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Bisping Believes He Knows The Remedy To McGregor’s Stamina Problems

Following his second-round submission defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, one that was at least partly attributable to fatigue, Conor McGregor made significant changes to his training regimen.  The Irishman had often favoured flexibility over structure in his training camps, volume of work, perhaps, over quality, but his first setback in the UFC made him reconsider this approach – …

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Rafael Dos Anjos Almost Landed Welterweight Title Shot At UFC 214

Despite only having one welterweight win to his name, that being his only victory in three fights, Rafael dos Anjos almost landed himself a 170-pound title shot against Tyron Woodley at UFC 214. Dos Anjos faces dangerous welterweight contender Neil Magny at this coming weekend’s UFC 215 card in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but during a recently released preview of that …

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Two Years On, Relive The Best Moments Of Arguably McGregor’s Greatest Verbal Performance

Two years ago today, the UFC held a press conference to promote the biggest events and fights on their 2015 fall/winter schedule. They called it ‘Go Big’. Then just the interim featherweight champion, Conor McGregor paid heed to the instruction implicit within that title and hijacked the presser, turning it into a rip-roaring one-man show. The stage was littered with …

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‘He Smoke Too Much’ – Russian Lightweight Slams Nate Diaz After Scoring Brutal One-Punch KO

Russian lightweight Mairbek Taisumov scored his fifth straight stoppage win on Saturday night in Rotterdam, rendering Brazilian Felipe Silva unconscious with a single right hand after just one minute and twenty-four seconds of action. BA-BOOOOOOOOM!!!!! Just like that, @Taisumov155 FLOORS Silva in the first round!! #UFCRotterdam WOW!!! pic.twitter.com/xLUqX6kdkU — #UFCRotterdam (@ufc) September 2, 2017 It’s been an impressive run by …

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Watch: UFC Prospect Hits Sensational ‘Showtime Kick’, Scores Finish, Calls Out Artem Lobov

After taking a break and clearing a path for the Mayweather vs. McGregor tornado to pass through, the UFC returned on Saturday night with a Fight Night card at the Ahoy Rotterdam in, you guessed it, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The card wasn’t exactly star-studded, but it delivered some quality action. There was a sensational one-punch knockout on the prelims, courtesy …

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Watch: Touching Moment McGregor Apologized To White After Mayweather Defeat Features In New ‘All Access’

If you are like this writer, you might have found Mayweather Vs. McGregor – All Access a tad disappointing.  Considering the two personalities involved, it seemed that this incarnation of the wildly successful documentary series/Showtime promotional vehicle would be a guaranteed home run, but it fell a little short. The epilogue, however, did not. A 24-minute look back to the events …

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Tony Ferguson Tears Into Fake Paulie Malignaggi Account – Real Malignaggi Responds

A fake Twitter account designed to look similar to that of former two-weight boxing titlist and Showtime analyst Paulie Malignaggi fooled quite a few people on Friday, among them top UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson. Malignaggi has been talking and tweeting incessantly in recent weeks, trying to goad UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor into a boxing match and to drum …

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Ex-Ringside Doctor Outlines Issues With McGregor’s Claim He Was Merely Fatigued At Close Of Mayweather Fight

There is little denying that fatigue played some role in Conor McGregor’s defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend in Las Vegas, but one Irish doctor has strongly disagreed with the fighter’s claim that he was merely tired and not hurt during what proved to be the closing moments of the bout. McGregor started brilliantly in his maiden professional boxing …

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Twitter: Max Holloway Issues Warning To ‘Paulina’ Malignaggi After Latest Twitter Rant

Showtime boxing analyst and former two-weight boxing titlist Paulie Malignaggi claimed a few weeks back that Conor McGregor “whimpers like a girl” when he is hit to the body. Malignaggi was brought into the McGregor camp as a sparring partner ahead of the Irishman’s professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but departed the fold under acrimonious circumstances, the details …

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Mayweather Offers Opinion On How McGregor Would Fair Against Boxing’s ‘Young Lions’

Immediately after his tenth-round stoppage victory over Conor McGregor on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. admitted that the Irishman’s boxing skills had surprised him somewhat. “He is a lot better than I thought he was, he used different angles and was a tough competitor,” Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring at the T-Mobile Arena. Mayweather wasn’t the only …

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Cormier On Being Proud Of McGregor Following Display Against Mayweather

Though there were a few MMA fighters who took the opportunity to ridicule or call out Conor McGregor following his performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night, like Brazilians Jose Aldo and Rafael dos Anjos, most in the MMA community commended the Irishman for his brave but ultimately unsuccessful effort to inflict the first blemish upon Mayweather’s perfect professional …

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Watch: ESPN Pundits Discuss Whether McGregor Should Box Again After Mayweather Loss

While Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims he will ride off into the sunset, his unfortunate stead struggling toward the horizon under the combined weight of the boxer and an utterly ludicrous amount of cash, Conor McGregor has vowed to continue fighting after the pair’s boxing showdown on Saturday night. The Irishman’s next contest though, looks likely to take place inside the …

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Daniel Cormier On Jon Jones Situation: It’s Sad, Because The Guy Is Very Talented

Prior to his July rematch with Jon Jones, then UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier told Ariel Helwani that he believed Jones had taken performance enhancing drugs before their first fight – a January 2015 contest which ‘Bones’ won via unanimous decision after five rounds. On Monday, just a little over a week after it was announced that Jones had failed …

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