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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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Conor McGregor seemingly ends spat with Khabib in positive tweet

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor seemingly ended a social media spat with Khabib Nurmagomedov by sending a positive tweet on Wednesday night.

McGregor and Khabib had been trading shots on Twitter, which began with McGregor taking a shot at Khabib’s religion. He posted a photo of Khabib’s wife wearing a hajib and said “Your wife is a towel mate” in his Twitter post.

He later deleted the inappropriate tweet.

Khabib responded by calling out McGregor over the legal matter he’s facing.

The activities between the men were bad enough to prompt a response from Dana White, who called it “unacceptable.”

McGregor seemed to get the message, because he sent a tweet about moving forward and preaching love for everyone.

Whether he means it or not is a good question. It seems clear that McGregor is trying to trash talk his way into a rematch with Khabib after losing to him in October.

Conor McGregor challenges ‘Hollywood actress’ Mark Wahlberg to fight

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced his retirement from mixed marital arts last week, but the former UFC champion apparently has at least one fight left in him.

On Saturday night, McGregor took to Twitter to call out actor Mark Wahlberg. He referred to Wahlberg as an “actress” and said a bout between the two would be “a fight for all the shares!”

Wahlberg was among a group of celebrities who purchased a stake in the UFC when the company was sold in 2016. When McGregor said in his post-fight press conference after UFC 205 that he wants a share of the company, Wahlberg later offered to give the Irishman a portion of his shares if McGregor is willing to “cut the check.”

When one of McGregor’s Twitter followers made a reference to Wahlberg’s character in the movie “Four Brothers,” McGregor said he will whoop Wahlberg and his four brothers.

Obviously, this “fight” is never going to happen. As for whether or not McGregor is actually retired, we have our theory about that.

Dana White: Conor McGregor will not be given ownership in UFC

Dana White

If Conor McGregor’s retirement tweet was intended to be a leverage ploy for an ownership stake in the UFC, it’s not going to work, according to Dana White.

White told TMZ on Tuesday that McGregor will have to buy an ownership share in the company like anyone else, if that’s what he wants.

“Listen, if you want to own a piece of the company, you have to put up the money to buy a piece of the company,” White told TMZ. “That’s how it works.”

McGregor signed an 8-fight deal with the UFC last year. He recently said he was aiming to fight in July, but then two issues apparently came up. One, McGregor reportedly objected to being part of a co-main event rather than headlining the main event solo. Two, he is now seeking an ownership share.

Then on Monday night McGregor turned up the heat by tweeting his retirement — a claim many did not take seriously.

McGregor last fought in October when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. He has been a part of five of the company’s six most purchased pay-per-view fights in history.

Report: Conor McGregor being investigated for alleged sexual assault

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced this week that he is retiring from mixed martial arts, and you have to wonder if part of the reason for that is so he can deal with some major legal trouble he is facing in his personal life.

According to a report from Tariq Panja of the New York Times, police in Ireland are investigating McGregor after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her back in December. McGregor was arrested in January but was questioned and released without being charged with a crime. The investigation is ongoing.

The alleged victim in the case told police McGregor assaulted her at the Beacon Hotel in Dublin. McGregor is reportedly an occasional guest at the hotel and often books the penthouse suite. His most recent visit was in December. Laws in Ireland prohibit media outlets from identifying individuals accused of rape unless they have been charged, which is why McGregor has not yet been formally named. A spokesperson for Ireland’s police service would not confirm that McGregor is under investigation.

McGregor is no stranger to legal trouble, and he was most recently arrested after being accused of smacking a cell phone out of the hand of a fan who tried to take a photo with him. The former UFC champion also recently completed the probation for his bus attack at a UFC event last year.

Real or fake? Conor McGregor tweets his retirement from MMA

Conor McGregor

Has April Fools’ Day come early or did Conor McGregor really retire from MMA?

McGregor tweeted late on Monday night that he was retiring from MMA. His tweet was complete with a “Proper” reference to his whiskey.

I have a hard time believing McGregor will never partake in an MMA fight again, especially when he just signed an 8-fight deal with the UFC last year.

So what’s going on? My guess is one of two things.

One, maybe McGregor is taking a page out of Floyd Mayweather’s book. Mayweather retired multiple times during his boxing career, which proved to be a successful strategy at building interest in his subsequent fights when he came out of retirement. In other words, this could be a publicity stunt.

Two, McGregor said last week he was close to fighting in July. There was supposedly a snag over the potential fight with Donald Cerrone because it would only be a co-main event, which supposedly wasn’t suitable to Conor. He also seemed to be angling for an ownership stake in the company, so maybe he’s trying to exercise his leverage.

There’s no way I’m buying this.

Anthony Pettis savagely licks his own blood after knockout win

Anthony Pettis

Anthony Pettis went straight savage after his knockout win over Wonderboy Thompson on Saturday night at UFC Nashville.

Pettis knocked Thompson out with a Superman punch with five seconds remaining in the second round. After the fight was waved off, Pettis licked his own blood as part of his celebration.

After fighting at lightweight and even featherweight, this was quite a showing at welterweight for Pettis. He now seems to be angling for another shot at Rafael dos Anjos.

Pettis (22-8) lost to dos Anjos at UFC 185 and wants revenge.

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Conor McGregor aiming to have next UFC fight in July

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor last fought in October and is apparently targeting a return to the octagon this year.

McGregor has been making his way around the country recently, including an appearance at a Boston Bruins game where he dropped the ceremonial puck. He was in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and was interviewed by ABC 7. He told them he’s in negotiations and aiming for a July fight.

“Yes, we’re currently in negotiations, we’re aiming for July, we’ll see what happens,” McGregor told ABC 7 in Chicago, via MMA Mania. “I am staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program, the McGregorFast program, today in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.”

McGregor is coming off a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and has actually been defeated twice in his last four fights. There has been talk of him facing Cowboy Cerrone, though it’s not as much of a done deal as was previously indicated. News of McGregor scheduling another fight would be a welcome change in the dialogue surrounding him following his recent arrest.

H/T Bloody Elbow