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McGregor’s Manager Talks Conor’s Future

»Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Featured Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on McGregor’s Manager Talks Conor’s Future

McGregor’s Manager Talks Conor’s Future

Conor McGregor has remained a present force in the Ultimate Fighters Championship since defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January 2020. The Irishman made headlines earlier last week after UFC 249, which came when he made a tyrant of statements via Twitter. Nearly every competitor within the Lightweight Division was attacked by McGregor, showing the Irishman is desperate to fight anybody and reach a championship-level fight.

Conor hopes to compete against Justin Gaethje for the Interim Lightweight Championship Belt. Most are focused on the UFC Career of Conor McGregor, with others more concerned on his return to boxing. Details on who the Irishman is selecting throughout 2020-21 was revealed by his manager on May 12th.

The Manager of McGregor

Audie Attar provided multiple MMA news outlets with updated on Conor’s future in the Ultimate Fighters Championship. He remarked that Notorious will return to boxing in the future, with his primary concern right now being Mixed Martial Arts. Audie noted that McGregor hasn’t forgotten about boxing and plays to increase his weight by 2020, hoping to combat notable fighters like Tyson Fury.

The focus, for now, is obtaining a fight with either Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, or Justin Gaethje. Some believe McGregor isn’t deserving of a championship fight, with the Irishman previously retiring and then returning. He should fight through the ranks like any other competitor in the UFC. However, money talks and Conor brings in hundreds of millions for Dana White. That’s why he’ll continuously receive special treatment over other competitors.

Audie Attar remarked that either of his desired opponents hadn’t approached Conor McGregor. It’s suspected that Audie himself will have to start these delegations. All fighters in the UFC want to compete against Conor McGregor, with anyone who fights the Irishman earning $10 million or higher. This figure is substantially larger than what standard fighters like Justin Gaethje are accustomed to receiving. That’s why most analysts agree that Justin will select McGregor as his next opponent, with Khabib Nurmagomedov coming 2nd. There’s always the chance that Dana White will give Tony Ferguson a 2nd fight with Justin Gaethje before the new Interim Lightweight Heavyweight Champion can compete against McGregor or Nurmagomedov.

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McGregor’s Future in UFC After COVID-19

»Posted by on May 8, 2020 in Featured Fighter | Comments Off on McGregor’s Future in UFC After COVID-19

McGregor’s Future in UFC After COVID-19

The Ultimate Fighter’s Championship is slated to return on May 9th, with UFC Fans thrilled for the title headlining fight against Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. There are supporters also excited for the return of Conor McGregor after defeating Donald Cerrone earlier in 2020. When the Irishman has been asked on his arrival, he’s continuously demanded that safety if his first and primary concern. But the former UFC Champion could return by July if the pandemic is contained.

Conor McGregor’s Manager, Audie Attar from Paradigm Sports Management, confirmed that returning in July is possible. These two men will determine the safety standards associated with the UFC at the May 9th Pay-Per-View. If measures are deemed satisfactory, Conor McGregor and Dana White will evaluate the next fight for Ireland’s Gladiator. Attar noted that the Irishman is concerned about the health & safety of UFC workforces, that he’ll demand more reliable protocols if Dana White wants him to return.

Considering that McGregor brings hundreds of millions into the UFCs revenue stream, Conor holds this unique position of power. This display of power was shown towards Irish Politicians, with McGregor demanding more reliable social distancing measures. His requests became viral and were met by Irish Politicians, prompting the country to rally for a possible Presidential Campaign in Ireland.

The Three Events

Dana White announced in late April that the UFC would hold three PPVs from on May 9th, 13th and 16th. This is the highest number of PPV Fights that the Ultimate Fighters Championship has experienced historically. It shows the desperation to obtain profits for the 2nd quarter of this year. These matches wouldn’t have been possible without the Florida State Boxing Commission & Florida State Government approving Martial Arts as an essential service.

Dana White expressed his gratitude multiple times towards the FSG, which enabled the UFC President to keep his promise as the 1st sport to return during COVID-19. However, numerous critics have expressed their anger towards Dana White. This includes the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention. However, Donald Trump is good friends with Dana White, meaning there’ll be no repercussions onto the UFC President or Florida State Government.

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Ferguson Vs Nurmagomedov Cancelled Forever

»Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Featured Fighter | Comments Off on Ferguson Vs Nurmagomedov Cancelled Forever

Ferguson Vs Nurmagomedov Cancelled Forever

After the 5th time that a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov was cancelled, everyone in the UFC Community believes this’ll be the fight that never happens. Even Dana White is beginning to think this match-up isn’t possible. It’s somewhat the final nail in the coffin for any potential of a fight occurring when the UFC President calls it quits. That wasn’t done without a prolonged effort on Dana White’s behalf. He continuously worked towards these two lightweight opponents fending off against each other, with personal issues or scheduling errors always forcing another delay. After the additional cancellation because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s foolish actions with travelling, it appears Dana White isn’t willing to give the Russian Champion the 6th opportunity.

Dana White was questioned on the potential of a 6th fight, with the UFC President noting his fear towards scheduling this bout for the 6th time. Tony Ferguson has continuously expressed his anger and resentment towards Khabib after the Champion couldn’t leave Russia amidst COVID-19, which could’ve been avoided by Nurmagomedov remaining in the Middle East. The chances that Tony Ferguson would expel this anger in an unwarranted fashion is too extensive, prompting Dana White’s thoughts. Ferguson instead will compete against Justin Gaethje on May 9th at UFC 249, with Tony slated to win by a significant margin. There are minimal chances that Justin Gaethje will walk out of Florida as the Interim Lightweight Champion.

Religion Before Career for Khabib

The UFC Champion wouldn’t have competed against Tony Ferguson this late into the year either way. It’s Ramadan, which means Khabib is fasting for a prolonged period until the end of May. Nurmagomedov has infamously avoided fighting throughout this time, with other opponents claiming that Khabib shouldn’t be permitted to keep his champion belt when refusing to fight. Ferguson rose this point after Nurmagomedov cancelled their bout in late March.

Dana White is now proposing a secondary match-up between Connor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, which the Russian Fighter has refused multiple times. The UFC President will demand that Khabib fights or lose his belt for refusing, which has been a clear strategy for Nurmagomedov in the last year.

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Jon Jones Facing One-Year Suspension

»Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Featured Fighter | Comments Off on Jon Jones Facing One-Year Suspension

Jon Jones Facing One-Year Suspension

The UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has been arrested for drinking while driving with intent. Those charges extend to possessing a firearm, not having insurance of his vehicle and possession of open containers. Fighting analysts have started calling Jones that UFCs “Disappointment of All Time”. Supporters behind the Ultimate Fighting Championship shouldn’t expect these athletes to be perfect citizens.

Professional fighting can create multiple adverse side effects to the brain, with many speculating that after a lengthy career, this has begun happening to Jon Jones. It should be noted that he’s committed criminal offences previously, and continuously received leniency because of his celebrity. Things will change for Jon Jones in 2020, with the UFC having no choice but to implement a one-year suspension. This will leave Dana White without one of his most notable fighters, who can’t defend Jon Jones after disturbing video evidence was publicly released.

There have been multiple people throughout the UFC, and Jon Jones camp that has expressed this champion needs medical assistance. The suspension period is necessary to ensure that Jones can return to the UFC. It should be mentioned that Jones has come off four title defences throughout the last fourteen months. Sporting analysts and UFC Corporate were beginning to trust Jones for the 3rd time. The champion was slated to compete against Stipe Miocic in late 2020, with that bout now being impossible for Jones. The last time he fought was on February 8th in Houston against Dominick Reyes for UFC 247.

No Fight

There won’t be any fighting opportunities for Jon Jones after his numerous charges. The Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office will be handling the allegations against Jon Jones. They’ll be looking for a ten-year prison sentence for the drunk driving, possession of open containers, use of firearms and lack of insurance. Jon Jones was expected to be shooting guns around 1 AM around the Albuquerque Region. Locals identified a Black Jeep as the culprit, with Jon Jones being located in an identical field.

On-Scene Officers provided three field sobriety tests with Jon Jones, where he continually failed against all efforts. Breathalyzers were than administered to the Light Heavyweight Champion, where he went 2x over the legal limit. This prompted officers to search the vehicle, where a handgun was located. Jones was taken into handcuffs and will face court by March 30th.

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Conor McGregor Speaks with Bleacher Report

»Posted by on Mar 19, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Conor McGregor Speaks with Bleacher Report

Conor McGregor Speaks with Bleacher Report

Supporters behind the Irishman won’t have to wait long for his re-entrance into the UFCs Octagon or the Boxing Ring. This follows after Conor McGregor confirmed that he’d be competing sooner than later, with the Irish-born athlete having competed twice in the last seventeen months. There was a fifteen-month period where McGregor wasn’t seen in a fighting capacity, which came after his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Conor would return at UFC 246 to demolish Donald Cerrone within 40-Seconds. It’s one of the fastest knockouts in sports history.

