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Cormier vs. Jones: 5 rounds of trash talk between UFC enemies

Dana White, center, stands between Daniel Cormier, left, and Jon Jones. (John Locher/AP)

It’s hard to believe the rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier was born almost 100 UFC events ago, yet the two have faced off only one time since.

That will change Saturday when Jones and Cormier enter the octagon at UFC 214 in Anaheim for their highly-anticipated rematch, two and a half years after their first bout.

Unlike the trash-talking spectacle of the summer between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the hatred between these two fighters is very real. That was on display again Wednesday when the two faced off at the UFC 214 press conference.

The animosity between these two is well known at this point, but it’s still highly entertaining, if not a little played out. Regardless, when two of the top fighters in the UFC spend years bickering in front of a camera and degrading each other on social media, people are going to tune in. And in this case, judge.

Jones has the bragging rights in the octagon, and that’s really all that matters, but what about the deeply personal war of words? Below is a round-by-round breakdown of their trash talk over the years, but first a brief recap of how we got here.

The beef apparently began in 2010 when Jones and Cormier met backstage at UFC 121. The gist: Jones introduced himself to Cormier, implied he didn’t know who he was and made a comment in jest that he could take Cormier down. Cormier, an Olympic wrestler, felt disrespected. Jones and Cormier would later give their own accounts of the infamous encounter, which you can read here and here.

Warning: The following contains NSFW language

Round 1: Rivalry takes off

Jones landed the first significant strike in May of 2013 after Cormier — then the Strikeforce heavyweight champ — challenged him to a fight.

Someone ask DC when his diet starts #Wolftickets

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 24, 2013

A few months later, Jones followed it up with this devastating combo: 

It was a masterclass in trolling by Jones and Cormier fell right into his trap. Cormier countered by toeing the high road while also throwing shots at Jones’ “Iowa Community College education” and calling him “petty” and “childish.” 

Jones got in a couple more shots in over the next several months, including a fat joke in October …

With that being said I love these people. their hospitality is first class nothing but hugs and smiles eating so much Ill look like DC soon

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 27, 2013

And another subtle one in March 2014 on MMA’s Great Debate Radio after Cormier respectfully pleaded for a title shot:

“First and foremost, since you’re speaking more respectfully, I’ll say congratulations on your victory and your weight loss. But as far as giving you a title shot, I have no interest in fighting you right now, only because of the fact that you really haven’t fought anyone that I consider a top-level fighter.”

Cormier was eventually granted his wish in July when Alexander Gustafsson suffered a knee injury, setting the table for their first clash in September at UFC 178.

There was some immediate back-and-forth after the announcement, with Cormier trying to step up his game:

This is the fight I wanted in the first place. Nothing like fresh meat #Champion2014

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 24, 2014

That was all pretty tame in light of what was yet to come starting in August.

Round 1 scorecard: 10-9, Jones

Round 2: ‘Brawl at the Mall’

This is where things get fun, or embarrassing, depending on where you sit on all this.

The “Brawl at the Mall” triggered a furious few days of aggressive twitter fingers and all-time great sound bites.

Jones clearly got the best of Cormier in the direct aftermath on Twitter:

I put you on your back in six seconds

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 4, 2014

@JonnyBones: Come on DC where was your takedown defense?” I got some td def for you. Don’t ever put ur dirty face on me again.

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 4, 2014

Put some ice on that face DC, you got lots of interviews tomorrow

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 4, 2014

I won’t let another man get in my face and put his forehead against mine. I will react every time. @JonnyBones next time I will slap you.

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 4, 2014

Lol those baby punches from the bottom, I really hope you have more prepared than that for when I take you down again

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 4, 2014

@matthewgrossie: @JonnyBones just 2 let every1 no.Jones didnt take him down.3 people pulled him down from the back off stage” thank u!

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 4, 2014

Both fighters would appear on Fox Sports Live Uncut the following day:

We’ll give this one to Cormier. The smug look on his face seemed to work on Jones, who sounded uncharacteristically angry.

Things continued the following day at a UFC 178 Q&A, where Jones got in the best line of the night:

“I’m going to make him my wife. You’re going to be Mrs. Jones for the night. I’m going to rub on that big ol’ belly and you’re going to like it.”

Cormier would regroup from that later in the month, cutting up Jones with this throwback shot:

Saw Jones on @jimmykimmel clowning me for 4th in the OLYMPICS. This morning I can across this little nugget #dummy pic.twitter.com/ukWigHeYLj

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 20, 2014

Then there was this legendary exchange:

Jones throws out pretty basic insults, but it’s the stoic, monotone delivery that makes it so effective. He also gets bonus points for instigating the whole thing. Cormier gets a little flustered, but definitely gets in some good shots of his own. 

Jones suffered a leg injury in August, forcing the fight to be postponed until January, and despite the extra time to squabble both fighters pulled back in the lead-up to their eventual clash.

Round 2 scorecard: 10-9, Jones

Round 3: The fight is on

It was finally time for the two to settle their differences in the cage, but not without a few more shots first.

Jones hit him with a few more jokes about his weight and accomplishments …

These guys won’t stop!!! This just happened in the fighter meeting and this NEVER happens. #UFC182 #ufc

A post shared by Dana White (@danawhite) on Jan 2, 2015 at 4:59pm PST

And then went on to beat him in the octagon, earning an impressive unanimous decision victory. That gave him significant leverage in the trash-talking business going forward, and he didn’t waste any time.

He hit him with the crotch chop after the bell rang and told FS1 after the fight “I don’t like Daniel Cormier, I don’t respect Daniel Cormier, I hope he’s somewhere crying right now and I’m sure he is.”

Turns out Jones was right. Damn.

Not long after defending his title against Cormier, things fell apart for Jones. He tested positive for cocaine metabolites days after his fight and briefly checked himself into a drug-treatment facility. In April, he was arrested for a hit-and-run and shortly after was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely by the UFC.

Jones went off the radar after his arrest, while Cormier took his place against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in May, where he won the vacated light-heavyweight title. After the fight, Cormier had one thing to say: “Jon Jones, get your [expletive] together I’m waiting for you.”

That was the closest thing to trash talk there would be for a while as Cormier repeatedly answered with class when asked about Jones’ troubles until he was reinstated in October.

Then things popped off again.

In late October, the two got into a silly Twitter spat about fighting each other on their respective home turfs.

Cormier finally “went there” and hit Jones with this zinger:

I’m gonna be there but I need u to make it to the octagon, we don’t wanna violate parole now do we @JonnyBones

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 30, 2015

That turned into this exchange the following day, with each fighter getting in some good shots:

I’m here they won’t let me in! Next time he has to come to the Bay! pic.twitter.com/xUezZqo63Q

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 31, 2015

Did this idiot seriously just Photoshop a photo? Funny how not one of the thousand people who SHOWED UP saw you today. #Patheticattempt

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 31, 2015

I’m done talking with you for now Carlton Banks. You are losing this battle, let’s just prepare for the real one. #Unbelievable #NiceTry

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 31, 2015

Cormier’s initial shot was good, but credit Jones for the Carlton Banks burn. That’s quality stuff right there.

Jones would taunt him some more in January:

Hope this doesn’t get me blocked by the champ

A post shared by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on Jan 4, 2016 at 2:23pm PST

Cormier’s response was a little underwhelming:

,Why is no one asking why @JonnyBones is sitting in the dark watching videos of me? #concerning #sociopath #gethelp https://t.co/ke3jEKoUfS

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) January 6, 2016

This was clearly an embarrassing stretch of time for Jones, but he still managed to get the better of Cormier in the trash-talking department. But we’re going to deduct a point from Jones for his legal troubles and Cormier’s decision not to stomp on him when he was down. 

Round 3 scorecard: 9-9, draw

Round 4: Grudge match

The highly-anticipated rematch was announced in early February, with the bout set to take place in April at UFC 197, setting off a new round of verbal fireworks. 

First up: A battle of memes:

A post shared by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on Feb 23, 2016 at 11:17am PST

Jones then tweeted and later deleted a post using Cormier’s meme with the following caption: “The look he made when he realized I failed a drug test and still managed to beat him at his best.”

Things continued to ramp up when the two attended a UFC Unstoppable press conference in early March:

Cormier’s strategy of trying to expose fans to the “real Jon Jones” didn’t go over well, while Jones played to the crowd with a familiar low-brow chirp.

Things took another unexpected turn on the first day of April, when it was announced Cormier was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury.

When Jones questioned whether Cormier was really “injured” and called him an “absolute coward” for offering to help train his replacement, Ovince Saint Preux, Cormier went off:

Coward is running from the scene of a crime without checking on person you hurt. Coward is refusing to fight Gustafson. Coward is ufc 151

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 4, 2016

O my god jones is cool he took late notice fight, yea I’d fight osp too. I’d do it on 1 day notice. Harder fight you’d tuck ur tail again

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 4, 2016

Remember jones I didn’t call u coward when u moved our 1st fight due to injury hypocrite. That’s biggest word I’ll use when talking to u.

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2016

Last tweet. Jon ur dumb! Like really dumb. Get off ur high horse and stop riding the white horse. Junkie , I’m gonna rip ur head off!

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2016

Jones of course had something to say in response, but this one clearly favors Cormier.

Lol you mad bro?

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 5, 2016

Change your tampon, ice your shinsplints and but ready for UFC 200. My practice is starting, I’ll check in later for this answer of yours✌️

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 5, 2016

Nearly two months later, Cormier took another swing but Jones crushed him with his response:

Cormier continued to take shots at the “new Jon Jones” in the days leading up to UFC 200, once again calling him out for his performance against Saint Preux during the UFC 200 conference call:

“The Jon that showed up against Ovince Saint Preux is the guy that is going be in the octagon on July 9. That is who he is. Nothing’s free, so all the partying and other stuff, you have to pay for that. And now, we’re seeing him where it’s time to pay the costs. He’s paying for all the outlandish living and burning that candle at two ends, and now we’re getting to the middle where it starts to die out.”

A few days later at the UFC 200 press conference, Jones hit back at Cormier by calling him “drawn out looking” and adding “I beat him in the prime of my partying.”

Round 4 scorecard: 10-9, Jones

Round 5: The long road to UFC 214

Three days before their scheduled fight at UFC 200, it was announced Jones failed an out-of-competition drug test. It was a shocking revelation and another unexpected twist in this never-ending drama.

Jones was suspended for one year in November following an arbitration ruling, but was cleared of intentionally ingesting a banned substance. He was eligible to return in July 2017.

Cormier took the high road in the immediate aftermath of the failed test, but that wouldn’t last long.

In October, ahead of his scheduled fight against Anthony “Rumble” in December, Cormier called Jones irrelevant because “he’s not fighting anymore.”

Jones shot back on Twitter:

Can’t wait to get back and slap one of these light heavyweights, even on the sidelines I’m more relevant than anyone in that division.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 20, 2016

Cormier admitted shortly after that he was done thinking about Jones, turning his focus to his title defense against Johnson. An injury to Cormier in November forced the bout to be rescheduled for UFC 210 in April. And that’s where things picked up again between Cormier and Jones.

At weigh-ins for UFC 210, Cormier was involved in a controversy for using a towel to allegedly make weight after he initially came in 1.2 pounds over the 205-pound limit.

Jones took the opportunity to pounce on Cormier, calling him “very dishonest” and saying his trick was one of the dirtiest things he’s seen in sport.

After beating Johnson to defend his title, Cormier responded to Jones’ comments in the post-fight press conference:

“It’s like you sit there, and you take a table, and you put a bunch of kitchen appliances. At the end of one side there’s a pot. Then on the other side there’s a kettle. And that pot starts yelling, ‘You’re dirty’ while he’s sitting there with a steroid needle. That’s my opinion on that. You sit over there pot with your Cialis or whatever that [expletive] is called. And you throw it at the kettle. So get over there, sit over there pot in detention. Cialis boy.”

Jones got him good with this comeback, even though it wasn’t his own doing.

No caption needed

A post shared by Jon Bones Jones (@jonnybones) on Apr 12, 2017 at 6:54pm PDT

That led to the following Twitter beef (advantage, Cormier):

U hid from usada bruh. Yes u did steroids. You have always done steroids. U tried to cheat me. So shut ur bum ass up. https://t.co/KFfVvd7feA

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 15, 2017

Cormier continued his assault on The MMA Hour, taking a page from Jones’ book and making fun of his “Bambi legs,” his “bad haircut” and saying he “looks like [expletive].”

Finally, it appears Cormier is starting to figure out this whole trash-talk thing.

Man I can’t wait to pop you in the mouth https://t.co/OkDaWvozcx

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 30, 2017

Funny that u would use that word lol “pop” like “pop” positive, “pop” a molly “pop” a cialis. I could go on for days lol https://t.co/T0yfUcIuyA

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 30, 2017

On May 12, the UFC announced the long-awaited rematch between these two would go down at UFC 214 in Anaheim on July 29. Later that evening, things heated up again between the two light heavyweights at the UFC Summer Kickoff event.

The two clashed before the event even started, culminating with Cormier throwing his water bottle at Jones. This wasn’t so much trash talk as it was one guy repeatedly yelling “don’t mention my kids” at the other, but close enough.

The action really picked up once the event started. It was verbal warfare at its finest, with each fighter busting out their best hits. Cormier was clearly fired up after after the backstage incident and didn’t hold back when attacking Jones:

Cormier threw the heavier shots, including the classic “sandblasting prostitutes” line, but Jones wasn’t fazed. Instead, he made a smooth transition: “Cocaine one, your ass the next,” Jones said about the “great” back-to-back weekends he had leading up to the first fight.

Both guys got the TMZ treatment in the past few months, with Cormier once again running down Jones’ rap sheet.

A new flurry of activity occurred in early June when Cormier once again criticized Jones for doping, saying that this fight will be different if Jones is clean.

Imagine having so much power over a man that he thinks your abilities are supernatural

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 8, 2017

With the fight less than a month away things predictably ramped up in July, starting with this nice reminder from Cormier.

Jones wasn’t impressed:

Come on DC, you can do better. We’ll wait for it https://t.co/ZZLHGuChSI

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 6, 2017

And he really went off a little while later:

 

Cormier tried to goad him into another verbal sparring session, throwing jab after jab, but Jones didn’t take the bait.

Here’s our interview with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones ahead of their #UFC214 rematch. Yes, it was heated. https://t.co/ZJvtKordFC

— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 23, 2017

In one of the final appearances ahead of Saturday’s showdown, Jones showed a slight crack in his armor and admitted that Cormier’s steroid accusations were starting to get to him and that he didn’t need to “[expletive] on guys” to make himself look better.

Wednesday’s press conference also provided some more gold from the venomous combatants.

The best moment came when Jones commented on Cormier’s gaunt appearance, saying he looked like a crack head with a suit on. Cormier, now a seasoned pro in trash talk, hit right back by saying, “I could look like a crack head with a suit on, but I’ve never been a crack head like you, though.” Boom, roasted.

Jones got in some good shots of his own, too, but Cormier’s clearly got the biggest reaction of the day.

Round 5 scorecard: 10-9, Cormier

Winner: Jon Jones (48-46)

And there you have it. Cormier took some time to get his legs under him, but he eventually got comfortable throwing Jones’ ugly past back in his face, which seemed to work at times. It was just a little too late against a natural trash-talker/troll extraordinaire like Jones.

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Here's how you can watch Mayweather-McGregor for only $40

Floyd Mayweather screams at Conor McGregor during the fourth and final press conference during the world promotional tour (Getty Images).
Floyd Mayweather screams at Conor McGregor during the fourth and final press conference during the world promotional tour (Getty Images).

If you were looking for a ringside seat for the highly anticipated, heavily promoted, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight on August 26th, Fathom Events is here to help.

Fathom Events has teamed up with Mayweather Promotions to bring screenings of the fight to 400 different movie theaters around the United States for the price of just $40.

Jessica Nelson, the public relations manager for Fathom Events, said the theaters have the opportunity to set their own price, but $40 is the recommended cost for attendees.

McGregor has promised fans that he will “knock [Mayweather] out inside of four rounds,” and the theater showings will offer more viewers the opportunity to witness this spectacle.

The world press tours with McGregor and Mayweather drew large audiences and mixed reactions, and, as the fight approaches, the hype will continue to build. The movie theater viewing option will only help.

“The buzz that my fight against Conor McGregor is getting has been great already, so what better way to watch this larger than life event than on the big screen?” Mayweather said in the press release. “We brought boxing back to movie theaters eight years ago and it was a huge success, but this event is on a different level and I’m so glad we are giving fans another way to see all the action. Grab your popcorn because this is a fight no one will want to miss.”

To find a theatre near you, check out this listing below: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/mayweather-vs-mcgregor/theaters

Chinese police investigating MMA club for orphans

Pear Video / YouTube

According to the South China Morning Post, police in southwestern China have launched an investigation into Enbo MMA Club in Chengdu, which is allegedly training hundreds of orphaned children to be ‘UFC fighters.’

On Sunday, Pear Video published a report profiling the mixed martial arts club, including interviews with two of the boys and footage of a cage fight where 12-year-olds pummel each other without head protection in front of a public audience.

The six-minute-long video, which has now been viewed millions of times on Chinese social media platforms, doesn’t make it clear if the fights are commercial but claims that as many as 400 orphans have been trained at Enbo in the past 16 years.

Two of the clubs members, Xiao Long (14) and Xiao Wu (14), both from the impoverished area of Liangshan, in Sichuan province, say that while the daily training is intensive, life at Enbo is better than at home. Both harness dreams of one day competing in the UFC.
“There is everything here – food, clothes and a place to live,” says Wu, who has been at the club for three years. “The food here is much better. There is beef and eggs but I can only have potatoes at home.”
Wang Zhou, a coach at Enbo, claims in the video that the children are paid “more or less” but would not reveal how much. “When they need money, we’ll give it to them.” Speaking to theBeijing Youth Daily (h/t SCMP) on Monday, club supervisor Zhu Guanghui confirmed the police investigation and said the club was cooperating.
The club’s founder, Enbo, a Tibetan and former armed police officer who lost his own father when he was eight years old, said all the children were adopted legally via the Chinese Civil Affairs Bureau. ECNS reports that Enbo started the club with the goal of helping the orphaned children he encountered in his time on the job.
The debate concerning the Endo Club also raises broader questions about poverty and inequity across the country. The New Straits Times reports that China had 500,000 orphans at the end of 2015, with the majority left unadopted or cared for by the state. What happens to the kids that don’t end up at the gym or those that leave when they no longer meet the physical requirements?
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Chris Weidman ends three-bout losing skein, submits Kelvin Gastelum

Chris Weidman (top) submitted Kelvin Gastelum in the third round on Saturday to win a three-fight losing streak. (The Associated Press)

Chris Weidman had gone more than two full years without a victory, but the former UFC middleweight champion still insisted prior to his bout against Kelvin Gastelum Saturday on Long Island that he was the best 185-pounder in the world.

He made a big statement on Saturday, dominating Gastelum and finishing him at 3:45 of the third round with an arm triangle.

Fighting in the arena where as a boy he once dreamed of skating for the New York Islanders, Weidman was patient, survived a late first-round knockdown and did what he had to do to win for the first time since May 23, 2015.

On that night, he stopped Vitor Belfort at 2:53 of the first row to successfully defend his middleweight title for the third time, improve to 13-0 and look for all the world like one of the elite pound-for-pound fighters in the sports.

It was a torturous two-plus years for him after that, though. He lost his belt to Luke Rockhold, was knocked out with a vicious knee by Yoel Romero and lost a strange bout in April to Gegard Mousasi.

He had his moments in each, but in a performance business, he wasn’t delivering.

Deliver he did on Saturday, though, and in the exultation after the win, he even took a shot at middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

“Lastly, to that British bum who is crying at his fricking house right now, I’m back, baby!” Weidman said in the cage to Fox’s Brian Stann. “I’m back. I’m the champion and everyone knows it.”

Charlie Weidman (L), embraces his son, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, after Chris submitted Kelvin Gastelum Saturday. (The Associated Press)

He’ll have some more work to do, no doubt, before getting into the title picture, but beating Gastelum was significant nonetheless. Weidman’s five-inch height advantage and six-and-a-half-inch reach advantage were major factors for him in the fight, but the main thing was he didn’t allow himself to get out of control.

Despite the fact that his back was against the wall as a result of his lengthy losing skein and the pressures of fighting at home, he showed the cool, calm demeanor of a champion.

He got one lucky break when Gastelum’s hook that dropped him came late in the round, but other than that sequence, he was in control.

But when he went down near the end of the first, there was shock among the faithful.

“I give credit to Kelvin,” Weidman said. “You have to cut angles. He got me to stand in front of him for a second and made it work. But I think that was the first time I’ve actually been dropped. That was interesting, you know?”

It probably wasn’t all that interesting at the time to his large contingent of family and friends who were seated only a few feet and thought they might be seeing their worst fears come true again.

The bell saved Weidman, who was fully recovered by the start of the second round. He used his reach and his wrestling the rest of the way to control the fight.

The finish came after a takedown and Weidman scramble to get into finish for the arm triangle. Gastelum fought it gallantly, but it was tight and he was forced to tap.

It was one win, and one win only, but it was a massive one for Weidman’s psyche.

“Keep doubting me, people,” Weidman said. “I know Long Island didn’t doubt me, but these other dudes around the world, I dare you. Keep doubting me.”

Chris Weidman improved to 14-3 Saturday after defeating Kelvin Gastelum with an arm triangle. (The Associated Press)

Mayweather-McGregor betting 'potentially bigger than the Super Bowl'

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Conor McGregor face off during a news conference last week in Toronto to promote their Aug. 26 boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (The Canadian Press)

The Super Bowl is annually the biggest betting event of the year in the U.S. This year, though, it may be eclipsed by a boxing match.

Kevin Bradley, the sports book manager of Bovada.lv, said betting on Mayweather-McGregor has been massive already.

“We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be,” Bradley said. “The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it. One thing is for sure thought, we will need Mayweather huge. A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster and is a partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.”

Bovada released a slew of wagering possibilities, but the odds on McGregor have dropped significantly. Mayweather is down to minus-500, while McGregor is now at plus-350.

Amazingly, on the proposition bet, Will Mayweather be knocked down or out, yes is only at plus-350. Mayweather is 49-0 and has only been down once in his career, and that came when he intentionally touched the canvas with his glove in the final round of a fight he was winning big because his hand was injured and he wanted a brief break.

Floyd Mayweather shows off a $100 million check at a news conference in Los Angeles last week. (The Associated Press)

Here are some other betting possibilities from Bovada:

Will Conor McGregor throw a kick in the match?

Yes      +1100   (11/1)

No        -6500   (1/65)

Will there be a Point Deducted?

Yes      +350     (7/2)

No         -600     (1/6)

Will Both Fighters be knocked down?

Yes      +600     (6/1)

No         -1600   (1/16)

Will Either Fighter be knocked down or out?

Yes      -375     (4/15)

No        +240     (12/5)

Will Floyd Mayweather Jr be knocked down or out?

Yes      +350     (7/2)

No        -600     (1/6)

Will Conor McGregor be knocked down or out?

Yes       -300     (1/3)

No        +200     (2/1)

Total Rounds

Over     9.5        +125     (5/4)

Under   9.5        -175     (4/7)

Will the Fight Go the Distance?

