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Dana White on Mayweather to UFC Rumors: ‘I’m Interested, and He’s Obviously Interested’

It seems that a week can’t go by without some kind of talk regarding Floyd Mayweather’s potential move to the UFC.
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Video: Green Calls Out ‘B–ch Ass’ Mayweather To Stand Up War

For better or worse, Floyd Mayweather is adamant the chances of him making his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in 2018 are 50/50. While most combat pundits are calling fake news on Floyd’s quest to conquer the eight-sided cage, there are those who wouldn’t mind mixing it up against “Money.”

Yes, even him.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight contender Bobby Green has taken to social media to cal out the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world, maybe in history, to challenge him to a fight inside the Octagon.

And he won’t play by MMA rules, either, as “King” claims he will gladly keep it on the feet and school him at his own game, on his own soil of Las Vegas, Nevada. If Mayweather doesn’t happen to follow Bobby on Instagram, then perhaps Tyron Woodley — who is supposedly set to be training Mayweather in MMA — can relay the message to his pupil.

For Green, there is no harm in shooting his shot, but the chances of Floyd actually following through on his MMA conquest seems rather unlikely. Then again, if Green sticks to his word of keeping it all striking with the hands and no takedowns or kicks, then maybe Floyd will be all ears.

I mean, it’s better than the alternative.

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Floyd Mayweather: I’ve Already Started Training for MMA Debut

Floyd Mayweather tells FightHype.com that he has already started training for his possible mixed martial arts debut, which could come by the end of 2018.
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‘Broke’ Mayweather Training For Boxing Return, Not UFC Debut

Wait, so there’s a chance Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not going to become a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor in late 2018?

But … but … the training! The buffness! The billions!

That doesn’t mean “Money” is calling it quits just yet. Not because of the competitive fire, but rather because the aging pugilist is broke and needs the money. I guess this whopping payday wasn’t enough to rebound from all those tax troubles.

“Floyd’s not gonna do MMA but he is gonna box again,” former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen told TMZ Sports. “I will tell you unequivocally, right now, Floyd Mayweather does, and is planning, to box one more time.”

“Floyd’s broke,” he continued. “It does not matter what you made, it matters what you kept, and he is a dumb-dumb. Look, he’s just not a very bright guy. He’s surrounded with even less bright guys.”

Who needs brains when you have brawn Voltron?

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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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Conor McGregor Opens as Big Favorite in Hypothetical MMA Bout vs. Floyd Mayweather

There has been enough talk about a potential mixed martial arts bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather that odds have been released regarding an Octagon meeting between the two rivals.
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Conor McGregor Opens as Big Favorite in Hypothetical MMA Bout vs. Floyd Mayweather

There has been enough talk about a potential mixed martial arts bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather that odds have been released regarding an Octagon meeting between the two rivals.
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Woodley Explains Why Mayweather Smokes Most UFC Fighters Inside The Cage

Retired boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been teasing a “billion-dollar comeback” in combat sports. But he won’t be lacing up the mitts in the “sweet science.” Instead, the pugilist known as “Money” claims he’ll be transitioning to mixed martial arts (MMA).

Where he can probably beat most Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters.

That’s according to current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who explains why Mayweather holds a distinct advantage inside the cage, despite having no experience in wrestling or jiu-jitsu.

“Floyd Mayweather’s one of the best strikers of all-time,” Woodley told TMZ Sports. “How many guys in the UFC that can’t wrestle and can’t grapple that consider themselves a standup fighter, but they have to stand across one of the greatest strikers ever, they gonna be in a world of smoke.”

And like Sidney told Billy back in ‘92, you either smoke, or you get smoked.

Woodley, who already volunteered to train Mayweather for a career in MMA, has beef with “Money’s” current UFC rival, Conor McGregor. “Notorious” tried to start some static at the UFC 205 weigh ins (more on that here).

The odds of Mayweather actually fighting inside the Octagon are currently idling on the corner of Slim & None, but the chances of the 41 year-old boxer doing it against McGregor are even more remote.

Not that we should let that stand in the way of a good headline.

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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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