When people think of talented MMA fighters from Iceland the name Gunnar Nelson generally springs to mind, but the new name on everyone’s lips is female fighter Sunna Davidsdottir who has recently signed with Invitca FC. Sunna is the 2015 – IMMAF European Amateur Flyweight Champion as well as a three time Icelandic BJJ champion.
Sunna will also become the first ever female Icelandic fighter to go professional, but how did Sunna`s journey begin?
`I have trained all kinds of sports since I was a kid. Football, Ice hockey, track & field, … even pole fitness. But it took about 3 seconds from when I entered a combat gym for the first time for me to fall in love with it. The primary reason for why I started in martial arts was because I felt that I needed to be able to defend myself.
I was working late nights in bars and and driving a cab at the time and I needed to be ready for anything that could happen. I did not realize however how much I would love it. I started off in Muay Thai but from there on I just went on to add various other combat sports to the mix. I am predominantly a striker but I feel very comfortable on the ground. I have a purple belt in BJJ and I aim to continue that journey along with improving my striking game`.
Sunna will also become the first Icelandic fighter to go professional and she is hoping it will open the door for more Icelandic females to also get their chance.
It feels surreal. I´ve been visualizing and dreaming about this for such a long time. Being the first Icelandic woman to take this step fills me with great pride and hopefully this can be a platform for other Viking women to follow. I have watched Invicta quite closely over the years. Chris Cyborg is probably my favorite female fighter in the world right now.
My friend Joanne “ JoJo” Calderwood who now is a UFC fighter used be signed with Invicta and she has praised the federation very highly. She feels that they treat their athletes very well and she looks back on her Invicta days with great pride and fulfilment. I could not possibly be happier at the moment and as they say, a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter`
Sunna fights out of the highly ranked Mjolnir gym in Iceland where she trains regularly with UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson and occasionally UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Sunna has relished training with the best in the world.
`I love it and feel grateful every day for being able to train with such elite fighters at Mjölnir MMA, the biggest MMA gym in Iceland and probably one of the biggest combat gym´s in the world. Gunnar has been a huge influence on me for most of my fighting career. He is a dear friend to me and has always been there for me to give advise and help out patching the holes in my game.
Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh and the Irish boys from SBG are always a blast and when they visit us or we visit them we usually have the best training sessions possible. Recently retired UFC veteran Paddy Hoolohan has been a really great training partner for me. He is a tricky fighter, with a wealth of knowledge that he does not hold back on. On top of that he is a wonderful human being and a great friend`
All eyes of the MMA world were focused on Mjolnir recently when Conor McGregor refused to fulfill media obligations preferring to stay in Iceland and train. Sunna trained with McGregor on a daily basis and Sunna believes McGregor made the right decision.
`In training he is just the same old Conor. Focused, motivated and a really hard worker. Conor McGregor is as true a fighter as they come. A supremely talented athlete and big inspiration to me and all the others who have had the chance to train and work with him.
I do not know exactly what went down in terms of UFC200, but that he wanted to focus solely on training is valid to me. He was coming on the back of a loss and wanted to make sure he was ready so that wouldn´t happen again. Surely there could have been some middle ground made between him and the UFC if there would have been willingness on both sides to solve the dispute, but I´m not going to speculate more on that.
I wasn´t in the room where it all went down and I simply don’t know. He was in Iceland when this was happening and we shared training sessions daily. There was absolutely nothing that indicated that he was distracted, stressed or other ways bothered. He just trained hard with a smile on his face like he always does`.
Sunna is still in the dark on her Invicta debut but says she is ready whenever they make the call and will be in the best shape of her life.
`I´m still in the dark on that one. I am super ready and would be willing to fight tomorrow if they would ask me to. I suppose that my debut will be sometime in the summer but it will be hard to wait until then. I´ll use my time well and make sure that I´ll be in the best shape of my life when the time comes`.
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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.
Will Conor McGregor ever fight again?
The future of the UFC’s biggest ever star is in doubt. But it was also never a secret. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor always made his intentions clear, “Get in. Get rich. Get out”. And now he’s rich, very rich.
Get in. Get rich. Get out.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 12, 2014
In 2008 at the age of 20 a baby-faced, clean-shaven McGregor stated his ambitions for his MMA career after just 5 professional fights. He said “My dream is to be world champion in the UFC, have more money than I know what to do with, and have a great life for my kids, my grandkids, everyone in my family, everyone that’s come up with me. That’s my dream”.
