Welcome to Midnight Mania! Today we have the implications of that Mayweather-McGregor talk, knockouts from free Fight Pass weekend, more Sumo, some new fighter crushes for you, and much more.
The big news from today was that Dana White countered Mayweather’s offer of $100 million for himself and $15 million for McGregor plus PPV points, with an offer of $25 million for each of them plus PPV points.
To this, of course, Mayweather just laughed and laughed. Oh, and called White a f—ing comedian. You see, he made a guaranteed $32 million to fight Andre Berto- a fight that did less than half a million PPV buys. McGregor-Mayweather would easily top two million buys.
“So... no deal?”
The real story here is that the UFC is drastically underpaying all its fighters, including its stars. Conor getting a guaranteed 3 million for a fight- in a UFC record at the time- that did over 1.5 million buys, is less than 10% of what Mayweather made for a bout that did a quarter of the business. Now that Dana has gone on record offering McGregor a 25 million dollar purse, how is he going to go back to getting 3 million per fight?
Moreover, this whole situation, with the UFC’s president making what he called a “real offer”, opens up the possibility that McGregor may be eligible for protections under the Ali Act. McGregor is a licensed professional boxer in the state of California.
Conor now in a stronger position to argue that his contract violates the Ali Act w/UFC offer to promote boxing bout https://t.co/yrjAq2Cz6f— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) January 13, 2017
Dana White may have made a serious error. Why would Conor split his potential profits with the company when he can theoretically claim the protection of the Ali act and keep more earnings than he made throughout 2016?
$15m base for McGregor. 75/25 split. 3 million buys. $120 net PPV rev. 25% of $120m = $30m + $15m base = $45m for Conor. Not bad.— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) January 11, 2017
This will be interesting to see play out- not because of the fight itself, which would not be competetive- but because of the legal context it has pulled the UFC into.
Bobs and Weaves
That’s not a roundhouse kick, but regardless, things escalated quickly.
Slap fight turns into roundhouse. pic.twitter.com/AAdQksf8ZH— Thirty Sec Fights (@ThirtySecFights) January 13, 2017
This is also a nice spinning back kick:
Qiu Jianliang KO's Kem Sitsongpeenong via spinning back kick to the liver. Good lawd. Glory of Heroes 6 pic.twitter.com/cwNvlO4uUZ— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 13, 2017
Urijah Faber calls this a push kick here, but he’s got a point about Buchholz, based on Garbrandt’s UFC 207 performance alone.
Lebron is a big fan of Michelle Waterson and her documentary.
@karatehottiemma #LoveItandYou https://t.co/Fmtdlw3hgg— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 13, 2017
What did I say about regional MMA yesterday? That’s right. Never change.
Not sure I've ever seen this. Double armbar attempt at Superstar Fight 7. Kang Jin Xi vs. Hu Dan Dan pic.twitter.com/6hE7BpZMVs— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 13, 2017
I’m slowly becoming a fan of Sumo.
January 12, 2017
Harumafuji looks fired up after talks of the higher ups wanting him to retire if he continued his poor performance pic.twitter.com/cx51xlpaAt— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) January 12, 2017
This was a crazy sequence.
Oscar Ramirez vs Cameron Miller #LFA1 DAYUM! pic.twitter.com/bSwZtBnek7— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) January 14, 2017
Female Appreciation Friday
Alright, I see you, Arianny. I’ll make my own eggs though, thanks.
I may have just discovered a new fighter crush. Hello, Rachael Ostovich.
And @rachaelostovich won the #InvictaFC21 weigh-in. @TheTruthJackson thoughts? pic.twitter.com/dpNqUneLhN— Eric Holden (@ericholden82) January 13, 2017
Fight Pass is free this weekend.
Rocking my "INVISIBLE" heels to match my invisible jet. pic.twitter.com/Xw8WsRkjAW— rachael ostovich (@rachaelostovich) January 14, 2017
I guess while we are on the topic...
Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips
Oh, there are a lot of fights streaming on Fight Pass.
"He is DOWN and OUT!!" at #TKO37 streaming for FREE right now on #UFCFIGHTPASS! pic.twitter.com/vA4WahEi8W— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) January 14, 2017
I already pay for the service, but if you don’t, definitely worth a look FOR FREE.
A MASSIVE right at the #TKO37 Prelims on #UFCFIGHTPASS! pic.twitter.com/RQVBzB01KO— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) January 14, 2017
Remember the newly retired Cro Cop’s famous saying? Right leg, hospital. Left leg, cemetery.
I just saw these on my feed. I hope they are real.— Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) January 13, 2017
God bless you Mirko Cro Cop pic.twitter.com/rAdsTn638H
Oh, this is why that was a saying of his.
Another striking legend? John Wayne Parr. Here he is in action.
How many of your friends have asked you this? I’ve had a couple, and apparently Big John McCarthy has fielded it hundreds of times. He is sick of it.
Now for the 999th time, no there are no rules against tickling. You can tickle your opponent while he beats the shit out of you #AskBJM https://t.co/TUUi3QCHJ6— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) January 13, 2017
Podcasts and Video
Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By:
In case you missed it earlier this week, the Severe MMA podcast:
Masvidal is an interesting man:
- Read this to see how a conspiracy of Russian loyalists masqueraded as an MMA promotion in Ukraine
- No Country for Old Penn
- Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson are a bizarre matchup, but they will spice up the UFC 208 card in Brooklyn. As long as he doesn’t repeat the wild charging of the Robert Whitaker bout, I’ve got Brunson.
These sheep decided they were strong independent sheep who didn’t need no shepherd.
Shepard gets their ass beat by their own sheep, savage https://t.co/KL9W16uzcV— DavePella (@DavePella) January 13, 2017
Stay woke, Maniacs!