UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio results and post-fight analysis

Tim B. takes a look at a violent and somewhat strange UFC event in Glasgow today. Santiago Ponzinibbio is for real. He entered the UFC with one of those padded records that is common in South America, mostly built off of beating lower-level competition. He was grinded out by Ryan LaFlare in his debut, picked up a couple of wins, then got stopped by Lorenz Larkin. Since then though, he has looked excellent in picking up four wins in a row.
But in my opinion, Gunnar Nelson was way too big a step up in competition. And I was very wrong.
Gunnar started very strong, landing two big shots that got The Ponz’s attention. But when he got his chance, he landed a massive right hook that wobbled Nelson, and he cornered him while throwing a solid, technical combination. A beautiful left ended Nelson’s night (well, a couple of hammerfists added to that), and a new star was born in the UFC’s welterweight division.
Can I please see Santiago Ponzinibbio fight Rafael dos Anjos? Or Carlos Condit!

Joanne Calderwood and Cynthia Calvillo put on kind of a strange fight. Calderwood landed more strikes in every round, yet still lost with two 30-27 scores for Calvillo. I agree with Calvillo winning because she stole the first and third with late takedowns and submission threats. Giving Calvillo the second, in a round where she didn’t get a takedown and got dropped? Not so sure about that. But to be honest, other than the grappling exchanges and a couple of moments, the fight was kind of dull. The crowd was the best part of it, by far.
Holy hell, Paul Felder is a savage. I think he knocked out Stevie Ray twice. That monster knee looked to me like it put Ray out – his hands were just at his side when he was on the mat and he wasn’t defending – but the follow-up punches seemed to wake him back up. For about one minute, until Felder slept him with two of the deadliest elbows you’ll see in high-level MMA. The slow-motion replay was just ridiculous.
Felder is also a very well-spoken guy, and it’s no surprise that he got an announcing spot on Tuesday Night Contenders. He looked badass during the post-fight interview with his cut leaking blood onto his Reebok shirt and him not even noticing or caring as well.

Jack Marshman and Ryan Janes put on an average middleweight fight. Marshman won the first with some hard shots. The second was close, but I leaned towards Marshman for the harder shots. The third was clearly Janes. The judges gave it to Marshman, and I don’t have any problem with that.
There’s a lot to unpack from the Khalil Rountree-Paul Craig fight. First, Craig fought a very bad fight. It seemed like once he tasted Rountree’s power, his gameplan went out the window. Did he even attempt a takedown? I don’t think so. Meanwhile, Rountree picked up a nice win, but kind of took away from the moment by standing over his beaten opponent for a good 10 seconds, just staring at him. That is pretty disrespectful in my eyes.
Wow, was Justin Willis and James Mulheron a terrible way to start the main card. I guess the UFC thought a quick heavyweight knockout would kickstart the show, but what we got was plodding, boring TUF 10 heavyweight action. I hope I never have to see that fight ever again.
Danny Roberts hits extremely hard. The fight with Bobby Nash was a bit awkward before that, but one lethal left hook ended Nashty’s night.
Let me get this out of the way – Neil Seery is a classy guy and he put on some great fights. I’m sad I won’t get to see him scrap anymore. But it sure seemed like Alexandre Pantoja could have taken him down and finished him whenever he wanted to. He brawled for two rounds because he likes brawling, and it was fun. But when the third round came around, Pantoja totally dominated and easily won the fight via submission.

Galore Bofando’s KO of Charlie Ward is one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen in MMA, and I’ve seen a lot of MMA. He just sort of threw him to the mat – it wasn’t even a slam – and Ward’s head hit the mat. He was out just like that. It was so odd.
Marc Goddard deserves a lot of credit for his work in that fight too. He noticed before anyone that Ward was hurt and moved over much closer to him. Bofando did land a couple of hammerfists that probably didn’t need to happen, but almost any other referee would have been way out of position and Bofando could have landed a lot more. Goddard didn’t let that happen because he’s very good at his job. I’d say he’s the best referee in the game right now.

Danny Henry survived a rough first round against Daniel Teymur and completely took over. It’s a shame he couldn’t get the finish, but I gave him 10-8 scores in the second and third rounds. It seemed like two judges didn’t know they were using the new scoring system though – 29-28 is a very bad score for that fight.

Brett Johns put on a good performance against Albert Morales. But Morales just had nothing off his back at all. The best part of the fight was Morales’ wrestling coach tearing him a new one for getting taken down all the time.
If you’ve ever watched Leslie Smith fight, you know she’s relentless. Amanda Lemos was touching her up pretty nicely in the first, looking pretty technical and strong. But Smith just broke her with pressure. She completely tamed the Brazilian, even to the point where Lemos with turning her back on Smith. Great performance.
One last thing – there’s no way Smith should ever be on Fight Pass. I guess that’s what you get for union talk though.

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UFC Fight Night 113 post-fight press conference video

The UFC Fight Night 113 post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at MMAFighting.com.

UFC officials will announce the winners of the Fight of the Night and the Performance of the Night bonuses, and winning fighters will meet the media after their fights.

The UFC Fight NIght 113 post-fight press conference takes place about 30 minutes after the main event ends, meaning it will start around 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Paul Felder stops Stevie Ray with brutal first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 113

Paul Felder proved he’s not going to be a stepping stone for any UFC prospect.

The veteran lightweight fighter picked up a violent TKO victory over Scottish prospect Stevie Ray at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland.

For the majority of the fight, both Felder and Ray engaged in clinch fighting against the cage. Then, a little over halfway through the first round, Felder found an opening and delivered a nasty knee that dropped Ray. Felder then followed up with some vicious elbows from the top, putting an end to the fight at the 3:57 mark of the opening round.

The 32-year-old Felder is now 14-3 in his MMA career, including his 6-3 UFC run. Below is a video of Felder’s finish at UFC Fight Night 113:

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UFC Glasgow results and highlights: Felder wrecks Ray, Rountree crushes Craig

Check out the results of the first four main card bouts at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio in Glasgow, Scotland. We’re more than halfway through the UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio main card in Glasgow, Scotland. Heavyweight prospect Justin Willis earned himself a win in his first UFC appearance, Khalil Rountree ran through Paul Craig, Jack Marshman hung on for victory over Ryan Janes, and Paul Felder destroyed Scottish fan-favorite Stevie Ray in the first round. Here’s how the fights played out.
Paul Felder def. Steven Ray by KO (strikes) at 3:57 of round 1 – Lightweights
Leg kicks were traded by these two strikers. The southpaw Ray clipped Felder with a straight left, had a takedown stuffed, and then another one against the fence. “The Irish Dragon” threw some knees in the clinch. Felder turned the tables on Ray and dropped for a takedown and then quickly cracked Ray with a sharp elbow across the top of the head. A violent knee just about destroyed Ray and he went down in bad shape. Felder was on top and slamming home brutal ground-and-pound, with elbows putting Ray out cold. That was a savage finish by Felder, who fought with a heavy heart, having lost his father at the start of his training camp. It’s consecutive first-round stoppages for Felder, and Ray ends his current UFC contract with a disappointing loss in front of his home fans.

Paul Felder spoils Stevie Ray’s homecoming with vicious knees and elbows! WHAT. A. FINISH. #UFCGlasgow https://t.co/oqhrYO5JgI— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 16, 2017

