Over the weekend, the UFC held their biggest event of the year so far, a light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson. After the event, Dana White attended the post-fight press conference and, despite the plethora of strange and noteworthy events that had transpired in the 48 hours prior (towelgate, the Pearl Gonzalez fiasco, the Mousasi-Weidman cluster, Rumble’s sudden retirement, etc…) the hottest topic in MMA still found a way to sneak in there: Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.
When asked about any updates on the potential cross-over super-fight, Dana White said that after McGregor’s longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin gives birth to their first child, he and McGregor will meet to figure things out. White also walked back his earlier statements that McGregor vs. Mayweather was as likely as “me being the backup quarterback for [Tom] Brady” in the Super Bowl.
“Conor is having a baby any day now and after Conor has his baby, Conor and I are gonna meet in New York and then we’ll go from there. We’re not close [to a deal].
“I think there’s a better chance of it happening than me quarterbacking. I see this fight happening. Conor wants it and Floyd wants it. I’ve said many times, Conor has done a lot. He’s stepped up for the big fights for this company and for me and for Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I can’t deny him this fight.”
With little in the way of tangible accomplishment towards the speculative fight, both sides have thrown out a wide array of potential terms for the bout as far as dates, locations, and prize payouts. The latter is the most contentious matter with White offering $25 million to each fighter at one point (an egregious low ball) and Mayweather’s team insisting on the lion’s share of the profits. Jeff Mayweather, uncle to Floyd, even attacked White, blaming the failure of the bout to materialize on White wanting 80 percent of McGregor’s cut. White took the time to respond to that accusation with vigor.
“I would like to clarify all the bulls**t about the 80 f**king 20 split. Jeff Mayweather. Come on, Jeff. Me and Jeff go way back. Jeff, are you the spokesman now for f**king Team Mayweather? And Bob Arum? You piece of s**t. F**k you too. What do they know about this fight? You want to know what they know about this fight? Nothing. Believe me, we’ve had preliminary talks with Conor and I’m in a good place with Conor and we’re going to meet in New York when he has his baby.”
But despite his refutation of Jeff Mayweather’s claims, White does believe that money will be the biggest obstacle to conquer when negotiations for the fight begin in earnest, saying that he intends to stick up for McGregor to make sure the UFC lightweight champion gets his worth.
“I’ve been talking to [Mayweather’s team] for a while now.
“The longer it takes for us to come to an agreement, I think the longer it’s going to take to negotiate with the Mayweather team. Because I know all the talk of ‘A’ side, ‘B’ side and all this stuff. Listen, of course everything I say is going to come off biased because he’s my guy, but you guys judge. Is Conor McGregor not a massive star? This fight here, Floyd doesn’t make this kind of money either without Conor, so Conor is just as important as Floyd when it comes to this fight. Not to mention the fact that, Conor is actually stepping in and boxing him and not saying ‘Hey let’s fight in mixed martial arts.’”
Results. UFC 210 took place on Saturday and here are the results.
Results too. Bellator 16 also took place on Saturday and here are those results.
Time Capsule. Dana White says working in New York is like being back in 2001.
Shocking. Daniel Cormier was “very surprised” Anthony Johnson wrestled with him at UFC 210.
Shade. Gegard Mousasi says Chris Weidman “was trying to find a way out” at UFC 210.
Retired. Anthony Johnson vaguely explained his surprising retirement from MMA.
UFC post-fight presser.
Faber’s Hall of Fame package.
Canelo on MayGregor.
LFA 8 highlights.
Beatdown After the Bell.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
A lot happened this weekend but I feel like the towel story will be the most remembered.
Yo towel, you the real mvp. #UFC210 pic.twitter.com/N5HWlzQHE0
— Brandon Gibson (@SixGunGibson) April 7, 2017
Joey Diaz with the appropriate take on Towelgate.
Wisdom from the great Joey Diaz.
A post shared by Joe Rogan (@joerogan) on Apr 9, 2017 at 6:29pm PDT
Jimi feeling confident.
