Andre Fili on Conor McGregor acting as 4th cornerman at UFC-Gdansk: 'Didn't notice him at all'

if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};
jwplayer(‘jwplayer_gbvMoR1A_FLu19iir_div’).setup(
{“playlist”:”http://content.jwplatform.com/feeds/gbvMoR1A.json”,”ph”:2}
);

Filed under: Featured, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos

In case it wasn’t clear when he broke out the ‘Billionaire Strut,’ Andre Fili clarifies that he wasn’t the least bit fazed by Conor McGregor’s presence to support his UFC Fight Night 118 opponent.

If anything, Fili thought the pre-fight antagonism was pretty cool.

Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) got back on the winning path after beating Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) via unanimous decision at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. But that wasn’t the only highlight of Fili’s evening.

After his victory was announced, Fili sealed it by delivering a moving post-fight speech. And, before the fight even started, he made sure to capitalize on a high-profile presence when he used lightweight champ McGregor’s own gimmick to provoke him.

McGregor was there, of course, to support friend and training partner Lobov. And McGregor he got so excited doing it that referee Marc Goddard had to step in and ask him to keep things professional.

So how was it for Fili to have a third and notable antogonist lingering around the cage?

“I was aware of him, obviously. While Artem was walking out I saw him,” Fili told MMAjunkie Radio. “We had our little pissing contest, our little staredown. I (expletive) started, he was talking (expletive), he was talking (expletive). We were kind of doing our thing. But I liked that. I thought it was cool. I think the fans thought it was cool.

“I think part of this sport is showmanship. Also, if it has to do with McGregor, people are going to be excited. I thrive off that (expletive). I (expletive) love confrontation. So him being there and him sort of – actually, it was cool.”

As Fili told MMAFighting today, though, Fili was later made aware of a much less pleasant side of the champ’s attitude. Having shared mutual declarations of respect with McGregor at the event, Fili took issue with the “fake” attitude of saying things behind his back. But, also, he was adamantly against the homophobic slur he used in the process.

“There’s no need to use words like that,” Fili said. “You don’t need to demean other people to make yourself seem bigger. Whenever you hear someone use that word or call someone a ‘bitch,’ that makes you look so insecure.”

In any case, once the fight was on, Fili was all business.

“During the fight I didn’t notice him at all, to be honest,” Fili told MMAjunkie Radio. “I was just focused on the fight. I didn’t notice he was circling around. When (Goddard) stopped me and Artem, when I was on top of him, I didn’t know why the (expletive) he was stopping. I didn’t even hear McGregor. I was just hearing my cornerman, and I was just trying to beat Artem up.”

That, he did.

Despite a late rally by Lobov in the third round, Fili did enough to earn a clean 30-27 sweep on the judges’ scorecards. The result landed Fili back on the winning track following a decision loss to Calvin Kattar in July – and maybe spelled retirement for Lobov.

Of course, it wasn’t an entirely flawless night. Fili, who told MMAjunkie prior to the bout about his issues getting used to Poland’s timezone, believes that affected his performance. And he does wish that his first-round head kick had sealed the deal. But, all in all, he thinks the fight went “pretty good.”

“The travel time was like over 20 hours with all the layovers added up,” Fili said. “And I didn’t sleep more than a couple of hours each night because I was trying to get used to the time difference. So I really felt that in the third round. The third round didn’t go how I wanted.

“But I did what I needed to do to get the win. I felt the fight was still pretty exciting, all things considered.”

Now, as he reclaims both momentum and excitement to be in the cage, Fili already has some ideas for his next steps. First, he’ll probably need a few days to recover from the tattoo he was getting done during the interview with MMAjunkie Radio – a realistic portrait of The Grinch, in case you were wondering.

 

To hear from Fili, check out the video above (just pardon his occasional, tattoo-motivated grunts).

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

Filed under: Featured, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2549 with Andre Fili and Alexander Shlemenko

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Andre Fili and Alexander Shlemenko.

