John Gotti III knocked his opponent out in 32 seconds and improved to 2-0.
In this episode UFC fighter Tyron Woodley stops by to chop it up with Tony. We discover why fans love to boo Woodley. We also dive into the rumors of Tyron Woodley training Floyd Mayweather in MMA. Later on Tony and Tyron both spit a freestyle, not to mention Tyron gives his predictions on who is going to win at UFC 223.
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MMA fighter Conor McGregor hinted that though he might want a career in Irish politics, he definitely wants a rematch with his favorite arch-nemesis Floyd Mayweather after losing to him last year, according to TMZ. When McGregor was asked about a fight against fellow martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov, he switched the conversation to Floyd saying he saying he “needs to fight again.” The two have had a highly publicized feud even before finally getting in the ring last August. With Floyd hinting at an MMA debut, a rematch might be more than possible.
McGregor's political aspiration is still up in the air. Earlier this week, he posted a cryptic Instagram caption criticizing Ireland's government, pondering over his home state's budget, and implied he may have the solutions. When asked about his commitment to the idea of running for political office in Ireland by TMZ, he seemed to be in much more of a joking mood. “Maybe,” he said, “Who knows?! I know they're shakin' in their boots anyway!”
Conor's original post caption talked about financial awareness, before honing in on government spending. “I find that I am becoming more and more interested in where much of the money in my home state has gone and where it actually goes when it comes in,” it reads. “I see many things I do not like and I see many things that I feel can be easily amended under correct instruction. We shall see.”
McGregor straight-up said, “Fuck the Mayweathers,” in another post.
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Mayweather appeared to be trolling everyone with the video. But a short time after he posted it on Twitter and Instagram, it elicited a strong response from Conor McGregor. The UFC champion responded by posting this on Twitter.
It seemed like things would end there, but Mayweather continued to tease the idea of him taking part in an MMA match on Wednesday night. He posted another clip of him standing in the middle of an Octagon and asked everyone what the odds were of him climbing into the Octagon for real for a fight.
We should point out that, this time, it looked like Mayweather was doing it in an effort to fulfill some kind of endorsement deal. He was outfitted in a pair of trunks with an advertisement for the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power on them, and he specifically referenced the company in the clip.
“2018. Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. MMA. What are the odds, Paddy?” Mayweather asked. “What are the odds?”
There’s a chance Mayweather may have been doing this for more than just a paycheck. Later on Wednesday night, TMZ Sports caught up with Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza and asked him about the possibility of Mayweather actually agreeing to an MMA fight. He said he wouldn’t rule it out and even revealed he’s planning on speaking with Mayweather about it at the Super Bowl this weekend.
“It will be a topic of conversation,” Espinoza said. “There’s a chance [Mayweather could take part in an MMA fight]…Whatever he puts his mind to, he sort of wills into happening. He willed the McGregor fight into happening. So if he sets his mind to it, it’ll happen.”
Espinoza also speculated about how much money Mayweather would potentially want for an MMA matchup. “He’s not an eight-figure guy anymore,” Espinoza said. “He’s a nine-figure guy.”
We still wouldn’t bank on a Mayweather MMA fight ever taking place. But it seems that, if nothing else, Mayweather is going to continue to use the speculation surrounding the possibility of a fight to line his pockets and get as much attention as he can.
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In the weeks and days leading up to his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor put up multiple Instagram posts per day. From posts about his preparations for the fight to posts that included him talking trash to Mayweather, McGregor seemed to document every move he made.
But since losing to Mayweather on Saturday night, McGregor has been noticeably absent from Instagram. He didn’t put up a single post on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. But he finally broke his silence very early Thursday morning with a lengthy post that featured him thanking everyone in his camp for helping him prepare for his fight with Mayweather.
In the post, McGregor talked about how much work went into preparing him for a 12-round fight. He said that “getting to 12 rounds alone in practice” was the most challenging thing about trying to get ready for the match with Mayweather. And he suggested that, if he had a little bit more time to train, he feels as though he could have “made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight” without wearing down like he did.
McGregor also gave props to Mayweather in his IG post. He congratulated him on a “well fought match,” wished him well in retirement, and conceded that Mayweather is a “solid fighter” despite his previous comments about him. And at one point in his post, he also hinted that, if Mayweather wanted to make the jump from boxing to MMA and fight inside the Octagon, he thinks he would actually surprise some people.
“Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position,” McGregor wrote. “He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure.”
Some fight fans have argued that Mayweather and McGregor should have a rematch but that, this time, Mayweather should be forced to step into McGregor’s arena, where McGregor would have the upper hand.
And while it seems highly unlikely that Mayweather would ever even consider it, McGregor seems to think it could be slightly more competitive than some people think if it ever happened.
McGregor ended his post by writing, “Onto the next one!” It will be interesting to see where he goes from here now that the Mayweather fight is behind him.
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Even if you're actively trying to avoid the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, chances are you've developed a firm stance on the bout by now. There are very few people out there who are thinking to themselves, “You know what, I think I need more information before I take the plunge on the pay-per-view fee.” And if you are still thinking that, I'd have to ask you what the rock you've been living under is like.
Every possible angle has been exploited. We've talked about Mayweather's domestic violence, McGregor's history of racism, their sparring partners, sexual habits, even the damn suits the fighters have worn to press conferences. And now all that's left to debate is one simple question—who's going to win?
The odds are heavily in Mayweather's favor, and why wouldn't they be? He's 49-0 and one of the best boxers of all-time, facing a near amateur in a new sport. That should be the start and end of it, but to keep themselves interested in the fight, a lot of observers are clinging to crazy beliefs, hoping the fight will somehow live up to their expectations. I get it, because you're not going to drop $100 on a pay-per-view if you're just expecting a mundane win from Mayweather.
So for those of you trying to search for a reason to care about the fight, here are a few conspiracy theories people have. They might make it worth tuning in!
Mayweather will throw the fight to make more money
From Mayweather's perspective, this might make the least sense of any theory, because he has everything to lose going into the fight. Though it has been overshadowed by the trash talk, Mayweather has a chance to pass Rocky Marciano's mythical 49-0 record and go to 50-0, a number that is revered within boxing circles. Several prominent fighters have fallen just short of equaling or passing that number, including heavyweight great Larry Holmes, who lost his 49th fight in a controversial decision to Michael Spinks. It's a number that matters deeply to boxers, even if it doesn't to casual fans.
And yet, this might not be the biggest thing on Mayweather's mind. Should he lose to McGregor, it would set up another huge payday in a subsequent fight. Mayweather will reportedly make a minimum of $100 million for this fight, and that number could multiply depending on how the sales for the bout play out. Would you be able to turn down making a sum of money like that a second time, knowing all you had to do was lose once?
There's reason to believe Mayweather has motivation to extract as much money out of this as possible. He has had to issue denials that he's in trouble with the IRS, and he will reportedly have to use a big chunk of the McGregor fight money just to pay off his past tax liabilities. It would stand to reason that these issues might keep popping up, since at this point they seem to occur no matter how much income Mayweather generates.
Assuming Mayweather would win the second fight, throwing the first one would likely set up the pair of fighters for a third bout way down the road, and trilogies tend to be huge draws, because you see a real rivalry build over time. These are big assumptions—but again, you just have to follow the money, and both fighters would be set for life if they brought in the sort of revenue they're about earn for just the three potential fights.
Mayweather might not even have to do this on his own. He tends to fight for decisions, and any time you can put the outcome in the hands of just a few people, there's a chance for shenanigans.
McGregor has only been pretending to be a bad boxer
Yes, some people truly believe that McGregor hasn't actually shown what he can do. The belief is that the guy who is a professional fighter and constant trash talker actually wants you to believe he's unequipped to be a boxer, and will use that reputation to surprise Mayweather on Saturday night.
You really have to believe in this to think McGregor has a realistic chance against Mayweather. Sparring partners of McGregor's have shared footage of them working out with the converted MMA fighter, and McGregor looks pretty bad.
People telling me Mayweather will have his hands full trying to land on McGregor -STOP IT! I respect McGregor BUT i ain't Floyd and i landed pic.twitter.com/gd4dFi3XUU
— Chris van Heerden (@TheHeat001) June 14, 2017
The footage looks so bad, in fact, that Mayweather's camp even sort of believes it's not legit. That's what the fighter's team said during a radio interview in June, claiming their camp would not slack in their fight preparation even if McGregor looks bad on the tape.
“I looked at it, but to me it looked [like] it’s a possibility it could be staged,” said Mayweather's trainer, Nate Jones. “We don’t fall for that, we prepare for anything. Please believe me, I looked at it and I came up with my opinion that it could have been for real but it could have been staged. I don’t know. His style is a different style from Floyd. I don’t want nobody messing with Floyd. He may be more difficult than Floyd’s gonna be for him.”
That's exactly the problem with believing the footage is staged: Mayweather's camp doesn't really care what it looks like one way or the other. He didn't amass a 49-0 record by taking his opponents lightly, and Mayweather has consistently noted McGregor will be a threat when interviewed about the fight. He's confident in his ability, but he has given no indication of slowing down or easing up on his opponent.
The styles comment from Jones is interesting, though, because of one theory a lot of fans seem to have about the fight.
McGregor will use an MMA move at some point during the fight
As the old saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. McGregor deserves respect for his accomplishments as an athlete in his sport, but that doesn't mean he can break the habits that have been built into him over years and years of training.
Sports books are banking on the expectation that McGregor reverts to MMA tactics, and are taking bets on whether he'll throw a kick or an elbow during the fight. It makes a degree of sense, because while he has been exclusively training as a boxer for months now, you can't truly plan for how you'll react once you start to get fatigued. Should he get desperate in the later rounds, maybe he lashes out with a kick at Mayweather's ankles.
This idea has popped up repeatedly among fight fans, who have discussed the possibility for months.
i'm willing to bet money McGregor gets frustrated and subconsciously tries an MMA move tonight on Floyd.
— Jefè (@JTrilll) August 26, 2017
I see McGregor pulling a MMA move on Mayweather.
— Diamond (@dee_el_bee) August 2, 2017
Had a very vivid dream that McGregor would forfeit the fight by using an MMA move on round 5. I wonder if I can bet on that 🤔😂
— Paul (@Nippauls) July 19, 2017
The big reason this probably won't happen? It would cost McGregor a fortune. UFC boss Dana White has said from day one that any sort of MMA moves are strictly forbidden.
“There is no way that will happen. That is absolutely in the contract, number one. Number two, this is a boxing match under the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission,” said White. “When you talk about a guy like Floyd Mayweather, the lawsuit if that ever happened… You all know how much Conor likes money. Conor would depart with a whole lot of money if that ever happened.”
No amount of laughs McGregor would generate by busting out a kick would fill the hole in his bank account. This isn't happening, but there's one more wrinkle to consider.
Mayweather and McGregor might be in on this whole charade together
If Mayweather throwing the fight on his own isn't crazy enough for you, boy do we have a conspiracy theory for you! There are people out there who believe the fighters may be working behind the scenes to set up the best possible outcome for their futures, which would necessitate Mayweather taking a proverbial dive. But it would need to look real for it to not be an obvious fix, so it would necessitate both guys planning for the possibility ahead of time.
Other world-class athletes are worried about that exact possibility. Golfer Rory McIlroy was asked about the fight over the weekend, and his concern is that we're all being fooled by the circus.
“I just fear that they do all this trash-talking and they go behind the scenes and they are having a laugh and thinking: I can’t believe we are talking all this public for a ride,” said McIlroy. “We are all buying into it and they are like, can you believe these people believe this? I just hope it doesn’t turn into it and I hope it’s not in any way fixed.”
Count Terry Crews in the fix camp too. He told TMZ that he believes the two fighters are “trying to get another one,” and believes McGregor will ultimately get a decision victory to set up more fights in the future.
Boxing is a sport with a reputation for shady dealings; in early July, Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to relative unknown Jeff Horn, despite most boxing analysts believing Pacquiao had won the fight easily. There have been countless examples of similar shady decisions over time, and this is a real possibility in a fight with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line.
Never, ever rule out corruption in the boxing world. Mayweather may give McGregor the beat-down most expect, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll walk away with a victory on the scorecards.
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Boxers tend to be a superstitious bunch, and though he'd probably be one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters regardless, Floyd Mayweather is no exception. I guess if you start your professional career with a 49-0 record, you don't switch up the formula for fight No. 50.
Apparently, Mayweather believes in the old-school boxing concept of avoiding intercourse in the lead-up to a fight. Approached by TMZ with a number of questions about the fight, Mayweather only gave a strong answer to one question.
“Floyd, are you going to abstain from sex before the fight?” asked TMZ's correspondent. His response was unequivocal: “Absolutely!”
This unofficial vow marks a pretty stark contrast between Mayweather and his upcoming opponent, Conor McGregor. Pressed on the same subject by late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien, McGregor said in 2015 that he doesn't buy into that no-sex nonsense. “That is most certainly a superstition that I do not abide by,” said McGregor. “I definitely have as much sex as possible.”
As if we needed another point of division to talk about with this fight, the sex habits of both men are now clearly on display. Forget the difference in their sparring habits and their various, problematic actions outside the ring: this will surely be the thing that decides who will walk away from the ring victorious.
In more pressing news, Mayweather is doing his best to make sure fans stay interested in his upcoming bout with McGregor, as the odds continue to favor the 49-0 boxer heavily over the converted MMA fighter. Known mostly for his defensive prowess, Mayweather promised on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live that he was going to go after McGregor early and often.
“He's going to land shots, because with this fight, I'm going straight ahead,” Mayweather said. “Normally, it's more taking my time, being very cautious. But this time, I'm going straight ahead. The fans deserve it.”
I've seen too many Mayweather matches to be convinced by a little pre-fight talk, but if he's truly prepared to go on the offensive against McGregor, fight fans should be excited. We might actually see a knockout instead of a 12-round decision!
You can watch the video of Mayweather affirming his abstinence up top, and watch a video of him telling Kimmel he dislikes McGregor below.
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