Conor McGregor gives a clue: 'A true fight is what I want to do next – MMA next'

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By now, you know you’re not going to see Conor McGregor return before year’s end. Duh.

But you’re still probably wondering just what comes next for him, given there are a few options on the table – and given McGregor has kept things probably intentionally ambiguous.

But Friday night, he gave perhaps his most definitive clue yet for his next venture: You can expect him back in the UFC’s octagon – not in a boxing ring.

McGregor told TMZ after a night on the town in New York that next up, he wants a “real fight.”

“I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” McGregor said. “A real fight … MMA next.”

So no boxing. And no move over to the WWE, like may be happening with Ronda Rousey. “Fook WWE,” he said.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) hasn’t been in action since an August TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather (50-0 boxing) in a boxing match in Las Vegas. That fight did 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, making it the second biggest fight in history.

Since then, there has been speculation of a rematch between the two. There has been talk of a boxing match between McGregor and Manny Pacquiao. And, of course, everyone in the MMA world seems to be wondering when McGregor will put his lightweight title on the line – a title he won in November 2016, but has yet to defend.

But if this “true fight” is what he indeed wants next, the MMA world may be waiting for interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson to heal from recent elbow surgery for a title unification fight.

In other words: Who knows.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 29 highlights: Ricky Simon tops Chico Camus to win bantamweight title

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Ricky Simon continued his ascent as one of the bantamweight division’s top prospects with a five-round title win over UFC vet Chico Camus on Friday night.

Now Simon (11-1) will hope his win over someone with Camus’ (18-8) credentials will get him a call from the UFC. His victory, which included a 50-45 score, came in the main event of LFA 29, which aired on AXS TV from Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn.

In the co-main event, U.S. Marines Jeff Peterson and Bellator veteran Mike Richman squared off at welterweight. Despite it appearing Richman (18-8) had done enough to get the nod, it was Peterson (9-4) who got his hand raised.

The card also featured a bloody war between Brandon Jenkins (11-5) and Carl Wittsock (9-3) and a great finish by Nate Jennerman (10-3) to top Sam Toomer (11-2) in the second round.

Check out all of the highlights above.

LFA 29 results included:

  • Ricky Simon def. Chico Camus via unanimous decision (48-46, 50-45, 49-45) – to win vacant bantamweight title
  • Jeff Peterson def. Mike Richman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Nate Jennerman def. Sam Toomer via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:41
  • Jason Witt def. Ty Freeman via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Brandon Jenkins def. Carl Wittstock via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Cameron Olson def. Jaquis Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:52
  • Alton Cunningham def. Dominic Garcia via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:58

For more on LFA 29, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 191 highlights: Solid debuts from McDonald, Letourneau and two sweet finishes

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Friday’s Bellator 191 event featured the highly anticipated promotional debuts of a pair of UFC veterans, and they delivered.

In the main event, Michael McDonald (18-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) fought for the first time in 17 months and took a fairly easy unanimous decision from Peter Ligier (8-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). But it may have come at a cost. McDonald spent much of the third round on the ground on top of Ligier, he said because he believed he broke his hand in Round 2.

And in the co-feature, former UFC women’s strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau (9-6 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) finally got back in the win column. She snapped a three-fight skid with a decision win over Kate Jackson (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).

Check out the highlights of those two key fights above, which may have eventual title ramifications in the men’s bantamweight and women’s flyweight divisions.

Bellator 191 took place at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, and aired on Spike via same-day tape delay.

Also on the card, Mohammad Yahya took out Ash Griffiths with a first-round TKO, and heavyweight veteran Phil De Fries submitted James Thompson quickly into the first.

For complete coverage of Bellator 191, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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How to watch UFC on FOX 26: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Lawler-Dos Anjos

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Two former champions go head-to-head hoping for a future title shot in today’s UFC on FOX 26 main event. Here’s how to watch.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming network. You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app.

A single early prelim kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET. The FS1 prelims commence at 5 p.m. ET, and the four-fight main card starts at 8 p.m. ET.

For all the ways to watch the event, check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, takes on former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), now fighting at 170 pounds and ranked No. 9 in the division.

The full UFC on FOX 26 fight card is available below. You can also join us for live on-site round-by-round UFC on FOX 26 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC on FOX 26 main card (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

UFC on FOX 26 preliminary card (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

UFC on FOX 26 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 4:30 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 26 play-by-play and live results (4:30 p.m. ET)

WINNIPEG – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC on FOX 26 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) takes on former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) at 170 pounds. In the co-feature, former featherweight title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets short-notice replacement Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelim, 5 p.m. ET for the prelims on FS1, and 8 p.m. ET for the main card on FOX.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on FOX 26 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters Mike Bohn (@mikebohnmma) and Ken Hathaway (@kenshathaway) and on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva

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Records: Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC), Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
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Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

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Records: Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC), Alessio Di Chirico (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
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John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo

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Records: John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC), Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC)
Division: Lightweight
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Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb

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Records: Danny Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
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Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise

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Records: Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Chad Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
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Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart

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Records: Julian Marquez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier

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Records: Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC), Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
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Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

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Records: Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Teixeira No. 6, Cirkunov No. 9
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Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

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Records: Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
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Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas

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Records: Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Lamas No. 5
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Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos

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Records: Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC), Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC)
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Lawler No. 3, dos Anjos No. 9
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UFC on FOX 26 discussion thread

WINNIPEG – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC on FOX 26 event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC on FOX 26 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 8 p.m. ET for the main card.

