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Dana White to Mike Tyson on UFC 249: ‘I’m gonna try to pull of Tony vs. Khabib… and get some normalcy’

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"I'm gonna try to pull of Tony vs. Khabib on April 18 and try to get some normalcy back into this country."

UFC president Dana White has insisted for weeks that he will do everything in his power to keep the UFC 249 main event between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson together for its originally slated April 18 date. The promotion has postponed or cancelled at least three events with any upcoming dates looking questionable because of localized restrictions.

UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson had been scheduled for Brooklyn, but New York is the hardest hit state when it comes to the covid-19 pandemic. State officials notified White early on that UFC 249 would not be allowed to take place in New York on April 18. He's been trying to hold it together ever since.

Even though much of the United States has shelter in place orders or is at least urging extremely restricted movement, White has continued to work on keeping Khabib vs. Ferguson intact to one degree or another. If he does pull it off, the fight card is surely going to look nothing like the original plan.

"Every day that I work on this thing, I get another curve ball thrown at me when I wake up," White said in an interview on Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson. "Every time we plan something, it falls apart. Gotta redo it, redo it. I have four or five locations right now. We're getting this deal done. Then we're gonna figure out who we can get in, who we can't, and build a card around it."

White has been the focus of much scrutiny when it comes to his insistence upon keeping the UFC 249 event together on April 18, but he says he has followed all the restrictions put in place by the U.S. and Nevada. 

White complying, but questions pandemic response

While he praised the actions of longtime friend President Donald Trump and Nevada Governer Steve Sisolak, White questioned whether or not it was the right move to largely shut down the entire world in trying to reduce the spread of the pandemic.

"Everybody is running and hiding. I'm one of those guys that would rather get out there and find solutions. How do we figure this out? How do we beat this thing? Listen, if you are somebody that is a high risk, you should probably stay away and stay quarantined for a while, but what happens when flu season comes again next year? What's gonna happen then?" White pondered.

"I think in a year or two, we're gonna go 'holy s--t,' we shut down the whole world for this thing."

Despite his outlook on the situation, White added that he has been complying with restrictions and will continue to do so. In fact, he said he's taken advantage of the time he's spent self-quarantined with his family.

"I'm looking at the positive side, just spending time with my family, hanging out at my house and doing things that I don't normally get to do. I been working out like crazy. I'm gonna come out of this thing better than I went in," said White.

"I've been a good boy. I'be been doing what I've been told to do. I've been locked in my house. Everybody is complying, so we'll see how this thing plays out."


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Mike Tyson interviews Dana White about UFC 249 and covid-19 pandemic

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Watch Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title fight with Dan Hardy: UFC 111 free fight video

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Georges St-Pierre is widely regarded as the greatest welterweight champion in UFC history, if not the greatest fighter in history.

Throughout his career, St-Pierre defeated the likes of Michael Bisping, Matt Serra, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Johnny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, Frank Trigg, and many, many more. 

St-Pierre was the epitome of the modern day mixed martial artist. He took the blueprint that Frank Shamrock laid out for him, improved upon it, and then perfected it. 

His most impressive moment may have been returning from a near four-year layoff to move up a weight class and take the middleweight strap from Bisping in 2017. But there were many other great moments along the way, like this epic battle with former contender and current UFC commentator Dan Hardy.

Watch the full epic battle between Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy from UFC 111, which took place on March 27, 2010, in Newark, N.J.


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Watch ‘The Korean Zombie’ pull off the first Twister in UFC history

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Nine years ago "The Korean Zombie," Chan Sung Jung, made his UFC debut and submitted Leonard Garcia with the first ever Twister in UFC history. Jung was the only person to win by Twister inside the Octagon until December 2019 when Bryce Mitchell defeated Matt Sayles by the rare submission.

TRENDING > Jon Jones arrest video for DWI and negligent gun use released

Jon Jones arrest video for DWI and negligent gun use released

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested early Thursday, March 26, by Albuquerque Police for aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm.

Video footage from one of the arresting officer's lapel camera reveals Jones's sobriety test and his eventual arrest.

Jones was arrested at 1:01 a.m. after police responded to reports of gunshots and found him in the driver’s seat of his 2019 Jeep with the engine running and the vehicle in park. Jones denied firing a gun, but appeared intoxicated to officers.

The 32-year-old failed a field sobriety test. Later, Jones took two breathalyzers and registered above the legal limit both times.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a black handgun under the driver’s seat and a bottle of Recuerdo (alcohol) behind the passenger seat. He was arrested and booked for aggravated driving while intoxicated, negligent use of a firearms, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.

Jones is expected to have a bond arraignment hearing on April 8.


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Jon Jones arrest: Albuquerque police officers detail his DWI, negligent gun use arrest

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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested early Thursday morning by Albuquerque Police for aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm. The arresting officers provided their accounts of the circumstances surrounding Jones's arrest.

Jones was arrested at 1:01 a.m. after police responded to reports of gunshots and found him in the driver’s seat of his 2019 Jeep with the engine running and the vehicle in park. Jones denied firing a gun, but appeared intoxicated to officers.

The 32-year-old failed a field sobriety test. Later, Jones took two breathalyzers and registered above the legal limit both times.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a black handgun under the driver’s seat and a bottle of Recuerdo (alcohol) behind the passenger seat. He was arrested and booked for aggravated driving while intoxicated, negligent use of a firearms, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.

Jones is expected to have a bond arraignment hearing on April 8.


TRENDING > Video: Fighters react to Jon Jones being arrested for DWI and Gun Charge


The Albuquerque Police Department officers on the scene of Jones's latest arrest, officers Jason Brown and Brian Johnson, provided details of the incident in their arrest report:

Officer Jason Brown on Jon Jones's March 26 arrest:

"On 3-26-20 at about (12:58 a.m.), I was at 3rd and Central in the parking lot. I heard a single gun shot to the west on Central. I drove west on Central and observed a black Jeep on the south side of the street parked in front of 312 Central. I observed a male in the driver’s seat and a subject on the sidewalk by the passenger side door. I observed no other subjects in the area. I pulled up behind the vehicle and turned on my overhead lights. The vehicle was running. I contacted the driver and asked him to roll down the vehicle windows. I observed an open bottle of alcohol on the floor behind the passenger seat. It was a 1/4 full bottle of Recuerdo, 40 percent alcohol. I asked the driver to hand me the bottle. I also observed that he had green leafy substance on his shirt and pants, consistent with marijuana. I identified the driver as Jonathan Jones. I asked Jones about the gun shot and he stated he did not know. I asked him why he was out and he stated he wanted to go for a drive. I asked him for his vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Jones fumbled with his documents and was not able to locate proof of current insurance. I also observed that Jones had an odor of alcohol coming from his facial area. I requested the assistance of a DWI officer. Officer (Brian) Johnson was working a DWI saturation patrol and responded to my request. After Officer Johnson completed his investigation, he placed Jones under arrest for DWI. I had the vehicle towed from the scene. During an inventory of the vehicle subject to arrest and tow I located a loaded handgun under the drivers seat. I also located a spent round just outside the drivers side door. The spent round was the same caliber as the firearm that was located. A video of my investigation will be uploaded to APD evidence. The handgun was tagged into APD evidence."

Officer Brian Johnson on Jon Jones's March 26 arrest:

