Reebok, the exclusive outfitter of the UFC, teams up with McGregor to release a new training shoe, the Sole Fury. The shoe, retailing for $90, is available exclusively on Reebok.com, Reebok stores and Champs Sports locations. McGregor spoke to MensHealth.com a day ahead of the shoe’s launch:
I think in order to do anything extraordinary in this world, you must be fearless. That’s not to say never be afraid, because we are all afraid at some stage, but just not be afraid of external things like failure.
A wax statue of McGregor is revealed at Madame Tussauds’s in New York. His statue is the latest addition to the athletes’ wing, alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Muhammad Ali, with the area transformed into a theme of mixed martial arts and boxing for its arrival. McGregor is only the second UFC fighter after Chuck Liddell to have his likeness on display at the museum.
UFC president White expects Nurmagomedov to face Ferguson when he returns, and not a rematch with McGregor. Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor will come before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on December 10 to discover whether they will be fined and banned for their post-fight brawls.
They’ve got to go before the NSAC which is scheduled for December and we’ll see what happens. Tony Ferguson is the right fight [for Nurmagomedov], he didn’t lose the belt in a fight so it’s the right fight. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out, it all depends on the suspensions.
McGregor visited NFL franchise Dallas Cowboys as a guest of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at the AT&T Stadium, to watch their victory over Jacksonville Jaguars. He engaged in the pre-match team talk and was also given the opportunity to throw the football. McGregor responds to the social media mocking of his football throwing technique by pointing out he wasn’t exactly dressed for the occasion.
Hahaha yous’r f*****g ruthless on this side. I just didn’t want to rip my custom baby blue billionaire blazer.
That was all, y’all.
Great job to the Cowboys today!
It’s a Proper giddy up tonight in Dallas and I LOVE IT, see yous soon.
The Nevada Athletic Commission suspends McGregor and Nurmagomedov for at least 10 days after their fight at UFC 229 ended with brawls spreading into the crowd. The suspensions are effective from October 15th but could be extended after the events have been investigated further. Nurmagomedov says he will quit UFC if one of his fellow fighters is punished for his role in the aftermath of the Russian’s victory over McGregor last Saturday.
With only a few weeks to go before I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2018 launches, bookmakers cut the odds that McGregor will be joining as a contestant. McGregor is being tipped as a likely contender for the show after losing his recent fight and being suspended and ordered not to fight for a month by the UFC, due to injuries. The suspension will run until November 6 and I’m A Celebrity launches in mid-November. Jessica Bridge from bookmakers Ladbrokes comments:
McGregor’s faced a fair few snakes in UFC, so the celebrity jungle should be a breeze for the Irishman.
McGregor didn’t attend the post-fight press conference at UFC 229, but took to social media to issue brief statements. On Twitter he says, “Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.” He also posts on Instagram: “I’ll be back.”
Following the events that closed out UFC 229, White gives a brief statement talking about how McGregor was upset at the defeat, and didn’t care about the brawl:
He didn’t care about the fight after. He was more concerned with the fight. He said ‘listen man, I’m upset. I don’t give a shit about any of that, we don’t like each other.’…You know he doesn’t like Khabib and the whole deal, but he didn’t press charges against him and the whole team. He doesn’t care about that. He cares that he lost the fight.
At the press conference following McGregor’s defeat by Nurmagomedov and the chaos that ensued, Nurmagomedov says Russian president Vladimir Putin called to congratulate him, and he apologises to the commission.
First of all I want to say sorry to the athletic commission and second to Vegas. This is my bad side…I’m human being. I don’t understand how people can talk about (how) I jump over the cage…He talk about my religion, he talk about my country. He talk about my father. He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost kill a couple of people. What about this shit?…My father teach me you have to always be respectful… You can not talk about religion. You can not talk about nation…I know my father going to smash me when I go home.
After defeating McGregor, then brawling in the crowd, and as Las Vegas metro police attempt to restore order, Nurmagomedov climbs back into the octagon and pleads with White to give him his belt: “Put my belt on me.” White refuses, fearing an even greater safety issue. He explained that angry fans would pelt him with anything they could get their hands on. Khabib continues to protest:
“I don’t care. I’m ready for this. If I have to be arrested, then I have to be arrested. But I want my belt put on me.
The biggest fight in UFC history ends in chaotic scenes in Las Vegas.
After defeating Mcgregor with a submission, Nurmagomedov leaps over the cage to attack McGregor’s team-mate Danis, sparking a fight. One of the Russian’s entourage then stormed the octagon to punch the prone McGregor in the back of the head in front of 18,000 frenzied spectators, including Hollywood stars such as Mel Gibson.
Both fighters were led away and there was no belt presentation but the ring announcer declared Nurmaomedov the winner, prompting a chorus of boos from the crowd. The Nevada State Athletic commission have withheld Khabib’s $2million pay-check after reviewing footage but decided to award McGregor’s $3million. Three of Nurmagomedov’s team were initially arrested, but McGregor didn’t want to press charges so they were later released.
Nurmagomedov beats McGregor with a submission win in Las Vegas to retain the lightweight title. Nurmagomedov dominated the fight before submitting McGregor late into the fourth round. McGregor struggled to evade Khabib’s clutches and was forced to eventually tap out from the chokehold.
According to the UFC’s official statistics, McGregor was taken down a total of three out of seven attempts by Nurmagomedov, which he struggled to get up from. Before getting the fourth round submission, Nurmagomedov also landed 70 significant strikes and 104 total strikes. McGregor on the other hand, only landed 50 significant strikes and a total of 96 overall.
With the victory, Nurmagomedov improved his unblemished record to 27-0 and retained his lightweight title.
Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Conor Mcgregor Full Fight 2018 HD | UFC 229
McGregor and Nurmagomedov appear separately at the final press conference in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday night’s fight. Nurmagomedov took the stage at the Park Theater at exactly 3pm for a scheduled news conference with McGregor and UFC president Dana White. Nurmagomedov:
It’s 3pm, this conference is beginning. I don’t need to wait for nobody…Fans is here, media is here, everybody is here… I don’t think about him. I have a schedule… I have to make weight. I have to worry about myself.
Nurmagomedov answered questions for 15 minutes before leaving. White stalled for 10 minutes before McGregor finally arrived to the theater at 3:25pm. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and handed White a bottle of his new signature whiskey. McGregor:
I did not plan this. I tried to get here. I’m only a couple minutes late… He doesn’t want to be around me. He is petrified…There will never be peace here. I always say you should aim for peace but if you can’t aim for peace, aim between the eyes. I’m gonna to aim right between that man’s eyes and this is never over. Never, ever, ever, over.
McGregor reveals he got a tooth embedded in his finger during training for his fight with Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
I was sparring a 90kg fighter, Ion Pascu, they call him the bomber. Like me, he sometimes spars with no gumshield…I smacked him with a clean shot, and his tooth embedded into my knuckle. Welcome to the fight game, the real fight game. You’ve got to get in and do it, it is what it is.
McGregor tells ESPN’s Ariel Helwani he will win this weekend by a “devastating KO” and then assess who he faces next from a long list of possible opponents, including a rematch with Mayweather, in either boxing or MMA.
If [Mayweather] has the bottle to come over and deal with this, like he said he has, let’s see what happens. I would also like to box him again. Everything is being discussed. Every rule set. If it’s not an MMA bout, then I don’t want to know. It’s either a straight MMA bout or a straight boxing bout. If they come looking for modified rules, I would rather just box the kid again. If you don’t want to deal with it, then don’t deal with it and stop going on like you’re doing.
With less than a week to go before McGregor’s big return to MMA against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, McGregor talks about his displeasure with the UFC over how they stripped him of his belts:
I fell out of love with the game for a bit, went off on to my own thing… Had many things going on. Now I’m back. I’m hungry to compete…Making weight, handling the media obligations. And that’s it…I spent my entire life’s work to win those two UFC world titles…Then as soon as I win the second world title…the featherweight title was taken off of me and handed back to a man that I had a crazy history with….And then like, what, about a month, a month or two, the lightweight belt is stripped from me also…So these kind of things irritate me. Especially seeing what way it goes, who the belts are given to, who the people are that are challenging the belts… Many things irritate me in the game, and just watching it unfold, I just became more hungry to come back and show who the real king is.
McGregor makes an anonymous €10,000 donation to help Irish boy, Bryan Buckley, 5, in his battle with sepsis. McGregor donated the money to Grainne McCullough for the care of her son Bryan, nicknamed Bru. Last September, Bru went into septic shock and was left on life support requiring dialysis, blood transfusions and platelets. Grainne set up a Gofundme page in the hope of raising €10,000 for her son’s care. She says:
Conor has made our dreams come true in so many ways, and I can verify it wasn’t for a publicity stunt, he privately donated to us, I just had to let him know how much we appreciate it.