Jack Marshman def. Ryan Janes by unanimous decision (29-28 x3) – Middleweights
Marshman was really trying to club Janes with the left hook, throwing it repeatedly or at least feinting to have Janes thinking about it. The Canadian was caught by a left uppercut and his head snapped back when it landed again. Marshman cracked Janes with three punches in a flurry but did eat one shot in return. Both men showed great chins as they wailed on each other with power punches. It was Marshman who was clearly landing the more accurate, telling head shots.
The glorified kickboxing match continued into round 2. Marshman wasn’t scoring as frequently as he did in round 1. Janes changed things up and tried for a takedown, but Marshman did well to tie him up and get an overhook. Ryan threw some body punches to stay busy, along with knees to the legs. Marshman exited the clinch and the striking battle ensued. A hard left hook jarred Janes’ noggin in the dying seconds of the round.
Janes got off to a decent start in round 3 with a straight right to the face of the Welshman. Marshman got stung by a left hook and was struggling a bit to find the proper range. For the first time all fight, Janes was arguably getting the better of Marshman on the feet. Marshman landed a jab from southpaw and then switched back to orthodox to land a leg kick. Janes went for broke and worked some dirty boxing. Marshman took awhile to re-insert his mouthpiece after it came loose. Janes was walking Marshman down and looking for the finish, but it didn’t come. “The Hammer” improves to 2-1 in the UFC, while Janes is 1-2.
Khalil Rountree def. Paul Craig by KO (punches) at 4:56 of round 1 – Light Heavyweights
The raucous Scottish crowd cheered on Craig for his encounter with the hard-hitting Rountree. Craig’s offense was totally lacking for the entire duration of the bout. Several left hands backed Craig up, as Rountree enjoyed an extended period of time on the front foot. In the final second of round 1, a short left uppercut dropped Craig and then hammerfists knocked him out. Rountree stood over him in taunting fashion after the fight ended. The TUF 19 runner-up gets his second consecutive opening round knockout, while Craig loses by opening round knockout for the second time in as many fights.

Kicks and Hammerfists! Khalil Rountree finishes off Paul Craig in impressive fashion! WOW! #UFCGlasgow https://t.co/7eShELfcb3— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 16, 2017

Justin Willis def. James Mulheron by unanimous decision (30-27 x3) – Heavyweights
There wasn’t much to report in round 1. Willis had the better success in the striking, particularly with his left hand, and he was bale to take the Englishman down. Mulheron returned to his feet without incurring much damage. A sweeping counter right hook found its target for Willis.
Mulheon began round 2 with a spinning back kick to the body. Willis answered with a Superman punch. Mulheron caught Willis with a body punch but otherwise was getting countered far too often. Willis scored a trip-takedown into guard. Willis attacked the arm and may have been going for an armlock, then abandoned it and punched Mulheron numerous times to see out the round.
Mulheron gave the spinning backfist a go in round 3, catching nothing but air. Willis still landed the better strikes. Mulheron threw a glancing right and then was pushed against the fence, then he pushed Willis against the cage. Willis took Mulheron down again late in the fight. Mulheron worked his way back up and really not much else happened in the closing seconds. Willis wins his UFC debut at the expense of fellow newcomer Mulheron.
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Khalil Rountree floors Paul Craig with first-round KO at UFC Fight Night 113

Khalil Rountree had a flawless performance on Sunday evening.

The UFC light heavyweight fighter scored a brutal knockout over Paul Craig at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. The fight was stopped with just four seconds remaining in the first round. With this win, Rountree is now on a two-fight win streak and improves his UFC record to 2-2, and his overall MMA record to 6-2.

Below is a video of Rountree’s knockout finish, courtesy of FOX Sports:

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UFC Fight Night 113 photos

The UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio photos are for Sunday’s UFC event in Glasgow, Scotland. In the main event, welterweight contenders Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio collided to move up the 170-pound ranks.

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UFC Glasgow prelims results: Pantoja taps Seery, Bafondo KOs Ward with throw, Henry wins war vs. Teymur

Check out the results of the six preliminary card bouts at UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio in Glasgow, Scotland. The UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio prelims are in the books from Glasgow, Scotland. Leslie Smith kicked things off with a stoppage win, Brett Johns kept his undefeated record intact, Scotland’s own Danny Henry rallied for a thrilling win over Daniel Teymur, Galore Bafondo won with one of the most bizarre knockouts you’ll ever see, Alexandre Pantoja spoiled Neil Seery’s farewell to fighting, and Danny Roberts bashed Bobby Nash for the much-needed TKO win. Here’s how the fights played out.
Danny Roberts def. Bobby Nash by KO (punches) at 3:59 of round 2 – Welterweights
The opening half of round 1 saw both men throw plenty of head kicks. Roberts connected on one, although Nash took it well. Nash cleanly hit Roberts with a good right hand. Nash timed Roberts coming in and put the Englishman on his back. Roberts was back to his feet and exchanging some heavy leather, only to be put on his back again. Nash had a front headlock and rode that out until time expired.
Roberts did better to stop Nash’s early takedown attempt in round 2. Nash was in close and looking to get his foe to the floor once more. Roberts had wrist control and fought his way off the fence. After an inadvertent groin strike from Nash, Roberts took time to recover. Nash’s low kicks were successful, but Roberts again was able to stop the takedown and use elbows to deter the American. A thudding kick slammed across Nash’s midsection. Roberts crushed Nash with a left hand, and he was finished even before the hammerfists on the ground. Danny Roberts gets back in the win column after his KO loss to Mike Perry. Nash is not only 0-2 in the UFC, but both defeats have been by knockout in the second round.

Well, that’s one way to recover from being hit below the belt! Danny Roberts gets revenge with the KO on Bobby Nash! https://t.co/0KiSRHEPAV— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 16, 2017

Alexandre Pantoja def. Neil Seery by submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:31 of round 3 – Flyweights
Pantoja drew first blood by dropping an off-balance Seery with a right hand. The Brazilian did absorb a couple of rights from Seery, but was slamming home some leg kicks. A straight shot by Pantoja knocked Seery down again, as Neil’s retirement bout wasn’t going according to plan. Pantoja was soundly outstriking Seery in the opening round and just muscling him everywhere. Seery landed a nice left hook in the final minute of the first frame. Pantoja was clearly holding the early advantage, however.
Pantoja continued to be the aggressor, pushing Seery back and throwing knees to the body. Seery retaliated with short elbows on the inside. A headbutt appeared to open up a cut around Seery’s right eye. Seery cracked Pantoja with a sharp, straight left hand in the center of the Octagon. There was more success for Neil away from the fence, but Pantoja did have answers back for Seery’s best attacks. Pantoja smiled after heading a hard, sweeping left across the face. He closed the 2nd with a combination of punches and then another hard low kick.
Seery and Pantoja flung haymakers at each other before Pantoja changed levels and took Seery down. Neil threw elbows from his back before Pantoja advanced his way into mount. Pantoja took the back in the scramble and had the body triangle. Seery was in major trouble, as Pantoja maneuvered his way into a rear-naked choke opportunity. The arm was underneath the chin and Seery tapped out. Pantoja extends his overall winning streak to eleven, and he’s won both of his UFC bouts. Seery ends his career with a record of 16-13, and a UFC mark of 3-4. He certainly gave it his all and the 38-year-old was an entertaining fighter to watch.

When the choke is locked, the tap shall soon come. Big win for Alexandre Pantoja over Neil Seery! #UFCGlasgow https://t.co/NcM4D6BTWo— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 16, 2017

Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward by KO (tossed to the mat) at 2:10 of round 1 – Welterweights
Yeah, I can’t believe I wrote that up either. As expected, Bofando began the fight with throwing flashy, fast, and powerful kicks. Ward was patient and taking his time and moving along in a rather flat-footed style, in stark contrast to the frenetic movements of Bofando. Ward closed the distance and went for a takedown, only to be literally thrown straight into unconsciousness. Bofando threw some punches but Ward was already gone by then. That was almost like a variation of Tim Boetsch vs. David Heath. Bofando wins his UFC debut in unorthodox style, while Ward is 0-2 inside the Octagon.

Have you ever seen or HEARD a KO like this? Galore Bofando finishes Charlie Ward with a crazy slam! #UFCGlasgow https://t.co/rILLjFHv27— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 16, 2017

