Debate

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather: What’s the point?

Recently former UFC Featherweight and current Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor uploaded a video to his instagram of him training boxing by sparring with his teammate Artem Lobov at SBG Ireland.

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This had sparked up (again) the ongoing debate about whether or not him and Floyd “Money” Mayweather are going to have a boxing match sometime in the future. The two have traded verbal jabs at one another and a showdown may be on the way. It does seem like a match that needs to happen at this point. However, many seem to ask themselves “what’s the point?” Obviously these two are looking to make a massive amount of money for the fight, but what should the fans expect? Is it going to be entertaining? If you enjoy seeing The Notorious beaten and embarassed (more than he did at UFC 196) then this is the PPV for you to throw your money at.

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Conor McGregor’s stamina played a huge factor in his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196

McGregor’s boxing is good for a UFC fighter, but in the pro boxing world his skills would not allow him to last twelve rounds with most boxers. His cardio was exposed when he fought Nate Diaz in a 15 minute contest. Boxing matches can go on for more than twice that length. There have been many legendary boxers who said they were going to beat Mayweather (such as Manny Pacqiao, Oscar De La Hoya, and Canelo Alvarez) and none of them were able to deliver. The only people who actually believe McGregor has a chance are his die-hard fans that continually worship him throughout his career. This will not even be a fair contest as Floyd Mayweather would dominate Mystic Mac until he hits the canvas.

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Dennis Bermudez on knockout loss to The Korean Zombie: “I thought it was a little bit early of a stoppage”

Dennis Bermudez commented on his knockout loss to The Korean Zombie during the post-fight press conference.

Dennis Bermudez: “I thought it was a little bit early of a stoppage. I know I was on Herb’s leg. Like, I knew (Jung) was there trying to hit me, so I was shooting on him. It’s just Herb was – I know Herb was doing his job just to keep us both safe in there. But yeah, I had a big platform to make a rise to the top, and it didn’t go our way tonight.”

After re-watching the finish of the fight, I saw that Bermudez did immediately grab The Korean Zombie’s leg (as shown in the featured image above) and might have moved to a better position if given the chance. However, The Korean Zombie was raining down strikes from above that would have put Bermudez’s future cognitive abilities in serious jeopardy. Don’t get me wrong, I know Herb Dean, the referee that was initiated the stoppage, has been in the middle of many controversial stoppages as of late. He should have stopped the fight between Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping when Silva knocked out Bisping with a flying knee but instead chose to let it continue cause the round ended a second later. He would do the exact same thing at UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña when Jorge Masvidal knocked out Donald Cerrone at the end of the first round. He waved off the fight and then the round ended a second later. This caused the fight to continue even though he waved the fight off before the round ending horn. Even though Herb Dean is slowly becoming a terrible referee nowadays, this stoppage was justified by the way Bermudez fell face first to the mat. This usually signals that the fighter is unconscious as no sane person would go face first to the mat on perpose. The odds of Bermudez getting out of his situation were very slim and the odds of him taking unnecessary punishment was very high. In Bermudez’s defense, he may not have had a clear memory of what happened because of the circumstances. In the end Herb Dean made the right call for once and stopped the fight when it needed to be stopped. Hopefully he can keep doing this for every fight from now on.

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Conor McGregor on Ronda Rousey’s loss: “I don’t celebrate another’s defeat like that”

Conor McGregor recently stated in an interview in Manchester last week what he thought about Ronda Rousey’s loss and how he reacted.

Conor McGregor: “When Ronda lost, I woke up to all these messages. ‘Now let’s see what they do.’ And I’m like, what? I love Ronda, I was always a big supporter of Ronda. Then she loses that second one and people are trying to make me celebrate, ‘now they’ve got nobody.’ That’s a wrong mindset. I don’t celebrate another’s defeat like that. That’s weak. A weak individual does that. People were trying to celebrate when I lost who had nothing to do with it. That ain’t the sign of a champion. That ain’t the sign of a true champion, so I couldn’t believe it.”

Many would assume that McGregor would take joy in Ronda Rousey’s loss due to the fact that he is now the biggest draw in the UFC today. However, McGregor has always been a huge fan of Rousey and was dissapointed like many of her fans when the former bantamweight champion was stopped inside one round against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Altough this is a class act from the first fighter in UFC’s history to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously, McGregor has blasted other fighters personal lives and family. He would bring up things that had nothing to do with the fight game or him for that matter and would use it just to win a fight. He states that people celebrating somthing that had nothing to do with them are weak yet he continously uses personal subjects such as wife and kids, financial income, and even religion for his own personal gain. Rousey, similarly, bashed Holly Holm before their fight at UFC 192. Her instagram post is featured below:

Her attitude towards one of the most kind and sincere fighters in the UFC is a bit sickening to say the least. Holm has been respectful of Rousey before and after their fight but was denied a glove touch in the moments before their fight. This was why many (including myself) had celebrated Rousey’s loss at UFC 193. She was despicable and tried to ruin the reputation of Holm by throwing shade onto her with her millions of followers. I did feel more sympathetic for her after her second (and more devestating) loss to Nunes. McGregor and Rousey are not too different as McGregor’s loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 was celebrated for the same exact reason people cheered Rousey’s demise. McGregor’s constant bragging of his wealth and arrogant trash talking og other fighters was getting on the nerves of many spectators of the UFC while his loyal fanbase ate it up. Diaz shocked the world when he gave the Irish man his first loss in the UFC. This put McGregor in Rousey’s shoes and can probably attribute to why he refuses to celebrate her loss. He knows that the same can happen to him, especially with Floyd Mayweather being his focus. However, both Rousey and McGregor ate a good helping of humble pie in those fights via a kick and a Stockton slap to the face.

Post-Fight Reactions

UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs The Korean Zombie Post-Fight Reactions

Houston got plenty of excitement on Saturdy night with the return of The Korean Zombie after being roughly three years away from the octagon. Here is my reaction to the main card fights that occured on the February 4th card in Houston, Texas.

Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade vs Angela “Overkill” Hill:

This fight to me was the fight of the night with its nonstop action that kept the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the contest. Jessica Andrade pushed the pace of the fight by constantly pressuring Angela Hill with her fury of strikes. Hill showed that she can take a beating without going down as she was hit with many strikes in all three rounds without going down. Andrade’s offense might have lost its power from exhaustion which would explain why Hill was able to absorb all of her strikes. She was able to land two of her three takedowns during the fight which didn’t lead to anything other than points and added momentum. Hill stunned everyone when she dropped Andrade in the final round and could’ve had a comeback had fatigue not set in yet. In the end the knockdown was not even enough to win her that round as the judges all scored the contest 30-27 in Jessica Andrade’s favor.

Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton vs Marcel “Maozinha” Fortuna

At first glance this contest looked like an odd mismatch. Anthony Hamilton weighed 260 lbs. and stood at a height of 6’5″ which dwarfed his opponent Marcel Fortuna who weighed only 205 lbs. and had a height of 6’1″. Hamilton started off good with pressure but then got wild with his strikes. His strategy was to brawl Fortuna because he clearly had the power advantage and would have the upper hand if the two swung wildly at eachother. Although Hamilton did open a cut on Fortuna’s brow (due to an accidental headbutt) Fortuna was able to land his right an too often and the final one that hit the top of Hamilton’s skull was the one that would put his lights out in the first round. This shows that weight and height don’t mean a guarantee win in MMA.

Ovince Saint Preux vs Volkan Oezdemir

This matchup looked exciting at first but became painfully dull due to Ovince Saint Preux (OSP) constant running and refusal to give much offense. This was a worry of mine after seeing OSP’s last two fights against Jon Jones and Jimi Manuwa which he lost due to little offense as well. History repeated itself as he lost to Volkan Oezdemir via split decision. OSP attempted four different takedowns which would have put him in his favorable environment had he land any of them. His best came at the end of the third round when he stunned Oezdemir with a furry of strikes but it was too late to get a finish. Oezdemir applied great pressure and strikes to win the split decision yet it could have been awarded to either men. I believed at first that OSP would win the decision for he won the second and third round because of his ability to land the more significant strikes against his opponent. They always say not to leave it in the hands of the judges and OSP will hopefully look for a finish in his next fight.

Abel “Killa” Trujillo vs James “The Texecutioner” Vick

Texas native, James Vick, had his sights set on winning in his home state and achieved just that through determination. Vick was able to use his boxing to keep Abel Truijillo a good portion of the fight. There were times when Trujillo was able to close the distance and even get a takedown in the first round. Trujillo really struggled on both the feet and ground. He was getting hit with punches and kicks and got caught with multiple guillotine and d’arce choke attempts during takedown attempts. Finally, in the third round Vick hits Trujillo with a double flying knee to the face which hurt the fighter and leads him to shoot a takedown that Vick counters with yet another d’arce choke attempt which he is able to finish. It was suprising to see the boxer win via submission until you see that the blue belt in Brazillian jiu-jitsu has four previous submissions before this fight. Vick even added after the fight that his submission move was the same he would do on the EA Sports UFC 2 video game. He’s got a great attitude and a magnificent set of skills that will surely lead to more interesting performances.

Alexa Grasso vs Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig

A controversial fight that many people believe is only on the co-main event spot beacuse both fighters are attractive, especially Felice Herrig who has posed nude as a cover model, ended up being not as interesting as a lot of the fights on this card. The fight between Jessica Andrade and Angela Hill would have made a better co-main event fight than this one as it featured two well etablished fighters that were willing to put on a show. Unfortunately we were forced to watch these two battle it out. Alexa Grasso was the fan favorite in the contest but failed to yield much offense on a consistent basis. Herrig was able to land a pair of takeodwns that would help her win the unanimous decision. This gave Grasso her first lost which came as a shock to her. This may be because Grasso outsrtuck Herrig in both total and significant strikes. The final few seconds of the fight saw Grasso unleashing a fury of strikes that put Herrig in trouble but would prove futile. After the fight Herrig revealed that the day before the fight marked the 25th anniversary of her brother’s death. This motivated her to live a better life and do more in honor of her brother. I believe she silenced many of her critics that stated she was a model first and a fighter second.

Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung

The main event was thrilling albeit short. Dennis Bermudez started off great by landing a perfect right on The Korean Zombie. This would hurt The Korean Zombie and lead to him scrambling to stay on his feet. Unfortunately for Bermudez, The Korean Zombie was able to get into his rhythym and go on to put Bermudez to sleep with a well timed uppercut. This would also give him a performance of the night bonus. The biggest concern for Jung was whether or not he was able to come from such a long layoff and beat a top ten contender in his return. Although it seems like he wasn’t able to at first with that scary right hand he ate, he would go on to prove that he is still a dangerous fighter and a top contender in the featherweight division.