UFC 229 will have host it’s premier media day press conference next Thursday in New York City ahead of it’s fast approaching October 6th date. Event headliners Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will meet face to face for the first time since their highly publicised fracas at the Barclays Centre last April.
ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto offered an update on what feels like a genuinely mismanaged promotional campaign as he confirmed the first official press event at Radio City Music Hall next Thursday evening. A McGregor media tour usually offers a merry-go-round of insults and memorable catchphrases, but also a masterclass of mental warfare in which the Dubliner often tends to beat his opponent before they meet in the Octagon.
Khabib and McGregor are sworn rivals dating back to their backstage clash at UFC 205. Dagestani Khabib, called out the SBG product after a dominant win over Michael Johnson, attempting to comprehend how McGregor was at the time warranted a title shot despite losing to Nate Diaz earlier in the year and making his lightweight debut that night. McGregor secured the Lightweight crown that same night in November, stopping Eddie Alvarez convincingly in the second round.
A 2017 expedition into the boxing world against Floyd Mayweather extended McGregor’s hiatus from the cage, followed by the birth of his son, Conor Jr. October will mark his return to the sport after a two-year absence.
Expect a huge security presence at next Thursday’s media day presser. Both fighters are known to travel with hefty entourages which have been chomping at the bit to get into it with each other in the recent months. I would imagine the UFC will be pulling out all of the stops security-wise, as this is a precious and highly anticipated fight.
Despite the ongoing preparations for his monumental UFC 229 title clash with arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, lightweight contender Conor McGregor’s legal troubles away from the Octagon appear to have reared their head once again.
The Dubliner’s criminal case for his involvement in the UFC 223 bus attack in the Barclays Centre at the end of July is now over, but one of the blue corner fighters involved in the incident, Michael Chiesa, has initiated civil legal proceedings against ‘The Notorious’ one.
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A former opponent of UFC lightweight contender, Conor McGregor has surprisingly offered to help him attempt to reclaim the 155 lbs championship in his upcoming match with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Continue reading “Report: Floyd Mayweather offers Conor McGregor training assistance ahead of upcoming Khabib clash”
Arguably the single biggest mixed martial arts bout in history has finally got a confirmed date. On October 6th, “Sin City” will play host to a lightweight grudge match between the so far un-rivalled champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov and the sports biggest household name: Conor McGregor.
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Arguably the greatest featherweight in history returns to the Octagon this weekend at UFC Fight Night Calgary as Manaus favourite, José Aldo meets the heavy hitting rankings climber Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event.
A win for Aldo may instate him as the rightful contender for the 145lbs championship after Max Holloway and Brian Ortega throw down, while former lightweight challenger Stephens has reinvented himself a weight lower and is on the cusp of his premier UFC title tilt.
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Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor appeared in a New York City court today for the third occasion.
This time, he was issued his sentencing and verdict for his part in the UFC 223 bus attack in the Barclays Centre.
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The UFC Middleweight division appears to be on the cusp of a major shuffle come November, as UFC 230 will not only see a clash between Jacaré Souza and former WSOF phenom David Branch, but also, first reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, a mouth watering rematch between former title holders Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman, who will lock horns once more after their UFC 194 title tilt.
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An intriguing welterweight clash opens up the Fox Sports 1 Prelims of UFC 226 this weekend.
Well rounded Curtis Millender faces the powerful California native Max ‘Pain’ Griffin, with both men looking to firmly establish themselves as potential contenders at 170lbs.
Continue reading “Opinion: Curtis Millender vs. Max Griffin – what will go down?”
Reigning UFC lightweight king Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov has further intensified rumours surrounding a possible meeting with Conor McGregor this morning. The undefeated Combat Sambo specialist promised to knock the Irishmoan out at their speculated October clash.
Continue reading “News: Khabib vows to “destroy” McGregor ahead of rumoured UFC 229 meeting”
Conor McGregor is most certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of legal proceedings, but his hiatus from active mixed-martial arts competition may be coming to an end. According to MMA Team Dagestan, a lightweight title clash at UFC 229 between champ Khabib and former gold holder Conor McGregor is in the works.
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