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Sports Conor McGregor holds all the UFC cards after comeback win

23:10  19 january  2020
23:10  19 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Usman would entertain McGregor fight if he 'beats someone pretty high up'

  Usman would entertain McGregor fight if he 'beats someone pretty high up' Kamaru Usman seems to be warming up to the idea of a fight with Conor McGregor. The UFC welterweight champion said he would be willing to square off with the Irishman, but only if he proves himself as a worthy contender in the division. "Conor doesn’t even really make sense. Sure, if he comes in the division and beats someone pretty high up there and really makes the case for himself that he can really handle himself in the division, then absolutely I would entertain that fight," Usman told MMA Fighting's Damon Martin.When McGregor hinted last month he wanted to win a UFC belt in a third weight class, Usman initially brushed off the potential matchup.

Conor McGregor smiles after defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone during a UFC 246 welterweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, Jan. McGregor 's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions.

FURIOUS UFC fans blasted Conor McGregor 's stunning knockout win over Donald Cerrone as a FIX following his brutal 40-second win . How much will Conor McGregor get paid for UFC 246 comeback fight vs Cowboy? He said after the fight : "Etch my name in history.

  Conor McGregor holds all the UFC cards after comeback win © Provided by The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS — After three years without a victory, Conor McGregor needed only 40 seconds to reclaim his place at the centre of the mixed martial arts world.

McGregor's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions.

Every elite lightweight and welterweight will practically beg for his shot against a fighter who still commands the world's attention like nobody else. A refocused McGregor seems eager to make up for lost time after three years of inactivity and outside-the-cage misbehaviour, suggesting he could fight three more times this year.

McGregor: No bad blood with Cerrone ahead of UFC 246

  McGregor: No bad blood with Cerrone ahead of UFC 246 Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone shook hands at the start of the UFC 246 pre-fight press conference. That was the first hint there's no bitterness between the two ahead of Saturday's welterweight bout in Las Vegas. "I have respect for Donald," McGregor said Wednesday evening. "He has earned my respect through his activity and through just observing him. He steps up. He goes through divisions also - not many a man in the business does that. He'sThat was the first hint there's no bitterness between the two ahead of Saturday's welterweight bout in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor said he had endured a spartan training camp ahead of his comeback at UFC 246 on Saturday night, but the Irishman kicked back in style after getting the job done against McGregor cautioned though that he would soon be back in the gym, saying after his quick-fire defeat of Cerrone

It took Conor McGregor all of 40 seconds to smash his way to victory on his octagon return at UFC 246 – and former foe Floyd Mayweather was It was an explosive comeback for an emotional McGregor , who picked up a first win of any sort since he became a two-weight UFC champion back in 2016.

“The whole world lights up when I fight," McGregor said. “So I want to get back out there again.”

He hadn't made a decision by the time he left T-Mobile Arena late Saturday night with a broad smile on his face and a bottle of his own branded whiskey in hand. McGregor plans to speak with UFC President Dana White and billionaire ex-UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta before he decides whether to pursue a championship belt, a revenge fight, an absurdly lucrative boxing match or any combination of the three.

The contenders already are lining up.

Popular welterweight brawler Jorge Masvidal would welcome a showdown, while welterweight champion Kamaru Usman would love to defend his title against McGregor. Both fighters watched McGregor's victory from cageside, and Masvidal even tried to goad McGregor in curious fashion by wearing the same Versace robe that McGregor famously wore a few years ago to an open workout.

UFC 246 weigh-in results: McGregor, Cerrone hit welterweight limit

  UFC 246 weigh-in results: McGregor, Cerrone hit welterweight limit Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone made weight Friday morning ahead of their welterweight main event at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Both fighters tipped the scale at 170 pounds - one pound under the limit for non-title bouts. Here are the full UFC 246 weigh-in results: Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET) Conor McGregor (170) vs. Donald Cerrone (170) Holly Holm (135.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136) Aleksei Oleinik (238) vs. Maurice Greene (243)Claudia Gadelha (115.5) vs. Alexa Grasso (121.5)*Anthony Pettis (155.5) vs. Diego Ferreira (155.5)Preliminary card (ESPN at 8 p.m. ET)Roxanne Modafferi (125) vs. Maycee Barber (126)Andre Fili (145.5) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (146)Tim Elliott (125.5) vs.

DANA WHITE insisted Conor McGregor is worth £1.5bn to the UFC after his stunning comeback win . Notorious, 31, dismantled Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds to prove he is back And after watching his star turn steal the show in Las Vegas, White estimated the Irishman's value to his company at bn.

Conor McGregor contemplated defeat after UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Photograph: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images. Nurmagomedov sorry for brawl and arrests after UFC win over McGregor .

Lightweight contender Justin Gaethje fights in a reckless, crowd-pleasing style guaranteed to make a compelling matchup for the similarly aggressive McGregor. Another must-see bout would be a third fight with imperious veteran Nate Diaz, who fought twice in 2019 after his own three-year break.

But White wants McGregor to wait for a fight against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat McGregor in October 2018 and subsequently sparked an ugly brawl outside the cage. The bad feelings from that promotion haven't healed, and White believes the rematch could rival the profitability of McGregor's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

“With how Khabib won the first time and how famous Khabib has become, we’re looking at Hagler-Hearns,” White said. “We’re looking at like Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. This is the fight that you make. This is the fight that makes sense.”

