While the world seems to be slowly convincing itself that the oft-rumored superfight between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. is soon to be a reality, there’s one man who isn’t biting, UFC President Dana White.
As far as can be discerned, there have been no official talks of any kind between the two parties but there has been a tremendous amount of media posturing from both McGregor and Mayweather. The ever-present nature of their trash talk has led to wide spread speculation that the fight is now an inevitability, with mainstream outlets even picking up a report a couple of weeks ago saying that the fight had already been agreed to. Mayweather has since denied the claims as has White, who over the weekend told TMZ that there has been no movement on a Mayweather-McGregor superfight and that he expects McGregor’s next bout to take place inside the octagon.
“We’re nowhere. We’re nowhere with it. We’re nowhere. I expect Conor’s next fight to be in the UFC, in mixed martial arts, and the winner of Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and [Tony] Ferguson.”
This runs directly against McGregor’s claims that “the next time I step into a combat arena will be through the ropes wearing 10-ounce or eight-ounce gloves.” And while White has never come out against the fight taking place, even offering Mayweather and McGregor $25 million apiece to set the fight up (an offer well below the traditional standards of Mayweather but a dramatic increase in McGregor’s usual guarantee), he has been adamant that for the fight to happen he and the UFC must be involved. With there still being no definitive negotiation between the two promotional parties, the UFC and Mayweather, the fight appears no closer than ever. Not that the UFC would be opposed. As White says, the fight would be a massive money maker and one the UFC, and McGregor, would be happy to have.
“The thing’s gonna be millions of dollars. The guy could make anywhere from 30 to 60 million bucks.”
Instead of that cash cow, White appears set on McGregor facing a much lesser lucrative option. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson are set to face each other this weekend for the UFC interim lightweight title and, presumably, the next shot at McGregor’s actual lightweight title. And though they lack may lack the star power of Mayweather, they will have something that else that White says will make either of them an excellent option: merit.
“Khabib and Ferguson hate each other. Those guys hate each other. That’s fight’s gonna be good. It’s gonna be a good fight. Two nasty guys - number one and number two in the world. Doesn’t get any better than that.”
Soul. Michael Bisping says he “took Luke Rockhold’s soul.”
The big video from the weekend.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather on a possible matchup with Conor McGregor. #ShoBoxОпубліковано Showtime Boxing 24 лютого 2017 р.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. on Conor.
A MacLife look into Conor’s high living.
Donald Cerrone on TMZ.
Bigfoot saying Greg Hardy will make it to the UFC.
Valentina Shevchenko on Nunes wanting to fight for a second belt.
Sometimes in life, the more you pursuit a dream, the more it escapes you. All there's left is to keep walking, and never give up..— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) February 26, 2017
I hope this isn’t true.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s father/coach, told Russian media that the UFC fighter may retire in 2018. Says he has 1-2 years to go.— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) February 26, 2017
Get home from taking the kids to ice cream and look who wants to join us for dessert pic.twitter.com/UnmaUgiSw0— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) February 27, 2017
I'll talk to Mick! Nothing but respect. https://t.co/M3kp2jVXlk— Zebrinha MMA (@EricSpicely) February 25, 2017
This is awesome.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before.
Diego channeling Puff Daddy.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2011: B.J. Penn fought Jon Fitch to a majority draw in the main event of UFC 127. It was the last time Penn competed in the octagon and didn’t lose. Also at this event, Mark Hunt scored his first win in the UFC, knocking out Chris Tuchscherer.
2016: Michael Bisping won a unanimous decision over Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84, though many maintain that Silva knocked out Bisping at the end of the third round.
Not MMA related but Nate Robinson is a hero for this.
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