Conor McGregor LATEST – Notorious medically SUSPENDED until January, Bisping says he should fire coach, updates

CONOR McGREGOR has reacted after undergoing surgery on his broken leg, and is still taking cheap shots at Dustin Poirier online.

The fight was the third in the trilogy and now UFC boss Dana White has confirmed they will fight again for a FOURTH time.

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  • Joe Brophy

    PARTING OF THE WAYS

    Michael Bisping believes Conor McGregor should sever ties with John Kavanagh “immediately”.

    He told BT Sport’s UFC 264 post-fight show: “Just like his coach John Kavanagh said, he said ‘oh, I saw nothing that concerned me.

    “I knew that in the second round we were getting the knockout. Nothing else in there concerned me at all.’ If that’s true, John Kavanagh, Conor should fire you immediately,.

    “That was very concerning, you were on your back and you were getting dominated. It was a 10-8 round, that’s concerning. You don’t want to get your ass kicked, simple as that and that was what was happening.

    “The leg break was unfortunate. But, as I say it gives McGregor an excuse or a reason as to why the fight ended.

    “If that didn’t happen, come on the odds of him turning it around and finishing Dustin in the second round when round one is supposed to be Conor’s best round, it wasn’t good. It wasn’t a good performance.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM CRUZ

    The 36-year-old added: “There’s been times where I’ve felt not right with my stoppages, but I still take responsibility for the loss itself.

    “I still put myself in that position to lose and when you take responsibility, you can start shifting from the loss.

    “We’re not seeing that, and that’s what I think is gonna stop him the most from succeeding moving forward.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAC ATTACK

    Dominick Cruz has blasted Conor McGregor for the way he handled his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

    The former bantamweight champion said: “After multiple losses like that, you tend to sit on your hands and shut up.

    “We’re not seeing that. We’re not seeing the silence. We’re not seeing the humility. We’re not seeing the vulnerability that he put in place to put himself in a position where you may or may not win.

    “You’re not exercising the vulnerability that, yeah, you just showed that you lost. This is the game.

    “There’s a position where you get smashed sometimes, and you have to accept that as a fighter.

    “That is part of why we do martial arts, is to accept the losses and the wins and grow from them.

    “When you don’t accept these losses, how do you grow? How do you fill the gap?”

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING UFC FANS

    Dustin Poirier says ‘anything is possible’ when quizzed about a fourth fight with Conor McGregor.

    He explained: “Anything is possible. I just have to get with my family, and see what's next.

    “You never wanna see someone injured like that. The recovery is gonna be hard and losing.”

    Meanwhile, McGregor has suffered a further blow by falling to seventh in the UFC lightweight rankings after defeat to Poirier.

    The Irishman is now behind Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos in the listing.

    And Poirier remains No1 to challenge Charles Oliveira for his lightweight belt.

    Finally, Khabib Nurmagomedov said McGregor is 'FINISHED' after defeat at UFC 264 – and would lose to Poirier and Nate Diaz again.

    Khabib said: “If he want to come back, OK, make him fight one more time with Dustin Poirier and finish this guy.

    “I think [that’s] what UFC going to do with him or maybe make his fight versus Nate. But both of them, I think he’s going to lose.

    "With broken legs, he’s never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don’t believe [he’ll return to the top].

    "Conor have good age, but what happened with his mind, legs — this guy is finished, but he’s good for promotion.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MAC ON TOP

    Conor McGregor may have lost three of his last four fights – but no UFC star has anything like the pulling power of the Irishman.

    Saturday's defeat to Dustin Poirier is thought to have landed as the second most-watched pay-per-view event in the franchise's history.

    UFC chief Dana White estimated after the one-round showdown that as many as 1.8million people paid up and tuned into the Las Vegas spectacle.

    That leaves it behind only the Notorious' 2018 epic with Khabib Nurmagomedov in the MMA company's PPV history.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ON THE PAUL

    Pauli Malignaggi offered Conor McGregor a winner-takes-all fight and said his sparring rival can only get more money against Jake Paul.

