Remember What Happened the Last Time Conor McGregor Got ‘Knocked Out’ While Training?

So Conor McGregor got knocked out by his sparring partner while training for his Aug. 26 fight against Floyd Mayweather. Or he didn’t. It really all depends on whether or not you believe the story boxer Jessie Vargas told during an interview over the weekend:

Those choosing to believe the story are already using it as proof to show that McGregor stands no chance in the ring against Mayweather. If McGregor can’t defend himself against some guy that most people have never heard of (for the record, Vargas claimed McGregor’s sparring partner was Bradley Wheeler), then how is he going to defend himself and hold his own in the ring with one of the best boxers of all time?

For what it’s worth, Mayweather has already come out and said that he’s not necessarily buying the story Vargas is selling. He actually has a working relationship with Vargas and revealed that he’s been talking to him lately about doing some kind of deal with Mayweather Promotions. But despite that, he isn’t quite ready to buy into the hype surrounding McGregor’s alleged KO:

“If I ain’t seen no footage, I don’t believe it,” Mayweather told Fight Hype on Monday night. “Me and Jessie Vargas are in communication. We’re talking about working together with Mayweather Promotions…But I can’t—everything is rumors until I see it. I’m the type of person, I have to visually see it with my own eyes.”

There are other people who are skeptical about Vargas’ story, too:

And we think it’s worth mentioning that this is not the first time McGregor has been forced to deal with a rumor like this. In fact, less than a year ago, he went through the same exact thing—and we want to remind you about what happened when everyone started doubting him in that instance.

Back in early October 2016, McGregor was in the middle of training for his UFC 205 fight against Eddie Alvarez when a report emerged about how he had supposedly been “knocked out cold” while sparring at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland. MMA insider Dizz—@TalkMMA on Twitter—sent out a since-deleted tweet about what he heard with regards to the knockout. “I was told by someone close to SBG, McGregor was allegedly knocked out cold in sparring today,” he wrote, “possible broken nose, shaky to his feet.”

Dizz also added that the alleged knockout could play a role in McGregor’s ability to prepare for the Alvarez fight:

Just like with the Vargas story, it didn’t take long for fans to start reacting to that story, either. Within just hours, there were quite a few people wondering how McGregor was going to be able to keep up with Alvarez in the Octagon if he couldn’t even keep up with some random sparring partner:

But in that case, it didn’t take long for McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh to respond to the knockout allegations. He fired back at Dizz’s report with this:

He also responded to a fan who commented on the report by saying this:

And he even went as far as to post this:

Eventually, Dizz responded to him and argued that he was simply reporting what he had been told by a source at McGregor’s gym:

McGregor himself didn’t really address the knockout rumor. He was actually dealing with a $150,000 fine he received from the Nevada Athletic Commission at the time in the aftermath of his wild UFC 202 press conference with Nate Diaz. That story broke on the same day as the knockout story did:

But he seemed to subliminally respond to the knockout story by posting this on Instagram the following day:

 

I'm so fresh and so driven.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Oct 11, 2016 at 11:25am PDT

Kavanagh also continued to downplay the report about the alleged knockout. In late October, he did an interview and said that he and McGregor laughed off the report when they first heard about it.

“He swung by the gym that evening and I said to him, 'That’s a rough day—$150,000 fine and you got knocked out in training,'” Kavanagh said. “We kind of had a giggle about it. I think it turned out to be some fan, as a joke, messaged a US-based—I think 'reporter' would be a strong word—tweeter. All these guys just have Twitter accounts and they put out tweets. Your man swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. It just picked up steam very, very quickly, and within minutes, I’m getting my mother ringing me saying, 'What the hell is…happening to Conor?'”

The MMA world may have been wondering what was going on with McGregor, but he clearly didn’t let the speculation surrounding his supposed knockout bother him. If anything, he likely used it for motivation, and on Nov. 12, he made UFC history when he beat Alvarez easily at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two title belts at one time. He beat Alvarez by TKO in the second round to take control of the featherweight belt and the lightweight belt—and he did it in spite of those pesky knockout rumors that plagued him in the weeks leading up to the fight.

