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Who’s Next? UFC 189: McGregor vs Mendes

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Wow! If there was possibly anything negative to say about UFC 189, it’s that the bar might be set too high for any event that follows. I can now say that UFC 139 has fallen to the second spot on my all-time favorite UFC events. MMA fans could not have asked for a greater display of heart, toughness, adversity and respect than what was provided Saturday night.

Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo: If the hype for their initial scheduled fight was at a 10 on the scale, then leading up to their next scheduled bout is going to be at 100. If there were any doubts about McGregor and his level of competition, that has been erased with his TKO of #1 contender Chad Mendes. Ideas are floating around about this fight being scheduled sometime in December or January. How spectacular would and Aldo-McGregor main event be on the day after New Year’s?

Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks: There’s something about Robbie Lawler that is beyond human. All fighters have massive amounts of confidence, and then you get a few guys that are “special”. One one end of the spectrum, you have a Conor McGregor type, who is brash to the point of seeming insanity, on the other is where you get a Robbie Lawler: cold, calculated and unflappable. Watching him perform, you can tell that rounds and time are of little concern to him. Being behind on the scorecards and nearly finished, never did he show any signs of desperation. Like the Terminator, he had one goal in mind and he accomplished it by pulling victory from the jaws of defeat, TKOing Rory MacDonald early in the final stanza of their 5 round war. Like the aforementioned McGregor, there is no doubt who Lawler’s next opponent will be, as he and Johny Hendricks have unfinished business and an epic trilogy to put a cap on.

Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit/Dong Hyun Kim: Sometimes there are fights with no losers, and Lawler vs. MacDonald was one. In what was one of the greatest fights ever, both men left everything in the cage. Four minutes separated MacDonald from his ultimate destiny, but on this night he just ran into someone that just had that extra “umph”. Whoever the UFC decides to put across the cage from MacDonald depends mainly on how near or far they want to keep him from title contention in the near future. Being 0-2 versus the champion, I could see them wanting Rory to build himself back up with three or four wins before having another crack at the title. Dong Hyun Kim is ranked highly enough to be a worthy opponent for someone of MacDonald’s caliber, but also ranked low enough to be a good jumping off point for an extended streak towards a shot. If they decide to keep him hovering around the title, what better time than now to have the long awaited rematch between MacDonld and Carlos Condit.

Gunnar Nelson vs. Matt Brown: Gunnar Nelson is one of those fighters that is hard to pick for or against. The talent has obviously always been there, but at times he doesn’t seem to show the urgency to use it when needed. Against Brandon Thatch, Nelson showed exactly why some see him as a potential champion. Great striking? Check. Superb grappling? Double check. Heart and grit to be great? A fight with Matt Brown will surely give the MMA world the answer to that question.

Thomas Almeida vs. Bryan Caraway/Eddie Wineland winner: Thomas Almeida was put in one of the more dangerous types of matchups that you see in MMA: young, impressive prospect versus the dangerous veteran with something to prove. While Brad Pickett showed exactly why this was early on in the bout, the young phenom eventually showed why he has become so highly touted in the Bantamweight division. Since he looked vulnerable in this bout, “Thominhas” could use another litmus test before being thrown into the mix of the top-10 and the winner of the upcoming bout between Bryan Caraway and Eddie Wineland would suit

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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.

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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.

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.


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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.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma

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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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