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Day-by-day, we seem to be inching closer to an official Conor McGregor bout announcement.
The pattern is somewhat well-established at this point. McGregor retires and says wild stuff from the sidelines to keep himself in the headlines (like THIS!), inserting himself into any number of potential match ups. Eventually, one option grows more likely than the rest as behind-the-scenes negotiations continue.
Enter Dustin Poirier.
“The Diamond” is a former interim Lightweight champion and former victim of McGregor’s Featherweight rise. The current top contender has been chasing a rematch for ages now, and perhaps he’s finally close to achieving that goal. The two have publicly discussed and agreed to a “Charity MMA fight” ... whatever the means.
UFC is unlikely to be schemed out of a profit, however, and today, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto revealed on Twitter that UFC has sent McGregor a bout agreement for the fight. “Per sources, UFC did formally offer Conor McGregor a fight against Dustin Poirier this week, as Dana White told Barstool Sports today. Sent a bout agreement on Tuesday, I’m told. DOES NOT MEAN THE FIGHT IS DONE. Not even close. But a contract was offered for the bout.”
As mentioned in the Tweet, this is far from official confirmation. There are still many other options for McGregor, ranging from Manny Pacquiao to Tony Ferguson. For now, however, we have to assume McGregor vs. Poirier 2 is the most likely match up.
Johnny Walker vs. Michel Pereira in sparring is precisely what we all expected.
Having @UfcPereira and @JohnnyWalker in the gym together looks like a lot of fun— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 30, 2020
(via richard.santos.boxe/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/gsZKG5Izbh
Some mad lad on Reddit lost a bet on UFC 253’s main event and ate a bunch of canned asparagus )which I didn’t even know was a thing) as punishment!
Esther Lin is leaving MMA Fighting (and possibly the sport?), so this thread of her most famous shots is extra worth the click!
Let's share our favorite @allelbows photo from over the years.— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) September 30, 2020
I'll start. pic.twitter.com/jI7wJKrLHw
I love MMA and Pokémon crossovers. What is your favorite evolution of Alistair Overeem?
Israel Adesanya has two weeks of quarantine time to sit alone and make memes about Paulo Costa (and perhaps others who bug him, like Jon Jones?). Things could get interesting!
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Smaller dogs often bite off more than they can chew. This is one of my fave moments in fighting. Having a man realize it’s too late to unfuck himself. Locked in a cage but you wish you could... Run for your Life 2 weeks of #lockdownwiththeskinnyclown #letthegamesbegin #jigsaw
An ultra clean fireman’s carry:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Mahasamuth really capitalized on his opponent’s probing jab perfectly in this exchange.
Beautiful hand trap into elbow knockout by Mahasamuth in the third round. pic.twitter.com/5xmCERMFau— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) September 25, 2020
The Saenchai clip of his recent fight I posted last week was not nearly as detailed as this one ...
The time is perfect for some Michael Chandler highlights!
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I’ve been here for 11 years and I’m just getting started. - I’ve had so many amazing memories, unforgettable moments and I’m humbled by this opportunity. - Thank you to the fans who have been with me since day one...and to the new ones...hold on tight, we are about to have some fun! - The best is yet to come. - See you at the top! - : @marqos_maldonado
Do a flip!
Midnight Music: I listened to a lot of Blues tracks tonight, so here’s a classic!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.