(Seriously, the similarities are un-f*cking-believable. Photo via Getty.)
Fresh off a one-sided beatdown of Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen, it appears as if Irish phenom Conor McGregor has his next fight lined up already. Despite suffering a minor LCL sprain midway through the second round of his eventual unanimous decision victory, McGregor’s camp has insisted that the Irishman is fine and that he would prefer to fight on the UFC’s year end card, UFC 168: Silva vs. Weidman II. His coach, John Kavanagh, then proceeded to call out TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao, who in turn accepted the fight faster than Chael Sonnen on a sightseeing tour across Brazil. If “sights” were asses and “seeing” was kicking them, that is.
Being that McGregor spends his spare time speeding down the Vegas strip with The Baldfather himself, you can expect this matchup to be officially announced in a matter of days. SIXTY G’s BABAYYYYYYY!!
Brandao is also coming off a unanimous decision victory at the TD Garden, having bested Daniel Pineda on the Fight Night 26 undercard just two fights previous to McGregor’s aforementioned shellacking of Holloway. The victory improved “DB’s” record to 4-1 in the octagon, with three of those victories coming in his past three fights. It’s at this point that we should all probably start saying that McGregor is an overrated yadda yadda will be exposed yadda yadda you know the deal.
CP Prediction: McGregor by cardio.
In other fight booking news…
Do-or-Die Alert: British middleweight and member of a select group of fighters to score two end-of-the-night awards for a single performance, Tom Watson, has been booked to take on longtime UFC veteran Alessio Sakara at Fight Night 30 in October. On the heels of a suffocating decision loss to Thales Leites at UFC 163 and currently 1-2 in the UFC, Watson is in dire need of a win here. A loss to Sakara (who has dropped his past 3) would likely send the Brit back to BAMMA where he came from.
Sakara has not competed since caving in the back of Patrick Cote’s skull with illegal hammerfists at UFC 154. The two were scheduled to rematch at UFC 158 until an injury forced Sakara to withdraw. No, it wasn’t tuna fish this time, but Goddamn, does Sakara share a room with the ghost that’s been haunting James Irvin all these years or what?
Fight Night 30 goes down on Oct. 26, 2013, in Manchester, England.