Mayweather VS McGregor UFC Bout Looks Likely
When UFC superstar and two-division champion Conor McGregor took on undefeated boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather in a megafight that took place on August 26, 2017, no one imagined Floyd would consider challenging his fortune again at the ripe age of 41 – this time in different, albeit familiar setting. The first fight was a calculated risk for Mayweather who came out of retirement to haul in a whopping $300 million. Claims surfaced that Floyd hadn’t taken the Irishman seriously, holding a training camp that didn’t come close to his Maidana or Pacquiao preparation. Conor, for his part, took home some $30 million. His boxing debut purse one of the highest ever in the sport.
Since that monumental bout (Mayweather TKO’d the Irish MMA superstar in the tenth round of a fight that went on far longer than expected) McGregor has been MIA’ing from the octagon. UFC president Dana White was finally forced to strip Conor of his lightweight belt following an 18-month hiatus. He was previously stripped of the featherweight title with Brazilian Jose Aldo briefly regaining his previously-held title before being defeated by Hawaii native Holloway.
In October of this year at UFC 216, Tony Ferguson submitted top 10 ranked Kevin Lee to claim the interim title (which became available due to Conor’s prolonged absence). While Lee was suffering from a debilitating staph infection which hampered his ability to hang with his opponent and even succeeded to mount Ferguson at the end the 1st round, Tony found a way to once again prove he’s one of (if not the) top dogs in the division, surviving a number of furious takedown attempts and figuring out his Lee in rounds 2 and 3 to pull out the win.
On December 30th, it was undefeated Dagistani fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov’s turn at UFC 219 in Vegas. He took on 4th ranked Brazilian kickboxer and Jujitsu specialist Edson Barboza. In what soon became a one-sided affair, the 29 year-old two-time sambo world champion outpowered his opponent, taking Barboza down at will and ground-and-pounding him to a decision victory. It was as dominant a win as ever with the outcome never in doubt. After the fight, Khabib dismissed the possibility of fighting McGregor for the title, instead opting to call our Ferguson.
Since Conor has been stripped of his title, the upcoming UFC 223 Ferguson – Khabib bout in Brooklyn will see the vacated belt go to one of the two contestants in what promises to be the true “fight of the century” (not to dismiss the two Daniel Cormier VS Jon Jones affairs). Tony and Khabib have been slated to meet in the octagon on two previous occasions with both ending up canceled. The first was scratched due to Ferguson’s lung problems and the UFC 209 Interim Title fight was canceled as a result of medical issues that arose as a result of Khabib’s weight-cutting problems.
Shortly after it was announced that McGregor was, indeed, being stripped, and his belt would be on the line for the Khabib VS Ferguson affair, Conor took to Instagram to claim that he had offered to step in for injured Max Holloway to take on Frankie Edgar for the featherweight title at UFC 222. Edgar’s team has denied the claims insisting McGregor was trying to make a last-second attempt to hold on to his title.
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So the biggest question in contact sports at the moment is when – and if – McGregor will make his awaited return to the octagon.
Reports that the Mayweather Jr. will take on his nemesis in a UFC ring are the talk of the contact sports world. While Mayweather hasn’t confirmed the reports, he hasn’t denied them either. There are rumors circulating that he’s been working out with MMA fighters in preparation for a UFC appearance. But the biggest indication that the most successful boxer of all time is prepping for a UFC debut is a recent interview with Mayweather’s father (and trainer). In it, Mayweather Sr. clearly hints of an upcoming UFC fight.
After being asked “…is…your son getting into the octagon in the UFC?”, his not-so-veiled response is, “It looks like it’s headed that way.”
Mayweather Sr. knows better than anyone what his son is thinking. As a seasoned marketer, (the Mayweathers run their own boxing promotion) he’s well aware of the importance of waiting for a primetime segment to reveal his son’s future career plans – especially of this type of magnitude. So you’d better believe that when Mayweather Sr. doesn’t mince any words and gets straight to the point with an adamant “looks like it’s headed that way” we can ALL smell what Money’s cookin’!
In any event, all options remain on the table for McGregor. He’s already made an unparalleled splash in the contact fighting world, raking in more dollars for the UFC than it made in its 24 previous years combined and all sins will be forgiven once “Notorious” makes his coveted return to the ring. A climactic showdown with “Money” Mayweather would be the icing on McGregor’s 3-layered torte.