Alvarez says he made the McGregor fight happen.
I’m the one who made the Conor McGregor fight happen. He never had any intention of fighting me. Every time I said his name I didn’t get any response, I didn’t get anything. This is a guy who responds and talks shit to everyone, but every time I talked to the media and tried to drum up a fight or anything like that there’d be no response. So it was obvious that he really didn’t want this fight. It was only when I won the belt that they decided to get a crack at the belt. When I joined the UFC I fought the best guys in the division back-to-back-to-back, that was my strategy. I told the media I was tired of getting asked about Conor McGregor, so I told them I could use an easier fight and that’s why it happened.
And says he can handle the Irishman’s technique:
To me, he’s just a left hand. He’s just a guy with a left hand. That’s how I see him. He does something that we call a ‘rock back’ well. Mayweather does it. A lot of Philly fighters do it. He (McGregor) lives and breathes off it. A lot of MMA guys don’t know about these boxing things that they do. This is a move that’s very easily taken away and we’re going to dominate every step of the way. Without giving away a gameplan or anything, everything’s taken away with the proper preparation.
Real Madrid says that the club would be happy to host to a McGregor headlined card at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in Madrid. The club says the event has to be hosted from May to July and that they would require a reasonable timeframe to plan in advance. The club hosted a Bruce Springsteen concert last year.
[We would be] glad if we could make a UFC event; our stadium can hold more than 80,000 fans.
Dos Anjos says losing his belt taught him lessons both inside and outside of the cage.
I learned how people treat you when you have the belt and how they treat you when you don’t have it. From now on, I will keep the right people in my friendship circle.
On not being able to fight McGregor previously:
I wasn’t disappointed just because of the payday, I got disappointed because I didn’t fight due to injury. That was the first time this happen on my career. [I expect McGregor to beat Alvarez, but fighting McGregor] is not my goal, my goal is get my belt back. If he has the title and don’t want to hide it like he’s doing with the 145-pound title, I’ll be ready to take it back.
Cormier talks about McGregor, and compares him to Austin and Ortiz.
He is ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin from 2000. The guy that you’re supposed to kinda root against, but you want to root for. Everything that he does before would have gotten people to boo you. But it’s like they’ve taken to it. It’s something so different that what they’re used to seeing the people love it. I think it’s fine…Like I used to tell people when they used to ask about Tito Ortiz. I’m like you’re gonna pay to see the man fight because you want to see him either win, or you want to see him lose. He talks it and he backs it up. And Conor does the same thing. He’s working magic for the UFC.
A possible Reigns-McGregor matchup is mentioned as part of an article about fantasy matchups on WWE.com.
Although McGregor would have the edge in the striking, speed and submission categories, Reigns would possess the size, strength and reach advantages. Those would (maybe) be enough for The Big Dog to keep The Notorious One down, but either way, it would be an event.
Sheamus talks about the possibility of McGregor getting involved in pro wrestling.
As far as I know he’s still going to be fighting for a really long time. I mean there’s a Cruiserweight Division now, so maybe McGregor can join the Cruiserweight Division. But I really don’t know…it’s really up to him. He’s obviously got a lot of charisma, I don’t know…if Vince McMahon feels that there’s an opportunity to make money he’ll be here.
Rogan says no one come close to McGregor.
Well, Conor’s a special human; there’s not a lot of humans that come along in anyone’s generation that has that kind of impact in any sport. And it’s not just because of his ability to fight; it’s because of his mind, his charisma, his ability to articulate things. And also his ability to rise to the occasion when it matters most, like the Jose Aldo fight and the second fight with Nate Diaz…I mean he’s a special person and special people can move the needle in a way that no one else can. It takes a guy like Conor McGregor to sort of light the fires of people’s interests. You’re getting people who watch MMA specifically because of Conor McGregor; they might not know any of the other fighters, but they know who this fucking crazy Irishman is…You either have that or you don’t and Conor has it like no one I’ve ever seen. But all of that would mean nothing if he didn’t have the courage to take that Nate Diaz rematch and at the same weight..That win over Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title is the most spectacular win for a title in the history of the sport. Not just the fact that it was 13 seconds. He had fucked his mind up so hard, from the trash talking and mindfucking and stealing his belt at the press conference… he’s such a presence. By the time Aldo got in that cage he was fucked he looked so nervous and overwhelmed by the pressure of it and Conor fought perfectly. He was so loose and so relaxed and slid backward out of the range of Aldo’s attack and just planted that left hand on him. It was a flawless victory, literally a flawless victory.
McGregor talks about his jiu-jitsu training partner.
This is a different part of the game also. We’ve been in here, we’ve been fighting him, we haven’t been slacking off on him, we’ve been putting him into uncomfortable situations as well. Fighters come from a grappling base and not many at all adjust to a full fight, to a free fight, and I think that’s because of the preparations. You start adding blows into the equation, you start adding elbows, knees, all of a sudden everything changes in the game, so we’ve been putting him in this uncomfortable situations. He’s only young, he’s only 22, 23, but he’s a big boy. The boy is an animal, and when the boy switches it on, he switches it on…If he wants to do MMA, I’ll more than happily guide him in that path. I’ve helped many before him and I’ll help many after him climb the ranks.
In a Weekend Update Segment on SNL, Jones says she is unfazed by the nude photo leak in August.
At a certain point you stop being embarrassed and start being you. All they did was release some nude pics of me – which is nothing, because, I don’t know if you all know this about me, but I ain’t shy. I am very comfortable with who I am. I am an open book…Do you think some words on the internet can hurt me? I once had a crazy bitch try to beat me with a shovel at a bus stop because I took her spot on the bench. At a certain point you stop being embarrassed and start being you. And I have been me for 49 years. The only person who can hack me is me. And my firewall is a crazy bitch with a shovel.
Multiple banks predict their departure from the UK, citing new legal restrictions on their right to serve UK customers. The British Banker’s Association states:
Banking is probably more affected by Brexit than any other sector of the economy, both in the degree of impact and the scale of the implications. It is the UK’s biggest export industry by far and is more internationally mobile than most. But it also gets its rules and legal rights to serve its customers cross-border from the EU. For banks, Brexit does not simply mean additional tariffs being imposed on trade – as is likely to be the case with other sectors. It is about whether banks have the legal right to provide services.
The Iraqi parliament issues a ban on the sale of alcohol, which many deem unconstitutional. Opponents argue that the vote infringes constitutional guarantees of freedom of religious belief for minority groups such as Christians. They say they will appeal against the surprise decision in the courts. An official said that the ban was a last-minute move by conservatives.
Citizens hold protests after President Maduro and his council suppress their right to a referendum on his presidency. The wives of two jailed opposition leaders headed the marchers who were dressed in white and waved national flags.
There’s no obstacle that can defeat Venezuelan mothers, fighting for the future of their children.
At least one person dies after three explosions in Utsunomiya, north of Tokyo. The explosions also seriously injure two men, and a 14-year-old boy, who suffers minor leg injuries. Police believe the blasts may be linked to an apparent suicide, and have found a suicide note at the scene, and one of the damaged vehicles was owned by a 72-year-old man, believed to be a former member of the Self-Defence Forces. His house in the city of Utsunomiya had been destroyed in a fire shortly before the explosions
Mousai continues to comment on his Twitter exchange with McGregor.
I think his butt was hurt. He was sending me some messages. I don’t know what the crap he was talking about. I said to him, what’s he going to do about the 50 kilos (weight difference). He was being smart or I don’t know what the fuck he was thinking. He was lighter than a pound and he can cut ear to ear. I don’t know, maybe he was saying ‘wait, I can beat you,’ but that’s retarded. If he wants to fight just say, ‘Next time I fight you.’ Don’t come and be philosophical about it. The guy has too much time.
He then criticizes McGregor’s body art:
The guy says something about everybody, but as soon as you say something about him he’s a cry baby. What the fuck? I think the fame got to his head. If you put a tiger and a gorilla and your name on your chest and belly, you’re retarded. Come on, that’s not normal behaviour. He’s full of himself. He can go fuck himself…If Mike Tyson talks big, he’s an intimidating guy, but when you’re Conor McGregor, the ginger… I don’t know what the fuck he is, in that weight class he talks like a heavyweight…I don’t know what the fuck he’s thinking…It’s ok to promote fights, but you can overdo it. He has no class. He would do anything for a little bit of money, probably he’s a prostitute. I don’t know what the fuck he is. It doesn’t work like that. He can have a big mouth, but when he’s man-to-man with me alone, he’s not going to talk like that.
A helicopter crashes in Siberia, killing 19 of the 22 people on board. The crash was likely caused by flight protocol violations. The regional government calls for a day of mourning.
A criminal probe has been launched but investigators suspect the crash could have been caused by a violation of flight safety regulations, a mechanical problem or poor weather conditions. The helicopter was flying from an oil and gas field in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to the small settlement of Urengoi.
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has located what experts believe to be the site of the Schiaparelli probe’s crash landing on Mars. The roughly 15m by 40m dark patch, which is probably dust and rock fragments thrown out from the impact, is sited some 5.5km west of Schiaparelli’s expected touchdown point in the equatorial Meridiani Plain. The feature is not present in previous MRO pictures of the location. Images also show an artefact 1km to the south of the patch. This white blob looks to be Schiaparelli’s 15m-wide parachute which would have floated down behind the probe.
A sulphur plant in Mishraq is set on fire amid fighting between United States troops and the Islamic State in the Mosul region. The fire is releasing poisonous fumes, forcing American soldiers to wear gas masks.
US soldiers at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have donned protective masks against toxic fumes from a sulphur plant set alight in fighting with so-called Islamic State. They took the precaution after the wind blew smoke from the fire towards Qayyarah air field.
Twenty-six captives of Somalian pirates are freed after five years. The vessel and its crew were kept off the Somali coast, until it sank. The hostages – from a number of East Asian countries – were then brought ashore and held in the bushland. They are believed to be some of the last remaining captives seized by Somali pirates in the mid-2000s. A spkesperson from Hostage Support Partnership talks about their condition.
We won’t know until I actually pick them up inside Somalia tomorrow. The guys are pretty ragged, very thin, malnourished. Several of them had to see a doctor today because they were unwell. [We don’t know if a ransom was paid] These are poor fishermen. The ship had no value, they had no insurance, and of course governments don’t want to be involved in these sort of negotiations either.
Dylan is reportedly ignoring his Nobel Prize in Literature, resisting all of the Nobel committee’s attempts to reach him. Some members of the Nobel committee find this behavior arrogant, others accept it as characteristic of Dylan. Academy member:
He is who he is. We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage.