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In separate interviews, UFC co-commentators Joe Rogan and two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier both agreed that rematching Khabib Nurmagomedov maybe shouldn’t be Conor McGregor’s focus right now. Cormier’s take is that he was so impressed with McGregor’s grappling that he wasn’t sure the Irishman could do better a second time around. Via MMAFighting.com:
“Honestly man, that first takedown, I was like wow, he really made [Nurmagomedov] work for this takedown,” Cormier said. “Because this is what we say at AKA — we try to get you lost in the sauce. We want to get you lost in the sauce, right? Like, when we’re on a leg, we want to give you one [takedown attempt]; okay, you’ll defend; two, you’ll defend; three, then you start going, ‘okay, wait a minute,’ then you start to get lost. You get lost in all the different transitions, from to move to move to move, and eventually we get you down. And once we get you down, obviously it’s very difficult to get back up.
“[McGregor] didn’t get lost in it. Like, Khabib had to go to level four to get that first takedown. He went high crotch, he went crackdown, he went ‘try to get the angle,’ he tried to run the pipe, then he actually had to go to his knees, look across the back to get to a double just to get Conor down the first time. Conor didn’t get lost. He really did a good job, and that’s why if you’re Team McGregor, there’s cause for concern, because I don’t know if he could do that any better and he still got beat in the way that he got beat.
“That’s why, I think if you’re Team McGregor, you’d be concerned about a fight with Nurmagomedov, because I don’t think he could defend any better,” Cormier continued. “I thought was as good as [he could do], because he did a good job and I don’t know if he could do it any better … because then [Nurmagomedov] is going to go to level five, and he going to go to level six, and he’s going to just keep putting different things behind each other until eventually you kinda can’t keep up. That’s what Henry Cejudo does. That’s what he did to DJ a couple times to get those takedowns.
Cormier is Khabib’s teammate, so his insight is interesting even if he isn’t quite unbiased. McGregor’s surprisingly good grappling performance but flat performance in the striking department could make sense if McGregor was mostly sparring grapplers in his fight camp, for instance.
Joe Rogan had a similar, but distinct take, via mmanews.com:
“There’s all this talk about a Conor rematch cause financially that would be a fantastic fight, right?” Rogan said on his podcast on Monday. “Financially. But when you look at what happened, that was a dominant victory. There was one round where Conor did pretty good, the third round. Other than that, Khabib just sort of dominated him.
“Dropped him in the second, beat the f–king s–t out of him in the fourth and the third was the round where Conor did pretty good cause most of was standing up. But it wasn’t like he won it running away. It wasn’t like he blasted him in the body and had him hurt. There was nothing like that. He edged him.”
Rogan admitted McGregor has shown marked improvement before, in his rematch with Nate Diaz. But he doesn’t see enough parallels to take away a title shot from Tony Ferguson, who has won 11 straight fights at this point and was abruptly stripped of his interim belt after a freak injury to his knee.
“I guess you could say that’s sort of what happened in the Nate Diaz fight and Conor came back and won the rematch. This is the argument,” Rogan said. “Conor was rusty, he’s out of the cage for two years, he gets back in, let’s do [a rematch] and then financially I mean Jesus Christ, it was the biggest fight of all time. They’re saying it was above 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, which is f–king bananas. So that’s huge. If they could talk people into a rematch, I get it.
“But I don’t want to see that. I want to see Tony [Ferguson]. I want to see Tony and Khabib.”
Cormier also noted that he understood Khabib’s ire and his outburst after the fight, through the lens of his own grudge matches with hated rival Jon Jones.
“I think, Conor, he was building a fight, and there was just a little bit of a difference in the approach,” Cormier said.
“When he was building the fight and kinda going home going, ‘Okay, yeah, I think that might’ve gotten him a little bit,’ or, ‘that got under his skin,’ the whole time it’s causing this guy (Nurmagomedov) to just go, ‘God, I hate him. Man, I can’t stand this dude. I want to hurt him,’ then going back to the gym and training harder and more. So, that’s where the difference lies. It’s like, we (Jones and I) never regretted anything we said to each other or about each other, and it was okay if it just continued to escalate.”
Good for Eddie Alvarez for following the money and going for yet another title
ONE Championship announces it has signed former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Business has picked up in a big way overseas.— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) October 16, 2018
Looking forward to seeing how this affects ONE's overall growth.
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This GIF is backwards, but point taken from a still-salty Stipe Miocic.
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What Chael Sonnen tried to do against Fedor Emelianenko, vs. what he actually did.
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My goal was to beat Bader @ Lt Heavy— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) October 15, 2018
What better training regimen could I ask for than having Bellator pay great athletes like Fedor to spar w/me?
Mr. One Step Ahead
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Look at this coward go for a sucker punch as soon as the guy looks away. Not today, dickhead! pic.twitter.com/kCpJ1LyvWF— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) October 14, 2018
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Look at this lightning transition.
Jon Jones’ training camp appears to be starting out well
This is a very impressive party trick
this is impressive pic.twitter.com/MVu3EtbNlS— The Roots of Combat (@RootsOfCombat) October 15, 2018
Well... let’s see those NFL players in a boxing ring throwing punches
Kevin Lee gives his thoughts on a variety of topics
I spoke to Kevin Lee (@MoTownPhenom) about his Al Iaquinta bout at UFC on FOX 31. He talks that plus:— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) October 14, 2018
- How Khabib beat McGregor
- Calls Diaz a 'journeyman'
- Says Ferguson has taken a lot of damage
- Argues why he's the best candidate to beat Khabibhttps://t.co/mNcwH9vKIM
Crawford proved Benavidez couldn’t dodge all his punches
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Michael Chandler will likely never get the chance to face Khabib Nurmagomedov, especially after Coker shut down 50 Cent’s offer.
I’m the only man on the planet that can beat @teamkhabib . Everyone else is either a sacrificial lamb or a cash cow. Peel back the theatrics - one man vs another...I’m the only lightweight on the earth that can win that battle!— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) October 14, 2018
Flying triangle and kimura from Vinny Magalhaes!
Kimuras are a very cool submission.
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Reports that this mascot’s jaw was broken or that Fury didn’t know it was a man in the suit were, as it turns out, greatly exaggerated.
@BronzeBomber recently appeared on the @ESPN show ‘Nacion’ to promote his upcoming fight against @Tyson_Fury, and part of his appearance included a scene with a giant mascot tortilla in a sombrero. pic.twitter.com/xhctDNOD4T— Ed Namrok (@ednamrok) October 12, 2018
Olivier Aubin-Mercier tells it like it is: Calvin Klein should sponsor Fedor. He is, after all, what peak performance looks like.
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Dustin Poirier had a hip injury. Naturally, Nate Diaz was not happy about it.
Nate Diaz also posted this video... why, isn’t quite clear.
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Bader is killing it in bellator! It would have been a fun one ! https://t.co/kmi4VqUj3a— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 13, 2018
It’s the worst.
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I love snapping turtles, and alligator snapping turtles are the top of the modern turtle food chain
He is a Good Doggy
What a view
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