Morning Report: Conor McGregor celebrates ‘World Champ Champ Day’ on four-year anniversary of lightweight title win

Morning Report: Conor McGregor celebrates ‘World Champ Champ Day’ on four-year anniversary of lightweight title win

November 12 is an important date in UFC history. First and foremost, it was the date of the first UFC event, which saw Royce Gracie introduce the world to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But the date also has a special significance for modern MMA as at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in 2016, Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion. And so yesterday, on the four-year anniversary of his historic win, McGregor spent the day celebrating on social media.

It started out with McGregor throwing out a turn of phrase asserting his superiority and then quickly shifted Conor declaring his own holiday, “World Champ Champ Day”.

If these bums are goats, I’m the slaughterhouse.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 12, 2020

Hey guys! What a day to be alive on this beautiful “World Champ Champ Day” How’d you spend your Champ Champ Day?
I had one tipple of Proper Twelve, accompanied by a 10km run, and an excellent jiu jitsu class.
Home now for relaxation.
Hope you all had a good one!
And remember…

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

Apologise to absolutely nobody.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

As far as it goes, World Champ Champ Day is a fairly niche holiday in MMA. Since opening the door, only three other fighters have been able to replicate McGregor’s accomplishment: Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes, and Henry Cejudo. The exclusivity of that group is why it’s such a highly respected accomplishment in the sport and as he was reminiscing on times gone by yesterday, McGregor lamented that he didn’t set the bar even higher.

Currently watching Woodley Wonderboy 1 on BT Sport. I should have went for that treble real quick. Pre Floyd.
Ah well, the game is still young.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

McGregor is referring to claiming the welterweight belt, at the time held by Tyron Woodley. Woodley defended his title for the first time as the co-main event at UFC 205 against Stephen Thompson. At the weigh-ins, Woodley and McGregor had a tense moment that was seen by many as laying the groundwork for another champion vs. champion fight (or more accurately, a champion vs. champ champ fight). The two continued to flirt with the idea after McGregor won the lightweight title but ultimately, nothing ever came of it and Woodley was quick to call shenanigans on McGregor.

shoulda woulda wouldn’t have #AllCap https://t.co/DSZmnZODI1

— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) November 13, 2020

That didn’t break McGregor’s stride though who was having a grand old time celebrating and sent out a message of love to his fellow champ champs before finally signing off.

Feeling CONFIDENT!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

Happy World Champ Champ Day @danawhite, @Amanda_Leoa, @HenryCejudo, @dc_mma.
Hope you all had a great day ❤️

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

World Champ Champ Day, you love to see it. pic.twitter.com/zIV46Y2qI1

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

You guys ever see a 4 piece with a side of cheese fries? #ItsTasty https://t.co/djTwOjfDnp

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

Good night everyone! And happy Friday the 13th muhahahaha

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 13, 2020

McGregor doesn’t have too much time to sit and reminisce though. Earlier this week, it was reported that a rematch between he and Dustin Poirier is close to being finalized for UFC 257 in January, and it has been heavily rumored that the bout will end up being for the lightweight title that champion Khabib Nurmagomedov left behind following his retirement from the sport.

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Shooting his shot.

Took a shot and came up short. That’s the game sometimes. Very proud of @PCarvalhoMMA and look forward to his run in 2021. Congratulations to Pitbull brothers team, class act in victory.

— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) November 13, 2020

It’s the nature of the game. The rivalry will continue through our fighters and everyone will grow from it. Best of luck against anyone who isn’t us. Pedro is strong. Now about that dream match you mentioned @John_Kavanagh, I’m ready when you are @TheNotoriousMMA. https://t.co/nap9Tb5kQj

— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) November 13, 2020

Volko not having it.

https://t.co/5LzKug5Wuj

— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) November 13, 2020

Respect.

I thank my opponent for this fight! Logan, you are a real warrior! ✊️ Success in your career and happiness! @storleystorm

— Yaroslav “Dynamo” Amosov (@YaroslavAmosov) November 13, 2020

Reschedule.

We will have a new date soon. thank you very much everyone. Teremos uma nova data em breve, obrigada a todos. #andstill #forever pic.twitter.com/RBOYQpWcAs

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) November 12, 2020

Ouch.

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Getting ready.

Thank you @felderpaul for trusting and allowing me to be a small part of this journey. 4 days notice to headline the Main event this Saturday backed by a life long work of progress that lead to this moment pic.twitter.com/rxBiNlZ7pi

— Dan “50k” Ige (@Dynamitedan808) November 12, 2020

Diego continuing his very normal one.

What is value? The value that I bring is that when you meet me in person face to face. I will let you exist, I will listen, give time and energy that can’t be denied! when you leave my presence you will still feel the frequency of AUTHENTICITY & INSPIRATION #ABUNDANCE

— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 12, 2020

I have always been very different in mind and spirituality don’t know why you Fucks think anything changed! And still claim I have took to many hits to the head and gave cte?! Because in the past two years I have reached new heights of speech & communication #haters

— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) November 12, 2020

Wager.

So as my title fight is not scheduled yet, Let’s grapple! Let’s see who is the real gangster @NateDiaz209 so I put $200,000 you put $200,000 winner takes all at @ChaelSonnen @UFCFightPass what you say? pic.twitter.com/yaUFxUO6Ep

— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) November 13, 2020

Terrifying.

One of the best face mashes from today’s show Paul dos anjos pic.twitter.com/OjGudWA7hy

— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) November 13, 2020

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nicolas Dalby (18-4-1) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (13-1); UFC 255, Nov. 21.

Cub Swanson (26-11) vs. Daniel Pineda (27-13); UFC 256, Dec. 12.

Kai Asakura (16-2) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (28-3); Rizin 26, Dec. 31.

Kelvin Gastelum (16-6) vs. Ian Heinisch (14-3); UFC Fight Night, Jan. 30.

Carlos Condit (31-13) vs. Matt Brown (22-17); UFC Fight Night, Jan. 30.

Alistair Overeem (47-18) vs. Alexander Volkov (32-8); UFC Fight Night, Feb. 6.

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