McGregor Sports and Entertainment Ltd’s new accounts – approved today by the company’s directors – show the company had accumulated losses of €354,708 at the end of December 2017, compared to accumulated profits of €116,215 the year before – a negative swing of €470,923. McGregor is listed as the sole shareholder in McGregor Sports and Entertainment Ltd, but the accumulated losses are not expected to affect him much as his reported net worth is around €85m.
The company sells the MacTalk app on iTunes for $0.99 and runs the website themaclife.com, McGregor’s dedicated media brand that focuses on news surrounding McGregor, mixed martial arts, and health and fitness. It generates money through ads and helps promote McGregor’s fights and his products. McGregor also has millions of followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, making him worth tens of millions to his sponsors. He is currently sponsored by fast-food giant Burger King, headphone company Beats by Dre, and energy drink producer Monster Energy, among others. McGregor is listed as the sole shareholder in McGregor Sports and Entertainment Ltd.
The UFC 229 press conference for McGregor vs Nurmagomedov was McGregor’s first appearance in front of the press for some time. White says he is very impressed by McGregor’s verbal sparring skills:
Conor McGregor is the master of mental warfare. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I think he’s better than anybody, even Muhammad Ali. You don’t ever want to say anybody’s better than Ali, but I think when it comes to mental war game in this sport, or any other sport, Conor McGregor is the best ever.
Tesco Ireland limits sales of McGregor’s newly-released Proper Twelve whiskey, to two bottles per customer per day. One bottle of the whiskey retails at €35.00, and is being sold exclusively by Tesco. One sign placed in Tesco’s said: “Due to popular demand unfortunately Proper 12 Whiskey is limited to 2 bottles per customer per day.” A spokeswoman for the brand further confirmed:
To ensure availability for all customers we’ve introduced a limit on the number of bottles that can be sold in a single sale.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov meet face-to-face at at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the first press conference for their UFC 229 fight. With little under than three weeks to go, McGregor yelled at Nurmagomedov, who remained calm and quiet for the duration of the press conference. McGregor spent much of the press conference animated and threatening Nurmagomedov.
I’m going to truly love putting a beating on this little glass-jaw rat…He’s fought absolutely nobody. He’s in over his head. I’m going to pick him apart and absolutely maul him. He’s dead man walking.
Nurmagomedov said he will do his talking in the cage:
He can talk whatever he wants. He’s going to talk, I know. [Oct. 6] is most important when they close the cage doors. [Oct. 6], what are you going to do? I’m going to maul you.
White announces that McGregor has signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC. The deal will also position McGregor’s new liquor brand, Proper Whiskey, as a sponsor in every UFC event in which the latter competes. Terms were not disclosed, but White says the deal could make McGregor the most money in the sport, especially given his pay-per-view appeal. The six fights include the matchup with Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on Oct. 6. When asked if the logo of his product will have a presence in the Octagon, McGregor responded:
You bet your bollocks it is. On the canvas. On the canvas. Like [Nurmagomedov’s] blood will be on the canvas.
McGregor announces the unveiling of his Proper Twelve whiskey brand via Instagram. He says he will donate up to $1 million per year of the proceeds of Proper Twelve at $5 per case to first responder organizations and charities.
Proud day! Today ‘Project Notorious’ finally comes to life with the introduction of my new Irish Whiskey; Proper 12…Born and bred in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, Dublin 12. Proper Twelve is who I am. I wanted to make an Irish whiskey emblematic of Irish culture as a whole, and something that would showcase the great skill we possess of distilling the best Whiskey in the entire world…
Chiesa sues McGregor for causing him physical and psychological harm when McGregor hurled a metal dolly at the window of a bus at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. Chiesa, who said he was pulled from UFC 223 after the incident, claims he has suffered financial damage as a result of the incident and it has affected his future earnings. The size of damages being sought has not been disclosed, although his lawyers say it “exceeds the jurisdictional limits of all lower courts”. The document lists claims for damages for negligence, assault, battery and “intentional infliction of emotional distress”. Chiesa’s lawyers say:
[he was] rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled; that he has experienced pain, suffering and a loss of enjoyment of life and will experience same in future.
