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McGregor Countdown to UFC 189- “I Was Going to ******* Butcher Him”



The UFC 189, live phone conference with Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes, Rory McDonald, and Robbie Lawler concluded earlier; as expected the focus was mainly on Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes. McGregor and Mendes will face-off for the Interim Featherweight title after the champion, Jose Aldo, was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury he suffered in training.


“The Notorious” Conor McGregor lived up to his name, holding little back in the live press conference. McGregor started by taking multiple jabs at his former opponent Jose Aldo and current opponent Chad Mendes. When asked whether or not the switch from Aldo to Mendes affected his strategy; McGregor responded with, “I never had a game plan, the plan is to go in flawless like I always do. It does not matter who is in front of me. My approach will win the fight” This answer being tied with the breaking news that Mendes would step in to fight McGregor where he (Conor) stated “any opponent is the same to me, they are all the same”.

Taking a fight on 18 days notice against one of the best in the division in Chad Mendes, is no easy task, but; when asked if he ever considered not taking this fight McGregor explained “Not one thought, I am going to destroy everyone in the division. One by one. It was never about being the champion to me. It is about destroying every single person in the Featherweight division”

Conor McGregor left very little to the imagination when specifically asked about his former opponent and current Featherweight champ Jose Aldo. When asked if, “In your head did you think Aldo would drop out of the fight”? McGregor responded with ” Yeah, I have been contemplating this scenario long before the injury. The eyes never lie and in his eyes I saw only fear. I can’t say I blame the man. I was going to ******* butcher him, limb by limb”. “The man (Aldo) pulls out of fights time and time again. The medical report says he is physically able to compete and he is choosing not to. I don’t think he is ever going to be back, I think the belt should be stripped”

At this point of the interview, things started heating up between Mendes and McGregor. When Mendes was asked what has McGregor done to bring this fight to a personal level, Mendes referred to an interview with BT Sport where McGregor said he was going to “rest his ball sack on your forehead” Mendes believes this statement is what pushed him to the edge saying “Conor decided to make it personal, you don’t ******* do that. I’m looking to do what fighters are paid to do, seriously injure him”. 

Mendes and McGregor continued to argue after the statement, frequently cutting each other off and providing the listeners with some great build up to promote the fight on short notice.

Mendes-“I don’t know how you’re going to be pressuring anything from your back.”

McGregor-“Listen, What are you going to do? You can’t even pass guard. Your a white belt on the mat. You get me down and hold me down. I butcher you from the bottom, get back up and butcher you on the feet,”

Mendes-“What are you going to do? Are you going to do the split on me? Like Jean Claude Van Damme. All right dude, you’re so tough,”


For McGregor “Cash beats credit every time, I’m going to cash a big ******* check and rub it in to anyone who has ever doubted me”. And for Mendes this is an opportunity to cash a big check that Conor McGregor wrote with his mouth.

This concluded the argument for now setting up the showdown at UFC 189, July 11th, for the Interim Featherweight title.


UFC 189 PPV Main Event:

145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight Interim Championship* Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor

UFC 189 PPV Co-Main Event:

170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald

UFC 189 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens
170 lbs.: Gunnar Nelson vs. Brandon Thatch

135 lbs.: Thomas Almeida vs. Brad Pickett

UFC 189 FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” (8 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Matt Brown vs. Tim Means
170 lbs.: John Howard vs. Cathal Pendred
170 lbs.: Alex Garcia vs. Mike Swick
135 lbs.: Henry Briones vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC 189 Fight Pass “Prelims” (7 p.m. ET):

125 lbs.: Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka
155 lbs.: Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Cody Pfister



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Who will Conor McGregor fight next in the UFC?



Conor McGregor has announced via Instagram that he intends to return to fighting and he even revealed that he had offered to replace the injured Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 222.

He did say however that the UFC rejected the opportunity to have him headline against Frankie Edgar as he was told “there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need”.

With his return seemingly imminent and an already proposed fight with Frankie Edgar falling through here’s a look at the men who could be standing across the cage from the “Notorious One” upon his return to the octagon.

Frankie Edgar

Let’s start with the man McGregor claims he was ready to fight next month, Frankie Edgar.

It’s a fight that has been rumoured and talked about for years now, but has always failed to become a reality and right now I believe each mans future lies elsewhere.

Although I believe Edgar would choose a fight with McGregor over a title fight with Holloway, his next bout should finally be for the real featherweight title, providing he beats Ortega at UFC 222. McGregor on the other hand, is unlikely to want the Edgar fight now given the much more lucrative options at his disposal.

If you’re a fan still clinging to hope that you will one day see this match up, I hate to break it to you but the only place you’ll be seeing this match up anytime soon is on UFC 3.

Likelihood: 2/10

The winner of Ferguson vs Khabib

If UFC 223 goes as planned then we will see a new UFC Lightweight champion. It means Conor McGregor will be without a belt for the first time since December 2015 and it would be no surprise to see him want his belt back instantly.

As a competitor the winner of this fight represents the best the division has to offer. As a businessman the winner of this fight represents the best the division has to offer.

It is the fight that makes sense, but as we know, sense doesn’t always prevail in the UFC. But, the winner of this bout being the next to face McGregor, is a real possibility.

Likelihood: 9/10

Max Holloway

Conor McGregor is no longer the man at featherweight, Max Holloway is.

Does that hurt McGregor’s ego? Maybe. There has been a lot more activity on McGregor’s social media channels about his fight with Holloway. Most notably the “I miss those sunglasses” post. Which certainly has a hint of jealousy to it. Perhaps McGrgeor wants to remind fans of what he can do at featherweight?

Although I think McGregor’s days at featherweight are pretty much over, I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that we see this fight at lightweight. But I don’t believe this fight is next for either man.

Likelihood: 4/10

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have both announced their comebacks in quick succession of each other. Could it mean they’re coming back for a fight this summer? Who knows.

But one things for sure, the trilogy fight will happen. It has the potential to be even bigger than the first two fights and will surely bring in a boat load of cash. Enough to motivate the two rivals to meet in the octagon again.

The fight seems inevitable and it has every chance of being the next fight for McGregor.

Likelihood: 9/10

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Mayweather Jr. in the octagon has been teased since before his boxing match with Conor McGregor and the ongoing speculation seems never ending.

But it’s wishful thinking to believe that Mayweather Jr. will repay the favour to McGrgeor by competing in his sport.

This sport has taught us to never say never and many of us would have never envisioned McGregor competing in boxing, but here we are. But this is just a whole new level of unlikely.

Likelihood: 0/10



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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”.

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.

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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.

“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. 


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