Posts Tagged ‘Connor McGregor’

Source: WrestlingInc.com

If WWE fans cheering him took him by surprise given how they have reacted to foreign heels in the past:

“No, no, it didn’t take me by surprise. I mean – yes and no. It’s because, they think I’m more than that (a foreign heel). They think I’m more than a stereotypical guy from a country that speaks broken English. They see more than that. They see my passion and connect with me, and I connect with them. That’s why, now, instead of boos, you hear the Rusev Day chants. So, I’m still Bulgarian, and I’m still speaking, and I haven’t changed anything. But it all happened organically, and that’s how the best things happen.”

With WWE fans behind him, if WrestleMania could be the turning point for him in 2018:

“Well, I don’t even know what I’ll be doing at WrestleMania, so it’s very far – fetched for me to think that WrestleMania is going to be my moment, to turn 2018 (around). I don’t even know; I take it day by day. Each Rusev Day by each Rusev Day. As long as I open my eyes in the morning, that’s a great opportunity for me, and that’s how I look at it.”

With him having a war of words with Conor in 2016, and Ronda coming to WWE, if he would welcome McGregor to WWE:

“McGregor? He’s not coming to WWE. What is he going to do here? He just made $ 160 million (against Mayweather). What is he going to do here? He’s going to sit at home.”

(If McGregor does)

“Yeah, I’d definitely like to see him, me and Sheamus get a pint of Guinness, and go from there (laughs).”

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It’s become quite clear Conor McGregor’s brand transcends mixed martial arts, but if his longtime coach, John Kavanagh, has it his way, the fighter will be stepping back into the Octagon this year.

Kavanagh, who was in the Irishman’s corner as he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, believes the next 12 months will be a successful venture, regardless of what avenue his fighter decides to travel down.

“I think 2018 will be another big year for us,” Kavanagh told BBC Northern Ireland on Sunday. “Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet. The plan is forming, but as they say, stay tuned. … My opinion, I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done, but mixed martial arts is my passion.”

While McGregor is still deciding what his next move will be – whether it be in the Octagon, a boxing ring, or wherever else life takes him, Kavanagh says the fighter has gotten back to training regularly recently and reminded the rest of the UFC who still owns the lightweight division.

“Conor’s still the champion. They can say what they want – I have his belt at home, actually,” Kavanagh said. “He’s still the champion.

“He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move. It’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away – he’s had other things on. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it, anyway.”

“If I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”

Conor McGregor is reportedly in talks with WWE about a one-off appearance.

A “deal is close” for the UFC lightweight champion to compete against one of WWE’s stars at WrestleMania 34 in April, according to Adam Higgins of SunSport in the U.K.

SunSport previously reported that WWE made a “hefty offer” to McGregor to appear at WrestleMania 33, which he turned down.

“This is something he’s always wanted to do,” a source told SunSport. “The WWE guys have asked him to do shows before with them but the timing was never really right. But this time it looks like a deal is going to be locked into place.

“He has some things to tie up in the UFC before he can do anything else but this is a big money deal so I can’t see him turning it down.”

Stephanie McMahon was asked about the possibility of McGregor making a WWE appearance while speaking at a “Leaders in Sports” convention at Stamford Bridge in London last week.

“I think Conor would be a perfect fit with WWE,” she said, according to Wrestling Inc. “He certainly has the personality and the athletic ability, the appeal. He speaks his mind, he’s very genuine and authentic and he has a hell of a Vince McMahon swagger.”

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WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon has described UFC’s Conor McGregor as a “perfect fit” for the company.

The future of the Irish MMA star has been the subject of much speculation since he made his transition from the Octagon to the boxing ring earlier this year, for his money-spinning match opposite Floyd Mayweather. Many consider his outspoken personality and natural charisma an ideal match for the world of pro-wrestling.

Speaking during a Leaders in Sports convention held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, the ‘Billion Dollar Princess’ likened Conor to her father, noting his “hell of a Vince McMahon-swagger.” The laudatory comments went on, “He certainly has the personality and the athletic ability, the appeal. He speaks his mind, he’s very genuine and authentic.”

Steph’s comments are just the latest overtures from a company which clearly sees the massive earning potential of working with the ‘Notorious One’. Last November, Triple H posted a tweet – with Vince McMahon as a mention – highlighting McGregor’s innate marketability, whilst in August, Chris Jericho boldly predicted that Conor joining WWE was a “no-brainer”. “A guy that yappy – I think Conor will definitely end up there, it’s just a matter of when he wants to.”

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Conor McGregor wasn’t too impressed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to stop Saturday’s fight in the 10th round.

“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage,” McGregor said after the fight. “I was just a little fatigued. He was just a lot more composed with his shots. I have to give it to him, that’s what 50 pro fights will do for you.”

The Notorious, who held his own in the first three rounds against undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather, was visibly shaken in round 10, leading to Byrd’s decision to call the fight.

“I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back,” McGregor said. “When you’re in here in the squared circle, everything is different. Let the man put me down, that’s fatigue, that’s not damage.”

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Proud as he is, Dana White has seen enough of Conor McGregor in the ring.

Moments after McGregor submitted an impressive performance despite losing to Floyd Mayweather by TKO in his pro boxing debut Saturday, the UFC president heaped praise on his lightweight champ before stating McGregor belongs in the Octagon – not the squared circle.

“I would rather he did not (box again),” White said at the post-fight presser. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist, where he goes in, and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed to use his hands. I think he did great tonight, I don’t think he has anything left to prove. I would rather he fight in mixed martial arts.”

White’s stance is no surprise, as the promotion is rumored to have set its sights on UFC 219 – its final pay-per-view event of the year – for McGregor’s first defense of the lightweight strap he won last November. “The Notorious,” for one, appeared game for returning to the cage moments after dropping Saturday’s bout, judging by his comments to to Showtime’s Jim Gray.

As for whether Saturday’s crossover bout would prove the first of many, White said he was looking forward to “getting back to the UFC and doing what I do.”

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Here comes the bride.

UFC commissioner Dana White dropped a bombshell Friday, casually revealing that former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will marry fiance and fellow fighter Travis Browne on Saturday – the day of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor superfight.

“Rousey gets married tomorrow. Tomorrow is her wedding,” White said on “The Rich Eisen Show,” according to Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting.

“And she’s in a good place, she’s really happy, and she hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that. She’s focusing on this wedding.”

White only found out about the wedding in a conversation with Rousey on Friday, and initially told her he’d attend. But White reneged when Rousey revealed the wedding was Saturday.

Rousey and Browne announced their engagement in April, four months after her shocking, 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.