Conor McGregor

24 Sep, 2017
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Coach Kavanagh: McGregor ‘punched himself out’

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Coach Kavanagh says McGregor’s biggest mistake was pushing too hard in the early stages of the fight against Mayweather, and succumbing to fatigue before being stopped in the tenth round. McGregor admitted that his inability to effectively manage his energy reserves played a big part in his loss.

We had also been inefficient with our energy by throwing a lot of shots in the first minute of each round, most of which Floyd caught on his gloves and forearms. When we faced that style last year against Nate — walking down, hands high — we had more success because the smaller gloves in MMA can fit through the gaps…We had also practiced a lot of hand-fighting and rotating elbows over the guard for that fight, as well as the low-kick. Obviously, those techniques aren’t options in boxing. But that’s eventually what wore Conor down. He sort of punched himself out a little bit and got caught with some shots towards the end. The referees are a little quicker to stop fights in boxing too, as opposed to what we’re used to in MMA. Having agreed to fight under boxing rules, we have no argument with that. I think it was in the fourth or fifth round when Floyd switched styles and he almost took the Nate Diaz approach of just walking forward and covering up. Conor called him ‘a Mexican’, which was a reference to the style of boxing. It’s even more effective in boxing than it is in MMA because you can catch more of your opponent’s shots on the bigger gloves. That he decided to go down that route genuinely surprised me. It’s an approach I’ve seen him use extremely rarely. I guess it was a display of both experience and technical nous — he was able to switch between styles until he found the one that worked best for him

 

 

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Tony Ferguson: McGregor and Diaz are pussies for not fighting

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McGregor and Diaz have both been on Ferguson’s radar ever since his proposed interim lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov fell through. Ferguson was offered a summer bout with Diaz, but Diaz pulled out of the proposed fight, leading Ferguson to call him a ‘bitch’. Ferguson is also upset that McGregor has not come back to MMA to fight him.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor] are a bunch of b****es. They want to go and they want to talk – look, we can f*****g put this s**t out on video and we can make this a money fight. If you guys really wanna get gangster, let’s do that sh-t. If you want to f*****g put on money, let’s put it on paper…Nate, I will f****n’ Stockton slap the sh-t out of you, kid. You don’t f*****g know me, dude. Straight up. Same thing with Conor McGregor…You guys are a bunch of b****es, and you guys are a bunch of fakes. If you wanna’ fight while we’re here in the UFC, why don’t you come and sign on the dotted line after you get your sh-t together and defend your f*****g belt, Conor?

Submission Radio #138 Tony Ferguson, Ovince Saint Preux, Angel Hernandez, Damon Martin

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Conor McGregor to face Nate Diaz in return to UFC

Appearance announcement

The Sunday World reports McGregor is planning to fight Diaz, in the third round of a trilogy, tentatively scheduled for December 30, in Las Vegas. The Irishman has split the first two bouts against the American fighter, with Diaz winning the first by submission, and McGregor winning the second with a majority decision. It is reported that McGregor’s friends and family are so sure of the fight being announced that they have already booked flights to Las Vegas. Insider:

Conor has told them that only the ‘Is’ have to be dotted and the ‘Ts’ crossed for this to go ahead.

22 Sep, 2017
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Floyd Mayweather: I’m glad I didn’t knock McGregor unconscious

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After Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round of their superfight, McGregor says he thought the fight could have gone on longer.

I thought it was close though and I thought it was a little early of a stoppage. I get like that when I’m tired. I get a little wobbly and flowy. But fuck, get me into the corner and I’ll recover and I’ll come back. And I’d like it to hit the floor. There’s a lot on the line here, [Byrd] should have let me keep going I thought, but fair play to [Mayweather].

However, Mayweather says he didn’t want to end McGregor’s career by knocking him out cold.

He has a career. He still has a career. He’s still young. [Knockouts are] very, very damaging. We have to think about these fighters. Even with my uncle Roger. Right now, I got a call, just before I came here, he keeps walking offer, wandering off – no one can find him. He ends up in a hospital. So, brain damage… it happens…In combat sports there are two names. There are two names. Mayweather and McGregor. There are two names. And even with me being off two years, I still was the biggest name. Even with me retired, I’m still the biggest name in boxing and MMA.