McGregor withdraws his application to register Notorious whiskey as a trademark. An Irish brewer, Seamus O’Hara, objected to McGregor Sports and Entertainment Ltd company’s application to trademark the Notorious whiskey brand. O’Hara’s successful attempt to block McGregor’s application, first put through in 2016, means it has now been withdrawn. The European Union Intellectual Property Office in Spain, the office McGregor applied to, also ordered the Irishman to pay £552 in costs to O’Hara. O’Hara, the founder of Carlow Brewing Company, registered his own Notorious alcohol brand in May 2016 and argued McGregor’s trademark and his could not ‘co-exist peacefully in the market’.
White believes the upcoming McGregor vs Nurmagomedov fight could break the two million pay-per-view barrier. The UFC do not release pay-per-view figures, but the record is believed to be 1.6million for McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz in 2016.
I am confident it will do two million on pay-per-view. Believe me when I tell you, this will be massive.
McGregor turns down the offer to train at Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym ahead of his return to the UFC. Whilst McGregor did not directly respond to the gym offer, he seemed to shut down any chance of training at Mayweather’s headquarters.
F*** the Mayweathers, except Senior and Roger. There is no peace here kid. Step up or step down.
Fuck the Mayweathers, except Senior and Roger. There is no peace here kid. Step up or step down.
McGregor reveals he is working on his own whiskey distillery in tribute to his late grandfather.
Working hard at my Whiskey distillery. It is in my opinion, the finest distillery we have on this great island…I know my granda is looking down on me now, proud of my creation…He was an avid, avid whiskey man…One day Granda 🙏❤🥃
According to oddsmaking website OddsShark, McGregor looks set to come into UFC 229 as the underdog for the first time in his MMA career. At 26-0, Nurmagomedov is listed at -175 with Conor at +145. It is a narrow margin, but McGregor has always been favoured in the past, with only the boxer Floyd Mayweather coming in as the bookies’ choice.
Malignaggi gives his own pre-fight assessment on the upcoming UFC lightweight title bout between Nurmagomedov and McGregor:
Now, Khabib is not a guy that’s known as a submission guy. Khabib is more of a ground-and-pound guy, which means you don’t have the option to be submitted really because Khabib will just keep you on the ground and punish you and beat you…Conor has some skills standing up a little bit and maybe Khabib will have a hard time getting it to the ground, but if the fight ends up on the ground, it’s only a beating for Conor…The fact is he’s gonna look for a way out of that fight too. Look at round five of the Diaz rematch, he’s literally running for his life…With the fight hanging in the balance, who runs for the entire final round? He was given the decision in a close decision that could have went either way, but who takes that chance though?…These are all character flaws of a man with no balls.
Ticket prices are announced for the upcoming McGregor-Nurmagomedov fight. The UFC 229 main event fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will cost a minimum $250 for nose bleed seats, and $2,500 for up close to the action. MMA journalist Ariel Helwani shares the range of prices to Twitter, revealing the cost of tickets for various sections of the arena. The first batch of tickets will be available on August 15 for members of the UFC’s Fight Club. UFC Newsletter subscribers will be able to purchase tickets the following day and the general public on August 17.
UFC just officially announced the ticket prices for the Khabib vs. McGregor card on Oct. 6, which go on sale this week: $2,505, $2,005, $1,505, $1,005, $755, $555, $405, $355, $305, $255, $205.
McGregor inspires the top two places on the newcomers list of cat names in Dublin in 2018, according to a Just Cats survey of over 70,000 pet owners from the greater Dublin area. ‘McGregor’ and ‘Notorious’ are number one and two on the newcomers list. Overall, ‘Molly’ is the most popular cat name, followed by ‘Charlie’ and then ‘Max’. Other top names on the newcomers list include ‘Trump’, ‘Khaleesi’, ‘Jon Snow’, ‘Harry’ and ‘Meghan’. RVN Veterinary Nurse, Roisin Foran says:
Our annual survey is conducted across 13 veterinary clinics in Dublin and Meath over a 12 month period…The old reliable names such as Kitty, Tiger and Daisy continue to pop up year after year, but it’s the zany, pop-culture and news-driven names that really grab our attention when they enter our clinic.
Hardy reveals McGregor inspired his character in the upcoming film, ‘Venom’. Hardy plays the character of Eddie Brock who transforms into Spider-Man’s arch nemeses, Venom, after his body is infiltrated by an evil alien symbiote. He says the role was excting because it’s a double act. He sees Brock as:
A mixture of Woody Allen and Conor McGregor: tortured neurosis but also bravado.
And for the character of the alien, he was inspired by James Brown and “one of those rappers from the Nineties, big voices: Redman or Method Man”.
White announces McGregor and Nurmagomedov will fight in UFC 229, in Las Vegas on October 6.
I wouldn’t say this is a crossroads fight. This is a very important fight for both fighters. For Khabib, who is undefeated and who is looked at as one of the best fighters in the world, beating Conor is massive for him. And obviously for Conor, coming back from a two-year layoff, in my opinion — and it’s crazy to say this because of how popular he is around the world — but he’s one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC. Everybody thinks because he speaks so well and gets so crazy and everything, it makes him sort of less of a fighter. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen…When you talk about pound-for-pound, best in the world? This is a guy who is actually living proof for pound-for-pound. He [McGregor] jumps from weight class to weight class and fights people in different weight classes.
I’m so happy for him. To see the joy he had after [the win]… It’s a crazy business and I know he’s gone through a lot of stuff, so to see him come back with that great finish, I was very happy for him and his coach Andre Pederneiras. The whole of Ireland was happy for Jose Aldo that night.
Conor McGregor Says He's Close on a UFC Fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov | TMZ Sports
I can’t belive we are going to really want this guy. Make him humble. Tech him But not only smash, but change his face. Not only face, but also to change his mind too. Of course [it’s personal]…I am little happy he [got off] because if he go to jail how can I catch him?…I am relaxed. I know we are going to fight…If they say October: I am here, September: I am here.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's Plan For Conor McGregor: 'I Want To Change His Face'
Attar gives a statement after McGregor leaves court, having pled guilty to disorderly conduct.
Now that this is passed us, we can focus on things that have been on hold for some time. Conor’s been training. He’s in shape. He’s ready to go. Now it’s just about getting back to business and we hope to have some news to announce very soon.
McGregor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in a deal with prosecutors to avoid jail time from his assault on a bus in April 2018. McGregor had faced charges of included menacing, assault resulting in injury, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. As part of his deal he is required to undergo anger management treatment. McGregor was also required to pay full restitution to the bus company, which he has already fulfilled. The plea will not affect his US work visa.
I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA [District Attorney] and the judge for allowing me to move forward. I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans: thank you for the support.
Conor McGregor Releases Statement After UFC 223 Bus Attack Sentencing – MMA Fighting
Abdelaziz, Nurmagomedov’s manager, says he has not yet heard from McGregor’s team.
Conor’s boss has not called me, has not talked to me, has not asked me anything. Conor’s number one b**** for Dana White. He writes his paycheck…Dana White wants to make this fight, he understands it’s the biggest fight in UFC history. But one of the things we’re not gonna do, everybody begs to fight this clown, and we’re not gonna beg to fight this clown. We wanna beat his ass, he doesn’t set a good example for the sport, he doesn’t set a good example for kids, if we have to fight him, we’re gonna have to fight him. If we don’t fight him we don’t give a f***.
Alex Volkanovski, Ali Abdelaziz, New York Ric [Episode 5/Hour 5] | Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show | ESPN
A spokesperson for McGregor’s attorneys says a report by TMZ that the fighter has taken a plea deal is not accurate
There is no accuracy to recent tabloid reports speculating about a potential plea for Conor McGregor. We do not, and will not comment on any discussions we may or may not be having with the DA’s office.
TMZ reports McGregor will take a plea deal for his charges of one count of felony criminal mischief and three counts of misdemeanor assault. According to sources, prosecutors have agreed to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor, which would mean that McGRegor would be safe from deportation from the U.S.
Kavanagh says McGregor could fight two or three times in 2019.
If he so wished, if he was driven to do it and said, ‘I’ve got the other side of things on lockdown, I’m confident with that’…Let’s do another three-year stretch of fighting three times a year,’ he could easily do that from a physical point of view, as long as he found the motivation. You best believe I’d be behind it. I’d love it. It’s so much fun. The experience of training him and coming out [to Las Vegas] for a couple weeks. The lead-up and buildup, the fight. There’s just a different feel to a Conor McGregor fight.
Conor McGregor coach John Kavanagh hopes to see him fight Khabib Nurmagomedov by end of year | ESPN
After attending the World Cup, Putin and McGregor meet.
Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him. Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup. Россия вперёд!
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