Along his journey, McGregor has never kept his intentions to himself. At first, it was to get into the UFC. Then it was the featherweight belt. Then it was to replicate what he had done in his previous promotion, to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion.
The issue now is that McGregor has achieved everything he has set out to do. From world titles to being a multi-millionaire, he’s done it all. And now there is no statement of intent. No dream to chase.
Since he’s achieved everything he said he ever wanted, where does the hunger for more come from? Currently, it doesn’t appear to be there.
Since the last time we saw McGregor with gloves on, the charismatic Irishman has seemingly gone off the rails. There was the Bellator 187 incident in Dublin, where McGregor stormed the cage and pushed veteran referee Marc Goddard and slapped an official. But more recently the Irish Daily Mail has reported that McGregor was involved in a bar fight in his native Crumlin, where he is believed to have punched an associate of a major crime gang in Dublin. Whether this is true or not, it is still something a UFC champion and role model shouldn’t be associated with.
From the outside, McGregor’s life is more about hours spent at the club rather than the gym.
But who can blame the man for enjoying the fruits of his labor? He is acting how most 29-year-old men would if they had just received $100 million.
This is his life’s work paying off.
After McGregor’s loss at UFC 196, he wanted an immediate rematch against Nate Diaz at the same weight. It showed us he’s a true martial artist with the heart of a lion. It showed his desperation to get that win back and prove he is the better competitor. And when he won, he proved all his doubters wrong as he walked on crutches through the corridor of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas screaming “doubt me now”.
But after his loss to Mayweather Jr., there has seemingly been no desire to arrange a fight to get back in the win column.
It’s easy to forget during this period of inactivity that McGregor is one of the most active guys in MMA. From UFC 194 to UFC 205, McGregor competed in 4 fights at 3 different weight classes against high caliber opponents inside the space of 11 months. The truth is he deserves a well-earned rest.
However, in a recent media scrum, Dana White confirmed that Conor was looking to fight before the end of the year but had been pulled from UFC 219 as punishment for the incident at Bellator 187.
Dana also told the reporters in the room “Conor might never fight again. The guys got $100 million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working”.
White also said, “Try and get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank”.
The two statements from Dana are very contradicting as he isn’t sure McGregor will ever fight again, but at the same time he wanted to fight on December 30th. Maybe Dana is struggling to pick apart the mind of Conor McGregor as much as we are.
There are plenty of reasons why Conor should never come back.
Not only is he set for life but he’s also healthy. McGregor is extremely conscious about his health and has mentioned several times throughout his career about the importance of keeping your brain healthy.
But there are plenty of reasons why he should he come back.
He loves to fight and he loves making money. He needs to capitalize on that whilst he can.
McGregor doesn’t have to settle for one big payday, he has matchups waiting for him such as Ferguson, Diaz, and GSP. There is always the welterweight belt and his Croke Park dream. And the door is open for a return to boxing, especially with fighters like De La Hoya, Pacquiao, and Malignaggi calling him out.
He’s also at the peak in terms of age and physique and in terms of power. Where he has the whole MMA world on strings with every small move he makes.
There is no knowing if McGregor will ever fight again. If McGregor returns to his usual self, he will likely be back in the first quarter of 2018, where he will fight frequently. But as time ticks on and there is no fight announcement McGregor may be stripped of his belt never to be seen again.
He got in. He got rich. Is he out? Let us know.
Manny Pacquiao Hints at Possible 2018 Fight with Conor McGregor
Here we go again. Just when we thought Conor McGregor was set on a return to the octagon, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has seemingly called out the charismatic Irishman with his latest Instagram post.
It appears the current senator of the Philippines also wants a trip on the money train that is Conor McGregor, as he sent out this cryptic message on his Instagram.
The caption reads “Happy thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma”.
This comes a week after retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya claimed he has been secretly training for a bout with “The Notorious One.” Speaking on ‘Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew’, De La Hoya claimed “I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor out in two rounds”.
After his most recent loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, retirement looked imminent for ‘Pac-Man’. But a shot at McGregor and the pay day his name brings, appears to be far too tempting.
McGregor loves to test himself and he loves money. So he will be licking his lips just thinking about the opportunity to get back in the ring against a high calibre opponent like Pacquiao. Not just to make money, but to prove his doubters wrong after his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
McGregor’s immediate future looks set to be a fight with Tony Ferguson in 2018. But after that who knows what the future holds for the UFC lightweight champion.
If McGregor’s next fight is a boxing match with Pacquiao, then it could spell the end of his title reign. As Ferguson likes to say it’s ‘defend or vacate’ time.
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