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Video: Watch UFC on FOX 26's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie

WINNIPEG – UFC on FOX 26 takes place today at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and as usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event news conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are headliners Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Alex Perez felt 'a lot more pressure' for UFC debut in backyard than for DWCS

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Whether it ends up being properly channeled or not, there’s bound to be some measure of nerves as a fighter heads into a UFC debut.

But then there’s Dana White’s Contender Series – an experience in which not only does an athlete have to think about coming out victorious, but also doing it impressively enough to be favored over other winners hoping to earn UFC contracts.

Alex Perez, who competed at UFC Fight Night 123 last week, went through both. So which one was more nerve-racking?

“For the Dana White contender show, I was kind of like, ‘Alright, I’m going to get knocked or knock the guy out. I’m not going to go in there and hold anything back,’” Perez told MMAjunkie Radio. “To be honest, I wasn’t as nervous. Because I was like, ‘I’m going to let everything go. Whatever happens, happens. I know I put everything I had into it.’

“Now when I got into the UFC, in my last fight, I was kind of nervous. Because it’s a bigger stage. Cameras right in front of you the whole time. And I want to win. I need to win. Just because it’s in my backyard. So I was a little bit nervous. But I felt there was a lot more pressure in Fresno then there was in the Dana White (Contender Series).”

It probably helps that, although shows like DWCS and “The Ultimate Fighter” are often platforms for fighters with modest records looking to break into the scene, 25-year-old Perez (19-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wasn’t one of those cases. By the time he fought in front of White, he’d already fought under Tachi Palace Fights, RFA and CFFC banners.

Not taking any shortcuts paid off for the battle-tested Perez, who managed to thrive in both occasions. On Week 5 of DWCS, he choked out Kevin Gray to earn a first-round win and a UFC contract. Four months later, his UFC debut saw a similar ending, with Perez locking in an Anaconda choke to get rid of Carls John de Tomas in the second round of a bantamweight encounter.

There was an extra level of stress heading into that one, too, as Perez and de Tomas had originally agreed to a flyweight fight. Concerned about de Tomas’ weight progress, though, the California State Athletic Commission thought it would be best to move the bout up a division. Perez, understandably, wasn’t happy about that.

With that in the past, Perez is now looking into his octagon future. And, despite his own extensive professional record, he has an idea of how he’d like to conduct it given a choice.

“I’d rather fight those guys that are 7-0 than fight a guy that’s had a couple of losses on his record,” Perez said. “Most of the guys who are 7-0 get knockouts quickly and haven’t been the distance. So I like to test those guys in deep waters.”

Naming specific targets, however, Perez offered two that stray a bit from that: “TUF 24” alumni Eric Shelton and Matt Schnell, both of whom carry identical 11-4 pro records. Shelton is 1-2 in the octagon but has most recently beaten Jenel Lausa. Schnell was also off to a 0-2 start, but has bounced beat with a decision over Marco Beltran.

“Those two guys would be the guys I’d want to come after,” Perez said. “If I had a choice, I’d pick one of those two.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'Bellator 191: McDonald vs. Ligier' official results (9 p.m. ET)

Bellator 191 already took place earlier Friday at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, but the event airs on Spike via same-day tape delay at 9 p.m. ET, and you can follow along with the official results here on MMAjunkie.

In the main event, former UFC fighter Michael McDonald makes his Bellator debut against Peter Ligier. The fight is being contested at a 138-pound catchweight after McDonald came in heavy.

The 26-year-old McDonald has not fought since July 2016 in a knockout loss to John Lineker in his final bout for the UFC. McDonald went 5-3 in his eight-fight UFC run with five fight-night bonus awards.

In the co-headliner, former UFC title contender Valerie Letourneau also makes her Bellator debut against Kate Jackson.

Complete Bellator 191 results include:

  • Michael McDonald vs. Peter Ligier – 138-pound catchweight
  • Kate Jackson vs. Valerie Letourneau
  • Phil De Fries vs. James Thompson
  • Ash Griffiths vs. Mohammad Yahya
  • Lewis Monarch vs. Jeremy Petley

For more on Bellator 191, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Who ya got?! Fighters weigh in on Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 26

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WINNIPEG – A pair of former champions in different weight classes are looking to get back to a title fight in this week’s UFC headliner.

Former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) meets ex-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) in the UFC on FOX 26 welterweight main event in Canada. The winner very well could be next in line for a title shot at 170 pounds.

Who are some of their fellow fighters picking in the main event? Check out the video above to get their picks.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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