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Morning Report: Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor is ‘going to get killed’ against Floyd Mayweather

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Mike Tyson doesn’t believe Conor McGregor has much of a chance against Floyd Mayweather on Aug 26.
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In the revolving door of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor takes, Mike Tyson isn’t breaking any new ground with this one. Though, as a longtime fan of MMA who obviously made his cheddar in the boxing world, it’s interesting to hear that the legendary heavyweight champ was more disappointed by the nitty-gritty surrounding Mayweather vs. McGregor than anything else.

“McGregor’s going to get killed,” Tyson said Monday on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast. “Boxing? I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing, because that’s what it’s all about — can the boxer beat the MMA guy? But Conor put his dumb ass in a position where he’s going to get knocked out, because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a little baby, and Conor can’t kick or grab and stuff. He not going to stand much of a chance.”

Mayweather, 40, and McGregor, 29, face off Aug. 26 in a 12-round boxing match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The pairing will likely result in one of the most lucrative fights of all-time, and even though Tyson is confident about the match’s outcome, he can’t help but be entertained by a lead-up that has already reached absurdist levels due to the recent four-day, three-country promotional world tour, which produced plenty of controversial and viral moments.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Tyson said. “The whole thing’s exciting because it’s got a circus-y kind of atmosphere, because you love the fact that you see — Conor’s a character. Like, Floyd’s never met a character like this. ... ‘Boy! Come on, what are you talking about, boy?! Yeah, boy! ... What do you got a bookbag for when you can’t read?’ And I want to say, ‘hey, man, that’s disrespectful,’ but the thing is, it’s so funny, man, I can’t stop.”

Unlike some boxers, Tyson said he doesn’t believe the fight will be bad for the sport of boxing, even if McGregor pulls off a miraculous upset and knocks out Mayweather.

That being said, Tyson also believes that more than a few fight fans are going to have buyer’s remorse when they wake up on Aug. 27.

“Listen, there’s no doubt it’s going to put a bad taste in people’s mouth, but it’s going to happen,” Tyson said. “I never thought it was going to happen. Then I heard about the rules, I said the rules are just sucker rules for McGregor. McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing.”

And with that little nugget of wisdom, go ahead and sit back in that chair of yours, pour yourself that morning cup of coffee and let’s dive headfirst into some headlines.


The MMA Hour. Our own Ariel Helwani catches up with Chris Weidman, UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, Germaine de Randamie, Michael Chiesa, Dustin Poirier, Sean O'Malley, plus Jimmie Rivera and Pat Miletich in studio. Watch now!

Tremendous news. According to his longtime friend Pat Mietich, UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes is progressing in his recovery and is no longer in a coma. Our thoughts go out to the entire Hughes family.

Soon. Jon Jones says Anderson Silva had some harsh words for Daniel Cormier. Jones also admitted that he was none too pleased about how Cormier is hyping UFC 214.

Return of Scarface. Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has officially scrapped plans for a push up to the lightweight division. His next move? A return at the end of 2017.

Breaking the silence. No longer the UFC women’s featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie opened up about her difficulties since UFC 208. Said GDR, “I’m talking about a lot of people who told me I should commit suicide and that I’m worthless. I’ve never been rock bottom, but it did hurt me. It hurt me because people think it’s OK to write something to somebody like that.”


The best card of the year goes down this Saturday. Get ready for the fun with UFC 214 Countdown.

Not enough? Here’s a little Cormier-Jones double dose to get you going. The first episode of UFC 214 Embedded, then yesterday’s conference call where Jones dropped this crusher of a line: “At the end of the day, DC will be remembered as one of Jon Jones great contenders."

And now for something completely different! You best believe Alexey Oleinik put that old man strength to good use this weekend. Poor fella never stood a chance.

Universal Pictures released the teaser trailer for its new Conor McGregor documentary, “Notorious.” Will you be watching?

Wait, Aljo wasn’t featured on UFC 214 Countdown?! Whatever. The man took matters into his own hands.


So, yeeeeaaaah, if we could go ahead and book this fight, that’d be great. (Sorry, David Branch. It’s not you, it’s me.)

Give Wiz Khalifa six months of sprawl training and I’d say he’s good to go.

The GIF King has returned! Some of the responses in here are gold.

So, Sonnen vs. Liddell? (Well now I feel gross.) (Also, who you got???)

Paulie M. weighs in.

Looks like we got ourselves a fight.




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