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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.