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ufc 200

After a couple of days of “radio silence,” UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has disclosed his side of the story.

In an extended post on his official Facebook page, McGregor stated that he is willing to fly to New York for UFC 200-related media and that he is not retired.

The entire statement can be found below:

I am just trying to do my job and fight here.
I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.
I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting.
There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.
50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this.
Nothing else was going through my mind.
It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life.
Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Conneticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the nobody gives a fuck morning show did not get me this life.
Talking to some lady that deep down doesn’t give a fuck about what I’m doing, but just wants some sound bites so she can maybe get her little tight ass a nice raise, and I’m cool with that too, I’ve been giving you all raises. But I need to focus on me now.
I’m coming for my revenge here.
I flew an entire team to Portugal and to Iceland to make my adjustments in preparation and fix my errors I made with the weight and the cardio prep.
With the right adjustments and the right focus, I will finish what I started in that last fight.
I will not do this if I am back on the road handing out flyers again.
I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus. I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment.
But it was denied.
There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me.
So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them.
And all with one tweet.
Keep that 10 mill to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good.
I must isolate myself now.
I am facing a taller, longer and heavier man. I need to prepare correctly this time.
I can not dance for you this time.
It is time for the other monkeys to dance. I’ve danced us all the way here.
Nate’s little mush head looks good up on that stage these days. Stuff him in front of the camera for it.
He came in with no shit to do that last one. I’d already done press conferences, interviews and shot the ads before RDA pulled out.
Maybe I’ll hit Cabo this time and skull some shots pre-fight with no obligation.
I’m doing what I need for me now.
It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way.
I feel the $400million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway.
I am still ready to go for UFC 200.
I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions.
If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say.
For the record also –
For USADA and for the UFC and my contract stipulations –
I AM NOT RETIRED.

ufc 197

It’s not Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier 2, but UFC 197 still has plenty to offer this Saturday night.

In the main event, Jones returns from a year-long hiatus to face Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light heavyweight title live on pay-per-view. He was slated to meet Cormier before an injury knocked the reigning UFC champion out.

Also, Henry Cejudo challenges Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight belt in the co-main event, while Anthony Pettis battles Edson Barboza and Rafael Natal faces Robert Whittaker from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Below is the current lineup:

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

Interim UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Jon Jones vs. Ovince Saint Preux

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo

Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza

Middleweight: Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker

Featherweight: Yair Rodriguez vs. Andre Fili

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

Flyweight: Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis

Strawweight: Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima

Welterweight: Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele

Lightweight: James Vick vs. Glaico Franca

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

Light Heavyweight: Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. Efrain Escudero

benson henderson

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson tries to make history by capturing the welterweight title at Bellator 153 this Friday night.

Henderson makes his promotional debut vs. champion Andrey Koreshkov in the main event on Spike TV from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Following his UFC contract expiring, Henderson opted to sign with Bellator instead of remaining a contender inside the Octagon.

Along with Koreshkov-Henderson, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire tries to remain on a path back to the featherweight title when he meets Henry Corrales, who replaced John Teixeira in the co-main event.

Brennan Ward battles Evangelista Santos, Michael Page meets Jeremie Holloway and Brent Primus takes on Glierstone Santos to round out the main card.

Below is the current card:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/8 p.m. ET)

Bellator Welterweight Championship
Andrey Koreshkov (c) vs. Benson Henderson

Featherweight: Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Henry Corrales

Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. Evangelista Santos

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Jeremie Holloway

Lightweight: Brent Primus vs. Gleristone Santos

PRELIMINARY CARD (FightLine.com)

Welterweight: Chris Honeycutt vs. Matt Secor

Welterweight: Djamil Chan vs. Richard Patishnock

Lightweight: Sam Watford vs. Dean Hancock

Featherweight: Chris Foster vs. Felipe Lavandoski

Lightweight: Jason Bakanowski vs. T.J. Hepburn

Featherweight: Pete Rogers vs. Mike Mangan

Light Heavyweight: Mike Zichelle vs. Joe Cronin

Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Keith Richardson

Middleweight: Tim Caron vs. Justin Sumter

Bantamweight: Blair Tugman vs. Jay Perrin

ufc on fox 19

Glover Teixeira made an impact heard around the light heavyweight division Saturday night, knocking out former UFC champion Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC on FOX 19.

Teixeira, a one-time title contender, landed less than two minutes into the opening round, stunning and finishing “Suga” inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Rose Namajunas avenged a previous decision loss to Tecia Torres, earning a victory in the co-main event. The win was the first for the former Ultimate Fighter finalist that was not via stoppage.

Khabib Nurmagomedov turned back upset-minded Darrell Horcher, finishing the UFC newcomers in the second round, while Cub Swanson bested Hacran Dias to begin the main card.

Michael Chiesa, Raquel Pennington, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Michael Graves, John Dodson, Cezar Ferreira and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos earned prelim victories.

Dos Santos and his opponent, Omari Akhmedov, were awarded the “Fight of the Night,” while Teixeira and Chiesa picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses.

The attendance was announced at 11,273 with a live gate of $1.057 million.

Complete results cane be found below:

Glover Teixeira def. Rashad Evans via KO (strike) at 1:48 of Round 1

Rose Namajunas def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Darrell Horcher via TKO (strikes) at 3:38 of Round 2

Cub Swanson def. Hacran Dias via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Michael Chiesa def. Beneil Dariush via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 2

Raquel Pennington def. Bethe Correia via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Court McGee via TKO (strikes) at 4:15 of Round 1

Michael Graves def. Randy Brown via submission (rear-naked choked) at 2:31 of Round 2

John Dodson def. Manny Gamburyan via TKO (strikes) at :47 of Round 1

Cezar Ferreira def. Oluwale Bamgbose via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Omari Akhmedov via TKO (strikes) at 3:03 of Round 3

UFC 199

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, BJ Penn’s official Octagon return will come this June against Dennis Siver at UFC 199.

Penn (16-10-2) last fought in 2014 when he was finished by Frankie Edgar in the third round. The former two-division UFC champion is 0-3-1 over his last four, including decision losses to Rory MacDonald and Nick Diaz.

“The Prodigy” announced earlier this year that he would return to action, moving his training to New Mexico with Jackson-Wink MMA.

Siver (22-11) is coming off back-to-back defeats at the hands of Tatsuya Kawajiri and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, and is just 1-3 with a no-contest over his last five fights. He had won six of seven between 2010-12.

Joining Penn-Siver will be two title fights, as Luke Rockhold defends his middleweight belt vs. Chris Weidman and Dominick Cruz defends his bantamweight gold vs. Urijah Faber.

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