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UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib Fight Card

UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib Fight Card

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The octagon will return to Brooklyn, New York on April 7 for UFC 223.

The thirteen-bout fight card is headlined by a lightweight title fight featuring current interim champion Tony Ferguson taking on undefeated contedner Khabib Nurmagomedov.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor broke the news back on January 16 reporting that current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor would be stripped of his title and adding that Ferguson and Nurmagomedov would be fighting for the promotions undisputed 155-pound title at UFC 223.

“Breaking! I have confirmed with sources that Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight for the undisputed UFC lightweight title at #UFC223 in Brooklyn. The bout will be made official later this week. McGregor will be stripped of his title. The bout was 1st reported by TASS.” – Chris Taylor , January 16, 2018

Tony Ferguson is currently riding an impressive ten-fight win streak, his latest being a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 which captured “El Cucuy” the promotions interim lightweight strap.

Ferguson’s most recent loss came way back at UFC on FOX 3 in May of 2012 when he was outpointed by Michael Johnson.

Meanwhile, Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone a perfect 25-0 in his mixed martial arts career, his latest victory coming over Edson Barboza at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.

Prior to defeating Barboza in Sin City, “The Eagle” mauled the aforementioned Michael Johnson at UFC 205 in New York.

The co-main event of UFC 223 will feature a women’s strawweight title fight rematch featuring current champ Rose Namajunas taking on former title holder Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Rose Namajunas shocked the mixed martial arts world this past November at UFC 217 in New York by scoring a first-round knockout over Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Get the full UFC 223 fight card below:

UFC 223 Main Card (10 p.m. ET on Pay-Per-View)

Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis
Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano
Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder

FS1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig
Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez

UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6:15 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass)

Alex Caceres vs. Artem Lobov
Evan Dunham vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Bec Rawlings vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Kyle Bochniak

Conor McGregor blasts referee Robert Byrd following fight with Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor blasts referee Robert Byrd following fight with Floyd Mayweather

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Immediately following his first professional boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor praised referee Robert Byrd for his professionalism.

However, after having some time to review the fight footage, “Mystic Mac” has decided to change his tune on the subject.

In a recent interview with Caroline Pearce in Glasgow, the UFC lightweight champion went off on Robert Byrd for how he handled his staredown and also accused the referee for trying to wrestle him off Mayweather during their blockbuster fight.

“When we came face to face and we were doing the rules thing, he was only staring at me,” McGregor said. “I’m looking at him staring at me and I could see in my peripheral vision that he was looking at me and not looking at Floyd. I was going to say, ‘He’s fighting as well, mate. Give him the f**king rules. I don’t know. What was going on there?”

McGregor continued:

“Every time we tied (up) he literally wrestled me off of him. It is what it is, I knew I wasn’t going to get a fair shake out there.”

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

After putting together an excellent opening four rounds against “Money”, McGregor would eventually tire which allowed Mayweather to storm back and eventually earn a tenth-round TKO victory.

The brash Irish superstar, McGregor, discussed the “early stoppage” in his bout with Mayweather during his interview with Pearce in Scotland.

“I thought it was an early stoppage. How the f**k can you stop a fight if there were no knockdowns or nothing previous?” The round before that I almost had him dropped. I hurt him to the body in the round before. How the f**k can you stop it like that at the first sign of a wobble? You’ve got to let these fights go on.”

What do you think of these comments from Conor McGregor? Do you think his fight with Mayweather was stopped to early?

VIDEO | Watch an emotional Conor McGregor apologize to Dana White for loss to Mayweather

VIDEO | Watch an emotional Conor McGregor apologize to Dana White for loss to Mayweather

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor put forth a valiant effort in his boxing super fight with Floyd Mayweather last weekend in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, after a terrific opening four rounds, “Mystic Mac” fatigued late in the bout which allowed Floyd Mayweather to score a tenth-round TKO victory.
In the above video, we see an emotional Conor McGregor apologize to UFC President Dana White for not becoming the first man to ever defeat the legendary boxer.

Of course, Dana White had nothing but praise for the Irish superstars performance against “Money”.

Conor McGregor: “I’m sorry man.”

Dana White: “Sorry?”

Conor McGregor: “Yea.”

Dana White: “Dude I’m ecstatic. Very, very f*cking badass! I am telling you, you’re unbelievable!”

Conor McGregor is expected to return to the octagon for his next combat sports appearance.

The “Notorious” one has been linked to a possible trilogy bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 219.

However, according to Nate Diaz’s boxing coach, the UFC will have to cough up at least $20 million for “The Stockton Slugger” to faceoff with McGregor for a third time.

Conor McGregor had an equipment emergency moments prior to Mayweather fight

Conor McGregor had an equipment emergency moments prior to Mayweather fight

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor put on an incredible performance in his boxing debut last weekend in Las Vegas against Floyd Mayweather.

The Irish superstar was eventually stopped in the tenth round by the legendary undefeated boxer, but still McGregor’s stock did nothing but rise in defeat.

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

McGregor put together a terrific opening four rounds before eventually fatiguing later in the fight.

The Mayweather vs. McGregor super fight, which is expected to have done record breaking pay-per-view numbers, was almost put on hold after “Mystic Mac” noticed he was missing two key pieces of equipment.

According to TMZ Sports, there was a mad scramble to protect both Conor’s mouth and genitals just minutes before the fight occurred.

“There was a mad scramble to protect Conor McGregor’s genitals in the minutes before the Mayweather fight … when he realized he left his protective cup at home! 

Conor had just had his hands wrapped — while still wearing his pimped out suit — when he realized he was missing his custom jockstrap/cup combo and his mouthpiece.

He immediately remembered he left ’em both at his Vegas home and sent one of his team members racing out of the T-Mobile Arena to retrieve his junk protection, ASAP. 

The good news … the guy made it back with plenty of time to spare.”

Conor McGregor is expected to return to the UFC octagon for his next combat sports appearance.

“Mystic Mac” is currently rumored to what would be a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, potentially at UFC 219 in December.

McGregor has stated that he wants that contest to take place at 155-pounds so that he can attempt to defend his lightweight title for the first time.

However, Nate Diaz reportedly wants at least $20 million to take part in a trilogy with McGregor, so time will tell if the UFC is willing to cough up such a number to the Stockton Slugger.