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Morning Report: Conor McGregor demands the 'interim' be dropped from his UFC featherweight title

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Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Don't let Conor McGregor catch you calling him the "interim" UFC featherweight champion.

'F**k that," McGregor told GQ UK magazine (via Daily Mail). "What do you mean interim? [UFC featherweight champion] Jose Aldo and I had a date, he didn't show, someone else took his place, I beat him, easy. So don't give me interim."

With Aldo suffering a rib injury, McGregor scored a second-round TKO win over late replacement Chad Mendes at UFC 189 in July. Rebooked to headline against Aldo Dec. 12 at UFC 194, McGregor isn't convinced he'll actually face the pound-for-pound great.

"I still don't think he will show," said McGregor. "I am trying to be optimistic but I am never wrong, I always predict the outcome of my fights and I am never wrong. I have beaten him already. He is dead. Look at his body language. His body is weak and his mind is weaker. I can smell the lack of confidence.

"If the mind is not in it, the body won't follow. He cannot beat me. He knows it. It's why he went running last time... I can hear it in his voice, I can see it in his eyes, I know when a man is beaten, and he is beaten mentally."

McGregor also discussed his eventual exit from the sport, mentioning a concern of head trauma, specifically.

"I am not stupid," said McGregor. "I am a very bright guy. I know that in the fighting game, you get people who get brain damage and do themselves long-term harm. I am into it in a big way, and I am good at it, and I am going to get very, very rich and then I will get out and we will see what comes after that."

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Vitor Belfort bouncing back.

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Highlights from the regional scene.

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Ian McCall says he's one good injury away from retiring from fighting.

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This comes via request from a major Jhenny Andrade fan on staff. Probably NSFW.

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Luke Rockhold doing a bit for Golf Digest.

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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Not so light heavy. via his Instagram:

226 lbs right now and feeling amazing. I've been hearing concerns about me doing so much strength training, but just know that there's a method to our madness. Right now we are in a strength building phase. Totally aware of all the different things needed to be an elite martial artist. #agility #endurance #cardio #mattime #newskills
Believe in the process

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Excited?

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Buds.

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Congrats.

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Camping.

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Mixed reviews.

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No context needed.

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It happens.

Had a visitor waiting in our room when we got back from dinner #hewantedthehbomb

A video posted by Dan Henderson (@danhendo) on


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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Nov. 3 2015)

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via ynassar.

GMC 7 Preview

The 7th edition of the German MMA Championship (GMC) returns again this Saturday with a card that is worth your attention.

The event features a number of the best prospects this side of the Atlantic. In addition to the light heavyweight, lightweight and bantamweight title all being on the line the card also features a number of 'superfights'.

The main event sees Jonas Billstein (15-4) defend his light heavyweight title against Joachim Christensen (11-3). At 24 years of age Billstein, who is ranked 2nd in the German LHW division, has already amassed considerable cage experience and has even fought in Bellator on four occasions (going 2-2 in the promotion). He will face Christensen who is known for being a puncher with solid takedown defense who is equally comfortable on his back where he can make use of his black-belt BJJ skills. He is also ranked number 3 in the Scandinavian MMA rankings just behind none other than Ilir Latifi and Alexander Gustaffson! Christensen might be on the wrong side of 35 years of age, but for Billstein a win here would be a huge feather in his cap.

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