MMA News Roundup: Islam Makhachev Reveals His Conor McGregor-Like UFC Dream; Joe Rogan Will Miss UFC 286; Conor McGregor on Trilogy Bout Against Nate Diaz

Published 03/16/2023, 8:48 AM EDT

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A number of notable events, alike other days, were witnessed by the MMA world on the previous day as well. From the UFC Lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev revealing his dream, to the coveted Conor McGregor, intending to fight a noted former rival. The past 24 hours had it all. Hence, we are also back with one more edition of our MMA news roundup to keep the uninformed MMA fans updated.

Today, we’ll start off by taking a look at what is the UFC Lightweight champ’s actual dream. Also, we’ll know about the exclusion of the noted Joe Rogan from the UFC 286 commentary table. In the end, we’ll cast light on the iconic Conor McGregor‘s intent to fight one of his coveted former rivals.

What is Islam Makhachev’s UFC dream?


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Every fighter sets up a goal after joining the biggest MMA promotion in this world, the UFC. The current UFC Lightweight champ, Islam Makhachev, has succeeded in fulfilling quite a number of them. But, his apex goal is still unreached.

Recently, the Dagestani appeared in a YouTube talk show on the channel, ‘WEIGHING IN’, one of whose hosts was the noted MMA referee, ‘Big’ John McCarthy. It was here where Makhachev revealed his actual UFC dream. However. Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s protégé stated that he had a Conor McGregor-ish UFC dream. Amid talks of a dual championship, Makhachev iterated, “This is my dream, you know. Two belts, two shoulders.”

Looking at Makhachev‘s prowess in the UFC, a lot of fans might believe that the lightweight champ’s dream was very much achievable for him. What do you think?

Joe Rogan would be missing from UFC 286

The UFC’s noted color commentator, Joe Rogan, generally doesn’t enjoy a lot of free time. The 55-year-old is also a seasoned comedian who still performs, a former TV host, and also arguably the most noted podcaster of the entire West. His podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience has also achieved the supreme spot on Spotify’s top podcasts list quite a lot of times as well.

Due to his participation in multiple fields of work, the former Fear Factor host fails to make out time to commentate on the UFC events held outside the US. Fans of Rogan‘s commentary will miss his voice in UFC 286 as they had in UFC 283 and 284.

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The UFC authorities have selected the O2 Arena in London to host the UFC 286. Understandably, Rogan won’t be gracing the UFC 286 commentary table since the event was to be hosted in the UK.

Conor McGregor wanted a decider against his coveted former rival Nate Diaz

The noted UFC icon Conor McGregor recently teased a trilogy bout with his former opponent, Nate Diaz. No UFC fan can probably forget the iconic rivalry between the two. Also, many would remember that ‘The Stockton Gangster’ was the one who gave McGregor the taste of his first loss in the UFC.

Recently, the Irishman appeared in Ariel Helwani’s coveted podcast, ‘The MMA Hour’ and talked about a volley of issues. Amid all those, McGregor also discussed how he was informed that Nate Diaz would be his coaching rival at TUF 31. However, the point on which he laid the most stress was a trilogy bout between him and Diaz. The former double division champ stated, “We must fight. We’re one apiece, it’s a great rivalry, it was a great fight. So we got to square that away for sure.”

It’s pertinent to note that numerous UFC fans had also come up with the same expression multiple times. It was all probably because the McGregor-Diaz rivalry was currently leveled at 1-1.

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But the fans and McGregor clearly wanted an undisputed victor regarding this. With even McGregor singing the fans’ tone now, they might hope that their desire will turn into reality.

Some more MMA news

  • Conor McGregor would be eyeing a Welterweight title shot if he manages to get the better of Michael Chandler in their probable future bout.
  •  Prior to UFC 286, the noted co-main eventer, Justin Gaethje, stated that he is the most exciting fighter to grace the cage in the history of MMA.


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Souvik Roy

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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana