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    Conor McGregor slams UFC for ‘f***ed up’ decision to leave him ‘held back’ from fights as he confirms switch to boxing

    CONOR McGREGOR has slammed the UFC for their ‘f***ed up’ decision to hold him back from fighting – as he confirms his switch to boxing.
    The Irishman and 41-year-old Manny Pacquiao both confirmed they are in talks for a lucrative bout in the Middle East in either December or January.

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    Conor McGregor slammed the UFC for their ‘f***ed up’ decision to hold him back from fightingCredit: AP:Associated Press

    The news came after McGregor released direct messages with UFC president Dana White, where he demanded several fights and suggested opponents.
    Upon his impending move back into the boxing ring, the former two-weight UFC champion questioned why he has been left with just one fight this year.
    McGregor wrote on Instagram: “I’d rather fight MMA anyway not sure why I’ve been held back like this, it’s borderline criminal at this stage.
    “The biggest number generator in the game asking for four fights since February this year and getting left on seen.

    “It’s pretty f***ed up when I keep thinking of it. I’ve been right here this whole time. 
    “Bob Chapek, do you copy!  I repeat, Bob Chapek – Do You Copy! 
    “Anyways boxing it is for now and I’m up for this! I hope no bottling takes place here.

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    McGregor was beaten on his boxing debut by Floyd Mayweather

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    Manny Pacquiao and McGregor confirmed they are in talks for a lucrative bout in the Middle East in either December or JanuaryCredit: AFP or licensors

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    “I’m already agreeing to these limited rules and holding back my full array of weapons. Let’s get it going guys. 

    “Much love, the champ champ.”
    McGregor returns to the boxing ring three years after his professional debut against Floyd Mayweather – which he lost in round ten.
    McGregor, 32, uploaded a picture of himself landing a shot on Mayweather, 43, and revealed regret at not getting ‘DQ’d and fined’ by breaking the rules.
    He also took a swipe at Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who said the Filipino icon will beat the UFC star quicker than he did against Ricky Hatton in 2009, which ended in round two.
    McGregor said: “The very first shot of the fight. Right on the button through the guard. I didn’t even put anything into that shot. Just placed it.
    “It was hard for me not to dwell on the full 12 rounds that were potentially ahead of me and hold back my shots early.

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    How McGregor and Pacquiao stack up
    “Still tho right on the absolute button. The first punch thrown. Remember the experts saying I wouldn’t land even 1 lol.
    “I landed more than them all. The picture above is the very first punch of the fight thrown, and landed, and inside the very first second of the fight.
    “Bums all of them “experts”. Listen to none of them! Really I should have just sat right thru that shot and took his head off and f*** the distance.
    “If it didn’t work out just give him a good boot into the neck and get DQ’d and fined and who’d give a f***.
    “I’m upset I fully followed the rules for that fight to be honest. Floyd deserved a volley at the least. A shoulder even, break the face. 
    “Manny not so much tho I don’t think, but I will see how the build up goes and wait to hear what bitter old Freddie Roach has to say and then make a decision.”

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    Watch Josh Taylor demolish Apinun Khongsong with brutal body shot in first-round KO win on maiden world title defence

    TARTAN TORNADO Josh Taylor waited 11 months for a world title defence and blasted Apinun Khongsong out inside 160 seconds.
    The 29-year-old southpaw star became the unified boxing super-lightweight king back in October with an iconic win over American Regis Prograis.

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    Josh Taylor dismantled Apinun Khongsong with a first-round KO in his first world title defenceCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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    Taylor needed just 160 seconds to win the boutCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

    And he is waiting on a career-defining undisputed decider with WBC and WBO champ Jose Ramirez next year.
    The Scot described the undefeated Thai hardman – who arrived in London with a scary 16-0 record and 13 KOs – as a giant hurdle in the way of his dreams.
    But Taylor blitzed him with his first serious punch of the night that left the arena stunned.
    Khonsong looked impressive when he stripped off for the 10st York Hall clash. 

    And he threw a couple of purposeful right hands in the opening two minutes.
    But when the pair clinched on the ropes, Taylor cocked his left hand and thundered a hook into the challenger’s ribs that left him crippled with pain and wriggling around on the floor.
    Ringside pundits David Haye and Carl Frampton were as confused as the press pack on the balcony by what looked like a phantom punch.
    But replays showed it was a magnificent punch that connected with the 27-year-old’s unguarded torso.

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    Taylor is gearing up for a fight with WBC and WBO champ Jose Ramirez next yearCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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    And he folded into the canvas before being carried out of the ring on a stretcher.
    Earlier in the night ex fly-weight champ Charlie Edwards announced his comeback with a one-sided points win over Kyle Williams.
    The Sheffield-based ace is targeting a second world title reign at super-fly after dropping his crown last year after the weight cut became too brutal.

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    Likkleman beats Salim Chiboub with sixth-round TKO as 3ft pair thrill in ‘biggest little fight of all time’

    AIDEN ‘LIKKLEMAN’ HENRY smashed Salim Chiboub with a sixth-round TKO in what he described as the “biggest little fight of all time”.
    The referee was forced to stop the fight in the final round when the two 3ft brawlers went to war at a secret location in London.

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    Former convict Likkleman backed up his pre-fight chat in the ring Credit: Wicked N’ Bad

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    Likkleman posed for pictures with his belt after his impressive performanceCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

    Likkleman! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Congratulations champ! 🏆🥊
    — Ian Wright (@IanWright0) September 26, 2020

    Likkleman, 26, sent Chiboub crashing to the canvas after a series of heavy shots.
    And his performance led to praise from the likes of Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
    Wrighty said: “Likkleman! Congratulations champ.”
    The brawler – who was born with dwarfism – is now the proud owner of the Wicked’N’Bad belt.

    LikkleMan, 26, and Chiboub went head to head at the weigh-in ahead of their 7pm bout.
    After badmouthing each other the fighters, looking to win the ‘Wicked’N’Bad’ belt, got in each other’s faces.
    Chiboub, through his mask, planted a kiss on Coventry-boy LikkleMan’s forehead.
    A shoving match then ensued, with security trying to bring order back to proceedings.

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    Fans had to pay £4.99 to watch the two fighters battle it out for the beltCredit: Wicked N’ Bad

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    Chaos erupted when the pair clashed at the weigh-in

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    LikkleMan sent Chiboub crashing to the canvas

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    Coventry puncher LikkleMan will take to the ringCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram
    But before they could, LikkleMan had put his rival on the deck, flooring him with a hard push.
    SunSport exclusively chatted to LikkleMan earlier this week as he geared up towards the bout of his lifetime.
    The fighter, who was released from prison in March 2019 a reformed character, said: “I was born fighting, when you are born half the size of a normal man you have to fight twice as hard to get anywhere in life.
    “I was born into a life of gangs, drugs and crime, like a lot of people are in certain areas. But on top of that I am this size.
    “I didn’t go to school, I can’t read or write, I didn’t have parents.
    “I have matured a lot now but my brain is definitely wired differently to everyone else.
    “I’ve had 25 bad years behind me, I have had to apologise for a lot of things I am sorry for, but now I have this chance to turn my life around and I am going to take it.”

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    LikkleMan (left) faced Salim Chiboub (right) for the Wicked’N’Bad beltCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    LikkleMan, 26, is ready for the potentially life-changing boutCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram
    And having made such strides, LikkleMan has big ambitions for the future.
    He added: “I could sell out the Ricoh Arena, definitely.
    “Because I am small but confident with it, people have never seen that combination and are intrigued.
    “Girls are fascinated about whether things are in proportion, it’s just my everyday life.
    “From a very young age I have been aggressive because of how I have been treated.
    “Now I can hopefully make that work for me and better my life, because that is all I have wanted the chance to do.”

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    LikkleMan has trained with the likes of Conor BennCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    Tyson Fury hires a scooter in Latvia before singing We Are The Champions with a busker as he supports mate Hosea Burton

    TYSON FURY hired a scooter and sang with a busker as he enjoyed his trip out to Riga in Latvia.
    The WBC heavyweight champion has travelled to the Baltic country to support his friend Hosea Burton, who fights Ricards Bolotniks in the Golden Contract semi-finals.

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    Tyson Fury sang along to We Are The Champions in RigaCredit: Instagram / @gypsyking101

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    The Gypsy King seemed impressed with the musicianCredit: Instagram / @robertkelbie

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    The world champion boxer then donated some money to the buskerCredit: Instagram / @robertkelbie

    But Fury was determined to take in the sights of the historic city of Riga, hiring a green scooter to get around.
    He decided to stop to listen to a musician on the cobbled streets, and then joined in singing the Queen classic We Are The Champions along with some of his friends.
    The 6ft 7in boxer then bent down to put some money into the busker’s collection pot.
    Earlier in the week Fury uploaded a clip to Instagram showing he is still preparing for the trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder.

    That has been rumoured to be pencilled in for December, with a victory likely to set up an undisputed clash against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.
    Fury showed off the explosive combination punching and left hooks that led him to victory against Wilder in a video.
    In the clip, Fury, 32, drills his left hook, the shot that floored the Bronze Bomber in round five of their title fight in February.
    He captioned the post: “Sharpening that steel daily, 10xleft hook, Call me Captain Hook.”

