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Conor McGregor: Sparring Day

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In the third episode of “The Mac Life: Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather” video blog, the crew goes behind the scenes at Conor McGregor’s sparring day ahead of his boxing superfight with Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

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Martin Nguyen KOs Marat Gafurov, Wins ONE Championship Featherweight Title

Marat Gafurov had never lost a fight and had already beaten Marting Nguyen once ahead of ONE: Quest for Greatness. So the Russian was understandably confident, but he underestimated the challenger who scored a devastating second-round knockout to snatch the featherweight title from the undefeated Russian.

In the opening round at Stadiun Negara on Friday night (local time), Gafurov seemed to be enjoying himself. Despite having won all six of his ONE Championship fights by rear-naked choke, the champion looked in no hurry to get the contest to the canvass, as he tried to test his striking against Nguyen.

A right uppercut from Gafurov hurt Nguyen and he capitalized to take the back of his dazed opponent. The Russian looked incredibly confident as he worked for what would have been a seventh rear-naked choke win in a row, but his opponent survived and escaped.

Martin Nguyen KOs Marat GafurovGafurov had a broad grin on his face during the ensuing striking exchange and timed an overhand right from Nguyen to score a second takedown. The round finished with the Russian taking the back and working for a rear naked choke.

In the second stanza, Gafurov secured an early takedown, but Nguyen worked his way out. The Russian attacked with an inside left low kick, but the challenger, who had been switching stances all night, countered with an overhand right that landed flush.

Gafurov was left face down on the floor with his hands hanging limply by his side. The referee let Nguyen land a couple of follow-up shots before diving in to save the previously undefeated champion from further punishment.

The Russian protested the decision and appeared to storm out of the ring. But he clearly wasn’t intelligently defending himself and Nguyen was declared the winner with the finish coming just 1:27 into the second round.

The win takes the newly crowned champion to 9-1, while Gafurov drops to 15-1 after tasting defeat for the first time in his career. It represents a second successive defeat for an undefeated Russian titleholder in ONE Championship after Vitaly Bigdash lost his belt in June.

In the co-main event, lightweight Ev Ting (14-4) never looked like losing against Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2). The difference in speed was immediately apparent and when the Malaysian got a takedown in the opening round, he wasted no time in finishing the Japanese veteran with a barrage of ground and pound.

Agilan Thani (8-1) didn’t manage such a dramatic finish, but the Malaysian welterweight dominated Sherif Mohamed (8-4) for 15 minutes to claim a lopsided decision win. There was also a very impressive victory for Kevin Belingon (16-5) who stopped Reece McLaren (9-5) with strikes in the opening round.

ONE: Quest for Greatness Full Results

  • Featherweight Championship: Martin Nguyen defeats Marat Gafurov by Knockout at 1:27 minutes of round 2
  • Lightweight bout: Ev Ting defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO (Strikes) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
  • Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Reece McLaren by Knockout at 1:02 minutes of round 1
  • Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Riku Shibuya by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Women’s strawweight bout: May Ooi defeats Ann Osman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 1
  • Strawweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Robin Catalan by TKO (Strikes) at 0:46 minutes of round 2
  • Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Keanu Subba by Submission (Armbar) at 1:11 minutes of round 3
  • Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Bu Huo You Ga by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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‘A’ List Celebrities Lining Up to Attend Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

It’s safe to say Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will be the biggest event in 2017, at least judging by the guest list planning to attend the fight on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

Big boxing matches are usually a beacon for ‘A’ list celebrities and the showdown between Mayweather and McGregor is certainly no exception.

According to a list from, a ton of notable actors, actresses, musicians and even notable business people are expected in attendance at the event being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Among the actors and actresses planning on sitting ring side for the fight, Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, and Jamie Foxx as well as fellow nominee and UFC minority owner Mark Wahlberg. Famed action director Michael Bay is also expected at the fight.

Several notable musicians will also be in attendance including Drake, Diddy, LL Cool J, Rick Ross, Adam Levine and Avicii. It’s hard to imagine pop brat Justin Bieber won’t also make an appearance considering he’s walked to the ring with Mayweather in the past and is a self-professed fan of McGregor as well.

From the sports world, multi-time NBA champion LeBron James will be in attendance for the fight as well as New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft. Famed entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk is also expected to show up at the fight between Mayweather and McGregor.

Now this is only a partial list with more celebrities expected to be in attendance when the fight takes place next Saturday night. When Mayweather faced Manny Pacquiao in 2015, the who’s who list of celebrities from across the globe showed up to attend the fight so it’s likely the same thing will happen for this event as well.

The fight goes down on Aug. 26 from Las Vegas as Mayweather puts his perfect 49-0 record on the line against the UFC lightweight champion in McGregor, who will be making his professional boxing debut.

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Dana White: ‘I’m Hoping for Conor McGregor to Knock Floyd Mayweather Out’

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After UFC President Dana White awarded UFC contracts to Grant Dawson and Charles Byrd on Week 6 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, he discussed the future of the show, Mayweather vs. McGregor, and announced a key interim-lightweight championship match-up on the horizon.

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Guido Cannetti Accepts 10-Month Suspension for UFC Anti-Doping Violation

USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Guido Cannetti, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, accepted a 10-month sanction after testing positive for multiple prohibited substances from a contaminated supplement.

Cannetti, 37, tested positive for ostarine, the stanozolol metabolites 16β-hydroxystanozolol and 4β-hydroxystanozolol, as well as hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide, following an out-of-competition test conducted on October 5, 2016. Ostarine and stanozolol are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents, while hydrochlorothiazide and chlorothiazide are prohibited substances in the class of Diuretics and Masking Agents. These substances are prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Guido Cannetti - UFCAfter notifying Cannetti of his positive test, USADA obtained opened and sealed containers of a dietary supplement that Cannetti was using at the time of the relevant sample collection and that he declared on his doping control form. Although no prohibited substances were listed on the supplement label, testing conducted on the contents of both the opened and sealed containers by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, indicated that they contained the prohibited substances found in Cannetti’s sample. This product has since been added to the High Risk List of supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411 (

Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, the determination that an athlete’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product may result in a reduced sanction. The sanction for a doping offense resulting from the use of a contaminated product ranges from a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, at a minimum, to a two-year period of ineligibility, at a maximum.

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Cannetti’s 10-month period of ineligibility began on October 28, 2016, the date on which he was provisionally suspended from competition. As a result of his positive test, Cannetti was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Mexico City that was held on November 5, 2016.

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UFC Fight Night 120: Poirier vs. Pettis Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 120
Poirier vs. Pettis

Date: Novenber 11, 2017
Venue: Ted Constant Convocation Center
Location: Norfolk, Virginia


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  • Dustin Poirier (21-5, 1NC) vs. Anthony Pettis (20-6)
  • Matt Brown (22-16) vs. Diego Sanchez (29-10)
  • Angela Hill (7-3) vs. Nina Ansaroff (7-5)
  • Nate Marquardt (38-18-2) vs. Cezar Ferreira (12-6)
  • Darren Stewart (7-1-0, 1NC) vs. Karl Roberson (5-0)
  • Jake Collier (10-4) vs. Marcel Fortuna (9-2)


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UFC Fight Night 122: Silva vs. Gastelum China Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 122
Silva vs. Gastelum

Date: November 25, 2017
Venue: Mercedes Benz Arena
Location: Shanghai, China


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  • Anderson Silva (34-8-0, 1NC) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (14-3-0, 1NC)


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UFC Fight Night 121: Hunt vs. Tybura Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 121
Hunt vs. Tybura

Date: November 19, 2017
Venue: Qudos Bank Arena
Location: Sydney, Australia


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  • Mark Hunt (13-11-1, 1NC) vs. Marcin Tybura (16-2)


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UFC Fight Night 118 Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 118
Date: October 21, 2017
Venue: Ergo Arena
Location: Gdańsk, Poland


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  • Trevor Smith (15-7) vs. Ramazan Emeev (15-3)
  • Jonathan Wilson (7-2) vs. Oskar Piechota (9-0)
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov (8-2) vs. Adam Wieczorek (8-1)
  • Jan Błachowicz (19-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-1)


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Conor McGregor Free Fight: Before the UFC, Cage Warriors Dual-Division Champ

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Check out Conor McGregor‘s final fight before he joined the UFC at Cage Warriors 51 on December 31, 2012 for the lightweight belt. Just like in the UFC he became Cage Warriors first ever two-division champion.

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