McGregor reveals he, and Dee Devlin, are parents for the second time, as he heads home from the hospital with his new baby. He posted a photo of himself on Instagram, from-the-back, holding a baby seat and the hand of his oldest son, Conor Jr., with the caption:
Heading home with my two healthy babies and an energized and healthy SuperMam. 2019 is off to the best start!
Kavanagh admits he would need to be convinced to return to McGregor’s corner for particular fights going forward. He does not want to see McGregor risk himself unnecessarily in second-rate fights, now that he is entering the final stages of his professional MMA career.
He would certainly have to convince me to go again. I love him, I love the whole journey we’ve had but I’d need a good ‘why’. It might be [Nate] Diaz again because he promised that fight. It might be a rematch with Khabib. But if it was just: ‘Well, they want me to fight that guy’ I think I’d say, ‘I wish you the best. He has a wife and two kids now and I don’t want him taking more hits than he needs to. Khabib hit him with a punch in that fight that he has never been hit with in his career. And even Superman slows down at some stage.
Nurmagomedov reveals he can imagine a reconciliation with McGregor, even after the bitter feud that marred their last title fight. Both men are waiting on a December 10 hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to find out if their actions will result in any further sanctions, but Nurmagomedov insists that he and McGregor may not remain bitter enemies.
Everything is possible. Just as McGregor and I feuded, so we could reconcile…Who are we not to forgive one another when the Almighty forgives us?
McGregorapologises for running out of his Proper No.Twelve whiskey. The company say they have “sold more cases in less than one month than many whiskey brands sell in a full year”, claiming hundreds of thousands of bottles sold. McGregor says he is sorry for the worldwide shortage and is personally making sure the company is ramping up production.
I don’t usually see reason to apologise but in this case I want to take this chance to apologise to absolutely everyone for our out-of-stock situation. I was at the distillery last week and we have plans in place to be back in stock in Ireland and the United States in early December and onward. We are producing many hundreds of thousands of bottles now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
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.
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
McGregor is gifted a hyper-realistic sculpture of himself, valued at £50,000, by Lithuanian-born sculptor Aspencrow, who spent five months handcrafting the 100kg sculpture from photographs alone. The artist, who has not met McGregor in person, says he knows the fighter has accepted the gift through a mutual friend. The sculpture, entitled Atlas, will be unveiled at London’s JD Malat Gallery on 14 July, McGregor’s 30th birthday.
It is an honour Conor has accepted this as a gift from me. He is a phenomenon of our time – not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary…It’s up to you what you see in it. You can see him as a prisoner, or a God, or just as a person…I like Conor McGregor – he’s a great guy…I feel he’s my soulmate. Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal.
At a post-UFC 226 press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, White says any talk of McGregor’s return to The Octagon must wait until the fighter clears his legal issues.
I’m not even thinking about Conor until – I’m serious. I know they’re saying there are talks, but we’re not talking about a fight right now. Conor has to get through July. Whatever’s going to happen to him in July, we’ll figure that out. I don’t know what’s going to happen…Is he going to get fined? Is he going to be on probation? Is he going to get this, that? When that’s over with, then we’ll start talking about him fighting.
Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Dyzuba suggests the McGregor-Nurmagomedov fight is on.
Dear Khabib, we wish you the best of luck in the upcoming fight with the Irishman Conor McGregor. This will be the most important fight in your career. This is a gift from our entire team. khabI know that you love football, so here’s a T-shirt with the first number, because you are Number 1. Good luck in the UFC.
Chiesa says McGregor’s bus attack cost him a shot to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov after Max Holloway had pulled out. Chiesa feels had he been healthy, he would have been the clear replacement.
I don’t really got a lot to say to the guy. I lost a title shot. I have proof. I was the highest-ranked guy on the card. I would have stepped in to fight Khabib at the drop of a dime. I’ve always loved the fight with Khabib. Bless his heart, he’s a cool ass guy. But this is a sport and I’ve always liked the way I matched up against him and I got f*cked out of that opportunity. I don’t really have too many kind things to say to [McGregor]. You work your whole life for those kinds of opportunities. Do I want mine on short order? No, I’d love a training camp. Like I said, if they walk in the door now and say, ‘Hey, do you want to fight for the title in the next 10 minutes?’ I’m out the door, I’m warming up, I’m ready to go…To lose the opportunity, that’s tough. You know how this sport works, guys. Opportunities like that don’t come along. I could strike along 15 wins in a row and still not get a title shot and I lost my opportunity and my dream. I hope that I’m gonna fight my ass off to earn it back starting on July 7 against Anthony Pettis. But yeah, tough pill to swallow.
Fired-Up Michael Chiesa Blasts Conor McGregor For Costing Him Title Shot at UFC 223 – MMA Fighting
Nurmagomedov says he is ready to sign a contract to fight McGregor.
I do not need to negotiate with you, do not need to call and ask me.. Just send me the contract. Yes, negotiations are underway.. But you need to persuade him and not me. You need to explain to him ”he will not beat you hard” agree to fight.