Floyd Mayweather Felt Sorry For Conor McGregor "Brain Damage, It Happens"

20 Sep, 2017
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‘Racist’ Paddy Power ad for Mayweather v McGregor superfight banned

Ad Appearance

After complaints from nine people, an advert for Paddy Power that urged punters to “always bet on black” before the Floyd Mayweather fight with Conor McGregor has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), who said it was likely to cause “serious offence”. Paddy Power claimed the ad was not intended to cause offence on the grounds of race.

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Sonnen: McGregor sells ‘confidence’

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Sonnen says McGregor is selling something more than entertainment.

People always miss what Conor’s selling. He’s selling trash-talk’ or ‘he’s selling entertainment.’ Well you’re close. I mean, there is some trash-talk there and he’s definitely entertaining. But if you could only use one word, he’s selling confidence. That is the number one thing. Anybody, any weight class, and it’s one thing to say it. It can be entertaining when a guy says it and goes and cuts a promo. But when you got a guy that walks the walk. You got a guy that will take on Jose Aldo, who hadn’t lost in ten years. You got a guy that will change weight class and go up to 170 and take on Diaz, go down to 155, world championship and take on Eddie, switch sports and take on [Floyd Mayweather]. It’s confidence that he’s selling. It’s confidence that’s on display. It’s a confidence that so many people wish they had. By so many, I mean everybody. Everybody wishes they had this kind of confidence and then go out and try to follow through on their dreams.

Chael Sonnen: People Miss What Conor McGregor is Selling

19 Sep, 2017
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Rogan: McGregor will box again

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On his podcast, Rogan says that, despite being beaten by Floyd Mayweather, McGregor will continue to box professionally.

I don’t think [Conor is done boxing]. Look, he went the very first fight against the greatest ever and he didn’t look too bad. If there’s a legit, big fight – say if Canelo Alvarez steps up and says that he wants to fight Conor McGregor, [Conor] might do it…It wouldn’t be a smart move. The difference between Canelo and Floyd – Floyd was just a brilliant boxer. Canelo is a murderous puncher and he’ll f**k you up. He’ll hurt you. [Golvokin] is not a good fight for him either. Neither Canelo nor Golvkin is a good fight for him. They’re terrible fights for him. Those guys are different.

Joe Rogan Experience Fight Companion – September 16, 2017

14 Sep, 2017
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McGregor to visit Glasgow to thank fans

Appearance announcement

McGregor will get paid £100,000 from one night in Scotland, for a meet-and-greet event with fans in Glasgow. Supporters will have to fork out up to £1,100 for the chance to get up close to the superstar at the city’s SEC Armadillo on September 29. But the real reason McGregor is visiting Glasgow, is because he was bowled over by a display unveiled by Celtic fans last month. An insider:

Conor’s not short of a few bob. There’s no bigger name right now, and he’s in demand across the globe, but the truth is he was really keen to come to Scotland. He loves his Scots fans and really wanted to thank them personally. It had been agreed in principal before the negotiations even started.

13 Sep, 2017
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A breakdown of McGregor-Mayweather ticket sales

Financial Report

A breakdown of ticket sales for the McGregor Mayweather fight is released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The hottest ticket was priced at $5,000, but these seats, located at the top of the lower level seats at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, were deeply discounted, sinking to $1,500, close to fight night. Overall, the event was well short of the $72.2 million live gate record set by Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao in 2015. Yet it still generated a massive box office payout, with $55,414,865.79 in revenue on 13,231 tickets for an average of $4,188.26 per ticket. The event’s pay-per-view buy rate, on the other hand, is expected to break the all-time record of 4.6 million set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

Breakdown of ticket sales:

  • $10,000: 2,942 available – 2,254 sold – 29 complimentary
  • $7,500: 1,814 available – 1,145 sold – 18 complimentary
  • $5,000: 4,737 available – 3,183 sold – 22 complimentary
  • $3,500: 3,233 available – 1,601 sold – 68 complimentary
  • $2,500: 2,735 available – 2,716 sold – 0 complimentary
  • $1,500: 1,809 available – 1,781 sold – 0 complimentary
  • $500: 428 available – 414 sold – 0 complimentary

Total tickets sold and complimentary: 13,231    Total live gate: $55,414,865.79

9 Sep, 2017
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Ferguson on possible McGregor-Diaz III: I will Stockton slap the s**t out of Nate

Makes Statement

Should Ferguson win the interim lightweight belt at UFC 216 against Kevin Lee, he would expect to be first to face current UFC lightweight champion McGregor, whenever McGregor decides to return to MMA. But rumors, and McGregor’s coaching staff, suggest that McGregor will complete his trilogy with Diaz when he next defends his lightweight belt. Ferguson says the UFC needs to honor his belt and make McGregor face him should he win.

I believe that they absolutely need to. If that’s my belt and he has the belt, they need to unify both belts. F**k that Nate Diaz three shit. Both those b**ches f**in – they want to try and act like they want to go and make money. Nate don’t want to fight. He’s trying to recover from a f**king hit that he took with his management and all that other things. McGregor’s gotta defend or vacate. He’s gotta defend that belt, he needs to come back. If not, there goes his legacy, there goes the UFC s**t. I mean, really, legitimately, why do we have rankings? Why do we have a belt system? Why do we have all this other stuff?

12 Sep, 2017
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Mayweather first TV interview since McGregor fight

Interview

Mayweather appears for his first television appearance since the fight with McGregor, on Steve Harvey’s new talk show. Harvey asks if Mayweather and McGregor have spoken at all since the fight.

No, we haven’t spoke since the fight. We had a beef and settled our beef. We had a beef. I feel like I was the better man. Like I told him, experience will play a major key. But I said on paper everything leans towards Conor McGregor. You know, he’s 28, I’m 40-years-old. But, being in the sport 21 years, I just feel like the wisdom that I have, the IQ is totally, totally different. Especially when it’s at the pinnacle…I knew that he was used to fighting 25 minutes. I said once we get him past 25 minutes, he’s a dead man walking. Dead man walking.

Floyd Mayweather talks Conor McGregor Fight on Steve Harvey Show – Full Interview 9/11/2017

6 Sep, 2017
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Diaz coach: ‘McGregor’s not gonna have a chance’

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As talk of a trilogy match between McGregor and Diaz hots up, Diaz’ coach Perez, believes McGregor will suffer his second UFC loss:

If Nathan goes through training camp with no injuries, McGregor’s not gonna have a chance… I mean, they think McGregor can box, Nathan can box. Right now in the last two fights he fought him, the first time was 11-day notice, so it wasn’t enough time but it was enough time to get a win. Second time he got injured so he had to lay back, so it put him back as far as being in shape and being accurate in timing. And people were thinking, ‘oh, he’s gonna come back and be better,’ no, they don’t see the outcome of it, the true outcome of what happened…These guys are true warriors, they go out there and still fight. So as far as McGregor coming out in the cage if he fights Nathan and Nathan gets in shape, it should be a good fight, a great fight, because Nathan can move and he’s got great footwork and he can throw a lot of combinations and make McGregor miss, counter off of it, use his reach.

4 Sep, 2017
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McGregor parties at friends’ wedding in Ibiza

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McGregor parties at wedding of childhood friend Tom Devitt, in Ibiza, still sporting a black eye from the fight. He is accompanied by his mother, Margaret, and partner, Dee. McGregor congratulates his friends and looks forward to the party.

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Malignaggi: I’ll fight McGregor for ‘free’

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Malignaggi calls McGregor a ‘punk’ and says he’s capable of stopping the Irishman in the boxing ring.

Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy…I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.

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Malignaggi: I’ll fight McGregor for ‘free’

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Malignaggi calls McGregor a ‘punk’ and says he’s capable of stopping the Irishman in the boxing ring.

Conor gets stopped by me. If Conor doesn’t get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don’t stop this guy…I think once you get the hang of it, once you get the hang of what Conor is doing, you start to break him. And as I’ve said from the start, this guy is not the bravest guy in the world. There’s a lot of punk in this guy. He’s a loud guy, he’s a brash guy. Honestly, in MMA he has the advantage most of the time, because he is talented. You have to give him that, he is talented. But a fighter is a fighter when faced with adversity. Not in round one, not when he’s talking at a press conference.

2 Sep, 2017
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Mayweather tried to place £310,000 bet on McGregor fight but walked away after being made to wait

Places bet

According to ESPN, Mayweather approached a sports betting vendor in Las Vegas around 3.30pm – just hours before the main event – and tried to stake around £310,000 on the fight ending inside 9.5 rounds. The odds were 1/2, meaning he would have make a £155,000 profit, but the bet was not placed. Concerns over the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win reportedly caused a delay. He then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout but was again frustrated by the delay and left without staking any money. Source:

He was p*ssed.

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Aldo: No moral victory in McGregor’s loss

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Aldo speaks about the series of laugh-crying emojis he tweeted in the moments after McGregor lost to Mayweather.

First of all, I didn’t even watch the fight. I was at a football game… I don’t know. I have people who take care of my social media… You know every athlete has people who handle their social media – who work their social media.

And the ex-champ says he wasn’t particularly surprised when he heard the result.

Conor doesn’t have good cardio, and (they) knew he’s not used to boxing. Mayweather was closed up, just waiting for the time to pounce. The guy hadn’t fought for two years. He didn’t even prepare for the fight.

Asked if thought McGregor won a moral victory by lasting ten rounds:

Of course not. Moral? First of all, you try to prove that with someone who’s almost 41, who’s been away (from the sport). Of course, it was a money fight. A moral victory would have been taking on an active boxer, a champion, and then fought him. And then you’d see how he would barely last a round. Because it’s an entirely different sport. We need to put ourselves in our places. I’m an MMA athlete. I can’t go tomorrow and say I’m going to do muay Thai in Thailand with a Thai fighter, because I can punch and kick well. There’s no way. Each one in their places. I respect martial arts, so I put myself in my place. I don’t see a moral victory.

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Coach Roddy: ‘I was heartbroken’

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Coach Roddy appears on The Late Late Show, to talk about how difficult it was for McGregor and the whole team when the fight didn’t go their way.

I was heartbroken. I don’t only work with Conor, Conor’s a good friend of mine. We’re training partners and sparring partners for many years, and then I took up the coaching role. When you see what somebody puts in — the amount of hours he puts in, the amount of sacrifices he makes and the team makes — when you see all of that, and you’re all working together for one moment, for that night, and it doesn’t go your way sometimes — it’s heartbreaking. I was very upset over the fight, because I know how bad he wants it, and I know how bad the team wanted it.”

The impact of McGregor's loss on his team | The Late Late Show | RTÉ One

1 Sep, 2017
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Malignaggi: McGregor ‘has no balls’

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McGregor’s former sparring partner, Malignaggi, doesn’t think McGregor made a valiant effort against Mayweather.

The guy has no balls. When you back him into a corner he’s a little pussycat. He quit. If you don’t throw a punch for over a minute, you quit buddy. You can explain it any way you want … you quit buddy, you absolutely did.

Malignaggi, who left McGregor’s team over a series of leaked photos from their sparring sessions, then went on to reiterate his desire to settle his differences with McGregor in the boxing ring.

I don’t like the guy, I never will like the guy, personally I think he’s a scumbag. Just the fact I could sink my fist into his face — I would love that. The fact I could get him looking like the sissy that he is — I would love that.

