UFC daily round-up 5.2.18: McGregor, Diaz & Fitch

McGregor’s social media poke at Holloway backfires

Conor McGregor took to social media to taunt UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway over the outcome of their April 2015 clash in the Octagon.

The Irishman published a photo of him piling pressure on Holloway mid-fight with the caption: “When there is no referee to save you.” The post went out on McGregor’s Instagram feed.

It’s not the first time that McGregor has made the headlines with contraversy on Twitter: last week he was at it again with the Mayweathers. 

Shots were fired back from Holloway when he responded in the early hours of Sunday morning with a photo of McGregor. 

The image depicted McGregor being cuddled by referee Robert Byrd after his tenth-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather. 

The response from “Blessed” read: “When there is.”

Valentina Shevchenko eyes clash with Nicco Montano

Former bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko turned heads at the weekend when she dominated flyweight opponent Priscila Cachoeira.

The European fighter put on a fine display of striking that had fans calling for a stoppage.

Immediately after her victory, Shevchenko called out flyweight champ Nicco Montano, as she stated her opinions on competing for the title in her follow-up interview.

“Just one name on my mind right now, it’s Nicco,” Shevchenko cried. “I was not thinking about no one else. It’s enough time, I feel she has to be good now.”

Diaz to rescue UFC 222?

Dana White had been frantically searching for a replacement top bill event after receiving news of champion Max Holloway suffering a leg injury last week, calling the fight off.

Hope may have arrived in the form of no other than anti-hero Nate Diaz, if reports are to be believed.

UFC 222, which takes place on March 3, is currently being pipped for a showdown between men’s bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, however negotiations are stalling.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times has hinted that Diaz, who fans know as the Ultimate Fighter season five winner, has expressed interest in stepping back in the Octagon as the headline act.

Pugmire tweeted: “The best option to fill in for the @BlessedMMA void at #UFC222 is @NateDiaz209 and he tells me he’s 100 per cent interested….make it happen @ufc.”

Source: Twitter

Jon Fitch to climb aboard the Bellator bandwagon?

Good news for Bellator, who are close to tying down former UFC welterweight legend Jon Fitch to a long-term contract.

Fitch, a recognisable face within Former World Series of Fighting, was transparent about his intentions to move away from the Professional Fighters League 170-pound tournament and trying his luck in Bellator.

39-year-old Fitch spelt out his intentions via his personal YouTube channel; now a free agent and liking the idea of getting back in the ring with Bellator as his preferred destination.

“I finally have some career news. As of February 2nd, I’m officially a free agent,” Fitch said. “I’m in talks with Scott Coker and Bellator right now. Hopefully, we will work something out by the end of this week.”

Source: YouTube

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