"On 03/26/20 at (1:01 a.m.), Officer Brown and Officer Heshley heard a gun shot in the 3rd St. NW/Central Ave. NW area. Officers arrived on scene approximately 10-15 seconds later. Officer Brown noticed a black 2019 Jeep vehicle parked facing eastbound in front of 312 Central Ave. SW. Officers noticed a black 2019 Jeep vehicle and two unknown homeless subjects. The vehicle engine was on and the vehicle was in park. Officer Brown engaged his emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop. He made contact with the black 2019 Jeep vehicle driver Jonathan Jones. Officer Brown asked him about the gun shot and Jonathan said he didn’t know anything. Officer Brown observed signs of intoxication and asked for a DWI saturation unit. I was working DWI saturation and was dispatched to the traffic stop. I made contact with Jonathan Jones. I observed that he had bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his facial region. He admitted to driving earlier and had the intention to drive now. I asked him to exit the vehicle. Jonathan did field sobriety tests and performed poorly on all three of them. He also performed poorly on two out of three alternative tests. He was searched and arrested. He was transported to the (Prisoner Transport Center) where he was read the N.M. implied consent advisory and given the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath test. He was given a deprivation period from (1:02 a.m.) until (1:48 a.m.). Prior to administration of the aforementioned breath test, his mouth was checked at (1:02 a.m.) and found to be clear of any foreign objects. Test results were at or above twice the legal limit. He was checked through (Motor Vehicle Department) and found to have one prior DWI arrest. During the tow inventory of the vehicle, a black handgun was found underneath the driver seat. A 1/2 empty bottle of Recuerdo 750ml was found behind the passenger side of the vehicle. The handgun was tagged into evidence. Jonathan was unable to provide the vehicle’s valid insurance paperwork. He was booked on the listed charges. His vehicle was towed. A copy of the lapel camera was tagged into evidence."


Fighters react to Jon Jones's March 26, 2020 arrest

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Video: Fighters react to Jon Jones being arrested for DWI and Gun Charge

Jon Jones fighters react to arrest


UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested early Thursday morning by Albuquerque Police for aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm.

Jones was arrested at 1:01 a.m. after police responded to reports of gunshots and found him in the driver’s seat of his 2019 Jeep with the engine running and the vehicle in park. Jones denied firing a gun, but appeared intoxicated to officers.

Jones' fellow fighters came out in droves to react to his arrest, some encouraging, some disappointed, and some downright brutal.


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Shannon Knapp discusses how Invicta FC is handling the coronavirus pandemic

Following the conclusion of the March 6 Invicta FC: Phoenix Series 3 event, company president Shannon Knapp was in the unique position of not having to immediately cancel events due to the coronavirus because her promotion wasn’t slated to have another event until the end of May.

Speaking to MMAWeekly.com in self-quarantine from her home, Knapp talked about the status of Invicta during the coronavirus pandemic, her promotion’s relationship with its fighters, and how things are around the area of Invicta’s headquarters.

MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Shannon, give us the current status of Invicta FC and what’s going on with you and the promotion.

Shannon Knapp: Our next show is scheduled for May 29, so over here, in a way, it’s kind of been business as usual, only for the fact that we didn’t have a show booked right away. So that gives us some time to sit back and see what’s going to take place and how this thing rolls out, and what we’re going to do.

I’ve made other preparations. I cut my salary in half to be able to maintain and go through this. As things started to change, I took some proactive measures to make sure that I can keep my people in place without any issues or problems.

(As we get closer to May 29) I will take the approach that as things continue to roll out and things happen with that and listen to the guidelines and things like that; we’ll make the decisions as we get closer to that day. If we miss that date, we will find a way to make that date up.

MMAWeekly.com: What about when it comes to the fighters on Invicta’s roster?

Shannon Knapp: My biggest concern is for the athletes and their families right now. I want to make sure that everybody is okay, safe, everybody’s home. I have a policy that they can all call me at any time if they want to talk or need some reassurance. That’s something I have a very open-door policy for.

I would encourage my athletes at this time if they do have questions or are concerned or they’re bored, my door is always open, or my phone line is always open, so certainly reach out. First and foremost, as always, it’s all about the athletes, and of course the fans, as well. I will always error to the side of safety, it’s my nature.


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MMAWeekly.com: What are things like where Invicta is headquartered?

Shannon Knapp: In the county I live in, Johnson County here in Kansas, we have the highest rate of confirmed cases (in Kansas). Non-essential businesses (are closed) and stay-at-home (has been enacted) and stuff like that.

