CJ Watson is offering some thoughts several years later on his unexpected inclusion in the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather beef.
During a Reddit AMA session this weekend, the former Golden State Warriors guard was asked what he thought about McGregor wearing his jersey in an effort to troll Mayweather before their megafight in 2017.
“Stupid because I had nothing to do with the situation,” Watson replied.
If you recall, McGregor was seen wearing Watson’s No. 23 jersey with the Warriors specifically because of Watson’s link to Josie Harris, the mother of Mayweather’s children (which you can read more about here). The episode also triggered a war of words between McGregor and Draymond Green, who currently wears No. 23 for the Warriors and thought that McGregor was wearing his jersey instead.
Watson, now 36 years old, spent ten seasons in the NBA and is now playing overseas in Turkey. Unfortunately, Watson may now be more known for his entanglement in the McGregor-Mayweather feud than for his actual NBA career, and he is clearly not too thrilled about it.
Alistair Overeem showed some great sportsmanship after beating Walt Harris via second-round TKO at UFC Fight Night in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday.
Overeem dropped Harris to the mat with a huge kick and started to pound on him with little resistance. After Overeem delivered several punches to Harris’ head over the course of a minute, referee Dan Miragliotta decided to stop the fight.
Rather than celebrate, Overeem dropped down and put his arm around his opponent. He even could be heard saying “let’s train together,” while giving Harris a hand.
Very classy by Alistair Overeem not celebrating the win over Walt Harris. He immediately consoled him and said, 'Let's train together.' #UFCFL
Overeem is now 46-18 with one no contest, while Harris is 13-8 with one no contest.
There may have been more to the compassion shown by Overeem. Harris’ late stepdaughter was reported missing in October, and her remains were found a month later. Overeem is a father of two girls and may have felt more for Harris than the average person.
Darren Elkins got bloodied badly in a loss to Nate Landwehr at UFC Fight Night 37 on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida.
Elkins suffered his fourth straight defeat when he lost via decision to Landwehr to fall to 24-9 in his pro MMA career. Both he and Lundwehr got bloodied in the fight, but this photo shows just how bad it was for Elkins.
Justin Gaethje pulled off a surprising win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday night and was already looking towards his next fight.
Gaethje won the main event in the fifth round after a stoppage that left Ferguson frustrated.
“The weight cut had nothing to do with it, Justin’s a tough son of a b-tch, I’ll be real,” Ferguson said after the fight. “We prepared for Khabib, not too much of a striker, s–t happens, what can you do? I would have much rather got finished instead of having somebody step in.”
Ferguson was originally set to face Nurmagomedov at UFC 249, but those plans were thrown off by the coronavirus pandemic, which also moved the fight date from April 18 to May 9. That means Ferguson had an extended training camp and less than a month to prepare for Gaethje.
Gaethje took the fight on short notice and went in with the mentality that he was willing to die in the cage.
Gaethje: I feel bad for [Ferguson] because if that was me I'd be f*ckin' pissed because I come in here to die. I told my coaches in the back, "You're not gonna like it but I'm ready to die tonight." That's the mentality you have to come in here with.
Considering his age and that Cejudo has only had 18 professional MMA fights, Jones’ suspicion could be accurate. We will find out in time whether Cejudo is truly walking away or whether he is making a leverage play for a new deal.
Georges St-Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, and now he will be memorialized accordingly.
The UFC announced during UFC 249 on Saturday night that GSP will be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
The 38-year-old Canadian was a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions in the UFC. He successfully defended his title nine consecutive times and once held the welterweight championship for six years — an incredible length of time for a UFC champion.
GSP fought and defeated some of the greatest UFC fighters in history, such as B.J. Penn, Matt Hughes, Nick Diaz and Jake Shields. He was reluctant to fight after 2013 but returned in 2017 to beat Michael Bisping via submission and win the middleweight belt.
There are few fighters more deserving of the honor than GSP.
Quote from GSP: It’s a great honour to be inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame. “ want to thank Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, Dana White and the entire UFC team, my family, my coaches and teammates, my past collaborators, my opponents and of course, all UFC fans. (More, 1/2)
The lack of fan attendance at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla. is giving us a glimpse of how different sports will be in the near future. And one consequence is that athletes can hear the commentators talking — and use it to their advantage. In fact, two fighters on Saturday’s UFC 249 fight card said they did just that.
Carla Esparza beat Michelle Waterson via split decision and says she followed some of commentator Daniel Cormier’s advice to mix up her wrestling and strikes.
Esparza said that she could hear Daniel Cormier calling the fight while she was in the octagon.
He criticized her for not mixing up her strikes and her wrestling and she used it as advice and started to mix it up more.
The advice helped Hardy beat de Castro via unanimous decision.
Cormier isn’t just any announcer. The 41-year-old is the No. 1 UFC heavyweight, a two division UFC champion, and former Olympian. He knows what he is doing more than your average commentator. But if they had to follow Cormier’s advice to achieve success, it makes you wonder why their corners weren’t providing the advice.