Khabib unsurprised by Poirier v McGregor result

From Blake Schuster of B/R: Khabib Nurmagomedov immediately took shots at Conor McGregor after the Irishman suffered a technical knockout from Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Saturday. It just wasn’t the loss that the lightweight champion found notable—it was McGregor’s preparation for the bout. Reality caught up to McGregor real quick. Poirier damaged his legs early in the second round, began forcing McGregor to defend and ultimately put him on his back moments later as the referee called the fight. McGregor had been hoping to earn a rematch with…

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Connor McGregor says he is boxing Manny Pacquiao

from Ariel Helwani of ESPN UFC star Conor McGregor is in serious talks to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, but the bout isn’t a done deal yet, McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN on Friday. McGregor said Friday on Twitter that he is “boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.” The McGregor-Pacquiao boxing match would take place in late December or early January, said Attar, who represents both fighters. The Middle East is one of a few locations being discussed to host the fight, he added. Attar recently told ESPN he…

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Reebok will be out; UFC signs apparel deal that starts in 2021

From Mark Raimondi of ESPN: The UFC’s oft-criticized apparel deal with Reebok is coming to a close next year. Venum will take over as the UFC’s apparel partner beginning in April 2021, the promotion announced Friday. The UFC’s apparel deal with Reebok runs through March 2021, but the company will stay on as the UFC’s official footwear brand through the end of next year, according to a release. Unlike Reebok, Venum is a company that has focused mainly on combat sports and martial arts since it was founded in France…

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The UFC and Reebok: A match not made in heaven

As most fight fans know, the UFC and Reebok signed a six year, $70 million deal late last year. By and large this arrangement has been riddled with problems and ridicule,from not only fight fans , but the fighters themselves.  The arrangement has been a colossal flop for both sides, as it has made Reebok appear incompetent and UFC, even more greedy and dictatorial towards its fighters. Fighters have claimed this deal has cost them thousands of dollars, as it no longer allows the 3rd party sponsorships. When longtime cut…

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