McGregor goes out partying in New York City.
[I’m gonna] take the world by storm.
McGregor goes out partying in New York City.
[I’m gonna] take the world by storm.
Austin says that McGregor should stop criticising WWE and learn more about what the wrestlers actually do.
The dude [McGregor] is a wrestling fan from way back and I love to watch him. But if anybody in the UFC or MMA world ain’t got no respect for pro wrestling, just the lifestyle and brutality of it, I would invite you to take your training camp to a different town and train in a different town everyday just like the WWE people do. Then go home on the couple days we give you, and then go back on the road, take that training camp and get ready for a big ass fight. When you throw the travel in, you ain’t got no posse taking care of your ass, you’re doing it solo. Go do that, do it for 10-15 years and then report back to me, because I want to see what the science and the lifestyle taught you about what the f-ck we do.
McGregor talks about the Conlan fight:
Clean work. As he goes on he’ll get more comfortable under that pressure. It’s a different bubble in there, when you feel that kind of intensity. It was beautiful. Once he got loose, got the stoppage. Very, very happy with it. I wish him all the success in the future. We know the skills he has. Everybody knows how talented he is. He came through his first test. He’ll only grow and rise from it.
And hints that the Mayweather fight, which he says is close to signing, will not be in June:
F-ck Floyd. This whole boxing world don’t know what they’re gonna see when I roll in here. I’m unpredictable. Nobody knows what they’re in for. Everyone’s writing me off. There’s gonna be a shock. I’m ready. I’m looking forward. I’m excited. We’re very close to inking it. [Interviewer: For June?] No, well listen. I’m not gonna say no more. We’re very close, that’s it.
McGregor congratulates Conlan after his third-round victory over Tim Ibarra. When asked if he will be seen in a boxing ring soon:
100%, we are very close…yeah we’re working on it but tonight is about Michael Conlan.
— Love Belfast ❤️ (@love_belfast) March 18, 2017
McGregor walks out for Conlan’s professional debut in New York’s Madison Square Garden. As they walk out, McGregor says:
Stay calm in the chaos. Controlled in the chaos. Relax. Let it come to you. This is your night.
— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) March 18, 2017
McGregor gives some words of advice to Conlan before his professional debut at Madison Square Garden.
It’s your night. There’s a lot of people out there, great energy. Stay calm in it. Feed off of it but don’t overfeed off of it. You know this. You’ve been doing this a long fucking time. Go out and enjoy yourself out there.
McGregor posts a photo of his crew on the way to New York City, where he will carry the tricolour for Michael Conlan.
Happy saint Paddy’s day take no shit we run the world.
In an ad for Iron Fist, ESPN’s Sportscenter’s Verrett challenges McGregor to a fight:
Conor McGregor. You and me. It’s go time!
The advice I’d give Stan is: to run
In the second ad for Iron First, McGregor calls off the fight, when he sees Verrett’s superpower.
In the third ad in the Iron First series, McGregor and Verrett trash talk each other. Verrett:
My official prediction: pain.
I’m going to break the guy’s face, and that’s it!
White talks about McGregor’s options.
I don’t know [when he will go back to the Octagon]. He obviously has a lot of opportunities right now. Tony Ferguson’s out there. The Floyd Mayweather thing is out there. We’ll see how this thing plays out. [Floyd Mayweather] is still a possibility. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for my business, but I’d never keep Conor from making that kind of money. [The T-Mobile booking] has nothing to do with the Floyd fight. [Conor’s next fight in the UFC is going to be for the 155 pound title]. That’s what it should be.
At a press conference for Michael Conlan, Macklin says McGregor has built up huge support with Irish fans.
The real star, the guy who’s really woken up the sleeping giant that is Irish fight fans, is Conor McGregor. Not a boxer, he’s an MMA guy. He has really shot to superstardom. He is the biggest star in combat sports. And Conor will be carrying out the Irish flag for Michael.
— eirSport (@eirSport) March 15, 2017
In an interview Conlan talks about his upcoming fight in New York, and McGregor.