Millions worldwide engage with Connor McGregor’s fights. His presence is something that MMA enthusiasts have often enjoyed. It’s the buildup that’s more exciting than the actual battle, and it earns the UFC millions. Proof of McGregor’s value came when he boxed Floyd Mayweather Junior in 2017, which again saw the Irishman get knocked out. However, the money earned through this bout was extensive.

One of the future opponents for Conor McGregor could be Justin Gaethje, who is trying to implement mental warfare against the Irishman. McGregor hasn’t seemed interested in this opponent, with him indicating he’d prefer to combat Khabib Nurmagomedov or Floyd Mayweather Junior for a second time. It should be mentioned that Mayweather, Nurmagomedov and McGregor are all slated to fight each other. The Boxing Champion Mayweather could earn upwards of $300 Million to battle Khabib and Conor.

Conor’s Remarks

McGregor spoke with Bleach Report on his future. The Irishman mentioned that nobody wants a dull fight, that fans want the original version of Conor and deserve a passionate bout. These statements followed after competing against Khabib in 2017, where Conor didn’t take training seriously and prompted serious injury onto himself. It was expressed that he wants to win for the McGregor supporters and his family, that he’ll fight anybody to prove that he’s capable of re-acquiring the championship.

Conor McGregor closed out his remarks by expressing he’d compete in the Octagon shortly and would also be boxing in 2020. Now speculation regarding who those potential opponents will begin amongst UFC and Boxing Analysts. One thing is almost for sure; at some point, there’ll be a secondary bout between Khabib and Conor. Dana White will make it so.

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Aleksandar Rakic Extends Contract with UFC

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Featured Fighter | Comments Off on Aleksandar Rakic Extends Contract with UFC

Aleksandar Rakic Extends Contract with UFC

After considerable deliberation regarding the future of Aleksandar Rakic, it was announced that the light heavyweight fighter would remain with the Ultimate Fighter’s Championship. This follows after prolonged discussions regarding his new contract, which is listed for an additional six-fights with this announcement. It marks the 3rd contract that the 28-year-old Austrian has completed with the UFC. Dana White and UFC Representatives haven’t revealed details regarding who he’ll be fighting for those six bouts.

UFC Experts believed that Aleksandar Rakic wouldn’t acquire another contract with the UFC, which would’ve followed after his first defeat in December 2019 at Busan. It was a split decision loss made by the judges, with supporters of Aleksandar Rakic expressing their disbelief. Most believed he’d won two of the three rounds, with this man dominating over his competition since September 2017. His record stands at four consecutive victories. Those included Justin Ledet, Jimi Manuwa, Francimar Barroso, and Devin Clark. He’s listed at the 10th highest-ranked fighter in the UFC, leaving supporters to wonder what UFC Experts are missing in their assessments.

Dustin Poirier Shutdown from Diaz Fight

Supporters behind the Light Heavyweight Division have also been looking forward to another competitor getting his next opportunity. This follows after Dustin Poirier from the Lightweight Division has rallied supporters of the UFC to demand a fight against Nate Diaz. Dustin had campaigned for this fight for a prolonged period, which started at UFC 230 when the two opponents had their matches cancelled. This cancellation is rumoured to centre around Nate Diaz, who wasn’t prepared to take on this champion fighter. Dustin has taken every avenue possible to trigger Diaz and have him return to the UFC, even verbally assaulting his younger brother.

Dustin Poirier has been told to abandon this quest, with Nate Diaz having no intentions of fighting again moving forward. This has led countless UFC Supporters and Experts to claim that Nate Diaz doesn’t have the bravery required to compete in the octagon. This would follow after he’d been knocked down in two consecutive competitions, with analysts expecting he’d lose against Dustin Poirier as well. Three knockouts back-to-back and your career is immediately over. Dustin Poirier offered to combat Nate Diaz in the octagon throughout any weight class, even providing the former champion with his favourite of 165lbs. Nate Diaz denied this potential fight, which saw Poirier respond with a boxing match. All possible versions of the two competing were turned down. Most believe that the days of Destructive Diaz is long over.

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