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Midnight Mania! Mayweather Says 50/50 Chance He Makes His MMA Debut in 2018

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We truly live in a world where the truth is stranger, and much funnier, than fiction.

For instance, I couldn’t write a line this funny, from Floyd Mayweather. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I started training already,” Mayweather said. “Not the physical part – endurance, as far as moving around. So far, I’ve started running. …

So… he’s started running. That’s a far cry from training “the MMA”, my man. I’m willing to make a Mayweather-sized bet that, put on the spot, Floyd couldn’t tell you what the letters in MMA stand for.

Does it get better? It gets better.

“I’m thinking about fighting in the MMA, I’ve thought about it. … I started training in Miami. I look forward to fighting probably by the end of the year. We don’t know. Right now it’s a 50-50 (chance), not a hundred percent. But we’ve started training.”

You mean you’ve started running.

However, as ridiculous as this whole scenario is, we have to remember that McGregor boxing Mayweather was pretty nearly as ridiculous, and that actually happened. I wrote maybe fifty articles on it, and you, y’all, the readers, lapped it up. It got millions of clicks, and made hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s no wonder then that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has offered to train Mayweather for his MMA debut.

“Me and Woodley have spoke to each other on numerous occasions,” Mayweather said. “We talked. We said we’re going to start working out, as far as he’s got a great hand game already. I’m going to be working with different guys in the jiu-jitsu world. My wrestling game, I’m going to be working with guys with the wrestling. My kicking game, I’m going to be working with guys for the kicking game. Before I get in the octagon, I’ve got to be well rounded, all around the board.”

Besides sounding like my dad who is always just about to start an exercise program (sorry Dad), Mayweather sounds like someone who just hasn’t done any of this, ever, and so doesn’t understand how difficult it is going to be. At least McGregor boxed as part of his MMA training. Floyd has never needed to wrestle or learn submissions to be a boxer.

“Fighting is not nothing new for me,” he said. “Fighting barefoot is something new, but fighting is nothing new for me. The thing is this — (say I’m) fighting a guy that has some unbelievable jiu-jitsu skills, unbelievable wrestling skills, but the thing is this: His chances of getting to me, I mean, the percentage of his chances getting to me to lock up with me, he has to come in first. But he may lock up with me, and he may get wrapped up in certain ways. You don’t know how things could play out or how things could happen.

“With MMA, anything can happen. It’s brutal. It’s very, very brutal.”

My favorite part of that above transcript is just how little he says. Perhaps he should check the record on pro boxers getting into the cage with minimal training. But he may be right about the following:

“I know right now I’m the biggest name in MMA,” Mayweather said. “Hands down, I know this. And the second biggest name is Conor McGregor.”

See, there is money to be made here, and Floyd might just decide getting his ass kicked in the gym every single day for half a year, then in a cage in front of paying millions, is worth that sweet sweet cash.

However, despite the fact that this cash will only happen just once against a credible opponent, against exactly one UFC opponent in Conor McGregor, Mayweather is being coy about this all leading up to a McGregor rematch. He says he wants to fight at featherweight instead, perhaps a game to try to force McGregor to fight at a weight it is very draining for him to make.

“I can’t say right now,” Mayweather said. “I can’t really say how things are going to play out. I’m a numbers man. I’m all about the numbers.”

“Conor McGregor, tough, vicious competitor,” he continued. “Of course, just like he feels he got dynamite hands with the 4-ounce gloves on, I feel like I got dynamite power with the 4-ounce gloves on.”

“It’d be hard for me and Conor McGregor to fight, because if I was to fight in the MMA, I would have to fight at 145 (pounds),” Mayweather said. “The weight class I would fight at is 145. … In MMA it would be totally different, because we don’t have no shoes on, and with 4-ounce gloves on, you think I’m fast with 8-ounce gloves on, imagine how fast I’d be with 4-ounce gloves on.”

I can only imagine.

For now.


Insomnia

This is the world’s most amazing sport, hands down bar none.

The Black Beast

@azxd lmao

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This was fun to watch in slow motion

Boxing Glove vs Water Balloon! #SlowMoSunday

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I hope this guy was okay

Jon Jones likes weaponized violence as well as the unarmed kind.

Widespread but they all were a hit. #Hobbies #20Yards #NeedATrainer

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How about you try some REAL self defense training, Jonny Bones?

Truth

l He wasn’t ready Shout out to the homie – @pizzajitsu for this gem

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I’m not sure this is real, but if so, not cool from the ref, or the fighter who takes a cheap shot. Derrick Lewis, as always, is an Instagram must-follow.

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The GOAT, Artem Lobov

Joe Rogan and I both hate-love these. I see them as telling tokens of our world, one where ‘the market’ is just credulous people who will always fall for charlatans because they so badly want to believe.

Anthony Johnson lifting is a scary thing.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk getting down

This spectacular suplex KO was ruled a DQ the next day by what seems to be some very shady ONE FC decision making.

Here’s what the ONE fearless leader had to say as explanation:

And here’s why it doesn’t quite make sense…

This DQ was the most unnecessary DQ of all time. He was gifted the win.

