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Conor McGregor covered a lot of thoughtful ground in an interview with one of MMA media’s many talented Andrews, Andrew McGahon. Thoughtful McGregor is the best McGregor, and he had a lot to say, including the revelation that he would be willing to fight either Pretty Tony Pettis or Crazy Tony Ferguson if the need arises- but he didn’t start out with that willingness.
Transcript via MMAFighting.com:
“I’ve already been mapping out what I want to do next,” McGregor told The Mac Life.
“I know Pettis and Ferguson is in the co-main. Originally, about a month or two ago when that fight got announced for the co-main, I was like, ‘Man, if Khabib bottles this fight, like he has bottled many fights before…if he bottles this one I don’t think…you know…f*ck those other two’. No disrespect to those other two…I don’t think I give a f*ck about those other two to step in and [fight]. I think I probably would have just disappeared back into the shadows and got that man [Nurmagomedov] somewhere else outside of here.”
McGregor had a change of heart once he got to Vegas and mentally got into the full swing of fight camp. McGregor and his camp have previously indicated that Khabib’s history of injury and weight cutting trouble is a potential problem waiting to happen.
‘The Notorious’ also gave some indication of his future plans, which could vary a lot depending on whether he decides to defend his belt or go outside the box and fight Anderson Silva, or box Mayweather again (Click here to see my reaction if that happens).
“Now that I’m here, I’m back and I’m close, if he didn’t show up. I think I would take a fight against either of those,” he said.
“I’m already mapping out what’s happening next in my head. I know Dustin and Nate [are] competing. I know the 170-pound belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron [Woodley], the current welterweight champion, is itching for that one — like they all f*cking are. I know Georges is test cutting to 155. I know everyone is around looking for it. I’m here, let’s see what happens next.
We will see what happens indeed.
Elias Theodorou is the perfect bounce-back fight for Eryk Anders.
Is it just me, or does Jon Jones really make it sound like he did steroids in this caption?
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It sucks when you have to hear someone you’ve always shown respect to sit and talk foolishness. But that’s the nature of the game these days. Saying steroids change more than physical performance. “Make you more creative and hungry”. Do you know how crazy that sounds? I guess brain damage is real out here. Saying PED metabolites threw a kick? Come on man. It’s called training and identifying a weakness. So much in fact I told him to his face it was coming and then landed it. That’s called execution. How about rather than campaigning for GOAT status you get in there and dominate your next fight. I’ve had nothing but respect for you over all these years. Don’t change that now. You’re better than this
What ... what IS this?
John Danaher really does train a death squad.
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A sense of direction: When you have a clear sense of direction and know exactly what you want to do in a bout and have the skills to get it done, you will not only be a difficult person indeed to stop - you will usually get what you want in very little time. Here is Frank Rosenthal going on a leg lock rampage this weekend - ending his match in seconds via outside heel hook. I always look to coach A STRONG FIRST MOVE THAT WILL EITHER GET AN IMMEDIATE BREAKTHROUGH OR CREATE OVERLY DEFENSIVE REACTIONS THAT WILL SET UP SUBSEQUENT MOVES. Very often a well performed strong first move will be all that is required. All my students excel in creating pressure from the outset even when the opponent knows what to expect. This often results in very quick victories like this leg lock blitz. You must train this aspect of the game - know what you want and practice until you can get there quickly - the results can be astounding
The Khabib Nurmagomedov/Conor McGregor memes are out in force this week -- stay vigilant on the Internet!
Marlon Moraes calls out T.J. Dillashaw ... again.
@tjdillashaw why don’t you pick on somebody your own size and keep the division moving. You can go down and fight Henry after I knock you out and get my belt! Don’t worry it’ll be quick! If you can’t handle the division, let’s go @DominickCruz @RaphaAssuncao I’m starving— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) September 29, 2018
RIZIN’s production values are great, and this walkout was very cool -- especially when Andy Nguyen explained the significance behind the music choice:
Rizin entrances are far superior to the UFCs, Andy Nguyen with the entrance of the year so far. pic.twitter.com/bePqKFdVMy— Stephen Fox (@StephenFox92) September 30, 2018
The whole point of the walk out was because Donny Aaron is a “Smooth Criminal” - “so... Andrea/ Andy are u ok?”— The CrAsian (@AndyTheCrAsian1) October 1, 2018
Bootleg dick pills? "Sure."— RJ Clifford (@RJcliffordMMA) September 28, 2018
Cocaine passed around? "Sign me up!"
Blooming Onion at Outback? "No, no, no. How dare you. My body is a temple." https://t.co/HZ6e9q95wb
Credit to this woman for flawless execution to beat the man who was fighting her ...
Light Heavyweight/Heavyweight legends Daniel Cormier and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson met each other at Bellator 206, after Rampage won an Actually Good fight in 2018.
Conor McGregor is the only person to ever beat Nate Diaz by moving forward and throwing with him in the pocket, without trying to wrestle ... and even then, he’s 1-1.
Suga Sean O’Malley popped — for something — so he’s off UFC 229. It’s a shame, he was one of the highlights of the undercard.
This is a hilarious entry into the “dumb criminal” annals and also the best street fight annals.
Man tries to rob a beauty salon in Dublin, woman in the shop recognises him and what follows is the greatest court report ever written pic.twitter.com/w5U8KXQt0f— Darren Cleary (@RadioCleary) September 29, 2018
This guy can really throw hands. He timed that hook perfectly.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Remember when Conor McGregor won with the quasi-legal death elbow?
That soccer kick made me wince in pain!
The best and the brightest are back to win in 2018:
sapp vs osunaarashi, round 3, the best round in mma history pic.twitter.com/sqWgL588VR— nakajima as ghc champion celebration account (@ebgteddy) September 30, 2018
Mirko Crop Cop does have sneaky good elbows:
Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi put on a SHOW at RIZIN 13.
This kick started the winning sequence for Tenshin Nasukawa!
Daron Cruickshank killed him with this knee:
That’s one way to counter a guillotine!
Some type of Sunabe craziness going down pic.twitter.com/9bnyCthH9H— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 30, 2018
Aaron Pico is the future -- Leandro Higo is no joke, and Pico smashed him:
Aaron Pico went to work on Leandro Higo on to his fourth consecutive knockout in Round 1 Pico is the real deal the next BIG thing in MMA he has massive potential #Bellator206 pic.twitter.com/qRa1VvbGwP— Nino (@Nino_416) September 30, 2018
Just an Inocente little throw ... I’ll see myself out
WWFC WW title fight— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 29, 2018
Mihail Kotruţă T/KOd Arber Murati in 1R pic.twitter.com/rY7vGC8tQX
When in doubt repeat what’s working:
Absolutely killer knockout pic.twitter.com/yxaCX3I5IE— The Roots of Combat (@RootsOfCombat) September 30, 2018
The fictional land of Iceland
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• • ✨☁️• First Frost • The highlands in Iceland getting a fresh dusting of snow. I guess we can say. ‘Winter is coming’ Made our way up back country in search of stellar views. The highlands didn’t disappoint. Big thanks to @h0rdur for pulling through with his giant land cruiser and plowing through many a puddle to make it here in time for sunrise. Stay Adventurous Dear Friends!!