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Friday Link Dump: CM Punk Talks “No Joke” UFC Debut, Where is Conor McGregor’s Belt?, The Planet’s Hottest Opera Singer + More


(Oh this? Just Ilir Latifi starring in an MMA-themed techno-pop music video.)

Conor McGregor, Dana White and UFC 197′s Biggest Question: ‘Where’s My Belt?’ (Bleacher Report)

Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson Rematch Set for UFC 197 (BloodyElbow)

Just Two More Wins and Jeff Monson Can Retire – or Can He? (MMAJunkie)

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VIDEO: Check Out the First Staredowns Between McGregor and Dos Anjos, Holm & Tate


(Like all great artists, McGregor is a man who operates in periods. Picasso had his Blue Period, Dali had his Dada period, and McGregor has clearly entered his “Gay Persian discotheque owner from the 80′s” period.)

And so, it begins.

Following their incredible first round finishes of Jose Aldo and Donald Cerrone, respectfully, featherweight champion Conor McGregor and lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will do battle at UFC 197 with the latter’s gold on the line. To describe the bout as anything other than “unprecedented” would be an injustice, to say the very least.

In the co-main event of the evening, Holly Holm will get her wish and defend her title against the ever-present top contender Miesha Tate, hoping to become the first female not named Ronda Rousey to defend the bantamweight title in the process. Again, the word “unprecedented” comes to mind.

Earlier today, the first press event for UFC 197 was held, giving both pairs of fighters a chance to lock eyes. Check out the staredowns after the jump.

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Report: McGregor vs. Dos Anjos, Holm vs. Tate Set For UFC 197


(Meanwhile, the Rafael Dos Anjos “1:06 TKO” shirt is nowhere to be seen.)

Following his 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194, the future of Conor McGregor oddly seemed more uncertain than ever. His coach, John Kavanagh, insisted that he didn’t want his fighter making the huge cut to 145 lbs. anymore, while McGregor himself stated that there was “no way in Hell” he would ever give up his featherweight belt should he seek out a title fight at lightweight next. With Frankie Edgar all but refusing to fight unless he receives a shot against McGregor at 145, the UFC was left with a bit of a mess on their hands to put it lightly.

But then, things started to sort themselves out on Wednesday’s edition of when Dana White told the UFC Tonight gang that “If anyone can hold two belts, it’s Conor McGregor.” With that ringing endorsement now out there in the universe, it was pretty much a given that McGregor would challenge lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos next, which recent reports now indicate will be the case.

Details after the jump.

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Wanderlei Silva Calls Aldo-McGregor KO “An Accident,” Threatens to Slap McGregor For Bashing Jesus


(Wanderlei Silva: Professional in the streets, freak in the sheets.)

If there’s two things that Wanderlei Silva has become known for in his post-fighting career, it’s posting creepy, borderline unintelligible videos to his social networks and threatening to slap the sh*t out of people. And while the man has arguably raised some good points about the state of fighter pay, it’s growing harder and harder to take him seriously when those points are threateningly delivered in a dimly-lit room while heavy metal and/or techno blasts in the background.

So a credit is due to Silva for stripping away some of the more distracting elements in his most recent effort, wherein he calls for an immediate rematch between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo and threatens to slap the “Notorious” one should they ever meet face to face.

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UFC 194 Aftermath: Prophecy Fulfilled


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Back in 2008, a fresh faced (well, maybe “fresh faced” is a little disingenuous) Conor McGregor was quoted as saying that he would be the future champion of the UFC’s lightweight division — “I’m the fucking future” was how he summed it up, I believe. Over the next four years, McGregor would put together a string of vicious performances that seemed to align with that belief, becoming CWFC’s first two-division champion in the process.

It was on April 6th, 2013 that McGregor was first tested on the world’s premier mixed martial arts stage, and to say that he passed with flying colors would be a bit of an understatement. McGregor tore through Marcus Brimage like tissue paper, starching the TUF 13 alum in just over a minute and collecting a well-earned 60 G’s (babayy!!) in bonus money to boot.

