UFC Vancouver: Justin Gaethje scores beautiful first-round KO over Donald Cerrone but has to ask the ref to stop it

15 Sep

There aren’t many fighters as exciting as Justin Gaethje in the UFC right now and he proved it again on Saturday night in Vancouver.

The 30-year-old lightweight went at it with fellow clanger and banger Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in the main event and he scored a first-round knockout.

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There was no way this fight was ever going to last the five rounds with two such explosive fighters and Gaethje’s reputation continues to grow.

A huge right hand put Cerrone down in the first round and had him face down on the canvas following a close follow-up flurry. Gaethje had to look to the ref when looking to put an unresponsive Cerrone away and he finally put Cowboy out of his mercy.

But, it did seem a bit late.

Speaking after the fight, the Human Highlight Reel told Daniel Cormier in the Octagon that he didn’t want to have to keep hitting Cowboy when he knew he was done.

He also said he doesn’t want to fight Conor McGregor next because he’s retired and he wants the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

That makes the world of sense given his recent run, but the allure of two knockout punchers like McGregor and Gaethje meeting looms large.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani claims that fight was being made before McGregor injured his left hand. It could happen early 2020.

UFC fighter Michel Pereira crazily backflips onto downed opponent in middle of fight, goes on to lose by decision

15 Sep

Michel Pereira stole the show with a moment of madness during his fight at UFC Vancouver on Saturday night.

The Brazilian crowdpleaser, eager to impress, came out firing against Tristan Connelly in the first round with a variety of acrobatic attacks.

Pereira pursued Connolly around the ring with a number of flips and eventually had him down on the canvas.

Rather than remain in this advantageous position, Pereira opted to jump up and backflipped onto his foe in a crazy move that expended a lot of energy and seemingly did little damage.

It didn’t work out well for the UFC prospect in the long run either, as the bout went the distance and he ended up losing by decison: 29-28, 29-27, 29-27.

MMA News: Michael Page sensationally claims he would ‘earn more if he wasn’t black’, Conor McGregor dealt major blow in hope of Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch

13 Sep

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of MMA…


Page says race plays a factor in MMA fighter pay

Michael Page has sensationally claimed he would have made more money if he were a white fighter.

Page, 32, is well known for his exciting fighting skill and no-nonsense personality.

And writing in the Metro, Page expressed his belief that his career hasn’t been as financially rewarding as it could have been because of the colour of his skin.

“I’ve never come across open racism from a fight fan,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a fan shout anything racist at me.

Michael Page has sensationally claimed that he would have earned more money in his UFC career if he was a white male
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“I think you’d have to be brave to do that at a London fight night. But, I do think black fighters are treated differently.

“Do I think any promoters I know are racist? It’s not that. I think it’s less financially lucrative to be a black fighter than a white All-American or Irish kid.”

“I genuinely feel if I was a white fighter with the same talents, I would have more support and money.”

Lee to make lightweight return

Kevin Lee has his eye on pursuing a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov after dropping back down the lightweight division.

Lee, 27, moved up to welterweight earlier this year and wasted no time in trying to assert his authority on the division by landing an encounter with former lightweight champion Raphael dos Anjos.

Unfortunately for Lee that clash didn’t go to plan as he was submitted in the fourth round.

And after watching UFC 242 last weekend, he now wants to make a return to the lightweight division in an attempt to secure a fight with Khabib.

Kevin Lee, pictured back in December 2015, intends to return to the lightweight division

“After looking at that last fight with Khabib, I did an interview before Khabib fought Dustin (Poirier) and said I wasn’t too impressed,” Lee told ESPN (via MMA Mania).

“But after seeing the way Khabib handled Dustin, I might want a piece of that cake. I like the biggest target I can find.

“He’s the real challenge out there. He’s the guy who is going to challenge Jon Jones for the pound-for-pound title. That’s the kind of fight that will get me up.”

McGregor dealt huge blow in pursuit of Khabib rematch

Conor McGregor’s hopes of facing Khabib Nurmagomedov have been dealt a blow.

