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Morning Report: Conor McGregor: ‘As soon as I touched down in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather retired twice’
A long, long time ago, in a world that seems very far away, a man by the name of Floyd Mayweather, made an offhand remark about coming out of retirement to face Conor McGregor, a UFC champion who “is good with the stand up.” That comment picked up speed like a freight train barreling downhill and now, every other week there is some new development of bit of trash talk from one or both parties. Last week, it was rumors perpetuated by many of the more mainstream sports media that the fight was almost official; until Mayweather issued a statement declaring the rumors untrue. This week, it’s McGregor responding to Mayweather.
McGregor recently visited Las Vegas where he, among other things, met with Lorenzo Fertitta, former member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission as well as the former owner of the UFC. Rumors abounded that McGregor met with Fertitta to try and make a boxing match with Mayweather a reality. But the rumors appear to have been just that as the overall outlook for a potential McGregor-Mayweather fight still seems low.
But even though the potential super-fight isn’t close to being a reality yet, that doesn’t mean McGregor can’t keep it fresh on everyone’s mind. When TMZ Sports recently caught up with McGregor over the weekend, he had nothing but ire for the pound-for-pound boxing great.
“Floyd is a b**ch. He’s petrified. I flew to Las Vegas and he didn’t show his face. As soon as I touched down in Las Vegas, he retired twice. He retired twice.”
If McGregor really is focused on only Mayweather, keeping his name in the streets is a good way to make that happen. Then again, another enormous money fight just became recently available that McGregor might be more interested in.
Results. Here are the UFC results from over the weekend.
Results part deux. And here are the Bellator results.
Derrick Lewis’ speech posted up by the UFC but they edited out a good chunk.
T-Wood saying he’s the WW GOAT.
Joanna getting in on the TMZ.
Then why won’t Canelo’s people let him fight GGG, Tito?
LFA highlights including a potential KO of the Year.
Rogan fight companion.
The enormous viral hit from over the weekend.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 18, 2017
Congratulations to UFCs newest interim champ, its been almost a week since we had one
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) February 20, 2017
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) February 20, 2017
Derrick Lewis is my favorite fighter!
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) February 20, 2017
Yeah we do.
— #UFCRIO (@criscyborg) February 20, 2017
Two years later, he made it happen.
— Gavin Tucker (@gavintucker6) August 13, 2014
Claudia coming in hot.
That’s what happens when you ask for a tune up fight. #legitfighterstakesanyfight
— Claudia Gadelha (@ClaudiaGadelha_) February 20, 2017
Really?? Stop bullying?? Passive aggressive bullying is bullying too!!
— Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) February 20, 2017
Elias followed through.
@EliasTheodorou Shout me out in your win speech and I’ll get a tattoo of you and your LOVELY hair!
— Dean Pascoe (@HaroldBishopsLC) February 17, 2017
Thank you for understanding the misery I’ve been in trying to pass this big ass stone without so much as an aspirin. #StillHasntPassed
— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) February 19, 2017
And for y’all fools that have the nerve to claim that I’m scared or faking, come hold these nuts while I try to finally pee this stone out
— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) February 19, 2017
Tito damn near had the shortest retirement in MMA history which is saying something.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) February 19, 2017
Couple of KO of the Year contenders for y’all.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 18, 2017
Angie is a delight.
Bisping is a great heel.
Derrick Lewis gave the best post-fight speech in MMA history and he is the official heavyweight champion of The Morning Report.
Hope y’all enjoy the weekend and, for the American crowd (most of y’all?) happy President’s day. See y’all tomorrow.
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Leandro Ataides and Igor Svirid are set to collide for the vacant One FC middleweight title on Friday night in Singapore, and the undefeated Brazilian wants to bring another major MMA title to his country with a quick finish.
Ataides, a jiu-jitsu black belt who earned a shot at the gold after scoring a pair of first-round knockouts under the One FC banner, aims to put an end on Svirid’s nine-fight winning streak.
“My goal is to always finish my fights as quick as possible so I don’t give my opponent time to recover,” Ataides told MMAFighting.com. “I’m focused on my work only, on how I can evolve as a fighter. I’ve been working hard to evolve every day, in every aspect, and I believe in what I’m doing. I will fight anyone, anywhere. I’m ready.”
Despite an impressive 47-second knockout win over longtime MMA veteran Tatsuya Mizuno in May, Ataides felt he needed a few changes in his training camp.
“My training camp was really, really hard,” he said. “I doubled my training activities, and I was helped by a great staff of coaches and excellent professionals. I trained beyond my limits, training for 10 rounds.
“I really wasn’t expecting to (defeat Mizuno) that fast, especially against a very experienced fighter, but MMA is like that. The better prepared fighter wins, and I tried my best to win.”
“I feel honored and blessed for being part of the history of One FC,” he said. “Fight for the title is a great opportunity to show my work. I feel at home here. Singapore has been like a home to me. I have a lot of friends and fans here that help me every day. I hope that winning the title helps opening doors for more athletes who dream on achieving their goals. I hope I can become a role model, to motivate and inspire others.”
And even if Ataides beats Svirid in devastating fashion on Friday to win the One FC title, he won’t call himself the best middleweight fighter on the planet.
“Of course not, there are great promotions with great fighters,” Ataides said, “but I believe I can get more attention right next to the other world champions.”
UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort issued a statement on Saturday (Feb. 17, 2013) regarding fan and media criticism for his TRT usage in his last fight, a knockout victory against Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7.
From UFC President Dana White’s multiple rants (read here and here) over the weekend to Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold making some unsavory comments regarding TRT, the subject has really begun to pick up some steam as of late.
One man who is unquestionably responsible for a lot of the recent outcry is UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, who was on TRT for his UFC on FX 7 victory over Michael Bisping last month; however, it was not revealed until recently that “The Phenom” was using the treatment for the bout.
Belfort was legally using TRT under the approval of the Brazilian athletic commission that oversaw the event in Sao Paulo, but when the news surfaced a much bigger issue was brought up.
The 25-year-old tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in a 2006 bout under the Pride banner, something many believe should disqualify Belfort from using TRT.
A large contingent of people strongly feel that fighters who have previously tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) should not be administered therapeutic-use-exemptions (TUE) for TRT due to the fact that previous drug abuse is likely what caused the athlete to suffer from low testosterone levels in the first place.
With Belfort in the midst of a lot of controversy and discussion, the Brazilian took to Twitter to issue what he says will be his one and only statement regarding TRT.
Here’s what he had to say (edited for spelling):
“This will be last time that I will talk about TRT I never hide from UFC that I was on the treatment but I admit that I didn’t admit to the press. I confess that this was my mistake I am MAN enough to admit my mistakes So from now on, guys please don’t fight me if u going to use this as a excuse that’s it. I never lie and never hide from UFC.”
Belfort doesn’t really say much in the statement, other than the fact you shouldn’t fight him if you are going to complain about him being on what is technically a legalized medical treatment.
When Belfort says he “didn’t admit to the press,” he is referring to an interview with ESPN prior to UFC on FX 7 where he gave a very dodgy answer when the subject of TRT was brought up.
It has already came out that Belfort will be granted a TUE for TRT for his scheduled UFC on FX 8 fight against Rockhold on May 18, 2013, in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil, which Rockhold says he has no problem with, because he’ll win anyways.
The UFC President was never openly against TRT until the out lash towards Belfort, so one would have to think the former UFC light heavyweight champion will be subject to the camp-round testing White said he will soon begin to administer to TRT users.