Danny Henry def. Daniel Teymur by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-26) – Lightweights
Teymur was throwing with bad intentions from the onset and he badly hurt the much bigger Henry with a right hand. The Swede went for a standing choke but couldn’t complete it, although he followed up with another hard right hand on the Scotsman. Henry connected on a leg kick, only to be swarmed by more punches by the highly aggressive younger brother of David Teymur. Daniel was just shredding Henry’s legs with kicks, whether standing or with Henry on his back and Teymur standing up. Terymur doubled up with a spinning back elbows. A big knee from Henry caught the attention of Teymur in an action-packed round 1.
A trio of uppercuts tagged Henry to start round 2. Henry returned fire and backed Teymur up. This was the first time Teymur had ever made it to round 2. An elbow and a knee against the fence got through for Teymur. An elbow for Henry connected, but Teymur responded with hard elbows and knees of his own. A left hook and a right hand rocked Teymur. Henry attacked the neck and sought a submission. Teymur was back up but he was still dazed. The punches by Teymur appeared to be losing steam and Henry was really going for it. A body-head combination sent Teymur to the canvas and the crowd to its feet. Henry was in full mount and unleashing brutal right hands and elbows. Teymur gave up his back and had to fight hard to avoid the rear-naked choke to end a thrilling 2nd round.
A knee to the body and a right hand had Teymur reeling early in round 3. He was gassed and taking humongous shots. Henry fired off more concussive blows and then took Teymur down. Teymur fended off another choke but wound up fully mounted. Henry piled up the strikes from this dominant position and Teymur was too exhausted to escape. It was all Henry in the final round and after a poor start, he rallied to get himself a victory over his fellow newcomer. Henry’s MMA record is now 11-2, while Teymur is 6-1.
Brett Johns def. Albert Morales by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25) – Bantamweights
Johns completed a double-leg takedown in the opening minute of round 1. The Welshman threw some hard elbows from Morales’ guard, as well as punches to the body. Morales wasn’t offering much of anything from his back. It was a pretty one-sided round in Johns’ favor.
Both guys landed right hands on each other in the striking-heavy start to round 2. John dug in a left hook to the liver that backed Morales up, and he was in on another takedown, which he completed. Johns continued to score with hard ground-and-pound from top position. Try as he might, Morales just couldn’t get back to his feet, and Johns extended his advantage heading into round 3.
Morales exchanged some solid punches with Johns in the final round, and inevitably Johns changed levels and searched for his third takedown. Not only did Johns get Morales down again, he took the back and threw several punches to Morales’ head. Morales was able to get it back to an open guard, The left side of Morales’ face was steadily bleeding. Johns looked for an arm-triangle choke in the final minute of the fight, but couldn’t get his leg free to pass to side control. Morales escaped getting finished but couldn’t escape the loss. Johns is 2-0 in the UFC and remains undefeated in his overall MMA career. Morales took this bout on short notice, and he drops to 1-2-1 inside the Octagon.
Leslie Smith def. Amanda Lemos by TKO (strikes) at 2:53 of round 2 – Women’s Bantamweights
Lemos started off brightly, landing three hard leg kicks and a series of head shots. Smith kept walking forward and was able to duck under a wheel kick and wind up on top of the Brazilian. She couldn’t get off much ground-and-pound and it was back to standing for both women. Smith fired off excellent shots in the clinch, using knees to the body and elbows to the head. A chopping leg kick below the knee buckled and dropped Smith to the ground momentarily. Lemos used an outside trip to put Smith on her back and into side control. Smith tried to use the cage to her advantage and was able to stand up as the round ended.
Amanda continued to throw heavy punches Smith’s way in round 2. Smith went on the offensive and landed a good four-punch combination and then a head kick. The leg kicks by Lemos continued to post problems for Smith, but she just continued to come forward and just unleashed a ridiculous series of strikes that hurt Lemos, who literally turned her back to escape the onslaught from “The Peacemaker.” Lemos tried fighting back but her legs were weak and Smith wouldn’t stop the offensive attack. Standing elbows to the side of the head led to the referee stopping the fight, as Lemos was clearly hurt and accumulating too much damage for her own good. Terrific volume striking and accuracy by Smith, who is now 4-3 inside the Octagon. Lemos suffers a defeat in her UFC debut, although she acquitted herself well against a good fighter.

What an explosive finish by @LeslieSmith_GF! #UFCGlasgow pic.twitter.com/YFdLLAxiK0— UFC (@ufc) July 16, 2017

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Galore Bofando scores bizarre, vicious throw KO at UFC Fight Night 113

Galore Bofando had a very memorable UFC debut.

The British fighter scored one of the most bizarre and memorable knockouts in recent history, putting away SBG Ireland fighter Charlie Ward at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ward looked to clinch Bofando against the cage in the first round of the fight, but was thrown off with power by Bofando. Ward fell on the canvas straight onto his head and was immediately knocked out. Bofando followed up with a few shots, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 2:10 mark of the first round.

