Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Conor McGregor needs to stop selling whiskey and get in the Octagon with Al Iaquinta ASAP ... so says Al himself, who tells TMZ Sports he wants a scrap with the Irishman!!! Of course, Conor hasn't fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 ... and some think he ain't returning to fight at all unless it's for a rematch with The Eagle. But, Al says that's bad for Conor ... 'cause he doesn't think McGregor will get a rematch, saying The Notorious looked like too much of a "sissy" in the first fight to earn a runback. "His stock is not as high as he thinks it is," Iaquinta says. "He got finished in his last fight as far as everyone's concerned. He's dead. The ref had to pull the guy off of him." Al added, "He looked like a sissy tappin' out like that, so, he's got to come back and get a win." Good news for Conor? Al -- the 6th ranked lightweight -- says he's more than willing to give McGregor a shot to get that victory … [Read more...] about Al Iaquinta Calls Out ‘Sissy’ Conor McGregor, Fight Me!!!
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Breaking News Most people wouldn't call their bosses a bunch of "c*nts" in public -- but most people aren't Conor McGregor. The Irish superstar was clearly paying attention to the UFC 223 media event on Wednesday, where Dana White announced he'd be stripping Conor of the 155-pound title to crown the winner of Khabib vs. Max Holloway. Enter Conor ... who chimed in on social media following the event: "You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing c*nts." Wonder how Dana's gonna feel about that? McGregor has been challenging the UFC to strip him for months -- previously saying the organization would need an army to take his gold. White also announced McGregor would "100%" be fighting for the UFC this year -- but didn't specify an opponent or a date. Seems likely Conor will face the winner of Khabib vs. Holloway ... but guys like Nate Diaz and Floyd Mayweather are also on the table. Stay tuned ... … [Read more...] about Conor McGregor Calls UFC a Bunch Of ‘C*nts’
On Saturday, after forcing McGregor into submission in what will likely turn out to be the UFC's most lucrative pay-per-view event, Nurmagomedov promptly hurdled over the cage and fought with McGregor's taunting cornermen while his own teammates ambushed McGregor in the octagon Within minutes of cementing himself as a mixed-martial arts superstar by forcing Conor McGregor into submission, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov may have spoiled his briefly promising future by hurdling over the cage and into the crowd to attack his opponent's cornermen, jiu-jitsu coach Dillon Danis. The post-fight attack ignited a melee around the ring as several members of Nurgmagodmedov's entourage, including cousin and MMA fighter Abubakar Nurmagomedov, jumped into the cage to challenge a defenseless and exhausted McGregor. Meanwhile Khabib Nurmagomedov continued to pursue Danis before ultimately being corralled by police. 'These guys are in big trouble,' UFC … [Read more...] about ‘These guys are in big trouble’: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s $2million purse is withheld and he could be stripped of his UFC lightweight title for igniting a melee in the wake of his submission victory over Conor McGregor
Play video content EXCLUSIVE TMZSports.com Jeremy Stephens loves Chuck Liddell -- saying he's an MMA legend and a guy he looked up to when he was a young buck in the UFC. But when it comes to the Iceman's desire to return to the cage ... Jeremy's begging him to reconsider. "His time has come and gone," Jeremy told TMZ Sports. "Stay retired, Chuck." Stephens says the fight game ain't like other professions ... and when it's clear you're done, you should stay done. Play video content TMZSports.com FYI, Chuck's 48, hasn't fought in 8 YEARS and lost 5 outta his last 6 UFC fights -- 4 of 'em by KO. But Liddell told us he's still down to scrap if the right offer comes along. Bonus: Wanna know how Jeremy's quest to bang Conor McGregor's mom is going? Of course you do. … [Read more...] about UFC’s Jeremy Stephens: Chuck Liddell is Done, ‘Stay Retired!’
Ortega was forced to withdraw with an injury while another fight has been booked that is sure to bring fireworks by Brandon Wise Dec 5, 2019 at 1:12 pm ET • 1 min read Getty Images Brian Ortega is no longer in the main event of UFC Busan at the end of the month. "T-City" was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Chan Sung Jung (AKA the "Korean Zombie") because of a torn ACL suffered in training camp. UFC is looking to find a quick replacement for Ortega and that could be a former foe, Frankie Edgar, according to ESPN's Ariel Helwani."Thankfully it was only a partial tear so I'm already rehabbing it, and the plan is to be back to 100% in 2-3 months," Ortega wrote on Twitter. "I didn't want to let down the fans, the Zombie, and the UFC, so I strongly considered pushing through it and fighting anyways, but according to the doctors, the risk of a full rupture in the fight was high and that would put me out for up to a year. Sorry guys I … [Read more...] about UFC news, rumors: Former title challenger Brian Ortega out of December bout with Korean Zombie
Kyle Marley won the first-ever "ToutMaster" UFC betting contest. by CBS Sports Staff Dec 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm ET • 3 min read Alistair Overeem is one of the most decorated fighters in mixed martial arts history, but a UFC title is one accolade that has escaped him. He'll take another step toward that endeavor on Saturday when he faces Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event of UFC on ESPN 7 at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Overeem (45-17-1), the No. 6-ranked heavyweight, has won championships in two other promotions, but lost his bid for the UFC belt in a 2016 bout against current champ Stipe Miocic. But he has won two straight and can gain leverage towards a potential rematch with Miocic with a win over an undefeated contender. Rozenstruik (9-0), ranked No. 14, fought just a month ago and agree to step in on short notice for the opportunity to enhance his own profile. The main UFC on ESPN 7 card starts at 9 p.m. ET.Overeem is a -120 favorite (risk … [Read more...] about UFC on ESPN 7 odds, predictions: Top MMA insider picks Overeem vs. Rozenstruik, Rodriguez vs. Calvillo