Yes      +160     (16/10)

No        -230     (10/23)

 

Method of Victory

Mayweather Jr by KO, TKO or DQ                                          2/3

Mayweather Jr by Decision or Technical Decision                   5/2

McGregor by KO, TKO or DQ                                                4/1

McGregor by Decision or Technical Decision                          10/1

Draw or Technical Draw                                                             50/1

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Knockout                                             3/1

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Majority Decision                                28/1

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Split Decision                                     28/1

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Technical Decision                                80/1

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Technical Knockout                               5/2

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Unanimous Decision                             7/4

Floyd Mayweather Jr by Disqualified Opponent                       10/1

Conor McGregor by Disqualified Opponent                                50/1

Conor McGregor by Knockout                                                   7/1

Conor McGregor by Majority Decision                                        70/1

Conor McGregor by Split Decision                                             100/1

Conor McGregor by Technical Decision                                      100/1

Conor McGregor by Technical Knockout                                     8/1

Conor McGregor by Unanimous Decision                                   66/1

Draw                                                                                         33/1

What Minute Will The Fight End In?

1st Minute                     20/1

2nd Minute                    25/1

3rd Minute                     25/1

4th Minute                     40/1

5th Minute                     40/1

6th Minute                     28/1

7th Minute                     40/1

8th Minute                     40/1

9th Minute                     25/1

10th Minute                   40/1

11th Minute                   28/1

12th Minute                   25/1

13th Minute                   40/1

14th Minute                   28/1

15th Minute                   25/1

16th Minute                   28/1

17th Minute                   28/1

18th Minute                   25/1

19th Minute                   40/1

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Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov challenges UFC to series of 'fight to the death' matches

Most neutral observers believe that the UFC has the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world under contract. Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s strongman president, believes the fighters in his MMA organization are tougher and has made an outrageous challenge to prove it.

Kadyrov, who in 2007 succeeded his late father, Akhmat Kadyrov, as the country’s ruler, has created an MMA fight league that he calls “Akhmat MMA.”

He spoke about MMA, and allegations of human rights abuses, in a chilling profile done by David Scott that will debut on HBO Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

“Sooner or later, I think we will prove we have the best fighters,” Kadyrov told Scott.

He believes that Chechens, who grew up fighting in wars, are tougher than others and will prove that in MMA. He issued an appalling challenge to the UFC to pit its fighters against the Chechens.

Kadyrov imagines a fight in which judges aren’t necessary.

“We propose that UFC and Akhmat face off in a tournament,” Kadyrov said to Real Sports. “And we’ll see who has the strongest fighters. I think it would be quite a spectacle. They would fight to the end. A fight to the death.”

Obviously, that’s not going to happen. Death isn’t unfamiliar to any Chechen man, though, and having been through the horrors of war, Kadyrov believes that they have a resolve that few other fighters do.

Ramzan Kadyrov is the subject of a chilling profile on Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, which debuts Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. (The Associated Press)

Most Chechen boys see the impact of war up close from an early age. Kadyrov himself was a soldier when he was 15 and said he’s seen military action.

“Yes, I’ve been fighting since I was 15,” Kadyrov told Scott. “I know what war is. I’m an excellent soldier and a good strategist. I love to fight. I was born and raised in war. To die in battle would be my greatest joy.”

Khusein Khaliev, a 28-year-old lightweight, is 17-1 and has fought in the World Series of Fighting (now known as the Professional Fighters League). He’s lived with war his entire life.

“I saw the bombings,” he said, according to the HBO report. “I saw dead bodies on the ground. All the buildings around here were completely destroyed. There wasn’t a single apartment that wasn’t hit by a rocket.”

Those memories are with him as he prepares for a fight.

When I’m prepping for a fight, I tell myself my opponents haven’t seen what I’ve seen,” he told Real Sports. “I was made tough by war. I think no matter how hard they try they can’t get that tough.”

It is a chilling, frequently appalling, profile of one of the world’s most dangerous men.

Last stop of Mayweather-McGregor media tour goes sideways with homophobic slur

Floyd Mayweather responded to Conor McGregor by delivering a homophobic slur in London. (Getty)

We should all be thankful that the circus that the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor world tour has finally come to an end. But rather than go out with a bang, it ended with more controversy.

What started out as a relatively tame London conference in comparison to the previous stops was derailed with one poor judgement by Mayweather just a day after McGregor’s New York debacle.

Any sympathy that Floyd Mayweather may have gained after Conor McGregor’s poorly handled comments on race went right out the window when Mayweather decided to drop the bar even lower with a homophobic slur aimed at his Aug. 26 opponent.

It was clear that Mayweather had run out of material as he recycled the same lines he delivered on his previous stops. With a raucous London audience shouting down Mayweather, the 49-0 boxer dug into his Gucci backpack and pulled out the worst possible insult.

“You’re a punk, [expletive], ho!” Mayweather barked.

If the bar had already been dropped to the ground on Thursday, Mayweather managed to find a way to get beneath it on Friday.

It was proof that this world tour had dragged on far too long and everyone was suffering from fatigue. The barbs were recycled over and over again to nausea. But, for McGregor, he at least had strength in numbers as the London crowd was a passionately behind the Irishman.

“I am boxing,” McGregor said to a loud ovation. He would then rub Mayweather’s head, much to UFC president Dana White’s chagrin. White visibly chastised McGregor for touching Mayweather. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed as Mayweather assured that he wouldn’t retaliate for the physical contact.

“I ain’t gonna touch you until August 26th,” Mayweather said. “I’ll knock you the [expletive] out, punk.”

With the tour coming to conclusion and filled with homophobic, racist, misogynistic and just about every insult you can think of that would alienate a certain audience, it’s probably a good thing that this is finally over.

 

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: ‘I control the chess board’ against Conor McGregor

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t just play chess, he controls the board.

The undefeated boxer stressed that point several times on Thursday night, letting the world know that while Conor McGregor is parading around in viral suits and mocking Mayweather’s financial situation, this is what he wanted all along.

“I had to come back for this last hurrah,” Mayweather said. “Once I threw bait out there and he said something and then I threw more bait out there and he bit on it I said ‘now it’s time for me to control the chess board. I’m no longer on the chess board, I control the chess board.’”

While McGregor has clearly been the more outspoken and visible fighter during this whirlwind week, there is validity to Mayweather’s claim

One look at Mayweather’s demeanor on Thursday and it is pretty clear that he is content with McGregor doing the heavy lifting in the promotional department and backing himself into a corner.

While the UFC star strutted up and down and guaranteed a knockout within four rounds, the seasoned veteran dismissed him, opting to document the circus on social media and refusing to look McGregor in the eye for much of the evening.

“I knew this was going to be a big event, a huge event, and we have to give people what they want to see. I’m still a huge name,” Mayweather said. “To be a living legend in the sport, to be an icon in the sport [that’s enough of a draw itself].”

The truth is, Mayweather Promotions doesn’t need the boxer to don his “Pretty Boy” or “Money” persona this time around. This fight sells itself, and unlike many of Mayweather’s blockbuster bout – most recently against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 – there are two sides to the show.

“It’s different, it has a whole different feel, it’s electrifying,” CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe said. “This is the first time that Floyd has had somebody from the outside who can carry a promotion.

“We saw a little bit with Ricky Hatton, he was really witty and funny and a good fighter at that particular time. [McGregor] is a very confident young man, he’s 29-years-old … and for the most part he talks that trash and he backs it up.”

And the fans are eating it up.

For the first three nights of the circus-like world tour, the crowds have been heavily on McGregor’s side, raining down boos on Mayweather and bursting into “pay your taxes” chants on several occasions. Once again facing a hostile crowd in Brooklyn, the undefeated boxer was unfazed, showing the poise and polish two decades of experience has given him.

“You cannot defeat me,” Mayweather defiantly stated. “You can call me every name in the book, you can come at me in different ways. [All that matters is] when a guy is across from me all he’s going to say to himself is ‘damn, I’m fighting Floyd Mayweather.’”

And at this point in a promotional schedule that would make even Vince McMahon drool, it appears as if McGregor has run out of insults.

The Irish star fumbled several times on Thursday night, referencing Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who Mayweather has not been linked to in years, continued to harp on the boxer’s financial woes, and made an ill-advised “clarification” about his stance on racism.

While McGregor stumbled, the stoic Mayweather brushed his barbs off and delivered simple, yet effective, counter punches. The soon-to-be 41-year-old boxer simply relied on McGregor’s submission history and even made it rain in the Barclays Center when it was his turn to speak.

“You have two of the best trash talkers in both sports,” UFC President Dana White said. “It’s both of their personalities. If I had two other guys who were promoting this fight, they couldn’t handle [McGregor and Mayweather]. This is what they’re known for.”

Mayweather’s tact and McGregor’s tendency snap at pre-fight press conferences has been something that has admittedly been a concern for White, even before things escalated to a near brawl when the boxer’s team formed “Voltron” directly in front of the UFC star and his posse.

“[Conor McGregor] gets a little crazy,” White said. “Floyd’s team, those guys are really mellow. Floyd’s not going to hit him, but a [fight at the press conference] is something I worry about.

“As you go from city to city, these guys start to irritate each other a lot more. Things that are said start to sink in and it gets worse. I don’t think these guys necessarily really hated each other when we started this thing, but by the time we leave London, these guys aren’t going to like each other very much.”

For now, there’s one more press conference and one more chance for Mayweather to set his board before August 26, when he hopes he’ll pick up his 50th win, another historic payday and ride off into the sunset simply saying: Checkmate.

“Today, it was a show,” Mayweather said. “When the bell rings remember, nobody knows that squared circle like me.”

Floyd Mayweather Jr. upset by Conor McGregor’s antics, says ‘racism still exists’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – It took three days of trading barbs and insults, but Conor McGregor finally crossed the line in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s eyes.

In front of a raucous crowd of 13,165 at the Barclays Center in New York City, the Mayweather-McGregor World Tour fully derailed, with the UFC star attempting to do damage control but instead striking a definitively racial tone during his time on the microphone.

“A lot of you in the media seem to be saying I’m against black people,” McGregor said, offering praise to Brooklyn’s own Notorious B.I.G. – the deceased rapper with whom he shares a nickname. “That’s absolutely ridiculous. Do they not know I’m half black? I’m half black from the bellybutton down.”

And then it got worse.

“Here’s a present for my beautiful black female fans,” McGregor said, gyrating his hips as Mayweather’s teenage daughter Iyanna stood just feet away on stage.

Thursday night’s debacle at Barclays Center wasn’t the first time McGregor flirted with racially insensitive comments this week.

On Tuesday, in Los Angeles, McGregor taunted Mayweather, saying “dance for me, boy” causing some to suggest the UFC star is racist.

When asked about his controversial comments on Thursday, McGregor vehemently denied that he had any sort of ill will towards any race, color, or creed.

“I’m a multicultural individual,” McGregor told the media. “I don’t really see color in my eyes. I just wanted to say something and have a little fun with it. I wanted to address it and address it in my own little way. [To think that I am racist] is stupid and it’s ridiculous.”

While McGregor simply laughed it off, he clearly managed to strike a chord with Mayweather, particularly when it came to Thursday’s antics.

“I think that disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys, it’s totally disrespectful,” Mayweather said.

“It’s total disrespect and he came out today and he did it again. You do not disrespect, I don’t care if it’s white women, black women, white men, black men, Asian, Latina or Latino,” Mayweather continued. “You don’t disrespect people. To get respect you have to give respect.”

Despite even Mayweather’s father, Floyd Sr., suggested McGregor’s “boy” comment on Tuesday was not racially charged, the ongoing promotional tour now has taken a racial turn that warrants deeper consideration in the undefeated boxer’s eyes.

“Racism still exists,” Mayweather told the media. “I was flashy, [wearing] mink coats, and you know I’ve been driving Ferraris and Bentleys for over 20 years.

“All this flashy stuff I was doing it was ‘oh he’s arrogant, oh he’s cocky, oh he’s this he’s that he’s unappreciative.’ But then you take the same guy, who’s in contact sports, steals my whole blueprint and he gone do it and they praise him for it.”

Despite all of that, Mayweather – who will turn 41 later this year – offered an explanation for the 29-year-old McGregor’s tasteless antics.

“I have a diverse team, a diverse staff and when I was young I may have said some things that I shouldn’t have said when I was young but we live we learn and you don’t say those things when you get to a certain age,” Mayweather said.

“When he gets older he will probably look back and say I shouldn’t have said that.”

Can you top this ridiculous Conor McGregor getup?

Conor McGregor has been making headlines for his elaborate outfits on the UFC world tour, but Thursday’s ensemble took fashion to a whole new level.

Instead of the matching suits that McGregor wore on the first two days of the tour, Thursday’s outfit included a long white mink coat, yellow-and-white flowered pants. And no shirt.

The Irish fighter flaunted the coat on stage, only occasionally taking it off to reveal his famous tattooed chest, and saying it was made of polar bear fur. Mayweather, as expected, showed off his TMT-branded apparel and called out McGregor for his over-the-top clothing choices.

Of course, Twitter had its own appropriate reaction to the coat.

#McGregor out there looking like Macklemore in the Thrift shop music video pic.twitter.com/bvG9UoiqFk

— CP (@Chris_Pfeiler) July 14, 2017

Iight where’s this fool Connor McGregor at fam, we need our fur back #MayMacWorldTour pic.twitter.com/CTR6P7k17T

— Sid Guz (@sidneyguzman) July 14, 2017

Peta when they see McGregor coat #MayMacWorldTour pic.twitter.com/bjAf0H5VUQ

— savagetay (@ImHonestTho) July 14, 2017

.@peta when they found out Conor McGregor’s coat is made of polar bear #MayMacWorldTour pic.twitter.com/puFP5e4bus

— Dave Madden (@DaveMMAdden) July 14, 2017

Mayweather, the favorite in the UFC headline fight against McGregor on August 26, sparked fury in his opponent Wednesday night when he took an Irish flag from an audience member and walked around stage with the flag draped over his shoulder. The act infuriated McGregor so much that Mayweather decided to use the flag to his advantage again on Thursday.

Mayweather strolled into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to start the press conference with his head down and an Irish draped devilishly across his shoulders, dancing as he made his way to the stage. He knew the flag would rile up McGregor, and his suspicions proved correct.

The men headed into a stare-down, starting and ending the press conference in the same epic manner. Their glares, and their outfits, continue to generate attention, and if the fight is anything like the news conferences, August 26th should be an interesting day in Las Vegas.

The Notorious Conor is *finally* in the building.

: showtimeboxing | IG pic.twitter.com/CvrUjopJo6

— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) July 14, 2017