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Conor McGregor Finds A New Target In Champ Kelvin Gastelum & Here's Everything We Know About Him
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAfter the infamous bout between the Russian MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov and the 'Notorious' Conor McGregor, which got out of hand within two minutes of McGregor tapping out as Nurmagomedov leapt over the octagon and attacked two of McGregor's men. The incident led to the two rivals getting into a lot of trouble, as Khabib was banned for nine months with a hefty fine of $500,000 while McGregor was suspended for six months with a $50,000 fine off his match fee by the NAC for their roles in the UFC 229 post-fight melee. However, it seems that while Nurmagomedov is spending his days of asylum in quiet, McGregor is out already searching for his next prey. The name of McGregor's potential next target is Kelvin Gastelum, the new UFC middleweight champion who won the title by forfeit after his opponent and former champion Robert Whittaker was ruled out of the main event of UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia after being diagnosed with a hernia and had to undergo immediate surgery. McGregor did not approve of the fact that Gastelum was practically gifted the title without even throwing a single punch and showed his disapproval on Twitter in the most 'Conor McGregor' way he could: Why is that worm holding the 185lb belt? There are worms crawling on his skin! It was absolutely ludicrous to even consider allowing him to compete. Let alone now walk around the arena shaking our fans hands. Someone sort this, this instant. And sterilize that belt. Immediately. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 10, 2019 Calling Gastelum a 'worm', McGregor took a jab at the champion after he was trolled online for having some dermatologic issues. Formerly working as a bounty hunter, the current UFC middleweight champion, Kelvin Gastelum fought his first professional battle in Mexico in 2010 against Jose Sanchez, who submitted to Gastelum after a barrage of punches destroyed his face. He made his UFC debut in January 2013 during the Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs Team Sonnen and went on to win the Ultimate Fighter contest to become the youngest ever to do while having a brand new UFC contract under his belt. Ever since his debut, Gastelum has entered the ring a total of 19 times out of which he's won 16 and lost the remaining three. After the McGregor tweet, the fighter in Gastelum confidently replied to the notorious one: Come take it off.... Little prick! https://t.co/823ptmymr8 — #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) February 10, 2019 Is this the comeback fight we are looking forward to as Conor's return is due in March? McGregor's provocative tweet for the champ comes after he commended Anderson Silva's losing efforts in the battle against Israel Adesanya which replaced the Gastelum-Whittaker bout Down Under. A couple of weeks ago, McGregor also tickled the thought of fighting 'The Cowboy' Donald Cerrone after his impressive knockout victory over Alexander Hernandez in January.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsGreat athletes aren't born. They are built. Khabib Nurmagomedov never thought that he will go down as one of the greatest UFC fighters, when he practised wrestling with bears as a young boy. As astonishing as it sounds, Khabib's father, who also doubled up as his coach, forged a warrior with training techniques that most people haven't even heard of. This is the story of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the man who demolished Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor. The Hustle Started At The Age Of 8 © Bossip Coming from Dagestan, one of the 'toughest places' in Russia, Khabib started training at the age of 8. Being proficient in man-to-man combat sports holds utmost importance in Dagestan. Khabib's father, a retired military vet and an accomplished 'Russian Sambo' coach, took him under his wing. From here on, Khabib's process of being forged into a fighting legend took off. After training for 3 years in Russian Sambo, at the age of 12, Khabib was put into training for wrestling. At 15, came judo. Then again at 17, he was pulled into perfecting Russian Sambo. His father, step by step, with the patience of a wolf, meticulously trained him in the most prominent martial art disciplines. Khabib gave his all and hence, became one of Dagestan's most ferocious fighters. Fighting With Bears Though not much is detailed about this time in Khabib's training, what has the internet hooked is a clip where an 8-year-old Khabib can be seen fighting a bear cub. You can see Khabib practising grappling moves on the cub in the video from 1997. Soon after the video blew up on the internet, Khabib's crew confirmed that the bear fighting was a part of his training regime as a kid. Training For The Worst When not on the mat perfecting his skills, Khabib takes to the old school training approach for his strength and conditioning. Long runs on inclined surfaces for endurance work, high repetition bodyweight exercises, hill sprints and literally training with stone weight outdoors, Khabib's training, both present and in the past, is as old school as it gets. The logic behind it is very simple- prepare for what your sport demands. His skills in Judo, Russian Sambo, Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling coupled with balls-to-the-wall strength and conditioning, makes up for an invincible Khabib inside the octagon. 27-0 & The Killing Of Conor McGregor's Ego © Abc.net Ever since his debut in 2008, Khabib has fought 27 bouts and has never been defeated. That's the longest winning streak in the history of professional MMA fighting. On 7th October 2018, Khabib came down on the infamous Conor McGregor, crushing his bloated ego and his hope of winning the lightweight championship belt. Loaded with emotions, Khabib was at his prolific best on the mat and most notably, his aggressive best when he started a bare-knuckle brawl with Gregor's camp post the match. He presently stands tall as the longest reigning lightweight UFC champion in the world, and with 5.5 million followers on Instagram, he's also the most popular Russian sports icon in the world. Everything on his resume screams hard work and well deserved!
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAfter a hiatus of two long years, Conor McGregor is set to mark his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the upcoming UFC 229 event, scheduled to take place in Nevada on 7th October. To the sheer delight of McGregor's fans, the Irishman will be seen returning to the octagon where he will lock horns with Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title in the main event. With all eyes on UFC's posterboy, the former featherweight and lightweight champion will need to be at his prolific best, if he intends to get the better of his Russian counterpart and re-establish his reputation in the cash-rich UFC. However, much before his bout with Khabib, McGregor has already been upstaged. While the two-time UFC champion was busy giving an interview on 4th October, his eighteen-month-old son stole his thunder in typical McGregor style. His son, Conor Jack McGregor Jr, was seen waddling across the workout mat to the sheer delight of the hundreds of fans, who couldn't stop themselves from rooting for the toddler. Conor McGregor Jr. is just a year old, but already has his dad's swagger. pic.twitter.com/GlESE3Oc2V — ESPN (@espn) October 4, 2018 After noticing his son replicating his dad's swagger, 'The Notorious' went on to join him amidst great applause from those in attendance. McGregor was stripped of his featherweight and lightweight belts after he took the ring against Floyd Mayweather in the mega-bucks boxing fight in August last year. The 30-year-old was beaten through a Technical Knockout (TKO) in the 10th Round by the American boxer, who came out of retirement for a potential $300m payday. Since then, McGregor has neither entered the octagon nor the boxing ring. But, back in front of his fans, McGregor promised a return to form against the current 155lb champion. "It's good to be back doing what I love to do in front of my fans. On Saturday night, you're in for a show, trust me on that. I'm going to take his head off," he said during a press interaction. "He may have wrestled Dagestani bears, but he has never wrestled an Irish gorilla, Conan."@TheNotoriousMMA talks with @TeamCoco tonight on @TBSNetwork! #UFC229 pic.twitter.com/TufF5MNKg7 — UFC (@ufc) October 4, 2018 "It will be a devastating KO, he's too easily hit, too flat-footed, too predictable, I'm going to knock him clean out. It's good to be back. Let's go do it, a proper fight, a proper, proper fight. I'm going to come out of the gate fast, I don't give a f*** about anything; any wrestling, any technique, any engine, any anything. I'm coming for that man's head from the f****** bell. Trust me on that," the Irishman added. While it's quite hard to predict the winner for Sunday's main event, as the bout between McGregor and Khabib undeniably makes for an exciting clash for MMA fanatics.