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Morning Report: Following Twitter feud with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor announces his return to the UFC

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Conor McGregor has been dominating the headlines lately. Last week, McGregor announced, via Twitter, that he had decided to retire from MMA. Most people didn’t believe the retirement would stick - few do in MMA - and not too long afterwards, the reason for McGregor’s retirement became apparent: McGregor was pushing for equity in the UFC and Dana White was refusing to budge. Things appeared to be at a stalemate, and then all hell broke loose.

This week, McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov got slapped by Paulie Malignaggi at a media event. That got McGregor’s Irish up and “Notorious” proceeded to Tweet out a litany of pictures of himself beating up Malignaggi in sparring. Then, seemingly with a head full of steam, McGregor pivoted and attacked Khabib Nurmagomedov’s family. Not one to take something laying down - the last time this happened, Khabib tried to fight an entire building - Nurmagomedov responded with personal attacks of his own and suddenly the entire situation went to 11 very quickly, with both men ramping up the vitriol.

The escalation of hostilities was such that Dana White had to release a statement saying the UFC would be intervening before things went full Biggie and Tupac. Well, it looks like that intervention worked, and on top of that, it killed two birds with one stone for Dana.

Last night, McGregor - who has deleted several of the Tweets sent to Nurmagomedov, specifically the ones attacking Khabib’s culture - Tweeted a statement, not only making amends with his fans “of all faiths and all background” but also saying he would see them back inside the octagon, apparently ending his short-lived retirement.

“I want to move forward, with my fans of all faiths and all backgrounds. All faiths challenge us to be our best selves. It is one world and one for all (heart emoticon). Now see you in the Octagon.”

There has been no word yet on whether McGregor or Nurmagomedov will face punishment for their actions. McGregor is currently finishing up a six-month suspension for his role in the UFC 229 brawl where the NAC sought to make an example out of him to curb “unacceptable” trash talk.


MUST-READ STORIES

Beef. Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Twitter war turns ugly.

Statement. Dana White issues statement on heated social media exchange between Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor.

Out. Alexander Volkov out of UFC St. Petersburg main event, Aleksei Oleinik steps in to fight Alistair Overeem.

Eye. Edson Barboza’s coach says eye poke changed course of UFC fight with Justin Gaethje.


VIDEO STEW

Free fight.

Gaethje wants Khabib, obviously.

Shawne Merriman challenges Drax to a fight.

Stylebender fight camp.

A look back at the road that got us to here with Khabib and Conor from Kang.

TTTHS.


LISTEN UP

Heavy Hands. Discussing Justin Gaethje’s big KO and striking defense in MMA.

Bushido Talk. Discussing the Conor-Khabib war and the lightweight title picture.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Escalating.

The internet remembers.

Shade.

Reactions.

Everyone is looking past this guy.

Outta nowhere beef.

I don’t know if this is him negotiating or not.

Out.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Justin Scoggins (11-6) vs. Kai Asakura (12-1); Rizin 15, April 21.

Christiano Frohlich (10-4) vs. Karl Albrektsson (8-2); Rizin 15, April 21.

Kana Watanabe (6-0-1) vs. Justyna Haba (1-0); Rizin 15, April 21.

Shinju Auclair (2-1) vs. Saray Orozco (3-2); Rizin 15, April 21.

Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1) vs. Alistair Overeem (44-17-1); UFC St. Petersburg, May 4.

Talita Bernardo (6-3) vs. Melissa Gato (6-0-2); UFC 237, May 11.

Neil Magny (21-7) vs. Vicente Luque (15-6-1); UFC Rochester, May 18.

Volkan Oezdemir (15-4) vs. Ilir Latifi (14-6); UFC Stockholm, June 1.

Tonya Evinger (19-8, 1 NC) vs. Lina Lansberg (8-4); UFC Stockholm, June 1.


FINAL THOUGHTS

-250 that Conor would fight again before 2020 was the steal of the freaking century.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

Poll

Did this beef make you interested in a Conor-Khabib rematch?

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  • 8%
    Yes
    (187 votes)
  • 63%
    No
    (1371 votes)
  • 17%
    I was already interested, now I am more so.
    (372 votes)
  • 10%
    I was already interested and now I don’t want to see it.
    (236 votes)
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