Poirier thriving as McGregor's unlikely, involuntary nemesis
The fighter who erased most of Conor McGregor’s mystique this year is a polite family man from Louisiana who makes his own hot sauce, does extensive charity work and would prefer to compete in empty gyms. Dustin Poirier is a curious choice to be the archenemy of a charismatic international superstar. Poirier beat McGregor again Saturday night at UFC 264, earning a TKO victory when McGregor was unable to begin the second round on his fractured shin.news.yahoo.com
Conor McGregor injures leg, Poirier wins UFC 264 showdown
Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor for the second time in six months when McGregor badly injured his left leg in the closing seconds of the first round at UFC 264 on Saturday night. The fight was stopped after the first-round bell when McGregor (22-6) was unable to continue. The biggest star in mixed martial arts never got up after falling to the canvas following a final-minute blow by Poirier (28-6), who will get the UFC's next lightweight title shot.news.yahoo.com
Conor talks trash, throws kick at Poirier before UFC 264
Conor McGregor wore a plaid purple suit and sunglasses when he performed some of his greatest Vegas hits at his UFC 264 news conference Thursday ahead of his latest attempt to roll back the mixed martial arts clock. McGregor threw a bottle of Dustin Poirier's hot sauce into the stands early on and then prowled the stage, security guards separating him from his opponent. In between, the loquacious Irishman insulted Poirier's wife, repeatedly vowed to kill Poirier in the cage, questioned Poirier's love for his native Louisiana and called Poirier a common epithet that's much less loaded on McGregor's side of the pond.news.yahoo.com
2020 sports quiz: Brady to Bundesliga, Big Ten to Brooklyn
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, the Olympic Symbol is reinstalled after it was taken down for maintenance ahead of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Your 2020 year-end sports quiz awaits. Like much else these days, quizzes will be graded on the curve:JanuaryThe IOC sets conduct guidelines for athletes at the Tokyo Olympics. JulyThe renamed Washington Football Team might get another rebrand. ___Answers: January (b); February (a); March (b); April (a); May (c); June (b); July (c); August (a); September (a); October (b); November (b); December (c).
Lamentation for sports in 2020: A year of living virally
File-This Jan. 28, 2020, file photo shows a remembrance board at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near Staples Center in Los Angeles. LeBron, on court, gives heartfelt shout,A declaration: “Mamba out.”Sports still reeling by Super Bowl,Where Patrick Mahomes takes control. Defying odds, even reason,Baseball makes it through its season,Leaving summer and into fall --Bob Gibson ’s time, October ball. Through it all, a truth emerges:Games go on while COVID surgesAnd records fall, that much is clear --Consider Tara VanDerveer. But we’ll toast, of course, don’t think twice --Take a deep breath and roll the dice.
Masvidal finally gets title shot on short notice at UFC 251
Jorge Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days' notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career. But Burns tested positive for coronavirus last week, and the UFC went back to Masvidal to keep its card intact. Masvidal quickly headed to the Middle East for his first title shot after seven years and 18 fights in the UFC. He took the fight on short notice, but let's not act like he hasn't been training for this, Usman said. Aldo also has lost his last two fights, but he curiously got this title shot from the UFC after Henry Cejudo abruptly retired.
One Championship making deliberate plans for return to cage
Sityodtong still plans to be a bit more measured on his own path to get One Championship back in the cage during this unprecedented public health crisis. One Championship definitely will return to action this summer, Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Sityodtong is working with government officials and health experts on the fastest path back in China, Thailand and Singapore, One Championship's hometown. Once he finalizes his plans, Sityodtong plans to speed up One's calendar to hold as many events as prudently possible in 2020. But One Championship, which held its most recent show Feb. 28, is proceeding down this difficult path more deliberately than the UFC.
Conor McGregor hints at MMA comeback in Dublin
(CNN) - Conor McGregor, the retired two-time mixed martial arts champion, has hinted at a return to the sport through a cryptic social media post on Monday. The short message, which reads: "Dublin, December 14th," was posted on his official Twitter account, raising speculation that he intends to return to the octagon in his home town later this year. The 31-year-old last fought in October 2018, when he was beaten by Russian mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov. Rumors have been swirling about a possible comeback since McGregor told ESPN in August that he "would look for" a fight for the "end of the year." McGregor has had a turbulent time away from the sport, hitting the headlines for allegedly punching a man in the head in April.
Conor McGregor admits role in Dublin pub altercation
Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor was arrested March 11, 2019, after police say he smashed a fan's phone in Miami Beach, Florida. (CNN) - Former two-time UFC champion Conor McGregor admits he was "in the wrong" following an altercation in a pub in Dublin in April. A video released on social media earlier in August appeared to show the Irishman punching a man in the head in the Marble Arch pub in Dublin. That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did." Moving forwardThe incident in Dublin took place a month after McGregor was arrested for allegedly smashing a fan's phone in Miami, USA.