It was a destructive performance from McGregor that night on his steep rise to the top of the sporting world, and a similarly impressive performance will be needed to perk the interest of Khabib to come out of retirement. McGregor has vowed to “create magic” and produce a “flawless clinic” this weekend to prove his worth as the man in the division. It is also the latest in a line of fights put on by Dana White on the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. The card also includes Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler, Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood, Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar and Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas. It has predictably not been a quiet build-up to the fight for McGregor, with a woman filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against him over injuries alleged to have been suffered in relation to events in 2018, with the former UFC champion denying any wrongdoing. We’ll be providing live updates from today’s press conference, and you can expect fireworks from McGregor as he builds the hype for his return:
THE RISE AND FALL OF CONOR McGREGOR
The last few efforts on Conor McGregor’s Twitter are enough to give a tell-tale insight into his modern-day mindset. “Driving home in this heat and in this nick and in this motor and in this bread and in this f*****g life I am so blessed,” he writes beside a picture of himself topless while driving a convertible. “Long rangy dangerous motherf****r,” he writes still without a shirt but now on the bonnet of the car. “Full of Irish horse power I am going to run you over,” he writes having made it back inside.
The shallower the brook, the more it babbles.
It didn’t have to be like this though. In fact there was a time not so long ago when it wasn’t like this. “McDonald’s on the Long Mile Road,” said an accommodating McGregor when asked where best to meet for an interview in early 2013. The avenue itself on the outskirts of Dublin was close to the gym where he trained, a bunker in the corner of an industrial estate that reminds us that the fight game is always about substance rather than style. As for the restaurant, that summed him up in a wonderful way.
Jack Rathborn21 January 2021 11:48
HOW CAN POIRIER UPSET THE ODDS?
Former UFC welterweight and current commentator Dan Hardy analyses how ‘The Diamond’ must approach the highly-anticipated rematch.
Tom Kershaw21 January 2021 11:40
RELIVE MCGREGOR’S MOST ICONIC KO
Tom Kershaw21 January 2021 11:27
REMEMBERING THE NIGHT ‘MYSTIC MAC’ WAS BORN
Bruce Buffer, Ariel Helwani, Megan Olivi and Peter Carroll tell Alex Pattle about McGregor and Poirier’s first clash ahead of the pair’s main-event rematch at UFC 257
Tom Kershaw21 January 2021 11:07
McGREGOR: LINE THEM UP!
McGregor on the current competition with Khabib retired: “There’s a co-main event again, a good, solid co-main on this card, Nate Diaz talking about 155, you’ve got Charles Oliveira, you’ve got Justin Gaethje, there’s loads there. I’m here for competition. Line them up.”
Jack Rathborn21 January 2021 11:00
McGREGOR IN FINE MOOD AHEAD OF UFC RETURN
Jack Rathborn21 January 2021 10:59
McGREGOR PROMISES ‘MAGIC’ vs POIRIER
“It sounded like a no to me, which is what it is. He doesn’t want to get in there with me, that’s for damn sure, I can see it all over him,” McGregor told BT Sport.
“And then if your man has the courage to step in… I don’t think he has the courage, he saw what happened to his team-mate Daniel Cormier. Daniel beat Stipe, wouldn’t give him the rematch, gave him the rematch and was beaten two times on the trot, that takes courage to do that. Look at Diaz, a real fighter who stepped in straight away. If you’re so confident why not? What’s the problem? It’s a mental break and that’s what I feel happened.
“I like the lightweight landscape at the minute. I’m not really focused on him, although I want that rematch of course, I’m not in the business of waiting around. After this, if negotiations start faltering to the end of the year… I want to go again.”
Jack Rathborn21 January 2021 10:30