Morning Report: Conor McGregor advises Alexander Volkanovski on how to beat Islam Makhachev: ‘Be a bowling ball’


Conor McGregor continues to take shots at everyone around.

On Saturday, after Islam Makhachev submitted Charles Oliveira to claim the lightweight title at UFC 280, McGregor immediately took to Twitter to blast both Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov, saying he has “all the tools” to beat them both. McGregor has since deleted those Tweets, but not long afterwards, the former two division champion decided he need to aim broader, targeting UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, who appears to be first in line to challenge the new champion.

“My two old belts,” McGregor said. “On two little ticks. This fight does 10 buys.”

Unsurprisingly, Volkanovski didn’t care for McGregor invoking his name, and so “The Great” fired back, throwing McGregor’s own words in his face, which spawned an exchange of messages where McGregor gave props to Volkanovski and the featherweight champion laid the groundwork for a future fight between the two.

Then, as a final parting gift, McGregor offered Volkanovski his words of wisdom on how to approach a lightweight title shot.

“And we dance on,” McGregor said. “Good. I was in your exact spot one time don’t forget. 145 coming up. Good luck. I’d say go heavier. Rugby days. Be a bowling ball. That’s how I’d do it as you. Your conditioning right now as I see it, I don’t know. But bowling ball style for you your best chance.

“Aim to head butt the chest cavity.”

McGregor won the UFC lightweight title in 2016, stopping Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in what remains arguably the finest performance of the superstar’s career. Since then though, things have taken a downward turn. Aside from a decided drop off in frequency of fighting (McGregor has only competed four times since 2016, five if you count his foray into boxing) McGregor has lost three of his past four fights, most recently breaking his leg in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. As a result of that injury, McGregor has spent much of the past year rehabbing his injury, and now he’s currently filming his part in the new Road House movie. However, once that’s behind him, “Notorious” promises a a great return for his fans.

“I’m feeling crazy confident. Calm. Disattached from emotion. Aware of what I must do and making it happen. Visualizing. I see it all. Clear. This movie wraps, I’m back. I’ll have multiple fights completed by the time this movie even releases.”


Results. Islam Makhachev and Aljamain Sterling left with titles at UFC 280.

Results. Kleber Koike taps Juntaro Ushiku to win featherweight title at RIZIN 39.

Champion. Khabib Nurmagomedov on Islam Makhachev’s UFC 280 win: ‘I am the champion until this day.’

P4P. Islam Makhachev targets Alexander Volkanovski’s No. 1 pound-for-pound spot: ‘I have to go to Australia and beat this guy.’

Comeback. Charles Oliveira on UFC 280 loss: ‘A wounded lion is a more dangerous animal.’

Delusional. Conor McGregor promises he has ‘all the tools’ to beat Islam Makhachev, takes shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Title reign. Aljamain Sterling downplays Henry Cejudo’s title reign, Cejudo responds.

Lame. T.J. Dillashaw apologizes to bantamweight division after UFC 280 loss: ‘I kinda held it up.’


UFC 280 Post Show.

Aljo put on 20 pounds by fight day.

Sean O’Malley reacts to UFC 280.

Alexander Volkanovski reacts to UFC 280.

Israel Adesanya reacts to UFC 280.

Doctor talks about Dillashaw’s injury.

All Access: Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva.


On To The Next One. Matches to make following UFC 280.


Also, more from Conor.





Henry Cejudo.



Belal Muhammad.


Paddy Pimblett (19-3) vs. Jared Gordon (19-5); UFC 282, Dec. 10.


Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov took two kids from the mountains of Dagestan and made them the best two fighters in the world. Certainly in their weight class and arguably pound-for-pound. That is an incredible achievement and this sport misses him.

Thanks for reading! See y’all tomorrow.


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