The Irishman has not fought since he was choked out by the UFC lightweight king last October.

Khabib successfully defended his belt with an impressive third-round submission against Dustin Poirier last weekend.

Khabib now has his eye on Tony Ferguson as his third title defence, with McGregor unlikely to get a look in.

Conor McGregor looks unlikely to face Khabib Nurmagomedov again
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And Nurmagomedov’s father believes his son, unbeaten in 28 professional bouts, will fight just twice more in the Octagon.

“For Khabib, 30-0 is enough,” he said. “Regarding his last fight, then of course, we would like his final title defence to be in Moscow.”

What is the UFC’s new ‘BMF’ belt for UFC 244? The unofficial top 10 ‘Baddest M***** F*****s’ including Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz

12 Sep

Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal are set to square off at Madison Square Garden at UFC 242 in a fight few could have predicted at the start of the year.

With Diaz still inactive after his 2016 defeat to Conor McGregor and Masvidal languishing outside the UFC’s top 10 welterweight rankings, it seemed unlikely the two should cross.

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However, Masvidal’s resurgence since moving up to 170-lbs and Diaz’s emphatic return against Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis have granted MMA fans with a Fight of the Year contender.

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And Diaz and Masvidal have a chance to etch their names into history by claiming the inaugural (albeit unofficial) ‘Baddest M***** F*****’ belt in New York.

After calling out Gamebred at UFC 240, Diaz insisted the Miami-native was the only gangster  left in the game and insisted the duo would be competing for the right to be crowned the ‘BMF in the game.

The idea quickly became a reality and Dana White explained to fans why the ‘BMF’ belt will never be defended after the main event at UFC 244.

“No. It’s a one-and-done,” White said when asked to elaborate on the future of the title. “Whoever wins, wins the belt and claims the title. ‘BMF.’”

White gave credit to Diaz for the concept after the Stock-native’s use of colourful language to call out Masvidal, who was in attendance in California.

“This fight is one of those fights that sort of took on a life of its own,” White said. “Nate said in his interview this is a fight to see who’s the baddest mother f****** in the game. He’s like, ‘That’s what this championship is.’ So alright, I’m in.”

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But if these two are the baddest in the game, who are their closest competitors?

Anyone who steps into the octagon deserves respect, but there are some who are just that little bit more charismatic; be it with their fighting style or with their enigmatic personality.

So, without further ado, we have counted down the unofficial top 10 baddest m***** f******s in the UFC at this very moment in time. Check it out below!

10. Lerone Murphy

Lerone Murphy literally spat out bullets after being shot
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Four weeks before UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi, Murphy was given a call by the UFC to see if he wanted to fight Zubaira Tukhugov.

The Mancunian Featherweight went into the contest as an underdog, but secured a split decision draw after landing 80 strikes in the three-round contest and did not look out of place, despite the late call up.

Nicknamed ‘The Miracle’, it actually is a wonder the 28-year-old is even alive.

At 3.30pm on Saturday, May 25 in 2013, Murphy was shot in the neck n a suspected gang-related activity.

Murphy still bears the scars from the entry wounds but, after spitting out the bullets himself, the slugger understandably fears no man.

9. Francis Ngannou

The Predator is as deadly as they come
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Before he became one of the most fearsome finishers in the UFC, Ngannou was fighting to survive and reach his teenage years.

Born in Batie, Cameroon, Ngannou had a limited education and lived in complete poverty. By the age of 12, he was working in a sand quarry to try and support his family.

After rejecting the chance to join several gangs, Ngannou decided to stick to fighting and began undertaking boxing training at the age of 22. He moved to Paris four years later in an attempt to fulfil his dream, but was forced to live on the streets.

With no money, no friends and no place to live, the ‘Predator’ trained for free and was eventually introduced to the world of MMA by coach Didier Carmont.

The rest, as they say is history; Ngannou possesses freakish power and took a combined 96 seconds to finish former UFC world heavyweight champions Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

8. Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry

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Prior to his promising career as a UFC welterweight, Mike Perry spent six months in a Central Florida prison after falling into a life of drugs and crime.

“I felt like, ‘I’m stronger, tougher and badder than everyone else. Why can’t I have what I want? I’m tough enough to take it, so I’m gonna go get it,'” Perry told ESPN’s Five Rounds.

“I went about it the wrong way. Now, in fighting, I actually get to be the tougher guy and go take it — and it’s legal. It’s really crazy I get this opportunity. I didn’t get any guidance earlier.

“The things I looked up to were drug dealers and thieves, who had what I and my family never had — nice house, nice cars, nice clothes. I said, ‘Well, I’m strong. I can go get these things.'”

Perry is famous for his no-nonsense style of fighting and his desire to engage opponents at every opportunity.

While a title shot seems some way away, Perry’s bravery was never more evident during his previous contest against Vicente Luque where, despite sustaining one of the most brutal broken noses seen in the sport. However, he managed to escape a guillotine despite being unable to breathe through his nose.

7. Conor McGregor

As Dustin Poirier said: “He went from apologising to nobody, to absolutely everybody”
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While even the most ardent Conor McGregor cannot forgive the Notorious’ latest indiscretions, there is no doubting his place on the list.

McGregor arrived in the UFC in 2013 and set about wiping out the entire featherweight division in his quest for gold.

After a brutal run of knockouts, he fought Chad Mendes on 10 days notice to win the interim belt. He finally got his chance to become undisputed featherweight champion against the pound-for-pound king Jose Aldo, who was unbeaten in a decade. The Irishman knocked him out in 13 seconds.

After that, he jumped up two weight classes to take on Nate Diaz, beating him in a rematch widely considered to be one of the best in the history of the welterweight division.

McGregor then became the first fighter in history to hold two belts simultaneously after beating lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, before going ten rounds with the greatest boxer of all time.

After two years out of the octagon, he decided to jump straight back in against the fearsome Khabib Nurmagomedov. Although he was unsuccessful, the 31-year-old is as game as they come and the sport would be worse if he never returned to competitive action.

6. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Khabib is undoubtedly the best lightweight on the planet at this moment in time
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While there are plenty of boxers who can spend most of their career protecting an unblemished record, the feat is far more difficult to replicate in MMA.

However, Khabib Numragomedov has mauled 28 men in his professional career and arguably only ever lost one round in his entire career.

The Dagestani destroyer wrestled bears as a child and was hardened by the environment he was raised in, his father Abdulmanap pushed the youngster all the way.

But Khabib never lost sight of the respect of martial arts and has shown compassion and cruelty in equal measure to his opponents. During his annihilation of Michael Johnson at UFC 205, he told the southpaw to quit so he could stop pulverising his face.

After vaulting the cage at UFC 229 after his win over Conor McGregor, the ‘Eagle’ was handed a suspension and a $500,000 fine.

But he refused to fight unless his friends, who were also involved in the brawl, were given lesser sentences. Proof that loyalty cannot be bought.

5. Derrick Lewis

The Beast is a certified fan favourite and has a sponsorship deal with Popeye’s Chicken
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Derrick Lewis one of the most lovable and hilarious chacracters in MMA, but the ‘Beast’ has a dark past.

One of seven siblings, Lewis was raised by a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, where trouble followed him. He took to street fighting, until the family moved to Houston, Texas.

Boxing training helped the 34-year-old, but the gym he as training at shut while he was 17 and his life was plunged into chaos. Violence and crime went hand in hand for Lewis, who was charged with aggravated assault, and was placed on probation two weeks after graduating high school.

He was then given a full scholarship to Kilgore College to play American Football, but Lewis violated his probation and was sentenced to five years in prison, up serving three and a half.

Boxing was again his saviour, but he soon developed a love for MMA and, after spells in Bellator and Legacy FC, the heavy-hitter made his way to the UFC and racked up a string of impressive wins.

