Boxing broadcasting legend Al Bernstein is feeling the buzz surrounding Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.
Bernstein will call the “super fight” along with Mauro Ranallo and Paulie Malignaggi. The fight will air live on Showtime pay-per-view. The bout has been criticized by many as McGregor has never competed in a professional boxing match.
During a recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio, Bernstein explained why the fight holds his interest:
“This is an intriguing … probably one of the most intriguing situations that I’ve ever been in in 35 years of broadcasting. Because this match is way different than anything obviously. Part of the intrigue of it to me is normally in boxing or MMA when promoters say, ‘Oh, we have a match. We’re pretty sure the public is going to be interested in this. Let’s put it out there and promote it.’ This fight kind of started the reverse.”
Bernstein then said the fight is being made due to popular demand.
“This fight started because people seem to want to see it. The fighters themselves stoked the flames. People stoked the flames. And whatever people think of this match and the veracity of it, at the of the day it’s happening because people seem to want to see it.”
It appears Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum may take place after all.
At UFC 212 back in June, Silva and Gastelum were set to compete inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bout was going to be featured on the event’s main card. Gastelum was pulled due to a violation of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) policy.
Damon Martin of Flo Combat reports that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials are targeting Silva vs. Gastelum for a Nov. 25 card in Shanghai, China.
“The Spider” recently nabbed his first victory since Oct. 2012. He took a controversial unanimous decision victory over Derek Brunson. Meanwhile, Gastelum is coming off a submission loss to Chris Weidman.
Stick with MMANews.com for more details on this potential match-up as they become available.
Bob Arum doesn’t appear enthusiastic about Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.
On Aug. 26, McGregor and Mayweather will do battle inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be McGregor’s first professional boxing match. As for Mayweather, he’ll go for a perfect 50-0 record to close his career. Speaking to TMZ Sports, boxing promoter Arum expressed his dismay over the bout (via Bloody Elbow ):
“There’s a limit to the number of suckers (that will pay). If they reduce the ticket price, (they can sell out). It’s not a fight, for Christ’s sake. And three weeks later, De La Hoya’s doing a hell of a fight, (Gennady) Golovkin and (Canelo) Alvarez. That’s a good fight.”
McGregor vs. Mayweather is expected to bring in significant pay-per-view (PPV) numbers. Mayweather’s last “super fight” was against Manny Pacquiao back in May 2015. That bout brought in 4.6 million PPV buys. “Money” recently admitted that the fight was a disappointment and promises to give fans a show against “Notorious.”
This will easily be McGregor’s biggest payday. While he has hit the million dollar mark for his past Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts, he’s never had an opponent with the drawing history of Mayweather. In fact, he hasn’t competed against anyone who can match his own drawing abilities.
Floyd Mayweather is changing his tune on Conor McGregor’s “racial” jokes.
Mayweather is set to do battle against McGregor inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug. 26. McGregor caught fire for telling “Money” to “dance for me boy” during their tour and saying he was black from the waist down.
What drew the ire of Mayweather was a recent appearance from McGregor on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “Money” explained to ESPN what got him heated (via MMAFighting.com ):
“I just didn’t like when he called us monkeys. I think that was totally disrespect. … He called us monkeys. I didn’t like it. It didn’t push a button to make me jump out of my character and go crazy, but I didn’t like it.”
He then went on to say that he was fighting for “all blacks around the world.”
“I just thought about all our different leaders. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X. They went on the front line for me and my family and all my loved ones. Like I said before, this stuff still goes on. But I’m strong, I’m smart, patient. And come Aug. 26, I’ll be the same person — smart, strong, patient. And the same way he called us monkeys, we’re gonna see if he say that Aug. 26. (This camp is) no different, but this is for a cause. This is for the American people. This is for all the blacks around the world.”
Andre Berto isn’t ruling out a wild finish to Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather.
Berto has held boxing titles before and is Mayweather’s last opponent. While Berto gives “Money” his due, he isn’t ready to count out “Notorious.” On Aug. 26, McGregor and Mayweather will do battle inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During a recent appearance on MMAFighting.com `s “The MMA Hour,” Berto described a situation where McGregor could finish Mayweather:
“I see Conor coming in there really showing that bravado, showing that cockiness and showing that he’s really there to fight. And somewhat trying to steal the stage from Floyd just with his antics and he kind of gets Floyd into a mind-game situation, has him pulling some type of mistakes and [Mayweather] gets caught with a big shot and gets hurt. And [McGregor] could stop him.”
If Mayweather doesn’t fall for those antics, Berto said it’ll be a long night for McGregor.
“Or I see Floyd not playing into any of these antics and being who he is, to stay poised and to stay sharp and let his boxing skills just pick Conor apart. And either late rounds stop Conor just from the accumulation of shots or maybe cuts or just being beat up, or just outboxing him for 12 rounds and just trying to make him look silly.”
Mamed Khalidov may be on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, but it’s still far from a done deal.
Khalidov has long been regarded as one of the best mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to never compete under the UFC banner. He is renowned for his stand-up abilities and his ground game in Russia. He hasn’t suffered a loss since March 2010.
Russian reporter Adam Zubayraev claimed that the UFC and Khalidov have been in talks. A signature would place “Cannibal” on the Oct. 21 card in Poland. MMA Uno has since reported that the UFC has offered Khalidov a bout with former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
The report notes that Khalidov has asked for a “seven-figure Euro fight purse.” Stick with MMANews.com for more details as they become available.
The CEO of Mayweather Promotions continues to be impressed by Conor McGregor.
On Aug. 26, McGregor will step inside the boxing ring for the first time in his fighting career. He’ll do battle against Floyd Mayweather inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Money” will be looking to end his career with a perfect 50-0 record.
Speaking with Fight Hub TV, Ellerbe said Mayweather’s team is preparing for McGregor’s unique fighting style (via Bloody Elbow ):
“I think he brings a lot of things to the fight. He has an awkward style that is kinda difficult to prepare for, and he’s very strong. He has great timing. I’m impressed. You gotta respect the guy. When he says he’s gonna do something, he’s been doing it. He’s not gonna do that to Floyd Mayweather, but he’s been able to do that.”
Conor McGregor isn’t worried about glove size before he steps inside a boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather.
On Aug. 26, McGregor and Mayweather will meet inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ” super fight ” is set to air live on Showtime pay-per-view. As part of the agreement, “Notorious” and “Money” will fight with 10 oz. gloves on.
In a recent social media post , Mayweather claimed he was willing to fight with eight ounce gloves on. McGregor responded on Instagram :
“Another handy 12 rounds today. We are prepared to destroy Floyd. Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz. I don’t give a f*ck about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that. Brittle hands.”
When McGregor meets Mayweather, it’ll be his first professional boxing match-up. Meanwhile, Mayweather will be going for a perfect 50-0 record to end his career.
The latest chapter of the on/off feud between UFC President Dana White and welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley appears to have been ended…
Woodley, coming off the back of a much criticized (albeit winning) performance over Demian Maia at UFC 214 on Saturday, demanded a public apology from White following comments made about his display in Anaheim, Calif.
“The Chosen One” spoke to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, and fired shots at White following the reneging on a deal which would have seen him take on the returning legend Georges St-Pierre:
“I don’t care so much about the fans, but when your job title is a promoter [so] promote your [expletive] fighter,” Woodley said. “Promote your champion. Don’t demote your champion.
“I’m owed a public apology. You’re going to publicly scrutinize me, Dana White? You publicly need to apologize to me.”
White refrained from granting Woodley his public apology but instead informed TMZ Sports on Tuesday that the acrimony between himself and Woodley was done:
“Woodley and I talked and he said he was just pissed and upset and didn’t mean it,” White said.
Woodley also allegedly told TMZ that the beef is done, stating, “We good.”
Frank Mir has thrown in his two cents on Daniel Cormier’s emotions following his UFC 214 loss.
This past Saturday night (July 29), UFC 214 took place inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. In the main event, Cormier defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title against Jon Jones.
Following two competitive rounds, Jones rocked “DC” with a head kick and that spelled the end for Cormier. Once Cormier hit the canvas, Jones finished him off with ground-and-pound to recapture the gold.
Former heavyweight champion Mir took to his Twitter account to give his take on why Cormier was emotional during his post-fight interview :
“People need to understand why D.C. was so hurt by (the) outcome. The loss means he was never really champ and only had (the) title because of Jon’s absence. Jon Jones is now without a doubt the P4P champ. Who else has had a #2 guy in their division as good as ‘DC’ and destroyed them?”