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24 Oct, 2017
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Referee: McGregor told to sit because he was acting as fourth cornerman

Goddard says he told McGregor to sit down in Gdansk because he was acting as a fourth cornerman.

The reason I interjected is because Artem gets a fourth cornerman cageside giving instruction. That’s not allowed. Imagine had Conor talked him through a fight-ending sequence. Then what? Conor was basically acting like a fourth cornerman. Walking around the cage side wherever and whenever he wanted…When Fili took down Artem, Conor was right there. That’s simply not fair and not allowed. I won’t have it. He can’t do as he pleases…If Conor had stood up, stayed at his seat, then he could have shouted till his heart’s content. That’s what he’s supposed to do. But what he simply cannot do, what he is not allowed to do, is approach the cage at any point and as I say act as the fourth cornerman…That’s unfair and unjust. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’ve done this forever, in any country in any situation. My integrity is not wavered and neither is the rules. We can’t allow that. I simply had to act.

22 Oct, 2017
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McGregor told to move away from cage

During a fight between Andre Fili and Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, referee Marc Goddard pauses the action briefly to walk over to McGregor to tell him to leave the area. McGregor, who was not a licensed corner, was shouting directions to Lobov outside the Octagon. Goddard:

Conor, what’s got into ya man?” Come on! Sit down, please! Be a professional!

17 Oct, 2017
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Malignaggi in talks to fight McGregor

Malignaggi says he is in talks to fight with McGregor

I know Al Haymon’s [Malignaggi’s advisor] talking to Dana White. I know they’re speaking, so if they want the fight they’ll make it. Once I spoke to Al and Team Haymon, and they told me they wanted to make this fight, I knew that the only was this fight doesn’t happen is if [Conor] had absolutely no balls. This fight will pay him more, this fight will get him more exposure, this fight is a bigger fight than anybody else he has. There’s no more Mayweather fight. This fight is the biggest fight there is. So once they told me that, I knew the only way this doesn’t happen is if this guy has absolutely no balls. Which wouldn’t surprise me because he has no balls. But the way they’re going to present it to him, it’s going to be presented in a way where he really shouldn’t turn it down.

(WOW!) MALIGNAGGI REVEALS MCGREGOR FIGHT TALKS HAPPENING: "AL HAYMON'S TALKING TO DANA WHITE"

7 Oct, 2017
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Coach Kavanagh targets St. Patrick’s Day in New York for McGregor’s next fight

Coach Kavanagh says March 17th at Madison Square Garden in New York is a possible date for McGregor’s next fight. Reports last month suggested that McGregor had booked a comeback bout with Nate Diaz that was initially scheduled for December 30th at UFC 219. According to leading MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, that fight and date is still the plan for all parties concerned, but a deal is still far from being finalised. Appearing on The Late Late Show, Kavanagh hinted at an alternative date of March 17th:

We’re already talking about 2018 and some fights in 2018. I’m looking forward to getting him back in the gym and back into the rigmarole of training. I think that’s best for him. I keep saying it out there – so hopefully it becomes a reality – but I would love Madison Square Garden, St. Patrick’s Day, New York, for a Conor fight in the UFC.

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Stephanie McMahon: McGregor is ‘a perfect fit’ for WWE

McMahon, WWE’s chief brand officer, says McGregor’s authenticity and swagger make him a ‘perfect fit for WWE’. McGregor has been linked with a switch to Sports Entertainment previously, due to his mic skills and out-of-ring persona, having become one of the biggest stars in both boxing and MMA. McMahon:

I think Conor would be a perfect fit with WWE. He certainly has the personality and the athletic ability, the appeal. He speaks his mind, he’s very genuine and authentic and he has a hell of a Vince McMahon swagger.

6 Oct, 2017
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Freddie Roach teases McGregor-GSP fight

Boxing coach Freddie Roach says that he has been training St-Pierre for his upcoming fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 217 for Bisping’s middleweight title. When Roach is asked if he could help improve McGregor’s boxing skills, the 57-year-old dismisses the idea.

It’s too late [for McGregor]…GSP is going to kick his ass anyway.

While there is potential for a 170 pound fight between the two (McGregor fought Nate Diaz at that weight), the UFC denies that such a fight will take place:

GSP is coming back after 4 years off. Conor is looking to defend his title. There is zero talk about GSP vs. Conor.

