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?
Be sure to come watch Saturday’s blockbuster UFC 229 pay-per-view event live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!
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?
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.”
“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?
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
A welterweight title fight featuring reigning champion Tyron Woodley defending his title against undefeated challenger Darren Till headlined last weekend’s UFC 228 event in Dallas.
Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA) will compete for the first time since UFC 214 in July of 2017 when he defeated submission specialist Demian Maia via unanimous decision.
“The Chosen One” has gone 5-0-1 over his past six contests which includes a first-round knockout victory over former division title holder Robbie Lawler.
Meanwhile, Darren Till (17-0-1 MMA) was last seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night event in Liverpool where he scored a controversial decision victory over former two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
Prior to that, Till was coming off a sensational first-round TKO victory over Donald Cerrone.
Round one begins and Till moves forward quickly. Woodley comes in with a punch and then a knee from the clinch position. He drops and grabs double under hooks against Till in the clinch. The referee steps in and tells the fighters to break. That seemed early. Back to standing now and Till takes the center of the cage. Woodley leaps in with a right hand that just misses the mark. Till shakes his finger as if to say “no” to Woodley. Tyron with a jab to the body. He lands another and then a big kick to the body. Till seems very tentative early. He finally leaps in but Tyron circles out before he can land anything. Woodley shoots in for a single leg. He presses Till up against the cage and lands a foot stomp. Knees to the body from Woodley now. Till is looking to score a trip but it is not there. The referee warns Woodley to work. Till switches the position. The referee steps in and breaks them up. Woodley with a right hand to the body. Till comes forward with a left hand which is blocked. Till comes forward and throws a head kick that misses the mark. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Till comes forward but eats a right hand that sends him to the floor. Woodley jumps on him and begins smashing him with punches and elbows. Till is bleeding all over the place. Another huge elbow from Woodley. Till is still trying to scramble and survive. Woodley connects with another massive elbow. He is slowing his pace now to conserve some energy. Woodley passes to half guard and begins working some short elbows. He moves to full mount. Till scrambles and gives up his back. Another scramble and Tyron is on top and back in half guard. More big elbows from Woodley. He has destroyed Till this round. Right hands now from Woodley. One minute remains in the round. Woodley looks to lock in a d’arce choke. It is deep. Till taps and it is all over.