The UFC is unveiling another seasonal campaign to get its fans ready for the fourth quarter of 2014. Such with ‘The Time is Now’ and ‘Welcome to the Show’, they had a press conference to look forward to what’s going on in the coming months. The ‘GO BIG’ times starts at UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson and ends with UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit. Some of the sports’ biggest names were on the stage such as Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier and many others. A lot of good information came from the campaigns launch, and MMA Latest is your one stop shop to get the recap!
The season starts with UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson following the Road to the Octagon series where two finalists in the Featherweight division will compete for a UFC contract. The main events go as follows along with some key fights with the main events
UFC Fight Night 75
Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson
Road to the Octagon Featherweight finalists
Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson- for the UFC Light Heavyweight title
Tyron Woodley vs. Johny Hendricks
Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans
UFC Fight 76
Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy
Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell
UFC Fight Night 77
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm- for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau- for the UFC Women’s Strawweight title
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva II
Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
UFC Fight Night 78
Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez
UFC Fight Night 79
Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves
UFC Fight Night 80
No main event yet
UFC Fight Night 81
Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes
Khabib Nurmagomedev vs. Tony Ferguson
Jose Aldo(c) vs. Conor McGregor (ic)- UFC Featherweight Unification bout
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold- for the UFC Middleweight title
Ronald Souza vs. Yoel Romero
Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens
Damien Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
UFC on Fox 17
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone- for the UFC Lightweight title
Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Michael Johnson vs. Nate Diaz
The UFC had some pretty big announcements. They added the Women’s Strawweight title fight to UFC 193 as the co-main event with an all-female title fight main and co-main event. With the influx of fighters wanting fights in December, they added a fight night card on December 10th giving them three straight events in consecutive nights. UFC Fight Night 81 and UFC 194 follow the Thursday card with on Friday and Saturday night. At the very end of the press conference, Dana announced UFC 200 officially as it will be on July 9, 2016 in the new Las Vegas arena. No announcement yet on a particular Russian Heavyweight.
The big takeaway from this entire press conference was just how much they’re putting into this fourth quarter. Conor McGregor stole the show as he answered questions not even directed towards him and put himself in the limelight. Some of the great answers of the day were; Daniel Cormier hyping up his opponent, just to use to his own advantage and Conor McGregor saying he will whisper sweet nothings to Jose Aldo while in the cage. Also Ronda Rousey saying it’s not impossible for her to sellout the stadium in Australia. Go to our twitter @MMALatestNws for all the best answers!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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.
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.
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