Garry Tonon has bars as well as hands

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John Danaher recaps what went into Garry Tonon’s superb MMA win this weekend

Victory in Thailand: Garry Tonon won his first ever MMA fight here in Bangkok via TKO in the second round. Prior to the bout, Mr Tonon expressed a desire to use his fledgling striking skills rather than simply rely on grappling. Despite only around four months of MMA training he made remarkable progress and wanted to test his new skills as part of his development. After an understandably nervous start where he took some hits, he settled into his rhythm and started landed his own heavy blows leading to a first round knock down and very nearly finished in the first round. In the second, Mr Tonon took control both in the open and on the fence and ultimately to the floor where he landed many heavy punches and elbows to get a stoppage. It was impressive to see a grappling athlete with no real striking background other than some sporadic pad work until four months ago come out and win via TKO on a specialized striker. Obviously there is still a huge amount to work on, but it was an amazing performance by the rookie. It was also a brave choice to stay with striking when he could have easily gone into submission mode. Previous to tonight, Mr Tonon had never thrown a punch with bad intentions before, but here in his debut he landed well once he got settled in. Any debut into MMA is tough, but doing it in a foreign country, on the main card of one of the biggest organizations in the world, with only four months of experience behind you and big expectations from fans, and still have the presence of mind to work on new developing skills to help long term growth shows remarkable presence of mind. I hope you all enjoyed the bout. Thank you all so much for your interest and support. I know it means a lot to Mr Tonon and it certainly does to me. It was an honor come to Thailand, home of the mighty Thai fighters, a land steeped in martial arts tradition and influence, and make a memorable debut. Now it’s back to NYC to get the squad ready for upcoming grappling bouts!

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The event was fun

Comedian Hannibal Buress sponsored Invicta FC 28, which was by all accounts a bloody and fun event.

Case in point:

Cory Sandhagen spars with his dog

Leslie Smith explains the goals of Project Spearhead, the fighter-led attempt to organize and figure out if fighters are legally employees, and if so, to form a fighter’s union.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This guy has fantastic knees

Wild sequence indeed. MMA is gloriously unpredictable

You don’t see this too often

Grappling has so many forms.

Sumo, which is also grappling


Good Reads

As someone whose whole job is aggregating social media content, I found this an interesting read, even if I disagreed on Darren Till.


Random Land

Promethean sacrifice

What am I watching

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Agility

Vid by @cowdogcallie

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Oh yeah. Worth the watch.

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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Report: Hawaii Officials Met with UFC in Las Vegas to Discuss 2018 Event

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is getting closer to holding its first-ever event in The Aloha State.
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Report: Hawaii Officials Met with UFC in Las Vegas to Discuss 2018 Event

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is getting closer to holding its first-ever event in The Aloha State.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Report: Hawaii Officials Met with UFC in Las Vegas to Discuss 2018 Event

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is getting closer to holding its first-ever event in The Aloha State.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Dana White confident Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor and Diaz bros. will return to UFC in 2018

Will 2018 be Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) biggest year to date?

It sure seems that way, as Dana White is very confident that a lot of his top box office stars will gear up for long-awaited returns to the Octagon this coming year, as he tells TSN Tube that he anticipates Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and even the Diaz brothers will return.

Of course, Dana was given certain odds of each fighter returning, so take from it what you will.

“I’m going to take the odds and say yes,” that Conor will fight more than twice inside the Octagon at odds of +175 that he will.

“I’m going to say yes at +150,” that St-Pierre will return.

“I’m going to say no at -1000,” that Ronda Rousey fights again.

“I am going to take the odds again and say yes.” at +500 that Brock Lesnar will return

“I will take the yes at + 150” that Jon Jones will fight for UFC again in 2018.

“Those are horrible odds. But I am going to go at yes + 130,” that the Diaz brothers will fight in 2018.

As for what those fighters have been doing in 2017, here’s a quick recap:

Jon Jones is still waiting to see how long he will be suspended for after failing his second drug test administered by USADA following UFC 214. Georges St-Pierre was forced to vacate the title after a severe case of colitis derailed his long awaited — yet short— return.

Ronda Rousey hasn’t competed since suffering her second straight knockout loss, while Nate Diaz is content with sitting on the sidelines while waiting for the promotion to ask him nicely to come back. Big brother Nick, however, has to work his issues out with USADA.

Brock Lesnar, meanwhile, is back working for WWE, and word on the street is that the world’s biggest wrestling organization won’t likely allow him to compete in MMA again.

As for Conor McGregor, he hasn’t competed in MMA since UFC 205 back in 2016, and has since been stripped of the Featherweight title and is on the cusp of losing his Lightweight strap for inactivity.

Now that you’ve taken a small refresher course and have Dana’s predictions at hand, who do you think is more likely to make a UFC return this year?

Predictions start at the 4:00 minute mark in the video play embedded below:

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Report: Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez 2 expected for May 5, 2018 in Las Vegas

A much-anticipated boxing match between Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez ended in a draw last September after 12 great rounds of action. Most, though, didn’t see it that way, as the consensus was that “GGG” had done enough to warrant the victory.

And when you take into consideration the outlandish scoring by one Adalaide Byrd that gave Canelo the fight 118-110 (see it here), a rematch between two of the best boxers in the world was a given. Plus, a rematch clause was in the contract beforehand.

According to LA Times, the two are set to run it back on May 5, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But according to Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions, a rematch clause is not in place for this bout.

“It’s going to be another great fight, so it’ll likely be a natural to do another rematch, but it’s not in the agreement. We want to concentrate on getting this [second Alvarez-Golovkin fight] done and then we can talk about a third fight later. I know Canelo’s going to win. I think Canelo figured him out in the last three rounds. Look at that fight. Canelo handled [Golovkin] those last three rounds. And this time around, Canelo’s going to have an easier time with him. Not an easy fight, but he has the experience now and he wants this fight.”

Of course, with the first fight ending in a draw, you can’t help but to predict a trilogy fight down the road.

While the fight has yet to be made official, it is expected to be finalized within the coming week, as Gomez says there are just a few minor details that need to be ironed out, as negotiations aren’t as tedious this time around.

The good news is, the rematch won’t have to worry about fighting for pay-per-view (PPV) buys from other competition in close proximity like it did the first time around with Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, which took place three weeks prior to the first fight between Golovkin and Canelo.

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Kevin Lee ‘changing up whole style’ for 2018, open to ‘easy money fight’ with Justin Gaethje

Kevin Lee saw his five-fight win streak come to an end when he was submitted by Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 for the interim lightweight title.

In hopes of regaining some ground in the talented 155-pound division, “Motown Phenom” is changing up a few things for 2018. Not only is Lee taking some time off to refine his skills inside of the cage, but he’s mixing things up on the management side, too.

“I’m taking some time, I’m changing up my whole style,” Lee said during a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM.I’m changing up my team around me. You know, there have been a lot of things happening, especially at the end of this last year, unfortunately, that I’ve had to make changes (for). But it’s a new me, it’s a new start, when I come back the folks are going to see a new me.”

When Lee is ready and willing to step back inside of the Octagon he may find himself in a lightweight clash with fan favorite Justin Gaethje, who is coming off a third-round knockout loss to former champion Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 218. Gaethje recently took aim at “Motown Phenom” when he said he’d love to beat up a “loudmouth.”

“I mean, absolutely,” Lee said when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Gaethje. “I think the best thing about 155 is that there are so many options. The division is right open now. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

That said, Lee insists that “Highlight” needs even more time off than himself to heal from the beating he sustained opposite Alvarez, as well as Gaethje’s menacing UFC debut against Michael Johnson back in July.

“If it’s going to be against Justin, I like easy money,” Lee said.

“Justin likes to take a lot of damage. I like to give a lot of damage – it seems like a good match to me.

“I’m trying to look out for Justin’s health, too. He needs some time, too. The man has taken a lot of bad beatings over the last couple of months. I don’t think he wants another one right here, right now.

“If he does then so be it, but for now I’m just taking my time. I’m still young in the game. I got a long time to go. I want to make some necessary changes to my camp. I’ve just changed management, too. There are going to be a lot of changes coming and I think people are going to be excited about it.”

Whether or not Lee draws Gaethje his next time out (that seems like one of the more plausible matchups), fight fans better get used to “Motown Phenom” competing atop the UFC’s 155-pound division. Every time he has lost inside of the Octagon Lee has seemingly come back stronger, so there’s no telling how far the Grand Rapids native can take it in 2018.

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Watch out, lightweight division: Khabib Nurmagomedov is targeting three fights in 2018

After long absences due to a variety of injuries and mishaps, Khabib is ready to turn right around and get back into another fight.

Last Saturday was the first time we’ve seen Khabib Nurmagomedov fight in the Octagon in over a year, the unfortunate result of a bad weight cut at UFC 209 back in March that sent him to the hospital and off the card. He returned in fine form, dominating Edson Barboza to the point where all three judges awarded him multiple 10-8 rounds.

I’m pretty excited about Nurmagomedov, but it’s hard to get too hyped at this moment because the guy is second only to Dominick Cruz for disappointingly long layoffs. A steady stream of injuries and mishaps make this UFC 219 fight with Barboza just his third match since April of 2014.

Fortunately, it sounds like Khabib is ready to make up for lost time. During his post fight interview with Megan Olivi, Nurmagomedov laid out his desire to get three fights in this 2018.

“The perfect date I think is April or May,” he said. “Because May is beginning Ramadan, I want to fight before Ramadan, and I want to fight after Ramadan, September, and I want to fight December. This is my plan, three times this year.”

While there’s plenty of moving parts that could get in the way, it’s always nice to hear a fighter commit to staying active and not disappearing for six to nine months. A couple of quick turnarounds and more intense ass whuppings like he delivered in his last two fights, and Khabib could be the UFC’s next big star. That was so close to happening in 2017. Let’s hope nothing gets in the way in 2018.

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