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Dana White: Conor McGregor ‘understands’ why he is being stripped of UFC title

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Dana White has claimed that he will strip Conor McGregor of the UFC lightweight title ahead of UFC 223.

Initially, the UFC president said he had already the addressed the title issue at a press conference in Boston for UFC 223 last month.

“I said in the last press conference that fight will be for the title. It’s not for the interim title, that fight will be for the title,” White told TMZ Sports.

White then suggested that he would strip “The Notorious” to facilitate the lightweight title showdown between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Right,” he confirmed when asked if McGregor would be stripped of his title.

According to White, McGregor understands why he will no longer be champion.

“Is he upset? No, Conor understands. Conor made a lot of money, he wants some time off, but the division has to go on and the business has to go on.”

White went on to say he would like McGregor to fight the winner of the UFC 223 main event, but again underlined his belief that the Dubliner may never compete again.

“It was August and now it’s September. I say it all the time, when you get that kind of money…Conor might never come back. It’s a lot of money.”

White also revealed that Floyd Mayweather is not in “active negotiations” to compete in the UFC. He believes that a rematch between the undefeated boxer and McGregor should only happen in the Octagon and remarked “anything is possible” when asked if the fight could take place.

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TheUnchosenOne
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Then just strip him already, jfc
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Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager: Why UFC 223's confusing title stakes actually make sense

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This past month UFC officials announced what would be at stake in the UFC 223 headliner between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov: the UFC’s undisputed 155-pound title.

That would be simple enough if it weren’t for one detail: The UFC’s lightweight division already has an undisputed champ in Conor McGregor. So when UFC President Dana White said at this time that McGregor would not be stripped of the belt, it got a little trickier.

Nurmagomedov has since confirmed that the belt that’s on the line will be the undisputed one. And his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, recently reiterated on MMAjunkie Radio that fact is “100 percent” true, and he went on to explain just how they ultimately came to the terms of the arrangement.

“All the media made no sense (at the press conference); they tried to get an answer out of Dana White. ”Abdelaziz said. “He made it clear. ‘I did not want Tony Ferguson to become the champ. I want him to be the interim champ.’ Because fight night, if Tony got hurt, Khabib would still fight for the undisputed lightweight championship.

“But if Tony Ferguson was the champ, Khabib would have to fight a regular fight. I’m not giving myself credit here as a smart guy, but any manager in my position, he should have thought of that – ‘Let’s make Tony Ferguson champ and Khabib fight him’ But hold on, what happens if Tony got hurt? Khabib is going to be 30-0, with no belt? This is why, regardless, if Tony got hurt or Khabib got hurt, it’s a belt on the line. It doesn’t matter.”

Ferguson’s UFC title, as it stands, is still the interim one. This way, Abdelaziz reasoned, Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) is protected from a theoretical scenario in which Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) has to pull out and he ends up in a non-title co-main event, for instance.

So how does champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who’s been M.I.A. (at least as far as the octagon goes) since he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in November 2016, factor into this?

“I’m going to tell you why it makes sense: If Khabib got hurt, Tony won the belt, and Conor can get a backdoor at it,” Abdelaziz said. “Conor will be like, ‘You know what? Khabib got hurt. I’m next.’ It’s good for them too because they can step over Khabib if Khabib (gets) hurt. Conor can still come back and fight Tony. …

“Irrespective, Conor is a two-time champion. This is what he did. He beat two very good guys. And I think they’re very smart. Fight week, they’ll probably make an announcement. (There) will be more news coming, going toward the event. It’s smart. If they strip him now, that’s it. Fight week’s normal. But if they strip him on fight week, how big will the news be? Huge.”

Considering Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov fight bookings have been canceled three times already, skepticism and doubts are warranted. But should things finally go as planned, the title fight will serve as the pay-per-view headliner of UFC 223, which takes place April 7 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ferguson, of course, will be the one carrying a UFC belt into it. But while Abdelaziz respects the interim champ and actually thinks he’s a “good guy,” he has no doubts who is actually running the show.

“Trust me: Tony Ferguson is the B-side,” Abdelaziz said. “This whole entire thing is built around Khabib. This fight was supposed to be in Seattle. This fight moved from Seattle to Brooklyn because of the Russian population and the foreigners – to cater to Khabib. This is the fact of the business. …

“The UFC, the only thing, they don’t see color. They don’t see race. Nobody,. No fighter out there can say that Dana White or (matchmakers) Sean Shelby or Mick Maynard are racist. All these people see (are) great fights and money. And this fight, Khabib is the A-Side. Guarantee you, 100 percent. He’s the guy.”

To hear from Abdelaziz, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 223, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.



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TheUnchosenOne
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Clear as fucking mud!
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Daily debate: Is 'Cowboy' Cerrone a lock to be a future UFC Hall of Famer?

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He’s now tied with Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping for the most wins in UFC history, and there’s a good chance he’ll eventually hold the record outright.

But does that alone make Donald Cerrone a future UFC Hall of Famer, even if he never goes on to win a UFC title? That was the crux of the question we asked in MMAjunkie Radio’s new Daily Debate feature.

We polled MMAjunkie readers and MMAjunkie Radio listeners to find out what they think about “Cowboy” Cerrone (33-10 MMA, 20-7 UFC), who on Sunday stopped Yancy Medeiros (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) with a first-round TKO in UFC Fight Night 126′ main event. The victory snapped an uncharacteristic skid for Cerrone that had reached three fights – the only time he’s had consecutive losses in his career.

But should records like most UFC wins and most UFC finishes (he tied that mark, as well), along with his reputation for fighting often and against anyone, be enough to get him into the UFC’s Hall of Fame some day? Or does he need to win a belt, too?

The voters weighed in, and it really isn’t even close. More than 90 percent think “Cowboy” ought to make his way to the UFC Hall of Fame after he decides to hang up the gloves one day down the road (via Twitter):

Check out the video above to hear MMAjunkie Radio hosts “Gorgeous” George Garcia and Dan Tom discuss Cerrone’s credentials and resume.

And for complete covearge of UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.



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TheUnchosenOne
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If Dan Marino is in the NFL HoF, Cerrone is a lock for the UFC's
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Why can’t the Fifty Shades franchise drag on indefinitely like everything else?

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The final installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, arrives in theaters this weekend. It’s a movie about marriage, boobs, exorbitant wealth, getting bullied by poor people, and above all, the ins and outs of the independent publishing industry. It’s the final chapter in the trilogy of adaptations of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey books: 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which only an alien could love, and 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker, which we mathematically proved was darker than advertised.

Verge reporters Lizzie and Kaitlyn went to see it at the AMC in Lincoln Square on a rainy night in February — a full week before Valentine’s Day, a full 10 hours after receiving, unsolicited, an advance copy of Hey U Up? (For A...

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TheUnchosenOne
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WHY WOULD YOU EVEN GIVE VOICE TO THIS QUESTION
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Chael Sonnen says he has ‘some evidence’ to suggest Mayweather will fight McGregor again

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Chael Sonnen believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be preparing for a rematch with Conor McGregor.

Former three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen thinks Floyd Mayweather’s retirement after the Conor McGregor fight was used to market his inevitable ‘comeback’.

Mayweather, 40, has recently teased of a potential fight in MMA but Sonnen believes the undefeated, 50-0 boxer is gearing up for another boxing match.

“Floyd Mayweather comes out and he… puts out like, a little video… of him getting into an MMA cage,” Sonnen said in a recent vlog, per BJPenn.com’s Drake Riggs. “We know he’s not doing MMA, there’s nothing about that but why would he be wanting to keep his name out there…? I know the answer, I just want to tell you guys. Floyd’s fightin’ again. He’s gonna box.”

According to Sonnen, the current Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix contender has ‘some evidence’ to suggest Mayweather is preparing for a rematch with McGregor. However, that evidence seems to be limited to Floyd’s recent posts on social media and his quasi-retirement.

“But he’s fighting again, make no mistake, Floyd Mayweather is boxing again. He has no choice. The only thing more embelished than Floyd Mayweather’s pay-per-view numbers is Floyd Mayweather’s net worth.

“I really think he’s fighting Conor [McGregor]. I’m kind of out on a limb on that one but I have some evidence to support it… The one reason you always have to retire is you can’t have a comeback until you have a retirement so everything’s lined up for that. He’s seeking attention for some reason. I think it’s pretty obvious, he’s gonna box again and why not pick your opponent? I think we’re a lot more likely to see that fight than you people think.”

Mayweather TKO’d McGregor in the boxing ring last year but ‘The Notorious’ believes the boxing megastar will be haunted for the rest of his days he doesn’t step into the Octagon for a rematch.

If that fight doesn’t come to fruition, UFC lightweight champion McGregor will probably go on to face the winner of the upcoming title bout between Tony Feguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, or perhaps face his nemesis Nate Diaz in a trilogy bout.

“I’m currently in negotiations to face my next opponent. We have many options. There’s the current interim lightweight champion [Tony Ferguson], there’s an undefeated Dagestani [Khabib Nurmagomedov], maybe a big Russian event. There’s obviously the Nate Diaz trilogy. Of course, the Mayweather fight is there.”

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TheUnchosenOne
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Chael says a lot of things
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Eddie Bravo: Tony Ferguson will thank Khabib for taking him down, attack him on the ground

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Tony Ferguson’s coach Eddie Bravo also says that Conor McGregor is an easier fight than Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Tony Ferguson’s coach Eddie Bravo recently spoke about the UFC lightweight title picture, saying that he believes Conor McGregor would actually be an easier match up than the one they have ahead of them in Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Khabib will be the toughest guy in the lightweight division for a very long time,” Bravo said about Ferguson’s biggest challenges, during an appearance at WFAN’s Outside the Cage podcast. “Conor would be an easier fight for Tony. Khabib’s going to be tough.”

According to the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu founder, Khabib is dangerous on the ground, but they will be taking a completely different approach than most of his opponents. Bravo says they plan to attack him in his strengths.

“Nobody is doing what he’s doing with his ground and pound, with his takedowns, with his ground control, and his smashing. He’s the best, probably of all time, really. It’s a tall order, but most people are running from Khabib when they’re on the ground,” Bravo said. “They’re spending most of their time trying to get back up, trying to drag themselves up on the fence, and he just rides them and drags them down.

“That’s a good strategy in certain situations. But we’re going to turn around and attack him,” he said. “We’re going to thank him for taking Tony down, and we’re going to throw some fire at him. It’s going to be different. No one has done that.

“I’m sure his defense is going to be tight. I’m sure he’s going to be studying rubber guard and all that, but we’re going to come there with fire,” he said. “We’re going to come right at him.”

Although he will likely be the more dangerous striker in this match up, most of Ferguson’s finishes in the UFC have actually come via submission. This includes his interim title win over a strong wrestler in Kevin Lee, who he tapped with a triangle choke.

Khabib of course is a completely different animal, and it will be interesting to see if Ferguson’s opportunistic and somewhat unorthodox submission game can actually stifle that dominant top control.

Ferguson vs Khabib happens on April 7 at UFC 223. According to Dana White, it will be for the “undisputed title,” while McGregor is somehow also still the champion.

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TheUnchosenOne
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This worked great for Condit against Maia. I'm just saying
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