McGregor’s naysayers used a lot of words to describe his subsequent rise to fame — “protected,” “unearned,” and “all talk” among them — but time after time when it came to fight night, there McGregor would be, his hand raised, a thoroughly bewildered and semi-unconscious opponent beside him. He talked the talk, he walked the walk, and on Saturday, Conor McGregor fulfilled the prophecy that he and he alone created in devastating fashion.

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UFC 194: A Complete A-to-Z Preview


(Oh, just f*ck and get it over with already. via Getty.)

By Nasir Jabbar

The MMA gods have, for the most part, safely guided one of the most stacked cards in UFC history to fruition. Amidst those ever-prevalent claims of oversaturation, the UFC have mustered up an ubercard for the ages. Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo will finally defend his title against interim champion Conor McGregor. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on No.1 contender Luke Rockhold in the co-main event. Then you’ve got Romero vs. Souza, Maia vs. Nelson…the list goes on and on.

Nation, it’s been an emotional journey. An unprecedented world media tour. Fractured ribs. Interim titles. More heated staredowns. These have all led to this mammoth main-event. I don’t know about you, but I’m giddy with excitement as months of trash-talking all culminate this weekend. To honour this epic event, I’ve compiled an A-to-Z list previewing each and every aspect of UFC 194. Join me?

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Get Hype: ‘UFC 194 Embedded’ Is a Masterpiece of Buildup


(No, Jose, I WILL NOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!)

An eight city world media tour. Eleven months of anticipation. Countless interviews, insults, and face-to-face staredowns. A pair of injuries and a newly-established interim champion. It has been a long road to get to the biggest featherweight title fight in the history of the sport, but this weekend, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor will finally do battle.

But before they do, how about one last video to send your anticipation levels through the damn roof?

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Video: Conor McGregor’s Full Interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live


(“So Conor, how do *you* think Reebok is doing so far?”)

Conor McGregor, if nothing else, is one charismatic individual. He’s a quick thinker ( or perhaps “tinker”) and crack wit — as his back and forths with Urijah Faber on TUF 22 have demonstrated — and incredibly well-spoken when compared to the average fighter, even he if he does sometimes say things he later regrets.

Fame, respect, money, movement…these are all things that interest the “Notorious” one, and regardless of whether you think he’s “fake” or “real,” it would be tough to argue that he’s not achieving damn near every one of those tings. His interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night was a continuation of his meteoric rise since joining the UFC, and covered everything from the fallout of UFC 189 to his sparring match with “The Mountain” (which quickly escalated from playful sparring session into “a bare-knuckle body brawl,” according to the man himself) to which lavish, exotic pet he should buy after/if he beats Jose Aldo at UFC 194. FWIW, McGregor is leaning toward either tiger or monkey.

Check out the video after the jump.  

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Conor McGregor: Is He Real or Fake?

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The Conor McGregor story is about to hit its peak and what sucks is I think he’s fake.

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the guy. It was cool to think there was a badass walking around the planet with unmatched bravado and the skills to back it up. It was kind of like Conor was a Chael Sonnen who could actually win.

But there are three telltale signs that Conor will be a flash in the pan with the all too familiar meteoric rise to the top followed by a quick fall to retirement.

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[VIDEO] Here’s Conor McGregor Sparring With “The Mountain” From Game of Thrones

Perhaps aware of the fact that he has become the third most talked about thing on the Internet next to Game of Thrones fan theories and your mom, Conor McGregor recently decided to throw down with Hafthor Julius Bjornsson a.k.a “The Mountain” and film it for our entertainment. Why he decided to even playfully spar with a man who could vaporize either one of his already troubled knees with the slightest slip-up is beyond me, but then again, I suspect that the “Notorious” one never thinks that far ahead.

Thankfully for McGregor, this match did not end up with the 6’9, 418 pound goliath crushing his head in ala The Red Viper, who if you think about it, was essentially the Conor McGregor of his time: Cocky, yet collected, and more than likely underestimating his greatest opponent to date. (OH SNAP!)

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