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Former ringside doctor: McGregor may have been hurt more than many think

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Darragh O’Carrol, a former ringside doctor and emergency physician, gives his professional opinion on stopping the fight, Saturday night. McGregor claimed after the fight that he was more fatigued than hurt, but O’Carrol agreed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call an end to the fight at the moment he did. O’Carrol explained that Byrd likely didn’t call off the fight due to signs of McGregor just being tired. O’Carrol said as an Irishman, and a self-admitted McGregor fan, that he would like to believe McGregor was just fatigued in the 10th round, but, as a physician and former ringside doctor, he believes the fight was stopped at the right time and for the right reasons.

Byrd’s calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury. Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round. Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent. Continuing the fight would have put McGregor at risk for continued head trauma, [or] repetitive damage leading to a severe traumatic brain injury such as a brain bleed. It wouldn’t be the first time a boxer experienced this, as was tragically the case just this year to young Daniel Franco, who required emergency neurosurgery to save his life.

31 Aug, 2017
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Coach: Diaz ‘needs to get paid at least $30 million’ for McGregor trilogy

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Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez says he hopes the big payout for McGregor from the Mayweather fight, could mean more money for his future UFC opponents, particularly Diaz. Diaz’ last two UFC fights were against McGregor in 2016, and he made $2.6 million dollars in those bouts combined. After seeing what McGregor made against Mayweather, and the potential money that could be made in a trilogy bout with McGregor in the UFC, Perez expects 10 times more.

At least $20 million, $30 million. Come on! UFC’s making a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money and they’re pocketing it. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, a good two fighters. It’s just like Mayweather when he fought Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy.

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McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

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McGgregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

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McGregor: I am proud of everyone

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McGregor believes one change to his training camp could have altered the result of his fight with Mayweather. In a lengthy Instagram post, McGregor pays tribute to his team and his opponent, but also admits he could have done with more time to prepare.

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

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McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

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McGregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

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Chael Sonnen: McGregor vs Diaz III is next

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Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, says McGregor’s next fight will be a rubber fight with Diaz:

I think [McGregor] is going to fight in the UFC. A little inside information, I think it’s Nate Diaz next.

McGregor says he is open to settling the score with a third deciding fight with Diaz by year’s end, recently saying:

I have certainly many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz that’s sitting there, I have options.

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McGregor-Mayweather breaks the all-time PPV record

Breaks Record

Dana White says that last weekend’s super-fight has generated a record-breaking 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, a figure which would dwarf the previous record of 4.6 million, set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, by almost 2 million. This is despite the three million people who illegally streamed the fight. The final figure could be higher, as it doesn’t include sales outside the United States. It will also mean that McGregor holds the pay-per-view record for both boxing and mixed martial arts. The 6.5 million figure also beats the cumulative total for the top five UFC pay-per-views in the company’s history, and is five times larger than any WWE PPV event ever. The fight will go down in history as one of the single most profitable sports events ever.

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McGregor given two-month ban for medical reasons

Suspension

McGregor is given a two-month suspension from all sport on medical grounds. The ban prevents McGregor from another fight – boxing or MMA – until at least October 26 and no physical contact at all until October 11. At the end of the ban period, Nevada State Athletic Commission will ask McGregor, 29, to take a medical exam. McGregor was spotted with a black eye hours after the fight, but otherwise looked in good shape. A medical suspension is given when a fighter is “determined by a physician to be unfit to compete” until “it is shown that he or she is fit for further competition.”

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Three million people illegally streamed McGregor-Mayweather fight

Breaks Record

Almost 3 million people watched Saturday’s McGregor-Mayweather fight using illegal streams, according to web security company, Irdeto. Viewers used online links to get around paying the $99.95 charged in the US for the high-definition pay-per-view (£19.95 in the UK). 239 illegal streams of the fight were watched by 2,930,598 people. Had they all paid, even at a lower rate, the illegal audiences would have brought in at least $60 million more.

29 Aug, 2017
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Mayweather Snr: If McGregor keeps boxing ‘somebody’s gonna kill him’

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Mayweather Snr says he was not impressed with McGregor’s fight performance and warns McGregor that he could get killed if he continues to box professionally.

