The Irish Sun reports a source close to McGregor’s camp saying McGregor is desperate to fight Nurmagomedov. The source also says McGregor is ready to pass up on a potential UFC record payday and is willing to do all it takes to make up with UFC boss White, after his Brooklyn arrest. Source:
Conor is trying to do everything he possibly can to get back into the cage and wants Khabib no matter what it takes. He has never wanted a fight so much. He doesn’t care about the money for once, he just wants to get this guy one on one as he feels this whole situation was caused by him and he wants to make him pay. He would take this fight on for peanuts, he wants to make it happen.
Reports say a 50-year-old man who is an associate of the Kinahan cartel but is not involved in criminality himself, stepped in to intervene after McGregor hit another man with ‘one punch’ to the head. The Kinahan crime gang, which is believed to be the country’s largest importer of cocaine, are headed by the ‘Dapper Don’ Christy Kinahan and his son Daniel. McGregor also punched a third man during the incident before he was escorted out of the pub and into a car. Senior security sources:
No – one wants to see one of Ireland’s most high-profile sports celebrities – and icon to kids all over Ireland –dragged into a bitter row involving serious criminals. There is a possibility that the cartel might now get involved to stop anyone escalating further. Conor McGregor is well liked and respected.
McGregor is reportedly in talks with the WWE to make n appearance at Wrestlemania, in April 2018. Source:
Conor is a huge wrestling fan. His entire persona on stage he has developed from watching performers like Ric Flair and The Rock. These are the top dogs at self-promotion and trash talk. He watched these guys when he was younger. This is something he’s always wanted to do. The WWE guys have asked him to do shows before with them, but the timing was never really right. But this time it looks like a deal is going to be locked into place.
Stephanie McMahon hinted at the news as she praised McGregor and insisted he would do well in the wrestling ring.
I think Conor would be a perfect fit for WWE. He certainly has the personality, the athletic ability, the appeal. He speaks his mind, he is very genuine and authentic and he has a hell of a Vince McMahon swagger.
TMZ reports Mayweather’s friendship with Bieber is rumoured to be over. Counselors at the Hillsong Church have advised Bieber to pull back from friends who are bad influences, and while they did not specifically tell him to stop seeing Mayweather, the musician recently unfollowed Mayweather on Instagram. Sources say that in response, Mayweather allegedly went “nuclear” and called Bieber a ‘traitor”. Reportedly, Bieber will not attend the McGregor-Mayweather fight.
BBC Sport Northern Ireland reports that after Frampton’s scheduled bout with Andres Gutierrez on 29 July was called off, the relationship between the fighter and his manager has began to unravel. Frampton, was one pound overweight for the bout but the contest was still scheduled to go ahead until the Mexican was injured after slipping in a shower. Frampton looked uncomfortable as he and McGuigan were jointly interviewed following the bizarre series of events which led to the cancellation of the Gutierrez contest. The expectation now is that Frampton will attempt to leave McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions. When asked if there was a rift in the camp and if a split was imminent, Cyclone Promotions declined to comment. Frampton was also unavailable for comment.
According to Fightful.com, which cites WWE sources, the company:
referred Rousey … to current superstar Brian Kendrick for training purposes in Southern California.
Rousey, who has been known as a major fan of pro wrestling, was also spotted speaking with WWE executive Triple H at a taping for the Mae Young Classic, the company’s all-female tournament. She was ostensibly on hand to cheer for her friend Shayna Baszler, a former UFC fighter competing in the tournament, but her presence sparked renewed speculation that she herself might be close to joining the action. Fightful:
There was also buzz backstage at the tournament — mainly among WWE employees and contractors — that Rousey’s training would start soon,” Fightful reported. “She’s taken some basic bumps among other things thus far.
Joe Biggs says he has heard from David Rodriguez, ex-heavyweight boxer, and friend of Mayweather, that Mayweather has signed the fight contract with McGregor.