Irish fans are the best fans in the world. I’m getting 200 people coming from Ireland, more maybe. That’s just a rough estimate. I’m very, very grateful and honored to have them out here…I’ve known Conor since 2015. Ireland’s a small country: there’s eight million people in New York, and four million in Ireland so it’s a small place and we stick together…We talked and we started to grow our friendship. After the Diaz loss he got me to get him sparring partners for him…Our relationship has grown and grown…It’s an honour for me to have him [carry the tricolour for me], and an honour for him, having the hopes of the nation on both our shoulders…I would love to [carry the tricolour for him when he fights Mayweather]…Floyd’s the greatest fighter that there’s ever been. So it’s almost an impossible task for Conor. But anything can happen in boxing.
White says that the fight between McGregor and Mayweather has not been finalized.
[It’s] nowhere near being done. There is no target date whatsoever.
Nelson, McGregor’s training partner, says that he has recently met MCGregor in the gym.
He’s more training boxing now, getting ready for the Mayweather bout. That’s the focus right now. He’s around but I didn’t train with him this time. It’s going to generate a lot of money. I think that’s the idea of it all. But I believe in Conor too. I have a hard time predicting exactly how this thing goes and how good Mayweather is at boxing compared to Conor. But I just know that Mayweather has struggled with southpaws. Conor is also bigger than him. Mayweather is almost always the bigger guy, except maybe when he fought Canelo. Conor has the reach as well. I think Conor could trick him in his own game. I’m just looking forward to seeing it.
Rogan says McGregor may have something up his sleeve.
There’s something about [Conor McGregor]. I’m telling you, there’s something about that dude. He’s got something going on. He’s got a little something extra special but he would need everything to line up. Mayweather would have to dismiss him as a threat. He’d have to not train hard enough, he’d have to not seriously consider the possibility that Conor connects on him and knocks him out. And then Conor would have to do some roughhousing. He’d have to hold him in the clinch. He’d have to hold him and hit him. He’d have to try and get off as many shots and bully him around and wear him out. It’s a possibility. He’s a much bigger man. He’s a much bigger man. If you compare the two of them frame-wise, if they ever do do it, and they’re standing right at each other, looking down at each other doing eye-to-eye, you’re gonna go ‘oh, shit.’ [Conor]’s a big f-ck. He can make that 145-pound cut when he’s on death’s door, but Mayweather makes it easy.
McGregor and Devlin have told friends that they will name their baby boy after a famous fighter, but have not told them the name yet. Source:
Conor and Dee have had loads of suggestions from friends and have been reading up on names since it was confirmed they’re expecting a boy. They’ve both said they like the name of a fighter most fans would recognise and they seem pretty settled on it. Conor has told a few friends that’s the name.
Reports surface that the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been provisionally booked for June 10th, for a potential McGregor-Mayweather fight.
— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) March 12, 2017
Mayweather says McGregor will damage the reputation of the UFC if he avoids fighting him.
I’m out of retirement now just for Conor McGregor. Tell the ufc to let’s make this fight happen. I don’t want the UFC to look bad – because us boxers we’re not ducking and dodging anyone. So I don’t want Conor McGregor to duck or dodge me. He called me out. He acted like he really wanted to fight to happen. So let’s make it happen.
Mayweather says MMA is not ‘real’ fighting.
We gonna fight standing up. Because real men fight standing up. I’m from old school. I’m not gonna kick my shoes off. I’m not gonna be between no man’s legs, wrestling on the ground. I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna kick ass. That’s what I do. I’ve been doing this for 21 years.
St-Pierre says that, while McGregor is good at attracting publicity, he doubts his fighting skills.
I believe Conor McGregor is the biggest draw for the sport in terms of popularity. But I don’t know if, in terms of fighting, he’s the best guy pound for pound. He’s the guy that makes the most noise, of course, but skillset talking, I don’t think he’s the number one guy. He’s the guy that makes the most noise, of course, but skillset talking, I don’t think he’s the number one guy. But he’s been proving a lot wrong in the last few fights, including myself, I was very impressed. We’ll see what the future holds for everyone.
Axiom Films releases a video called Sign The Contract, with clips focused on the discussions between Mayweather and McGregor for their fight.