No I wasn’t impressed. I ain’t ever seen anyone talk like the way he talked and then go out there and fight like that. I mean that was pathetic, the way he fought. All the illegal punches and stuff he did, hitting someone on the back of the head. Doing everything, I mean come on man. All that kind of stuff is crazy. Let me tell you something. If he keeps fighting and doing that in boxing, somebody’s gonna kill him.

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McGregor to overtake Ronaldo on Forbes athlete rich list…a year after prediction

Sponsorship Deal

McGregor is set to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo on the Forbes athlete rich list, following his super-fight with Mayweather, which is expected to earn him around £77m — and that’s not including endorsement deals. Ronaldo topped the list this year with earnings of £71m. McGregor is renowned for his predictions, and foresaw overtaking Ronaldo when Ronaldo visited him in training last year.

McGregor: You were number one on the Forbes list, I was like number 35 or something. I’ll get up. Maybe next year I’ll get you.

Ronaldo: I don’t think so.

28 Aug, 2017
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Irish lad sneaked into $80,000 front row seats without buying a ticket

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Brian Grace, 19 years old, from Limerick, didn’t have a ticket for the McGregor-Mayweather fight, but he ended up in front row seats worth $80,000. All he did was carry a ladder. Brian was in Vegas with two friends, who both had tickets to the main event, but Brian did not. However, he soon found himself in the front row.

There were two different security check-points. The first one was metal detectors and sniffer dogs. I hung around for a bit and then I noticed that Conor’s family – not his close family, maybe his extended family, like his cousins or something – they all turned up. I was well dressed, so I just walked in with them, and there was so many of them that it wasn’t a problem…I was walking around a bit and I noticed this ladder just lying there by a door, so I picked it up and walked in, no security pass or anything, just straight through this door. Then I put the ladder down, found my mates inside and we played the waiting game.

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Snoop Dogg trashes ‘punk ass’ Conor McGregor

Snoop Dogg, who has a long-standing relationship with Dana White, trashes McGregor:

50 and 0 n****. The motherf***ing champ, n****. 50 and 0. F*** that motherf***ing punkass McGregor, you b****. F*** him. Motherf***ing champ, n****. Yeah, n****. That’s what you get for coming to a motherf***ing gang fight with a butter knife you b***ass motherf***er. F*** you, n****. Money Team champ, n****. Where the party at, Floyd? Yeaaah! Hey, 50 and 0, n****.

And then some compliments:

Hey, McGregor a bad motherf***er though. I’ll give him his, he got heart. He got heart. Good win tonight champ. Good fight McGregor, that was a great f***ing fight, man. Now we celebrate.

50. 0

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McGregor launches ‘Notorious’ Irish whiskey that could earn him $100m

Product Release

McGregor is using his high-profile bout with Mayweather to plug his own brand of whiskey – and he says he’s going to dominate the drinks market with it. Dressed in a cream suit adorned with colourful paisley patterns, he repeatedly swigged from a glass of the whiskey – making sure it appeared in the majority of press photos. He says he plans to “take over the Irish whiskey market” with the Notorious-branded drink. Speaking at the post-fight press conference:

Boy that whiskey tastes so good. Oh s***, keep an eye out for it.

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McGregor gained more than a stone between weigh-in and fight

Weigh-in

McGregor piled on more than a stone in weight in the hours before the fight with Mayweather. At Friday’s weigh-in he tipped the scales at 153lb — just under the 154lb limit for the contest. Then he started to refuel and rehydrate so that he claimed he was back to his ideal “fighting weight” of 170lb before entering the ring. McGregor reached the 154lb weigh-in limit by drinking little water over several days and not eating carbohydrates.

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Amir Khan: McGregor could beat Paulie Malignaggi

Makes Statement

Khan talks about McGregor’s performance.

Conor’s such a big guy. I think why he got stopped was he got tired. He wasn’t hurt. Whoever was in the ring with him, if they had been smart, he would have ran our have gas, and he would have ended up getting caught him with a couple of shots, like Mayweather caught him…I give him a lot of respect. I’d give him a B minus…Floyd’s timing is good…[Conor] would beat Paulie Malignaggi.

AMIR KHAN IMMEDIATE REACTION AFTER MAYWEATHER-MCGREGOR; THINKS CONOR BEATS MALIGNAGGI IF THEY FIGHT

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McGregor-Mayweather post-fight press conference

Press Conference

McGregor and Mayweather appear at the post fight press conference. Mayweather introduces McGregor, who comes on stage wearing a Paisley-patterned suit, holding a glass of whiskey in one hand and the bottle in the other. Both fighters share a brief hug.

It was a good fight. Thought I’d smoked him in the early rounds. But I tell you what, you’re one composed individual…Three game changes in the fight. Much respect. You came with it. It was a hell of a fight. I would have liked to see the end of the tenth. I have this patch where I get fatigue…I get a little wobbly…that, I have to work on…You’ve got to take your hat off to Floyd. A hell of a career. Congratulations. It was a bit of fun! The referee did a great job. I thought he finished it a bit early, but I respect his decision.

Mayweather vs McGregor: Conor McGregor Post-fight Press Conference

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McGregor’s post-fight interview

Interview

McGregor is interviewed by ESPN’s Brent Okamoto:

I’ve been watching highlights, trying to work out what’s what. I think I smoked him in the early rounds. I was pretty handy with him, but then he changed his style. He Put his hands up, came down low and put his forehead on his chest…He came forward. It threw me off. And he was composed on there…I felt like it was very close. I go through that wobbly stage, from fatigue. Let me go to the corner. Get down on a knee.

Conor McGregor's post-fight interview after losing to Floyd Mayweather | SportsCenter | ESPN

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Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor by TKO

Wins Sport Event

Floyd Mayweather beats Conor McGregor in the tenth round with a TKO. McGregor starts strong in the first two rounds. In the third round the fighters grapple more, with McGregor getting a warning for hitting Mayweather on the back of the head. In the fourth round, Mayweather comes back, while McGregor’s energy lowers. From the sixth round, Mayweather attacks aggressively. In the ninth McGregor appears very tired, with Mayweather going for the kill. In the tenth the referee stops the fight. Mayweather:

We talked about he’s a tough competitor. I told him that I owed him for the Pacquiao. He’s a lot better than I thought he was. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight. Out game plan was to go to him…Me and my dad talked about it. We wanted him to use all his heavy shots early…I guaranteed everybody that this fight wouldn’t go the distance. I want to thank all the fans around the world, and from Ireland, for coming…This was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner. Conor McGregor you’re a hell of a champion.

McGregor:

I took the early rounds pretty handy. He’s not that powerful, but he’s composed. Fair play to him. He’s had a great run. They should have let me keep going…I was just a little fatigued…I’ve been strangled on live TV and came back. I thought we were closed…Of course [I’ll get back to the UFC]…I’m just happy I’m here in the flag, with the fans.

26 Aug, 2017
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McGregor’s Irish fans take over Las Vegas

Fan Story

Ahead of McGregor’s fight with Mayweather, Irish fans crowd the streets and bars of Las Vegas. Fan:

The tickets were costly. We’ll probably have to starve for a couple of months but it was worth it. We’re here for Conor because we know he’s going to do it and we’re here to celebrate afterwards. I couldn’t get off work but I told them I have to get it off, I have to come here to support him.

Another fan:

My head says Mayweather, my heart says McGregor. If [Conor] hits him with one, he might finish him. I’m just here for a good time. We’re here on vacation and we happened to be here for the fight by chance. Just soaking in the atmosphere and the sun, having a good time.”

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McGregor to get disclosed purse of $30 million

Sponsorship Deal

According to a document obtained from the Nevada Athletic Commission, McGregor will take home a disclosed purse of $30 million, which is 10 times bigger than any public one he’s made in the UFC. Mayweather will make $100 million. Both McGregor and Mayweather will both make much more than those purses in total. McGregor has said he’ll make upwards of $100 million for the bout, while Mayweather has floated that he could make $300 million. McGregor’s highest public purse up until this point was $3 million for his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August 2016 at T-Mobile Arena.