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The number of bets placed on McGregor, as opposed to Mayweather, are so lopsided that bookmakers are beginning to be concerned. While exact numbers are hard to come by, BloodyElbow.com reports that close to 95% of the bets are on the Irishman.
As of today, there have been 277 bets on Floyd Mayweather @MGMRaceSports. There have been over 6,000 bets on Conor McGregor.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 21, 2017
This is worrying for bookies, on the very low chance that somehow McGregor does pull off the upset. An ESPN article highlighted the concern:
"This is like hanging -3 on the Super Bowl and seeing the line move to -8," Jay Rood, vice president of MGM Resorts race and sports, told ESPN, revealing his company's current ticket ratio of 25-1. Last month it was 50-1. "This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts."
"Ultimately, we want to be in a position where we win a significant amount on Mayweather, but we don't want to be destroyed if McGregor wins," John Murray, a manager and oddsmaker at the Las Vegas Westgate Superbook, said. "We don't want this fight to cost us our whole year."
It is entirely possible, of course, that a lot of money will come in on Mayweather’s side before the fight, lessening the risk for bookmakers. I’m certainly thinking of placing a wager; at odds around -400 or -450, less than the odds Mayweather faced against many of his previous, highly skilled opponents, there is a lot of value betting on Mayweather, 49-0 in professional competition.
Just don’t come to me if somehow, McGregor pulls off the impossible with some freak win.
Cody Garbrandt calling Aljamain Sterling “boy” isn’t that hard to avoid. It’s an obvious racial slur, and an American should know that. Just pick a different word when talking shit. That’s how Aljo sees it.
I guess I'm not the only one that's calling it how they see it. Talk shit, leave the slurs out. Simple https://t.co/lDzl1dzFAB— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 22, 2017
NO he didn't. Please go read the tweet. It's not hard to find. If he did, I wouldnt have corrected him. That would make sense. Said it twice https://t.co/zgz61saUuz— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 22, 2017
Dustin Poirier training his strength and conditioning
Must be pretty cool to hear your music on UFC Embedded. Hope he got paid for this.
Matt Brown watching the eclipse with his family today
Brian Stann is moving on from his commentary role with the UFC.
I am announcing my departure from calling fights w/ the UFC. I have been offered an amazing leadership role with a fast growing Real Estate Firm and will be attending Northwestern (Kellogg) for my executive MBA this fall. Thank you to everyone for years of support, especially the athletes and coaches whom I love deeply. I will continue to be a huge MMA supporter and attend many events. Thank you to everyone from FOX and Zuffa who helped me so much in this journey. @jon_anik you are my brother and that will never change, and I cannot tell you how important your friendship has been to me. My wife @teressa_stann who has endured so much and supported me through war, fighting, and now this transition, I love forever and thank you so much. This move is to focus more on my family. I traveled 26 weekends last year for work while also working a full time job. Transition and change are a part of life and I am really excited to prove my worth to my new company and hopefully showcase the diverse skills military veterans and mixed martial artists possess. Thank you all. - Brian
There is more than one way to deliver a blow to the face
Gaw Gaw trying a different approach. pic.twitter.com/ATGwQYwvi0— Mark Schroeder (@inxxane) August 20, 2017
Bud Crawford may be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, uniting ALL FOUR 140-lb. world titles this past weekend.
Dashon Johnson showing love for McGregor, using that solidarity to contrast with recent events in Charlottesville.
This is a child who has spent hours working on her skills
What a talented little girl.— BoxingTipster (@AgainstTRopes) August 19, 2017
Future champ pic.twitter.com/3nZFamknOu
Boss Logic’s art for McGregor-Mayweather
Here's parts one and two in the Floyd Mayweather series. pic.twitter.com/nsZCwZJoAx— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 19, 2017
Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips
Enjoy the plethora of highlights this weekend saw in combat sports, presenting here in a gumbo stew of body shots, knees, elbows, and nasty submissions, in no particular order.
This was my favorite knockout from the weekend
Tetsuya Yamato took Patrick Elson soul - HL pic.twitter.com/QHk4u3Y5n6— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 20, 2017
This is painful to watch
Nice spinning kick
spinning kick— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 20, 2017
Khunkar-Pasha Osmaev KOs Konstantin Veselkin in 2R - WFCA 39 pic.twitter.com/ame2R2ub35
Thirty five second finish
Abdul-Rakhman Dudaev sleeps Paata Robakidze in 35 s - WFCA 39 pic.twitter.com/mKXHQa72DR— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 20, 2017
Muay Thai Elbows— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 20, 2017
Kingploy Bannaksu TKOs Sai Chantany (MAX MT) pic.twitter.com/RU0Vko6Jgc
Krush gonna be wild— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 20, 2017
Yamato TKOs Kuroudo pic.twitter.com/TLGKNnV0Im
another broken nose— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 20, 2017
Sammy Banchamek KOs Keivan Boleimani (All Stars Fight) pic.twitter.com/MxZB1sEXqg
Old legend of Muay Thai
Saimai Chor Suananant - Thai legend who fought in Europe during the 90s and defeated everyone in his path - at a huge weight disadvantage. pic.twitter.com/HOzc9qahAO— Muay Thai Scholar (@MuayThaiScholar) August 20, 2017
Old sparring footage
Rare footage of James Toney sparring Gerald Mcclellan in the legendary Kronk Gym, back in 1990. pic.twitter.com/Pb6xV8KZx5— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) September 8, 2016
- McGregor goes to a professional boxing gym to spar with professional boxers in Ireland. What do they think of his skills?
- The Naked Gambler analyzes the progression of Cris Cyborg’s game
- Karim Zidan explores the politics of MMA in war-torn Ukraine
Podcasts and Video
The Monday Morning Analyst on McGregor-Mayweather
The Severe MMA Podcast
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