Conor McGregor “Agreed” To Fight WBO Champion Luke Keeler In December Boxing Match

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According to Keeler, McGregor verbally agreed to a boxing match after ‘Cool Hand{‘s}’ callout

Speaking with IrishBoxing.com recently, Keeler had this to say; “I don’t want to get into it too much, but I know he wasn’t happy about the call out. He is not happy. The fight community in Ireland is small enough and Crumlin isn’t too far from Ballyfermot, and I heard he wasn’t happy with the timing of it. He rang me and we had a few words. I told him the fight was there to be made and he was all for it. He agreed to fight over the phone. I agree it could be just all talk. Whether he has the balls or not to get in the ring again, never mind with me, we will have to see. He could have just been trying to front up or speaking in anger. But it got to the stage where I felt comfortable enough passing onto my management.”

McGregor cryptically tweeted on Sunday, “December 14th. Dublin“, with many speculating a return to the Octagon on the already finalized UFC 245 card in Las Vegas, but it now seems the SBG product is in line to face with middleweight boxing best Keeler.Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, has allegedly agreed to a December return to boxing, in a clash with WBO European champion ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Keeler. The Dubliner who scored an August upset over Luis Arias called for a boxing match with the Crumlin native, labeling him a “bully” in relation to McGregor’s April attack on a patron at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh.

McGregor’s first and so far only foray into the squared circle came back in a 2017 meeting with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. In a match billed, “The Biggest Fight In Combat Sports History.” Mayweather moved to a perfect 50-0 via a tenth round knock out of McGregor.

Is Justin Gaethje Ready For a Title Shot?

A first-round knockout of Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 158 on Saturday edges Justin Gaethje closer to a title shot, and the Arizona fighter wants the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

Gaethje saw off Cerrone with relative ease in Vancouver. Cowboy looked unsettled by the power and forward pressure of Gaethje, who dropped Cowboy twice before the ref called a stop to the fight near the end of the first round.

A 21st professional win for Gaethje, and a third straight win by first-round stoppage. Now a top 4 contender in the lightweight division, Gaethje wants a shot at the title – namely the winner of the as-yet-unconfirmed Khabib-Tony fight.

Red Panty Night for Justin Gaethje?

Overtaking Cerrone to go fourth in the division, only Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier stand between Gaethje and the number one contender Tony Ferguson.

In an interview with ESPN last month, McGregor told Ariel Helwani that he was due to fight Justin Gaethje in June this year but for a hand injury. Gaethje later said that he was unaware of this scheduled ‘fight’ with the Irishman, which now seems unlikely to happen.

The next most likely fight for McGregor is Poirier. The pair exchanged tweets after Poirier loss to Khabib at UFC 242 last month, and fans seem keen on a rematch between the two before the end of the year. That clears the way for Gaethje to fight the winner of Khabib-Tony next year, but is Gaethje ready?

Lightweight Contender

It’s been a turbulent two years for Gaethje. Having won at the TUF Finale against Michael Johnson in 2017, he suffered back-to-back defeats against Eddie Alvarez and Poirier before concluding a three-run streak last weekend.

At only 30-years-old, is Gaethje ready for a shot at the title? He was stopped in his two UFC losses but has come back with three exciting and promising wins. But maybe he needs one more stepping stone on his road to being lightweight champ?

A possible match-up could be against the winner of Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker at UFC 243 this weekend. Fifth-ranked Iaquinta will be expected to beat Hooker, and with similar brawler-mentality to Gaethje it could make for an enthralling contest.

Justin Gaethje is ranked up their with the top lightweight fighters in the world. He still has the fighting world at his feet and could go on to achieve great things in the sport. Realistically, the winner of McGregor’s next bout will have the next shot at the title, which may leave Gaethje needing another win to earn himself that shot.

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Ben Askren sends scathing message to Conor McGregor

Ben Askren and Conor McGregor recently had a brief skirmish on social media. Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday, Askren continued with this war of words by sending a scathing message to the former two-division UFC champion.

By Askren’s estimation, McGregor needs to take a fight — perhaps with Dustin Poirier, who recently called him out. If McGregor is unwilling to do that, Askren believes he needs to keep quiet.

“That’s what I do on social media, I poke people,” Askren said of his recent Twitter exchange with McGregor (transcript via LowKickMMA.com). “I think he probably spends a large portion of his day drinking, and so, a lot of his responses are kind of shenanigans, nonsensical, they don’t make a whole lot of sense. It was just like, I was getting annoyed — and listen, people in my mentions, they think I don’t get to have an opinion because I’m a fighter or something.

“I get to have an opinion,” Askren continued. “I like MMA, if I want to have an opinion, I get to have an opinion, and my opinion is, a Dustin Poirier fight is a good option for Conor, Conor should shut up, stop trying to act too good for it — take the fight, take a fight, take any fight, we don’t care.

“We just want to hear you shut up on social media and actually take a fight. I mean, give me a damn break. It’s been a year? More than a year? Before that, another year. It’s like, come on man. Get in there and shut up. No more Tweets let’s fight already. Conor can Tweet. He just can’t Tweet about fighting anyone without fighting, or saying he’s too good for fighting anyone without hopping in there. So he can Tweet about whatever he wants. Just not about saying, “I’m tough I’m gonna fight,” unless you actually fight.”

What do you think of this comment from Ben Askren? How do you think Conor McGregor will respond?

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MMA Junkie Radio #2984: Gaethje’s win over ‘Cowboy,’ McGregor, Woodley and more

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Conor McGregor sends location & date

Conor McGregor: Dublin, December 14th

Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor sent the date and location. “The Notorious” made a post on Twitter on Monday, which reads “Dublin, December 14th”.

Numerous media outlets presumed McGregor might have indeed hinted the date of his return to MMA action. In a recent interview with Ariel Helawani, following an incident at the Irish pub, he said he was eager to be back in the UFC, which might already happen end of this year.

Nevertheless, the 14th of December (Dec. 15 AEST) is a date set for UFC 245. The pay-per-view fight card takes placeat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, USA, which is quite a few miles away from the capital of Ireland.

In a way or another, what exactly McGregor’s cryptic message means the world may (or may not) find out in the near future.

Conor McGregor (21-4) is former UFC champion in two weight classes, featherweight and lightweight. He was last seen inside the Octagon last October, when he lost by submission in the fourth round against the reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Earlier in his career he defeaed Eddie Alvarez, Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, among others.

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Conor McGregor sends location

Fan’s have been long awaiting for Conor McGregor to ‘send me location’, and it seems the Irish fighter has finally set a date for his UFC return.

‘Notorious’ hasn’t fought since October 2018 when he entered the octagon to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. Despite his endless confidence and trash-talking, McGregor was submitted by ‘The Eagle’ via neck crank in the fourth round.

After losing in October, Conor McGregor announced his retirement. He has been teasing a return to the Octagon on social media but has never revealed a set date. In a recent interview on ESPN, McGregor told Ariel Helwani that he intends on fighting again soon.

 

The cryptic tweet: ‘Dublin, December 14th’ may be a sign that ‘Notorious’ is finally returning to what he does best. The last time McGregor fought in Ireland was 2014 against Diego Brandao. As a result, his loyal fanbase will be more than happy for a Dublin return.

The UFC vice president James Elliot revealed that Conor McGregor has been asking for a fight in Ireland. As far back as 2016, McGregor has been pushing for a fight back on his home turf.

“It’s something that’s on the agenda.”

The tweet comes days after Justin Gaethje obliterated Donald Cerrone in the first round of the main event at UFC Vancouver. Gaethje insinuated he would like to fight the winner of a potential Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson bout because McGregor is retired. However, the ‘first round finisher’ would love to get his hands on the Irish warrior (transcript via The Washington.)

“I want to f*** him up. Far as I know, he’s retired. He’s in the rankings, so he either fights or he gets out. I absolutely would love to fight (Conor McGregor).”

While Justin Gaethje would love to get his hands on ‘Mystic Mac’, the Irishman seems set on trying to obtain a rematch with the UFC’s undisputed and undefeated lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Do you want to see Conor McGregor return to the Octagon in his home country, and who would you like to see him fight? Sound off in the comments below at BJPENN nation!

 

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