Could Conor McGregor Move Up Again and Challenge at Welterweight?

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will look to make history when he faces lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5 in Las Vegas.

If McGregor defeats dos Anjos, he will become the first reigning champion in UFC history to win the belt in a second weight class while still maintaining his original championship. While BJ Penn held the lightweight belt and challenged Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title, he was unsuccessful in capturing the second championship.

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Even though there are still a few weeks to go until fight time, McGregor’s camp is already entertaining the idea of the Irishman then moving up to challenge welterweight champion Robbie Lawler if he is successful against dos Anjos.

Conor-McGregor-UFC-197-25-750x370“I’ve seen that rumors of Conor fighting Robbie Lawler for the 170lbs belt at UFC 200 on 9 July have been gathering momentum,” McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh wrote in a column for the42.ie. “It’s not something we have discussed specifically but after Conor wins the lightweight belt, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next fight is for the welterweight belt.”

It’s unusual that the UFC is allowing McGregor to hold the featherweight belt while challenging at lightweight, so it would be highly unexpected if the promotion allowed him to hold two belts and then challenge for a third, if he decided he wanted to go up yet another weight class. And no fighter in UFC history has held belts in three different weight classes, although Randy Couture and BJ Penn have each held belts in two different weight divisions, although neither held the differing belts concurrently.

“If that’s what Conor wants to do, I’ll absolutely support that move,” Kavanagh continued. “I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?”

Before looking too far ahead, however, McGregor first has to find a way to take the belt from dos Anjos. With thousands of votes cast in an ongoing MMAWeekly.com readers poll, most of you think that dos Anjos will successfully defend his belt against McGregor on March 5. Thus far, dos Anjos leads the voting 57 percent to 43 percent.

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Emmanuel Newton Ready to Return with a Vengeance After ‘Growing Year’

On paper, 2015 did not appear to be a good year for former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Emanuel “Hardcore Kid” Newton.

Losses to Liam McGeary and Phil Davis marked the first time in six years that Newton had dropped back-to-back bouts. Still, Newton feels the year had a positive impact on his career and is looking forward to using what he learned as he starts his 2016 campaign.

“Last year I felt was a huge growing year for me,” Newton told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s been my whole career: I lose a couple and win a bunch, then I lose a couple more and win a bunch. I always come back a better person, a better man, with a deeper understanding of myself and everything that I am.

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“I don’t feel I did anything wrong. Things happened as they were supposed to. I learned there are certain things I cannot do and certain things I should not do, and with that learning, I should have a better year this year.”

Emanuel Newton vs Linton Vassell 750Newton (25-9-1) will look to get back in the win column when he returns at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston, Texas, in a rematch from with Linton Vassell (16-5) in a main card light heavyweight bout. Newton won their first match-up, which occurred in late 2014.

“I’m sure a lot can change in that time,” said Newton facing Vassell over a year later. “From what I saw in Linton’s last fight, he looked a lot the same, but I know he’s getting a lot stronger and more seasoned. I definitely know he’s grown as a fighter, but his style really hasn’t changed much since we fought last time.

“In the last fight, we went five rounds before I was able to finish him in the fifth, and he got me in a lot of bad situations, so it’s just a matter of refining and fixing the mistakes in the last fight so they don’t happen again.”

For Newton, getting a second win over Vassell is just as important is if he were facing a new opponent on his road back to the top of Bellator.

“Every fight in my life is the most important fight,” said Newton. “Not only am I furthering my career and getting closer to title contention, but I’m also able to provide for my family and for the people around me.

“This fight is very important to me. I never look past anybody. He put the time in, so I have respect for that, and I’m going to go in there and give him the best fight I can because he deserves it, just like he’ll do the same for me.”

Newton is looking for Feb. 19 to being the first step towards getting back to where he was a couple years ago and that much closer to reclaiming his title.

“My goal is to get all victories,” said Newton. “I want to have a winning year just like I’ve had before. I want to get all wins with finishes, God willing, and climb back to the top.”

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  • Didn’t look heated..

  • He ends it with a “F you” to the former P4P champ. Pissbing is a total POS that has never won a big fight. F him!

    • Yep I agree. He has never had respect for any of his opponents. He has always disrespected them. I hope Bisping gets KO’d bad. Best fight I have ever seen Bisping in was the Hendo fight.

      • Bisping is a talker trying to hype fights. He is not a cheater and for that reason I have to respect Bisping more than Anderson right now.

        • bisping cheated against alan belcher to win.

  • That was cringe inducing.

    I dont really mind Bisping isht talking, it can be funny.
    But if the transcript I read was accurate that wasn’t one of his finer performances.

    I dont even like anderson silva, and I generally find him to be a bigger axxhole as a person then Bisping.
    But bisping just came off crude and unnecessarily insulting there.
    It started out fun enough and he should have kept it that way,
    but it looked like he got desperate or something resorting to a 3rd grade level “fluck you”.

    That was unnecessary.

  • Silva’s legacy has been tarnished after his positive tests and lies.
    Bisping is not championship material but he definately deserves the win
    more than Silva does.

  • Lol. Bisping got so frustrated he got in his own head. Silva win ms by 2nd round ko

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Michael Bisping to Grapple Chael Sonnen, Ken Shamrock to Fight Dan Severn, Roy Jones Jr. to Box Some Guy on PPV

Just when you thought the UFC and the WWE were monopolizing the elite mixed martial artists and professional wrestlers of the world, now comes an organization called UR Fight.

In what surely gives the word “spectacle” new meaning, UR Fight plans to stage a supershow on March 20, featuring some of the biggest names in combat sports history, according to multiple published reports.

The show features the one-time “World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Ken Shamrock against former rival Dan Severn in an MMA match; UFC fighter Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen in a grappling match and former Olympic Gold Medalist and WWE champion Kurt Angle vs. former WWE champion Rey Mysterio Jr.

And perhaps the most glorious part of the show, the former pound-for-pound greatest boxer in the world, Roy Jones Jr., will fight CM Punk! Not really. He’ll fight some other guy with no professional fight experience — a random fan who will be selected based on a video they send in.

This should shut up most of the haters who were criticizing Jones for getting knocked out in his last fight. The show is supposed to take place at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.

The good news is that Bellator is not promoting the card. The bad news is that the card is happening at all.

That being said, Bisping vs. Sonnen should be entertaining. Angle and Mysterio are still among the most exciting professional wrestling performers in the world. Jones, even as old as he is, shouldn’t be fighting guys off the street. And Shamrock vs. Severn, well, let’s just say Severn should be the favorite.

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Twitter Reacts to Passing of MMA Legend Kevin Randleman

It’s a sad day in MMA.

MMA legend and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman passed away after a reported heart failure on Thursday. He was 44.

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Apart from being a ferocious competitor in the cage and ring, Randleman was a beloved member of the MMA community. News of his passing struck a nerve felt by just about everyone on Twitter. Here are a few who expressed their thoughts, prayers and memories of the Monster. RIP, Kevin.

 

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  • Sad news. RIP Kevin.

  • He was my sons wrestling coach. Good guy, big loss. RIP MOnster

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