5 Oct, 2017
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Tony Ferguson: I’m not interested in fighting McGregor

During the UFC 216 media day, Ferguson says he will not be joining those calling out McGregor. Ferguson, who will be headlining UFC 216 on Saturday in Las Vegas alongside Kevin Lee, as they fight for the UFC interim lightweight title, says he is not that interested in “red panty night”:

I like blue panties. He’s not gonna defend or vacate, he’s gonna have to fight me. There’s no insider information. He’s never spoken my name. I’m one of the most ruthless vatos out there. This guy, he doesn’t want a part of me. I’m not aiming at him. I don’t give two f–ks.

Ferguson says McGregor is avoiding a fight against the best in the division:

I don’t want to fight someone who doesn’t want to fight me or compete against some of the best. When you’re saying, ‘I’ll fight anybody, anytime.’ You’re f–king full of shit. For me, I’ve been fighting anybody, any time, any weight – straight up.

4 Oct, 2017
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Joe Cortez: Why McGregor vs Malignaggi must happen

Cortez, the referee who oversaw the sparring sessions between McGregor and Malignaggi ahead of McGregor’s fight against Floyd Mayweather, says the dispute between McGregor and Malignaggi should be settled in a rematch for real.

I can tell you that I was there for 12 rounds with them and there was a lot going on. A lot of boxing fans and MMA fans want to know and I can tell you from being there that the fight should happen. It was very competitive. That is what I am saying. I know for a fact that it would make a good fight. It would be a better fight than McGregor vs Mayweather.

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McGregor: If I had another go around, I’d get Mayweather

At a Q&A in Glasgow, McGregor says he was impressed with his own performance against Mayweather.

I improved my boxing skill to an extent. Everyone was saying to me get in and ragdoll him and muscle him from the bell. And I could’ve gone in and done that. But I out-skilled him, I outboxed him early. You can’t deny that. I outboxed him and he didn’t know what the f**k was going on. He just covered up his head and walked forward. When the f**k have you ever seen him do that?… It is what it is, but I still feel like I could beat him under boxing rules. We’ll see what happens though.

He also says a rematch would have a completely different outcome:

I know if I went another go with him, under boxing rules, I’d get that win. I know that. I know by the feeling of him in the first fight. He had to change his whole approach. He fought completely than he (usually) fought, he couldn’t figure out what I was doing early on. I feel with the lessons I learned from that first fight, if I had another go around, I’d get him.

3 Oct, 2017
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McGregor ‘absolutely devastated’ after Las Vegas shooting

McGregor says he is ‘absolutely devastated’ on hearing of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the city where he trained and fought Mayweather. Dana White says that the UFC organisation will donate $1 million to the families of the victims of the attack. McGregor posts on Instagram:

Absolutely devastated upon hearing the news in Las Vegas…a city so close to my heart.

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McGregor vents frustration over $10m fine and Mayweather fight stipulations: ‘like I wasn’t taking it seriously’

In Glasgow for An Evening With Conor McGregor event, McGregor reveals he would have been fined $10million (£7.5m) in his mega fight against Mayweather, had he been disqualified for an illegal move, as many people were predicting, prior to the contest. McGregor:

Here’s when I knew I was up against it: The ref was like, even if I lift my leg up, it’s a point deduction. I’m like, ‘How is that a point deduction without even a warning?’ So they’re telling me they’re going to deduct points straight off the bat. And if I do get disqualified for any reason, it was a $10million fine. Ten million f***ing dollars!

McGregor says he expected a little more respect:

They were making up all these f***ing stipulations like I wasn’t taking it seriously. Like I didn’t have a hall-of-fame referee at my camp present at every single spar. Do you know what I mean? I had a boxing referee in Ireland, a great boxing referee in Ireland and then Joe Cortez in Vegas, every single spar. I put in so much work and had given so much respect to the rule set and the discipline, I was kind of expecting it back.

24 Sep, 2017
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Coach Kavanagh: McGregor ‘punched himself out’

Coach Kavanagh says McGregor’s biggest mistake was pushing too hard in the early stages of the fight against Mayweather, and succumbing to fatigue before being stopped in the tenth round. McGregor admitted that his inability to effectively manage his energy reserves played a big part in his loss.

