Ben Askren is in line for his first fight in the UFC, and he’s already talking trash.
On Monday night, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted that Askren’s first UFC fight is likely to come against Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 in January.
In response to the news, Askren said a lot of welterweights were “breathing easy right about now” before promising them that their times to lose would come.
Lots of welterweights breathing easy right about now. Don’t worry your times will come! https://t.co/8xDJwIC7VZ
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) November 6, 2018
Askren, 34, was traded to the UFC by ONE Championship for Demetrious Johnson. The former Olympic wrestler fought in Bellator before ONE and is 18-0 in his career. His accomplishments and undefeated record make him a fighter of intrigue for fans, especially since he hasn’t fought in the U.S. since 2013.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr is coming out of retirement for a fight on Dec. 31, according to an announcement made by the promotional organization Rizin.
Mayweather will face Tenshin Nasukawa in the fight. Nasukawa is 27-0 as a kickboxer and 4-0 as an MMA fighter. Rizin is an MMA promotional company, and they say they still have details to figure out regarding the rules of the fight between the boxer and MMA fighter.
This is not a photoshop. pic.twitter.com/pKjgWQm9kl
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 5, 2018
Mayweather said they will get all the rules figured out soon.
Mayweather on rules: We'll talk about that. We'll get that situated within the next couple weeks.
On weight: We'll talk about that. We'll get that situated within the next couple weeks.
On motivation: Wants "special" fight in Japan to display fight skills.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) November 5, 2018
The fight will take place in Japan. Mayweather has never had a professional fight outside of the United States. He hasn’t had a fight outside of Nevada since 2006.
Mayweather is 50-0 in his career as a professional boxer. If the rules of this fight are MMA or some sort of hybrid, a loss would not go on Mayweather’s boxing record, which makes it safe for him to take the fight without risking his undefeated mark.
Manny Pacquiao had said last month that Mayweather had plans to fight on New Year’s Eve, so he was right. Pacquiao also says that this will be a prelude to a rematch between him and Mayweather.
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been hyping up a potential fight ever since Khabib defeated Conor McGregor earlier this month, but there is one significant obstacle standing in the way of it actually happening — the bout would have to take place in the Octagon.
Mayweather insisted recently that the fight is going to happen, but he said it would have to be a boxing match. UFC president Dana White told TMZ this week that that is not going to work for him.
“Listen, if Mayweather wants to fight, come fight,” White said. “You fight in the UFC. We’re not boxing again. We did that once. That’s over. … You want to fight, come fight — a real fight.”
It was unlikely to begin with that Mayweather and Khabib would actually square off, but it seems virtually impossible if White insists upon an MMA setting. Mayweather is not going to do that at this point in his career, and Khabib is under contract with the UFC. White can basically squash the fight, and it sounds like he has no interest in signing off on another boxing match.
If Mayweather does fight again, a rematch of the highest-grossing fight in boxing history is far more probable than him getting into the Octagon with Khabib.
Floyd Mayweather Jr is once again talking about the possibility of returning to boxing even though he “retired” after fighting Conor McGregor. There has been talk about a potential rematch between Mayweather and McGregor, but Floyd says he has his sights set on another UFC champion.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, who recently defeated McGregor to retain the UFC lightweight title, said last week that he wants to go the McGregor route by fighting Mayweather. Floyd told TMZ this week that he’s open to making it happen.
“Oh we fighting,” Mayweather said confidently. “I’m my own boss. I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, but on my end we can make it happen.”
Mayweather stressed that the fight would have to be in Las Vegas despite Khabib hinting he wanted it to take place elsewhere, and he said the UFC champ would have to conduct himself in a respectful manner inside and outside of the ring. Mayweather was, of course, referring to the embarrassing events that took place after Khabib’s fight against McGregor.
As for why Mayweather would want to fight another MMA superstar, we all know the reason — money.
“He called me out. Come into my world,” Mayweather said, noting that it would have to be a boxing match. “Let’s make it happen. When I face Khabib, of course, I’m getting a nine-figure payday.”
Mayweather insists he would make about $100 million more in guaranteed money than he got when he fought McGregor if he fights Khabib, which seems unrealistic.
It’s hard to tell when Mayweather is serious about something, as he’s a master promoter who knows how to build hype and keep his name in the news. He also said recently that he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao again, which seems a lot more likely to happen than him squaring off against Khabib.
Conor McGregor was at AT&T Stadium on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and several of the home team’s players seemed very excited to have him as a guest.
The Cowboys had one of their better games of the season, so there was a lot to be pleased about. After Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Dallas on top 37-7, he celebrated by doing McGregor’s infamous strut:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 14, 2018
Zeke wasn’t the only Cowboys player to pay tribute to McGregor. Dak Prescott and safety Jeff Health were also seen doing the McGregor walk after Elliott’s touchdown run.
Dak & Heath were doing the McGregor walk pic.twitter.com/1LlU9mT647
— New Account (@ftbeard_17) October 14, 2018
McGregor’s recent loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and all the embarrassing antics that followed it obviously didn’t bother the Cowboys.
Conor McGregor may be one heck of a fighter, but his throwing ability leaves a lot to be desired.
The MMA fighter was at AT&T Stadium on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys-Jacksonville Jaguars game, promoting his new whiskey. He met with the Cowboys before the game and hyped them up with a speech. He even took his turn throwing the football. It did not go well:
What the Fook is this??? pic.twitter.com/RAo8k76UZ3
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) October 14, 2018
Twitter was not kind with the reactions:
Conor McGregor has definitely never thrown a football before pic.twitter.com/jvZNAzjORK
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 14, 2018
John Wall — Have you seen me throw a baseball?! I may be the only athlete that can’t throw a ball from another sport properly
Conor McGregor — Hold my Guinnesspic.twitter.com/mlUbPMLCUk
—(@TommySledge) October 14, 2018
Lmao Conor McGregor throw a football like a loaf of bread pic.twitter.com/xgdw919HUW
— Aron Yohannes ???????? (@AronYohannes) October 14, 2018
Good thing Conor McGregor can throw a punch…cause he sure can't throw a football!
— Joel H (@DalCowFan23) October 14, 2018
There were some who cracked good jokes though about McGregor being better than other QBs:
Conor McGregor attempting to throw a football. I hear John Elway likes what he sees and is trying to set up a meeting on Tuesday…… pic.twitter.com/YveRiAnlXd
— Andrew K (@COSportsNut) October 14, 2018
Conor McGregor > Blake Bortles pic.twitter.com/yUAunQmdTT
— Atlanta Falcons 2018 Tank Mode Activated (@TheDawgzilla) October 14, 2018
Hands up if you think Conor McGregor would be a better QB than Nathan Peterman. pic.twitter.com/AtUs2Yo5YB
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 14, 2018
McGregor definitely found his sport with MMA.
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Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr was taken out of the cage on a stretcher following his loss at Bellator 207 on Friday night.
Baby Slice lost to Corey Browning by second-round TKO in their fight in Connecticut. Ferguson appeared to be gassed from expending so much energy, which led to him being carted out of the cage.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 13, 2018
Ferguson was said to be responsive. It was announced that he was taken away for precautionary reasons.
It’s announced here that Baby Slice was taken out for “precautionary” reasons. #Bellator207
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) October 13, 2018
Baby Slice talked with reporters after the fight and acknowledged he was taken away mostly because of exhaustion.
Bellator officials tell me Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr. was able to speak backstage after his fight with Corey Browning.
Said it was more 'exhaustion' than actual damage suffered in the cage. #Bellator207
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) October 13, 2018
Ferguson dropped to 3-2 in his career with the loss.