February 4, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Carlos Condit (left) fights against Nick Diaz (right) during UFC 143 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Carlos Codit defeated Nick Diaz. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE


This week on the Podcast Dan, LEE & JP discuss all the latest news in the world of Combat Sports. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was front and center during Artem Lobov’s fight at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118, which took place in Gdansk, Poland. Lobov is McGregor’s teammate and close friend. Lobov’s opponent, Andre Fili, knew McGregor was cageside for the contest. With that knowledge, Fili took the opportunity to mimic McGregor’s “Billionaire Strut,” as the Irish fighter paced back and forth outside the octagon. Another person that felt McGregor’s presence was referee Marc Goddard. With less than a minute left in the second round of the featherweight bout, Goddard paused the action in the cage to address the lightweight champion, who had spent the previous nine minutes screaming encouragement to Lobov. “What’s got into you, man?” Goddard asked McGregor from inside the cage. “C’mon. Sit down, please. Be a professional.”

Goddard was obviously frustrated with McGregor serving as an unofficial cornerman for Lobov. The rules limit a combatant to three coaches, with McGregor’s presence, Lobov effectively had four assistants, a clear violation of that provision. Even with McGregor’s added assistance, Lobov was unable to get the best of Fili, who took the unanimous decision. Fili swept Lobov on the judge’s scorecards, earning three 30-27 scores.

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