    He explained: "I mean, I wouldn't put it past anything but I don't think Conor McGregor is ever going to want to fight me.

    "The only way that I'd fight Conor McGregor is if it's winner-takes-all at this point.

    "I wouldn't fight Conor McGregor, there wouldn't be any kind of negotiations it's either winner-takes-all or we don't fight.

    "At this point he's got everybody convinced he's better and there's more than enough money in the pot.

    "He makes more money fighting me than anybody else other than maybe Jake Paul.

    "So, I don't see him taking that kind of deal, so there's probably not going to be a fight."

  • Anthony Chapman

    CALL A KHAB

    Khabib Nurmagomedov said Conor McGregor is 'FINISHED' after defeat at UFC 264 and would lose to Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz again.

    Khabib said: “If he want to come back, OK, make him fight one more time with Dustin Poirier and finish this guy.

    “I think [that’s] what UFC going to do with him or maybe make his fight versus Nate. But both of them, I think he’s going to lose.

    "With broken legs, he’s never going to kick the same. With him, no, I don’t believe [he’ll return to the top].

    "Conor have good age, but what happened with his mind, legs — this guy is finished, but he’s good for promotion.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    CON THE WAY DOWN

    Conor McGregor has suffered a further blow by falling to seventh in the UFC lightweight rankings after defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    The Irishman is now behind Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos in the listing.

    Meanwhile, Poirier remains No1 to challenge Charles Oliveira for his lightweight belt.

  • Anthony Chapman

    IT’S STILL CON

    Colby Covington said Conor McGregor's 'pride and ego' will prevent him from retiring as he was backed to 'face adversity'.

    Covington explained: "He has so much ego and he has so much pride on the line.

    "So he’s going to want to come back from this and prove the critics and the doubters wrong and show his true charter and show that he can face adversity.

    "Because everybody, we all face our ups and downs in our life, we all have adversity that we have to handle.

    "We have to overcome these negative situations in our lives so we’ll see how he comes back from it.

    "But I do think his pride and ego will bring him back to the game."

  • Anthony Chapman

    POIR BLIMEY

    Dustin Poirier says ‘anything is possible’ when quizzed about a fourth fight with Conor McGregor.

    He explained: “Anything is possible. I just have to get with my family, and see what's next.

    “You never wanna see someone injured like that. The recovery is gonna be hard and losing.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    KNEESY DOES IT

    Anthony Joshua showed off his MMA-style flying knee while training with ex-UFC middleweight Luke Barnatt.

    The unified heavyweight champion is currently holidaying in Spain before returning to his training camp back home for his defence agains Oleksandr Usyk.

    But despite the getaway, AJ is still staying active by visiting Barnatt's gym.

    He uploaded a video hitting the pads with one of his coaches, Angel Fernandez, as they prepare to fight Usyk in September.

    However, Joshua, 31, then switched it up by trying his hand at MMA, getting a striking masterclass from Barnatt, who last fought in December 2020.

    AJ drilled kicks, one-two's and most impressively flying knees, one of which Barnatt pretended knocked him out.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    PULLING HIS LEG

    Floyd Mayweather has poked fun at Conor McGregor after the Irishman suffered a horror leg break in his defeat to Dustin Poirier on Saturday night.

    Money Mayweather uploaded a photo of McGregor sat in an armchair with his left ankle photo-shopped so it was at a 90 degree angle.

    The American captioned the post: "Y’all got it twisted! I like how his shoes fit. Now, do the stanky leg."

    It received more than 1.6million likes.

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  • Sandra Brobbey

    MCGREGOR SUSPENSION

    Conor McGregor has been given a medical suspension until January 2022 unless he receives orthapedic authorisation to fight following his left leg fracture.

    This Insider's Alan Dawson says the Notorious, 32, is barred from sparring until early to mid-August in line with MMA regulations.

    The announcement comes three days after McGregor was defeated via TKO by American UFC star Dustin Poirier.

  • Sandra Brobbey

    FLUKE WIN

    Colby Covington has rubbished Dustin Poirier's dramatic defeat of Conor McGregor.

    And the outspoken UFC ace accused his compatriot of using his wife Jolie as "a prop".

    US-born fighter Covington was commenting on Poirier's TKO victory against McGregor who snapped his leg during the clash.

    Covington told Fanatics View: “I thought it showed the ‘charitable, nice guy,’ the true character of Dustin ‘The Doofus’ Poirier.

    “He’s out there strutting in front of Conor’s face. Obviously, it was a fluke. Conor broke his leg. It was a fluke decision ending. 

    “It wasn’t a knockout, it wasn’t a clear-cut decision, it wasn’t a submission.

    "The guy is out there strutting in front of the guy’s face at a downfall when (McGregor) made his career and did everything for Dustin to give him this big fight.

    “I thought it was funny. It showed his true colours, character – he’s got his little prop, his wife Jolie out there. Obviously, she’s a prop."

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    ROGAN WRONG

    Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh has slammed UFC for allowing Joe Rogan to interview the fighter moments after his shocking leg break.

    The pair conversed in the Octagon with McGregor Dustin Poirier and his wife after the America fighter beat him via a TKO.

    During an Instagram Live Q&A Kavanagh said: “I have my opinions on that.

    “Like his foot is literally hanging down. It’s a clean fracture of the fibula and tibia. It went straight through.

    “His foot is hanging down. You can only imagine the rush of hormones and the pain, it was on fire.

    "And then someone sits down and sticks a microphone under your face like ‘how are you feeling right now?

    "Let’s say I was pretty miffed at that idea of shoving a microphone in someone’s face at that stage. Let’s gather ourselves. Anyways look, what’s happened has happened.”

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    KHABIB COMEBACK

    Dana White is hoping to lure Khabib Nurmagomedev out of retirement and into a dream clash with Georges St-Pierre.

    But the Russian UFC icon is insisting he has no intention of returning to the Octagon.

    Nurmagomedev is undefeated at 29-0 with his last clash taking place in October 2020 when he beat Justin Gaethje before retiring.

    And the MMA hero reckons Conor McGregor's career is done and dusted following his loss to Dustin Poirier.

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  • Sandra Brobbey

    CONOR CAREER FEAR

    Khabib Nurmagomedov reckons Conor McGregor needs to call time on his Octagon career and claims the Notorious is "finished" as a fighter.

    The Dagestan-born former UFC champion, who retired in 2020, defeated McGregor in an unforgettable title bout in October 2018.

    And the mixed martial artist, who was the UFC's was longest-reigning lightweight champion, reckons the industry should back away from encouraging McGregor.

    Nurmagomedov, 32, told ESPN: "All the time we hear that money and fame change people. No.

    "When money and fame come, these two things show who you are. And what has [McGregor] done?

    "He punched an old guy [in a bar in 2019]. You guys can watch everything he did and understand, it's just like Dustin said, 'This guy is a bag of s***.

    "I saw a lot of tweets try to support him. How are you gonna support this guy? When kids, young generation watch him, watch this sport? 

    "If the MMA community is going to support these bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way."

    McGregor suffered a brutal leg injury during his UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier

     

  • Sandra Brobbey

    LOW BLOW

    Conor McGregor is showing no signs of easing off with his jibes at Dustin Poirier.

    MMA Junkie claims the Notorious, who lost on a TKO at UFC 264tweeted and deleted screenshots of Poirier, 32, and his wife Jolie.

    These include a picture from Mateusz Gamrot's Instagram page of Poirier holding his ankle and a photo of the American martial artist smiling with his daughter Parker.

    MMA Junkie captured the screen grabs of the social media posts shared days after McGregor endured a brutal leg break at UFC 264.

    In two deleted posts McGregor reportedly refers to himself as "a nasty dude" and "a dangerous man".

    The former two-weight champion, 32,is recovering from an operation on the injury.

    And it is thought UFC president Dana White is already mulling over a fourth fight between the rivals.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING UFC FANS

    Conor McGregor was ‘well on track' to 'getting a finish' against Dustin Poirier before his horror injury, coach John Kavanagh said.

    He explained: “It was going fantastic. I thought he looked really, really good in there.

    "I wasn’t concerned at all. I was actually really, really happy. At the 4:30 mark or even the 4:45 mark, everything is gravy.

    "I thought energy looked good, technique looked good.

    "A few adjustments in between rounds, and I thought round two we were well on track to getting a finish there, or keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.”

    Kavanagh also believes McGregor is finally ‘peaking’ aged 33.

    He added: “He truly loves this and it’s hard to imagine him not wanting to come back, not wanting to do this again.

    "Because we really just got this fantastic rhythm.

    "He’s turning 33, which to me is a peaking time where strength meets conditioning and mental and physical and spiritual maturity, everything’s coming together.

    "I think we have a couple of years of this ahead of us.”

    Finally, Poirier has been branded a 'dirtbag' by former team-mate Colby Covington for his post-fight celebrations.

    Covington said: "I thought it showed the 'charitable nice guy', the true character of Poirier last night.

    "He's out there strutting in Conor's face. Obviously, it was a fluke. Conor breaks his leg, it was a fluke decision ending.

    "It wasn't a knockout, it wasn't a clear-cut decision, it wasn't a submission.

    "And the guy's out there strutting in front of the guy's face at his downfall when that guy made his career and did everything for Dustin to give him this big fight.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    GOR BLIMEY

    Conor McGregor wanted to do charity wheelchair boxing match after his horror leg injury, his head coach revealed.

    John Kavanagh explained: "Conor had volunteered to be the co-main event where he was gonna box, there's a guy called Al Foran who is an impressionist.

    "You might have seen him do some of Conor's impressions. So Conor's gonna fight Conor in the co-main event."

    "So Conor was going to fight Conor in the co-main event, which I thought was quite funny, he was accepting his first ever co-main slot.

    "He's been main-event for a couple years now. But anyway in the heat of all this he just turned and went, 'You know, I'm gonna do the wheelchair boxing fight now'.

    "Because, he's off his feet for a while. He made a joke about that."

  • Anthony Chapman

    RETURN OF THE MAC

    Conor McGregor is entering 'peaking time' ahead of his 33rd birthday with his coach ruling out retirement.

    John Kavanagh said: “He truly loves this and it’s hard to imagine him not wanting to come back, not wanting to do this again.

    "Because we really just got this fantastic rhythm.

    "He’s turning 33, which to me is a peaking time where strength meets conditioning and mental and physical and spiritual maturity, everything’s coming together.

    "I think we have a couple of years of this ahead of us.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    LOOKING GOOD

    Conor McGregor was ‘well on track' to 'getting a finish' against Dustin Poirier before his horror injury, coach John Kavanagh said.

    He explained: “It was going fantastic. I thought he looked really, really good in there.

    "I wasn’t concerned at all. I was actually really, really happy. At the 4:30 mark or even the 4:45 mark, everything is gravy.

    "I thought energy looked good, technique looked good.

    "A few adjustments in between rounds, and I thought round two we were well on track to getting a finish there, or keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    ‘IT’S SAD’

    Logan Paul said 'RIP Conor McGregor’s career' and claimed the UFC legend's star power has now plummeted 'into the ground'.

    Paul tweeted: “Damn. crazy to see a star with such a meteoric rise literally plummet into the ground just a few years later.

    "It’s sad tbh. RIP Conor McGregor’s career."

  • Anthony Chapman

    CROSSROADS

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  • Anthony Chapman

    CON ARTIST

    Conor McGregor mocked Floyd Mayweather for winning only $35,000 after his loss at UFC 264.

    Mayweather, who beat the Irishman in 2017, revealed he bet $50,000 on McGregor to lose in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.

    It meant Mayweather collected $85,000 in return, making a $35,000 profit at the expense of his ex-opponent.

    But McGregor reacted by tweeting '35k' with two laughing emojis.

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