MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/1/18: Conor McGregor addresses Khabib Nurmagomedov and the UFC via Twitter rant (w/ Heydorn’s analysis)


Conor McGregor (photo credit Adam Hunger © USA Today Sports)

It didn’t take long for Conor McGregor to make news in 2018. In an early morning Twitter rant today, McGregor addressed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s dominant win at UFC 219 and ferociously requested that the UFC beg him to come back if they want him in 2018.

In the tweets, McGregor said regarding Nurmagomedov’s victory, “That Dagestani was dog shit the other night you’s are all nuts. Game full of sloppy bums asking to be slept. Pay me my worth and Kings back.” He continued by calling out the UFC saying, “Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me. Otherwise I don’t give a bollox.
My whiskey is out this year and thats Diddy bread.” The exact tweets are below.

Conor McGregor has been the UFC lightweight world champion for over a year now and has yet to defend the championship once. Tony Ferguson is the interim champion in the division and top contender, Khabib Nurmagomedov, convincingly decimated Edson Barboza at UFC 219. Both Ferguson and Khabib have called on McGregor to defend or vacate his title.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Conor McGregor sure knows how to ring in the new year huh? As the days go buy, its gets clearer and clearer that he needs to defend the lightweight championship. Talk is talk, but its time to stop the talk and sign on to fight. That said, McGregor is right when he calls on the UFC to pay him what he’s worth. The days of McGregor fighting in the octagon for 3-4 million dollars are over. He’s worth infinitley more than that and it makes perfect sense for him to demand more to do his job. The UFC would be foolish not to creatively find ways to pay McGregor in order to get a big event on the calendar for the year and sort out the lightweight title situation. That said, if I’m McGregor I’d be a bit worried about fighting Nurmagomedov. He has a relentless skill set that would pose major problems for him. Luckily for him, Ferguson is the interim champion and would be first in line for the fight. The pieces are on the table. Now the UFC needs to sit down and get the puzzle put together.


Mackenzie Dern’s UFC debut is scheduled. World renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist, Mackenzie Dern, will make her UFC debut on March 3rd in Las Vegas at UFC 222 against Ashley Yoder. Dern made her MMA debut in 2016 and is 5-0 since. Yoder is on a two fight losing streak in the UFC.

Cyborg sees Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson as future opponents. At the UFC 219 post-fight press conference, Cyborg said, “I don’t like to fight somebody from Brazil, but if she (Nunes) wants to fight me, I’ll fight anyone Dana White puts in front of me.” “But I say Megan Anderson, because she’s 145 pounds and I’d like my division to grow. They need to invest, you need to put the girls at 145.”

Heydorn’s Analysis: I’d enjoy watching both of these fights. Cyborg would certainly take care of business in both, but each would be interesting in its own way. Cyborg is right when she says UFC needs to invest and grow the 145 pound division. She’s a great fighter, but clearly knows the business of fighting as well.

Conor McGregor sends Floyd Mayweather a message. In addition to McGregor reacting to Khabib and calling out the UFC this morning, he also had a message for Floyd Mayweather. Via his Twitter account (of course), McGregor said, “Shin bone to the cheek bone. The rule set kept you out the funeral home.” The quote came alongside a doctored picture of McGregor kneeing Mayweather in the face.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Well, it was the rule set that you agreed to right Conor? The two fought in a boxing match. All criticism of Floyd at this point for the “rule set” is a pretty bad cop out on the part of McGregor. I get it though, he’s angling and working to persuade Mayweather to sign with the UFC so he can get the payday he believes he deserves.

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