UFC currently working on some “Fun Stuff” for Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor, UFC

According to Conor McGregor and Dana White, the UFC‘s star has been retired since earlier this summer. Or at least that’s what they’ve been telling everyone over the past couple of months. Nobody actually believed that to be true.

White has publicly said over and over that the UFC wasn’t even talking with McGregor since he was retired. However, recently, McGregor’s name has been in the media due to a new round of sexual allegations. Allegations that he’s vigorously denied.

This morning on SportsCenter, Dana White did talk about Conor McGregor. However, instead of saying that he’s retired, White had changed his tune regarding the Irishman’s status with the promotion.

The UFC’s Plan for McGregor

As you can see, the UFC is fully planning on Conor McGregor returning to the octagon. If he returns in early 2021, it would have been another year long layoff for the UFC‘s former two division champion. McGregor had said he wanted 2020 to be his comeback season.

That of course was derailed. Back at UFC 246, McGregor started the year with a dominant victory over Donald Cerrone. McGregor finished Cerrone in under a minute, looking better than ever. He said in his post-fight interview that any of these mouthy fools can get it.

However, a pandemic really through off the UFC‘s plans. McGregor was desperate to fight and spent months calling people out. With the UFC encouraging him to sit on the sidelines and wait for a title shot, McGregor decided to retire from the sport (again).

Now, it appears that the UFC is gearing up for McGregor’s return next year. My guess is that there’s a very real chance he could face the winner of the main event at UFC 254. Or perhaps he could fight newly signed Michael Chandler? Either way, the promotion is currently working on something for their superstar.

UFC’s Conor McGregor appears to deny allegations: “The truth will always set me free!”

Conor McGregor, UFC

UFC‘s Conor McGregor issued a statement on his private Facebook page regarding the latest round of allegations against him. The star fighter has been recently accused of indecent exposure. McGregor made it very clear that he’s denying these allegations.

Many might wonder if this is actually Conor McGregor’s real private page. The page that looks to be the UFC star’s page shows friendships with the private pages of many of his family members and head coach, John Kavanagh. However, it’s not confirmed so keep that in mind.

The initial report of the statement came from an Irish Based MMA outlet, Severe MMA before being reported by BJPenn.com. Reporter Harry Williams was the one who posted the screenshot of McGregor’s statement. You can see the former UFC champion’s statement below.

What’s next for the UFC’s McGregor?

It is worth noting that this post from McGregor cannot be seen by the public. However, if this is McGregor’s personal page, you can see that he is adamant about being innocent, and that he’s prepared to fight these allegations. His agent has already made a previous statement.

The former UFC champion has been seen enjoying life after he “retired” from the UFC a few months ago. Of course, nobody actually believes that McGregor is done fighting. This will all have to play out, but it’s another black eye on McGregor’s record outside of the UFC.

It has to be really hard on UFC fans to root for McGregor after all of this. However, many might have sympathy for the former UFC champion due to all of his struggles. With famous people, sometimes we don’t know what’s true and what’s a cash grab.

Above all, what we do know is that there are allegations against McGregor at the moment. This is not something that will likely be resolved right away. It will be interesting to watch this situation play itself out the next few weeks.

 

Could the UFC book Conor McGregor – Tony Ferguson?

Conor McGregor, UFC

The biggest star the UFC has ever seen, is going through more troubles. Just a few days ago, it was reported that Conor McGregor (22-4) was arrested and questioned for alleged indecent exposure. Additional details came out yesterday.

The UFC star finds himself in another round of negative headlines outside of the cage. 2020 was supposed to be the biggest year of Conor McGregor’s UFC career as he attempted his comeback season with the promotion.

It couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Back in January at UFC 246, McGregor blitzed through Donald Cerrone in under a minute. McGregor looked focused, and it was the best mentally we had seem him in a very long time. It appeared he was back.

However, the pandemic really through a wrench in everything. The UFC couldn’t put together a fight for him, and Dana White wanted him to wait for the winner of Gaethje – Khabib. A frustrated McGregor retired because he simply wanted to fight.

Despite saying he’s retired from the UFC, McGregor is still being tested by USADA. To me, the best thing for McGregor would be to get a fight booked in the UFC. With that, could the promotion book him against Tony Ferguson (25-4)?

