UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is likely to be confirmed for a fight with interim titleholder Dustin Poirier for the UFC 242 headliner on Sept. 7 in Abu Dhabi following the reduction of his teammates' suspensions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.Nurmagomedov will be clear of his UFC 229 suspension in July, but two of his teammates were issued 12-month suspensions, which would run into October. Nurmagomedov jumped the fence at UFC 229 to brawl with opponent Conor McGregor's teammates in the crowd, while his own teammates climbed into the Octagon to attack McGregor.In a show of support, Nurmagomedov was adamant that he would not fight again until Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov were able to fight as well, regardless of him being clear of his own suspension.The problem with that is the UFC wanted him to face Poirier in the UFC 242 main event in the promotion's return to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE's main religion is Islam and Nurmagomedov is the UFC's first Muslim champion and is expected to be a massive draw in Abu Dhabi.With the UFC's return to Abu Dhabi set for September and Nurmagomedov holding steadfast in his support of his teammates, the fight has been slow to become official even though both fighters and UFC president Dana White began talking about its likelihood more than a month ago.Nurmagomedov on Wednesday, however, appeared to announce a resolution that would clear the way for the fight."The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a verdict on the Zubaira Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov case. The commission reduced the removal of fighters (from their suspensions) by 35 days, so Zubaira and Abubakar can fight on UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi!" Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram, indicating that his teammates would not only be cleared and pave the way for him to fight, but might also be joining him on the UFC 242 fight card.TRENDING > Conor McGregor details injury, strategy issues that plagued him in Khabib Nurmagomedov fightNSAC executive director Bob Bennett on Wednesday confirmed to ESPN that Tukhugov and Abubakar Nurmagomedov had their suspensions reduced by 35 days, clearing them ahead of UFC 242, after the athletic commission approved a community service agreement for the two.Bennett told ESPN that Tukhugov and Nurmagomedov must each complete 10 hours of community service approved by the athletic commission and that "it must be constructive work with youth and could include self-defense and anti-bullying messages."An official announcement confirming Nurmagomedov vs. Poirier for the UFC 242 headliner in Abu Dhabi is expected at any moment.https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxxt8gsofBW/
Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten welterweight world champion Keith Thurman, plus unbeaten super middleweight champion Caleb Plant and unbeaten Mike Lee,squared-off for the second day in a row Wednesday, this time at a Los Angeles press conference as they previewed their respective showdowns taking place Saturday July 20 presented by Premier Boxing Champions and FOX Sports from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions) Pacquiao and Thurman will battle in a welterweight world title attraction that headlines a PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Plant will make the first defense of his title
Former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi seems to understand often-overlooked differences between boxing and MMA.
Light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones cruised to an easy victory over Anthony Smith to retain his title at UFC 235 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Smith lived up to his 'Lionheart' nickname, surviving five gruelling five-minute rounds against Jones, one of the most dominant fighters of all time, but the judges gave the reigning champion a comprehensive victory. The 31-year-old New Yorker controlled the fight from start to finish, using a dizzying array of kicks to control the distance and out-wrestling Smith against the fence. The only risk to Jones came in the closing seconds of the fourth round when he landed an illegal left knee to the head of Smith, who had one hand on the ground. The challenger
NEW YORK - The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 pay-per-view main event pitting Paulie Malignaggi against Artem Lobov at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall in Tampa, FL. is being billed as "The Line is Drawn." But "The Line Has Been Crossed" is probably more fitting. Speaking before a press conference at Dave & Buster's in Times Square on Monday, Lobov said he can't wait to grab Malignaggi "by the f-g head and shove my fist down his throat," adding that the boxer is nothing more than a guy who padded his record with inferior opponents - even discrediting him for his December 2013 victory over Zab Judah, saying the latter boxer was past his prime at that point. During the presser
Conor McGregor is claiming a spiritual victory over Khabib Nurmagomedov, thanks to the post-UFC 229 brawl.
After the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) agreed to lessen the suspensions of two of Khabib Nurmagomedov's teammates for their part in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl (details here), the chances of “The Eagle” defending his Lightweight title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Sept. 7, 2019 in Abu Dhabi have increased. That's according to Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz, who tells ESPN that the deal is close to getting done and fight fans should be expecting some good news rather soon. If that weren't enough, Ali dropped another juicy nugget by saying that if the stars align, Nurmagomedov could be facing Georges St-Pierre before the year is out. Seriously. I asked Khabib's manager Ali Abdelaziz
Conor McGregor still hopes to avenge his last loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov after identifying a myriad of problems that plagued him in their first fight when the met this past October at UFC 229.McGregor claims that he suffered an injury just over two weeks out from the fight that prevented him from being able to do proper conditioning, which then led to an abysmal weight cut in the days leading up to the event.According to the former two-division champion, the injury occurred in training when he threw a front kick that led to an injured foot but he had no intentions of dropping out of the fight, even if that may have been in his best interest.“Two and a half weeks before my last fight, I threw a front kick at a shooting Moldovan wrestler. When he shot and I threw the front kick, I threw it at his belly and my two toes, the baby toe and the toe next to it, bent back like this and stuck in that position. My doctor had to come into the cage had to stretch it and break it back into place and my foot swelled like a balloon,” McGregor told motivational speaker Tony Robbins on his podcast in early April. That was two and a half weeks before the last fight. I wanted to compete and I wanted to get in there.”“Obviously the injury — the injury itself led me to, I had to half my work. I couldn’t road run anymore. I wasn’t [fully prepared]. My weight was too high. So when you’re cutting weight, if I can’t get my weight down because of injuries or what not, I have a more intense weight cut. So I was severely dehydrated. I didn’t sleep for 48 hours before the weight cut.”While McGregor brought up the injury, he says that it’s no excuse for the way he performed because he still stepped into the Octagon that night intending to do harm to Nurmagomedov in order to get the job done.Unfortunately things only went from bad to worse for McGregor once Nurmagomedov surprised him with an overhand right that knocked him to the mat and it was seemingly all downhill from there.“But these are all nonsensical excuses that I don’t give a f—k about. I don’t give a s—t,” McGregor said. “That’s why I walked in there hands down — ‘ding, ding, ding’ — and walked forward to him and he went running away around the cage. He got lucky with that overhand right, dropped me, well he didn’t really drop me. I landed on the hand but I kept my vision. My vision was clear. Backed away, jumped up, landed shots back and then we engaged in a fist fight and he took me down again.“After landing such a significant shot, let’s fight now. Instead, he was afraid and he grabs a hold of the legs.”McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh has also stated in the past that the they came after Nurmagomedov with the wrong approach heading into the fight and that ultimately hurt them when it came to executing the kind of offense that the former lightweight and featherweight champion typically generates.Instead, McGregor says he was constantly preparing for the threat of the takedown because the undefeated Russian is so well known for putting his opponents on the mat and then absolutely mauling them on the ground.“My whole approach in that camp — the injuries, the non-commitment, even the game plan, the tactics — I attack, I am an attacker and my attack defends. In this camp, the entire focus was defend, defend,” McGregor explained. “So every round we would start in the training, I’d have my back against the fence. I’d have my back on the floor. I would always put myself in a vulnerable position and as the camp went on, we just became defensive, defensive. That’s never been what I do.“It still irritates me to this day because the training partners I train with are heavy people. Like I said that Moldovan wrestler I broke my foot [against] is like a horse. He’s literally like a f—king human horse and I’ve got an American Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion who trains with me, he was like 200 pounds. They’re big, big, boys but I was always on the defensive with them.”McGregor says in the aftermath of that performance, he went back to what helped him become the first ever simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history and he’s seen immediate results.“Since the fight, I’ve gone back to training with them and I went with my internal dialogue,” McGregor explained. “Not the external dialogue, the dialogue of ‘I can’t grapple with this man and he’s a Russian sambo guy and he’s wrestled bears since he was a kid’ and all this bulls—t. That’s external. I let the external infiltrate my internal and it filtered into the fight.TRENDING > Conor McGregor opens up to self-help guru Tony Robbins about career and Khabib (video)“But after the bout, I went back and trained with these people and attacked and I mauled them.”With a different mindset and approach to the fight, McGregor hopes he gets another shot at Nurmagomedov down the road so he can attempt to produce much different results than the last time.“At the end of the day, I landed the final blow of the night, right on his brother’s eye socket. Although the match didn’t go my way, the fight went my way and trust me when I tell you, Tony, this war is not over,” McGregor said. “If this fight does not happen again, if it does not get reset, it’s on them. They’re running away. I’m here for the fight and here for the rematch. I know the errors, I know the lapses in commitment that I’ve had in that bout. I know my mindset, there was a lot of external things.“So I’m just here waiting to continue to grow and see where we can get with this situation with the UFC and see can we get this fight again and let’s go again.”
Khalid Taha has a date and an opponent set for his third UFC bout. Fresh off his first Octagon victory, a 25-second finish against Boston Salmon at UFC 236, “The Warrior” is now set to take on Brazilian bantamweight Bruno Silva at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi on Sept. 7, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. Silva (11-3-1), a teammate of flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, enters the Octagon for the first time on a three-fight unbeaten streak that includes a pair of victories and a draw in Arizona. “Bulldog” competed on the fourth season of TUF Brazil in 2015, stopping Gustavo Sedorio before losing to Dileno Lopes. The UFC has yet to officially announce the main event for UFC 242, but the pay-per-view card
UFC star Conor McGregor said he looked to the spending habits of NBA superstar LeBron James and learned a great deal.
Shortly after Rafael dos Anjos got back on the winning track by submitting Kevin Lee in the main event of UFC Fight Night 152 last Saturday night (May 18, 2018) in Rochester, N.Y. (highlights), Conor McGregor hopped online to throw shade at “RDA” for skipping out on their scheduled showdown a few years back for a simple “bruise.” Of course, dos Anjos was forced out of their scheduled title fight at UFC 196 back in 2016 after an injury to his foot sent him to the sidelines, paving the way for Nate Diaz to step in and submit “Notorious.” Not one to sit idle, Rafael took to social media to fire back at Conor for stooping so low as to make fun of his injury. “That broken foot is my working tool.
Conor McGregor has revealed he told his corner his fight with Floyd Mayweather was "easy" after the first round. The then UFC champion would eventually lose in the 10th round after Mayweather toyed with the Irishman. But McGregor claims he forced the ring legend to change his style in order to beat him. "Floyd Mayweather is known for his Philly shell defence style of fighting. He has one arm tucked under and another under his chin, he deflects shots with his shoulder," he told Tony Robbins. "He's a back footed fighter, and that's what I prepared for, because that's what I had seen from him. "Then, when I went into the fight, I was whooping him in the early rounds. I actually went back to my corner
With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) booking two major fights between Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz at Welterweight, and Donald Cerrone and Tony Ferguson at Lightweight, it immediately eliminated four potential foes for Conor McGregor. On the flip side, it increased Justin Gaethje's chances of getting his much-desired fight against “Notorious.” Speaking to ESPN, Justin feels the timing is just right for UFC to book a fight between he and the mouthy Irishman. If not, then there is simply no point in having Conor taking up the No. 3 spot at lightweight if he isn't going to fight anytime soon. “Looking at the landscape, Conor McGregor [who last fought against Nurmagomedov in October] is No.