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As soon as this nonsense, ridiculous, sport-crossing spectacle that is McGregor-Mayweather was officially booked, we entered the territory we had been flirting with for a while, a place where anyone and everyone is just saying whatever.
Apparently, that includes UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, who speculated what would happen if Conor McGregor became wildly irrational and just decided to kick Floyd in the head. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:
“[If McGregor kicked Mayweather], that would be f**ked up. There’s probably some stipulations in the contract that say, ‘you can’t get him in an armbar or choke him.’
“[But] could you imagine? He would be a god damn folk hero. If they got in close and Floyd was shucking and juking on the outside and he threw a jab to cover up a left high kick and that left high kick necks him? Just clang! And you see Floyd go limp - and he would go limp. He’s never been high kicked like that. Jesus, that would be crazy.”
Yeah, it would be crazy. Sure, this whole fight is insane. We are some alternate timeline where history has been bent by the power of McGregor to entertain us. There is a method to this madness, though, and the method involves making as much money as possible for all the parties involved. Heck, even Ice Cube is getting in on the money. And, as Dana specifically stated on conference call with the media, any departure from the strict Queensbury rules of the bout will result in a huge financial penalty to McGregor. There would be long-term consequences, too, if McGregor- or anyone else- ever wanted to enter the boxing ring again.
“Would it be worth it? It would but it would f**k everything up because no one would ever trust another fighter from MMA to ever fight a boxer in a boxing match again.
Now, it is tempting to speculate who would have the edge under a different ruleset. By far the most likely outcome from this bout is that McGregor will be absolutely embarrassed in the ring, and that knowledge is bound to give boxing fans a sense of superiority. Under any other ruleset, though, McGregor would be the decided favorite. Even without takedowns, the addition of kicks would change the abacus here. However, this ‘fight’ will not truly be a fight. It will be a boxing match, one that favors Mayweather in a way even the odds don’t fully reflect.
And no amount of reaction training will close that gap.
This cracked me up
Goldie made a Goldie joke
Hey @GoldieOnTV can you still say "just like that" and "its all over"? I know you cant say "inside the octagon" need to settle a debate lol— ⚡SMOOTHFORREAL⚡ (@MOR_PRO) June 21, 2017
Well, it's the Bellator Cage now, everything else is virtually identical... https://t.co/zjORvJPMHR— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) June 21, 2017
Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier are going back and forth over their no contest
Someone's off thier Stool now ?? whenever I feel like it .... that's When— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 21, 2017
You fucked me up good already And I ate it up ... when I gave it back You Quit , .. You were good 2 continue ,You know it , don't B tuff— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) June 21, 2017
The first one was pretty awesome- I hope they do run it back a second time
Every Oscar De La Hoya interview after McGregor/Mayweather was announced pic.twitter.com/EEP4zVNwpg— Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) June 22, 2017
The replies to this suggestion made my heart glad.
It just goes on like this...
If there is anyone BJ Penn can beat in the UFC, it’s Dennis Siver.
A fight happening next Sunday....— Fightnomics Reed (@Fightnomics) June 20, 2017
Siver returns from 2-yr layoff, Penn winless since 2010.
But nearly 9 hrs of Octagon time between them! pic.twitter.com/XtDFxgBP38
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Did Sylvester Stallone steal this plot point from Chuck Wepner too?
In 1976, pro wrestler Andre the Giant and heavyweight fringe contender Chuck Wepner fought a mixed rules bout in NY. Here's how it ended pic.twitter.com/V4oGJXdYmC— Boxing History (@BoxingHistory) April 12, 2017
I want to appreciate this combination but I’m more concerned with what Prince Smalls has going on here… what’s with that hair? Those shorts?
I love spinning elbows so this was worth a re-post.
MY GOD. Insane spinning back elbow KO by Matt Jones at Front Street Fights 12 pic.twitter.com/9BJNsST2vE— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 13, 2017
Podcasts and Video
The Promotional Malpractice Live Chat
The UFC on Fox people preview McGrayweather
- Nate Diaz’ old manager is hitting him with a million-dollar lawsuit after Diaz reportedly used him for negotiations and then fired him before the McGregor bout
- Kevin Lee is talking himself up. He bashes Chiesa, then calls out Khabib. Maybe beat Chiesa first, man, but I like the ambition.
- Typically humble Fedor. He never considered himself the greatest of all time. (He’s without doubt the greatest heavyweight of all time)
How we got the term debugging
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