@TeamKhabib : ”I do not need to negotiate with you, do not need to call and ask me.. Just send me the contract. Yes, negotiations are underway.. But you need to persuade him and not me. You need to explain to him ”he will not beat you hard” agree to fight.
Namajunas, who said she was traumatised by McGregor’s ‘bus attack’ says his apology wasn’t up to scratch.
I did get an Instagram message from him, but I don’t really know if that was really him. To me, that doesn’t seem like the type of, it just didn’t seem like a sincere apology from an actual person. To me, I didn’t really, I guess, consider it a real apology…It said, ‘I’m sorry for what happened,’ and then it was like, but then he immediately went on to like justifying what he did and stuff like that and the reasons why he did it…That to me was like, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what beef he’s got with who. That’s none of my business, I don’t need to know that information. Do you know what I mean? That doesn’t do anything for me. So there was an apology and I’m a pretty cool person and I always accept apologies, but to me, I’m like a personal person, I like face to face. That’s how I like to handle things. I feel like anything can be worked out, you just gotta talk through it as adults.
Asked if she had gotten over the incident:
No, man. When we got back home, we stayed upstairs, locked in our room because we were just paranoid about how crazy the week was. It was really tough…I’m still paranoid about everything. I have a therapist that I go see.
Rose Namajunas: I said 'f— that' to Conor McGregor's apology | Ariel Helwani's MMA Show | ESPN
Aziz says McGregor only wants to fight Nurmagomedov because he is running out of money.
The last time I talked to Dana, he seemed this is the fight he wants to do. This is the biggest fight in UFC history, the biggest money maker. Conor is running out of money; this is why he agreed to fight Khabib. It’s OK — we are going to contribute to him making some money, but at the end of the day, we owe him an ass whooping. We need to get this ass whooping for Khabib and get it out of the way…[Nurmagomedov] doesn’t like the guy. We don’t like the guy. We don’t like his team. We don’t like what they represent. We don’t like what Conor represents. I like some of the stuff he does, to be honest, but he thinks he’s a gangster — I don’t think he is. Gangsters, they end in jail or get beat up.
McGregor team’s head coach, Kavanagh, lends further weight to fellow coach Roddy’s statement last week, that the negotiations for the title fight between Nurmagomedov and McGregor are “brewing up nicely”. Kavanagh expects the matchup to take place before the end of 2018.
It’s the obvious fight, as his coach and as a fan. As a fan of MMA, it’s the fight I want to see as well. I would almost bet anything — almost bet anything — that fight happens before the end of the year. I can’t imagine it not happening.
Nurmagomedov says the UFC is working on his proposed bout with McGregor.
Very soon, I’m going to come to the USA to begin my training camp. When the UFC give me fight, I’m going to come to California and I’m going to stay there in AKA with my family nine weeks before fight. I’m going to defend my Inshallah (god willing) this year. This year, I want to defend my title…About opponents, I don’t know, to be honest. I don’t know. But the UFC is working on fight, me versus Conor…If they give (me) Conor, I’m going to fight…If they give me different opponents; ‘GSP’ or the winner of (Eddie) Alvarez versus (Dustin) Poirier. It doesn’t matter, let’s go.
Nurmgomedov says he will ‘destroy’ McGregor if they were to fight.
In what round will I be able to knock McGregor out? I do not know, and no one can know this. I’m going to destroy him…I do not yet know who my opponent will be…The fight will likely take place in Las Vegas. I want to fight McGregor; the fans are also waiting for this fight. I hope that Conor wants this fight…He talked a lot but for some reason, as soon as it came down to real negotiations about the fight, he fell silent.
McGregor discusses the merits of Tennessee whiskey with a fan on social media.
Thank you for this message. I recognise and respect Tennessee as solid whiskey distillers. Your methods of aging whiskey over 2 years, and in charred brand new barrels however, is a crime where I come from…Using corn, rye or wheat over grain is another conversation altogether. However, forgetting your choice of ingredients, whatever they are, you must let those ingredients age sufficiently. Allow the ingredients the correct time to age and allow them to age in barrels as old as Whiskey itself. They deserve time to reach their maximum flavor potential. We do not even know what American whiskey truly tastes like, because to gage a correct and fair opinion of it, it needs to be given the correct and fair time to age…Thank you for this message however, I appreciate it and it motivates me to continue. I respect your state, and your land, and I will be in Tennessee in the very near future. Along with all of the other major states of the United States of America. I will be there with my own Irish made Whiskey for you all.
Bjornsson, who enjoyed a slow-paced sparring session with McGregor in 2015, warns the Irishman that if they were to throw down for real, he could expect a similar fate.
Bring me shorts and put us in a cage, and I’ll fight him again. If I get a grab on him it would be over in 10 seconds.
When asked how many McGregors it would take to beat him:
Maybe five. [In the sparring session] I knew I could take him down, but I just didn’t want to break him,. He felt really light. I had him a few times, but I just didn’t want to break him. He’s quick and slippery, so it’s hard to get a grip. There were moments where I could have just messed him [up]. There’s a huge size difference between me and him, but I’m not used to getting punched. I’m no fighter; I’m wearing jeans and shoes. I just took my shirt off, and we were joking.
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