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'Stitch' Duran details why he isn't Conor McGregor's cutman for Floyd Mayweather fight


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For perhaps the biggest event in combat sports history, you’d expect the best cutman in the business to be working it. Unfortunately that won’t be the case.

During an appearance Friday on MMAjunkie Radio, noted veteran cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran detailed how negotiations to corner Conor McGregor for his upcoming boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather went astray.

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McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time, one that Stitch expected to take part in.

As stitch describes, things got off to a good start when McGregor trainer John Kavanagh expressed interest in bringing him on board during an encounter June 24 at Bellator NYC.

“He tells me, ‘I called Conor, and Conor likes the idea,'” Duran said. “So he says the guys will get a hold of (me), (Conor’s) management team. And they did. So we had a nice conversation, and one of the things was the details of what they wanted from me and all that. I had told Jon that I had like four dates already scheduled and asked him if he wrapped hands. He said not for boxing, and I told him I could do that.”

Stitch said he discussed details with a McGregor management team representative. The plan was for Stitch to make himself available not just for fight night, but also throughout training camp. He was on board.

They ironed out some details before price came up.

“I said,” Duran recalls, “‘That I don’t know, because this is a horse of a different color; nobody’s ever been in this position. Boxing, you know, we normally start working at a base of about 2 percent.’ So we talked, and he says, ‘All right, we’ll get back to you.’ So I got a hold of my attorney, because this is pretty big, right? And we sent out a fair proposal.”

That proposal, Duran said, included a price tag of a fraction of 1 percent for his services for the duration of training camp and fight night. Stitch said he again spoke to the McGregor management team rep, who turned negotiations over to a different person.

“Your contact guy is so-and-so,” Duran said. “Used to be an attorney for the UFC. UFC let him go. I never had a great relationship with him, and I don’t think any of the fighters or trainers did. When my attorney and I sent them the proposal, it came back and literally just said that I was too expensive. And they left it at that. There was no counter-offer or anything like that.”

For Stitch, it was a strange – and unfortunate – outcome considering he was approached by the trainer on behalf of the fighter himself. But were Kavanagh and McGregor part of the final decision?

“John Kavanagh sent me a text, and he said, ‘Man, I apologize. We wanted you, but they said you’re too expensive,'” Duran said. “… I don’t know if Conor decides that or not.”

We’re not sure who to blame in all this, but the bottom line is not having Stitch in your corner – when you were close to having him – is McGregor’s loss.

You can listen to Stitch’s entire explanation by fast-forwarding to the 50:35 mark in the video above or by clicking here.

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

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.


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Floyd Mayweather pupil: Conor McGregor can't be counted out

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LAS VEGAS – Whether he actually means it or not, professional boxer Gervonta Davis won’t rule Conor McGregor entirely out of the boxing match with mentor Floyd Mayweather.

Davis (18-0), who’s been touted by Mayweather as “the next big thing” in boxing, is set to meet Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1) in the recently announced undercard of the blockbuster. As part of “The Money Team,” it’s likely that the IBF junior-lightweight champ is counting on Mayweather to add a 50th win to his undefeated boxing record when he meets the UFC’s lightweight champ.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather: 'I already know' what Conor McGregor will do in our fight

But, at least when speaking to MMA outlets, the boxer is trying to keep his predictions for the Aug. 26 main event quite diplomatic.

“The most (important) thing that fighters need is confidence in themselves,” Davis said during Thursday’s Mayweather media workout in Las Vegas. “Conor has a lot of confidence in himself. He feels like he will win the fight – not only win it, but he will try to knock Floyd out. That’s what he says.

“He’s confident. How can you beat somebody that is so confident? We’re going to have to wait and see.”

Of course, when it comes to the mega boxing showdown at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, MMA superstar McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and boxing legend Mayweather (49-0 boxing) are the ones getting the attention. And Davis, on his end, seems excited to just be along for the unprecedented promotional ride.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather: Beating Conor McGregor by decision would be 'win for him'

But, for the 22-year-old rising star, filling the night’s co-feature slot also carries some personal meaning.

“Just coming where I come from,” Davis said. “Just being on pay-per-view. Just being on a Floyd undercard. I remember when Floyd fought Canelo (Alvarez, in September of 2013); I was fighting in the Golden Gloves that year.

“And it was like, ‘If you win, you get a ticket to a Floyd fight.’ I won, I got a ticket, and my seat was all the way up in the stands, so I’m thankful and grateful for how far I came in this sport. It shows that my hard work paid off.”

Davis, who was with Mayweather during last month’s widely publicized four-country media tour, ended up catching some of McGregor’s verbal fire. But judging by the wide smile with which he’ll admit to that, he seems to have taken it all in stride.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

“It was like a fight there at the press conference,” Davis said. “People were screaming (McGregor’s) name, they were screaming Floyd’s name. I was excited just to be a part of it.”

And while the idea of McGregor carrying a zero-fight boxing record has drawn the skepticism – or even downright ire – from practitioners of both sports, Davis himself doesn’t have the slightest issue with the matchup.

“I’m honestly happy that it happened, because it’s two combat sports coming together making a big event,” Davis said. “Even the press conference was fun, so just imagine the fight. I feel it’s going to be a great event. The fans will be happy. Floyd will retire after this. So I think it will be great.”

To hear more from Davis, check out the video above.

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

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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With finance career on hold, Miesha Tate-managed Gustavo Lopez eyes UFC deal

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For some, pursuing fighting as a career stems from a lack of options. For others, it’s a logical development of lifelong athletic pursuits. But for bantamweight Gustavo Lopez, it was a conscious choice that took straying away from what was probably a safer path.

Lopez, 28, trains during the week and works two jobs – as security and as a busser – on the weekends to cover the bills. While his day-to-day isn’t that big of a departure from that of many up-and-comers who have yet to make it to the big stages, it’s one that would probably be a bit more comfortable had he not decided to go with his gut.

“I was starting my finance career, and I’m like, ‘My passion is in fighting,'” Lopez told MMAjunkie Radio. “I love to fight. I love to train. I was trying to do both. It was super stressful, and I just (said to myself), ‘You know what? I can always go back. I’ve got my degree. It doesn’t go away. It does’t expire. I’m still keep up on that stuff. If I ever need or would like to go back to it, the option is there.’

“Other than a bachelor’s (degree) in finance, I’ve got two associates in business accounting. (I’m) a very savvy, very smart with numbers, very intelligent kind of guy. But my passion is in competing. I want to be the best in the world. Right now, the pinnacle of fighting is being the UFC champion.”

Lopez (8-2) is currently riding a two-fight winning streak – both stemming from first-round submissions. The first of those, at Combate Americas, came over someone whose last name may sound familiar: Steve Swanson, UFC contender Cub Swanson’s older brother. It was a big one too; Swanson was coming off four straight knockout wins before getting caught in the first round by Lopez.

Considering his consecutive dominant displays, Lopez and his manager –  former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, who also happens to be his close friend and training partner of seven years – think that a big leap might be in the horizon.

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“We both feel like we’re one, two fights away from just getting already in the UFC,” Lopez said.

In the meantime, however, Lopez wants to stay as active as possible. While he is a five-fight Combate Americas veteran, Lopez actually has an open contract that allows him to explore his options. The weekly Dana White’s Contender Series events on UFC Fight Pass, for instance, could be one of them.

“There’s a chance,” Lopez said. “There are some bantamweights I feel I can just dominate.”

But, willing to fight at either flyweight or bantamweight, the 28-year-old fighter also sees a possibility of bypassing the weekly series and making it straight to the octagon – even if that means taking a short-notice call. If not, there’s certainly no lack of options.

“(PFL President) Ray Sefo offered me a fight already, on the biggest (PFL) show here,” Lopez said. “Combate (Americas), (I’m) still talking to them, because even though I’m not under contract with them, if they keep me active, I’d love to keep fighting with them. Because they’re a great promotion and good fanbase, all Hispanics, all Latino. They treat their fighters really well.”

Despite the momentum, fact is that Lopez is still unable to support himself exclusively with fighting. And like probably everyone in his position, he certainly would like to change it. Which is what he hopes will happen now that he’s being managed by Tate and her agency, AO8.

“The plan, hopefully, with this management is picking up these big sponsors that would (say) like, ‘Hey, what’s your rent? What’s your this? What are your necessities? We’ll pay for it. Do your thing. We’re going to support you.'” Lopez said. “That’s the dream.

“I’d love to fight four to five times (a year), maybe. Even more, if possible. If I go in there and dominate like I know I can, I’ll keep fighting every couple of months. I have no kids. I just have my girl and my dogs, and now a cat. I love to train and fight. I’d love to do as much as possible, if I could. Working, it’s a necessity right now to pay the bills.”

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

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Just how much liability do the sports books face with Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather?

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(This is the second installment of a three-part series on the gambling aspect of the “The Money Fight” between boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC champ Conor McGregor. Check out Part 1.)

If Conor McGregor, a man who despite a championship MMA career, has never been paid to put on boxing gloves, somehow manages to beat undefeated, five-division boxing world champ Floyd Mayweather at his own game on Aug. 26, it will go down as one of the greatest upsets in sports history.

But in that instance, believe it or not, Mayweather (49-0 boxing) might not be the biggest loser. After all, the 40-year-old retired pug will have a possible $300-million-plus purse to assuage any humiliation. And of course underdog fish-out-of-octagon McGregor really has nothing to lose (and a reported $100-million-plus to gain). The people who might be sweating the outcome of “The Money Fight” from a financial standpoint are those who ply their trade in a different kind of cage – that of the Vegas sportsbook cashier.

A contest between mismatched opponents can be a dream for bettors, either looking to score a little scratch on a sure thing, or drop a pittance with long hopes of scoring big on an upset. But those same conditions make lopsided fights an uneasy proposition for sportsbooks. Bookmakers want to accurately handicap the event, but if they lay odds that favor a competitor too much, all the action will go to the underdog. And if that dog then shocks the world, the house might not have enough money to cover its losses.

RelatedSo, how do you determine odds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, anyway?

Twenty years ago when unknown James “Buster” Douglas upended the boxing world by knocking out then-undefeated Mike Tyson, no bettors got rich – because almost no bookmakers had taken bets on the seeming farce.

Douglas was a 42-1 underdog in that 1990 fight. Today, the odds against McGregor are only around 5 to 1. Still, sportsbooks and bettors are watching the lines closely.

“In terms of true odds, Mayweather should be a much greater favorite,” Todd Fuhrman, gaming insider for Fox Sports and CBS, told MMAjunkie. “But sportsbooks can only incur so much liability. As is, books in Vegas are facing a high-six-figure, low-seven-figure liability if McGregor pulls it out. If he does pull off the unthinkable, you’ll hear a lot of sportsbooks crying about how they’re going to pay the power bill on Aug. 27.”

Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports at MGM Resorts, is trying to make sure that doesn’t happen. He and his fellow Vegas bookmakers have been extra conservative, Rood even already having dropped Mayweather from a $7 opening bet to $4.50.

“This is the biggest liability we’ve faced on a boxing match in six or seven years – and we’re still a month away,” said Rood.

As of late July, McGregor was still outpacing Mayweather on volume in the MGM books, the Irishman drawing around 3,000 wagers to the boxer’s 70. But Rood said the amount of money was still fairly close. Even though Mayweather’s odds aren’t attractive to a large number of casual bettors, no one was risking big money on a McGregor upset.

Meanwhile, for seasoned gamblers, betting big on Mayweather seems like a pretty solid business proposition.

RelatedLeonard Ellerbe: $60 million already in bank for Mayweather-McGregor, so shut up about ticket sales

“This will be the biggest bet I’ve ever made in my life. I’m going to go out and bet this fight because it’s stealing money,” said Anthony Albanese, odds consultant for Diamond Sportsbook, an offshore betting service that as of late July, had McGregor at +675. “I think that’s insane. If you lay 675 (on Mayweather) right now you’re stealing. I think you’re printing money laying at that price.”

With far less overhead, less-strict government regulation, and a desire to draw bigger players, offshore sites like Diamond Sportsbook can be a little more adventuresome with their odds. When the fight was first announced, there was stark disparity between Vegas’ numbers and those of the offshore sites, but that gap has narrowed as all odds makers try to find their level of comfort. Of course, lines will move with every circus-sideshow press conference and particularly in the days and hours leading up to the actual Aug. 26, which airs on pay-per-view (for $100) from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Albanese said even time-zone difference may come into play, with a flurry of activity coming from McGregor’s native Ireland and Europe spurring a North American response later in the day.

“We’ll let it unfold and see where we find ourselves,” MGM’s Rood said. “If we see zero support for Mayweather, you might see the numbers really drop before the fight starts, with some unbelievable deals relative to opening odds—a guaranteed win with relatively zero risk.”

Rood said he’s not worried about his own risk and that of the book. He said he’s “fairly confident” he’ll see the balance he needs in wagers to offset the liability. In his business, it’s never a good idea to overreact.

“As long as this fight goes off without some sort of incident and there’s a good honest effort by both fighters, the crowd feels they got their money’s worth, and fans have legitimate opportunity to cash their ticket, it’ll be good for everybody,” Rood said.

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

Tony Rehagen is a freelance writer based in St. Louis. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, GQ, espnW and others. Follow him on Twitter @trehagen.

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Friendly outside the cage, CES MMA 45's Saul Almeida and Pedro Gonzalez mean business inside it

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Saul Almeida and Pedro Gonzalez have never fought before, but they’re not going into tonight’s CES MMA 45 as strangers, either.

