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Sunday, April 21, 2019


Dana White: Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor rumor ‘not true’

Floyd Mayweather smiling

Dana White threw a bucket of cold water on the rumor that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be fighting each other in a boxing match this summer.

“It’s not true; it’s just a tabloid story,” White said to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole. “And as far as I knew, Floyd is retired and he’s been on a world-wide vacation and hasn’t even been thinking of fighting.”

White was responding to a story published by British tabloid The Sun on Friday. The Sun reported that Mayweather and McGregor were set to fight this summer in boxing. They also included payment terms, with Floyd making around £100 million and McGregor hauling in £7 million.

News of such a fight came out of nowhere. McGregor has seen a meteoric rise in popularity and success in the UFC, as he won the featherweight championship, although he did surprisingly lose to Nate Diaz in March. Then he had a dispute with the UFC over how he would promote a fight at UFC 200.

McGregor is still under contract with the UFC. With him recently preparing for an MMA fight, it seems unreasonable to expect him to fight in boxing so soon. And even if he were transitioning to boxing, why would anyone expect him to immediately start with arguably the best fight ever? Oh, and he also supposedly would have to drop 25 pounds for the fight.

McGregor’s coach even poked fun at the whole thing:

Another aspect of this that makes the report seem sketchy is that Mayweather has been “retired” since September. If he were going to fight again, wouldn’t he need to start training? How would he be ready for a summer bout as The Sun says? There is proof that he has interest in a comeback, but why would he return so soon?

The whole report does not seem very consistent, but that’s not a huge surprise as The Sun isn’t exactly the most reliable publication.

Jordan Parsons taken off life support, dies from hit-and-run accident

Jordan Parsons

MMA fighter Jordan Parsons died on Wednesday after his family made the decision to take him off life support following a hit-and-run accident in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday.

Parsons was hit by someone believed to be driving a 2012 or 2013 silver Range Rover Sport who fled the scene. Parsons, who was 11-2 in his professional MMA career, is believed to have been wearing headphones at the time, which may have contributed to him not being able to hear the car. He was in a coma and already had his leg amputated before his family decided to take him off life support.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons. Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a statement.

Parsons had been training with the Blackzilians in Boca Raton and was preparing for a fight at Bellator 154 on May 14.

Delray Beach Police are still making great efforts to bring justice to the driver who hit Parsons.

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Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier fight will headline UFC 200

Jon Jones Daniel Cormier

As promised, Conor McGregor will not be fighting Nate Diaz for the main event at UFC 200. UFC president Dana White announced on “Good Morning America” Wednesday that a rematch between Jon Jones and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will be the headline.

Here’s a clip of White revealing the big news:

Jones, who has made his way back after a slew of issues in his personal life, defeated Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last weekend by unanimous decision. He flipped Cormier the bird as he was leaving the octagon, which the UFC proudly promoted on its Twitter account. That was obviously part of the buildup to White’s big announcement.

Jones and Cormier fought over a year ago, with Jones winning by unanimous decision and retaining his title. He later tested positive for cocaine and was stripped of his belt following a hit-and-run incident, and Cormier beat Anthony Johnson to become the new champion.

As you likely heard, Conor McGregor was pulled off the UFC 200 card due to a dispute over promoting his fight against Diaz. He sent a bizarre tweet earlier this week (read it here) claiming he was still fighting at UFC 200, but White maintained that it wasn’t true. The boss was not lying.

Dana White: Conor McGregor is not fighting at UFC 200

Conor McGregor

If Conor McGregor is trying to pressure the UFC into putting him back on the UFC 200 fight card by lying on Twitter, it is not going to work.

Dana White told TMZ on Monday that the decision to pull McGregor off the UFC 200 card is final.

“All the media keeps asking me that. I feel like the scene in ‘Step Brothers’ when they ask if they can build the bunk beds,” White said. “I don’t know how many more times I can say the fight is off or how many more press conferences I can have saying the fight is off for people to believe it’s off.”

McGregor’s rematch with Nate Diaz was scheduled to be the headline fight for one of the biggest events in UFC history. For some reason, McGregor tweeted early Monday morning that he has been put back on the UFC 200 card. He even thanked White, but White insists he has no idea what the tweet was about.

“It’s not true,” White told TMZ. “We haven’t talked to Conor or his manager since the press conference. I don’t know why he would tweet that.”

The only logical explanation is that McGregor was trying to force the UFC’s hand by getting fans excited, but it clearly didn’t work. The Irishman shocked MMA fans last week when he announced he is retiring, and we later learned that he was wrapped up in a dispute with the UFC over promoting his fight against Diaz. McGregor wanted to be able to train more and promote less, which he spoke about at length in this Facebook post ripping the UFC.

As of Monday afternoon, the UFC’s website still listed the main event for UFC 200 as “to be announced.”

Conor McGregor reportedly still off UFC 200 card despite claiming otherwise

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor announced early Monday morning that he is back on the UFC 200 card, but there has been no official word from the UFC itself. Is McGregor lying, or was his tweet simply a bit premature?

