It made sense to him because everybody thinks he’s one of the toughest dudes in the world, I want to fight him. Jon Jones vacated to move up to heavyweight. Seeing the 30-year-old’s choreographed entrance in front of the 50,000-plus fans in attendance made most mortals pause. McGregor did it by viciously knocking out Dustin Poirier, Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez on his way to the featherweight and lightweight crowns. A huge fan of video games and Japanese anime, the former kickboxer who spent his early career fighting in China can crack the door open on a lucrative market the UFC hasn’t scratched the surface of to this point. Thanks for signing up. Fame, particularly the type of fame McGregor achieved and Adesanya seems destined for, has a way of changing things pretty quickly. Adesanya has made two middleweight title defences since winning the belt against Robert Whittaker in 2019. And then Rousey and McGregor arrived and took the fight game to places it had never been. Adesanya is every bit McGregor’s match when it comes to quick wit and one-liners but to this point he hasn’t shown the same sense of humour, which will likely mean the Dubliner remains the pin-up boy of the lads. You only had to look at the names in attendance to understand the gravity of Sunday’s main event. The Last @Stylebender is heading to 205lbs! Chris Hemsworth wasn’t going to miss this one. Dana White confirms Israel Adesanya will challenge Jan Blachowicz for light heavyweight title in next fight. Two top light heavyweight contenders will battle in Saturday's UFC Fight Night main event, with Thiago Santos facing Glover Teixeira. “I know some will roll their eyes at this comparison because that’s the cool thing to do, but if we’re being honest with ourselves it’s true. Blachowicz won the vacant light heavyweight title by stopping Dominick Reyes via second round TKO at UFC 253 in September. Plans. Jones, who hasn't fought since February, wants to fight for the heavyweight title, but champion Stipe Miocic might not be ready to defend against Francis Ngannou until March. UFC real or not: Khabib will fight again?

The idea of coming back for just one more bout has to be enticing, right? Tonight is fight night. Dana White happy to let Adesanya move up to light heavyweight to fight Blachowicz (1:34). So is Jones willing to wait until possibly next fall to fight again, or would an Adesanya bout be too tempting? White said he got the feeling No. Khabib Nurmagomedov Champion UFC Fight Night Walkout Jersey, Khabib Nurmagomedov Red Eagle Hoodie With Foil, Sean “Sugar” O’Malley Multi-Graphic T-Shirt, Black UFC Fan Gear Pride Fighting T-shirt, Hardy nearly pulled out of UFC Vegas 12, declares himself an ‘innocent man’, UFC Vegas 12: Hall vs. Silva - Winners and Losers, Former TUF winner Katona upset by UFC release, Conor McGregor tells Anderson Silva to ‘keep going!’. Over and over. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. I don't think Nurmagomedov feels there's any unfinished business with McGregor, at least when it comes to competing in the Octagon, but if McGregor were to look great against a legitimate opponent in Poirier, and then cut a fantastic promo for a title fight against Nurmagomedov ... is it possible Nurmagomedov would come back? “Let’s not forget, he fought Yoel Romero when he didn’t have to. White also said on Saturday night that Khabib Nurmagomedov will remain the lightweight champ despite having announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. Whittaker told ESPN he does want the rematch, but not until March or April because of the arrival of a newborn in January. Just how good is Dillon Danis? Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Picture: Michael Dodge/AAPSource:AAP. It's worth it to the UFC right now to keep Nurmagomedov the champion and at least keep the door open for him to fight again.

Like White said Saturday night, Nurmagomedov was emotional after beating Gaethje. Helwani noted how close Adesanya is to his parents and the tight-knit nature of his team as reasons to believe he can reign for a long time as the king of MMA. Okamoto: This is a tough one to answer at the moment, seeing as how we have an undefeated UFC lightweight champion in Khabib, who just definitively stated he won't fight again.

If Adesanya does become champion of a division long ruled by his archnemesis, Jon Jones, would that entice Jones to put his heavyweight pursuit on hold and drop back down to try to reclaim the title he held for nearly a decade? No one should hold Nurmagomedov to what he said in the moment, adrenaline racing, mind going a mile a minute.

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