After launching a Calabasas-themed children’s clothing line with Kim Kardashian in May, West and his team have reportedly pitched the idea of a collaboration with Calabasas High School officials on redesigning its sports uniforms. According to TMZ, West is interested in changing the school’s team name from the Coyotes to the Wolves, as well as altering the school colors. West is said to be also interested in contributing a donation to improve school facilities, too.
Life & Style reports that insiders says that after suffering a breakdown at the end of 2016 the rapper and his wife were going through a trial separation. But the duo’s third wedding anniversary on May 24 made them reconsider the split.
They want you to think that Kanye just needed a break from fame and Hollywood, [but] he also wanted a break from Kim and his life with her. They’re on different paths and don’t connect anymore. He feels like she isn’t worldly or interested in experiencing other cultures. They’re trying to make it work…but there are a lot of problems between them. It’s an ongoing struggle…He’s not back to himself since the hospitalization. He doesn’t want to put himself in a situation where he’s taking on too much.
According to The Sun, McGregor’s Liverpool hotel room was trashed and 20 canisters of nitrous oxide were found. Source:
There were canisters all over the floor, smashed glass and food lying about. They damaged sofas and left cig butts and his Irish flag. He got people in there to clean because of the level of damage. It’s just been carnage. Just full-on partying.
Social media users report that a Lamborghini that McGregor was using to promote his partnership with HR Owen in Dublin appears to have been towed.
ESPN’s Levy says the Mayweather-McGregor bout is close to being announced, and that it will be staged in Las Vegas in June.
The Sun reports that McGregor and Mayweather have reached a “multimillion dollar” deal. The paper reports that McGregor will finalise the agreement when he visits Las Vegas to film an anti-bullying video which is part of his settlement for the water-bottle throwing incident. SBG gym:
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have agreed a deal to fight and have both settled on their respective fees. The contract hasn’t officially been signed yet because of a third party hold-up but all the details have all been agreed on. The fight could even be announced within two weeks.
According to Rap Sheet’s Ian Rappaport, Brady will play three to five more seasons for the Patriots. This means that Garoppolo will be considered as a traded backup for the offseason.
President Trump will sign an executive order to water down the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulatory framework put into effect in response to the financial crisis. White House National Economic Council Director Cohn:
Americans are going to have better choices and Americans are going to have better products because we’re not going to burden the banks with literally hundreds of billions of dollars of regulatory costs every year.
NBC reports that President Trump could put sanctions on Iran, in response to the continuous terrorist activity and repeated ballistic missile tests. Iran insists that it did not break the current nuclear deal since the missile was not capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.
The Sun reports that WWE representatives approached McGregor with a multi-million dollar offer to make an appearance at Wrestlemania in April, but were unsuccessful. Source:
WWE has made no secret of its desire to do something with Conor McGregor and there were talks between the two parties about this year. Because he’s taking time off from the UFC, there was a talk about doing something at this year’s Wrestlemania in April, but it wasn’t to be despite a hefty offer.
The Sun reports that McGregor has held a number of high level meetings with producers as he bids to break into movies, and has a big action role lined up. Source:
Conor really wants to start doing movies. He’s doing everything in his power to break into Hollywood. There has been a good deal of interest in him already and he thinks the time is right to start branching out. There’s been talk of a part in a big action movie and he’s held a number of meetings with producers, so it looks like there’s something in the pipeline. Conor would be a natural fit for a big Hollywood blockbuster.
After Diaz says he intends to get a boxing license:
I’m not doing it for a publicity stunt, I’m doing it because I love the sport of boxing. I want to win, I want to win fights for real and get out of this MMA shit that I’m not even into anyway.
BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor confirms with sources that Mayweather has reached out to Diaz about joining ‘The Money Team’ (TMT).
With Tony Ferguson appearing to drop out of UFC 209, Anna Jane Kesington reports that the interim title fight with Nurmagomedov has been offered to Diaz.
