Feed aggregator

Paulie Malignaggi reacts on Twitter to Conor McGregor sparring footage released by UFC

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5539273273001
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, News, UFC

Dana White and the UFC released 22 seconds of footage late Friday night that shows Conor McGregor, for the most part, dominating Paulie Malignaggi during their second sparring session.

The video shows McGregor landing some good, clean, hard shots and also a knockdown – or is it a pushdown?

The two sparring sessions have been a point of contention for Malignaggi, resulting in his abrupt departure from McGregor’s training camp. The retired two-time boxing champion has been vocal about how he’s been misrepresented by McGregor on social media in attempt to make himself look good ahead of his boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

RelatedConor McGregor speaks out on Paulie Malignaggi sparring fallout: 'He took a lot of head trauma'

Did that continue with this hand-picked video footage that only shows a snippet of 20 rounds total the two men sparred?

As you would expect, Malignaggi’s answer is yes, and he backed it up with a lengthy series of tweets.

Lefty vs Conor righty foot position. Holdin head down with right hand while throwin left n moving me into his lead right foot of left stance https://t.co/NV2uTcuIkJ

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

As I've said, we got 36 min last Tues, I've already explained the last 2 rounds were his. I stand by the full 36 min tho. Edit how u like.

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Pushing my head down with right hand as he's draggin me in that direction by it then throwin the left, the push down is with right hand. https://t.co/txdK1ZQsIi

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Honestly he disguises it better than I thought or it the angle of the vid, in real time in gym no one thought knockdown we just continued. https://t.co/hXU6Cg37xe

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

U don't see his right hand dragging me behind my neck to the right where his lead right foot from southpaw stance is? Notoriously blind bro. https://t.co/HFebzWIK07

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

What I been saying still holds true, he gets 11 and 12 of which he shows footage and the "knockdown" is right hand draggin me down. 36 min.

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

They have rights to the footage, I've gone over all 20 rounds, he hasn't released anything I didn't already discuss from the start. https://t.co/1wKribHArl

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

That was round 12 which I've openly discussed I was fatigued and lost. The "knockdown" however watch his right hand drag me from behind neck https://t.co/UBttH2QPxL

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Having said that nothing I've said from the start has been proven different from what actually happens. Footage confirms it, now the rest? https://t.co/UBttH2QPxL

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Nice view of angles, as I said, none of this footage released 2nite denies anything I haven't already said from the start. 36 minutes. https://t.co/XjJ33QjE1D

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

All love, if it's a knockdown I would admit. I had already admitted 11 n 12 were no good for me. I also stand by the 36 min as a whole tho. https://t.co/9N53xHBg8u

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

Long as it comes out right? Tonight's footage showed nothing that I hadn't already said myself about everything. https://t.co/cRbywONsBZ

— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 12, 2017

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.

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.

Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor enters the workout area during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks to reporters while getting his hands wrapped during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor has looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor drinks water during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/68dBFQsn94fMkuPbDjykuH/265248", customAnalytics: true, title: "Conor McGregor media workout before Floyd Mayweather fight", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, News, UFC

Viúva de policial faixa-preta encontra no Jiu-Jitsu a força para seguir em frente

GracieMag News -

Thaisa recebe homenagem da PM em nome do marido. Foto: Divulgação

Faixa-roxa de Jiu-Jitsu, Thaisa Sarmento é prova viva de que os benefícios proporcionados pela prática das artes marciais vão muito além do âmbito físico. Há dois anos ela teve o marido – o faixa-preta e policial militar Thiago Sarmento – assassinado no Rio de Janeiro, e a arte suave, somada ao apoio da família, teve um papel fundamental em sua estrutura emocional para superar a dor da perda e possibilitar seguir em frente.

“O Jiu-Jitsu transformou tanto a minha felicidade quanto a minha dor, e me mantém de pé até hoje. Comecei a treinar com cinco anos de idade, meus irmãos já treinavam e hoje todos são faixa-pretas. Seguimos muito os princípios que a arte nos ensina. Recentemente o meu marido faleceu e a vida ficou muito difícil. O Jiu-Jitsu, além de ter me apresentado ao meu marido, é a arte que salva a minha vida todos os dias. Essa arte salva a vida de muitas crianças, de muitas pessoas que passam por dificuldades, por depressão e por todos os tipos de problemas. O kimono, para mim, é uma farda que leva o legado, ordem, valor, princípio, amor, fé e garra”, exalta Thaisa, que faz parte de uma família de lutadores em Bangu, zona oeste do Rio de Janeiro.

Thiago Sarmento não era apenas um policial militar. Faixa-preta de Jiu-Jitsu, ele deu início ao projeto social “Campeões Sociais”, nos morros do Adeus e da Baiana, no Complexo do Alemão, que leva, através de policiais militares graduados, aulas de Jiu-Jitsu e taekwondo a crianças e jovens do local. Nesta semana foi inaugurada a nova sala do projeto, a Sala de Lutas 3º Sargento Thiago Sarmento dos Santos, localizada dentro de uma estação de teleférico desativada. Reformada pela parceria entre Legião da Boa Vontade (LBV), Super Rádio Brasil, Prime Esportes e Boomboxe, a sala recebeu os tatames doados por Rogério Camões, da academia X-Gym.

“A LBV e a Prime estão sempre me apoiando e é muito bom poder ajudar as comunidades. Primeiro levar arte marcial, pelos princípios e pela formação que certamente vai proporcionar às pessoas, e depois, essa aproximação da polícia militar com o morador da comunidade. E treinar num dojô que teve Anderson Silva, Ronaldo Jacaré, Allan Nuguette, Erick Silva, Rafael Feijão, Warlley Alves… todo mundo usou esse tatame por muito tempo, então ele deve ter uma energia muito boa”, lembra Camões.

O projeto “Campeões Sociais” atende cerca de 70 crianças, que para fazerem da equipe devem obrigatoriamente estar com notas boas na escola, além de referências de bom comportamento. As aulas de Jiu-Jitsu são ministradas pelo faixa-preta e policial militar Bruno Lopes, e as de taekwondo, pelo também faixa-preta e policial militar Alessandro Cavalcante. Comandante da UPP local, a Capitão Silvia da Silva Souza Barbosa exaltou a importância do projeto.

“Essas crianças passam a ampliar os horizontes, quebram barreiras e passam a ter perspectivas de futuro, veem que é possível crescer. Todas essas crianças precisam estar frequentando a escola, com boas notas, isso é exigido, e isso estimula as crianças a crescerem não só dentro do esporte, mas também como pessoas, se formarem como profissionais, como temos alunos que passaram para o colégio Pedro II, que passaram para faculdades. Isso só engrandece as crianças e as famílias, e para a Polícia Militar isso é muito bom, porque quebra barreiras, aproxima a população da polícia e torna nosso trabalho muito mais eficaz e muito mais tranquilo dentro da comunidade.”

(Fonte: Assessoria de imprensa)

Conor McGregor speaks out on Paulie Malignaggi sparring fallout: 'He took a lot of head trauma'

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5539286360001
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos

LAS VEGAS – Much has been made in recent weeks of the fallout between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi after the retired two-time boxing champion abruptly left McGregor’s training camp following two sparring sessions.

Since his departure, Malignaggi has been critical – that’s putting it mildly – of the way he’s been portrayed by McGregor on social media. Malignaggi, who has claimed he got the better of McGregor, certainly won’t appreciate the 22-second footage UFC President Dana White shared late Friday night of McGregor landing some hard, clean shots on Malignaggi.

RelatedHere's video of Conor McGregor sparring Paulie Malignaggi you've been dying to see

Earlier in the day, McGregor finally addressed the drama for the first time and offered his side of the story.

“He was looking for an exit,” McGregor said during his media workout in Las Vegas. “The spars were not good for him. He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after it we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was dropped back at the home that he was stumbling out of the car after the 12-rounder.

“He was flattened against the ropes; multiple times the ropes kept him on his feet. We were worried about him. We thought the worst was about to happen. He was certainly badly concussed. And then he just got out of there and went running.”

RelatedPaulie Malignaggi dishes on fallout with Conor McGregor, 'one of the biggest dirtbags I've ever met'

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Floyd 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. McGregor invited Malignaggi to camp to gain experience sparring a high-level boxer ahead of the showdown.

Malignaggi said he accepted the offer with the intention of simply helping McGregor but figured out early on that McGregor’s motivation was to make himself look good at Malignaggi’s expense.

Problems arose between when the UFC lightweight champion posted a photo of himself showboating with his hands behind his back during their first eight-round sparring session. Things escalated after a second photo of McGregor looking down at Malignaggi on the canvas was posted to McGregor’s social media. Malignaggi especially took umbrage with the second photo; he said that moment was the result of a pushdown, which the aforementioned video footage seems to support.

RelatedTwitter Mailbag: Is this McGregor-Malignaggi thing a feud or a plan for the future?

McGregor said he posted only the first photo intentionally, claiming the second photo of the grounded Malignaggi “got leaked.” It was later removed.

Despite whatever miscommunication there might have been between the two men, McGregor maintains that Malignaggi simply couldn’t hang with him in the ring and left because of a hit to his ego.

“He showed (up), he tried his best, it didn’t go his way,” McGregor said. “He got his ass whooped, he got his pride dented, and then he wanted a way out. What better way for a guy like him to exit under a load of questions. …

“He was flattened. What can I say? He got his ass whooped. But I like the guy. He’s kind of like a lovable mouthpiece.”

RelatedConor McGregor teammate: Paulie Malignaggi left camp because 'his pride was dented'

Malignaggi has said he wouldn’t release any tactical or strategic information following his experience with McGregor.

Mayweather on Thursday called Malignaggi a friend. With that in mind, McGregor was asked if he was worried about Malignaggi spilling anything to Mayweather.

“Let him speak (to Mayweather). I’m sure he has,” McGregor said. “You can’t prepare for me. … There’s nobody in the game that moves like me and that strikes like me and has the confidence like me. So let them talk.”

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

Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor enters the workout area during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks to reporters while getting his hands wrapped during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor has looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor drinks water during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/68dBFQsn94fMkuPbDjykuH/265207", customAnalytics: true, title: "Conor McGregor media workout before Floyd Mayweather fight", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos

Here's video of Conor McGregor sparring Paulie Malignaggi you've been dying to see

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5539273273001
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, News, UFC, Videos

That sparring footage everyone’s been looking for between Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi?

It’s finally here for all to see.

Late Friday night UFC President Dana White shared some clips on his Instagram. And from the looks of it, McGregor seems to land some pretty hard, clean shots on the retired two-time boxing champion.

You can view it all above.

RelatedPaulie Malignaggi is impressed by Conor McGregor's punching power – but not that impressed

Malignaggi has claimed on multiple occasions that he got the better of McGregor during their two sparring sessions and has been critical of how he’s been portrayed on McGregor’s social media.. This snippet tells a different story.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) will fight 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.

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.


Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured, News, UFC, Videos

Conor McGregor: After Floyd Mayweather I will keep boxing and fight MMA

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5539259859001
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos

LAS VEGAS – Ever since the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match became official, speculation has been rampant as to whether the UFC lightweight champion will return to MMA after such a massive payday.

McGregor had been mostly coy on the subject, but that all changed Friday night.

RelatedConor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather won't last 2 rounds with me in 8-ounce gloves

Asked during his media workout if he viewed the upcoming Mayweather showdown as an opportunity to change the face of boxing, McGregor flat-out declared his intention to compete in both sports moving forward.