We had also been inefficient with our energy by throwing a lot of shots in the first minute of each round, most of which Floyd caught on his gloves and forearms. When we faced that style last year against Nate — walking down, hands high — we had more success because the smaller gloves in MMA can fit through the gaps…We had also practiced a lot of hand-fighting and rotating elbows over the guard for that fight, as well as the low-kick. Obviously, those techniques aren’t options in boxing. But that’s eventually what wore Conor down. He sort of punched himself out a little bit and got caught with some shots towards the end. The referees are a little quicker to stop fights in boxing too, as opposed to what we’re used to in MMA. Having agreed to fight under boxing rules, we have no argument with that. I think it was in the fourth or fifth round when Floyd switched styles and he almost took the Nate Diaz approach of just walking forward and covering up. Conor called him ‘a Mexican’, which was a reference to the style of boxing. It’s even more effective in boxing than it is in MMA because you can catch more of your opponent’s shots on the bigger gloves. That he decided to go down that route genuinely surprised me. It’s an approach I’ve seen him use extremely rarely. I guess it was a display of both experience and technical nous — he was able to switch between styles until he found the one that worked best for him

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Tony Ferguson: McGregor and Diaz are pussies for not fighting

 

McGregor and Diaz have both been on Ferguson’s radar ever since his proposed interim lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov fell through. Ferguson was offered a summer bout with Diaz, but Diaz pulled out of the proposed fight, leading Ferguson to call him a ‘bitch’. Ferguson is also upset that McGregor has not come back to MMA to fight him.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor] are a bunch of b****es. They want to go and they want to talk – look, we can f*****g put this s**t out on video and we can make this a money fight. If you guys really wanna get gangster, let’s do that sh-t. If you want to f*****g put on money, let’s put it on paper…Nate, I will f****n’ Stockton slap the sh-t out of you, kid. You don’t f*****g know me, dude. Straight up. Same thing with Conor McGregor…You guys are a bunch of b****es, and you guys are a bunch of fakes. If you wanna’ fight while we’re here in the UFC, why don’t you come and sign on the dotted line after you get your sh-t together and defend your f*****g belt, Conor?

Submission Radio #138 Tony Ferguson, Ovince Saint Preux, Angel Hernandez, Damon Martin

22 Sep, 2017
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Floyd Mayweather: I’m glad I didn’t knock McGregor unconscious

After Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their superfight, McGregor says he thought the fight could have gone on longer.

I thought it was close though and I thought it was a little early of a stoppage. I get like that when I’m tired. I get a little wobbly and flowy. But fuck, get me into the corner and I’ll recover and I’ll come back. And I’d like it to hit the floor. There’s a lot on the line here, [Byrd] should have let me keep going I thought, but fair play to [Mayweather].

However, Mayweather says he didn’t want to end McGregor’s career by knocking him out cold.

He has a career. He still has a career. He’s still young. [Knockouts are] very, very damaging. We have to think about these fighters. Even with my uncle Roger. Right now, I got a call, just before I came here, he keeps walking offer, wandering off – no one can find him. He ends up in a hospital. So, brain damage… it happens…In combat sports there are two names. There are two names. Mayweather and McGregor. There are two names. And even with me being off two years, I still was the biggest name. Even with me retired, I’m still the biggest name in boxing and MMA.

Floyd Mayweather Felt Sorry For Conor McGregor "Brain Damage, It Happens"

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Floyd Mayweather still hasn’t cashed McGregor or Pacquiao checks

Floyd Mayweather says he still hasn’t cashed

I’m retired. i’m an old man. Your health is your wealth. I treated my body good and I worked extremely hard…I make some money in investments…It’s time for us to get a new gentleman’s club out here…I haven’t bought nothing. I still got that check and I still got that Pacquiao check…I still own my houses, all my cars. I’m still sharp.

Floyd Mayweather: I Still Haven't Cashed Pacquiao or McGregor Checks | TMZ Sports

20 Sep, 2017
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Rio Ferdinand announces boxing career switch

Following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor, Rio Ferdinand, the former Manchester United and England captain, is to attempt to become a professional boxer.

When Betfair approached me about the Defender to Contender challenge, the chance to prove myself in a new sport was a real draw.  Boxing is an amazing sport for the mind and the body. I have always had a passion for it and this challenge is the perfect opportunity to show people what’s possible. It’s a challenge I’m not taking lightly, clearly not everyone can become a professional boxer, but with the team of experts Betfair are putting together and the drive I have to succeed, anything is possible.

Rio Ferdinand: Defender To Contender

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Sonnen: McGregor sells ‘confidence’

Sonnen says McGregor is selling something more than entertainment.

People always miss what Conor’s selling. He’s selling trash-talk’ or ‘he’s selling entertainment.’ Well you’re close. I mean, there is some trash-talk there and he’s definitely entertaining. But if you could only use one word, he’s selling confidence. That is the number one thing. Anybody, any weight class, and it’s one thing to say it. It can be entertaining when a guy says it and goes and cuts a promo. But when you got a guy that walks the walk. You got a guy that will take on Jose Aldo, who hadn’t lost in ten years. You got a guy that will change weight class and go up to 170 and take on Diaz, go down to 155, world championship and take on Eddie, switch sports and take on [Floyd Mayweather]. It’s confidence that he’s selling. It’s confidence that’s on display. It’s a confidence that so many people wish they had. By so many, I mean everybody. Everybody wishes they had this kind of confidence and then go out and try to follow through on their dreams.

Chael Sonnen: People Miss What Conor McGregor is Selling

19 Sep, 2017
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Rogan: McGregor will box again

On his podcast, Rogan says that, despite being beaten by Floyd Mayweather, McGregor will continue to box professionally.

I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight – say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it…It wouldn’t be a smart move. The difference between Canelo and Floyd – Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll f**k you up. He’ll hurt you. [Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. They’re terrible fights for him. Those guys are different.

Joe Rogan Experience Fight Companion – September 16, 2017

9 Sep, 2017
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Ferguson on possible McGregor-Diaz III: I will Stockton slap the s**t out of Nate

Should Ferguson win the interim lightweight belt at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee, he would expect to be first to face current UFC lightweight champion McGregor, whenever McGregor decides to return to MMA. But rumors, and McGregor’s coaching staff, suggest that McGregor will complete his trilogy with Diaz when he next defends his lightweight belt. Ferguson says the UFC needs to honor his belt and make McGregor face him should he win.

I believe that they absolutely need to. If that’s my belt and he has the belt, they need to unify both belts. F**k that Nate Diaz three shit. Both those b**ches f**in – they want to try and act like they want to go and make money. Nate don’t want to fight. He’s trying to recover from a f**king hit that he took with his management and all that other things. McGregor’s gotta defend or vacate. He’s gotta defend that belt, he needs to come back. If not, there goes his legacy, there goes the UFC s**t. I mean, really, legitimately, why do we have rankings? Why do we have a belt system? Why do we have all this other stuff?

6 Sep, 2017
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Diaz coach: ‘McGregor’s not gonna have a chance’

As talk of a trilogy match between McGregor and Diaz hots up, Diaz’ coach Perez, believes McGregor will suffer his second UFC loss:

If Nathan goes through training camp with no injuries, McGregor’s not gonna have a chance… I mean, they think McGregor can box, Nathan can box. Right now in the last two fights he fought him, the first time was 11-day notice, so it wasn’t enough time but it was enough time to get a win. Second time he got injured so he had to lay back, so it put him back as far as being in shape and being accurate in timing. And people were thinking, ‘oh, he’s gonna come back and be better,’ no, they don’t see the outcome of it, the true outcome of what happened…These guys are true warriors, they go out there and still fight. So as far as McGregor coming out in the cage if he fights Nathan and Nathan gets in shape, it should be a good fight, a great fight, because Nathan can move and he’s got great footwork and he can throw a lot of combinations and make McGregor miss, counter off of it, use his reach.

