Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 20 hrs ago
If Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, it’s a good bet he’ll never fight again after that.
And, no, to all of you cynics and wise guys, it won’t be because of the way the fight goes. Rather, if the fight ever happens, it would almost certainly price McGregor out of any future UFC fight.
McGregor is the UFC lightweight champion, a belt he won on Nov. 12 in New York when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to, at that point, become the first man ever to hold two weight-class titles simultaneously in the UFC.
He shares the record of the largest UFC guarantee ($3 million) with former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. He made far more than that for the win over Alvarez when his pay-per-view cut and other revenue streams are included. It’s more likely he surpassed $10 million when all is said and done, though the UFC doesn’t release that information.
UFC president Dana White, who made McGregor and Mayweather $25 million offers for the fight recently, has interest in the bout because it would be, well, big business.
Take a look at the potential contenders:
Is there anyone else who is realistic to match him with who would do big business? Probably not.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 20 hrs ago
Twenty-year-old Sage Northcutt has a reputation for being too nice despite being a third-degree black belt in karate and one of the brightest stars in MMA. However, a recent loss to Mickey Gall may have the Texan reconsidering his approach to the sport.
With a 3-2 record in the UFC, Northcutt hasn’t quite lived up to the overwhelming hype that followed him into his UFC debut in October of 2015. Some have questioned whether he has the mental toughness to deal with adversity. Well, it appears that Northcutt may have an idea about how to fix this so-called problem.
After being seen backstage with Nick and Nate Diaz after his loss to Gall at UFC on Fox 20, Super Sage confirmed that an offer is on the table with “The MMA Hour.”
“They mentioned getting some training together in the future so we’ll see if that happens,” Northcutt said about his meeting with the Diaz brothers. “They were just super nice guys so it was cool to meet them.”
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 2 days ago
Tito Ortiz put an exclamation point on his legendary mixed martial arts career Saturday, reminding the crowd at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and a national television audience of his greatness with one final victory.
On his 42nd birthday, Ortiz survived an early guillotine choke attempt to submit Chael Sonnen with a rear-naked choke at 2:03 of the first round in the main event of Bellator 170.
Ortiz, a member of the UFC Hall of Fame and one of the pioneers of the sport, had some anxious moments. But he was clearly far stronger than Sonnen and in the end essentially overpowered the man known as “The American Gangster.”
A one-time collegiate wrestler who 19 years ago to the day was pinned by Sonnen in the first round, Ortiz had his son, Jacob, perform a symbolic act and leave his red gloves in the center of the cage.
“Everyone, this will be the last time I will be in this cage,” Ortiz told the crowd. “So as we do in wrestling, you’d retire your wrestling shoes. Tonight, Jan. 21, 2017, I’m going to let my son lay these gloves down right here in the Bellator cage because this is the last time I’ll be fighting. Thank you guys for the support for 20 years.”
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 7 days ago
Tim Kennedy, the former Army Ranger who for several years was among the elite mixed martial artists in the world, announced his retirement as an active fighter Tuesday.
In a post on Facebook, Kennedy cited his age as a factor. He was stopped by Kelvin Gastelum in December at UFC 206 in Toronto in what proved to be his final bout. He ends his career 18-6 overall and 3-2 in the UFC. His UFC highlight was a win over Michael Bisping, the current UFC middleweight champion. He lost two middleweight title bouts, to Jacare Souza and Luke Rockhold, while he was fighting in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion.
Though the win over Bisping, who knocked out Rockhold at UFC 199, would seem to be the highlight of his career, Kennedy saw it differently. He pointed to a first-round knockout victory over Rafael Natal on Nov. 6, 2013, at Fight for the Troops, as the defining moment of his career.
The arena was filled with his fellow soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Kennedy drew great inspiration from competing in front of his peers, he wrote.
But Kennedy said Gastelum reminded him of another fighter he knew well.
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 8 days ago
For all the great things that B.J. Penn has done in mixed martial arts, he had no business being in the Octagon on Sunday. He hasn’t won in more than six years and is just a shell of his former self.
What made it worse on Sunday was that he was matched at the Talking Stick Resort Arena with a fast, quick, dynamic striker who looks to be on the verge of stardom.
Yair Rodriguez won his sixth fight in a row, easily handling Penn before stopping him at 24 seconds of the second round. Rodriguez caught Penn with a right front kick, and then threw a right cross behind it. Penn went down and Rodriguez unloaded with strikes, forcing referee John McCarthy to stop it.
Penn briefly complained, but there is no disputing the stoppage. Penn was never in the fight and took a brutal beating in the first round. Penn was fighting for the first time since losing badly to Frankie Edgar on July 6, 2014.
He seemed slow and unable to deal with Rodriguez’s quickness and athletic ability. Rodriguez unloaded on him with a series of kicks, flying through the air like a striking gymnast.
He simply did not have it yet again and it probably makes little sense for him to continue.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 11 days ago
During an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” Floyd Mayweather said he attempted to make a fight with Conor McGregor and offered him $15 million while he would rake in $100 million. Dana White caught wind of Mayweather’s comments and appeared on “The Herd” to counter the retired boxer with an offer of his own to make the dream fight come to fruition.
“Here’s a real offer: We’ll pay you $25 million, we’ll pay Conor $25 million and we’ll talk about pay-per-view at a certain number. There’s a real offer,” White said.
White’s offer is merely 25 percent of Mayweather’s asking price while McGregor’s purse is $10 million more than what Mayweather offered. Despite the offer, White made it clear that there are a number of variables that come into play when attempting to make a fight happen between a UFC fighter and a boxer. But he did make one thing clear: Mayweather suggesting that he attempted to make the fight is absolutely false.
“He hasn’t talked to anybody about this fight,” White said. “If you’re talking to anybody about this fight, you are talking to me. I’m the promoter and Conor McGregor is under contract with me.”
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 11 days ago
If you asked mixed martial arts fans which fight they would want to see most, it’s a good bet that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in a five-round lightweight match would be high on that list.
And so it should be good news that the fight is done and will serve as the co-main event of UFC 209 on March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A rematch for the welterweight title between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will headline the show. That show also includes what should be a bombs away heavyweight fight between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.
But the UFC placed the interim-title designation on the Nurmagomedov-Ferguson bout, which has irritated some fans. It’s a move the UFC is making more and more often, and not always to great acclaim.
Ignore the interim titles. Enjoy the fights.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 13 days ago
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has had a rough past couple of weeks with the loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. And now there has been some insult added to injury as her home in Venice, Calif., has been the target of vandalism.
According to the Daily Mail, Rousey’s home was spray painted on Monday evening. The graffiti is indecipherable and doesn’t necessarily address Rousey or her loss. However, it is certainly a headache for the former champion who has suffered back-to-back knockout losses after starting her MMA career winner her first 12 fights.
There are no suspects at this time.
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 14 days ago
Ronda Rousey has broken her social media silence for the first time since losing in the first round at UFC 207 to Amanda Nunes. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion had only offered a written statement after being soundly battered by Nunes on Dec. 30 that only alluded to her taking some time to ponder her future in MMA. This post on Instagram was a bit more cryptic and inspired by none other than “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
A photo posted by rondarousey (@rondarousey) on Jan 9, 2017 at 1:37pm PST
While Rousey has had to deal with her fair share of criticism and ridicule from the world since dropping her first bout since losing to Holly Holm in 48 seconds, one person who refused to kick her while she was down happened to be rival, Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 14 days ago
Until Monday afternoon, none of the UFC’s 10 reigning champions had a fight scheduled. But that changed quickly when UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports that welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on March 4, in a rematch of their majority draw last year in New York.
Woodley retained his title with the draw at UFC 205. Two judges scored it 47-47, while the third had Woodley winning, 48-47. It was chosen as the Fight of the Night.
After a brief flirtation with a bout against his Fox Sports broadcast partner, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, Woodley agreed to the rematch with Thompson on Monday, much to White’s delight.
“So close [and] sooooo good,” White said via text message of the first Woodley-Thompson bout.
They went so far as to speak to White about it, but White went on vacation in Hawaii and that stalled the momentum for the fight.