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Conor McGregor

Interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has skyrocketed to the top of the MMA world since debuting inside the Octagon a short time ago.

Now, fresh off coaching the 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter, “Notorious” continues to hold nothing back in interviews.

“I’m the hardest working, highest paid fighter in the game,” he said, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “What I went through for my last fight – the preparation, all the world tours and press, re-injuring myself, facing a new opponent, then winning the belt and coming through the adversity was so much. Then the idea of getting locked in a house for TUF, I thought I can’t do that. But when we sat down on day one, I sat back and said, this is a great life. This is what I do this for and this is experience of the lifetime. I embraced it and had fun.”

McGregor coached opposite Urijah Faber on the show, which debuts on FOX Sports 1 this Wednesday, but will meet Jose Aldo to unify the featherweight titles later this year.

While the Irish fighter got along fine with Faber, another member of his team – and reigning bantamweight champion – T.J. Dillashaw was referred to by McGregor as a “snake in the grass.”

“You brought him to help you, but he’s a snake in the grass,” McGregor told Faber. “I sense disloyalty. It’s not that I don’t like T.J.; he’s harmless.”

While obtaining the unified featherweight title remains priority No. 1, a weight change is already on McGregor’s mind. Before signing with the UFC, he held both the featherweight and lightweight gold for Cage Warriors. The division is currently ruled by Rafael dos Anjos, who will defend vs. Donald Cerrone this December.

“I have my eyes on killing Jose and then going up and killing the lightweight division,” he said. “If Dos Anjos or Cerrone have the opportunity to fight me, they would. It changes your life when you fight me. Neither of them bring anything to the table. When you fight me, I can change your whole life. Chad went from taking home $48,000 to half a million flat. He ain’t hitting seven (figures) like me!”

ufc 191

Demetrious Johnson has been on a roll since the UFC created the flyweight division, turning back all challengers and laying claim to being one of the top fighters in the world.

Now, the current UFC 125-pound champion must turn back the challenge of John Dodson for a second time. The two meet Saturday night in the main event of UFC 191.

“My last five title defenses speak for themselves,” said the champion, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “I knocked out Joseph Benavidez, who had never been finished. I submitted Kyoji Horiguchi, who’s never been finished. I finished John Moraga, who had never been finished. I’m the champion and I’m getting better all around.”

The 29-year-old “Mighty Mouse” scored a 2013 decision win over Dodson and has locked up three submission, a knockout and a decision win since. And while he’s made quick work out of the likes of Chris Cariaso and Benavidez, he is still more than willing to push things as long as needed.

“I don’t make predictions,” he said. “It’s a long night and a lot of hard work, and I love working hard.”

As for those that believe the division will be “cleaned out” once Johnson faces Dodson a second time, the man atop it all isn’t buying that.

“Not at all. There’s still a menace in the division, undefeated Henry Cejudo,” he said. “If he gets past his next opponent, I’ll take away that zero from him.”

ufc 191

In a matter of hours, the UFC flyweight title will be on the line at UFC 191.

Before that goes down Saturday night, check out several fight replays featuring those who will step inside the Octagon.

Included in the videos below are fight replays between Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson, Frank Mir-Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski-Travis Browne and Dodson-Darrell Montague.

antonio rodrigo nogueira

Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has made his retirement official, joining the promotion as an Athlete Relations Ambassador for UFC Brazil moving forward.

The announcement was made in a press release on Tuesday.

“‘Big Nog’ is a legend in the sport of MMA,” UFC president Dana White said. “He is respected by fighters and fans worldwide. It has been an honor to watch him compete and I’m happy to see him retire. He will be a huge asset to the UFC, the athletes and the sport as an ambassador. I look forward to working with him in this new chapter of his life.”

The 39-year-old Nogueira completes his pro career with a record of 34-10-1 with one no-contest. He dropped his last three fights to Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and current UFC champion Fabricio Werdum.

During his illustrious career, Nogueira scored wins over Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Werdum, Mirko Cro Cop and Dan Henderson, while also fighting Fedor Emelianenko a number of times.

Along with his interim UFC title, he was also a Pride heavyweight champion, Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix runner-up and winner of numerous submission grappling championships.

“It’s a great pleasure and an honor for me to further my ties with the UFC. I’ve always had a passion to follow the development of new athletes and that’s what I intend to continue doing,” he said. “I want to help further the spread of MMA around the world and give my contribution to the emergence and development of young talent. I appreciate all the confidence that Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta have in me, and I believe we will reach big results together. I know that I can, and will, contribute much to the growth of our sport outside of the Octagon.”

Nogueira will provide services for a number of initiatives in the Brazil region, while also serving as a liaison for the organization between athletes, sponsors, media and government bodies. His role will also allow him to mentor young athletes and assist in identifying talent in Brazil as he has done throughout his career with his twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, under their gym banner.

ufc 191

The UFC flyweight championship will be on the line this Saturday night, as John Dodson challenges Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191.

Set for Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the main card airs live on pay-per-view after prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

This marks the second meeting between Johnson and Dodson, as “Mighty Mouse” was pushed to the distance by the former Ultimate Fighter winner the first time around.

Along with that contest, former UFC heavyweight champions Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski collide in the co-main event. Mir and Arlovski both find themselves in a career resurgence as of late, and the winner will be able to move one step closer to competing for the belt once more.

Also, two light heavyweight matches are scheduled, as former title contender Anthony Johnson meets Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson battles Jan Blachowicz.

Female strawweight prospect Paige VanZant returns, taking on Alex Chambers to start the main card.

Ross Pearson-Paul Felder highlight the prelim lineup, along with Francisco Rivera-John Lineker, Jessica Andrade-Raquel Pennington and Tiago Trator-Clay Collard.

Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings and Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie air on Fight Pass beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

FightLine will have you covered all week with the latest news, along with weigh-ins and fight night coverage of the event.

Check out the complete lineup, along with the PPV promo video, below:

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

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers


Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Paul Felder

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. John Lineker

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Featherweight: Tiago Trator vs. Clay Collard


Middleweight: Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings

Lightweight: Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie

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