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Stillitano: Trump could prevent US hosting 2026 World Cup

Stillitano tells delegates at Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester :

Every day I wake up and I see our president has made a new tweet. The only thing that could possibly derail it is some crazy action on the part of our government but I can’t even imagine that. It’s ours to lose. I can’t imagine we don’t have the World Cup. I saw Sunil Gulati – our president – was almost gleeful in talking about how this was going to be by far the most profitable World Cup. All the stadia are done already, all the highways are done, the train stations are done. The hotels are there in the cities. I talked to contacts within FIFA, UEFA, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL and I think it’s almost a given that it’s going to be in the US. I’d be shocked if they lost.

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Trump to flood survivors: ‘Have a good time!’

While visiting flood survivors, Trump says:

As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing… I want to congratulate everybody that’s worked so hard. It’s been an incredible five days, six days. It seems like it’s been much longer than that, but actually it’s going so well that it’s going fast, in a certain sense. Have a good time, everybody!

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Trump: South Korea ‘appeasement’ talk will not work

Trump tweets after Pyoongyang’s nuclear test :

South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!

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Trump ends DACA, with 6-month delay

President Trump decides to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrive in the country as children. Senior White House aide:

Congress should’ve gotten its act together a lot longer ago.

White House press secretary Sanders:

A decision is not finalized. We will make an announcement on Tuesday.

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Malignaggi: I’ll fight McGregor for ‘free’

Malignaggi calls McGregor a ‘punk’ and says he’s capable of stopping the Irishman in the boxing ring.

Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy…I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.

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Sturgeon: Scotland must help ‘shape the future’

At an event at Spirit AeroSystems in Prestwick, Sturgeon talks about innovation.

I want Scotland to be the inventor and producer of the innovations that shape the future – not just a consumer of them. [Scotland has immense economic potential, but warned that the country] must be more ambitious, with government, businesses and wider society working together to lead on the key technological and social changes of the future…R&D drives innovation, which in turn boosts productivity and economic growth. That is why R&D support from our enterprise agencies will increase almost 70% – from £22m to £37m per year. We expect this additional £45m over three years will unlock a further £270m R&D expenditure by companies.

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Malignaggi: I’ll fight McGregor for ‘free’

Malignaggi calls McGregor a ‘punk’ and says he’s capable of stopping the Irishman in the boxing ring.

Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy…I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.

3 Sep, 2017
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Cook: I stand with ‘Dreamers’

Apple CEO Cook tweets that he told Trump to keep the U.S. in the Paris climate deal and pushed Trump to show more compassion for immigration issues, including DACA.:

250 of my Apple coworkers are Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.

2 Sep, 2017
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Aldo: No moral victory in McGregor’s loss

Aldo speaks about the series of laugh-crying emojis he tweeted in the moments after McGregor lost to Mayweather.

First of all, I didn’t even watch the fight. I was at a football game… I don’t know. I have people who take care of my social media… You know every athlete has people who handle their social media – who work their social media.

And the ex-champ says he wasn’t particularly surprised when he heard the result.

Conor doesn’t have good cardio, and (they) knew he’s not used to boxing. Mayweather was closed up, just waiting for the time to pounce. The guy hadn’t fought for two years. He didn’t even prepare for the fight.

Asked if thought McGregor won a moral victory by lasting ten rounds:

Of course not. Moral? First of all, you try to prove that with someone who’s almost 41, who’s been away (from the sport). Of course, it was a money fight. A moral victory would have been taking on an active boxer, a champion, and then fought him. And then you’d see how he would barely last a round. Because it’s an entirely different sport. We need to put ourselves in our places. I’m an MMA athlete. I can’t go tomorrow and say I’m going to do muay Thai in Thailand with a Thai fighter, because I can punch and kick well. There’s no way. Each one in their places. I respect martial arts, so I put myself in my place. I don’t see a moral victory.

1 Sep, 2017
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Malignaggi: McGregor ‘has no balls’

McGregor’s former sparring partner, Malignaggi, doesn’t think McGregor made a valiant effort against Mayweather.

The guy has no balls. When you back him into a corner he’s a little pussycat. He quit. If you don’t throw a punch for over a minute, you quit buddy. You can explain it any way you want … you quit buddy, you absolutely did.

Malignaggi, who left McGregor’s team over a series of leaked photos from their sparring sessions, then went on to reiterate his desire to settle his differences with McGregor in the boxing ring.

I don’t like the guy, I never will like the guy, personally I think he’s a scumbag. Just the fact I could sink my fist into his face — I would love that. The fact I could get him looking like the sissy that he is — I would love that.

