August is shaping up to be a great month for Conor McGregor.
On Aug. 26th, the UFC lightweight champion will have an opportunity to etch his name into the history books when he takes on undefeated, all-time boxing great Floyd Mayweather, Jr. inside the squared circle. Even if he loses, McGregor is still likely to earn a nine-figure payday in the process. And now, McGregor just earned high praise from the man many MMA followers view as the greatest fighter to ever live, Jon Jones.
Speaking yesterday on the Jim and Sam Show, the light heavyweight champion and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter on the planet said that Conor McGregor was the inspiration behind his decision to call out former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar after UFC 214.
“It’s a big money fight,” said Jones. “I think I was inspired by Conor McGregor, to be honest with you. To just dare and to reach, reach higher. Me versus Brock Lesnar is somewhat equivalent to Mayweather and McGregor. A lot of people would assume that I would lose that fight. Brock Lesnar is super athletic. He was a Division I national wrestling champion. Yeah he’s older but he’s just a freak. He’s a rare talent. I don’t know what the betting odds would be on that one.
“It’s just like, do the impossible. Be the David and Goliath story just the same way McGregor dares to compete against Floyd Mayweather. You know what, if you come up short, at least you have more balls than the average American that even step in there. But if you win, the glory that comes with beating a Floyd Mayweather or beating a Brock Lesnar, it’s huge.”
The odds are actually comfortably in Jones’ favor, with Vegas opening lines having Jones as a -350 favorite. Conversely, when the Mayweather-McGregor fight was first rumored, Mayweather opened as a -2200 favorite but has since been bet down to -550. But while the odds may not be the same, the outcome for both Jones and and McGregor would be similar, at least in the financial sense: the biggest payday of their respective careers.
But before any of this can happen, Lesnar still has to get his affairs in order. He is currently under contract with the WWE until April, and accounting for the necessary training camp, a Lesnar-Jones superfight wouldn’t be likely until next summer. Then there is the issue of Lesnar re-entering the USADA system, something Jones claims Lesnar is reticent to do.
“I haven’t really looked into Brock Lesnar’s situation too much but I know that once he enters the drug testing pool, he would have to complete six months of that. Right now he’s refusing to join the pool. I’m not accusing him of being on steroids or whatever, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t just start the process if you were being a clean athlete.”
Some have argued that Lesnar is just using the UFC as leverage while he renegotiates his WWE contract but the fact remains that a bout with Jones is likely the single biggest payday available to Lesnar at the moment and the window for these types of opportunities is closing. Ultimately, Jones says the allure of the money and the desire to be the guy to beat him will bring Lesnar to the table.
“I don’t know what’s gonna happen with him, but I know Brock’s a great businessman and I know he knows that this would be huge money. I’m 40 pounds lighter than him so I’m sure that just the thought of being the first person to defeat me has to be running through his mind. And the pay day. So I’m sure the fight is gonna happen. It’s just gonna be a matter of time.”
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8 years ago today, this happened. Watch the SpiderGoat work.
JBJ on GMA.
Van Heerden backing up Paulie.
T.J. on Aldo.
Just what you needed, Skip Bayless on Malignaggi-McGregor.
Oh Chuck. Don’t go saying things like that. It’ll get Coker’s hopes up.
Anik and Florian. Kevin Lee, Paul Felder, and Ray Longo interviews.
Co-Main Event. The Pettis and Grasso wins are broken down from the weekend.
Severe MMA. UFC Mexico City, Malignaggi-McGregor, and fan questions are answered.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
This was inevitable.
️ #MayweatherMcGregor Is Coming… #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/H7ud3ySBiO
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) August 7, 2017
And suddenly, Dave Branch has made this fight really interesting.
#Lucas @LukeRockhold on punk ass @arielhelwani show talkin that nonsense… Yeah aight. I’ll see you in my office I get the chicken pic.twitter.com/v1MyFK5UzF
— David Branch (@DavidcBranchMMA) August 7, 2017
Saddle up boys it’s time to get paid been done that https://t.co/81kgepF9C3
— David Branch (@DavidcBranchMMA) August 7, 2017
I’m moving to Flyweight to find myself. #EatPrayLove pic.twitter.com/Cn4yQWL2DQ
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) August 7, 2017
Way to roll with the punches.
I’m willing to donate $10,000 towards his capture and prosecution. https://t.co/WYReYgoypF
— Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) August 8, 2017
How is Jon Jones gonna stop that? He’s proven himself an excellent amateur wrestler but he’s not on the pro level.
Arrest Brock Lesnar. He just murdered everyone
A post shared by Mike Bohn (@mikebohnmma) on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:21pm PDT
Oezdemir cannot be stopped.
I don’t waste my time ⌚ #notime #dynamitehands pic.twitter.com/i96AAmO4Sq
— Volkan Oezdemir (@volkan_oezdemir) August 7, 2017
Not the best hashtag game.
Rivera fights. I wanna fight. Not chase around a Goomba! #BantamGreatsNotBantamChase! https://t.co/dPfrEgju13
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 8, 2017
Belal Muhammad is definitely worth a Twitter follow.
If you can’t think of a word, say “I forget the English word for it”. That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot
— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) August 7, 2017
Mark Hunt back in camp so expect a fight announcement soon I guess.
Day1 done ✅
A post shared by The Super Samoan (@markhuntfighter) on Aug 7, 2017 at 1:17am PDT
Forrest Griffin working with the SBG boys.
A post shared by Artem Lobov (@rushammer) on Aug 6, 2017 at 8:26pm PDT
Hands down the bet weekend of my life…. so many people I love, all in one place, celebrating Chabby! Thanks to everyone that came out and everyone that helped make our wedding perfect! #chabbymendeswedding #thehideout #perfection #wedding #friends #thegoodlife
A post shared by Chadmendes (@chadmendes) on Aug 7, 2017 at 7:51pm PDT
Guess who just got their #bjj brown-belt today!! Thanks Matt Serra, Drago, Big Dan, and everyone at SerraBJJ academy for elevating my game!! pic.twitter.com/YEhZVas8Ro
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 6, 2017
Drug free is the way to be @UFC @USAntidoping approved ✅drug tested today @AmericanTopTeam for next fight #UFCJapan #RosaNation pic.twitter.com/JRLEwctWlc
— Charles Rosa (@CharlesRosaMMA) August 7, 2017
Steve Kozola (8-0) vs. Carrington Banks (6-0); Bellator 184, Oct. 6.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2009: B.J. Penn submitted Kenny Florian with a rear-naked choke at UFC 101 to retain his UFC lightweight title. In the co-main event, Anderson Silva went into the Matrix against Forrest Griffin in one of the most incredible performances his UFC history.
2015: Glover Teixeira submitted Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 73.
Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.
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