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No Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Rematch?

Given that the boxing match between superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather and superstar UFC champ Conor McGregor did monster business and made everyone even more fabulously wealthy, it seems like a given that a rematch – either in the ring or the cage – would be inevitable.

In fact, the duo have been trading barbs on social media back and forth like two wild animals performing a mating ritual.

But, business is business, and apparently Mayweather is no longer in the rematch business.

This is according to McGregor, who posted something along those lines to his Instagram.

Could it be…? Will we never see Mayweather in the a cage, getting choked unconscious by our favorite Irishman?

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CM Punk Huge Betting Favorite Over Floyd Mayweather

What happens when MMA math intersects with the logic of WWE and boxing math?

You get idiotic articles like this one (penned by idiotic authors like me) talking about a former pro wrestling champion beating a retired boxing kingpin who is already embroiled in a feud with a current MMA titleholder.

Let me see if I have this right.

Paulie Malignaggi would get creamed by everyone in UFC except CM Punk (says this guy), but Punk is the odds-on favorite to beat aspiring cage fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is the betting underdog to Conor McGregor, who already lost to “Money” last August.

WTF?

When asked to justify the -300 line for Punk — real name Phil Brooks — the penny pinchers at BetDSI told Bloody Elbow that “Money” (+220) would get shortchanged on the ground, based on his opponent’s size and grappling advantage.

To his credit, the welterweight Punk does have extensive jiu-jitsu training.

If and when Brooks does make his Octagon return, which is designed to make up for this one-round laugher, it’s likely to be at the UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) event in his backyard of Chicago (against this warm body), and Mayweather only fights in Las Vegas.

For billions of dollars.

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The Never-Ending Dance Between Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz

We’ve been here before.

Last year, before the ground-breaking pay-per-view boxing match between superstar pugilist Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor materialized, it was all talk.

Insults and barbs, mostly, traded via social media. And at that stage, it seemed as if the talk would forever remain talk, because why the heck would a UFC champ ever want to step into a boxing ring – against the best – knowing full well they’d get slaughtered?

(Ah, how young and innocent we were then.)

But the bout happened, and Mayweather is a richer man for it, and McGregor has more money than he knows what to do with, and everyone that had a hand in putting the match-up together saw some love go directly into their bank accounts.

So now Mayweather and McGregor are back at it on social media. They’ve fought in a boxing ring, so why not in a cage, under MMA rules, next? Mayweather has no hesitation in teasing that idea. For the right price, Mayweather will get into the cage. If he can make a few hundred million getting humiliated in a sport he’s never trained in, why not do it?

And of course McGregor is on board. Another hundred million will ensure he never again has to sully himself with the company of lowly UFC fighters. Heck, he can just pal around with a mountain of cocaine and have an army of midgets do his bidding.

A real elbow in a real fight.

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But you know who else wants a seat at the table?

The last person to ever defeat McGregor in the cage: Nate Diaz. Because if another bout between Mayweather and McGregor doesn’t happen for whatever reason, a trilogy fight with Diaz is the next best thing in terms of raking in the dough.

Bookies lay odds on Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor UFC fight … and it’s not pretty

Bookies will lay odds on anything (proof), so we shouldn’t take this latest betting line between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor as an indication that a potential mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in on the horizon.

Not that it’s stopped Mayweather from fanning the flames.

According to our fiscal friends at Bovada, “Money” is anything but inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, limping in at +550 (11/2) against the reigning UFC lightweight champion at -900 (1/9).

Those numbers are nearly identical to their first go-round (in favor of Floyd).

Mayweather stopped McGregor in their much-ballyhooed boxing match last August, a performance that brought in big bucks for the “Notorious” MMA fighter. Now the trash-talking Irishman wants “Money” to return the favor and meet him inside the cage.

This is what it would cost.

Fortunately for the “sweet science,” Mayweather is retired and not holding up any of the weight classes he once ruled with an iron leather fist. The same can’t be said for McGregor, who has the lightweight division chasing its own tail.

Which hopefully gets caught here.

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Max Holloway hits back at Conor McGregor on Twitter with sick Mayweather burn

Don’t be dragging Max Holloway into your social media beefs because he brings the fire.

Conor McGregor isn’t fighting in the featherweight division any more, but that didn’t stop him from throwing some shade at current 145 pound champion Max Holloway on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after Holloway was forced off UFC 222 with a leg injury (his first pull out in 18 fights with the UFC), McGregor posted this:

When there is no referee to save you.

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”When there is no referee to save you,” the caption read – a not so subtle jab at Floyd Mayweather, who has been teasing an MMA rematch against the Irish UFC champ.

Holloway didn’t appreciate being dragged into the beef, and here’s how he responded…

”When there is,” he said with a picture of McGregor being saved from Mayweather by the ref in the 10th round of their boxing superfight.

