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Dana White with Conor McGregor. (Via Reuters)

If we can find one of the baddest dudes in the world and he is Indian: UFC boss

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2021 03:24 PM IST
  • Several big companies are looking at India as a big market for their sports. Football clubs from Europe are signing deals with Indian clubs, professional wrestling giants WWE have made special plans for the country, and now UFC is also looking to go big with India.
Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (USA TODAY Sports)
Conor McGregor of Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (USA TODAY Sports)

How the Conor McGregor MMA show stalled

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:48 PM IST
  • The Irishman was fighting for only the third time in the last five years. Since his rise to superstardom, McGregor’s activity inside the Octagon had started to decline. He fought 8 times in the 2014-2016 period. But in the next 4 years, McGregor had only 3 MMA fights.
Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island. (USA TODAY Sports)
Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island. (USA TODAY Sports)

Poirier shocks the world, knocks out Conor McGregor in second round

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:26 PM IST
  • It was the first time that McGregor lost a match by a technical knockout.
File image of Dan Hooker.(Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
File image of Dan Hooker.(Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

EXCLUSIVE | I think that might go the distance: Hooker on Poirier vs McGregor

By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 12:33 PM IST
  • The lightweight division will see another exciting match-up as Kiwi fighter Dan Hooker (20-9) faces former Bellator champion Michael Chandler (21-5).
In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier, exchange hits during their mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas.(AP)
In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier, exchange hits during their mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas.(AP)

Conor McGregor agrees to UFC return vs Poirier on Jan. 23

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 08:35 AM IST
UFC President Dana White confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that McGregor has ended his latest retirement from mixed martial arts by signing an agreement for a 155-pound fight with Poirier.
Manny Pacquiao during a training session at Lang Park PCYC on June 27, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.(Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao during a training session at Lang Park PCYC on June 27, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.(Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao, Conor McGregor to fight in 2021

MANILA | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 11:33 AM IST
Both fighters are “getting ready for this one epic last boxing fight,” said Jayke Joson, special assistant to Pacquiao, who is also a Philippine senator.
Israel Adesanya.(AP)
Israel Adesanya.(AP)

UFC 253 results: Israel Adesanya displays ‘gulf’ in class between himself and Paulo Costa

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 11:57 AM IST
Adesanya again defended the title against the unbeaten Paulo Costa at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. There was bad blood between the two undefeated fighters as they exchanged ‘pleasantries’ at every opportunity they got. But when it came to the Octagon, there was only one winner.
Conor McGregor(REUTERS)
Conor McGregor(REUTERS)

Corsican police free UFC star McGregor after indecent exposure complaint - lawyer

Ajaccio, France | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 08:34 AM IST
McGregor was freed before the limit of police custody and faces no charges, his legal representative on the French island Emmanuelle Ramon told AFP, calling the complaint against his client as “abusive”.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.(Reuters)
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.(Reuters)

Floyd Mayweather wants Conor McGregor to come out of retirement: ‘Waiting to punish you again’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Prashant Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2020 07:23 PM IST
If Mayweather would have his way, the rematch could take place anytime soon. Only if former UFC welterweight champion McGregor decides to come out of retirement, again.
Is Conor McGregor really retiring?(Getty)
Is Conor McGregor really retiring?(Getty)

Former UFC ‘champ-champ’ Conor McGregor announces his retirement... Again

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Yash Bhati
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 03:24 PM IST
However, McGregor is ‘notorious’ for announcing retirements, looking at the past. He retired before the second Nate Diaz fight as he had negotiation issues with the UFC. The second ‘retirement’ came last year as he put out another tweet on March 26.
Conor McGregor defeated(UFC)
Conor McGregor defeated(UFC)

Can Conor McGregor succeed in WWE? Former UFC champion weighs in

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Rumours claim that Conor McGregor will be facing Jorge Masvidal in his next big money fight but former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez believes that Conor will be a success in WWE.
NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat defended internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir.(ANI Photo)
NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat defended internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir.(ANI Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times| ‘Watching dirty films’: Niti Aayog member backs Internet ban in J-K and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 01:31 PM IST
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Conor McGregor celebrates his win against Donald Cerrone.(REUTERS)
Conor McGregor celebrates his win against Donald Cerrone.(REUTERS)

2020 could be UFC’s most lucrative year and Conor McGregor will again be the protagonist

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Conor on a UFC PPV guarantees big money, such is his star power. UFC needed Conor to win on Sunday. But with such a massive performance, Conor’s has increased the anticipation for his comeback.
Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone during the weigh-in.(REUTERS)
Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone during the weigh-in.(REUTERS)

UFC 246: ‘Like Masvidal matchup better,’ McGregor interested in BMF belt

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 01:27 PM IST
It has been reported by Nevada State Athletic Commission that McGregor will get $3 million as a fight purse for his upcoming fight against Cerrone.
A file photo of Conor McGregor.(Twitter)
A file photo of Conor McGregor.(Twitter)

Conor McGregor knows more about fighting than the rest of us put together, says coach John Kavanagh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 06:04 PM IST
Conor McGregor is ready to bounce back inside the octagon and his first opponent will be Donald Cerrone at welterweight on January 18 at UFC 246.
Tony Ferguson to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov while Conor McGregor returns in 2020.(Getty Images)
Tony Ferguson to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov while Conor McGregor returns in 2020.(Getty Images)

Khabib vs Ferguson, McGregor vs Cowboy- Which 2020 UFC fight are you most excited for

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By YASH BHATI
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 11:40 PM IST
These two fights will generate a lot of revenue and interest for the MMA giants and fans are eagerly anticipating the return of their beloved stars.
Khabib wrestles a bear.(@khabib_nurmagomedov)
Khabib wrestles a bear.(@khabib_nurmagomedov)

Khabib Nurmagomedov in wrestling match with ‘old friend’ bear ahead of UFC 242 - WATCH

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 07:18 PM IST
Ahead of the fight Khabib returned to his home town of Dagestan in Russia. During that visit, Khabib got to meet with one of his old friends.
Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) defeated Conor McGregor in the UFC Lightweight title fight in October 2018 but a ringside brawl resulted in his suspension. Khabib will return to the cage for his second title defense against American Dustin Poirier on Saturday(getty images)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (R) defeated Conor McGregor in the UFC Lightweight title fight in October 2018 but a ringside brawl resulted in his suspension. Khabib will return to the cage for his second title defense against American Dustin Poirier on Saturday(getty images)

Is he the toughest fighter in the world right now?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 10:22 AM IST
Khabib was already the UFC lightweight champion by then, but his first title defense turned out to be the fight which catapulted his fame to giddy heights
Conor McGregor arrives at Dublin District Court.(PA Images via Getty Images)
Conor McGregor arrives at Dublin District Court.(PA Images via Getty Images)

‘Whatever comes my way, I deserve it’: Conor McGregor apologises for attacking an older man in Dublin bar

By AFP
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 05:51 AM IST
The incident is now being investigated by police and Conor McGregor said he is ready to accept any punishment meted out.
Stipe Miocic regains UFC Heavyweight Championship.(AP)
Stipe Miocic regains UFC Heavyweight Championship.(AP)

UFC 241 results: Stipe Miocic reclaims heavyweight title with knockout win over Daniel Cormier

Anaheim, California | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2019 01:24 PM IST
With both men visibly tiring, Miocic changed his tactics in the fourth round, ripping a series of devastating left hooks to the body of his opponent to set up the stoppage.
Nate Diaz lights up joint in open workout.(AP/Twitter)
Nate Diaz lights up joint in open workout.(AP/Twitter)

UFC fighter Nate Diaz lights up joint in open workout, even passes it to the crowd

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2019 02:08 PM IST
Diaz is going to face former UFC Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 this weekend in his first fight in more than three years.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.(Action Images via Reuters)
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli.(Action Images via Reuters)

Priyanka Chopra and Virat Kohli only Indians in Top 100 of Instagram Rich List 2019

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 08:19 AM IST
Virat Kohli walks in at the 23rd spot and is the only cricketer in a list dominated by entertainment and sports stars. The Delhi lad has more than 36 million followers and the cost per post for him is as high as $196,000 per post.
Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) celebrates after defeating Keith Thurman.(USA TODAY Sports)
Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) celebrates after defeating Keith Thurman.(USA TODAY Sports)

Manny Pacquiao mulls future after welterweight title stunner

Las Vegas | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 08:48 AM IST
Manny Pacquiao wrote another improbable chapter in his glittering career on Saturday, with an age-defying split decision victory over the hitherto unbeaten Keith Thurman.
Conor McGregor of Ireland hits a heavy bag during a workout at the UFC Performance Center.(REUTERS)
Conor McGregor of Ireland hits a heavy bag during a workout at the UFC Performance Center.(REUTERS)

Conor McGregor announces his retirement from MMA, again

Los Angeles | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 07:04 PM IST
The trash-talking Irish star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship wrote on Twitter that he had decided to call time on his career inside the octagon.
Conor McGregor and Conor McGregor Jr. attend Super Bowl LIII.(AFP)
Conor McGregor and Conor McGregor Jr. attend Super Bowl LIII.(AFP)

Conor Mcgregor arrested for criminal mischief in Miami, granted bail

Miami | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 04:40 PM IST
Conor Mcgregor is already facing a 6-month suspension and was fined USD 50,000 for his October post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team.
Max Holloway face Brian Ortega in UFC 231.(Twitter)
Max Holloway face Brian Ortega in UFC 231.(Twitter)

UFC 231: Max Holloway cautious but confident ahead of title fight against Brian Ortega

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2018 03:10 PM IST
Max Holloway made weight on Saturday and the 27-year-old sounded quite confident ahead of his UFC 231 main event fight against the unbeaten Brian Ortega.
Floyd Mayweather (R) and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa strikes a pose during a press conference in Tokyo.(AP)
Floyd Mayweather (R) and Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa strikes a pose during a press conference in Tokyo.(AP)

Floyd Mayweather to face Japan kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve

Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2018 03:16 PM IST
Floyd Mayweather, who captured world titles in five different weight divisions and was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, out-boxed Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in his last fight
File picture of Floyd Mayweather Jr.(AFP)
File picture of Floyd Mayweather Jr.(AFP)

Ignore Mayweather-Nurmagomedov talk says UFC boss: Report

Los Angeles | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2018 10:36 AM IST
Russia’s Nurmagomedov, 30, defended his UFC lightweight crown with a submission victory over Ireland’s Conor McGregor two weeks ago in the top-selling UFC fight ever, improving his record to 27-0.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao pose during a news conference.(AFP)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao pose during a news conference.(AFP)

Floyd Mayweather says he will fight Manny Pacquiao again this year

Raleigh | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2018 06:25 PM IST
Undefeated Floyd Mayweather scored a unanimous decision that earned him an estimated $220 million. Manny Pacquiao later said he was hampered by a right shoulder injury.
Conor McGregor was charged with assault and criminal mischief by New York police on April 6, 2018 after allegedly attacking a shuttle bus loaded with fellow MMA fighters attending a media event at the Barclays Center stadium. However, the former two-weight champion’s return to the Octagon seems to be imminent, this time for a lightweight bout vs Khabib Nurmagomedov.(AFP)
Conor McGregor was charged with assault and criminal mischief by New York police on April 6, 2018 after allegedly attacking a shuttle bus loaded with fellow MMA fighters attending a media event at the Barclays Center stadium. However, the former two-weight champion’s return to the Octagon seems to be imminent, this time for a lightweight bout vs Khabib Nurmagomedov.(AFP)

Conor McGregor to discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC bout

Liverpool | By OmniSport
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2018 04:25 PM IST
Conor McGregor may be nearing a return to the octagon, with the Irishman set to hold talks with UFC president Dana White about a fight with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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