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The first time Conor McGregor met Dana White, it was love at first sight. McGregor had just finished knocking out Marcus Brimage, and you can almost see the dollar signs in Dana’s eyes. McGregor came into the UFC with a lot of promise, a two-division regional champion in Cage Warriors, having won the featherweight and lightweight belts in quick succession- and never defending either. Sound familiar?
Dana immediately offers him fights in Boston and Ireland. You can also see Analyst McGregor appear in this clip, describing how he knew Brimage was emotional and felt he would overreach- an eerie foreshadowing of the fight that made his career, the 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo.
McGregor would go on to defeat tougher and tougher opponents at featherweight (sans Dennis Siver), culminating in his astonishing win over Aldo to claim featherweight gold. Two fights against Nate Diaz and a historic second belt at lightweight against Eddie Alvarez, and it’s tough to remember a time before Conor McGregor put an entire sport in his shadow. Yet, when Dana first met Conor, he was still on the dole, living on government support to fund his regional MMA career. That first $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus changed his life. “60 G’s baby!”
His next bout, in fact, was against a young Max Holloway, and McGregor made all of $24,000 dollars for that decision win. That was the last loss on Max Holloway’s record, and Max went on to win eleven straight fights, the most recent a devastating win over Jose Aldo to claim the featherweight belt Conor McGregor left behind.
Now, the irascible Irishman finds himself set to make $100 million or more from this fight with Floyd Mayweather. That kind of career requires a step back to appreciate fully.
The infamous movement coach, Ido Portal.
Was this the last time McGregor competed in anther combat sport?
Conor McGregor IBJJF European NoGi Open 2012 https://t.co/E1IgeAvMKh @TheNotoriousMMA— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 19, 2017
Did you know Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen are going to fight this weekend? I had forgotten completely, which says a lot about how poorly this pay-per-view has been promoted by Bellator.
Plain and simply put, Wanderlei Silva hates @ChaelSonnen and is out for blood at #BellatorNYC. More: https://t.co/1CPNoyXTfw pic.twitter.com/BlNqmjeV54— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) June 21, 2017
What Wanderlei used to be able to do
June 20, 2017
"Why did I wear this stupid gi..." pic.twitter.com/1zxyFkzC3Q— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) June 20, 2017
Fedor is fighting Mitrione this weekend, too. How did RIZIN get Ric Flair’s belt?
#FunFact, Fedor Emelianenko apparently became the WCW champion when he fought in #rizinff. #wrestling #BellatorNYC pic.twitter.com/wju0A70nnm— Steven Rondina (@srondina) June 20, 2017
I’m a big fan of Lorenz Larkin
Lorenz Larkin pic.twitter.com/NTdcxkcviV— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) January 5, 2017
Oh yeah this is hilarious.
If you can watch this without giggling like a child you're more mature than I am. https://t.co/5XMl4Z0tPK— Scott Rüegg (@scottruegg) June 20, 2017
It may not be a widely anticipated fight, but I’m looking forward to seeing Shevchenko-Nunes 2 at UFC 213. Having watched Shevchenko kickbox in person, I find it incredible she was able to make the transition to mixed martial arts and climb to the top so quickly.
Training in mountains of Colorado. June 2017#ufc213 #teamBullet pic.twitter.com/vY671r667T— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) June 21, 2017
Yeah that looks like it’s gonna be sore for awhile.
Post #UFC #FIGHTNIGHT #SINGAPORE leg! Those leg kicks were real hahah @UfcJingliang pic.twitter.com/b02yHKRN2H— Frank Camacho (@crankeffect) June 20, 2017
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
I hope you are okay with watching some boxing tonight
A solid left hand by @dgthechamp staggers Omar Tienda in the 2nd RD of this opening bout on #PBConFS1. pic.twitter.com/jf3AGaLqgY— PBC (@premierboxing) June 21, 2017
I wanted McGregor to pull something like this against Mayweather but it seems boxing officials are much quicker to penalize fouls than MMA referees.
Omar Tienda loses a point for intentionally fouling @dgthechamp in the 9th Round. #PBConFS1 pic.twitter.com/VKABMh2Nrb— PBC (@premierboxing) June 21, 2017
This was awesome
ICYMI: @Brandon_Rios1 KOs Mexico's Aaron Herrera in action-packed slugfest last night on @FS1. #PBConFS1— PBC (@premierboxing) June 12, 2017
RECAP : https://t.co/w2UmP0TPx7 pic.twitter.com/p870ZHDNgt
What a body shot! Mario Barrios with the KO! #CoronaBoxing @coronaextrausa https://t.co/hBVtoArroG— FS1 (@FS1) June 12, 2017
On This Day 21 June 2003 Lennox Lewis & Vitali Klitschko go to WAR pic.twitter.com/WaMAg7Om0F— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) June 20, 2017
2 years ago today made my debut on primetime NBC to go to 17-0 #MANDOWN pic.twitter.com/tBcGZTFWDy— Errol Spence (@ErrolSpenceJr) June 20, 2017
This got weirdly serious
Its all lulz till the soccer kick pic.twitter.com/OZz4UeEFnF— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) June 20, 2017
- This lingerie football brawl appears to be right up your alley, Maniacs.
- Matt Mitrione speaks a lot of sense, saying Tim Hague’s death is a wake up call for fighter unions, better pay and life insurance. A fighter who fought as long as Hague should not have needed to take to the boxing ring to make money. “It sucks man. And I heard about a post he made on Facebook where he said he just wanted to get some money so he can have a great Father’s Day with his kid”
- Why, exactly is Artem Lobov in Conor’s corner for the Mayweather bout? You know what, never mind. It won’t make a difference anyway.
- Chuck Mindenhall gives five reasons why it’s impossible to discount that tiny, tiny chance that McGregor has of taking away Mayweather’s pristine undefeated record. Yeah, none of those will make a difference either. But I bet by the time the fight rolls around a small part of me will believe they could.
Podcasts and Video
GGG talks Mayweather-McGregor and gets suckered into saying he supports Real Madrid
Here's my full interview w/ GGG where he calls #MayweatherMcGregor 'a show', expresses love for Real Madrid & more: https://t.co/wCjXBw1sQX— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) June 21, 2017
Andrew Richardson breaks down Chiesa’s back attacks
Flyin Brian J predicts UFC Fight Night 112
And here is his Beer Pairing for the night:
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