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Conor McGregor

Any thought of seeing Conor McGregor compete again early in 2017 was wiped away by UFC president Dana White recently.

White told the LA Times that the reigning UFC lightweight and featherweight champion will not fight before May after revealing that his girlfriend is pregnant following UFC 205.

“He won’t fight before May,” White said. “His girl (Dee Devlin) gets super stressed out when he fights. He doesn’t want her having any of that stress while she’s pregnant. He’s good. He should take time off. He’s been fighting nonstop. Nothing wrong with him taking time off. It’s good for him and her, and it’s good for the baby.”

McGregor became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight classes at the same time when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez. Last year, he claimed the featherweight championship with a finish of Jose Aldo.

ufc fight night 99

Ahead of their fights this Saturday, check out what those set to compete at UFC Fight Night 99 had to say during a press event earlier this week.

The card airs on FOX Sports 1 from Brazil, with Ryan Bader taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event.

Ryan Bader: “Our first fight happened six years ago and I feel that I have grown a lot as a fighter since then. The way that I win may be the same, but I want them to see that I improved a lot. I have fought in Brazil, I respect my opponent and the Brazilian fans. Energy is energy even if it is against me, I feel their passion and that motivates me.”

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: I started doing this sport when almost nobody knew it in Brazil and today I am headlining a card in the country. It’s a dream come true, without a doubt. This fight means a lot to me. Besides the rematch, it confirms the good moment I am in after knocking out (Pat) Cummins in Curitiba. Bader is a strategic guy, strong, likes to go to the ground, but I am conscious of everything that I need to do to take out his game.

Thomas Almeida: “I’m always going to be looking for the knockout, the same way that I do in every fight. It’s very good to fight at home, it’s extra fuel to get the job done well. I want to secure my place among the best in the division. I know that people talk, but there is no easy opponent in the UFC, everyone is good and every fight is different. The pressure will always be there, whether you are on a winning streak or coming off a loss.”

Albert Morales: Thomas is a strong fighter who will be fighting at home, with the whole crowd there to support him, but I like to feel pressured. My plan is to imagine that the cheers of the crowd are for me rather than for him. But the truth is that I feel that my moment is here and I can see myself submitting him. That is my goal.

Claudia Gadelha: I transformed myself into a new athlete, much more focused on what I need to do. The time I spent in the United States taught me the right way to train and I feel very good about my body and my health. Cortney is a very big and strong girl for the division and I believe that she will use that as an advantage over me. I can’t stop in front of her, I have to impose my game and that is what is going to happen. I can guarantee that it will be an MMA fight, everything will happen.

Cortney Casey: I am very excited about being in Brazil, the people here are amazing, and I can’t wait to have a big performance on Saturday. I hope for a good fight, very aggressive, where I intend on focusing on my wresting to win. Claudia Gadelha is number one in the division, she is a very good and strong fighter, but my idea is to keep my game plan and shock the world.

Warlley Alves: It may be a knockout, a submission, it doesn’t matter, I just want to leave with a win. Kamaru is a very tough athlete. He likes to fight moving forward and he is strong. In reality there is no weak fighter in the UFC. Both of us were on The Ultimate Fighter and won, so I believe that a win would make me the winner of his season. In all seriousness, this is a win that I want more for me personally than professional. I need this win.

Kamaru Usman: He is young and strong but I am sure that I have much more experience than him in this game. If he comes to fight the same way he came in for his last fights, I am sure that it won’t be a good day for him. I will stay loose, do my game and show the skills that people have not yet seen in the UFC.

ufc 205

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 205.

Tonight’s historic card comes to us from Madison Square Garden in New York City – a first for the promotion since the state legalized MMA.

We will have three title fights, including a main event between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor. With a win, McGregor would become the first UFC fighter to ever hold two belts at the same time, and just the third to ever be a two-division champion.

Also, Tyron Woodley defends the welterweight title vs. Stephen Thompson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her strawweight gold up for grabs vs. fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

The rest of the pay-per-view main card features Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero and Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington. A planned welterweight contest between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum was scrapped when Gastelum failed to even attempt to weigh-in.

Enjoy the extended preview and take a look at the fight card on the following page. And remember to check back later today for complete coverage on FightLine:

ufc 205

After years of fighting, the UFC will finally set up the Octagon in Madison Square Garden this Saturday night for UFC 205.

In the main event, featherweight champion Conor McGregor challenges Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, while both the welterweight and strawweights are also on the line.

The UFC was the driving force behind legalizing MMA in New York, and this card has all the makings of a memorable one.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Lightweight Championship
Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Conor McGregor

UFC Welterweight Championship
Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson

UFC Strawweight Championship
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Middleweight: Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero

Welterweight: Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Female Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson

Middleweight: Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans

Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller

Middleweight: Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal

Female Bantamweight: Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

On episode one of UFC 205 Embedded, it’s all business for the stars of New York City’s first-ever UFC event. Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez chalks up a win after his media call with opponent and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

McGregor pushes himself in training, while strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk combines hydration with motivation. Strawweight challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz follows a mitt session with a big-city shopping trip.

Welterweight title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson continues his normal duties as a karate teacher and a mixed martial arts student, while champion Tyron Woodley also keeps his family close even in the gym.

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