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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.”

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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?

UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee Fight Card

UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee Fight Card

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

The octagon will return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday for the promotions UFC 216 fight card.

The event is headlined by an interim lightweight title fight featuring Tony Ferguson taking on Kevin Lee.

Tony Ferguson will enter the title fight sporting an impressive nine fight win streak. “El Cucuy” was most recently seen in action in November of 2016, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Ferguson has scored six stoppage victories during his current nine fight win streak.

Meanwhile, Kevin Lee is currently riding a five fight win streak, his latest being a first-round technical submission victory over Michael Chiesa this past June in Oklahoma. “The MoTown Phenom” has scored finishes in four of his past five bouts.

In the co-main event of the evening UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will look to make history by defeating Ray Borg.

If “Mighty Mouse” can defeat Borg next weekend, he will break Anderson Silva’s record by earning his eleventh straight successful title defense.

Johnson was most recently seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX event in Kansas City, where he scored a third-round submission victory over Wilson Reis.

As for Ray Borg, “The Tazmexican Devil” is currently riding a two fight win streak, scoring decision wins over Louis Smolka and most recently Jussier Formiga.

Also featured on the card is a key heavyweight contest featuring former division champion Fabricio Werdum taking on the always dangerous Derrick Lewis.

Main Card (PPV 10 PM EST)

Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

Preliminary Card (FX 8 PM EST)

Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green
Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

Preliminary Card (FIGHT PASS 6 PM EST)

Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

Four Major Fights Slated For UFC 218 in Detroit!

Four Major Fights Slated For UFC 218 in Detroit!

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

The octagon will return to Detroit on December 2 for UFC 218 and four major fights are now slated or official for the event.

The pay-per-view event is expected to be headlined by a featherweight title fight between current champion Max Holloway and perennial division contender Frankie Edgar.

Holloway was last seen in action at June’s UFC 212 event where he scored a third-round TKO victory over MMA Legend Jose Aldo, thus becoming the promotions featherweight king. “Blessed” is currently riding an amazing eleven fight win streak.

As for “The Answer”, Frankie Edgar is coming off a second-round TKO victory over surging contender Yair Rodriguez which occurred at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas. Prior to that, the former lightweight champion had earned a unanimous decision win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 205.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the Edgar vs. Holloway title fight.

The UFC 218 co-main event will feature a clash of the heavyweight divisions top contenders as Alistair Overeem will square off with Francis Ngannou.

“The Predator”, Francis Ngannou, has gone a perfect 5-0 since joining the UFC ranks with all five wins coming by way of stoppage. Ngannou’s most recent win came in January when he TKO’s former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in the very first-round.

As for Overeem, the former Dream, Strikeforce and K1 champion is coming off a decision victory over former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum which occurred at July’s UFC 213 event. Prior to that, “The Reem” had scored a third-round knockout over Mark Hunt at UFC 209.

UFC officials have confirmed that Ngannou vs. Overeem is official for the UFC 218 event.

Also slated for the December 2 pay-per-view card is a lightweight battle between TUF 26 coaches Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas where his bout with Dustin Poirier was ruled a no-contest after some illegal knee strikes were landed.

As for Gaethje, the former WSOF champion made his UFC debut this past July against Michael Johnson where he earned a thrilling second-round TKO victory over “The Menace” in a scrap which is thought to be “Fight of the year”.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor was first to report the highly anticipated lightweight tilt.

The fourth exciting matchup announced for UFC 218 is a flyweight showdown between Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo.

Cejudo is coming off a sensational first-round knockout victory over Wilson Reis.

As for Pettis, Sergio is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Moreno.

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Three big fights added to December’s UFC 219 event!

Three big fights added to December’s UFC 219 event!

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

Three big fights were recently announced for UFC 219 which takes place on December 30 live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The first marquee matchup will take place in the promotions bantamweight division as former title holder Dominick Cruz will return to action opposite surging bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera.

Cruz was most recently seen in action at UFC 207 in December of 2016 where he suffered a lopsided decision loss to Cody Garbrandt, surrendering his bantamweight crown in the process.

Prior to the setback, Cruz had put together an amazing thirteen-fight win streak which saw “The Dominator” earn wins over the likes of Uriah Faber, TJ Dillashaw and Demetrious Johnson.

Meanwhile, Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA) is currently riding an amazing twenty-fight win streak, his latest being a decision victory over Thomas Almeida at July’s UFC on FOX event from Long Island.

The second big fight announced for UFC 219 was a women’s strawweight tilt featuring former champion Carla Esparza taking on surging contender Cynthia Calvillo.

Esparza was most recently seen in action this past June where she earned a unanimous decision victory over Maryna Moroz. Esparza has gone 2-1 since losing her title to Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 185.

Meanwhile, Calvillo improved her record to a perfect 6-0 this past July by defeating Joanne Calderwood via decision. Cynthia has scored finished in four of her six professional bouts.

The third fight announced for the December 30 pay-per-view event was a flyweight bout between Hawaiian standout Louis Smolka and Matheus Nicolau.

Smolka will be looking to snap a three-fight losing skid at the event.

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