The proposed superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have been a pipe dream that went up in smoke, but that doesn’t mean that the two fighters won’t remain linked in the news. With McGregor seeking to become the first UFC fighter to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously at UFC 205 and his grandstanding at the press conference earlier this week, he cemented his status as the top draw in all of MMA. It’s a blueprint that fight fans will notice has been sprinkled with influence from Floyd Mayweather’s historic rise to become the highest paid athlete in all of sports.
It was an action-packed second week of the 2016/17 Champions League campaign. Juventus: While it’ll take victories over their serious competition in Sevilla and Lyon to advance, Juve issued a stern warning shot by comprehensively dismantling Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia. FC Copenhagen: Also entering a four-goal display were slightly less likely goal machines Copenhagen, who all-but-consigned Club Brugge to whipping boy status and took their big chance to ensure the race for the knockout phase with Leicester and Porto is up for grabs.
The heavyweight division is once again in a state of flux. Tyson Fury, the division’s reigning kingpin (for the time being, at least) who scored one of the bigger upsets in the recent history of the division by unseating long-reigning champ Wladimir Klitschko last November, is AWOL. A narrative is circulating about his mental health after an interview iFL TV conducted with his uncle and trainer, Peter Fury (h/t Nick Ames of the Guardian), and when or if he’ll be able to return to the fray after he withdrew from a contracted rematch with Klitschko for the second time last week. Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reported on Monday that a showdown between Klitschko and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has become a possibility with Fury out of the picture.