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Terence Crawford, boxing champion and another talent in the “pound for pound” discussion, has gone all in on McGregor’s weird warm-up, with the “McGregor Challenge” for boxers. It is pretty great.
It’s already sweeping the internet, with other pro boxers getting in on the challenge
Not everyone is as good at having rubber arms as McGregor is
Crawford wasn’t the only one making fun of... whatever McGregor was doing.
Check out this boxing skill by McGregor:
Now watch this woman, Doris de Green, do better... in 1939:
Doris de Green (1939)— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) August 11, 2017
New Jersey's 18-year-old bag-puncher supreme pic.twitter.com/unb5L3g7xj
And here is an 8-year old with better shadowboxing
8 years old and Ashton M. Sylve got those hands! pic.twitter.com/NDtN9BQnjQ— BoxingTipster (@AgainstTRopes) August 11, 2017
Cody Garbrandt got called out for using the term “boy” to refer to Aljamain Sterling, just like Conor did to Floyd. Maybe we should just not use racially charged terms to refer to black men? That’d be great, especially in this current climate.
Wait in line boy— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 14, 2017
No, Cody... why would you leave just the mustache? Don’t do this to yourself
On the other end of the scale is Meisha Tate
Miesha Tate is out there improving everyone's Monday. pic.twitter.com/E4uZsLg82b— Flyin' Brian J ™ (@FlyinBrianJ) August 14, 2017
Joanna knows how to have a good time in Florida
Tae Hyun Bang was released by the UFC and is now being formally charged for fight fixing, one of the few, if not the only, verified instances of fight fixing in the UFC. Memorably enough, it came in against Leo Kuntz, meaning the fight titled Bang-Kuntz was fixed.
Georges St. Pierre’s middleweight title bout may seem farcical to MMA fans, but it is officially happening. The winner is obligated to fight Sir Robert Knuckles, so at least we have that to eventually look forward to. Here is the early statistical breakdown for GSP-Bisping:
McGregor has an answer for everything, even how he carries his baby son
I also asked Conor today why he holds his child like a football. "Just feels right. I have multiple ways but that seems to be a good one." pic.twitter.com/tZnm3FojKi— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 12, 2017
The response to that Malignaggi footage has been brutal reprisal from the MMA Internet, starting with Conor himself and rippling outward from there:
Dan Henderson pushed me at UFC 100— michael (@bipsing) August 12, 2017
I mean that’s just schadenfreude by Conor McGregor fans
The internet is a savage, unforgiving place pic.twitter.com/SwLiEvkfHt— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) August 12, 2017
No wonder he was up all night tweeting at people
Wikipedia edits go in hard
Paulie Malignaggi's Wikipedia this morning... pic.twitter.com/Kx6anREviK— UFC Insiders (@UFCInsiders) August 12, 2017
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Fights from this weekend
DAYUM. Brutal flying knee KO by Abdulmalik Saydulaev at Berkut FC pic.twitter.com/zoRQEnfT17— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 12, 2017
Good morning from The Hellbows Kingdom— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 13, 2017
Akram Hamidi KOs Manggonthep (MAX MT) pic.twitter.com/zoHLBJerey
This takedown attempt was so bad the referee thought he was knocked out.
one of the worst takedown attempt ever— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 13, 2017
Johnny Walker TKOd Rodrigo “Urso” Santos in 1R (Brave) pic.twitter.com/a80gX63Y86
definition of Zombie Mode— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 12, 2017
Jake Heun def. Mu Bae Choi by UD pic.twitter.com/MtL8h8EMMu
Fight for The Wild Card in 1mln$ LW Tournament— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 12, 2017
Bruno Miranda TKOd Won Bin Ki in 1R - HL pic.twitter.com/ItVT8gv8Tg
Multiple fighters in a cage can never be more than a dangerous, fun experiment
Invicta continues to post highlights as part of their 25-part series
Honky Extraordinaire is posting old Mayweather knockouts; it might be worth checking his timeline for more.
This is also fun. Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin are the real boxing match to watch
It is also never a bad time to post Archie Moore highlights, who was and still remains the longest reigning Light Heavyweight champion in history, from 1952 to 1962
On This Day 12 August 1959 Archie Moore stops Yvon Durelle in round 3 of their rematch to retain the Light Heavyweight title. pic.twitter.com/MPK2Ut8Cor— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) August 12, 2017
Quick Hits and Good Reads
- Matt Hughes is awake and alive and getting better
- Dana White is sticking with McGregor’s story, saying the Malignaggi sparring session was a beatdown, with Conor swinging the proverbial hammer
- Chuck Mindenhall wrote good words on McGregor-Mayweather post Malignaggi
- Julie Kedzie, one of the pioneers of women’s MMA, is now pursuing an academic career as a writer. She’s really incredibly good at writing, and I hope she does write a book someday
- The Naked Gambler wrote a piece asking if Woodley’s boring fight against Demian Maia really was the smartest approach
- The most important piece this weekend had nothing to do with McGregor, Mayweather, or any drama at all: do UFC fighters have a legal case to be given employee status, rather than being exploited as independent contractors? (they do)
Podasts and Video
The MMA Hour
The Monday Morning Analyst, about that ten seconds of knockdown footage
The CME podcast
Stay woke, Maniacs!