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Former ringside doctor: McGregor may have been hurt more than many think

Darragh O’Carrol, a former ringside doctor and emergency physician, gives his professional opinion on stopping the fight, Saturday night. McGregor claimed after the fight that he was more fatigued than hurt, but O’Carrol agreed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call an end to the fight at the moment he did. O’Carrol explained that Byrd likely didn’t call off the fight due to signs of McGregor just being tired. O’Carrol said as an Irishman, and a self-admitted McGregor fan, that he would like to believe McGregor was just fatigued in the 10th round, but, as a physician and former ringside doctor, he believes the fight was stopped at the right time and for the right reasons.

Byrd’s calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury. Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round. Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent. Continuing the fight would have put McGregor at risk for continued head trauma, [or] repetitive damage leading to a severe traumatic brain injury such as a brain bleed. It wouldn’t be the first time a boxer experienced this, as was tragically the case just this year to young Daniel Franco, who required emergency neurosurgery to save his life.

31 Aug, 2017
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Coach: Diaz ‘needs to get paid at least $30 million’ for McGregor trilogy

Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez says he hopes the big payout for McGregor from the Mayweather fight, could mean more money for his future UFC opponents, particularly Diaz. Diaz’ last two UFC fights were against McGregor in 2016, and he made $2.6 million dollars in those bouts combined. After seeing what McGregor made against Mayweather, and the potential money that could be made in a trilogy bout with McGregor in the UFC, Perez expects 10 times more.

At least $20 million, $30 million. Come on! UFC’s making a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money and they’re pocketing it. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, a good two fighters. It’s just like Mayweather when he fought Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy.

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McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

McGgregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

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McGregor: I am proud of everyone

McGregor believes one change to his training camp could have altered the result of his fight with Mayweather. In a lengthy Instagram post, McGregor pays tribute to his team and his opponent, but also admits he could have done with more time to prepare.

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

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McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

McGregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

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Chael Sonnen: McGregor vs Diaz III is next

Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, says McGregor’s next fight will be a rubber fight with Diaz:

I think [McGregor] is going to fight in the UFC. A little inside information, I think it’s Nate Diaz next.

McGregor says he is open to settling the score with a third deciding fight with Diaz by year’s end, recently saying:

I have certainly many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz that’s sitting there, I have options.

29 Aug, 2017
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Mayweather Snr: If McGregor keeps boxing ‘somebody’s gonna kill him’

Mayweather Snr says he was not impressed with McGregor’s fight performance and warns McGregor that he could get killed if he continues to box professionally.

No I wasn’t impressed. I ain’t ever seen anyone talk like the way he talked and then go out there and fight like that. I mean that was pathetic, the way he fought. All the illegal punches and stuff he did, hitting someone on the back of the head. Doing everything, I mean come on man. All that kind of stuff is crazy. Let me tell you something. If he keeps fighting and doing that in boxing, somebody’s gonna kill him.

27 Aug, 2017
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Amir Khan: McGregor could beat Paulie Malignaggi

Khan talks about McGregor’s performance.

Conor’s such a big guy. I think why he got stopped was he got tired. He wasn’t hurt. Whoever was in the ring with him, if they had been smart, he would have ran our have gas, and he would have ended up getting caught him with a couple of shots, like Mayweather caught him…I give him a lot of respect. I’d give him a B minus…Floyd’s timing is good…[Conor] would beat Paulie Malignaggi.

AMIR KHAN IMMEDIATE REACTION AFTER MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR; THINKS CONOR BEATS MALIGNAGGI IF THEY FIGHT

26 Aug, 2017
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Kevin Lee: I’ll murder Conor McGregor…after I beat Ferguson

Lee says he wants McGregor’s belt after he beats Tony Ferguson at UFC 216.

Tony is the toughest fighter in this division. He’s a tougher fighter than McGregor for sure…McGregor’s got zero to lose fighting Mayweather…You can call Conor the champ I guess, because he is on paper…Let’s see what he can do again a young [guy] in his prime…I’ma f**k him up, you feel me? … He knows if the folks wouldn’t break it up, I’ll kill the man. I’ll murder him.

