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McGregor explains WrestleMania absence: 'They all fear me'

By Sports Desk April 04, 2022

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    The 27-year-old appeared at WrestleMania 37 last year and made his in-ring debut at this year's event in April.

    Paul announced on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that he has signed with the wrestling organisation, with the contract reported to run through until next year.

    Paul Levesque, WWE's head of Global Talent Strategy and Development, tweeted: "I think it’s safe to say Logan Paul shocked the world with his abilities as a guest at WrestleMania.

    "Just imagine what he'll do as a WWE Superstar. Congratulations and welcome!"

    Paul shared a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather prior to his run in WWE and lasted the full eight rounds, with no winner announced.

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    Jiri Prochazka dethroned Glover Teixeira to claim the light-heavyweight title at UFC 275 in a fight the new champion described as "a true war".

    The 29-year-old was trailing Teixeira on two of the judges' scorecards, with the other judge having it level, when he won with a rear-naked choke submission in the fifth round.

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    "It's amazing and I'm glad. It was a true war. Glover is a true warrior, and I like that," Prochazka, UFC's first Czech champion, said in his post-fight interview.

    "I never thought... that's why it's good to not be thinking, you are in the middle of the fight.

    "Next time I will be better. I was ready to end the fight whenever today, whether in the first or fifth round, it doesn’t matter, and it doesn't matter which technique."

    Teixeira became the oldest first-time champion in UFC history when defeating Jan Blachowicz last October and was 30 seconds away from retaining his title against Prochazka.

    Despite turning 43 in four months' time, Teixeira has no intention of calling time on his career following Saturday's loss.

    "I gave my all out there, no excuses," he said. "His body shots took my gas away, I was gassed out to be honest. But I'm going to keep going."

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    McGregor has not competed since his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in UFC last July, when the 33-year-old broke the tibia and fibula bones in his left leg.

    The Irish fighter, who has a 22-6-0 MMA record, was tipped by UFC president Dana White in March to make his return from injury later this year.

    McGregor also made his only appearance in a boxing ring to date back in 2017, losing to Floyd Mayweather Junior by virtue of TKO, but is keen to box again when fit to do so.

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    "Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC – that story is from over, in fact it's just being written, it is just the beginning.

    "But, boxing, for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.

    "The body is doing good. We are going to up the training bit by bit. I have another CT scan in the coming days, and then I will be clear to kick. Once I can kick and grapple, I will be back in no time.

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    Meanwhile, McGregor suggested Anthony Joshua will struggle to regain his belts in his upcoming rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, due to the strength of the heavyweight division.

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    "It didn't go so well the last time. It's a tough ask," he said of Joshua's prospects.

    "AJ is a good guy and I wish him well. Usyk is a great guy as well and I hope for a good bout for both men. The heavyweight division is on fire at the minute. Good things are happening."

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