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UFC 194: MMA Latest Hands Out Post-Fight Bonuses

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UFC 194 is in the books. It was an electric night of fights highlighted by two title fights, and a slew of #1 contender matchups. UFC 194 took place in the jam-packed MGM Grand; the card was the final fight night of a three fight night streak. Only five out of twelve fights ended with a finish but don’t let that fool you, the seven fights that went the distance were absolute barn burners! Tonight MMA Latest News will be awarding our KO of the Night, Performance of the Night, and Submission of the Night!

Submission of the Night: Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington

Although it was our only submission of the night, however; Warlley Alves may have won the award if there were multiple submissions tonight! Late into the very first round, Alves sunk in his signature Guillotine choke, a choke in which he has won 4 out of 10 of his professional fights with. Covington tried to channel his inner Rampage Jackson by slamming Alves on his back while he attempted the submission. It was to no avail as Alves was able to hold on and secure his second straight submission victory!

Performance of the Night: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson

What bad things can be said about Demian Maia? At 38 years old, he has completely rejuvenated his career making a move from 185 to 170. Since the move to 170 Maia holds an outstanding record of 7-2 with his only two losses coming from Rory MacDonald and Jake Shields. Maia has silently been climbing up the rankings and felt like he was in line for a contender fight; instead, he was given fellow Jiu Jitsu guru Gunnar Nelson. Maia Stated previously that he felt as if Gunnar was a better striker and that he was the better grapple. Gunnar Nelson stated that he could defeat Maia on the ground, and boy was he wrong. Maia did what he has been doing during his time in the Welterweight division: once he gets a hold of you, good luck getting out. Maia absolutely smothered Nelson for 15 straight minutes on route to a Unanimous decision victory. Maia said, “do not discredit opponents because I beat them.” Take nothing away from Nelson as he was able to survive on the ground with one of the best Jiu Jitsu fighters to ever grace the Octagon.

KO of the Night- Conor McGregor  vs. Jose Aldo

Mystic Mac strikes again. He predicted, “I will finish it in Round 1,” and in round 1 he did. Actually, 13 seconds to be exact. Right off the opening bell, the two met in the center of the octagon, very little ensued between the interim champ McGregor, and the Featherweight king Jose Aldo in the opening exchange. On exchange number two, Aldo charged in and hit McGregor with a powerful shot. The only problem with that is McGregor hit Aldo with a more powerful left hand, one which sent the Champ face first into the canvas.  After a couple of followup hammer fists, McGregor is the new Featherweight king as he unified the belt in a savage, UFC title fight history making process!

 

 

 

 

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Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture

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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

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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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Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’

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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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