I think the community is coming together and rallying together to really stop (the spread of the virus). Our governor (Laura Kelly) has taken great steps to try to get on top of this and stop the spread, and I think that’s hugely important.

All the way that I was driving (to check on my mother recently) I kept seeing all the truck drivers. Truly I hope somebody gives a shout-out to these guys because these guys are what’s keeping everything going too. It is important to me to shout-out to everybody that’s on the front lines doing their part; the people at the grocery stores who are working who have their families at home too.

MMAWeekly.com: Thanks for taking time out for us, Shannon. Is there anything you want to say in closing?

Shannon Knapp: There is good out of the bad and I would encourage people to take a look at that. Hopefully it can help with morale and make this a little bit more palatable at the moment.

The way I look at it is that we’ve been knocked down but not knocked out. We will be back stronger than ever. We’re working on a lot of exciting things. I think we can come out of this and make up for time lost.

For everyone out there, whether you’re a fan or not of Invicta, whether you’re my athlete or not my athlete, be safe. Listen to what doctors and professionals are saying and take care of your family. I wish everybody the best. Together we can beat this thing.

Check out Matt Brown’s top UFC finishes

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"The Immortal" Matt Brown has 15 wins in his UFC career and only two come via decision. The longtime UFC veteran has racked up his fair share of memorable knockouts and submissions in his nearly 12-year career with the promotion.


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Jon Jones arrested for aggravated DWI and negligent use of firearm

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested early Thursday morning by Albuquerque Police for aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm.

Jones was arrested at 1:01 a.m. after police responded to reports of gunshots and found him in the driver's seat of his 2019 Jeep with the engine running and the vehicle in park. Jones denied firing a gun, but appeared intoxicated to officers.

The 32-year-old failed a field sobriety test. Later, Jones took two breathalyzers and registered above the legal limit both times.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a black handgun under the driver's seat and a bottle of Recuerdo (alcohol) behind the passenger seat. He was arrested and booked for aggravated driving while intoxicated, negligent use of a firearms, possession of an open container, and no proof of insurance.


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Back in 2012, Jones was charged with DUI after crashing his Bentley into a pole in Binghamton, N. Y. He pleaded guilty, paid a fine, and lost his driver's license for six months. In 2015, Jones was arrested in Albuquerque after being involved in a hit-and-run accident and fleeing the scene. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation.

Jones was arrested again on March 24, 2016, for a probation violation after police cited him with drag racing. That became a highly public incident when the officer's body cam footage showed Jones being combative. Jones eventually accepted a deal where he pleaded guilty to Unlawful Use of Modification of Exhaust System and Improper Display of Registration Plate.

Jones last set foot in the Octagon on Feb. 8, when he won a unanimous decision over Dominick Reyes in the UFC 247 main event in Houston, Texas.


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Dana White discusses where UFC 249 will take place, scrutinizes coronavirus response

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UFC president Dana White talks to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole about where he's looking to hold UFC 249 after the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in the U.S. and around the world.

White has been forging ahead to make UFC 249 happen somewhere in the world on April 18. As much as fans want to finally see Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson go at it in the Octagon, White wants to make sure it does. Perhaps, he's even more insistent upon it in the face of a global pandemic.


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Where will UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson take place? Here’s what oddsmakers are saying

UFC 249 Khabib vs Ferguson press conference

UFC president Dana White is full steam ahead on making UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson happen on April 18. But where will it take place? The oddsmakers got you covered.

Although the UFC has had to postpone or cancel at least three events, White has been adamant that he will not cancel UFC 249 and that he plans for it to take place on April 18. Earlier this week, he said he 99.9-percent had a location for it, but has not revealed what his options are.

White also intends for Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson to headline the card, although several other bouts may change, such as the possible addition of Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

So the oddsmakers from BetOnline have issued the following lines on where UFC 249 will take place.


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Odds on where will UFC 249 take place?

Watch Francis Ngannou make quick work of Junior dos Santos: UFC fight video

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Francis Ngannou continued his climb back into the heavyweight title picture with this Performance of the Night victory over Junior Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night Minneapolis last year.

Ngannou was scheduled to face Jairzinho Rozenstruik on March 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN 8, but the event was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

UFC president Dana White confirmed a statement from Ngannou that the bout with Rozenstruik may be moved to UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson. Officials are trying to move forward with an April 18 date for UFC 249, although the event does not yet have a disclosed location.


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Video: Joe Rogan ponders where UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson will take place

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What? Who? When? Where?

The first three are easy: UFC 249, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, and April 18, 2020.

That last one is a booger.

UFC president Dana White has been forging ahead to make UFC 249 happen somewhere in the world on April 18. As much as fans want to finally see Nurmagomedov and Ferguson go at it in the Octagon, White wants to make sure it does. Perhaps, he's even more insistent upon it in the face of a global pandemic.

Though he tried every trick up his sleeve, White was eventually forced to postpone at least three UFC events slated for London, Columbus, and Portland. But he'll be damned if he's not going to try everything in his power to make sure Khabib vs. Ferguson happens on April 18, though he has yet to reveal where it might happen.

Enter Joe Rogan, who theorized with podcast guest Tom Segura about just who might be able to help White pull off UFC 249 on April 18 and where.


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Video: Dana White confirms UFC 249 could get Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik

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The Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik bout that was initially slated to headline UFC on ESPN 8 in Columbus, Ohio, may be moving to UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson. 

The Columbus event slated for March 28 was one of three UFC fight cards to be postponed because of the ever-tightening restrictions on public gatherings because of the covid-19 pandemic. UFC president Dana White, however, is still all-in on making the UFC 249 event happen as scheduled on April 18, albeit in an as-of-yet unannounced new location.

Ngannou initially leaked the news that his fight might be on the move, but White on Wednesday confirmed as much when speaking with ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto in an Instagram live chat.

"Some of the things are gonna work out. Some of the things might not work out. If they don't, what do we do?" White said. "Francis is one of the guys we're looking at (moving to UFC 249) too."


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Francis Ngannou gets covid-19 test, may fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC 249

Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN 3 Vegas scrum

UFC heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou was one of the fighters impacted by the covid-19 restrictions that forced the UFC to postpone several events. He now sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Ngannou may have a fight on the UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson card that UFC president Dana White says he is close to pulling off on April 18 as scheduled.

"There is a chance that I can be fighting on that card, but they have to settle everything down. For now, it seems like they have a location, but they have to double check and see how they can handle this event safely for people," Ngannou said during a recent interview with Submission Radio.

Ngannou had been slated to fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the UFC Fight Night main event on March 28 in Columbus, Ohio. That event, along with the UFC Fight Nights in London and Portland, have been postponed, if not cancelled outright. White, however, has said he fully intends for the scheduled bouts from those events to take place at some point.

The Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik bout is one that may take place sooner than many had anticipated, as White and his team focus on trying to make UFC 249 happen somewhere in the world on April 18.

"I think it’s still the guy, it’s still the same opponent. I assume that he got tested as well. But yes, if he’s well, yeah, I think it’s still the plan (to fight Rozenstruik)," Ngannou said before White confirmed as much on a quick Instagram live stream with ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto on Wednesday.

Per Dana White, UFC 249 will likely get revamped fight card

White is fully intending to feature Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in the UFC 249 main event, but after New York made it clear that event could not happen in its state on April 18, the UFC president admits they're expecting to have to make changes, like the addition of Ngannou vs. Rozenstruik.

"Some of the things (for UFC 249) are gonna work out. Some of the things aren't gonna work out. If some of them don't, we're trying to figure some things out," White said.

"Francis (vs. Rozenstruik) is one of the things we're looking at (for UFC 249)."

White has yet to reveal the location, of which he said he was 99.9 percent sure of, and Ngannou wasn't giving it up either.