Nate Diaz has been offered an interim title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209. The fight was originally offered to Tony Ferguson, but he was asking for too much money.
The Belfast newspaper Sunday Life says McGregor has filmed a cameo for the next season of Game Of Thrones, which is filming in Belfast and other locations. It is not known what McGregor’s role will be. Source:
It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game of Thrones. He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.
Helwani reports that the UFC wants Pettis to fight Holloway for the interim 145 pound title in December in Toronto. This would be the main card fight after the Daniel Cornier-Anthony Johnson fight was cancelled due to injury. This means that the organisation will strip McGregor of his featherweight belt, reinstating it to Jose Aldo.
A senior transition official says that Ross, a billionaire, is Trump’s pick for Commerce secretary. If chosen, Ross would oversee nearly 47,000 employees and a budget of roughly $8 billion. The department represents the interests of U.S. businesses domestically and abroad as the head at Commerce. His department would be among those tasked with carrying out the Trump administration’s stated goal of protecting U.S. workers and pushing back against globalisation.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Romney is the candidate favoured by Trump for the position of Secretary of State. Giuliani supporters are pushing Trump to choose their candidate. A third group is pressing the president-elect to keep searching for candidates. The paper says Trump sees Romney as the prototypical choice to be the nation’s top diplomat.
Sources say Bolling has discussed the possibility of taking a position in Trump’s administration in the Department of Commerce. Bolling was spotted at Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday by the press pool and may have visited again on Friday. Bolling:
At this time I can’t confirm anything. I’m sure you understand.
A senior official offers says Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Flynn the job of national security adviser. The official wouldn’t say whether Flynn has officially accepted the job.
A source says Romney will meet with Trump this weekend to discuss the secretary of state position. No further details have been released at this time.
Sonnen says he has been hearing rumors that McGregor is pushing for a Mayweather fight, and that Dana White is open to the idea.
He does have a contract the [UFC]. Ultimately, he will need Dana White to be on board with whatever he wants to do as long as he is under contract with the UFC. Now, what Conor is telling people, and we are only as good as the information we are given, but Conor is telling people privately, he hasn’t gone public with it yet, but he is saying, ‘Look, with a win here tonight, should I beat Eddie, I’m going to take some time off and I’m going to do everything I can to get the boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.’ Allegedly. Now, again, the only person that can sign off on this contractually is Dana White – to come in and co-promote. Allegedly, rumour, Dana White is a little bit more open to the idea – to at least hearing what it is that he wants to do, instead of having a closed door. So, leave the speculation at that. I think there is some legs to it myself.
Kano says Mayweather may attend UFC 205.
According to friends, McGregor is planning to take a one-year break from UFC after 205 to settle down with Devlin, his long-term girlfriend. McGregor is set to make an announcement after the fight, but it it is not known whether it concerns a break. There has been no official statement from McGregor. Source:
He’s telling people he wants time out. It’s unlikely to be permanent, but the time is right to step back for a while. He knows that if he wins UFC 205 he can always come back in a year or two for a mega money fight. He could name his price. He’ll be back.
TalkMMA claims McGregor was knocked out in sparring.
According to the MMA news website, Smack His Face, McGregor is set to announce his retirement from MMA. Reportedly worn down by the travel and media commitments, McGregor’s family life is apparently suffering and he wants to take an indefinite time out from the sport to reconnect with those close to him.
Coming after Dana White’s announcement that McGregor will not fight Alvarez at UFC 205, and reports that Alvarez has not yet signed the contract, Megan Olivi claims that McGregor will miss UFC 205 completely as his leg injury will keep him out of action beyond the event. However, other reports say that McGregor’s leg is fine. If McGregor does not fight Alvarez he would most likely have to defend his featherweight title against Jose Aldo, or take on the potentially returning Georges St-Pierre. The official UFC 205 announcement is set for Tuesday 27th September.
According to @TalkMMA, Rousey and Nunes are being lined up to fight at UFC 207.