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Floyd Mayweather said some silly stuff during today’s kickoff press conference (watch it) that Conor McGregor was quick to refute. Namely, that he would be willing to enter the Octagon sometime after their 154-pound, 12-round boxing match concludes next month (Sat., Aug. 26, 2017). McGregor was quick to point out that this was nonsense. Floyd also said he would fight McGregor with eight or even four-ounce gloves. Conor noted that, in fact, Mayweather had been careful to specify 10-ounce gloves in the negotiation; and, in fact, had even required that the gloves not be Mexican or horsehair.
Mayweather can say all he wants — he is not about to enter the Octagon with McGregor after they box. That’s because it would mean a level playing field between them, which is something that Mayweather has been careful to avoid. He made that clear when he entered after McGregor, when negotiating the size of the gloves, and when Showtime cut the mic on McGregor during the presser. He made that clear the moment it was clear this would be boxing only, no other rule-set even considered. This is his territory, his world ... it’s not meant to be fair.
These pinstripes have a hidden message that seems to be part of McGregor’s whole mindset to everyone pointing out the odds against him.
The pinstripes on Conor McGregor pic.twitter.com/7VjySMcVHS— Mike Fridley (@mikefridley) July 11, 2017
McGregor also got into his plans for a UFC return ... turns out, that December date was only because he wanted to top the Forbes 100 list. Now that the Irishman knows the list is measured July to July, he’s not so willing to commit to a December date. He also refused to name a UFC potential 155-pound opponent for his return, saying priority will be given to those who are actually fighting, not just talking (looking at you, Justin Gaethje).
Meanwhile, UFC ‘s Lightweight contenders in question were not silent on the presser. Tony Ferguson was even in attendance And Had Something To Say In All Caps As Usual.
Diaz knows this first press conference didn’t live up to the quality of the hype he and McGregor generated ... even if it is for a bigger audience.
Smh— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) July 11, 2017
Everyone wants in on this action, but boxers are always going to want boxing-size gloves. Much, much less risk.
Cody, 31-1 in amateur boxing, ain’t interested though ...
I'll jump into boxing once I get healthy and defend my title https://t.co/Tp3eygz0tu— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) July 12, 2017
Also, Cody doesn’t apparently understand sarcasm:
.@BigToneMMA did you not read what I just tweeted dumbass?— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) July 12, 2017
I have questions about this: Did he wake up in the morning and realize he had never had updated hats made? Maybe he forgot to pack it? “Oh well, 48 is almost 49”
Floyd didn't even bother having another hat made for this shit. Fight hype on a budget. pic.twitter.com/HBs0TZKNkn— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 11, 2017
Yeah, this made me chuckle.
Angela Hill defending the surprise takedown attempt in an even more surprising setting!
Snoop Dogg coughing over the tale of the tape, saying he takes out the lightweight division, and smoking a blunt during the staredown pic.twitter.com/iH9EjCihYA— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) July 12, 2017
Reebok will now have at least one good design:
Yeah it is, one is coming out soon, hope to do more :)— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) July 12, 2017
Ooh la la!
White men (still) cant jump:
Good question: How exactly does this work?
NSAC says UFC is not licenced as either a promoter or manager of Floyd vs. Conor. How are they getting paid? https://t.co/tWcNx6J0TT— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) July 11, 2017
If only the press conference had been this entertaining:
McGregor Vs. Mayweather: L.A. Press Conference preview. pic.twitter.com/Rf1953v17v— Al Foran (@ImpressionistAL) July 11, 2017
This was the breakout moment for McGregor on pay-per-view (PPV):
Please, lets not. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is a waste of time and Eddie Alvarez is a much more exciting opponent for Justin Gaethje than Kevin Lee.
Slips, Rips and KO Clips
Highlights from the Tuesday Night “Contender Series!”
Snoop singing a lullaby is the reason he was hired for this job:
Down and out. I’ve never understood fighters whose footwork doesn’t serve a purpose. The guy in the green shorts doesn’t need to back up, but he does anyway. Black shorts is intentional with his pressuring footwork
This is great because you can see Snoop smoking. He’s not even trying to hide it.
Urijah Faber teaching Snoop Dogg about fighting while he smokes a blunt pic.twitter.com/sjeyy5aDJY— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) July 12, 2017
Casual walk-off knee knockout by old school fan favorite, Joachim Hansen, back in 2005:
Joachim Hansen's Legendary Career Notable Win #1 (Caol Uno) Brutal KO. It's Hansen who always brought it, so you know what to expect ;). pic.twitter.com/0vUGOtFOoR— FriendlyMMANerd (@VictorVonDoooom) July 12, 2017
Arturo Gatti was one of the all-time greats ...
Taken away On this Day 2009, Arturo "Thunder" Gatti(40-9), 2 weight World Champion who was involved in The Ring magazines FOTY 4 times. RIP pic.twitter.com/5iXSWTBuEr— KO KINGS (@KOKINGS4) July 11, 2017
Sumo has returned!
Yoshikaze remains undefeated and is looking good. Has already defeated 3 guys ranked over him pic.twitter.com/LBYqPjfiCW— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) July 11, 2017
Takayasu defeats Kotoshogiku who is struggling greatly pic.twitter.com/KMHbeVNe8C— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) July 11, 2017
Kagayaki hands Ura his first loss of the basho pic.twitter.com/HGbeDJrQB8— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) July 11, 2017
- Ever wonder what UFC fighters tell themselves after a hard fought loss? Michael Johnson had an especially bitter loss against Gaethje, and gives his statement here
- Why does Overeem make 800K per fight but the UFC wouldn’t up Gegard Mousasi’s pay enough to keep him from going to Bellator? The world is a mysterious place that favors heavyweights- although I’m still not sure why Werdum only made 275K.
Podcasts and Video
Mayweather-McGregor first press conference reaction
DWTNCS Episode One reaction:
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Or like this: Andrew Richardson breaks down Gunnar Nelson’s brilliant guard passing:
The Co-Main Event podcast
I used to want a Super Soaker so badly as a kid, but this is basically a water laser. I still want one.
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