With this result, Bofando is now 5-2 as a professional fighter, while Ward fell to 3-3. Below is a video of Bofando’s bizarre knockout win:

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UFC Glasgow video: Galore Bafondo knocks out Conor McGregor’s teammate Charlie Ward with insane throw

You won’t see this type of knockout in the UFC very often. Welterweight Galore Bafondo is known in the UK regional MMA scene for his flashy style and repertoire of kicks, but in his UFC Glasgow bout against Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward, he found an unusual way to pick up a victory in his Octagon debut.
Ward tried to take Bafondo down whilst in the clinch against the fence, and Bafondo essentially threw him to the ground and into unconsciousness. Charlie’s head crashed against the mat and he was already out, but Bafondo threw a few punches before Marc Goddard stopped the fight. Ward is now 0-2 in the UFC and has been badly knocked out in both outings. Watch the video for yourself in the clip below.

Have you ever seen or HEARD a KO like this? Galore Bofando finishes Charlie Ward with a crazy slam! #UFCGlasgow https://t.co/rILLjFHv27— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 16, 2017

Check out Tim Burke’s play-by-play of the fight:

Round 1 – Side kick from Bofando. Body kick. He jumps in with a combo. Body kick. Bofando jumping around on the outside. Ward looks annoyed. Hard straight left from Bofando. Ward clinches up and pushed him against the cage. Bofando threw him to the floor and he’s out! That was very weird. I think Ward hit his head on the mat? Bofando landed two shots and the fight was over.
Galore Bofando defeated Charlie Ward by KO (strikes?), 2:10 of round 1

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After Mayweather, McGregor eyeing UFC fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor discusses his options in the UFC after taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26. Conor McGregor might have accepted the boxing showdown against Floyd Mayweather for the rumored $100 million paycheck, but the Irishman plans to return to his mixed martial arts roots after business is settled on August 26.
‘The Notorious’ confirmed the reports that he is thinking about returning to MMA’s premiere promotion to defend his UFC lightweight title against the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, telling Chamatkar Sandhu of MMA Junkie that he would like to fight the Dagestani fighter in Russia.
“It’s certainly one of the things I would like to do,” McGregor said backstage at London’s Wembley Arena on the final day of the MayMac world tour. “Whether it’s next, I don’t know. I don’t even know how close the Russia thing is. Whether Khabib can pull his (expletive) together; he missed weight.”
McGregor then switched his attention to MMA fan favorite Nate Diaz, who is the only fighter to beat him under the UFC banner. Diaz submitted McGregor at UFC 196 but lost via majority decision in the epic welterweight rematch last year at UFC 202.
McGregor, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday by rallying the London crowd to shout ‘f-ck the Mayweathers’, said a trilogy bout with Diaz is definitely on his mind.
“There’s a few of them in the mix,” he said. “A few of them need to pull their (expletive) together, though, and get interest going and get me interested. Right now I don’t actually see anything. That Diaz trilogy is also on my mind.”
Diaz, who hasn’t fought since he lost the rematch to McGregor last Summer, has kept active on social media by criticizing the Dubliner for fighting Mayweather.

Little bitches Got your ass beat You lost bitch . Im the champ… A post shared by natediaz209 (@natediaz209) on Jul 9, 2017 at 8:13pm PDT

McGregor, though, thinks Nate should be thanking him for turning him into a multi-millionaire.
“He should really be thankful,” McGregor said. “Before he fought me he was (getting paid) 20,000 to show and 20,000 to win. His 19th fight in the UFC, and he was on 40 grand. Now he’s a multi-millionaire. So, I don’t know why he’s sitting there so bitter. Maybe them smacks he took in that rematch messed with his head a little bit. I hope not, but I think they did.”
While McGregor didn’t specify a date for his UFC return, the former featherweight and current lightweight champion wants to be back in the Octagon for December, according to long time coach John Kavanagh.
Mayweather vs. McGregor, which has been billed the biggest fight in combat sports history, takes place August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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