“I love the sport of boxing. Boxing has been dear to my heart my whole, entire life,” McGregor said. “I will contend in boxing bouts going forward, and I will contend in mixed martial arts bouts going forward. I will rule both with an iron fist, and that’s where my mindset is.”

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.

RelatedConor McGregor opens up on being motivated by infant son during Floyd Mayweather training

McGregor is expected to rake in upwards of $75 million for the fight. By comparison, McGregor said last year he would earn $40 million for three UFC fights in 2016.

Because Mayweather-McGregor is expected to be so lucrative and potentially break financial records, competing in both sports doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility for McGregor. And yet, McGregor remains under contract with the UFC, which could potentially throw a wrench in his plans.

It took UFC President Dana White months to cave on allowing McGregor to take the Mayweather fight. Since the announcement, White has said he expects McGregor to continue fighting for the UFC. He told MMAjunkie in late June that McGregor relayed wishes to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia, which McGregor later confirmed was one of his desires.

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

McGregor’s wishes might not be restricted to simply competing in boxing, either. McGregor’s newly formed company, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, has been featured on all promotional material alongside Mayweather Promotions during the build-up to next month’s fight.

Could managing other boxers under his own promotional banner also be in McGregor’s future?

“We’ll see where it goes,” he said. “The future looks bright.”

Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor enters the workout area during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks to reporters while getting his hands wrapped during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor has looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor drinks water during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/68dBFQsn94fMkuPbDjykuH/265211", customAnalytics: true, title: "Conor McGregor media workout before Floyd Mayweather fight", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos

Marcos Rogerio de Lima off UFC Fight Night 115 after potential USADA anti-doping violation

MMA Junkie News -

UFC light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima will not compete at UFC Fight Night 115 after being flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Friday night.

De Lima’s potential violation stems from an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 1, per a UFC-issued statement, resulting in a provisional suspension by USADA.

De Lima (15-5-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was scheduled to face Saparbek Safarov (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Sept. 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. De Lima has alternated wins and losses in his last six bouts, most recently being submitted by Ovince Saint Preux via Von Flue choke in April at UFC Fight Night 108.

Below is the UFC’s full statement:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marcos Rogerio de Lima of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 1, 2017. Marcos was scheduled to compete at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov in Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 2, 2017. USADA has provisionally suspended Rogerio de Lima based on the potential anti-doping violation. Given the provisional suspension and the proximity of the Rotterdam event, Rogerio de Lima has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Rogerio de Lima. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card now includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) before his fight against Igor Pokrajac during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) fights against Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) fights against Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) defeats Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Dec 20, 2014; Barueri, SP, Brazil; Tom Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) celebrates after defeating Igor Pokrajac (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Jose Correa Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) before his fight against Richardson Moreira (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) fights against Richardson Moreira (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) knocks down Richardson Moreira (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) reacts after his fight against Richardson Moreira (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) reacts after his fight against Richardson Moreira (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports May 31, 2014; Sao Paulo, SP, BRAZIL; Marcos Rogerio de Lima (red gloves) reacts after his fight against Richardson Moreira (blue gloves) during the TUF Brazil 3 Finale at Ibirapuera Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/3CHErFAbgmwowMonbnJhTd/265201", customAnalytics: true, title: "Marcos Rogerio de Lima", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: News, UFC

Conor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather won't last 2 rounds with me in 8-ounce gloves

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5539268611001
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

Conor McGregor has predicted he will finish Floyd Mayweather inside of four rounds, but that prediction changes if lighter gloves are in play.

Mayweather recently took to social media to request eight-ounce gloves for his upcoming boxing showdown with the UFC light heavyweight champion, and next week the Nevada State Athletic Commission will decide on the matter.

On Friday, McGregor warned that Mayweather better hope the commission votes no.