4. Justin Gaethje

Gaethje is durable and likeable in equal measure
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In a sport filled with drama and excitement, earning a reputation as ‘The Human Highlight Reel’ suggests you are doing something right.

Justin Gaethje is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling fighters to watch in the UFC, earning four Fight of the Night and two Performance of the Night awards in his five fights in the UFC.

Born in Arizona, Gathje wrestled from the age of four and became a a two-time Arizona state champion as a wrestler at Safford High School, and an NCAA Division I All-American during his time at the University of Northern Colorado.

But the 30-year-old very rarely attempts takedowns in the octagon and would rather stand and trade heavy leather with his opponents in a gun fight – which can end disastrously.

Given his wrestling ability, powerful striking and ability to absorb punishment like kitchen roll, there are many who believe Gaethje may well be the man to finally end Khabib’s unbeaten streak in MMA.

3. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone

Cowboy has been a certified fan favourite for years
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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is certainly guaranteed a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame when he decides to hang up his gloves and his hat.

Nobody in the world perhaps embodies the ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ philosophy as much as the veteran. And while a world title has evaded him in two different weight classes, the 36-year-old will forever be etched into the history books.

After defeating cocky young rising star Alex Hernandez in 2018, Cowboy earned his 21st win in the UFC and his 15th stoppage – the most in history.

Cerrone’s most endearing quality is perhaps his humility; he takes losses on the chin with grace and fights anyone at any given opportunity for the love of the sport.

Entertainment is guaranteed with every Cowboy fight and he is as likely to finish a fight with a four-strike combo or a wonderfully crafted submission.

Cerrone owns a Muay Thai gym out in New Mexico called BMF Ranch. The mantra is simple: “We don’t breed livestock, we train Bad Mother F*****”. Says it all really.

2. Jorge Masvidal

Gamebred shut down the Ben Askren hype in just five seconds
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Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal has been fighting quite literally all his life. At school, the youngster scrapped on the streets of Miami.

How he got there is even more incredible; according to Masvidal, his father defected from Cuba in a self-made raft, ending up in the Virgin Islands.

The scrapper took up wrestling at St Brendan High School, but failed to get the necessary grades to continue.

He found infamy fighting under the legendary Kimbo Slice on his YouTube channel, beating Slice’s famous protégé Ray via brutal knockout.

Professional fighting was the obvious route to take, with stints as a boxer, kickboxer and with Bellator, Strikeforce  before making his way to the UFC.

Gamebred is currently on the back of two devastating KO’s. First, he stopped Darren Till in London with a brutal barrage of punches, before ending Ben Askren’s undefeated streak via a flying knee in just 5 seconds – the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Masvidal has been dropped three times in fights before going on to win and has never been stopped in his MMA career. The Miami native is as tough as they come and is a born fighter.

Before we reveal who holds the unofficial BMF title in the UFC, we would like to take this chance to deliver some honourable mentions:

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1. Nate Diaz

Diaz is without doubt the “Baddest M***** F*****” in the game
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Nate Diaz is without doubt the master in the subtle art of not caring what anyone thinks about you and has achieved celebrity status in MMA.

Born and raised in Stockton California, the younger brother of Nick, Nate has become the ultimate anti-hero for the UFC. The 34-year-old threatened to become nothing more than a entertaining journeyman until he shocked the world.

On 11 days notice, Diaz submitted Conor McGregor in 2016 and when asked by Joe Rogan post-fight how it felt to have shocked the world he replied; “I’m not surprised mother f*****s.”

The image of Diaz bloodied and cut became a mural in his home town. But perhaps the reason behind Diaz’s super-stardom is the fact he just does not care. Prior to his comeback fight against Anthony Pettis, Diaz strolled into the open workout and smoked a CBD joint in front of the crowd, before passing it to fans.

“Myself and the fans, his fans, have just come to learn that he is very unique,” the U.F.C. president, Dana White, said in a phone interview. “He looks at things completely different than most normal people do.”

Although his record in MMA is not outstanding (21-11) Diaz has endeared himself to fans by entertaining and surprising in equal measure. After securing a triangle choke against Kurt Pellegrino, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert flung two middle fingers into the sky.

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When a potential rematch with McGregor was teased, Diaz told Dana White to take him out for a steak dinner, just as he had for the Irishman, to hash out terms. Diaz also convinced White to let him deliver the infamous ‘Stockton Slap’, which the fighter promptly posted on Instagram.

“That’s what this culture loves,” White said, explaining that Diaz gives the finger to ‘The Man’ and does his own thing. “Nate Diaz is absolutely difficult to deal with, but I don’t dislike Nate Diaz.”

MMA News: Patricio Freire and Donald Cerrone reveal how to beat Khabib, Colby Covington lashes out, Justin Gaethje injury scare

12 Sep

After the roaring success of the UFC’s first show in Abu Dhabi after a five-year hiatus, the attention of the MMA world turns to the weekend’s activities.

Khabib Nurmagomedov once again reinforced his reputation as the best lightweight in the world after choking out Dustin Poirier in the third round of their title fight.

Ryan Bader defended his Bellator world heavyweight title against Cheick Kongo, while Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal were confirmed as the main event for UFC 244 in New Yokr City.

Here’s what is making news in the world of MMA today.

Khabib defended his lightweight belt on Saturday
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Bellator ‘champ champ’ wants Khabib

Particio Freire believes he will KO Khabib Nurmagomedov if the two were to ever meet.

The Bellator featherweight and lightweight world champion is recognised by CombatPress as No.9 in their pound-for-pound list in the world.

And the 32-year-old believes he would be able to close the distance on the fearsome wrestler to knock him clean out.

Nurmagomedov dominated Dustin Poirier from start to finish
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“Khabib is very tough, has phenomenal wrestling and sambo, but he has a huge deficiency on the feet so I can catch him,” Freire told MMA Fighting. “Nothing is impossible. I think he’s very tough, 28-0, but another fighter from Rio Grande do Norte, (Gleison) Tibau, put on a very tough fight with him, and I think there’s a path to beat him.

“I believe we can do it. If my hand lands — and it would land — it’s over.”

Since that fight at UFC 148 seven years ago, the Dagestan native has improved to become one of the most fearsome fighters on the planet thanks to the rigorous training methods employed at the American Kickboxing Academy.

But Friere is not impressed with what he has seen.

“He has the same fight pattern since his first fight,” Freire said. “He backs his opponent against the fence, moves and shoots to the leg. No one has ever tried … maybe someone did try to land a knee, but I don’t remember anyone getting close to landing.

“Iaquinta was doing well against him, moving well on the feet, but he was closing the distance the wrong way. I think I can close the distance better.”

Cowboy welcomes grappling match with Khabib

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has underlined his fan favourite credentials yet again by welcoming a GRAPPLING match with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The 28-0 Russian once wrestled bears as a child and has only ever lost one round in professional MMA career, largely thanks to his aggressive sambo style.

But Cowboy, who has a large variety of attacks in his arsenal with which to hurt opponents, believes taking the ‘Eagle’ to the ground may not be such a bad idea.

Cowboy has been a certified fan favourite for years
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“I didn’t see the fight [with Poirier]. I don’t know, I was on the lake,” Cerrone said. “I figured [Khabib won], I heard the news. But I think people need to welcome Khabib to the ground. I’d let him. Come on in, let’s go.”

Cowboy has 17 wins via submission from his 36 since his debut in 2006 and is a black belt in both BJJ and Gaidojutsu. So the chance to take the best grappler in the world down to the mat does not worry the 36-year-old.

“How does Khabib do on his back?” Cerrone asked. “What if I take Khabib down? Who knows? S***.”

Covington explains beef with Masvidal

Colby Covington is beginning to make a career out of trash-talking his opponents and even his friends.

The American Top Team member has lashed out at former friend Jorge Masvidal as the duo battle to reach gold in the welterweight division.