McGregor destroys Cerrone with 1st-round TKO at UFC 246

  McGregor destroys Cerrone with 1st-round TKO at UFC 246 "The Notorious" is back. Conor McGregor triumphantly returned in the UFC 246 main event, defeating Donald Cerrone by first-round TKO on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The stoppage came 40 seconds into the opening frame. McGregor attacked "Cowboy" right when the bell sounded, and it didn't take long for the former UFC two-division champion to land some serious blows. He connected with several shoulder strikes to daze Cerrone, then followed up with a head kick and flying knee. The barrage from McGregor put the 36-year-old down, and referee Herb Dean promptly needed to intervene.

As the plaudits poured in for Conor McGregor after his 40-second TKO win at UFC 246, one Twitter was quick to lavish all manner of praise on McGregor for the nature of his win , but that did not extend to Nate Diaz – who famously submitted the Irishman in their first welterweight bout back in March of

Conor McGregor makes a winning return with a first-round victory over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas. Irishman McGregor , 31, came out on top after one of the most spectacular performances of his career. Two of UFC 's most popular fighters went toe to toe in the main event at

But Nurmagomedov is booked to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in April, and McGregor would prefer not to wait until late summer for his next bout. Instead, he half-seriously predicted the Nurmagomedov-Ferguson bout will be scrapped and he'll be forced to step in.

McGregor also could bide his time with another absurdly lucrative boxing match. While most fight fans scoff at this entire venture, the wider world still appears to be fascinated by these spectacles, as evidenced by the money made by McGregor and Mayweather in 2017 in one of the richest pay-per-view bouts in boxing history.

Mayweather turns 43 next month and has fought once since 2015, but he immediately posted a mocked-up advertisement for the rematch on his Instagram page Saturday night. McGregor ripped it because the graphic artist didn't include the logo for McGregor's promotional company. He jokingly suggested that slight means he'll instead fight Manny Pacquiao, who has also declared his interest in the payday that comes with giving a boxing lesson to McGregor.

“I certainly would love the rematch with Floyd,” McGregor said. “It very well could happen this year. The one with Manny will also be there whenever. ... Floyd is going through money fast. He is far from retired. That rematch will happen.”

White 'blown away' by McGregor's UFC 246 performance

  White 'blown away' by McGregor's UFC 246 performance UFC president Dana White was more than impressed by Conor McGregor's 40-second TKO of Donald Cerrone in the UFC 246 main event Saturday night in Las Vegas. "I was blown away," White said at the post-fight press conference. "He looked unbelievable." Despite the fact that Cerrone entered on a two-fight losing streak, White brushed off the notion that McGregor may have won due to the fact that "Cowboy" is past his prime. "I know that there's always"I was blown away," White said at the post-fight press conference. "He looked unbelievable.

CONOR MCGREGOR is the highest-paid UFC fighter of all time. MCGREGOR is arguably the biggest star in the UFC and a globally recognised sportsman. Despite his last win coming more than THREE years ago, he's still a huge draw for the punters and is a household name on both sides of the

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov seem almost certain to clash once again following the Irishman's win at UFC 246, but is the Russian champion responsible for the new If the UFC 229 encounter between McGregor and Khabib was a burden on the Irishman before, during and after the

Before he beat Cerrone, McGregor suggested he could fight again at UFC 248 on March 7 if he didn't take too much punishment. Cerrone failed to land a single strike, so McGregor came out totally unscathed — but it could still take a bit longer than seven weeks to sort out his next step.

At least the first simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history appears to be taking that next step with sure footing. The spotlight never left McGregor, but he didn't seem capable of meeting its demands in recent years.

“I’d achieved it all, right?” McGregor said. “I broke the game before I was 30 years of age. One belt became not enough. I achieved it all. (Coach) John (Kavanagh) says it’s the worst nightmare for a coach if a student achieves it all. I probably had to go through all that and then just come back for the love.”

McGregor was still the biggest star in the game even while he lost both of his UFC belts, dabbled in boxing and focused on whiskey, both as a successful distiller and an eager consumer.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov then engaged in a dark, ugly promotion of their first bout. Away from the cameras, McGregor was training erratically and enjoying too much of the good life created by his stardom.

He says he escaped that cloud late last year, and McGregor believes his performance against Cerrone showed the way to even brighter days if he can stay on this path.

“I love that whiskey, but you've got to respect it,” McGregor said. “You’ve got to respect that liquid, because if you don’t, it will come and get you.”

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Masvidal 'moving on' from McGregor: He 'doesn't want the fight' .
Jorge Masvidal is no longer set on fighting Conor McGregor. The UFC welterweight contender said he's still interested but doesn't believe McGregor is. "I'm moving on from that fight," Masvidal said Monday during "Ariel Helwani's MMA Show." "This dude doesn't want the fight. I'm not here to bully him." Masvidal said he's now focused on a potential meeting with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. UFC president Dana White said Saturday that Usman versus Masvidal is the fight to make."I guess it's Usman's head," Masvidal said. "(McGregor has) sealed Usman's fate now. This guy doesn't want to f------ fight, man. Leave him be. ...

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