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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Announcements At The UFC 25th Anniversary Press Conference

Following another day of crashing news surrounding UFC 223, the card is now set, the weigh-ins have been completed and barring any more setbacks we can focus on enjoying what’s left of the event.

This evening the UFC held a press conference to commemorate their 25th year anniversary, and here is the latest news within the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Al Iaquinta will become the champion if he wins

Previous reports had suggested that Al Iaquinta weighed in at 155.2lbs so he missed the championship weight, however, later the commision weighed Iaquinta’s boxer shorts which weighed 0.2 lbs. Dana White confirmed that should he win, Ragin’ Al will be considered the UFC Lightweight champion.

Robert Whittaker vs Yoel Romero confirmed at UFC 225 in Chicago for the middleweight strap

Despite Romero missing weight in his successful interim title fight against Luke Rockhold, Romero has still been granted the title shot many assumed he would get. Whittaker’s next opponent has finally been confirmed and the main event of UFC 225 is set.

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Colby Covington Confirmed at UFC 225 in Chicago for the Interim welterweight championship.

Despite previous reports that this fight would take place in Brazil, the UFC have announced that the fight will actually take place in Chicago at UFC 225. No doubt Covington and the UFC security team will be appreciative of this change in location.

TJ Dillashaw vs Cody Garbrandt rematch confirmed at UFC 227 in Los Angeles for the bantamweight belt.

Now that the talk of a ‘super fight’ between TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson has been dropped, the rematch between Dillashaw and Garbrandt has been confirmed. This is a great fight and I’m sure everyone will enjoy the rematch as much as they enjoyed the first time these two men came face to face.

Brock Lesnar still under UFC contract

Dana White has just confirmed that Brock Lesner still has fights remaining on his UFC contract, and it’s “a possibility” he will fight the winner of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier for the UFC heavyweight title.

 

Ryan Cambridge