Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor returned to the octagon for the first time since November of 2016 to take on current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov tonight at UFC 229.
Despite his long layoff, Conor McGregor was full of confidence prior to tonight’s UFC 229 showdown with “The Eagle”.
Unfortunately for “Mystic Mac” and his fans, Khabib Nurmagomedov was able to utilize his strong wrestling skills on route to a fourth-round submission victory.
The undefeated Russian was able to secure a rear-naked choke on Conor McGregor in round number four which forced the Irishman to tapout.
Immediately following his UFC 229 victory, Khabib Nurmagomedov proceeded to jump out of the octagon and attack Conor McGregor’s teammate and coach Dillon Danis.
That act sparked a brawl between the two teams which resulted in Conor McGregor taking multiple punches from different members of the Khabib entourage.
Despite what happened moments after the conclusion of tonight’s UFC 229 event, UFC President Dana White announced that Conor McGregor would not be pressing charges.
Shortly following the conclusion of tonight’s UFC 229 post-fight press conference, Conor McGregor took to Twitter with the following message.
“Good knock. Looking forward to the rematch.” – Conor McGregor
Would you like to see the UFC book an immediate rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Former two division Conor McGregor has experienced a significant drop in the pound-for-pound rankings following his stoppage loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
The brash Irishman entered the UFC 229 title fight listed as #2 in the pound-for-pound ranks, but dropped six spots to #8 following his fourth-round submission loss to “The Eagle”.
With his impressive submission victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 229, Khabib not only retained his lightweight world title and improved his overall record to a perfect 27-0, but the undefeated Russian also soared to the #2 spot on the pound-for-pound rankings.
As for how the UFC 229 main event affected the lightweight rankings, Conor McGregor dropped to #2, while Tony Ferguson advanced to the #1 contender spot after defeating Anthony Pettis via TKO.
Following his dramatic win over Ovince Saint Preux, undefeated light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes advanced six spots to land at #6 in the 205-pound divisions rankings.
Another UFC 229 fighter who made a positive leap in the ranks was flyweight standout Jussier Formiga.
He advanced three spots to the flyweight divisions #2 spot, this following his decision win over perennial 125-pound contender Sergio Pettis.
What do you think of the rankings update following last weekend’s UFC 229 results? Are you surprised that Conor McGregor dropped six spots on the pound-for-pound list?
Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor will return to the octagon for the first time in nearly two years at UFC 229 this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The brash Irish superstar will be returning for arguably his greatest challenge to date in the form of undefeated current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“The Eagle” has gone a perfect 26-0 in his mixed martial arts career and currently stands as a slight betting favorite to defeat Conor McGregor this Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The undefeated Russian has proven to have elite wrestling skills, this while also possessing some of the most brutal ground and pound ever seen in mixed martial arts.
Because of these traits, many fans and analysts believe that Khabib Nurmagomedov is a stylistic nightmare for Conor McGregor.
The truth is that the current UFC lightweight champion, Nurmagomedov is really a terrible stylistic matchup for any fighter.
But we aren’t talking about “any other fighter” here, we are talking about Conor McGregor.
We are talking about the UFC’s biggest superstar. A man who has made himself a legend based on his ability to not only “talk the talk” but to also triumphantly “walk the walk”.
Conor McGregor has defied the odds and silenced his critics on multiple occasions during his now storied UFC career.
It was thought by many that even as a short-notice replacement, Chad Mendes would be able to utilize his strong wrestling abilities to defeat Conor McGregor when they fought at UFC 189.
While “Money’s” grappling proved to be effective in the early moments of the fight, Conor McGregor would eventually get back up to his feet and when he did the fight did not last long.
McGregor proceeded to find a home for his patent left hand on frequent occasion which inevitably sent Mendes crashing to the canvas.
While many fans will justly point to Chad Mendes’ short training camp for the loss, there is no question that Conor McGregor proved that he is capable of fighting through adversity in his bout with “Money”.
Following his win over Mendes at UFC 189, Conor McGregor was pitted against MMA legend Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in a bout for the promotions undisputed featherweight championship.
Once again, many fans and analysts (myself included) believed that the longtime Brazilian champion, Aldo, would simply be too much for the bold young Irishman.
What happened next would turn the mixed martial arts world on it’s head.
Conor McGregor proceeded to knockout Jose Aldo with one punch just thirteen seconds into their main event showdown at UFC 194.
It was one of those moments where you had to pick your jaw up from off the floor. Something that seemed almost impossible to do at the time, defeating Jose Aldo, and doing so in just 13-seconds. It was simply mind numbing.
His ability to defy the odds, along with his brash personality has made Conor McGregor a household name.
After falling just short in his latest conquest to defy the odds, a boxing match against undefeated legend of the squared circle Floyd Mayweather, fans and analysts alike now eagerly await to see what “Mystic Mac” has in store for us this time around at UFC 229.
This weekend’s Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is being touted by many as the biggest fight in mixed martial arts sports history.
Whether or not that is actually true is simply a matter of opinion.
However, there is no denying that due to the fascinating stylistic matchup, along with the pairs heated public rivalry, Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is definitely the biggest MMA fight in recent memory.
Conor McGregor has gone from being a plumber in Dublin to arguably the most recognized prize fighter on the planet in less than a decade. So even though the odds are not quite in his favor at UFC 229, don’t dismiss the luck of the Irish.
Do you think Conor McGregor will once again be able to defy the odds and hand Khabib Nurmagomedov the first loss of his mixed martial arts career at UFC 229?
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Former UFC light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones will make his highly anticipated return at December’s UFC 232 event in Las Vegas.
“Bones” longtime coach Mike Winkeljohn confirmed the news on Instagram late this evening.
Coach Wink posted of photo with Jon Jones, who just so happened to be wearing a hat reading “The wait is over. Jon Bones Jones”.
The famous mixed martial arts coach even captioned the photo with the following message for fight fans including the hashtag UFC 232.
“The wait is over @jonnybones is back! @winksgym #oldguysrule #livingthedream #mma #mmafighter #champion #ufc232 #ufc”
All signs point to former division title challenger Alexander Gustafsson to serve as Jon Jones UFC 232 dance partner.
Earlier today “The Mauler” took to Twitter where he announced that he had signed his bout agreement and was now getting pissed off while waiting for Jon Jones to do the same.
“@jonnybones, you are pissing me off! I signed my agreement. Where are you?? Are you chickening out again?? Stop being a coward! #chicken #signthecontract #scared @ Allstars Training Center” – Alexander Gustafsson
Jones and Gustafsson have been exchanging words ever since Jon scored a decision win over “The Mauler” in a “fight of the year” performance at UFC 165 in September of 2013.
In a recent interview with ESPN, the current “champ champ” Daniel Cormier revealed that the UFC want’s him to relinquish his light heavyweight title in order for a Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jon Jones title fight at UFC 232.
It appears as if the stars have aligned, meaning Jon Jones likely received the pay-per-view points he was looking for, and now all that remains is an official announcement from the promotion.
After engaging in one of the greatest fights of all time in their first encounter, who are you picking to win when Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones rematch on December 29 in Las Vegas?