Despite Mayweather saying that he wants to fight McGregor in June, Conlan says McGregor wants to fight in September.
He says, September. It’s on. It’s done.
On his The Undefeated Tour Mayweather calls out McGregor.
For Conor McGregor. I’m coming out of retirement just to fight Conor McGregor. I don’t want no more excuses about the money. The UFC. Sign the paper with the UFC so you can fight me in June. LEt’s fight in June. You’re the B side. I’m the A side…I’m tired about all this crying about money. Blowin’ smoke up everybody’s ass. If you wanna fight sign the paperwork. Let’s do this.
Mayweather says McGregor is all talk and no action.
I think that, a lot of times with competitors and athletes and fighters, we can ask for certain things that we really don’t want. I want to fight, I want to fight. There’s a lot of barking but there’s no biting. When you talk about biting, sign the contract. Don’t talk the s**t. If you really want to fight, sign the contract and we can make it happen. So just letting the world know that he’s full of sthit and he don’t really want to fight. ‘Oh, I want to fight, I want to fight, I want to fight. Mayweather’s scared of me.’ Listen, I’m my own boss, so let’s make the fight happen. You talking all that shit, you acting like you want to fight, I don’t think you really want to fight. Sign the contract, let’s make it happen…You belong to the UFC and you don’t own anything. Don’t bid yourself out. Just make the fight happen. Just like when I went out and I competed, at one particular time, I had to be the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When they brought the money to the table, I took it, kicked ass, and became the A side. Now I’m the A side, come kick my ass and you become the A side…Conor McGregor, stop blowing smoke up peoples’ asses, you little bitch. If you want to fight, let’s make it happen you punk.
On his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping says McGregor will not fight Nurmagomedov.
One million per cent, it kills his chances of ever fighting Conor and it puts the UFC in a very difficult position. If they make that rematch between Khabib and Tony, and Khabib wins, there is no way Conor is going to accept that because he is going to say, ‘I’m not going to take that risk of having an entire fight camp for him not to make it to the Octagon so I’m not going to do it’.
Diaz says McGregor can beat Mayweather if he strikes early.
I think it’s a big publicity stunt…[McGregor’s] got an amateur style, where he’s got the good movement and punches for six, eight minutes. That time equates to about two rounds out of the 10 in a full boxing match. Anybody can be good for … six, seven minutes — anybody — and they all have that puncher’s chance. But ready to go round after round and he’s gonna be a hard person to get a hold of, so it’s gonna be rough one.
The Mac Life releases a video of a recent training session between McGregor, Portal and Danis.
A Dublin man says McGregor’s win over Aldo inspired him to change his life and transform his body over the course of 12 months. Thomas Nolan, 23, weighed more than 22 stone (139kg) in December 2015 when he flew to Las Vegas to watch the fight. Since then he has lost more than six stone (38kg) and started a new career as a personal trainer.
I went on a holiday to Las Vegas with my brother to see the Conor McGregor fight against Aldo. The journey there was a nightmare. I was so anxious, I felt like I was so close to having a panic attack the whole time. When I was in Las Vegas I had to go into a shop for obese people to find something to fit me. That was so demoralising. The night I saw McGregor fight changed my life. This guy, who is from just down the road from me, could inspire this whole stadium of people and Irish people across the world. It was amazing. He could do something like this and I was sitting in my bedroom every day, watching series after series on Netflix, eating just for the sake of eating. I knew something had to give.
Monday Motivation!!! 12 month transformation. A before and after pic is something that gives me a kick to keep going forward. Prepping for another good week! Pic doesn't look like much But 80pounds down. Strength and fitness is at a place I couldn't of imagined. Mentally I've never been more clear, and mature in my life, something no scales can measure. I've grown extremely grateful for everything I have and everyone I have! I'M JUST GETTING WARMED UP ! #mondaymotivation #flyefit #TNPT
Woodley says McGregor would rather lose to Floyd Mayweather than face fighters in the UFC.
We know Conor don’t want it [a fight with me]. Conor ain’t nothing. Conor is now in a position where he would have had to fight somebody real. He would have had to fight me, Tony Ferguson or Khabib. He knows we’re not a good matchup for him, we’re not going to fall into his antics, him talking crap, it’s not going to bother us. He knew he had to make a choice. His best option is to get the Floyd fight, take the L, walk away in the wind with $70 million and remain a legend in MMA.
During his UK tour, Mayweather takes a shot at McGregor.
I’m just mad that this Conor McGregor, this little bitch Conor McGregor, got famous off my name. Pacquiao did the same thing. Stop that shit.
Mayweather says he’s waiting on McGregor to put pen to paper so they can make this fight official for later this year.
The Conor McGregor fight, I don’t know if it’s going to happen. If it do, it do, if it don’t, it don’t. They ask me about this fight always. They’re always asking me about the fight. If Conor McGregor really wants the fight to happen, stop blowing smoke up everybody’s ass. Sign the paper. Sign the paper. You said you’re a boss. Just sign the paper and let’s make it happen.
Mayweather says McGregor should fight him and make tens of millions in a boxing match before the Irishman loses in the UFC.
The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight. If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my ass for a lot of money. It makes business sense.
Mayweather also notes that McGregor is an employee:
There’s a difference between being an employee and an employer. If someone says ‘I want to fight Floyd Mayweather’, I can simply say ‘yes, let’s make it happen’. But when you’ve got a guy like Conor McGregor he has to talk to Dana White (the UFC president). Dana has to talk to Dana’s bosses. Conor’s not a shot caller. When they said ‘Why is Floyd Mayweather not fighting Manny Pacquiao?’, it was because Manny Pacquiao had a boss. I don’t have a boss. We could have easily made the fight happen years ago. Everything happens for a reason. The first time I was going to fight Manny Pacquiao I was guaranteed $50 million but I had patience. And when I had patience that fight became a $300 million fight. This guy said I’m a pussy, I’m scared, I’m a chicken. All 49 said the same thing and all the results were the same. So with that being said, if Conor McGregor really wants to fight me, we can make it happen. But is he blowing smoke up everybody’s ass? We need to know.
After Nurmagomedov pulls out of his fight with Ferguson, Cruz says Ferguson should fight McGregor.
We got to sit and wait and see what the UFC decides. The UFC are master matchmakers…It kind of messed up this card pretty good, because a lot of people were looking forward to it. So give ’em time to think about it. But I would says, looking from the outside in. You gotta kinda give the shot to Ferguson..You can’t hold Ferguson back because Khabib’s hurt.
White calls out fighters who are asking him for ‘money fights’.
I’m getting tired of the term ‘money fights’. [Fighter’s say] ‘I want the money fights!’ What, are you all going to move down and fight Conor [McGregor]? Listen there’s no bones about it: Conor is the guy. Conor brings in big gates, big pay-per-view numbers and everything else. Shut up if you don’t. If you’re not him, shut up.
McGregor releases a photo with Berlusconi, and praises the family as the ‘Italian empire’.
had dinner with the Italian empire last night. Eating with the Italians is always an interesting experience. From the Fertitta’s to the Berlusconi’s, the Italians dine better than them all.
We discussed the bread and the butter, over some bread and some butter. Thank you to the Berlusconi team for their hospitality and I look forward to our work going forward. Il tempo e denaro! Time is money!
I had dinner with the Italian empire last night. Eating with the Italians is always an interesting experience. From the Fertitta's to the Berlusconi's, the Italians dine better than them all. We discussed the bread and the butter, over some bread and some butter. Thank you to the Berlusconi team for their hospitality and I look forward to our work going forward. Il tempo e denaro! Time is money!
Nurmagomedov claims McGregor’s fight against Alvarez was fixed.
100 per cent I think [my UFC 209 fight with Tony Ferguson] is a real fight. I don’t care about him [McGregor], you guys know his Uncle Dana give him a gift. He jumped over all contenders and he fought for the title. I do not understand this fight [McGregor vs. Alvarez], he catch him a few times and he falls down—to me this is a fake fight…I no understand this fight you know—UFC give him this fight like seven, six weeks before the fight. He [McGregor] catches him a few times and he [Alvarez] falls down. I do not understand—a lot of people have a lot of questions about this fight.