McGregor, who has taken his battle with the UFC over fight promotion public, tweeted the following:

Typically, the UFC likes to be first on announcements of this nature. While that would be a pretty big story for McGregor to make up, John Morgan of MMA Junkie reports that nothing has changed and McGregor still isn’t scheduled to fight at UFC 200.

As MMA Junkie notes, this could be part of McGregor’s plan to put pressure on the UFC. He also tweeted about a fight that never ended up taking place back in 2014.

This all started last week when McGregor shocked MMA fans by claiming he has decided to retire. He later revealed that he asked Dana White and the UFC to grant him some leeway with promoting his upcoming rematch against Nate Diaz, as McGregor wants to focus more on training. It’s almost bizarre to see McGregor thanking White and UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta after he unloaded on the organization in this Facebook post.

McGregor’s tweet on Monday didn’t specify whether he is back on the UFC 200 card to fight Diaz, though it seems unlikely that he would accept anything less. As of writing this post, the UFC’s website still said the main event at UFC 200 is “to be announced.”

Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz fight reportedly still off

Nate Diaz Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is not retiring from MMA, but that does not mean his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 is back on.

According to TMZ, Dana White is not putting McGregor’s rematch with Diaz back on the July 9 card. The UFC’s website still says the main event for UFC 200 is to be determined.

McGregor shocked UFC fans on Tuesday when he tweeted that he has decided to call it a career. On Thursday, the Irishman released a statement saying he has not retired and that he wishes the UFC would allow him to train more for his rematch rather than fulfilling media obligations. You can read the powerful statement here.

Sources told TMZ that UFC was willing to “move mountains” to accommodate McGregor’s training plans during the buildup to UFC 200. The organization even reportedly offered to move McGregor’s entire personal gym setup from Iceland to Las Vegas. Here’s more:

Not only did UFC offer to fly Conor to every destination on a top-of-the-line private jet … but also offered to ship out every single piece of his gym equipment from Iceland to Vegas for this weekend’s media event so there wouldn’t be a kink in Conor’s training.

We’re told McGregor was told his gym would be set up identically to his Iceland training center and it would all be ready to go the second he stepped off the plane.

Still, McGregor refused to budge — and our sources tell us Conor was “shocked” when he was told the media obligations in Vegas were mandatory.

Now, McGregor will reportedly have to fight either Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo if he chooses to remain with the UFC. White is not planning to pencil him back in against Diaz right away.

If the McGregor-Diaz fight truly is off, the situation could get even uglier. One report claimed McGregor threatened to retire over money. Now he will be getting no money from UFC 200.

Conor McGregor: ‘I am not retired’

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is not retiring, he simply wants the UFC to allow him to focus all of his time on training for his upcoming fight rather than promoting it.

On Thursday, McGregor released a lengthy statement on Facebook clearing up speculation that he has decided to call it a career. In summary, he says he wants the UFC to lighten up on forcing him to promote his fight against Nate Diaz.

“I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote,” McGregor wrote. “I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting. There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop.

“50 world tours, 200 press conferences, 1 million interviews, 2 million photo shoots, and at the end of it all I’m left looking down the barrel of a lens, staring defeat in the face, thinking of nothing but my incorrect fight preparation. And the many distractions that led to this. Nothing else was going through my mind. It is time to go back and live the life that got me this life.”

As you have likely heard, McGregor sent UFC fans into a frenzy on Tuesday when he shockingly tweeted that he is retiring from MMA. A report claims McGregor is trying to get the UFC to pay him $10 million for his rematch with Diaz, which would be a record for a single fight. In his statement on Thursday, McGregor wrote about how much money he has made for the UFC.

“There had been 10 million dollars allocated for the promotion of this event is what they told me,” he said. “So as a gesture of good will, I went and not only saved that 10 million dollars in promotion money, I then went and tripled it for them. And all with one tweet. Keep that 10 mill to promote the other bums that need it. My shows are good.”

UFC announced earlier this week that McGregor has been pulled from UFC 200 for refusing to fulfill his obligations with promoting his fight against Diaz. It’s unclear if the fight will still be held, but McGregor says he was simply asking for some “leeway” leading up it.

“I will always play the game and play it better than anybody, but just for this one, where I am coming off a loss, I asked for some leeway where I can just train and focus,” he wrote. “I did not shut down all media requests. I simply wanted a slight adjustment.

“It is time to be selfish with my training again. It is the only way. I feel the $400 million I have generated for the company in my last three events, all inside 8 months, is enough to get me this slight leeway. I am still ready to go for UFC 200. I will offer, like I already did, to fly to New York for the big press conference that was scheduled, and then I will go back into training. With no distractions. If this is not enough or they feel I have not deserved to sit this promotion run out this one time, well then I don’t know what to say.”

We have known for months that McGregor wants to take his training more seriously, and you can read more proof of that here. It’s obviously in everyone’s best interest for the McGregor-Diaz fight to still happen, so we wouldn’t rule out McGregor and Dana White finding some middle ground.