Dana White: Mayweather vs. McGregor Media Conference Call Replay

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UFC president Dana White answered questions from the media on Wednesday about the upcoming boxing bout between his lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a media conference call. Listen to what Dana White had to say.

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Conor McGregor Still Considers Himself UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion

Conor McGregor may be focused on his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 but he hasn’t lost sight on his eventual return to the UFC.

While McGregor is being touted as the UFC lightweight champion in the lead up to his fight with Mayweather, the 29-year old Irishman still believes that he’s actually a two division champion after making history last November.

It was at UFC 205 when McGregor became the first ever simultaneous two weight-class champion after finishing Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title, which came less than a year after he knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to become the undisputed featherweight champion.

A few weeks later, the UFC stripped him of the featherweight title but even now 10 months later, McGregor says he’s still the king of two divisions and absolutely plans on defending both titles when he makes his return to the Octagon.

“100-percent. I mean how can I not consider myself the UFC featherweight world champion and the UFC lightweight world champion?” McGregor said on Wednesday. “The current UFC featherweight world champion is Max Holloway, a man that I dismantled and the former was Jose Aldo. I still reign supreme over that division.

“155-pound division I know there’s talks of an interim belt. I’d only won that belt and literally a month later there was an interim [title fight] scheduled. It is what it is, everyone knows I am the multiple weight world champion of the UFC’s featherweight division and the lightweight division.”

It was just a day ago that UFC president Dana White announced that Tony Ferguson would battle Kevin Lee to crown a new interim lightweight champion in McGregor’s absence.

While White is still holding out hope that McGregor will fight in the UFC again before the end of 2017, there are obviously no guarantees until after his bout with Mayweather is finished.

Still, McGregor sounds determined to make a triumphant return to the Octagon to reclaim his post as the best in the world.

“I look forward to going back and continuing where I left off,” McGregor said.

For now, the lightweight division will move forward with Ferguson vs. Lee while rumors persist that Holloway will defend his title later this year against former champion Frankie Edgar. Regardless of those two fights it certainly seems McGregor plans on re-staking his claim on both divisions when he comes back to the UFC.

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Conor McGregor feels 'discarded' by boxing community, reacts to 'McGregor Challenge' mockery

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The number of people within the boxing world who have dismissed Conor McGregor’s chances of defeating Floyd Mayweather is too long to list. “The Notorious,” however, said he’s eager to prove each of them wrong.

From analyst Max Kellerman stating he wouldn’t land a single punch on Mayweather (49-0 boxing) to Mike Tyson claiming McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will “get killed” inside the ring, there are no shortage of pundits picking against the brash Irishman.

McGregor said he relishes it all, though, because it gives him even more to overcome when he meets Mayweather in the Aug. 26 pay-per-view headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“It’s like I’ve been discarded, and it’s like I’m not welcome here,” McGregor told reporters on today’s media conference call. “It’s certainly motivating, the disrespect and the disregard for my skill set. I look at people sometimes, and their mind is closed. They’ve got such a closed mind on how things can be done. It’s a set way and no other way.

“It’s like when we went across the waters to another land, or when we went into space. You’ve got to have an open mind and realize there are other ways, and there’s a time and a place for every single movement.”

The criticism of McGregor from those within the boxing world has been so strong, in fact, that footage of his training has evolved into an Internet meme. Following McGregor’s open workout this past week, the likes of David Haye, Terence Crawford, Freudis Rojas and more mocked him with the “McGregor Challenge.”

McGregor said the viral clips did not capture his attention on the level of certain predictions and analysis that’s been harshly slanted against him. However, he said he will enjoy throwing every moment back at his detractors should he defeat Mayweather in “The Money Fight.”

“I’ve seen some videos,” McGregor said. “It is what it is. It’s light-hearted. I don’t take it personal. If anything I see stiffness in every single one of them.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Conor McGregor: Mayweather vs. McGregor Media Conference Call Replay

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor answered questions from the media on Wednesday about his upcoming boxing bout against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a media conference call. Listen to what “The Notorious” had to say.

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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather square off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Let's talk about how Mayweather vs. McGregor could generate $1 billion (with a 'B') in total sales

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Yes, it’s true the upcoming boxing showdown Aug. 26 between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has yet to sell out T-Mobile Arena, but does that even matter?

Nothing is going to stop both fighters – all parties involved, really – from making massive amounts of money. Just how much of it Showtime, Mayweather, McGregor, and the UFC will be dividing among themselves remains to be seen.

The live gate, despite tickets still being available, already has reached $60 million, which already is close to the $72.2 million record set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao in 2015. That fight also holds the record for pay-per-view buys with 4.4 million, which Mayweather-McGregor is tracking to break by a long shot, according to UFC President Dana White.

During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie Radio, longtime Yahoo! combat sports writer Kevin Iole talked numbers with George and Goze, and the number 1 billion (gulp) came up.

Really? $1 billion. That would be insane.

Watch the video above to hear the guys discuss.

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Conor McGregor 'very happy' with NSAC's 8-ounce glove exception for Floyd Mayweather fight

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Conor McGregor believes Wednesday’s ruling by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to permit eight-ounce gloves for his Aug. 26 boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather gives him a significant advantage.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) typically competes in four-ounce gloves in the UFC but was initially faced with the prospect of fighting Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in 10-ounce gloves. The NSAC stipulates that in most cases, fights taking place at 154-pounds or above should use 10-ounce gloves.

However, after a verbal challenge from McGregor, Mayweather recently revealed on social media that he was willing to accept eight-ounce equipment.

“I’m very happy with how (the commission) handled it,” McGregor said on a conference call with reporters. “They took both fighters’ requests into consideration, and I’m very happy with it. You’ve got pros and cons on both sides, and both athletes asking for it. I am coming up in weight on the gloves. Look at what I fight with (normally).”

It’s widely assumed that lighter gloves could benefit the heavy-handed McGregor, as opposed to the more defensively minded and tactical
style of Mayweather.

UFC President Dana White agreed.

“Now we are fighting in eight-ounce gloves, and it is going to be a fight,” White said. “Anything can happen in a fight. I think it affects the contest. Yes, Floyd is faster. But he’s a defensive master. Conor hits like a truck. Smaller gloves favor him big time. It affects the fight big time.”

The NSAC also revealed that Robert Byrd would referee the contest. Kenny Bayless, the official for many of Mayweather’s recent bouts, was ruled out after previously voicing his criticism of the clash, which will see the 49-0 Mayweather taking on, in McGregor, a man making his boxing debut.

“They gave us options, and we didn’t necessarily ask for any ref in particular,” McGregor said. “There was a ref or two who gave opinions, and if that’s the case it makes it hard.

“Robert Byrd is a phenomenal ref. He lets the fight take place and steps in when he should step in. He has some links to the MMA world as well, so that’s good.”

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Why the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation likes MMA's chances for 2028 Olympics

Los Angeles is set to host the 2028 Olympics after reaching a deal with the International Olympic Committee late last month, and that has the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation feeling good.

Why? Because things could’ve turned out much worse.

“Up until July, the bid to host the 2024 Games was a two-horse race between Paris and Los Angeles, which we were watching closely,” IMMAF president Kerrith Brown said in a statement. “The host city is significant, because it has the power to elect non-Olympic disciplines into the Games as demonstration sports, and it is under this banner that we would expect MMA to debut.

“It would certainly have been bad news for MMA if Paris had defeated L.A., because MMA competition is outlawed in France. Since the IOC has now decided to simultaneously allocate the 2024 and 2028 Games to Los Angeles and Paris, and Los Angeles has opted to host the 2028 edition, we feel optimistic about MMA’s chances.”

Earlier this year, UFC executive Joe Carr, who announced Tuesday he was leaving the promotion, expressed optimism about the inclusion of MMA in future Olympics.

Carr said with more than 60 federations dedicated to overseeing and promoting MMA, a strong foundation to win recognition from SportAccord, the umbrella organization for the Olympics, is in place. Convincing the IOC is next.

“The thing with the Olympics is, they’re trying to get younger,” Carr told MMAjunkie Radio. “Think of the majority of those sports and who those appeal to. That’s why you see beach volleyball. Surfing is going to be in the next Olympics, and snowboarding – all these younger sports, because the fan base is dying out. What better new-age sport than MMA?”

The 2028 Los Angeles Games, it would seem, represents a golden opportunity, given MMA’s stronghold in Southern California.

“We believe our prospects for the Los Angeles Games to be strong, because MMA is a mainstream sport in the U.S. and has a significant media, commercial and political presence,” Brown said. “MMA is recognized under state laws there and in L.A. It is regulated lawfully under the Californian State Athletic Commission.

“While we will continue lobbying in France and for inclusion in 2024, I am more confident about MMA’s inclusion for 2028.”

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Leonard Ellerbe on May-Mac glove change: 'Floyd wants him to have every advantage possible'

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LAS VEGAS – Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe is pleased with the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s (NSAC) decision to change the glove size for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor next week.

Although Mayweather (49-0 boxing) was the one to truly push the narrative to reduce glove weight from 10 ounces to 8 ounces, it was ultimately the NSAC that unanimously voted to approve the “one-time exception” that would seem to give an advantage to the bigger, heavier McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the Aug. 26 pay-per-view showdown at T-Mobile Arena.

That’s all part of the plan, though, according to Ellerbe, who said Mayweather wants McGregor to have as many positive ticks in his column as possible going into the fight. This is just another one.

“Floyd wants him to have every advantage possible that he can have,” Ellerbe told MMAjunkie after today’s hearing in Las Vegas. “Conor is a very confident young man, and I’m fully confident he’s going to lay it on the line. He’s representing not only the UFC brand, but he’s representing his country. He has the great fans from his country. They will be there backing him, and the millions of fans across the world will be tuned in watching this terrific event. We’re excited.”

Despite the fact 8-ounce gloves mesh closer to the 4-ounce fist protection UFC lightweight champion McGregor uses in MMA, it’s actually Mayweather who has more experience fighting in the newly approved glove size. Because of that, Ellerbe said he thinks the bout will look different than it would have otherwise.

“I think it will have an impact on the fight,” Ellerbe said. “From a fighter’s perspective, you’re more comfortable with fighting the smaller gloves. I’m pretty confident the fight will end in a knockout. Pretty confident. It’s something Conor wanted, something Floyd wanted, and both fighters got exactly what they wanted.

“Conor has guaranteed he’s going to knock Floyd out within four rounds. He just recently said he’s struggling to give him two rounds now. I fully expect him to be a man of his word and come out and be very aggressive in the small gloves. Floyd will be very aggressive, and it’s going to be a great fight. We’ve got a fight, ladies and gentlemen.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Is the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' worth watching? UFC fighters weigh in

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Will UFC fighters watch the upcoming boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and one of their own, Conor McGregor?

Whether they begrudge or applaud McGregor’s one-in-a-million fight with Mayweather, the overwhelming answer is yes – UFC fighters will be watching.

At least, that’s the sense you get when they talk about “The Money Fight” on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena. No matter how they expect the fight to go, no one is declaring they’ll do something else when McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) headline the Showtime pay-per-view.

MMAjunkie spoke to fighters of all sizes and divisions about the matchup, and they all had their reasons for tuning in.

  • It will never be done again.
  • McGregor is being underestimated.
  • McGregor’s style is something Mayweather’s never seen.
  • McGregor has smashed expectations before, so he can smash them again.
  • A success for one MMA fighter is a success for all MMA fighters.
  • Who doesn’t want to see Mayweather get knocked out?

UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas was a lone voice of reason in a sea of optimistic projections.

“Listening to people make a case about how McGregor’s going to win this fight, it’s like I’m in the goddamn Twilight Zone,” he said.

Still, at no point did the one-time title challenger declare he isn’t buying. And that’s pretty much the end-all for this whole experiment – you find your own reason to justify the novelty.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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This video of UFC's Dennis Bermudez getting Tasered in the spine is must-see

UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez is one of the more unique characters in the sport. For proof, look no further than his Guinness World Record for “fastest time to drink one liter of lemon juice through a straw.”

Bermudez (16-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) clearly likes to do things outside the box, and today another video surfaced adding to the legend of “The Menace.”

Bermudez is currently overseas for a military tour and visit with the likes of two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard and former UFC champions Carla Esparza and Benson Henderson.

Apparently he had some downtime while in Romania. Bermudez opted to take a Taser shot under his own free will. Not only that, but he took it directly in the spine (via Instagram):

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Bermudez is currently on a two-fight skid inside the octagon. He lost a split decision to Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 25 in July, which followed a first-round knockout defeat to Chan Sung Jung in February’s UFC Fight Night 104 headliner.

For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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