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From Plumber to Prize Fighter, Conor McGregor looks to defy the odds again at UFC 229

From Plumber to Prize Fighter, Conor McGregor looks to defy the odds again at UFC 229

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Be sure to come watch Saturday’s blockbuster UFC 229 pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!

Coach Wink says “the wait is over” and Jon Jones will return at UFC 232!

Coach Wink says “the wait is over” and Jon Jones will return at UFC 232!

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.

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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?

Jon Jones is back! Eligible to return on October 28 following USADA suspension!

Jon Jones is back! Eligible to return on October 28 following USADA suspension!

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has released a lengthy statement after finally being served a fifteen-month suspension from USADA.

Jones suspension stemmed from a failed drug test that occurred in July of 2017 just prior to his rematch with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Following tonight’s ruling, Jon Jones is now eligible to return to action on October 28 of this year.

That means “Bones” could potentially headline November’s UFC 230 event in his home state of New York.

With that said, UFC President Dana White has already come out and stated that the promotions plan is not to have Jon Jones main event UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden.

Shortly after tonight’s big news, Jon Jones took to Twitter where he issued the following statement on his imminent octagon return.

“It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life.”

Jones continued:

“It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now.” – Jon Jones

Not everyone was in high spirits following tonight’s Jon Jones suspension news. Current UFC “champ champ” Daniel Cormier lashed out at both USADA and Jon Jones after catching wind of the news.

In fact, a number of different fighters weighed in on tonight’s Jon Jones suspension news which culminated in some very mixed reactions.

What did you think of the fifteen-month suspension that USADA handed down on Jon Jones?

VIDEO | Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 – “The REMATCH”

VIDEO | Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 – “The REMATCH”

VIDEO | Canelo vs. Golovkin 2 – “The REMATCH”

This Saturday is the night boxing fans have been waiting for!

The highly anticipated rematch between Canelo Alvarez 49-1-2 (34 KOs) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin 38-0-1 (34 KOs) will take place live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The pair first met last September and after twelve rounds of exciting back and forth action the fight went to the judges scorecards for decision.

Most fans and analysts watching live or at home scored the bout in favor of Gennady Golovkin, so it came as a huge shock when it was announced that judge Adelaide Byrd had turned in a scorecard of 118-110 in favor of Canelo Alvarez.

Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight 115-113 for Gennady Golovkin, while judge Don Trella had the fight rules as a 114-114 draw.

Due to the mixed scorecards, “Canelo vs. GGG 1” was ruled a split-draw.

Following the controversial decision in their first fight, most fans are expecting that either Canelo or “GGG” will earn their 35th career knockout victory in the rematch.

The IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight belts will be on the line in Saturday night’s grudge match in Sin City.

Who are you expecting to emerge victorious this time around, Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez?