Posted: 3 December, 2016

Conor McGregor Claims He Hasn’t Given Up His Featherweight Belt

“The belt is right there, there’s two world titles at my home.”

Conor McGregor has hit back at claims that the UFC had made him give up his featherweight belt, saying that he still has it.

There was talk of the Irishman having to give up the belt that he so emphatically won off Jose Aldo last December, but he says the UFC will have to take it off him,

“The UFC, they’re trying to strip me and I was like, ‘Well, I ain’t stripped. I still got that belt, that belt is still at home right now’,” McGregor said in a Q&A session at a bar in Belfast.

“I’m still the two-way world champion, someone has to come take that from me. I see articles, I see stuff online, but I don’t see the belt not in my presence. 

“The belt is right there, there’s two world titles at my home.”

McGregor said nothing the UFC could say or do would change the results.

“Eddie (Alvarez) is still unconscious,” McGregor said

“Them belts are mine. Whatever they want to say, and they can say, ‘Oh we took the belt and now it’s this guy’s belt,’ you can play with those fake belts all you want. 

“Jose was KO’ed, Eddie was KO’ed, you’re looking at the two-weight world champion and that’s it.”

President of the UFC Dana White said that McGregor’s refusal to defend the featherweight belt was causing frustration for other fighters.

“I let Conor fight (Nate) Diaz and then, I let him fight Diaz again,” White said.

“Then, there was the whole 155-pound thing I let him do. 

“But at the end of the day, him doing that tied up the (featherweight) division for a year. There’s a logjam there and a lot of guys were (angry).”

McGregor has recently gotten a Californian boxing licence, with a bout against Floyd Mayweather on the cards.

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Posted: 2 December, 2016

Sports Illustrated Name Their 2016 Sportsperson Of The Year

Popular choice.

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Sports Illustrated has named LeBron James as their 2016 Sportsperson of the Year.

James led his Cleveland Cavaliers to a historic win over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA championship back in June, their first title in franchise history.

The win, in which James won the NBA Finals MVP, is generally cited as one of the greatest comebacks in history.

James, following his 2012 win, becomes just the second athlete to take home the award twice after Tiger Woods, and the first basketballer.

Sports Illustrated hands out the award annually to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement".

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Posted: 27 November, 2016

Conor McGregor Gives Up UFC Belt

Now down to just one belt

Conor McGregor has been stripped of his one of his belts just weeks after becoming the first fighter to hold championships across two weight divisions.

The Irishman has not defended the featherweight title he won from Jose Aldo in a stunning 13-second bout last December, and is unlikely to fight until next May while taking time off for the birth of his child.

It is expected that Aldo will be given the title in McGregor’s place.

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Posted: 22 November, 2016

Matthew Dellavedova Is Producing A Feature Film About Himself

Wait, what!?

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Australian NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova has announced that he will be an Executive Producer for a feature film based on his life.

According to the statement: The film, in the same vein of great sports films like Hoosiers and Rocky, will touch on Delly’s early challenges growing up out in the bush of Australia and his improbable path into the NBA.

The biopic will follow the life of Delly up until he won an unlikely championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

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Posted: 20 November, 2016

Jordan Spieth Wins Epic Three-Way Australian Open Play Off

Brilliant win

American Jordan Spieth has won the Australian Open in an epic three-way playoff at Royal Sydney Golf Club today.

Spieth couldn’t be split from Aussies Ashley Hall and Cam Smith at 12 under par after 72 holes, meaning the three of them had to go to a tie breaker again to decide the winner.

Spieth hit a 15 foot putt for a birdie, while Hall and Smith both could only manage par.

 

The victory is Spieth’s second Australian Open crown in three years after he won at the Australian Golf Club in 2014.

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Posted: 20 November, 2016

Ric Flair Reveals His Wild Drinking Stories About Andre The Giant

"540 pounds, brother."

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Ric Flair has spilled the beans on the full extent of Andre the Giant's drinking habits.

Speaking on the Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN, Flair didn't hold back, dishing out some insane stories about the fellow wrestling legend.

"I was with him one night at the Downtowner in Charlotte," Flair smiled.

"In 1975, he drank 106 beers. And Frank Valois, his manager at that time, drank 56."

It was a statement form Flair that left Le Batard in shock.

But that wasn't it.

"Hey, I've been on a plane, on a 747 with him going to Tokyo out of Chicago, on No. 4 on Northwest," Flair revealed.

"We drank every bottle of vodka on the plane.

"540 pounds, brother."

Andre the Giant has long been regarded for his ability to drink as much as his ability to wrestle, with plenty of stories and murmurs emerging about his habits outside the ring.

And this one's a genuine classic.

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Posted: 16 November, 2016

Floyd Mayweather Cracks It Over Being Compared To Conor McGregor

Not happy

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Floyd Mayweather was approached on the street to comment on the recent UFC 205 victory of Conor McGregor.

Initially telling reporters he 'didn't know' that McGregor was even fighting, it didn't take long before the boxing legend cracked it when comparisons were made between their careers.

“I didn’t know Conor McGregor was undefeated. I didn’t know he had a reign in MMA for 20 years and undefeated and was world champion in five different weight classes. That’s something I didn’t know. So I guess you guys are telling me something new if you say he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA,” Mayweather told TMZ.

“If you say he’s the Floyd Mayweather of the MMA, I’m trying to find out have you ever made $300 million in one night? Have you ever made $100 million in one night? Have you ever made $70 million in one night. So as far as saying he’s the Floyd Mayweather of MMA — it’s OK to say it but it’s not true.”

McGregor hasn't discussed Mayweather publicly many times, but back in August he did make these comments:

“Right now I have Floyd running around the Showtime offices gathering my money. That’s what he’s doing,” McGregor said.

“He’s running around the Showtime offices begging for those executives to come up with $100 million cash for me, to fight me. So as soon as he gets my money, we can fight.”

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Posted: 13 November, 2016

Conor McGregor’s Brilliant Post UFC Win Speech

He does what he wants!

Irish UFC star Conor McGregor won the lightweight belt at UFC 205 at New York City tonight, and he wasn’t shy in his victory speech.

McGregor said he’d “ridiculed everyone on the roster” and that he’d like to take this chance to apologise.

We don't want to spoil the ending, so you'll have to watch the video to see what happened next, but fair warning — it contains bad language:

What a boss.

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Posted: 13 November, 2016

Conor McGregor Wins At UFC205

What a fighter!

Conor McGregor has become the first man to ever hold two UFC belts at the same time after defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC205 in New York City.

The Irish superstar added the lightweight belt to the featherweight championship he already held when he was awarded the victory by TKO in the second round.

Earlier, Tyron Woodley reclaimed his welterweight belt in a draw with Stephen Thompson, while Joanna Jedrzejczyk won the strawweight belt over Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

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Posted: 13 November, 2016

Conor McGregor Completely Shuns A Girl On Instagram

OUCH.

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Imagine the delight you'd feel when Conor McGregor reposts a photo of yours on his official Instagram.

McGregor, the biggest draw in the MMA who is set to fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 today, only has a lazy 7.5 million Instagram followers, and attracts a lot of attention.

So imagine the disappointment when you get cropped out of it.

Erin Safran posted this photo of her with McGregor last week.

Three legends.

A photo posted by Erin Safran (@erinsafran) on

Sure enough, McGregor found the photo Safran had posted, and he reposted it himself.

Well, part of it.

Gucci mustard

A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on

Yep, that's right - he cropped everyone but himself out of the photo for his own use.

Just to show off his sweater, apparently - he captioned it "gucci mustard".

Safran noticed it too.

McGregor seemingly posted the full photo on Instagram later on, claiming the 

Bit rude, Conor...

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Posted: 12 November, 2016

Sydney's Set To Host The 2018 Invictus Games

Prince Harry has announced that the Invictus Games will be held in Sydney in 2018, with the Opera House to be the site of the opening ceremony.

The Invictus Games are for injured, wounded or ill service personnel, which was started by Prince Harry.

The Sydney games are expected to attract over 600 servicemen and women from more than 16 countries during the week-long event.

Sydney beat out the Gold Coast to host, and the Daily Telegraph reported that events will be held at Olympic Park and Darling Harbour.

The inaugural games took place in London in 2014, followed by Florida this year, and Toronto for 2017.

“These games have been about seeing guys sprinting for the finish line and then turning round to clap the last man in,” Prince Harry said.

“They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together, not wanting to come second, but not wanting the other guys to either.

“These games have shown the very best of the human spirit.”

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Posted: 12 November, 2016

Jeff Fenech Slams The Mundine v Green Fight

Fenech goes WHACK!

Ex-champion boxer Jeff Fenech has renewed calls for the Anthony Mundine v Danny Green bout scheduled for February to be abandoned.

Talking on the Weekend Breakfast with Seb Costello this morning, Fenech called the fight a “trainwreck”.

“If you look at the two people in their last fights, one fought at 70 kilos and one fought at 86 kilos,” Fenech said.

“That’s over 30 pounds different in weight. That’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

Fenech said he didn’t understand how the fight could be allowed to go ahead.

“Boxing usually doesn’t allow that so I don’t know how they’re allowing it in Adelaide.

“I know they’re meeting at catch weights, they’re saying the weight’s gonna be 83, but Anthony needs to put on a lot of weight [to get there].”

Fenech warned there could be disastrous consequences.

“The last time one of those big things happened in America was a guy named Arturo Gatti when he hit a guy named Joey Gamache,” he said.

“He (Gamache) was 20 pounds lighter than him and Joey Gamache nearly died after the fight… we have rules in boxing and we have weight divisions.

“Each weight division is four or five pounds difference, not 30.”

Fenech said he expexts the fight to be a “stinker” regardless.

“When Danny Green hits Anthony Mundine once, the fight’ll be over,” he said.

“Anthony’s been knocked down nine times against guys that are 70 kilos, here’s a guy that’s gonna be 90 kilos on the night so it’s just a disaster.”

Fenech has some advice for anyone wanting to watch the fight.

“The best thing for anybody in Melbourne to do, when the fight starts at 10 o’clock, have a beer, go to your local and just put on Fox Sports,” he said.

“After three or four minutes you’ll see the headlines in the news and you’ll see Anthony Mundine getting knocked out.

“Don’t waste no money.”

Listen to the full interview with Jeff Fenech here from the 26 minute mark here:

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