He knows ☝
A post shared by Jimi Manuwa (@pb1_) on Apr 9, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT
Sage Northcutt f**king hates apples.
At a Reebok Charity event in Boston pic.twitter.com/KGMMmBhRTK
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) April 10, 2017
Cold world out there.
Just saw the 211 card. I’m 6-1 in the @ufc and they have me the 1st fight of the night on fight pass in my home city? What a fucking joke
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) April 9, 2017
Would love a go with Charles oliveira
— Marc Diakiese (@Marc_Diakiese) April 9, 2017
What an incredible mustache.
Friends, Family & Fans make it all worth it. THANK YOU everyone for getting me through a tough one. Couldn’t do it without you! pic.twitter.com/8NLqYOyxhc
— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) April 10, 2017
That’s a bad man.
[email protected] is a bad bad bad man… #BellatorKB5 pic.twitter.com/mlnTONho4h
— Bellator Kickboxing (@BellatorKB) April 8, 2017
Appears the Rumble’s shout out to Goldie got to Rogan.
Great times! I still miss Mike Goldberg but I love working with these dudes. Goldie will have a special place in my heart forever. We shared some amazing moments. I may or may not be drunk on a plane right now feeling sentimental.
A post shared by Joe Rogan (@joerogan) on Apr 9, 2017 at 1:39pm PDT
For Anderson’s sake I hope he doesn’t take this fight.
Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) says UFC asked if he’ll fight Anderson Silva at UFC 212 and he accepted, but doubts Silva will take the fight. pic.twitter.com/Bc2GCT2mQq
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 8, 2017
Whew. That was quick.
Just heard from Anderson’s camp: “We’re already looking at different options, and Luke Rockhold is not one of them.” So, there goes that.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 9, 2017
Congrats to @urijahfaber for being inducted into the Hall of Fame! No one is more deserving than this man!! #HOF #OG #CaliKid ➡️ #CaliMan
A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on Apr 9, 2017 at 12:50pm PDT
Back to the grind @unbreakableperformance
A post shared by Chuck Liddell (@chuckliddell) on Apr 4, 2017 at 12:12pm PDT
Ben Askren (15-0) vs. Agilan Thani (6-0); One Championship 55, May 26.
Cody Garbrandt (11-0) vs. T.J. Dillashaw (14-3); UFC 213, July 8.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2009: Bellator MMA held their second ever event which featured the quarterfinals for their welterweight tournament. This night saw the promotional debut of Lyman Good who would go on to win the welterweight tournament and be crowned Bellator’s first 170 pound champion.
2010: Frankie Edgar became the UFC lightweight champion by winning a highly controversial decision over B.J. Penn at UFC 112.
Also at this event, Anderson Silva was supposed to defend his UFC middleweight title against Vitor Belfort but an injury forced Belfort to be replaced by Demian Maia. Silva won a wide decision in one of the more enigmatic performances of his career, dominating the fight but looking uninterested in finishing Maia.
2015: Will Brooks won a unanimous decision over Dave Jansen at Bellator 136 to successfully retain his lightweight title.
2016: Junior dos Santos won a unanimous decision over Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 86.
What a weekend. Just absolutely insane. Just wanted to note here, somewhat lost in the Weidman-Mousasi shuffle is that Weidman was very clearly not a “downed fighter” because his fingertips were on the ground, not his palm/fist per the rules. Also, this entire thing is infinitely stupid because the presence of one hand or two on the ground doesn’t make a knee to the head any “safer.” Allow knees to the head of a downed fighter and let’s please be done with this.
On a similar note though a little more hot take-y, bring back headbutts. Are headbutts substantially more dangerous than a clean elbow strike? At least, so much so that we need to ban them? I don’t think so. Feels like an optics thing to me but feel free to disprove me in the comments.
Hope y’all enjoyed the fights this weekend. We are smack dab in the middle of another run of UFC events and this weekend’s card is actually sneaky good. Enjoy your Monday as best you can everyone and see y’all tomorrow.
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