Fili, still in Poland, phoned in to talk about his big win over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118. Shlemenko, who was defeated by Gegard Mousasi this past Friday at Bellator 185, voiced his displeasure in the decision rendered by the judges and would like an immediate rematch.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with guests Andre Fili, Alexander Shlemenko

Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Andre Fili and Alexander Shlemenko.

Fili is coming off a win over Artem Lobov on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 118 and will discuss the fight, as well as the potential distraction of dealing with Conor McGregor cageside acting like an unofficial cornerman. Shlemenko is coming off a close loss to Gegard Mousasi on Friday at Bellator 185 and will give his thoughts on the fight.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

UFC-Gdansk medical suspensions: Forced time off for Donald Cerrone with potential 6-month term

UFC welterweight Donald Cerrone hates to take time off, but with a potential six-month medical suspension, he’s benched for the time being.

Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC), who reported a broken nose following a first-round TKO loss to Darren Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118, drew a six-month suspension from the UFC, according to medical suspensions released by the UFC and reported by official ABC record keeper mixedmartialarts.com.

That suspension can be lifted, of course, with clearance from a doctor, in this case a maxillofacial specialist. But Cerrone is also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for his stoppage loss, which marked his third straight defeat.

In other notable suspensions, light heavyweight opponents Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Devin Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) both drew potential 180-day terms for injuries sustained prior to Blachowicz’s surprise second-round submission. Despite a gritty effort, bantamweight Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) needs clearance for his right knee or faces a six-month suspension. So, too, does Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC), who’s listless performance against Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) may have been influenced by an apparent right knee injury.

All fighters received a minimum 7 day suspension.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 118 includes:

  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial doctor, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Darren Till: suspended 7 days
  • Jody Esquibel: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Jan Blachowicz: suspended 180 days or until cleared by left foot X-ray, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Devin Clark: suspended 180 days or until cleared by right calf and right elbow X-ray, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Oskar Piechota: suspended 7 days
  • Jonathan Wilson: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Marcin Held: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Nasrat Haqparast: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right orbital laceration
  • Brian Kelleher: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Damian Stasiak: suspended 180 days or until cleared by right knee MRI, and suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Ramazan Emeev: suspended 7 days
  • Sam Alvey: suspended 180 days for until cleared by right knee MRI
  • Andre Fili: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact
  • Artem Lobov: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to left brow laceration
  • Warlley Alves: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right brow laceration
  • Salim Touahri: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Aspen Ladd: suspended 7 days
  • Lina Lansberg: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact due to TKO
  • Josh Emmett: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact due to right brow laceration
  • Felipe Arantes: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/ZZLZPMwHDEPAAMotX6SXs7/279638”, customAnalytics: true, title: “UFC-Gdansk best photos”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night 118 post-event facts: Details behind single-round knockdown record

Donald Cerrone had a chance to make all sorts of UFC history on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 118 main event. Unfortunately for him, Darren Till had other plans.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) prevented Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) from tying the all-time UFC wins record in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight headliner at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, scoring a one-sided first-round TKO victory to add to his undefeated record.

The Brit is quickly climbing the ladder of longest streaks without a loss among UFC fighters, and his performance highlighted an 11-bout card. For more on the numbers in the UFC’s second fight card in Poland, check below for 35 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 118.

* * * *

General

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $100,000.

Debuting fighters went 3-3 at the event.

Till, Jan Blachowicz, Brian Kelleher and Damian Stasiak earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 118 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 118 drew an announced attendance of 11,138 for a live gate of $677,000.

Betting favorites went 8-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:18:34.

Main card

Till’s 17-fight undefeated streak in MMA competition is fifth longest among active UFC fighters behind Khabib Nurmagomedov (24), Jimmie Rivera (20), Cris Cyborg and Justin Gaethje (18).

Till has earned 12 of his 16 career victories by stoppage.

Till has earned both of his stoppage UFC victories by knockout.

