It feels like the only Conor-related news in the media lately, is Conor’s lack of media activity in the lead up to UFC 229. It has left many in the MMA world somewhat underwhelmed and speculative around the circumstances as to why McGregor has not been his usual brash and spotlighted self.
Conor McGregor has kept away from any media appearances (other than the occasional social media post) through the build-up of his upcoming title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6th in Las Vegas. Reports have come to light that the UFC is “frustrated” that one of their most reliable fight-hypers and prized possession is not hyping the already blockbuster fight enough.
One person thinking that he knows why there is a lull in McGregor’s media game is UFC welterweight Colby “Chaos” Covington. When speaking on an interview with BJPenn.com, Covington stated:
“I completely understand where he’s coming from. He’s over in Ireland, so to come from Ireland, to come do promotion in America, that’s a little tough. It takes out of your training schedule. You want to be training hard, and preparing for your style matchup. I get where he’s coming from. It gets a little tough when you’re cutting weight to travel all over the place when you want to focus on really getting yourself ready to peak for your fight.”
However, as expected, it was not all pleasantries and empathy from Covington.
“But the thing is, he’s gotten a little soft, over the years. He’s doing his little cocaine, and he’s partying a lot with his hookers. He’s getting a little soft. He’s a little, he’s a coked up little leprechaun who’s getting a little soft, so I completely understand why he doesn’t want to do promotion.”
The UFC did announce that there will be a pre-fight press conference for UFC 229, which will be held on September 20th at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. However, the said media event will be closed off to the public, and only UFC president Dana White along with selected members of the media will be present.
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We head to North West England for this instalment of Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA, in particular, the county of Merseyside.
Merseyside is now hailed for its fighting brawn. In recent years it has been propelled by names such as UFC title challenger Darren Till, Cage Warriors’ fan favourite Paddy Pimblett, boxing star Tony Bellew and once Cage Warriors champion and UFC newcomer Molly McCann. With notable names like that being produced on a somewhat regular basis, it is clear to see why there is a certain buzz in the fighting world around the talent that has recently emerged from the area. Continue reading “Prospect Profiles by Brad MMA: Liam Gittins”
Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-3) and his somewhat arch-rival, Luke Rockhold (16-4), are set to clash again at UFC 230 in November. UFC 230 takes place November 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York, so it is very much in Weidman’s back-yard. Continue reading “Report: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman rematch headed to UFC 230 in New York”
Saturday 8th September – American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.
In the main event, Tyron Woodley will defend his UFC welterweight title against Darren Till. Woodley has seemed to be invincible at the top since winning the belt in dramatic fashion from Robbie Lawler. He will hope this form continues against a heavy hitting and game Darren Till, hungry to live his dream and capture the welterweight strap. Continue reading “Results: UFC 228 – Woodley vs. Till”
The UFC women’s flyweight champion will not compete Saturday at UFC 228 in a scheduled title fight with Valentina Shevchenko after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning due to kidney issues, per her team. Continue reading “News: Nicco Montaño’s team releases statement after she is pulled from UFC 228 title fight”
Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock St, Liverpool – Saturday 1st September 2018
CW96, Cage Warriors’ biggest Liverpool card of 2018, hits the Echo Arena on Saturday 1st September with two world titles at the top of a stacked card. In the main event, local hero and former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Paddy Pimblett will bid to become the organisation’s lightweight world champion when he takes on in-form Norwegian ‘The True Viking’ Søren Bak for the vacant 155lb title.
The four-fight main card also features the latest bout in the career of rising English lightweight Jack Grant, who will look to extend his winning streak to six with a victory over Aleksi Mäntykivi. And the main card will kick off with the return of former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Nicolas “Locomotivo” Dalby, who will take on undefeated Italian prospect Roberto ‘Minotauro’ Allegretti.
Results will be updated below and on the @MMAMotion Twitter page:
- Søren Bak def. Paddy Pimblett via Unanimous Decision
- Jonas Billstein def. Mick Stanton via submission
- Jack Grant def. Aleksi Mäntykivi via KO (Round 1)
- Nicolas Dalby def. Roberto Allegretti via submission (Round 2)
- Tim Barnett vs. Matthew Bonner majority Draw
- Mahmod Faour def. Elliot Jenkins via TKO (Round 2)
- Sam Creasey def. Coner Hignett via TKO (Round 1)
- Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar def. Anthony O’Connor via KO (Round 2)
- Liam Gittins def. Kevin Cordero Lopez via KO (Round 1)
Pimblett vs. Bak was made official this afternoon at the CW96 Iso-Sport weigh-ins. After one of the most eventful weigh-ins of the 2018 calendar, the talk is over… and all that’s left to do is fight. Continue reading “Weigh-in Results: Cage Warriors 96”
The domestic assault case against UFC star Nick Diaz has finally been put to bed (for the minute) as the Clark County, Nevada District Attorney refused to move forward on multiple charges against him, provoking a district judge to dismiss the case “with prejudice” (meaning the charges can’t be re-filed at a later date). Continue reading “Report: Domestic assault case against Nick Diaz dropped”
CW96, Cage Warriors’ biggest Liverpool card of 2018, hits the Echo Arena on Saturday 1st September with two world titles at the top of a stacked card. Continue reading “Report: Cage Warriors 96 full fight card”
A flyweight bout between Ashkan Mokhtarian and newcomer Kai Kara-France is the second addition to UFC Fight Night 142, scheduled for Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia on December 1st. Continue reading “News: Ashkan Mokhtarian will fight TUF’s Kai Kara-France at UFC Fight Night Adelaide”