On Aug. 26, the combat sports world will be given the crossover fight that’s been dominating the headlines for the past year: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. The boxing bout has captured the imaginations of all manner of sports fans such that the fight is currently being projected to break the pay-per-view record for sales, surpassing Mayweather’s fight with long-time rival Manny Pacquiao which pulled in an estimated 4.4 million buys. And while that portends big money for all parties involved, it also might spell trouble for the UFC.
Many have suggested, based in part on previous statements by McGregor as well as pure speculation, that McGregor will walk away from the fight game after raking in an estimated $100 million for the fight. If he does, that might be disastrous for the UFC who would lose by far their biggest star at a time when they desperately need as many revenue generators as possible. But UFC President Dana White says he isn’t worried about it because he’s “pretty confident” McGregor will return to defend his UFC lightweight title later this year; and it seems he may be right.
Dillon Danis, McGregor’s good friend and training partner, recently spoke to TMZ Sports saying that though McGregor will have plenty of options after August, he believed McGregor won’t be retiring from MMA because the sport is his passion.
“He can do what he wants. He’s the one that they’re all trying to get a fight with, in boxing and in MMA. So he has his options. MMA is his passion so I would think he’d go back to that but he has the option. . . At the end of the day, we’re all competitors. But whatever he wants to do, he has options.”
Danis recently signed a deal with Bellator MMA to start his fight career. Danis is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former world champion at the brown belt level. He is considered to be one of the best grapplers in the world for his weight and he’s been a key training partner for McGregor since before his fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
But Danis likely won’t be of much help for this training camp as he has no striking experience (aside from attempting to box Amir Khan on the undercard of the Pay-Per-View) and what McGregor needs is boxing expertise to make up for his massive disadvantage in boxing craft. The skill disparity is such that many are arguing McGregor has no chance in the fight and the oddsmakers aren’t giving him much of one either. But Danis is confident not only in McGregor’s ability to compete with one of the greatest boxers of his generation, but to dominate him.
“I don’t think he’ll hang with him, I think he knocks [Mayweather] out. 100 percent. I believe in him. I think it [will be] a little more dragged out [than the Jose Aldo first-round knockout]. Mayweather’s a little bit better at avoiding the shots so I think maybe under six [rounds].”
Free Bellator action.
Berto on MayGregor.
Dom on TMZ.
Tyron on TMZ.
Double dose of TTTHS.
Whittaker doing a pre-fight show, thingy. That’s the technical term.
Fight Society. Kevin Iole discusses Mayweather vs. McGregor.
6th Round. UFC Singapore immediate post-fight reactions.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Good way to handle losses.
I want to congratulate Holly for the fight. Even though she was coming from three losses she didn’t quit and hide, and fought me on the main event. I want to thank all my fans, partners and team. I won’t return with the victory I dreamed of, but I return with my head held high with a dream to fight in Asia realized and being a protagonist of the night. A dream a lot of people have but never realized. I can only say this to my fans that like Bethe Correia: I WILL BE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER! YOU CAN BE SURE OF IT!!!!! #betheeffect ##strongwoman #ufcsingapore . . Quero parabenizar a Holly pela luta. Mesmo vindo de 3 derrotas ela não desistiu e nem se escondeu e fez a luta principal comigo. Quero agradecer a todos os meus fãs, parceiros e equipe. Não voltarei com a vitória como sonhava, mas volto de cabeça erguida com mais um sonho realizado em lutar na Ásia e ser a protagonista da noite. Sonho que muitos tem e jamais realizaram. Só posso dizer aos meus fãs que curtem a Bethe Correia: EU VOLTAREI MAIS FORTE DO QUE NUNCA! Podem me aguardar!!!!
He did everything that we expected and I did nothing I was suppose to. No excuses. I want to thank a lot of people who have been by my side during this camp. My wife @sisigan and family. My coach @valoniens who spent countless hours training me for this fight. Our sponsor @boosterfightgear. My friend @agon_red who helped us out so much. The @thearenagym who allowed me to train in SD. @ghick1 and the entire team at @tigermuaythai who helped me out for this camp. Heading back home to spend time with my family. Thank you all for your amazing support. —————————————————————- Il a fait tout ce qu’on savait qu’il allait faire et je n’ai rien fait de ce que j’étais supposé de faire. Aucunes excuses. Je voudrais remercier énormément de gens qui m’ont aidé durant ce camp. Ma femme @sisigan et ma famille. Mon entraineur @valoniens qui a passé tellement d’heures à me préparer pour ce combat, j’ai rarement vu un entraineur aussi passionné que lui. Notre sponsor @boosterfightgear. Mon ami @agon_red qui nous a énormément aidé durant ce camp. La salle @thearenagym qui m’a accueillie pour me permettre de m’entraîner à San Diego. @ghick1 et toute l’équipe de @tigermuaythai qui m’ont aidé pour cette préparation. De retour à la maison pour passer du temps avec ma famille. Merci à tous pour vos messages et votre soutien.
More savage than the head kicks were.
— JacksonWinkMMA (@JacksonWinkMMA) June 18, 2017
Conor being Conor.
This is some truly exceptional trolling.
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) June 18, 2017
ATT with a lot of trash being talked.
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) June 17, 2017
Well Tyron Woodley vs Andre Ward makes sense, seeing the way we’re doing things theses days
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 18, 2017
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) June 18, 2017
Gotta work them capoeira kicks.
— Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) June 18, 2017
Dude’s getting ready.
— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) June 17, 2017
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2009: Eddie Alvarez became the inaugural Bellator lightweight champion when he submitted Toby Imada at Bellator 12. At the same event, Hector Lombard TKO’d Jared Hess to become the inaugural middleweight champion.
Holly Holm’s head kick was badass. Andre Ward winning a boxing match via repeated nut-punch is stupid. Rigo getting a KO for that instead of getting DQ’d is absurd. That’s your combat sports round up for the the weekend.
We’ve got a big week ahead of us. Bellator’s best card, maybe ever, and a sneaky fun UFC card on Sunday night. Should be a fun week. Take it easy y’all and Conor bless.
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