Cerrone fell to 4-3 since he moved up to the UFC welterweight division in February 2015.

Cerrone suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December.

Cerrone has suffered both of his UFC welterweight stoppage victories by knockout.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has all four of her UFC victories by decision. She hasn’t earned a stoppage since May 2014.

Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) earned his first submission victory since May 21, 2011 – a span of 2,345 days (more than six years) and 11 fights.

Devin Clark (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Oskar Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of his career.

Jonathan Wilson (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss after starting his career on a seven-fight winning streak. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2015.

Wilson was unsuccessful in his UFC middleweight debut.

Preliminary card

Marcin Held (23-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) snapped the first three-fight losing skid of his career and earned his first victory since May 2016.

Nasrat Haqparast (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his eight-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2012.

Haqparast suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned 15 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Ramazan Emeev (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) improved to 13-1 in his past 14 fights. He hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2014.

Sam Alvey (31-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC) has suffered eight of his 10 career losses by decision.

Andre Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his nine-fight UFC career.

Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) fell to 5-6-1 in his past 12 career fights.

Lobov has suffered 11 of his 14 career losses by decision. That includes all four of his UFC defeats.

Aspen Ladd (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned five of her six career victories by stoppage.

Lina Lansberg (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all three of her career losses by knockout.

Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was successful in his UFC featherweight debut.

Emmett has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.

Emmett’s four knockdowns are tied for third most in a UFC fight. Only Jeremy Stephens (six) at UFC 215 and Forrest Petz (five) at UFC Fight Night 6 have scored more knockdowns in a fight.

Emmett’s four knockdowns in a round marked the new single-fight UFC record.

Felipe Arantes (18-9-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC featherweight division.

Arantes has suffered seven of his nine career losses by decision. That includes all five of his UFC defeats.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/YPE6hFwzhSMFYRJjBgCuqR/279542”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Emmett def. Arantes”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night 118 Athlete Outfitting pay: Total among lowest of 2017

GDANSK, Poland – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $100,000.

UFC Fight Night 118 took place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was Donald Cerrone, who earned a maximum non-title payout of $20,000 in his loss to Darren Till in the welterweight headliner.

The full UFC Fight Night 118 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Darren Till: $2,500
def. Donald Cerrone: $20,000

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $5,000
def. Jodie Esquibel: $2,500

Jan Blachowicz: $5,000
def. Devin Clark: $2,500

Oskar Piechota: $2,500
def. Jonathan Wilson: $2,500

Marcin Held: $2,500
def. Nasrat Haqparast: $2,500

Brian Kelleher: $2,500
def. Damian Stasiak: $2,500

Ramazan Emeev: $2,500
def. Sam Alvey: $10,000

Andre Fili: $5,000
def. Artem Lobov: $5,000

Warlley Alves: $5,000
def. Salim Touahri: $2,500

Aspen Ladd: $2,500
def. Lina Lansberg: $2,500

Josh Emmett: $2,500
def. Felipe Arantes: $10,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $4,592,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,915,500

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 118

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, went with as their backing tracks.

* * * *

Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:20

Darren Till: “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” by Kid Rock

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Karolina Kowalkiewicz: “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop

Jodie Esquibel: “Glorious” by Macklemore feat. Skylar Grey

Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:02

Jan Blachowicz: “Lady in Black” by Uriah Heep

Devin Clark: “Another One” by Nelly

Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jonathan Wilson: “Legend” by Drake

Oskar Piechota: “J’y Suis Jamais Alle (Smoku Remix)” by Yann Tiersen

Marcin Held def. Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Marcin Held: “Oczy wpatrzone w cel” by Eastwest Rockers

Nasrat Haqparast: “Kodex” by Thronfolger

Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:39

Brian Kelleher: “Wins And Losses” by Meek Mill

Damian Stasiak: “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran

Ramazan Emeev def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ramazan Emeev: “Highlander Theme Song” by Marat

