“Jose Aldo will be knocked out within the first round if he stands and exchanges with Conor McGregor,” according to McGregor’s training partner and Irish Muay Thai champion Cian Cowley. Cowley has been helping McGregor prepare for his UFC featherweight title showdown with Aldo and Cowley says if Aldo comes rushing out and fighting emotionally it will be an early night.
“I think if Aldo comes rushing out and starts exchanging with Conor it will be over after one or two exchanges. I think this will be a car crash of a fight for Aldo I really do. I don’t think Aldo has put alot of people away while Conor has been blowning people away.”
Cowley is a decorated Muay Thai champion who also owns and runs Warrior Muay Thai Boxing club in Dublin and has been sparring McGregor in the lead up to UFC 194 and Cowley says McGregor’s movement and footwork is one of his assests that impresses him the most, but if Cowley was coaching one of his own student’s to prepare for McGregor how would he go about it?
“It would be extremely difficult to prepare a fighter to fight someone like Conor. He is always trying new stuff in the gym, I have been fighting for over ten years and some of the stuff he tries I have never even seen and if it doesn’t work out he will keep practicing untill he makes it work, he’s very unpredictable. I’m not sure what advice Aldo’s coaches are giving him, but I have a feeling it’s to go in there and exchange with Conor which won’t work. I think the best way of fighting Conor would be to play him at his own game, movement, keep moving and mimic him and use your range in saying that it’s alot easier said than done.”
McGregor has gained a reputation for constantly talking to his opponent’s in the octagon, but does this stop in training?
“Talking to your opponent in the octagon can be very frustrating. Even when we spar, I more than hold my own in there with Conor, but yet he will still be talking to me saying ‘come on son, let’s go’ or when I land one of my shot’s he might say something like ‘oh that was ok’. It can be very frustrating and it can make you rush into thing’s and make mistakes and that’s exactly what he wants, he’s brilliant at it.”
Aldo has become world renown for his furious leg kicks but will they play any factor in this fight?
“Everyone keeps talking about Aldo’s leg kicks and if he’s going in there with leg kicks as his main threat he might as well issue his own death certificate as Conor will counter with his left every time he tries one of those kicks. In training I’ve been throwing a lot of leg kicks and Conor’s very good at deflecting them and more importantly countering them.”
Cowley himself has recently made the transition from Muay Thai to MMA and has been training under the tutelage of John Kavanagh at SBG for the past three months but what has been the hardest thing about making the transition?
“I have had to make alot of adjustments, even with my stand up, alot of people think because of my Muay Thai background I just have to learn the jiu-jitsu and wrestling but there’s alot more to it. It’s been difficult in the sense that I used to be always the best in my class in Muay Thai or else teaching the class to going to a beginner’s class in jiu-jitsu. I have been fighting ten year’s and I am usually very confident, but I had butterflies at my first class, but it’s humbled me and I think it’s even made me a better coach for new people starting in my gym.”
With running his own gym, to training in MMA to cornering his fighter’s at events Cowley’s eveyday life is fighting orientated and he wouldn’t change it for anything.
“It can be difficult to get a balance to fit everything in but fighting is all I have known, I haven’t even watched T.V in year’s all I do when I’m not training or coaching is watch fights, it’s all I do and it’s what I think I need to keep doing in order to become a complete fighter.”
There has been no date set yet for Cowley’s debut and although he can’t wait to step inside the octagon he won’t rush anything.
“There is nothing definite yet in terms of my MMA debut but I won’t rush anything. I still have a lot to learn but I’m learning very quick, I’m part of the best team in the world and it’s just a matter of time until I’m in the UFC.”
For more information on Cian Cowley’s gym check out www.warriorsthaiboxing.com
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Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture
When it comes to the lightweight division there is always a lot of talk with very little clarification. But now it seems Dana White has had enough of waiting for champion Conor McGregor and plans to move on in his absence.
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title back in November 2016 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, however, he has not competed in MMA since.
Speaking on Sunday night’s after UFC Fight Night St. Louis UFC President Dana White said “Conor has said he is thinking about coming back in September if he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he’s done for this company, everybody knows that I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”
White also spoke about the two men that would fight for the lightweight belt saying “You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now and if and when Conor comes back he would get the first crack at the title.”
Then when presenter Karyn Bryant pushed for clarification and asked: “So you’re saying that Conor could possibly be stripped of his title?” Dana responded without hesitation “absolutely”.
"Conor has said he's thinking about coming back in September. If he comes back in September, that's almost two years…that can't happen." — @danawhite
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) January 15, 2018
The news will excite UFC fans across the globe who have been clamoring for the Ferguson vs Khabib matchup which they have been denied on three separate occasions. No date was confirmed for the potential matchup but rumors have been circulating that the UFC is targeting UFC 223 in April.
Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win at UFC 219
On Saturday night the world watched as Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled the striking expert Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The reactions were filled with praise for the undefeated Russian fighter. Media members and fans alike were calling Nurmagomedov one of the best lightweights in the world, but there is one man the world was waiting to hear from, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was silent following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Barboza, that is until Monday morning when he took to Twitter to state his opinion about the Number one contender.
That Dagestani was dog shit the other night you's are all nuts. Game full of sloppy bums asking to be slept. Pay me my worth and Kings back.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2018
Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me. Otherwise I don't give a bollox.
My whiskey is out this year and thats Diddy bread.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2018
“Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Otherwise, I don’t give a bollox. My whiskey is out this year and that’s Diddy bread.” The whiskey that McGregor is referring to is his very own grand that he announced would be coming out following his loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.
Rumors about McGregor’s return have ranged from him retiring from fighting to live a life of wealth with his family, to expect his return to the UFC this summer. No one really knows if McGregor will ever defend his UFC lightweight belt, but if he is to do so UFC President Dana White has said that it will be against interim champion Tony Ferguson.
Ferguson was also seeking a fight with Nurmagomedov prior to winning the interim belt against Kevin Lee. It is entirely possible that we will see these two battle for the interim title in the octagon before we see the return of Conor McGregor. Of course, these days there are no guarantees in regards to title contention, McGregor and his camp have publically stated that they would like to face Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia.
Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’
Despite being inactive since his historic boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, Conor McGregor is never far from the headlines. Recently his out of cage antics have got people questioning if he’ll ever be back.
Thankfully the UFC lightweight champion appears to have cleared up any rumors about his fighting career.
Speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor said “My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game or whatever the next business endeavor might be”.
McGregor added, “I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”
This comes just two weeks after UFC President Dana White told reporters “Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 (expletive) million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”
White went on to say “Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”
White also told reporters that the “Notorious one”, “can’t be paid enough money” and that he is “worth every penny and more.” McGregor’s recent statement suggests he knows that and won’t be back till his demands are met.
The UFC lightweight division has been stalled in the absence of the champion McGregor and now the interim champion Tony Ferguson has undergone surgery. The UFC has been known the remove belts from fighters who have been delayed for extended amounts of time, this would be highly unlikely with the popularity of McGregor.
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