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Floyd Mayweather denied any plans to fight in the UFC... but the rule of thumb in combat sports is never to take a promoter’s word at face value. Mayweather is his own promoter, so that holds true for him as well. In addition to the initial talk and the smoke from Joe Rogan, Dana White (yes, the quintessential promoter) said the talks were real; Mayweather DOES always need Money to fund his lavish lifestyle, and no other fight in combat sports sells as many wolf tickets as a rematch with McGregor in McGregor’s world.
Sorry, Demetrious Johnson, as much as I would love to see you choke Mayweather out in under a minute, you probably aren’t what Floyd has in mind.
Tyron Woodley, who counts Mayweather as a friend, says this all makes perfect sense to him, and he is confident Mayweather would reach out to him for coaching if such a fight does indeed become a reality. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:
“Conor makes sense, because Conor is really a stand-up fighter,” Woodley said on TMZ’s “The Hollywood Beatdown.” “He throws some kicks. Most of those kicks are flashy kicks just to keep you off of him. But he’s not going to do anything really beyond boxing. He’s not going to be wrestling you; he’s not going to be grappling you. So, for Floyd Mayweather, if I was coming into the sport to do MMA, I would want an opponent like that: a striker. (Not) someone who’s going to wrestle him, kick him or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, and he gets put in submissions, and he doesn’t even know what the hell is going on.”
Woodley is only partially correct, of course. We’ve seen Conor’s ground game before, notably against a young featherweight named Max Holloway, and it was pretty slick, with the Irishman landing effortless takedowns for two rounds. His rocked and gassed takedown attempt against Nate Diaz aside, McGregor doesn’t even need to be a notable high-level MMA wrestler against Floyd. He got Mayweather’s back with ease in their boxing match. It’s a short trip from there to the ground. Woodley also underrates the effect and intent of McGregor’s kicking game.
He is completely correct about the financial incentive. Their boxing match did 4.3 million buys, second-highest of all time; one has to assume a rematch in the Octagon would draw similar numbers. Hence McGregor’s one-word tweet in response to Mayweather’s reticence today. What does Mayweather have to lose, after all, besides of course taking a brutal beating in an eight-sided cage?
“Shit, I might be walking down to the octagon with him,” Woodley said.
He continued, “Do it, man. Your legacy is cemented in boxing. This is something that’s just for fun to rack up some more cash. (You’ve) got a crazy lifestyle, you spend a lot of money, and this is another way where you can stack some (cash). Fight Conor McGregor in MMA, let me know when you need me to slide through. We’ll get you trained, get you ready and beat the brakes off of him inside the octagon.”
Stipe Miocic speaks for us all:
. @FloydMayweather crossing over into MMA, really?— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) December 20, 2017
Some days, you run across several fighters giving us a glimpse into the less than ideal world of being a professional athlete and fighter for the world’s premiere MMA organization. Today was such a day.
I got smoked bc I had to work a regular job& train just to get by. Not to mention hurting myself on the job& still following through on showing up to my fight. If fans knew what I had to go through to be there I think booing would have been the last thing they would have done— Oluwale♚Bamgbose (@HolyWarAngelMMA) December 20, 2017
Never make it personal, you might end up face to face with a guy and then it's real life— Devin Clark (@brownbearC) December 20, 2017
Trained at @UFCGymHB for the week (most convenient place for my coach who has a day job)— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) December 21, 2017
Today they told me, “Everyone who trains here must pay a membership”
To which I replied, I pay a membership in brain cells every time I fight
Guess that’s not enough for them #PerksOfTheJob
Manuwa is in awe with Ngannou’s power.
I wore XXXL gloves and that's pretty big my friend https://t.co/jCScSr1dZu— Francis NGannou (@francis_ngannou) December 20, 2017
This fight is a travesty in every way.
How Darren Till sees himself
What is going on here??
Was looking up KYOKUGEN 2017.... and discovered that Bob Sapp is going against a wild bear on NYE in Japan. No details on the competition.— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 20, 2017
Someone please explainhttps://t.co/z8YfV7pkek pic.twitter.com/AMfYjme6VU
I agree with Joe Rogan
All you negative bitches can suck it. I l love that show! It’s silly and well written.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) December 21, 2017
Combat sports over the next two weekends:
- Karim Zidan is essential reading for anyone interested in what sports can mean, geopolitically. This latest piece is among his best work.
- I love that Nate Diaz can live his life on his terms. If the UFC really want him to fight, they’ve got to put some respect on his name.
- I also love that GSP taking Bisping’s belt and then abdicating it respectfully, pissed Bisping off, because he spent a year and a half doing the exact opposite.
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Some fun to be had here:
Marc Diakese is a special athlete, has been since his amateur days.
I love this kick setup:
I don’t think most people can do this:
This is the heart of a blue whale, the largest animal to ever live: