UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov tells Conor McGregor what he needs to do to earn rematch, Daniel Cormier ‘wants’ Stipe Miocic trilogy

30 Aug

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Khabib tells McGregor how to earn rematch

Fans want to see a rematch of the Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor but it does not look likely to happen soon.

The Russian UFC star, who is fighting Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday, has laid out what needs to happen for a second fight to take place.

Conor McGregor has not fought in the UFC since October
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“This guy has to come back and make nine or 10-fight win streak, then we gonna fight,” he told ESPN.

“Maybe people who watch this interview, they think, ‘Oh, he thinks this, but when the UFC asks this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it.’ No; fight, come back and show who you are.

“I want to fight real guys – Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys. I don’t want to fight with a guy who never wins.”

“Even (the October fight) did not finish it (their rivalry).

“Just to smash people is not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It’s not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team, ‘Hey, tonight, we’re going to war; this is not about a fight’.

“It will never be finished, ever. Even if we see (each other) somewhere, we’re going to fight, 100 percent.

“It doesn’t matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I’m not scared about this – they go to hospital and we go to police. That’s it.”

Coach claims McGregor dodged Edgar fights

Frankie Edgar’s coach Mark Henry claims the Irish fighter had multiple attempts to make a fight between the pair happen but seemed to avoid it.

“He didn’t want to fight Frankie before and he had opportunities to,” Henry said on MMA Fighting.com’s Eurobash podcast.

“It’s like he didn’t want to fight him, he had a couple of chances. [When Jose Aldo was forced out of UFC 189] he knew Mendes wasn’t in a camp, that he was filming a hunting show and he hadn’t trained in a long time.

“He knows that Frankie trains all year round and it would’ve been perfect timing. Mendes had just lost the fight before to Aldo.”

Cormier ‘wants’ Miocic trilogy

Cain Velasquez believes Daniel Cormier wants to have a trilogy fight with Stipe Miocic.

Cormier lost his heavyweight title to Miocic at UFC 241 and may want a shot at regaining the belt.

Daniel Cormier lost to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241
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“You know what, he really hasn’t told me what he wants to do, and I didn’t ask him,” Velasquez said. “It was somewhat close to his fight, and my prayers are with his family. He just lost his dad, so he’s in that whole state.

“I believe he wants to come back and fight Stipe. If he wants to do that, then I’m 100 percent behind him.”

MMA News: Stipe Miocic beat Daniel Cormier by ‘not fighting like a b****’, Anthony Pettis reveals injury suffered against Nate Diaz

19 Aug

Here is the latest news after another pulsating weekend from the world of mixed martial arts…

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Stipe Miocic reveals turning point against Daniel Cormier

New UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic revealed he beat Daniel Cormier once he stopped fighting ‘like a b****’.

The Cleveland-native was being out boxed by the pound-for-pound No.1 at UFC 241 for three rounds, before he began to dig a series of devastating left hooks to the body.

Miocic reclaimed the UFC world heavyweight title on Sunday
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After slowing DC down, Miocic finished the veteran superbly forcing referee Herb Dean to step in as punches rained down in the fourth round.

And the new champion revealed exactly how he pulled off the comeback.

“Stop fighting like a bitch,” Miocic told the media at the evening’s post-fight presser when asked what was going through his head when Cormier was out-striking him.

“I was fighting like a bitch, I really was. To take nothing from D.C., he’s tough. He fought the best in the world, he beat the best in the world, and it just took me a little time to get my mojo, I just couldn’t feel it.

“One coach told me, ‘When you walked into that fourth round, I knew it was gonna be over. I just see it in your face, your swagger, your hips are moving, I knew it was gonna be good.’”

Anthony Pettis reveals gruesome injury after UFC 241 loss

Anthony Pettis may have lost a unanimous decision against Nate Diaz in California, but ‘Showtime’ was lucky to make it through the fight at all.

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Taking to Instagram after the pulsating welterweight scrap, Pettis uploaded a picture of his baldy swollen foot and revealed he had broken it in the first round.

This is not the first time the former lightweight champion has suffered an injury midway through a fight as he was forced to retire from his clash at UFC 229 with Tony Ferguson due to a broken hand.

He also received a conditional six-month suspension after that bout because of a nasal fracture.

Dana White reveals ruckus caused by Colby Covington

UFC president Dana White has revealed he had to intervene when several stars were agitated by the presence of welterweight contender Colby Covington.

The controversial star defeated Robbie Lawler in his previous contest and was one of a host of stars in attendance to watch the fights in Anaheim, California.

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And with his Donald Trump hat on and UFC belt strapped to his shoulder, it seems as though the grappling specialist caused quite the disturbance.

“Everybody in that section kept fighting with Colby,” White said at the post-event news conference. “So security kept coming over to me 50 times to get him out of there. And I said, ‘No, everybody needs to start acting like (expletive) professionals because I don’t have another seat in this entire building.’

“… That (expletive) game you play in kindergarten was going on over there when I went over there. So I asked those guys (to) listen to me: ‘We’ve got a big night going on here. We have a big fight. I don’t need a fight breaking out with you knuckleheads. Stop it.’”

White confirmed that UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will return before 2019 comes to a close to defend his gold against Covington.

“Yeah, (expletive) will happen by the end of the year,” White said.

UFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov hints at retirement, John Lineker ‘released’ from company

3 Jul

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Khabib Nurmagomedov teases retirement

Nurmagomedov is set to defend his UFC lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September, his first fight since his submission victory over McGregor in October.

A rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor has been highly-anticipated since the pair were given six-month bans for their involvement in the post-match brawl.

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However, a rematch has been thrown into doubt following the Russian’s recent comments.

He told Russia 24: “Definitely, my career is not at the initial stage, I am somewhere near the end.

“But I probably need to hold a couple of fights, I feel that there is still a rivalry in me.

“I want to play, I want to compete with the best fighters in the world. We’ll see – this is a question that is now meaningless to answer – I have a fight ahead.”

John Lineker ‘released’ from UFC

Multiple reports say Lineker, who has been with the UFC since 2011, has gone.

A facial injury to the Brazilian saw his fight with Rob Font, which was supposed to happen at UFC Greenville on June 23, cancelled.

Lineker had previously called out UFC chiefs on social media insisting ‘I need to fight’ and ‘if you don’t like me or my style just let me go’.

Francis Ngannou wants to fight winner of Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic rematch

Ngannou has been on red-hot form this year, securing round-one knockout victories over Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

With the Cormier vs Miocic rematch taking place in August, Ngannou wants to face the winner.

He told The Joe Rogan Experience podcast: “I’m not rooting for someone. Someone’s going to win, I don’t know who.

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“But if the question is to know who I would like to fight, both of them are very good for me.

“Daniel is a great fighter and is about to retire. It would be good if I fight him before his retirement. Stipe, we have an undone deal.

“So we have to finish that. Both are good for me.”

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WWE star Brock Lesnar retires from UFC and looks set to continue his lucrative stay in WWE

1 May

WWE legend Brock Lesnar has retired from UFC, Dana White has revealed.

After losing his Universal Championship to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 35 last month, Lesnar was expected to take a break from WWE and return to the octagon.

Brock Lesnar’s UFC career appears to be over

A highly-anticipated fight with Daniel Cormier was on the cards after The Beast confronted and shoved him at UFC 226 last July.

However, in an interview with ESPN, UFC president White claimed Lesnar has no plans on returning to the sport.

He said: “He [Lesnar] told me he’s done, he’s retired.

“We’re going to move in another direction with Cormier.”

Now, Cormier is reportedly set to defend his UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in a rematch at UFC 241 on August 17.

Lesnar’s final fight in UFC came against Mark Hunt in July 2016, but his victory was overturned after failing a drug test.

There has been constant speculation surrounding a UFC return for the 41-year-old throughout his WWE career, however, White appears to have put those rumours to rest.

While continuing to work on a lucrative part-time contract with WWE, Lesnar is likely to appear at the company’s Saudi Arabia show in June. Speculation persists that Lesnar will continue to work with the WWE on his lucrative deals for a few years yet at least.