With champion Kamaru Usman refusing to fight Covington at MSG, Masvidal and Nate Diaz will headline the card on November 2, leaving the ‘Chaos’ without an opponent.

And it seems as though the damage is irreparable as the former interim champion explained where the rivalry originated form.

“That tweet came from Jorge trying to get in the way of my money and I take that money very serious,” Covington told MMA Fighting. “That’s food on the table for my mom, my dad, the life they never had, my family. I come from a very broke background and now he’s trying to mess with my money and my business so now you’re a competitor.

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“Now you’re in my sights. That’s been a long time coming. People think we’ve been friends recently but that friendship ended a long time ago.”

While the welterweight title contenders continued to root for each other publicly in interviews, Covington says he hasn’t been close with Masvidal for nearly two years.

The origins of their issues started after he fought Demian Maia in Brazil and the friendship effectively ended after he won the interim welterweight title with a victory over Rafael dos Anjos in 2018.

“When he got beat up by Demian Maia and then I had to come up and clean up the scraps and completely decimate Demian Maia in his hometown of Sao Paulo, that’s when the relationship ended,” Covington explained. “Jorge got jealous. He got bitter. He wanted something that he couldn’t have, which was beating Demian Maia and be in position to fight for the title.

“Then as soon as I won the belt, that’s when he completely turned on me and he started talking s—t to me at the gym, at fights he’s saying stuff to me. I’m like dude stop. You’re a light round. You want to see how me and Jorge goes? Go look on YouTube. I wasn’t even trying hard. I know the haters don’t know how to turn on a girl but they should learn to turn on YouTube.”

Gaethje explains injury scare ahead of UFC Fight Night

After providing fans with a match up made in heaven, it seemed as though the MMA Gods were set to intervene once more and put a halt to the Cerrone vs Gaethje fight scheduled fro Saturday in Canada.

But thankfully the 30-year-old will not back out of the fight, despite suffering from an eye infection.

Gaethje is durable and likeable in equal measure
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“I’ll be honest to everyone, I’m wearing these sunglasses because I almost didn’t make it to this fight,” Gaethje said. “I had an eye infection and I’m through that now and I just got off the plane about an hour and a half ago and I came straight here because I was not gonna miss this opportunity to work out and get the blood flowing and get my mind into fight week.

“So these lights are super bright, but I’m 100 percent ready to go.

“I’ve fought blind my whole life, so unless my eyes are cut out I’m fighting.”

UFC news: McGregor’s angry response to Poirier’s call out, Askren says former champion will not win another title, Masvidal brags about his UFC 244 paycheck

11 Sep

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

McGregor responds to Poirier’s call out

Dustin Poirier is still reeling from his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 but that has not stopped him from searching for his next opponent.

Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC since October
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The Louisiana native called out Conor McGregor on Twitter wanting a rematch of their previous encounter.

He wrote: “I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point.”

McGregor landed a devastating knockout against Poirier in the first round of their fight at UFC 178 in 2014.

The Irish fighter reacted angrily to the suggestion that they should meet again.

He replied: “I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro. You should have spoke my name with a bit more respect in that build up. ‘McGregor’s not next.

“M***********, it’s McGregor always! McGregor is the goal! Always!

“Say that now and I’ll think about it.”

McGregor’s championship days are over

It seems like every fighter in the UFC wants to take a shot at Conor McGregor with the latest coming from Ben Askren.

It is not that long ago that McGregor was a two-weight champion who but Askren believes the 31-year-old is past it.

Askren wrote on Twitter: “Let’s be serious @TheNotoriousMMA made too much money to ever have the desire to train at world champ level. He ain’t getting younger those times are gone. Only ‘glory days’ and hot air now.”

McGregor is believed to have made the most career earnings in the UFC plus his numerous ventures outside of the Octagon has seen his net worth stand at around £101million.

It would appear he still wants at least one more fight, though, as he recently called out Khabib on Twitter following his win over Dustin Poirier.

Masvidal brags about his pay

Jorge Masvidal is slated to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 244 and he is about to get a serious payday.

Masvidal caught attention when he scored the fastest knockout in UFC history when he beat Ben Askren in five seconds at UFC 239.

He discussed his upcoming pay on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show.

Jorge Masvidal is renowned as being one of the toughest fighters in the UFC
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He said: “I’m getting paid and not played, that’s for sure. Listen, your boy is happy. They took care of me.

“There is going to a lot of b****** coming out.

“When I say b******, I’m not talking about my female listeners or fans, no. It’s particular individuals who are b******, who are attention w*****, who are very salty individuals. They’re pretty salty, but when these numbers come out? Man, some heads are going to pop.”

Conor McGregor hits out at Dustin Poirier after being called out for UFC rematch by The Diamond

11 Sep

Conor McGregor has called for more respect from Dustin Poirier after the American called for a rematch between the pair.

Poirier has set his sights on McGregor in the wake of his convincing defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 last Saturday.

Conor McGregor has fired shots at Dustin Poirier after being called out on social media
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The 30-year-old Louisiana native wrote on Twitter: “I think me and Conor running it back makes a lot of sense at this point.”

McGregor beat Poirier at UFC 178 back in 2014, when they were competing in the featherweight division, with a devastating first-round TKO.

And the Irishman was keen to remind his former opponent of that fight, while stoking the flames for a potential rematch.

He replied to the tweet: “I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro. You should have spoke my name with a bit more respect in that build up. ‘McGregor’s not next’ Motherf*cker, it’s McGregor always! McGregor is the goal! Always! Say that now and I’ll think about it. #GoneIn90seconds #NicCage #AJolie.”

 

McGregor is plotting a return to the Octagon after almost a year away from the sport.

He hasn’t fought since his defeat by Nurmagomedov last October, and the Irishman claims he will happily face anyone at this point.

“I’m not going to wait around [for Nurmagomedov],” he said ahead of UFC 242.

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“If Dustin goes in and does it [beats Nurmagomedov] then it’s Dustin, it could be Nate, Jorge [Masvidal], I don’t know what size.

“[I’ll fight] Anyone, Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, [Max] Hollaway rematch, [Jose] Aldo rematch, there’s so many bouts for me, so many.

“It doesn’t matter about who, it just matters me getting back in there and being who I am, not a shell of myself.”

UFC news: Conor McGregor’s coach hints at return, Tony Ferguson brands Khabib ‘lazy and one-dimensional’, calls for Octagon girls to be scrapped

10 Sep

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

Conor McGregor’s coach hints at UFC return

McGregor has not fought since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 and there are no slated bouts for the Irishman.

We have been teased with his return several times with both Dana White and McGregor speaking about match-ups.

Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC since October
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The former two-weight champion immediately called for a rematch with Nurmagomedov following his victory over Dustin Poirier.

McGregor’s coach, Jon Kavanagh, replied to a tweet from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani suggesting that a return could be soon.

Helwani was tweeting about a trailer for Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal, which is taking place at UFC 244 on November 2, and Kavanagh wrote: “See you there.”

McGregor is unlikely to fight on that card as he will want to be the sole headline act for any return but it means something else could be on the horizon.

Ferguson unimpressed with Khabib

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s record in MMA is staggering with a record of 28-0, including 12 wins in the UFC.

Not everyone is impressed with his skills, though, with Tony Ferguson seeing flaws in his style in his win over Poirier.

Khabib defended his lightwweight belt on Saturday against Dustin Poirier
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Ferguson is also the man next in line to take on Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on EPSN, Ferguson summed up Khabib’s efforts in the cage as being ‘lazy, one-dimensional’.

“When I see someone pushing against the cage and not really doing much, just kind of putting themselves as a wet blanket,” Ferguson said.

“When I fought Danny Castillo, he did the same kind of thing. It’s interesting how Khabib fights but to me it’s just boring. It’s lazy.”

Calls for UFC Octagon girls to be banned

Dana White and the UFC are under increasing pressure from figures in Australia to scrap their Octagon girls for the upcoming event in Melbourne.

UFC 243 will see middleweight champion Robert Whittaker take on Israel Adesanya at Marvel Stadium in the city.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp is leading the charge to see the tradition scrapped.

There have been calls to scrap Octagon girls
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She told the Herald Sun: “It’s 2019, do we really still need scantily clad women to wander around the middle of a fighting ring between rounds?

“Grid girls are no longer part of Formula One, walk-on girls are no longer part of professional darts – surely it’s time to move on.”

Wrestling news: Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in talks with both WWE and AEW

10 Sep

WWE are known to enjoy bringing in an attraction or two in the past and it seems like they may be set to once again.

Hell, they even had NBA star Enes Kanter win one of their titles on RAW this week – albeit briefly.

Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar battling over the UFC heavyweight title
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Now, it seems like Cain Velasquez could be in line to make a move to the big leagues of professional wrestling – and that includes potentially joining All Elite Wrestling.

The two-time UFC heavyweight champion has already competed in AAA – Mexico’s top promotion – and because of his strong Mexican heritage, he dons a mask when he competes.

However, as one of the UFC’s top names, the 37-year-old is exploring the possibility of joining a top promotion in what could be a money-spinning deal.

He told the Ariel Helwani show that he has been in talks with both WWE and AEW.

Of course, this is the man that beat Brock Lesnar for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 121 when he won it for the first time.

In AEW’s favour, when he made his debut in AAA, he competed alongside now AEW executive vice president, Cody Rhodes.

UFC and MMA news: Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson tries to fight with Ryan Bader, Dana White’s brief response to Khabib vs Georges St-Pierre talk

9 Sep

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On the rampage

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson tried to fight Ryan Bader after the latter saw his heavyweight bout end in a no contest at Bellator 226.

Bader, who is both the heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, was putting his title on the line against Cheick Kongo.

However, as Bader was controlling the Frenchman against the cage, he accidentally poked him in the eye and the doctor called a stop to the action after Kongo said he was unable to see.

Kongo’s friend and training partner – and former UFC light heavyweight champion – Jackson entered the cage to confront Bader.

”I was walking out and then there was this big fat guy where the gate opens up and he’s saying something like ‘You did that s**t on purpose’,” Bader said. “Or whispering or whatever. And then he’s trying to fight me. So I didn’t know what was going on. You know, I went through the whole debacle with the non-eye poke, the nose poke.

“Got a video too here in my pocket. He just comes at me, saying ‘F**k you’ and all that kind of stuff. It is what it is. Walk back into the middle of the cage and say ‘Let’s go then.’ He got held back by my dad, I think. And that was it.”

Bader beat Jackson via unanimous decision back at UFC 144 in 2012.


Big pay day

Khabib Nurmagomedov reportedly earned £5million ($6m) for defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday night.

The Russian forced Poirier to submit with a rear naked choke in the third round of their contest in Abu Dhabi to extend his record to 28-0 and retain his lightweight crown.

Poirier took home considerably less than the champion, making just £235,000 ($290,000).

Khabib dominated Poirier from the start
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Odd response

Talk of a super fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Georges St-Pierre continue to persist and are unlikely to go away any time soon.

Following his third round win on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, ‘The Eagle’ spoke highly about the UFC legend.

”Georges St-Pierre is great guy, great champion, great athlete,” Nurmagomedov said at the UFC 242 post-fight press conference (via MMA Mania).

“He’s very good example for young kids. If he want to come back, if he feel hungry, if he feel he can improve his legacy with fight with me … and he can make 155, I am waiting for him. And I think maybe he like new belt? If he likes, I can give him, just only for one photo.

“But then he has to give me back this belt. But if he wants to fight? Welcome.”

At the post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White was asked about a potential fight, but little could be read into his nonchalant response.

“Sure,” was his reply. Make of that what you will!