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Conor McGregor: “I don’t think Eddie Alvarez poses any threat”

Conor McGregor: “I don’t think Eddie Alvarez poses any threat”

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

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has always been one to speak his mind.

The brash Irishman, who will challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC’s lightweight title on November 12 in New York, recently did a Fan Q&A with the LAD Bible where he gave his take on Alvarez as an opponent.

“You know, I don’t think he poses any threat. He’s tough,” McGregor admitted. “He’s a tough kid. He’s got some good fights under his belt. Good experience. I’m expecting him to come in and fight with his heart. But I don’t see it going well for him. You know he will be unconscious.”

Conor further elaborated on why he believes Eddie Alvarez will be an “easy” opponent.

“This time we’ve gone back to 5-foot-7 stalky stuffed wrestlers with mediocre boxing. That’s the opponent I’m going up against. We’ve got solid boxers (for this camp), we’ve got solid wrestlers. That is a body type (Eddie’s) that is very easily found. I’ve been facing this opponent, this new opponent this body type, these attacks, I’ve been facing that style my whole life. It’s like a… It’s easy really. It’s a lot better for me. It’s handy. I don’t have to go out and source these taller, bigger. They’ve got to be southpaws also and react certain ways. There’s a million opponents and training partners that replicate this next opponents style.”

Conor McGregor was last seen in action at August’s UFC 202 event where he scored a majority decision victory over rival Nate Diaz in a bout that was deemed “fight of the night” and a possible “fight of the year” candidate.

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The Irish superstar has gone 8-1 in his UFC career, scoring finishes in six of those eight wins.

Meanwhile, Eddie Alarez captured the UFC lightweight title by scoring a first-round knockout victory over Rafael dos Anjos this past July in Las Vegas.

Prior to that, Alvarez had scored split-decision victories over Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez respectively.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in the main event of UFC 205, McGregor or Alvarez?

Michael Bisping replaces Weidman, fights Rockhold for the title at UFC 199

Michael Bisping replaces Weidman, fights Rockhold for the title at UFC 199

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

Yesterday it was announced that former UFC middleweight title holder Chris Weidman was forced to withdraw from his scheduled rematch against current champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 due to an injury, thus leaving UFC officials scrambling to find a short-notice replacement.

UFC President Dana White announced Wednesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter that Michael Bisping will get a rematch with Luke Rockhold, this time for the UFC middleweight title on June 4.

Rockhold and Bisping first met at UFC Fight Night 55 back in November 2014 with Rockhold finishing the fight by guillotine choke in the second round. Since then, Rockhold has beat former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, and won the middleweight title in his fight with Weidman at UFC 194.

Bisping is coming off the biggest win of his career after beating former middleweight king Anderson Silva by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 84. Bisping is on a three-fight win streak with his last loss coming from the hands of Rockhold.

Who are you picking to win the middleweight title fight with two and a half weeks notice?

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UFC Fight Night 84 Results: Bisping defeats “The Spider”

UFC Fight Night 84 Results: Bisping defeats “The Spider”

Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

Main Card (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m ET)

Michael Bisping vs. Anderson Silva – Bisping defeats Silva via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Thales Leites vs. Gegard Mousasi – Mousasi def. Leites via decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura – Breese def. Nakamura via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera – Pickett defeats Rivera via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass, 12:45 p.m. ET)

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Wilkinson – Amirkhani def. Wilkinson via decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera – Grant def. Vera by unanimous decision (30-26 on all cards)
Scott Askham vs. Chris Dempsey – Dempsey wins by KO (head kick) at 4:45, R1
Arnold Allen vs. Yaotzin Meza – Allen defeats Meza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Scott Jotko def. Scott via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Rustam Khabilov vs. Norman Parke – Khabilov wins via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Jarjis Danho vs. Daniel Omielanczuk – Omielanczuk wins a majority decision withs cores of 29-29, and 29-28 (twice).
Thibault Gouti vs. Teemu Packalen – Packalen wins by submission (rear naked choke) at 24 seconds of the first round
Martin Svensson vs. David Teymur – Teymur wins by TKO (ground strikes) at 1:26 of the second round.

Marshawn Lynch announces NFL retirement!

Marshawn Lynch announces NFL retirement!

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

 

 

 

While everyone was expecting Peyton Manning to make retirement headlines following his victory at Super Bowl 50, it was Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch who stole the headlines.

“Beast Mode” took to twitter Sunday night where he simply tweeted a peace emoji and a picture of his cleats suspended from a telephone wire.

Although Lynch made no official statement on the matter, his agent and Seahawks owner Paul Allen acknowledged his departure from the game on Monday.

Lynch won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks 3 years ago when the squad demolished this year’s Super Bowl champion the Denver Broncos.

Lynch will go down in history as one of the toughest and most durable backs in NFL history.

During his nine-year NFL career, Lynch accumulated 9,112 yards rushing to go along with 74 touchdown scores.

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