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Conor McGregor is the biggest star in mixed martial arts, and while he cannot keep up with Canelo’s $365 million contract, the Irishman is compensated quite nicely for his talents and fame. Plus, his exploration into the whiskey business with Proper 12 may just land him billionaire status in the long run.
“Notorious” has also never been shy about spending money on luxury goods to enhance his look. Nowadays, any fighter who enters media day with a custom, fitted suit may face accusations of copying McGregor! Still, McGregor is balling out especially hard ahead of his return to action against Dustin Poirier next weekend (Sat. Jan. 23, 2021) at UFC 257 on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Check out his latest suit, Rolls-Royce, and new watch in McGregor’s recent post:
What’s that snow globe on McGregor’s wrist? For those far too poor (like me!) to be knowledgeable about the world of elite wristwear, that’s the Astronomia Tourbillion Baguette in rose gold. I don’t understand a word of the watch speak below, but it’s still a damn impressive piece of machinery and craftsmanship.
Per some searching, the rough value of that watch is $1 million. Of course, a post and tag from McGregor ahead of a big fight that generates publicity is plenty valuable in its own right, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what McGregor actually paid for it.
Insane statistic I uncovered while doing research for Max Holloway’s fighter breakdown: UFC Stats does not credit the Hawaiian with a single knockdown in his second fight vs. Alexander Volkanovski.
The Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns poster is pretty standard, but I can still dig it.
A classic Tito Ortiz interview:
Tito Ortiz talks about his UFC 106 fight against Forrest Griffin (the infamous “cracked skull” fight) pic.twitter.com/70kJ2ShFbH— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) January 14, 2021
Bryce Mitchell knows how to enjoy a workout!
Dana promised an opponent fans would like for Nate Diaz’s 2021 Lightweight return, and I’m here for some speculation ...
I think we’re gonna see Nate Diaz vs Justin Gaethje— MMA Gone Wild (@mmagonewild) January 14, 2021
Matt Riddle reacts to the USADA rule change — and knowing “Chipper,” he might have been stoned as he tweeted!
I got the greatest birthday gift of all today, maybe 9 years late but still an amazing gift and one more thing my record is 10-3 bro pic.twitter.com/8WBMOH7fpt— matthew riddle (@SuperKingofBros) January 14, 2021
Slips, rips, and KO clips
From the regional archives: UFC Welterweight Max Griffin and UFC vet David Mitchell once went to war for the title of “King of Sacramento.” Both men had a lot of local momentum heading into this one!
Buakaw being slick as hell:
Be careful doing weird sh*t on the mats, you just may hurt yourself!
A bit of rather old school art!
Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known animal cave painting in Indonesia.— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) January 14, 2021
The image of a wild pig was created at least 45,500 years ago and provides evidence of human settlement in the area pic.twitter.com/3TvAC3LVJ2
Midnight Music: I was unable to track down a ton of info on “Bold Soul Sister, Bold Soul Brother” by late ‘60s, early ‘70s soul group The Black & White Affair, but the track rips and popped up on my Discovery Weekly:
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.