 

The champ champ

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Nov 13, 2016 at 2:42am PST

So what can we learn from that whole situation? Well, for one, we can learn that McGregor probably isn’t all that upset about the rumors Vargas started by sharing his story. We can’t say that for sure since McGregor has, so far, stayed silent and refused to respond to it directly. But he did share this photo on Instagram on Monday night along with the caption, “Sparring today,” which seems to suggest he has, at least, heard about the Vargas report:

 

Sparring today.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jul 17, 2017 at 7:14pm PDT

We can also learn that it’s silly to completely write off McGregor simply because of the most recent knockout story. There were plenty of people who wrote him off back in October, too, when the story about him getting his nose broken first emerged, and that turned out to be a bad idea. Those who thought McGregor wouldn’t be able to throw punches with Alvarez turned out to be very wrong.

And of course, we can learn—for what feels like the millionth time—that you probably shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially when it comes to McGregor. Maybe he got knocked out during a sparring session. Maybe he didn’t. But don’t let that be the deciding factor for whether or not you think he stands a real chance against Mayweather.

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Here’s How One Fan Made a Fake Press Credential to Walk Alongside Conor Mcgregor

In the final stop on their four-city press tour, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather visited the SSE Arena at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The event had everything from verbal jabs to anti-gay slurs to one fan who snuck into the venue with a fake credential. 

In a video posted on Saturday, a guy who goes by Zac Alsop on YouTube detailed how he managed to create a fake credential, weave his way around security, and wind up right next to McGregor minutes before making his entrance. After finding a photo of the promoter credential on Instagram, Alsop went to work on constructing an identical copy, down to the lamination. 

With a suit on and the fake credentials around his neck, Alsop was able to sneak by security by sticking close to Mayweather's crew as they entered the arena. This incredibly brave and partially crazy guy had a couple close calls, including a run-in with UFC president Dana White on two separate occasions. 

Even though Alsop avoided any problems getting into SSE Arena, it did not mean he was in the clear. At one point, Alsop needed to remain calm as he pretended to be with Mayweather's photographers as they walked between some security flanked on either side of a narrow hallway. 

The journey was intense, but it was probably all worth it when he ended up standing alongside McGregor. Check out his heroic trek, and whatever you do, do not try this in your hometown. Leave it to…the professionals?

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Conor McGregor Could Lose a Lot of Money If He Uses Any MMA Moves on Floyd Mayweather

 

Conor McGregor has been acting a fool during the promotional tour that he’s currently on with Floyd Mayweather to hype up their upcoming fight. From making racist remarks to taking shots at 50 Cent, the guy has gotten pretty out of control thus far—and Mayweather and McGregor still have one stop left on their promo tour in London on Friday.

But despite his erratic behavior during the tour, UFC president Dana White expects McGregor to be on his best behavior on Aug. 26 when the fight goes down. We’re sure McGregor will still put on a show before—and potentially after—the fight. But once the fight starts, White doesn’t expect McGregor to go crazy in the ring and brutally attack Mayweather with a bunch of MMA moves or anything. That’s because, according to White, there’s a clause in McGregor’s contract that could cause him to lose a lot of money if he decides to use a single MMA tactic on Mayweather.

“He would get sued beyond belief if he does anything but hit Floyd Mayweather with his hands to the head and body,” White said on Thursday, according to USA Today Sports. “It would be very bad. That can’t happen. That can’t happen. There’s actually language in the contract that that can’t happen.”

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As it stands, White is predicting McGregor could make in the high eight figures for the fight. But he said McGregor would “100 percent” put his purse in jeopardy if he were to resort to his MMA ways with Mayweather.

“Forget about the contract,” White said. “[Mayweather] would just sue [McGregor]. And it would destroy Conor’s life because Mayweather would win…Conor is a bit of a wild man. But he likes money as much as Floyd does. If he wants Floyd to have all his money, that’s the way to do it.”

Given all the animosity and tension that will be present when Mayweather and McGregor fight, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see McGregor get overly emotional. But after hearing what White had to say about the ramifications of him flipping out, we wouldn’t expect to see him lose his mind and attack Mayweather at any point.

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Conor McGregor Will Make You Believe He Can Win, Even Though He Probably Can’t

Considering how over the top and utterly ridiculous everything surrounding Mayweather-McGregor has been so far, it was only fitting that Conor McGregor arrived at Barclays Center Thursday—a hot, humid, and generally disgusting day—rocking a Gucci fur coat and no shirt.

Because nothing surrounding what’s shaping up to be the biggest and most lucrative boxing match in history has been by the book or will be the by the book, and the two biggest shit talkers in modern sports spent another night in another city mouthing off and talking tough all in the name of promoting their Aug. 26 mega-fight.

Tuesday it was Los Angeles. Wednesday it was Toronto. Thursday it was Brooklyn where McGregor and Floyd Mayweather were back on their bullshit. McGregor was the first to arrive and didn’t waste any time mocking Mayweather, flaming his pal 50 Cent, and saying more problematic (racial) things that rubbed some people the wrong way. Mayweather countered by calling McGregor a “bitch” and a “stripper” then making it rain on stage. It got heated. They got in each other’s faces. And their respective squads almost tussled on stage.

“Today I was about to smack him up there but we’ll keep it professional for now,” McGregor said after the show had ended. “But it’s a hell of a lot of fun. How could you get tired of this?”

Based on the crowds the tour has drawn and the coverage they have received it seems like the appetite for all things Mayweather-McGregor is far from being satisfied. What many dismissed as a farce when it was first rumored is turning into the most talked-about event in sports these days and the 13,165 that packed into Barclays—many in favor of McGregor—further proved that this is shaping up to be something way bigger, way hotter, way more ridiculous than any coat the Irish MMA superstar could ever rock.

But will it be a legit fight? Oddsmakers in Vegas don’t give McGregor much of a shot nor do boxing purists. And that’s just fine with McGregor, who just four years ago was on food stamps. Sitting in front of mostly boxing writers last night, he laid out how and why he would beat Mayweather in rather convincing terms. Brimming with championship charisma, McGregor said his sparring sessions—despite what you may have seen on social media—have been intense and that boxing’s three-minute rounds will be easy considering he’s used to UFC’s five-minute rounds.

“I’ll be ready for 12,” McGregor said. “But he’s going down in four.”

It’s easy to dismiss McGregor’s chances. He’s going up against a legend who’s 49-0 professionally and has made a fortune dodging punches and pummeling inferior opponents. Mayweather’s been schooled in the sweet science for decades while McGregor will have to suppress his natural instinct to attack Mayweather with an elbow or a kick that would be financially devastating. Will McGregor be able to land a crippling blow? And we all know there’s no way he can out-point Mayweather over 12 rounds.

Yet when faced with that scenario, and still wearing designer sunglasses well after 10 pm, McGregor flashed a championship smile. He may be a massive underdog but the reasons he can pull off the upset are many. For starters he’s got 12 years on Mayweather. He’s bigger. He’s stronger. He’s got the longer reach. He’s going to wear down Mayweather when they’re tied up, zapping him of energy. And he possesses the kind of power with his punches that Mayweather wishes he had. McGregor just doesn’t have anywhere near the experience Mayweather has.

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor Barclays Center 2017 Getty
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“He’s not a boxer. At the end of the day, Conor McGregor is a fighter,“ UFC president Dana White said. “Somewhere in a 12-round fight, Conor McGregor, the bigger, younger, stronger guy needs to hit Floyd Mayweather and needs to hurt him.”

But can he even land a clean punch on the Pretty Boy, who has been shoulder rolling his way to millions of dollars in prize money and championships since he turned pro in 1996? When Mayweather fights, he rarely gets touched. And while he’s not nearly as fast as he was during his prime, will McGregor be able to defend his quick combos and put up enough of a fight in the judge’s eyes to make it close in the championship rounds? Probably not. We’ve been on record before saying that Mayweather would demolish McGregor in a boxing match and that hasn’t changed. But listening to McGregor talk will make you, for the briefest of moments, think twice.  

“His belief in himself is nothing like I’ve ever seen before,” White said.

Regardless of what happens, if enough people buy the $99.95 pay-per-view event, neither McGregor or Mayweather are going to give a shit what happens since neither appears to have any appetite for a (boxing) rematch. Both will make a stupid amount of money off of this. Estimates are McGregor could easily earn over $100 million while Mayweather will reap way, way more than the $200 million-plus he earned in his fight with Manny Pacquiao back in 2015.

“They’re going to talk about this business move at Harvard,” Mayweather said.

And based on how rabid the atmosphere has been at the press conferences and how much coverage the first three stops have received—the tour ends Friday in London—there’s no reason to believe Mayweather-McGregor won’t break the Mayweather-Pacquiao box-office record.

The only question is, unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao, will we get a good fight? And does McGregor actually have a shot at defeating Mayweather?

The answer to the latter is yes. He has a shot. Every fighter has a shot. But the chances are oh so slim. As for the answer to the former, that’s the only thing that really matters if you’re actually going to drop a Benjamin on the summer’s biggest spectacle. 

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Ronda Rousey Tells a Wild Story About What Happened When Someone Tried to Rob Her House

Not that I would condone home invasions of any sort, but if you were trying to select a house to rob, selecting one with owners who couldn't rip your limbs off would probably be high on the priority list. Nobody ever said criminals were all that smart, though, and a group of would-be thieves found out the hard way what happens when you mess with the likes of Ronda Rousey.

Rousey was a guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday, and while she was telling the story of her engagement to UFC fighter Travis Browne, she revealed that the whole process was interrupted by a robbery at her home.

“He was going to sneak away and go ask my mom for permission, and then right when we got to the house we realized we were robbed,” Rousey said. “Someone had been squatting in my house for like three days, sleeping in my bed. Stole my Olympic ring, stole my guns, all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, credit cards.”

But if you thought a pair of UFC fighters would take this injustice laying down, think again. After pulling up footage on their home security system, Rousey said they identified the robbers as skaters. And Rousey said justice was served when they made their way down to a local skate park.

“My man's 6-foot-7, he's like 260, he beelines it straight to the skateboard park, finds the guys right away. He's smart enough to not, you know,” she said as she mimicked a punch into her open palm. “We'll get sued pretty hard, so he found the police right then and they caught them…I wish five minutes with me was a sentence, but I think that would go under cruel and unusual punishment.”

These geniuses hit the equivalent of stupid criminal bingo. Robbing someone with a home security system? Check. Robbing someone who could break your arm in half? Check. Robbing someone with a spouse who could hurt you just as badly? You bet! Rousey's star may have fallen on the fight circuit, but don't get it twisted, she is a genuine badass and someone the average person would not want to deal with in a dark alley.

You can watch Rousey's Live with Kelly and Ryan interview above. The story about the break-in starts around the 24:34 mark.

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The Best-Dressed Men of 2017 (So Far)

The way rappers are dressing is evolving again. What once was relegated to baggy denim and gold chains has been upgraded to tailored designer wear, trendsetting sneakers, and obscure street and skatewear. What hasn’t changed, though, is how much these artists influence mainstream culture; they’re truly the innovators. It’s no wonder that high fashion is finally acknowledging rappers and making them global ambassadors or faces of their brands if anything, it was long overdue. 

But it isn’t just rappers who are contributing to, and even dominating, the style conversations today. Actors and athletes are too. Think 21-year-old Moonlight star Ashton Sanders and UFC champ Conor McGregor.

But who are the best-dressed men today? Some choices are obvious—ASAP Rocky and Pharrell—but there are some who surprised us this year. There are also a few people who we left off this list. That isn’t to say they aren’t well-dressed, but they were either super low-key (as in, we rarely saw them in the last few months) or were just not having a good year so far. Things will change though, we’re sure. But at the halfway point of 2017, here are our picks for the most stylish men of the year.  


  • Harry Styles

    Harry Styles has the perfect pop star name, excellent pop star hair, and a time-tested pop star demeanor that seems to always suggest he was up all night having sex with someone beautiful. He also, of course, has a killer wardrobe that complements all of those elements quite well—especially the sex part. When Styles throws on a Gucci suit or a silky Gucci shirt, it often looks like he just picked it up off the hotel room floor, kissed a sleeping supermodel goodbye, and barely had time to button it before sauntering onstage.

    If comparing his style to vintage Mick Jagger is too obvious, consider this: Elle recently devoted an entire post to documenting how closely Styles' look mirrors what Fran Drescher wore on the '90s sitcom The Nanny. They aren't entirely wrong, which does make you wonder: Just how many models did Nanny Fine smash once those kids had gone to sleep? —Steve Dool


  • ASAP Rocky

    ASAP Rocky’s ascent to the forefront of fashion has been slowly churning over the past several years. His tendency to mix the weirdo uptown street styles of Harlem with today’s leading designers has been well-documented, but Flacko hasn’t slowed down in 2017 either. He became the face of Dior Homme, and he constantly mixes and matches styles from the likes of Raf Simons, Alessandro Michele’s Gucci, and J.W. Anderson with VLONE pieces made by ASAP Mob compatriot Bari or Japanese label Needles, grounding many of his looks with simplistic sneakers like Vans Old Skools. The end product is enviable, but uniquely his own. Five years ago, Rocky was just a blip on fashion’s radar. Now, he’s a veritable powerhouse. Hats off. —Skylar Bergl


  • Ashton Sanders

    When actor Ashton Sanders reached the end of the red carpet at the Met Gala in May, he was greeted by veteran Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley. “And you are?” Talley asked the 21-year-old star of Moonlight, declaring that he and ASAP Rocky both looked “so cool and so hot” in their head-to-toe looks by Calvin Klein by Raf Simons.

    Talley is not the only one who’s become a fan of Sanders, as the young actor has quickly gone from a little-known name to one of the most exciting fashion risk-takers in Hollywood. In addition to the comfortable relationship he’s built with Simons at Calvin Klein—he also recently wore the label to the MTV Movie Awards and appeared in the brand’s Spring 2017 ad campaign—this year alone he’s repped red carpet looks from Public School, Yves Saint Laurent, and, famously, Fear of God, when he paired one of Jerry Lorenzo’s kilts with a Calvin tux and Vans Sk8-Hi’s. Not many actors can pull off both traditional and forward-thinking as well as Sanders can, and even fewer are willing to try. But Sanders makes it look easy, and yes, Andre, “so cool” too. —Steve Dool


  • Jonah Hill

    We've seen a lot of sides to the L.A.-born actor over the past few years. Hilariously horny and clumsy-drunk high-schooler Jonah Hill. Money-hungry, arms-dealing war criminal Jonah Hill. And, most recently, we have gotten incredibly, stylishly chill Jonah Hill, who hasn't had to rely on sophomoric comedic relief to get his just due.

    Hill's year in style has been his most consistent image he’s had and it doesn't even look like he's trying. Yes, the Palace ads have been hilarious and have garnered a good amount of attention for him and the British skate brand, but his affinity for minimalistic skate style and brands like Dime, Richardson, and Lotties is admirable. And he's also perfected his look, utilizing brands like Gucci and Saint Laurent, letting regular guys, like me and you, know we can also rock those brands without being gaudy. Jonah Hill is hope. —Nick Grant


  • Migos

    The era of “Versace” Migos hasn’t disappeared completely, but the Atlanta rappers have grown up as their fame has blown up. Over the past year or so, the trio has been featured on what feels like every hit song and shifted their looks to include some of today's most coveted designers. Rest assured, there are still plenty of silk shirts, but Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset have all tested out a variety of looks worth noting. Their fur-loaded performance on Fallon and blacked-out suits with accompanying stacks of gold necklaces at the Met Gala are just the tip of the iceberg. In their regular rotation you'll find a steady stream of luxury labels like Gucci and Saint Laurent as well as smaller upstarts like Palm Angels and Amiri. They're also not afraid to flex their eyewear selections either, as Quavo and Takeoff frequently opt for circular frames and retro '60s-esque sunglasses. Not since the 1800s have spectacles been so stylish. —Skylar Bergl


  • Travis Scott

    In September 2014, when Travis Scott walked in Mark McNairy's NYFW show, it was both excitingly of-the-moment—at the time, Scott hadn’t released any studio albums, just the seminal mixtape Days Before Rodeo—and a foreshadowing, because he fit the environment so damn well. Fast-forward two-and-a-half years, and La Flame's fashion profile has risen concurrently with his position in music—critically acclaimed albums, Nike deal. Scott oscillates between streetwear fanatic with an unlimited Grailed budget and idiosyncratic choices like his affinity for weird camo patterns, wildly baggy looks, or whatever the hell he's doing on the “goosebumps” cover. It may not always work, but it's clear the same amount of precision goes into his style as it does his music. Which is to say, it always stands out. —Frazier Tharpe


  • Donald Glover

    Once upon a time—like, seven months ago—we praised Donald Glover for being a low-key style icon. He wore trucker hats, Nike Cortez sneakers, and every manner of graphic tee and made it look cool and authentically unbothered, suggesting he’d be dressing this way even if he weren’t one of the most in-demand multi-hyphenates in entertainment.

    But then, Glover met Gucci, and there is nothing low-key about that. Like Beyonce, Harry Styles, and 9,000 other celebrities, Glover has frequently been turning to the more-is-more, Italian maximalist fashion house for public appearances. There was his chocolate brown tux at the Golden Globes, his printed button-down at the brand’s resort runway show in Florence, and the Donald Duck cardigan that goes for over $1,000. Even when he goes British—as he did in a paisley Burberry tuxedo at this year’s Met Gala—it’s bold and loud. But the most impressive part of Glover’s style swerve is how effortlessly it works; he looks equally comfortable and natural going high and low. And Glover purists don’t need to worry: Those Nikes are still close by. —Steve Dool


  • Scott Disick

    Scott Disick has certainly not always been the most stylish guy around, but long gone are his preppy frat boy fits. He has figured out how to dress, and it looks like the transformation is here to stay. Disick keeps up with today’s best trends, and can pull them off almost perfectly. He rocks Adidas Ultra Boosts, Calabasas track pants, and oversized hoodies when he wants to keep it comfy. Pieces like distressed jeans, brown Chelsea boots, and solid-colored T-shirts are also always in heavy rotation. We’ve joked that Kanye West influenced the entire Kardashian family’s style. If that’s truly the case, we’d like to personally thank him for helping Lord Disick unlock his full potential. —Mike DeStefano


  • Frank Ocean

    After a five-year hiatus, Frank Ocean finally released new music with the critically-acclaimed Blond. Still, the singer is pretty low-key about everything. The very few times we see him out in public it’s like spotting a unicorn. But make no mistake: Ocean’s fits are almost always on-point. From Bianca Chandon hoodies and a Japan-exclusive Guess T-shirt, to more formal choices like his 2017 Met Gala fit, Ocean covers all sides of the fashion spectrum. Let’s just hope he sticks around a little longer this time to display more fire fits before he goes back into hiding. —Mike DeStefano


  • The Weeknd

    There’s no denying it anymore: The Weeknd is a star. Earlier this month, I saw him perform at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for his “Starboy: Legends of the Fall Tour” and the Canadian singer, who once preferred to stay mysterious, commanded the stage in an arena filled to the brim with tens of thousands of fans. His style has certainly matched his celebrity.

    Little about the Weeknd’s style has changed from last year, but that’s a good thing. Instead, he’s continued to build on his rockstar, mostly black look. The labels he’s wearing are still only the finest money can buy—Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, etc.—but his looks aren’t so out-there that the regular guy can’t emulate it. It’s like they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. —Karizza Sanchez


  • Conor McGregor

    Conor McGregor can really be best described as one thing: consistent. He has consistently destroyed opponents and won multiple UFC title belts. He’s consistently talked shit to and about undefeated welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather, who he’s finally set to fight on August 26. And, in this year of our Lord 2017, The “Notorious” Irishman has consistently showcased some absolutely ostentatious fits that only he could pull off. 

    McGregor’s Instagram account has been the headquarters for his outward expression of his stunt-worthy lifestyle, pairing PJs with SL (Saint Laurent), and high-velocity speedboats with high-priced Louis Vuitton T-shirts. His flamboyant personality and love for pricey toys are only matched by his penchant for rocking the hell out of bright-colored tops with the good ol' invisible tie and designer sneakers. While McGregor has had his fair share of issues outside the Octagon, his exuberant style is undeniable and, quite honestly, refreshing when other athletes just can’t seem to get their look right. —Nick Grant


  • Kendrick Lamar

    2017 is already Kendrick Lamar’s year. In April, the rapper dropped his new album, Damn, which reached platinum status in mere weeks, making it the first album of any genre released this year to move a million copies. But it isn’t just Damn that caught our eye. Let’s be honest. With some help from his stylist Dianne Garcia, Lamar has been killing the style game, too. If you don’t agree, I highly suggest you check out his “Humble” music video. The priestly-cloak? The bedazzled du-rag? The super-rare Bape Kung Fu shirt? The Second/Layer “Dreamer” hoodie (that I know some of you bought after watching the video)? C’mon. —Karizza Sanchez


  • Pharrell

    There are risk-takers, and then there’s Pharrell Williams, who is just way too advanced. Who else in hip-hop can pull off eyeliner? Or stand next to his wife, who wore full Comme des Garçons, at the Met Gala and not look mediocre in custom ripped jeans, a flannel, a leather jacket, and boots? (Although, to be honest, I would’ve appreciated a head-to-toe CdG outfit from the king of wearing Japanese brands.) Or make history and be the first man to be featured in a Chanel bag campaign? Pharrell beats to his own drum. He doesn’t follow trends; he starts them. Sure, his style may not be for everyone, but guess what? He couldn’t care less. Plus, it’s probably secretly how you wish you could dress, anyway. —Karizza Sanchez

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Jon Jones Says He Beat Daniel Cormier ‘After A Weekend of Cocaine’

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are not who you would call the best of friends. The two fighters have been feuding inside and outside of the octagon for years, with the two light heavyweights trading verbal jabs about the ownership of UFC's light heavyweight title belt.

Thanks to a host of personal problems ranging from legal woes to drug violations, Jones has been forced to cede opportunities to Cormier, who is the current champion for their division despite never having beaten Jones. But a rematch of the two fighters has been scheduled for July 29 at UFC 214, and the two are back butting heads accordingly.

After their fight was announced at the UFC's Summer Kickoff press conference, Cormier expressed skepticism at Jones being able to keep his act together long enough to step in the ring with him. Jones was happy to acknowledge his indiscretions, but he made it clear he feels Cormier is a paper champion:

CORMIER: So, I’m sitting here, and I see him. Like, I see him. He’s over there. But is he really going to be in Anaheim? Is this guy really going to go to the fight? Is this guy going to mess this up again by doing steroids or snorting cocaine or sandblasting prostitutes? What’s this guy going to do to mess this up this time?

JONES: Prostitutes? I beat you after a weekend of cocaine.

You can catch the full video of the presser up top—the quoted exchange begins around 4:26 in—and see Jones is unfazed by the tough talk coming from Cormier. Jones' fall from grace has been disappointing for such a dominant fighter, but he has a point, because while Cormier is the current champion of the division, he lost in a unanimous decision to Jones when they last fought at UFC 182. The current champion was only able to take the vacant title belt after Jones had his title stripped due to a hit-and-run incident in 2015.

Multiple attempts at a rematch have been aborted over the last couple years, once due to a foot injury for Cormier and once thanks to Jones being suspended for USADA violations. Each man sees the other as unworthy of the crown, either due to availability or fighting ability, and the bad blood will continue to simmer until they finally stand toe-to-toe for a second time. By the looks of things, they don't really want to wait until the scheduled fight:

Regardless of whose side you fall on here, the rematch remains one of the most anticipated fights in the sport. If UFC and Dana White can just manage to get both guys in the ring—and staying clean, of course—the fans will get to watch two big-time fighters who genuinely don't like each other. This sort of background can entice even the most casual of fight fans to tune in. 

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Conor McGregor Could Make a Sh*t Ton of Money in Floyd Mayweather Fight

At some point, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are going to have to sh*t or get off the pot: is y'all fighting or nah?

For months, the last two fighters who know how to sell fights have been in the media on some on-again, off-again nonsense regarding their long-rumored bout, with Floyd saying back in March that he'll be coming out of retirement “just to fight Conor McGregor.” This was a few weeks after UFC president Dana White said they are “nowhere” when it came to the talks between the two, although later in the month he suddenly thought the fight would be a go.

Trust me, I understand that you have to build these megafights, but dogs…get that sh*t together.

Anyway, the latest news on the fight to end all fights is that, according to White, McGregor could be getting a grip of money to take part in the match. Mayweather has previously said that he'd come out of retirement for no less than $100 million, and White's thinking that Conor would end up taking home $75 million for a bout with Mayweather. At least, that's what he told The Herd with Colin Cowherd when asked about his projections for the fight.

“It depends on how much the fight sells,” White said. “If the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of 100 and Conor makes 75.”

This would be a huge step up for McGregor, who claims to have taken home $40 million in 2016 (when you add up his total fight pay and endorsements pre-taxes), but it isn't the $100 million he was originally asking for.

Then again, that's all based on this fight actually happening. “At the end of the day, does this fight make a ton of sense for me? It really doesn’t,” White told Cowherd, “but you know, Conor wants this thing really bad, and I’ve said it many times, this kid has stepped up and saved some big fights for me, man. So I’m in, I’ll figure it out.”

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Over the last six months, Dana White has been very pessimistic whenever he’s been asked about the possibility of a potential Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight taking place. Back in October, he deaded some of the initial rumors about it. In February, he said Mayweather and McGregor were “nowhere” with regards to their negotiations for the fight. And while he did make Mayweather what he thought was a reasonable offer for the fight in January, the boxer laughed at that offer, which seemed to show just how far apart the two sides actually were when it came to agreeing to financial terms for the fight.

It looks like he’s done a complete 180, though, in his thinking. White appeared on Conan on Wednesday night, and he spoke with Conan O’Brien about the fight. He very easily could have dispelled all of the recent rumors and said, “Yeah, it’s not happening,” but instead, he chose to add some fuel to the fire by suggesting that the fight will happen at some point in the near future, even though a deal for it hasn’t been reached yet.

“I do think it’s going to happen,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously, there are a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. [But] on the flip side, there’s so much money involved, I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

White also went on to say that he thinks McGregor could give Mayweather some problems in the ring. He didn’t go as far as to say that McGregor will win the fight. But he did say that it could be more interesting than some people might think.

“A lot of things make this fight intriguing,” White said. “Conor McGregor is huge. He’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd has always had problems with southpaws; Conor is a southpaw, and Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd is definitely not knocking him out. That’s for sure. I’m not saying Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting.”

You can check out a clip from White’s Conan interview above. His comments come on the heels of UFC fighter Michael Bisping saying that he believes Mayweather is going to agree to a fight with McGregor because he heard the boxer was “scammed out of a lot of money” recently.

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