McGregor beat Holloway back in 2013, but Max can take a little pride in being the only UFC featherweight the Irish fighter didn’t manage to finish. Since then Holloway has gone on an impressive 12 fight win streak, taking the 145 pound title off Jose Aldo and then defeating him again in a rematch six months later.

We doubt Max and Conor will meet in the cage again now that McGregor is fighting at moneyweight, but you have to wonder how he’d fare against Holloway these days.

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Midnight Mania! Mayweather tweets another bizarre video, McGregor still wants rematch

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I’ll be honest. Like most MMA fans, I want to see McGregor in a “real” fight next… an MMA fight, against one of the many MMA fighters who have stacked up against the lightweight title damn like so much flotsam at a cracking beaver’s dam.

But with McGregor all but stripped of the lightweight title, there would seem to be little incentive for him to take a difficult fight against the toughest opponent in the division (whether that ends up being Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson). Nate Diaz has insinuated he’s warming up for a comeback fight, ostensibly for a trilogy. Aside from the distant possibility of Georges St. Pierre, that’s likely the biggest fight in terms of money that McGregor could take.

Except, of course, for the guy he just fought… er… boxed. Floyd Mayweather keeps teasing an entry into the foreign world of MMA. The latest video isn’t really any less cryptic than his other hints, with Mayweather just rubbing his hands together saying,

2018 Floyd Money Mayweather, MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?

What are the odds, indeed? Would Mayweather risk an almost certain, humiliating loss against McGregor? Unlike the Irishman, who gained access to a 100 million dollar payday he would never otherwise have gotten by crossing into boxing, Mayweather has other options. At least in McGregor’s case, boxing has been part of his skill set since his teenage years. Although obviously not a boxer on Mayweather’s level, he proved competent enough in the ring. Mayweather has no such experience to draw from in an MMA fight. We’ve seen boxers far out of their depth before in the Octagon. A rematch would not only be totally outside his comfort zone, it would also expose him to a feeling he has never allowed himself to experience: that of being beaten down on the most public stage imaginable.

Yet, there are upsides for Mayweather. The rivalry with McGregor clearly has steam; they nearly broke the Mayweather-Pacquaio record, with McGregor doing much of the promotional heavy lifting. It inspired plenty of post-fight talk. Somehow, people would talk themselves into buying a rematch in the boxing ring… but as many as the first bout? It’s doubtful. In the Octagon, Mayweather would be totally out of his depth, true- but it’s something we haven’t seen before. In that sense, it’s an easier sell. Casuals will believe Mayweather can knock out the Irishman in the cage too, and they will buy it. The novelty factor that helped make the first fight a cultural phenomenon would be back in full force for this one. In addition, Mayweather is risking his physical health, but his boxing record, his precious 50-0, would remain intact.

McGregor-Mayweather was a ridiculous circus fight the first time. A rematch in the Octagon would be exactly the same spectacle in reverse… which is the only reason it seems remotely likely.

McGregor obviously wants to get his loss back. Here, he admits as much at an award acceptance interview:


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Belal Muhammad had the best response to Mayweather’s video:

TJ Dillashaw says he can make 125 without question

Derrick Lewis reflects my feelings on this music exactly.

Israel Adesanya with some different dancing

Paige VanZant is going from PVZ to PV.

This video with Mike Tyson explaining how he feels entering the ring is absolutely amazing.

Nate Diaz is too big for Hulk Hogan

Jackson Wink endorses this? No, they say don’t even watch unless you’ve got a steady stomach.

❗️WARNING ❗️Watch at your own risk ❗️ #sweat #much

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Chandler with the suplexes

#Suplexcity

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Great poster for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier:

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva was entertaining as anything.

‪3 years ago today….‬

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Happy birthday to former bantamweight champion Renan Barao!

Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier feuding:


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Midnight Mania! Mayweather tweets another bizarre video, McGregor still wants rematch

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I’ll be honest. Like most MMA fans, I want to see McGregor in a “real” fight next… an MMA fight, against one of the many MMA fighters who have stacked up against the lightweight title damn like so much flotsam at a cracking beaver’s dam.

But with McGregor all but stripped of the lightweight title, there would seem to be little incentive for him to take a difficult fight against the toughest opponent in the division (whether that ends up being Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson). Nate Diaz has insinuated he’s warming up for a comeback fight, ostensibly for a trilogy. Aside from the distant possibility of Georges St. Pierre, that’s likely the biggest fight in terms of money that McGregor could take.

Except, of course, for the guy he just fought… er… boxed. Floyd Mayweather keeps teasing an entry into the foreign world of MMA. The latest video isn’t really any less cryptic than his other hints, with Mayweather just rubbing his hands together saying,

2018 Floyd Money Mayweather, MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?

What are the odds, indeed? Would Mayweather risk an almost certain, humiliating loss against McGregor? Unlike the Irishman, who gained access to a 100 million dollar payday he would never otherwise have gotten by crossing into boxing, Mayweather has other options. At least in McGregor’s case, boxing has been part of his skill set since his teenage years. Although obviously not a boxer on Mayweather’s level, he proved competent enough in the ring. Mayweather has no such experience to draw from in an MMA fight. We’ve seen boxers far out of their depth before in the Octagon. A rematch would not only be totally outside his comfort zone, it would also expose him to a feeling he has never allowed himself to experience: that of being beaten down on the most public stage imaginable.

Yet, there are upsides for Mayweather. The rivalry with McGregor clearly has steam; they nearly broke the Mayweather-Pacquaio record, with McGregor doing much of the promotional heavy lifting. It inspired plenty of post-fight talk. Somehow, people would talk themselves into buying a rematch in the boxing ring… but as many as the first bout? It’s doubtful. In the Octagon, Mayweather would be totally out of his depth, true- but it’s something we haven’t seen before. In that sense, it’s an easier sell. Casuals will believe Mayweather can knock out the Irishman in the cage too, and they will buy it. The novelty factor that helped make the first fight a cultural phenomenon would be back in full force for this one. In addition, Mayweather is risking his physical health, but his boxing record, his precious 50-0, would remain intact.

McGregor-Mayweather was a ridiculous circus fight the first time. A rematch in the Octagon would be exactly the same spectacle in reverse… which is the only reason it seems remotely likely.

McGregor obviously wants to get his loss back. Here, he admits as much at an award acceptance interview:


Insomnia

Belal Muhammad had the best response to Mayweather’s video:

TJ Dillashaw says he can make 125 without question

Derrick Lewis reflects my feelings on this music exactly.

Israel Adesanya with some different dancing

Paige VanZant is going from PVZ to PV.

This video with Mike Tyson explaining how he feels entering the ring is absolutely amazing.

Nate Diaz is too big for Hulk Hogan

Jackson Wink endorses this? No, they say don’t even watch unless you’ve got a steady stomach.

❗️WARNING ❗️Watch at your own risk ❗️ #sweat #much

A post shared by Official Page Jackson Wink MMA (@jacksonwink_mma) on

Chandler with the suplexes

#Suplexcity

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Great poster for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier:

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva was entertaining as anything.

‪3 years ago today….‬

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Happy birthday to former bantamweight champion Renan Barao!

Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier feuding:


Slips, Rips, and Muay Thai Clips

If you like high-level wrestling, you will like this clip

These are always fun

This was a great fight

I’ve posted this before but it’s so good


Podcasts and Video

If you haven’t heard my interview with Nate Quarry, listen and learn how to get your free Zombie Cagefighter comic, and learn how Quarry got to live his UFC dream after growing up in a cult, and missing his father’s death to fight the bout that got him into the Ultimate Fighter. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube


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McGregor taunts Mayweather: ‘The rule set kept you out of the funeral home’

Conor McGregor would just like to remind everyone that he’d kill Floyd Mayweather in the cage.

There’s still no activity to report as far as Conor McGregor returning to the UFC for his next fight. But that hasn’t stopped McGregor from getting his jabs in on social media, where he swings back and forth between the warmest of holiday salutations for his fans and rabid contempt for all his opponents both past and future.

That included Floyd Mayweather, who was in the news last week after he briefly considered accepting a fight in the UFC. Common sense prevailed and he quickly backtracked, leaving McGregor to call him a pussy on Twitter. Now Conor is firing off again, letting Floyd know he only survived their last fight because they were competing under Marquis of Queensbury rules.

Shin bone to the cheek bone. The rule set kept you out the funeral home.

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“Shin bone to the cheek bone,” McGregor wrote. “The rule set kept you out the funeral home.”

I bet this is going to be an enduring message the UFC lightweight champion will be making for years to come. Every time Mayweather trots out that line that he carried McGregor through their boxing match, McGregor will remind him that he wouldn’t last a minute in the cage with him. Rinse and repeat until both are 80 years old or Mayweather spends enough of his fortune to learn that reality first hand.

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Midnight Mania! Tyron Woodley confident Mayweather would train with him for UFC fight with McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather denied any plans to fight in the UFC… but the rule of thumb in combat sports is never to take a promoter’s word at face value. Mayweather is his own promoter, so that holds true for him as well. In addition to the initial talk and the smoke from Joe Rogan, Dana White (yes, the quintessential promoter) said the talks were real; Mayweather DOES always need Money to fund his lavish lifestyle, and no other fight in combat sports sells as many wolf tickets as a rematch with McGregor in McGregor’s world.

Sorry, Demetrious Johnson, as much as I would love to see you choke Mayweather out in under a minute, you probably aren’t what Floyd has in mind.

Tyron Woodley, who counts Mayweather as a friend, says this all makes perfect sense to him, and he is confident Mayweather would reach out to him for coaching if such a fight does indeed become a reality. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“Conor makes sense, because Conor is really a stand-up fighter,” Woodley said on TMZ’s “The Hollywood Beatdown.” “He throws some kicks. Most of those kicks are flashy kicks just to keep you off of him. But he’s not going to do anything really beyond boxing. He’s not going to be wrestling you; he’s not going to be grappling you. So, for Floyd Mayweather, if I was coming into the sport to do MMA, I would want an opponent like that: a striker. (Not) someone who’s going to wrestle him, kick him or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, and he gets put in submissions, and he doesn’t even know what the hell is going on.”

Woodley is only partially correct, of course. We’ve seen Conor’s ground game before, notably against a young featherweight named Max Holloway, and it was pretty slick, with the Irishman landing effortless takedowns for two rounds. His rocked and gassed takedown attempt against Nate Diaz aside, McGregor doesn’t even need to be a notable high-level MMA wrestler against Floyd. He got Mayweather’s back with ease in their boxing match. It’s a short trip from there to the ground. Woodley also underrates the effect and intent of McGregor’s kicking game.

He is completely correct about the financial incentive. Their boxing match did 4.3 million buys, second-highest of all time; one has to assume a rematch in the Octagon would draw similar numbers. Hence McGregor’s one-word tweet in response to Mayweather’s reticence today. What does Mayweather have to lose, after all, besides of course taking a brutal beating in an eight-sided cage?

“Shit, I might be walking down to the octagon with him,” Woodley said.

He continued, “Do it, man. Your legacy is cemented in boxing. This is something that’s just for fun to rack up some more cash. (You’ve) got a crazy lifestyle, you spend a lot of money, and this is another way where you can stack some (cash). Fight Conor McGregor in MMA, let me know when you need me to slide through. We’ll get you trained, get you ready and beat the brakes off of him inside the octagon.”


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Stipe Miocic speaks for us all:

Some days, you run across several fighters giving us a glimpse into the less than ideal world of being a professional athlete and fighter for the world’s premiere MMA organization. Today was such a day.

Manuwa is in awe with Ngannou’s power.

This fight is a travesty in every way.

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How Darren Till sees himself

Skill

What is going on here??

I agree with Joe Rogan

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  • Karim Zidan is essential reading for anyone interested in what sports can mean, geopolitically. This latest piece is among his best work.
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  • I also love that GSP taking Bisping’s belt and then abdicating it respectfully, pissed Bisping off, because he spent a year and a half doing the exact opposite.

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Some fun to be had here:

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I don’t think most people can do this:


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Conor McGregor tweets ‘Pussy’ after Floyd Mayweather puts the brakes on UFC talk

A lot of Conor McGregor’s recent social media posts are a bit murky but there’s no doubt what he meant with this latest tweet.

Conor McGregor has been an international man of mystery on social media lately, posting stuff with little context and letting us try to figure out what the hell he means by it all.

For example, there’s this:

they are a little hairy but they are spotless. Lick them

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“They are a little hairy but they are spotless,” he wrote. “Lick them.”

Now he’s probably not suggesting we fans lick his fuzzy shoes. But what does he mean? Is he saying the UFC has to lick his shoes if they want him back, especially if they want him back to fight a box office dud like interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson?

Maybe.

Or maybe it’s something completely unrelated. The multi-millionaire fighter probably has all sorts of stupid stuff going on in his life these days, and maybe that post is specific to some personal interaction we have no insight on. Or maybe it’s (as he’d call it) total bollocks that doesn’t mean anything other than drunk Conor is drunk tweeting.

Then there’s this more recent post, which seems easier to decode:

That came briefly after Floyd Mayweather backed away from earlier statements that he was considering a fight or three in the UFC. But maybe after realizing his image would never recover from the quick and brutal ass kickings he’d receive in the Octagon, Floyd abruptly changed his thoughts on the situation to ‘Not gonna happen.’

Hence ‘Pussy.’

That’s where all this talk from Floyd about ‘carrying’ Conor through their boxing fight is kinda whack. Conor McGregor had the balls to cross over and fight Floyd in his own sport. Maybe Mayweather could have beaten McGregor earlier … but he didn’t. That wasn’t carrying, it was part of a sound gameplan to keep away from McGregor’s power til the UFC champ tired out.

To turn around and pretend otherwise is pretty lame. It’s revisionist history, and it’s unfair to the guy who had the balls to risk his reputation and cross over to face the best. Now Mayweather is showing his character again, talking a big game about fighting in the UFC only to tuck tail and refuse. It’s no wonder McGregor isn’t impressed.

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