Report: Colby on Conor’s media absence – “He’s a coked-up little leprechaun”

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.

– Brad Dalrymple

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Report: Khabib vs. McGregor Press Conference Heading To NYC

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.

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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.

Report: Floyd Mayweather offers Conor McGregor training assistance ahead of upcoming Khabib clash

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.

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The Week In Motion: UFC fight announcements round up (20th-24th August)

With the UFC heading into the fourth quarter of it’s twenty fifth anniversary year, the final fight cards of this landmark year are beginning to fill up with entertaining match ups from main events down to the prelims. This week alone there have been a huge number of fight announcements.

As we approach the end of what has been a busier than average week for UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, I’ve summarised all of the confirmed fight announcements below in the first edition of ‘The Week In Motion’.

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News: Tony Ferguson is back in action at UFC 229

In the calm before the storm, ‘El Cucuy’ prepares for ‘Showtime’ on the blockbuster card taking place in Las Vegas.

Steven Marrocco has revealed yet another addition to the UFC 229 fight card. Tony Ferguson returns with a clean bill of health against a rebounding Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who is coming off a Round 2 submission win over Michael Chiesa. Hoping to climb back up the rankings, he faces his toughest opponent yet.

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Report: Paulie Malignaggi – “Conor McGregor knows he’s one of combat sports biggest pussies”

It may feel like a lifetime ago but believe it or not, we’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s boxing experiment. Continue reading “Report: Paulie Malignaggi – “Conor McGregor knows he’s one of combat sports biggest pussies””

Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor battle in biggest fight in UFC history 

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his title against former two-division champ and No.1 contender Conor McGregor in the most anticipated fight in the promotion’s history. The co-main event will see a battle between heavyweight KO artists, as No.2-ranked contender Derrick Lewis will lock horns with No.5-ranked Alexander Volkov.

UFC 229: Khabib vs. Mcgregor takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 from T-Mobile Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.

Known for his crushing pressure and ground game, the undefeated Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) has proven to be unstoppable inside the Octagon. Over the course of his spectacular run, he’s earned dominant wins over Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, Rafael Dos Anjos, Abel Trujillo and Thiago Tavares. Nurmagomedov’s last outing saw him best Al Iaquinta to capture the lightweight championship. He now looks to earn his first successful title defense in a grudge match for the ages.

McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) looks to reclaim his belt against his most heated rival yet. The bout marks his return from competing against Floyd Mayweather in the biggest global boxing match ever seen on Pay-Per-View. In the Octagon, he’s delivered incredible victories against Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway. He became a two-division champion by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in 2016, and he now aims to take his top spot back against his toughest test to date.

Heavy-handed Lewis (20-5 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Tex.) looks to stake his claim for a title shot with another vicious finish. During his UFC stint, “The Black Beast” has earned impressive finishes against Marcin Tybura, Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga. His last outing saw him earn a decision win over recent title challenger Francis Ngannou. He is now primed to put away another surging contender.

A champion outside the UFC, Volkov (29-6, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) is currently riding an impressive six-fight win streak. Following victories against Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Timothy Johnson, the Russian standout netted a spectacular KO win over former champ Fabricio Werdum in March. Volkov is now ready to deliver a show-stealing performance to earn a UFC title shot.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • In a pivotal clash of flyweight contenders, No.2-ranked Sergio Pettis (17-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) takes on No.5-ranked Jussier Formiga (21-5, fighting out of Natal, Brazil)
  • No.7-ranked light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux (22-11, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) looks to stop undefeated No.12 Dominick Reyes (9-0, fighting out of Victorville, Calif.)
  • No.7-ranked strawweight contender Michelle Waterson (15-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) squares off with No.8 Felice Herrig (14-7, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.)
  • Rising bantamweight Sean O’Malley (10-0, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) will look to keep his perfect record intact against streaking Jose Quinonez (8-2, fighting out of San Diego, Calif. by way of Tlaltenango, Mexico)
  • No.11-ranked bantamweight contender Lina Lansberg (8-3, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden) meets Yana Kunitskaya (10-4 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M. by way of Murmansk, Russia)
  • Gritty welterweight Ryan LaFlare (13-2, fighting out of Farmingdale, N.Y.) aims to continue building momentum against tough prospect Tony Martin (12-4, fighting out of Boston, Mass.)

News: Sean O’Malley confirmed to fight at UFC 229

When we last left ‘Sugar’ Sean O’ Malley(10-0-0), he was teasing an upcoming fight announcement on his Instagram page. A day later, the banramweight star appeared on the Ariel Helwani show to confirm he will be appearing at UFC 229 against The Ultimate Fighter Latin America bantamweight Jose ‘Teco’ Quinonez (8-2-0).

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Report: Sean O’Malley aiming for UFC 229 return against Alejandro Perez

According to ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley (10-0-0), he is fully healed up following the foot injury he sustained against Andre Soukhamthath and sources suggest he is hoping to return to action at UFC 229.

Posting to his Instagram story this weekend, the 23-year-old prospect teased his 340,000 followers that a fight announcement was imminent. An anonymous source close to O’Malley cited by MMAJunkie claims that undefeated ‘Sugar Sean’ is hoping to face number 12 ranked bantamweight Alejandro Perez (21-6-1) when he returns to action, although the source did add that the fight has not been booked yet as Perez is yet to be medically cleared.

Despite this, it would appear that O’Malley has been granted his wish based on the somewhat cryptic tweet he posted this evening, hinting that he would be opening the PPV portion of the event.

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News: UFC 229 card begins to take shape with several fight announcements

Following last weeks announcement that UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his title on the line at UFC 229 against Conor McGregor (perhaps the worst kept secret in UFC history), fans have been speculating what the rest of the card will look like.

The UFC have wasted little time in beginning to fill out the rest of the card and while rumours continue to circulate that the co-main event will see top five heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov square off, the promotion have confirmed a number of other fights for the Las Vegas event.

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