In an interview with Forbes, Big Show says he cannot see McGregor in wrestling.
Hell No! Who’s Conor McGregor gonna fight? I’ve dated women bigger than him. What does he weight 135, 145? He reminds me of that little dog that runs around yapping all the time with a cigar in his mouth. He’s a little dog that barks. He’s an amazing athlete in his weight class, but he starts talking trash to me, Big E Langston, Braun Strowman would floss his teeth with Conor McGregor. I love Conor, I love how he runs his yap, but that’s like me saying I’m going to dunk on Shaq. That’s completely insane. I’ve got a two-inch vertical, you know that.
Ward and Rooney meet up with McGregor.
Coach Kavanagh says he expects McGregor to fight the winner of the UFC 209 bout between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov.
I would love the challenge of it, for Conor to test himself in that area. I’ll be honest, right from the beginning I’ve been hearing ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’ … We’re kind of used to being told to what we can’t do, but we don’t pay too much attention to it, we just get on and make things happen. I’ve said it before, the Nate rematch interests me a lot because it’s one-one and how the styles match up. Almost on a par with that, not much difference, would be the winner of Khabib-Ferguson this weekend. I think Khabib does it, I think Khabib will be the winner, so I think Khabib will be the match-up out of that. I find it hard to imagine not seeing [McGregor back in MMA]. Even if and when the Mayweather fight was going to happen, and he got that out of the way. I know, like myself, I do believe his true love is free combat sports and there is no ‘free-er’ combat sport than mixed martial arts. I can’t imagine him not fighting the winner of [Khabib vs. Ferguson]. Now we gotta see what happens with the Mayweather talks and all that, but yeah, I do believe that will happen.
White says a St-Pierre-McGregor fight was never realistically discussed.
We were) not even close [to making a fight between McGregor and St-Pierre]. Georges said he could make 155 pounds. But let’s be honest here – everyone wants to take a shot at Michael Bisping. They think he’s beatable, and obviously Georges St-Pierre is no different. So he’s going to step up and try to take his 185-pound title.
As part of a Snapchat Q&A Bellew is asked if he’d fight McGregor in boxing at Croke park, in Dublin
If he’s weighing 155 and I’m 200 pounds, you are right I’m gonna fight him. I’ll take his head off.
On Mayweather vs. McGregor.
Two totally different sports. If Floyd was to get into a cage with Conor he’d get torn to pieces. He’d literally pull Floyd’s arm off. But if Conor was to get in a boxing ring, and abide by boxing rules, he’d be absolutely outclassed and embarrassed in two to three rounds…Conor’s got a good stand-up game for a UFC fighter. He has an abysmal boxing game. I don’t even think he’d beat British or European champions. But you put him in a cage, the guy’s an animal. He’d pull the arms and legs off you. He’s really that good.
At the request of the footballer’s mother, who met him at Straight Blast Gym, McGregor sends a motivational message to McAuley, who has just signed with Liverpool FC.
Glen brother, I’m here with your mother. I want to say congratulations on signing for Liverpool. Work hard, recover smart and congratulations.
— LFC KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) February 25, 2017
Khalila Ali says her ex-husband would have supported McGregor.
Ali don’t like anybody dull, he likes everybody exciting. He’d be a Conor McGregor [fan]. Conor McGregor’s the guy.
De La Hoya says boxing will be a “joke” if McGregor takes on Mayweather without having warm-up fights.
It would be a joke, it would be an embarrassment for boxing, if an MMA fighter were to go into the ring. It would be a no-contest. It would be the same thing if a fighter went into the Octagon, it would be an embarrassment for MMA. If McGregor gets inside a boxing ring, he’ll get outclassed easy. McGregor has never fought a boxer, ever in his life. In all seriousness, he should start off by fighting an amateur boxer, win a few amateur fights, maybe go on to win the Golden Gloves or something, and then when you turn pro he should fight a four-rounder, [in] which maybe he’ll get beat. But he should get experience in boxing and then call out the best. You cannot be calling out a top fighter in boxing right off the bat.