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Andre Fili def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Andre Fili: “Feeling Myself” by Mac Dre

Artem Lobov: “A Juicy Intro (Ha! Yes Remix)” by The Notorious B.I.G. & The XX

Warlley Alves def. Salim Touahri via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Warlley Alves: “Quanto Maior O Gigante” by Maior A Testa

Salim Touahri: “Drop The World” by Lil’ Wayne & Eminem

Aspen Ladd def. Lina Lansberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:33

Aspen Ladd: “Promotory” from Last Of The Mohicans

Lina Lansberg: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

Josh Emmett def. Felipe Arantes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Josh Emmett: “Sky is the Limit” by Rebelution

Felipe Arantes: “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias feat. Luan Santana

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Artem Lobov hints at retirement on Twitter following UFC-Gdansk loss to Andre Fili

Artem Lobov’s career appears to be in a state of flux.

Lobov suffered a clean-sweep unanimous-decision loss to Andre Fili today at UFC Fight Night 118 and afterward issued a tweet expressing doubt about his fighting future, hinting at the possibility of retirement.

Not sure what the future holds dont want to be retiring & coming back a thousand times. Will think about the futue & update.Thank u all 🇮🇪🇷🇺

Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) entered the fight with Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) full of confidence, but he was battered on the feet, much to the chagrin of training partner Conor McGregor, who was cageside and had to be ordered away from the cage by referee Marc Goddard.

The loss dropped the 31-year-old Lobov’s overall record to under .500, and he’s now just 2-4 – with back-to-back losses – in six UFC appearances since Dec. 2015.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/S7K8ciznuYeLUWP47DqgKZ/279270”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Fili def. Lobov”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Andre Fili taunted Conor McGregor with 'Billionaire Strut' prior to win vs. Artem Lobov at UFC-Gdansk

if(typeof(jQuery)==”function”){(function($){$.fn.fitVids=function(){}})(jQuery)};
jwplayer(‘jwplayer_9IDjN5GO_FLu19iir_div’).setup(
{“playlist”:”http://content.jwplatform.com/feeds/9IDjN5GO.json”,”ph”:2}
);

Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

Andre Fili was on point from the moment he stepped in the octagon to the moment he delivered a heartfelt post-fight interview following his win over Artem Lobov at UFC Fight Night 118.

Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC), who defeated Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout on today’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, had to deal with the presence of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor throughout the fight.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) entered the venue just before Fili’s fight with Lobov and was constantly yelling instructions at his teammate. McGregor got so into it, in fact, that referee Marc Goddard ordered him to “act professional” and return to his seat because “The Notorious” wasn’t a designated cornerman.

Fili didn’t let any of it get to him, though, and that was evident when he stepped in the octagon and taunted McGregor’s with his own (already stolen) “Billionaire Strut.”

Watch the complete video above.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/S7K8ciznuYeLUWP47DqgKZ/279237”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Fili def. Lobov”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Referee orders Conor McGregor to back off during Artem Lobov's fight at UFC-Gdansk

Conor McGregor was essentially playing a fourth cornerman for Artem Lobov at today’s UFC Fight Night 118. Referee Marc Goddard, however, wasn’t having it.

UFC lightweight champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who is a teammate of Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) at SBG Ireland in Dublin, arrived at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, just minutes before his close friend stepped in the cage for his UFC Fight Pass-streamed featherweight bout with Andre Fili (17-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC).

From the moment the fight began, McGregor was enthusiastically shouting instructions at Lobov. “The Notorious” circled the octagon to get the best position to coach, and Goddard eventually took notice.

Goddard stopped the fight in the middle of the action and told McGregor to “act professional” and return to his seat. McGregor somewhat obliged, but not really.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: “https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets”, analyticsCallback: “galleryAnalytics”, fullscreenUrl: “http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/S7K8ciznuYeLUWP47DqgKZ/279181”, customAnalytics: true, title: “Fili def. Lobov”, feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == “undefined”) ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie