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Sunday, January 22, 2017

MMA

Big John McCarthy has words with Tito Ortiz after Bellator 170 fight

John McCarthy Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz defeated Chael Sonnen by submission in the first round of their fight at Bellator 170 on Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. in what was his final fight.

Ortiz held onto his choke well beyond the point of Sonnen tapping out, forcing referee Big John McCarthy to pull Ortiz off Sonnen.

After the fight, McCarthy requested a word with Ortiz. Our reporter covering the fight from the press section believes McCarthy said something to Ortiz about holding onto the choke too long.

Ordinarily you’d wonder if Ortiz would face some sort of punishment for holding the choke too long, but he says he is retiring for good.

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Paul Daley knocks out Brennan Ward with flying knee

Paul Daley flying knee

Paul Daley knocked out Brennan Ward to win their fight at Bellator 170 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday with one incredible flying knee.

The knockout occurred early in the first round of their fight. Ward had Daley on the ground, but Daley was able to get to his feet. Then he backed Ward up with a vicious spinning elbow.

After getting some space, Daley delivered the incredible flying knee to win:

Daley has now won nine of his last 10 fights by knockout.

A stretcher was brought out to carry Brennan out of the cage, though he was moving his arms and gave a thumbs up.

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Jenna Jameson responds to vulgar zinger from Chael Sonnen

Jenna Jameson

Jenna Jameson responded to a vulgar zinger she was the target of during Thursday’s Bellator 170 press conference between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen.

Sonnen and Ortiz are fighting on Saturday in a heavily hyped fight. Sonnen is known for having a big mouth, so it’s no surprise he brought out the blasts during the press conference. That included a reference to Jameson, whom Ortiz dated for about 7 years.

Ortiz commented that Sonnen has talked his way into all of his big fights and really hadn’t earned them otherwise. Sonnen responded by saying something about Ortiz’s ex (Jameson) making money using her mouth.

The comment came back to Jameson, who tweeted this response:

How else could Jameson have played that? There really wasn’t much to say. As for Sonnen, he still remains an elite-level trash talker.

Floyd Mayweather taunts Conor McGregor over net worth

Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he wants to fight Conor McGregor, but the undefeated boxing champion is only going to do it if he is guaranteed a ton of money. Not only that, but Floyd wants to make significantly more for the fight than McGregor.

Mayweather said recently that he wants $100 million guaranteed and is willing to give McGregor $15 million. UFC president Dana White later chimed in by saying he would guarantee both fighters $25 million and then talk about how to split the pay-per-view money. Floyd thinks that’s laughable, and he mocked McGregor on social media Thursday to illustrate his point.

There’s no way to tell how accurate those net worth figures actually are, but we know one thing for certain — Mayweather is worth a heck of a lot more than McGregor.

Mayweather made $200 million for a six-fight contract he had with Showtime, and that didn’t include pay-per-view money. He reportedly made over $200 million for his fight with Manny Pacquiao alone, so why would he accept $25 million?

From a financial standpoint, McGregor has way more incentive to make the fight happen than Mayweather. There’s no way Floyd will agree to an even split, and who can blame him? McGregor can talk all the smack he wants and continue to make outlandish claims like these, but he’d have to check his ego before actual negotiations could begin.

Floyd Mayweather ‘absolutely’ wants to fight Conor McGregor

There are a lot of people who don’t think Floyd Mayweather’s interest in fighting Conor McGregor is legitimate, but the retired boxer begs to differ.

Mayweather was in attendance for Saturday’s boxing card featuring Badou Jack and James Degale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and was interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray. Gray asked about the possibility of Mayweather fighting McGregor, and Floyd said he “absolutely” wanted the fight.

What’s significant is how Mayweather mentioned that he is a “business man.” Floyd was famous for taking fights where the risk to him was as little as possible while his financial reward was great. Clearly he’s not too concerned about fighting McGregor, who is a professional MMA star but does not have anywhere near the boxing experience of Mayweather.

But if UFC president Dana White is going to make the fight happen, he will have to up his financial offer.

Dana White’s offer to Floyd Mayweather is a joke

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been talking about fighting each other for around a year, but Dana White sure isn’t coming close to making such a fight happen.

Earlier this week, Mayweather shared his terms for a potential fight with McGregor, saying he would only fight for $100 million plus pay-per-view.

White, who has McGregor under contract at the UFC, says any fight would have to go through his organization. During an interview on “The Herd” on FOX Sports Radio Friday, White made his offer for the bout.

“Tell you what, Floyd, here’s a real offer. And I’m the guy. I’m the guy that can actually make the offer, and I’m actually making a real offer. We’ll pay you (Floyd) $25 million. We’ll pay Conor (McGregor) $25 million. And then we’ll talk about Pay-Per-View at a certain number. There‚Äôs a real offer.”

Seriously, Dana, that’s the best you can do? That’s a joke.

Mayweather made $200 million for a six-fight contract with Showtime, which did not include the pay-per-view money. He also reportedly made over $200 million alone for his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Why would he take so much less? Mayweather is a business man, and that offer doesn’t make any business sense for him.

Floyd Mayweather: The only fight I’m interested in is Conor McGregor

The unlikely prospect of Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming out of retirement for a cross-sport fight with Conor McGregor is the storyline that won’t seem to die, and Mayweather continues to do his part to breathe life into it.

In an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Wednesday, Mayweather was asked about McGregor saying two months ago that he wants $100 million to fight the undefeated boxer. Mayweather says he would only give McGregor a fraction of that, but he is willing to make the fight happen.

“We tried to make the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather said. “They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number. We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage — the back end — on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight?

“You guys keep hearing all these different rumors about different fighters want to face Floyd Mayweather. Everybody keeps talking about Conor McGregor. He’s blowing smoke up everybody’s a–. Dana White, the UFC — let’s make it happen. Bring him over to the boxing world, and I’ll show him what it’s like.”

Mayweather and his camp have flip-flopped for months about whether they are interested in a fight with McGregor. In fact, Mayweather promotions recently expressed confidence that the bout would “never happen” because the UFC would not allow one of its biggest stars to risk getting throttled in the boxing ring.

“Only thing I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight,” Mayweather added Wednesday. “I’m a businessman, and it makes business sense. I believe in what me and [adviser] Al Haymon talk about every day — I believe in working smarter, not harder.”

A while back, a report indicated Mayweather has offered McGregor a substantial amount of money to fight him. Floyd’s offer of $15 million makes it seem like that report was way off-base.

There’s still next to no chance the fight will happen. McGregor can talk as much smack about Mayweather as he wants, but the fact is the UFC lightweight champion has very little leverage in negotiations. In addition to the legal hurdles of getting the UFC to allow him to fight Mayweather, McGregor has never made anywhere close to the type of money Floyd got for fighting during his career. An even split is never going to happen.

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