Can the UFC pull it off?

Tony Ferguson is in a bit of a weird spot. It appeared that he was going to fight Dustin Poirier in October at UFC 254, but the fight fell apart due to financial negotiations with Poirier. Ferguson came out yesterday asking the UFC to pay Poirier to make the fight happen.

Dana White said that the promotion is moving on to another fight for Ferguson. One of the options out there is free agent Michael Chandler who could jump right to the top with a fight against Ferguson. However, a McGregor – Ferguson fight could be just what the doctor ordered.

The UFC is fully capable of running and succeeding without Conor McGregor, but there’s no questioning what the Notorious one brings to the table. Love him or hate him, I believe most would want to see him stay active inside the UFC.

A fight against Ferguson would allow McGregor to rededicate his mind to MMA, and get away from the noise. It would also give Ferguson the fight he’s been asking for, for years. Not sure it’s possible, but if I’m the UFC, it’s something I pursue.

UFC: How about Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz?

Conor McGregor, UFC

The UFC world has been buzzing since the news broke that Nick Diaz (26-9, 2 NC) would be making his return. There have already been several fighters who have volunteered to welcome Diaz back including Leon Edwards.

Diaz is said to have just completed a test camp to get his body back to the welterweight limit. He looked good and felt really good after the camp. Now, he’s preparing for a UFC return in early 2021. So who should he fight?

Outside of the all the hands that have gone up, there is one name that nobody has mentioned yet that could be very interesting. The biggest star in the UFC and rival to Diaz’s younger brother Nate. How about Nick Diaz taking on The Notorious Conor McGregor (22-4)?

A new UFC rivalry?

As you can see from the above tweet, McGregor seemingly called Diaz out. However, this is not something new from the UFC‘s former two division champion. He often calls out many people on Twitter with no real intention on fighting them.

However, maybe this one with Nick Diaz could be different. Both men are in a very interesting spot in their career. Back in January at UFC 246, McGregor starched Donald Cerrone in the first round, but due to the pandemic, he hasn’t fought since.

After the win, McGregor really wanted a UFC title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, after Justin Gaethje became interim lightweight champion, Gaethje was given the shot. Despite retiring, McGregor has continued to tease that he’s wanted to fight.

We haven’t seen Nick Diaz inside the UFC in almost six years. The bad boy from Stockton has teased a comeback for many years, but nothing ever materialized with the UFC. He’s looking for a big fight in his return, and it doesn’t get much bigger.

The storyline is already there given McGregor’s rivalry with the Diaz camp. It would be an interesting matchup given the skillsets and there would be a ton of question marks around the way Diaz would look. I for one would be interested in tuning into that fight.

Is the UFC finalizing Tony Ferguson – Dustin Poirier?

Tony Ferguson, UFC

There is no better division in MMA than the lightweight division. It’s the deepest talent pool in the sport. In October, the current two best in the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje, will battle for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 254.

Behind them, former interim lightweight champions, Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) and Tony Ferguson (25-4) have both been on social media teasing their next UFC fight. When asked if these two were going to fight each other, UFC President Dana White smiled and said, “Probably.” We now might know our timeline for the event.

A UFC Card in October

At the end of next month, the UFC will be heading back to Fight Island, likely starting with UFC 253. White has said that the promotion is expecting to stay there for five or six weeks straight. UFC 254 headlined by Khabib – Gaethje will be on Fight Island.

With Poirier coming out and stating that his next fight is two months away, it’s likely that the anticipated matchup with Ferguson will also be on Fight Island in October. It’ll be interesting to see which card the UFC decides to place this matchup.

A lot of fans were jumping at the possibility of this being the co-main event to Khabib – Gaethje. While that would certainly boost the PPV card, I feel like fans would be robbed a little if this was a co-main event.

To me, a fight between the two former UFC champions needs to be it’s own main event. One of the fight nights on Fight Island so we can see these two guys go five full rounds. Both men are capable, and you know it would be an insane fight.

Ferguson is coming off a loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 while Poirier is coming off of a win against Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12. A win for either one of these men would likely make them next for whoever wins between Khabib and Gaethje.

Of course, the one thing that could throw a wrench into the plans is Khabib’s desired fight with Georges St. Pierre. If Nurmagomedov decides he wants to fight GSP then walk away, it’ll leave the winner of Ferguson – Poirier with no one to fight.

Perhaps the UFC would pivot to another title fight with the Notorious Conor McGregor in that case. So Khabib would ride off into the sunset after fighting GSP and McGregor would fight the winner of Poirier – Ferguson for the UFC lightweight title after it’s vacated. A lot of interesting scenarios in the UFC‘s lightweight division.

UFC and Mayweather Promotions co-promotion could be in the works

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The UFC and this generation’s greatest boxer could be close to working together once again. According to Dana White, there have been active talks with Floyd Mayweather about a co-promotion and a fight is, “Very Possible.”

The UFC and Mayweather Promotions most famously co-promoted the fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. A boxing match that produced over four million PPV buys.

What does it mean for the UFC?

There are so many questions around what it could mean for the UFC. The first thing that I thought about was the potential rematch between McGregor and Mayweather. However, White halted those talks right away.

“Conor McGregor is retired,” White said to TMZ. “When I’m doing things right now and running business, I don’t even think about Conor. Conor is retired.”

With that being said, we really don’t have a great idea of what a co-promotion could mean for the UFC. I have always believed that Mayweather wasn’t completely done with the UFC.

Both sides really enjoyed doing business with each other when they were promoting The Money Fight. This came after years of Mayweather and White going back and forth through the media.

After the fight ended, the two have never said a bad word about the other. In fact, White has said many times that he’s wanted the UFC to work with Mayweather once again. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

What do you think the co-promotion could consist of? Will another UFC fighter take on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring or is Money Mayweather going to try out the four ounce gloves inside the octagon? Time will tell.

 

UFC: Per Dana White, Jon Jones isn’t being stripped of his title anytime soon

UFC, Jon Jones

One of the biggest stars in the UFC has been very vocal about his thoughts on fighter pay since the promotion kicked things off back in May.

The light heavyweight champion and current pound-for-pound number one fighter, Jon Jones, has been in a public spat with the promotion. Jones has said that he would sit out as long as it took to get paid what he wants.

With that line of thinking, many have wondered if this would prompt the UFC to strip Jon Jones of his title. However, Dana White said in an interview with Barstool that the promotion is not planning on that.

“The last time he said ‘I’m not fighting,’ he’s not fighting, so we’re feeling this thing out. When it’s time for him to fight, we’ll see,” White told Barstool. When asked about stripping him, White replied, “Not as of yet, no.”

The UFC & Jones current position

It is a very delicate situation between Jones and the UFC. Jones was very active staring in December of 2019. After all of the suspensions and issues, Jones fought and won four times over the course of 14 months.

After Francis Ngannou knocked out Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 20 seconds at UFC 249, Jones and Ngannou started angling for a fight. Generalities were spoken in terms of financial figures, and the UFC had no interest in bumping Jones’ pay.

White came out and said that Jones was requesting Deontay Wilder money to fight Ngannou. This is a claim that Jones quickly refuted.

All of this drama between Jones and White came back in late May/early June. Since then, it’s been very quiet on this front. White did say he believes that they will resolve the issue.

The UFC has been cranking out cards, and I believe that they have the rest of the year figured out. The rest of 2020 may not included Jones or Conor McGregor. White guaranteed McGregor wouldn’t fight and it doesn’t appear as if Jones will fight either.

Time will tell what’s going to happen in this situation. I still believe that they will get this resolved in the end. Not sure if Jones will return to the light heavyweight division or if he’ll move up, but rest assured, Jon Jones will fight again in the UFC someday.

 

UFC: No 2020 Fight For Conor McGregor, Says Dana White

Conor McGregor, UFC

It looks like one of the biggest stars in the UFC is done fighting for 2020.

Conor McGregor retired earlier this year, but it’s not an unusual occurrence for McGregor to walk away and come back. The former featherweight and lightweight champion gave a hint on Twitter that he may come back and answer some of the challenges from other fighters, but not long afterwards, Dana White pumped the brakes on the talk of a return.

What did Dana White have to say?

White spoke to Barstool Sports and gave what sounds like a final decision on the matter.

“This year he is retired. He doesn’t have a fight this year and he won’t have a fight this year. Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020. I am not saying he won’t fight in 2021, but I am telling you we don’t have a fight planned for him in 2021. But I guarantee you he will not fight in 2020. Conor McGregor is retired,” White said.

This comes after Khamzat Chimaev, one of the rising fighters in the UFC, called out McGregor and prompted a fast reply. Chimaev is currently 8-0 and 2-0 in the UFC. He called McGregor out specifically after his first round TKO victory at UFC on ESPN 14.

Then again, Dana White is somewhat known for changing stances just as much as McGregor is. Fans have even compiled entire lists of all the times White has changed his positions, and the UFC would benefit financially from having another hyped up McGregor fight.

So it’s not all that unlikely that before end end of the year, White will change his mind and go with the more lucrative option of letting McGregor fight again in 2020. Even if his current status is ‘retired.’ With that being said, it might be a bit too early in Khamzat Chimaev’s career to match him up with as dangerous a fighter as McGregor.

The UFC might have a good rising talent on their hands, but let’s not forget an important fact: Chimaev has a lot of hype, but he’s still only 2-0 in the UFC and 8-0 overall.

UFC: Conor McGregor to box Manny Pacquiao?

Conor McGregor, UFC

The UFC‘s Conor McGregor sure has a way of stirring up the MMA fans. After announcing his retirement earlier this year, the Notorious one cryptically tweeted, “I accept,” yesterday.

Many people assumed that he was saying that he was accepting a callout from one of his fellow UFC competitors. McGregor took to Twitter once again today to provide a clue on what he might have meant by the tweet.

You might be asking yourself, what does that mean? Well, tinatanggap ko is Filipino for “I accept”. There is only one man McGregor could be talking about if this is in fact who he’s accepting a challenge from.

UFC vs Boxing Round 2?

Conor McGregor has already arguably the greatest boxer of this generation in Floyd Mayweather. If Floyd is the best, one of the guys that is right up there would be Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is a boxing superstar from the Philippines who is currently the WBA Super Welterweight Champion. The Pac Man who is set to turn 42 in December is currently on a three fight winning streak.

The two men have expressed interest in squaring off in the squared circle in the past, but a match between the two men never appeared close to happening. With McGregor stepping away from the UFC, now could be the perfect opportunity.

Now, part of me still feels the same way I did about the Mayweather – McGregor situation. I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, I still tend to believe that McGregor’s next contest will be in the UFC. Although, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little interested in McGregor – Pacquiao.

 

Conor McGregor on Recent UFC Callouts – “I accept!”

Conor McGregor, UFC

Well you had to know that the biggest star in UFC history couldn’t stay quiet for too long as people continue to call him out.

Conor McGregor is notorious for using Twitter to respond/callout fellow fighters in the UFC. The former double champion seemingly responded to some of the recent callouts today.

Now of course, this tweet doesn’t really tell us a lot about McGregor’s UFC future. What we do know is that McGregor “retired” due to the lack of options when it came to fighting. McGregor wanted an active 2020 and it’s been anything but.

Who in the UFC is calling him out?

One of the most recent callouts that makes the most sense would be Tony Ferguson. Ferguson recently told ESPN that he was wanting to either fight McGregor or Dustin Poirier next.

McGregor and Ferguson have had verbal back and forths in the past. A fight between the two never came close to getting done. When Ferguson was ready for a title shot, McGregor was boxing Floyd Mayweather.

Another person who has called out McGregor in recent months is Dustin Poirier. Poirier has fought McGregor once at UFC 178 and was knocked out in the first round.

Of course, that fight was a long time ago, and Poirier is much better know. The Diamond has wanted to get that fight back and believes he could beat McGregor if they rematched at lightweight.

One of the latest callouts is coming from the UFC‘s budding star, Khamzat Chimaev. Chimaev has been very vocal about his dislike of McGregor. He tweeted this out earlier today.

We do not know who McGregor is talking about with his cryptic “I accept,” tweet. Nobody really believes he’s retired so it would make sense that he would start angling for another fight soon. Who do you think he’s talking about in his tweet?