"Even if I know, I won’t tell you," he said, laughing. "It’s gonna be somewhere on Earth, it’s gonna be on this planet."

Ngannou not overly concerned about health risks

Everyone around the globe, of course, is concerned about the current covid-19 pandemic. Across the United States and many other countries, sheltering in place or at least heavily restricted social interaction is the order of the day.

Ngannou isn't overly worried about the virus, believing that the UFC is doing its best to ensure the safety of its fighters and others involved in pulling off an event in the next month.

"First of all, it’s not just about (fighters). They are not just expecting to work with people that are fighting, they’re also trying to make things to care about our health. So, I got tested, they got me tested for the covid-19, so I guess they tested other fighters, which is kind of like a positive thing and makes you feel a little bit safe to get close or along with those people," said Ngannou.

"I won’t be concerned because, once again, I don’t wanna say that covid-19 is nothing, I don’t want to say it’s not bad, but technically I think it’s a flu that we have all the time. The only problem with it is that it’s contagious and it can spread very fast. But no, I won’t be concerned about it because even after I’ve had a test, I wasn’t very worried. I was like, it’s gonna be okay. It’s not like bad.


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"Because I think the thing right now is just the panic. This thing has caused more panic than the real pain itself. We are just panicking."

While it is still not yet clear where UFC 249 will happen, White's plan is to move ahead with it on April 18 somewhere in the world, though a revamped fight card is almost a certainty. Ngannou appears to be looking forward to potentially becoming part of the revisions.

Watch Conor McGregor announce himself with blistering KO in his UFC debut: full fight video

UFC Stockholm 2013: Conor McGregor blasts Marcus Brimage


Conor McGregor announced himself to the UFC audience with this blistering knockout of Marcus Brimage at this UFC Fight Night in Stockholm in 2013. 

McGregor has since gone on to become the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts, becoming the first fighter in history to hold two UFC belts simultaneously.

The Irishman also made his boxing debut, at the peak of his popularity, by coaxing retired world champion Floyd Mayweather out of retirement for one of the biggest sporting events ever.


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Watch the only two upkick finishes in UFC history

 


Only two finishes in UFC history have officially been due to upkick. Recently Niko Price landed an upkick at UFC Fight Night Tampa in October last year. Before that you have to go back nearly 14 years ago to Jon Fitch vs Thiago Alves.


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Relieve the legendary rematch between Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua

 


Six years ago Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua met for their Hall of Fame rematch at a UFC Fight Night in Natal, Brazil. The bout earned Fight of the Night honors and Henderson was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.


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Jorge Masvidal rips on Colby Covington despite ATT no trash-talk policy

Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal

Colby Covington recently apologized to American Top Team teammate Dustin Poirier after he felt like he went awry of team owner Dan Lambert's no trash-talk directive. Jorge Masvidal, however, ripped on Covington, proclaiming him excluded from the exclusive club.

Masvidal and Covington were at one time friends, but their relationship has quickly eroded over the past couple of years. Both have shot up the UFC welterweight ranks and could now be on target to eventually face each other. Lamber, of course, is hoping that would happen in the Octagon, not in his gym.


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Conor McGregor urges Ireland to go immediately into full covid-19 lockdown: #LockdownUnited!

Conor McGregor urges full lockdown


While UFC president Dana White is trying desperately to salvage UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson, Conor McGregor is pleading with Ireland and the world to go into a full lockdown.

The covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has incited governments around the globe to enact ever tighter restrictions on its citizens in an effort to contain the spread of the virus. The restrictions have already forced UFC officials to postpone at least three events. Meanwhile, White on Monday said he was 99.9-percent certain that he had a new location to hold UFC 249, as planned on April 18.

At the same time, the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts is urging the opposite.

McGregor posted a video through his MacLife YouTube channel urging not only his native Ireland, but the world, to immediately come together and unite in a worldwide lockdown in order to fight covid-19.


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Video: Khabib Nurmagomedov discusses thoughts on retirement

Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 248 Dominance Day


UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is on the cusp of the biggest fight of his career. Though he's rolled over every opponent he's fought, including Conor McGregor, the most anticipated bout for the Dagestani fighter is Tony Ferguson.

They were slated to meet in the UFC 249 main event on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York. The original location is absolutely out of the question. The New York State Athletic Commission notified the UFC that the event would not be allowed to take place any where in its state, at least on that date.

UFC president Dana White stated on Monday that he is 99.9 percent sure that he has a new location for that bout on April 18, despite the current restrictions on travel across the globe.

Whether the fight happens or not, Nurmagomedov is already one of the most decorated and respected lightweight fighters in UFC history. 

He made his way to the octagon in January 2012 and has continued to build upon his undefeated record. Debuting in the UFC at 16-0, Nurmagomedov's record currently stands at 28-0.

Along the way, he has defeated the likes of McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, Rafael dos Anjos, and numerous others. But Ferguson is the lone standout, Nurmagomedov has yet to defeat. 

Hopefully the fight will happen, whether or not on April 18, and we'll get to see the fight that has been scheduled and nixed on four separate occasions. It's definitely something that Nurmagomedov wants before he calls it a career and walks off into the sunset.

But just how much more time does "The Eagle" believe he has left? Nurmagomedov discussed the topic at a recent Dominance MMA Media Day in Las Vegas.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more updates on the status of UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson for when and where it will take place.


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Dana White: UFC 249 location ’99-percent done’

UFC 249 Khabib and Ferguson face-off

UFC 249: Khabib vs. Ferguson is close to finalizing a location for the pay-per-view event. UFC president Dana White say's the location is "99-percent done." White broke the news to ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Monday.

Per Dana White (@danawhite), a location for Khabib Nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) vs Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) is "99.9 percent done." Confirms Khabib is back in Russia. I also asked him if it will be a full undercard for UFC 249 or a shortened lineup, he said full lineup.

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 24, 2020
UFC 249 is scheduled to take place on April 18. The fight card was originally slated to happened at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but March 12, New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an order restricting mass gatherings and sporting events due to the coronavirus pandemic. TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to Russia with uncertainty over Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 249 The fight promotion was forced to postpone three events but White insisted that UFC 249 would take place on its planned date at a new location.  White also confirmed that the event would feature its full fight card.  Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces Tony Ferguson in the fight card's main event.  It's the fifth time a bout between the two has been scheduled. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to Russia with uncertainty over Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 249

As restrictions across the United States, and the world, continue to escalate, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has reportedly returned home to Russia. 

Nurmagomedov is currently slated to face Tony Ferguson in the UFC 249 main event, which is scheduled for April 18. The bouts initial location in Brooklyn, New York, has been scratched. The New York State Athletic Commission notified officials that the event would not be allowed to take place anywhere in the state on that date.

UFC president Dana White has been steadfast that he will not cancel the event, though the April 18 date has been quickly fading as governments around the globe have enacted increasing restrictions on public gatherings. White most recently said that the fight might have to move outside of the United States, but even that doesn't look likely.

The U.S. Department of State on March 19 issued a Level 4 travel advisory, which restricts all international travel and urges U.S. Citizens to return home if at all possible. 

State Department Level 4 Travel Advisory:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

Nurmagomedov had been training at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., but the state has gone into a stay-in-place lockdown. Russian news publication TASS on Sunday reported that Nurmagomedov had left California and returned home to Russia.

White has frequently stated that he and the UFC have complied with all governmental requests, only shutting down events when the restrictions made it impossible to move forward. The recent travel advisory restrictions because of the pandemic would appear to erect a barrier that White won't be able to clear, at least by the initially planned upon date.


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While much more important matters than sport are at the forefront of everyone's minds right now, it is looking more and more likely that, at best, the UFC 249 bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson will be delayed.

The fight has been booked on four prior occasions, only to be derailed by one incident or another, making it one of the most anticipated bouts in UFC history. 

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