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Khabib says that after he brawled with McGregor’s corner in the immediate aftermath of his UFC 229 victory, his father tried to ‘smash’ him. He talked his way out on a technicality. Via BloodyElbow.com:
“I lost control a little bit,” he said. “We talk with father before the fight, (and he said) ‘We have to be relaxed, don’t listen to him. Just do your thing.’ And when my father tried to smash me (after the brawl), I told him, ‘Hey, we didn’t talk about after the fight. We only talked about before the fight, so what are we gonna do?’
“But it is what is, it’s what’s happened.”
He also admitted what everyone could tell, looking at the fight: that he enjoyed punching the loud-mouthed Irishman in the face. He confirmed that McGregor tried to calm him down with “this is just business” (despite McGregor’s recent quasi-denial) between rounds, but he wasn’t having it.
“I enjoyed this, when I punched his face. This is a very good feeling, believe me, when someone talks sh-t all the time,” Khabib said, to the audience’s laughter and cheers.
“Every time I punched his face, I enjoyed. I asked him, ‘Hey, let’s talk.’ But at the end of the second or third round, he said ‘This is just business.’ He tried to make me relax.”
“This is not sparring session. We’re gonna keep going, you know,” he continued. “Maybe he don’t understand my English, I think.
I think McGregor understood just fine.
Johnny Walker is working his kicks in Thailand
Demetrious Johnson has a new training regime as well
That’s pretty good
Per UFC, Saturday's UFC prelims on ESPN averaged 2.08 million viewers. Viewership was 29 percent female. Earlier this week, ESPN announced the prelims logged a 1.4 metered rating. That's the same rating Lomachenko did last month, for comparison.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 23, 2019
Tony Ferguson is too high for this shit.
All Good Just Them Tryin’ To Keep A Brown Man Down- Far Too High For This Shit. Fuck You Pay Me— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) January 23, 2019
After all that, fighting in a cage should be downright relaxing
.@adelkyokushin has an incredible story. Grew up in war-torn Baghdad, witnessed friends killed before his eyes, worked with the U.S. Marines. Now, he’ll have @prattprattpratt walk him out on national TV at #Bellator214. https://t.co/zms2TOTT1w— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) January 23, 2019
This poster is amazing
One day I aspire to be as high as the Karate Combat poster designer was when he turned a bunch of karate pits into UFOs pic.twitter.com/1ZTSUD9D0x— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 23, 2019
Let me tell you what I won’t do- wrestle Tim Kennedy with a shock knife involved.
This is how Al Iaquinta deals with his day job as a realtor
And call tony Ferguson’s a bird ass— A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 24, 2019
Combat sports this weekend include the excellent Bellator 214 headlined by Fedor vs. Bader
I had forgotten Ricky Bandejas on my list of satisfying 2018 knockouts, but he did this shit and it was awesome.
Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza: Bring on the leg kicks
Will Fedor be able to bring his game against the crushing wrestling of Ryan Bader?
FYODOR EMELIANENKAAAAAAAAAA pic.twitter.com/2L27wgH6I2— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) April 29, 2018
Day11. #Makushita HILITE bout. Watch for move at end. KK battle for both. MS2 Ryuko (R), who’s among a crowded list of talent at the top of division, vs Kaisho. #Sumo #Hatsubasho pic.twitter.com/czculs3FIz— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) January 23, 2019
Knight Fights looks amazing
Do I even want to know about hagfish slime?
Especially in these dire days for journalism, I'm grateful that @TheAtlantic sometimes just lets @edyong209 explain things. Like the disgusting, fascinating substance that is hagfish slime. https://t.co/zvDXjlgafn— Kathryn Schulz (@kathrynschulz) January 24, 2019