Conor McGregor ‘agrees’ opponent for next fight, doctor who stopped Diaz vs Masvidal subjected to abuse, Darren Till was ‘terrified’ by UFC 244

5 Nov

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Abuse for the good doctor

Nate Diaz’s fight with Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 was stopped because of lacerations above and below his eye.

Fans inside Madison Square Garden were not happy with Dr. Nitin K. Sethi’s decision because the main event was on course to be a classic.

However, following pictures posted by UFC president Dana White, you can see why referee Dan Miragliotta was advised to bring it to a premature end.

The stoppage at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night saw Masvidal win the specially designed ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ BMF belt.

Diaz received 25 stitches for cuts above and below his right eye, with White writing: “Respect to @natediaz209 for pushing the Dr to continue.”

Dr. Sethi, meanwhile, hit out at the MMA fans who have abused him in the aftermath.

The New York-based doc said: ”I’m a very good neurologist and a very good doctor, and calling me f***ing scum online and calling my office staff and yelling at them, threatening me, I fear for my health and safety.

“Somebody’s going to get hurt, and it’s probably going to be me this time.

”People don’t realise what they do when they talk about these things. But that’s the hard reality of this sport.”

He serves as the New York State Athletic Commission’s chief medical officer and added: ”I made an objective call based on my assessment of the fighter.

“Not just the cut, but the overall assessment of the fighter [and] how the fight was going. Once I felt I could not guarantee the health and safety going forward, I had to make a tough call.”

Darren Till ‘terrified’ before UFC 244 fight

Darren Till ended a two-fight losing streak with a victory over Kelvin Gastelum.

After the fight, Till spoke with Adam Catterall and in a brutally honest interview, admitted he had been terrified before the fight.

He said: “I just had some demons because I know my skill set. When I’m sparring these guys from all around the world in training and fighting [I know] how good I am. Just to go from invincible to s**t in the ground basically was devastating for me.

“To tell you the upmost truth, I didn’t even want to go out there tonight. I was thinking of ways to fake an injury. It was hard, man. Even walking out there tonight, I was so terrified. I was scared, man. Not of fighting, I like getting hurt, I enjoy it. I was just scared, I don’t know.

“I wasn’t even bothered about the win. I’m just glad I overcame what I overcame.”

Darren Till marked his debut at middleweight with a win against Kelvin Gastelum
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Conor McGregor’s opponent agreed

The official announcement for Conor McGregor’s next fight in the UFC appears to be getting closer and he is already looking in incredible shape.

The Irish fighter announced he will next step in the Octagon on January 18 against an as yet unknown opponent.

McGregor’s manager Audie Attar told ESPN: “We had very productive talks this weekend with the UFC.


“I know Conor has announced a date, and in terms of discussions we have agreed on that date and we have agreed on that opponent.

“We’re not going to reveal anything tonight but a deal is imminent, I don’t see anything getting in the way barring some unforeseen circumstances.

“Both parties want to get it done, it’s in the best interests of everyone involved and more importantly the fans are really excited to see him back.”

Jorge Masvidal wants to fight Canelo

It took Masvidal just a few hours after beating Nate Diaz at UFC 244 to call out his next opponent.

This time it could be in a boxing ring as he took aim at the four-weight world champion Canelo Alvarez.

The Rock straps the BMF belt around Masvidal, who later talked about fighting Canelo
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Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, the BMF title holder confirmed his desire to take on the four-weight champion at his own game.

“I’m dead serious about trying to fight Canelo Alvarez,” he said. “Give me a nice little change; I’ll take my talents over there. I’m going for the off button, I feel like I can shock the world.

“Is Canelo a better boxer than me? Has he thrown 10,000 jabs more than me because that’s what he does morning and night? Yeah, he’s a better boxer.

“But can I bring some elements that boxers ain’t used to that are in the legal realm of boxing and throw Canelo completely off his game? F*** yes, man.

“I’m a naturally bigger dude. I punch like a f*****g truck. If I got boxing gloves on, I’m not afraid of breaking my hand because I got that cast on so I’ll be swinging extra harder.

“I feel like I could be a legitimate threat in there.”

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