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    This was the musician who made Fury stop and listen inCredit: Instagram / @gypsyking101

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    Fury is out in Latvia to supoort his friend and fellow boxer Hosea BurtonCredit: Instagram / @robertkelbie

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    The boxing champ was in good spirits on the cobbled streetsCredit: Instagram / @robertkelbie

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    Fury is supporting his mate Hosea Burton as he fights out in Latvia

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    Wilder, 34, suffered the first loss of his career as he surrendered the WBC belt.
    With fears fans will not be able to attend Stateside, overseas venues are now being considered.
    Wilder has remained radio silent since being pulled out by his corner in round seven.
    But behind closed doors he has been seeking the advice of heavyweight legend George Foreman as he attempts to get revenge on Fury.
    After such a humbling and one-sided defeat, few have given the American hitter much chance of winning back the title.

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    Fury is preparing for the trilogy fight against Deontay WilderCredit: Instagram / @gypsyking101

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    The scooter was Fury’s preferred method of transportCredit: Instagram / @robertkelbie

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    The Morecambe fighter and his pals hired scooters for the dayCredit: Instagram / @robertkelbie

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    Conor McGregor 4/1 longshot to beat Manny Pacquiao in boxing match due to take place in December or January

    MANNY PACQUIAO will fight Conor McGregor in the boxing ring – and the bookies don’t fancy the Irishman’s chances.
    The quick turn-around was revealed today – with the epic clash set to be held in the Middle East around January.

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    Conor McGregor is the huge underdog in his fight with Manny PacquiaoCredit: AFP

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    How McGregor and Pacquiao stack up

    McGregor had talked up a return to boxing after announcing he was quitting UFC in the summer – and last night teased that he was going to fight the Filipino legend.
    Pacquiao wasted little time responding, and says cash from this fight will go towards the relief effort in the Philippines after Covid-19.
    A statement from Pacquiao’s office read: “For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year.
    “The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic.”

    Now the date is in the diary for his next venture into the ring – and the bookies are already taking bets on it.
    Notorious is the huge outsider for the showdown, priced at 4-1 with Coral. 
    While Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, is the 1-7 favourite for the win.
    Coral’s John Hill said:  “Conor McGregor shared the ring with one of the greatest boxers of all time in his boxing debut.

    “He now looks set to meet another great of the sport in Manny Pacquiao where it would be a huge upset if he were to beat the eight-division world champion.
    “McGregor was heavily backed to defeat Mayweather in the ‘Biggest Fight in Combat Sport History’ and we expect the Irishman to be popular again on his return to the boxing ring.”
    McGregor previously fought Floyd Mayweather under Queensberry Rules in 2017, and was stopped in the tenth round.

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    Watch Likkleman vs Salim Chiboub weigh-in descend into chaos as ferocious 3ft rivals push each other and start dancing

    CHAOS ensued as Aiden ‘LikkleMan’ Henry and Salim Chiboub faced off ahead of their pay-per-view bout in London tonight.
    The 3ft punchers are set to fight at a secret location in England’s capital, with fans paying £4.99 to tune in online.

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    Chaos ensued at the weigh-in

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    LikkleMan sent Chiboub crashing to the canvas

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    LikkleMan (left) takes on Salim Chiboub (right) for the Wicked’N’Bad beltCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

    LikkleMan, 26, and Chiboub went head to head at the weigh-in, with tensions threatening to boil over.
    After badmouthing each other the fighters, looking to win the ‘Wicked’N’Bad’ belt, got in each other’s faces.
    Chiboub, through his mask, planted a kiss on Coventry-boy LikkleMan’s forehead.
    A shoving match then ensued, with security trying to bring order back to proceedings.

    But before they could, LikkleMan had put his rival on the deck, flooring him with a hard push.
    SunSport exclusively chatted to LikkleMan earlier this week as he gears up towards the bout of his lifetime.
    The fighter, who was released from prison in March 2019 a reformed character, said: “I was born fighting, when you are born half the size of a normal man you have to fight twice as hard to get anywhere in life.
    “I was born into a life of gangs, drugs and crime, like a lot of people are in certain areas. But on top of that I am this size.

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    Coventry puncher LikkleMan will take to the ringCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    LikkleMan, 26, is ready for the potentially life-changing boutCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    “I didn’t go to school, I can’t read or write, I didn’t have parents.
    “I have matured a lot now but my brain is definitely wired differently to everyone else.
    “I’ve had 25 bad years behind me, I have had to apologise for a lot of things I am sorry for, but now I have this chance to turn my life around and I am going to take it.”

    I could sell out the Ricoh Arena, definitely
    LikkleMan

    And having made such strides, LikkleMan has big ambitions for the future.
    He added: “I could sell out the Ricoh Arena, definitely.
    “Because I am small but confident with it, people have never seen that combination and are intrigued.
    “Girls are fascinated about whether things are in proportion, it’s just my everyday life.
    “From a very young age I have been aggressive because of how I have been treated.
    “Now I can hopefully make that work for me and better my life, because that is all I have wanted the chance to do.”

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    LikkleMan has trained with the likes of Conor BennCredit: Instagram / @likklemangram

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    Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao CONFIRMED by Filipino with boxing match set for December or January

    MANNY PACQUIAO has confirmed he will fight Conor McGregor in the boxing ring – and the bout is set for January.
    The quick turn-around was revealed today – with the epic clash set to be held in the Middle East.

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    Manny Pacquiao has confirmed he will fight UFC legend Conor McGregor next yearCredit: AFP or licensors

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    Conor McGregor took on Floyd Mayweather in his one and only pro boxing fightCredit: Getty – Contributor

    McGregor had talked up a return to boxing after announcing he was quitting UFC in the summer – and last night teased that he was going to fight the Filipino legend.
    He tweeted: “Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
    And pound-for-pound icon Pacquiao has now confirmed he will fight the Irishman in a sensational clash.
    McGregor previously fought Floyd Mayweather under Queensberry Rules in 2017, and was stopped in the tenth round.

    He has been eyeing another dabble into boxing for some time now despite that defeat.
    Pacquaio, 41 – known as Pac Man – has now accepted the Irishman’s challenge.

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    Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook.I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.
    — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

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    A senator in his native country, he says cash from this fight will go towards the relief effort in the Philippines after Covid-19.

    A statement from Pacquiao’s office read: “For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year.
    “The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic.”
    Both men have previously fought Floyd Mayweather.
    The Pac Man previously took on ‘Money’ Mayweather in 2015 in one of the biggest-grossing PPV fights in history.
    But this was also one of the worst PPV fights ever, with the Filipino struggling to to get anywhere near his best form.
    McGregor fans have mixed feelings about his return to boxing.
    One said: “I’m a big fan Conor but ffs man get back to what you do best. Get back to the ufc and have a run at the 155 or 170 titles!”
    But Conor McGoat said: “All of u will watch it. All of u will talk about it. So just shut up and witness greatness thank u Conor u are our lord and saviour.”
    McGregor, 32, retired from UFC for a third time in four years earlier this summer.
    He then yesterday teased that he would be coming back to fight Pacquaio.
    In a succession of tweets, the Irishman said: “It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.”
    Pacquiao, an eight-weight world champion widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters ever, most recently fought in July last year when he beat Keith Thurman in a WBA super world welterweight title defence.

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    Conor McGregor vs Manny Pacquiao to take place in December or January, according to man who represents BOTH fighters

    CONOR MCGREGOR is in talks to face Manny Pacquiao in December or January, according to the man that represents them both.
    The Notorious sent social media into a frenzy with a string of tweets on Friday night – culminating with the revelation that he will fight Pacquiao in the Middle East.

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    McGregor will return to action in December or JanuaryCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Audie Attar has confirmed talks over a McGregor-Pacquiao boutCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook.I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.
    — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

    Some were sceptical given McGregor’s previous “revelations” on Twitter – including earlier this year when he “accepted” a call-out from Anderson Silva.
    But Audie Attar, who represents both McGregor and Pacquiao, confirmed to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that talks are in fact taking place this time around.
    Attar revealed that the bout would take place in December or January… but that the deal isn’t yet complete.
    And while McGregor, 32, tweeted that he’d be facing Pacquiao in the Middle East – his representative also stated that the region was merely one of a few destinations being discussed.

    The Filipino, 41, has himself confirmed that he will be taking on the MMA star in the boxing ring.
    A statement from Pacquiao’s office read: “For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year.
    “The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic.”
    Attar has also been holding talks with the UFC over McGregor’s future – with the boxing match against Pacquiao one of the items on the agenda.

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    How McGregor and Pacquiao stack up

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    Pacquiao last fought Keith Thurman in 2019Credit: AP:Associated Press

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    Dana White’s promotion are in fact on board with the idea, having co-promoted McGregor’s previous lucrative dabble with professional boxing against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
    After his bout with Pacquiao, the Notorious is expected to return to the octagon in 2021.
    Prior to his Pacquiao admission, McGregor also revealed messages with White from back in February, in which he was trying to get another fight on in May.
    The UFC president had been planning on matching McGregor up with Justin Gaethje in Las Vegas on July 11, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic rocking the sporting calendar.

    It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight.
    — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2020

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