna see Nunes. I think I’d put my money on Nunes in that fight. I honestly would. I think I would put my money on Amanda Nunes in that fight.

Amanda Nunes has been backed to beat Henry Cudejo

“Amanda Nunes knocks out Cyborg. Amanda Nunes knocks out Holly Holm,” Bisping continued. “She knocks out Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, f***ing Miesha Tate, the list goes on. She’s a bad woman…

“Fighting has weight classes. Henry Cejudo fights at 125. Amanda Nunes fights at 145 and 135. She’s the same size, if not bigger. She’s a bigger person. . . Henry Cejudo is 5ft 4in. Amanda Nunes is 5ft 8in.

“I’m not saying she’s thick, but she’s big. She’s bigger than Henry Cejudo. She has knockout power. I’ve seen Cyborg spar with men and dominate men.

“I have seen Cyborg in the gym rolling with men and beating men. And I have seen Amanda Nunes go out there and punch Cyborg in the face and knock her flat on her face in 51 seconds.”

Jon Jones rubbishes rumours of waitress chokehold

UFC legend Jon Jones has rubbished claims he assaulted a cocktail waitress in a strip club.

According to KRQE News, the 32-year-old has been charged with battery after the victim accused him of putting her in a chokehold and picking her up after slapping and kissing her.

The attack allegedly occurred at TD’s Eubank Showclub in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in April.

Jones has been charged with battery
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The waitress called police to her home to report the incident, stating Jones wouldn’t stop touching her despite telling him to stop.

Police charged Jones with battery, which is defined as an intentional act causing harmful or offensive contact to another person.

However, on Twitter he posted a reply to a fan with: “I’m definitely not in any trouble my friend, don’t be so quick to believe everything you read on the Internet.”

In case you missed it

On the weekend, Walt Harris needed just 12 seconds to complete a crushing KO sequence of Aleksei Oleinik in the heavyweight bout in San Antonio, Texas.

Harris immediately blasted him with a flying knee to the body and Oleinik was then caught by a follow-up straight left that caused him to collapse awkwardly to the canvas.

A couple of punches followed, but the bout was clearly already over.

Harris’s 12-second finish is the third-fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history, behind Jairzinho Rozenstruik (nine seconds) and Todd Duffee (seven seconds).

UFC news: Tito Ortiz issues apology, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone set for return, Jorge Masvidal would not bother to train for Conor McGregor fight

20 Jul

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Ortiz apology

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has apologised to both Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier over comments he made about the pair recently.

Ortiz had said he would do better against Jon Jones than Daniel Cormier and said even at the age of 44 he would give ‘Bones’ a decent fight.

However, he has since backtracked and posted on social media, a video in which he speaks of his respect for both fighters.

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“This message goes out to Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier,” Ortiz said. “I did an interview earlier this week and the reporter asked, ‘How would I do against Jon Jones in my prime?’ And my response was in a negative and disrespectful manner to both fighters.

“Jon Jones, you’re one of the greatest light heavyweight champions to ever grace the Octagon. Daniel Cormier, you’re one of the greatest light heavyweights and the greatest heavyweight champion to ever grace the Octagon. I respect both of you guys tremendously and for the first time in my career, I was in the wrong in this interview. So I hope you guys can take my apology because I respect both you guys like no other in and out of the cage.”

Cowboy is back

On Friday, UFC officially announced that a lightweight scrap between Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje will headline the upcoming UFC Vancouver card.

Cerrone will be seeking a return to the win column following a bizarre defeat to Tony Ferguson in June.

He was forced to apologise to fans after he retired from his fight with Ferguson after suffering a sickening eye injury.

Donald Cerrone lost to Tony Ferguson in June
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‘Cowboy’ admitted he made a mistake after trying to blow his nose between rounds – causing his eye to swell so tightly he was left unable to see.

Cerrone also holds several UFC records, including most most total wins (23), finishes (16), post-fight bonuses (17) and knockdowns (20).

Easy money

Jorge Masvidal’s manager Abe Kawa has said the fight with Conor McGregor would be so easy ‘Gamebred’ would not even bother having to train for it.

Masvidal has knocked out both Darren Till and Ben Askren so far this year and is keen to cash in on his momentum with a big pay day against McGregor.

Masvidal wants a fight with McGregor

Speaking to MMA Junkie on Friday, Kawa was in an extremely confident mood.

“He said all he would do is make sure he makes weight. He has no reason to train for a Conor fight, he said that’s the easiest money he would ever make.

“He feels there’s nowhere Conor can touch him. He’s a better striker, a better grappler, a better all-around MMA fighter.”