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Dana White: Oscar De La Hoya is ‘snorting coke’, Bob Arum is an ‘a-hole’

After Oscar De La Hoya posts a tweet criticising McGregor and Mayweather. White responds:

WTF?!? Is this guy snorting coke and drinking booze again??!?

White elaborates:

He’s way down with that [Canelo vs. McGregor fight]. Don’t believe his bullsh*t. That guy is so full of sh*t that it’s not even funny. First of all, when this whole thing first went down [with McGregor looking to box] – Oscar De La Hoya was saying ‘oh I would love to have McGregor fight for me and do him and Canelo.’ And as soon as the deal gets made [for Mayweather-McGregor] it’s the worst fight ever made…Oscar De La Hoya is full of sh*t up to here. I still can’t believe he did that . Bob Arum is the biggest jerkoff in this sport by a hundred thousand miles. By far the biggest jerkoff in the sport. Now [De La Hoya] left Arum. Everyone will agree that Arum is just an *sshole. Now De La Hoya, who I’ve known for a long time and I like Oscar, as soon as this fight is made he turns into ‘Oscar De La Arum’ and goes crazy on the fight.

25 Aug, 2017
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Mayweather: Malignaggi was my mole in McGregor’s camp

Mayweather and Malignaggi appear on a video mocking McGregor. During the video Malignaggi repeated the word “suckers” numerous times, and brought a fight poster for Mayweather to sign. Mayweather obliges, but also crossed McGregor’s face out. Mayweather says that Malignaggi acted as a mole in the camp.

Paulie has always been my friend…listen, this is going to stay in Paulie’s family forever…don’t worry, Paulie…me and Paulie gonna stay at the house and talk about strategy…thank you for going over there like I asked you to do,

(WOW!) MAYWEATHER & MALIGNAGGI TEAM UP TO CLOWN "SUCKER" MCGREGOR; HINT AT SETUP AND STRATEGY TALK

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McGregor on Mayweather race comments: ‘Look, what’s his history?’

After Mayweather talks about McGregor’s comments on race:

It’s all about treating people like you want to be treated. To get respect, you must give respect. He totally disrespected black women, he called black people monkeys and then he spoke disrespectfully to my daughter’s mother and he spoke disrespectfully to my daughter. I’m not going to stoop that low and speak about his child.

McGregor counters:

He’s talking about disrespecting women and all, you know what I mean? I mean, hold the f**king phone here. Look, what’s his history? And I didn’t bring that up before the tour and I didn’t need to and I didn’t want to…There’s a gentlemen’s agreement on some things, you know what I mean? But hey, it’s a ruthless business. So, I’ve been ruthless too. You know what I mean? So it’s what we expect.

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Malignaggi: McGregor controversy ‘was planned’

Malignaggi says he believes the controversy over his ‘pushdown’ photo was planned

I think it was planned,. When I looked back [at what happened], I realized that everything was probably planned from the start. I talked bad about Conor six months ago, I wanted to get the fight, but that happens a lot among boxers. We talk, we try to get the fight. So, when he called me, I thought, Conor already talked bad about me, but since we won’t fight it’s like, hey, we’re friendly to each other, we hug each other — it’s business. If you fight, you fight. If you don’t fight, you understand that it’s [been] business. So, I’m thinking, I’ve been through this before, I’m going to [join the] camp and we’re going to be cool…For me, I wasn’t mad at anything but I started seeing things, and I started getting mad. This guy is doing things on purpose […]. One day, he made me come to the gym at 3:30. We’re supposed to box at 9. I show up at 3:30, no boxing. And I can’t work out because before, Conor has to work out, and I can’t watch him work out. So why do I have to come to the gym at 3:30 [if] we’re supposed to box at 9!? Just to tell me I can’t work out […]? I cannot do this every day for three weeks.

He predicts a ‘dirty’ fight:

I see Conor being very dirty in the beginning [to have Mayweather] confused. A mixed martial artist, when he gets close, what does he do? He grabs you. I was boxing [McGregor on the inside]. He doesn’t know how to fight inside […]. Outside, Floyd is too good. Inside, Conor doesn’t know how to fight, so what is he going to do? After a few rounds, he’s going to realize he’s dead — just like with Nate Diaz.