first_imgConor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Although his fighter took a painful loss, UFC President Dana White is extremely proud of his Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor after going toe-to-toe with iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds.With the Irish sensation showing promise in the ring despite the defeat, the UFC head honcho was asked if he’d be ok if McGregor returns to the boxing ring again.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected,” White told the news outlet. “When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”Regardless of the result, White still has full support of his fighter and is not rushing him for a comeback to the octagon anytime soon.“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—reportADVERTISEMENT San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streak LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “I would rather he did not,” White said, as relayed by MMA Fighting. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands.”McGregor’s transition from the octagon to the boxing might open some doors for other MMA fighters to do so as well, but White made it clear that this was a special case.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” he said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”McGregor looked comfortable in the early minutes of the fight, but was visibly slowing down in rounds 4 and 5. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Read Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgNorthern Ireland 2 Czech Republic 0: Evans and Brunt on target as O’Neill’s men close in on World Cup play-offs Ben Spratt 04:35 9/5/17 JonnyEvans - cropped Getty Images Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt goals secured victory over Czech Republic as Northern Ireland took a huge step towards the World Cup play-offs. Northern Ireland edged closer to a World Cup qualifying play-off place as they secured a top-two finish in Group C with a 2-0 win against Czech Republic at Windsor Park.Michael O’Neill’s men had been made to work for victory in San Marino on Friday but a 3-0 success ensured they would need just a point from this fixture to pull clear of their opponents.And the hosts earned a fifth straight triumph as West Brom duo Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt – the former the subject of heavy interest from Manchester City during the transfer window – found the net to ensure that a first World Cup finals since 1986 remains a real possibility. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Czech Republic had dropped to fourth place before kick-off with Azerbaijan’s thrashing of San Marino and their slim hopes of qualification were completely wiped out before half-time through Evans and Brunt, the pair typically profiting from set-pieces.After cruising through the second half, Northern Ireland retain a remote hope of claiming top spot ahead of Germany but a play-off place is the realistic target – and only a spectacular collapse would see O’Neill’s side fall short as Europe’s worst second-placed side.Everywhere we gooooooooooo #DareToDream #GAWA #NIRCZE— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 4, 2017Although tough tests against the world champions and Norway are to come, Northern Ireland – with seven clean sheets from eight and unbeaten in competitive home internationals since September 2013 – will firmly believe they can reach next year’s tournament in Russia.Exactly a year on from a hard-fought goalless draw in Prague, the home side made a bright start and Josh Magennis – twice a scorer against San Marino – nodded an early corner wide.The visitors soon settled but, faced with a defence as good as any in this campaign, they merely mustered a spell of harmless possession before the opener arrived at the other end.With a Brunt corner from the right only half-cleared and Theodor Gebre Selassie slow to push up, Oliver Norwood’s looping header behind the Czech back line found Evans onside, the defender throwing himself backwards to nod beyond Tomas Vaclik.And a second arrived before half-time as Brunt swept a superb 25-yard free-kick around the visiting wall and into the bottom-left corner.WHAT A FREEKICK! CHRIS BRUNT!!! 2-0!!! OH MY WORD, IS THAT ONE FOOT IN THE PLAYOFFS!?? #NIRCZE #GAWA #DareToDream— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 4, 2017The same pattern of play continued after the restart and Aaron Hughes made a vital interception as a high ball threatened to finally bounce Czech Republic’s way in the penalty area.A series of attacking changes followed from the visitors, their pressure leading to a half-chance that Marek Suchy scuffed into Michael McGovern’s grateful arms.But a capacity Windsor Park crowd roared Northern Ireland over the finish line, with a first ever win against Czech Republic representing a huge step towards the play-offs. read morelast_img read more