Years before they were scheduled to try to beat each other inside the cage, Almeida (19-8) and Gonzalez (12-5) trained together. And, as it turns out, that still translates to some mutual respect as they head into the co-headlining scrap at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Too bad that, with CES MMA’s interim featherweight title on the line, the respect can only go so far.

“He’s a guy to look up to,” Gonzalez told AXS TV Fights’ Phoenix Carnevale. “He’s been fighting for a long time. I’m actually kind of friends with him a little bit.

“But this is the fight game. Things like this are going to happen. You’re going to fight friends, and it’s business when you get in there. After the fight, we’ll grab a drink and … talk about the fight.”

A 28-year-old WSOF and Bellator veteran, Almeida will also tell you he has nothing against his former training partner. That is, before and after the bell rings, of course.

“There’s nothing crazy outside of the fight,” Almeida said. “But for 25 minutes or less, like I told him, we’re going to try to kill each other.”

Their mutual experience could be why the two are also cautious not to overlook each other’s abilities. In fact, although Gonzalez is the one riding the momentum – he comes off a five-fight winning streak, while Almeida has just recently snapped a three-fight skid – he struggles to see many openings in his opponent’s game.

“I guess I couldn’t really say what he’s weak and vulnerable for,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a grinder. He’s durable. And he’s hard to finish. I can’t really see any weaknesses. He doesn’t have much power in his punches, maybe that’s where I can say he has a little weakness.

“But other than that, my plan is just to keep it on the feet, I guess. And roll with the punches.”

Almeida, in turn, does sound a tad more confident – especially when he tells Carnivale that he believes his 20-year experience with martial arts training grants him superiority basically “everywhere.” In fact, he doesn’t seem to carry much doubt that his arm will be getting raised tonight.

But he’s also careful not to simply dismiss his competition.

“Pedro is very tough and aggressive,” Almeida told MMAjunkie. “He always looks for submissions – guillotines, rear-naked chokes. But I don’t know if he’s ever faced someone on my level. I think he’ll have a few problems with me.

“Plus, he hasn’t been fighting very often, maybe once a year. And he was supposed to face the champ before, but he got hurt. Regardless, he’s on a nice win streak. So it will be a nice challenge for me. We’ll see. It will be a great fight – a great fight for me.”

The winner is expected to face undisputed champ Matt Bessette – who’s healing up after a recent loss to Kurt Holobaugh at Dana White Contender Series 1. And while unifying the belts presents an exciting prospect for both, it does carry some added weight for Almeida.

Not that the Brazilian veteran has anything against the champ, of course. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – he thinks Bessette is a cool guy and a good opponent. But after dropping a decision loss to him on the Bellator stage in 2012, Almeida might get a chance to settle a score en route to his ultimate goal.

“I personally felt I won, but there’s nothing we can do about the judges’ opinions,” Almeida said. “But that was five years ago. It would be a completely different fight now. If all goes well, he should be next. My goal is to go on a good win streak, finish my opponents and get into the UFC.”

To hear more from tonight’s co-headliners, check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC weigh-in snack mastermind Yves Edwards talks inspiration for gimmick – and its biggest victim

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When it comes to pre-fight gimmicks, offering food to your starving post-weigh-in opponent seems pretty harmless.

And, well, it kind of is. But if you’re a crafty snack expert like former UFC lightweight Yves Edwards (42-22-1 MMA, 10-10 UFC), even a cute trick can be used as offense. Don’t believe us? Let the fighter-turned-analyst himself tell the tale.

The year was 2011. The opponent was Cody McKenzie. The seemingly innocuous weapon? Hot chips.

“I knew what was going to happen, because I do that stuff, and the time and those things turn to paste in your mouth when your mouth is dry like that,” Edwards told MMAjunkie Radio. “I ate a few of them, and I gave him some.

“I could see it in his face that he was trying to – he was like, ‘Oh, what is going on in my mouth?’ But I didn’t react to it. I could just see it in his face, and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s one for me.'”

Whether his evil trickery helped or not, Edwards did come out victorious of the UFC Fight Night 23 encounter thanks to a second-round rear-naked choke. And while he wasn’t able to maintain the good results in his final outings before retiring, the “Thugjitsu Master” did keep a steady influx of snacks coming.

From Twinkies to Snickers bars, with the occasional chipotle in the mix, bringing food to the escale became a trademark move that often lightened up the mood at an otherwise tense moment between two usually dehydrated fighters on edge.

While being able to carry – and often ingest – the extra grams while still up on the scale is a luxury not many fighters could afford, Edwards says his smooth cut down to 155 pounds usually allowed him some wiggle room.

Still, there were some officials who weren’t there for his gimmick. Like the woman who unceremoniously took his chips away.

“I was a little upset about that,” Edwards said. “Because that kind of ruined – not ruined my gimmick, but … I actually did kind of save it with her taking my chips away from me. Kind of made it even more apparent that I was doing something.”

Looking back, Edwards thinks a UFC 58 meeting with former featherweight title challenger Mark Hominick – to which Edwards brought a full-on burger – was the start of the whole thing.

As for the (unlikely) source of inspiration?

“(Former boxing world champion) Ricardo Mayorga,” Edwards said. “I think he ate an apple at a weigh-in or something, and I was like, ‘You know, that’s cool.’ But like an apple is healthy, so I’m gonna eat some crap food at the weigh-ins, and I’m just going to act like it’s no big deal for me.'”

To hear more from evil snack mastermind Edwards, check out the video above.

And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.


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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Chris Van Heerden, Ray Sefo and Stitch Duran


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Chris Van Heerden, Ray Sefo and Stitch Duran.

Boxer Van Heerden discusses his falling out with UFC champ and former sparring partner Conor McGregor. PFL president and retired fighter/kickboxer Sefo, as well as veteran cutman Duran, are our in-studio guest hosts.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Leonard Ellerbe: $60 million already in bank for Mayweather-McGregor, so shut up about ticket sales

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LAS VEGAS – Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe wishes fight fans and media members would simply shut up about ticket sales for the upcoming boxing mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

After all, the combat-sports executive can’t understand why anyone would consider sales that have already reached $60 million – and he expects will easily surpass Mayweather’s previous box-office record of $72 million – a bad thing.

Sure, tickets are pricy for the Aug. 26 fight, where UFC lightweight champion McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) crosses over to fight boxing great Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in 12-round boxing bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Want to see the pay-per-view in person? You’re going to dish out anywhere from $500 to $10,000 per seat. The event is far from a sellout, and based on the secondary market, demand isn’t exactly out of control.

RelatedWill President Trump attend Mayweather-McGregor fight? He's been invited

Does that concern Ellerbe?

“I’m actually tired of hearing that question because right now we have over $60 million in the box office,” he told MMAjunkie during Thursday’s Mayweather media day and workout in Las Vegas. “Now, you tell me what part of that that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow.

“This isn’t the damn Rolling Stones concert. That’s the only thing that sells out in seconds.”

Instead, Ellerbe said, patience is required for tickets that cost so much. He said “every major CEO from every major company” is interested, and it takes business executives like them some time to plan out their trips and buy their seats.

“The fact of that matter is that we have $60 million – over $60 million – in the box office right now,” he said. “Which is double more than any other live gate that’s ever been done.”

In fact, he pointed to another major boxing event: a Sept. 16 fight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Canelo “Canelo” Alvarez, which also takes place at T-Mobile Arena.

“Our fight right now, we’ve got more in the box office right now – double – that what they will have,” he said.

RelatedLeonard Ellerbe to boxing, MMA purists: Don't buy Mayweather-McGregor if you hate it

Ellerbe said fans, and especially media, should focus on the positives.

“That’s what’s wrong with boxing today,” he said. “You guys are always complaining and looking for (expletive) to complain about when there’s nothing there. That’s the reason we can’t be innovative.

“That’s what Floyd Mayweather has done differently from anybody else. He’s thought outside the box.”

Mayweather, who could bank up to $300 million for his night of work against McGregor, is understandably unconcerned with the ticket-sales stories.

“Our fight is doing unbelievable numbers,” Mayweather said. “When I say unbelievable, we’re up high in the numbers. The pay-per-view numbers will be unbelievable, and we will have a sold-out crowd. I’m not worried about that, at all.”

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

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Expect the expected tonight from champ Ashley Gooch, fellow CES MMA 45 headliner Juliano Coutinho

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Tonight’s heavyweight title bout between CES MMA heavyweight champion Ashley Gooch and challenger Juliano Coutinho might look like a classic striker vs. grappler matchup.

But, as the two CES MMA 45 headliners will tell you themselves? Actually, yes, they’ll agree that is pretty much what it is.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Daniel Gracie, Coutinho (7-3)  is set to end a more than yearlong layoff when he meets Gooch (10-5) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. And looking at the matchup with a man who used his fists to finish seven of his 10 pro wins, he’s got a pretty clear idea of what needs to be done.

“He lands very heavy strikes,” Coutinho told MMAjunkie ahead of the bout, which airs live on AXS TV Fights. “The strategy is to avoid those strikes and take him to the ground. My preferred way to win is by Brazilian jiu-jitsu submission. It’s my strong point. Not to say I’m not comfortable on the feet, but jiu-jitsu is my forte.

“Getting people down and working for submissions is something that was missing from my recent fights. So now my focus is to get a submission, from start to finish. My cardio is great, but I’ll try to catch him in the early rounds.”

RelatedChamp Ashley Gooch defends heavyweight title vs. Juliano Coutinho at CES MMA 45

Of course Gooch, who earned the promotion’s vacant heavyweight crown with a comeback TKO win over Greg Rebello at CES MMA 37, does have a submission among his most recent wins – a rear-naked choke that ended a CES MMA 32 encounter with Josh Diekmann in the first round. But he is also aware of what he brings to the table.

“I kind of do see it (as a striker vs. grappler matchup), ” Gooch told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale. “I do think I’m the better striker. Obviously, he’s the better on the ground. He is a BJJ guy. But you never know how things work out.”

While their styles may be different, the heavyweights come into the bout under similar circumstances. Both, for instance, are coming off WSOF knockout losses – Gooch lost to Shawn Jordan at WSOF 33, while Coutinho was finished by Justin Willis at WSOF 31.

The two are also snapping layoffs. Gooch, who was riding an eight-fight winning streak since the most recent setback, hasn’t fought since October of 2016. And Coutinho, who suffered a four-inch hamstring tear, has been out of action since June of last year.

“I couldn’t train for three to four months while doing physical therapy,” Coutinho said. “I was surprised to get the call to fight for the belt.”

Which, after approaching his title camp with full-time dedication, is not to say Coutinho is unprepared for it.

“I’m feeling great,” Coutinho said. “I’m very confident. I’m chasing after this victory.”

To hear more from both headliners, check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Well, Paige VanZant's nasty foot gash looks quite better

Well, at least Paige VanZant’s foot no longer has a gaping hole in it. So that’s a positive.

The UFC strawweight recently posted a picture of her left foot, which had a crescent-shaped wound roughly half the size of a 50-cent piece. Yeah, it’s gross (via Instagram):

The first thought – other than “yick” – was how it might affect VanZant’s (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) reported UFC 216 flyweight fight booking with Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC). The pay-per-view event takes place Oct. 7 – roughly two months from now – at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The 23-year-old VanZant, who recently posted a runner-up finish on “Dancing with the Stars 22” and then suffered a submission loss to Michelle Waterson in December, didn’t give any real details on the foot gash – other than the succinct caption of “Well damn.”

However, while chilling on a boat and catching some ‘rays, VanZant showed off her patched-up foot, which now appears to be in decent shape, all things considered (via Streamable):

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For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Will President Trump attend Mayweather-McGregor fight? He's been invited

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LAS VEGAS — President Trump has been invited to attend the boxing clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, Mayweather’s business advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, said on Thursday.

“I haven’t personally invited the president, but I am told an invitation is out there,” Ellerbe said in a media session at Mayweather’s workout day. “Whether he comes or not, we are going to have a great event.”

RelatedFloyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

Before his political aspirations gathered full steam, Trump and his wife Melania were present at Mayweather’s decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in April 2015.

Trump is close friends with event co-promoter and UFC President Dana White, having hosted UFC events at his Atlantic City property in the organization’s early days. White spoke out strongly in favor of Trump during the presidential campaign, even taking the stage at the Republican National Convention last year.

RelatedSo, how do you determine odds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, anyway?

“Every A-lister wants to be involved in this fight,”Ellerbe said. “There is tremendous interest from all kinds of people.”

Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are among those expected to be in attendance.

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

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Takanori Gomi vs. 'Maestro' Dong Hyun Kim added to UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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Two veterans of the Asian MMA circuit will meet at the UFC’s upcoming return to Japan.

Officials today announced a matchup between lightweights Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) and ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for UFC Fight Night 117.

The event takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FXX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

RelatedSlew of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

Gomi, a 38-year-old Japanese fighter, turned pro 19 years ago and reigned as a PRIDE and Shooto champion during a storied career. However, he’s struggled in the UFC, where despite some memorable appearances, he’s currently in a four-fight skid following losses to Myles Jury, Joe Lauzon, Jim Miller and Jon Tuck – all via stoppage. He hasn’t posted a victory since edging Isaac Vallie-Flagg via decision in a “Fight of the Night” performance at UFC 172 in 2014.

“The Fireball Kid” now meets Kim, a 28-year-old from South Korea who made his pro debut more than a decade ago with his longtime Spirit MC home. After suffering knockout losses to Dominique Steele and Marco Polo Reyes (in a “Fight of the Night”) in his first two UFC fights, the lanky 155-pounder picked up his long-awaited first UFC victory after edging Brendan O’Reilly on the scorecards in December. Kim’s subsequent booking against Thibault Gouti in June was scrapped on fight day when his opponent fell ill.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi at “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Floyd Mayweather: 'I already know' what Conor McGregor will do in our fight

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LAS VEGAS – The prevailing notion among boxing and MMA experts is that if Conor McGregor is to have any chance at defeating Floyd Mayweather in their upcoming boxing match, it’ll have to be by knockout – and it’ll have to be inside the first four rounds.

The reason, they say, is that Mayweather won’t be accustomed to the UFC lightweight champion’s MMA-based movement and footwork, and therefore in the early going is when he’ll be most vulnerable to being caught off guard.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather: Beating Conor McGregor by decision would be 'win for him'

Not possible, says Mayweather, because he already knows what to expect.

“He’s going to come out, and he’s going to keep switching. He’s going to keep switching,” Mayweather said Thursday at his media workout. “I know what he’s going to do. I already know – come out southpaw, then he’s going to switch the other way. He’s going to keep switching. When you keep switching all you do is burning energy. … As you keep switching, keep switching, you’re burning too much energy.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

McGregor, who makes his professional boxing debut, will enter as a big underdog. Still, though, the fact remains that McGregor possesses one-punch knockout power thanks to a mean left hand. Mayweather traditionally has struggled against southpaws, which is another reason to give McGregor hope, though Mayweather simply shrugs it off by stating facts.

“Last time I checked I was undefeated,” Mayweather said. “Whether you was orthodox or southpaw I was undefeated against you.”

The confidence in Mayweather’s tone was quite different from earlier this week, when he broke down all the reasons McGregor could (and maybe should?) beat him. Mayweather clarified those remarks.

RelatedLeonard Ellerbe to boxing, MMA purists: Don't buy Mayweather-McGregor if you hate it

“What I’m saying is this: On paper, we know he’s taller,” Mayweather said. “We know he has a longer reach. We know youth is on his side, OK? And I guess everybody is saying power is on his side. But I’m saying IQ is on my side, experience is on my side, and I think just fighting knowledge is on my side.

“So, I never said that I feel I’m going to lose. I’m never going to get involved in anything if I think I’m going to take a loss. … I’m going to tell the people what I truly believe and what it is on paper.”

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

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Video: Watch today's Conor McGregor media day live from Las Vegas at 6 p.m. ET

LAS VEGAS – The second of back-to-back media days takes place today, and you can watch a live video stream of the session with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor here on MMAjunkie at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

The media event and open workout takes place at UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather media workout video highlights, photo gallery

Boxing great Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) meets UFC champion McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in a boxing mega-fight on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The high-definition price tag of the boxer-vs.-MMA-fighter event, dubbed “The Money Fight” and expected to be one of the biggest combat-sports spectacles in history, is a whopping $99.95.

MMAjunkie is on site and will have live coverage of today’s event. You can also check out our coverage of Thursday’s media day with Mayweather.

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

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 124 – Las Vegas: The Money Fight talk, featuring Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe

Episode No. 124 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

Two weeks out from The Money Fight, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are already hosting media days, and John Morgan and Cold Coffee are home in Las Vegas to cover it all. Hear highlights from the first day of coverage in Sin City, kicking off a two-week build up to one of the biggest combat sports events in history.

You can check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.


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Floyd Mayweather media workout video highlights, photo gallery

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LAS VEGAS – Media workouts aren’t normally held two weeks before a big fight, but then again, nothing about The Money Fight is really normal.

Today at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, former five-division world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) held a workout and interview session in advance of his Aug. 26 boxing match with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC).

MMAjunkie was on scene for the chaotic scene, and Mayweather was more than happy to take the spotlight. Check out the video above for highlights of his lengthy effort, and check out a gallery of photos from the session below.

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

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Leonard Ellerbe to boxing, MMA purists: Don't buy Mayweather-McGregor if you hate it

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LAS VEGAS – The boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is expected to potentially break the record for all-time pay-per-view buys, a mark set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at roughly 4.6 million for their much-anticipated 2015 showdown.

Of course, this isn’t possible without heightened interest from “the casual fan.” But what about the longtime, hardcore fans of both boxing and MMA who see this event as nothing more than a circus – a money grab?

RelatedFloyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

Mayweather business partner Leonard Ellerbe has a message for you.

“We appreciate all the fans,” Ellerbe said during Thursday’s open workout. “We don’t ever want to turn our back on anyone. But, again, the hardcore fans are the reason why our sport isn’t where football and basketball are. It’s because we stay in our own little box. It’s like, you tell me what’s wrong with these two guys fighting? If you don’t want to watch it, don’t buy it – simple as that.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

Ellerbe was intent Thursday on doing his part to ensure that becomes a reality, calling out media members who have publicly bad-mouthed the event and making it clear that it’s only happening because fans – casual or otherwise – asked for it.

RelatedWait. What? Floyd Mayweather breaks down the reasons Conor McGregor could (should?) upset him

“You can’t be mad,” Ellerbe said, “and going out there like some media members and promoting, ‘Oh, this is why you shouldn’t buy the fight and this and that.’ Mind your (expletive) business. …

“One thing is for sure: You’re not going to stop this event. The fans demanded this event, and this is what they’re going to get. We didn’t ask for it. We didn’t ask for this. Social media was on fire because of these two guy going at it.”

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

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Floyd Mayweather: Beating Conor McGregor by decision would be 'win for him'

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LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather believes he will have failed if he is unable to knock out Conor McGregor in the superfight between the biggest stars in boxing and MMA.

The Aug. 26 boxing clash at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is scheduled for 12 rounds, yet if McGregor lasts that long it will be seen in many quarters as a victory for the UFC lightweight champion.

Mayweather agrees.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather plans to come out firing against Conor McGregor, assistant trainer says

“I would say so,” Mayweather said at his official media workout on Thursday. “If the fight goes the distance it is a win for him. But I don’t think that is going to happen. He is going around saying that it will be over in four rounds, and he might be right. But it will be because I say so, and not him.”

The possibility of a knockout may have been increased by a preliminary agreement that 8-ounce gloves will be used for the contest. Typically, fights taking place at 154 pounds and above use 10-ounce gloves, but both fighters have agreed to an exception, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by the Nevada State Athletic Commission next week.

“The people should expect entertainment, and that is what I am going to give them,” Mayweather said. “They have to understand that this is a show. One of the biggest shows in history. No one is going to be disappointed.”

RelatedSo, how do you determine odds for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, anyway?

Mayweather business adviser Leonard Ellerbe claimed that he has never seen the fighter so motivated to secure a knockout at any point of his career. Of Mayweather’s recent opponents, Victor Ortiz was knocked out with a controversial cheap shot in 2011 and Ricky Hatton was stopped in 2007. All of his other victims have succumbed on points.

“I can’t see any way this goes 12 rounds,” Ellerbe said. “I just don’t see it. Either McGregor is going to hit Floyd with a shot and knock him out or Floyd is going to do the same to him.”

Mayweather insisted his trademark defensive style will be out of the window once the bell rings.

“I will be coming forward,” he said. “I am coming to get him.”

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

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DWCS 5 contract winner Alex Perez proud he took no shortcuts to make it to the UFC

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LAS VEGAS – After paying his dues for more than six years in the sport, Alex Perez finally has made it to the pinnacle.

Tuesday night, Perez (18-4) turned out Kevin Gray’s (9-4) lights with an anaconda choke in the first round of their flyweight fight at Dana White’s Contender Series 5 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The win, streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, got Perez one of two UFC contracts haded out by the UFC president at the weekly event.

“(It’s) overwhelming,” Perez told MMAjunkie after learning his win got him into the UFC. “I worked so hard. I turned pro when I was 18, and it’s been a long time coming. I’m 18-4 now, and I’m in the UFC. I can’t wait.

“(I thought about being in the UFC) all the time. I was close one time to making it to ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … At that point, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I’m going to have a chance again.’ My coaches and teammates and manager and family were like, ‘Give this another run. … You’ll eventually get there.'”

WOW!!! Alex Perez gets the impressive finish in round 1 on @DanaWhite's #ContenderSeries! #UFCFIGHTPASS pic.twitter.com/Fr0ASHxlUc

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 9, 2017

And get there, Perez now has. The 25-year-old Californian has some high-level experience on the regional circuit, including 13 bouts for Tachi Palace Fights and wins under the RFA and CFFC banners. The latter two have come during his current five-fight winning streak over the past year.

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Perez now hopes his 22 fights as a pro will pay off in the UFC, especially since most fighters come to the promotion with a lot less cage experience than that.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve seen everything, but I’ve seen a lot,” Perez said. “A lot of people take it for granted. They go on ‘TUF’ or get a couple shortcuts, and (getting to the UFC means) nothing to them. But no one can ever take this away from me. I worked my ass off for this. I put my time, my sweat, my tears into everything I had. I worked 100 percent for it, and I was given no shortcuts.”

For more from Perez after his technical submission win over Gray, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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