RelatedConor McGregor opens up on being motivated by infant son during Floyd Mayweather training

“If we’re eight ounces, I’m struggling to give him two rounds, and that’s the God’s honest truth,” McGregor said at his media workout in Las Vegas. “The only reason I maybe give him two rounds is because in this game the referee stops me from pounding his head into the canvas, and he has 10 seconds to recover. That’s the only reason why he might get to the second round.”

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.

The Nevada commission typically mandates 10-ounce gloves be worn in boxing bouts at 147 pounds or heavier. Mayweather and McGregor is taking place at 154 pounds. In an email to MMAjunkie, NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett said the fighters and their representatives will have the opportunity to make the case for eight-ounce gloves.

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

Lighter gloves certainly would seem to provide a slight edge for McGregor, who has never boxed professionally and is used to fighting MMA with four-ounce gloves.

With or without lighter gloves, McGregor remains as confident as ever – and that’s after observing Mayweather during his own media workout one day earlier.

“I see a beaten man in his eyes, in his body language, in everything he does,” McGregor said.

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

Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor enters the workout area during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks to reporters while getting his hands wrapped during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor has looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor drinks water during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/68dBFQsn94fMkuPbDjykuH/265188", customAnalytics: true, title: "Conor McGregor media workout before Floyd Mayweather fight", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

Conor McGregor opens up on being motivated by infant son during Floyd Mayweather training

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5539259925001
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

Conor McGregor the fighter, the social media savant is all about flashy – flashy clothes, flashy cars, flashy jewelry, everything flashy.

McGregor the man, though, says don’t mistake what you see on the outside for what he truly is inside.

“I haven’t changed since Day 1,” McGregor told reporters after arriving in a green Lamborghini to Friday’s media workout in Las Vegas. “I’m the same person. I show up to the gym, I work hard, and through my hard work I gain my confidence. That’s been the same since Day 1.

RelatedIt's no 'F-CK YOU' suit, but Conor McGregor's Versace robe is pretty swanky

“What I arrive to the gym in, what I wear to the gym, my home that I go home to, those are things that have changed. They have become nicer. But the fundamentals are still there. I show up, I work hard, and I accomplish through my work.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is set to face Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) 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. The UFC lightweight champion, making his professional boxing debut, will enter as a big underdog.

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

The fight easily represents the biggest payday of the UFC lightweight champion’s career, estimated to be upwards of $75 million. If there’s one source of motivation that has been dear to his heart throughout training, it’s son Conor Jr., who was born in May.

“He’s been a great motivation this camp,” McGregor said. “I’m in awe of my little boy. I’m in awe of him. Comparing images the other day, and he looks exactly like me. I’m very happy about that.”

pic.twitter.com/jMARJsWHH0

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 9, 2017

Relaxing and watching some fights with my son Conor Jr. pic.twitter.com/8j36hwlqPF

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 8, 2017

McGregor regularly shares photos of Conor Jr. on social media, and his pride in being a father shows each time. McGregor hasn’t spoken publicly about his son much, but on Friday he said he can’t wait until Conor Jr. gets older so he can reflect on this crazy journey and instill the lessons that have made him a success.

RelatedGo inside Conor McGregor's training camp with striking coach Owen Roddy's debut video blog

“That’s one of the things I look forward to the most,” McGregor said. “To show him back my whole career, this crazy journey I’ve been on. And to show him all the hard work and sacrifice that I’ve put into this. He will come up surrounded by many luxuries, but he will always know that it’s hard work that achieves this. In order to achieve great things in this life you must work hard, and that’s the message I will give my son.”

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

Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor enters the workout area during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks to reporters while getting his hands wrapped during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor speaks with reporters after a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor has looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor drinks water during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/68dBFQsn94fMkuPbDjykuH/265174", customAnalytics: true, title: "Conor McGregor media workout before Floyd Mayweather fight", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

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

MMA Junkie News -


Filed under: Blue Corner, News, UFC

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.

RelatedIt's no 'F-CK YOU' suit, but Conor McGregor's Versace robe is pretty swanky

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.


Filed under: Blue Corner, News, UFC

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

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5538315086001
Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos

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.

Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roger Mayweather talks with media during a Floyd Mayweather Jr. (not pictured)media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a body pad during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a body pad during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. presses a workout ball during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. sips a beverage during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. sips a beverage during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/b7XNbrMFarz7bdjEhKnESY/265093", customAnalytics: true, title: "Floyd Mayweather media workout before Conor McGregor fight", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos

The Jiu-Jitsu Times Is Collecting Data About Sexual Harassment In BJJ And Needs Your Help - Jiu-Jitsu Times

Google BJJ News -


Jiu-Jitsu Times

The Jiu-Jitsu Times Is Collecting Data About Sexual Harassment In BJJ And Needs Your Help
Jiu-Jitsu Times
The topic of sexual harassment in jiu-jitsu is a heated one, and it's been made abundantly clear from comments we've seen on previous Jiu-Jitsu Times articles that touched on the issue that lots of people have experienced it for themselves in their own ...

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

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5534509707001
Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos

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.

RelatedGina Mazany talks pros and cons – well, just pros – of having ex-UFC champ Miesha Tate as manager

“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.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.


Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos

Como perder peso no Jiu-Jitsu e no UFC, com Gilbert Durinho

GracieMag News -

Durinho após bater o peso com sucesso no UFC Rio. Foto: Carlos Arthur Jr./GRACIEMAG

Campeão mundial de Jiu-Jitsu com e sem kimono na faixa-preta, Gilbert “Durinho” Burns pavimentou com sucesso a sua estrada rumo ao MMA. Depois de grandes atuações no começo de carreira, a fera chegou ao UFC e hoje figura entre os melhores no ranking peso leve do Ultimate.

Para chegar lá, Durinho passou por intensas provações, como melhorar a parte em pé, controlar o gás para atuar dentro da jaula e mudar seus hábitos alimentares. O corte de peso, existente no Jiu-Jitsu, é peça chave para atuar no esporte de luvinhas.

Com quedas mais volumosas no MMA, Durinho já passou por poucas e boas para bater o peso, e também não bater. A fera ressalta sem medos os tropeços que já teve no quesito, mas é isto que o torna um personagem ideal para o assunto. A intenção é que você, ávido e estudioso atleta do Jiu-Jitsu, aprenda com os acertos e erros de quem já esteve na mesma situação e tem experiência de sobra para dividir.

GRACIEMAG pediu para Durinho contar um pouco da sua rotina no tema, suas falhas e sucessos, e o caminho mais simples no ponto de vista do professor para você ter um corte de peso saudável e eficiente para sua próxima batalha.

Confira no vídeo abaixo e evolua sempre, assim como seus ídolos!

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

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5538669194001
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

(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.

Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. warms up in the ring during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks with members of the media during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Roger Mayweather talks with media during a Floyd Mayweather Jr. (not pictured)media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws punches with weights in his hands during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a body pad during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a body pad during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a speed bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. hits a heavy bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. presses a workout ball during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. sips a beverage during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 10, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. sips a beverage during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports jQuery.extend( window._usmgOptions,{ scriptUrl: "https://s2.wp.com/wp-content/themes/vip/usatoday-plugins/api-galleries/assets", analyticsCallback: "galleryAnalytics", fullscreenUrl: "http://mmajunkie.com/sigallery/b7XNbrMFarz7bdjEhKnESY/265075", customAnalytics: true, title: "Floyd Mayweather media workout", feedsrc: 2 } );(typeof _usdpgw == "undefined") ? _usdpgw = new _usdpGalleryWall(window._usmgOptions) : _usdpgw.start();
Filed under: Featured, News, UFC

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

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5538544956001
Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, Videos

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.


Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, Videos

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

MMA Junkie News -

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5535775437001
Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

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.


Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

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

MMA Junkie News -


Filed under: News, PFL, UFC

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.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

Filed under: News, PFL, UFC

Pages

Subscribe to igrapple.org aggregator