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Conor McGregor got finished by Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night (see highlights).
That sentence could mean something far worse than it does. For most casual fans, the optics weren’t all that bad. That is partly down to low expectations. Competing under strict Marquess of Queensberry boxing rules meant that McGregor was always at a disadvantage to the greatest defensive boxer of a generation. Except for the most rabid, delusional McGregor lovers, most didn’t think he was likely to win.
As it turned out, he did much better than most expected. He never tasted the darkness of unconsciousness- never even hit the canvas. Floyd, even to the boxing commentators used to seeing him take a couple rounds to gauge his opponent, took longer than expected to get into gear, to the point where he was asked repeatedly whether he was feeling his age afterwards. He insisted that this was the gameplan- but also gave McGregor props for hanging in longer than expected. Until he gassed out at the end, McGregor didn’t look overwhelmed in rounds 4-9 either, keeping an uncharacteristically aggressive Floyd at bay with a surprisingly sharp jab, good footwork, and the occasional counter.
There are many narratives one can spin from the result, and for McGregor — whose star power is predicated on generating his own storylines — that’s the important thing. He will return to UFC a bigger star than ever ... even off a loss.
'Mayweather was letting McGregor hit him'. My ass. https://t.co/crmeSLfzJK— Lewis Mckeever (@Mckeever89) August 28, 2017
He won’t return for at least two months, though, if he follows doctor’s orders. He is medically suspended until Oct. 26, 2017, with no contact (that means no sparring) until Oct. 11, 2017.
Many fighters disregard the doctor’s orders. McGregor himself has stated he feels ready to jump back into camp, possibly for a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz. (Making that interim title bout between Ferguson and Kevin Lee feel even more pointless than most interim belts). No doubt he feels his boxing-centric fight camp with Mayweather has prepped him for what he can expect against the younger Diaz brother. First and foremost, McGregor is just interested in figuring out what went wrong.
If there is one takeaway from this weekend about Conor McGregor, it's that he is a true martial artist who strives to improve and evolve. pic.twitter.com/BNVnSvTIW0— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) August 28, 2017
This bad lip reading is hilarious
What the Ref Really Said. Hahaha pic.twitter.com/JAlDB0CNNT— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) August 29, 2017
Brendan Schaub explains what Nate Diaz said to him in their backstage confrontation:
Here’s the confrontation:
Nate Diaz to Brendan Schaub: "Remember your career, pussy? Fuck you!"pic.twitter.com/veO5odQO3k— UFC Insiders (@UFCInsiders) August 28, 2017
George Foreman has a less jaded take than some I’ve seen ...
All the experts who trashed the (McGregor/ Mayweather fight) should apologize. It was competitive.— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) August 27, 2017
I know what it is to get hit with 8oz glove; ya don't take it in gut 10 rounds unless you gotta https://t.co/TB486tPR5C— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) August 27, 2017
Ryan Loco is a great combat sports photographer:
Tony Ferguson keeps up the trash talk with Khabib Nurmagomedov:
Derrick Lewis helping people here in Houston.
It feels good to help people pic.twitter.com/RtyYIkdGor— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) August 28, 2017
Matt Brown is calling for Snoop to be fired after this tirade against McGregor:
Michael Bisping laughing at Tyron Woodley ...
Lol.— michael (@bisping) August 27, 2017
Conor McGregor got a lot of respect from UFC and NBA champions:
@TheNotoriousMMA did his thing tonight he represented our sport like a G!— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) August 27, 2017
S/O @TheNotoriousMMA!! Showed you're a champ and monster in your own right as well. Lot of respect!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 27, 2017
Some people were still brawling after the fight!
John Dodson getting mitt work in with Brandon Gibson:
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
UFC just signed Michal Materla, and he will be the main event for a UFC card in Poland:
If you're unfamiliar with Michal Materla, he put Palhares to sleep with a devastating uppercut back in Oct 2016 pic.twitter.com/4T9KfqN86G— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 28, 2017
Zack Shaw (5-1) stops previously unbeaten Chinese prospect Balajin at Kunlun Fight MMA 14. Balajin beat his brother at KLF MMA 12 pic.twitter.com/BT09K5kpTe— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) August 28, 2017
Podcasts and Video
“The MMA Hour:”
What’s next for Conor McGregor?
The Post-Fight Show with Flyin’ Brian J:
The Severe MMA Podcast:
- Patrick Wyman cut through most of the bad takes flooding the Internet like Hurricane Harvey to give a pretty balanced assessment of what the McGregor loss means, in context.
- David Castillo’s post-fight analysis is similarly balanced.
- Jack Slack highlighted how unusual it was for Mayweather to press McGregor the way he did
Stay woke, Maniacs! If I’m not here tomorrow night, its because Hurricane Harvey knocked out my Internet. Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality