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What's Next For Conor McGregor?

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

1:00:16 hr | 1 year ago

What's Next For Conor McGregor?

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Days are getting a little longer hope is out there and there's a lot of hope in the UFC because the face of the UFC is back the biggest star in the history of the sport back because drawn the history of the sport is back Connor. McGregor as you know by now Victoria Saturday night in Las Vegas Forty second. Tko Win over Donald Cowboy Surani. It was as one-sided as it could possibly get I mean dumb. Tony didn't land one significant strike nineteen eighteen to nothing he was out struck and it was just a whirlwind and it was exactly what connor needed to do. The whole week could have gone better. In my opinion he was on his best behavior. Sure when he was late he apologized press conference he was early he was charming. He was endearing it was back to the old mystic Matt. He wasn't upset he wasn't aggressive. He just seemed grateful and happy to be back and then of course he had to perform and get a nice when he did that. Be Magical on the Mike. He did that and now. The big question is who's next. That's part of the fun when you're covering connor. It's not just the build up to the fight itself it's not just the actual. Oh fight itself. It's the debate speculation as to who is next when he'll return what the stakes will be all that stuff more so today on the program we will discuss all that as we. Now start to spin forward as we put to forty six behind us we'll be talking to PT Carol of Emmy Fighting Dot Com hosted the euro-bashing Bash. She was in Las Vegas covering this fight is great to see him back. In my opinion the best European MMA journalists out there right now in a man who knows connor better than anyone has has been covering him long before his. You have see debut. So we'll get his thoughts on Saturday where he goes from here and in particular how the Irish fans now now feel about connor as he tries to make up for lost time and get back on track truly because one of the stories heading it. Saturday was the Irish fans losing in faith in him hoping him and turning their backs on him all this stuff and more We'll how do they feel about him now will will will get the pulse of the nation from PC cow cowboys. I let's say hello to mile pound New York Rick who was also in Las Vegas to take it all in for the ESPN MMA social channels finals. If you will near Creek are you there. M here my friend how are you that wasn't your first connor flight right. It was not my first connor fight. It was my first connor fight in this capacity right. UN to one eighty nine. I've been to one eighty nine. I went to two. Oh five I okay. If you'll recall I brought. This is the Brian Kello- C two five when you're great blunders now if we're going to pull back the curtain like that we'll talk about about how. You took a photo with Brian. In what was it two thousand thirteen. Didn't you remember no no. It was actually two. Oh two it was before the Diaz fight so what was that twenty twenty sixteen six forty six. But how's that a blunder on my part. How was I supposed to know? I mean you're standing in the presence of greatness and yet and even know it I mean I took a picture. You didn't invite the guy. They're giving us battle raps and stuff. It was crazy. was writing songs about the Rick's pics challenge or the rix takes challenge as was everybody. It was it was a mania at the time. Anyway sorry hey to start to get us off track. But yes I've I've been to several CONOR McGregor fights This was the first I was in a in a working capacity and working for ESPN. Social handles is conor. McGregor back or as Stephen a Smith said and pissed off the world. By the way I had no issues with whatever stephen a Smith said I think everyone is. You're looking like dumb asses by complaining about this so much because if anyone else would have said what he said. Anime said all right cool. Yeah whatever but because it's him how dare He. How dare he talk? Talk about mixed martial arts. Whatever I'll talk about that later if there's time Charlotte do agree with the notion that you know? He's not truly back or did he do enough to you. Know make you believe that that he is back. I believe that Connor is back in. And I'll you know there are some caveats to that. I I'll start with agree with Stephen a Smith's like we didn't learn anything different about CONOR McGregor game right like we know. Conor McGregor is is an elite striker. We know that he has the ability to put people out and he did that to cowboy. Sironi Noth- nothing new there to learn. But what I did learn. Is that his preparation. His mindset the things that he came into this fight saying and doing were a lot different than the way he came into the Habib fight and I believe that conor McGregor is significantly more dangerous than the CONOR McGregor that came into the hobby. That is what I learned. I learned that. Connor is focused. I training as hard as he's ever trained and you know in his interview with you. He said the training was always good. It wasn't the training that was the problem is what he was doing between the training and I fully believe that between the training now he is keeping his head on his shoulders and he is doing what he needs to do. So Connor is back. But I didn't learn anything new about his game. That is the same dangerous guy. That took out Eddie Alvarez. That's the I I didn't learn anything different. He didn't add a new wrinkles. It was too short a fight to understand any of that but I do believe that mentality that he had on that rise is back and I agree to a degree but I do feel like one of the big questions was you know against Habib. He looked flat. He didn't look like himself. And so to your point we we did learn that he can return to his old self his old form his foot was a balloon. I'll stop it and buy like for that again. Everything he says is is scrutinized. And that's fine but I'm going to take what he said. At face value. He was drinking. He was partly because I heard all this stuff leading up to the fight but just never from him that he would legit shit disappear before the fight. Now be is a better fighter than conor. McGregor make no mistake about it right now is the best in the world and you can make a strong case that he is pound for pound number one on and you can make a case that he's one of the great ever in the history of the UFC. But to me. On Saturday. I saw the old connor the way he started the fight The way he was all week his demeanor. What did I say to you on the Monday after I came back and I know this is kind of a week? Move because if you're going to say you should say before the fight. But what did I say to you on the Monday of the fight after I saw on him face to face in Vegas you said that the old connor was back. I said less than two minutes right. He predicted a very quick finish. Yeah very quick for two reasons A.. Because I felt it I sensed it he was locked in. I saw him train. I saw him like meditate for an hour. He just sat there on the ground And was just by himself knowing owned bothering him he just seemed truly locked in and was doing this for the right. Reasons wasn't doing this to shut anyone up. Prove anyone wrong with doing it for himself and his team to to the to prove that he could get back right not for any other reason. I thought that that was promising. And also just like Stevens said Don. It's doesn't show up and I don't know how you can defend Donald Sironi in this particular regard. Listen the guy historically doesn't show up when it's a big fight and once again just like the RDA fight just like every other big fight. He did not show up. And when did I really realized that he wasn't gonNA show up when he was at the press conference on Wednesday and he's standing up and slamming the table. You guys don't understand we're going to blow the roof off this place. That to me was the guy whose trying to convince himself that he was gonNA show up that to me was a guy who was trying to convince himself that he was ready for this. He wasn't isn't ready for this and once again all he did was reinforce that narrative so my question then is can both those things be true. Connor be back if you're saying. Donald cerrone folded folded in the way that he did. What does that? Tell us about conor McGregor if anything like it shouldn't tell us anything because he's he has to be able to exploit that he has to be able to you know rise to the occasion and take advantage of that and again I'll say even though they won't admit it. I do feel like mental warfare was being played I do think he was disarming him and that stripped stripped away even more of Surani's killer instinct at the press conference shaking of the hands. And how did he come out. How did he come out about a hell right? Certainly I didn't know what hit him. Yeah Look I've never been hit with shoulder strikes. I don't know what that feels like. I would get. I would probably crumbled to the ground right if someone hit me like that at like twenty percent of that but I've asked enough fighters who have told me that should not have had the effect that it had on him now of course we can't ignore the fact that he lost his two via via Tko. was I stopped in his last two. All that stuff amore. He's clearly on the tail end of his career but for Karnal look way to act like that to to the build up that he did to perform that way. I mean it just. That was a home run of a week like you cannot to me. You couldn't have scripted that week better for him. It was the perfect storm and truth be told it was the perfect opponent. It did exactly what it needed to do. there was some gripes about who was or wasn't leading in but there's no doubt that was the perfect opponent now in Heinz with with the benefit of hindsight hindsight and seeing the talk about comedy. Now Okay so like I said the the fun part about it as as we try to move on from to forty six this debate because because you know we have John Cavanaugh saying I like H. E. At one seventy The Mas well talk which is very clear based on the the polls that have done and all that stuff Very clear that the fans want Mazda right very very clear your Russmann out there. You've is out there even audie just kind of throwing out Aldo As random as that was if it was up to you who you going within y Maggio going with Mazal. That's the fight and if you call many episodes ago I told you win or lose I think. That's the fight for Conor McGregor. Because I don't think this is a merit based system. When we're talking about CONOR McGregor? I don't think he needs to win. The fight to get a fight with Moss but all fortunately he did I think Mazda is the fight to make win or lose. Now I will say this it seems like Mazda and his team are kind of getting impatient and ready to move on and you know kind of Pooh poohing the talk. And maybe that's a tactic. Maybe that's a tactic to kind of force Conor McGregor hand and I would argue that. You can't force CONOR McGregor hand. He chooses what's going to happen in the scenario. So you're just GONNA have to you're just GONNA have to wait As impatient as you're getting but if that is the case if all of a sudden Maswadeh team has just sick of waiting and decides that they're going to do something else I would like to see nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. I think that the fight that we've been clamoring for we've been waiting for ever since the second one happened. That is the fight that will always be there. Conor McGregor himself saying that. It's always there. You know Nathan. He's calling him Nathan and let's go to the third one's over there air number three number trees there That is the fight. I would like to see and it doesn't need to be next for me at some point before it is all said and done. I need to see conor McGregor versus. ATS Now would be a fine time to do it to kind of bridge that gap while Habib is sorting out his business. Or Tony Boswell is my number one choice. I would like to make an announcement. I'm officially officially moving on from Aswad. Al McGregor sure I'm understand I'm done with it Not to say that. I don't want it not to say that if they announced today I wouldn't be super excited excited and thinking of all the possibilities in the build up would be fun and the buzz would be fun and the fighting. That would be fun but I'm moving on from it for several reasons number one the UFC doesn't want it. I mean and then what hasn't even gone in. That direction has even sniffed in that direction and you know worth noting. Sometimes he does that and then he reverses course but never has he actually lead on for a second that he wants to fight. WHO's Mon- has now finally said okay might as well as the guy and most importantly I feel Mazda wants to spend more than McGregor? I feel like for him him. Winning the belt means a lot after seventeen years in the game. I feel like he truly doesn't like Othon and I feel like he thinks when he beats whose spend because of course he's confident then the mcgriff will be there and obe even bigger because it will be for maybe two belts right the b. m. f. belt and the the real welterweight title right. I just don't feel like he wants it. I'm I'm not gonNA say that. He blew it on Monday because this is his career he can do whatever you want. But when I thought that he was gonNA come on the show I thought he was going to say like You know the shots about what I was wearing hiring or how we looked and all this stuff he just kind of said like I'm over it and I don't think conor give us any indication that he didn't want that fight. I don't think he dismissed it. I think he actually drew drew his ire and was calling him a mouthy fool and look at that that bleeding housecoat or whatever you call. I think he was down. I just don't feel like Mazda wants and I hope it's it's very clear I think he's afraid I just think it really means a lot to get that welterweight title to beat up for whatever reason he doesn't like the guy and so at this point like I don't WanNa keep banging that drum. I don't WanNa keep forcing him to want something that he doesn't really want and I think that there's other fights that connor wants to and I think this idea why I'm voting for for nate is two fold this idea that he's the old connor but a better version of the old connor to me. Nate falls into that narrative. All Right Surani called me on a two thousand fifteen there there. You go off the list. Nate you know beat me and then took me to the brink there. You go off the list now. Who's next and so? I feel like it brings back those memories it brings back the old connor quote unquote. And then why like this more than gateway. I don't want I'll just say like I said at the Cavanaugh. I don't involve in this fight and has nothing to do with how I feel about him. Everyone knows knows my relationship with him. That he doesn't let fighters come. I show has nothing to do with that. I could not care less. Look I'm saying Ou Mun Mazda. That's a massive fight for the point is I think it brings out the worst in Khan and you saw the way he was talking about the tweets on on Saturday. I don't WanNa go down the path of I'm trying to craft. What is best for him right now for playing that game? I don't want to go the Habib Path where Elliot's a player where he's doing the tweets and all that stuff nate and him have that respect they have that admiration but they also have the rivalry. I think if we're trying to craft craft next best step in this comeback this season. He's the one that makes the most sense. For All those reasons. You sparked a lot there to to let me. Let me backtrack for a second to Montreal. Masel if you think about MAS last year right every time he either called a shot or somebody was calling a shot at him. It was very direct right. Like he wanted Darren till he your mark that and he got it and he made the most part opportunity then it was been aspirin and those two were very clearly on a collision course and calling each other out then Nate Diaz gets on the Mike and calls him out. Everything was was very direct. Very calculated very methodical. This conor McGregor wishy washy. She leaving the options open. Thing I think is what's frustrating. Mas But all. I don't necessarily think conor McGregor moved on from it. Certainly he left the door open but I think he mas would all all has been used to. This is my fight and I think he had gone McGregor in his mind as fight. And when McGregor didn't engage in that way when McGregor didn't go all in on trading mas all I think it's frustrating and I think he's thrown off a little bit because the last year went that way the last year was every single thing that Maswadeh wanted or somebody wanted to fight him and he was game for it. It happened happened. It all happened the way he wanted it. Twenty nineteen was fantastic for him. Conor McGregor is not playing. That game. Conor McGregor is leaving his options open. He's going to. He's going to choose who he wants to fight and Wendy. He wants to fight. And I don't think Monsanto down for that game He's used to going at a certain certain. I don't think honest down for that game too. That's why I predicted on the show which I'm sure you heard everyone heard her. ESPN radio three hours. CETERA ET CETERA. I they asked me. WHO'S CONNOR GONNA call up? Who Do you want to call it? I said no one. Yeah Conner's above calling people out. He doesn't do that he doesn't businessman. Yes you come to me and figure it out all of you bend and all that stuff by the way in case you missed it. This is what he had to say on Monday when I asked them. Who Do you owe more or McGregor? I make a considerable larger paycheck with the Conway Person. I even saw potatoes and tomatoes. Meaning the same and I would take a lot more pleasure in dismantling faces than what Congress I would have a sincere join side of me like a kid on Christmas opening numerous. This gives if I was to do that. I at the baptize. Why's that there's something about his face? I don't like it. It doesn't sit well with me. I don't like his added to it as well either carbon some who. I've been doing this team in years. I'm the fighter of the year and your weight. And you're going to be as Corny in a petty as Jones single Something Mazda Newsman. Is the fight to make when seventy if there was no connor right like if if if there was no connor factor. That's the fight to make. All agree. Cracking would've happened. It would've been booked already if connor was in play. This is a done deal so it's not like we're just saying Oh you know He can't get the connor fight. So this is your consolation prize. We know that Edwards and will they are gonNA fight in March one would expect by the time March rolls around that they will have already ready booked. Use Men's next fight for maybe June or so So then maybe Edwards Woodley could get the winner especially if it's if it's Leon Edwards so you book that and fight and now you're left with Connor. I I almost feel like that's what they want. And that's what everyone wants to just look at the way he's talking about. WHO's Mon- listened to him he doesn't want he wants to beat this sky up and it's not I'm not saying he doesn't want the connor fight but I don't feel it's giving him that fire right now that the WHO's been fight is giving him because of the belt and because he doesn't like him yeah and in? This goes back to what I was saying thing like. It seems like use mon kind of not calling your shot until this point. I know on twitter yesterday. He kind of did finally say like this is what's going to happen is also so frustrating or is it feels like he's just not getting the the king treatment that he probably deserved after last year and make no mistake like his star Is is is one of the brightest out there. Unfortunately for him the brightest star just came back in and all eyes are on Conor McGregor. But I do think ultimately verses versus a Mas would it always is the fight to make an a fantastic one but connor wants it. I got no problem with Moscow and Mcgregor and then on your point about Ali Abdel Aziz and Conor McGregor. Would it not though make sense. Just come with me here for a second would not make sense to kind of have that be attached to the use Mon- fight as opposed to. Let's say he fight somebody else and then jumping right back into that. Whole can of worms with Ali when he deals with the hub fight which we know at this point based on what he saying based on what you're you're seeing is nearly inevitable right. That is the fight that everybody it should connor make a have a win in his next fight every all signs are pointing toward that fight being made toward the end of the year. Should it not be almost like A. I don't know if I call it a trial run but just re exposing him to that kind of environment versus throwing him straight back into into it. When it's with all the tension that comes with Habib and Ali Abdel Aziz on on the other side of that see this is your case for next my case for either? Use Mon- ORG ITCHY. I think if I'm crafting his career who's been my last choice number one bad style matchup right Champa one seventy but also you know a wrestler. Who's going to try to take take him down? I don't think the fan. Did you see when they put it on the screen on Saturday. Yeah the fans are not into that an and it didn't even react. I'm not talking about it from a fight perspective. I'm more tha because let's be real connors going to choose who he wants to choose decides. I'm talking about it from the perspective that you mention. You don't want Ali Abdel Aziz involved in this but but the reality is his end of year is very likely to have Ali Abdul Aziz involved in this on the side with Habib. It is going to be hubby versus connor if things go according to plan Assyrian. Disrespect Tony Ferguson. Like that can I just talk about this for a second sure. What did Tony Ferguson? Dude all you people just how can you imagine. If you're Tony Ferguson. At home in Orange County. You've got like six chairs stacked up you're about to go through a workout. And you're listening to the president of the company talk about how by the way Habib versus connor with no belt on the line is a big deal. Yeah con is bigger than any belt. You agree a hundred percent. No one cares. Nobody cares that. There was no belt on the line on Saturday notes. It's easy to forget. Conor McGregor actually invented the belt before nate. Yeahs did okay. Okay that being said it does. Add a little something. If it's Hubby for the belt you know retribution. That suffer more but like I is fighting. Are we saying his zero chance. Hence the total scrub. I think what we're seeing is. Connor Verses Habib transcends. That and I think that's fair to say I think that belter no belt that fight fight transcends whatever is happening in in the goings on of the division on for. It's no disrespect to Tony. If Tony Wins I think it's twenty wins the fight your time you. You don't want to see controversies. Twenty with the backstory of him. Leaving the the management team and feeling disrespected like they kept him away. Very big fights just not as big as hobby been connor and and I think you know it comes i. It's essentially being stated as Connor Verses Habib if all goes according to plan and I don't think that's any disrespect I don't i. Don't hear that caveat. VR Or maybe if he wins disrespect If I'm Tony I'm pissed. Sure I mean and that's a good story line if you're Tony and upset upset Habibie say where do you go now mcnuggets. Like it's time to fight I think I think it sells itself so I would be down for that fight but I do think if all goes according to plan conor verses Habib is is the collision course and I would say maybe it's not best to jump straight into that. Maybe there is some kind of you know having to deal with the mental turmoil of seeing somebody who's managing or a manager and Ali Ali Abdel Aziz. And maybe we're making too much of this altogether but he manages just engaging he manages Kamar loose man. Let's see see what kind of bad blood turns into. Can I tell you the other thing that is worrying me a little bit. I won't say worrying me but I feel like it's a really interesting puzzle right now because we know what the February pay per view main main eventers Jones race right. We know the march pay per view. Main event is Adesina Romero we note the April pay per view. Main eventers Habib Ferguson. He said we know that they're going to Brazil in May and they're trying to do so huto although which I wrote about today on. ESPN DOT COM. You check that out still makes me Makes to be a little bit. ill inciting gives me a headache. But whatever and then we get to June and then we get July his team keeps saying Oh. Of course we're going to be back before the summer while I feel June is kind of the summer I think June twenty-first technically is the beginning of summer. But you get the point unless they're going to actually make a new pay per view for him which they did for this one worth noting. This wasn't supposed to be a show. It was the year was supposed to start January twenty fifth in Raleigh North Carolina. Where are they gonNA make this fight? Because they're not putting him on the April card for that matter. They're not putting him on on the same card as any other champion. Why because connor draws more pay per views than anyone champions get a cut a pay per view and they don't want to pay the champion because of what connor is doing? Not even kind of wants to give you know some other champion. You know a piece of his pie so to speak so where they gonNA make this fight. I feel like June July makes the most sense last. I heard June. Is Australia. Definitely not going there now. We're talking international. Fight Week. The team seems to be saying and he seems to be saying he'll be back before the summer. You're so if I was a betting man my money would be on a pay per view being crease. So they just create one. Yeah but then the other thing that's like if you're GONNA put a pay per view the same same The same month as say Ferguson. A second one now. You're almost hurting that pay per view. Right you're bass in in May. May they really killing. That may one because people are is looking to buy hubby. There's an interesting thing that's going on here. When do you? Actually I mean let's be honest good problem to have a nice to have. It's a really make the most money we're GONNA make make this year. Yeah but I'm really curious when he's going to fight and who's going to fight the other thing is is there anyone were leaving off. I think we've all whittled it down to like three legit contenders. There's right Mas Vidal Gateway. Nate is there anyone. We're forgetting no. I don't think there's anybody we're forgetting. Especially when audience bringing up Josie Aldo. I think all all options have been guys have mentioned called Covington. Someone actually wrote to me about Kobe yesterday and it would be but I think no one is clamoring for that at all I'll let you guys don't know what good entertainment God needs. At least one went to even be in that discussion and I don't think from a star. Ah I just don't think any I mean there's no upside for McGregor defy call becoming no But no I think those are the options right like I guess we have to bring a floyd. We don't have to bring up floyd. This is not going to happen. I'm not I'm not saying it's never going to happen but I'm not saying next. That's a very if he wants to come back before the summer. That's a very tricky one. A very complex one I don't see that I say maybe I'm I'm I'm putting my own thoughts into to this. I don't want it to happen. Yeah that's when everything got off track. We just talked. We just talked about how there's not really a slot for for a m e pay per view. Please God not all of a sudden it opens up the idea that you know Manny Pacquiao has been talked about all week. Am I crazy to think that I I actually like the fight. More than the floyd fight just because it's something different in manny's probably less no one hundred percent it seems like certainly be more competitive with all due respect to pack Yahoos now holding a belt again At forty plus years old. I mean this guy's incredible But no we saw floyd. We saw the floyd fight. And in my estimation I know many people have different opinions on that fight he he carried connor to the late rounds and then decided when he was gonNA knock them out. I did not think that was a competitive fight at all and I think some people have given a lot of credit connor for making it. That far I don't I floyd loyd carried him entirely and opted to turn the off button on at when he did So no I do not want to see that again. I think Floyd Mayweather is probably a sharp as ever. It doesn't look any older slower or or different than he did in his in his fighting prime which is incredible No not interested in floyd versus Connor. But you could. You could talk me into manny versus connor but not nets. There's nothing available before the summer. Areo well they still have to create something. It's still a business move for the U of sees you still don't WanNa bastardize your pay per views. There's no MMA fights before they can make one. There's no slots listen. I'm down with an in in three four fights. Let's say he wins the lightweight belt again and then he wins the welterweight belt find but again as I've said a million times I want to see the best do what they're best at and he's best at Ma he's an own. One pro boxer would know amateur career as fun as it would be like. Don't get me wrong long covering mayweather McGregor was maybe the most fun I've ever had in my life. You know in my entire career. Actually this past week might be a close second because that was a lot of fun I want to see him versus nate only him versus. MAS would I want to see him versus gates. You I wanna see the Habib rematch if we get to their true or false this time next year this time next year so January January of two thousand twenty one is connor champion in mixed martial arts. NOPE so there's no path in my mind to that has not beat Kamara loose man. He does not beat Mazda. All he does not beat Habib. So or Tony Ferguson. So you don't think he'd Beats Ferguson. Now really know now. If Ferguson beats will be a beetle as a chance you just talked about the disrespect I will not disrespect twenty August. I think he is elite. I think he is the number two behind Habib and I think Abib is the number one overall. I think he's the best fighter on the planet. John Jones Yeah John Jones. So He's the second fighter on the planet and Tony Ferguson. Some Web Somewhere up there so no I well could he sure I think Tony Leaves himself open and his wild enough to give her opportunities. But do I think you'd be favored in in any of those matchups. I don't okay Last thing favorite part of last week fever part of last week. Is this a trick question. No I don't say the spot I mean listen With Your job breaking the fourth wall you get to be behind the scenes. You backstage you were there for the majority of the week AAC. It's just different like we are very lucky. I was talking to chill Saturday. We're on the desk during the pre show and again. Thank you to everyone who watched our stuff Listen listen to our stuff you know your numbers on Instagram and twitter the ESPN count. You guys crushed it like we're very lucky to this is our job. Sometimes you know. We'll say oh. We got to travel away from her family. Ability to be at these are the stories that will be telling our our family about you know these are these are great moments in the history of the sport. You know the way people talk about two thousand fifteen to US sixteen. I think a lot of us thought we'd never get back to that. And I don't WanNa say that beating Sironi is like beating although or beating Mendez but it felt like the the closest. We've been to that right or the fight and so it was cool. It was fun it was fun to cover that. You know there's often events real again this kind of event is a little flatter. Doesn't have have the juice or doesn't have the buzz in the ticket sales. Aren't that great in. The crowd is dead at the crowd is empty. The Gu's nothing to complain about the whole week from from the the presser even like Monday. You know doing the sit down with him and all this stuff the whole week was just I thought one good thing after the next there was nothing to be Upset about the criticize getting to go to the apex the UFC apex for Media Day. That was really cool to be there. For the first time I thought the other fighters you know there was so much talk about macy and Roxanne and the return of Holly Home and Diego for him. It was just a great week. was there anything that stood out. It's a small moment but it was the moment after Conor McGregor one getting twenty text messages talking about. Did you see that what happened that type of thing because it's been a long time since that happened. It's been in a long time and only Conor McGregor does that to people now. I couldn't answer them because I was working at the moment. But it was nice to see kind of confirmed my belief that Conor McGregor Gregor is a one of one and didn't lose any juice and if anything This brought people back into the tent so it was that moment. It was that moment I couldn't help it. SMIRKING workin smiled to myself. Thinking that to cite the cliche tonner old connor is back. Connor is back. It was that moment right right after he finished Donald Surani. Yeah and we'll see you know. Just how back he is but for now again. We couldn't have gone any better and getting to do the locker room interview for me was was a lot of funding funded locker. Room interviews are the best before they addressed Still sweaty and all that stuff you get the raw motion. He was talking about coming back talking about his mother. Who we certainly only hope Gets well soon and she is a legend Mags and of course Tony McGregor was there. It was nice to see him so it was just it was just cool and part of the story is how does Surani any rebound I do hope that he takes time off. I do think that he has been very active and has taken a lot of damage over the past year so for his sake and all you know also so a legend of this game. I do hope that he's able to enjoy that money. He made take the time off and anyone who says that. That fight was fixed. You should be absolutely I in your only just exposing your own stupidity depite because that was just I mean. There was nothing fixed about that fight. Please stop that's that's one negative by product of a connor fight You get a lot of mainstream fans I watch and if it doesn't go their way or if the guy they bet it on or bet on I should say loses they say was fixed That was rigged. It wasn't rigged. Stop it it's annoying. It's just annoying. It's just so weak. It's like the laziest of all the takes stop it anyway. I'm done Newark. Thank you for the time as always thank you my friend all right now. Let's move along to our next guest and get the Irish perspective. As far as Connor McGregor triumphant return is concerned. He was in Las Vegas. It was great to see him for the first time. I'm in what felt like years five years six years. My old mate my old pal. My Old Mohara himself were more CADA. I Dunno always messed that up up the one and only Pizza Carol of Emma Finding Dot Com and the host of my favorite. MMA podcast Eurotrash PC. What's the crack going area? Where were you thanks for having me on boss Yes? It's a pleasure in. You're on vacation right now at Some undisclosed location. I really appreciate you taking some time at your day. My apologies Hajjis Tulane by the way for ruining vacation but I really wanted to get your side of the story here because a big storyline heading into this fight of course was was the Irish fans. Had they turn on him. Do they feel the same about him. Would they support him if he won. And you know an and behave the right way and the aftermath was handled the right way. Would they get back on his bandwagon. All that stuff more and so several days later around four so days later could you tell me. How do the Irish fans feel about what conor conor McGregor did on Saturday? Yeah there's been a big surge in 'em you know just generally interest as support like a really felt like like a completely different attitude. When I stepped off the plane on Tuesday back into the country you know one of us going away? A lot of people didn't even know this was on but by the time that flight nightside nightside and everybody was watching honestly like I mean the amount of people that were still awake six. AM whatever was four. Thirty to six AM IN ORLEANS. It was unbelievable. I'm a dive. The fourth thing I had said he picked me up from the airport. He said Oh that was funny when he said that at the name is all about the dressing gown like feels like everything's landing again for conor not only is shots but his jokes. Everything seems to be going down well with a lot of people that didn't seem interested at all when leaving the country. Are you surprised is by this and now it sounds like it was always gonna be the test of it on for you know like I mean we even. We're talking way before what is them went down. And the the Second Nate Diaz press conference going There's not a lot of talk about this then. Of course the famous ad missile-throwing soil throwing down but the whole world was locked in. Then I feel like it was actually that redemption story really sold over here like I felt like that's what people are going going into C- could this combined could go look as good as he did on side and it was a real home run from connor in terms of how we acted all week on just performance and I think dot dot warmed them to the Irish people as well. You'll remember too and it was really really sour. NFL's as though that was the kind of the bill that I and was the kind of thing that would you know. Make people less connor in some ways and then the performance came after you know he he wasn't able to redeem themselves else property like all the things he was saying. The lead up to the forty felt like Saturday's performance was like the physical manifestation of him redeeming himself. You know getting back to winning ways and that's that's a I think a lot of people feel anyway. Look it's not the whole country every there's a lot of people still. He still needs to win back. And that's GonNa take take a Lotta time. And but look the only way he can go now is back into the old McGregor territory where people start to doubt them and that's where he's at his best you know because if she lives with her there's GonNa be lots of people like gates whoever. It is an or hair John talking about down your Joe. Whoever it is p there's GonNa be a lot of people losing dealers or they're gonNA is GonNa win and that's where the old McGregor the prime McGregor US showing some very interesting to see what happened back? One of the interesting debates leading up to to Saturday night was is he being authentic you know is this all an act is it all pr or is he really just happy to be there. Grateful to be back appreciative of the moment. His demeanor reminded me a lot of the early days leading up to bridge Leading up to Brandao just sort of not as aggressive Charming at times the lines and were just kind of coming out. The you know blood would be spilled but not bad blood all that stuff He seemed to be in good spirits even tardy at the Wayans but then apologizes this for his tardiness. Afterwards it was it was just all very charming. It wasn't it wasn't heavy. It wasn't a controversial. It was all the things that I think you would agree. He needed to do but one one of the debates was And I had this debate with jail and bist being and they didn't believe it they felt it was fabricated. They didn't feel it was authentic. Is this the real guy. Is this truly who he is. Did you feel like this was real or did you feel like it was calculated. Did you feel like they huddled up and said all right. This is how we're going to win fans over. We're going to have to act this way. I don't know if he was like Oh. I hope to win the fines over. You can tell that this going is trying to change his ways like there's no doubt about what he's reference to you that you know. He is a life coach coach. Now in Tony Robbins. And he's mentioned that the the people around him listening and all like I don't care if it's an active stage if he can call in and do this three times a year and taught way like this is him getting used to a new thing as well are trying to change them so as long as he keeps doing. I don't care if he if he's making a concerted effort there are no. I just think this is the way we need to see. This is the way that that really makes the orders people care about again that can reverberate with the nation so really like it wetter letter. It's a forest thing or not I don't think it might as he just needs to keep doing it. Try to see this every single tournament. What we saw leader the point? You know I like are we. It doesn't really bother me where it's coming from as long as it's like it's it. Is this way you know you noticed something on on twitter. Afterwards he he did a brief interview with RT which is the Irish national broadcaster And I was actually surprised. I didn't see them. They're leading up to the fight But I saw them at the post fight press conference. He did a brief interview review with them after the post fight press conference it and you said that you know you hope that he speaks to the Irish media more he has not spoken to them. actively over the years were you surprised at RT was there. I didn't think for this one. I thought maybe they would. You know slowly you know. Build their way back up. We surprised at our T.. I mean I don't know in Canada will compare compare them to CBC. I mean they are the broadcast the national broadcaster in Ireland. And correct me. If I'm if I'm positioning them the wrong way. We surprised that they covered this considering all the talk to people weren't as interested in them. And why do you think it is important that he continues to develop that relationship with them. Feel like you know. He's on his way oprah when when he was raised up as this national figure. I know ECON for my generation people I guess he was always speaking directly. Eighty two Orland whether it was on your show in the middle of the year on after he won the fight was the press conference in the lead up to the four. It was all sewer and made them impossible for yours. People not the physically. You didn't read the You know Hamal the thing this time around until late night reading like they came up with with the troy caller mentioned Orleans and in the post and the New York on a lot in that the -posedly press conference. I like the most of the people that were like. Oh you was brilliant in the foyer and he was brilliant in the press conference You know go is that why telling me that all all. I'm not gonNA watch this phony. You know they knew everything if I want to head off or would they were new giving me a glossary of love at the press conference. You know what I mean like. It's like the people will he will watch every bit economy if if they're invested in them you know and that's that's that's the greatest gone to sell the most of the teams. I mean the most of the People Yours I like like oh I don't think he really cares what everyone else in the world field. They don't care what's yours people. Feel therefore you you. You know you've commented on any saints as ways I think when you look at the deloite twenty four teams in in in Dublin. Money you best friend do like that. Was the Atlanta launch ships. People watching around the world seeing penned people sounds like fifty thousand people. I knew my minds and clarity. All this this is what made you stand up and pay attention to him well. I'm sure we'll see things before that as well but this is the real reason he's when they realize that you know. They had a global commodity on their hands and size. I'm concerned it was yours. Google it showed it to them. You know so I feel as though that means a lot to him on a way to get them all back and of course needs to be a few instances all before a lot of people will them or they get talking on the bandwagon. I think it was a great for step in good into redeeming himself. But this was a story that redemption and he certainly making his way there as far as the actual fight itself has performance. I know it was very short but were you impressed. Oh Yeah I mean I watched it again. I think the UFC UFC re releasing like a slow motion. Like a person that I big left-handed connected with everything needs to you. Know like it feels like everything like like I was saying in the way. His sorority OSITA head kick lines at cerrone into the converse. I five and Argon clips in with the left hand the way down and you know I look at everything. He landed there the need. They had to kick the head the the shoulder. Those you know very great performance. I don't know how anyone could fly him. You know like I don't know how anyone could say like that. That wasn't a a really good show from Kana. Ugandan everything about them not laugh at that time was about five inches and yes to. He absolutely does mindful Sony. Let's be honest obliterated. Yeah and I guess like that's like he's GonNa ruin like the way the way the people are looking at. He's he's Ram through this. But you know if the other person is a name that's not on a Mazda Dala Habib. That's when that's when you know the fact that used to be a big thing on right because it wasn't like trying to always like push your finger into chester the biggest bully on the playground and then actually beating them. It made it so much all right like everyone I think it does it. Does it certainly not allegations he goes you know Diaz coming back and winning unbelievable one seven avenue that they were all like you know. This is crazy. I was doing this and I think that's the way anything next time. Like he needs to have those stacked against handsome Dan to to to to carry on a huge victory that make people go only God man. This guy is back but could you imagine goes in and starts dollar. He starts as a beep. You look I mean we're right back to where it was the start of his career like I mean it might be an uncle of being another talk for as long run on and I don't even know if you were coming back. And he's advocates Rania. People like stop McGregor will beat Habib and that's pretty crazy to be like that. I put that. That's that shows Kika bone designed for on our power to make people believe always said this to you for a long time. Maybe one of the most amazing things about him at the. Ah just say something. That'd be cool. Wouldn't matter what it was absolutely true. I have I. It's forty because that's exactly what I thought when the other three people upset over like that Kinda will be like this is. It is crazy thing from October. Twenty eighth day and he's once again against phone. Rhody you like the very very cream of the crop in that debate and they already thinking you've got to win. I think that's a testament to how he makes people feel of what it goes to people reading and it's also amazing for for all the talk that he had not want since November of two thousand sixteen That his last fight was in October of two thousand eighteen. That people are turning on. I'm disgusted by him. All this stuff. Eleven million dollar gate fourth-highest in UFC history card that was cobbled together Not a lot of promotion rate. I mean we're starting to get nervous. Wanted tickets going on sale. What are they actually GonNa acknowledged that this card is happening and for him to do that in the midst of a a busy time in sports? There's the NFL playoffs. Going on here in America and and for for him to capture the attention of the world like that you see people tweeting you know famous. Sports Stars tweeting about him in the moment on the weekend. It's it's really truly impressive. How one win can just get him right back on track? I would say he's right back to where he was leading into the fight like he feels that popular once again and so so now. The big question is who is next and it's also amazing just as a side note like how influential is like the the the shoulder strikes have now become the new billy strut. I saw the Dallas Mavericks doing that. It's just amazing. How like everyone just wants to imitate the guy in copy him and he didn't give us the billy strut because he felt like everyone was waiting for it so he gave us something else in very cool of culpeper to post a video on his instagram of of him doing that to him several years ago? I thought that was fun as well. But the big question now is and it's almost as fun on as the fights themselves you know. Who's he fight next the speculation that debates all that stuff he can go in a million different directions right? He's planted ten different seeds. If you were in charge if you are the man in charge who are you booking him against next and I just want just before I tell you I isn't. Isn't it great I right. CD's stories you know the fact that stories. That are bill conner at the moment gorlic. Oh is it going to be there for this. John said this because I thought like this is this the mania that was Conrad was career. And it's not just going to buy. He's broke his dudes phone. You know it's like oh he's GonNa fight this guy this nice enough Britain's right like this is really great that he does one press fifteenth target on that are being turned the explorer and rather than the negative stuff. You know what I mean and always feeling though you see look I I need to practice with this so more Stevens telling me that might as well did not sell very well on the broadcast. Now I don't know that's what a pure find them for. Connor pure worship for Connor. Because that's the effect the House honors. People the feels like He. He wanted that forty he gave gave himself all week. He had a great press. They're all completely hypnotized again. So I'm just saying what I've been told. They said that the MAS didn't income across pal. And then you know everybody keeps talking about this joke. That kinda. Tell that the end where he said he was like. I don't think there's granny's wear these Grandma's where these addressing gallons the world's or watching the TV. But you'd be surprised like my dad said to me and my uncle said to me a couple of my friends Larry uh-huh I feel as though like Dot like that would be my favorite Fleiss as in if I'm John Cabinet. I'm looking at this going writes. We can have an another great bill to fight here. Stop positively blown. Get into the murky still stop all you think is inevitable if you boy to be bright like he's having his own pressed on I mean one of a week of PR and putting himself forward in the best possible minor having a fantastic wham. I'm doing the same in the post for like all this great stuff all the people by going so you put them into Habib Point now at Dana White thirty one and it's just GonNa go right down down into the dredges again. I feel I feel like these two have a poisonous relationship that the whole lead up to that. Last compass poison. You know it was it was it was was higher. Still being said three. It didn't feel like a price for that. Like like a gang war or something. There was insane so I feel as though Mas I'll Beside his build up when they did all on their to them trash-talking anything like that. And it's a forty two takes place within Khanna's wheel destroy voice and I feel like records. Got All the juice right now. Connor might have our back on Saturday but these are two huge names in the US. Out There I was twenty nineteen and they'll connor as you you said becoming this cultural icon overnight again. It's really insane. I feel like that's like hey sunshine's get those two fighting on We can go from there. They they do have to say it might make sense before night now is like I've seen an boss logic putting the postal over eighty two with the finger etcetera. I started on March makes reading so again. It's a fight that makes sense made steps around. He's beaten around the great rivalry. KINDA WANNA I feel like it's more whatever open boats minds or be great now so maybe the night then either either either Habib or Muslim can be anything he stuff fit the year. Look or you or you think it's great that John Say just engaged his name because to see you and there's a huge as profound place that nobody here. You suggest. Get angry because just engaging in the conversation. That's about six for you and I have. I have a feeling that will be a building full of vitriol based on them. Some of the things gauge. You husband same to over the last one. I think that's the only big reasons he's not. Connor doesn't want to avoid them. The idea that like is taking Jameson and like at this stage after getting back to win away with it is a bit unfair he. He was never ever known for that maybe ceremony for the good way to to get them back open running. I'd say from now on these topics do whatever and all you want is without or I'd say could hoping nice and I'll be happy to see gay G and I'm here them really white people enough numbers and options right. That's what the fight game is all about. He has the numbers and and now he has the options once again. There's a million different directions that he can go. All of those are are great. I as I said earlier in the show I feel like the Maswadeh train has left the station. Asian I feel like the UFC wants Mazda. Loose man I feel like who's been once Mazda. I feel like Maswadeh wants this man and the way he lit up when talking about Nathan. Let's go donating. Let's go Bradtha number tree you know it just felt like that was the one guy he actually kind of called out in the midst of it all so we'll see how it all plays out always great to get your are your insight as always. PT Tremendous work over at MMA fighting DOT com. The whole team is doing great stuff. Even Brian Kelleher give shout out on on Monday Team Crystal Union Jose Jose Young but it was truly great to see you back stateside covering connor fight. It felt like old times and and I hope that we could get back to those times win or lose. I think if you're being objective it's just a lot more fun covering the sport when he is around doing positive things fighting he doesn't have to win but just fighting and not doing the other stuff. I think it's just more fun for all of us. For the fans for the media for the fighters everyone is just in a better place when the biggest star in the sport is around. That's no different in the NFL PA MLB the NHL Etcetera. Thanks for the time man. We'll talk to you soon. Just a quick note. Arial yes one point last last McGregor foyt was that what was it. I think it was too. It was too old foyt Eddie Alvarez route. I'll say no more no more all right. That's all I need to say. Okay there is the host of the Euro Bash. Love that podcast. Check it out and Yes perhaps Pizza is the Good Luck charm his last win. UFC Two five against Eddie Alvarez he returns what almost three and a half years later and gets that next win against Donald Surani Saturday night in Las Vegas not std's minimalist right aerial. Welcome back. Thank you House Vegas. I enjoyed a lot more the second time around. Because your guy didn't get whipped right. It was a lot of fun. I mean I had heard so many things about what to expect at a conor McGregor fights and it lived up the high the build up to the fight after Holly Home Finish. The second fight was done. The temperature in the room changed the you could feel the tension Shinde anticipation like the UFC rolls out the metaphorical red carpet for Conor McGregor. They were changing the lights into the colors of the Irish flag. The Irish Irish music. Got Everyone so hyped. It was exciting. I love being there and then the knockout of course deplace went wild. It was so cool to see person. Did it live up to the hype I mean. I think it did like Eric. A lot of people texting me. I mean did you see that. Hey I know you're there. I'm sorry it only. I'm sorry. It only lasted forty seconds. And I'm like no. That was great. I don't don't care that only lasted forty seconds. Yes you would like to see a bigger sample size just to see for the future. How he looks at welterweight but see that and at forty seconds the way he you did this to be in command from start to end it was sick? I'M NOT GONNA lie like it was sick. I don't care that ended prematurely. Yeah I feel like most people who were there even felt like they got their money's worth all right. What's the tip okay? So this is something that I have tried to integrate into my life past few weeks so we all have our to do. WAS I. Don't off your to do with sky area but I'm a big to do guy and a thing I've noticed is that we liked to put really small tasks on our to do list things that we know so we can get done because we're all wired to feel like we're being productive all the time. We love the feeling of being productive and that being productive getting things done crossing off the list. Then we're having a good day. We're doing what we're supposed to do. But what I have noticed. Is that those small task. Those easy task often what we do I to get them out of the way because they they don't require much mental capacity and the tougher task the ones that we really should be dedicating our time to the more creative tasks. Whether it's you want you I want to read you want to write. You have to come up with ideas for things for work or for whatever it is. We often leave those on the back burner because we're to secretly Lee avoiding them and we don't want to use the brain Pavley rather feel productive and get stuff don rather than maybe dedicate our time to focus to one single task so what I recommend. Is those hardest things and your to do list that you have to do that. Require more brain power. You have to bring herself to do those I for me personally. I do these things in the morning. This is when I wake up super early around like five. Am Eastern so. I try to front load the things that I WANNA do. My creative projects that I feel will make me better so that I can be uninhibited before text messages emails. Were things start coming in. I dedicate my time my time in the morning to those things. There are things out there that you guys want to do in the spirit of minimalism and making changes in your life and focusing on the important things. I strongly recommend that you front load your day with those important portent projects creative tasks that you feel. Make you better great advice in fact when I came back from Las Vegas because I was away for so long I felt like had a lot that was piling up so I did write down all the things that I needed to do yesterday when I got through most of them stuff not related to the job bills. Whatever I felt a lot better when it went to bed like when he I went to bed Monday I felt anxious? I wrote them all down and then Tuesday night. When I went to bed I felt a lot better? 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What's Next For Conor McGregor?

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What's Next For Conor McGregor?

"Before we begin today's show we all know and Love Scott Van Pelt. He's one of my favorite people at ESPN absolute legend. So that's why I'm very excited to tell all of our listeners. About the brand a new S V pod his new podcast. Where each and every week? He'll dive into important sports stories. Fun Ones Fascinating. One's interesting ones important ones and also a little ridiculous nonsense along the way as well. There's a new episode each and every week so if you're interested you can subscribe and listen to the SV pod wherever are you get your podcast. And while you're there are show review if we like it the great. Tst might even read it on our next pod about that all right. Here's the show. Turn back in your life on this Wednesday January twenty second two thousand and twenty hello again. Everyone I'm area. Who WanNa back in New York City Frigid New York City? Spring is coming. I feel it. I'm excited. Days are getting a little longer hope is out there and there's a lot of hope in the UFC because the face of the UFC is back the biggest star in the history of the sport back because drawn the history of the sport is back Connor. McGregor as you know by now Victoria Saturday night in Las Vegas Forty second. Tko Win over Donald Cowboy Surani. It was as one-sided as it could possibly get I mean dumb. Tony didn't land one significant strike nineteen eighteen to nothing he was out struck and it was just a whirlwind and it was exactly what connor needed to do. The whole week could have gone better. In my opinion he was on his best behavior. Sure when he was late he apologized press conference he was early he was charming. He was endearing it was back to the old mystic Matt. He wasn't upset he wasn't aggressive. He just seemed grateful and happy to be back and then of course he had to perform and get a nice when he did that. Be Magical on the Mike. He did that and now. The big question is who's next. That's part of the fun when you're covering connor. It's not just the build up to the fight itself it's not just the actual. Oh fight itself. It's the debate speculation as to who is next when he'll return what the stakes will be all that stuff more so today on the program we will discuss all that as we. Now start to spin forward as we put to forty six behind us we'll be talking to PT Carol of Emmy Fighting Dot Com hosted the euro-bashing Bash. She was in Las Vegas covering this fight is great to see him back. In my opinion the best European MMA journalists out there right now in a man who knows connor better than anyone has has been covering him long before his. You have see debut. So we'll get his thoughts on Saturday where he goes from here and in particular how the Irish fans now now feel about connor as he tries to make up for lost time and get back on track truly because one of the stories heading it. Saturday was the Irish fans losing in faith in him hoping him and turning their backs on him all this stuff and more We'll how do they feel about him now will will will get the pulse of the nation from PC cow cowboys. I let's say hello to mile pound New York Rick who was also in Las Vegas to take it all in for the ESPN MMA social channels finals. If you will near Creek are you there. M here my friend how are you that wasn't your first connor flight right. It was not my first connor fight. It was my first connor fight in this capacity right. UN to one eighty nine. I've been to one eighty nine. I went to two. Oh five I okay. If you'll recall I brought. This is the Brian Kello- C two five when you're great blunders now if we're going to pull back the curtain like that we'll talk about about how. You took a photo with Brian. In what was it two thousand thirteen. Didn't you remember no no. It was actually two. Oh two it was before the Diaz fight so what was that twenty twenty sixteen six forty six. But how's that a blunder on my part. How was I supposed to know? I mean you're standing in the presence of greatness and yet and even know it I mean I took the picture. You didn't invite the guy they're giving us battle raps and stuff. It was crazy was writing songs about the Rick's pics challenge or the rix takes challenge as was everybody. It was it was a mania at the time. Anyway sorry hey to start to get us off track. But yes I've I've been to several CONOR McGregor fights This was the first I was in a in a working capacity and working for ESPN. Social handles is conor. McGregor back or as Stephen a Smith said and pissed off the world. By the way I had no issues with whatever stephen a Smith said I think everyone is. You're looking like dumb asses by complaining about this so much because if anyone else would have said what he said. Anime said all right cool. Yeah whatever but because it's him how dare He. How dare he talk? Talk about mixed martial arts. Whatever I'll talk about that later if there's time Charlotte do agree with the notion that you know? He's not truly back or did he do enough to you. Know make you believe that that he is back. I believe that Connor is back in. And I'll you know there are some caveats to that. I I'll start with agree with Stephen a Smith's like we didn't learn anything different about CONOR McGregor game right like we know. Conor McGregor is is an elite striker. We know that he has the ability to put people out and he did that to cowboy. Sironi Noth- nothing new there to learn. But what I did learn. Is that his preparation. His mindset the things that he came into this fight saying and doing were a lot different than the way he came into the Habib fight and I believe that conor McGregor is significantly more dangerous than the CONOR McGregor that came into the hobby. That is what I learned. I learned that. Connor is focused. I training as hard as he's ever trained and you know in his interview with you. He said the training was always good. It wasn't the training that was the problem is what he was doing between the training and I fully believe that between the training now he is keeping his head on his shoulders and he is doing what he needs to do. So Connor is back. But I didn't learn anything new about his game. That is the same dangerous guy. That took out Eddie Alvarez. That's the I I didn't learn anything different. He didn't add a new wrinkles. It was too short a fight to understand any of that but I do believe that mentality that he had on that rise is back and I agree to a degree but I do feel like one of the big questions was you know against Habib. He looked flat. He didn't look like himself. And so to your point we we did learn that he can return to his old self his old form his foot was a balloon. I'll stop it and buy like for that again. Everything he says is is scrutinized. And that's fine but I'm going to take what he said. At face value. He was drinking. He was partly because I heard all this stuff leading up to the fight but just never from him that he would legit shit disappear before the fight. Now be is a better fighter than conor. McGregor make no mistake about it right now is the best in the world and you can make a strong case that he is pound for pound number one on and you can make a case that he's one of the great ever in the history of the UFC. But to me. On Saturday. I saw the old connor the way he started the fight The way he was all week his demeanor. What did I say to you on the Monday after I came back and I know this is kind of a week? Move because if you're going to say you should say before the fight. But what did I say to you on the Monday of the fight after I saw on him face to face in Vegas you said that the old connor was back. I said less than two minutes right. He predicted a very quick finish. Yeah very quick for two reasons A.. Because I felt it I sensed it he was locked in. I saw him train. I saw him like meditate for an hour. He just sat there on the ground And was just by himself knowing owned bothering him he just seemed truly locked in and was doing this for the right. Reasons wasn't doing this to shut anyone up. Prove anyone wrong with doing it for himself and his team to to the to prove that he could get back right not for any other reason. I thought that that was promising. And also just like Stevens said Don. It's doesn't show up and I don't know how you can defend Donald Sironi in this particular regard. Listen the guy historically doesn't show up when it's a big fight and once again just like the RDA fight just like every other big fight. He did not show up. And when did I really realized that he wasn't gonNA show up when he was at the press conference on Wednesday and he's standing up and slamming the table. You guys don't understand we're going to blow the roof off this place. That to me was the guy whose trying to convince himself that he was gonNA show up that to me was a guy who was trying to convince himself that he was ready for this. He wasn't isn't ready for this and once again all he did was reinforce that narrative so my question then is can both those things be true. Connor be back if you're saying. Donald cerrone folded folded in the way that he did. What does that? Tell us about conor McGregor if anything like it shouldn't tell us anything because he's he has to be able to exploit that he has to be able to you know rise to the occasion and take advantage of that and again I'll say even though they won't admit it. I do feel like mental warfare was being played I do think he was disarming him and that stripped stripped away even more of Surani's killer instinct at the press conference shaking of the hands. And how did he come out. How did he come out about a hell right? Certainly I didn't know what hit him. Yeah Look I've never been hit with shoulder strikes. I don't know what that feels like. I would get. I would probably crumbled to the ground right if someone hit me like that at like twenty percent of that but I've asked enough fighters who have told me that should not have had the effect that it had on him now of course we can't ignore the fact that he lost his two via via Tko. was I stopped in his last two. All that stuff amore. He's clearly on the tail end of his career but for Karnal look way to act like that to to the build up that he did to perform that way. I mean it just. That was a home run of a week like you cannot to me. You couldn't have scripted that week better for him. It was the perfect storm and truth be told it was the perfect opponent. It did exactly what it needed to do. there was some gripes about who was or wasn't leading in but there's no doubt that was the perfect opponent now in Heinz with with the benefit of hindsight hindsight and seeing the talk about comedy. Now Okay so like I said the the fun part about it as as we try to move on from to forty six this debate because because you know we have John Cavanaugh saying I like H. E. At one seventy The maswadeh talk which is very clear based on the the polls that have done and all that stuff Very clear that the fans want Mazda right very very clear your Russmann out there. You've is out there even audie just kind of throwing out Aldo As random as that was if it was up to you who you going within y Maggio going with Mazal. That's the fight and if you call many episodes ago I told you win or lose I think. That's the fight for Conor McGregor. Because I don't think this is a merit based system. When we're talking about CONOR McGregor? I don't think he needs to win. The fight to get a fight with Moss but all fortunately he did I think Mazda is the fight to make win or lose. Now I will say this it seems like Mazda and his team are kind of getting impatient and ready to move on and you know kind of Pooh poohing the talk. And maybe that's a tactic. Maybe that's a tactic to kind of force Conor McGregor hand and I would argue that. You can't force CONOR McGregor hand. He chooses what's going to happen in the scenario. So you're just GONNA have to you're just GONNA have to wait As impatient as you're getting but if that is the case if all of a sudden team has just sick of waiting and decides that they're going to do something else. I would like to see nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. I think that the fight that we've been clamoring for we've been waiting for ever since the second one happened. That is the fight that will always be there. Conor McGregor himself saying that. It's always there. You know Nathan. He's calling him Nathan and let's go to the third one's over there air number three number trees there That is the fight. I would like to see and it doesn't need to be next for me at some point before it is all said and done. I need to see conor McGregor versus. ATS Now would be a fine time to do it to kind of bridge that gap while Habib is sorting out his business. Or Tony Boswell is my number one choice. I would like to make an announcement. I'm officially officially moving on from Aswad. Al McGregor sure I'm understand I'm done with it Not to say that. I don't want it not to say that if they announced today I wouldn't be super excited excited and thinking of all the possibilities in the build up would be fun and the buzz would be fun and the fighting. That would be fun but I'm moving on from it for several reasons number one the UFC doesn't want it. I mean and then what hasn't even gone in. That direction has even sniffed in that direction and you know worth noting. Sometimes he does that and then he reverses course but never has he actually lead on for a second that he wants to fight. WHO's Mon- has now finally said okay might as well as the guy and most importantly I feel Mazda wants to spend more than McGregor? I feel like for him him. Winning the belt means a lot after seventeen years in the game. I feel like he truly doesn't like Othon and I feel like he thinks when he beats whose spend because of course he's confident then the mcgriff will be there and obe even bigger because it will be for maybe two belts right the b. m. f. belt and the the real welterweight title right. I just don't feel like he wants it. I'm I'm not gonNA say that. He blew it on Monday because this is his career he can do whatever you want. But when I thought that he was gonNA come on the show I thought he was going to say like You know the shots about what I was wearing hiring or how we looked and all this stuff he just kind of said like I'm over it and I don't think conor give us any indication that he didn't want that fight. I don't think he dismissed it. I think he actually drew drew his ire and was calling him a mouthy fool and look at that that bleeding housecoat or whatever you call. I think he was down. I just don't feel like Mazda wants and I hope it's it's very clear I think he's afraid I just think it really means a lot to get that welterweight title to beat up for whatever reason he doesn't like the guy and so at this point like I don't WanNa keep banging that drum. I don't WanNa keep forcing him to want something that he doesn't really want and I think that there's other fights that connor wants to and I think this idea why I'm voting for for nate is two fold this idea that he's the old connor but a better version of the old connor to me. Nate falls into that narrative. All Right Surani called me on a two thousand fifteen there there. You go off the list. Nate you know beat me and then took me to the brink there. You go off the list now. Who's next and so? I feel like it brings back those memories it brings back the old connor quote unquote. And then why like this more than gateway. I don't want I'll just say like I said at the cavenaugh. I don't involve in this fight and has nothing to do with how I feel about him. Everyone knows knows my relationship with him. That he doesn't let fighters come. I show has nothing to do with that. I could not care less. Look I'm saying Ou Mun Mazda. That's a massive fight for the point is I think it brings out the worst in Khan and you saw the way he was talking about the Ucla tweets on on Saturday. I don't WanNa go down the path of I'm trying to craft. What is best for him right now for playing that game? I don't want to go the Habib Path where Elliot's a player where he's doing the tweets and all that stuff nate and him have that respect they have that admiration but they also have the rivalry. I think if we're trying to craft craft next best step in this comeback this season. He's the one that makes the most sense. For All those reasons. You sparked a lot there to to let me. Let me backtrack for a second to Montreal. Masel if you think about MAS last year right every time he either called a shot or somebody was calling a shot at him. It was very direct right like he wanted Darren till he earmarked that and he got it and he made the most part opportunity then it was been aspirin and those two were very clearly on a collision course and calling each other out then Nate Diaz gets on the Mike and calls him out. Everything was was very direct. Very calculated very methodical. This conor McGregor wishy washy. She leaving the options open. Thing I think is what's frustrating. Mas But all. I don't necessarily think conor McGregor moved on from it. Certainly he left the door open but I think he mas would all all has been used to. This is my fight and I think he had gone McGregor in his mind as fight. And when McGregor didn't engage in that way when McGregor didn't go all in on trading mas all I think it's frustrating and I think he's thrown off a little bit because the last year went that way the last year was every single thing that Maswadeh wanted or somebody wanted to fight him and he was game for it. It happened happened. It all happened the way he wanted it. Twenty nineteen was fantastic for him. Conor McGregor is not playing. That game. Conor McGregor is leaving his options open. He's going to. He's going to choose who he wants to fight and Wendy. He wants to fight. And I don't think Monsanto down for that game He's used to going at a certain certain. I don't think honest down for that game too. That's why I predicted on the show which I'm sure you heard everyone heard her. ESPN radio three hours. CETERA ET CETERA. I they asked me. WHO'S CONNOR GONNA call up? Who Do you want to call it? I said no one. Yeah Conner's above calling people out. He doesn't do that he doesn't businessman. Yes you come to me and figure it out all of you bend and all that stuff by the way in case you missed it. This is what he had to say on Monday when I asked them. Who Do you owe more or McGregor? I make a considerable larger paycheck with the Conway Person. I even saw potatoes and tomatoes. Meaning the same and I would take a lot more pleasure in dismantling faces than what Congress I would have a sincere join side of me like a kid on Christmas opening numerous. This gives if I was to do that. I at the baptize. Why's that there's something about his face? I don't like it. It doesn't sit well with me. I don't like his added to it as well either carbon some who. I've been doing this team in years. I'm the fighter of the year and your weight. And you're going to be as Corny in a petty as Jones single Something Mazda Newsman. Is the fight to make when seventy if there was no connor right like if if if there was no connor factor. That's the fight to make. All agree. Cracking would've happened. It would've been booked already if connor was in play. This is a done deal so it's not like we're just saying Oh you know He can't get the connor fight. So this is your consolation prize. We know that Edwards and will they are gonNA fight in March one would expect by the time March rolls around that they will have already ready booked. Use Men's next fight for maybe June or so So then maybe Edwards Woodley could get the winner especially if it's if it's Leon Edwards so you book that and fight and now you're left with Connor. I I almost feel like that's what they want. And that's what everyone wants to just look at the way he's talking about. WHO's Mon- listened to him he doesn't want he wants to beat this sky up and it's not I'm not saying he doesn't want the connor fight but I don't feel it's giving him that fire right now that the WHO's been fight is giving him because of the belt and because he doesn't like him yeah and in? This goes back to what I was saying thing like. It seems like use mon kind of not calling your shot until this point. I know on twitter yesterday. He kind of did finally say like this is what's going to happen is also so frustrating or is it feels like he's just not getting the the king treatment that he probably deserved after last year and make no mistake like his star Is is is one of the brightest out there. Unfortunately for him the brightest star just came back in and all eyes are on Conor McGregor. But I do think ultimately verses versus a Mas would it always is the fight to make an a fantastic one but connor wants it. I got no problem with Moscow and Mcgregor and then on your point about Ali Abdel Aziz and Conor McGregor. Would it not though make sense. Just come with me here for a second would not make sense to kind of have that be attached to the use Mon- fight as opposed to. Let's say he fight somebody else and then jumping right back into that. Whole can of worms with Ali when he deals with the hub fight which we know at this point based on what he saying based on what you're you're seeing is nearly inevitable right. That is the fight that everybody it should connor make a have a win in his next fight every all signs are pointing toward that fight being made toward the end of the year. Should it not be almost like A. I don't know if I call it a trial run but just re exposing him to that kind of environment versus throwing him straight back into into it. When it's with all the tension that comes with Habib and Ali Abdel Aziz on on the other side of that see this is your case for next my case for either? Use Mon- ORG ITCHY. I think if I'm crafting his career who's been my last choice number one bad style matchup right Champa one seventy but also you know a wrestler. Who's going to try to take take him down? I don't think the fan. Did you see when they put it on the screen on Saturday. Yeah the fans are not into that an and it didn't even react. I'm not talking about it from a fight perspective. I'm more tha because let's be real connors going to choose who he wants to choose decides. I'm talking about it from the perspective that you mention. You don't want Ali Abdel Aziz involved in this but but the reality is his end of year is very likely to have Ali Abdul Aziz involved in this on the side with Habib. It is going to be hubby versus connor if things go according to plan Assyrian. Disrespect Tony Ferguson. Like that can I just talk about this for a second sure. What did Tony Ferguson? Dude all you people just how can you imagine. If you're Tony Ferguson. At home in Orange County. You've got like six chairs stacked up you're about to go through a workout. And you're listening to the president of the company talk about how by the way Habib versus connor with no belt on the line is a big deal. Yeah con is bigger than any belt. You agree a hundred percent. No one cares. Nobody cares that. There was no belt on the line on Saturday notes. It's easy to forget. Conor McGregor actually invented the belt before nate. Yeahs did okay. Okay that being said it does. Add a little something. If it's Hubby for the belt you know retribution. That suffer more but like I is fighting. Are we saying his zero chance. Hence the total scrub. I think what we're seeing is. Connor Verses Habib transcends. That and I think that's fair to say I think that belter no belt that fight fight transcends whatever is happening in in the goings on of the division on for. It's no disrespect to Tony. If Tony Wins I think it's twenty wins the fight your time you. You don't want to see controversies. Twenty with the backstory of him. Leaving the the management team and feeling disrespected like they kept him away. Very big fights just not as big as hobby been connor and and I think you know it comes i. It's essentially being stated as Connor Verses Habib if all goes according to plan and I don't think that's any disrespect I don't i. Don't hear that caveat. VR Or maybe if he wins disrespect If I'm Tony I'm pissed. Sure I mean and that's a good story line if you're Tony and upset upset Habibie say where do you go now mcnuggets. Like it's time to fight I think I think it sells itself so I would be down for that fight but I do think if all goes according to plan conor verses Habib is is the collision course and I would say maybe it's not best to jump straight into that. Maybe there is some kind of you know having to deal with the mental turmoil of seeing somebody who's managing or a manager and Ali Ali Abdel Aziz. And maybe we're making too much of this altogether but he manages just engaging he manages Kamar loose man. Let's see see what kind of bad blood turns into. Can I tell you the other thing that is worrying me a little bit. I won't say worrying me but I feel like it's a really interesting puzzle right now because we know what the February pay per view main main eventers Jones race right. We know the march pay per view. Main event is Adesina Romero we note the April pay per view. Main eventers Habib Ferguson. He said we know that they're going to Brazil in May and they're trying to do so huto although which I wrote about today on. ESPN DOT COM. You check that out still makes me Makes to be a little bit. ill inciting gives me a headache. But whatever and then we get to June and then we get July his team keeps saying Oh. Of course we're going to be back before the summer while I feel June is kind of the summer I think June twenty-first technically is the beginning of summer. But you get the point unless they're going to actually make a new pay per view for him which they did for this one worth noting. This wasn't supposed to be a show. It was the year was supposed to start January twenty fifth in Raleigh North Carolina. Where are they gonNA make this fight? Because they're not putting him on the April card for that matter. They're not putting him on on the same card as any other champion. Why because connor draws more pay per views than anyone champions get a cut a pay per view and they don't want to pay the champion because of what connor is doing? Not even kind of wants to give you know some other champion. You know a piece of his pie so to speak so where they gonNA make this fight. I feel like June July makes the most sense last. I heard June. Is Australia. Definitely not going there now. We're talking international. Fight Week. The team seems to be saying and he seems to be saying he'll be back before the summer. You're so if I was a betting man my money would be on a pay per view being crease. So they just create one. Yeah but then the other thing that's like if you're GONNA put a pay per view the same same The same month as say Ferguson. A second one now. You're almost hurting that pay per view. Right you're bass in in May. May they really killing. That may one because people are is looking to buy hubby. There's an interesting thing that's going on here. When do you? Actually I mean let's be honest good problem to have a nice to have. It's a really make the most money we're GONNA make make this year. Yeah but I'm really curious when he's going to fight and who's going to fight the other thing is is there anyone were leaving off. I think we've all whittled it down to like three legit contenders. There's right Mas Vidal Gateway. Nate is there anyone. We're forgetting no. I don't think there's anybody we're forgetting. Especially when audience bringing up Josie Aldo. I think all all options have been guys have mentioned called Covington. Someone actually wrote to me about Kobe yesterday and it would be but I think no one is clamoring for that at all I'll let you guys don't know what good entertainment God needs. At least one went to even be in that discussion and I don't think from a star. Ah I just don't think any I mean there's no upside for McGregor defy call becoming no But no I think those are the options right like I guess we have to bring a floyd. We don't have to bring up floyd. This is not going to happen. I'm not I'm not saying it's never going to happen but I'm not saying next. That's a very if he wants to come back before the summer. That's a very tricky one. A very complex one I don't see that I say maybe I'm I'm I'm putting my own thoughts into to this. I don't want it to happen. Yeah that's when everything got off track. We just talked. We just talked about how there's not really a slot for for a m e pay per view. Please God not all of a sudden it opens up the idea that you know Manny Pacquiao has been talked about all week. Am I crazy to think that I I actually like the fight. More than the floyd fight just because it's something different in manny's probably less no one hundred percent it seems like certainly be more competitive with all due respect to pack Yahoos now holding a belt again At forty plus years old. I mean this guy's incredible But no we saw floyd. We saw the floyd fight. And in my estimation I know many people have different opinions on that fight he he carried connor to the late rounds and then decided when he was gonNA knock them out. I did not think that was a competitive fight at all and I think some people have given a lot of credit connor for making it. That far I don't I floyd loyd carried him entirely and opted to turn the off button on at when he did So no I do not want to see that again. I think Floyd Mayweather is probably a sharp as ever. It doesn't look any older slower or or different than he did in his in his fighting prime which is incredible No not interested in floyd versus Connor. But you could. You could talk me into manny versus connor but not nets. There's nothing available before the summer. Areo well they still have to create something. It's still a business move for the U of sees you still don't WanNa bastardize your pay per views. There's no MMA fights before they can make one. There's no slots listen. I'm down with an in in three four fights. Let's say he wins the lightweight belt again and then he wins the welterweight belt find but again as I've said a million times I want to see the best do what they're best at and he's best at Ma he's an own. One pro boxer would know amateur career as fun as it would be like. Don't get me wrong long covering mayweather McGregor was maybe the most fun I've ever had in my life. You know in my entire career. Actually this past week might be a close second because that was a lot of fun I want to see him versus nate only him versus. MAS would I want to see him versus gates. You I wanna see the Habib rematch if we get to their true or false this time next year this time next year so January January of two thousand twenty one is connor champion in mixed martial arts. NOPE so there's no path in my mind to that has not beat Kamara loose man. He does not beat Mazda. All he does not beat Habib. So or Tony Ferguson. So you don't think he'd Beats Ferguson. Now really know now. If Ferguson beats will be a beetle as a chance you just talked about the disrespect I will not disrespect twenty per se. I think he is elite. I think he is the number two behind Habib and I think Abib is the number one overall. I think he's the best fighter on the planet. John Jones Yeah John Jones. So He's the second fighter on the planet and Tony Ferguson. Some Web Somewhere up there so no I well could he sure I think Tony Leaves himself open and his wild enough to give her opportunities. But do I think you'd be favored in in any of those matchups. I don't okay Last thing favorite part of last week fever part of last week. Is this a trick question. No I don't say the spot I mean listen With Your job breaking the fourth wall you get to be behind the scenes. You backstage you were there for the majority of the week AAC. It's just different like we are very lucky. I was talking to chill Saturday. We're on the desk during the pre show and again. Thank you to everyone who watched our stuff Listen listen to our stuff you know your numbers on Instagram and twitter the ESPN count. You guys crushed it like we're very lucky to this is our job. Sometimes you know. We'll say oh. We got to travel away from her family. Ability to be at these are the stories that will be telling our our family about you know these are these are great moments in the history of the sport. You know the way people talk about two thousand fifteen to US sixteen. I think a lot of us thought we'd never get back to that. And I don't WanNa say that beating Sironi is like beating although or beating Mendez but it felt like the the closest. We've been to that right or the fight and so it was cool. It was fun it was fun to cover that. You know there's often events real again this kind of event is a little flatter. Doesn't have have the juice or doesn't have the buzz in the ticket sales. Aren't that great in. The crowd is dead at the crowd is empty. The Gu's nothing to complain about the whole week from from the the presser even like Monday. You know doing the sit down with him and all this stuff the whole week was just I thought one good thing after the next there was nothing to be Upset about the criticize getting to go to the apex the UFC apex for Media Day. That was really cool to be there. For the first time I thought the other fighters you know there was so much talk about macy and Roxanne and the return of Holly Home and Diego for him. It was just a great week. was there anything that stood out. It's a small moment but it was the moment after Conor McGregor one getting twenty text messages talking about. Did you see that what happened that type of thing because it's been a long time since that happened. It's been in a long time and only Conor McGregor does that to people now. I couldn't answer them because I was working at the moment. But it was nice to see kind of confirmed my belief that Conor McGregor Gregor is a one of one and didn't lose any juice and if anything This brought people back into the tent so it was that moment. It was that moment I couldn't help it. SMIRKING workin smiled to myself. Thinking that to cite the cliche tonner old connor is back. Connor is back. It was that moment right right after he finished Donald Surani. Yeah and we'll see you know. Just how back he is but for now again. We couldn't have gone any better and getting to do the locker room interview for me was was a lot of funding funded locker. Room interviews are the best before they addressed Still sweaty and all that stuff you get the raw motion. He was talking about coming back talking about his mother. Who we certainly only hope Gets well soon and she is a legend Mags and of course Tony McGregor was there. It was nice to see him so it was just it was just cool and part of the story is how does Surani any rebound I do hope that he takes time off. I do think that he has been very active and has taken a lot of damage over the past year so for his sake and all you know also so a legend of this game. I do hope that he's able to enjoy that money. He made take the time off and anyone who says that. That fight was fixed. You should be absolutely I in your only just exposing your own stupidity depite because that was just I mean. There was nothing fixed about that fight. Please stop that's that's one negative by product of a connor fight You get a lot of mainstream fans I watch and if it doesn't go their way or if the guy they bet it on or bet on I should say loses they say was fixed That was rigged. It wasn't rigged. Stop it it's annoying. It's just annoying. It's just so weak. It's like the laziest of all the takes stop it anyway. I'm done Newark. Thank you for the time as always thank you my friend all right now. Let's move along to our next guest and get the Irish perspective. As far as Connor McGregor triumphant return is concerned. He was in Las Vegas. It was great to see him for the first time. I'm in what felt like years five years six years. My old mate my old pal. My Old Mohara himself were more CADA. I Dunno always messed that up up the one and only Pizza Carol of Emma Finding Dot Com and the host of my favorite. MMA podcast Eurotrash PC. What's the crack going area? Where were you thanks for having me on boss Yes? It's a pleasure in. You're on vacation right now at Some undisclosed location. I really appreciate you taking some time at your day. My apologies Hajjis Tulane by the way for ruining vacation but I really wanted to get your side of the story here because a big storyline heading into this fight of course was was the Irish fans. Had they turn on him. Do they feel the same about him. Would they support him if he won. And you know an and behave the right way and the aftermath was handled the right way. Would they get back on his bandwagon. All that stuff more and so several days later around four so days later could you tell me. How do the Irish fans feel about what conor conor McGregor did on Saturday? Yeah there's been a big surge in 'em you know just generally interest as support like a really felt like like a completely different attitude. When I stepped off the plane on Tuesday back into the country you know one of us going away? A lot of people didn't even know this was on but by the time that flight nightside nightside and everybody was watching honestly like I mean the amount of people that were still awake six. AM whatever was four. Thirty to six AM IN ORLEANS. It was unbelievable. I'm a dive. The fourth thing I had said he picked me up from the airport. He said Oh that was funny when he said that at the name is all about the dressing gown like feels like everything's landing again for conor not only is shots but his jokes. Everything seems to be going down well with a lot of people that didn't seem interested at all when leaving the country. Are you surprised is by this and now it sounds like it was always gonna be the test of it on for you know like I mean we even. We're talking way before what is them went down. And the the Second Nate Diaz press conference going There's not a lot of talk about this then. Of course the famous ad missile-throwing soil throwing down but the whole world was locked in. Then I feel like it was actually that redemption story really sold over here like I felt like that's what people are going going into C- could this combined could go look as good as he did on side and it was a real home run from connor in terms of how we acted all week on just performance and I think dot dot warmed them to the Irish people as well. You'll remember too and it was really really sour. NFL's as though that was the kind of the bill that I and was the kind of thing that would you know. Make people less connor in some ways and then the performance came after you know he he wasn't able to redeem themselves else property like all the things he was saying. The lead up to the forty felt like Saturday's performance was like the physical manifestation of him redeeming himself. You know getting back to winning ways and that's that's a I think a lot of people feel anyway. Look it's not the whole country every there's a lot of people still. He still needs to win back. And that's GonNa take take a Lotta time. And but look the only way he can go now is back into the old McGregor territory where people start to doubt them and that's where he's at his best you know because if she lives with her there's GonNa be lots of people like gates whoever. It is an or hair John talking about down your Joe. Whoever it is p there's GonNa be a lot of people losing dealers or they're gonNA is GonNa win and that's where the old McGregor the prime McGregor US showing some very interesting to see what happened back? One of the interesting debates leading up to to Saturday night was is he being authentic you know is this all an act is it all pr or is he really just happy to be there. Grateful to be back appreciative of the moment. His demeanor reminded me a lot of the early days leading up to bridge Leading up to Brandao just sort of not as aggressive Charming at times the lines and were just kind of coming out. The you know blood would be spilled but not bad blood all that stuff He seemed to be in good spirits even tardy at the Wayans but then apologizes this for his tardiness. Afterwards it was it was just all very charming. It wasn't it wasn't heavy. It wasn't a controversial. It was all the things that I think you would agree. He needed to do but one one of the debates was And I had this debate with jail and bist being and they didn't believe it they felt it was fabricated. They didn't feel it was authentic. Is this the real guy. Is this truly who he is. Did you feel like this was real or did you feel like it was calculated. Did you feel like they huddled up and said all right. This is how we're going to win fans over. We're going to have to act this way. I don't know if he was like Oh. I hope to win the fines over. You can tell that this going is trying to change his ways like there's no doubt about what he's reference to you that you know. He is a life coach coach. Now in Tony Robbins. And he's mentioned that the the people around him listening and all like I don't care if it's an active stage if he can call in and do this three times a year and taught way like this is him getting used to a new thing as well are trying to change them so as long as he keeps doing. I don't care if he if he's making a concerted effort there are no. I just think this is the way we need to see. This is the way that that really makes the orders people care about again that can reverberate with the nation so really like it wetter letter. It's a forest thing or not I don't think it might as he just needs to keep doing it. Try to see this every single tournament. What we saw leader the point? You know I like are we. It doesn't really bother me where it's coming from as long as it's like it's it. Is this way you know you noticed something on on twitter. Afterwards he he did a brief interview with RT which is the Irish national broadcaster And I was actually surprised. I didn't see them. They're leading up to the fight But I saw them at the post fight press conference. He did a brief interview review with them after the post fight press conference it and you said that you know you hope that he speaks to the Irish media more he has not spoken to them. actively over the years were you surprised at RT was there. I didn't think for this one. I thought maybe they would. You know slowly you know. Build their way back up. Surprised at our T.. I mean I don't know in Canada will compare compare them to CBC. I mean they are the broadcast the national broadcaster in Ireland. And correct me. If I'm if I'm positioning them the wrong way. We surprised that they covered this considering all the talk to people weren't as interested in them. And why do you think it is important that he continues to develop that relationship with them. Feel like you know. He's on his way oprah when when he was raised up as this national figure. I know ECON for my generation people I guess he was always speaking directly. Eighty two Orland whether it was on your show in the middle of the year on after he won the fight was the press conference in the lead up to the four. It was all sewer and made them impossible for yours. People not the physically. You didn't read the You know Hamal the thing this time around until late night reading like they came up with with the troy caller mentioned Orleans and the postal and the gone a lot in that the -posedly press conference. I like the most of the people that were like. Oh you was brilliant in the foyer and he was brilliant in the press conference You know go is that why telling me that all all. I'm not gonNA watch this phony. You know they knew everything if I want to head off or would they were new giving me a glossary of love at the press conference. You know what I mean like. It's like the people will he will watch every bit economy if if they're invested in them you know and that's that's that's the greatest gone to sell the most of the teams. I mean the most of the People Yours I like like oh I don't think he really cares what everyone else in the world field. They don't care what's yours people. Feel therefore you you. You know you've commented on any saints as ways I think when you look at the deloite twenty four teams in in in Dublin. Money you best friend do like that. Was the Atlanta launch ships. People watching around the world seeing penned people sounds like fifty thousand people. I knew my minds and clarity. All this this is what made you stand up and pay attention to him well. I'm sure we'll see things before that as well. But this is the real reason you realize that you know. They had a global commodity on their hands and size. I'm concerned it was yours. Google it showed it to them. You know so I feel as though that means a lot to him on I think he's he's well on his way to get them all back. And of course needs to be a few instances all before a lot of people will them or they get talking on the bandwagon. I think it was a great step in good into redeeming himself. But this was a story that redemption and he certainly making his way there as far as the actual fight itself has performance. I know it was very short but were you impressed. Oh Yeah I mean I watched it again. I think the UFC UFC re releasing like a slow motion. Like a person that I big left-handed connected with everything needs to you. Know like it feels like everything like like I was saying in the way. His sorority OSITA head kick lines at cerrone into the converse. I five and Argon clips in with the left hand the way down and you know I look at everything. He landed there the need. They had to kick the head the the shoulder. Those you know very great performance. I don't know how anyone could fly him. You know like I don't know how anyone could say like that. That wasn't a a really good show from Kana. Ugandan everything about them not laugh at that time was about five inches and yes to. He absolutely does mindful Sony. Let's be honest obliterated. Yeah and I guess like that's like he's GonNa ruin like the way the way the people are looking at. He's he's Ram through this. But you know if the other person is a name that's not on a Mazda Dala Habib. That's when that's when you know the fact that used to be a big thing on right because it wasn't like trying to always like push your finger into chester the biggest bully on the playground and then actually beating them. It made it so much all right like everyone I think it does it. Does it certainly not allegations he goes you know Diaz coming back and winning unbelievable one seven avenue that they were all like you know. This is crazy. I was doing this and I think that's the way anything next time. Like he needs to have those stacked against handsome Dan to to to to carry on a huge victory that make people go only God man. This guy is back but could you imagine goes in and starts dollar. He starts as a beep. You look I mean we're right back to where it was the start of his career like I mean it might be an uncle of being another talk for as long run on and I don't even know if you were coming back. And he's advocates Rania. People like stop McGregor will beat Habib and that's pretty crazy to be like that. I put that. That's that shows Kika bone designed for on our power to make people believe always said this to you for a long time. Maybe one of the most amazing things about him at the. Ah just say something. That'd be cool. Wouldn't matter what it was absolutely true. I have I. It's forty because that's exactly what I thought when the other three people upset over like that Kinda will be like this is. It is crazy thing from October. Twenty eighth day and he's once again against phone. Rhody you like the very very cream of the crop in that debate and they already thinking you've got to win. I think that's a testament to how he makes people feel of what it goes to people reading and it's also amazing for for all the talk that he had not want since November of two thousand sixteen That his last fight was in October of two thousand eighteen. That people are turning on. I'm disgusted by him. All this stuff. Eleven million dollar gate fourth-highest in UFC history card that was cobbled together Not a lot of promotion rate. I mean we're starting to get nervous. Wanted tickets going on sale. What are they actually GonNa acknowledged that this card is happening and for him to do that in the midst of a a busy time in sports? There's the NFL playoffs. Going on here in America and and for for him to capture the attention of the world like that you see people tweeting you know famous. Sports Stars tweeting about him in the moment on the weekend. It's it's really truly impressive. How one win can just get him right back on track? I would say he's right back to where he was leading into the fight like he feels that popular once again and so so now. The big question is who is next and it's also amazing just as a side note like how influential is like the the the shoulder strikes have now become the new billy strut. I saw the Dallas Mavericks doing that. It's just amazing. How like everyone just wants to imitate the guy in copy him and he didn't give us the billy strut because he felt like everyone was waiting for it so he gave us something else in very cool of culpeper to post a video on his instagram of of him doing that to him several years ago? I thought that was fun as well. But the big question now is and it's almost as fun on as the fights themselves you know. Who's he fight next the speculation that debates all that stuff he can go in a million different directions right? He's planted ten different seeds. If you were in charge if you are the man in charge who are you booking him against next and I just want just before I tell you I isn't. Isn't it great I right. CD's stories you know the fact that stories. That are bill conner at the moment gorlic. Oh is it going to be there for this. John said this because I thought like this is this the mania that was Conrad was career. And it's not just going to buy. He's broke his dudes phone. You know it's like oh he's GonNa fight this guy this nice enough Britain's right like this is really great that he does one press fifteenth target on that are being turned the explorer and rather than the negative stuff. You know what I mean and always feeling though you see look I I need to practice with this so more Stevens telling me that might as well did not sell very well on the broadcast. Now I don't know that's what a pure find them for. Connor pure worship for Connor. Because that's the effect the House honors. People the feels like He. He wanted that forty he gave gave himself all week. He had a great press. They're all completely hypnotized again. So I'm just saying what I've been told. They said that the MAS didn't income across pal. And then you know everybody keeps talking about this joke. That kinda. Tell that the end where he said he was like. I don't unders- granny's wear these Grandma's where these addressing gallons the world's or watching the TV. But you'd be surprised like my dad said to me and my uncle said to me a couple of my friends Larry uh-huh I feel as though like Dot like that would be my favorite Fleiss as in if I'm John Cabinet. I'm looking at this going writes. We can have an another great bill to fight here. Stop positively blown. Get into the murky still stop all you think is inevitable if you boy to be bright like he's having his own pressed on I mean one of a week of PR and putting himself forward in the best possible minor having a fantastic wham. I'm doing the same in the post for like all this great stuff all the people by going so you put them into Habib Point now at Dana White thirty one and it's just GonNa go right down down into the dredges again. I feel I feel like these two have a poisonous relationship that the whole lead up to that. Last compass poison. You know it was it was it was was higher. Still being said three. It didn't feel like a price for that. Like like a gang war or something. There was insane so I feel as though Mas I'll Beside his build up when they did all on their to them trash-talking anything like that. And it's a forty two takes place within Khanna's wheel destroy voice and I feel like records. Got All the juice right now. Connor might have our back on Saturday but these are two huge names in the US. Out There I was twenty nineteen and they'll connor as you you said becoming this cultural icon overnight again. It's really insane. I feel like that's like hey sunshine's get those two fighting on We can go from there they. I do have to say it might make sense before night now is like I've seen an boss logic putting the postal over eighty two with the finger etcetera. I started on March makes reading so again. It's a fight that makes sense made steps around. He's beaten around the great rivalry. KINDA WANNA I feel like it's more whatever open boats minds or be great now so maybe the night then either either either Habib or Muslim can be anything he stuff fit the year. Look or you or you think it's great that John Say just engaged his name because to see you and there's a huge as profound place that nobody here. You suggest. Get angry because just engaging in the conversation. That's about six for you and I have. I have a feeling that will be a building full of vitriol based on them. Some of the things gauge. You husband same to over the last one. I think that's the only big reasons he's not. Connor doesn't want to avoid them. The idea that like is taking Jameson and like at this stage after getting back to win away with it is a bit unfair he. He was never ever known for that maybe ceremony for the good way to to get them back open running. I'd say from now on these topics do whatever and all you want is without or I'd say could hoping nice and I'll be happy to see gay G and I'm here them really white people enough numbers and options right. That's what the fight game is all about. He has the numbers and and now he has the options once again. There's a million different directions that he can go. All of those are are great. I as I said earlier in the show I feel like the Maswadeh train has left the station. Asian I feel like the UFC wants Mazda. Loose man I feel like who's been once Mazda. I feel like Maswadeh wants this man and the way he lit up when talking about Nathan. Let's go donating. Let's go Bradtha number tree you know it just felt like that was the one guy he actually kind of called out in the midst of it all so we'll see how it all plays out always great to get your are your insight as always. PT Tremendous work over at MMA fighting DOT com. The whole team is doing great stuff. Even Brian Kelleher give shout out on on Monday Team Crystal Union Jose Jose Young but it was truly great to see you back stateside covering connor fight. It felt like old times and and I hope that we could get back to those times win or lose. I think if you're being objective it's just a lot more fun covering the sport when he is around doing positive things fighting he doesn't have to win but just fighting and not doing the other stuff. I think it's just more fun for all of us. For the fans for the media for the fighters everyone is just in a better place when the biggest star in the sport is around. That's no different in the NFL PA MLB the NHL Etcetera. Thanks for the time man. We'll talk to you soon. Just a quick note. Arial yes one point last last McGregor foyt was that what was it. I think it was too. It was too old foyt Eddie Alvarez route. I'll say no more no more all right. That's all I need to say. Okay there is the host of the Euro Bash. Love that podcast. Check it out and Yes perhaps Pizza is the Good Luck charm his last win. UFC Two five against Eddie Alvarez he returns what almost three and a half years later and gets that next win against Donald Surani Saturday night in Las Vegas not std's minimalist right aerial. Welcome back. Thank you House Vegas. I enjoyed a lot more the second time around. Because your guy didn't get whipped right. It was a lot of fun. I mean I had heard so many things about what to expect at a conor McGregor fights and it lived up the high the build up to the fight after Holly Home Finish. The second fight was done. The temperature in the room changed the you could feel the tension Shinde anticipation like the UFC rolls out the metaphorical red carpet for Conor McGregor. They were changing the lights into the colors of the Irish flag. The Irish Irish music. Got Everyone so hyped. It was exciting. I love being there and then the knockout of course deplace went wild. It was so cool to see person. Did it live up to the hype I mean. I think it did like Eric. A lot of people texting me. I mean did you see that. Hey I know you're there. I'm sorry it only. I'm sorry. It only lasted forty seconds. And I'm like no. That was great. I don't don't care that only lasted forty seconds. Yes you would like to see a bigger sample size just to see for the future. How he looks at welterweight but see that and at forty seconds the way he you did this to be in command from start to end it was sick? I'M NOT GONNA lie like it was sick. I don't care that ended prematurely. Yeah I feel like most people who were there even felt like they got their money's worth all right. What's the tip okay? So this is something that I have tried to integrate into my life past few weeks so we all have our to do. WAS I. Don't off your to do with sky area but I'm a big to do guy and a thing I've noticed is that we liked to put really small tasks on our to do list things that we know so we can get done because we're all wired to feel like we're being productive all the time. We love the feeling of being productive and that being productive getting things done crossing off the list. Then we're having a good day. We're doing what we're supposed to do. But what I have noticed. Is that those small task. Those easy task often what we do I to get them out of the way because they they don't require much mental capacity and the tougher task the ones that we really should be dedicating our time to the more creative tasks. Whether it's you want you I want to read you want to write. You have to come up with ideas for things for work or for whatever it is. We often leave those on the back burner because we're to secretly Lee avoiding them and we don't want to use the brain Pavley rather feel productive and get stuff don rather than maybe dedicate our time to focus to one single task so what I recommend. Is those hardest things and your to do list that you have to do that. Require more brain power. You have to bring herself to do those I for me personally. I do these things in the morning. This is when I wake up super early around like five. Am Eastern so. I try to front load the things that I WANNA do. My creative projects that I feel will make me better so that I can be uninhibited before text messages emails. Were things start coming in. I dedicate my time my time in the morning to those things. There are things out there that you guys want to do in the spirit of minimalism and making changes in your life and focusing on the important things. I strongly recommend that you front load your day with those important portent projects creative tasks that you feel. Make you better great advice in fact when I came back from Las Vegas because I was away for so long I felt like had a lot that was piling up so I did write down all the things that I needed to do yesterday when I got through most of them stuff not related to the job bills. Whatever I felt a lot better when it went to bed like when he I went to bed Monday I felt anxious? I wrote them all down and then Tuesday night. When I went to bed I felt a lot better? So it's something I'm going to start doing and not even know that this was going to be your typical tip of the week. How about that? How about that in SYNC I? It's a big. It's a big game changer. I mean I think we just love feeling like we're productive like we're getting things done an and are often yes. We are getting things crossed off our to do list. You know like paying the bills or these task delight don't require much thinking beyond you know pressing a few you buttons we often. There's we say especially around New Year's we say there's all these things that want to do and then when we finally sit down to do it you know at seven o'clock. PM It's like my brain tired long day. I'll do it tomorrow. And then it's just a vicious cycle that keeps happening any reviews. We do have a review. We have some very positive reviews. So we've got to the first one here comes from Young C.. Five Star review the Golden Standard of anime journalism is the title. 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The debut of Chris cyborg against Julia Budd lots to talk about their Aaron Pico. Full Camp With Jackson wink. How's he gonNA look and then we get into February with John? Jones dominic grabs. There's a lot going on as always but everyone's thinking everyone's talking about connor. I feel like we dissect the aftermath from all angles will next swiped one seventy. We don't know who was next opponent. Beep we don't know. When will he return? We don't know but what's fun about the whole thing is It's fun to speculate. It's fun to debate. It's fun to digest dissect all those things are more so we appreciate. PC CAROL FOR STOPPING BY TO HAVE MON as always thank you very much. wjr The great New York Rick for stopping by thanks. Tst thanks to all of you for doing what you do. We appreciate your support more than you know. I'm off to Miami by the way back back on the sidelines. This Friday he clippers. What a matchup heat? Nineteen and one at home with this Leonard and Paul George. 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Ep. 3,006: Conor McGregor Vs Donald Cerrone, Khabib Vs Ferguson, Cynthia Calvillo wants to meet the president, more

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Ep. 3,006: Conor McGregor Vs Donald Cerrone, Khabib Vs Ferguson, Cynthia Calvillo wants to meet the president, more

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Oh you were doing the intro to the show and I couldn't remember exactly the wording and I was hoping today when you said it I'd go that's what it was and then he kind of created on me a little bit. Yeah uh well I think because the one thing that nobody likes especially when you're waiting eighty you know like the such a big food. PREP REP is cold food. Yeah so I knew that there was pictures coming and I knew that and I knew that That should be prior. So I figured rather than go you do it. You do others usually the whole thing when then finally mom says I'll do it which I think she wanted. She always wants to do it anyway because she's probably the most eloquent. I just figured it all and burn through this bad boy. No disrespect to God. I'm looking at right now. But I went through that intro about three or four times and I know I came close uh-huh but there was something missing and I wasn't really sure what it was not all right. Well it's Monday December second. It's really Monday. It's not that late Sunday edition. It's really Monday. It's Monday December. Second and there's a lot a lot to discuss. We're going to go more of the news route because there weren't results. If you feel recall Paul I think I'd. It's the W EXC- card that was happening as we were doing our show last week. Right before Thanksgiving so yeah. There's nothing to report their. The good news is there. Here's a card on Saturday but we'll touch more on that on the second show this week and speaking of Thanksgiving. I hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. The and friends are safe thanksgiving. 'cause I know oftentimes there's a lot of travel involved in hopefully a stress free Thanksgiving because we know how those dinner tables compe- especially in this era of the team in the follow. Say I folks buckle up to another edition of Information for Radio Shack. Are you a football all fan. Then you don't WanNa Miss. 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You'll see to forty six is going to be in Houston with Jones and his Valentine History Shaneco and where she's defending running against Kagan I think But in my defense not only have I heard that from a good source it was also on the website. They had already started making those adjustments. You see to forty-six has now been made again. The CONOR McGregor Donald cerrone fight on January eighteenth. and Aw man I mean there's a there's a lot that's going to be talked about this card throughout the week. Especially on the spinning back clicks. All probably hold onto a few things here a few things there because I know you. The loyal audience falls is everywhere. But I can't say this as soon as I saw it goes kinda one of those because it's fun to have conor conor McGregor active and fighting all right now when the details port in it's not going to be at one fifty five. I went out here. We go you know because we waited that long long and guess what goes I had just seen the fight versus him and Habib again. I don't know why I was just prancing around the Internet just the it was thrown in front of me I hit play. I mean I know the result I kind of seen the fight a few times but I said what the hell I hit it I watched it it. It's pretty special Kana McGregor fights. Even if you've already seen the fight and I'll tell you why and this is gonNA sound silly but hopefully you're with me here. As the fight started started in comedy. You know how he always comes out just meets you in the middle. In fact he's very aggressive. You could just see these these uh-huh moments of like from the crowd where everything was cheered and there was these quiet moments where people were holding their breath breath all right. I don't know if that has an actual terminent that audiences primarily Irish. There was a lot of Russians in the Russians come just as strong as most countries except for probably the the Irish they really take it to another level. I'm sure the Mexicans in the Philippines in the Puerto Ricans might have an argument there to regardless you just hold your breath on every movement even the times when Huckabee was trying to take him down and he he wasn't successful in securing both legs putting putting you up against the Cajun and punishing you. The the Irish are just cheering. Every single movement of defense you know. We're we're CONOR McGregor. Do you remember when Conor McGregor. It was able to do a like an abbreviated sprawl A one legged sprawl where he was folded but he had reached behind Habib and he just wasn't able to get all different leverages that he does when he malls you and then even got back to his feet and then he had the final one leg. Take down all. BJ Penn and all that was so compelling that was a replay. And I was like Damn You know appreciative of so much. That that's what conor McGregor is goes. He just brings brings this big spotlight and makes everything bigger than than than it should be. You know what I mean in the spotlight also goes to the opponent. That's why the opponent is such a mega megastar like Habib. He's a start his own right but I. That's why I think I pump my fist. Yes and I'm happy that it's happening. I'm not happening about all the details but it's it's it's going down. Goes here in Vegas but the reason you felt like that was because of what was on the line that night this the title or the bad blood bowl little bit of both that night both but here there is neither one of those two if fact they've actually gone the Officer route right. They've been pretty cordial so I don't know come finite if that's GONNA lose some steam off of I how Connor press conference then all of a sudden. Somebody's GONNA ask. Hey what happened. You know you were saying something about McGregor backstage. And he wouldn't look at you and Blah Blah Blah. I'm telling you or someone's GonNa who's the a site right whatever. Somebody's GonNa ask something or all. The sudden I think conor will just let loose and by the time they have The WAYANS I think we'll have our moment that little shah or or something. Yeah I mean I. Donald plays sometimes too cool but Because he's he's older now he's experienced. He doesn't need all that to get hyped up but connor can't get away from all that so high remember you're saying it yourself against floyd. It wasn't working but you saw how animated he was even the way. It's going in for crying out loud. You know gone crazy had they said Connor McGregor versus just engaging. Would you felt any different. I would have because that tells me that. He wants to be the king of one hundred and fifty five pounds again Instead he's on the Guy Gauge E. beat so it's more of a well. I guess I'm not what you WANNA call it but yeah I'm I'm down to your question. Yeah I'm down and combined. I'll be excited but this to me feels like a placeholder fight really but I'm looking at another thing. It seems like it's just what do they call now. Endeavor I can't even keep track. They just on big big money grabbed a start the year. You know what I mean. It's just like let's just get this kid to fight. That's what we need. We need something to start two thousand twenty off with a bang. Whoever put them in there doesn't matter in got themselves that fight so off we go And the good thing is it's only like six weeks away at seven weeks away. Yeah and and really I think The sport needs that due to be around around. Yeah the buzz that he brings. Even even if we're not feeling the matchup over like I'd say like eighty percent of people that tune in to the UFC doesn't really really care about rankings. Or they just WanNa see a scrap. Here's here's another thing that I'm hoping that I don't think anyone's brought up. He's fighting early in two thousand twenty. He in in two thousand nine hundred nine. He didn't fight at all Not just by his own choosing but I think because of all these legal troubles and personal demons humidity's fighting but In Two thousand twenty if you can get this fight off and then somehow fight two more times. He's GonNa go after that Forbes list. I think that's something. That's that's what feeds the EGO. So I bet you he liked to at least at one time say I was the highest paid athlete for that particular regular year and the only guy can get in his way. Is Floyd Mayweather flight. Maybe the weather has just that one fight. I mean what that's nine figures. You know what I mean I think conor needs at least three of those to get into that range. Unless he's fighting floyd and he's fighting Floyd Floyd tripling them no matter what we're the trail them well then you got Rinaldo Aldo from Madrid. But now he's with Juventus. Nothing extra is GonNa Happen in his Co. there's always like a boxer a formula one racer sir or something like that yeah. I don't think there's anything in his contract. That says you get a bonus or nothing like that but I just think I think that's one thing that now those guys who sales for his you know he's got a suit line. He's got the whiskey. Maybe that in three just the money to pay these attorneys to do all this stuff just to feed that lifestyle crazy. You know what I mean so this could be a measuring stick for him just to know. God it's still public. He'll say yeah but this is something that'll tell do I got it still should can. I really be Gigi. Can I really beat some of these others and and and and if so then if I can get past the sky then yeah okay. Put me in that mix with probably something in the summer while Habib is observing the religious holiday. Hey that he takes off kind of in the middle of the year like on each side like a couple of months Ramadan and then by the end of the year maybe Habib to of Habib's to holding the belt But segue into another story hubby versus Tony. That was solidified. Now the teaser cross and the is are dotted. That's happening in April all of two thousand twenty at Jeez what you'll see that one that one's UC to forty nine April eighteenth in Brooklyn New York. It just Kinda hit me a little while ago. Maybe when I was taking a shower I think in the shower goes like I was thinking exactly but but I was thinking. How fired up? Are we a fight. That's like over five months away. I think it's pretty far. You know what I mean. It's like Oh man like we still got a lot to go through not get to that especially a fight. That's been so snake bitten. You know like it is Kinda hard to get. I mean when you see it on paper. You're excited but really it's Kinda like and let me get a little closer here what these have to say before I really pumped up. Because there's so much going to happen between now and then Yeah Habib's riding camels in the in the desert Tony's probably break-dancing somewhere in L. A.. And they haven't even started or even thought about a camp but that fight is set and it it re what what I was most happy about is. That won't be boxing. Floyd the division won't be held up. He is taking a fight before the religious holiday that he observes in the summer Ramadan. And so that just keeps that division active because there is still though those other names like just engaging in the return of Dustin Pedroia Okay and Kevin Lease Comeback Trail and You know some of these other fighters what about them. It's only fair you have to do that. You know what I mean. So at least this fights going to happen open. Leases Defense Against Ferguson's GonNa Happen if Abi Habib Fights Floyd in the in the late summer or early fall or whatever. I'd be disappointed because I don't think we need to see it. But at least we got the Ferguson fight out of the way and knows. I'm acting like Kobe was automatic. I mean Ferguson can very well win that fight I think right now is one of those times where you can tip your cap to the UFC. Because really they put together to fights that the only one thing I guess you can Mansa is just connor. Cowboy have to be at one seventy couldn't have been at one fifty five but other than that. I mean I'm pretty. I'm pretty happy dude. These are two good good fights. I'm down I'll watch them. They sorta make sense. Things are progressing. I think this is one of those times. Where you kind of have to tip your hat a little bit to see yes however the are taking a little bit of flack because the same? They're going to go through a little bit of what they went. Through with Greg Hardy they have allegations out here Ireland that I don't believe conor McGregor sorted through yet the phone in Miami done the old man. I got sucked in the pub done. You know what I mean. The stuff in Brooklyn he's already. He served those suspensions as well and paid fines. That's been done but that's some serious stuff over there in that hasn't been cleared up in the going to just deal with it. I guess like they normally do in. Connor will have to deal with it as well. Because I'm sure he'll get asked about that at some point so could they have waited. Probably maybe that that play out a little bit but Dana definitely knows a lot more than he leads. John and I'm sure he's probably already look through that to see you know if in fact these are just allegations and we'll be cleared into so then he's willing to move on. He's he's he's one thing he's always been his loyal to his guys and gals and he will move on especially feels like there's no substance in these allegations They pay a lot of people. Good money to figure those type of things out. So they're not in that situation so yeah I got to imagine if they made an announcement like that. They've Kinda vetted the situation figured out what's going to be best here. I mean I. I'm sure some people will will come at them a little bit but it it's it's nothing they can't survive. I mean they've done it before right. Now let me throw yeah exactly Plenty of times. Let me Those something that you that I know you'll probably be tripping on. which because he's my roommate but Well I know you'll be tripping on this because I know you pretty damn well. Oh Yeah Yeah Keyboard. CONOR McGregor is minus like two seventy five Newton's about right against Donald cerrone skin to seventy five. It doesn't shock me but I would have said something more it's out one seventy I would imagine maybe something like one eighty five but by fight night. He'd probably be somewhere in the to fifty range. I would think uh-huh since two thousand sixteen any hasn't fought by the time you will fight here. It will have been about fifteen months before that another long spell yet. Had I think goals a close to three years if you of MMA Cowboys pretty active scene at. Aw Cowboy has a little bit arresting as Great Jujitsu has great standup. I mean connor has power. But it's like cowboy doesn't have some Cao's The leg kicks chicks. I it just seemed like a lot but maybe this is one of those where they know. McGregor has a huge following. They're going to bet on regardless so we got to prepare for that. Yeah I think so The more and more I think about it cowboy. I mean yeah. He is a dangerous opponent but he does have these little things that he doesn't his game really like Connor can't take this lightly at all. You know this would be really bad if he got a loss here how you always have the DS fight on the Feather Way Card. Maybe but I I don't know I. I think I can finally say that done. I just don't see him getting down to that ever again. But but as you say that win Josie Jose Aldo in two weeks is going to weigh in at one thirty five. Where's IT GONNA come off? He's he's always been pretty ripped And it just sounds like a bad idea. The more and more you hear fighters speak out and the more and more they talk to each other Who Was it on junkie somebody was McCain was talking about destined play and how he would get down to one forty five and it just seems like a really really bad idea and more so the later in your career when you decided to do it. It seems like so much more focused goes into that way cut than the actual fight. Like just the fact that you're about to fight a dude and there's a lot of strategy involved in things you have to remember just. The stress of a wakeup at that at that time is pretty brutal. A guy like Josie all like. I don't know if that's the best idea guy like Frankie Edgar me. If there's anybody that can do it make sense for him about this one Nurmi Armie Habib Narmada made off minus two fifty over Tony Ferguson. Ferguson's fourteen in one. UC Lightweight Ferguson's been tapped by. I many experts to possibly win this fight. He has a skill set. Win this fight including our own Dantonio this one. I understand why they put it there. I mean really really Habib is just been pretty damn dominant Make Sense Tony. Hasn't been around in a minute cowboy alone I mean. He hasn't been as active as he. Once was right I can see this one. You know. Be as shown the things that we call calls in his game. We'll go ahead. This guy did Kinda rock or whatever. It's so many it's so tiny compared to what we see another fights right. It's just something we have to point Out because the guy so brilliant that there's not very many things the point out so at minus two fifty. I could live with that all right but I'll tell you this I'd Bet Tony I think so. I think I not right. Yeah I see it more as a fifty fifty play including the only McGregor you think despite fifty fifty I mean look I mean like maybe I see her beef slight favourite. He should be versus Tony. Ferguson yeah something like I think we should be like close when it's like one fifty or less considered almost a pick em an enemy. You know what I mean. And so that's what I feel like. They were to fight ten times. Yeah maybe six four or five or whatever but if I can pick up somewhere in the neighborhood of plus two hundred plus two twenty five live at Tony Ferguson. Fourteen and one in the AFC I have to take a shot that alone that in effect that I love to take underdogs. I mean it's it's Saddam deletes fight till like three months apart I can't believe it McGregor Sironi again. January Eighteenth T. mobile arena. You'll see to forty five to forty-six excuse me to forty five is coming up here. On December fourteenth and to forty nine is Habib versus Ferguson on April eighteenth in Brooklyn New York Moving on to some of those are the two big big huge announcements. And now we're going to belong to some additional news. All right goose. This weekend just did not provide so we're just going to have some funds a little bit here touching on some some of the latest news. You know I pay the price every once in a while when I don't appreciate my colleagues work and that's the fact that they stay so busy that I just sometimes don't hit every story but I had fun reading about The Blue Corner uh-huh Abu Dhabi Saudi sorry uh-huh Dhabi Saudi Arabia's new combats which is looking pretty good. I didn't know that the committed to having a pay per view there for the next five years and it's always gonNA involve a title. I somehow that just slipped under the radar. So that's pretty cool. They started off with Habib versus Dustin Pedroia and I guess they're going to do this once a year but in the Middle East guests there's other arenas that are sprouts. Sprouting up I believe this is the one that's GONNA host Andy Res Versus Anthony Joshua for boxing three or four three of the four boxing heavyweight titles. Breweries holds So yeah yeah I mean you know those guys man they can build these things and take him down in two days. It seems like but but apparently this thing state of the art really really Nice. Yeah I mean when you look at the renditions it looks really really nice but I think they announced it as like. I don't know how they explain the stadium but I guess it's something that can also be possibly taken down or move zero. I don't know how how all that works but it looks awesome. It looks really cool. They build islands. They built towers some crazy stuff. Going on in Dubai Abu Dhabi everywhere. I'm there frankly I'm intrigued. I'd love to go there. One time in my life just to enjoy it. I know a lot of professional soccer players. Go to Dubai to vacation they have beaches and I guess amazing Nightlife You'll see a lot of Ferrari's on on the roads so it's probably kind of utopian. Feel for someone so I'm GonNa just loves to be amongst the elite. Yeah it's really cool like MMA. has this this weird culture where you add in like the little things that Brazilians do and the Irish like. They're both passionate but they're passionate in different ways so now you can add even something else another destination ray like everybody always wants to go to Japan Japan and NC the spectacles air. And you got kids W in Poland and people say that nuts like eighty. I love adding something new. And you're right. This one will shoo. You probably up if not to the top of my list right there. I think it would be really cool to catch a cart out there. Here's what I don't love. I don't love having different opinions from people. I enjoy and respect 'cause sometimes I feel like I'm you know when you're on. The wavelength blinked with somebody. And then also just throw something at you. Where was this guy thinking you know and you you almost think for a second? You've been defrauded like skies a lunatic. Michael key he esa he's in goes for him at all versus Cannella. Our these guys serve a big payday. I mean that part. Yeah I guess but I would say that here goes about three or four times in our studio and every single time when he's walking away I always look at you and go. I like that guy that kid you know what I mean I just I. He loves them and for that I appreciate him when he said that. I guess I guess because of the payday sure but you know. Here's the thing guys. I WANNA keep a one hundred cannella would win that fight and he would just I. I wouldn't be pleasing to the eye. It'd be more pleasing than floyd in goner because Moslem result with him out and throw throw but the result would not be pleasing man it. It just would not look at your right. The boxers will play with their food until the very end and then they will put you away and it's just GonNa be like well we deal in like if it's all about money I guess it's all about money go out there and get it but I saw that and then I also also saw one of the coaches that I really really liked Justin Buckholtz. He really wants to see this fight. I wrote him on twitter coach. Wouldn't you rather see who the winner who's mind Covington. I thought that's why we're all here to to to watch great fighters in great fights in the best possible. We'll fight for hurry. Mozzarell- is the win that fight which again you see to forty five takes place. On December fourteenth. Were literally twelve days away. He writes back. I would enjoy the spectacle tickle that Versus boxing brings canal his mouth. At all. It would be an event and they would do it for the B. M. F. felt it would be slick Then see what the land speak is landscape. Looks like either way. Everyone's making money. I guess what it boils down to. Maybe everyone's just looking out for each other and if there's money crazy money that we have okay not me man I I wanna see. Of course I WANNA see people make money but I also WANNA see people kinda stay in their lanes a little bit Hor. or He's got he's got next. He's got the quarter on the arcade game in twelve days. He can challenge one of these guys. He should be at the team mobile sitting front row. He should be brought in you. You know what I mean to start building up that fight. He deserves it. He's an MA fighter. That's what he is that's where he belongs there. Certain dudes when you look at them Like a Conor McGregor. I feel like however many times you put them in a situation where he can make a lot of money. He's going to do it. There are other fighters where where I feel like. They kind of got a cap like they don't need millions and millions and millions multiple strikes me as he's been doing this for so long I don't think he wants sit around still fighting still getting into scraps like I think if he had like a certain amount of money he just be done and be happy and retire and do his own thing time to live the good life right right this weekend. They had Barry Sanders and he was working one of the Games. And he's one of those guys that just Kinda took off and we all said he'll be back. He's great eight what they're doing but he was just happy with the amount of money he had what he had accomplished And so in this situation like I don't know that you would see who I must come back in. May of He's GONNA clean out. You know that type of money with the Canal for is that to me seems like that would be the end of the Muslim. Floyd knew that he could make more money than he's he's ever made with Conor McGregor McGregor's pretty special. He's pretty popular. He's got a whole nation behind them. There's a whole white versus black floyd new. This took a lot of boxes is Cannella really GONNA say well. What does this guy bring to the table? I mean I I know. He's probably like a guaranteed deal with design. And maybe he gets whatever. But I'm sure sure it gets more lucrative the more they sell and it's going to be more lucrative for them to fight other boxers than it is for Hari Muslims Muslims. Just not on the McGregor level. He's got better boxing skills McGregor in in that part intriguing to me but popularity wise even though he's taken off to great heights he's not McGregor's guy like almost thirty million followers on instagram might as well just cleared a million. You know what I mean so I I don't know I think we need to cool our heels. I think muzzles an opportunity to fight for title here here In Two thousand twenty and then maybe a couple of title defenses and he could be super super popula enemy and then maybe he can direct ship into other directions at that point. But I think he's got stuff here waiting for him that could be very lucrative in a sport he absolutely loves. I don't I don't blame him for asking it asking for it. I don't blame. I'm him for Beedon into the fires. They're a little bit. But it's just something I don't WanNa see and I love what can Alvarez said in return because he said I think what a lot of people would think. And that's just doesn't challenge me. I can make a lot of money but there's no challenge in it. Yeah Cinta Calvia. She fights on Saturday Wall. She's in Washington DC. She would love to meet with Donald Trump and ask him why master thongs visa was denied. Well I ask ask once again if you can just say something and put it into existence via the Internet and gets attention. Sure why not you know on me. I'm sure we'll hear about her. And Marina Var Rodriguez and ex xenos and all that throughout the week. But what did you think of that. I think I think if somebody were following US around and made quotes of all the things we said there would be a lot of these types of stories and. I don't know that every time you saith something like that you one hundred percent in ten to act on it I think it's just something she kind of said. And it makes good headline it goes out but at the end of the day. I don't think Donald Trump is really worried about those type of things and Ronda Rousey says maybe he might. I think it might land on has desks right. He might look at it and go. Well what can we do right. She at that level. I think she's pretty close. I don't know if she dana in a white too. Yeah so she throws it out there. Maybe something happens to cover out on. She had been training in Thailand and so she was reunited with Master Tong He was their longtime. We take coach At when she was a Alpha male and so as part of our camp she was out there training. She really wanted to make it happen but they denied him. Who knows usually when I see stuff like that without even knowing without even knowing the details I bet you maybe there's some taxes or something that weren't paid? I you know what I mean. Why wouldn't she be let in? He lived here for many years or maybe overstayed their welcome. Who knows but maybe Yeah that that that crack me up and she threw it out there. All right cool Let's with a couple of stories that I think are important for us to touch on the UFC about a week ago. Sorry maybe a little more they Revised their anti-doping hoping policy and so now they've announced set of revisions to the UC's anti-dumping policy And basically I think what most people who are interested in. Is You know what what kind of changes have been made in. What I was most interested in was a lot of those tainted supplement cases? Goes where right now it appears the UC guess has lowered their bar. You know what I mean so if somebody does test positive but by smaller smaller I guess limits by going over the the threshold not by enough for someone to raise an eyebrow go. They're trying to enhance their performance. But yet it is in their system and by the letter of the law they have to report it they are loosening that a little bit now a little too late. I'm I'm sure guy like Frank Mir and Tom Lawlor and others may argue and that is unfortunate. It really is if someone had to pay the price but what. I've learned in covering sports not covering them but watching them and covering the sport over the years is is usually the president is what Is usually where where you start. And then you build and learn and evolve off of that you know what I mean so if we were to watch for example. A fight breakout Lebron. James and Luca Donncha which they they played yesterday. Let's say they fought and we know that a couple punches were thrown. Don't we usually say well last month. You Know Russell Westbrook or someone did the same thing and and they got suspended for four games so look for something. I mean the announcers say at the Fan said same thing here This thing this whole thing started in two thousand fifteen with you Sada and along the way they've just kind of learned and it's screwed some people's careers and that's what's unfortunate. But I like that. They're doing this. I think it reminds me of what they did with pot. Pot had certain levels as well where I remember there was fighters they were just tapering off. That was that was their way of getting around. The test was well. I love the smoke pop. I'll just I'll just stop for two weeks before and then we found out now man if you're heavy if you're a hardcore pot user you better go three weeks or even four weeks in the case of the D. as because of the metabolites or whatever same thing here they're loosening up Some of their changes here on the contaminated supplements and I think at the end of the day. It's a good thing now. There's going to be a lot of people bitching about this. Should have been done a long time ago but it wasn't right and it is now So that at least I'm happy about well if you read it the. Let's make something clear that didn't make it so let's say you could use steroids and then taper off. It's such a small amount that I think it's just more like a covering covering your ass type thing I think at the end of the day and adjustments do need to be made and you're right something like that does affect the fighters career especially in our sport more so than I think. Boxing I think in boxing from fight to fight. You make so much money that you could probably can take a year off or whatever anime night every fighter you can do something like that so yeah it does really really mess with a fighter. I think it's a good thing I think Even here and two thousand nineteen going on two thousand twenty. I think we'll probably see another round of these type of things. I think it's GonNa take a while before we really get that down. Yeah and then one other thing that came this actually there was a few different changes. Well we don't have time to get all all of them but another thing is the. UC is now providing supplements to the fighters through the CPI. So that's a good thing I think the fighters pretty much should've known by now. They're very readily available. They have team there. It's only a two person team but I mean look the ready to take your call this lady Donna Mark Aloni and then there's Jeff Novitsky any any doubts before you put something in your body you're supposed to call them. You can take pictures with your phone and send tax worldwide and in an instant and know if this is cleared or not but now they're being a little bit more specific and so you know they they already assist them on fight week but now they're assisting throughout the year and basically saying hey look we have an actual brand now that You can you can take in. You won't have these problems. of any tainted supplements so. That's good hey look if you want to look a little bit more about this. It's a great article Shot out to my mate. Simon head The title was six questions about the revised. UFC anti-doping policy answered. He went into really really nice. Detail there are so check it out and you can become more familiar with some of these changes. I will say this. I just happen to look and Conor McGregor cormie Field Kasan. Joe's Holly Home Steeper Meal Robbie lawler amended Nunez. Josie all the Tyron Woodley. They've been all tested more than thirty five times. How twenty five to get this little Award on twitter I think maybe even a t-shirt might be floating around McGregor's almost at fifty samples so that's pretty impressive and what this tells me. There's like like three females seven males Older fighters younger fighters mostly older fighters. They're all pretty famous Not Enough off internationals there I guess Josie Aldo but the UFC is trying to basically. They're going after everybody. They're testing everybody. You know what I mean. Nobody can say that all. Yeah the protect stars. I know a lot of people feel that way because of what happened with John Jones but there are a lot of other fighters that have been tested and cleared it with not one. Hiccup goes so shutouts especially those. Hey I like that And then the last thing is mark hunt he had a bunch of claims against the EMC but he was hanging onto one so this past February basically there was a judge here in Nevada who dealt a major blow to mark hunt By ruling ruling was a dismiss with prejudice meaning. You can't no longer Appeal you know and go through that again. I guess she wasn't impressed with his claims And basically ask for more information when he didn't provide it. She dismissed all those but the only thing that was left was a breach of implied covenant of Good Faith and fair dealing so that recently was Dealt with and mark hunt loss goes and so in Layman's terms because I am not an attorney any you're aware that right In in Layman's terms he basically was getting at when I fought Brock Leser. You had plenty of time from the time. He was tested. Two when he fought to ex expedite the test and find out. If I'm getting in there with a cheater not Tamar defense got so so harsh when you said that He has been there with people that have had positive tests. I don't I think some are cleared and some aren't but Frank Mayor Antonio Silva for Beaver Doom Antonio again you see what I'm saying. He's been in. There was another one now. I think his point is hey. I thought a a lot of these fighters who have had these Allegations proven And this has cost me and if you think about it goes 'cause if you if possibly made the difference and you're not collecting a win bonus remember Mark Hunt makes pretty good money and then you add add it all up and then you add up. What a win streak could have possibly done for you? Maybe would have gotten a contender for. I understand what he's saying. I don't think it had anything to do with the punishment. Well I don't know maybe like Oh my God Eddie Coulda killed me could've done I don't I know a lot of people say that but I think it's more about the money lost. I think think about that fight with it I my with Antony Silva boy. They put some mileage on themselves. Right that the Broccoli look at some of the the beat down in that fighting. I think before or that wasn't you saw you saw era but for sure lesson was sawed area and you signed a letter just kind of came along. He felt like there was a delay in the announcement. You know. That's why you have to go back. Can you retest if you're retiring all right. I'm back in. You have to go six months into the into the pool To avoid all this again precedence. We discussed this earlier but he now now las that as well the judge basically just said you can't prove you would have won even if he hadn't tested positive And I guess she's right but I still understood his point that this could have been expedited sooner and since then I know the. UC's made eight announcements and they are expediting these tests a lot quicker unfortunately just comes up the cost of somebody's possible brain cells. Somebody's possible win-bonus and maybe somebody's career as well. How much longer is it going to fight? I think he's forty five but still he's no longer with the FCC. I'm sure they I'm sure part of it was also the. UC's once that contract contract ran out. They didn't call them. Contract just ran out. Maybe they just saw it as a guy that's high maintenance as well because of this mark took two of them online though didn't he he was. He sure did Again if you just Google Marquan. MMA Junkie you can see more about this because the articles go into a lot more greater detail than what we're going into your. But I thought they were big stories in there and I definitely wanted to discuss them all right with that look later in the week. We'll have our next show. I already have the odds here for you see on ESPN seven goes. There's some good fights man overhangs back. Marina Rodriguez Rescinded Calvillo. Ben Big Ben Rothwell and Stefan Struve. Aspen Ladan Yana Kunas. Sky At cody. Stayman Rob Font. Tim Means I mean it's going to be a fun card and this'll be a nice appetizer for UC. To forty five. The week after here in Las Vegas. It's been a nice fund three weeks without the some ways. I've Kinda missed them but I'm I'm looking forward to this Saturday but more on that on Thursday's episode folks thank you so much for listening. Don't get the follow us on twitter and instagram. I'm Adamant Junkie. George George. He's at the goes. The radio show is at enemy junkie radio and once again thank you so much for your support And in following US check out our other franchises that we've done the video franchises that we've launched off guard spinning back. Like and rankings report. We are out of here. Go out there and be a champion

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Conor McGregor EXCLUSIVE Interview

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

40:20 min | 1 year ago

Conor McGregor EXCLUSIVE Interview

"Today's episode of area hawaii's m._a. Show contains explicit language that may not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. Hello there and welcome to this sportscenter special one on one with conor mcgregor marijuana as you probably know conor. Mcgregor is one of the most famous athletes in the world today. He is without a doubt. The most famous famous mixed martial artists in the history of the sport. He has not done an interview with media outlets since october of last year. Of course that was the last time we saw him inside the cage when when you fought habibuir magomedov at u. c. two twenty nine this past year has been an interesting one for conor mcgregor making headlines for things outside of the cage and tonight he will break his silence for the first time in approximately ten months on everything that has been going on in his life and his fighting future and so without further ado let us say hello now to so the notorious conor mcgregor who's kind of join us from dublin ireland connor. Thank you so much for doing this. How are you. I'm good. How are you thank you so much for. It's an honor. It's a long time so chatty again absolutely and we really appreciate the time we know. A lot is going on your life these days so <hes>. Let's get right into it. Let's get to the news. I if you will just last week. T._m._z. posted a video of an incident that occurred back in april this past year where you appear to get into an altercation with another man at a bar in ireland. Could you tell us your side of that story. What happened there. I mean in reality. It doesn't matter what happened. There was in the wrong that man that mine deserve to enjoy his time in the pool without having having it to end the way it did and although five months ago it was and i tried to make amends and i made amends back dan. It's still the fans don't even it. It doesn't even matter i was in the wrong and i must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility and i owe it to to the the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother. My father my family and i owe it. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That's not that's not who who i am. That's not the reason that's the reason why i got into martial arts or studying combat sport the reason i got into it was to defend against that type of scenario oh so to see that although although months ago and i have been making steps and continually making steps to do better and be better to see it and it's like a dagger into into my heart that is a much larger so i'm just i'm just here to go and move on and carry on face. What's common with the video is a little rain. Did you in fact punch that man look in respect to the whole entire situation. I'm just we'll we'll. We'll we'll play it with what happens in what happens with it so okay what happened was a little hazy for me also on and was many moons ago like i said i have been making a man's to to to make it not happen again and to be better to be a better father to be a better human to be a better role model to these kids. I know a lot of kids go to me and sometimes it'll be some hundred takes me back but i have to realize that that's not the that's not that's not the attitude of the behavior of leader of martial artist of a champion so i must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption retribution respect the things that made me the man i am and that's what i will do. Could i ask what sparked that incident. I mean we see the video. We don't hear anything. Could you tell your side of the story from what you were call again. Look look look. What could i say. It does not matter what nurse no answer to what what what what was on on. I was completely in the wrong so there's no there's no need to even discuss what what began at what was going on outside inside any of that. I was completely in the wrong. It was unacceptable behavior and i accept that and like i said i've made a man's and i'm continuing to make a man's and i will continue to do so and so right now with that situation as you mentioned. This happened back in april but the video gets released last week. Where do things stand with it right now. Am i mean i'm just look cut released a day after my daughter's christening so we had such a great time with my family and then you know it's just i just have to wait and see what happens. On whatever comes my way. I will face it. Whatever comes my way. I deserve it. You know so. I will face this head on. I will not hide from it. All it was in the wrong. It was completely clearly unacceptable behavior for a man in my position what happens i will face conor since this video came out as as you probably know you have been criticized heavily from the fans to see president dana white fellow fighters. What is it like for you to read this to hear this stuff because because it does seem like some of these people who are so loyal to for so many years are starting to turn on you a little bit that they're starting to patients after seeing all these incidents. What is that like for. Are you to read that stuff in here that stuff as far as like my fellow colleagues i deserve to be called out on. I deserve to be called out in that behavior. It's just unacceptable. There's no there's snow excuse to it. I deserve everything that comes my way with it so and as far as like the fines and seeing the fines disappointed in me that haunts me so much because i am a fine everything enough donors for the fines. I'm a fan favourite fire. My whole in kentucky career has been based for fines. I never never never never torn wound down. <hes> weights spot rules anything i always done at all to like the game for the fines and to create fanfare to see them disappointed in me at hordes me to my soul more than and you never know so like i said retribution redemption respect i will come and i will regain all of those this incident. It happened just a few weeks after that incident in miami where the fans tried to take a photo of you and you knocked out the phone out of his hands and so i'm wondering do you believe that you have an anger problem. Is this something that you need to fix and you know that was that was another situation a long time ago. I've seen the beginning to get integrate spaces. I'm great like in miami trip. I was prepared for. I was preparing for battle. I brought my motor out. It was her sixty at bird. I brought the whole family <music> out. We went out and then a situation arose. I need to just stop reacting to debate. I i gotta ask people that are trying to bait me into might official by the way i must. I must be calm. Tom must be zana. I must be. I'm most lead by example this. There's so many people looking to me what how can i how can react in this way i need. I need to get a hold of this and i'm look i said i'm working very hard to do this and i'm taking the necessary steps and i have been on a great trajectory and even before the miami incident i was on a great trajectory and then i had a little slip and then i bike open. I'm just trying my hardest audi. I swear on my life. Trauma hired has been five months since that one and that's it. I just i just have to i just have to take homes and and move on from every single experience in my life and try and do right for the people that want me to do. I know you really want me to do right. Lead my my my mother wants me to do right my father my find people. I want to give them a reason to back name. But how can they buy certain situations so i'm gonna a stand. That was a man and making man's. Could you chose your side of that story in miami. We haven't heard you talk about it. And where do things stand now. As far as that incident incident is concerned that incident has been completely handled the fine. If you want to call it does not again. It does not matter what what what the here's an says. I held a situation arose. It does not matter. I was in the wrong and that's handle an in the past. I'm i'm happy now to keep moving forward and keep striving for them. Folks on the positive like you asked me about miami and the heckler in miami focus on the occasion with my family. That was an unforgettable moment sixtieth birthday. You know i'm trying to focus on all all the golden my life on unrecognized that i do make mistakes and learn from them not to make them again but still focus on the good i i'm. I'm please lord allow tomorrow t- to happen for me connor. I know you're historian. You're you're a fight game aficionado and you have watched it all and you've read it all. It's some of the greats in the history of not just mixed martial arts but combat sports boxing and you've seen this story before right. You've seen the guy who rises up the ranks. Thanks makes a lot of money and then gets himself in trouble repeatedly. I don't need to share the names with you. You know what i'm talking about. Are you worried the same thing is happening to. You're still so very younger. You're still so very talented. You're in your prime but again this year we're seeing a lot more headlines about the negative and the positive or are you worried and you are watching this movie that you have seen before yeah of course and i'm sometimes i feel like a feed into it and i give i give a few will but i i'm in a position where i can make a position not many fighters very few. I can make this generational. I can either be rich and spoiled and blow it all in this generation and leave it all behind in ruins are i can get my head head to get on a bill to make generational the children of my children's children so if i have this opportunity befall me if if i don't if i don't execute this get this right and make this happen for for the children of my children's children all of my successes all of everything i've achieved will be will be void. We'll be meaningless to me. I must get this right and i must not go down that path that that the the the the written part the cliche a of the fighter that has it all and you know i need. I need to be aware of my part of the positive older individuals and land from and grow and that's what i'm doing and that's that's. That's what i'm working hard to do every single day. Are you worried it's too late. I mean i don't i don't know i'm just going to carry on being i know who i am as a human being my people know who i am as a human being. I'm what kind of fodder soon i am kind of buddha ryan what kind of friend i am and that's it i will continue to be good as a human being and not focus on not worry too much about that if it is it is but i do not believe so i will earn it back. I'm eager to compete already alive not spoke to you on how long why why not i've been outlawed from the game. My something like were allowed to sail. My coach has been online. There's been many of us me student every single scenario. That's happened to me of every single scenario. That's happened in the game. I'm eager to come back here so we will see what will happen in the future but i'm going in confidence with a lot of knowledge gained about myself self about my skill set about my mindset and i look forward to implementing them and getting back on track looking at the last three years ago defeated by me came back and warm and it was it was a motivating experience to me. Look at steeping the fa- knockout loss won his he has the mind that knocked him out to so many to so how many stories of this over and over again mind is going to be the greatest one of all and that's what i'm aiming for so even your favorite form fo slash friend of mine he he came back forty years of age and older game is far from over for me and i'm very very excited. Am i had a little row bump. I was preparing for july madison square garden. I was in the nominal condition r._e._o. Mentally and physically the best i've ever been. I learned so much from the damage. I took that last camp what not to do and how to approach this next time and i gained. I was in phenomenal condition then a little slippery began. I'm just trying to find that balance and get motivated again. I'm looking for inspiration everywhere like i said i took great motivation from from watching nathan go out and do t and even look at eight and there's many things that that that that were amazing about performance for me but one the most important and one of the most for me is the very first thing he said post by was the need the as army he gives you give a shout and i hope it's the hope necas doing while a soldier of the game of the of the real game and he gave him respects to the would've finds glutamate. That's why do respect me and that's you know what i mean and even even now with the kind of strange that he's coming out with and i hope he i hope he has his business mind screw screwed on because he is in a position now where he could also make generational generation elected. I have and i hope to see aetna and these are the things that i'm just gonna take a motivation from us in my in my game after push me forward you don't sound connor like a fighter who is retired. You don't sound like a fighter who doesn't want to fight anymore. You sound as motivated as ever but i would ask you about your quote unquote retirement because this came just weeks after the incident in miami so i'll ask a very simple question off the bed. Are you retired and be if not why did you tweet that out. You know there's a lot you don't understand the amount of going behind the scenes. Sometimes i just need to distance. I'm like hold on. I've listened to stand. My foot was walked into crafoord. I've got all this food is backed up from that entire camp. I broke my foot three weeks out from not fully. My foot was unbelievable. I went broke. I told my i told my leg to shreds before them. In in this way the company back nonstop like i built i built this hoist can say he built. This house is fairly. I've certainly laid bricks blocks down myself this this game and then when so many things going on backstage and between my enough team and then the outer team and then the business side but sometimes you just need to take a black step on you know but retirement retirement. I don't think i would ever retire from this game. I really never in my life. I will be fighting until the day i go l. Tests no doubt about it. I mean it's just the way it is. It's in me. It's blade blade in me and i i will i will i will take it with me to the gray of how did you break your hand sparring. We schedule the spar. I was like i said i was. I came back from miami. I had scheduled a charity boxer boxing bout in my old club criminal box and many people couldn't couldn't floyd floyd vegas cassini flight so i wanted to show to to my own club. I wanted to rekindle that relationship and i made it and i only when i got back there and i realize it is how much of a grave error i made in the may. What a bill to buy needed i needed. I needed my coaches that learned. We helped the box in my corner. So when i went back there i realized that instantly and i've been down there dental training sessions and i put in a good exhibition about what a great fighter michael mcgrane we put on a great show for the fines and then after and then that was it was it was further fines of people around and also can relationships but it was also to begin preparation. We don't fall rounds a in the belt who i was preparing for. It was training for me also like for for the future upcoming belt so and then obviously then we had a sparse schedule will the funnel week between myself and john really my seven. John has been i need to rekindle my relationship with my coach and and get that back on all on them and may so we we scheduled a spar are where we open comber but with mixed martial arts are so small six ounce gloves this the room for damage and injury is so so big. It's so highly so we need to be. We need to come together and realize that this is not the way to do it so we went and we went into into the spar and although it was scheduled a spa it was not a spire was another fight on the record crowds in attendance. It was a it was a it was behind closed doors fame and i caught the guy with a right hand dropped groped him when he dropped i went down on him with an emotional left hand and buying the left hand side of the head on my whole time bomb and that's it and i andrews it's like it's like they just needed to happen and that's it had to go onto the surgery on it. It's been a psychological battle with the left part. The famous left paul but it was not the opponent down to the fourth place. My royal has been great. Walk manila really great at woke my right hand and even more so in my lifetime has been out of action boot. I'm back now. I'm back yesterday. I met with the sewage and he said to me originally september to grapple but i was with him yesterday he said now i can grapple so i'm going to go back into my grandpa and i'm already pro boxing again. Of course i haven't stopped kicking. Of course i haven't stopped. I'm on my first air. Conditioning training have been on my work so so let's let's get a go now. Let's go and that's what that's i'm excited now so if it wasn't for the hand injury connor do you think you will have you would have already fought this summer summer. Yes yes yes. I was preparing for the end of july madison square garden. I was like i had the game in a had. It figured out and i haven't figured out i i was on sutra. Great trajectory <unk> are like i said i get to these great sponsor them boom a little snip and then have if the bill began and i'm just it's just a million right now and i've just got to recognize and understand take lessons from it and just keep going just not let it happen again. Most certainly would have been biking. Forget that you know we. We were getting there in conversation opponents. I always i don't really mind the opponent. I wanted similarities art. This could be to to to prepare for that because he doesn't want to have the rematch. You know one whatever i just wanted to compete now. I wonder if there's no let's get me back in the mix. The it's a forgetful business yourself. I mean should look nate was out of the game and now he's he's back and he's on top. It's a it's a crazy business dan but make no mistake. The skills are there for me and i know i know what i can bring to the table and what i will bring to the table and i'm very very excited to give my fans something to cheer about again. You know what i mean. I do this for my fans for the people that are supporting me for people that dare to dream the highest of high heights so i i look forward to my triumphant raton r._e._o. Kind of what is the state of your relationship with the u._f._c. brass right now i. I always have a great relationship with the u._f._c. I never you know it's brand over fighter tarik one of the things that kinda slow down by stages and they tried to make me the cone hand on all of these taped but it's just business. We have a great business relationship with u._s._a. Respect you see very much. It's a part of the u._f._c. you know and that's why i wanted to be a part of it. I they wanted to be shown a little bit because i know every inch of the game what can bring it to the next level and i wanted that respect and that's what i was kinda going and then they were trying to push go back and it's all business and businesses not emotional. It's i've great respect for the people in the that built it for for dana of course and the people that are involved in it now. There's no there's no dispute at all. We are all eager to get this back on track. You know there was a stretch mid year are where it seemed like every saturday night. A fight happens and there you are popping up on twitter talking about you know the guy who just wants someone. Who's close your way class and again. I was starting to feel like the fans all right. We'll watch you fight anyone. We'll watch you fight a broomstick. You sell a million by yourself but they were like okay enough already like you keep teasing us seems like an old starting to get that sense from the why were you doing that. Why did you putting yourself in those positions and then not take the game. Watch it from the start to the finish. I i wasn't premium to the finish. Come on that's why can i not. I not engage in the game. Why am i outlawed spoke. He went over the year. You know what i mean. Why way is this. I love this game this. This is my game. I absolutely love it. Look at everything that i've been talking about even the guy i always wanted to say to help build boost people a lot of the things that's been connected to me the party holloway didn't. I don't think i even if there's so many things in the fight game. That's been connected to me. I've been speaking on but even though teams like watching the boats. Take place wasn't specific rules happening. I'm watching specific acidic stylistic much take place. This is what looted here. What i what i what i this is what i live areas. What i i'm a fighter forced. In in. I'm an entrepreneur and i love my my older game. My games my my businesses on my these are my louis but i'm a fighter force on foremost and i love it. Dearly you mentioned eight years last weekend. He wins. He looks very good at sounds like you were somewhat inspired by his performance but i thought it was interesting that afterwards the notice the stance unscom tight with his hands opa narrowly yes. I noticed that he had to do that. He ought to do that again. Timed any anthony also if you look at these style looking onto these star versus tony ferguson he should have got that win against ferguson but he almost blue what he blew he rushed to finish ended up close guard and uptight hope and the certain his energy. This is the things i've gone through in my career so in watching anthony closely also any fought thompson a lot differently. He kept a lot more patient. He wasn't as reckless would is tree tree. Sixty flip kicks that if you watch them great time them perfectly and he was a lot more patients although thompson was winning the power. He caught him without shot. Look look what that was phenomenal finish and then it got him the big fight with nate but then nate is just a little bit more like if you look at anthony is kind of land and that stuff nate even learned it a a little bit more suitable to me so nate was just a bit more experienced in there and just being able to understand that i've been more and that's why he came out with a win. That's why i was interested to see what weighed about will take place who who would implement this smooth and sharp and i felt mate would and i was. I was happy to see him do it. I thought it was interesting afterwards that he didn't mention you didn't call you what he called out. Hori mazda and mazda who had been talking about you seem very interested in the fight and i felt like you were almost being boxed out. Were you surprised that no one not now that these guys weren't asking for wasn't targeting you next. No no nickname come on note already looked. It was spent almost fifty minutes in an octagon gone to get out of the damages on. It has been intense bout r._e._o. It very very tense belts but nate is across the individual he he cut he he he opened the deck. He opened up the declaration. That's what i was in. A mate is a crafty crafty individual hoy horizontal to fight win streak at them and they can't forget. I didn't really have a great run in the lightweight division and he's on a streak and he was in it was present in the arena nato craft. The individual and i didn't feel i was been box. I box nate out a reality so and we'll see what happens if the belt if the trilogy if he does not want the truly juvenile problem. I don't blame him. I don't blame look at the damage. Look at the look at the damage it was they were intense belleville but i thought does not matter like you said earlier does not matter now. Let's time for me to get back in. You know what i mean. I i was over that also i was. I was ready to go against anyone. I was preparing for the end of july. This happened and that's it. I must deal with it and accept it and learn from it and that's what i will do. I feel like it's taken me back to when i hardy rhody a._c._l. Post mendez low post that whole sequence because i had to change my whole training methods into a much softer approach much more aware of the body much less astonished taken you wanna see the food we have. You want to see the com- so i've gone through you know what i mean. Have people holed up in hotel rooms and for me to call them to come down on schedule belts. They weren't trained in sessions. They were boats. They were belts with crowds in attendance. We have them filmed and this was in preparation for about why am i having belts in preparation for a belt. Oh it makes no sense so this injuries and the force of me to just go back to that the way i had to. When i had no one i had when i was on one leg and look what happened in one both my world titles so that's the mindset. I'm approaching this game with now. I'm using that previous experience as confidence and that's what i will do and to be clear connor for that fight july. Did you have in fact an opponent. I'd heard pesticide heard other names as well but did you have an opponent waiting for you or we didn't get to that point yet. I believe it was leaning towards just engaged at that time but look at the game changes so quick. Everyone just comes and goes forgetful business. It is a clue aclu business audio. Only only history of the amount of our economy moments happened in my career. They would love to troll me me away the meeting people that haven't had what i've had. That's gone through the trauma and the vendor battles for fans it was what did we do before we do over the fines for our family compete for the people and then when it's all said and done they just discard you krill business book. That's i'm happy to see nate bounce back and i was happy to see not not not just not just some balance back with some business on his mind and he doesn't want to delve into that. I was listening to talking about a c._d. And i want to get into what we will get into that you. You need to get a hold on now also unsettling aspect of the game because the fight game is short and the game is very forgetful so happy to see and understand the business i mean and and it's not gonna be here forever. I'll be here forever. I'll be always always around you know that they'll always be something and i will always be looking for something <hes> aw got to deal with this game because i live with data always be invested into this game my soon. I'm trying my song in the skills of all martial arts. I've land over the years and if he wants to rome without i'll guide him all the way doesn't will not you know what i mean fight. This sport is my life. This is what gave me this life and god bless this this life so i'm just i'm just eager to get back so let's be as clear as possible if the u._f._c. came to today and said connor. Who do you want. What do you want the winner of habib poor which has been discussed in the past. They're fighting it just a couple of weeks in abu dhabi. Is it someone else who does conor mcgregor want in his highly anticipated repeated return fight in the return void. You know i want my world heidelberg. I want that redemption. The campbell's was incorrect. I learned so much on that and look at known known the commitment i had in that combat known the performance i put on. He ran away around that you ran away for not fujiwara it didn't it didn't throw a punch. He shot for legs for forty two punch the fourth round. I should have been talking to hareb. He says he was talking to me. In the cage was no whisper out of him until he ended up in a dominant position then reason the end of that dominant position because i walked around with disrespect towards him because he was running around the cage. I switched off millisecond got lucky shot even after he got to look short aw although it was a beautiful shot even if you've got the balance michael but engaged what did he do shot again but whatever it is many great teams can take from that and i can. I can come back and eventually and shot but i'm not gonna wait around. I'm not what whoever if you're asking me who whoever if if this thing goes in and does those then if nate nate if hoy i don't know i don't you know what's always talking about about soy's and all that. I don't know what what i don't even know where he that wealthy ones. I'm just seeing the last when i saw i saw the quinta belton but i mean anyone tony ferguson juiced engage holloway rematch aldo rematch to so many boats from so many and in reality the it does not matter who is just about getting back in. I'm being being who i am not a shell of myself not a half committed. I was almost if i wanted to say what i was. I was committed in the in the gym and not committed enough outside of it. The training sessions were too serious and then when i left the g._m. It was gone from my mind. I and i would go off into into jungle and you cannot do you cannot be happy and especially in a game like this and i paid the price for it and that's it and although i had reasons and i had injuries who who gives a shit who gives a shit what happened happened. I know what i can do. I've done it before. I've done it before when i was doubted so i'm eager to do again true or false. You'll fight again this year i would say true. I would say we can can get that on i would i would say we can get that. Don't like i said yesterday i spoke to the surgeon grappling begin grappler now. I'm already shape. I have not lost my condition so oh i'm in shape. I just need shop of the graph and just feed how to re group feels on the wrist and things like that but i can punch fully. So what are we now august. Come on i would say so i would look for that. Yes for the end of the year and would it be fair to say that the the prime option would be al habib gets by that rivalries still seems very personal. It still seems like there's a lot of heat there and it still seems like you think that you could be habib. Jump right in there no tuneup fight. Just go back in there and try to avenge that loss stole leaving dully the dove in on one foot. My foot was a balloon is a balloon. He wanna wanna see me and my toes came out of the socket combing their cage break mike in the place that thing balloon hobbled in there and walked them down and did not give huge shits and that was without com. That was a half committed comp. There's no doubt if that's what if that's what they're that's what i'll take but if not yep i'll take what's i'll take whatever's there and there's plenty there like i just named ma- multiple people you have alluded a couple of times to your your relationship with your longtime head coach john cavanaugh s._p._g. Jim i've seen photos of you guys together but i've also heard the whispers that maybe you aren't as close as you once were when you do return willoughby with him by your side and could you tell us what's the state of the relationship there. John are genius at the game and having him in my corner is essential. You know what i mean. I felt a little bit slow at when someone gives these interviews on on our radio and it was one of the teams was i had watched back. When i was like we've watched the flight back eight hundred eighty eight hundred four even go back to the house from the from the t mobile arena to eighty eight hundred and to hear that he has almost avoid by goes a little taken back and then i've got to ask or go to. I need a wally test the coach me. I just felt a little bit hang on a minute. You know what i mean. Maybe only need a way but look it's it's. This is all i understand. I understand that that my half commitment has led to these thoughts and these on this type of thing so i'm just in the process making them right and we'll get there. We'll get there but i need. John will be my khanna. No doubt okay and i know that we are approaching the limit that we agreed upon. Do you mind if i go a little longer. Do you have to leave work away. Our it's an honor to chat here. When i appreciate your time and again it is. I feel like we're just getting warmed up. It's like old times here. I love it. I i know i know well. Hey hey don't bleed. Don't look for you here now. I've make him listen. What was that about. Are you serious. I i know i hear you put a silicone telugu. I don't know i don't know so much going on at me. So many teams coming up hang on a minute and i was i was getting my i was getting my fighting back out there and then i got sidetracked and then look i'm in a good spot r._e._o. This this is this is many months ago this this type of thing and i just wanna i. I wanna make sure that i'm apologizing for that situation. It's not that's not a good look at. It's not who i am. I want to just get bullied out and get on with this show. I am now in on move forward and move forward with a positive attitude. I'm on a full commitment to the game several months ago. Connor max holloway took a trip to dublin and it seemed like he was taking subtle jabs at you'd seem like he was looking for you. What did you make of those pictures and the content that he wrote online and is gonna fight. You're interested as well. It's it's certainly if i'm interested in young holloway. I mean you saw it's not as easy as you think to move up a division and challenge the second one totally saw would you max and i taught him coming over and doing that was a little cheap although get get get your mooney get if you pay to come over and do this by a brand. That's that's afraid of of me and afraid of what i'm doing with my you know what i mean. That's okay but whatever it is what it is again. This is komo almost reacting to the bait and my hold on i need to just you know what i'm going to accept things but the way they are and that's it in the hallway sent me about. I'm interested in a lot of respect for max. I i truly do we went to the issue that kind of just forgot forgotten about but you know what i mean a lotta respect for maximum. He's been true wars and again. He's been rushed and rushton rousson. It's just max definitely off their tablets and you know wells' topless frankie edgar also out there right there because similarities that could be runs on the back foot shoots on the single leg. I want these type of similarity. Similar belt and also frankie has been very respectful. Frank has been respect. If you wanted to say you wanted to say you wanted to tell my grandkids. That's what i thought conor mcgregor one day for me. Ask dana for me. When i hear that this was going back many moons he said that i miss dana straight away and said that's the flight to make and even though would he lost the belt the maxima and a close out and i don't care about that wins and losses in this game. Don't mean anything the stories we are all on joins. We are all on. That's why sometimes when things got a little bit. Prayers talk hit <hes> hit harder in what i mean but but that's all i also wanna we can see something going where lieutenant situation just makes me feel good on. You know what i mean just us well. We're all in it together at the end of the day. It's a mad mad my business we are in and that's it so there are many many fights for me to have an and windfall to them and when you talk about fighting for the belt next and wanting to jump right back in there i can't help but think of tony ferguson tony has been vocal since returning and since leaving the management team that you represented by thinking that he has been held back and he feels like he should have fought for the belt and i'm wondering if that's you feel i can't. I can't tony's warrior tony not worry. I've got a lot of respect for tony. Also i mean to say he was in stable. He he was not even competing for the world title on half a million shelmani tony tony ways. We don't have tony. Tony was looked out. There and stable all lost all all our fighters who we have a strong stable of our souls wrong of him to say it was wrong of the tony back on that and i think you know for for audion the team with him constantly and and help build him up and fought for him. I thought it was wrong but tony's also in the mix. We'll see what happens. You still want sheriff. Tony has twelve fight win streak and they want him and all this. Let's see what happens now on september abu dhabi there's a lot of things there's a lot of things move and shake and that's a see how <unk> how it pans out okay just a couple more do still want shares in the u._s. Is that still sticking point for you. It's not a sticking point but i'd love. I would love to be brought on brought on but i'd love to be a little engage in the game. I'd love to look. Let's see where we are in a great place at the minute and we're having good discussions since and now that we now can grapple again we can work towards eye new arrangements. I'm sure i know that we can get there to where we are. All we are all satisfied. No yeah no doubt last month. Connor was the five year anniversary of your win over diego brandao one of the most magical nights the history of this sport in dublin and there were a lot of things written about that videos that were resurfaced and you're in the midst of all this and i'm wondering somewhere in your home wherever you were at the time. Were you looking at this stuff and maybe maybe a little nostalgic for simpler time for a time where you were on. Fire could not do anything wrong. How did you react to that. Did that help fuel you in this return as well of course i mean what what an iconic malate for the sport for sport and produce board in ireland it it made the sport in ireland really we it catapulted into mainstream and it had nothing but good effects or to be a part of that and then to think of the people that i don't care mom with of course i was sitting there in a stage again again using it as motivation and even the opponent i went to i know i'm not sure how many opponents i went to supposed to be calling miller. I had a back and forth with new show believing even an diego. I think it was on the old and that was diego. Brandao diego was an amazing an amazing opponent of brazilian people have so much love and respect for the brazilian people so many brazilians here in ireland and just the other day i saw so paulos darkness with the amazon rainforest and look what the what's going on here. Look i'm just i. I don't know what's going on but i mean the was a phenomenal opponent of a lot of respect for the brazilian people on on what an iconic moment and for the for the sport in ireland and and i'm proud to be a part of it and i pray every day i pray for that whole situation out there. I just pray for the clouds clear or something. I prayed it. Now we can put i mean at church burned down and we got together and billions where formed and children's put down rebuilt now. Do we put this out there. Surely we can we can fight. This hire. Earn cleared a scores. I mean sao paulo brazil. Beautiful brazil is in darkness and the day. I mean what we need to do something about that and connor. You know we hear from famous athletes all the time. I'm going to be better. I'm gonna learn from my mistakes. Could you tell us what you are actively doing right now differently than a few months ago to try to get back on track to try to not be in trouble anymore. I'm half of autumn focusing on my family family. I'm i'm i'm. I'm focused on family life. I'm having an animal too long hard discussions with myself daily discussions because as a daily thing not to get you know you could save the world at my feet. I could eat a stamp on it are used at roy's meal means. I'm trying not not take sakata temptation. I'm not i'm trying not to give into bait. I'm trying to be a family man and i'm working hard every day and these are the things i'm doing folks on my kids focus on like i said my soon martial-arts we moved into a new property and and only only a few weeks ago when we switch at high time to worry. We're very happy with him. I'm setting out with my family and raise them. I finally looking for skills now. On these are the things i'm doing to teach. Keep me focused while also continuing my training and my business connor. Thank you so much. I really appreciate this. This has been great to catch up with which once again and we wish you the best hope that you have a speedy recovery and are able to return sooner rather than later. Thank you so much. I appreciate that i appreciate that and thank you so much for giving me the plot along to come on here and apologize to the fans i i got mine. I antonio people and just to show that i do not i do not feel like i'm this. I do not my fault here and i want to own up to that and mine open and i appreciate you giving me the opportunity. I hope we can continue this and i hope we can move nice and steady towards more conversation more fight conversation and things of that monitor that that we are interested in and i appreciate it. Thank you anytime there. He is the one and only conor mcgregor hoping to return later this year great eight to catch up with him. After all these months without a doubt the most famous fighter in the history of mixed martial arts there he was speaking for the first time since october in a interview with the media outlet he had not talked since right before that habib mogomedov fight. There's certainly a lot of options for conor mcgregor upon his return appears to be in great spirits. It has been a long time since i've heard him that motivated and that eager to return and i think that is music to a lot of his fans ears appreciate you watching this sportscenter special one on one with conor mcgregor. I'm mary a hawaii. Thanks to connor. Thanks all of you for watching. We'll see you next time goodnight.

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Conor McGregor EXCLUSIVE Interview

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40:20 min | 1 year ago

Conor McGregor EXCLUSIVE Interview

"Today's episode of area hawaii's m._a. Show contains explicit language that may not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. Hello there and welcome to this sportscenter special one on one with conor mcgregor mary awani as you probably know khanna. Mcgregor is one of the most famous athletes in the world today. He is without a doubt. The most famous famous mixed martial artists in the history of the sport. He has not done an interview with media outlets since october of last year. Of course that was the last time we saw him inside the cage when when you fought habibuir magomedov at u. c. two twenty nine this past year has been an interesting one for conor mcgregor making headlines for things outside of the cage and tonight he will break his silence for the first time in approximately ten months on everything that has been going on in his life and his fighting future and so without further ado let us say hello now to so the notorious conor mcgregor who's kind of join us from dublin ireland connor. Thank you so much for doing this. How are you. I'm good. How are you thank you so much for for having me on. It's an honor it's a long time so chatty again absolutely and we really appreciate the time we know a lot is going on your life these days so <hes>. Let's get right into it. Let's get to the news. I if you will just last week. T._m._z. posted a video of an incident that occurred back in april this past year where you appear to get into an altercation with another man at a bar in ireland. Could you tell us your side of that story. What happened there. I mean in reality. It doesn't matter what happened. There was in the wrong that man that mine deserve to enjoy his time in the pool without having having it to end the way it did and although five months ago it was and i tried to make amends and i made amends back dan. It's still the fans don't even it. It doesn't even matter i was in the wrong and i must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility and i owe it to to the the people that have been supporting me. I owe it to my mother. My father my family and i owe it. I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts. That's not that's not who who i am. That's not the reason that's the reason why i got into martial arts or studying combat sport the reason i got into it was to defend against that type of scenario oh so to see that although although months ago and i have been making steps and continually making steps to do better and be better to see it and it's like a dagger into into my heart that is a much larger so i'm just i'm just here to up and move on and carry on face. What's common with the video is a little rain. Did you in fact punch that man look in respect to the whole entire situation. I'm just we'll we'll. We'll we'll play it with what happens in what happens with it so okay what happened was a little hazy for me also on and was many moons ago like i said i have been making a man's to to to make it not happen again and to be better to be a better father to be a better human to be a better role model to these kids. I know a lot of kids talk to me and sometimes it'll be some hundred takes me back but i have to realize that that's not the that's not that's not the attitude of the behavior of leader of martial artist of a champion so i must get my head screwed on and just get back in the game and fight for redemption retribution respect the things that made me the man i am and that's what i will do. Could i ask what sparked that incident. I mean we see the video. We don't hear anything. Could you tell your side of the story from what you were call again. Look look look. What could i say. It does not matter what nurse no answer to what what what what was on on. I was completely in the wrong so there's no there's no need to even discuss what what began at what was going on outside inside any of that. I was completely in the wrong. It was unacceptable behavior and i accept that and like i said i've made a man's and i'm continuing to make a man's and i will continue to do so and so right now with that situation as you mentioned. This happened back in april but the video gets released last week. Where do things stand with it right now. Am i mean i'm just look cut released a day after my daughter's christening so we had such a great time with my family and then you know it's just i just have to wait and see what happens. On whatever comes my way. I will face it. Whatever comes my way. I deserve it. You know so. I will face this head on. I will not hide from it. All it was in the wrong. It was completely clearly unacceptable behavior for a man in my position what happens i will face conor since this video came out as as you probably know you have been criticized heavily from the fans to see president dana white fellow fighters. What is it like for you to read this to hear this stuff because because it does seem like some of these people who are so loyal to for so many years are starting to turn on you a little bit that they're starting to patients after seeing all these incidents. What is that like for. Are you to read that stuff in here that stuff as far as like my fellow colleagues i deserve to be called out on. I deserve to be called out in that behavior. It's just unacceptable. There's no there's snow excuse to it. I deserve everything that comes my way with it so and as far as like the fines and seeing the fines disappointed in me that haunts me so much because i am a fine everything enough donors for the fines. I'm a fan favourite fire. My whole in kentucky career has been based for fines. I never never never never torn wound down. <hes> weights spot rules anything i always done at all to like the game for the fines and to create fanfare to see them disappointed in me at hordes me to my soul more than and you never know so like i said retribution redemption respect i will come and i will regain all of those this incident. It happened just a few weeks after that incident in miami where the fans tried to take a photo of you and you knocked out the phone out of his hands and so i'm wondering do you believe that you have an anger problem. Is this something that you need to fix and you know that was that was another situation a long time ago. I've seen the beginning to get integrate spaces. I'm great like in miami trip. I was prepared for. I was preparing for battle. I brought my motor out. It was her sixty at bird. I brought the whole family <music> out. We went out and then a situation arose. I need to just stop reacting to debate. I i gotta ask people that are trying to bait me into might official by the way i must. I must be calm. Tom must be zana. I must be. I'm most lead by example this. There's so many people looking to me what how can i how can react in this way i need. I need to get a hold of this and i'm look i said i'm working very hard to do this and i'm taking the necessary steps and i have been on a great trajectory and even before the miami incident i was on a great trajectory and then i had a little slip and then i bike open. I'm just trying my hardest audi. I swear on my life. Trauma hired has been five months since that one and that's it. I just i just have to i just have to take homes and and move on from every single experience in my life and try and do right for the people that want me to do. I know you really want me to do right. Lead my my my mother wants me to do right my father my find people. I want to give them a reason to back name. But how can they buy certain situations so i'm listening to a stand that was a man and making man's. Could you chose your side of that story in miami. We haven't heard you talk about it. And where do things stand now. As far as that incident incident is concerned that incident has been completely handled the fine. If you want to call it does not again. It does not matter what what what the here's an says. I held a situation arose. It does not matter. I was in the wrong and that's handle an in the past. I'm i'm happy now to keep moving forward and keep striving for them. Folks on the positive like you asked me about miami and the heckler in miami focus on the occasion with my family. That was an unforgettable moment sixtieth birthday. You know i'm trying to focus on all all the golden my life on unrecognized that i do make mistakes and learn from them not to make them again but still focus on the good i i'm. I'm please lord allow m._r. T to happen for me connor. I know you're historian. You're you're a fight game aficionado and you have watched it all and you've read it all. It's some of the greats in the history of not just mixed martial arts but combat sports boxing and you've seen this story before right. You've seen the guy who rises up the ranks. Thanks makes a lot of money and then gets himself in trouble repeatedly. I don't need to share the names with you. You know what i'm talking about. Are you worried the same thing is happening to. You're still so very younger. You're still so very talented. You're in your prime but again this year we're seeing a lot more headlines about the negative and the positive or are you worried and you are watching this movie that you have seen before yeah of course and i'm sometimes i feel like a feed into it and i give i give a few will but i i'm in a position where i can make a position not many fighters very few. I can make this generational. I can either be rich and spoiled and blow it all in this generation and leave it all behind in ruins are i can get my head head to get on a bill to make generational the children of my children's children so if i have this opportunity befall me if if i don't if i don't execute this get this right and make this happen for for the children of my children's children all of my successes all of everything i've achieved will be will be void. We'll be meaningless to me. I must get this right and i must not go down that path that that the the the the written part the cliche a of the fighter that has it all and you know i need. I need to be aware of my part of the positive older individuals and land from and grow and that's what i'm doing and that's that's. That's what i'm working hard to do every single day. Are you worried it's too late. I mean i don't i don't know i'm just going to carry on being i know who i am as a human being my people know who i am as a human being. I'm what kind of fodder soon i am kind of buddha ryan what kind of friend i am and that's it i will continue to be good as a human being and not focus on not worry too much about that if it is it is but i do not believe so i will earn it back. I'm eager to compete already alive not spoke to you on how long why why not i've been outlawed from the game. My something like were allowed to sail. My coach has been online. There's been many of us me student every single scenario. That's happened to me of every single scenario. That's happened in the game. I'm eager to come back here so we will see what will happen in the future but i'm going in confidence with a lot of knowledge gained about myself self about my skill set about my mindset and i look forward to implementing them and getting back on track looking at the last three years ago defeated by me came back and warm and it was it was a motivating experience to me. Look at steeping the fa- knockout loss won his he has the mind that knocked him out to so many to so how many stories of this over and over again mind is going to be the greatest one of all and that's what i'm aiming for so even your favorite form fo slash friend of mine he he came back forty years of age and older game is far from over for me and i'm very very excited. Am i had a little row bump. I was preparing for july madison square garden. I was in the nominal condition r._e._o. Mentally and physically the best i've ever been. I learned so much from the damage. I took that last camp what not to do and how to approach this next time and i gained. I was in phenomenal condition then a little slippery began. I'm just trying to find that balance and get motivated again. I'm looking for inspiration everywhere like i said i took great motivation from from watching nathan go out and do t and even look at eight and there's many things that that that that were amazing about performance for me but one the most important and one of the most for me is the very first thing he said post by was the need the as army he gives you give a shout out. I hope it's the hope necas doing while a soldier of the game of the of the real game and he gave him respects to the would've finds glutamate. That's why do respect me and that's you know what i mean and even even now with the kind of strange that he's coming out with and i hope he i hope he has his business mind screw screwed on because he is in a position now where he could also make generational generation elected. I have and i hope to see aetna and these are the things that i'm just gonna take a motivation from us in my in my game after push me forward you don't sound connor like a fighter who is retired. You don't sound like a fighter who doesn't want to fight anymore. You sound as motivated as ever but i don't ask you about your quote unquote retirement because this came just weeks after the incident in miami so i'll ask a very simple question off the bed. Are you retired and be if not why did you tweet that out. You know there's a lot you don't understand the amount of going behind the scenes. Sometimes i just need to distance. I'm like hold on. I've listened to stand. My foot was walked into crafoord. I've got all this food is backed up from that entire camp. I broke my foot three weeks out from not fully. My foot was unbelievable. I went broke. I told my i told my leg to shreds before them. In in this way the company back nonstop like i built i built this hoist can say he built. This house is fairly. I've certainly laid bricks blocks down myself this this game and then when so many things going on backstage and between my enough team and then the outer team and then the business side but sometimes you just need to take a black step on you know but retirement retirement. I don't think i would ever retire from this game. I really never in my life. I will be fighting until the day i go l. Tests no doubt about it. I mean it's just the way it is. It's in me. It's blade blade in me and i i will i will i will take it with me to the gray of how did you break your hand sparring. We schedule the spar. I was like i said i was. I came back from miami. I had scheduled a charity boxer boxing bout in my old club criminal box and many people couldn't couldn't floyd floyd vegas cassini flight so i wanted to show to to my own club. I wanted to rekindle that relationship and i made it and i only when i got back there and i realize it is how much of a grave error i made in the may. What a bill to buy needed i needed. I needed my coaches that learned. We helped the box in my corner. So when i went back there i realized that instantly and i've been down there dental training sessions and i put in a good exhibition about what a great fighter michael mcgrane we put on a great show for the fines and then after and then that was it was it was further fines of people around and also can relationships but it was also to begin preparation. We don't fall rounds a in the belt who i was preparing for. It was training for me also like for for the future upcoming belt so and then obviously then we had a sparse schedule will the funnel week between myself and john really my seven. John has been i need to rekindle my relationship with my coach and and get that back on all on them and may so we we scheduled a spar are where we open comber but with mixed martial arts are so small six ounce gloves this the room for damage and injury is so so big. It's so highly so we need to be. We need to come together and realize that this is not the way to do it so we went and we went into into the spar and although it was scheduled a spa it was not a spire was another fight on the record crowds in attendance. It was a it was a it was behind closed doors fame and i caught the guy with a right hand dropped groped him when he dropped i went down on him with an emotional left hand and buying the left hand side of the head on my whole time bomb and that's it and i andrews it's like it's like they just needed to happen and that's it had to go onto the surgery on it. It's been a psychological battle with the left part. The famous left paul but it was not the opponent down to the fourth place. My royal has been great. Walk manila really great at woke my right hand and even more so in my lifetime has been out of action boot. I'm back now. I'm back yesterday. I met with the sewage and he said to me originally september to grapple but i was with him yesterday he said now i can grapple so i'm going to go back into my grandpa and i'm already pro boxing again. Of course i haven't stopped kicking. Of course i haven't stopped. I'm on my first air. Conditioning training have been on my work so so let's let's get a go now. Let's go and that's what that's i'm excited now so if it wasn't for the hand injury connor do you think you will have you would have already fought this summer summer. Yes yes yes. I was preparing for the end of july madison square garden. I was like i had the game in a had. It figured out and i haven't figured out i i was on sutra. Great trajectory <unk> are like i said i get to these great sponsor them boom a little snip and then have if the bill began and i'm just it's just a million right now and i've just got to recognize and understand take lessons from it and just keep going just not let it happen again. Most certainly would have been biking. Forget that you know we. We were getting there in conversation opponents. I always i don't really mind the opponent. I wanted similarities art. This could be to to to prepare for that because he doesn't want to have the rematch. You know one whatever i just wanted to compete now. I wonder if there's no let's get me back in the mix. The it's a forgetful business yourself. I mean should look nate was out of the game and now he's he's back and he's on top. It's a it's a crazy business dan but make no mistake. The skills are there for me and i know i know what i can bring to the table and what i will bring to the table and i'm very very excited to give my fans something to cheer about again. You know what i mean. I do this for my fans for the people that are supporting me for people that dare to dream the highest of high heights so i i look forward to my triumphant raton r._e._o. Kind of what is the state of your relationship with the u._f._c. brass right now i. I always have a great relationship with the u._f._c. I never you know it's brand over fighter tarik one of the things that kinda slow down by stages and they tried to make me the cone hand on all of these taped but it's just business. We have a great business relationship with u._s._a. Respect you see very much. It's a part of the u._f._c. you know and that's why i wanted to be a part of it. I they wanted to be shown a little bit because i know every inch of the game what can bring it to the next level and i wanted that respect and that's what i was kinda going and then they were trying to push go back and it's all business and businesses not emotional. It's i've great respect for the people in the that built it for for dana of course and the people that are involved in it now. There's no there's no dispute at all. We are all eager to get this back on track. You know there was a stretch mid year are where it seemed like every saturday night. A fight happens and there you are popping up on twitter talking about you know the guy who just wants someone. Who's close your way class and again. I was starting to feel like the fans all right. We'll watch you fight anyone. We'll watch you fight a broomstick. You sell a million papers by yourself but they were like okay enough already like you keep teasing us seems like an old starting to get that sense from the why were you doing that. Why did you putting yourself in those positions and then not take the game. Watch it from the start to the finish. I i wasn't premium to the finish. Come on that's why can i not. I not engage in the game. Why am i outlawed spoke. He went over the year. You know what i mean. Why way is this. I love this game this. This is my game. I absolutely love it. Look at everything that i've been talking about even the guy i always wanted to say to help build boost people a lot of the things that's been connected to me the party holloway didn't. I don't think i even if there's so many things in the fight game. That's been connected to me. I've been speaking on but even though teams like watching the boats take place wasn't specific rules happened. I'm watching specific acidic stylistic much take place. This is what looted here. What i what i what i this is what i live areas. What i i'm a fighter forced in in. I'm an entrepreneur and i love my my older game. My games my my businesses on my these are my louis but i'm a fighter force on foremost and i love it. Dearly you mentioned eight years last weekend he wins. He looks very good. It sounds like you were somewhat inspired by his performance but i thought it was interesting that afterwards the notice the stance unscom tight with his hands opa narrowly yes. I noticed that he had to do that. He ought to do that again. Timed any anthony also if you look at these style looking onto these star versus tony ferguson he should have got that win against ferguson but he almost blue what he blew he rushed to finish ended up close guard and up tightrope and the certain his energy. This is the things i've gone through in my career so in watching anthony closely also any fought wonderboy thompson a lot differently. He kept a lot more patient. He wasn't as reckless would is tree tree. Sixty flip kicks that if you watch them great time them perfectly and he was a lot more patients although thompson was winning the power. He caught him without shot. Look look what that was phenomenal finish and then it got him the big fight with nate but then nate is just a little bit more like if you look at anthony is kind of land and that stuff nate even learned it a a little bit more suitable to me so nate was just a bit more experiencing there and just being able to understand that i've been more and that's why he came out with a win. That's why i was interested to see what weighed about will take place who who would implement this smooth and sharp and i felt mate would and i was. I was happy to see him do it. I thought it was interesting afterwards that he didn't mention you didn't call you what he called out. Hori mazda and mazda who had been talking about you seem very interested in the fight and i felt like you were almost being boxed out. Were you surprised that no one not now that these guys weren't asking for wasn't targeting you next. No no nickname come on note already looked. It was spent almost fifty minutes in an octagon gone to get out of the damages on. It has been intense bout r._e._o. It very very tense belts but nate is across the individual he he cut he he he opened the deck. He opened up the declaration. That's what's in donate is a crafty crafty individual. Hoy hoy on a to fight win streak at them and they can't forget. I didn't really have a great run in the lightweight division and he's on a two point streak and he was in it was present in the arena nato craft. The individual and i didn't feel i was been box. I box nate out a reality so and we'll see what happens if the belt if the trilogy if he does not want the truly juvenile problem. I don't blame him. I don't blame look at the damage. Look at the look at the damage it was they were intense belltower deal but i thought does not matter like you said earlier does not matter now. Let's time for me to get back in. You know what i mean. I i was over that also i was. I was ready to go against anyone. I was preparing for the end of july. This happened and that's it. I must deal with it and accept it and learn from it and that's what i will do. I feel like it's taken me back to when i hardy rhody a._c._l. Post mendez low post that whole sequence because i had to change my whole training methods into a much softer approach much more aware of the body much less astonished taken you wanna see the food we have. You want to see the com- so i've gone through you know what i mean. Have people holed up in hotel rooms and for me to call them to come down on schedule belts. They weren't trained in sessions. They were boats. They were belts with crowds in attendance. We have them filmed and this was in preparation for about why am i having belts in preparation for a belt. Oh it makes no sense so this injuries and the force of me to just go back to that the way i had to. When i had no one i had when i was on one leg and look what happened in one both my world titles so that's the mindset. I'm approaching this game with now. I'm using that previous experience as confidence and that's what i will do and to be clear connor for that fight july. Did you have in fact an opponent. I'd heard pesticide heard other names as well but did you have an opponent waiting for you or we didn't get to that point yet. I believe it was leaning towards just engaged at that time but look at the game changes so quick. Everyone just comes and goes forgetful business. It is a clue aclu business audio. Only only history of the amount of our economy moments happened in my career. They would love to troll me me away the meeting people that haven't had what i've had. That's gone through the trauma and the vendor battles for fans it was what did we do before we do over the fines for our family for the pete for the people and then when it's all said and done they just discard you krill business book. That's i'm happy to see nate bounce back and i was happy to see not not not just not just some balance back with some business on his mind and he doesn't want to delve into that. I was listening to talking about a c._d. And i want to get into what we will get into that you. You need to get a hold on now also unsettling aspect of the game because the fight game is short and the game is very forgetful so happy to see and understand the business i mean and and it's not gonna be here forever. I'll be here forever. I'll be always always around you know that they'll always be something and i will always be looking for something <hes> aw got to deal with this game because i live with data always be invested into this game my soon i'm trying my song in the skills of all martial arts i've land over the years and if he wants to rome without a guide him all the way doesn't will not you know what i mean fight. This sport is my life. This is what gave me this life and god bless this this life so i'm just i'm just eager to get back so let's be as clear as possible if the u._f._c. came to today and said connor. Who do you want. What do you want the winner of habib poor which has been discussed in the past. They're fighting it just a couple of weeks in abu dhabi. Is it someone else who does conor mcgregor want in his highly anticipated repeated return fight in the return void. You know i want my world heidelberg. I want that redemption. The campbell's was incorrect. I learned so much on that and look at known known the commitment i had in that combat known the performance i put on. He ran away around that you ran away for not fujiwara it didn't it didn't throw a punch. He shot for legs for forty two punch the fourth round. I should have been talking to hareb. He says he was talking to me. In the cage was no whisper out of him until he ended up in a dominant position then reason the end of that dominant position because i walked around with disrespect towards because he was running around the cage i switched off millisecond got lucky shot even after he got to look short aw although it was a beautiful shot even if you've got the balance michael but engaged what did he do shot again but whatever it is many great teams can take from that and i can. I can come back and eventually and shot but i'm not gonna wait around. I'm not what whoever if you're asking me who whoever if if this thing goes in and does those then if nate nate if hoy- hoya i don't know i don't you know what's always talking about about soy's and all that. I don't know what what i don't even know where he got wealthy ones. I'm just seeing the last when i saw i saw the quinta belton but i mean anyone tony ferguson juiced engage holloway rematch aldo rematch to so many boats from so many and in reality the it does not matter who is just about getting back in. I'm being being who i am not a shell of myself not a half committed. I was almost if i wanted to say what i was. I was committed in the in the gym and not committed enough outside of it. The training sessions were too serious and then when i left the g._m. It was gone from my mind. I and i would go off into into jungle and you cannot do you cannot be happy and especially in a game like this and i paid the price for it and that's and although i had reasons and i had injuries who who gives a shit who gives a shit what happened happened. I know what i can do. I've done it before. I've done it before when i was doubted so i'm eager to do again true or false. You'll fight again this year to put it. I would say true. I would say we can can get that on i would i would say we can get that. Don't like i said yesterday i spoke to the surgeon grappling begin grappler now. I'm already shape. I have not lost my condition so oh i'm in shape. I just need shop of the graph and just feed how to re group feels on the wrist and things like that but i can punch fully. So what are we now august. Come on i would say so i would look for that. Yes for the end of the year and would it be fair to say that the the prime option would be al habib gets by that rivalries still seems very personal. It still seems like there's a lot of heat there and it still seems like you think that you could be habib. Jump right in there no tuneup fight. Just go back in there and try to avenge that loss stole leaving dully the dove in on one foot. My foot was a balloon is a balloon. He wanna wanna see me and my toes came out of the socket combing their cage. Break mike in the place that thing balloon hobbled in there and walked down and did not give huge shits and that was without com. That was a half committed comp. There's no doubt if that's what if that's what they're that's what i'll take but if not yep i'll take what's i'll take whatever's there and there's plenty there like i just named ma- multiple people you have alluded a couple of times to your your relationship with your longtime head coach john cavanaugh s._p._g. Jim i've seen photos of you guys together but i've also heard the whispers that maybe you aren't as close as you once were when you do return willoughby with him by your side and could you tell us what's the state of the relationship there. John are genius at the game and having him in my corner is essential. You know what i mean. I felt a little bit slow at when someone gives these interviews on on our radio and it was one of the teams was i had watched a back when i was like we've watched the flight back eight hundred eighty eight hundred four even go back to the house from the from the t mobile arena today hells i was eighty eight hundred and to hear that he has almost avoid by goes a little taken back and then i've got to ask or go to. I need a wally test the coach me. I just felt a little bit hang on a minute. You know what i mean. Maybe only need a way but look it's it's. This is all i understand. I understand that that my half commitment has led to these thoughts and these this type of thing so i'm just in the process making them right and we'll get there. We'll get there but i need. John will be my khanna. No doubt okay and i know that we are approaching the limit that we agreed upon. Do you mind if i go a little longer. Do you have to leave work away. Our it's an honor to chat here. When i appreciate your time and again it is. I feel like we're just getting warmed up. It's like old times here. I love it. I i know i know well. Hey hey don't bleed. Don't look for you here now. I've make him listen. What was that about. Are you serious. I i know i hear you feel telugu. I don't know i don't know so much going on at me. So many teams coming up hang on a minute and i was i was getting my i was getting my fighting back out there and then i got sidetracked and then but look i'm in a good spot r._e._o. This this is this is many months ago this type of thing and i just wanna i. I wanna make sure that i'm apologizing for that situation. It's not that's not a good look at. It's not who i am. I want to just get bullied out and get on with this show. I am now in on move forward and move forward with a positive attitude. I'm on a full commitment to the game several months ago. Connor max holloway took a trip to dublin and it seemed like he was taking subtle jabs at you'd seem like he was looking for you. What did you make of those pictures and the content that he wrote online and is a fight. You're interested as well. It's it's certainly if i'm interested in young holloway. I mean you saw it's not as easy as you think to move up a division and challenge the second one totally saw would you max and i taught him coming over and doing that was a little cheap although get get get your mooney get if you pay to come over and do this by a brand. That's that's afraid of of me and afraid of what i'm doing with my you know what i mean. That's okay but whatever it is what it is again. This is komo almost reacting to the bait and my hold on i need to just you know what i'm going to accept things but the way they are and that's it in the hallway sent me about. I'm interested in a lot of respect for max. I i truly do we went to the issue that kind of just forgot forgotten about but you know what i mean a lotta respect for maximum. He's been true wars and again. He's been rushed and rushton rousson. It's just max definitely off their tablets and you know wells' topless frankie edgar also out there right there because similarities that could be runs on the back foot shoots on the single leg. I want these type of similarity. Similar belt and also frankie has been very respectful. Frank has been respect. If you wanted to say you wanted to say you wanted to tell my grandkids. That's what i thought conor mcgregor one day for me. Ask dana for me. When i hear that this was going back many moons he said that i miss dana straight away and said that's the flight to make and even though would he lost the belt the maxima and a close out and i don't care about that wins and losses in this game. Don't mean anything the stories we are all on joins. We are all on. That's why sometimes when things got a little bit. Prayers talk hit <hes> hit harder in what i mean but but that's all i also wanna we can see something going where lieutenant situation just makes me feel good on. You know what i mean just us well. We're all in it together at the end of the day. It's a mad mad my business we are in and that's it so there are many many fights for me to have an and windfall to them and when you talk about fighting for the belt next and wanting to jump right back in there i can't help but think of tony ferguson tony has been vocal since returning and since leaving the management team that you represented by thinking that he has been held back and he feels like he should have fought for the belt and i'm wondering if that's you feel i can't. I can't tony's warrior tony not worry. I've got a lot of respect for tony. Also i mean to say he was in stable. He he was not even competing for the world title on half a million shelmani tony tony ways. We don't have tony. Tony was looked out. There and stable all lost all all our fighters who we have a strong stable of our souls wrong of him to say it was wrong of the tony back on that and i think you know for for audion the team with him constantly and and help build him up and fought for him. I thought it was wrong but tony's also in the mix. We'll see what happens. You still want sheriff. Tony has twelve fight win streak and they want him and all this. Let's see what happens now on september abu dhabi there's a lot of things there's a lot of things move and shake and then that's a see how <unk> how it pans out okay just a couple more do still want shares in the u._s. Is that still sticking point for you. It's not a sticking point but i'd love. I would love to be brought on brought on but i'd love to be a little engage in the game. I'd love to look. Let's see where we are in a great place at the minute and we're having good discussions since and now that we now can grapple again we can work towards eye new arrangements. I'm sure i know that we can get there to where we are. All we are all satisfied. No yeah no doubt last month. Connor was the five year anniversary of your win over diego brandao one of the most magical nights the history of this sport in dublin and there were a lot of things written about that videos that were resurfaced and you're in the midst of all this and i'm wondering somewhere in your home wherever you were at the time. Were you looking at this stuff and maybe maybe a little nostalgic for simpler time for a time where you were on. Fire could not do anything wrong. How did you react to that. Did that help fuel you in this return as well of course i mean what what an iconic malate for the sport for sport and produce board in ireland it it made the sport in ireland really we it catapulted into mainstream and it had nothing but good effects or to be a part of that and then to think of the people that i don't care mom with of course i was sitting there in a stage again again using it as motivation and even the opponent i went to i know i'm not sure how many opponents i went to supposed to be calling back and forth with new show believing the data. I think it was on the old and that was diego. Brandao diego is an amazing am as an opponent of brazilian people have so much love and respect for the brazilian people so many brazilians here in ireland and just the other day i saw so paulos darkness with the amazon rainforest and look what the what's going on here. Look i'm just i. I don't know what's going on but i mean the was a phenomenal opponent of a lot of respect for the brazilian people on on what an iconic moment and for the for the sport in ireland and i'm and i'm proud to be a part of it and i pray every day. I pray for that whole situation out there. I just pray for the clouds clear or something. I prayed it. Now we can put i mean at church burned down and we got together and billions where formed and children's put down rebuilt now. Do we put this out there. Surely we can we can fight. This hire. Earn cleared a scores. I mean sao paulo brazil. Beautiful brazil is in darkness and the day. I mean what we need to do something about that and connor. You know we hear from famous athletes all the time. I'm going to be better. I'm gonna learn from my mistakes. Could you tell us what you are actively doing right now differently than a few months ago to try to get back on track to try to not be in trouble anymore. I'm half of autumn focusing on my family family. I'm i'm i'm. I'm focused on family life. I'm having an animal too long hard discussions with myself daily discussions because as a daily thing not to get you know you could save the world at my feet. I could eat a stamp on it are used at roy's meal means. I'm trying not not take sakata temptation. I'm not i'm trying not to give into bait. I'm trying to be a family man and i'm working hard every day and these are the things i'm doing folks on my kids focus and like i said my soon martial-arts we moved into a new property and and only only a few weeks ago when we switch at high time to worry. We're very happy with him. I'm setting out with my family and raise them. I finally looking for skills now. On these are the things i'm doing to teach. Keep me focused while also continuing my training and my business connor. Thank you so much. I really appreciate this. This has been great to catch up with which once again and we wish you the best hope that you have a speedy recovery and are able to return sooner rather than later. Thank you so much. I appreciate that i appreciate that and thank you so much for giving me the plot along to come on here and apologize to the fans i i got mine anti anti people and just to show that i do not i do not feel like i'm this i do not my fault here and i want to own up to that and mine open and i appreciate you giving me the opportunity. I hope we can continue this and i hope we can move nice and steady towards more conversation more fight conversation and things of that monitor that that we are interested in and i appreciate it. Thank you anytime there. He is the one and only conor mcgregor hoping to return later this year great eight to catch up with him. After all these months without a doubt the most famous fighter in the history of mixed martial arts there he was speaking for the first time since october in a interview with the media outlet he had not talked since right before that habib mogomedov fight. There's certainly a lot of options for conor mcgregor upon his return appears to be in great spirits. It has been a long time since i've heard him that motivated and that eager to return and i think that is music to a lot of his fans ears appreciate you watching this sportscenter special one on one with conor mcgregor. I'm maryelle hawaii thanks to connor. Thanks all of you for watching. We'll see you next time goodnight.

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Conor McGregor Announces Retirement Reaction

The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani

12:44 min | 1 year ago

Conor McGregor Announces Retirement Reaction

"Mike here for enemy fighting dot com reacting to some huge news tonight. Of course you have C. Two fifty went down in Las Vegas. A lot of great storylines came out of that event, but conor McGregor as he typically does. In a fight night he took to twitter and instead of reacting to the events like you normally does instead announced his retirement, the notorious said quote. Hey, guys, I've decided to retire from fighting. Thank you for all the amazing memories. What a ride it's been! Here's a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas Post. What am I? World title? Wins pick the home of dreams. Mags I love you whatever you desire, it's yours now as As you are probably aware. Conor McGregor has done this before in two thousand sixteen after pulled from UFC two hundred. That's when we got the infamous. I've decided to retire young banks for the cheese tweet, and then in March of last year right before allegations of sexual assault came from the New York Times against conor. McGregor and you're dealing with other charges against him and run INS with the law. He said Hey guys. Quick announcement I've decided to retire from the sport formerly known as Mixed Martial Arts today I wish my old colleagues well going forward and competition I now join my former partners on this venture already retirement proper Pinochle Adas on me fellas with that. Let's bring in Alex Kaley also from 'em. May Fighting Dot Com Alex Conham Gregor his timing always impeccable with these types of situations, so I guess the first question is as you roll your eyes. Do you believe anything kind of Greg tweeted tonight? Why do we have to do this Michael I? Mean I know why we do really well. Why why do we have to do this? Why must we indulge this man? Look he's provided us much entertainment over the years I'm not going to dispute that. He's provided US much website traffic. If we'RE GONNA. If we're going to lay, all the cards are on the table, and I'm sure the story provide some as well but I just. See why does he have to do this? Why do it after this? What was a very enjoyable? UFC Card C two fifty a fine event. I think we discussed in the post fight show. People can also find on Youtube and and may find dot com. WHY SPOIL IT? Why now I mean shouts to MOM's great I'm glad he tried to soften up this retirement announcement by dedication to his mother whatever But it's. It kills me that this is news. I know it is, but it shouldn't be. He's not retiring. He's going to fight again somewhere whether it's boxing where the for Friggin one championship I. Don't know I don't know what this guy has planned next. Does these things I'm not gonNA. Pretend I could get inside Conor McGregor mind. But. This retirement is S.. He's just keeping yourself in the news and we're talking about it so I guess it worked. Okay. When I first saw this tweet Alex I rolled my eyes like you like everybody else. Who saw it was just like. Oh, here, we go again. But then you kind of look at things in the landscape of the sport in the UFC right now and you think to yourself this comes at a very interesting time with big name. Fighters have SORTA dug in against the UFC about their proverbial piece of the Pie. John Jones your MC light heavyweight champion use the first one to sort of break down the fourth wall, so to speak after. After negotiations reportedly fell apart for a heavyweight fight with France's and Gano. Bone said he wanted more money, which is quite understandable. The greatest fighter of all time deserves more money Dana. White says that Jones wanted upwards of thirty million dollars said he had text messages to prove it John to those claims, asked for the text to be revealed, and then also asked to be released if the doesn't. Doesn't believe that he's worth the money these asking for and then this week even earlier today on Sports Center we've heard from ory. Mazar Dole, who is also called out the see for the way they are handling negotiations for his next fight, with as most would assume are open for the wealth way tile, anyone on sportscenter as well and started talking about percentages from different sports and all this. This stuff, so why do I mention this Alex? Because the timing seems very interesting with everything going on right now. McGregor comes back at the beginning of twenty twenty. He runs through Donald, surrounding and forty seconds to forty six, and it seems like Connor was lined up for a huge ears I in fights with gauge, trying to match, make the entire welterweight division and lightweight divisions right now. Is there a tien hair? Is Connor saying you know what John Jones? He's speaking up or Hey Mazda he speaking. What if I speak up? What happens now? Yeah Mike of Courses Related to this other unrest, general unrest that has been brewing, which does all the big names you mentioned? I just wish that that these guys realized that they could have done this before. I wish that there was actually an organized effort. I mean again. It's kind of all happening at the same time. I wish there was some way them or their management. Whoever it is that that would handle these things for them. Get together. Guys are stronger together. Each of you doing these retirements and walking away is is it's cute. It's cute. Okay, I look I know. These guys are grown men at their forceful. They're used to you know. Just achieving things and getting their way through again through sheer force of will, but that's not what gets done at this level at the corporate level. You guys got to have organization. You guys got to have a plan and I don't know. Maybe this is part of some plan that we don't know. Maybe maybe maybe they're on their opry on another level Mike that we can't understand and then they actually are doing stuff behind the scenes, and it's all going to materialize and makes sense. When Peters Union springs up this fall or something, but guess what I. Don't it okay? That's wishful. Thinking that's not the way it is as you said. It's just McGregor kind of riding this wave. He knows he's he's. He's always been a taste maker so i. think the fact that he's not the one leading charge or maybe. You know considering he's done it twice already. I think he feels a little left out, so he had to do this to to let people know. Hey, I'm the original shock collar on the original walking away from the sport guy so here I am again talk about me instead of John Jones Muscle Hendrikse who or reminded man Amanda Nunez Whoever I I. I'm I'm the one making the retirement news this week. That has a great point. I would agree with you on that one. The timing was a was very interesting. He wants to be the like. You said the shock collar. And it was interesting. Hearing Dana White The post by press conference, because he said Connor's mad because he wants to fight and there's nobody to fight. It seems like the options are planning for Conor McGregor now we're also in a global, pandemic and Conor McGregor Gates are different than any other. So from from a business perspective. I get the hesitation to conor McGregor and a fight without a live gate because they're always massive now Dana White said like the connor wants to fight, but who's GonNa fight like that was the question. WHO's GONNA fight like in Connor we talked to. We try to match me the whole division. Start a huge threat on social media about who is the greatest of all time and I think blew up like crazy so when connor speaks. People listen, but the big question is, is he speaking to the rest of the roster? Right now is the former two division champion, joining the likes of the Joneses in Mazar dolls and the frontlines to change things in the AFC. I know he's done this before like mostly. It's connor helping connor like bret screwed bret. Connor screwed connor us up. With the whole Nate Diaz to situation, it seemed like there are some backdoor stuff going on. They were helping each other out without actually helping each other out. Is it possible that Connor. Is being unselfish share, or is this connor being completely selfish? It's not being Mike I. Love the idea. I love the idea that that connor suddenly wants to wants to be the leader for this for this charge of fighter rights, but that's not the case. That's not the case he he's always looking out for himself, and which is fine. Look at his his I'm not judging him for that. It's not his responsibility at all to be a again to lead a fighters. If you're the guy, the top and you're making all the money you want. Why would you WanNa fight for anybody else you don't have to you. Know is the right thing to do. Yeah, of course, it's the right thing to do. This is business. This is not about right wrong. This is about making your money getting out so he certainly made his money getting out. That's another question again. That's kind of what we're what we're discussing here. Right I. Do like what you brought up about. kind of why one of the reasons why this retirement at least for now kind of taken seriously as he doesn't WanNA fight in front of no crowds like. Can you imagine him in the small octagon in? In at the UCLA pex, it would be surreal. He just he's. He's not going to do that. That's crazy. Can you imagine him going to fight island? which by the way today there was a reporter rumor that fight island could actually just be Abu Dhabi I. Don't know of conor. McGregor would want to go there. That's kind of no Magomedov country. If you know what I mean, I'm sure they'd they'd embrace him as well, but that's almost hostile territory going going to Abu Dhabi and there's a lot of lot of vans out there so. Those are two options from Greg I guess he could also. figure out some other places to go in the US, but either way like we said zero fans zero gate. That is not something. Gregor wants to be a part of and just around back the regional point. I also don't think he wants to be part of a fighter union. I I just don't think something he feels benefits him I don't think he wants to. To put the time in the effort that's needed to go into it. I could see maybe re tweeting the idea at some point just to show that he's you know. Fighter woke, or what have you, but actually putting in the work? That's required that people like Lindsey Smith are putting into. It will occasion Johnson and put into it, conor. McGregor is not GonNa do that. Do, I believe Conor McGregor is done fighting absolutely not Alex in fact. There's a better chance. I wake up in the morning with ally. Team hair. That we saw when he was cornered. Jalen you go see two fifty. It ain't happened. It's just not happening, so let's let's wrap up with this with this question. Let's set right now. Dana White is saying that they're targeting Habib versus just engage in September. Okay, that's a massive fight and you know Congress is going to be all out there. Towards, the build up of that fight in some way shape or form. You know he's going to be there. Let's set the over under on November. First November first two thousand twenty. Will Conor McGregor compete or be booked to fight. Before November first two, thousand twenty. No he will not I think I think he likes I. Don't think he's retired, but I didn't think he's done for the rest of the year. This guy can really afford to take as much time off wants and I think it's a hell of a power move for him to say guess. What Twenty Twenty you got. You got your one. You've got your one tastes McGregor early in the year. Everything else. Everything I want no part of Okay I've showed you I've already proven this year. That I'm still a top draw. I've proven to this company and now guess what the ball the ball's back in your court to to make me happy to make to make me whole and to make things right and to give me what I want so. November no. I'm actually glad you said November because I could maybe see December. But otherwise I would say no. I think we gotta wait till twenty twenty, one to St, conor, McGregor and competition again, and frankly that won't be for the that will be when the headlines Wrestlemainia thirty seven in March so. You will. You will see caught. Coming in, you will see conor McGregor fight against soon everyone within the next twelve months, and it will be at the grandest stage of the Mall, the the Pinnacle of combat. Sports WRESTLEMAINIA thirty seven. It's going to be connor in Dana versus lebatardshow Mazda, doll. chills children my. What's the opposite of GOOSEBUMPS ALEX I? Don't know what that is free. figure it out, but. There, you go. Did I think we'd be talking about conor? MCGREGOR? In this shape or form coming out of of C two fifty, no idea dot Alex I'm sure you feel the same way, but I thank you for joining me on this adventure in the story and the title of the Tall Tales of the notorious Conor McGregor, for Alex I Mike Reacting to the big news of Conor McGregor announcing his retirement yet again here on May fighting DOT com. You're listening to the media law has a network.

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The chase for ... Conor McGregor?

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The chase for ... Conor McGregor?

"This is sports illustrated boxing podcast boxing. Boxing with sports illustrated's Kris maddox interviews analysis. In everything going on in boxing and now a man who I wish was called the Boston leader. It's sort of like getting punched in the face. I welcome back to the SL boxing. Podcast glad you could join me this week. Lot to get into in the world of boxing couple of big fights coming up over the next couple of weeks. All heading into deontay wilder against Tyson fury. That big match up on February twenty-second To break it all down and more. I welcome back Keith. Idaho senior boxy writer over at boxing scene. Dot Com Keith. What's up man a Chris? How're you doing? I'm good man? I'm good just a lot of interesting stuff in boxing. Going on right now actually. Few Days in boxing and in the land of mythical matchups. It's been pretty interesting. I guess I want to start there just this past week. We had Conor McGregor returned to the UFC reestablish himself both as a high level UFC fighter and one of the biggest draws in all of combat sports the UFC reported that McGregor. Did I think roughly two million equal of two million pay per view buys with their their system big number especially. He was fighting a guy with a thirteen losses. Who's heavily favored to go up against but all of a sudden instead of talking about McGregor in UFC fights were kind of pivoting back to Gregory. Inbox may whether putting out a tweet saying or social media posts saying that. He's ready to fight him in two thousand twenty two rematch. Manny Pacquiao wants him at twenty twenty. And now Bob. Arum says that Terence Crawford is ready to fight a to fight match against a matchup against McGregor where Crawford with step into an Ma Octagon first and then McGregor would fight him in boxing. So give me your overall viewpoint of this. What do you make of now? All these boxers again clamoring for a shot Conor McGregor. Well not the type of fights were looking to see of course. Chris. I don't have any interest in. I couldn't imagine anyone else in their right mind would have any interest in seeing floyd mayweather and Conor McGregor box again. There would be interest. Of course if floyd for some reason would be willing to fight him in a UFC or some sort of variation of mixed martial arts rules type of fight. That isn't going to happen. We well know that so So let's take that off the table I can't see conor McGregor. Fighting Manny Pacquiao. I just there are too many options for Manny. Pacquiao and boxing matches I mean against boxers. I don't think manny would even entertain fighting him some sort of MMA fight but There are there are appealing options for Manny Pacquiao in now that he's with PBC. There's the Earl Spencer fight. There's Danny Garcia. There are people that he can be matched against later this year when he comes back to the ring and then the one that was thrust upon us yesterday by Bob. Arum is the turns Crawford Conor McGregor fight which makes a little bit more sense. It because Terence Crawford has a wrestling background He wasn't a high level wrestler. As far as I know he. He wrestled in middle school. I mean I played basketball in middle school with. What does that mean exactly? It's not like he could compete with. It's not like he could compete with the CONOR McGregor at the highest level in some sort of mixed martial arts fight now Terence. Crawford is a very competitive guy and you know he. He said all the right things yesterday but to be honest Chris. I think this is just more just a smokescreen from Bob Arum because they want you to take attention away from the fact that Terence Crawford does not have any boxers to fight. There's no known opponent for his next fight. They've already satisfied his mandatory commitment to the WBO by fighting Kavaliauskas last month at the garden. He can't get any of these fights against the PBC fighters that he wants at least for the time being yoked aerospace Manny Pacquiao We thought there was a possibility that he could fight. Shawn Porter all of a sudden him and show importer or such good friends that they can't fight that was the one. Pbc top-ranked fight that we thought we could see at welterweight. They decided that they don't WanNa do it So what is there for Terence Crawford at this point? So here's Bob Arum pulling a page out of his old promotional tricks and You know making a story into into something that we know is not going to happen. Turns Crawford is not going to fight conor McGregor an M A fight? I and then fighting a boxing match second. It makes no sense. Why returns they would make a lot of money and people would be interested in it and I'm not saying wouldn't draw mainstream attention and all that but what does that really do for tarrant Crawford legacy or career. He's thirty two years old Chris. He's gone he'll be thirty three years old and September. He's starting to get to the point where he's going to move out of his physical prime without having fought the type of fights at welterweight that we want to see him in. I just don't see how fighting CONOR MCGREGOR IN A UFC fight. Does it will make him a lot of money. And I'm not saying that's not an important factor in this but other than that. What purpose would it serve terence to do that yeah? I don't think it serves Crawford much if any purpose except as you said to make a boatload of money in in a couple of major events that would be watched by a lot of people but it doesn't advance him in the boxing world all. It doesn't advance him as the top fighter that he wants to be in all of boxing. I think I think the only fight in boxing that makes sense for Conor McGregor. I think it's a fight that unfortunately we're getting more and more likely to see. Is that rematch against Floyd Mayweather. I don't know about you Keith. And it's I've just been getting. I've been getting pretty strong sense. That not only is Floyd GonNa come back this year. But there's a pretty decent chancy fights twice in two thousand twenty and those two people that come up are McGregor in a rematch. I which would be the equivalent for Floyd of kind of shaking off all that Rushton taking what would be a doubtedly a very easy win forum at a big payday and then that rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Before the end of the year I just I've just had too. Many people not necessarily firsthand information but second and third information that they believe. That's the direction that Floyd's GonNa go and I look. I didn't I didn't have any interest in Floyd McGregor the first time. I was very vocal about it that it was nonsensical but I feel the same way the second time. I don't have any interest in it but I do think that's where it's trending right now. Well here's the thing Chris if he were to fight Manny Pacquiao if he were to come back for a fight and you know may or July or whenever and decided to fight Manny Pacquiao again. You could make the argument. That Manny Pacquiao claims that his shoulder injury was a big reason why he was not as competitive as people might have expected in their first fight. A Manny Pacquiao obviously has looked better In recent years he just beat Keith. Thurman who say what you will about. Where thermal wasn't his career was ten years younger than him. An undefeated welterweight champion so pack. Yo has accomplished some things since he fought mayweather the first time and whether anyone believes it or not is using that excuse to say that their rematch would be competitive and they are the two biggest names in boxing. And they're rematch. I don't think it would do the type of business. Necessarily that. Their first fight did but it would still do bigger business than any other boxing match that can be made whereas the McGregor Mayweather rematch. There is as you said. There was no point in them fighting the first time other than making a lot of money which is again. A huge factor. What possible reason could anyone have for wanting to see that again? There's no there's no conceivable reason why they should box again. The first fight was not remotely competitive. He stopped him in the fight. Conor McGregor is no better of a boxer today than he was an August. Two thousand seventeen. It would be farcical if they kind of farcical that they fought the first time it will be even more so the second time but I do think that if he comes back in fights Manny Pacquiao. Even though Floyd will turn forty three next month and many pack. Yao was forty one. There will still be interested in that fight because they're the two most no names in boxing. Yeah I would agree with that. I think that in floyd skin the case of floyd versus how you can make a reasonable argument that a nearly three year layoff for May weather coinciding with packy out fighting at a reasonably high level. I mean he was in the conversation fighter of the year last year. With wins over Adrian owner in a win over Keith Thurman that sort of levels the playing field a little bit and back Oh being more active and all that stuff so I could certainly see that being a sellable and understandable fighter. I'm with you on McGregor. I I just feel like we're going to see it. I just feel like that. Mayweather Dana White. And they're gonNA get together and roll the dice and believe that there's two million people out there that will pay to see that particular fight. I. I'm not a fan of it but I unfortunately I feel like that is. That's a possibility in the world of in order of real boxing. I reported yesterday dot Com. That Alvarez has turned his attention to riot. Murata the Japanese who is hold. A secondary. Middleweight title is Kinetico's searches for his next opponent in two thousand twenty previously. They'd been having some conversations about billy Joe Saunders internally but as Cannella has been vocal about wanting to fight over in Japan Murata would be the guy that you fight over. In Japan. He is enormously popular and Kello. Barada fight would do probably fifty thousand people plus inside the Tokyo. Dome or some other venue like that. So Keith what do you make of turning? His attention ought to Mirada for his next fight. Well it would be an enormous event in Japan. Chris as you said because the Tokyo Dome can hold somewhere between fifty five and sixty thousand people for boxing they would clearly sell that out I while it would be an enormous event Japan and and they would all make a lot of money. I go back to almost what I said about. Mcgregor Terence Crawford. What does that do for Canelo Alvarez legacy and I'm he's obviously taken a lot of difficult fights. I'm not criticizing his resume by any in any way. But what is this fight do for him? Why would he if he was going to move back down to middleweight? The fight that everyone wants to see as we've talked about Ad Nauseam is the third fight against Gennady Golovkin. Maybe you know depending on who you ask. Maybe they WANNA see him. Fight Jamaal Charles Moore or they WANNA see him fight Dimitrius android and then see him fight. Glove can again but those are the fights. People want to see Canelo Alvarez in at middleweight. No one wants to see him. Fight Murata Murata has lost. Hassan and dam and lost to Rob Brent and while he came back to avenge both of those losses. You can't just you know. Take away the fact that he lost those two fights. He's just not that good. He's a very popular fighter in Japan. he's a top ten middleweight. But there's no reason whatsoever for Canal Alvarez to fight him and canal is GonNa make a lot of money no matter who he fights so you couldn't make the argument what's going to be such a big event. He's GonNa make so much money he's GonNa make money no matter who he fights so I just don't how this helps him in any way And then it would require. I guess him for the. You know this Mexican holiday. The Cinco de Maya weekend. I guess it would be may second this year. That's been a big thing for them to fight in Las Vegas on that weekend either before after or on the actual day. So are they going to go away that to go to Japan for a fight that if they do wind up doing it could be done later in the year? I don't know I'm not saying from a from a commercial standpoint that it doesn't make sense but otherwise I just don't understand it at all. Do you not really in the sense that I'm with you on how competitive it would be. I mean I think Ella would stop. Barada violently in that fight it would just. I don't think Murata is anywhere. Near as classic Murata may have to move up to one hundred sixty eight pounds to take that flight where he'd be less effective. I think as a guy like hello. The only argument I make kind of four at Keith. Is that they're like. I WANNA see Golovin third time as well but that was off the table for me that that is not under consideration right now for me. We could argue that. It should be. But it's not the three fighters they're kicking around our Mirada Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders with Saunders I think kinda waiting in the wings in case he decides to fight in Las Vegas on May second so it's really saunders or Murata and like Saunders I guess technically there's a real title at stake and he would be a real Ford division champion and all that stuff but how many times we sat here and say Cannella was kind of above the titles like he's not it's not necessarily he. He's not tied to those those tiles. And the way other fighters have been tied you so if he wants to go and Fight Mirada all right. Whatever it doesn't it doesn't get any more or less excited than a billy Joe Saunders. Fight would be what I what I care about is like let's say disown gives. Hill says we're GONNA pay the same money to go over to Japan. They'll do the fight in the morning. Local time they make sure they ensure a primetime audience in the US. But that's it Like you fight. Murata you have got to fight Goliath skin in September in the US. Give us the fight that we've been paying out of our pockets for over the last year plus to try to make happen. So if Murata like grease the skids for a Glock and find September. I'm kind of okay within that respect. Of course we don't know that that will happen. I I'm with you Chris. If that were the the guarantee that he gave them that he'll fight kill. Galore can in September. Yeah I guess but But if there's no guarantee of that because he's been so adamant about not fighting him again. How many people are you going to allow him to fight? That people don't want to see before you just put your foot down and say hey look we were paying the money. Yes he's the talent and he's and he's an elite talent and he's unquestionably the biggest star in American boxing. The biggest active star American boxing. There's no doubt about that. At what point does you say the the zone say were paying the money? This is getting ridiculous now. Now I'M NOT FAULTING THEM FOR FIGHTING. Cova left because whatever people think of where Kovalev was and how soon it was. After he fought Anthony Yard. He was still moving up two weight classes and fought a guy who could punch at one hundred seventy five pounds. So I'm not discrediting him for that but he has fought rocky fielding And if he were to fight Murata than you know. Two of his four fights with zone. We'll have been. GimMe so to speak that. That's a lot of gimmes when you're paying thirty five dollars plus per fight so I. I don't know if they're going to want to let you know you might have more insight to that than I do but I don't know if they're going to allow that again but as you said if they do guarantee that he'll fight gluskin in September. Maybe they allow him to do it but I just don't see what anyone gets out of that particular. Murata had to move up to one hundred sixty eight pounds. He'd be even less effective than and what you mentioned about Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith. I'm not saying that those are the two guys that I wanNA see him. Fight above all others but I would much rather see him fight. Billy Joe Saunders who clearly gets up for the more difficult fights and I think although he didn't look good in his last fight and neither to Callum Smith I think both of them would get up for what would be the biggest fights of. They're the biggest fight of their career. Either one of them were fight. Kamilo so I would much rather see Saunders and Canelo or Smith and Kello Than Mirada Cannella and I can't imagine many other people wouldn't agree with that if you don't live in Japan. Yeah I with you that yeah. They're they're they're better fights like no question about it billy Joe Saunders. Even though I think caloms a better fighter billy Joe Saunders could talk a lot and would talk a lot the build up and I think that would create some legitimate buzz for a fight like that. I think it's gotta be gotta be a package deal here like you get. Mirada will go there and and make that fight. If you're disowned but you have to get in the fault from disowns perspective. One thing you have to look at it with the business model is that. They're huge in Japan. Like I think Japan is one of the top market for disowned because of all the baseball games that they broadcast over there. So there's a business reason why it might make sense for them to go over there but either way you've got to get get off and on the books because this is Keith. In Two thousand twenty. I don't know if you agree with this but but to me this is it like you give his mandatory which is probably going to happen either late. March or early April assuming that goes the way we expect re knocks this kid out and it gets a little bit more momentum going after that Durbin Janko fight. If you don't make the fight in September it becomes utterly pointless that point. Gluskin is going to be pushing forty after that and then it just becomes ridiculous because then you have to give galop. GonNa real fighters is a pretty good chance that God would lose either to rematch with David. Chen Co Dmitri's android. Somebody else did. This is it it. Is You know your shit or get off the pot time when it comes for Canelo Goffin if he takes US Mirada fight. He's gotTa take off connects. Because if you don't there's no to me is almost no reason to do it at all. I agree with you Chris. We're almost at the point of the expiration date. Expiring here for that fight and it's sort of why don't understand why. Kello didn't jump at the opportunity to fight Goliath third time before now because it's a diminished. Golovin. The fight against Iranian Chanko was a brutal fight for both guys and I think that probably took something out of Gloveman. And he's older now and the Cannella fights weren't I don't think as physically taxing as the deriving Chanko fight but were tough fights also so I just think his age combined with the amount of tough fights that he's had over the last couple of years would be the perfect time you know that combination would make it the perfect time for canal to fight him. And how would you get the best revenge? Possible Against Gluskin a fighter that he does not like in who has set a lot of negative things about him that he has taken to heart never forgotten. What's the best way to get your revenge against that guy than to fight him a third time and maybe knock him out? I'm not saying he would for sure. Knock him out but it seems like he would have a much better opportunity to stop the love inside the distance in their third fight than he had in the first two fights based on. What's happened since the second fight so I I'm a little surprised that Canelo from a business opportunity from an from the you know. Just being an opportunist that in-fighting people at the right time I'm I don't know why he wouldn't WanNA fight. Glove can at this point other than his clear hatred for him which I I'm surprised has gotten in the way of them not fighting third time. Yeah I agree I mean cadel constantly says I love challenges and I get that about him but Goliath can still represents a reasonable challenge and there are so many business reasons to make. That fight happened before the end of the year so I hope that everybody gets on the same page. If he does go to Japan to Fight Mirada. There's got to be a clear agreement. That Gallotti Gallotti is next for Alvarez. When you start your hiring process you may have questions. Will you find good? Applicants choose from what about education experience? And how will you know if you've made the right? 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For a second it seems like you and I have many conversations about Jamaal Charles and his future and when he's going to be in a significant fight of his own the WBZ made some moves over the last week with a installed circuit. David Janko as the number one contender suggesting and I say suggesting because these rules are often a moveable feast but suggesting that Darvin Chanko is next in line for shop at wbz titled that Shirlow owns. There's been some talk about Charles Versus Chris. Eubank who fought on his undercard. Just this past December I of constantly talked about to meet your Sandra. If that fight will happen what do you think is next for Jamaal Charles? Oh my best. Guess Chris that he'll fight eubank next. I wasn't particularly impressed with the first round of the of how you bank looked against Matt. Carb off before car above got hurt. But you bank is a name fighter. He came to PBC because he wanted to fight. Guys like Jamaal Charles. They'll be able to sell that fight as somewhat of a step up in opponent for Jamaal. Charles. I would expect that fight to happen next. And then maybe his next fight when the mandatory would actually be do Against Dr Ian Chanko. Maybe he would fight revie and Janko. Then that's a good fight. I mean you know you could argue that revie. Chanko beat glove can in that fight. It was a very close fight. I think you could make the argument either way for which guy one But that's that would be a really good opponent for for Charlie. His deriving check only two losses are very close loss to glove can very close close loss to Daniel Jacobs a two elite middleweights. So you know he would be the best opponent of Charles Career and I think that would be the blueprint for Jamaal Charles. Oh in twenty twenty. Assuming he doesn't fight Canelo or someone of you know or maybe dimitrius android or don't also don't discount Daniel Jacobs because I still think that I don't know that Jacobs would wanna go all the way. Back Down to middleweight. Or if he really physically could but maybe they would fight it some sort of catchweight because that would still be a pretty big fight and there's some you know some beef between them over the years and I think that's a a sellable fight at Barclay Center So I think that could also be an option for For for Charl later in the year But I would love to see Charlie Driving Chanko fight. I'm assuming most people would be the best opponent that he's fought. I think that's an excellent fight for both guys and one that should make them a decent amount of money. Whether it's fighting on showtime or on Fox I would just say this to Jamaal Charles. Oh I hope he's getting paid. I if you go in there with Sergei Ivanyenko which is a very tough fight. Server Janko has lost twice to Jacobs anti-god off to elite middle weights and lost by the skin of his teeth. Like just barely lost. Both those fights. You better be paid for taking on that type of challenge. No with all due respect Keith. To our friend Tim Smith who seemed to suggest that there wasn't an offer from Eddie hearn. There was an offer I have literally seen the email that Eddie hearn sent to Jamaal Charles. Oh making the offer Paul Andrey the father of Dimitrius Andrey told me it was for seven million dollars so you better be getting paid. If you're turning down seven million dollars to defend your title at middleweight against another titleholder. A major fight a major event. You better be getting paid something comparable or I don't know what we're doing in this game you know again. You and I talked with all the time but androids out there with a title and a boatload of my to throw it potential opponent and nobody seems interested in fighting him. So if you're Charles and you're going to be willing to put yourself in Durban Shankar who could beat you? You better make sure you're getting at least seven million dollars to do it that that's just my take on like if he wants to fight. David Jaco Great. But make sure you get paid for it man because he. Charles knows what the offer was in. Charlotte knows how real that offer was from from android side. Will the other thing too Chris not to forget about his Oscar de la? Hoya just revealed the other day. I think it was Monday when they were promoting this Ryan Garcia fight. He said that last year they made an offer to Try Not directly to Charles himself but Oscar seemed a little unclear on who the offer was actually made too but it was made to. Pbc right on Charlie's behalf For what he called a very very lucrative offer which probably exceeded seven million dollars if he was going to fight Kello. So now you know that would've had to have happened under zone. Of course and that may be was one of the stumbling blocks. But he's been offered a lot of money to fight Kamilo. He's been offered a lot of money to fight android and night. And both of those fights have happened. And then the other thing too to consider when he if he is going to drive in Chaco is how much money is it going to cost altogether to satisfy both sides for them to make that fight because as you know driving. Chanko made over five million dollars if I love can. He's not gonNA take one million to fight. Charlie Oh you know. I'm not saying he would make more necessarily to fight Charlie than he made to fight glove can because of what zone is paying in purses and gloves a you know a bigger star than Charles overall. But it's going to cost a lot of money if they put that fight together and it might have to be a pay per view fight and then you have to wonder while. It's a very good fight. Boxing fans would really enjoy it and want to see it. Is it pay per view worthy in the sense that you would do. Enough buys for to make financial sense overall it at a minimum. I would think. Hr Load Darvin ching-kuo fighter in today's marketplace. What guys are getting paid is a five million dollar fight? I think that could combine the two purses it's probably GONNA be at least five million dollars. Maybe more conservative in saying five million and showtime GONNA be able to put up. That type of money is Fox or does it have to go on. Pay Per view where you're taking a massive risk that you can get you know. Six-figure buys to make it worth the the price you're paying for that so I don't know I mean the Charles stuff just and I'd love to sit down with them sometime this podcast or do a column on like the the thinking behind it. Because would you get into boxing right? You're doing it because you want to make a lot of money and be in big fights and if it's true. Oscar said that he turned down an offer to fight Kello for. I assume for over pretty good money in the five million dollar range maybe more. What are we doing? You're turning down a million dollars to fight to meet your android. What are we doing? I don't I don't understand what the thinking is in Charles Camp about why. He is in his physical prime. Why he's turning down these types of fights I mean maybe you have some more insight into it like what what his what is philosophy is like. Why what does he want out of his career because two thousand nineteen the kind of fights he took? That can't be it can't it? You wouldn't think but one thing I will say and we don't know the total purses because what's as you well know Chris. What's reported to the commission is often not the total compensation package for the fighter. So I've been led to believe that Jamaal Charles I'm not saying he's making seven million dollars a fight. He's not but he's making very good money. So he's making multimillion dollar purses by the time he's paid what's on the commission contract what he's being paid on the side I've been told that there there are win bonuses in some cases for the champions For for making title defences for PBC. And I don't know the figures or the percentage of all those but if there were essentially three revenue streams for one purse or compensation package. Whatever you WANNA call it guys like Jamaal Charles being well paid. Because if they weren't they would be much more vocal about not getting the fights that they want so if you're him and I'm just throwing a number out there. I don't know that this is the number of just for argument's sake say he made somewhere between two and three million dollars to fight Denis Hogan he's not going to complain about that because the risk reward. There is is excellent. That math is very favorable for him because he's being paid a lot of money for a fight in which he's not really at as much risk as he would be for guys like android or certainly Condello Daniel Jacobs any of those guys really savvy and Janko Glove can of course all those guys but so he's being paid well and he's taking lesser risks and he's satisfied with that temporarily that he's going to go along with the plan for now and that's essentially what he's done. I think as a competitor and at heart you'd have to believe that he wants the biggest fights available before his 'cause you know when he's sitting back twenty years from now Money is is more important than anything else in that and who you fought when you're fifty years old is not going to matter much if you can't pay your bills and you can't send your kids to college and all that kind of stuff so the money is the primary motivating factor for. I would assume all of these guys despite that some of them tell us it's legacy and I'm not saying legacy isn't important to a lot of them but money ultimately is the is the foremost factor for these guys. I think and if he's being paid well now and he can bank money before he gets to the type of fights that he wants whether it comes at age thirty one or thirty two or thirty three I think for the time being he would be okay with that and that seems to be the case. I get it but to make like a gambling. Comparison like Jamaal. Charles is like the guy at the craps table just placing five dollars. Pass Line bets while the guy next to him on a heater like the kid is an excellent fighter. And if you step in and fight Dimitrius ANDROID I. I think it's a close five thing. Andrew is probably the better fighter but Charlie was also excellent fighter. You beat Dmitriy android all of a sudden not only have the million dollar check you got two titles and you become a strong favourite to get cannella fight and even bigger payday. They're so he's Kinda. I guess a Keith. He's following pathways. Taking low risk and relatively high reward but if he increases the risk a little bit the reward is exponentially higher. We saw Daniel Jacob Scott to fight canal that twelve million dollar range if Charl beat Dimitrius android. Let's just say hypothetically went on to beat driven Shaneco in the next fight. I mean the guy be worth at least that if I can Alvarez in two thousand twenty one I I just think taking a little bit more risk I get. There's a danger in it but there's also an enormous financial reward. Is there if he if he rolls the dice a little bit? Yeah because look what. Danny Jacobs has done right. Daniel Jacobs took t to risks against the the two best middleweights of of this era. Basically right and he was paid more than fifteen million dollars combined for both of those fights between fighting Golovin and canal. So yeah I mean and the the Gulf can fight was very very close I think Kenobi Jacobs convincingly as I think most people would say But he was compensated extremely well I mean his. Daniel Jacobs won't have to work again if he's smart enough with the money and his manager. Keith. Connolly is going to do his best to make sure that he is So yeah and I think people look favourably at Jacob's because he's fought the best over the last couple of years. I mean he didn't shy away from fighting the top top guys and And he was paid well for it so it. I don't think people would look Daniel. Jacobs more favorably. If he were really wouldn't be undefeated because he had already lost but if he had to less losses on his record. I don't think people would look at him in a more positive light than they look at him now. Despite that he lost those two fights yeah he has two losses on his resume to the best as we sit here in two thousand twenty. He is still a sought after opponent. Who brings money to the table and prestige the table? I mean Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. They'd love to get a shot at Daniel Jacobs even though they are the recognized title. Oh it's a great point. The Path he followed in the last two years is something that all fighters charlwood particular. I think should should pay some attention to. Let's turn attention to another fight. That could happen in twenty twenty. That's Regis and Maurice Hooker. Both these guys have made some noise about wanting to fight each other a hooker. Speaking recently about it hooker is affiliated with zone. Unaffiliated RIGHT NOW. But you know there's a relationship there with Lou Dibella work with that. He learned before and and other behind the scenes people. Do you think we're getting closer to seeing redesign Versus Mo- Hooker. Terrific fight one hundred forty pounds at some point. The first half of this year. I hope so Chris and interesting fight and I'd like to see how hooker Could you know he'll fight a smaller South Pole and see how his Chin would hold up against a pretty big puncher and reaches program? I hope we see that fight right. Now they're just a part on the money I think on both sides of it. I don't think Hooker or program is happy with what they've been offered so far Paying compensating fighters as you. Well know not been an issue for dissolved so far so I would expect that those offers or bumped up to the point where we will see that fight because there's no one naturally for those two guys to fight right now other than each other That people are all that interested in less they were to move up to welterweight and I think both are better suited for the time being at least to fight at junior welterweight So I really do hope we see that fight but what I've been led to believe over the last couple of days on sides of it is that they're looking for more money before they would agree to do that. Fight Yeah I like you said I think disown with its checkbook is probably wanting to bump that up a little bit and I love that fight Keith. Because you've got two guys coming off losses programs last fight hooker two fights before that but you also have an opportunity for both to to really springboard themselves back into the upper echelon of one hundred forty pound fighters obviously waiting to see what happens with Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor but the winner of hooker versus program would be right there next in line as the number three guy in the division and and air really to fight the winner of that fight. If the weird that fight stays at one four. That's a terrific fight that I hope we get to see Sometime in the next four or five months let me ask you about Andy Ruiz for second. Here's some news broke in the last twenty. Four HOURS ABOUT RUIS. Who has parted ways with trainer? Mandy robots before we get to anything else. Let's let's just talk about that for a second many robe. Liz Takes Eddie to one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing. History just like seven or eight months ago and now he eats his way out of contention to win. The rematch comes in way. Overweight doesn't pay attention to many rows and now is out. I mean what do you make of any reason decision there? It's always the trainer's fault right. I mean it's never the fighters fault. That's the way. Boxing history as well for the most part but You know many robots is a very good trainer. He was very honest both before and after the fight and said Hey look. We warned him as we move closer to the fight. Get it together. Your weight is too high. You know let. Let's really start training? Take this more seriously. Let's go let's go. Let's go and released. Did what he did and came in fifteen pounds heavier than he did for the first fight and we all know what happened thereafter. So I I. It's I'm not surprised because it's the trainer is almost always the fall. Guy For fighter losing I haven't heard specifically would andy. Ruiz said about parting ways with trainer. I don't know if he was unhappy about the criticism that Manny Ramirez offered after the fight but he was being honest and in and we welcome that as reporters. I of course Chris Right. We want to hear guys. Tell us the truth. Not Sugar coat. Everything and I think manny was honest about it and But I think he'd light you know he likes Andy and and and and clearly did a great job with. Emma pulled off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history and last June so It'll be interesting to see which direction he goes in for his next trainer but I mean this is on him. He lost this opportunity to To Cement himself as one of the two top top guys in the heavyweight division along with the Auntie wilder at the moment or or three I guess Tyson. Fear you could say He blew it. That's not many robots fault. So you know. I'm not surprised that it happened because it almost always happens. That way Just unfortunate. It often happens that way but when it does happen it often is the case of like a couple of a couple of bad fights or you could see some kind of build up to two that that happening. This was like I mean I was in Saudi Arabia. When Andy Ruis after the fight looked over at Mandy robocalls and apologized to him that he was sorry for screwing around that entire training camp. Not taking it seriously and not listening to him. So I'd love to hear the back story. I know that you know Steve Kim over. Espn said that Al. Hayman ordered the according to Andrew as his father out. Heymann instructed them to fire many robe. Liz I'm not sure that that's true makes any sense. But I'd love to hear from me about the decision which way he ultimately goes next but where he goes next with. A trainer is interesting where he goes next as a fighter. I think is also interesting. I was with Eddie hearn briefly in New York this weekend. They're they're dead. Serious about making against deleon white at some point in the next few months in the US they have made multiple offers to Andy. Ruis take that fight and from what I get from from. Their sense is that there is real interest from his side in fighting billion white. I personally Keith. I like that fight a lot. You've got almost call it a crossroads necessarily but you've got two guys one a former champion one on the cusp of being a champion. Who spot a lot of good fighters in his career in dillion white? I would love to see them make. That fight happened. What do you think of that fighting? What are the chances are that Andrew will crossover again to fight matchroom fighter? I think it would be a fun. Fight Chris and I would like to see it but a full business perspective if I were Andy Ruiz and of course it always comes down to money so if they offer him an outrageous amount of money maybe he'll jump at the chance but if I were him I would as. Pbc is prone to do as you see with Adam Kanovsky in fighting Robert Helenians and and Chris Ariola guys like that on Fox. If I were Andy Ruis I would try to remain in the. Pc Universe take fights against Chris Ariola would be you know they know each other well and they're both Mexicans and you know they they still think. Ariola has something left or whatever you make of the Kentucky fight but they that would be a fight. I could see doing on Fox. And then they would have the former heavyweight champion. Who pulled off this huge upset and is on the comeback trail after learning from his mistakes and could sell that on. Fox that type of fight and maybe another top fifteen ish heavyweight And then try to get him to a fight with deontay wilder of course wilder would have to be Tyson fury twice. I understand that But if I were released that would probably be the model. I would follow just because he would make good money for fighting Areola or people like Areola to keep him busy for twenty twenty and then potentially fight wilder and he would make a ton of money for that fight because he's the guy if they can't make Joshua Wilder which who knows at this point but if they can't make that fight the next best thing would be to get him in the ring with the guy who beat Joshua and I think wilder released would be would be a big fight for PBC. So I think if I if I were him unless you're offered crazy money to fight dearly and white. That's the way I would go. Yeah I'm with you on everything you said there. I mean I as a fan. I'd love to see Ruis against dillion wiped. It gets a fun fight and relevant fight in the heavyweight division. But if you're anti you KINDA GOTTA look three steps ahead write. You gotta say all right if I take a easy comeback fight the next time out on an undercard or something and then maybe I fight and Areola or NAS key and and build myself up. I am in line for a big time. Payday defied deontay wilder. Look I think Ruis because of his Chin is a real threat to the wild if that winds up being a fight over the next eighteen months that that comes together so as much. I'd like to see I would understand if it didn't come together but you know as you said the top of the key that does come down to money and Eddie hearn is pretty serious about making a big fight for dillion white in the US and if he does make some kind of big offering might make it just too hard for Andy Ruiz to ultimately refuse. I'll let me finish. Keep talking about Danny Garcia you'll be there ringside on Saturday. When Garcia comes back in fights Ivan read Catch Garcia of course was supposed to aerospace around this time the spence injuries. I've taken that off. The table read catch. I mean look. Call it what it is. It's a Gimme for Danny Garcia unless something shocking happens Garcia is gonNA come in there. Look great knock him out and that'll be the end of it. But how do you see this fight? And what's at stake for a guy like Garcia's fight like this? You know I'm with you Chris in the sense that I I would think Danny Garcia would win this fight. Convincingly he's a natural welterweight as opposed to Ivan red cash who started his career at lightweight and welterweight one time. Garcia's twenty five to one favored going into this fight. And for good reason what I will say though is when I drove down to Philadelphia last weekend I short an expect Jason Rosario to knock out Julian Williams and the So that was the second time already. Were only you know. We're three weeks into January. Basically and we've already had two favored fighters from Philadelphia lose and televised main events. So it's just worth noting at least I'm not saying that red cash is going to beat Danny Garcia. What I am saying is the first fight was Jesse Heart Against Joe Smith Junior now Jesse heart was a four to one favourite going into that fight and I couldn't for the life of me figure that out and I told anyone who had listened sanity. I told anyone who would listen leading up to that fight that Joe Smith is going to beat Jesse Heart for whatever that's worth but I certainly did not expect Jason Rosario to come into Julian Williams his hometown and knock him out in the fifth round. So anything is possible. And I think that sort of story line going into this fight being that Danny Garcia like Julian Williams and like Jesse heart is from Philadelphia So it's something that's GonNa be discussed at the press conference later today and and is going to be talked about going into the fight and everything. I don't think that any Danny has great Chin that's been one of his greatest assets as a fighter over the last ten years or so so I don't expect him to have many problems with Ivan read cache An and you know he's a twenty five to one favorite as I said for a reason So but it setting him up for the type of fights that he wants and those are those two fights of course against Earl Spencer junior or Manny Pacquiao. He take either fight He'd be paid a lot of money for either fight so all he has to do is go in there and look good on on. Saturday or just win on Saturday. I'm you know I'm sure that will coincide with With looking good and he'll get one of those fights later this year. Yeah and he he certainly would be marketable opponent for either one of those guys spence or pack that you mentioned. I am not to pivot to. I'm with you on the Joe Smith stuff. The fact that Jesse Art was favored was insane. Like four to one. I had one one win at light heavyweight over Sullivan Barreiro who is a fraction of what he wants was. He's up against Joe Smith who yes I guess. He is a gatekeeper but he's as tough a gatekeeper. As you could possibly get like you need to be as disciplined as Dmitri. Beef was to keep Joe Smith off you with. If you aren't Jesse heart clearly is not Joe. Smith is going to gobble you up at that way class so all by that real real quick. Let me ask you. The one hundred fifty four pound division is fascinating right now because you got all these guys who are beating each other. And they're all on the PBS side of the street. I think it's great for for that division to have all these guys who are the top tier fighters the top tier one hundred fifty four pounders. Patrick could even cross over. Because he's not some super marketable guy that golden boy has you could have guys fighting for. Titles you could have throw Tony Harrison. Back in the mix. Carlo is going to get a big fight. Think this could be a huge year for these one hundred fifty four pound tigers fighters to really make names for themselves. Yeah I mean this really through a monkey wrench into everything with Jason Rosario beating Julian Williams because I think if Williams would have won as he was expected to do we would have probably seen Williams fight Charl Jamaal Charles later this year and that would have there would have been something to that fight because Jamaal Charles had knocked out Julian Williams net would have been his only loss going into that fight and they were the two top guys in the junior middleweight division. And that would have been a marketable fight So now we won't you know I. I don't know what to make overs area. At this point this is a guy who's been stopped by Nathaniel Gallimore but he had the according to him the only real training camp of his entire career leading into the Williams fight. He spent sixteen weeks in Miami so he says he's a different fighter when he trains the right way. The evidence is there that he is different fighter when he puts a real training camp because of what he did last Saturday. Night so So we'll see how real he is later this year. But we're GONNA see. Jared heard fight on Saturday night in his first fight coming off of his. I Lost Julian Williams. We'll see what he what he's about now. I don't think he's going to be tested against Francisco. Santana who's really a a welterweight with seven losses but But you know maybe heard winds up fighting dramatic Charles later this year or heard winds up fighting. Rosario although Williams has said that he's going to exercise his rematch clause immediately. So I think we're probably going to see that rematch. Later this year. And then maybe heard winds up fighting dramatic Charles while Williams fighting Rosario in the rematch and I. I wouldn't mind seeing heard fight. Charlie I'd be interested in that a lot of people would So there are plenty of options there at one fifty four on the PC side of it. And then you know like you said to sheriff factors into it. There was an impressive win that he had against Carlos Adamas so We'll see you know. He only has that one loss on his record when he got you know when he got knocked out against Curtis Stephen So You know there could be some interesting to be made at one fifty four later this year. What one one four jared heard versus? Tarlo one of those two should fight. Charlotte are one of those two. Should fight to Sharon and make a fight like just I just you know I. I don't think golden boy would do it. But there's really no need to sheriff fighting. Nobody's on on that side of the street He's just knocking to become this marketable star over there so just see. Roll the dice if he can catch lightning in a bottle and win another big fight then maybe might have something with Patrick to share teeth. Always appreciate it man. Great talking to you. We'll catch up sometime soon. Could I just end this on one thing? Chris? I didn't mean to cut you off. Sorry but just to go back to what we started this podcast with what this McGregor Crawford talk has done has left people asking the question of whether Crawford would fight McGregor or McGregor would fight Crawford when the real question is. Who is Terence Crawford going to fight next? That's the real question. And there's no real answer to it because none of these. Pbc fights are available and top-ranked doesn't have anyone especially now that best. Butin has failed a drug test and probably will be stripped of his version of the WPA title. Who is tarrant Crawford going to fight next? And it's not going to be conor McGregor. So who is it going to be? Do you have an answer to that question? No no I don't think any of us have answers but but I think that it it takes this. Mcgregor storyline for a couple of days. Anyway maybe a week takes the focus off what the real question is. And I'm sure the question of turns Crawford has himself if I can't get the fights that I want with the PB which he's not going to get next other than Shawn Porter. And I still don't understand why they can't fight despite their friendship. Who is he fighting next? Yeah I I don't know that's a question for right. The idea of of to share up has been floated little bit. And I think that's something that would interest golden boy and Patrick to share. And maybe Crawford jumping up another weight class to get a title at least gets your juices flowing there but the welterweight division. It's it's all on the other side and there's not even like a mean machine type that is out there that you could fight as as a potential manager. I don't it's complicated man. It really is and I'm not sure what Bob Arum and his people there are. GonNa do with this guy. It's it's troubling. Yeah absolutely it's GonNa be interesting to see what they come up with. Yeah no kidding OCOEE AGAIN. Appreciate it man. We'll catch up soon. Always Chris appreciate the time man.

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March 11, 2019: Conor McGregor Arrested

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March 11, 2019: Conor McGregor Arrested

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Old obdurate shock walked out of the dark club and into the glaring lights of the hotel valet. Heavy bass still pounding in his ears. All mid and his mates had traveled from london to miami for a weeklong vacation. They decided to hit up the well. No nightclub where famed rapper. Blue face was performing. It didn't disappoint in the span of a few hours. They'd spotted multiple celebrities and the night wasn't over shortly after the valet pulled up. Ahmed's car a swarm of people poured out of the club. They were following a muscled. Well dressed white man with red brown hair and a cropped beard. Ahmed realized it was none other than irish. Ufc fighter conor mcgregor flanked by an entourage of friends and security mcgregor strode past ahmed the vacationing brit and his powell's joined the throng surrounding the ufc. Legend excited. almonds friend yelled out to mcgregor that they were from the uk. The boxers saluted him and kept walking. The young men whipped out their phones and continued after him hoping to grab proof of the citing amid pulled up snapchat to snag video when his iphones flash lit up in that moment he got mcgregor's attention. The boxer made eye contact with him and approached ahmed extending his arm for a handshake. Ahmed was delighted still recording with one hand. He stepped up to offer the other two mcgregor but as soon as he did mcgregor lunged slapping the phone out of his hand onto the ground. Ahmed was scared. The boxer might hit him next. But in a flash a suited security guard pushed him back. Let me get my phone man. He yelled let me get my phone. But mcgregor had no intention of returning the device instead. He lifted his designer shoes and stomped on it again and again security held amid back as he watched mcgregor crush the phone against the ground then the usc champ picked it up put it in his pocket and walked away. Ahmed followed him stunned as a laughing. Mcgregor got into a waiting escalade with his entourage and drove off. As he watched the car drive away would upset. Ahmed most was the thought of the photos of his young son. He might never get back that morning amid got into contact with police and related the incident but the officers didn't have to take his word for it. The entire encounter was captured on the hotel's surveillance cameras. Detective spent the day investigating the matter. A quick look at mcgregor's instagram account revealed. He was in town with his family that we he'd taken his son and fiance to the local aquarium and also hosted sixtieth birthday party for his mother. At the ver- such a matching it didn't take long for the police to pinpoint his location around five pm. Approximately twelve hours after mcgregor left the fontaine blue hotel. Authorities arrived the large waterfront home. He was renting miami beach and put the fighter in handcuffs. He was charged with strong arm. Robbery and criminal mischief a dual felony charge. That could have him face up to fifteen years in prison not to mention deportation back to ireland. That night was booked into the miami dade jail on a twelve thousand five hundred dollars bail but he didn't stay long for him. That was chump change around ten pm. He was released after posting. Bond mcgregor walked out of jail and into a flock of paparazzi all clamoring to know what had happened at live nightclub that morning though mcgregor had no words for the press he strode through the flashing cameras and to awaiting suv looking rather unbothered however reporters took note of the message on his t shirt. It read when. I say something is going to happen. It's going to happen. And it was true. Conor mcgregor had thrown his weight around and managed to slip out of jail of man at least for the moment coming up. We'll explore the aftermath of conor mcgregor's arrest as well as his past and future crimes you discover their practices. 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That same day mcgregor was arrested and charged with strong arm robbery and criminal mischief and that night he posted bail and walked out a free man but it was hardly mcgregor's last run in with the law nor was it the first ever since he made his. Ufc debut in two thousand thirteen mcgregor has been known as a controversial figure in and out of the cage the irishman's explosive temper which has been the fire behind. His fighting has also led to more than his fair share of legal trouble. The most notable of which happened almost exactly one year before his miami arrest in april two thousand eighteen at the time mcgregor was in new york city for ufc event at the barclays center. When a long boiling feud with rival mma fighter habib ner magomedov ended in violence after an argument between the two mcgregor and his entourage followed khabib and a group of other ufc fighters as they boarded a charter bus as the bus pulled away. Mcgregor through a steel equipment dolly through the bus window injuring two people inside. The violent attack resulted in felony charges. But mcgregor was offered a sweetheart deal. He pleaded guilty to a single count of disorderly conduct allowing him to avoid prison time and deportation his punishment. Five days of court ordered community service and three days of anger management but. Apparently it didn't stick mere days. After he completed his probation mcgregor was back in handcuffs. This time for the march two thousand nineteen incident in miami with amid octa shock after his release. Mcgregor's troubles weren't over but he sure acted like they were the day after his release. He published a photo to his instagram of his triumphant. Walk out of jail the caption read patients in. This world is a virtue. I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all a statement. Issued by his attorney had a similar casual tone his lawyer. Sam rubin wrote last evening conor mcgregor was involved in a minor altercation involving cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr mcgregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation but amid obdurate. Jacques wasn't ready to let the issue go following macgregor's release the twenty two year old londoner sued mcgregor for more than fifteen thousand dollars for assault battery and emotional distress. However it didn't last after a swift said the lawsuit was dropped and the charges against mcgregor were reduced then. The state of florida dropped them altogether when amid changed his previously sworn testimony and refused to respond to a subpoena much like his violent altercation the year before mcgregor's crimes in miami were smoothed over and it wouldn't be the last time later in march two thousand nineteen. It was reported that mcgregor was under investigation for rape allegations from the previous december. Authorities declined to raise charges. Then in april. Two thousand and nineteen mcgregor assaulted an older man in a dublin pub unprovoked. He was find a mere one thousand euros in october of that same year. He was accused of a second sexual assault in dublin but has yet to be charged and less than a year after that mcgregor was arrested for an attempted sexual assault but was once again released without charge. Despite all of this conor mcgregor's career continues to thrive and he remains one of the world's highest paid athletes if anything. These arrests and allegations weren't a stain on his record as much as they became more fodder for his bad boy reputation after all in the world of mixed martial arts violence is money and outside of it. Violence simply costs money but maybe some things are better left inside the cage. Thanks again for listening to today in true crime. I'm vanessa richardson. Today and true crime is a spotify original from podcast. You can find more episodes of today true crime and all other spotify originals. From podcast for free on spotify will be back with a brand new episode tomorrow in true crime today in. True crime is a spotify original. From podcast it is executive produced by max cutler sound designed by juan boorda with production assistance by ron shapiro. Carly madden and brusca kovic. This episode of today in true crime was written by. Alex garland with writing assistance by alex. Benetton and fact checking by haley milliken. I'm vanessa richardson.

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The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

Ariel Helwani's MMA Show

23:47 min | 1 year ago

The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

"Hates area WHO WANNA various Hawaii's Eh may show let me tell you about my good friends over at ESPN daily. has you know each and every morning you can wake up to the best story you will hear are all day courtesy of Espn daily twenty minutes. A day. Five days a week were you can get an inside look at the most interesting stories at ESPN as told by the top reporters and insiders on the planet the Breaking News of Sports Center with the deep dive storytelling of thirty for thirty. Today's episode is one. I thought our listeners would especially enjoy joy. Please listen and subscribe to Espn daily wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Even better than who I was. You know everyone says we missed the old contra the two thousand sixteen contract but feel better than that now amateur. I've experienced everything in this business. That was notorious enemy fighter conor McGregor doing his best to convince us. All that will see a return to form in this Saturday's as UFC main event against Donald cerrone but with three years of controversy troubling behavior even criminal allegations McGregor's battles in the octagon overshadowed by the battles outside of it. It's Friday January seventeenth. I'm Dominic Foxworth I still today. This is ESPN daily presented by indeed the New Year new budgets. Every small business has unique needs when you partner with the Dell Small Business Technology advisor you get real time tailored advice he'll even give you a free audit on your servers and storage devices to develop a custom solution to help improve improve your company's productivity plus right now upgrade to windows ten and get up to forty five percent off select business computers with Intel core processors to speak with Adele adviser call eight seven seven by Dell. That's eight seven. Seven by Dell conor McGregor is backed like got no are we excited about that we trepidation. It's it's like what's what's the failing that he's coming back to the octagon. I think that we're a little all things. Kevin Van Valkenburgh is a senior writer for. ESPN corner is is the biggest draw in the fight game I think that the interest in this fight proves that but how you feel about him is dependent on how how much you care about his behavior outside the ring which has ranged from mischievous too serious to potentially criminal. And there's a lot of of questions I think morally about this fight and just how much connor is doing it simply to kind of change the narrative surrounding him so in the lead up to this big invite you made a trip to Dublin Ireland connors hometown. Or are you trying to find out. I think we wanted to understand. is where is connor now in his life and in his career and not only like where he was what was going on with these allegations that published against him but how people felt about him. Connor was such a conic figure in Ireland during his rise that we couldn't help but wonder like. Is that still true. What kind of neighborhood did he grow up in? How's his family? We're from his always been sort of a mixture of some dispute. He's from the suburb of Crumlin. which probably thirty forty years ago was a pretty rough part of Dublin was certainly an area where crime in an organized crime were rampant? And now if you ask people about Crumlin the view it more as a hipster kind of up and coming place. Connor certainly was someone who was around part of the criminal element of Crumlin but I think his portray it As this war zone which he has sometimes done is as a way to kind of elevate. His own credibility would be inaccurate but he was a working class Schuyler he was on government aid right up until his first big break and fighting correct connor took an apprenticeship to be a plumber and he hated needed it and he told his father. It's either fighting or nothing. And so he was earning essentially like from government assistance. One hundred eight euros a week until he won his first year. Oh see fight which paid him sixty thousand euros and that was kind of his big break. That eve is like all right. I finally don't have to be on government assistance anymore. I'm actually going to do this for real. Like a lot of fighters connor was motivated by what he perceived as his poverty. Now are there a lot poorer people in the Dublin Dublin area than Connor. Yes certainly grow up as like poor as Mike Tyson. Like no way but I mean he's still became like a folk hero to the Irish people. Can you kind of explain how are in that status. Boxing is a really important part of Irish culture. They really hang on the Olympic results. It's like every four years as as if they're Olympic fighters and this is both men and women don't do well. They're crushed even more so than soccer and so conor came up a little bit through that tradition. As it was part of the Kremlin boxing club and he was an average boxer. He wasn't particularly. I would say skilled but as has fighting became more popular in Ireland in in Great Britain and in Europe Connor was more drawn to that and there really wasn't a way to make make a living as a mixed martial arts fighter in Ireland before Connor. He made it possible like this dream was was real. He echoed working working class and that made a lot of people really proud. That meets a lot of Irish people feel like this is our Avatar for the new century. New Era of Ireland but on you said humble in in Conor McGregor in the same sentence. Yeah it's it's hard to believe now but in the beginning connor was seen as kind of funny but more humble figure we talked to oh cyrus redder a UN McKenna. Who met him at a McDonald's rates after he won his first big fight and didn't even have a car back then he had sort of job into there and he was super funny and polite and friendly and you know he's confident in his skills as a fighter but wasn't this kind of outward outlandish? Should Steve Austin type character and what happened as things went on is that Connor learned the best way for him to move up within the OC and and make a lot of money was blend the lines between what was kind of a wwe style character. And I'd like to take this chance to apologize. Is You buddy. When did the kind of hyping persona start got to show itself so back in the early part of Connor's career? He kind of started understand that the best way for him to promote himself was Denali social media but to kind kind of get some of his early fans to sort of help him out into sort of encourage them to to talk up. Talk him up. And you have SI president Dana White went to to Dublin in two thousand and thirteen to basically get an award from Trinity College for something some people in UFC they invited connor out to dinner. And we're like bladder note. This guy can fight but if he can fight it all he is going to be an absolute superstar because he has charisma out the eyeballs. I can't and so we really really kind of through his personality that he managed to get various kind of bigger and bigger boats until he. He talked his way right. Up onto getting a title fight was been the high point of his career. In the octagon when Conor McGregor fought Jose Aldo. I think there was still a lot of doubts just about whether this guy was more mouth or more more skills and Jose those legendary figure within fighting and we came from this gracie tradition in Brazil. And everyone thought like okay. This guy is just a lethal fighter. He is going to be able to just absolutely shut. This clown up and when they faced off there was a huge amount of hype as a huge amount of paper. View buys drugs to the southbound Torius lacks the champion Joe and they walked towards another. They had all this animosity. All this trash talk leading up to fight and Connor Cottam with a nasty hook thirteen seconds into the fight and Aldo Aldo. Dropped to the canvas and it was just like Oh my gosh this guy talk the talk and walk the walk and news undisputed featherweight featherweight champion. The world McGregor again during the high times as he won around the world what was Kinda McGregor's relationship shit with his homeland. Irish people by nature. And they'll tell you this so whether you believe it or not but that they're sort of humble there about family there. They were sort of told to be reserved served stuff. Connor was not that connor especially as he Scott. More famous was someone who was very much about. I'm the king in a lot of people felt like maybe we should celebrate our successes. Maybe we should be more proud of who we are in. Maybe Connor is the kind of Avatar of that he he can. Kinda represent are so things started to change. Though when Connor started seeking a fight with the boxer floyd mayweather so he steps outside of of his own sport and he opens up a whole door of controversy with the story behind this fight before they entered the ring. One thing about the you can say about connors whether you kind of by into whether it's one of the great fighters of all time. He is certainly one of the greatest people at promoting fights and with that came. I think some really complicated morality connor. I understood that some of the appeal of like rocky versus creed was that it was a black ivers as a white guy why and connor knew that he wasn't deep down in the same boxing. Classes Floyd Mayweather and Floyd Mayweather also knew that so connor. Her started to sort of really lean hard into this character and so in the promotion of this fight conor used I think a lot of pretty ugly language language that for the first time people were like like I know this is all like part of the game but this is kind of making me pretty uncomfortable. Boy Boy does he suggested that a lot of the media thinks I have a problem with black black people from the penny down. Now you can see this having played out in the Irish media. There's a lot of people said this has gotten to be too ugly to ignore conor. McGregor doesn't get a pass on his racism simply because he's an incredible athlete because he's a great fighter because he's making a lot of money. I think what's a lot of people felt what was that. Connor began to kind of lose him. In this character. You can only play a character for so long before that becomes who you really are. So Oh I guess in the lead up to that. Fight recognizing like fighting's history with using race to sell the fight was their constituency. Okay that was on connor side. I think that one thing that's interesting and complicated about connor is that he's always sort of represented a sort of clash of cultures. There's there is a little bit of of nationalism involved in the sort of appeal of fighting like whether it was may were fight whether it was Habib fight like people you saw connor as like this sort of representative of white identity and of the West and then he lost the fight. The watts he did lead the fight mayweather. I think most people would tell you that one of lead me with his great skills sort of been selling fights breath and I think you can look at it from the specter of a well. It went almost ten rounds like it was in the tenth round that that Floyd scored a Tko the McGregor again. I would say he did not embarrass themselves. But I would almost bet you that most boxing afficionados does would tell you that fight could have over in three minutes and people would have been livid and felt like they got totally ripped off so what floyd was willing to do is just kinda intellect congregated in the little punches here and there and and basically pull off an incredible heights. I mean people are willing to pay it. We're the suckers in the whole thing right. Not Not Floyd and Garner coming up with all the controversy surrounding Conor McGregor how you have see responding at espn daily covering the greatest sports stories in history. Three we know what makes the Dream Team. And when you're hiring for your business you need the recruits. That will become champions. That's why you need indeed for your business indeed will help help you find the best playmakers for your business with tools like online skills tests that help candidates show. They're the perfect tire for you. Post your next job at indeed dot com slash rush. ESPN daily and try skills tests for free that's indeed dot com slash. ESPN daily terms conditions and exclusions apply Kevin. The racist comments are one thing but he also had a a series of criminal allegations he did. And that's where I think things started to get even uglier as it no longer. Was this character something that connor just said but it was sort of playing itself out in things that he was doing in the build up to the fight with could be Moraga made off Not only was connor. Serve using really kind of you know awful illusions about Muslims about You know cubs manager. He kept referring to him as a terrorist. He came to the Barclays Center in the lead up to one of the US's and picked up a A Dolly the kind of thing that used to say would move a refrigerator on wheels and he threw it through the window of the bus. Where Bieb Bob and his teammates were which caused a couple of fighters to have to pull out of that? You have see because there were injured by the class and Dana White at the time said the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company but you could see some ways weighs like the FCC policy because they would later use those same images to promote the fight when it was time for Connor in face one another the contract. He had an incident in his home country to right he did so. If you ask most people in Ireland Orlands what was it. That really began to change their opinion about connor. Would they would tell you. Is that when there was footage that came out. TMZ acquired it of of him punching an older man in a pub in Crumlin this video surfacing Thursday showing the UFC star cold-cocking Amanda Bar in Dublin. Ireland April six. Let's take a look. Connor was came into the pub and with handing out glasses of his personal brand of whiskey and the guy didn't want to drink it and he'd turned down Connor couple couple times and said no. I don't WanNA drink this whiskey and connor turned in just cracked him right in the face. That really made a lot of people would be like. This guy is a jerk. This guy is really as scummy. And we're not gonNA support him anymore. The New York Times reported on some even more heinous allegations. There was clear if you were in Ireland. That conor McGregor was being investigated for something because they papers kept alluding to the Irish superstar are being investigated for sexual assault at at the but the liable laws in Ireland are much different than they are in the US you cannot name accused or the accuser until until there is a conviction not even just a charge and so there was always rumors that this was connor. Who is the person being investigated by the police? But the Times got four sources to confirm independently that was connor who was in being investigated for sexual assault and six months. After that day confirmed that he was another sexual assault was he was being investigated for. So it's really presenting. I think a lot of darker allusions to Connors Return. Where does this leave him in his reputation at home? I think a lot of people really look at him more as a curiosity as a bit of a freak show they they feel like he is returning to the ring to change the narrative surrounding him. I would say ninety nine percent of the people that we talked to said. Connor is awful whole. He doesn't represent us. He's an embarrassment. We went there not expecting that. We've meant they're expecting people to sort of still be in his corner so if he's going to win those people back back. It's GonNa be a longer road. I think then he thinks I have to admit when I was reading your article I enjoyed when you stumbled upon amateur rapper. Our Economy Gregor district. I mean that's sometimes the magic of reporting right is you go into a barbershop and you just start asking people about Gregor and the one guy is like Oh by the way Conor McGregor distract that. I'd love to play for you. Let me send it to you on WHATSAPP McGregor who takes with the arrogance of money of a Wall Street banker regarding that pinstripe suit. WHO GETS USED TO BE CUE which only disputes theological flavor quicker than the juicy fruit? I thought that was a good window into to this. Isn't just like educated upper-class professionals who are looking down on Connor McGregor and saying like Oh this is awful. This is like they're scraping together money for the pay per views. They're they're following the game. They're just see him as kind of a joke. And I I think conor would deny that conor would tell you that doesn't exist but I'll tell you it absolutely does in light of all this the racist remarks criminal allegations how has the UFC in its president. Dana White handled the controversy and allegations around McGregor. I think the truth is is that conor makes the UFC a ton of money. Connor is a money printing machine and and until he's no longer viable as a fighter. They're going to continue to use him in A. We asked Dana and the interview. You know how can you promote to fight with these allegations. Hangover said and Dina's response was he hasn't been charged with anything. Connor made a lot of bad decisions over the last year's unbelievable amount about decisions. and Are you gonNA stop a guy for making a living when he hasn't been charged so terms of the morality argument. The has always kind of taken a back seat to to to how much money this person can make us and everything points to connor eventually having a rematch with Habib maybe even by the end of the year and there would be a huge huge amount of money that everyone could make from that and so that's ultimately the the God that everyone is GonNa serve until it becomes untenable. Let's talk about where things stand now. Look at this fight. I was throwing on Saturday. Do from Greg Image. Well think it'd just be this first step on the redemption tour he. He talked a lot in our interview with Ariel Awani about how. Oh in such a horrendous camp in the training to face Habib that he was drinking all the time it wasn't training very hard almost who too intense in two series and they're not working hard enough outside. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside because then the next day rolls around you're focused when you left then it's time to back. You're not a shop. You're not especially not as eager to be there. It wasn't where he was at the mentally he just couldn't focus even though it was really the biggest fight of his life in part because he'd made so much money and it didn't really matter it was kind of more about bride than it was about status and he couldn't someone that end what he said in build up to this fight is he's got that hunger again he's willing to really sell out for fighting. I'm listening to myself and I followed my my internal instruction and it's just giving me more passionate more focus more driving. I'm doing what I feel I need to do. It's a fields glue now that he's been humbled a little bit that he realizes that people have begun to sort of be turned off by the character of gone umbrella. He's trying to get back to what he was as a fighter and I think we'll see that that power still the question I would ask as discounters still have that speed because a combination the nation of the two was really lethal in the ring. And I don't know as you get started to get older. You might still have the strength but whether you can still combined it with the speed is tale as old as As Laugh Alex the best case scenario is that connor will sort of return to that person that he was who is very skilled very dedicated fighter. What I think would be more interesting in some ways as if he did lose this? Fight where we'RE GONNA go. I imagine he would still try to fight again but who would be interested in have lost to you kind of someone who is completely over the hill as a fighter and no one would really care about some of his antics so the character that is connor. McGregor would kind of be debt. What happens if he wants to fight? What's next there'll be at least probably one more fight after this? If he does is when the fight who that would be with. I think he'll have to kind of auto with various people in C. N.. Everyone knows that he's focused on the the rematch with could be Lebed. Who was really the best fighter in the world? He's he's this unmovable Russian force who is just not only strong but it completely completely emotionless in this kind of Drago type way and he handled connor so easily in the first fight that I think that if there was a rematch connor would enter as a huge underdog but that would just play more into this narrative that connor wants says that he has to kind of prove himself and if he does win then all of a sudden he's the king of the world again I appreciate it. Thanks for taking time with Buddy and that's our story for today I'm Dominic Foxworth this has been. ESPN daily meaner will be back on Monday

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Top Stories - Nate Diaz is Out on Poirier, Frankie Edgar vs. Cory Sandhagen and "The Sandhagen"

You're Welcome! With Chael Sonnen

52:35 min | 4 months ago

Top Stories - Nate Diaz is Out on Poirier, Frankie Edgar vs. Cory Sandhagen and "The Sandhagen"

"What's happening guys. Happy friday and thank you for joining in other special episode of. You're welcome so nate. The as has left the dust emporia sweepstakes and they did it very quickly. It was a former social media. Got no problem with the dust and fight. He's got a problem with one hundred fifty five pounds. He declared next. Fight will be at one seventy fine but it starts to remove the players right. I mean it does appear somewhat obvious. That is going to be conor mcgregor read. It appears somewhat office. Conor mcgregor wants to fight you in your one fifty five powder. Okay wonderful. And you go fight conor mcgregor. Perhaps i am just trying to add to this conversation. Perhaps there was never anything to talk about in the first place. But the insertion of conor mcgregor into a title fight with dust. Emporia is very much for talking about in that. It's the opposite of what we were discussing two weeks ago. We all as a community. We're very agreed upon the idea that the winner of the main event would take on the winner of the co main event. And that didn't change. That didn't even change after. Michael chandler had won. It didn't even change. Pour it changed when connor lost as soon as connor got beat. We all kind of threw away everything we had been saying for two months and said no wait a minute. It's gotta be connor. It's got to be poor. Let's do it again. This is a trilogy after all we're going to throw the title in the line. I'm as guilty of it as you guys i. i understand. We did not see that coming. In many ways we didn't love the idea of chandler versus pori as much as seeing a more familiar name and conor mcgregor seed connor tried to get redemption or watching connor fall on that sword once and for all and never be able to bounce back and whatever part of it. Is that store that you like. That story did change. Not when chandler one not one but when mcgregor lost super perhaps on the dog chasing his tail. I understand that but i do feel as though there was a little bit of dialogue at least at one point for poor to not necessarily go against mcgregor right away but instead enjoy a little parody within his career which is where you insert s. I would have hypothesized that the fifty five pounders would have got quite competitive about who was going to face who between chandler all very engaging i would not have hedged a bet that they would have done the opposite started all pointing the finger at you do it. I assumed those three guys would have started bickering in the media. Poll politicizing and strategize about who. They were each going to fight next. And your argument as to why you should get it. I did not know that they would do the opposite and go. No no you too you too. I don't. i never saw that coming. She's one of those things. They're not the only ones i mean. I can talk to you guys until i'm blue in my face. The biggest group of fake. Tough guys i've ever had to be around is cage fighters around a more fake group of tough guys ever right now. Is the opportunity start bickering. It's a triangle. There's three of you one of us going to be the odd man out the two of you that make the most compelling argument and show that you wanted the most are going to get it and the other guy is going to sit on the site instead. They all holstered their weapons and said no no. I'm out you to waving a white flag to figure it out. But they're not the only scaredy cats out there. It's going on at heavyweight right now. There was a time when if a puck kid from two hundred five pounds threatened to come into your division in this case heavyweight in this case being john jones you would be the one to meet him at the door. You would meet him at the door and let him know whose house this is. There is not a heavyweight alive. That can fog amir who has called out john jones. Not one and you can always turn in the world of cowardice heavyweights live in the world of cowardice. That you live in you can always turn to the idea that it was stated by data white at a press conference at john will be fighting for the championship and therefore i have no standing in this matter and the kids on the playground will let you do it because as equally scared as you are is as equally as dumb as the new may audience has become. I can tell you in the ninety s. When i was coming through the audience to watch smaller expected more and you weren't going to fool them by by. Golly i got no shot at john. He's gone right into a championship fight. You would've called him out and you would have sprinkled in a little bit of credit for the smart mar in the front of the class. That realized calling out john jones. Who's going to go ahead and whip your ass i understand. Why don't wanna fight john. You're not going to beat him but now that the press conference has been declared he has been stated a number one contender division. That he's never fought. You are safe to call him out and never have to actually go get your ass beat thus making you a little bit more intelligent than the guy that wants us to all of heard and remember press conference. That was done three months ago by dana. Not one heavy with statement. Not one heavyweight has called out john jones. Could you imagine june the opportunity that you would be looking at the headlines that you would get. I was on my trusted anime sites today. The bloody elbow dot com and the mania dot com by far and away. The most leading story was the retirement of james. James thank you for your service by the way i for one thoroughly enjoyed your career. I hope you enjoy retirement. I was then met with other leading stories. That were so desperate. They even went to the financial woes of one. Afc so desperate in the world of mma for some kind of inactivity that right now in present time on the two websites that i go to one of them has the financial woes of an organization taking place continents away. That would be to anybody that had the sense that god gave geese a very clear. Message that there's not a lot going on in the world of the frame format fighting systems today. And i have an opportunity to stir something up for whatever reason. Today i'm not competing with quotes of conor mcgregor or fainted attempts of a comeback. Bright brock listener. Or what's going to happen with floyd mayweather for whatever reason nobody in the world of 'em woke up today to the point that financial statement from continents women. Could you imagine my point here. They would have no idea nope those were true or not. It still made the headline because they're that thirsty hungry for something to talk about but not one fighter could come out with something meaningful. Not one fighter could look at that what we would call in the business down week as an opportunity to be the only one heard you can go about argue in a couple of different ways but you really only have a couple of options k. It's like music. There's only so many notes you can wait until the room is crowded and the room is fold and then you can hope to shout over everybody else or you can wait until the crowd and room is very quiet and you can speak softly knowing everybody will listen because there's nothing else to be heard the as a meaningful recognizable contender for a championship with pori has removed himself from the equation. Even conor mcgregor has got oddly. Quiet the three other guys in the triangle. All hope the other to go do it. Nobody a heavyweight. Today or any other day has called out. John i could not imagine being in division and having a guy come to that division and just standing aside i could never imagine being that lack of competitive inside or that lack of ego or self respect to stand aside like every. Ufc heavyweight has done silently. Not only take your medicine. You going to say nothing about it. Sit there and shut your mouth. I could never imagine a day of my life where that would have flown. But the fake. Tough guys of mixed martial outs arts in two thousand and twenty one way by way class by class are doing exactly that. I've been asking myself a fun question for the week. I just as just simply asking myself. Why logan paul and floyd mayweather dinner at work. Why did that bomb. The fight was bring up to speed that fight quotations was canceled due to lack of interest. When i tell you that. I've asked myself for a week. Why this industry in this sport goes in waves and if you studied the sport long enough you can generally recognize what wave ron and then you can. You can extended kick the can six seven eight months before what's currently in fashion goes out of fashion or one of the old waves comes back in this one is different. It's different. I mean the the world. Boxing right now is going into a very clear direction of just doing. The celebrity style fights bringing in big names. It wouldn't matter if you're big name wasn't nate robinson from the nba. Or you were a big name from chaos. I was like a singer. Paul brothers youtube start right. I mean you get. It doesn't really matter where that name came from bringing mike tyson. Roy jones back. Those things are fun of those things are interesting. Those are the two words that i will always used when discussing a fight fighting a ufc. Went and fought and bella tour or the main questions. I ever got asked by anybody who could ask me a question is what is the difference between the two two which i broke down in my own interpretation smaller level of what is the difference in scott coker and dana white. I felt like that was the question. I was being asked and there's a lot more similarities between bella tour and the ufc distinguishing and identifying the difference between scott coker and dana. White is a little bit tricky. I will tell you this if dana white is looking to book a fight he is looking for one word interesting. You ever pitch an idea today. He may not tell you yes or no. He responds with the word interesting. Things are looking good for you. When scott coker is booking a fight he is looking for the word. Fun if you bring a match or you pitcher my idea and he comes away and looks at you without committing and says fun. Things are looking good. So i use both of those words from the two guys that i learned from it. If a fight is neither interesting nor fun. I tend to scrap it but i use this as evidence. Still trying to break down and deduce. Why floyd and paul didn't work. What is it about that recipe that is not repeatable and is different than the other side shows that we saw and there is an answer. It's just important to identify what the answer is right. You can burn the audience a number of times if you slip in delivering for the audience. The sport of boxing. If you followed you do not have very many nights that were meaningful did you can take with you. And you built memories of your childhood or high school or college that you could tie back to a fight. It is painfully boring sport. Until it's not every now and then something happened. Something is about to happen with fury versus joshua by example but for the most part. It's painful and floyd who has made a career of laughing at the audience and has openly lettuce in on the gag that he is laughing at us at some point. That comes back to bite you in the fight with paul. It's a tough one. Why am i watching. I cannot watch for floyd's brilliance. Paul is not skilled. Enough to bring out any of that brilliance. Do i hate paul enough. That i just wanna see paul get beat up if that is the question and that is the answer and that is what drives from a monetary standpoint what is going to drive that spectacle. Fight forward. Then you would wanna put pollen there with tyson. You see the difference. Mike tyson is search and destroy. He's going to find you. He's gonna hurt badly anything in front of him to the best of his ability. Floyd mayweather has rewritten story of lackluster performances. I e the conor mcgregor fight. He wrote a narrative to serve him at the time. Which is that. I carried connor. That comes back to bite him at a time where he's now trying to tell the audience. I'm gonna come out and i'm gonna destroy the guy in front of me. Do you see the problem now. He never carried connor. He tried to rework the story. I understand these things. But i'm not a mark. The audience that floyd is trying to serve is the marks and they only know what their leader told them which served him at the time. There was nothing monetize. -able there was nothing to sell. There was nothing to gain from. Rewriting the story of having carried conor mcgregor and having to go thirty minutes with a guy who had never done it. It just helped to put a little bit of is on the swollen bruise. That was floyd's eagle at the time but it's now coming back to bite him if we're to believe the florida's is going to carry a guy that what is the difference of these in there with a trained boxer or he's in there with a youtube guy that doesn't belong in there. What is now the sal that we're going to see a few minutes of silliness or that this youtube guy that we don't like is going to go out and take a thumping and that's worth are twenty nine ninety five you see the problem. I still feel that. I fully have a grasp of wideout bombed. i would not have that bombed. I would have thought of you bring to celebrities together. You can stick them in there. I realized that that's a broad stroke. But it seems like the world of boxing if i was to juxtapose that fight which was so interesting that it got cancelled against jake paul at been aspirin. There are some very different competitive story. Lines that you can look at. You can argue. That paul isn't very good and you could argue. That aspirins hands weren't great for the world of anime. And now you can create a story about what which is better really good hands for youtube or okay hands for but you still have a story. That's based around competitiveness. That's based around two guys. That don't wanna lose. I don't want to be better than the youtube guy with my and i don't wanna lose to the guy with bad hands for emma. Do you see where the it starts to matter. You start to realize where you have meaning and you also don't. Who's going to win. Every story is tough to tell if the audience already knows the ending. That is what floyd in logan were up against to. No fault of either forge just really good at it. And logan just doesn't do one of these things to plant a seed of doubt in anyone's mind is is one of the things that logan failed greatly to do. He could've come out and had the truth on his side. Which the truth being floored weighs one hundred pounds. And i weigh one hundred ninety pounds. Floyd is clean. And i stick a needle in my ass every wednesday at eight pm. He could have just come out and told the truth as a way of garnering some level of attention. i don't know why that fight bombed. I don't fully know. I know that. I've got a hold of the right tool but possibly by the wrong end i do want to understand. I have to know everything. I got to be the smartest guy in the room at all times. And this is one of the few things that have come up over a period of time that i don't fully get i'm not going to quit. I'm not gonna quit till i get this but something they're missed. This was a treat from out of nowhere. Tony ferguson has called out nate diaz. The reason i tell you that to treat those guys have just steer clear of one another. I've never heard anything from either. Das and tony ferguson. Ever and i share that with you because that's a wildly compelling fight if that five that fights get to be next week in and then we just randomly check. What the oddsmakers say. My guess is you've got a dead heat on your hands. I mean that that is a wildly compelling fight and in many ways it's the same guy he's a cardio machine i'd go. Which one are you talking about you go. He's a he's amazing jujitsu which one you talking about. Well his hands. He's finished plenty of fights with Which one are you talking about. It's the same guy. And i've always thought apparently falsely apparently i had this one wrong. I always thought those guys must have a relationship and a respect for each other. That i don't know about both jitsu guy wants a cesar gracie one came ready. Bravo both located in california similar weight classes. Same generation their careers have mirrored each other particularly to go. When did they start. When did they finish. It's just one of these things. Were those guys. Stayed out of each other's wheelhouse and i assumed all on my own. Nobody told me. I just assumed on my own that they must have something they must have worked at one of those jitsu. Maybe they did an open room together. Maybe they ultimately fighter and they got to. I never knew nobody has ever told me that but it always seemed as though those two guys. Oddly steer clear one another similar weight classes exact. Same path intel. Today in ferguson went first he called me out on social media. I went to fine. What nate's response was. And i saw that nate said something along the lines of one hundred seventy pounds. Let's do it one hundred seventy pounds. I don't think nate was responding to ferguson. Though i think just. Because i went to nate's and saw that nate said one hundred. I think that that was from when they was responded to pori. My point being made has responded ferguson yet even though if you go check the time line it looks as though we. I'm not sure that he did. Let's say let's make it. Let's start a rumor. Nate responded to tony. So let's do it at one seventy okay. I mean that seems as though we've just solved a problem. It seems as though of one thing to get in the way of ferguson. Nate being in the octagon together is the way class. It seems we solve that problem. It's going to be one hundred seventy pounds and not for nothing but ferguson is going to be one of those guys. At one point in his life is going to prefer to go to one seventy ferguson's no different than any other human being. We're living this life of discipline not to mention going to bed. Hungry every night is going to be something that. He's glad that he used to do on. Just one guy talking. I'm looking to start a rumor. I don't know where this came from in many ways. It is shocking that it hasn't happened. Until now i have no idea how those two can both be in california. Both coming up through the jujitsu ranks both going of the fire. Gulping similar way classes both go to the ultimate fighting championships both contending for championships both being made of inner bull paper and never run into one. Another that is why on my own concluded. They must and fill in the blank. They must be buddies. They must be. They must be trade partners. They must fill in the blank. But there must have been something there. I was wrong if you wanted to tell me any super fight that were sitting around talking about right now. Mcgregor pori part three put chandler in the mix chandler. I mean i'm in. I'm on board. But i'm not sure. I'm more on board all the way up to portray connor. I'm not sure that i would be any more level of anticipated and excited vs tony. I that that's a dream fight. That is a super fight. That as a mega fight that as a pay per view chevy take into consideration right. It's very relevant. What i'm saying. That is a mega fight but there would be no belt on the line which begs the question okay. Is it a pay per view. It's very hard to believe that. You're going to see nate. Diaz and tony ferguson. Fight for free. Would you agree as the consumer. Would you agree that you feel as though you're being a little bit spoiled you would okay. Isn't it hard to believe that they would headline pay per view. No belt on the line. When's the last time that happened relevance being if those guys fight it is on pay per view. It's not a title fight if it's not a main of that changes it to three rounds. I mean that changes. That's a totally different fight. If i'm asking you to give me a break down. Give me an xs and os of ferguson versus navy. As and i tell you it's fifteen minutes or i tell you it's twenty five minutes you're gonna have a completely different opinion which only creates a problem. Let's say you get ferguson. Eight together whatever in the world is the backstory on how these two state apart. Where are you going to put them. What are you do them. Where do they go. Are they a supporting cast for somebody. It's very hard to believe you're going to get those guys to agree to be supporting. Cast somewhere if there's not at least a caveat on top of it which is great we're going to put you in the co main spot. We're going to put channel versus mcgregor on top of the bill. And by the way if anything happens to taylor mcgregor you are moving up. The i'm a guy saying a lot of things with no information at all but this just got me. This caught me off guard ferguson. Win after diaz. What in the hell is taken so long. 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Once who is the next generation who is coming off of the night bonuses who is being primed for a title shot and or title run. They're fighting in a matter of hours. And i found out one minute ago. Whose fault is that. And you might point the gun at me. But i'm going to respond to you. That i'm like an accountant. I'm only as good as the information. That i am given. I have not seen this on social media. There has not been a headline anywhere including in a very admittedly slow. Mma week the week was so slow that the financials of one f c were a top story. The author of that piece could not tell me the financials of his own house on a stack of bibles and or under oath but he can tell me the financials of accompany continents. That's all slow. The newsweek was my favorite. Fighter is getting ready to fight a top contender in a number of hours. And i found out one minute ago. Whose fault is that. I go to two different websites. It wasn't there. I read the stories. I talked to aficionados. Nobody mentioned i'm on social media twitter. Instagram facebook. It wasn't and don't try to out. Detective say i just typed in frankie at garage just typed in corey santana's right in front. It didn't pop up online. Did not pop up on three of the world's biggest publications of which i'm on every single day. It is my favorite fighter. Frankie edgar never missed one of his fights. I won't miss this one. I found out. It's taking place one minute ago. There is a major lesson in this somewhere. I can remember holiday season biggest gift. You're ever going to receive from the holidays. Come from dan are open it up this package and it was a video some video record big real handy and had a usb video whatever you want you hook into your laptop and or device you would transfer the video over and you could do something. Called video blogging. You guys all remember. Fight week blog. Week okay well. Video blogging at that time was kind of a unique term call. Va log video blog. It was kind of new at that time. It's very old now. I'm giving you antiquated information from two thousand fourteen. That's two thousand twelve. When eight years ago very old information but there was still a message in there that cost five hundred dollars and he bought one for every single guy under contract which is five hundred fifty six now. Nobody would possibly know what five hundred times five hundred and fifty six as but it's largely a check bigger than you want to write. But he wrote it. Why because it was the holidays because he wanted to be nice partially sure or because he knew that there was going to be returned. In everybody wins. You start video blogging. You start telling your story all front. The cost for this which is five hundred dollars. You tell your story you become interested you pass that interest to somebody else and eventually come around to me. It's going to be a long term play by me but here's a great big check to somebody working at best buy. Who got a commission that day. Do you see the lesson though. There was an important all the way back to the time that this gift was given in two thousand and twelve. There is an importance to getting your message out there social media existed but it was not as big as it is today but there was a message out there. I can't fully finish. This thought. I sit down and plan to make video to you about this thought. My favorite fighter is fighting the next generation representative in the top contender. Corey sand hagen. Saturday for free and nobody told me so. Logan paul lost the fight with mayweather. Okay jake paul trying to get the fight now that would be the ultimate f you in the world of brotherly love and why if either one of them admitted it or did not admit it. It would be a really big deal right. If you ask a girl to the dance she turns you down and then your brother comes in and asks her to the even if he says hey man. There's no hard feelings. She wasn't going to go with me anyway. You know fair-play no matter what he says you can see where this becomes problematic. So logan paul. Who missed out on the fight. Jake paul. Who's trying to steal the fight. Jake paul wrote a poem. Ver- floyd. I wanna read the poem for you now. These are words. Dear mr mayweather who runs your instagram. They need to get paid better. Do us a favor and stay off social media. You should focus on learning to read retirement or maybe an encyclopedia. You call me out to fight. But you're half my height. You might be my brother but jake. Paul is a different type of mother. I proposition i don't do exhibitions. We can fight on my conditions. Fifty fifty commissions. Oh and we haven't forgotten you. Try to training nate to beat me. I left him unconscious on the canvas. Let's hope that you're not that easy a quick. Nba knockout. He's never boxing again. Speaking of nba. Who knocked up your daughter. My friend after i k. o aspirin on thrilla april. Seventeen i would love to fight you floyd in punch you in those fake as veneer teeth. Now it's not bad. It's not bad. I find it very. I love the fart of where he calls out. Floyd says who runs your social media while having posted something on his own social media that is ran by somebody else. There's something brilliant about that. That i love calling floyd for not doing his own post win. You paid somebody to do your post like i'm ended that kind of thing. I think that's great now. He's working a little bit too hard. If you look at the very last line. I would love to fight to floyd and punch you in those fake as veneer teeth. You see the pro. I mean now. We're getting a little redundant you fake asked. He let the audience draw the conclusion that there veneers or just say veneers and let the audience draw the conclusion that they're fake teeth. I don't know what the nba and the knocking of the of the daughter met. I know that's a dirty nasty line. I like where he says. We're gonna fight on my on my conditions fifty fifty commissions. Now that's the most powerful statement in the entire poem when floyd mayweather. Who was the money draw of. Boxing has a fight removed. And it's publicly cited by publications such tmz as being removed for a lack of interest. That is a very hard thing to come back from when you get swatted away from what is the only thing that you know how to do and up until this point you've done it on your terms in front of whoever you wanted and four more than anyone else and you get publicly rebuked for a lack of interest. It's hard to come back from. But it's brilliant. The jake paul would say. We're gonna fight on my conditions fifty fifty commissions for the split fifty fifty with anybody and guess what four five now j. Paul will quickly back down. He will do it for whatever piece of the pie that he can get but it was very smart that he picked up on that of the two brothers. One of them has a fight of the three of them. The two brothers and floyd one of them has a fight. Who's gonna be headlining the main event. I mean it's it's a very interesting thing. Of course floyd took the bait and came back in is very easy for me. And i'm the collective meaning all of you for anybody to sit back after the fact and then judge but you don't have to be captain obvious to see that. There's no room in this for floyd to make hay right. There's a rule in politics. You never punched down. It is why the president won't go after a governor because he's a lowly governor and there's fifty of them within these united st. There's one president is why senators will never go. After a congress person why congress people will always go after centers always go after presidents. You don't punch down. You always punch up. So when floyd makes the mistake of going after one of two youtube sensations of which nobody in the world could tell them apart. I wouldn't have the foggiest idea if logan paul steps in the ring against ben aspirin or jake paul steps in the ring. I will have no idea whoever's announcing the fight and tells me i'll believe them. Their mother couldn't tell the difference you could set a brick at the table. Tell you the mother that its logo. She'll try to serve it meatloaf white. Nobody knows and nobody cares. But two point is for floyd. he's now punching down. Which is all paul. Wanted him to do guys. Quick story on how. The paul brothers work their team went to each. And every one of you fighters who ended up making yourself look stupid unless your name ben aspirin and told you to call jake out when they told you to call jake out. They did it in a make believe. Landed jake's interested in fighting you and you might get the fight and if he chooses you. You're going to get a great big payday just to share with you. How this worked you looking like a thirsty fool went out and did it. Which only served one of you him. It only served him. Which is why his people told you to do it. Which is why day after day after day. Somebody new was doing it until he made his choice. Paul has the right people behind him and they gave very good advice. You just fell for it and you look stupid unless your name has been aspirin so now for floyd to take the same bait you'll never forget the story of a country music music artist named david allen coe and david co wrote some of his best songs in prison and quite frankly that's where his career should be. It was terrible. He can't sing but he sang a song called willie waylon and me and he sang it in the nineteen seventies. This is when willie nelson was huge win. Waylon jennings was used in. The song was called. Willie waylon and me and in a number of david coast songs. He would attach himself to hang senior or hank junior or one of the highway men and over a period of time which dates back at least thirty years people believe that that was who he ran around with. They believed it was hanged junior. And hank senior and willie and waylon and merle and and david co when the odd man out who can't carry a tune in the bucket is david kobe. Soft smart enough to not only attach himself to what he wanted to be attached to get them to respond back. That's the hardest thing the hard thing is not taking the shot at. Somebody is getting them to fire back now. You've made it and many people will do it just based on a lie if you just say something about somebody that isn't bats the one you can call them out. You can insult them. You can hope to do this competitively if you tell a lie no matter how. That's the one that's what we'll get. They have to respond. I have to set the record straight and then you got him. It's shocking to watch. Floyd responded guys who don't box. that's what i'm talking about. The pulp writers aren't part of boxing. There's just boxing fans. They didn't come through the golden gloves. They didn't try to represent this country at the goodwill games the panamerican championships the world championships. The olympic games. They didn't try to do anything for anybody except themselves and they won. They won because they got floyd to respond. There is no scenario where that fight becomes interesting because nobody knows the difference between a jake. Paul logan paul. Nobody has the faintest idea. Even you guys who might follow him on. You don't have the foggiest idea which one of them was banned from youtube in which one knocked out the nba guy. Nobody knows but floyd responded anyway. Oh one fifty. Five funday on social media pouria comes out in tweets. You know we're gonna do a trilogy. Which would lead you to believe. That pori is a green to the fight with conor mcgregor. Conor mcgregor comes out on social. Media emmy puts out a highlight clip of his last fight. Which is all the breakdowns. But we're we're he's landing punches oliveira weighs in on the back of all of this to pori. Now it's very important. You understand this. Make sure you're picturing this in your head with me. Charles oliveira respond publicly to poor. Ea and says oh so. You don't wanna fight me for the light heavyweight championship. Then who do i fight. Who is next. What do i gotta do to have that belt around my waist. Now there's multiple problems here so let's go ahead and start with the fact that dustin poor is not the champion so all of our asking for a title fight of said title of which dustin doesn't possess is weird secondly asking dustin the question. What do i have to do and who is next for me is weird. Why would dustin know. What's next for you. And ultimately i want to speak directly to charles oliveira on this. I get messages from oliver. Oliveira has never called me but he talks to other people to talk to me. I appreciate that. I appreciate it a lot so all let me make something very clear for you. No matter how many of my pieces you watch and no matter how much people like me. That influence sport have done commentary stating the following dust. Emporium will be fighting for a championship next no matter how many times we say that it doesn't make it so there is no easy dried on any paper anywhere that says dustin a fights for title next. That is me talking. I am likely right but you don't have to agree and why you have gone along with the people like me who are sitting on our butts comfortably making a career and money off of you in the gym sweat. You don't need to listen to people like me. You have a job to do and it's different than mine for me to state. The dust emporia should fight for a title because all of the good deeds that he's already done a hard brawl with khabib a victory. Second time over max. Shutting up the odds makers and the naysayers and the pundits getting rid of conor mcgregor. There's nothing anywhere that says as next fighters for belt. I believe i am of good mind and of good cautious to come and tell you that but you now have another job. One is to agree with me. Make sure that you're in the passenger seat opposite pouria that would make level of sense to me but who ever you are in the opposite seat with whether you like them or not as now your partner and if you and michael chandler had the sense that god gave gays behind the scenes. You would've putty up you would'v coupled up with your managers and or a third party in you would have decided that you to were gonna fight for the belt you would have dumped and pushed away dustin pourri. You would have quickly seen that. Dustin has a bird in the hand and no set and that he is likely to offer some resistance to the office you would have offered lloren. Chandler's willingness to trump the resistance of area and the pain in the ass. that is openly known as conor. Mcgregor your team and chandler's team would have conspired chandler together instead of coming in hoping to be the passenger in the car driven by would have created your own story not only have you created an alternative narrative. You have gone along with the narrative me who sitting here comfortably on my ass. My point being in all fairness i don't have the right. I don't have the right to steer your career or to annoy dust emporia. I don't just mean it's made people like me are also sitting in an air conditioned home with a beverage. Half arm's reach away just because we say dustin should be fighting for. The belt doesn't mean that he is. And if you're begging to get in the car with dust and he's not letting you in find yourself a new partner and of nobody has suggested to you until right now that you in chandler should've teamed up. You should have manipulated the media. You should leveraged against the office you charles. All era need a new team. Aw guys i'm gonna weird humor over here today. Hours us talking about partner ryan and so every day looks the same for me when i to the studio okay. I go right to the refrigerator. And i see i see drink and i go in and i go into the pantry and i always see what kind of pretzels we have. And i'm telling you they're doing amazing things with pretzels. These days by the way. I grab a drink aggressive kobe. I cinna and ryan does the same thing everyday to which is he goes through our social media and he tells me what topics you guys are discussing so you kids online have decided that we should use sand hagen as an adjective sand. Hagen should be an adjective. Used to describe somebody who's screws himself and it all has to do with core san hagan giving an interview after a nakal of the year style candidate and he passes the next title fight to algebra in sterling. Corey seed hagen did not follow his own division close enough to know they were getting ready to pull the montreal. Screw job on al joe and hands about the sand hagen. Sandbagging know it the whole world. Who is all they needed was sandbagging beverly good performance. He a knockout of the year. He had one of the greatest knockouts. I have ever seen in history. Everything was about to get robbed at handed to a. He says well you know as soon as alto gets that shot and gets done. I'd sure liked to be next though was going on with the division and i'm all for it i don't really like to kick correy's got an incredible record. He is gonna fight for t think corey can take. I want core to find this funny. I hope but i also have. It ran into him he might grab. That's a dick. Move others calling it a. Hey but it is a sad hagen. The guy didn't follow his own division. They were getting ready to pull the screwed up and hand him a pot of gold. He hands it back and as i do. Look at certain guys doing guys. There's no rules to this okay. I'm going to name drop really fast. But you guys know i love today. Draw all right. But i admit that i'm doing it arnold schwarzenegger in the time that i spent with arnold schwarzenegger there was one big takeaway that i have. Which when he gave a speech and he said make sure as you're you're climbing the levels of success that you understand break the rules. He paused and he looked back to the audience. Guys i'm not talking about breaking laws. I'm talking about the rules because you are self implying rules. When i got to hollywood. This is sorts inequity. So when i got the hollywood people told me i could never make have an australian accent. That's not going to carry over to television. I have a name like schwarzenegger which is too big to put on a billboard. Or on a marquee i can never make it. I'll have to change my name. And he said these. Were the rules. But i decided to break them. I can't do anything about my accent. And i'm proud of my last name. I'm gonna keep them both. I'm gonna figure it out anyway. And i'm watching guys within our sport not understand that they're they're they're not in a confined no matter how much the audience sticks them on you. There is no reason that dustin pori is annoyed for a title other than the rest of us has said so. We'll once we say it's incumbent on you. The fellow fifty five pounds to say now just something that we just. Second matter of fact. I look assured on dot com. Right here dust emporia. You got two wins and one loss in your last three. I haven't lost in five years. It's incumbent on you to do that. It wasn't dustin doing that. He was a main event over channel. That was the place on the car that somebody on the second floor and the offices of the ufc set. You're going to be okay. With how is his win over. Mcgregor made anything more than a comb events. First round knockout hooker. That's up to you. You decide if you want to follow those rules. You decide if you're going to let the guy have something because somebody put his name higher than they put. Somebody wrote that down the hell's that mean you're gonna just stand by in take it well. I guess dawson's next. I'd her being saved over in his show. That's pretty big. Joe rogan comment to. It's i guess that's kind of ways that to live life to hell with dustin poor. Get the tile. If you're fifty five pounder better speak up. He's two and one and his last three. Make a big deal about that bill. The poster put it out to and one title fight to and won his last three about to take a one and one. What are you talking about. Connor mcgregor off a ko all stand back and just let him have it. Why why why are we here. What are we fighting for. Where's your competitiveness build your story and tell your story so what those guys got one. A piece in big history. You better come up with a good store. That's pretty trilogy is a pretty good story right. Well okay great. You got your work cut out for you. Has that ever made you quit anything else. You're a fighter start fighting. The poll brothers are main of teen shows bringing in millions of dollars and they don't know how to box but they didn't let the rules get in the way they understood if we have interest we have there's power in numbers we gotta left hand or right hand on our side but we got a lot of people behind us and the paul brothers are ride because they didn't follow the rules. John jones moving up to the heavyweight division and it was announced at a press conference. We'll be fighting for a title says who enforceable by who. Who do you think is going to show up your to your door with a subpoena or warrant in hand in place you in handcuffs. If you don't abide by that rule your fighter start fighting. You want the number one contender ship. It's been handed to john. Jones fight back. Don't follow the rules unified. Rules are the only ones we've ever agreed to follow. But you all are laying down in standing back a couple of nerds on youtube are invading the sport and they're winning but those nerds aren't following the rules. All right guys. i got a split. I am headed to the way ends if you'd like to see it get over to. Espn plus make sure you follow all the social media including the espn youtube page. I will see you guys win day. We'll recap it all and more. I'm shale sunan and you are welcome.

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The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

ESPN Daily

23:11 min | 1 year ago

The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

"Even better than I was. Everyone says we missed the old Colorado. Two Thousand Sixteen. But I feel I'm better than that now feel mature after. I've experienced everything in this business. wrote that was notorious. MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Doing his best is to convince us all that. We'll see a return to in this Saturday's UFC main event against Donald cerrone but with three years of controversy troubling behavior. Even criminal allegations are McGregor's battles in the octagon overshadowed by the battles outside of it. It's Friday January seventeenth. I'm Dominic Foxworth filling in today for Meena kinds this is espn daily presented by indeed a new New Year new budgets. Every small business has unique needs when you partner with a Dell Small Business Technology advisor you get real time tailored advice. He'll even give you a free audit on your servers and storage devices to develop a custom solution to help improve your company's productivity plus right now upgrade to windows ten and get up to forty five I percents off select business computers with Intel core processors to speak with Adele adviser call eight seven seven by Dell. That's eight seven seven by Dell McGregor's back like I don't know are we excited about that are we trepidation like what's what's the failing that he's coming back to the octagon. I think that we're a little things. Kevin Van Valkenburgh is senior writer for Espn Connor is the biggest draw in the fight game. I think that the interest in this fight proves that but how you feel about him is dependent on how much you care about his behavior outside the ring which has ranged from mischievous viollis too serious to potentially criminal. And there's a lot of questions I think morally about this fight and just how much connor his is doing it simply to kind of change the narrative surrounding him so in the lead up to this big fight you made a trip to Dublin Ireland connors hometown. Or you're trying to find out. I think we what we most wanted to understand. is where is connor now in his life in his career and not only like where he was. What was going on with these allegations at impoverished against him but how people felt about him? Connor was such a comic figure in Ireland during his rise that we couldn't help but wonder like. Is that still true. What kind of neighborhood did he grow up in? His family has always been sort of a mixture of some dispute. He's from the suburb of Crumlin. which probably thirty forty years ago was a pretty rough part of Dublin? Certainly an area where crime and organized crime were rampant. And now if you kind of ask people about Crumlin the view it more as a hipster kind of up and coming placed connor certainly was someone who was around part of the criminal element of Crumlin. But I think Tis portray it as this war zone which he has sometimes done is an as a way to kind of elevate. His own credibility ability would be inaccurate but he was a working class. Skyler he was on government aid right up until his first big break and fighting correct connor took an apprenticeship to be a plumber and he hated it and he told his father. It's either fighting or nothing. And so he was earning essentially like from government assistance. One hundred and eighty eight euros a week until he won his first. UFC fight which paid him sixty thousand euros and that was kind of his big break that he was like like all right. I finally don't have to be on government assistance anymore. I'm I'm actually GONNA do this for real like a lot of fighters connor was motivated by. What he he perceived as his poverty now are there a lot poorer people in the Dublin area than Connor? Yeah certainly did he grow up as like poor. Is Mike Tyson. Like no way but I mean I mean he's still became like a folk hero to the Irish people. Can you kind of explain how he earned that status. Boxing is a really important part of Irish culture. They really hang on the Olympic results like every four years as as if they're Olympic fighters and this is both men and women don't do well all their crushed even more so than soccer and so conor came up a little bit through that tradition. As it was part of the Kremlin boxing club and he was an average boxer. Doc Sir he wasn't particularly. I would say skilled but as fighting became more popular in Ireland in in Great Britain and in Europe Connor was more drawn to that and there really wasn't a way to make a living as a mixed martial arts fighter in Ireland before Connor. He made it possible like this dream was was real. He echoed working class and that made a lot of people really proud. That made a lot of Irish people. Feel like this is czar Avatar for the new century new era of Ireland. But on you said humble and Conor McGregor in the same sentence. Yeah it's it's hard to believe now. But in the beginning connor connor was seen as kind of this funny but more humble figure we talked to cyrus redder a UN McKenna. Who met him at a McDonald's rights after where he won his first big fight and garnered in car back then? He had sort of jogged to there and he was super. You know funny and polite and friendly and you know he's confident in his skills as is a fighter. But wasn't this kind of outward outlandish Steve Austin type character and what happened is things went on. Is that Connor. Learned find the best way for him to move up within the AFC and make a lot of money was to blend the lines between what was kind of a wwe style character. Sir Take this chance to apologize. When did the kind of hyping persona start to show itself so back in the early part of his career? He kind of started to understand that the best best way for him to promote himself was Denali use social media but to kind of get some of his early fans to sort of help them out into sort of encourage them to to talk. Walk up to talk him up. And you'll see President Dana white went to Dublin in two thousand and thirteen to basically get an award from Trinity College for something some of the people in UC. They kind of invited connor out to dinner and were like but I don't know if this guy can fight but if he can fight it all he is going to be an absolute superstar because has he has charisma out the balls and so we really kind of through his personality that he managed to get various kind of bigger and bigger bouts until he. He talked his way right. Up into getting a title fight was been the high point of his career. In the octagon when Conor McGregor fought Jose Aldo. I think there there were still a lot of doubts just about whether this guy was more mouth or more skills and Jose. Although there's this legendary figure within fighting and we came from this gracie tradition in Brazil. And everyone thought like okay. This guy is so lethal fighter. He is going to be able to just absolutely shut. This clown clown up and when they faced off. There was a huge amount of hype as a huge amount of pay per view. Buys the southbound the blackhawks champion Joe and they walked towards one another. They had all this animosity. All this trash talk leading up to fight and in Connor caught him with a nasty hook thirteen seconds into the fight and although dropped the cans it and it was just like. Oh my gosh this this guy talk the talk and walk the walk undisputed featherweight champion the world Conor McGregor again during the high times as he won around the world what was Kinda McGregor's relationship with his homeland Irish people by nature. And they'll tell you this so whether you believe it or not. But that they're you're sort of humble there about family there you know they were sort of told to be reserved and stuff. Connor was not that connor especially as he Scott. More famous was someone who was was very much about. I'm the king. A lot of people felt like maybe we should celebrate our successes. Maybe we should be more proud. You'd of who we are and maybe connor is the kind of Avatar of that part of us. Say he can kind of represent our head so things started to change. Though when Connor I started seeking a fire with the boxer floyd mayweather so he steps outside of his own sport in. He opens up a whole new door of controversy with the story behind this fight before they entered the three. One thing about that you can say about connors whether you kind of buy into whether it's one of the greatest fighters of all time. He certainly one of the greatest people at promoting fights lights and with that came. I think some really complicated morality. Connor understood that some of the appeal of of like rocky versus creed was that it was a black ivers as a white guy and connor knew that he wasn't deep down in the same boxing. Classes Floyd Mayweather and floyd mayweather new that so connor started really lean hard into this character and so in the promotion of this fight conor used I think a lot of pretty ugly language that for the first time people were like like I know this is all part of the game but this is kind of making me pretty uncomfortable and tell me boy. The he suggested that a lot of the media thinks I have a problem with black. People did not penny book you can see this having played out in the Irish media. There's a lot of people said it has gotten to be too ugly to ignore conor. McGregor doesn't get a pass on his racism simply because he's an incredible athlete because he's a great fighter because he's making taking a lot of money. I think what's a lot of people felt was that connor began to kind of lose him. In this character. You can only play a character for so long before that becomes who you really are so I guess in the lead up to that fight recognizing like fighting's history history with using race to sell. The fight was their constituency that was on connor side. I think that one thing. That's interesting and complicated about connor honor that he's always represented a sort of clash of cultures. There is a little bit of of nationalism involved in the sort of appeal of fighting like whether it was the mayweather fight whether it was Habib fight like people saw Connor as like this sort of representative of white identity the end of the West and then he lost the fight back stab. Yeah he did lead the fight mayweather and I think most people would tell you that one of lead may was his great skills sort of been selling fights and I think you can look at it from specter of a well. It went almost ten rounds like it was in in the tenth round that that Floyd scored a Tko took McGregor again. I would say he did not embarrass themselves L.. But I would almost bet you that most boxing afficionados would tell you that fight could have been over in three minutes and people would have been livid and felt like they got totally ripped ripped off so what flood was willing to do is just kind of let connor getting a little punches here and there and and basically pull off an incredible heights. I mean people are willing to pay. We're the suckers in the whole thing right not not floyd garner coming up with all the controversy surrounding rounding Conor McGregor How is responding at ESPN daily covering the greatest sports stories in history. We know what makes a Dream Team. And when you're hiring for your business you need the recruits that will become champions gins. That's why you need indeed for Your Business indeed will help you find the best playmakers for your business with tools like online skills tests that help candidates show. They're the perfect perfect tire for you. Post your next job at indeed dot com slash. ESPN daily and try skills tests for free. That's indeed dot com slash. ESPN in daily terms conditions. Exclusions apply Kevin. The racist. Comments are one thing but he also had a series of criminal allegations he did. And that's where I think things started to get even even uglier as it no longer. Was this character something that connor just said but it was sort of playing itself out in things that he was doing in the build up to the fight with Bieb Moraga made off Not only was connor sort of using really kind of you know awful allusions about Muslims about Cubs manager he kept referring to him as a terrorist came to the Barclays Center for instance of the lead up to one of the seas and picked up a Dali. The kind of thing that you use to say would move a refrigerator on wheels. And he threw it through the window of the bus where it'd be and his teammates were which caused a couple fighters to have to pull out of that you have CBS. They were injured by the class and dean white at the time said the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company. But you could see some ways like apocryphal. Because they would later use those same images to promote the fight when it was time for Connor in the face one another record. He had an incident in his home. Country Turek right. He did so. If you ask most people in Ireland what was it that really began to change their opinion about connor. Would they would tell tell you. Is that when there was footage that came out. TMZ acquired of him punching an older man in a pub in Crumlin this video surfacing Thursday Thursday showing the UFC star coal cocking Amanda Bar in Dublin. Ireland April sixth. Just take a corner was came into the pub and with handing out glasses of his personal brand of whiskey and the guy didn't want drink it and he turned down Connor couple times and said no. I don't WanNA drink this whiskey and turn and just cracked him right in the face. That really made a a lot of people would be like. This guy is a jerk. This guy is really scummy. And we're not gonNA support him anymore. The New York Times reported on some. I'm even more heinous allegations. There was clear if you were in Ireland that Conor McGregor what was being investigated for something because they Irish papers kept alluding to the Irish superstar being investigated for sexual assault at at but the liable laws in Ireland are much different than they are in the US you cannot name accused or the accuser until there is a conviction not even just a charge and so there was always rumors that this was connor. who was the person being investigated by the police? But the Times got four sources to confirm independently that was connor who was in being investigated for sexual assault and six months after that. They confirm firm that he was another sexual assault was he was being investigated for. It's really presenting. I think a lot of darker allusions to ooh Connors Return. Where does this leave him in his reputation at home? I think a lot of people really we look at him more as a curiosity as a bit of a freak show they feel like he is returning to the ring to change the narrative surrounding him. I I would say ninety nine percent of the people that we talked to said. Connor is awful. He doesn't represent us. He's an embarrassment. We went there not expecting that. We've meant they're expecting people pulled to sort of still being as corner so if he's going to win those people back it's GonNa be a longer road. I think then he thinks I have to admit. When I was reading your article I enjoyed when you stumbled upon amateur rapper? Who released a Conor McGregor district? I mean that sometimes the magic of reporting reporting right. is you go into a barber shop. And you start asking people about Connor McGregor and we won guys like Oh by the way I have a McGregor track that I'd love to play for you. Let me send it to you. On WHATSAPP McGregor the homequote. He takes with the arrogance of money of a Wall Street banker in that pinstripe suit. WHO GETS USED TO BE CUE which disputes but then you lodge flavor quick juicy fruit? I thought that was like a good window into this isn't just like educated upper class professionals who are looking down conor McGregor and saying like this guy's awful. This is like they're scraping together money for the pay per views. They're they're following the fight game. They're just see the him is kind of a joke. And I think conor would deny that conner would sell you. That doesn't exist but I'll tell you it absolutely does in light of all this. The racist remarks criminal allegations. How has that you see in? Its President Dana. White handled the controversy in allegations around. McGregor I think the truth is is that conor makes the UFC a ton of money. Connor is a money printing machine and until he's no longer viable as a fighter. They're going to continue to use him in A. We asked Dana interview. How can you promote a fight with these allegations hanging over his head and Dina's response was hasn't been charged with anything? That's I made a lot of bad decisions over the last few years. Unbelievable amount of bad decisions. Are you gonNA stop a guy for making a living when he hasn't been charged so in terms of of the morality argument the UFC has always kind of taken a back seat to to how much money this person can make us and everything points to connor eventually having a rematch with Habib may even by the end of the year and there would be a huge amount of money that everyone could make from that and so that's ultimately the the God that everyone's going to serve until it it becomes untenable so let's talk about where things stand now. Look at this fight with throwing on Saturday due for McGregor's damage. Well they could just be this first step on the redemption to her. He talked a lot in our interview with Awani about how in such a horrendous camp and the training to face Habib that he was drinking all the time it wasn't wasn't training very hard almost two to intensive who series and and they're not working hard enough outside. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside 'cause the next day rolls around interviewer focus when you left. Then it's time to go back. You're not shopping. Not especially not as eager to be there. It wasn't where he was at a mentally he just couldn't couldn't focus even though it was really the biggest fight of his life in part because he'd made so much money and it didn't really matter it was kind of more about bride than it was about status and he couldn't someone someone that end what he said in this fight is he's got that hunger again he's willing to really sell out for fighting. I'm listening to myself and I followed my my internal instruction and it's just giving me more passionate focus more driving. I'm doing what I feel I need to do. And it's an appeals now that he's been humbled a little bit that he's earned realizes that people have begun to sort of be turned off by the character of Ghana McGuire. He's trying to get back to what he was fighter. And I think we'll see that that power power still the question I would ask. discounters still have that speed because the combination of the two was really lethal in the ring. And I don't know as you get started to get older. You might still have the strength but whether you can still combine it with speed is tale as old as athletic. The best case scenario is that connor will sort of return to that person person that he was. He was a very skilled very dedicated fighter. What I think would be more interesting in some ways if he did lose this fight where we've got him ago? Oh I imagine he would still try to fight again but who would be interested in have lost to kind of someone who is completely over the hill as a fighter and no one would really care about some of his his antics. So the character that is conor McGregor would kind of be debt. What happens if he wins the fight? What's next I think? Get it. They'll be at least probably one more fight after this. If he does win the fight who that would be with. I think he'll have to kind of hotter with various people and see. Everyone knows that he's focused on the rematch. With could be who is really the best fighter in the world. He's he's unmovable Russian N- force who is just not only strong but it completely emotionless in this kind of Drago type way and he handled connor so easily. The first fight that I think that if there was a rematch connor would enter as a huge underdog but that would just play more into this narrative that connor want says that it has to kind of prove himself and if he does win then all of a sudden he's the king of the world again appreciate shaded. Thanks for taking time with us. Thanks Buddy that's our story for today. I'm Dominic Foxworth. This has been E._S._P._N.. Daily me will be back on Monday.

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Masvidal on Usman Altercation, Stephen A. Responds to Joe Rogan

Ariel Helwani's MMA Show

1:31:35 hr | 1 year ago

Masvidal on Usman Altercation, Stephen A. Responds to Joe Rogan

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Take the appears almost twenty four hours a day on this network jack-of-all-trades Tremendous Guy Mench has gone out of his way multiple times times. Since I got here around two years ago to make me feel welcome and comfortable offer. Great support great teammate. A great colleague. The one and only Stephen a Smith myth is going to be joining me on today's podcast. Yes Stephen himself and of course. He's been in the news as of late the stuff with Joe Rogan his commentary posts. UFC fifty to forty six m make community saying that he doesn't always talking about. He shouldn't be there all that stuff for more. We'll get his side of the story. We also find out what the story is is behind that video of him hitting myths. That whole video will get the story behind that one Because I know a lot of your curious about why he was hitting like that and why it came out when it did all all that stuff in more and so I really appreciate him doing this. Of course this week a horrible week for everyone involved with basketball and he was a good friend of Kobe Bryant He. He said On first take on Monday that he was with him on New Year's Eve and so I thought we booked him that maybe he would want postponed. But being the consummate pro that he is he said no way I gave you my word I will be there. And so in a matter of moments we will talk to Stephen Smith about that controversy if you will surrounding his into forty-six Commentary in the Joe Rogan stuff and The MMA community and and being sort of an outsider coming in and talking about MMA when you are so established and other sports. I'm really looking forward to that. We'll also be joined by New York Rick Who will offer some thoughts on the state of the heavyweight division after Curtis Blazes? It does win and where we go from here with steep Amiach and Daniel Cormet. Of course and Guinan Rosen strike fighting in March as well. So we'll get his thoughts on that also some a super super bowl weekend thoughts Because for the longest time superbowl weekend was a huge weekend for the UFC. Now there's no more events but like for fourteen fifteen straight years years. That was a marquee temple weekend for the UFC. So we'll get some thoughts and maybe even some thoughts on the late Great Cobra also checking with. TST Get the The minimalist tip of the week all that stuff in more coming up on today's program but before we get to New York. Rick let us get to the F.. Forementioned Stephen a Smith a man who needs no introduction reduction in my opinion he is the face of ESPN and not just my opinion in many people's opinion he. He anchors this entire network. He is our leader here and he's been doing a tremendous job up for many many years on I taken whole bunch of other shows in a very busy guy. He's in Miami Right now for the Super Bowl so really kind of him to give us a few minutes of his time. Here on this Wednesday afternoon Stephen. Thank you so much for the time. I really appreciate it. Mop Blooding area how you doing. How's everything I'm doing great and and First off I just want to send my condolences to you. I know how hard of a week this has been. I know how close you were with Kobe. Bryant and and I know how probably mentally and emotionally and physically exhausted. You are right now so For you to give for some time on this week in particular really means a lot and I just want to say. I'm really sorry for for what happened. It's still hard to come to terms with at least for me and I don't even know him appreciate eight that man it's been a real rough week He was he was a good dude. He added things about him. No question but He was a great champion and he worked his tail off often. He was committed to excellence. And you know. His Post career was on the verge of being better than his playing career and he was really excited about that excited about his daughter And what potential was and the him to pass away was bad in another itself fit to be in a helicopter. Crashes just absolutely horrific considering the fact that you know he he. He was in a helicopter as much as we are in cars and But then for him to lose his thirteen daughters. Well it doesn't give much more tragic ratchet than that so Maha goes out to his family his wife his three remaining daughters and All the loved ones that he had out. This is pretty devastating. Hey it's hard to transition from that but we will we will do our best Obviously you have been in the news as far as MMA is concerned. And I'm wondering I mean you're no stranger to people reacting to the things that you say this is part of your job and I and I think that you do phenomenal job of that and you have assumed that responsibility but considering the the brief appearances that you made at UFC two forty six post fight on sports center on the post fight show. Were you surprised at all at the reaction to the things that you were saying And did say by the Ma community the fighters the fans everyone involved the media as well. Well I ultimately was surprised about what Joe Rogan had to say. I certainly wasn't surprised by what you know. Fans and critics have I mean listen. I'm a polarizing figure. When I speak you're going to have people that would be an agree with to me? You'RE GONNA have people who don't personally speaking. I don't give a damn I say what I feel. I mean what I say and is based on what I witness and so for me when I'm you know to fight game like how I've been covering boxing. Mind Thai Korean and then following boxing. Since I was three years old there are people who agreed who disagree with me about triple G. versus Kamilo Alvarez. There's people disagree with me when we talk about the possibility of aerospace versus Terence Crawford. People disagreed with me in the past. Whether it was about Andre Ward vs Kovolev one or or something along those lines that Tori you understand that And and you go from from there As it pertains to the UFC. I'm certainly no AFICIONADO. I'll leave it up to you guys like Brett Okamoto and You know chill sewn in and Michael Biz and then you call me a and the host of people That I've had the honor and privilege to work with. I know that Yoga guys are The experts you guys are the ones that covered the sport religiously but to me I wasn't covering UFC when we're now that you've seen forty two forty six I wasn't covering the FC overall as sports. I was didn't talk about that fight. And I know what I'm watching and so for me To look at Conor McGregor to see three show strokes to the nose of cowboys to Rony. Obviously brokers those beat up it stays pretty well L.. And what have you Joe Rogan of the mindset. That conor McGregor show. I respectfully disagree number one. I don't believe there's so much you can show in forty thirty seconds in most instances number two Joe Rogan doesn't know I was speaking to a guy by the name of aerial. I'm talking to right now. Who kept reminding me leading up to the fight cowboys? Aronie doesn't show up and big events. The lights get brighter. He kinda shrinks even look after. That's the that's not what you kept telling me. That's exactly what ends up telling me leading up to that fight and so for me. I watched a fight and I'm like my God. All you got all was one. One was one kick which was blocked by Connor McGregor. And that's it. That's not gonNA cut it against new mega metal. That's not gonNA cut. It gets MAS VIDAL MY mentality. Is that when you're a champion or you're somebody that aspires to be the champion. Whoever the measuring stick is at that particular moment in time if someone? I'm fantasizing about you going up against and so to me. What we saw from Conor McGregor that night showed us nothing about about what he would potentially do in a rematch? Gets no mega metal. So to say something like that to me. It's not sacrilegious. It's not a crime against the sport or anything like that. As an observer and a reporter on pugilist exports this is what I saw at. UFC Two forty six if you can. And if you want to disagree with me the Great Joe Rogan. I respect that. I'm honored that you took into account my opinion. What he's done for the sport but take it to the point where it wasn't a good look for me to be there wasn't a good look the ESPN to be there? I thought that was beyond the Pale and I thought that was excessive and unnecessary. Necessarily I certainly have profound respect him what he means to the UFC and MMA sports What his cachet brings Who He is and I have profound respect for him and he was incredibly nice to me and all of that stuff and I will continue to be respectful and very nice to him? I harbored no animosity. Or whatever ever I just thought to disagree with me as what would be one thing but to act like. I didn't even belong at the event because I have an opinion that different from yours. I thought that was a extremely unfair. So it seems like the part that has drawn the ire of Joe Rogan and the immigrant community. Is this idea that that cowboy quit This idea that you can't talk about fighters in that light like you could talk about you. Know the Spurs not showing up or the chiefs not showing up but fighters are different different. Because of what they're doing and what they're putting on the line. Do you agree with that sentiment or do you feel like you can talk about fighters that way that it's all fair game. It's sports at the end of the day. And in your opinion. It's no different than the Lakers the cowboys etc a mixture of both. I think that I listen. I would say the same thing in all likelihood if if I was in Joe Rogan's position because especially when you're talking about fighters who have far more coverage than you and I would ever have in terms of getting that octagon or to squared circle. The box walks and then going out there virtually putting their lives on the line literally putting their lives on line. You certainly don't don't you. You you at the very least you need to be extremely reluctant. Did to go that route but look at how. I'm looking at their area. I'm watching the fight right. And I saw conor McGregor come out out and he didn't pull a Mazda dollar and trump and trying to throw a you know you know just come out and try to need a guy on the job but he threw a haymaker to start. He missed him him with the punch. But I believe it was the left by sort of court. SIRONI and fix okay. That's fine then after that you're clutching using the show a hit him in the nose three times if you recall there's a little break where to Rooney steps away and I'm saying and you've got about forty nine fifty fights on your resume you're experienced enough and you want enough fight to know how to step back gathering yourself and that Oh if they give me a few seconds to get away from this onslaught and then I can get back into it. None of that happened. CONOR McGregor comes right back at you. You throw a little side kick. It gets black. It's gets blocked and then connor catches you would've kick and ultimately takes you down all. I'm trying to say that all of this happened. An insider twenty seconds remember the punches that ultimately finished the fight took up an additional fifteen to twenty seconds. Everything else happened in the first twenty minutes and my attitude is with a guy bad experienced you could find a way to survive. You might disagree. Would that point saying Stephen. It happened but my personal opinion is unless you get caught with A. Hey you're not cyclic. Or something along those lines. If you had the wherewithal a gathering yourself for a few seconds. You should've had the ability to laugh a little bit longer. That's my personal opinion and it also emanates from the fact that Eh Cowboys Aronie had been knocked out two previous fights. He had not to mention the fact that again when the bright lights arrive. He doesn't have the greatest greatest reputation. All of those things lent itself towards me believe in the guy appeared in over his head. The moment appear too big for him and he couldn't handle it now that saying quitting. Maybe that were quit is apropos but I think it is apropos. To say he clearly appeared way the in over his head there's levels to it and he did not appear to be on it. I don't think it's criminal to say that. So in the midst of this on Saturday night Conor McGregor popped opt up on twitter and noted that Surani broke his nose and his Orbital bone by those strikes and told you to apologize asked you to apologize. College is what did you make of it. Yeah why not I did and I did it and I'm not because I met and not only that profound respect respect for Conor McGregor love the guy. He's phenomenal for the sport I couldn't be more ecstatic. That he would because I think he's been number one. Attraction is the sport a matter of fact. I'm somebody that if you recall when you and I spoke in the aftermath of the mega metal fights even though he clearly got beat. If you recall all area I was telling you I could. I gotTa give credit where credit is to. He stepped away from the sport. He engaged in the next match against mayweather that he comes back. And who does he fight. He fights this undefeated monster mega medal and he survived until the fourth round remember he was getting slaughtered in the second round for. Look that way. Because no mega medicines on top off of him you know trying to take him out strikes what have you and Kinda found a way to survive. So what I'm saying him. He'll tell me to apologize. If you're telling me you to apologize for using the word quit or whatever fine. That's no problem but don't tell me that the guy was in over his head. Don't tell me the guy that looked like the bright lights were just too big and too great form. Don't tell me that the luminated on him so much that he did seem to be able to handle the pressure of the moment at apologize. The for that Conor McGregor as far as I'm concerned despite four losses on his resume is elite and one of the biggest reasons he is elite even even though he's tapped out a couple of times so this is this reality. He's showed up. He shows up for the big event and the big event never seem to be too much fan Conor McGregor. It's not going to be somebody that goes out there and beach himself. You WanNa beat him. You'RE GONNA have to literally do that. beat him and I don't think conor McGregor asked me he to apologize because of what I said I think conor McGregor asked me to apologize because of how Joe Rogan reacted to it. Because like Joe Rogan Conor McGregor. It was protecting the sport what they need to come to the realization of is this. I am not you guys. I don't pretend to be the AFICIONADO that you guys are you. Recall call my musket with my hit with Joe Rogan. When he said what he said I literally said I respect that coming from you and I will defer to your knowledge? I actually actually said that on the air. I'm not I'm new to this. I'm not pretending to be some MMA aficionado. But I do know fighting. I do know what what I'm watching and I am entitled based on my twenty five years as a journalist in this business to the spouse of point of view based on what I saw and I'm not gonNA Apologize One bit. I think that they're protecting the sport but I got news for them. I protect sport too because I love it and I've been blessed less than fortunate that when I'm a part of something people usually watch and contribute in a positive way to uplifting the sports I wanNA UPLIFT I WANNA help in my small way to uplift not just the sport but God like you Joe Rogan and everybody else who cover it fighters like Conor McGregor. Who Participate in and I am a fan? I'm going to be here for a long long time. Personal friends with Dana White. Who I think is sensational and I feel that what I feel the way I feel and if I feel differently than somebody they're gonNA have to get over it because that's how I feel and I shot about saying what I feel because it happens to be my job? I will not apologize and I will not backtrack from opposition. And I don't care what Kinda McGregor for Joe Rogan says. Although I profoundly respect both we will just have to respectfully disagree on what we saw so you just mentioned. I'm new to this. However Josh Gross? WHO's a veteran importer? Now works for the athletic used to work for ESPN sports so straighted tweeted a couple of days ago. I haven't paid attention to this conversation but I want to note that Stephen a Smith covered. UFC forty one in February of two thousand and three in Atlantic City city. When Tim Sylvia? Stop Rico Rodriguez. He and I were the only reporters in Sylvia's raw locker room after that fight so for whatever it's worth Smith has been covering enemy for years that that was his quote. Is that true. Did you cover. UFC forty-one in two thousand three. And if so I would suggest that you are not new to this. Well no I was I was I was in attendance but a lot of times I would show up to watch it because I enjoyed it and one of the things. I'll I'll share with you a conversation that I had with Mas Vidal earlier that morning before fight night of UFC. Two forty six. I was talking about you know. They're talking about striking talking about you. Know Cocoa's they're talking about about more tired and all of this other stuff and I listening to something in America. They loved the box that when you talk about the UFC you appreciate all those other of elements to the fight. Game that you see in Europe seeing that you would never see in in boxing but understand that Americans are dipped in the knockout when it comes from pugilist export so when I look at Kana McGregor it's not just his bravado and his mouth that brings him whole Even the fact that he wins if Conor McGregor was choking people out of Conor McGregor was wrestling and he was forced to folks to tap out he would it be as popular as he is. Kinda Greg was popular. Because he's a knockout artist. We talk about Mazda Dahlan. Him potentially being the heir apparent to Conor McGregor in terms of being the face of the sport the most popular guy in the sport primarily. It's going to be because of his knockout ability. The fact that he can finish off where this this would've punch or a need. The reality is that that's what Americans primarily are addicted to so FA MI I've gone to several events over with the years and I wasn't even working but because I was there. ESPN or somebody else will put a camera in my face and asked me what I felt about what I watch and might've been what the guy from the athletic was talking about because I haven't covered with so many u s the event. I was sitting in our said ringside. When conor McGregor felt felt Alvarez? I was sitting ringside when Dan you call me to do with the fourth to do with the The lifetime contract Popeye's chicken and all of this stuff I the ring size but I didn't have to work those fights. I was just an attendant because I want to support you guys and I want to support uplift in the sport because I think combatants of worthy of attention I the more shine you bring them the more attention you bring up the mortar sport will be popularized the more money there is in it for put them for the sport itself and for those lights you Joe Rogan and others who cover it. I'm not trying to be a detriment to anybody. I'm not trying to steal anybody's Sean. As you well know I got enough job. Yeah I get enough time okay. So I'm fine. I just want to support a growing sport that I think is worthy worthy of our attention and alkalies and that's all I was trying to do and that's what I'm going to continue to try to do in anytime. ESPN wants to be on it. I'm happy and if they don't want me on Ed won't lose any sleep over it see. I don't like this because I know that you're a big fan because every time I'm here at the seaport studios you come up to me. You don't just talk me about McGregor. You Mention Shen Junior dos Santos and Francis and gone to and Mas Vidal. I know that you like and respect the sport very much much like you like and respect basketball football baseball at CETERA. I I wanna ask you about something. Joe Rogan said which I think at the end of the day why. This isn't good for us as as MMA phantom may community we come across as fans fans of that band that was playing dive bars for years and now finally made it and they're headlining MSG and we're not. We don't want anyone to attend that that show. We don't want anyone to to support them because we were there. I we don't want anyone else in there and that's a bad look. That's not the martial arts way we have to be inclusive not exclusive and. He said this which I want to ask you about. I just think at this sport demands more appreciation more respect and it demands a higher level of reverence to the athletes who literally put their lives on the line. I agree with that. The athletes do put their lives on the line. But let's not be condescending towards other athletes. They put a lot on the line to Kobe. Bryant walked to the foul line with a ruptured Achilles. That's a fighter right there. I respect that man for doing that. And so to suggest that you don't respect fighters Donlevatar doesn't respect fighters just because you are critical of them or the sport which has a lot of wards by the way it's not a perfect sport to me is is is condescending at times and it's disingenuous and that's what I don't like we need to allow other opinions. That's that's a byproduct of the sport growing right of evolving and being mainstream. I completely agree with you but at the same time. Here's where Joe Rogan is going to lose. He's going to lose if he thinks for one. Second there's GonNa ever be a disrespectful word out of my mouth about him it's not gonNA happen. I respect the hell out of them. I respect what he means to the sport. If if we were together right now talking give me five minutes with him and he's probably start laughing and just having a good time. There's no hard feelings. He's protective of the sport. Here's what I think he's missing. And this is what people don't recognize about me. I was a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer got promoted numerous times and ultimately became a columnist. I didn't know hockey Ariel okay but I still was sent to game seven of the Rangers in the Stanley Cup finals. Okay because it was part one of my job to cover the story you can cover stories. You can cover up moments without being an aficionado on Experti- onto onto sport if you asked me to get into the nuances of 'em martial arts UFC. I would look I would look at it a carrot and I would say you the era of the wanting. Do you know Joe Rogan. Do you know bread Akimoto. DOTY's dotes them. Then you caught me ringside together together. Talking about one of the fight. He went first and he broke out cracked up laughing. And you can ask them because I turn to the camera and I said I'm going to go what he's it says and everybody started laughing because it's my way of making sure that they recognized. Yeah I'm Steven. Yes bring a level of cachet to the table in the world of sports. What's broadcast and because I covered football basketball obviously with a level of expertise of the sports as well and of course boxing which I've been again watching since I was three years old and uncovered covered Olympic boxing in Australia? The Sydney Olympics decindio Australia Olympics of two thousand covered box again in Athens Greece two thousand four Olympic boxing not to mention numerous spikes. You understand but my point to you is is that regardless of what I know. I'm honest about what what I don't know and even if I did notice that you have seen even if I became an expert with the U. F. C. which as much as I'm watching it these days I'm rapidly. You know getting my feet under me for what have you. I'm never going to take anything away from those like you. Guys who help uplift to sports fourth and keep it afloat and alive bringing to the mind an odd of us all before. ESPN grabbed a hold of it and is now trying trying to take it to another level. I don't want to be seen as somebody that you listen to. Instead of. Joe Rogan. I WANNA be somebody body that piggybacks off a roof piggybacks off of Joe Rogan. And says. Hey did you hear what this guy says. Did you hear what I real- Said did you hear what all of these people. Because that's how you uplift the sport I love you guys. I respect the hell out of you guys and I appreciate the fact from a professional perspective we All have that in common. My only regret is that at least for the moment. Joe Rogan did not seem to appreciate the fact that I have my own accomplishments in this industry and just because I showed up the comment about a fight and I disagreed with him. Doesn't Aratu Kate all that. I have accomplished because you disagreed with me. All of that wasn't necessarily and that's all I'm saying I have no hard feelings against him. He's a great guy a great great man he's great for the US. The and I'm honored to have been ringside with him and I really hope that I'll get an opportunity to do that in the future. All all you guys you saw how happy I was just to be talking with you Michael Biz Bing and entails stone in these guys they know how feel about them Rashad Evans one time when I did. USC I have been at Barclays Center at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn I was honored to be the alongside him. I've known John Bones Jones a little busy years. We text each other back and forth from time on the time and Anderson Silva Fan. And what have you a wideman. I met him. He came off. I take on several occasions. You know. Chuck Chuck speaks for itself. Matt us back in the day they used to come on my shows and everything like that. I've been fans for a while so I'm not going anywhere and I'm GonNa love the sport and I would ask people to appreciate the fact that somebody in the mainstream loves sport enough to keep the eyes and the attention or in the sports so everybody could prosper. Let's just put on a big boy pants and understand that a movement Can Ask one last question. I know you're up against the clock but right after all of this came out. This video of you Hitting mitts emerged people. People think that you posted the video to show your street cred but that isn't the case. Could you just just tells the the genesis of this video and the story behind it. Because they're using this as fuel to the fire that you don't know what you're talking about well first of all. They could say whatever they want. They're entitled the video was horrific and certainly I didn't put it out there. What happened was that I tore my rotator cuff last July three days before the the surgery I was working out? You know I was. I was sitting there and doing my cardio and all of that stuff. But I wasn't doing anything and silly me. The the trainer was there with me and I said can I put on some boxing gloves and he was like listen. You don't need to be throwing any punches which shows that one torn rotator cuff. You got some scar scar tissue in the of you'll need do anything I said I just WanNa put it on the. I said I'm going to get surgery. Anyway whatever he said all right doing do me a favor and try to throw some up like it's just don't do anything else because you rack up to show the the more just trying to sum up because it was a ninety minute workout. I'm used to six eight punch combinations. Were far more speed than that. But the bottom line is is that I was messed had jacked up. Show this I did not know it was being taped and I certainly did not know it would be posted. It was a private workout and for some reason he put that damn thing out seven eight months ago. Needless to say he won't be working with me any longer. But the point that I'm trying to make is that is certainly wasn't me at my best or anything like that but again that's fine. I'm a grown man. The bottom line is the video. It is what it was. which is an atrocious display of any kind of boxing or whatever actually laughed about it with Teddy Atlas? said there's a blessing and everything he said. And what would would that blessing be. I said the minute overcome this rotator cuff. Because I'm now seven months with move from surgery but it's GONNA be about another three months before one hundred percent one of the first things I'm going to is get into the gym. What a real boxing trainer like yourself ten so I will be coming to your gym for you to show me what I should do? Because when I'm fighting I usually don't throw uppercuts I'm Tommy Hitman. HEARNS Kinda Guy. I like my right hand. I like staying on the outside using My Gen. My right hand not trying to decide on some damn public. Well my tall slim cell but nevertheless it was an riddick display was never meant for public consumption. That should have never been put out there but it was and when you sit in my I chair bottom line is that I have to be judgmental and critical of what people do. Every single date in the world is sports. Who Am I to bitch and Moan about somebody taking an opportunity to get at me when I'm perceived as somebody who gets that something? Every day a matter of fact the one thing I loved about it is my willingness on this show. I can take it why because when I come at you for whatever reason you ain't gonna be able to say these TV. You couldn't take it when we came at you. I'm a big big boy. I can take it to video was atrocious. It wasn't met with public consumption. It was done with Jack up shoulders. I should never throwing a punch to begin with a right. I had surgery surgery three days later. It is what it is. And you're the man Stephen a I just want to say I really appreciate this and you know I. I guess I get a little defensive offensive when I see the community my community coming after you and you don't need me to defend your honor at all but I remember when I first met you may with McGregor. You knew who I was them at the White House before why work for ESPN. And as I said on twitter when that story came out about you in I believe G. Q.. You have gone out of your way to always give me props to to comment on my work. You don't have to do that. You can walk right by me. And that's totally understandable. And you've done that in his meant the world to me so I will always have your back even though you don't need me to have your back and I hope that you continue to cover the the events and I hope to see you there and continue to critique and say whatever you want to say because you have earned that right my man so thank you so much for the time. Go look out there in Miami. Keep up the great work as always wasn't I hope to see you again. I appreciate it but let me just say a couple of things number one. I think you do a great job and I'm proud to call your friend and a colleague number two. You teach me about the sport every single day and all of you do because there's not one single person that I've run across associated with UFC. That hasn't gone out of their way a to show me things. Anything I asked Michael Visiting I asked me shot Evans. I asked chill sewn in and all these guys are just loaded with knowledge even bread Akimoto Mojo. Every time I go up to any y'all y'all never hesitate to tell me when I don't know the show me on the answer any questions that I may have and as it pertains to the sport. I'm just going to remind everybody of one thing. One thing that I approve throughout my career is to be an asset. I aspire to be an asset for UFC's coverage. I don't aspire to replace anybody I don't aspire to be somebody that's looked upon on is. Oh I'm better than this guy has got I got. I love the sport and I want to do what I can help. Joe Rogan to help Dana White to help area wanted to help everybody up lifted sport so we can all benefit and we can all prosper unlike boxes. That's ran by promoters the motives. You've got a guy over in the sport in Dana White if nothing else who is great about giving us the fights we want to see when we want to see see them instead of making us wait years and years and years for it. I'm incredibly grateful to that. I wish that he had such a profound impact that he was overseeing boxes. Kid A friend. I am going to help him. I'm going to help you. I'm going to help the UFC in any. I can't and that includes being an asset in any small ways that I can to Joe Royle his live respected for years. If anybody is looking for me to get into something with him they they have come to the wrong place. It's unfortunate that he said what he said but I didn't lose any sleep over it. It didn't change my day. Ain't GonNa Change night and the damn show income change my career. I'm going to be around and I'M GONNA be around with my hand out willing able to ready to provide in kind of smaller systems. This is that I can to help. ESPN you have seen. And everybody involved uplift sport in any way that I possibly can. And that's really all I have to. We say Amen Thank you Steven. I really appreciate it take all right. Now let's move along. That was tremendous stuff from Stephen Woulda. What a pleasure and I am? I'm being honest when I say he has really gone out of his way to make me feel welcome in to encourage me and that's why I think the criticism and this whole back and forth about his his analysis of that fight and about his place in the sport and whether he should be on the broadcast. I mean first of all who are we to say you know who should be on. ESPN I think there are very capable. People who who decide those things but it is interesting and it's it's really extended far beyond UFC. Two forty six and so with that in mind let us bring in our old friend year correct to talk a little more about this and some other stuff as well near Creek are you. I'm doing well. How are you my friend? I'm doing great Interesting time gotta off week. So that's that's always nice But then there's an event. I think from February to April April every single weekend. But I just wanted to ask you before we put all this stuff to bed. How do you feel because I've weighed in on this a couple of times on on different shows and not necessarily the Stephen a Smith versus Joe Rogan thing? But I always get the impression that anime fans and the community they don't even listen to what the quote unquote outsiders have to say. They are so so the -fensive when it comes to the sport and they're so protective of it and they really do. Remind me of the fan of that band who doesn't want the band to become mainstream and I feel it's often such a bad look whenever this happens. Like how dare you talk about sports and look no different. I guess when I show up on a basketball broadcast I get some people. Say like what. What the Hell do you know about basketball? So there's always going to be that process where people are going to have to believe that you know what you're talking about but every time we you have to go through this every time that's just a byproduct of the sport becoming popular right. Why does it have to be this way every time? I think it's a human nature thing. I think. There's a reluctance for change. I think there's also a bit of a of an attitude of wanting people who are vetted and who they know have expertise this to be kind of elevated into those positions versus somebody who was already a mainstream person coming over and essentially I feel like they feel like they're coopting What's going on that may world when in reality Stephen a Smith's presence is something that lets everybody know that. MMA has arrived the fact that he is talking the sport the fact that he's lending his voice to talk about storylines in this sport is important as an important step forward. I would argue that many of the same fans. That kind of have ABC complaints are the same fans that are complaining when Mas Ni is only number two on sportscenter. Or why doesn't this outlet or the white isn't this particular moment moment attention so you can't really have it both ways. If you want the mainstream attention for the sport it comes with this and naturally Stephen is a great voice for that so I have no complaints. I I do know that this is a personal preference thing for me on all four additional voices additional opinions at different additional opportunities because quite quite frankly like there really aren't that many voices in MMA. I'm kind of getting tired of the same voices and by the way. Is that a shot at me. I was just wondering if you were saying that I was one of those voices. No it is not a shot at uni where anybody else but I'm all for variety. Sure sure and by the way for the record this isn't an ESPN thing like we're not being pinches. And by the way for for anyone to say that I'm ESPN. Show what I would say in return is your hundred percent right. I'm very proud to work for. ESPN I love working for ESPN. This is an absolute honor and a dream. Come come true so if you WANNA call me an ESPN show. That's totally fine by me. I will live with that and I'm actually proud to be an ESPN chill. If you WANNA say that I am. I am one but I was excited when Gus Johnson started calling 'em fights for for CBS and showtime. I thought that was awesome. I love Gus Johnson back in the day like that was really cool to me. Now you know these these things happen in a May. I kinda knew what he was saying. But he's been vilified for them and kind of run out of town. I just think that we need to be a little more receptive. And it's okay like just because something may not be in someone's quote unquote wheelhouse doesn't mean they can't learn doesn't mean they can't be appreciate I know lebatardshow loves. MMA respects specs MMA respects. The fighters has Mazal in studio. I know Stephen Loves and respects the fighters just because they've never fought before. Guess what I never fought four. Guess what Deroga- never fought before I knew he trains. He's very qualified. He deserves to be there. He's one of the biggest stars in the sport period regardless of if he's a fighter or not but it doesn't matter heard like just because these people aren't saying what you want them to say it doesn't mean that they don't belong there it doesn't mean that they don't have a right to their opinion because that's what makes sports fun. Everyone has a say you want it to just be underground forever. That's no fun. No one wants that. How cool is it that after McGregor's fight it's leading off sportscenter in in the midst of Conference Championship weekend? That's a big deal. That's what we've all wanted right. We all wanted that. no-one didn't want that and guess who really wants that. The fighters really want that because the more popular sport forgets the more money. They make the more famous they get. This is a big deal when I see where he must win on radio row in Miami super that actually warms my heart good for horry. Hey Muslims that's great you only on checks. They're good for her. That's great. We need more of that. Not less of that sub trying to run everyone out of town. Stop trying to intimidate everyone. That's not the martial art way. Hey that's not the Bushido way inclusive. Not Exclusive enough yet and I think Lebatardshow and Stugatz yesterday made a great point which is being the first fan of something. Doesn't mean that you're the only fan of something doesn't mean that you're the most passionate fan of something I think there's room in the sandbox for everybody But I also understand. That criticism is part of that. And I think Stephen a Smith is willing to accept that he's willing to accept that. Hey I'm not the expert so I'm leaning on experts. I'm trying to get that knowledge and I'm going to get myself more educated on it until then I think there's going to be resistance to it but hopefully disccan in This can all be handled. You know nicely. By the emanate community. I have faith faith in the community. One last thing on all this. How do you feel I remember back in the day? Going on the U. G. and there was a there was no fighter bashing right we hold fighters To the highest regard right. They are larger than life. I have always said that. I have so much respect for the fighters they possess the that I can't even dream of possessing. They have the utmost courage going into the cage fighting putting their lives on the line their health and safety on the line. It's incredible what they do. I Love Them. I love coming this. Because of the fighters not so much the fights themselves but because of the fighters and who they are and what they represent but this idea that you can't be critical of fighters right if if they have an off night if they don't quote unquote show up and all that stuff to me is a little funky like why just because they're doing something that's incredibly dangerous. Just because they're doing something takes a lot of courage doesn't mean that they may not be open to criticism a fighter. I've I've seen this. I've heard this like some fighters don't train for fights some fighters drink before their fights. Remember the guy who headlined forty-six he said it himself like fighters can be open to criticism. Vendors can be subjected to that type of rhetoric. Why is is it that if you are critical of fighter you're labeled as someone who disrespects the sport who doesn't have the utmost respect providers that to me isn't right as well like we should be able well to? That's just part of the GIG that they should be tough enough to accept that sort of Christian now it has to be respectful. Of course. You can't just go that dude's a bomb and you know he can't hold my my jockstrap. I get that but Steven wasn't saying that. Yeah I think I think there's nuance that conversation. Obviously if the analysis is is what's Criticized right or rather if analysis of the performances. What's being done if we're looking at technicalities and things like that? I think that's fair. Game like it would be in any other sport but I think some of the resistance for that comes from a place of if you're going to analyze this sport you need to have some level of knowledge and I think there's people out there who are questioning the level of knowledge. I think that's where it comes from. That said if it's not a technical breakdown if it's not XS and Os as if it's not that nuance knowledge that you need to have. I'm from years of expertise I think it's a fair criticism. And and if we're GONNA talk about Stephen a Smith's analysis in particular. I really didn't have much of a problem with it and I don't. I think that it was fighter bashing as much as his viewpoint of the fight and now I think he himself will be open to a debate on that. I think he'd be open to debate the cowboys to say. Hey this is what really happened in the fight. He's trying to learn. And I and I think it's fair game for somebody to analyze the on on a technical basis. All right now. Let's move along to the heavyweight division. This past Saturday curtis played picked up a big win over junior Santos and now people are starting to say all right. What's going on with Steep A? He should be stripped he. isn't fighting enough. He hasn't been active. They should institute an interim title. All this stuff for more. How would you handled the heavyweight division right now with these see breathing down his neck? You've got Blades out there. Doing his things three in a row looked very good. You've got Rosen. Strike in God fighting March twenty eighth on. ESPN plus. What do you do the with the division right now? Are we assuming that is going to be out for an extended period. Did Okay so then let me so. Let me clarify. Maybe a little bit more. Let me weigh in and then you can respond to what I'M GONNA. CPO Church last fought five months months ago. Can we all just chill out a little bit. What what what does all this talk of stripping him and all this talk of internal titles and all this stuff? Dana Cormier deserves to be them. What contender and and that's the fight to make? I think we're the frustration is coming. It's coming from the fact that he is not being clear with his time line and be his intentions. So it's time line seems a little bit up in the air. Like is he coming back in July coming back in May is he coming back in August. Is he coming back in September. We don't know and also when he speaks speaks or when his management speaks. They're not saying look. Our vision is is paramount. It's the most important thing but when we come back make no mistake about it. We're fighting reading Daniel Cormier. We are going to retire. The trilogy fight is what we want because deep down inside of there being honest the trilogy fight gets them the most amount of money. That's the biggest fight out there of all the possibilities abilities. That's the biggest fight out there and so I think that that's why. DC's getting anxious. I think that's why the fans are getting a little annoyed and say hey strip interim title et Cetera et Cetera. But at at the end the day it's only been five months so I believe in the idea of if you don't fight within twelve months or if you don't have a fi booked within twelve months as champion then you can get stripped or the interim title comes into play but it's only been five. We need to give them a little more time. If it becomes uh-huh clear by July August that he's not coming back and has no plans of fighting now we could start talking about getting strip but this seems a little premature does not it seems premature. But if you're asking me WHO's next for the title. It's hard to gauge right. Like what is that title to me. I would like to see. I would like to see he steep. AFDC be the fight. But it's hard to argue that curtis blades or Francis in Ghana with a win or Roosen stroke with a wind isn't a worthy challenger under My will that's the fight to me. I mean it's a way bigger fight first of all. How many times can you get someone fighting a retirement fight for the belt especially someone as accomplish where it's not a token little situation like a Dan Henderson fighting Michael being when it was clear he really didn't deserve that? Like how could you even consider anything else. And what do you okay. I'll ask you return to that. What what would you do? With those fighters a winner of in Ghana and Rosen Strike and Curtis leads what do you do with those two fighters. Okay so if Ghana wins right. And that's March twenty eighth so it's in. I guess two months from yesterday yet. Today is the twenty ninth. If Ghana wins I say just let him chill for a second. Because we're we're hopeful that Mitch Cormier three will happen July or so July August. That's what we're hoping band least as of right now. And we've been told not much but that's the hope and that's the hope that DC has because then he's GonNa really start to get anxious and lose patients. So if ain't GonNa Winston let him chill if Rosen strike wins then I would do rosen strike versus blades because remember and gun. WHO's to know against blades? So the idea like I liked that fight. Now they're in a much different in spot them the last two times they fought but the ask a guy to fight a guy. A third time that he'd be twice seems like a lot. It's only happened a couple of times before and it just seems seems like a lot. So that's what I would do. Just wait and see if in Ghana wins. Let Him. Chill if Rosen strike wins. Let them have Blades and that'll be the number one contender. Fighting the winner will fight The the winner of Korean. If it's who wins. And he vacates the title fight will be for the vacant title and that that sounds clean and neat. But it's all predicated on the idea of a summer fight between me and the ot which at this moment is not looking likely. I don't think that's fair. Not Looking likely or maybe we just don't know his status. We don't know we don't know his status every time there's been any talk of stupid meal church. It's been need to hear my eye and no timetable for return. It's also it's also been Tyson fury right to look at other people which that's the part that kind of gets under my skin like I'm saying everyone who needs to get off his back like just give the guy some time but I feel like he needs to be a little more clear and that's when it starts to come across as all right is milking this is he trying to give. DC taste of his own medicine. You remember this time last year we were talking about the exact same scenario accept. DC was the champion and steep. It was the one breathing down his neck and now the tables turn and it's like all right come on did we forget the fact that DC also was coming off back surgery. The same thing I said last year give the guy time the same thing I'm saying. Now give the guy time but the difference is last year the UFC was trying to book the Brock Fight DC was in chasing it. They brought it to him and then of course he said yes this time they they want to book the trilogy. So just do the trilogy like why why are we. Why are we ignoring the fact that that's the biggest fight out there for you? Why are you even considering these other guys when I and it's very clear that a fighting's blades or rematch against guy? New or fight against Rosen strike or anyone in MMA is nowhere near as big as a cornea trilogy fight for you. No it see. It seems like games the you know either either a political angle or get trying to give dc a taste of his own medicine. But at the same time time if you're Francis in Ghana and you waited all this time to finally get a match up with Yahya Roses Strike and then you beat him and now you have to wait again while l. d. c. m. Yokich resolve their issue. Who you know who knows when maybe it's the summer maybe it's not It puts you in a position. If you're if you're somebody like Francis Gano you're you're getting the short end of the stick. And it's not his fault so I understand the urgency of the heavyweight division. I understand the urgency of the people who feel like they've staked you know. They've made their claim for a title. Shot I definitely agree that I don't I don't WanNa see Francis in Ghana versus Curtis Blades again. So again I think it's steep which is the linchpin go all of this and we don't have any clarity no super bowl weekend card. This used to be a staple of the Seattle right favorite super bowl weekend moment I have three two of them are special and favorite and feel good and one of them is not favorite but significant. Unimportant important the first one being BJ Penn defeating Matt Hughes To win the welterweight strap that was you know one of the defining moments of my MMA fandom another defining moment a moment that card was sick gop made his debut on that card is US's debut Lee Murray had his only U. OF C. Appearance. It's tour Belfer. Renting tour ended on Mona Sleep. But that was a great card that was a UFC forty-six. Imagine a card like that. Now with all those names juicy on the prelims the debut against comparision the legendary yes Another very important super bowl weekend. Memory for me was UFC 126 in addition to the Anderson Silva Kick on Vitor Belfort which is legendary in and has gone down in history as one of the best knockouts ever. It is also the card where John Jones defeated Ryan Bater and after the fight they let John Jones no I think he knew. Obviously that Rashad is injured but they let John Jones. No that were shot would not be fighting. Show Gun at UC one twenty eight and it would instead be John Jones getting his title opportunity and at the time I had tickets to that fight card even though so John Jones had not be had not been put into that fight yet I was. I was excited about rickshaw versus Shogun and it turned into John Jones the coronation of John Jones so so that was a very significant day. Even the fight didn't happen on that date. The announcement of John Jones being a title contender happen on that date and then the last one unfortunately only was DSP defeating Bj pad UFC. Ninety four. which isn't a favorite memory of a mind but it was significant? It was a super fight at the time when super fights for rare. Can I tell you a story. I don't know if I've ever shared this story how I feel like I am in some respects largely responsible for the Rashad Evans. John Jones fight have told the story about how that fight could have never happened. Had we not made a decision decision that I ever tell you this story. I think the people need to hear it. Okay so after that. Fight Against Ryan Bater. twenty-six Jones wins. It gets down on his knees. He's going to get the title shot. Is this huge. He's fighting show gun. He's young all that stuff. Everyone starts to think all right. Well what's GonNa Happen between him and Rashad right their teammates Jackson wink Are they gonNA fight each other. Is this going to separate them. It's going to be too much drama all that stuff a couple of weeks after that I was working for versus at the time versus the television network. which is now? NBC and We were doing pre and post. I chose for the events. Because you'll you'll remember towards the tail end of their deal. They had I think around four three or four. You have Stevens a year in addition to WC and then once the WC when away then they just had a couple of years of just you have see events you know they had some they had Jones might Chanko and they had DC. Dominick Cruz. Chris lytle against Dan Hardy etc.. So they sent me to Albuquerque Rickie to interview John Jones. We interviewed him in the middle of the cage. And we were GONNA air five or so minutes of this interview during the pre-fight show of the Marne Kampman Diego Sanchez card. In Lexington Kentucky were it was yeah like Kentucky. The Center Lexington Kentucky Louisville Louisville Cmih Louisville Kentucky So we so so I do the interview right and in the interview. I asked John Jones if you win the belt. Would you fight Rashad Evans. And for the first time. Ever because Rashaad said he wouldn't fight John and up until that point. John said he wouldn't fight Reshad. John says yes I would fiber shot and in my mind. I'm like holy crap. This is nuts. He actually said he would fight him. This is going to be insane. It's GonNa be massive news. What a big scoop et Cetera et CETERA? So all right but the piece is really coming out several weeks later the night before the prefight show were in Louisville were having a production meeting and and they say okay at this point. You know you're you're you're interview. John Jones is GonNa five minute version the interview and so I say by the way what. What topics did you guys choose for the piece? The five minute piece the this that this that this that and then I said wait a second. Did you not put in the Evans. Part no we didn't really think that that was a big deal and I'm like what you don't you don't think that's a big deal. That's the biggest deal of the mall. Now this happens you know speaking of what we were just talking about. Newer fans knew where people they don't really know the sport of like big no-no guys. That is massive news gigantic news. That is seismic news that you have to include that in the piece and this is twenty four hours before they said there's no time this we we can include it. We can't have An edit session recant book and editor or something something. I don't know we can't do it. I was like Oh my God. This is crazy this is going to be like one of the most important moments in MMA history and it's never gonNa see the light of day and so what we ended up deciding on was the peace with air. I would come back on camera and then I would say oh and by by the way and then I would toss to that moment tosses like tv term. Like I would say oh. Check this out so we ended up doing that. We ended up playing. The piece had nothing to do with Rashad. I come back on camera sitting at the desk. By the way with with Molly Kerem I believe now is the host of first. And then I throw to the shot Evans portion of the conversation and then of course what happens is afterwards it leads to the you know the dissolving of their relationship. John Beats Show Gun. I actually interviewed. Reshad you can still see the interview on on Youtube. A tube right now seconds after that flight cage side and he's like man. I'm done with Jackson's remember that he said I'm done with Jackson's are not coming back. And this is the end and all that stuff and and thus the build for UFC one forty five happened and in the build for you have C.. One forty five in the countdown. All over the place was that conversation. They pointed to that as the Genesis. Mrs Of you know the the break-up between Rishaad the teacher and the student John Jones and so had I not ask the night before if I just assumed that they had put that in there that they recognize the importance the magnitude of that comment and and the thing aired. I didn't have a chance to then you know. Tell them it was important. And then throw it. That's feud dude may never have happened. Isn't that crazy. MMA history. Yes all playing out Incredible that that almost never right now. It's possible that at some point they would have said something if they really felt that way about each other it would. Have you know it would have dissolved solved on. Its Own. And they would have had the break-up they would fight but I always think and in the build up that fight I always felt like I always took credit for. Oh like I was the one who has the question and Blah Blah Blah. But really the credit needs to go to actually recognizing the night before. Hey I'm actually working with people that don't know a lot about Ma maybe they didn't realize that this was a big deal end turn up. They didn't and I just always thought. Wow if I didn't ask that question what would happen. It's like that movie sliding doors. Yeah you have to assume you have to assume combat the reason John was willing to say yes to that. Question was at some in some capacity at some level this relationship was already kind of dissolving but the public public was not aware of this and the public was almost not made aware of this unless you had been able to toss from the desk Or from the desk to that interview And I remember that countdown show. I remember that being a crucial part of the lead up and I wonder I wonder if you told a John and Rashad that story where they were in in their minds where where Rashaad was When he was thinking about what happened there amazing anyway Super Bowl weekend and always fun? You mentioned the big voice. Yeah what about yours The other ones that come to mind I mean obviously the the Silva Belfort knockout was tremendous that I say Silva Silva Belfort That was tremendous twenty six. Cover the video game Shoutout to James Law forgetting the photo Pretty much took the photo from him. You have see eighty one also also tremendous for two reasons Big Dog finally gets a UFC belt. Even though it was an interim title submitting Tim Sylvia but more importantly brock listeners debut You know the Steve Mazda Guidi moment where he halts the fight it looks like brock is just going to steamroll right. Through Frank Mir Maserati halted the fight Deduct the point for illegal legal blow and then shortly thereafter. I remember the tap like the slow acceptance of all my God I got caught by this guy With with Mural beat up Mir submits them him and essentially ignites one of the best feuds in UFC history. Ninety four special. Because I worked on the primetime show I was in between jobs. MMA rated Had had been sold and I couldn't get back into the main media business talk about sliding doors and so my friend Jason Hare. WHO's currently working on that five or ten part Chicago Bulls documentary for ESPN and has produced some amazing Throughout these yeah has done like the Chicago. Bears one eighty five bears won the FAB. Five one did the Andre the giant dog anyway. He asked me if I wanted to help. Because he knew nothing about MMA until I was in charge of the BJ section. And that's when I realized that. BJ Wasn't really training. I'm for that fight because it was at one seventy and was just like going on leisurely jobs so that one is a proven training methods. Yes yes yes. So that one comes comes to mind Conde de as obviously you have C.. One forty three and one more UFC sixty seven was a great one. Because it was debut of Quinton Rampage Jackson and miracle-gro Cro cop and then of course Anderson civil was supposed to fight Travis Luder for the belt Luder Mrs Weight And then it becomes a non title fight and GSP was supposed to fight Sarah on that card as well as supposed to be both a title fight from from the ultimate fighter but I believe it was. Gop who got injured more might have been. Sarah my memory is is a little foggy at this point so they postponed sixty nine the first ever event in Houston and then of course met Sarah Knocks him out and we're going next week. So how about that. Houston there they go. It's funny how all the very few of these are contemporary right like. There's not a lot of really said superbowl weekend memories and now what's happening. Yeah Yeah like you have C.. One sixty nine I think was the last pay per view and then they did like a couple of fight nights but that it didn't feel big enough And then they stopped doing it and I think he kind of makes sense to be honest. Because there's so much attention there's so many resources on the game itself. Why try to compete against that? So I kind of think it makes sense from a business standpoint but it was always fun being in Vegas and you know people betting on games and all that stuff The vibe there was was just tremendous All right before we go there. There is There's a few more things that we have to get to. I just wanted to to bring up I mean. I know that you're a huge basketball fan. Like I am and I noticed that on Sunday afternoon. Tea who doesn't tweet. A lot was tweeting a lot or at least retweeting a lot of things about Kobe. Bryant's shocking death in his daughters others shocking death and and all the other lives. That were lost. Seven lives in that helicopter crash I talked about it a little bit on Monday but I have have to be honest. I still can't get over like I am. I mesmerized by just watching everything I thought. TNT did a phenomenal job with inside the NBA yesterday and All the clips clips that have been posted and I think he has peon has done a tremendous job of covering the story. But I just can't get enough of it like I can't stop listening to podcasts about it. I can't stop watching clips. oops I can't stop going on youtube in watching moments and I think it's because of the impact. He had on all of us as sports fans. But also I think as parents And and as fathers of daughters. It's tremendously painful. To just think about those closing moments and so I just wanted to know how you were handling it and how you were feeling about it all. Yeah Yeah definitely touched me at a very like real emotional level being a girl dad. Having my two year old daughter it really touched me at a at a level that I can't say it probably would have a few years ago but I think what's so interesting. Incredible about this whole thing is that it almost doesn't feel like he's gone on because they're so much footage of honey because there is so much out there. Kobe Bryant because he grew up so much in the spotlight as seventeen eighteen year old kid coming into the MBA eh in an era where now video was so important. So crucial and owning archives. There's so much out there Kobe. And the and the continual outpouring of of of clips in support of images and conversations talking about. Kobe almost feels like it. It doesn't need to end like there. There is so much there that this legacy can kind of continue. Continue to grow forever I think the shock is going to set in Sorry I think shock was the initial part. I think the reality of this is going to set in with a little bit more time but at the moment I'm kind of happy to see how much of a celebration of him and G G it is versus changes it. Can you know. Obviously there's people who who are affected by this in an emotional at an away that causes morning But at the same time I think there's so many people who idolize Koby be and are willing to celebrate him right now that it's really really heartwarming to see tst. Yeah I agree with Erick. It's the reality reality of this setting in is going to take awhile. I mean I still when you see the headlines or the bar going across the TV that Kobe Bryant is dead at age forty one and his daughter and seven others killed. It still doesn't feel real and this will definitely be one of those moments for the rest of your life. You remember exactly what you were doing where you were at that time. I got a phone call. I was at the LAUNDROMAT. Do my laundry and I was in the middle of lingerie and someone called me and told me the news that teams he was reporting and I just let out a huge. Like what's like what no you can't be serious and so then you go online and the moments immediately after that you're just like no no no this can't be true and and it breaks my heart every time I think about air like you. I'm listening Qazi reading things. I can't get enough of the coverage and this is this is going beyond sports this is on CNN and and this is on all the networks this is on your local news and as more and more is coming out of this I it just breaks my heart every time especially when you throw in the family aspect of it the community aspect of what. Kobe mental Los Angeles so many years it breaks my heart thinking about it and but but the positive spin on this is the sports world and the entire world at at large internationally. Because that's how big an impact coby Bryan had is coming together to remember him and that will always be the the great unifiers what we recall sports. And that's what's so inspiring. Obviously this is a horrible tragedy but knowing that we can all come together and celebrate and share some laughs about Kobe's life Ventura some incredible memories of his basketball life that that is uplifting. That's the great thing in a return. You're right they're speaking of being a girl dead near Req- good. I'm good okay. We we heard you telling your daughter to turn it off. I tried press mute. No screens if she no. She is She's playing with a little electronic puppy that makes noise and that's not conducive induces for me talking on this is no it's okay And that's that's the joy of being a dad and a girl dad. The the part that that makes what's this. I think very hard is. You're seeing the emotion of people that we consider to be somewhat larger than life like when you see Shaquille O'Neal and Jerry West and Reggie Miller and Ernie Johnson and these people and and Stephen a Smith and Jalen rose and Jay Williams grieve openly on the air. It for some reason it almost makes it hurt a little more because these people are you know people that I think that we put on a pedestal and they are superstars and to see someone like Kobe who was really almost you no packaged as immortal Mamba mentality and playing through the ruptured Achilles and and shooting free throws the broken arm and just always is overcoming obstacles and doing what he did and now to think that he's not here anymore. How's that possible? How is this guy who really seemed present? That in his second act he was going to be more impactful than in his first act of life and how he was so happy to be a dad so happy that his daughter was going to be a better player than he was in all this stuff. How is this possible? How how could this like? I can't wrap my head around it. I can't digest it And it's it's just a show. I mean this is you know I wasn't around for Roberto Clemente Eh. Wasn't around for Thurman Munson was around for John Lennon I do remember a lady. Di I do remember Michael Jackson This one I think is going to be one. That is going to haunt US forever and we'll be talking about where we were when it happened. And the the aftermath in what these weeks were like after I mean I just think that this is going to be one of those moments and you know what really makes me sad. What really makes me sad is that he was a tremendous player? One of the greatest ever five championships all that stuff. But he's always going going to be a great player who died in the plane crash or the helicopter crash. Like that's now going to be a part of the story and that really sucks. You know that really really sucks that that is who he is Because he just seemed like he was destined for such great things like the way he talked to the younger players even that one moment at the. UFC retreat how he talked about. You know coming together not not just for yourselves. But about the next generation this guy who was branded as being selfish in his against second seemed very selfless on it was putting his family first. And all this stuff and it's just all the footage and all the photos all the videos. It's it's really it's hard to take. It's it's painful it like physically hurts it's And so it's just been tough. It's been tough to think about other things and I didn't want to harp on it too much on today's show because I recognize that we are an escape valve for are for you guys who who listened to the show. You don't want to be you know you could go out and listen to a bunch of stuff on Kobe and I know that we are in. Ma Show. But I feel like we would be remiss if we didn't just bring bring him up ever so briefly here and just talk about how we were feeling because this has been a really hard week if your father if you're a sports fan if you're neither everyone I think has has been affected by this and it's just a it's just been really tough so anyhow I just wanted to talk about it in a little bit and share some thoughts and to say I'm still having a hard time time coming to terms with it and I don't feel like myself I still feel like I'm a fog in a fog and I never met the man I never. I never spoke to him. I was in his presence. Once at that Body Armor press conference in that I was the thrill in its own right but I didn't have a relationship with him. I just watched him for many years. Tried to get my haircut like him. One time I was pretty much it so anyway. I can't. I can't believe he's not here anymore. And I can't believe you won't get into hall of Fame Acceptance Speech and Worst of all. I can't believe his daughter won't get a chance to be in the WNBA and those other two who girls who Unfortunately passed away as well won't get their chance to to live out their dreams that Sir Anna and and by the way I recognize the fact that people die every day. And there's tragedies everyday recognize CNN is that but there's no denying that you know these people that we essentially invited to our homes and watch on a daily basis and talk about on an hourly basis have have an impact on us. And and that's okay. It's fine you don't have to be ashamed of that These things are different and For a guy of his stature to to to die like that it is just hard to handle right now so in any event tst. I do believe we have A review that you wanted to bring to our attention. I do have a review you and this comes from I. X is a five star review. And so he has a bone to pick with YouTube. Says some big you in New York Rick Van but I was listening to last Wednesday's show and he talked. Habib is number two pound for pound and maybe the best in the world call my IRA. So he says listen. Heightened way is on par with most well to rates. I don't think it could be you can use mon- Woodley Covington Mazda or even wonderboy Thompson. I believe he benefits from the fact that lightweight is not filled with dominant wrestlers at the top of the division while to rate is no one addresses the topic of Habib competing at wealth rate yet. He's quick to be crowned the best in the world he could be the lightweight. Go but not best in the world unless you fight a welterweight. I hope. Hope to your thoughts all right pause there review for one second. I'm going to get to that later on the show but in the midst of US taping this right now is around two seventeen. PM Eastern. In time I got a couple of videos of what appears to be a verbal altercation between Horry Mazda on tomorrow's men. They're both in Miami right now. They're at super bowl media media radio. Row whatever you call it. And they're doing a bunch of media. This is when all the media comes together in a big room and you go from station to station and apparently both of them were. They're doing some promotional work and got into a verbal altercation. I posted both the videos that I got on my twitter and instagram and a bunch of them are popping up right now. And so T. S. T.. I need you to call for a Moslem. All right now. He's going to join US literally seconds after this all went down to explain his side of the story. All right all right. Let's do it okay. So in a matter of seconds We're going to connect with horizontal and get his side of the story. TST calling him right now. Again in Miami verbal verbal altercation between Bonn Mazda. There's been talk of them Going back and forth fighting each other Saying things about each other. You know the whole story or you know the drill. You know what happened. You know the back story here but now they're in the same room and apparently it's onsite when you're in the same room but it doesn't appear as though any punches were thrown or anything like that so oh that is good news for everyone involved. I think that we have multiple right. Now he's in Miami literally just minutes after this actually happened and I really WanNa get his side of the story. Okay so first off for hey are you there yes sir. I'm right here right now. Okay so what happened in her radio row. No more Just another Wednesday. No me running into the haters and and and people talking Shit and blast from izing My name is something just saying things that are that are not true. You know and I just wanted this person to say that my phasing Beijing addresses in my face and he's a coward and you got all her and stuff and then he has this guy's on so I as a treat 'em oh man time when when it's between me and I know a lot of people here this is why you gotta be so many fucking wine. 'cause that's me to this. I should never opened opened. His mouth. Started talking all the wild shit that he's been talking when he came back it up and if I ever get looking to get my hands on our show the world the difference in Skill Elsa hand dog between me and I say before fight when I got respect for the guys in the skills that they bring. This is the guy that I'm going to start to finish. Okay can I tell you convicted in the wolf. How did it actually start? Did he say something to you. Did you say something to him. Did he see you. I did you see him I can you tell us how it actually kicked off. Why just told him I go man? You've been talking a lot of Shit saying this and that I'm I'M GONNA states you're facing somebody. Nobody else goes. Sandy Hook you up. You know I'm just letting you know my best you finish that you don't hear seat. He say he say something. I'm right to your face GONNA fuck you up the same way that I've let a lot of my opponents before you know like do more in private if it could just be me in them and look right known to hook you up but you know. I didn't get that chance with this do that. I don't like loosly if I got to have altercations every day I wouldn't mind Did anyone touched the other. Were there any not stupid. And he he plays Jason Guy on on TV but he's not stupid but what. What is that guy going to do in in a scenario like that hug my legs come on you know? He can't punch the little fucking wet. paperbacks what are you gonNA do in in the scenario that nothing but look down and have to take a seat you know. He's a punk did a lot of screaming and shouting that. I just wanted to tell them anything. Like I'm just got fuck you gotta you. Don't WanNa take that person. It's just it's going to happen man you know. Just relax you gotta be louder none because I said a very calm and right to his face. I'M GONNA fuck you up you know. It wasn't no need for him to overreact like that. And he's just sensitive man because he doesn't like the truth. Did he say anything to you when you said that to him. Yeah he said a lot of mumble rapid shit I don't know what he said where he said something about this and that and that and they're not fucking could care less. I just wanted to let them know my message. I'M GONNA fuck you up in and I don't want you to just hear me say eight on TV. And then Oh you could deny or confirm the conviction states your face you see how much conviction I have behind it and so when something like this happens and you're your little bit fired up. I could tell like. Does this in your mind cement. The fact this guy has to be next as this made the decision for you are you. You know you know my history Area I'm I'm a I'm serving types of music doesn't always mean that that I'm GonNa go only to that client. I'm Dr to them. Give me more focused but they need three pizzas. And Sodas the face of face fucking Chins to the collarbone. It doesn't matter I'm handing them out if he gets in now tomorrow or ten years. It doesn't really matter to me. You know there's bound I don't need everybody's had this in my division. And that's everybody from number one all the way down in number fifteen there's boundaries and everybody's head is just got to get the most money possible for each and every one of these. Oh fuckers that are gorgeous by the way. I'm watching the video. Someone texted it to. How long ago did this happen? It's two twenty one right now. Would you say happened like ten minutes ago. Fifty minutes ago. How long ago ten fifteen minutes ago man the noses quick You GotTa give me props for that. Why you're freaking Blake? I I didn't even know able communicate. Everyone has some questions room. I just talked to those. No he's talking about the incident right now go why yes thank you. It was clogged up in language. And I know they got Yeah headquarters over there. In Ninety Watt Shit. Listen to three. Zero five is kind of like my my second home so when things happened people hit me up. I was just curious if if no one was in between you guys. 'cause I've I've seen the footage now and people kind of were in between you do you think you would've gone physical with him if he Asking like he's going to do anything other than just breathe in in a way that I like him to breathe. Yeah he's done. I'm I'm GONNA Tiger bigger. He's he's a Beta. You know what I'm saying like you do something that might disturb the animals feet so he knows yes. It'd be very relaxed and Nice and calm. When there's people it gets a little while to bowling when there's nobody running known this guy for years he's been around for years? You know that guy. That got his job broken. He can't everyone up on me like that and started talking knows I'll slap the shit out. They beat the as Fucking S. Now he does have a cast in his hand and the little bit of humor still less than means like men are. I'm GONNA touch because he had this catching because I don't want no excuses. Ooh You beat me up because I had a cashier hand weights have incomes off you though I know it's fake. You know because even he said it himself went to the doctor and he doesn't know what's wrong with him he has a cast. Maybe next year I mean I don't WanNa take place all I can tell you that I will baptize this dude. My my greater campus is going to be painted on his face. Where do we stand right now? Is there any update from the last time we spoke on your next flight. Is it going to be used. When is it going to be? What could you tell us about your future Just out of pure coincidence and look out of nowhere just spoke to to nick manager you know and it was Interesting being in a in a in a lot of different inside because you've see saying one thing and it's completely different from from what we were hearing you know and and then to hear now from nick visas manager things make a lot more sense than it usually were sending those types of crazy things that I'm not willing to wait for no man. You know telling me this and that and that I got a complete there in the beginning of this year we got options. WHO's looking for? Who's WHO's GonNa give me the Nice Chunk of change? There's somebody like me has working sixteen years refreshing busing as needs. That's what we're looking for. You Know I. It's it's up to me. I mean I respect. Nick got nothing but respect for him and his brother. I got a Lotta respect for for Connor for what he's done inside the cage you know What those guys but I? I don't like his ass one bit. I haven't liked them. Never probably you know I just WANNA fuck his ass up. And and and he's he's besides seventy personalities nobody understanding no one of them. He's just apartment. It's the same guy five years ago. That's going to take pictures. We'll have seen your backyard fighting all the ship. fucker man the fucking grouping so if you had to predict right now you think it's who spun July if I was tell you why don't I don't WanNA break their face not for free but them but you know like whatever it'd be I I don't like him as a person and he's beating not the last guy because he's not talking but he's been other guys is The top team. That are some of my friends that some of my training partners so just without alone. You don't understand how much hurt and I wanNA put him. This guy got you know. I WanNa really separate myself from the pack on this guy's account you know I'm GonNa. I'm off his back. I'm going to catapult myself to another level okay and by the way what he has to tell you that that they're trying to get the fight with you we're talking. I won't get into details of that because there's so many people listening but it was all Good stuff you know. And it's crazy to hear from the horse's mouth as opposed to a third party the trickiness weirdness they were saying types of crazy shit. And you. You know we're GONNA figure it out we're going to make the world make the decision that makes the most motherfucking dollars and cents okay so in conclusion radio row earlier today Miami. Ucs Man he's doing media You guys are going back and forth you. Tell them what you think of him. You don't really remember what he said back to you. It was broken up in the whole thing. Just Kinda Kinda lasted a few a few minutes. Right yeah pretty much Either Beta man can ask too much of and and are you still there. Is there a chance you'll see him again or have you left. No no no I actually got things got a they got one segment. I've been elaborate insurance for a damn reason. Not just because I could speak and people understand me but it's because I fight when I go in the ring I fucking give it my all I fucking can give people passing. Give it their all. And that's me man. Not many people are into that Just hugging stuff to no avail. Yeah his last night he got Kale. They got more than he has wins. So what the fuck that. What are we talking about all right? Hey appreciate you doing this. I know I've been bothering you a lot lately. But there's a lot going on your life. Okay so I just. I felt like we needed to get your side of the story here. So thank you very much my man I appreciate you coming on very quickly here so you don't forget your boy. Asthma Scott out. Now you're getting fucked up. You better be off my Moscow. Everybody listening 'cause I'll find you leave it at that okay. My brother good night. There is the the three five zone I mean. It is Super Bowl weekend in Miami and so you might as well have or he might as well and You can see on my twitter on my instagram. I posted the the video of what I'm doing a live show here. TST like this is actually happening as we speak we need to be. We need to be live now K.. Never this tape stuff. Are you guys still. There's anyone still there. I'm still here ricky. Still here. I'm still here any comment you. I'm sure you saw the video. Now what do you think I mean. It's getting a little heated. It's getting a little heated. But they were separated by quite a bit of but it's a it look Muslims versus. Her son is not a bad alternative. If we're not getting conor McGregor versus where a Moslem. All kind of this is the one that has the most amount of heat attached twenty KS earlier today Mazari posted quote on the ESPN Lemay twitter and Instagram Maswadeh. Talking about doc. Some some quick mathematics that he did regarding Conor McGregor And then we get this fight with This this dust up with Mon Mazda much Conor McGregor McGregor seems to be keeping his options. Open is definitely not letting the the hot that's boiling with with use mon- lead up so I'd be interested in either. Ah Good from Oslo. He deserves attention and It seems like he's he's GonNa get something into this okay so I will answer that review question that T- posed before we had the breaking new segment there. But I feel like you have some work to do with your job with this stuff coming out so I will let you go New York Rick. You've been great. Thank you thank discography and much loved Niemira Hook you up. Let me know. It's ten dollars a pop and we'll talk later all right so there's near. Tst Can you remind me of the question. We're just GonNa do this live. I don't care this is this is the magic of is he in your mind. I know you're thinking like wait. Why are we doing this like this? Why don't we just edited right like? Why don't we just clean this up? That's the beauty of taping site. I WanNa do this live. I want people to know that in the middle of the show. As you're reading me that review I told you to call for muscle right or wrong. I mean I know that's what will end up doing but tst preferred just lead off with horror. Hey and you know blow that up but hey whatever you want so the review and the question within the review was basically. Hey what's not Crown Habib the best in the world because we haven't put them in the welterweight division. He will lose if if he were putting the author eight division. I don't know how you can actually say that. I think that the guy's the most dominant fighter her in the history of the sport. Twenty eight to know Has Only lost one round. People can't say that no one has ever had a start to a career like that it known has fought on the level that he fought and been that dominant for that long known has gone that long without losing around. The one round of course was to conor McGregor around three of their air flight in October of two thousand eighteen. So how could you say confidently that. If he goes up to seventy he would lose. How can you say that now? The fact that he's not actively legal up to one seventy s fine. He's he's the man when fifty five what does he need to go to one. Seventy four so feels like a bit of a flawed argument. If you're asking me and I don't think that that should be you knock on him in the pound for pound rankings power rankings is all about all right if everyone was the same way the heavyweights to the flyways. Who would be the men now if someone does go up and down does that give us more insight as to how they would do and does that give them some extra points absolutely but if someone doesn't like gop for the longest? It's time to go up. John Jones has not gone up right. A bunch of people haven't gone but does D. C.. Get more points for going up. In my opinion yeah. We're going down whichever way you look at it absolutely but I don't think it should be a detriment should be like a knock on the guy so I don't necessarily agree with that. I just WanNa see someone fight. Kobe Covington. I don't know what's going to be. If Habib wants to move up and lose a colby I would welcome that. So that Colby can make his undefeated streak away. Okay and on that note jess minimalist tip of the Week K.. Aerial so in the spirit of everything that has happened over the last few days and I I know you and you would reference this that Jay Williams video that was circulating after Kobe. Very emotional very powerful Abassi whatever you have going on with the person in your life forever beef. You have whatever little petty battle. You're fighting that you just have to let it go and I wanNA tie in here. Is that a problem that I've faced with the people that are close in my life is that I always make time for people. I always made time for people the people that are really important to me and sometimes I feel like that's not reciprocate. It's always like oh I'm too busy. Sorry we'll talk next next week and then that just keeps happening over and over again so what I want to say to everyone. Is that listen if we have learned in the last few days all what we have learned is that life is fleeting. You never know what's going to happen the next day and I know that's very morbid but it just very real and so those people that are important in your life stop putting off. Make time for them. I know we are all busy. See I know we all think we have super important things to do but at the end of the day. I called Spinning Rockville at the end of the day. We're all just these little creatures that are going around and around on spinning rock for eternity. It's really not that important so while you were on this earth make time for the people that are important for you all the other obligations that you supposedly have that you I think are important at the end of the day. They're really not and I know aerial. That may sound weird to you. Because I know you're such a grinder and you really really value. What it is you do? The the end of the day it's family it's the people that's that's what we all should want to be remembered for right amen. Wall said hundred percent like yesterday hearing a Shaquille O'Neal say that I'M GONNA be saying I love you more to to you know the colleagues on on NBA inside the NBA NBA TNT. Like that just the. Yeah Yeah you know and and and the thing is we say this a lot right. We always say this sort of thing. I'm GONNA appreciate life more and a hug. My life loved ones. I'm GonNa Tell Them I love them and then a week goes by two weeks. Go by and it's back to normal and so it would be nice if we did it more. It would be nice if we remember to do these things more if we appreciated people more if we lived in the moment more or if we didn't sweat the small stuff As much as we as we usually do if we don't take these things so seriously these trivial things that can go away in an instant and at the end of the day respect our family and our and our parents and our brothers and sisters and our loved ones and our friends and colleagues life would be a lot better and it has been really nice to see so much positivity when there's so much negativity online I wish it wasn't you know I wish it wasn't Coming as a result of what happened on Sunday Sunday I would never want that in a million years. But that's been I guess the one small nice byproduct that that thread that L. Dunkin has inspired the girl dad threads of all the dads with their daughters and things. These are beautiful things. I wish it wasn't at the expense of these lives But I do hope that we can be better people and and honestly being at ESPN today and being at ESPN Monday. especially like I kind of feel and these are my interactions with people. I do feel like you know we are hit by it because because we we we work in sports we live and breathe sports. I do feel like people are a little kinder to each other in a little nicer and a little more compassionate. I don't know if that's going going to last but to your point I grew the sentiment. I hope it does remain. I hope it does last. I hope that's you know it's been ugly. Couple years in our in our in our world and Things happen and will continue to happen but I do hope that we are kinder and remind everyone to appreciate life and appreciate each other and love each other and tell people how you feel about them and so in the spirit of that I love you. TST and I love New York Rick and you guys are a big part of my lives and I appreciate get everything that you do for me was hoping you'd say that I love you too and I love mixed martial arts thank you that should be your t-shirt. Tse T shirt shirt. I love mixed martial arts with called the COVINGTON in Israel destiny on the back. Wow look at that. Look at that pronunciation. You've come a long best you've come along I was looking being at the rankings. That some of you guys put together the thirty three twenty one rankings came out and I was like wow I know every single name on this list I never would have known this year ago. Well so if you if you and I suggest checking it out dot com slash. If you know all those names you will definitely no one through twenty for sure. My guess. I can't wait to see it and I can't wait to hear what you think of. I wonder I don't even know where Colby fell if he did fall. Anywhere wasn't in thirty three twenty one. Wow that's gonna it'd be really interesting tomorrow the eleven through twenty ranking comes out and then one through ten on Friday cool little concept. Check that out right now dot accomplish Emma may also later today check out the bad guy and ESPN plus cheile is chills in Miami. How about that so we did from there? Anyway we're out of time. What a show? Wow Jeez so many angles so much digest. Thank you very much Stephen. A Smith for coming on tremendous. He's the man love talking to him and and I hope that He opened your eyes and ears a little more after that conversation. Thank you as always New York. Rick appreciate his time and of course beg to Horry Mazda and all for the the late appearance. They're they're crazy stuff in Miami for now though we're at a time. Thank you to all of you for listening subscribing downloading commenting reviewing all that sophomore. I appreciate you I love you and I'll talk to you next week

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The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

23:47 min | 1 year ago

The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

"Hates area who wanNA various Hawaii's May Show let me tell you about my good friends over at ESPN daily. has you know each and every morning you can wake up to the best story you will hear are all day courtesy of Espn daily twenty minutes. A day. Five days a week were you can get an inside look at the most interesting stories at ESPN as told by the top reporters and insiders on the planet the Breaking News of Sports Center with the deep dive storytelling of thirty for thirty. Today's episode is one. I thought our listeners would especially enjoy joy. Please listen and subscribe to Espn daily wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Even better than who I was. You know everyone says we missed the old contra the two thousand sixteen contract but feel better than that now amateur. I've experienced everything in this business. That was notorious enemy fighter conor McGregor doing his best to convince us. All that will see a return to form in this Saturday's as UFC main event against Donald cerrone but with three years of controversy troubling behavior even criminal allegations McGregor's battles in the octagon overshadowed by the battles outside of it. It's Friday January seventeenth. I'm Dominic Foxworth. I still today kinds. This is ESPN daily presented by indeed the New Year new budgets. Every small business has unique needs when you partner with the Dell Small Business Technology advisor you get real time tailored advice he'll even give you a free audit on your servers and storage devices to develop a custom solution to help improve improve your company's productivity plus right now upgrade to windows ten and get up to forty five percent off select business computers with Intel core processors to speak with Adele adviser call eight seven seven by Dell. That's eight seven. Seven by Dell conor McGregor is backed like got no are we excited about that we trepidation. It's it's like what's what's the failing that he's coming back to the octagon. I think that we're a little all things. Kevin Van Valkenburgh is a senior writer for. ESPN Kohner is is the biggest draw in the fight game I think that the interest in this fight proves that but how you feel about him is dependent on how how much you care about his behavior outside the ring which has ranged from mischievous too serious to potentially criminal. And there's a lot of of questions I think morally about this fight and just how much connor is doing it simply to kind of change the narrative surrounding him so in the lead up to this big invite you made a trip to Dublin Ireland connors hometown. Or are you trying to find out. I think we wanted to understand. is where is connor now in his life and in his career and not only like where he was what was going on with these allegations that published against him but how people felt about him. Connor was such a conic figure in Ireland during his rise that we couldn't help but wonder like. Is that still true. What kind of neighborhood did he grow up in? How's his family? We're from his always been sort of a mixture of some dispute. He's from the suburb of Crumlin. which probably thirty forty years ago was a pretty rough part of Dublin was certainly an area where crime in an organized crime were rampant? And now if you ask people about Crumlin the view it more as hipster kind of up and coming place. Connor certainly was someone who was around part of the criminal element of Crumlin. But I think tim portray it As this war zone which he has sometimes done is as a way to kind of elevate. His own credibility would be inaccurate but he was a working class Schuyler he was on government aid right up until his first big break and fighting correct connor took an apprenticeship to be a plumber and he hated needed it and he told his father. It's either fighting or nothing. And so he was earning essentially like from government assistance. One hundred eight euros a week until he won his first year. Oh see fight which paid him sixty thousand euros and that was kind of his big break. That eve is like all right. I finally don't have to be on government assistance anymore. I'm actually going to do this for real. Like a lot of fighters connor was motivated by what he perceived as his poverty. Now are there a lot poorer people in the Dublin Dublin area than Connor. Yes certainly grow up as like poor as Mike Tyson. Like no way but I mean he's still became like a folk hero to the Irish people. Can you kind of explain how are in that status. Boxing is a really important part of Irish culture. They really hang on the Olympic results. It's like every four years as as if they're Olympic fighters and this is both men and women don't do well. They're crushed even more so than soccer and so conor came up a little bit through that tradition. As it was part of the Kremlin boxing club and he was an average boxer. He wasn't particularly. I would say skilled but as has fighting became more popular in Ireland in in Great Britain and in Europe Connor was more drawn to that and there really wasn't a way to make make a living as a mixed martial arts fighter in Ireland before Connor. He made it possible like this dream was was real. He echoed working working class and that made a lot of people really proud. That meets a lot of Irish people feel like this is our Avatar for the new century. New Era of Ireland but on you said humble in Encarta McGregor in the same sentence yeah. It's it's hard to believe now but in the beginning connor was seen as kind of funny but more humble figure we talked to oh cyrus redder a UN McKenna. Who met him at a McDonald's rates after he won his first big fight and didn't even have a car back then he had sort of job into there and he was super funny and polite and friendly and you know he's confident in his skills as a fighter but wasn't this kind of outward outlandish? Should Steve Austin type character and what happened as things went on is that Connor learned the best way for him to move up within the OC and and make a lot of money was blend the lines between what was kind of a wwe style character. And I'd like to take this chance to apologize. Is You buddy. When did the kind of hyping persona start got to show itself so back in the early part of Connor's career? He kind of started understand that the best way for him to promote himself was Denali social media but to kind kind of get some of his early fans to sort of help him out into sort of encourage them to to talk up. Talk him up. And you have SI president Dana White went to to Dublin in two thousand and thirteen to basically get an award from Trinity College for something some people in Ufc they they kind of invited connor out to dinner. And we're like bladder note. This guy can fight but if he can fight it all he is going to be an absolute superstar because he has charisma out the eyeballs. I can't and so we really really kind of through his personality that he managed to get various kind of bigger and bigger boats until he. He talked his way right. Up onto getting a title fight was been the high point of his career. In the octagon when Conor McGregor fought Jose Aldo. I think there was still a lot of doubts just about whether this guy was more mouth or more more skills and Jose those legendary figure within fighting and we came from this gracie tradition in Brazil. And everyone thought like okay. This guy is just a lethal fighter. He is going to be able to just absolutely shut. This clown up and when they faced off there was a huge amount of hype as a huge amount of paper. View buys drugs to the southbound Torius lacks the champion Joe and they walked towards another. They had all this animosity. All this trash talk leading up to fight and Connor Cottam with a nasty hook thirteen seconds into the fight and Aldo Aldo. Dropped to the canvas and it was just like Oh my gosh this guy talk the talk and walk the walk and news undisputed featherweight featherweight champion. The world McGregor again during the high times as he won around the world what was Kinda McGregor's relationship shit with his homeland. Irish people by nature. And they'll tell you this so whether you believe it or not but that they're sort of humble there about family there. They were sort of told to be reserved served stuff. Connor was not that connor especially as he Scott. More famous was someone who was very much about. I'm the king in a lot of people felt like maybe we should celebrate our successes. Maybe we should be more proud of who we are in. Maybe Connor is the kind of Avatar of that he he can. Kinda represent are so things started to change. Though when Connor started seeking a fight with the boxer floyd mayweather so he steps outside of of his own sport and he opens up a whole door of controversy with the story behind this fight before they entered the ring. One thing about the you can say about connors whether you kind of by into whether it's one of the great fighters of all time. He is certainly one of the greatest people at promoting fights and with that came. I think some really complicated morality connor. I understood that some of the appeal of like rocky versus creed was that it was a black ivers as a white guy why and connor knew that he wasn't deep down in the same boxing. Classes Floyd Mayweather and Floyd Mayweather also knew that so connor. Her started to sort of really lean hard into this character and so in the promotion of this fight conor used I think a lot of pretty ugly language language that for the first time people were like like I know this is all like part of the game but this is kind of making me pretty uncomfortable. Boy Boy does he suggested that a lot of the media thinks I have a problem with black black people from the penny down. Now you can see this having played out in the Irish media. There's a lot of people said this has gotten to be too ugly to ignore conor. McGregor doesn't get a pass on his racism simply because he's an incredible athlete because he's a great fighter because he's making a lot of money. I think what's a lot of people felt what was that. Connor began to kind of lose him. In this character. You can only play a character for so long before that becomes who you really are. So Oh I guess in the lead up to that. Fight recognizing like fighting's history with using race to sell the fight was their constituency. Okay that was on connor side. I think that one thing that's interesting and complicated about connor is that he's always sort of represented a sort of clash of cultures. There's there is a little bit of of nationalism involved in the sort of appeal of fighting like whether it was mayweather fight whether it was Habib fight like people you saw connor as like this sort of representative of white identity and of the West and then he lost the fight. The watts he did lead the fight mayweather. I think most people would tell you that one of lead me with his great skills sort of been selling fights breath and I think you can look at it from the specter of a well. It went almost ten rounds like it was in the tenth round that that Floyd scored a Tko the McGregor again. I would say he did not embarrass themselves. But I would almost bet you that most boxing afficionados does would tell you that fight could have over in three minutes and people would have been livid and felt like they got totally ripped off so what floyd was willing to do is just kinda intellect congregated in the little punches here and there and and basically pull off an incredible heights. I mean people are willing to pay it. We're the suckers in the whole thing right. Not Not Floyd and Garner coming up with all the controversy surrounding Conor McGregor how you have see responding at Espn daily covering the greatest sports stories in history. Three we know what makes the Dream Team. And when you're hiring for your business you need the recruits. That will become champions. That's why you need indeed for your business indeed will help help you find the best playmakers for your business with tools like online skills tests that help candidates show. They're the perfect tire for you. Post your next job at indeed dot com slash rush. ESPN daily and try skills tests for free that's indeed dot com slash. ESPN daily terms conditions and exclusions apply Kevin. The racist comments are one thing but he also had a a series of criminal allegations he did. And that's where I think things started to get even uglier as it no longer. Was this character something that connor just said but it was sort of playing itself out in things that he was doing in the build up to the fight with could be Moraga made off Not only was connor. Serve using really kind of you know awful illusions about Muslims about You know cubs manager. He kept referring to him as a terrorist. He came to the Barclays Center in the lead up to one of the. US's and picked up a a Dolly. The kind of thing that used to say would move a refrigerator on wheels and he threw it through the window of the bus where Bieb Bob and his teammates were which caused a couple of fighters to have to pull out of that. You have see because there were injured by the class and Dana White at the time said the most disgusting thing that has ever happened in the history of the company but you could see some ways weighs like the FCC policy because they would later use those same images to promote the fight when it was time for Connor in face one another the contract. He had an incident in his home country to right he did so. If you ask most people in Ireland Orlands what was it. That really began to change their opinion about connor. Would they would tell you. Is that when there was footage that came out. TMZ acquired it of of him punching an older man in a pub in Crumlin this video surfacing Thursday showing the UFC star cold-cocking Amanda Bar in Dublin. Ireland April six. Let's take a look. Connor was came into the pub and with handing out glasses of his personal brand of whiskey and the guy didn't want to drink it and he'd turned down Connor couple couple times and said no. I don't WanNA drink this whiskey and connor turned in just cracked him right in the face. That really made a lot of people would be like. This guy is a jerk. This guy is really as scummy. And we're not gonNA support him anymore. The New York Times reported on some even more heinous allegations. There was clear if you were in Ireland. That conor McGregor was being investigated for something because they papers kept alluding to the Irish superstar are being investigated for sexual assault at at the but the liable laws in Ireland are much different than they are in the US you cannot name accused or the accuser until until there is a conviction not even just the charge and so there was always rumors that this was connor. Who is the person being investigated by the police? But the Times got four sources to confirm independently that was connor who was in being investigated for sexual assault and six months. After that day confirmed that he was another sexual assault was he was being investigated for. So it's really presenting. I think a lot of darker allusions to Connors Return. Where does this leave him in his reputation at home? I think a lot of people really look at him more as a curiosity as a bit of a freak show they they feel like he is returning to the ring to change the narrative surrounding him. I would say ninety nine percent of the people that we talked to said. Connor is awful whole. He doesn't represent us. He's an embarrassment. We went there not expecting that. We've meant they're expecting people to sort of still be in his corner so if he's going to win those people back back. It's GonNa be a longer road. I think then he thinks I have to admit when I was reading your article I enjoyed when you stumbled upon amateur rapper. Our Economy Gregor district. I mean that's sometimes the magic of reporting right is you go into a barbershop and you just start asking people about Gregor and the one guy is like Oh by the way Conor McGregor distract that. I'd love to play for you. Let me send it to you on WHATSAPP McGregor who takes with the arrogance of money of a Wall Street banker regarding that pinstripe suit. WHO GETS USED TO BE CUE which only disputes theological flavor quicker than the juicy fruit? I thought that was a good window into to this. Isn't just like educated upper-class professionals who are looking down on Connor McGregor and saying like Oh this is awful. This is like they're scraping together money for the pay per views. They're they're following the game. They're just see him as kind of a joke. And I I think conor would deny that conor would tell you that doesn't exist but I'll tell you it absolutely does in light of all this the racist remarks criminal allegations how has the UFC in its president. Dana White handled the controversy and allegations around McGregor. I think the truth is is that conor makes the UFC a ton of money. Connor is a money printing machine and and until he's no longer viable as a fighter. They're going to continue to use him in A. We asked Dana and the interview. You know how can you promote to fight with these allegations. Hangover said and Dina's response was he hasn't been charged with anything. Connor made a lot of bad decisions over the last year's unbelievable amount about decisions. and Are you gonNA stop a guy for making a living when he hasn't been charged so terms of the morality argument. The has always kind of taken a back seat to to to how much money this person can make us and everything points to connor eventually having a rematch with Habib maybe even by the end of the year and there would be a huge huge amount of money that everyone could make from that and so that's ultimately the the God that everyone is GonNa serve until it becomes untenable. Let's talk about where things stand now. Look at this fight. I was throwing on Saturday. Do from Greg Image. Well think it'd just be this first step on the redemption tour he. He talked a lot in our interview with Ariel Awani about how. Oh in such a horrendous camp in the training to face Habib that he was drinking all the time it wasn't training very hard almost who too intense in two series and they're not working hard enough outside. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside because then the next day rolls around you're focused when you left then it's time to back. You're not a shop. You're not especially not as eager to be there. It wasn't where he was at the mentally he just couldn't focus even though it was really the biggest fight of his life in part because he'd made so much money and it didn't really matter it was kind of more about bride than it was about status and he couldn't someone that end what he said in build up to this fight is he's got that hunger again he's willing to really sell out for fighting. I'm listening to myself and I followed my my internal instruction and it's just giving me more passionate more focus more driving. I'm doing what I feel I need to do. It's a fields glue now that he's been humbled a little bit that he realizes that people have begun to sort of be turned off by the character of gone umbrella. He's trying to get back to what he was as a fighter and I think we'll see that that power still the question I would ask as discounters still have that speed because a combination the nation of the two was really lethal in the ring. And I don't know as you start to get older. You might still have the strength but whether you can still combined it with the speed is tale is oldest As laugh addicks. The best case scenario is that connor will sort of return to that person that he was who is very skilled very dedicated fighter. What I think would be more interesting in some ways as if he did lose this? Fight where we'RE GONNA go. I imagine he would still try to fight again but who would be interested in have lost to you kind of someone who is completely over the hill as a fighter and no one would really care about some of his antics so the character that is connor. McGregor would kind of be debt. What happens if he wants to fight? What's next there'll be at least probably one more fight after this? If he does is when the fight who that would be with. I think he'll have to kind of auto with various people in C. N.. Everyone knows that he's focused on the the rematch with could Lebed. Who was really the best fighter in the world? He's he's this unmovable Russian force who is just not only strong but it completely completely emotionless in this kind of Drago type way and he handled connor so easily in the first fight that I think that if there was a rematch connor would enter as a huge underdog but that would just play more into this narrative that connor wants says that he has to kind of prove himself and if he does win then all of a sudden he's the king of the world again I appreciate it. Thanks for taking time with buddy. Aw That's our story for today. I'm Dominic Foxworth this has been. ESPN daily meaner will be back on Monday

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Ep. 2,884: Conor McGregor retirement talk and MMA head coach Jim West

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Ep. 2,884: Conor McGregor retirement talk and MMA head coach Jim West

"Mason. Nations title roll baby on amick junkie radio with gorgeous, Georgia. And this is what we do. We do it baby. We. Covering and they may from all over the world. This is the previous stop for all your combat sports needs. And that may junkie radio. The only showed broadcasting live from the Mandalay bay resort and casino in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada. The lights are on and the mic, sir. Hot. It's tied to get your MA fixed junkies. Take it away. Big-time gorgeous, George goes. Are you ready junkie Verdan? Verdon? The high capital of the world inside the beautiful Mandalay bay racing sports book, you are listening to the MA junkie radio show. The only show that matters on your host gorgeous. Georgia's he's always is the devious and dastardly goes our coast back east producer. So she's Gabby Lous. What's up what up much I'm up to have extra energy today? Because goes is a little under the weather, but he's hanging in there. He's he's toughing it out made it into the studio. So I'll do my best goes how about that? Gimme seventy percent sixty five something like that. You got that for? Sure. All right. So what have we been doing the last two three weeks on this show? Has it been breaking down fighting? No, not really has been previewing fights. No, not really hasn't been recapping fights. No, not really. I mean, we've done a little bit of that. But boy, this is like National Enquirer slash TMZ slash Jerry Springer slash MMA junkie radio. As of Li it's just mere every story. Get even bigger and bigger and bigger. Yeah. Big time. Tell you what man if you're an EMMY fighter, and you don't goofed up in your pass, let the whole world know now because it'll just get buried then as great under the news of the big guys, the big guns in the sport just going out there and stepping in do doing doing stuff, you know, this. You know that that Jif of Homer Simpson. Calling back into the bushes. Yeah. Let's TJ dillashaw, right? Kinda everybody else's George. Mas little. Yeah. We were all the way out tomorrow. It'll be that was waiting to see, you know, we'll dillashaw have a little bit more of a specific answer to. The pulsing that he had is adverse pulsing that came up on his test. And but in between, you know, all that man, there's just been so many so many other things to cover. And of course, it's it's the big big names. These things are going down with Conor McGregor. Boy, I'll tell you what that phone getting taken stepped on and we'll snatched away stepped on. And then taken for good. That's peanuts. Compared to what's happened in the last twenty four. So let's start with what happened in the last twenty four hours Conor McGregor retired. Okay. I'm serious tired. Yeah. Yeah. We have we have except nobody believes them. Now. I shouldn't say that because it was a couple well wishes from fighters and may media and fans, and I was shaking my head gone. A he didn't retire be. You all our fallen for this. I'm calling was just negotiations. I mean. He has been calling every fighter out for the last six seven cars. Hey, congratulations. Sure. Would love to do it in Brazil. Brazil fans are great. Hey, congratulations. Cowboy you you? And I gotta get it done. Whatever, you know, the last one, I think was Pettus you join the club kid. You know what I mean? Meaning he had one at featherweight lightweight and welterweight. So I could tell this guy has been wanting to fight. He's always in shape, and he loves the fight game. And he loves fighting and he still thirty right? So he's not in any way over the hill be loss. His last law has last two losses are two two fighters who have never lost. No semen that before that he had quite the run. Well, I guess he did go one in one verse India's no slouch, you know, what I mean? Anyway, I saw that he retired. I was in buying it. But others were here's what he said. And fat goes I honestly had to refresh a few times and go on different sites. Other than EMMY junk. Easy. Just to see if I wasn't in sometime warped from two thousand sixteen I slowly found out that he was serious. But here's exactly what he wrote. Hey, guys. Hey, guys, cook announcement, I decided to retire from the sport, formerly known as mixed martial art today. Not art art. I wish my old colleagues. Well, going forward and competition. I now join my former partners on this venture already in retirement, proper pinochle adas on me, fellas. I read that. I think the first person I saw was demon Martin from Emma me weekly going all boy, you know. And that's why I thought you know, what that like is what they'll look like CONNER left this phone and one of his mates grabbed it and said, hey, let's retires as kind of how we mess around on. When you leave your Facebook open or something like that? Let's just put something on their clown this dude, and he'll get a few tax. And that'll be that. That's what it looked like to me. When he wrote mixed martial art. I concentrated on that just that alone because it was in quotes in what's he saying here mixed martial art, implying that one sport or martial art has. Is a big focus at this time. And that's when that's when I started scanning Twitter to see could he possibly at me on this. Yeah. I didn't think it was a retirement that just told me he's the one that did it and not a publicity. Yeah. Well, yeah, I suppose what was the other one? Thanks for the cheese. Catchy. Late catches later. Yeah. So I read this. And I thought no no can't be. It's a joke. It's a. The negotiation ploy. Someone punked the retirement. That's not the way you go out. He's not twenty two thousand twenty seven. Then you're still you still little immature. I guess, but it's got two kids. Now got a whisky brand suit suit line and other stuff eat it just seems like at some point. Specially when you when you cross the three, oh, you just don't do this this. This is silly. You know what I mean? So I saw it. And I was like whatever he ain't retired woke up he was still retired. And I thought that he was going to say that damn Artem got a hold on my phone or coach cavenaugh or somebody Gunnar. Nobody got a hold of it. But either way I still wasn't in any panic mode. I wouldn't panic if he retired anyway, I'd be bummed out. Truthfully bummed out because I really liked the guy as as an active member of our sport. There's no other fight week like Conor McGregor fight week. But I know that there's been. A few things that have been holding them off a getting the proper opponent b the whole combing versus main event slot. See what are you gonna pay me? He wants ownership if you're not gonna pay him. If you're not gonna treat him with the respect that he wants. Okay. Just give me a piece of this. This other pie. But still. I didn't feel like he was retiring, and I still don't feel like he's gonna retire think he's gonna win. Now that part I'll start to save a little bit for our day debate. Would you know it's going to be about Conor McGregor today? So I still want to get a little bit more reaction from you heaven, hog stager. Okay. When I thought I kind of thought maybe this could be some there could be something to this. And then when I saw Dana Dana white, and what he said he just had this type of answer to that. That it didn't seem like it was part of the negotiation thing. Or Dana is brilliant. Okay. Okay. He's good at it. And so when I saw that went, well, wait a minute. Could he really be leaving? But it just doesn't make sense with with him just throwing names out there. People wanted to fight that very Connor esque. Well, let me give Dana White's reaction. Okay. So dana. I think new. Well, he was probably already getting it up or he already news going to get up. So so I what I believe happened was he sent a text to the the media all the media sources that he deals with on the rag like our Jon Morgan Damon Martin who I mentioned earlier Okamoto. I oh Lee. I would say Ariel by think they're there. So on the outside. I don't think they do that anymore. So regardless bent or sorry bread is with with aerial at ESPN and. See I saw it differently. Goes let me read to you what he wrote he has the money to retire. This is from Dana white again UC president, quote, he has the money to retire and his whiskey is killing it from reading it highly wrote, it white said in a statement obtained by Emma main junkie, we continue it totally makes sense. If I was him. I would retire to. He's retiring from fighting not from working the whiskey will help keep them busy. And I'm sure he has other things he's working on. He has been so fun to watch. He has accomplished incredible things in the sport. I am so happy for them. And I look forward to seeing him be successful outside of the octagon as he was in it in of quote does that team very Dana Escott. You know, it doesn't cause I think Dana has to maintain that. I'm the head. She's here. I'm the big man on campus. But he also knows that Conor McGregor may. The company a lot of money. So that's why he can be a little bit late. That's why he could miss a press conference or two. That's why he can do a lot of things that other fighters can't do. Because if I'm not mistaken looked even without looking it up last year UC to twenty six was two point four million papers. I bet you if you added up all the other ones for the year. It's pretty close to even. So what this guy can do one show is what the company will do in the other eleven months. So you just I'm sure he shakes his head. I'm sure he says stuff underneath breath. You know, like about the dude that's probably a chance he doesn't like him. But I think he has say enough good things. So that they can just coexist. Do these business transactions? I'll promote you fight. And then once once the runs over the run is over now that said I believe Khanna McGregor. Same thing. Oh, bald goof, or whatever, whatever it is people say about Dana, white, you know, this guy again, he, you know, he won't pay me what I want. All right, fine. I won't fight, blah, blah, blah. That's what he's telling his confidence. Then in the end when they both make a lot of money 'cause they negotiate. They figure it out. How can you not toast to somebody? That's why you see those pictures of them toasting, whiskey or champagne or just smiling, laughing hugging whatever because we both made a shitload of money, they figured it out. But that doesn't mean they're going to be, you know, best friends forever. And if they are it'll be way in the future when they can when the bills so filthy, rich. They can just forget about it. But for now that's just the game ES to play. That's why he's got to put that stuff in there goes that's why he's gotta put on. He's been so fun to watch. All those things he doesn't say that about other fools. He said like about Tyrone Colby and all the all the others that he calls or feels like are, troublemakers. John jones. Hell, no. He'll he'll set them straight. You know what I mean? But this one that's his favorite man, man. I and so that's why he says it that way because that was his way of saying, okay? You're retiring cool. I see what you did have fun in retirement, but he's not saying half on retirement asshole. Don't let the door hit you on the way asshole reasons saying there is because he wants to keep a little bit that door open. Just let the other guy over-react any knows. You're still welcome. You know, even though kicking little still got that room empty for you. And I'm going to be a nice guy and come back home when you're ready. And you know, what I'm saying think, so I think I still think they would there would have been the little bit of job at least one. So what do you think of what do you think it is? I think it might be true that he's retiring. Yeah. I honestly think it might be true. And it's only you wanna coast only, look, I'm only saying this because he has so much else going on in his life, personal and business wise that he's right? He does have a lot of money, and I just feel like if he if he really was this all wasn't negotiation tactic. I agree with you Dana white could leave a little door. But I still think he would have thrown a couple little little jabs there. And don't forget at for as much money is that do generate it's because of who he was with these last two losses. I don't know that he can just keep doing it over and over and over I think after a while those numbers start to drop a little bit. And I think Dana realizes that as well. I may have bled this guy too much. And now, I'm not so sure I have as much as I used to. It's still good still big piece of cheese when he lost Floyd. He may here the biggest pay-per-view ever in may. So that lost didn't affect them. 'cause he. Actually almost beat it by you beat it by about eight hundred thousand. So that one didn't hurt him Habib's. We don't know because he's yet the fight, and it'll be different because ESPN plus is going to be a whole other animal that I don't wanna get into right now. But you're right there might be a step back. But regardless what did you say yesterday? It was something along the lines of when you're at the top of the game, you're a rockstar. And what else did he say like the star quarterback at this all in one only? That's what Conor McGregor is man everybody. He controls the center of the universe for at least one night. Remember these Forbes list when you see him Floyd Floyd said something once, you know, Cristiano Renaldo and who the Matt Ryan, you know, some of those guys that make a lot of money. Aaron Rodgers the baseball guys. Trout. Holy cow. But he says those guys at the play all year. He goes, I get it done in thirty six minutes. That's that's strong point. He gets three hundred million thirty six minutes and wins. He's never lost. So even though convert can't both that he can both at an EMMY he controls everything, man. Just with like there's a laser at the end of his index finger, and he just points to it. And and stuff happens. That is a dictating winning is addicting, and you know, being legendary and historical figure that is a dictator for this guy. So that along with one other thing. And then we'll get to the other news. The other thing that I wanna tie into. Okay. Did I forget what wasn't say. Well, that one thing that one thing that when they time that the other thing. Yeah. Melissa, and it's just one got damn goes. All right. So forgot I guess we have to go into the hold on give me ten seconds to recover here. Gabby. How's your weekend? Weekend. Yeah. It was good. They'll get it. He'll get I watch this. That's it was just good. Yeah. I need to shut up. You're gonna worse. You're gonna worse. Mcgregor. Well, fuck was my point. Our house we can give. Well, you just told me to shut up. So now. Okay. So I'll get it. I'll get it. So it'll come back to me goddamn business when that happens to me. So let's talk about the other news. All right. Well, what I wanna tie in to up knife forgotten. I'm just get what I wanted to tie into this whole Dana white thing was the same way. That news broke today. That have been kind of been lingering out there. I think it hasn't caught many people by surprise, right? Yeah. It didn't it did. Well, remember, we're a hard work deep, but what's apps stuff? Like that. What what I'm getting at is being a white didn't open this phone go. You don't say, right. Okay. That might have something to play with as well on Dana side. He may be going should've. I wanna keep tying this this gentleman to oh, that's a fair point one on the right for. So I think when you add up the fact that he hasn't won in a while what's going on here. What's going on with breaking cellphones throw in dollars? I think at some point they might have gotten in a room and said, yeah, we're making a lot of money, but this writing going to be that much longer. No. That is a fair point. And I just remember what I was gonna say. Now, it's going to be kind of antics. He wanted you want us to shut up. No way. I do. I do. One thing that Connor said a long time ago, and that was he was offered movie parts, and then he thought it was cool. And then he thought he'd get into it. But then he would always say fuck this. I'm Emma main fighter. I like to crush skulls to knock people out fully like he like, he would just grabbed a script and throw it away. Like he wanted nothing to do with that he wants to fight. And I remember when I would see him do that. Whether it was a TMZ or an interview that he did or anything like that or something that I just read I just remember thinking going. Wow, this guy's going to do it a lot longer than we all think he is. Because a lot of other fighters would just get the hell out of the game right now, you've got all your marbles upstairs. Things are going. Well, boom bounce specially when you become a a two division champion, but I can tell this guy. Just loves loves the faking that and all the power that he that he holds I think he just loves. His place in the sport. And that's why I think he's not anywhere near done, but he's got other stuff. So let's transition of ready to the other stuff was today report came out. Here's the headline. Emma may junkie, and we got it from the New York Times Conor McGregor investigated over sexual assault allegation in Ireland. Conor McGregor legal troubles. Extend to his homeland in Ireland New York Times citing four people familiar with the investigation reported on Monday, the McGregor is under investigation by police in Ireland after woman accused him of sexual assault this past December mcgregor's not been charged with a crime. According to the times, he was arrested in January by police in Dublin where formal charges not required foreign arrest. He was questioned by law enforcement and released. The Gregor's manager audio tar did not immediately respond to Emma may junkie junkies. Request for comment a spokesman for McGregor. Karen Kessler issued a statement on his behalf quote. This story is being circulating for some time. And it is unclear why it is being reported. Now Kessler said she continues. The assumption that the Conor McGregor retirement announcing today is related to this. Rumor is absolutely false should Connor fight in the future. It must be in an environment. Where fighters are respected for their value and their skill their hard work, and their dedication to the sport in this the end of the quote, so just because Karen Kessler says that doesn't mean it's true. But we have to respect that. Because we I don't know the history with Kessler to know that there she goes again, you know, what I mean anyway, so here we are. Now, that's something all on to it. I don't know goes wants to have you heard this before the start? So we did a long time ago quite a while. But it was there's so much bullshit on the internet. That's the easiest way for me to say that. I I trust our guys so much are writers in our editors that I know that they'll see it. If there's something to it. They'll put it on our front page world for by USA today for crying out loud. And they know exactly the proper steps how to handle something like this. So I I just took it for what it was. It was just a rumor, you know, and and that was in sure enough he kind of went away. I only heard about it in early December. I believe something like that. And then I didn't hear anything. And I think I followed up with the person that sent that to me. I'm like that was nothing. I haven't heard nothing. So I was I was honestly happy. I don't want somebody aid do this. If it's true for them to be linked to rumors. If it's not true. So that was that was literally prying January when I saw this. I'm like, oh, boy here we go. You know? So that that's been brewing for a little while. And I don't think any any of that has to do with with with what I'm saying. I'm I think I nailed it, man. I think it really is just part of his negotiation tactics. All it is except he goes about it in a way that I don't agree with Dana or Connor Connor retirement. You don't need to do that. Just don't fight. But at some point Dana wants you to fight trust me. He'll he'll come back. And God, right? Did I say eighteen we'll give you twenty twenty you on his at twenty five that you said, and we're only twenty one we came up with the formula at some point. He wants to have these events. Specially the big one the big one that was rumored for. International fight. We July six if I'm not mistaken of two thousand nineteen was gonna be Conor McGregor versus Donald Surani in the combing event. And and now it might be Pettus. I dunno. D could be a live dog as well and DC versus Brock Leser in the main event. So that's what I was hearing that. Why Connor couldn't be the main event? Now, if you take a step back and take a deep breath. Kinda makes sense DC's one of the goats sports somehow the goat. So is one of the goats, and there's just this figure who's a combat sports legend because of he was a champion in the UC. He was a pay per view king in the UC. He's a paper your king in WWE, and he's a legend in WW in WWE. And just like March madness, I was talking about Darien Caldwell and some of these other wrestlers that this past weekend became NC, two A champion Brock there's one too. So if they're in the main event, and there's a title there, and it's the UFC heavyweight title with those big name. I could see where Dana would put his foot down. Go now player, you're the combing event. Now, I think everyone would except for DC if DC he's a businessman if DC knows about this. I bet you he would interject and go hold on hold on a second. All it kinda wants to come out last. And it means either he's on another card or not online haven't come out. Don't you think? I disagree. Really? I know this man, very well. And I don't think he would do that. Really? There's something and unknown even saying it's money. I think it's something that he's earned Connor and Leser at the on the same night is an astronomical number in DC gets a cut of that. He'd be the only champion that night. That would get a cut of that, man. Connor just has this other contract that we they just add zeros as the night progresses. They just keep adding zeros. He's a whole other thing. He doesn't have to be a world champion, but everybody else doesn't benefit the way DC does. So if you tell these right while we're gonna put them on the next one. He might go hold at all. I gotta do. Come. I he comes on last. Don't they really? Yeah. Okay. I don't think he'd do it. Well, I I know that you know, DC well enough that that that's believable. I won't I won't fight you on right? Didn't GSP change the game a little bit. When he said, I am retiring and also taking myself out of these. Pool. Yes. That is the when somebody retires now if I don't hear that like a day or two after and give a flat. I really don't. Now. It's starting to be like that. All right. That to me is the signal taking six months out of your life. That means it's for real. Yes. So I give it a coupla hours longer that work until you saw it. I, you know longer after test me, then you're officially retired with them. And then guess what you can come in with a two hundred million dollar deal. You just can't do it for six months, and you gotta get back into that testing. So right that out. But if it's a chess match is that not Connors next move. Checked right. Don't connor. That's the next move. I would imagine. I think what Connor has to realize is he's not gonna get a portion of the company. That's what he wants. He wants a piece of the company. Dana doesn't want to give that up because Dana knows well, like I say, I don't know that the really really each other's best friend, but Dana knows that just opens Pandora's box. Don't you? All right. So I just saying for seven more years. I think you'll say guess what man we're gonna figure out your number that will make you happy. But you're just not doing that one. You just ain't. And if you are then write a check and invest in the company like everybody else who's part of the endeavour group. Here's my last point. And why I think trust me. I know I sound crazy. Okay. But one of the things that makes me believe that it could be for real is the fact that Ari and Dana just resigned for seven years, and I would imagine before you sign a big contract. Like that something like this gets cleared up like. What do you see Dana happening here in the next, and I would imagine he would be able to say Connors gonna fight on this day. And we're gonna make this much money. We're going to do that if something like this were in limbo. I don't think he would get an extension right now. So I think all of this has been kind of turning around for a while for these guys. All right. So we know that Konaga mcgregor's retired. Do you believe it? And of course, we've thrown out the allegations coming out on the sexual assault that took place in in Ireland. I want you all the time in this is a good time right now, we're gonna take a break when we come back. I'd love to hear what junky nation things. Eight seven seven fight ninety three eight seven seven three four four eight nine three will also go over some of the Twitter reaction from Conor McGregor retirement, and we have some cuts to play. So that you can hear it from the voices themselves. We have a Connor cut in some Dana white cuts. So we'll play all those when we come back semi junkie radio on fight nation channel ninety three. You all of your favorite shows on devices equipped with Amazon, Alexa, just say, Alexa. Listen to Sirius XM fight nation. Okay. Five fans are new stranger to inconvenient changes. You've learned that. We will not be able to peak at survivor series. So we're going to make our upcoming move to channel one fifty six on Thursday, April fourth nice and easy. Our new pre-set fight nation on your dial right now. And we'll remain right? Where you set us. 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Because it's taking place again on April fourth. So that means we're literally just over a week away. Again, fight nation changing to channel one fifty six on April four big shot to Dan hardy. The latest addition to the roster of talent on fight nation. I always catching the him in RJ before in those two guys really really do a great show on Tuesday, so shot out the both of them RG Clifford and Dan hardy, and again, just been doing some fabulous work. All right. Let me say a couple of quick things. And then we'll talk to Marco and Justin. And if you wanna follow them, it's eight seven seven fight ninety three eight seven seven three four four four. Nine three. If you haven't heard within the last twenty four hours Conor McGregor. The biggest name in the sport possibly the biggest name in the history of the sport too. Big deals happen to him. He retired via Twitter yesterday. It wasn't anything. Very official. In fact, I think a lot of people thought he was fooling about and said, hey, guys quick announcing decided to retire from the sport, formerly known as mixed. Martial arts today said if you things wishing his colleagues, well as former partners, blah, blah, blah, and PINA coladas that was it. It was really informal. I thought he was joking around. It's held up. So far haven't heard anything. Otherwise, I feel like it's gonna go. She Asian tool goes feels like he really may be gone now today hours later like maybe twelve hours later. Conor mcgregor? We find out. There's a report he's being investigated for sexual assault allegation in Ireland for an alleged incident that took place this past December the New York Times citing people familiar with the investigation reported that on Monday Conor McGregor is under investigation by police in Ireland after woman accused him of sexual assault this past December. So react junky nation. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this retirement. You think it's four real or not? And also your thoughts on these allegations, which really is not much in my opinion, one can say other than we hope it's not true. But I what I wanna know is has anyone thought that it couldn't not not be true? You know what I mean? Like that's not in Connor's. That's not in this fiber. He doesn't do that. You see what I'm saying? I think with John Jones we got so used to believing that anything can happen. Now. You just thought if you click EMMY junkie one day, and it says John Jones. Seven Levin you'd go. Oh boy. What made him do that? You don't think? Now, come on. It can't be John Jones. This is far far more serious. But. I just have never felt that Kana McGregor was to do something like that. So let's let those details play out. And as we get more info. I'm sure we'll talk more about it. So let's go to the hotlines. We got mar- speaking chilly. We got Marco from Waco, Texas. What's up Marco? Your auto. What's up, bro? So Chile and the United States, I won't one the two goals, helping gymnastics five minute, Mark. And she let the night middle market. Nice time. I'm and I have my seat. But it already happened going. For them. It is right now it's going on right now. They said it was already over I. But the the first two goals the first Adelson now tied I would like to I the first half. You guys are the defending South American champions. Man. You must be pretty good. How'd you guys do in the World Cup? Friday. You so funny. So right. You know? Do you absolutely? A little bit of a comeback. They're. Bob. So it's. Took a vote Kohner up goals. Gotta right, man. I mean, if if they can sell that you sat up at that is an excellent note for him, I seen this all negotiation. I mean, can you think could have into sixteen, but I've been thinking they chose the economics change, you know, in back of the day, get they view kina flicking burning for the USC that it's no they can't fit anymore. When we went over this Bill Elliott BMDO the fight yet. One billion dollars worth three hundred million a year. Not we know the extended two years, and I've been basically said about a here this one of the six hundred million for those two years, but it's two point one billion dollars now to get their license for all the paper us, you know, the city one hundred million a year for that seven million. Then this older license fee for all the broadcasters around the war PT has four in the UK you'd up global, but a seal Latin America oestradiol share near Japan. They're in about seven kinda doughnuts in licensing fees and loss of guarantee money. Why didn't they make pay per view is actually the K and guess what that feeling of the new on Pippi submitted so much because they on only SPN now so only the hukou. So they're gonna get it omitted once in a while that Astros, though, the telling us that meme source of revenue is no paper you anymore. So or as get even less, November is probably gone. And then just call his bluff when it comes to this association. Ges that alligators keeping everybody to watch out because by the big little pickle here because they will be of course, I completely different of the United States court in YouTube. It's not up at associate of FINA since if you get charts, and you go to core it the board of proof. For all on the defense. They had to prove to the George. Do. They do that. You are guilty on is get three expensive really lengthy and Goethe's equal to be solved guys. All right. See it rather. Well, I don't know about those figures. I mean, I know that the have signed different broadcasting deals that I'm sure are lucrative imagine that when Reebok's up about three years, they'll probably hit a home run there too. And I still am not sure that pay per view is only icing on the cake and not meat and potatoes. They're going to have less pay per views. I think early on because of this because you have to pay for the privilege of ordering pay per view yet to be an plus member. And once you're inside like tipping, the doorman. And then once you're inside they go that'll be eighty to get in the clubs like, wait a minute. I just gave this guy some money to get. I thought I was getting already into the club Nana at that's his business or whatever. So I wanna see how that plays out. I'm sure there's going to be less, but I'm sure they'll be more of a split between ESPN the UC and eighty both seem to be very tickled to death with each other. So I'm sure they're both gonna make more money. What we don't know yet. And we won't know until I think a sample size of a year or two and some of the champions that are more vocal. I think they'll be the ones going. I sure used to have more zeros behind my checks when used to defend my title things are different now. But. We'll see think we gotta wait for before. We're gonna Judah gate on that topic. Let's go to Justin. He's up next with Justin. How you doing? What's up, man? Sorry. I don't have no school intro like more go from Waco, man. But what what I wanna get to man is about about Conard let let's not forget, they know always says after after fights or paper views, and and this and that that he doesn't make fights. He doesn't negotiate anything after five and he will always talk about it come Monday when he heads back to the office yesterday was Monday that negotiation day believe one thousand percent Dana and Connor had to negotiate trying to negotiate something yesterday. And I don't think it had anything to do with these allegations or anything force him retired. I think it wasn't a go. She as far as Connor wanting a stake in the UFC. I doubt I doubt seriously Dana would even ever consider that. Because like you said, George that's opening Pandora's box, regardless of other fighters that that the UFC have nobody can claim to ever want to stay in the company that can bring that to the table like Kona would. But what you do open that that pen doors sparks, how do you even go? She ate something like that or Connor since. Because once you sign that dotted mind, if they say, okay, you have a stake in this company from that point on Connor. Can you say, you know, what I'm not fighting anymore? I'm just gonna collect a check every month from what you guys do no way that will ever have. All right. Thanks very much for the call here where he's coming from. And I'm I'm kinda with them in no way it'll ever happen. But the one thing that keeps me talking about it as I said he'd never fight fully Mayweather that. Will never happen. I think there's a chance he may get equity Nonni. I want to say, no, I think it's insane. I think Pandora's box is exactly what happens. But I said the same thing about Mayweather, and it happened. You know, there's guys like Conan O'Brien Ben Affleck. And there's a few people that are involved with w me, I am that little pieces. Yeah. Like they were given the option to buy point five of a percent half of one percent. Think beyond say might be by might be one of them. Just some real power players in the entertainment world. I think that's one way you can get it. I'm sure you negotiate part of his fighting feet for that to equal that. But even then it's not like he'd have such a slice of the pie that you could say, I'm one of them. You know, like Dana white was only ten percent of zoo. The other ten percent was the gentlemen in the Middle East. What were they called? Remember? Flash flash entertainment. And then the two for Tita brothers had like forty and forty. No. That's not right. I guess it'd be. Yeah. They yeah. Let's close to forty and forty for them. And I think the other two had ten something like that. But he's not going to get that piece of pie. You can get one of those Ben advocate pieces of privacy that the by Ernie Goshi it, but I think they're gonna just willing to pay him whatever it takes. And then that's that. All right. Let's take this break. It's ever made junk radio on fight nation channel ninety three stay close. And we'll be right back. We're gonna do some Twitter. Reactions to the news of Conor McGregor. Retiring last night. Tell your boss to reschedule that meeting. Call your wife and teller lunches off. It's time for more intimate junkie radio with gorgeous, Jordan goes. All right. We're back reacting to the news. Of Conor McGregor. Retiring. Let me just read a couple of quick tweets. And then we have a little bit of audio to play. So even you've seen this after a main event or combing event of there's something huge happening. We do what's called Twitter reacts on MMA junkie. Shout out the Mike Bonny handles that he was able to grab some reactions from the world to on Conor McGregor surprise announcement in the we hours of Tuesday morning. Meaning today, I I called it last night. But I think for me was Pacific time zone. We'll Harris right away says so when's the next fight announcement? Like, he literally like, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Okay. When's your next fight announcing rice Mitchell? Doug, nasty says, nah, I'm trying to see you and Nate scrap it out one last time. Jeff grammar says it's almost like it's hard to believe. He's actually retiring Chris cyborg gave him four fist bumps. So she believed it she. That's like wishing him. All Eric McGrath can says remember when you retire air quotes from the UC that means you cannot return for six months after retiring due to the you saw anti-doping policy. So that's partially. Right. I think announcing retiring on Twitter doesn't mean that that's a formality officially begun. I think he's still out the fill out some paperwork with the U of C N with you saw. And by the way, you can't just do it with the UC. And then guess what? Now, I can go sign so you can't do that. Because they'll retain rights, but still going back to you Sada. There's there's a little bit more of a step and somebody posts what is this little cartoon? Here we go again, doesn't they get but imagined to give Jose Young's says Conor McGregor announces his retirement. And I think he's the one that put here we go again. So see nobody's believing this meal. We Lana duty Dudayev you've see fighter says, it's too bad. So she was nice Adam hill from the laws Vegas review journal says. Text from Dana white. He has the money to retire in his whiskey is killing it totally makes sense. If I was I would retire to. He's retiring from fighting not from working the whiskey will keep them busy. And I'm sure he has other things he's working on in quote, we read that earlier Mark Homan says two young bro, the whiskey high don't compare to getting that arm raise not much. Does you go into miss it? Buckle at buckle down and train youngster. I really liked that one because he wasn't condescending to him. He wasn't scolding him. He wasn't even playing the when I was your age card. He just said the truth without having to tell him have been in your shoes because he hasn't. He's been in his shoes. But not to those levels. You know what I mean? And I just you can learn a lot with your predecessor, excuse me. Disagree about the whiskey high man if that check comes in for just put my name on whiskey. That's feel pretty damn good. Yeah. We're getting my ass kicked. Yeah. Alpha cats in Ghana says. Whoa. Was she Beavis but head that was that's all she put Dan Tom from 'em may junkie radio says reading Conor McGregor latest tweet, and he's got a little gift there as well. So there you have Kevin I only made some good points. Imagine Connor retired in two thousand sixteen when he said he would know Nate Diaz rematch a win that did one point six five million paper views. No Floyd Mayweather fight that sold four point four million paper views and made him almost one hundred million. No at team cubby, which is never made off Twitter handle that Seoul, two point five million papers. So. He's right. I mean that retirement yielded on a lot more when he was able to come to an agreement with the C and who's to say that is as long as he's still not fighting at a high level, and he wins the right fights. He couldn't do it again. Matt Brown says get in make money get out much respect to Connor. He'll be back though, for sure you almost did like in a haiku. I gotta read and make sure that it's certain amount of words, or I think it's three lines in McCall says and just like that he was gone congrats at the notorious remain on a career that changed the game. The sport has grown, and you have helped sport crossover. Thank you, Connor, no doubt, proper whiskey. We'll have the same success as you in the Arctic on cheers. He bought it. He believed it. Okay. And what's weird is McCall usually one of those guys that almost feels like everyone's bullshit because he's kind of ocean a lot that wants the prize me a little bit Elvis in a success, easy way. To find out McGregor. Retired has withdrawn from the U Sada. Testing pool. Ronda, Rousey, said the second round is on me. Remember, he said proper PINA coladas on me, fellas. And I don't know what that means. I don't know. She's saying it in support or if she's saying, yeah when you buy all by but I'm not buying that. You'll that. You're actually retiring I think she's being down there. She's backing him up. Michael being at bisbee says I've come out of retirement, so and hubby one the internet. He wrote there can only be one king in the jungle only one. And then it's pick of him with his trophy holding up the number one with a shitting angry and on Twitter that one had the stung. All right now. Listen, I know some of you are saying, but hours earlier he was on Jimmy Fallon. The you know, he seemed like to imply that in July. He'd be fighting. We have a cut of that. But I want everyone to know that that was taped if I'm not mistaken five days ago. So bear in mind that a lot probably has happened since then. And. Again, going back to what I believe happened. Just he reached a part of the negotiation. Something wasn't going. Well, maybe had a couple of proper whiskies in them. And he just decided to put out that tweet, which I I don't believe is good negotiating tactic. But whatever, that's that's the way roles. This is Conor McGregor on fighting again when he was on Jimmy Fallon recently. My next fight in talks, July, and we're in talks, July. So let's see what happens a lot of politics going on the fight games is a math game. But again, like I said to my fans I am in shape. And I am ready. So. There are many opponents in reality. I can pay who I plays. I've done a lot. I follow a lot. I've never pulled out of contests country shown crazy in reasons and crazy external situations, you know, that that that many a man would sprint for the hills. If it happened to them, but I stood firm and don't my piece for the company. So I am an position. Now, there are a lot of like, I said, this whisky is my baby of a lot of great entities. I don't necessarily need to fight. I am set for life. My family several like we are good. But I I am eager to you know. So we'll see what happens. So when you say all that and five days goes by. And there's no fight announcement. And you just finish making it sound like you'll figure it out. You'll pick someone to fi you'll pick the event defied on my terms might terms might terms and all this isn't having. It's gotta be crushing to your ego. You know, this is all power and ego. Yeah. A little bit guy on the other end of the lions going. No, we're standing firm you're the coming event dog. But he's gotta know that I think he's just this. This wouldn't be the first time. He's lost. Right. You've C two hundred a venture that caught him by surprise, right? Oh the. I mean news like that. Probably he wasn't expecting you to put their foot down. But they did right right since then he's become much bigger. And I just I go I can't relate. I just can't really I don't come anywhere close to being able to relate. But I think that you when you're that rich, young powerful, cocky, whatever you lose touch with reality where your feet just aren't firm on the ground, and you feel like everything like does a price for everything ever see win year here. When people say, there's a price for everything and million dollar man is my feet, whatever. Yeah. I just firmly believe that a lot of wealthy people that that's the way they think so. Since you'll see two hundred he since that happened. He fought Floyd. And he fought Hobie those words two biggest fights ever. And he actually technically fought Nate and Eddie of IRS. So he avenged the Nate Diaz loss. Now, he's one one, and they broke the record there for most babies, then he got the second belts. He became champ champ. Then he did the highest grossing second highest. Did they peck no right now second highest grossing pay-per-view boxing, and then the highest grossing anime, so he became a even bigger more powerful stars. You gotta take this quick break. It's a top of the break will be gone for about sixty seconds. We'll be right back play some Dana white cuts. So we can get his thoughts on Dana white and sorry Conor McGregor the fights. He was supposed to have this is from my mom's basement with Robbie FOX barstool radio. So fat tick a diabetes here, your host court, George and goes now remember listening audience, you're listening, you're member of chunky nation might be day one. He might have been with us for almost twelve years that we've been doing this. But again, if you're investing us than we appreciate your time, and you'll always be referred to as junky nations. So junky nation. You can always call him to the show at eight seven seven five ninety three eight seven seven three four four four eight nine three. And this is the day that I'd like to hear the different thoughts. And opinions of 'em may fans out there reacting the Conor McGregor and his retirement. And also if you believe that those sexual allegations may alleged that they may tie into this retirement, or if you even believe that McGregor would be capable of what he's being accused of will circle back to that. We've been doing in the first hour. Let me give you that. Number one more time. It's eight seven. Fight ninety three eight seven seven three four four four eight nine three. But never remember all this happened in the last twenty four forty eight hours. Dana white was a guest on my mom's based with Robbie FOX from barstool radio. So he's talking about the possibilities. That are still existing in July for Conor McGregor. So we're going to go one two three four. We'll we'll try after each one. This do Dana white cut one on Connor fighting Nate Diaz July six that's probably not going to happen. But you don't think so I would like to see him back on the car. Yeah. And who do you envision him facing? Well, we're going to have Tony Ferguson is getting better. He's feeling better hitting me up the other day. So we'll see where he fits in. We got the fight coming up with Holloway and poor EA. We'll see how that thing. Plays out. I Aldea Quinta is gonna fight Sironi. So a lot of this stuff is gonna play out over the next couple of months, and then we'll figure out what's next. Well, I don't think dates on the card now, I think Nate's another one that's asking for a lot of money in Dana. Just they're not close Dane for Connor. I could see some like that. But I don't think they're ever going to budge for Nate. Correct. I agree. I think there's a price for eight versus Connor. And then there's a price for eight versus everybody else. Well, I shouldn't say that. I'm sure there's a few other names that. You know, you you probably could get a little bit more. But I think with Nate. They want argue over hundreds of thousands Nate one-star Stargate over millions, and they're just not gonna do it. And even though it'll hurt him. I think they know we got so many stars. And at some point either gotta make their decision or not. All right. This is Dana white on. Why Conard Surani did not happen? Yes. Yes. That that that that did happen? You know? But it's not anything that every time. I deal with Connor. There's always something, you know, there's always something to deal with and. We get a figured out. So Conor McGregor. According to Dana white he didn't want to be in the main event. But that's when he started pitching, the whole we'll give me some equity in the company deal, and Dana definitely is not gonna do that. So we circled back to them being the main event the argument would be would Connor versus fill in the blank. But for the intensive this argument Sironi would that be the bigger fight over Daniel coordinating, Brock Leser? Look it's been done before Nate excuse me. Nick Anderson Silva as a main event and that was not for title. So. Doesn't happen often. But it happens and. Would it be right? Would it would technically be the biggest fight on the card in terms of? In terms of the popularity contests that are pay per views, and and, you know, the Twitter universe, and I I guess the white people tune into the card no McGregor fight is the biggest. But as far as like, the actual purity of the sport a world title in the heavyweight division. Even though mean, even though technically Brock leads or near the number one contender. I think we've all just accepted that that fights in happen. The heavyweight champion defending his title on the biggest fight card of the year. Probably does deserve to be the last walkout. Although I would love to hear Cormie starts on whether he would be okay with just going out as a combing event, but having Connor on the card knowing that that would make him a lot of money because there's you can't argue that Connor doesn't pay per view. Like, man. I just don't see it. You can make fun of it all you want that Brock listeners coming from pro wrestling that he hasn't fought new of see for a long time. He's still wore that gold. It's still the fight. That means the MO the most that night is one that people are showing up and paying tickets for. I think a lot of them are probably not as much as they are for Connor so Robby FOX who's interviewing Dana white on my mom's basement barstool radio he actually questions the rationale of not letting Connor be the commitment. Let's play cut number three. Please. Can you? Explain to me the the rationale behind Conor McGregor being Komen event. I think it's so crazy. I can't imagine Conor McGregor being a co main event. I know that I'm probably the worst person to, you know, try to play devil's advocate against because I'm a fan boy and a nut hugger, but I just have to understand I love here and other people's point of view on that I interviewed with Kevin I only the other day, and he said the same thing. Let me ask you a question. We were gonna do. The fight that was going to be on the card with them was probably going to be the heavyweight championship. Should that be the command event should the heavyweight championship be the Coleman event? Yeah. I believe. So if Conor McGregor on the card. Yes foam, there you go. Well, the more people I hear from the fans and the media and all this shit. If I end up putting Conor McGregor. Not as a champion on the main event. I guess I don't have to listen to any bullshit. Do I? Now Conor McGregor D as part two was the main event when Michel take defended her title against highly home. Yeah. In the bantamweight, the women's banning division was pretty much on fire back, then when it was Rhonda Michel and Holly home all kind of battling it out. However, no disrespect to the ladies mission. Holly aren't Brock and e c. So. Even them Georgia's. Then even the fact that it's Brock and DC. It's the heavyweight title. It's the most coveted title on the planet. You're supposed to be the baddest man on the planet. The person that wears that goal to have somebody else come out. After that just doesn't make sense. Okay. Now, you'll see two five Conor McGregor in Eddie Alvarez were the main event, but they weren't the heaviest weight class that was disputing a world title. Tyron Woodley was defending against Stephen Thompson. So even though it's one way class, it's not the heavy weights. That's one thing you see has always said and they've gone against it. If you times, and that's the heavier way class just gets that tiebreaker. But again McGregor that challenger that night. He was he was technically the featherweight champion. But he was actually a challenge his bell had nothing to do with it. That's why he left it at home and had the bar Tyron Woodley. So you get that that moment he was challenging Eddie hours. That's why he came out. I came up through the challenges tunnel, Eddie hours came up to the champions tunnel. And they were the main event so they have gone against. It hasn't been the weirdest thing ever. And I really feel like DC would allow this to happen. But going back to something I said in the early part of the show. I just think Conor Dana like to bicker, and they're gonna take they're gonna. You know, take their stances from time to time and not waver one bit over the other guy. And I'm fortunately, I think Dana is just the guy that starts every poked poker hand with pocket. Aces and Conor McGregor has kings and Connors hoping that that flop produces a king or something else that benefits his hand. Because that's the only way you're ever going to beat. Dana white. He's always start off with the best poker hand. He's got time on his side. And he's kind of the ultimate decider Robbie does hold his ground. And he makes them references to Connor, you know, being in the main event with no title online at the I think he's going to be say something along the lines of what I said. But can you please pay cut for Gabby? I mean, there is precedent for it in the past with Connor at one ninety six to two they're two of the top three of the company's highest selling paper views. No. So so if I didn't if I didn't do it this way and everybody, you know, I just made him the the main event with no title. No, nothing. Everybody would go fucking mental and go nuts and start chirping about all favoritism. Oh one hundred percent. You did it at one ninety six with a title fight on the car to tremendous fight between me should pay in. Holly home was the first DS fight. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Well, you know, why that happened? He was the main event the fight fell out DS went in last minute. And we kept him the main event. Yeah. That's true. Correct. But then it was it was re booked for UFC two hundred that kind of fell apart. And then you did it at two two that was the main event with no title either. But he was the champion wasn't. He he was. But it was a welterweight fight. So there's no title on the line. But even the champion. He was the champion, and it was already the main event. All right. I think he had it wrong. He meant to say UC tool. Five USC to was the second fight when they fight. They went out last with there wasn't no title fight at stake. Anthony Johnson versus glory to share. It was the combing event. Donald Cerrone, RIC story might Perry versus Hyun Joo limb. So yeah, there was no other title fight there. But I'm not picking at that. I'm pretty sure what he meant was the two five card that I referenced with Woodley and on Stephen Thompson. Okay. Now, there's a few other cuts from Dana white, but it's kinda like a little bit more on a different topic and sticking kind of two I guess the big news of the day. We're going to do our daily debate and discuss Conor McGregor a little further. So let's hit it. Gabby. Brothers Garcia seemingly Kenneth green eight. Everybody knows it's duck season product season season season. Whether it's that's really great less filling case, great gabbling, always bet on black. I like red book reading clerk, read, dummy, even social media, Instagram, Snapchat. The same applies to the biggest stories. Giant floor junkie radio's gaily. What do you know Conor McGregor is part of our daily debate? Today's hash take daily debate for at every major radio. Have we seen the last of Conor McGregor in hashtag UFC Pash tight Conor McGregor? Yes. He's done is one answer. No he'll pop up. Again is another answer goes. I'm starting to believe that. Yes, he's done. And the reason I feel like that is just nobody's really acting like themselves. They know I put out a quote, and in that, quote, I think the first thing that people are gonna point to is this is a negotiation tactic. But he didn't really like take any jabs at him or nothing. It was a pretty classic quote. I really think with everything that Connor has going on in his life. The suits that the whiskey everything that's going on all the other stuff that he hasn't even touched that he could be touching movies. All that stuff. I really think he's just kinda had it. And he's gonna goes on way. It hasn't been going. Well, from in the cage in the boxing loves the Figer's. He loves the fight. That's why you haven't seen him in any movies. He doesn't wanna read a script. He loves to win George. He does love the win. But he likes to perform and entertain he loves being the center of the attention. And where else is he gonna be the center of the I mean, look if he doesn't movie. The movie will be bigger every sharing it if he sharing that stage with big name actors, so even in the movie like that he wouldn't be the biggest name like look at when Randy couture when he did the expendable movies. I mean sly was in that for crying out loud are for tonight was in there. And Randy was a big name in our sport who went over there. But he was just one of of a group so Conor McGregor. Just is not gonna have that spotlight. Like he will when he's fighting. And I don't believe I mean, the training camps are long he keeps himself in pretty good shape. He loves the train, but he makes a lot of money in one night. I don't know how the whiskeys doing. And I don't know how the suits or not in one night, George. That's the thing. People look at it like that. It's the whole training camp and the fight that's a lot versus because doing again. Call two months. It's going to make a hundred million or fifty mil. Or whatever he makes selling whiskey. We don't know. We I mean. Okay. Dana white says he's killing but I'm just doing good and WWE. Right. He could do that. Things he can do made the type of money. He's made like what he did. With Carvey have that with Floyd to get out there and fight. You're right. He loves fighting, but he loves a winning more and that hasn't been happening. So I think he's looking at all that other stuff all those other avenues where he could be making dough and nine after deal with this drama. Pop up again, he can't get away from this. And I think he I think he likes gaining more and more power. And I think when he sets his mind to a goal like having that quickly. He'll do anything. He can to get to it. So maybe he didn't maybe failed again because he's mentioned this before but maybe failed again, but he's gonna get a bigger check. And trust me. Remember when you saw the proper whiskey in on the canvas I've met you just had that them throw that in. I doubt he had it. Right. A check for what what's the post costs? What's postcards or that pad or this parliamentary he just said, you're putting my proper whiskey in there. I've already given in that negotiation. Right. There is would probably be pretty interesting like to be a fly on the wall to see how that goes back. But I bet you there's some concessions that are made. But I think he likes to gain more and more and more and more traction. And I bet you he gets bits high form not just getting his arm as not just knocking someone out. But just being more powerful knowing that all these other fighters. No that your kind of leading the way spearheading better prosperity for them in the future as well. I think he just gets off on that. But speaking of negotiations Ari and Dana sign for seven years more. Do you really think they would get a contract like that not having this whole drama locked up? I don't think so I think weeks ago, they kind of knew that something like this was gonna come mashing cellphones. He's doing crazy things overseas. I think the you have C had enough. Okay. So he doesn't get. But that doesn't mean he's done. Maybe maybe doesn't get equity, but he's can still get paid more. Whatever it is cut a paper view bonuses or just up front money. He's still can get that. I get him for the rest of his life that all you have to do is pop in. And I'm writing fight again. It may take a year. Now. I mean, not be a smooth as we thought it may not be time for international fight week. But I think he will pop up again. I never again nine UFC or the. Well, the fight anywhere else. Not unless they get theirs. You can't just go. I don't know. I'd have to see what he negotiated in his previous career sorry in his previous contract. Sometimes they do give themselves that out. But I believe you have to get that blessing from the U of C. I don't know. This is how the voting broke down two thousand one hundred and four votes came in eighty percent round. Number said, no he'll pop up again. Twenty percent said yes, he's done. Here's a couple of funny quotes. Well, not funny. But I guess calls that I picked out from junky nation. No-name? He's at Hoke gab Logan Gaga blogging is you pronounce it won't even dignify this with a response. I don't believe he believes all this. I just feel like it has a different field randomly at Brandon nine forty underscore. It's only Casuals that think he won't fight against calling. You a casual goes what's his name? Again. Brandon Lee to Brennan Lee. Mike Garcia at M G magnum studio says I honestly don't know anymore. He's confused. While well as a few others, you can check the comments there on our tweet handle at enemy junkie, if you wanna see what the others commented. Thanks jerky nation for participating in today's daily debate. All right. We're gonna take a quick break. We have more cuts to play from that. Same interview that Dana white did on a barstool radio. Stay close. We'll talk a little bit more about some of the other divisions. That had some big news this past weekend. Some news it's going to ruffle your feathers, or who knows maybe you'll be happy to hear it. So don't touch that that we'll be back. Hall of famers legends. 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And even Gabby endorses. You like right every yeah, I'm moving to it. I'm Dan chair. There you go. There you go. So before the break, we've been talking a lot of Connor. Let's take a little bit of break from that. Because there's been some other big news that came out of the UC Nashville card that took place this past weekend. They knew I was there. And they asked him a few other questions. He actually cleared a few things up. Now, one of the callers, maybe Justin or somebody called in earlier says, you know, usually Dana white doesn't like to say stuff find any right for the most part. He does. And that's his crutch. Somebody asked him a question as fighter looked great. What's next for you know, you know, that I'm fighting night. I don't like the match may you all know that right? We're going to go back and on Tuesday. We're gonna have our matchmaker meeting. Shut up next question. There's basically what he's saying. But this particular night. Oh, what do you know? He was matchmaking. He was saying some stuff letting the cat out of the bag, and I don't have a problem against it. Honestly, I just like to have a little bit of fun because how hard can it be to manage a whole sport? Sports franchise and be held to your words every week. You know what? What I mean like come on man, didn't like guy just you have to just go out there. And let them be a guy that free styles. It's his company his game. It's his rules. Whatever fuck you feels like saying this week can be completely different from whatever feels like saying the following just let them be don't hold. You said last week don't worry about what he said last week the mother fuckers about the gimme some news. Let them say it. So I I want you to play cut seven. We're gonna go backwards. Somebody asked him I think about pseudo mariah's, and they were it was in reference to TJ dillashaw and the U Sada troubles that he's having he's had to relinquish his title. So he's kind of out of the picture and Vanna white needs a champion. Here's Dana white talking about what might be next in that division wants that bell. Who believes he can win that belt? He wants that bell. He wanted to fight dillashaw that's gonna work out Marlin as the next guy in line. So we'll see what happens. So that title fight does that situa-. Ration- have any on the current status of the flyweight division? No. All right. That's what's frustrating. It is what the hell is going on with that division. If we just knew what was going on with it. We wouldn't ask all these questions over and over we wouldn't be sitting here like a like dopes trying to figure out what the hell's next for fighter a fighter be just give us an answer on this. All ready. How long has it been he? I think he would. I think he's been wanting it to go away in certain things have been happening. Or it hasn't allowed them to have that final nail in the coffin. Right. I think what's happening though, before our eyes is Henry Suharto's becoming a bigger star in the seat than we believe why because he's a little goofy. I guess I mean, look he's a straight up gene combat sports. The only guy ever hold a gold medal and win a UC title. Right away. If he walks into the room. I would I would give him one of those deep Japanese bows out of respect like, hey that look all guy. You're right. You're right. Look guy. Always look I, but I would say that's the man right there. And we don't have a seat please shake his hand. Thanks for thanks for your time. He's the man no way around it. But. He speaks Spanish in that little goofiness him dancing with the bell and him going on that road that press tour. He went to four delays Brazil, then all sudden, fucking winds up and Australia. You know, many people just go and bury themselves on their couch and don't do any of that crap. And he's out there doing it. And I think the UC's realize on Twitter hang on a second. Here. We have we might have someone special. Yeah. He's trying to do his thing with with prowrestler. What's her name? Is it the Bella one of the Bella twins, IBM and? So I think in the Hutus are proud flyweight champion, but. The champ champ Maher is not going to end anytime soon. I think so who does going to get what he wants. Now, look all due respect, you know, what his last two wins. Windsor. One is over the guy. We were saying the greatest of all time at the time. And that's to meet you Johnson to is TJ dillashaw where many could argue he might be the best man we champion of all time. Some will still say it's dominant Cruz. That's fine. I don't wanna get into that right now. But TJ dillashaw had some pretty impressive credentials. Pseudo knocked him out in the first round in the other guy was the goat sent him pack into one championship. I don't like to talk like that. I don't have more respect to Johnson. He beat them. Dmitri's johnson. Just wanted nothing to do with the C and regaining his title. He had an awesome rain. So I take that back. But you know, what? I mean, he beat him. And now Dmitri's Johnson is just in another sports league. And that's that. So I think we haven't really been able to see that. That's actually a bigger deal than it seems a long with the gold medal along with him, speaking, two languages and. And putting in the work on the press of things, I think the UC's realizing we have to figure this out with him. Now. I wholeheartedly disagree. I feel like he's got a competent guy in Joseph Benedetta waiting for him. And if he can't go, then they got a competent guy in juicy for Megan ready to go. I haven't heard that just this cannot go. I heard he can go. You're right. You're gonna die. Okay. All right. Is you look like you're on on does bed. I I I really liked more. I ask versus sterling. There was also the mariah's versus moon angle. And that's fine. But I would have really hoped that those guys that paid their dues for the last few years could have gotten it doesn't look like it's gonna happen. It looks like they're going to go with mariah's versus hudo. So that will open things up for moon. Nielsen Garbrandt in in sterling Rivera and those guys to figure out that division. In the meantime, it looks like they may make for me versus Vitas. Although one thing he said, and we don't have the cut to it. But one thing he said was having pseudo mariah's on the same fight card as those other two that way one of those twos ready step in, but one of those two would be ready to step in as a bantamweight. They don't wanna be abandoned we champion they want to be a flyway chamber. I think if you ask them either take it or leave it. Yeah. I guess they fight for the vacant bantamweight title benefit is done that a couple times if I'm not mistaken, but. They wanna fight for the flight we title. So having a month card only would be nice if Huda could just snap his fingers and go from bantamweight, the flyway instantly, and he can't. So let's say more can't go that leaves the who'd over says one of those two I am magin. They would put benefit is to just fight for the ban. And we look rehydrate s- to that. But I think benefit is would have wanted to know that he could pack on some muscle and just be slightly bigger same way. So who does gonna be as he's training for bantamweight fight, if the hudo Kengo, then I guess it would be more ice versus Benavente is now they don't have history. So that might be a flip the coin, maybe it's whereas versus for meager, and we got a battle some Brazilians, or maybe, you know, I don't know. Having a month in court. I didn't really see how such a slam dunk benefit. And maybe I'm reading too much into it. Maybe for me or benefits go fuck out for the ban on winter. I don't care what it is long as we talk. I I would think that they would that this whole time they've been fighting twenty five because they want to be the twenty five champion, and I don't see why this is so hard to sort out if the division's done do away with it make the announcement already. Why are we having these fights? But some of these guys could have kicked off over to one championship a minute part of their little tournament that they have going on or whatever. And if not then inform them start hitting the weights get to the PI start, you know, hitting them carbs, and we're gonna pack muscle on you. And guess what? This is the way we're doing. It's like the hardest decision ever even amongst them. They they seem like each one of them has a different story. Why heard this? Why heard that imagine going to work every day and just not really knowing if your job is gonna exist tomorrow, I know all right now even harder to get an answer. Has been adding more way classes. Well, I shouldn't say that getting the answer we want to hear. But he is given an answer that we know is gonna come of actually really it's gonna happen. I think but listen to these two cuts five and six we're going to play them. We'll go with five I and this is again Dana white on my mom's basement with Robbie FOX from barstool radio talking about one hundred sixty five you're gonna get some answers here that I think are going to provide a lot of clarity on this topic. Not in the next seven years in the next seven years. I'm here for seven more years and you'll never let it happen. I go they can make a one hundred eighty one sixty five one twenty two whatever they want to do when I'm gone they can do. Why is he so adamant goose I have no idea? It's really not shuffling very much. Honestly, we kind did the math yesterday with the fighters. You could say that the fighters that were taking from one fifty five and one seventy two form one sixty five would be a bad ass division. One more. Do you want? All right. He gets a little bit more specific here in cut number six. I think it's a lot of guys who know they can't win at either one seventy one fifty five that would all jumped ship. If you look at right now are one seventy pound division and our fifty five pounds of vision. They're stacked deep so you got you got who's mon- Woodley Covington wonderboy RDA Masbate all aspirin pill, puns anemia. Lawler edwards. Right. There's the one seventy division lightweight at fifty five. He got Habib. Tony Connor Pori? I acquainted Kevin Lee who's moving over to welterweight to make it even better Edson Barboza Keiichi pet. Oh, I forgot to pedestal is over in the welterweight division, which makes it even even better Sironi Felder Gillespie U D S you build a sixty five pound division you completely drain both of those divisions. And that is desert point area happening while I'm here, these divisions are stacked we have tons of great fights. And both the visions. We don't need sixty five pound vision. Well, that's what you did the thirty five and fifteen when you had a twenty five you picked off certain thirty five that were under size and twenty and fifteen hour over size, and we can those divisions that come up with lie way. And guess what? Flyweights pretty interesting right now. Right, and those divisions thirty five fifteen's definitely weren't as stacked as fifty five and one seventy but yet you did it, and then you created forty five for one lady all respect, Chris. I've worked amazing athlete one of the best ever. And you had to feature somehow by think it could have just given her the belt and just had a fuck girls up for the next five years, and nobody would add a problem with it. And guess what you were pulling thirty five up to fight her and making that division weaker. So some thirty five are going up the fight cyborg others going down to help fill out one hundred twenty five and those divisions suffered, but they didn't crumble and these divisions are nowhere near as thick as those other ones. Guess what? Use the word dream guess who else has been drained. Tony ferguson. Habib Kevin Lee a lot. Of those aims making wait two point. You know, what I mean feel one of them almost died. So there's there's not just the reason of all we want another bell. That's not the only reason I think it just makes sense. And a lot of knowledgeable people think this. However, he is the guy that makes the final decision. He doesn't seem anywhere near wanting to make a hundred and sixty five and seventy five and it's kind of disappointing. But whatever talking about that a little bit more. We gotta take a break when we come back. We're going to talk to Jim west the head coach at m may gold that team has definitely risen over the last five years fighters like max Griffin Aspen lad, Marin Renault. Andrea Lee, Anthony Hernandez. They are all part of that Jim, and we wanna talk to him a little bit more. He's got a few fighters that are coming up. And we just wanna learn a little bit more about Jim west and don't touch that dial. We'll be right back back on serious. Morning, man. I'm mad dog sports radio. I love baseball. Because it's the only sport you can sit in the stands drink a few beers eat a few hot dogs. And then you realize you haven't even watched a minute of the game also managers where uniforms all talk, they are players, and you get to watch a really fat out of shape umpire, which also entertains me to no end baseball beer bellies. It's America's pastime for a reason. Join us Thursday for our opening day celebration and here at free came that twenty nine thousand nine season on siriusxm. Fat. They gave track ULA diabetes here. Your host gorgeous, George goes. Quick reminder to junky nation March thirtieth. He got the of see on ESPN two card out in Philadelphia. Goes in. I'll be doing some alternative broadcasting. We will be doing our live commentary on the main card on Saturday night. So join us go to WWW dot sports, caster dot com slash e junkie. We'll talk a little bit more about it as we get closer. To the week. But basically it's like if I compare like with Joe Rogan does. And it's something goes on. I've done many times on different platforms. But this one definitely has been our we have done some more time we've done some even did the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather match. So it's sports caster. However, let me spell it out for U S P O R T S C A S T R got eliminate that. Last e our next guest is name is Jim west. He's the head coach at M E gold gold you've gotten to know them over the years because they produce athletes like max Griffin. Mario Renault Aspen. Lad, Anthony, Hernandez and recently. They've added Andrea Lee now they're based out of Sacramento, and you have seen their manager as well. Come through. Our show in the few few of the other different fighters as well. But this is the head coach. And again, his name is Jim west so follow along here by going to EMI gold dot com. If you wanna learn a little bit more about the team, and you can follow him on Twitter at j Wes gold fifteen what's up, Jim west. How're you doing? Guys, how you guys doing? My man. Yeah. No. We should have done. This a lot sooner. I apologized for not doing it. We've had a few athletes on we've had Dave. So I had to give Greece. That's all. Yeah. No. That was that was really really my bad. It's something there's times where I see fighters or managers or coaches that I'm like, I wanna talk to that guy a little bit more, and I try and wait for the right time to see like in a lot of a lot of a lot of y'all come to us quite often throughout the air. And I wanna get you in deal. Are you DO, and that's where I little bit because you guys have been out here. And I guess I guess we'll circle back to it's my bad. But I've been wanting to talk to you because I've enjoyed seeing the rise of him and make old. Thank you. Appreciate it. It's been a long time. So you guys are based in Sacramento. However, you tell me I'm not up there. Do you just are you? Basically rivals with team alpha male or you just another gym that's based in Sacramento. I would say we're just not a team that's based in Sacramento. The only I would say the only caveat to that is. Team alpha male and make pretty much the only two teams, really. You know that in northern California with the exception of aka which is about three hours away from us than are actually relevant as far as they tease go. So because of that, you know in the region we match up with each other so often so by default, I guess you could consider us rivals. So, you know, not by. Not by definition of more more like a fault because every promoter, you know, in our area wants to fight each other. So so, yeah, I guess in that sense. We are right beside each other all the time. So it kind of makes it a a rivalry. So how do you hold up against them on like the regional scene? I guess. It's competitive. I mean as of late we we haven't really lost to them. We haven't had any fights against them in a little while the last fight that we would have had that would have been alpha male. Gold was actually would have been in the UFC when Marin Renault fought Sarah McMahon in I can't remember exactly was but it was on the Orlando card, but it wasn't the region. So that would've been the last time we've actually matched up with each other prior to that would have been. I haven't same tumor thought Adrian de as Anthony year from there on a card called global knockout and Sam tumor one bullfights. So that we haven't fought him recently in a while. But also that's because there's not a lot of fights recently in our area. At least pro fights a lot of amateur fights going on but not necessarily a ton of profile. When did you guys start officially? So I got into the sport roughly around two thousand three. I started dabbling to and things and kinda just doing different things, though, guys that were training and fighting and stuff and kinda got into it. And then in about two thousand six I had a friend who was opening a gym called overcome M A, and boxing, and that's actually when it kind of started when the team started to kind of develop, and I was at the time when I used to coach Andrei feely, he came out of overcome. Andrea was with us amateur career. I think it's I five pro fights. And then he left, and you know, went onto mail some other fairly notable fires out of there. And then it kind of transitioned Dave kind of got into the eh may world, and that was sometime around two thousand and ten and Dave, and I kind of just joined forces the gym that was overcome was closing the owner that owned it was closing. And so I decided to kind of join partnership, basically, and we move. And got her own location and everything kinda just really really blossomed kind of about two thousand ten but it Rijn naked in back though, six. It looks like everything's in house. I see when I go to the website and make old dot com. I see wrestling jujitsu boxing coach for every single discipline sport in volley mixed martial pudding, strengthen conditioning. So all of your athletes. Get everything done there may gold. Yeah. What's what's really awesome? And kind of different at what's kinda makes us a little bit. I guess would be the fact what you just said is everything's kinda in house. So we don't just have one coach we actually have to up to three coaches in every aspect, so the athletes, whereas might go to you know, what was once, you know, maybe five six seven years ago these make it camps right in my two hundred guys in the room. But none of them are getting coaching. Yeah. You you can have a hundred guys one hundred train with. But I guarantee overtime. Those hundred guys you're going to get used to them and without the proper coaching and the proper guidance those partners are going to be nothing in time. 'cause it's gonna be the same thing over and over. And they're gonna continue to same thing. And you're not gonna have anyone to guide you into twenty things that he made be doing wrong or incorrect and just guiding you how to be a professional. So we do everything from our saints edition to to multiple coaches in each area. So an athlete can say, hey, you know, what I want private time with this coach say I want private time this coach this coach. But but at the end all the coaches are speaking to one another's, we're all on the same page. So exactly know exactly what one of us are actually teaching when we actually are working with the athletes individually. So it's it's it's quite different. And then you have Dave who manages everything in house does everything for the athletes at a very different rate, which is put it that way. Then what all these athletes are paying, you know, to their managers to the coaches twenty percent here to this manager. I need ten more percents this coach and twenty percent now. None of that that we that doesn't work. We don't do that in the fighters they make the money the coaches ensure that they are able to. Make the money and at their successful. That's our job at the end of the day. It's not a to go and take money from the fighters, you know, and and they earned it we've earned it, you know, to as far as the end of the day. I just want my my fighters hands raised that that no amount of money could ever pay me enough. And the joy that I get when our affect hands raised. So how do you might men money than if you don't mind me asking if you guys you don't take as much of a cut or you don't take a cut at all now? So the the fighters pay a gym do they pay a fee, very small, and then they have access to absolutely everything strength conditioning. Every coach there is no contract. So nothing me as a coach I've never taken an ounce of money from a fighter even fighters in the US. Fortunately, I have a a Josh that kind of a lot I some education behind me. And I'm able to kind of do a lot of the things that I do without it. I'm not saying that people shouldn't make money in the sport. Obviously. It's. Passion. So you should if that's what you're doing. And but we just do things differently. And all of our coaches are the same way. And and they're all extremely high level. Just we do it for the for the love of the of the sport athletes exceed that's that's why I got into the sport in the beginning. It wasn't it wasn't to go and make all kinds of money. It was not a love this. So I wanna see affix needed. I, you know, I kinda put my nose to the grindstone started kind of getting other coaches involved, and we kinda just progress in there, and where we are where we are today just by truly hard work because we didn't know anyone back when this started everything we've done has been because we did it organically and just worked asses off. Jim west is our guest here on MA junkie radio. He's the head coach at make gold in Sacramento. Few of the fighters that he has going up with fights. That are signed Aspen land. She'll be in the combing event at UC on ESPN plus nine though, Sandra versus Lee, that's may eighteenth. Dan. He also has max Griffin going at you have to thirty six with Holloway versus poi-. A so that one's I guess the the fight that's closest to happening. Let me turn it over to goes here goes whatever Jim west, Jim what percentage you say of your pro team is made up of kids that were you know, started out as amateurs work their way up to pros. And then stuck with the team versus you know, you see in in other gyms a lot of fighters that are maybe looking for another look or something and they come into town. We'll per se I ju- looking for this like homegrown. I think a lot of fighters are looking for that. But new girlfriend feeling you know, you know, it lasts for a little bit. And I'm looking for another one, but you know, percentage wise. Say at least. Seventy five percents started with us as amateurs and all the way through. I mean, Anthony and has started with us as an amateur asked him what as an average? Actually, I didn't have any experience at all. When she walked her. Jim she's never had a fight never did anything. And so we've kind of, you know, grown those Anthony had some some really legitimate kickboxing before he got to us. But he was still an amateur. He was only eighteen years old when he came to us asked him came to us when I think she was about seventeen. No, no experience you had a little bit of grappling. I guess at a small gym in her hometown. So yeah, I mean, they're they really are the really are homegrown. And then the rest of them, I would say like I said about seventy seventy five percent of them all started as amateurs with us or maybe they came and they had some wrestling background or whatever. But none of them have really fought. And we kinda just grow from there. On your website. It says joined the team, and I'm sure you have amateur tryouts from time to time what kind of fighter do you wanna walk through your doors there at ever make old? What are you looking for? Is it a certain background whether it's one of the different martial arts or sports. Or is it more about being a team player? Having a lot of hard little bit of everything. Or is there something specific you're looking for? Well, we we have a development team. So if someone were to walk it's I'll start that way. So we haven't developed some of the walk in from the street, and they don't necessarily have a background. They were going to our development team. And we have coaches that that that that deal with that. And as they progress through the development team if that coach teaches that feels that they are someone that can add value. Whether it's you know, because they're a good wrestler and had some jitsu or boxer. What have you then they can transition into the gold part of things? So I I can't say that there's necessarily a background civically that we look for when they they come in now mind you. It's something that's going to be noticed. You know, if they have, you know, high level wrestling background or background or striking or or what have you really? It's more of an attitude. Are you are you are you gonna fit with this team? Are you gonna understand how the system works and allow yourself as an athlete to trust the system? So if you're coming in, and you have alterior motive or do you want to do it your own way, or you know, because you came from here, he came from dot we want people to come in and kind of check all that and start over and let our system take over because we believe in it we've done it though, you know, from from like Anthony and ask them done it twice from from nothing to to the UFC. So it works. You just have to let the system work and it takes time. Now wins and losses. Ultimately, define coaches in other sports, and I wanted to ask you, what do you want to define you and your coaching staff aside from wins and losses there's certain identity. You guys chasing the sport. You mean specifically or or maybe, of course, you that you've discussed with the other coaches or maybe you can only speak by yourself. That's fine too. Well, I mean, obviously winning and losing his winnings. Everything right. But along with that, I think as speak on behalf of all our coaches, including me is is we want we want to be kind of known and remembered for doing things the right way to doing things with integrity with honesty with vigilance. And and preparing these these guys and girls to be professional. That's kind of our, you know, our thing we want people to understand the sport. Listen to us trust us. That's kind of what we want to be known as you can walk into old, and you can trust everything that these guys tell you, and and that's very important to us. Yes. Winning obviously super important. We want to win every time. But we want to have those things. Those things are equally is important to us. Jim we're a little short on time. But this has been a lot of fun, and I wanna call on you a little bit more often. Because I've I'm really a big fan of ever make old Dave Hersh pine I consider him a friend, and it's been great scene. Aspen grow through tough enough as well. So her up close here in Vegas. So we really appreciate you kind of doing an intro here about the team 'bout yourself. But let's do this a little bit more often. Maybe we'll call on you to after some of these big events, and maybe you can give us a little bit more of a coach's angle. So you're open to that. Okay. One hundred percent. Hey, great. Having you on the show, folks. Give them a follow on Twitter at J west gold fifteen and like I mentioned the site is easy to follow. Emma may gold dot com. Check them out and they got some fights coming up with Aspen, Ladan, Rochester. And may and we got max Griffin and April fighting UC to thirty six. Thanks again. Jim for the time have a nice evening, and please let us know when you're coming back the base. So we couldn't do it in-studio coast, and Gigi, and we can have you here for two hours, and and do more do more Jim west, right? Yeah. Thank you guys for having me. Have a good night. Thank you. All right. We'll see. All right. Pretty cool there to find out about all these big teams like four to seven migos. Dallas Texas boy, they monsters over there. You know, what I mean and make gold slowly slowly rising into some bigger fight Aspen land, man, she's undefeated, and she's probably like two fights away from a tile from title fight. That's been a fun show today. And fortunately, we had to cover some sketchy news there, you know, I don't think this retirements gonna hold up with Conor McGregor. And hopefully, those allegations out there are the troubling might be in in Ireland. Hopefully, none of that's true either. But we'll wait and see every man as a man and woman has a day in court. Thanks to Jim west for his time tomorrow, we'll be joined by random, Marcus. We have another guest as well. But I don't want to name it just yet. Thanks to me for her. Awesome producing duties goes, you were also I was fantastic ride here champions.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor With Teddy Atlas

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Can't the money goes directly to world central kitchen and it's a charitable donation once again. That's the ringer dot com slash W. C. K. I welcome to against all odds part of the ringer podcast network capable thirteen used to be known as Tax Day. Jim Cunningham Hill producer. Jim Cunningham is with us right. You remember that Jim way back when to call this tax. Yeah the old reality unbelievable. Jim Is with us by Jim last week. Couple of weeks back. I had a Wrestlemainia Pool. I said if you could pick the seven matic. They had like fourteen matches and over the two nights. If you could pick the first night seven matches one through seven correctly I would send one hundred and thirty six dollars because it was wrestlemainia. Thirty six would send you give art gym. I Dunno I e he thought he was eligible. He jumped in there. He was the only one out of four hundred people to go seven for seven. But it wasn't good enough that I sent them one hundred thirty six dollars gift card. He got upset in La whiny that we didn't mention it on last week. Jim Cunningham. The big the big winner. Congratulations Jim thank you very much and the second night then. I was five for five going into the last two matches and then I lost fixed wrestling. I'm not sure though it is now you don't get shit for five for seven anyway. Also speaking of winners on the line right now. Michael Roots of gambling. My Wizards of wagering my barons of betting my overlords of the odds degenerate trifecta Harry Brother Bry and Darren the poly kid. What's happened in Phallus? What's going on Sal? Hey Sal what's going on buddy I already? I already hate how Harry sound here. I don't know maybe maybe it comes across fine when we when we re loop all the audio but this is going to be fun Next week we're going to have a big podcast. GonNa break down the NFL draft. Somebody's Fellas they. Did it on Harry's PODCASTS. At glass night. We're going to tackle it next week. you know what I depending on my mood. I might even let you guys use your real names so unlike how Harry does it. But that's going to be fun today. Teddy Atlas is coming on and a bit legendary trainer. He had some thoughts on McGregor Mayweather. That's the fight. We are going to be re watching recapping. Sports Remarkable August twenty. Six two thousand seventeen Yeah this was good. This was a fun one not an a long time ago. I. It's not like it was like twenty years ago that we have to hearken back and think about things but I thought we would go over it because it was the most I ever bet in a sports book on on US Sporting Event and I actually one listen to me. I know there are no pandemic. This sounds like kind of shitty arrogant for me to talk about a big win. In a Casino People. Losing their jobs but rest assured. I've lost way more than I have one over the year so I like to bring back happy memories a little bit. We all had something to do with this fight Brother Bry. We were there a week. We were there the week we leave the day of the fight. I know we were there a few days before right We went. We went to Vegas on Thursday. We it was actually the first year of sign up for the super contest so we went on Thursday signed up. I think we flew back. Shit I think we flew back on Friday. I think trip to Vegas we. We discussed it. leading up if we wanted to stay for the fight. Where like you know. It's probably not gonna be a great fight. Let's let's not hang around An yeah and then we We flew back. I remember we were stuck on the plane. Do you remember that we're flying back to La stuck on the plane for hours so it's like well that was that was pack. Yao Pacquiao Mayweather. No no but remember you and I. We flew oh is on the radio. Yeah Yeah we're stuck on the real Yeah we were stuck on the runway going. Yeah and that. That's trevor. Took the private plane Yeah what a jerk. Trevor is Harry with US YOU WITH US. That leading up right. I don't think he did. He probably didn't bet a dime on this right. I don't I don't recall me. Me and Ken were With you and we and Brian we watched fight together. Yeah well that yeah that was the actual fight but the way you were in Vegas the week leading up. It doesn't matter Paul. That was that was the week you guys. That was the week There was the weekend that you guys were a couple of days. You guys were got all mad at me. Because I didn't go to Vegas right all right. Yeah probably what was your excuse? Then I can't remember what was it. What was the Brian? I don't even remember. You aren't dating Angie. You weren't working with. Ken Probably just didn't allow you out of the house is so poorly kid. You saw this as an opportunity to make money I'd like you. I think it's like a first of all. He started off at like minus twenty five hundred when this was talked about. When this wasn't nothing was signed. That was right. It was just a dream match up by the way it was a dream because it happened in the summer. And there was nothing at all going on so that added to the mystique of it The popularity of the event the hype and everything else but it was about minus twenty five hundred in some sports books one and opened up and I think that was about right. That's what it should have been so when jump down out a minus four fifty five fifty? It went off at some places I was like. I gotTA treat this as a stock going into this. This is just value that I'm going to. I'm going to barring any kind of miraculous hockey. What's going on with CONOR MCGREGOR? I think Floyd's GonNa win this the numbers of there. I have to take advantage. Did you feel the same way? Yes I remember during the podcast and you know. I don't usually like these type of odds right. I'm the Guy I am. I do a parlay with five minus six hundred teams or something like that so what I looked at it the same way you're looking at it. I'm looking at it like this. Should be like minus twenty five hundred so wanted to come when it came down to like minus six hundred minus five hundred creeping down to even like minus four fifty. I think I'm record on our podcast saying look you take your kids College money remortgaged to house do it every half to do. Put this money on flood this too good of a bargain even sitting at like minus five hundred whatever. I think that it went off at the right before. The fight was minus five fifty so two good. That was too good of an opportunity for everybody. Great investment as you said. Yeah and I think I got it at minus four fifty minute. Four seventy five. I went to West Gate. You have to put in the pain in the ass to put in money again. I'm the sound like an asshole here but if you put in a lot of money they make you make turn it into chips and you have to get a wire and everything else but I was like I'm doing it. I don't care Ninety percent of the best place had conner winning but eighty two percent of the total money was bet on Floyd which is interesting which I it kind of makes sense because you have your casual better. Go walking up to a sportsbook counter and saying okay. I like Floyd Mayweather. What do I have to bed like well? You have to bet four dollars and fifty cents to one dollar now like oh boy. That's what about if I want conor McGregor. You Bet a dollar to win three dollars and fifty cents or something like Oh okay that that's what I WANNA do so for people who didn't weren't familiar with gambling. Mcgregor was a fun reach right at plus three fifty bribe Yeah I mean it was fun for you know. Everybody hates me whether Even though as arrogant as McGregor was I think there was just a ton of people rooting for him. So I think they're just like you know at this. This is going to be a fun day Sunday in the summer. Let's just bet on Mcgregor but there was just This had to be the biggest Amount of million dollar bets. I would think like Vegas had ever seen right. I mean deaf. Well we know for sure for fights but even for like super bowls right. Didn't they just have tons of million dollar bets put in for for Mayweather to win one hundred eighty thousand? Whatever it was it was between two and three times the the take of Mayweather Pacquiao. I know that doesn't stack up to like a super bowl but definitely like NFL playoff game as a kid. You had the numbers. How much was bent on this game on this fight? I don't have the exact monetary someone sixty five someone say sixty five or. Was it different? Well I think I think in the casino side I think it was about in Vegas itself. I think there was about seventy million There were there was talk about another like in the United Kingdom on one of their sites as a talk about another like eighty million but there was talk like illegally and legally that there was about close to a billion dollars bet on this fight which for for a fight is ridiculous. It's insane I took mayweather just to win. I was like he's going to win. I don't care what's going on but what I should have done is Bri what you did. You took him by knockout. Right which is was it a little worse than even odds minus one forty yes. I'll say I had my biggest bet ever I had. I had mayweather to win so just to win but then I had I. You know when we're at the casino. I put it in a few grand which is a lot of money for me. at Mayweather was minus one. Eighty two win by knockout Saito. Got Your back like you know. Twelve hundred dollars. But I was willing. I was risking. If you didn't if it went twelve rounds I was GONNA lose. I was going to break even and that was going to be a shitty weekend so I really and this is Monday morning quarterback but I really should have made that bet that may whether by knockout. Because here's the thing. I took him straight UP IF HE WINS BY DECISION. No matter what. Even if it appeared to me optically. It appeared that he had won every round. If I have to sit there and listen to the ring and I was was a buffer. I don't know but make the call that thirty seconds or so is going to kill me. It absolutely GONNA kill me an ad forty years to my life whereas I could have just taken them by knockout and like oh all right well at least I don't have to go through. This goes to the cards but anyway I had floyd we all had floyd again not much fun rooting for Floyd. He was forty nine. And there's a lot of controversy as to whether or not this should have counted towards the fifty. An hour breaks rocky. Marciano record of undefeated. Mt Of undefeated fights for for a champion. And I don't know Parlay Kid. What do you think about that? Should this have counted I think judging by the final result I guess it should have counted You know part of me was saying at the time you know. Did Floyd like carry him for a few rounds to make this look more legitimate. That maybe it should have been. But I don't really think that's the case after watching this I think it turned out to be a pretty legitimate fight. Being that actually in the ten rounds of this fight or nine plus rounds in this fight. Mcgregor landed more shots and threw more punches than pack. Yao did against mayweather while full rounds so I guess it's pretty legit pretty legit fight surprisingly and you can look at you. We point pack out because that's the popular one but a forty nine fights. Connor took them took it to him better than probably forty three of his opponents. Right I mean not re- well it's an excellent point somewhere in that so from that regard you half the county Harry anything else you WANNA say about the lead up to this fight before it actually happened now. I just think that You know like Darren said I think that definitely counts too. I mean I thought you know leading up to this. Mcgregor was a joke with everything that he's done Not just in the not in the ring but out of the ring and everything and I thought this was going to be a joke but rewatching it And I remember when it happened. People said it was kind of you know not a lot of action was happening. Not a lot of action happened in here but still I think it later on. This was a legit fight and I think it counts too. I agree with Darren Both guys These numbers ended up being dwarf. Once the pay per view number came. Everything came in McGregor was scout scheduled. A guaranteed thirty million mayweather was Bosa. Make guaranteed one hundred million both made tens of the. Does anyone know the final count on that brother bride? You have it mayweather. What did he make three sixty or something? Like two seventy five and then I saw McGregor. Originally I thought was like eighty five but then I also saw somewhere he might have made up two hundred and something but I know you have seen Dana White also made whatever McGregor it's it's basically like McGregor took fifty percent and then the U. OF C. Took fifty percent so I think Dana White and the U. OF C. Made another one hundred million dollars off this too. Right Sal. There was It was the second biggest. Pay Per view in the sport's history. Second to pack Yell Mayweather. Four point three million dollar pay per view buys and a fifty five million at the gate for a total revenue of about five hundred fifty million and the Jesus. Wow Darren thin thornton you. Didn't you Texas or something that he may weather made one hundred seventy eight thousand dollars per second. I had seen that on Re the reviewing this he made about one hundred. Seventy eight thousand dollars per second in this fight Jim Cunningham. Did you care about this? Fight it all going in. Yeah actually I did watch these big fights and McGregor fan too. I forgot how annoying floyd mayweather was to watch. Those cat. Dammit keeps turning around but we had a little party at my house all watched there. It was good you had people at Your House. What what year was this can help right. Yeah sitting six inches away from each other. Do not follow the rules at all Yeah honestly I thought we had Kellerman on the PODCAST. I think I had a not as on. They told different Soda. I was born caloms camp. I think there was a prop where you could bet like that. That McGregor wooden land seven punches. In the fight it was crazy. I was like yeah of course his way. Whether it's GonNa Bob and leave. This is going to be a blow out. It's GONNA be early. Seven poets. Go under seven punches. He had. Let's talk about the first round again in their connor. Look bigger. He shifting in and out mostly southpaw. And we're seeing no offense from floyd. Now I know floyd this is kind of his thing. He feels guys out. He's gotten behind on the cards before against big competition. This sort of thing but when you have a lot of money on somebody you WanNa see a little offense Brother bry after the first round new. Were you worried at all? wasn't worried after the first round at all Even though McGregor had a great first round I think it just started right away with McGregor swarming. May whether on the ropes. He did a great job. Like when you re watch that fight. He really did a good job. Switching stance like really quickly I was throwing mayweather off for first couple rounds but one nothing McGregor there. I was not worried. All right second round again backing floyd up. He's controlling the action definitely quicker than I expected. Not sure if it's quicker than mayweather expected or he's playing cat-and-mouse he gets behind he's looking to land. Is this part floyd strategy at this point polychaete or are you saying this is a little more than he bargained for or both? I think it's a little bit of both. But according to a floyd in the post fight conference he basically said his His game plan Played Out to perfection. His idea was to wear McGregor down early in the rounds. Mcgregor Kinda Punch himself out but at this point. I'm a little sick to my stomach. I mean you know he may wear the throws six punches in the first round lands to In the second round here throws ten lands five. I ever to nothing McGregor after two. I know I think two judges gave mayweather The second round somehow. I didn't think he won that and I'm not feeling good right now. I'm wondering what is Floyd doing? His He is he. Is he carrying a little bit here? I'm not sure so far. Yeah then it got worse temporarily for anyone who had money on floyd third round little hammers shots on the top of the head from Connor. And I'm like Oh man my rooting for a disqualification here. Maybe that's my only hope here. Connor good tight jabs I think he's up three nothing. I don't know how anyone has it other than three. Nothing PARLAY KID now. One judge has at three nothing. We don't know this and the other two have for. Floyd doesn't seem to make sense or two to one right but floyd is also minus three hundred live. Harry. What did you think going into the fourth round nine definitely thought it was. I thought it was three nothing connor. I didn't think floyd landed one solid punch one real punch in those first three rounds And it was impressive. I mean a connors. Obviously showing left hand showing left hand. But his right hand jabs were landing Maybe he should've went for a real a kill shot. They're playing trying to get it on early because it later on in the round you know. Obviously he tires out but but I think his right hand jabs were working and then after that round salary remember looking at you and then After the third round. And I'm looking at you and you look at me and you you just roll your eyes thinking like not that you're so upset with what's going on here that Floyd's not gonna come back and do something but I think more than anything you're thinking have these two clowns concocted something. That's that's could turn into a situation that Fixed sort of situation. Because Floyd hadn't done anything at that point was always built into the odds. I thought brother bride the fact that they might go at it and trade and it might appear to be even who knows what it really is so that there could be another rematch. I mean there's hundreds of millions of dollars as a poly kid pointed out. So that sock. That was seeping into my mind other. I'm playing a poly kids. Statue after three rounds Floyd thrown twenty eight punches. Mcgregor had thrown. Let me add it up. One hundred fifteen punches down three nothing and yet yet brother. Bry Floyd is minus three hundred on the live line at this point. Well yeah he's minus. He's he's minus three hundred I'm starting to get a little bit nervous. I'm still not there yet The funny thing was though he's minus three hundred but when you look back at the scorecards I think on two of the three judges. He won the second and Third Round. Right onto of those judges scorecards. Which is crazy Yeah I'm starting. This is where I started getting a little nervous but I wasn't so nervous just because we have seen Many of Floyd's fights whether Zab Judah whether it was de la Hoya whether it was like my Donna Canal or even a little bit Moseley starts off really slow I three or four rounds and that was the only thing what you brought up was like all right. Well this better not be one of those. Like we're just GonNa have a close even fight. Have a rematch. You know that that. That was definitely seeping into my mind. A little bit but other than that. I still wasn't really too worried. Even though I thought at that point McGregor's fighting excellent that would of sucked all right. Fourth-round starts mayweather throws thirty one punches land sixteen which is both thrown more and landed more than the first three rounds combined Which is good even. Though he's crouching down he's still bathing he did mount a bit of an assault. Connors Jabbing Floyd trading. He finally got to work. This is a relief bar like the first round. He for sure one. Yes I think Khanna landed a nice left hook in this round above floyd was landing some nice combinations controlled the round. Even though I remember thinking at the time some of the May guys had this four nothing connor at this time. Some some of their guys. But I'm thinking it's three one worst case scenario at this point McGregor and you feel a little bit better after that round for right around a ton going on lots of covering up and stocking by McGregor still seems to have energy in the beginning of the round floyd rough housing in the clinches which is interesting connects with a few overhand rights then. Connor becomes a little tired at the V. Maybe not tyrod you see floyd more more in the tank. Still probably losing this fight. I think he won the fifth round. Area things are evening up a little bit here. Yeah definitely at the start of the fifth round announcer. Brian Kennedy. I think did a really good job and as the Sugar Ray Leonard. He mentioned that Brian has mentioned a couple of fights. Back Zab Judah. He's mentioned was a beating mayweather three rounds to one and that halfway through Floyd's fight versus de la Hoya. He was losing and he went on to win. Both of those going away I mean it's obvious here. That a floyd plays the mental game better than anybody. Maybe in sports and speaking of that Delahoya fight guys. I was there. Thanks to my Vegas hookups. I was there. And in this time of social distancing just throwing off to the side here happened to an hour before the fight just letting you guys know. I was urinating next to sugar ray. Leonard and I guess this is part of social distancing since I looked at him to left me as we're both urinating next to each other and I said Hey Champ who do you have any totally ignores me so I guess in that way. He was social distance himself from me. I Guess Dago Jim Cunningham. I think jim gets in your ear and says Harry sex sells so fades. If you can jim you'll see that. What next Sugar Ray Leonard? Yeah it's amazing. Oh my goodness a cell one thing. Could we just say though? I know when we went back and Rewatch us. We had like Kenny and sugar. Ray Do one of the things but also I think the main fight was done was Bernstein and Mount Paulie Bell Najji. Where like showing them the so. There's like a simulcast going on with Who who is Analyzing that but at that point in time too it's funny right because I still remember I think Paulie and Melanesia and McGregor hated each other right and they had been swearing and that was when McGregor Knock Melanesia down in sparring leading up to that and that was a big controversy and I remember during the fight. You can kind of get a sense that Mellon is you just didn't really like McGregor but I know on this on this recap listening to Kenny and Leonard was a little bit different for sure but that was big. Yeah there's a big TMZ moment show in the. I think those grainy footage of the knock after around four looking at you after that I could see in your face. You were just a lot more relieved. Yeah after four and after five and then we get to six and CONARD maybe in You feel a sense of desperation. That he's the leading the fight slip away in a more see floyd gave his back a lot and I have to say it is interesting. That conner didn't fall for. I mean he was. He was doing the hammer shots to the back of the head but softly I think if he if he goes halfway or fall out. The referee bird is going to have to make a decision. Disqualify him. Maybe that was again. Part of Floyd's plan but I didn't think so floyd pressing the action again. Big Rights. Big Right Hooks. I'm feeling good. The fight I think is tied at worst and then And then you see after six Connors cornerman would look Guinness Bartenders. Really they had the the vests on any of you know what I was watching We get the seventh. Connor still relentless. He's moving forward. He's measuring he's He's he's attacking and then Floyd comes back big straight rights. The crowd is briefly on their feet. Conner looks very tired now. He's got his mouth open and Are you notice that floyd was starting to land shots? Oh yeah he I mean he was. He was great in the in especially in the seventh around where he really started to get connor. Good Getting very wobbly. The legs I think that's one I noticed but I still Still he's Land. Great stuff and like I said. Connor is hitting a little bit. But it's very soft but I I do give him credit because he could have went down plenty in this and he took some decent shots seventh eighth and then obviously into the night and he could've went down and he he I mean obviously Even post game Post fight interviews. He want he thought he should've been able to fight. I mean he was still trying and giving it all the ad. Give him credit for doing that. He could have went down easily. And then so now if you look at the live line. He's a huge money. Line favorite now minus eight hundred or so. Floyd Mayweather is heading into the eighth round Floyd gives connor good first minute it and then connor comes back and it's close you frigging kidding me this. This fight could be tied after eight rounds now. Now this shitty parlay kit all of a sudden again eighth round Mayweather Lance Twenty McGregor. Fifteen and power shots was fifteen the twelve in the eighth round the Sheffield was even again. I don't think any judge had conner winning the eighth round but yeah my head. I thought it was close again. Yes exactly you know. After that round seven you've felt like mayweather was a complete control. The fight now round eight comes and The round was very close. Watching this again I could see how you could've scored it may be for McGregor. Maybe was McGregor's last. Stand right here on at this point but you know when you have a lot of money on. May whether you're just assuming McGregor Wednesday around right you're like all right I'm is gonNA give McGregor and say it's four four at worst right now or at best depending on how you want to look at it. That's what you WanNa do and the overrun. There is nine and a half but I feel like connors a winner already. Just making it to the ninth round interesting thing between the eighth and ninth round is the first time we saw a ring girl. She holds up a corona. Sign the sign but the nine corona interesting. Nice little bonus for us here Connor comes out. Slugging in a ninth gets a low blow warning. He's looking around the. They comment that he might be looking for the clock so he's getting tired. His legs are shot. He's now taking big punches. Floyd back on top here brother bribe. What'd you think of this ninth round? Well Yeah let's go back to the like the first five seconds of that round right McGregor. I think I looked over you right after this. Mcgregor lands a really hard like body. Shot low blow. That was really tough to see. Even when you go back and watch replays. You're like it's borderline. It might have been because it was a little bit like a Hook uppercut like at mighty glance the little. Oh I but a kind of landed on the beltline but like the REF bird is behind so it's not until like McGregor swarms him and mayweather's complaining that it's low. That bird came to help him so it was just like a weird ten seconds because I was like. Oh Shit did he hurt Floyd. Because yeah because I do think he's a little bit hurt I mean. I don't think he was gonNA lose a fight or anything although I do think McGregor Kinda screwed himself a little bit there because he liked jumped behind mayweather's back instead of just like trying to unload punches but it was really weird I've still it's still weird circumstance with the with bird coming in like ten seconds late after the low blow to call it a logo instead of calling it right away. I I but I was a little worried and those first three or four seconds. I'll tell Ya and again. We've we've seen most mayweather's fights he doesn't get hurt he doesn't get doesn't get hit. And maybe this is part of the baby's getting beat but maybe he's also like we said setting up for a rematch. Here but after the ninth round he did take control he took control yet in the ninth round by the end of the round. Kill Them Landon bombs. Yeah for sure. Sugar Ray Leonard area. They call pretty much. I was going to be alright. Yeah he said At the at the at the end sugar ray said it was over after the like I said Floyd dropping bombs late in the late in the night and then start the tenth. It was obviously It was it was definitely done at that point. Forty two punches landed thirty nine power punches landed at a night definitely feeling better. I Bri Oh yeah At that point I knew so now. You're not nervous as much. Well now. I'm a little nervous in the ninth round. Because I'm like he's getting tired like halfway through. He's getting tired but I need this to end before the you know the Short. I need a knockout here. So it wasn't until by the end the ninth round. I was like he has done is finished. Even the announcers new McGregor's legs were shot So you got the sense in the Tenth Round. That was coming. It was going to be over. So then we have the Ted and McGregor exhausted all heart an instinct at this point He had floyd in a corner and then Void Adam in the corner and then an assault and it just all bomb after bomb left right combos. He's doing his thing And Bird steps in and stops it. He wasn't throwing back. That's the key. Connor had been thrown back. It'd be taken some punishment but was thrown back. At this point he wasn't polychaete. Was it stopped too early. A McGregor thought it was Started a little too early That being said I thought was a good stoppage. A mayweather was very accurate and rounds nine and ten literally landing about Close to seventy percent of his punches at this point the fight was gonna go much further But the fight ends and you. Kinda like while. Both guys won this fight. This was a win from Gregor. That's what I'll seem to like. This was a win McGregor. Put up a pretty darn good fight. Hats off to McGregor good performance by mayweather. Everybody seems very happy. I don't think there's any losers here unless you bet a lot of money on McGregor I wanNA talk to I WanNa talk to Teddy Atlas about this in terms of what you just brought up kid. Boxing's reputation which had a lot to lose. If if mayweather gets knocked out. I even think he has more to lose if they lose by decision unless we do conclude that this was all a setup for a rematch and all that but brother Bry what God damn relief ride. I might might have stopped second early but I didn't care when he waved it off. Thank God what happened. Yeah I mean we I. At that point I was in the tenth round scoring into that. I'd be like I said before like I knew that. It wasn't getting past the tenth or eleventh or at least the fight. We had a good idea that I mean maybe connor one four round so at that point in time you're thinking at worse case it's worst case. It's five four six mayweather's Mayweather's fine here but again. I was a little bit different because I had that. Knockout scores judges entering the ten. Tad Mayweather Up. Eighty seven eighty three eighty nine eighty to eighty nine eighty one. So the boxers boxing judges weren't GonNa let him lose this on decision. Eighty seven eighty. Three is probably where I had it. Harry you think Floyd Coulda gone on another fight right. Yeah I mean. Luckily at the end of the fight he looked amazing He didn't look to hit like his face was fine. I think he and he's so fit and everything I think he could win. An who knows he could've won another nine routes. He looked like he was ready to keep going great. Thanks maybe maybe you're right. Maybe it did. Maybe they did stop it. Just premature a second or two but it wouldn't have mattered. I think maybe could have went a little more but I think more than McGregor was just in his mind. Maybe saying I'M NOT GONNA go down. I'll take whatever I'M NOT GONNA go down. And he sat there and took it but yeah he wasn't fighting back but I think maybe it split second to early but again it wouldn't have mattered. Yeah interestingly enough. That came out afterwards. That floyd tried to bed himself. I think you could bet on yourself. It's weird how they have the rules here. You could bet on yourself but you can't bet a specific around and I think floyd tried to bed himself to win in the ninth and or tenth round and they said No. You can't do that so he sent one of his cronies there to bet for him. He bet the under Brian I think he barely got the under which was nine and a half. I mean obviously you can bet any kind of round proper on it but as far as even odds went I think nine and a half was the number right. Yeah nine and a half the number that I know I know the casinos were wanting that override because everybody was factoring You know figuring that Floyd was GONNA win inside nine and a half so Just just went under by What what go under by twenty five seconds. Yeah that was it now. Is it so that was interesting for sure? After the fight mayweather did say he was Kinda was better then he thought but but also that he followed his game plan. So I don't know it's a little of everything there. Connor commented that mayweather fought like a Mexican. I'm not sure what that means. It's just nonstop action thing but also they said that floyd wasn't fast or powerful he was just composed he talked about how composed floyd was and he said The referee I wish he would let me wobble back to me corner and obviously he wanted to keep going but in general par like it seemed like he was happy. Everybody was happy. A lot of praise going both ways. Yeah exactly what I said before. Everybody was a winner here. Everybody made a lot of money The boxer won the boxing match and the the UFC fighter put on a pretty good show. So the everybody was win I think we both you know as far as who was the big say. Everyone's a winner. I agree Aside FROM FLOYD OR CONNOR. Who is the big winner? You guys have any thoughts. I would say periscope you look at the numbers. I don't know that this put periscope on the map or if Pacquiao mayweather did but there was a ton of free options. If you tell loaded periscope to steal this fight any other big winners aside from the two combatants that you guys noticed well I had like a winner slash loser and it was kind of what I was thinking here is. Ufc fighters generals. Because I every time you know how much money the. Ufc has making off of these fights. Say however many tens of millions of dollars. They're pulling off these fights and usually these guys are making you know you know some are making a few hundred thousand once in a while you know even McGregor and his other big fights a couple of million dollars but It's little obscene. The numbers that there were getting here so I think it was. Just I mean it's good because it got a lot of exposure for the UFC and you have see fighters so maybe after this fight they start making a little bit more in terms of pay per view for bigger fights but in general still. You're like God it sucks to be UFC fighter. 'cause you just I mean. Obviously they're doing for the love of fighting but they're really not making any money. Yep Yeah it's true any other big winners guys we go onto route. I think I think you WanNa sal you and Brian or some pretty good winners. You guys didn't get selected. A Nice chunk that was that might have been my last Whenever two and a half years ago firing away two thousand seventeen. It was definitely a bit. Yeah I haven't done it that big sense but I'm waiting to pounce on something. Well I don't think we'll ever see anything who knows. Maybe we will but just in terms of just the way it lined up that everyone wanted to be such a big fan of connor and everyone wanted to have their money behind it and shot the odds down to what I though is unrealistic. It was it was special for me because I won money on it but I was pretty much dead wrong on how it was going to play out and that never ever happens. That will never happen again. Everything else might the big loser. I'd say Manny Pacquiao about a pack. Yell Beats Mayweather Shoulder injury and everything else. Vp's mayweather this is his fight right against McGregor. Maybe now you don't get the loud mouth thing. Go and pack is a little more reserved and everything but I think they go. I think conor probably calls out pack. Yeah why would he call out? May weather the loser of that fight. Any other Losers Harry Oh yeah definitely are definitely Mai me Me Your son Sal and. Ken Lost in Beach Football. That day to that wasn't all right. That's that's true. I'm glad I asked you guys being a leave that one alone floyd that no brakes. Marciano record for undefeated champs rocky forty nine and a half from sense Lada. Lot of rumors about what the next fight will be. Which brings us to our sponsored segment. Captain Morgan's make believe Riverboat Casino. Which each week the degenerate traffic than I set sail tackling pretend propositions related to sports and pop culture events cap that approached me and said wow this is some inner sport fight What other sport. But don't do this a lot anymore looking into the future. Not The past. But which Inter sport fight. Would you WANNA see most and here? Are the options may whether connor to five to two odds Pakistan McGregor four to one. Marcus Stroman Kyle. Larson tend to one odds. Marcus stroman called Kyle out. That's a potential fight Serena Williams Ronda Rousey thirty to one or the field at two two one. Harry start us off. Who Take Thirty two one? GimMe that all day. My Girl Serena Against Ronda Rousey. That'll be awesome. First off. Let rousey five seven one. Thirty five against the Serena five maybe one sixty five. I looked up the you know. They're just this would be unbelievable. Seven and a half foot shoe. Size for Rousey Serena has ten and a half certainly ALEC BODY SHAPE says hair. She's pear-shaped so listen. I'll take these two and a fight not to mention. You guys know that Rousey did it. She's the first American woman to ever earn a medal in the Olympics. Judo she did that in two thousand eight. So that's pretty impressive. So and the way three and a half her. She's her just killer instincts. It should so under estimated the that her killer instinct. These two going at it would be great. All Right Harry. I love explain something to you. I know we put this up there for fun. But Ronda Rousey would kill Serena Williams. Come on the twenty seconds right rather bright twenty seconds. I mean she got Serena gifts arena the racket. Even that's what I was GONNA say. Never racket still close. Come on all right by the way Sal. Brian mentioned speaking of Rackets the day. After was the tennis match right. Now give her the kids. Racket that Fourth Bryant and that and we're brought more Brian Chief. Brian thank you so much I would love to see stroman kick Larson's ass just stroman a long island guy for about patch. So He's around the corner from us. I grew up but The problem is in all honesty for NASCAR. Don't really follow it. I really don't even know. Kyle Larson is I probably should know but So I'm going to throw that out the window. I will say I would actually really like to see Mayweather Connor too but in the AFC but not a five round fight. Maybe a three round fight You know obviously in the boxing I was obviously I was one hundred percent convinced flows. GonNa win a surprise that the outcome In one hundred percent convinced connor would be win. But I'm just curious what would happen You know Connor. Who's not a submission specialist? Would he just submit? Floyd like early in the fight with the kicks just bothers the hell out of them immediately in the fight and I'm also looking at from Floyd side. It's kind of like a win win there for him too because it's like either he loses quickly But he's still going to get another three hundred million dollars and it's not going to go on his boxing record so I doubt I could see floyd if he who knows if he ever gets into more gambling trouble or something all of a sudden like I need a big pay day. So let's let's do this fight but what might see in it. You gotta think the money they made for this fight. It pays for a lot of court appearances. It would pay for a lot of education three or four generations online. But let's face it. Floyd's got court appearances. Mcgregor's got the same There's going to be child support money and these cars. These guys have to have there. One full callers hundreds of millions of dollars cars for Floyd Man. That'd be interesting brother Brian. I think conor would have to first of all with the smaller gloves you couldn't you couldn't take a chance with floyd right so. I think he would have to submit them. I think he showed that he could get around them behind him even in a boxing match. So I think that would be the way to go. Paulie kid what do you think which Inter Sport fight? Would you want us? Well Sung going to take the field and since this is for my own entertainment. I'm GONNA take Well we've even on the podcast inspection like our text messaging to each other. We've had Harry talk a lot of trash about a lot of athletes right in particular. Romo and Geeder. So we'll start with one of those two is the athlete. I are pseudo celebrity in Harry For a boxing match that this is my own entertainment The fight would most likely start out with Romo they just jabbing Harry to death Before like beating him to a bloody pulp and around round two or three I would get a lot of enjoyment out of that so I'll take the thousand seventeen Harry though wouldn't matter Harry you could pick any you. I beg to differ my friend. I beg to differ. Wow what what if the fight went on in a in the shallow end of Harry's pool is obviously much more. Limber look at the videos online different beast in the water right I'm a different animal in the water by the way if you want to check that out. Harry's latest video he's giving draft picks out in the pool talks about the benefits of taking a nap and then goes on the wall. It's almost like you're endorsing taking underwater naps. The way you disappear there. I don't know maybe I have to go back and look did you see that Jim. Did you see that video? No I didn't get to see it right now. Jim No that's okay. How about this guys? I don't know who is opponent would be. I WANNA see Brooks Kapka. I want to see cap fights Monte the toughest from each sport and do like a round robin yes blue blue in the face from all these brackets. They've been thrown at US online. That we have to pretend to hate and then end up filling out in our heads Mentally at least but I like to see in all sports tough-guy thing. Maybe I don't know who'd be Baseball Papa. Mike Trout. Or I'll tell you I tell you it would be baseball. Have you seen a Ronaldus Chapman? He was actually. He actually looked pretty good throwing some punches. The other day when he was wearing an out he is gigantic right now. So I'd say shaft. I'd say Chapman. Let's do Chapman and Kepco. I WANNA see those to go out half on anything like that. Oh Yeah Jim. What about you who you think of? I don't think anything could top the image of Twenty Robo Romo Jabbing Harry to death. Beating him met with bloody called the arrives. Chapman thing just made me think of Because he had that video. But didn't Stephen Amy Video also Stephen Versus Kevin Durant. Because they know they had some problems that too. I don't know what Sports Steven A. is. Has Stephen. Eight belongs to a sport as much but I? I wouldn't mind seeing that all right. That's another week of Captain Morgan's make believe Abo- casino no matter how you live like a captain. Captain Morgan reminds you please drink responsibly. Captain's orders all right fellas. That's about it. We're GONNA come back next week. We're GONNA do the draft props. We finally have something to look forward to next. Thursday is the Nfl draft round one. And we're GONNA have a ton of props to go over for that. That should be fun. I will say there's a little little light at the end of the tunnel today Dr Fao. She said sports could be back without audiences. Obviously just get that out of your head the second main audience from now till December. I just don't see it. No big gatherings but polly kid. Maybe we see everything coming back cells. We have his hope right. That's what we have so let's Let's just keep that in our heads and our hope. That's what's happened sorry. So let's get it back. Yeah Yeah I mean. Everyone's got to see these numbers. Go Down Right so in order to do that. Just stay home for whatever. How many more weeks? They say two three four. Let's get those numbers down. The League's will come out with it. They'll they'll come back on how they'll figure it out. I really do think they'll make it work. I know it takes two hundred people to make a football game. That's going to be tough fewer to make baseball and basketball. What are you thinking Harry? Do we get this done baseball in June. Yeah you know. I think the baseball in June can be done especially with this. I know the the thirty teams coming to Arizona. Wouldn't have really worked but if you can really do this the way they planned on it now with the D. A. Actually it'll be a lot of fun to if they do. Because totally different divisions of the Florida teams and then you have the Arizona teams and different different divisions with all different teams mix just because of the geographical locations of these teams For one year why not and it would be a lot of fun to see different matchups that we don't see and these teams would be in their own division. I mean like for example if people haven't noticed this right now because of the proximity of where teams are located in Arizona. One of the divisions would be Colorado Arizona San Francisco who are all in Scottsdale and Mesa which is about five minutes away from the stadiums would be the cubs in the as so that would be one of the divisions or because as diamondbacks rockies and giants and like. I said it'd be all over and Excuse me in Florida and in Arizona. I think it'd be a lot of fun. Let's get this going if we have anything to shoot for. Let's do this baseball. I just need my TV to look to resemble something. I remember it to be right brother. Br We get these. Tv's at split into two and three whatever we have nothing at all the watch Watching Friday night lights again. Just Fun Bry you hate it. I know but we have to do for football. I don't would just be interesting the way they said it like it would not have a players. Union agree one hundred percent to play so would have to be like all right. If you WANNA play you could play if you don't you forfeit your base salary which is weird. Because you've got I was looking guy like Aaron Rodgers. His baby makes thirty two million a year. His base salary is two and a half million. Why is a guy like that risk? Playing Yeah I know they'd have to work something out there with those contracts like that. I don't know I don't know what you can go back on what you can't up so I I know it's really tough But it's going to be going to be a weird Rest of the year. I know They were saying today. Right Golf. There's a good chance. That's resuming back in June. Right with all June. You Got Nascar should have GOLF NASCAR for sure. Yeah makes sense so I may have forget golf. We get Emma may maybe in You know if we get may or you have C- in May golf in Juneau start feeling a little bit better but all right the draft at the brother. Brian the draft law. Keep US afloat for the next week. Or SO HARRY YOU'RE AT A. O. Harry you have something else going on. What what's your other today. You know I didn't even realize until you said April fifteenth the beginning salad supposed to have my Colonoscopy today and it's been pushed back yeah that's been pushed back till at least July so I feel about that exactly but thanks for earlier in the in the in the show mentioning that a brother. Brian the parlay kid were on My podcast Last night Best Bet corner We talked about the draft and on our charge. You can catch my Mock draft and my other plays and next week should be a lot of fun with us Going over a ton of props. Yeah and you know bringing up the colonoscopy the problem with the Harry's colonoscopy is it violates social distancing because it takes at least two hundred people to aid in this procedure right and so I don't know how they get it done. I don't know how they do this. I'm saying I saw Dr found. She said you wouldn't get this colonoscopy till fall twenty one but we'll see we'll see what happens. Maybe maybe that's the case. Maybe maybe if I do have cancer maybe then I can sue the hospitals right great. Okay wait wait a kid. Trying to top that About the chalk talker and I guess the real winner here is Harry's doctor right that's always. Yeah Karsh Harsh. That guy should lock himself doors forever. I Jim Cunningham at Jim Cunningham and the is are ones Sarah the eyes are ones. I'M GONNA do couple ad reads and then we're back with Teddy Atlas lots of fun. Here's a message from our sponsors ziprecruiter right now. We cannot be overwhelmed. 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World champions is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of fame former fighter himself. Still a fighter. You seem brawling with Stephen a Smith on. Espn when commentate on the sweet science? Teddy ATLAS THANKS FOR COMING ON BOARD CARDINAL PROBLEM. So I hate to even sending this because you were not enough to give me an introduction but I'm I'm in For whatever it's worth I've been kind of soda all of the regular. I guess all you're in the big one to solve. That's that's a big big swing and miss by me. I'm sorry I can't I feel a little little silly now some jerk. You know what I would start over but I like to show the human element of this show an idiot. I could be real and I appreciate that first of all teddy how you doing. Are you staying safe staying healthy? During this Daryl pandemic bought it all like everybody else responsible where you know to resolve clone teething and everything else to social thing in you know. Listen you perfect so God dwelling okay. The rain thing for me is my family and I have grandchildren hopefully softball everybody again. Thank God has been good and I would have thought to charity foundation. Noble that everybody else you know doing just doing our part getting food out to people the CD since it was vulnerable people who are people that are laid on the guy just with this wise as they work as you know doing something like that it did not getting reimbursed for you know in this time. Or they're not getting any kind of government Subsidies on employment you know they're out of work and they got children and they're good people so we got a little formula. We put together where we're getting gift cards out to them and Try you know. Try to help the way that we can. Absolutely very very charitable. We're going to get we'RE GONNA wrapped up at the end to get to that. I'M GONNA donate we're going to. Have everyone donate today on those. Are The people those that people making a difference? Also you know your food service workers putting their lives on the line for basically nothing. We're transition here to guys who put their lives on the online but for a lot and a lot of money Conor McGregor Floyd Mayweather. I said about two and a half years ago now before the fight I and everyone else. I don't know I felt like McGregor. Didn't have a shot here and I remember watching an interview. You did before the fight. You kinda you kinda indicated that it's a no win for boxing and I agreed with that. I felt like boxing integrity needed to be the need to be challenged here and I felt like even though mayweather prevailed boxing reputation was on the line. Maybe didn't rise to the occasion. I'm not sure. Who are you rooting for in this fight but boxing definitely gets a black eye if he gets knocked out floyd or worse yet loses on a decision. How did you feel before the fight going? No you did all you put it together. Good I mean that's that Taghrid Concern was boxing that ever. They had nothing to lose redid. You know boxing and we And everything to lose not a lot to gain but everything to lose and So I was I. I wasn't concerned that mayweather would lose. I was a little bit concerned of how the fight would go. That wasn't dominant enough. That that could that could hurt a little bit But not to the magnitude that obviously if you lost that that would really hurt the sport and But I felt that it was a money. Grab and because you know we just food around before saying. Hey we're real here. We're going to tell the truth. And but that's that's a harsh part of it but having said that I thought that it was okay that it didn't turn out to feel like a money. Grab it turns out the the the the Paki Owl Mayweather. One which is not uniform. Even though it's not from alternate places of of you know combat sports. It's they will both from boxing. But that was one of those special times where the stars lined up and something. That never happened before happened with the magnitude of the attention. The money that came with that was historic but that felt more like money grip because it was probably five years past their primes for both of them and I went in there supposedly injured with his shoulder. But the thing that really bothered me. They're gonNA truth is the truth you know. Some people will like this but corridor going out and a lot of people wouldn't even notice that it's but again it's my sports for my whole life and added Matt is how it puts itself forward when it goes out there on grand stage and as people put up one hundred dollars people. That never did that before at a universal people. They never did that to that level of numbers so it does matter you look in Colorado before they're coming out and usually you see the guys warming up you see the guys you know series mood. What do you see you see Freddie Roach trainer with back? Yao taken sell `this and as it turned out it was connected to wear. Obviously they add commerciality or they had to promote so deal to get paid for something. Are you kidding me not really? I usually don't put myself in this position to be in that but since we're talking about it oh you can't. I mean you can get twenty million dollars. You really need to do that to show everybody that. This probably is a money. Grab it feels like it. It sure looks like it at that moment. Like late doesn't look like normal fight where the most important thing is what you're about to where you're about to walk to. You're not taking so long you know when you're about walk into a rare you know what's funny teddy and I feel indirectly responsible for this because my cousin. Jimmy walked pack. Yao Down the ring. And you're right it wasn't it wasn't taken as seriously as it should have been and I agree with you totally that did feel more like a money. Grab then McGregor and you're bringing up and McGregor again. Vote in it. Looked like supposedly a money grab and maybe it was but they took it serious. Mcgregor took it serious and I think some of the deterioration of mayweather at that point in his career. Be at all for two years and everything else and styles. Yeah it sounds like fights even if it's inevitable Guy Guy. Yeah they where may whether? It's not a secret. Do Swing guy if that canal even with third and at that time with the Spanish and you know what I think Mcgregor I love the Guy I get more credit. I give that photo the credit and all the respect. It deserves deserves a lot. But they would've knocked out McGregor. They would've went and got him but the really saved him. Because that's not the style it took them seventy eight miles to to get the motor going to make the adjustments the ad that patients to go forward and realize hey I gotta come out of my comfort zone and I gotta do some. I don't do instead of Kinda I gotta lead and I gotTa go get them. And that's what they the fight more competitive and where it wasn't a money grab it became a real that so I mean I agree with you but so what what this is basically it. Do we think that Floyd had after seeing McGregor style after seeing McGregor was coming after them for the first around the by the way wanted to three judges had McGregor winning. All three of those I had ringside dude it for years. Copen TO FIGHT. I I a city with shells sodden. Who does a great job with the anime stuff and the US? Say something. I I had? I don't see any other way of you know you're looking at and you're honest about it. I had always bought. I had McGregor wedding. I did too and I was freaking out because I had put a lot of money on mayweather. I thought this was just a valued thing going into this fight. I thought he should have been a minus two thousand and they knocked it down to minus four fifty S. You're not gonNA see value like this in a long long time and in fact there were other side. Bet You can make on floyd whether or not McGregor would even land seven punt like seven punches. You could bet that he would land under seven punches. He had that wrapped up halfway through the first round. Mcgregor so I was. I was shitting there and so all right. So after the first three rounds. What do you think you'd think in McGregor's got decent shot here? I'm thinking he's winning about who's GonNa lose the war and again. I'm not trying to make myself spot so. Pm Monday morning quarterback. I can't tell you know really being authentic people spot out if you're drunk and you make things up on a flight and they realized your jerk and so I would hope reputation after forty. Five years is is able to save me from that kind of thing and I will really because I would say it. I say yeah I worry but I was. I wasn't concerned to that. Dot Com for sort of place. I wasn't that I was you know I'm not shocked because again. I knew that the styles would play that into this. Where Floyd wouldn't go get him? You've been all two years. He's forty years old or whatever it was and you know. He likes to take his time. There's going to be a window of opportunity that window could've early. Well McGregor get ahead. He can get ahead and so I was shocked by that. I was almost expecting it. If my memory surgery a little bit and I wanna be careful saying that but I was. I was thinking you know. Hey when is Floyd GonNa Start? Step it up because that gotta do Ed is Floyd which I realized that it had to be a yes realizing that guy is not going to walk into traps. The guy's got a being the way fight. He's got a long beach and he's not walking into Ghana's and he's boxing on the outside with that southport. Jet Is Floyd going to realize at this point in his life. You know multi multi multi multimillionaire. Is he going to realize that? I gotta go get him and and is going to be up to doing that. Is He? GonNa because sometimes up to do it no more. So we've got to make too much money and they're just not up to it then. I'll get a split the bidding quit. But they're not GONNA do they gonna make that kind of drastic as it anymore? Because it's difficult and I was a little bit. That was where my mind was was. Is Floyd good? Make that difficult adjustment at purely out of try because obviously there's GonNa be no other relation anymore. None so I was thinking he's he will make it but I I haven't seen it yet. You better make it soon. And then he started doing it and whether he believe him or not that this was his plan all along to you know Kinda like fail them out the first two rounds. I'm looking at the numbers now. Mayweather through twenty eight punches through three rounds of I three McGregor through semi six hundred fifteen. So that may weather in the fourth round throws thirty one punch more than he did the whole first three rounds but whether you agree that this was his plan all along this you're right. This style had to throw them off. Come Adam Southpaw. He's a bigger guy anyway thrown from different angles from the outside. Yeah I'm not saying he's freaking out all mayweather but not the fight. I think he bargained for going in and as far as motivation goes. I actually think you might be right. Maybe lays back. A little of the forty nine and old thing is on the line you agree. I think that legacy over the no matter what Tom Brady says I see does hang a shadow over especially later in life. I really do and I do believe that people like floyd proud people like floyd proud people like like Michael Jordan. People like that and people like Kobe. Bryant God bless them. I think that it does matter. And usually they're gonNA tell you that but yeah yeah so yeah I listen we all bleed red. It will cut. I think that floyd definitely being that. He had that zeal. I always say what I was calling bites it. Espn wing side. I would always say a breakdown. Fight breakdown Strengths and weaknesses of each and then one was undefeated. I finish it by saying but of course he's got that one of the big advantage that can't be properly registered and that's the fact that he never learned how to lose. It is something to that. It's got to do with live so he's got to do with pride it's got to do. You know it's a combination of all those things that you have accepted losing yet and that's about a full thing and yet your question. Yeah that was in the balance that is in the balance always. Let me ask you this because I think I know where you stand on this but now that we re it's funny that you said like you compare the money grabs which one's a more money grab mayweather McGregor Mayweather Pacquiao obviously mayweather Pacquiao legit fight going in regardless of what you want to say about Packing House. Injury de Account the fifty. He's breaking March channels record here even though he's going against a UFC guy keeping in mind that you said this is less of a money. Grab Them Pack Yell Mayweather. What do you think about that now? Number two fair question responsible question I I WANNA give a responsible and so I think for two seconds you've been Asterik next to it and I hate to say that into say I hate the freaking out. I'm GonNa if you take teddy only was like that one way or the other. All right. I'M GONNA say it stands but but I but I had to say I had my thought. I have my doubts. I have my but at the end of the day. If you say it you know it's just like we're you know Barry Bonds those home that home run record. I I think there's you know definitely week Dan because what might have been in his veins and it seems like it wasn't as Bates. It will be you know. We're looking at everything that is out there to look at it in a sensible way but looking at this The guys showed up at. I should say put it Asterik or or don't even give it keep it keep it at forty nine dollars or whatever the near forty nine. I'll keep it at that. The reason why I say you can advance and put it in the book. The kind of showed up and gave a professional he gave. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah. It's you know a different group of bow fighting different place. Yes I get it but you want to know the truth floor as you go back to eddy fight Teddy Great Fighter Rocky Bug Seattle forty nine at all. WanNa go baggy won't be honest about this. They've put guys a lot less than McGregor. You are only in their. Could we got about it okay? But I looked at the Marquee. Fights got closer to fifteen. Oh okay but it'll be on him. You go back Floyd for plenty of soft opposition earlier like everybody did add rocket Seattle. Some people say he's photos brother and listen. He's a great fighter. Don't get crazy the Italians out back and you want to go after they now we would would fox and everything else at the. Nice though please. They hated take it easy. I think both Seattle right. I think he was rated. But right afforded brothers way up the Talian grandmothers will go out. Forget the forks and knives. They'll come at you with a wooden spoon. Know what you're saying you don't have to give an answer. Because even floyd himself like you said like mayweather. Mcgregor fought him better than forty three out of his forty nine wins right so in that regard you have to count the fight but the fact that it's not a pro. It's not a guy with a lasting professional boxing record. People will always say advocate. Yeah I think he broke it down probably further than most people would break it down and I think it deserves to be broken down but at the end of the day. I also think that he deserves to get a couple more things you you train. Michael Moore train eighteen world championship. I'll take the heavyweight Michael Moore would you if this opportunity presented itself for Michael Moore back in the day. How much would you convince him? I obviously the money gets to a level where you almost can't say no. But would you have been against something like this for your fighters coming up as we would and listened when I say I'm GonNA qualify it again not to knock this guy because I got I respect for him because he got in the ring in these foot but if we will fighting Butterbean back in those days I would've been hesitant and I would have pulled away from it to be honest. Answer beans a good example. Yep me I would have pulled away from it. Okay because I think the I think the the gain as less than what you could lose you know the the the risk is greater than the reward because it would leave a blotch on. It would leave him open to things that a fighter caliber shouldn't be left open to so that's a fair answer if if it was something like we talk about here. Hey Go back tally. And the GNOCCHI the Japanese Big Spas rats got that turns out to be a disaster. The guy laid on his own his bags back for the whole time. And according to the crab is something. I don't know what but you know. He laid on his back and actually getting blood clots in his legs kicked his legs but it was a disaster. But right again you didn't know going in. But he was getting seven million back then seventy was. I'd heard of dollars for that. So Michael Boorda. Was it a position as fighting a guy from another cop? Bad area of sport at it was that kind of Monday. And you'd think that responsible to get in ring with the guy from a physical standpoint. 'cause that's my responsibility to make sure that he wouldn't get hurt that he that it makes sense that way. Then I was. I'm not against it. Why would I be against win? Win Win fight his wisdom selves. Every time they get in a ring wiring list them selves to make money to take care of their family so they could get closer to the yanks it so they don't have to do no more. Yeah and exactly what you said is. I don't think boxing's reputation was hurt. Really ultimately with Mayweather McGregor. I think Mars mixed martial arts guys. I bet a lot of wise guys probably got in the head like I could beat any boxer. That part of it sucks. But that's a stupid anyway. I WanNa talk to you about. I listened to your podcast. The fight you had you went over the five best rounds in the history of boxing and then you ended up getting like twenty five because as you pointed out how do you how the hell do you narrow it down to five ward. Godley the first time ninth round. Great Great Classic Norton Homes Fifteenth Round. And you talked about the impact. It had on both fighters going forward by the way I agree with you. Larry Holmes no matter what happens. I think he ends up the most underrated heavyweight of all time Dempsey FIRPO. It's funny because I didn't know about that. I looked into that but the fact that they were like seven knockdowns. That was great Corrales Castio. That's the one. That's my a number one with a bullet right there. Tenth round the first time they fought not the biggest names but just teddy. And you pointed out bruises. Just battling in the middle of the ring the whole frigging fight. Tony Weeks is. The referee. Doesn't really have much action for a match. That was fought inside the whole time. He didn't figure in much. Except for stopping the fight and also Deducting a point from Corrales for taking an extra minute of a couple of seconds when the mouthpiece comes out but as you pointed out the point didn't matter at that point That to me is my favorite. Yeah I'm listen Ward Gaddi nights round. Okay yeah I could Kinda like when people as we who's the best pound for pound fighter because such active is my opinion right now. I say long cycle and I call for right there. One a warden one would be in other words You know in a way you want to go. I can't argue with you. I could even flip flop. The you know either way. It's all ice cream. Ice Cream is good you know. Hey right awkward. Medella was sprinkles. It's all good so in a way I could easily Bev. All you were too because clouds every like I said about wouldn't gatty. It was like it was like watching or reading a novel. I mean a chapter by chapter. You had chapters in that fight that that was you know the the guy the guys that you don't who the hero is the next minute? He's not the old all the other guys that the next minute he's GonNa he's GonNa be gone. He's gone off to the next minute. He's been saying he's coming back Oh really one of those fights Kinda who loves to go you gotTA remember. They don't podcast so people would understand who favors the ever of twenty to thirty to forty with. Some of these fighters had two fights. I mean two hundred fights rob's archie one finds almost Henry wanted the greatest of all time. The fight all the mean knockouts. Can you imagine that they put the best? They all fought the best. They didn't worry about like today. Where you have to worry about navigating your way to title because you want her to stay undefeated and because you want to network to like you because they lie defeated records no because that way of becoming a better fighter back in those days. That didn't get in the way they fought. Everybody didn't matter because you will lose it to a good fighter and then you will fight again next week so I even I would again despite self instead of going to that Arrow only I went to the Mohmand narrow because I felt that these fights would that good that compelling and you rounded out the list and I was worried for you when you had four and I was like. Oh my God. He hasn't said Hagler hearns. I'd I'd I trust your expertise but you're gonNA catch a lot of shit if you don't put on there which is actually thirty five years ago today. How how is it thirty five years ago? That's insane there today. Hagler hearns. I still think Corrales Casteel have the star power of Hagler hearns. And we're just that's all we're doing is watching that fight over and over and over during this pandemic. But here's a wild card and you didn't have in their kind of stupid one holyfield-bowe Caesar's palace parachute. Man Comes in the ring. Bizarre Bizarre Round and then they beat the hell out of them right here they did. I mean you know he. He got sent to the hospital. I mean I don't know. We deserve that but he he deserves Sultan again and he he got he got some because the more looking for attention directed a fight with guys trying to make a comeback Change in history. Possibly and I you know what I I think that fight. His action might have changed as a little bit With it changed the flow of the fight. Guys have to sit there for ten minutes. Get cold you know. Start up again. If it happens in a baseball game you know changes things the the starting to come out with dimes. Or He's not the same picture so you might have influenced by a little bit. But at the end of the day I did think the fight itself had enough ebbs and flows and enough drama to be on that list. It's funny that you mention it because if I bid go with one it would probably have been the first along the lines of divided. You're talking about it. Would've maybe been a first bowl holyfield now. That fight yeah. I know that I know bowl. The biggest dog yoga I nobody. He worked to fight handily. But that there was some credible rounds for that a credible where holyfield the much smaller guy look. He was knocked out with an uppercut. I mean it looked like he was gone and then all of a sudden he comes back and he's got bowl. You know in trouble that baby that one could have been maybe more. The parish toward. Yeah no monster punches. In that first year right and bow another one is underrated heavyweight for sure. I want to ask you in these weird. Can boxing survive in this new insane world? We live in until there's a vaccine. Wwe Is doing it. You should be back soon. People does it take to put on a a boxing match hitter. Listen it's very similar to you have C. You know that's GonNa be a good that's going to be you know a good barometer to tell you. Boxing is going to be all good. You know Blueprint if you will because it's basically the same thing you need. You don't have to have people number one. Obviously he gets on television You don't have to have it audience. That's the first one. Yeah you have to. You have to have caught up people. Okay so let's say you cut it down to to quarter people. You have a referee. You have to have a doctor to have judges but you could do the judges. The judges don't have to be there so you do that with electronic 'cause you know with Sophistication of of the way things are done now. So they don't have to there they could just send it on computer The rows so you could eliminates about why there can't eliminate the RAFF I it's pretty miserable. It's pretty miserable. You GotTa have under Twenty People. Under twenty. I keep talking about like yeah like football's two hundred at at. I mean even if you do too obviously no fans due to fifty three men roster you got to have a coaching you have medical personnel officials. You're at two hundred boxing. Mma whatever wrestling you. I was going to be white but I tried to control yourself. Where would I was contemplating Vanita judges? Maybe we better without by the way I I know you went crazy too. With what the what the Hell's Paki out and crap? Why can't remember in Australia? I warn right. Oh you back down horn. I went nuts too and I've always been me and my buddies always talked about. Why not for these big fights make it five judges? This wave have talked about a wise Guy. If someone decides to turn it on its head. We still have three capable judges. That's that's proof of it not matter right. All three had horn winning sick to your thought. that's what they used to doing old days with the amateurs they had five and they still gotTa Walton saw. I what I'm about to say is sticking to world but it's not that simple but you just have to have honest people that know what they're doing you need to have a properly educated. You know properly trained because the criterium has to be for the scoring has to be. They can't be gray area. It's gotta be black and white. What is the criterium? So they have to be properly trained and educated to what we want the criterium to be as who told the boast who leads the hardest clean punches but as it cries forward or who's affected you know so that has to be understood and you have to have again people that AH competent in that area and then honest and and that's a problem because the landscape of boxing really beg for corruption. I've Soda then it begs for clubs and because there's no separation between the people that make money and the people that are supposed to be administrative law and rules and make sure that the right things happen and there's no so I it's like landscape is like saying come on couple eight offbeat come on. Why The wild west and you with the DON kings out of the world way everything it would have gotten better and maybe it has a little bit. There are bad decisions. In my opinion you'll have triple g against canal. My God I. I just think they got that wrong. That is triple jeannot. Have come out of that. Two fights with anything and then they're the horn package house when it's like. Oh Shit this is still a little word. The ones that put twenty three years boxing at ESPN eighteen years doing Friday nights nights where set up over the country and these little Indian reservations and everywhere the little concern in Iowa and all kinds of places that that never heard of a little town where we put those fights on ESPN and the little guys got loved but nobody made a big deal about it because it was a yeah. It's too bad. What do you WANNA see? I think I think I've seen enough awhile to fury. I know they want to do it a third time. Actually it's a sign that they had to move it up a little bit Which fight are you looking forward to? Most I've seen you mentioned Loma Chanko earlier. I'd love to see him match up. One of the biggest thing get the weights right. Yeah listen I agree. I love unshackle portable if you go to touch the heavyweights. I don't WanNa see that in any way You know I mean because I don't know what's his excuse to be losing can be that. The referee talk too long. You know what I mean. Forty five pound costume. That was the reason that he got tired. I would've heavyweight by. Let it be Joshua and fury. It'd be a spectacle it'd be ninety thousand people in Wembley Stadium and everything that comes with his super bowl type of event Let it be that. But as far as any Love lowered cycle. I would love to see Spence unqualified. It's been a little bit in my mind. That to welterweight undefeated it's been diminished. A little bit the Dow a little bit clouds. Only because Crawford had that car accident. He hasn't fought since I don't know where he is physically and mentally. And maybe I'll put emphasis on mentally because when you go through that and you see a life and listen you flip all in a Ferrari going to speed that. He was going what he flipped over six times. Whatever what did you see the video that I mean really that that is what you're talking about. Senior life has a funny and after that happened to how are you? What are you when you get the ring and you gotTa do things that you know? Not everyone can do go after guy. Try to hurt a guy Are you up to doing that anymore? You gotTA take a risk. Now you gotta put your life so to speak. Are you tonight now? Yeah that's true. It's all your whole different boxer. After all different person. I imagine this has been great. I'm GonNa let you just have to ask you. I've always wondered Mike Tyson. You train him early in his career. I think he was fifteen. When you left custom models camp you famously held a gun to his head. He was acting inappropriately to an eleven year old relative of yours. I think your niece you guys made amends a few years back Do you think if you had stuck around you would have been able to guide him away from the pitfalls that he encountered or was he just was he just a man on a mission ready to sabotage his career. The luckily he's gotten back on track for sure in the post career. But do you think you could have made a difference? If you stayed in there. I would never say yes because it just wouldn't be right for me to stand here and I like I would know that and and and try to take credit for that and make myself in kind of like I would never say yes. I mean what I would. I think that I would have challenged him in areas. All or you know. Put a maybe more of a fight In some areas than some people did When certain behavior was showing itself. Yeah I did that already. That's why wasn't there anymore so so I have no problem saying that but for me to spend air and you know grandstand and Pat Myself and say. Oh yeah it would have been. Yeah if I was there he would he would have been. I gotta break bones handled so I could not. I'm not gonNA say that right. I'm GonNa take this now that I think about. It probably wouldn't have made a difference in the end. It might held it off. It might have held the dam from bursting a little bit. I think there's Montana's way but in the end if you don't have character sooner or later it's GonNa show itself and it's GonNa show itself in this case you workplace in a place where you know the truth comes to you really fast inside that ring and sooner or later your GonNa face a guy whether it's supposed to dog was Orlando Holyfield. That has enough character where you're pure talents not going to be enough. It's going to be enough. Yeah I was thinking about it from your perspective looking on now no longer in the camp and watching him go down Buster Douglas. And you must have been like well A. I knew this was going to happen and be. This is such a shame. He could have broken. Marciano directly to you know put together one hundred five talent. What are the greatest? Yeah well let me let me say it this way. So when you say could've broke Montana's right getting re say that he was the greatest of all that stuff okay. I'm going to ask one question. I think it's fair because some people say you know those haters out alternative. I think I think I've always prided myself in doing that and try to do that and wanting to do that so I would this question if he being. Tyson didn't have one of these ingredients. One of these qualities hit have to speed that he had. He didn't have the power that he had. Just leave it at those. Two and one of those two qualities was missing. Would he have? Would we be even entertaining? The thought that he could one break Montana's record and to the greatest of all time. I'll give you the answer. No we wouldn't be so he has his what I'm saying. He was missing another quality that I think is just as important as that. But we don't think about it that way and that's kind of the ability to overcome the ability to find a way. He was missing that. Now that was. He plays with the power speed. Would say you're right. And he never be the passive all the time but he had those talents that we like to brace it. We look at a bad knee on and they light up. We could see them and we're comfortable with them but he didn't add the other one. That's more important to both of those so the answer for me is always going to be the same. No because he didn't have that ability he didn't have that quality he didn't have that talent. It's a pretty great incisive way to look at it. It really is a tiny. Thank you so much. You have your audio book out of your auto biography. Is that right? It's coming out here. Thanks so yeah that's out It's you know it's pretty simple name to remember. That was The book and it's I if I'm saying it right it's a son from the I think is from the ring to the from the streets to the ring a son's journey to become a man that Yeah it's it's been turned into an audio awesome and tell us about the charity work. You do Dr Atlas Foundation Right. Yeah twenty two years. My father was General Practitioners Practice fifty five years. Did House calls to was eighty for free because he went into the projects and the places where people couldn't get out. There was sick so he you know. He felt that he wanted to do that. So he did it for no charge studios eighty. He found a way to do that even though he was getting old. He founded two hospitals on. Staten what he built before the Verizon Bridge that had twenty two beds in it he founded and he built it themselves for one reason way before. Hmo's waiver forty talk about obamacare. Any of that stuff you know. He wanted people to be able to get good healthcare. That could get it. They couldn't afford it so we built the hospital and they took care of it and you know people that could afford. It paid the bills. The Russell video absorbed it. I just figured a man who lived that way Should remember Saul when he died. I remember them. I started this foundation. And what we do. Is We help people that are full to the cracks. Normally that don't have anywhere else to go. We whether it's their lights being shot off they gasping shuttle whether it's a mom with three kids. She's a single mom and She fell behind because one of the kids got sick to try and but they got six belts on. She's about to be thrown out of all be put into a city shelter. We step in. We don't let that happen. You know who paid for the for the thirty two hundred dollars or whatever it is might as well be thirty. Paul women like this So she had to be put into a shelter. She can get an apartment and then she can be on all she now does she can catch up and should be okay she just needs a little. British old to get over that tough spot at It might be a family with a kid bed you know. They can't get the right treatment. Program doesn't allow it. We step in and we we pay for whatever the differences or whatever it takes to get on the Right Treatment Program. We put a handicap ramp up. So we do that stuff. That's great it's a great cause and the terrific way to honor. Teddy's father go to Dr Atlas Foundation Dot Com and don't spell out Dr St Our Foundation Dot Com Teddy Atlas. Thank you so much for coming on. This has been years in the makeup love to talk to you and go visit Teddy Atlas. Boston cannons started the real all of fame. We'll get dirty stuff. You can go see him all right. Thanks so much teddy. That'll do it for another episode of against all odds would cousin. Sal Watch Jimmy. Kimmel live thirty five tonight and every weeknight on. Abc that stat for the degenerate trifecta hill producer Jim Cunningham and the Great Teddy Atlas. 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The Fighting on a Corner in Vegas with a Sober Irishman Episode

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The Fighting on a Corner in Vegas with a Sober Irishman Episode

"In what everybody welcome to the MMA episode of the Corner podcasts. By now you know. I'm killed Dan's be here with the old man. Andreas hail today's podcast being brought to you by untuckit the original button-down down shirt designed to be worn untucked. Catch a fly t-shirt game up before summertime hits you know people were going to fight canals else fighting in Vegas in. May You WanNa go to the club. Make sure you've got the fresh button up and we're helping you guys do that talking about big. Tom Fights dares a big time fight in Vegas. This week is the return of the mack. I know you're excited excited no mcnuggets. You know he's back. It's weird because like I wanna want to see this fight. I've always wanted to see you fight but excited. Now I'm more curious about the atmosphere Vegas is about to be I'm More curious I don't know if it's going to be a mad house on those going to be toned down like I don't know what it's going to be. I have no idea so. I'm looking forward to this. See now ticket. Sales and reports in rumors of ticket sales that they've been slowly leading into this fight that there's still plenty available on face value if not under market price to go to this. Some you know something that. We don't see a conor McGregor fights usually they're sellouts usually the Irish coming from all the way over there here acting crazy you know jumping the octagon in the MGM ride in the Lyon we seem craziness we saw them. Take Take Over Las Vegas Boulevard and stop traffic and just seeing all. They'll get drunk shit in the middle of the street. We've seen it all by the Irish and I don't feel that buzz around it and it makes me wonder had the Irish stopped. Working with conor. McGregor are ad they reached their peak. Is is enough enough. No no no no. I just think he just needs to win. That's all I think if he goes if he were to go out there In Wash Donaldson Roni in like two minutes or even have fun. Fine still knock him out. which is very feasible? I think he'll be back on the bandwagon. But I do know Air was taken out of the sails like when he got mauled by could be even though he went around. And everybody gets mall by Kabaeva. Sucks when you watch hero. Just get choked out. Because now he's been tapped out twice that we've seen so are you telling me Delon Danas is just about every week in practice. Not well you know. I'm glad you brought the name. Dylan Dana's because Dylan has been talking about connors. Like Jujitsu Aballah. How good it is in like? I'm not buying that from you. Know so how do you you know he goes soft on him. Yes like you'd like to Premier Jujitsu Guy Right and you have been you're also deuce back. A lot of people don't alight but the fact that you're GonNa sit there and say man connors you know he's up there with some of the best. What all you have to tell me it was like son is improved proved that would have been cool with that when you start saying? He's got some of the best like no we know he does it. How many people gregory choke down his career? Yeah to be fair he hasn't had to. But now that's that's true one I s cage. Warriors highlight other day. He won by rear naked That even if the guy is good at Ju Jitsu I would never know because he might good gas tank so oh by the time he gets the ground. He's so tired that he just wants an out. Kabieh wore him down he wanted out. The forum was across the face and he was ready to tap. He shot on Nate Diaz. He shocked for double leg so he could get tapped out because he was exhausted. Austin live to fight another day came back and won so I don't care how good is Ju. Jitsu is if you're on the ground and you don't have the gas tank and the energy eighty to scramble to fight for position to pull guard and successfully defend yourself for the rest of the round. You do nothing for me. I thought his guard was pretty. Good against Chad Mendez. He survived he got up boom. He fought again. He hasn't had that level of energy or gas tank. Since and then you start to wonder has his commitment Wayne because he can't seem to get the energy level right. I'm glad you brought that up so next week doc. Tanner is actually doing media day. which is a first for a long time? He's doing a press conference on Wednesday Wednesday Doing Media Day on Thursday and him and cowboy are doing theirs alone so that none of the right corner fighters blueprint okay for those. You don't know meeting today. Goes like this. They bring all the right corner fighters and they sit him in their little. Oh seats in the other names by the by the chair and they put like whoever's in the main event if they choose to do so they put them on stage. And then you scream interviews or if you try to WANNA was really really obnoxious this whole nother story. But everybody scrambles around getting their interviews. and that's like the norm usually main event fighters for the most part the contact them away on Media Day and we don't have a lot of access to them but I think the certain to reconsider that because pay per view numbers suck and you got to sell a fight. So they're putting native and guys back into Media Day so this Thursday it goes like this. You have red corner. Fighters Blue Coin fighters. Then Douse Aronie for for an hour. which is crazy is going to be like a million people surrounding Dallas for us? I don't know how this is going to work. And that kind of a Gregory Gym do the same for an hour back to what was going to talk about the reason. Why when you brought that up is because you weren't there? One of the first times Conor McGregor was in Vegas. I think it was before the poor fight I I asked him about the feeling of being a big fight and connor responded he talked about soccer. And how you WANNA play soccer in. The thrill of the fight was like soccer roar of the crowd. That's what motivated him. It wasn't necessarily the game even though he wanted to play soccer. It was the moment that used to hype him up. He's he's seen that now he's had those moments like everything those things that he reached four. He's got he's had biggest fights the second biggest despite on pay per view in combat sports history his the biggest fights in history his I. I wonder if at a certain point because he wanted to fight often as well we start fighting as much which allowed him to get into more trouble and he. He saw the pinnacle of what it was. Where's the motivation? Like I wonder if motivated as he once was. It is that you got everything that you ask for you. Filthy rich. You became a world champion. The two classes you broke a record after you fought with when everybody said it was ridiculous. What's what's really laughs? What motivates Conor McGregor? I don't know at this point point. Embarrassment right like he is now no longer globally accepted or revered. He's been relegated to a laughing stock in many circles and in other circles which will touch on more in depth here in a second. He's been relegated as an abuser. And someone who's a criminal so so now it's okay you have something to prove again came to prove that you can focus again. Can you prove that you are as great as you want showed because getting there is relatively tiddly easy if you have talent staying there is very hard if you have no work ethic yep and sometimes the money makes even the best of work ethics drop a few notches and again at these guys and he was around for me whether you stepped into the ring with him sooner or later he should have picked his brain and said you know what. How do you do it? How are you this good at thirty nine and touch on on the software? Floyd Mayweather does that. People don't see that makes him that great to this day if he wanted to come back he's whooping everybody because no-one has that drive. No one has that work ethic and somehow connor has not realized what it takes to be great most on when we talk about fluid way with. He's truly rare case. When we talk about combat sports period for the most part in combat sports the best fighters betray themselves? Mike Tyson portrayed himself like they get too big in the a hunger that they once had is gone. And that's when they lose even Manny Pacquiao when he was rolling and then like the whole situation with his wife and going into that marquess fine and then he kinda lost the desire to hurt people. There was no motivate because he was one. You're no longer hungry. I think what you have. That's another thing kind of said you. No He's like I want to see what it's like once a heavy full belly because when I'm hungry fight because what he what he said which was like one of the best thing. I'm GonNa reminded me of this when I see him. He said when he used to fight this is around the poor you fight. He would spend all the money that he won in the fight so he'd be hungry for the next Fight Media Day together. It's Dimitrius Johnson main event in that car but Connor was actually the real main event right next to yet crazy easy so he says that in the possible now. You can't spend all their money before your next fight. Assert some people believe he did. I DON AW. I doubt that that's whiskies going strong. So when you when you become a certain level of rich right is you can't spend that money because because you're tied into other things and there's like it's like making like hammer you know like that's always willing to pay for the rest of his life to logistic quid is going to whatever the royalties are that. He's always going to get a check in the mail for that. He's never going to be poor right town. There's never going to be poor. May Not he may not be eaten filet Mignon and the finest levels forever. He may have to go to outback steakhouse at one point his career but he's not going to be like poor poor to the point where he's got to worry about next meal that's kind of used to be when he used to do plumbing him. And all that shit now that I'm curious because if if embarrassments the only thing that motivates you I'm a little concerned because those are the training videos was it came out I'm like Dallas Rolling to me. Is the version of arterial. Got Him and you should be the version of Arturo Gatti. Because he's GonNa come to fight but he may get the Dow class by the top tier of of never wanted title. He made it out class. But you gotta be on Your Game Plan. If I could be Tony Ferguson. Tomorrow's as you choose to stay at welterweight you can't you can't bullshit. I'm curious man. 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It's a good question Tom I plan to ask if not absolute land as I think were a lot of people need to learn about media in this comes with media training especially covering the music music industry were always dealt with people in some shit. There's a way that you have to ask questions to get answers edge. Also have to understand that you can't as very particular questions about about what happened because if there's a pending court case you're never going to get a fucking answer because we can't do it so I think in the case of Conor McGregor because these allegations nations which seem like if I remember correctly still pending. I think we need to pay attention to them when it's time to fight and when it comes up because people reported but I think this week is important because you have to ask the question the right way or else just going to get stonewalled so I think for me when I when I see so by conor is like I want to ask him if the time away from the cage is the reason why he got into so much trouble and let him fill in those blanks. Because if you go ahead I use like. Hey Hannah's you're accused of sexual allegations. What happened and he's just gonNA? It's GonNa shut down John's at the same thing. But if you ask a question like if you asked John Jones about making mistakes you'll talk about his mistakes but as a whole MMA media is this isn't pro wrestling and you can ask. These questions have heard and the worst thing that can happen is no comment. So you gotta edge so I think we have been a little soft and but we haven't seen them to ask the questions in writing about speculation is really tough. It's really tough because you don't really know but if he's in front of you there's a way to ask those questions what's going on with your pending allegations and then you can answer that but man man the somebody's GonNa do it. Some head asked is going to jump in and be like Yo kind of what's up. What you sexually molest like dumb? He's GonNa shut down. So hopefully I get in their first. I before some idiot ruins it for everybody. I believe someone may be looming over the media. Crowd Tulsi this question of his upcoming week. If you know you know but by side I I agree with you. You know. It's a question that can be phrased. Listen you know connor. You've had run INS with the law. Can you several things like that without eluding to exactly what it is to try to get an answer out of him but me personally is very hard and this is always been for me as a media member To bring up something to a fighter when it is just allegations and the allegations never attached name name. I remember when those came out against Connor feels like a popular Irish. MMA fighter it's like so you don't WanNa get sued so you can't put his name in this and people can allude to your reports and saying you know did con- McGregor do this and blame it on the initial report like it's weird to me when someone when there's no arrest report maybe it's because I was at the new station for so long like if we wanted to report news like actual hard hitting news like death rapes murder or anything we go we get the arrest report you know. They omit the name sometimes when the victim's name not the accusers name. Those always come out three days later does Wayne to attain these things to not see that paperwork on Connor makes me a little hesitant to go and call him to the carpet when they are allegations. I I except beckon wonder are the days of innocent until proven guilty gone Bingo like social media wreck dacha like there is no innocent until proven guilty right. What if these are allegations talked about this in our boxing episode when we were talking about R Kelly really? It's like two three R accusations okay. Maybe someone's looking for cloud right. You go thirty deep whether there smoke. There's fire cottage the the two or three range so I I'm not saying he did it or didn't do I don't know this have life and I hope the truth comes out but right right now. I don't know how to approach these things when the report came out wooding even mentioned his name. When there's no arrest report I know how to do pretty good journalism when it comes to people getting killed or Q.? Or assaulted or anything like that. I did it for three years. It's not that difficult to obtain these documents. I Want Renaldo got charged in Vegas for alleged rate which he beat the case settled on a quarter or something. Whatever may have happened? I've been with that but I remember having to call the PEO get those document. I called overseas those alleged case about him over there there's Pio's it was in London in Spain wherever the hell he was playing with Barcelona's whatever team he was playing for a or reality. I don't fucking know. His team auto follow soccer nonetheless. There's ways of calling and getting these documents producing these papers and I haven't seen any of those. What the Hell am I supposed to tell a guy the I have no hard core proof so I always feel like a little weary like sooner or later some somewhere somehow there it has been some type of proof on the table like R Kelly? I don't need the judge to tell me that more fog guilty I got you. I see some paperwork. You're like I see enough people on wax saying his name. I haven't seen an accuser on wax with Conor McGregor yet. Now give me something tangible so I can then attach it to my question to make it hard just boom. Here's the fact. This woman accused you or the voice. Give me something. Give me a nine one one. Call give me something tangible. There's nothing tangible no no and that's the hardest part is social media's ruined everything in a sense of innocent until proven guilty in the term allegations because as soon as you alleged somebody did anything and we're GONNA talk about this on a pro wrestling episode people. Start running crazy with it. If someone goes on twitter right now it was like I was mustered his finger in my book. Is it just. I'll Larry on under the calm guy. He's the only person I could think of because I was instinct anyway. I'm begging train of thought but as soon as somebody. Nobody says that it gets reach. We'd it and then storage started to come to fruition. Oh yeah this Amara listen to what you know what tomorrow is doing and then like the websites are running off with these stories and now a wire pies even seeing the tweet and I was getting phone calls. You'll I can't believe you do that tomorrow. What what are you talking about it so hard? There is no innocent until proven guilty because as soon as the allegation surfaces you have to defend it. It's your and the we talked about this as many times like I said old shows for those of you knew this progress in one orcas. I had to defend that girl. Says she slept with me in high school. And I didn't hidden in everybody because she said it. It sounds ridiculous for a man to deny it. I was like no I did. The allegation was already out there. There's nothing I can do about it. You magnify the social media with a bunch of idiots who don't understand how allegations work who don't understand how the court system works and they draw their own conclusions and the vast majority awesome have blogs or websites that would have you and they just go and take this shit to the top and write it as fact the reason why on another note the reason why I think George Zimmerman off the Trayvon Martin case is because it was too much of a trial by media to start. It was when I say media. I'm not even talking about actual media talking about social media and when you get so many people involved often creating an atmosphere and pushes like the DA to say okay. WE'RE GONNA go to first degree murder instead of like manslaughter. Eight may just kind of generates a chaotic roddick atmosphere. I don't want to get to this. Goes all the time when it comes allegations. So the case like Conor McGregor. These are allegations that that we may know some people that have information but they're still just allegations that's all they are and people say. What about are Kelly? Fuck that sturdy allegations that point is like do sifting define with allies are at but this early what is this I mean the kind of McGregor situation. Yeah you gotta ask him like what's going on with this but it's got a my feel man because it's a pending case it could get dropped and even though it gets dropped doesn't mean he's innocent to me. There's somebody just got paid off slot shipment legal stuff is rough. Yeah it's crazy Of franken through like that right now and just having to be silent. Silence Fight Shit in the courts before coming public. It'd be like Ha. I didn't do this assholes like so There's a lot stuff on the back end. They when you reach certain levels to clear your name to dodge allegations it it's just messy so I take all that into account as journalists before I just want something tangible to go in because I'm putting my credibility on the line by asking that question. I better have something credible to bring to table in that usually where I stand before asking these things But usually we have story time with old man Andres hell I feel like I can tell a story here and this is something. It reminded me when I was writing all this up for a rundown of the Kim. I'll tell this story and it's a story. Doria used to tell us at like my high school. Football players like Don't do this type of story Nothing good happens. After twelve o'clock. It's one of those types of stories but I remember I was like a junior in high school. Maybe a sophomore and we me bunch of football friends. You know how Vegas is dre like. There's house parties everywhere. It's just how it was. I went to a magnet school so I wasn't. You know living around the place I went to school. Everyone was Kinda dispersed and they bus you win and That led to parties being thrown all over the city though as a party one weekend thrown in this suburb called Summerlin win which is on the far west side of Vegas. A lot of rich people live over there The old man entrees Hale is there but listen. That's how I tell you this man's business but it was like at the lakes over in Sutherland. And all this shit so a super-rich and this girl's parents archaeologist edges. They go to Egypt in all these other places and wild shed and just leave her and her brother alone for like three months at a time so she threw this huge house party with the money they left her and roll. We're all getting shit faced drunk at this time. We only drink one fifty one in ever clear because we didn't Mike Beer we're weird sophomores We drink smirnoff Zuma's and then one fifty one cler. That was it. Nothing in between so Roy Party. Everyone's getting wasted only trash. There has to be like three hundred people. There were obviously football players. Where you're trying to be idiots we were like letterman's and we did all the stereotypical shit that you see Jackson? Movies do. And we're chilling and I remember my boy. I'll just I'll say knows. Because that was his nickname. Some appoint knows I remember. I was making out with a chicken. The bathroom upstairs. It's again a pretty fancy house. It's one of those that had the partition in which. I'm sure if I had to see this before. It was like bathroom and then partition door toilet toilet partition door huge bathtub area in shower so he knocks on the door. He brings some superdrug chick into the bathroom was like Yo I need somewhere hook up with. Her Room's open of the yell leaving the whole lot slam door in his face he's like Yo knocks on the door. Come on we use just these. You'll let me go on the other decided that door. I'll say fuck all right go so I let him in him and the girl go to the back whatever no more than five minutes later another knock on the door. His twin sister other. who was on issues like Queen Cock Block back then? It's okay. She's great person now but she knocks on the door. She's like where's news. I was like and I don't know how strong I was like. Oh He's back there. And I pointed towards other door and Dan I was about to close the door again. She pushes it open with like the force of the Hulk. Push you this shit open. I fly onto the counter where the sink is the girl I was making out with is topless and she gets pushed behind the door due to the force. So she's behind the door. Now Damn near squashed. I'm on the counter to twin sister goes knocks on the door knows opens it opens the door and and his sister boom punches. Him Right in knows Bonn straighten. The grill don't know why I don't know why she was so mad over this and So book hits hits them in the nose obviously nickname sake you know. What was dig- antic? He starts bleeding and the doors wide open. She takes takes off yelling and cursing. Do the doors out the party down the stairs. All this Commotion Makes Everyone from the Party. Come into this tiny ninety little hallway now. The picture that is painted at this point I did not realize until it was like a freeze frame. I swear this one. The second felt like fifty and people from outside the hallway looked in. It is just me type this counter. No standing in the second door arch with his face bleeding and a very drunk very naked girl in the tub halfway passed out by this point and various. Everything's dead silent. You hear thing. We're running a train on a drug girl. Did they rape her. We were like faulk. 'cause appearance was they couldn't tell I was was in there with another girl. 'cause she smushed behind the door this other girls in the TUB damn. They're not moving. She's just a little drunk. She was just moving two seconds ago. He has it's a bloody nose so it looks like she was fighting him off and the two of us in there. And we're like let's get the fuck out of his bathroom. We get out. We walked down. Everyone follows US still doesn't see that a girl was behind the door with me and we get out to the front yard. At this point someone called like the chicken. The bathtubs boyfriend he comes over he tries the fight us. It was fucking crazy real like you'll the rumor trains going to be nuts where we get to school and it was until Shit actually came out and she admitted to like I know I went in there but it took us three days. We're like our life is over so context is important too. What happens 'cause we thought like Yo y'all it wasn't even like that and it was a horrible set of circumstances so I used to tell my players? Don't go anywhere out to twelve. You can help it and to you. Make sure you yourself more situations because you can't handle how other people take. That is my story so whenever stuff like this comes out you never know all the details unless you were there shit might look different from the outside storytime with cal nonetheless. Everything it was crazy I really thought my life was over in sixteen like just done off of a stupid punch to the nose so so you never know and you got to take everything and figure out the details. So I'd never rushed to judgment since then and I'm always very very cautious. Che's of accusing someone especially sexual assault off rip without hardcore evidence or the person saying it happened or something like that because I know how quick something can start offer hearsay. You WanNa roll the credits mice by story for this week Let's talk about Qatar in Octagon that we talked about outside of that He released a trading video heading into this week and into this fight which showed him. He looked a a little bit bigger. I found a couple problems wrong with that training video. I'm assuming you saw it at this point. What you're trained? I say I don't know where he's at first of all before you were saying that when you say them. I saw a training video. I thought you were GONNA say train video. It was like oh no kind of yeah. No I don't know man I just don't know what kind of like I'm looking at this training. I'm just like well. What are we getting out of this? What is he out of this camp? What does he training four? I'm confused I don't find I don't know I don't find a whole lot to like it. Looks like he's training for a boxing match. What I mean? He's still doing that right like he still has that. That very like boxing. centric stand like it happened to the karate stance habit to the Y.. Front leg what happened to the bounce wants back and forth and the pawing at someone in and typing them in the you know not what your hands in front of your ears. What happened to that? Connor honor what happened to the guy who knocked out with the movement. There's video of connor three years ago. Saying these guys are all stiff. I know their movements. I'm like water. That's why they can't beat me now. He's those guys you know. The other thing is is that he trained to fight. Floyd I don't WanNa say for so long. But he spent the great majority of you know he's learning boxing. And he's Emma Mayfield. who spent a Lotta time learning boxing and it seems like he's not able to shake it now he's learning and I it's stuck there all I? It closed his stance. He got two fundamental. And that's what that video looks like to me. I don't like it all right. I don't either like if it was the old connor. Easy easy money. I pick him over Sony. This if you're going to let the guy closed the distance if you're going to be robotic if you're going to keep one hand up the holt like that's problematic to me. That's not what made him special. That's what's GonNa make him like a million other fighters. So I saw that I was weird. The other other thing is like a snippet or no he's on areas podcasts. So each says out he does interview with Ariel talks aerial In there he he list all these people he wants to fight and Hori motto dollars one of them. And you mentioned you know. Use Bond is one of them he's open to Nate Diaz rematch at one seventy and then fifty five. There's gauge he. There's Ferguson and there's Habib you defend our everything shakes out I look at this and I say how many people can realistically beat this up. One on Ellis. I think he can be an. I'll talk about that in a second. But you look at that you say that is a murderer's row of competition. Especially on one seventy. Could he beat USA does he have that set of skills. 'cause we just don't Kobe Comington. Let's be real push Monto. The LEMme. It was a close fight. CONOR has better hands and COVINGTON right man there. There's there's a couple issues this kind of Gregor at one hundred seventy pounds one to fight a bunch of people. People hasn't really fought a couple years. We're talking about the hunger. We talk about the desire and a lot of his career when you start to reflect reflect. I don't WanNa say because he was very skilled. I'm not taking away anything from the skill. But he didn't Frankie Edgar never had a rematch. Max Hollywood Holloway. He fought at any hour is again to a Senate like a vast majority of his game was getting into his opponent's head and making them fight his fight. He was calling the shots now because he's been our necessarily been exposed. But you know the blueprint and how do you Kinda McGregor started which is putting him on his back Winston a DSP. And I can take your power one seventy and all you do is where you out and finished off a could be susceptible to get choked out. Wrestling is still your the problem. I don't think he's improved in those areas so I don't know how he beats Camara who smoke. Because it's not like if I do kind of tomorrow they look look like Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram. I feel Real Comoros. What is a huge one? Seventy collar is not had a big one. Seventy in this weird to be these. Call all these people we know when we talk about. This said he should cowboy and I said if he wants to fight for retaliate. If I just get you any obviously when you're away for cowboys at one seventy which none of us predicted would happen. But he chose Cowboy. It's weird because why wouldn't you fight just engaging if you really wanNA fight all these guys you need to find him. Oh 'cause that's such a tough match-up that's killer be killed and it test your heart and I'm not sure where his heart is right now. You need you need confidence if I gave you but do you think that's this leads me on next question do you think the tonner that'd be Josie Aldo that that before do you think that kind of would have passed a opportunity for just engaged. You would have met that hit on. Oh never yeah but he was fighting all comers at that point right. So how much are we really buying about who he wants to fight at this point. Everything's still a business decision back then. It wasn't back then it wasn't about money or who could sell the SP real this cowboy fights about selling and tickets as well and money and they think cowboys a bigger draw than just engaging in there right. I mean we know we know what it's going to do. The reality is like because people love cowboys. Rony 'cause I again. He's Tura Guardian MMA. He'll fight anybody. He never has a boring fight. He wins somebody many loses some. He'll probably go the hall of fame but he was never like a real world champion Tomoe cowboy and but he got ma by just engaging and if you WANNA fight if you all those attributes you just mentioned about cowboys rony that's just engaging they it's that guy. And if you're Kinda Greg and you're saying I wanNA fight could even the mega mid off in a rematch. You should say I wanna fight just engaging that what is troubling to me because either he made a business decision. He's not that confident or Dana. White Guy you should fight this fight. All three of those scenarios are bad to be when it comes to Kinda McGregor talking about who else he wants to fight when you say you. Picked easings fakers Donald's not an easy guy. Judicial game was supremely underrated. But up saying you did pick probably the fight that you thought you could win and that never used to be Kinda McGregor. I don't know who this is one of those things like when you're dating somebody I don't know who who you are anymore. That's exactly and now we have to see how this translates to the octagon. Because because it's a different guy. Those a point in time where I picked connor to beat anyone on this show outside of Habib. That was always our conversation. Asian Lane O'Connor beats everyone outside. He'll be and now it's like I don't know I tell you this year next fight. I think he'd be Tsk uh-huh well we'll get to our predictions here in a second but I think if he fights horry Maswadeh I think he went weightless one seventy. I don't like Kinda McGregor and one seventy at all. Not as strong I would prefer. They decided connor. Strong arm them into creating 165 and moving welterweight to seventy five. But that's not gonNA happen. I do I go back to the DS face look what look what mass sued all did the DS is mess with. I'll beat the break softening. Ds hitting a clean on several cases. Put them down with. You never got closer really putting throughout he didn't bust. He dropped him more than Moscow did. But I mean when Moss with all the fight longer it must be bullied him must musk. That's what I'm saying. And I'm concerned with connor when you face about like Muslim because if you can't hurt Montreal how'd you get that man offie yeah. Do you have enough. Gas asked to go the full twenty-five 'cause I'm not sure you're knocking them out exactly because again needy toughest. Hell we all know this well. Let's let's not act like nate. Nate Diaz was a world beater. Before he kinda McGregor he wasn't he wasn't Ms. What I went out there? was he a journeyman. I heard someone call majority. Yeah you could argue. He was because I remember when he fought gray maynard ideals. We find a finale and a lot of people for Gray Maynard to win. Because if I ever fought Frankie Edgar and had the salacious fights if a lightweight title Blah Blah Blah and then nate beaten remainder of people. Oh well okay surprise because nobody really ever thought it was that good. It was always about nick. Who's never about nate? But nate was always come to fight. Then it became so when nate derail Donald Trone Dallas Rowing's entire career has been. I'm this close and then I lose. He was in a contender. Fight Nate being a lot of people cowboy to beat you. Nate is trying to. He's not Sean Porter trying on a guy in boxing who is durable as hell will fight and we'll beat a few people now it's not sharp is sean has been the world champion. Can't think of I can't think of somebody right now. Shouldn't somebody out there. Somebody somebody will bring somebody might century. There's too many belts in boxing. Everyone Kinda gets a shot to be champion. Maybe David David Wright. That's just not sexy but it's not just saying guy who is who get in the way if you're not he'll test you. He's a gatekeeper. He will figure out whether you're good enough to fight the top to your guys or you're not good enough. That's so he sounds like Danny Garcia then again soon as world champion to why in the lighter weight class at one forty seven. That's Danny Garcia's role. May maybe maybe I mean you've got enough to get beat up by champions. Yeah sure okay so people are gonna like that comparison but the fact that the matter is Nate Diaz has never world-beater and he gave kind of Rigor Hill into fights. Hell stopped him in one barely won barely. Lost the second one. I I don't know who this coun- this counter eat. Say say what seventy barely loss. I think nate loss by were wide margin. If the new rules were intact then. Nate loses by crazy the amount because the first round he has dropped twice. That's ten seven the second round. He gets dropped once. That's ten eight acting like both these rules rules. They don't go to the new rules. The new rules that ten seventeen eight. They still scored messed up. I'll say this big but of lost if if Pando had those same rule sets I'm just saying that he barely won the fight on scorecards non-real love one but again it wasn't an easy fighting. Buying kind of it was the fourth round was real rough on their China guessing fight. You're like no one. The fifth no fighter of asphalt as forever forever. No fighter ever goes into finals. I WANNA find a year. Everybody was like short night kind of a long night with me. No it was the third round so connor loses loses third wins the fourth loses the fifth yes and NATO says two three and five so if you accident who in that fight to three and five five make dropped in the second came back and then finished around pretty well and then that's why connor was in trouble for the third. But no way nate wins. It's the second after getting dropped. Know why but if you had eight to three and five is his scorecard right. So the point I'm making is the connor I just. I'm not sure who we is anymore. Like I'm not fighting could be. It was too soon just came off again dragged by fluid and then you go and fight could be you lose but everybody expected. Why did you lose so not everybody? A lot of people like this is a really finding into an off so I don't know who he is. I don't I don't know if he wants to. I don't know if he's is motivated. Like he says he is because if you were just engaging I'll know I don't know I again the man I just looked it up on Forbes. Still Worth Ninety nine million dollars and business insider did a article on him a couple of months ago that says he still has a majority Jordy that money because he doesn't have to spend it because the clothes are his own clothing company or given to him by these designers. The jewelry is given to him in the cars are also given to. When you're that rich you get a Lotta Shit for free? Oh yeah pay the taxman and you'll be comfy so I mean the guys I that may sense. He doesn't have to spend money so again. He's very comfortable. I'm not sure. That's what made conor McGregor great. That hunger longer like you said is what made him great so Let's end this show with our predictions for the fight. We are going to just give the main event of the premium card into the main card. Many event the prelims macy Barbara versus Roxanne modify like Ross. And she finally Vegas she teaches there. She's so cool. Aw and Nerdy and loves ANIME IS THE BEST. She's like the nicest person macy barber is going to win a decision. I'm not even GONNA say she's GonNa Stop Roxanne Roxanne Alexander Tough as hell. I'll pygmy barber to stop. I think I think makes it borrows the goods in. I think two we know that Roxanne. Mr fairies durable as hell. But I think just meet like Russia and is not a good striker. She's great on the ground. If macy chooses to keep this fight standing up she's GonNa beat the shit out of her and we all love Roxanne. She's a nice person do. There's a story came out with Roxanne called Mason and was hey they don't they may not have bathtubs at the hotels. If you WANNA improperly cut weight makes me notify the most vile wouldn't give a shit but she was like I wanNa make sure she comes to fight like she's she's like the nicest person but Mesa. I think this is going to beat her. And we've moved past it. 'cause people talked about the page van. ZANDT Mason. She was doing what she was gonNA pay fans that she wanted to start now. I still want to see. See that fight by the way. It's never going to happen. The hell out of paid but I WANNA see what I'm picking Eh macy BUSTA. Yeah Biggie macy to to open up the main event car Anthony Pettis versus Carlos the EGO. Damn it I'm taking Anthony Pettis. It's a lightweight though I don't know Oh that's so I don't know what pet is anymore. Those heart I hate that I have to pick this up picking Peres. I think he's still those shows. A Shit is like that guy now. He was a wheelchair. Lost The D.. As beat wonderboy pedestals. It's time when he's now being our class. Somebody in I think. Pets Kinda squandered his best years but a think he's still good enough to win this fight. He was champion so he didn't like squander them that much. He Pete's who early he's like Orson Welles Super Bad joke. Doc Tell your movie that that's GonNa hit you later second match on the Card Claudia. God they have versus Alexa Grasso. Also I really liked this right Claudia better win this fight though yes even though Alexa Alexa a super high couple of years ago we thought she was like going to take the. UFC my storm and then candido struggled a bit and she didn't. That's kind of what happens when you get all that hype but yeah putting Claudia. I've always liked Claudia to I mean. Honestly she front ran against you. She could've beat her. Just cardio stone three round fight. I don't know of Claudia is the same Claudia Cloonan same qualified you WanNa but I don't think Alexa Grasso as for whatever reason I still think she figured it out yet so think Claude is looking more dynamic. I think it might be a close fight bumping call you by decision then next heavyweight lexi Ola nick versus Maurice Greene. So we're going to get the Ezekiel choke. That's all that really matters here. I'm going to pick submission. The Greens powers been really good lately. Though it has like I I think there's just too this. Yeah I'm going to take only because yeah there's levels so I know this isn't going the distance I'll take all by submission why not Co main holly home versus Rocky Pennington at this car is not as bad if you made it out to be do. It's not. It's not super strong but it's not orb orb. It's a card though that if losses main event you'd be like I'm not paying you know not a main events off everybody's off so it's not a bad card this fight however I think holly homes. It's GonNa beat her up rocky. Pennington is like ten and seven and in what she thought Amanda new years. That was ugly. Yeah so I like Rocky Alec Ritchie scrappy as Hell but I think the longest standing. She's just GonNa go class. Iraqi has won since twenty sixteen. Yeah I don't know why I'm thinking Holly Home Win in this 'cause hollies that case of she's still good enough to beat ninety percent of that division would just distracting writing. The she's the most. She's not super frustrated with the feels like she can go into almost any fight and if she wanted to press the accident get a stoppage but but she's like your Iot Hall spent so yeah. She spent so much time becoming this counter striker and I don't know if it's not because she believes in their skills or what it's like you can just go out there and beat up people. She should do that against penitent. Don't wait to counter you to go for that. You've got a good chin. Nobody's GonNa hit you like a minute Nunez did. Let's go out to the trigger. Yes she just doesn't do it. I don't know why In the main event Conor McGregor Donald Surani Saudi thirty six thirteen. That's how bad seventy five percent represented for fighting that much has pre damn good record Connor McGregor you better win this. He's he stops in the go five rounds. If this goes around cowboy would his ass. So yes yes he stops so I give cowboy not even giving cardboard props connor stops woman one damn one world one round. Wow two minutes and thirteen seconds if I had to make it exact. Bet Your wild who thirteen. I'm picking connor a pig and a second round stoppage because if it goes any longer than that he's GonNa lose or he's going to win a very close decision. I have no idea where it's cardio's at. I don't have a clue but the longer the fight goes more opportunity to Donald has to take him to the canvas and if that happens that's not good for connor so I think it gets taken down anywhere after after round two if he has around three or four or five contempt. You know Kinda might have to win a decision. I I'm not a believer lever in his power one seventy he's GonNa have to show 'em when is not against the guy who's Nah I mean no Surani's Onis changed just been touched so much at this point that you got to knock them smooth out but yeah you can barrage punch him and get the savage. I'll pick and connor now really don't know the method now. I'm a little lost here. I don't know how to pick this goes five. That's going to be tough. Yeah and it might man because like cowboy is durable. He's proven to be durable fighter plane heavy just in case you didn't they but eighty does that a lot of. He's a savage. I don't know if we're going to find out I'll tell you that much we're going to find out next week I wanted to. Donald is comes out and shoots. I mean I want yeah cowboy. Seems too crazy for that. He'll just stand up. Take Chances. Yeah it's GonNa be interesting weekend in combat sports. That's our show for today. Thank you guys for listening to our MMA episode of the week. Make sure you guys go back. Take our boxing episode. That came out on Monday. If you haven't already ready and then keep an eye out on. Friday bring our wrestling show which is always jam packed. Full of wrestling A. W. N. T.. We Are we have to talk this week. WWe And of course about the controversy that had been in pro wrestling with Tessa blanchard from impact wrestling so packed. Show coming at you guys on Friday. 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UFC 261 Predictions, Masvidal's Last Chance & Is Colby Next?

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UFC 261 Predictions, Masvidal's Last Chance & Is Colby Next?

"What's happening guys. Happy friday and thank you for joining another special episode of. You're welcome. we've got a massive week at ahead of us. Because on saturday it all goes down at ufc to sixty one. Three title fights whose men versus bosnian but all shevchenko versus entourage and way lee vs nama. Junius i can't wait and i know you can't either coming up on today's show. I'll preview the big day so let's first begin with this. I was talking with earlier. We're we're on. Espn we're doing airland. The bad guy in the question came up and boy. This was pointed. I mean this got right to it which was simply is this mazda. Vidal's last chance to be a world champion. I don't know that you could ask a question anymore. Direct or put any more pressure on a guy but it is very real. And i do want people to see this. I am so glad for the way the story is being told which is not that of a cash grab. We've done a cash crap. We don't lie about it first. Time these two it was a cash grab. It was short notice and nobody else could do it. And here's your money and go out there and see what happens. Twenty five minutes later. That is not what this is. I think this is mazda's last chance to fight for a championship and don't forget not for nothing not just because that opportunity might not arise not because of who's been beat him who's been would be to winnow and shut the book on them and not because uis men appears to not be going anywhere anytime soon right i mean in all fairness mazda is going to be one of the bigger tests for us is going to have to pull a saint pierre and start going through the deck second time. Data's already talked about kobe's going to be up next. We know that leon's got this fight coming up with nate. Don't forget leeann finally bring to you because he's going to have to go through the deck a second time over and that's fine. I don't know that. Mazda has what it takes to climb back up. And i don't mean skill wise. I'm talking about the grit. Does he does mazda if he falls in the rankings if he false number five or six does he wanna come back through something that he's done time and time again because i will remind you. It's not how he got here. Multiple didn't lose to lose men and then go start fighting top contenders. He sat out he dug in. He was wildly popular and he had the gift of us. Men calling him out. I'm not looking to slide mas at all. I'm looking to answer the question using history. My trajectory to the future there was nothing since mas but also last loss that said i'm hungry and i wanted and i'll take on anybody. There wasn't so if he was to lose to. Who's been a second time. I do not believe that he goes and jumps in there. Which i i do not believe he goes and jumps in there with koby with the caveat of a deal with dana. That if i win this get part three. It's a tough sell so now. Let's imagine that loses to kobe just by example. Would mas all step back in what he goes. I don't i don't think so. I think he would have to do something in between he would be coming off of two losses after all right. It's one of those things. Don't forget we're seeing this right now. Conor mcgregor conor mcgregor's won three world championships. He claims he's one too but he's won three. That's how successful he's been. He's forgot a world damn championship. He won he doesn't fight. Portia for the belt because he caught her is coming off of a stoppage loss. So even though it's to the same guy you see where this becomes a problematic you see. It becomes very unlikely. The mas role is to get this opportunity again and make sure you don't forget just because you of a sudden care about mas. Well he's not some new kid on the block. He is not chamayele. Who bust in here and shot up to the top moslem. Been doing this since he was a teenager. Mazda is like the hands of stone roberto durant mazda and duran get along durant. Even ring walked him at msg for the title. But i will remind you roberto. Duran used to lie to promoters about his age to get in fights to earn money to feed his family and mazda largely. Did the same thing. Mazda used to lie about how old he was so he could get into some of these backroom fights that were going on backyard fights. I don't like this kind of stuff but it's out there public. It's on youtube. By example he used he used to lie to get into these fights so he can get some money for his pocket. He's a rough guy reminds you of that because this is a lifelong dream and it was a lifelong journey and even if his star whose rise was meteoric man. He took the long road. He is earned. Nobody did anything for maserati. Nobody gave mosleh damn thing. The only one that possibly extended some level of help to mazda was navy s in all fairness and neither of them is likely to tell the story that way. They're likely to give a big middle. F you to each other. But that's true. Nate diaz helped mazda a lot. And i also resent the question. I seem to be the only one again. Let me tell you what the question was. Will moslems ever have a chance at gold again. Excuse me he's got gold. It's called the title. Why why should all get the habit championship. That has no lineage. And he doesn't ever have to defend right. I mean there's two ways to look at this. Why should anybody be able to have a championship that they don't have to put on the line. That's not the way sports work. Not this sport you put it all out there every time you walk out. It's all up for grabs in. He's got to be helped by the he's got to defend it. In my opinion now the lineage would say that us men one is already the champion. I disagree belts got to be on the line. Even ric flair will tell you that if you lose but it's a non title match you don't lose the title. I bring that to you. Because i love opportunity. I love the fact that there was an opportunity for somebody to grab it that. I wish they would bring back the super fight. I love the super fight was a great bell. I don't know that we've ever needed the belt. But now we do have the earth that thing needs to be defended in my opinion and mazda has it doesn't have to be titled versus title. Why wouldn't it be. I mean that's what the contract says so we can live to have this fight another day but acting as though mazda is going to leave empty handed. I just got to remind you i was there. Sold out arena. The mecca live on pay per view. World leaders were there. The rock was in attendance. I mean not for nothing that was real. That was real as it gets a five round contest. I feel like. I have to remind people of this people. Keep on acting like it doesn't happen and even dana has said. We're not gonna resurrected. It's a one time only thing. I don't know about man i think you've got to rethink that. I really think you do. Listen to what you're doing. How would you guys like to be in the spot. You're given a championship that you can never lose right. There's some records that can never be broken. But they're very rare records for example the first two and then fill in the blank. Whoever was the first to run a five minute mile. Run a four minute. Mile gets the habit forever. That's one record that can never be but most other records are set to be broken. Imagine being a mazda spot or it could have been the as it was fair game but it was between those two boys and the rest of the guys in the back of that meth title. They can't get it because we're not gonna do it again. Why what do you mean. We're not gonna do it again. We have to do it again. Eddie alvarez and just engaging went and fought for the title of the us's most violent man. i did not know until eight days before that fight. The eddie alvarez had made that up and it just caught on. I thought the permit. I thought that's what they were fighting for. I thought that it was actually set ahead of time by the way. That's the way sports work. You know how you can win the super bowl case. Somebody wanted thought of a game and they call it the super bowl. Whoever wins wins the super bowl. We've state wrestling meets. I'm a. i'm kids wrestling coach. Do you want to know what makes the state tournament the state tournament. The person that made up the name of very that they got sign the date for called at the state tournament. There's nothing else and everybody else looks around goes well. We should only have one of those a year and they've already got okay. Let's move so now. We have a state tournament once a year. But it's just a whole bunch of clubs that through their name and two ahead who came out. What are you going to call your event. There's nothing wrong with that. I'm just sharing for you guys. There's not some kind of a policy. You don't have to write your congressman. There's not laws that have to be passed to have these kinds of belts and championship. Monikers put up. I watched the palm there and have some belt held over his head. I was live at floyd versus connor. They broke out. Some belt called the money belt. There's nothing wrong with that. It was a great way to cap off an evening. If i'm not going to get my way in the super fights not gonna come back. If i'm not gonna get my we're going to keep the interim belt where we're not going to respect the same. Come on chill chill one over here. The be enough is already here. I didn't create it. But i witnessed it. It's real it needs a lineage mazda. Win or lose in my opinion already has gold and in my opinion needs to defend. Let's continue talking about this to sixty one main event at the end of the show. I'll give you my official prediction but first let's ask the question. What will one hundred seventy pound division. Look like beyond saturday night. I don't think after uis men's last fight we would've predicted the mas brawl was next immediately now within five minutes boozman while still sweating hasn't even have time to put on a t-shirt grabs a microphone. Goes on espn and calls ooh mazda and allow okay. Now we understand. But i'm offering for you is coby next has colby played. This right and kobe has something tremendous on his side. Which is dana white. Who said colby is likely next. In the haste though and in the absence of us men and or mazda and i think that lose man has to win lose. It has to win for kobe to play. And as much as you all like to see mazda versus koby hold that thought if mazda all beats uis but they gotta do that one again right. Can we agree to that. We go to the trilogy. So who's been wins right lot of ifs lot of moving parts but you gotta head. You're somewhere boozman wins. Who's win vs colby okay. Fine but what about. Leon leon's gonna get some major shine. When he takes on nate. If leon beats nate that will represent leon second performance in a small period of time not to mention a number three ranking opportunity and a platform known as a microphone to sell historic to the world and try to get him raised. He have made beats leon. You're not thinking of that. Nate as a tremendous star and who's been is going to act like he has no interest in coby no interest in rematches and only wants now is going to be playing us. He's going to be wanting the money's going to what the patriots gonna want the attention but he's not wrong to do it and we're still going to have to deal with that factor so there's just a couple of things that have happened before we can quite settle on colby and you also have to my was in prime position to have one fight get a victory that was going to be overly on go right into a title shot himself so can koby hold out and beat all of those ice amid for you it would only be fair it would only be fair guys that i know we don't use that word. I know that were doesn't exist in our sport. But you guys like to turn to it. And i will just remind you kobe. Covington versus comorros is the greatest welterweight. Fight i've ever seen. It is monks. The greatest fights. I've ever seen it is the dirtiest war. It was the closest battle to going into the fifth and that fight would have been re made at the press conference that night we would have already seen oarsmen covington to in any other world was a false rumor going around that colby had a broken jaw and the rumor allegedly had a source of colby allegedly colby in between rounds and i gotta say allegedly because it might have happened. I didn't get a washing on a broadcast. I could hear this. I was there live. I was sitting with how wani sit with. How wanna and the only person cheering for koby and the whole building. My mom watching this contest. So i didn't get to hear what was said but what i was told after. The fact is that the announcers heard colby or thought. They heard koby in between rounds. Tell his cornermen my jaws broken so they brought that to the world rightfully so that would be a major story within that fight. It just turned out the weather copa. Senator didn't santer. Kobe or did it wasn't true he was fine. I bring that to you because the only reason that fight was not guaranteed us the same as figueredo merano by example where the fight happened. It was amazing dana. Walk to the press conference. Here's what happened to hard. Stop at joe vs john. Data goes to the press. Komo's we're doing this hard stop and got her knocks out. Rose strike dana goes to the press conference and god is the number one contender hard. Stop the only thing that held him up from remaking and promising that match part two was the rumor going around about colby which turned out to not even be true not to mention. Nobody's business if kobe's inefficient right now with the broken jaw. It's none of your business to stop them from walking into a fight with the brokerage that you're not getting them out of one you're not stopping this fight because of the broken just so what the hell businesses of years. How feels i mean. I would add that to the story it was. Nobody's business to repeat that to the audience and say the cubie has broken. You took a major opportunity from a guy. I am retelling the story but i'm retailing accurately the only reason that fight as an already been signed and already promised to us and already done it in the books because somebody's shared what they believed to be kobi's medical history with the world. That's what happened so you wanna talk about what's fair. You wanna talk. Who belongs in their kobe. Versus kamar is the greatest and the closest and the dirtiest in all fairness fight. I've ever seen. There is a tension in a build up to that fight like i have never observed the that me i was in the arena that night. My sweet mother. Who's known kobe. Since he's a little boy who was cheering for getting looks and then threats of things thrown at her she seventy plus years old. That's the kind of tension there was in this room to act as though we're not gonna do that again. Owned by the way when koby gets another win over another former world champion along. Come on man. I don't wanna hear about all this stuff. I don't wanna hear about who the bigger draws. I wanna hear any of those things. They're not true. You wanna talk about draw. it's all colby. You can't tell me that deserve colby ranking. It's coby koby gets if who's been wins is the way that it should be and the only thing to get in the way of that is us the audience who pretends to be objective and fair thinkers coming out. Line saying we think someone else should get the operative. We don't think that we don't think get the opportunity. We will all concede to the jury that everything jailed just said is spot on but unless we come out with a different narrative just two jerks anyway. You wanna look at this who deserves. Who should be whose rank ties. Who sells the most. The answers colby coming up in a moment. I'm going to give you my official prediction for way. Leave versus thug rose. But first here's a word about of our sponsors. Let me tell you guys about a fun and helpful meal service. I recently tried hellofresh. It's a meal kit. Subscription service that offers fresh premeasured ingredients and really good seasonal recipes. Delivered right to your door. I was surprised to see all the different meal plan options they offer. There's something for everyone including weekly low calorie. Vegetarian and family friendly recipes hellofresh offers over twenty five recipes featuring a ton of different flavors cuisines and ingredients. So you'll never get bored and if you have picky eaters in the house like i do hellofresh offers options for them to the reason my wife and i like it so much. Is we get a skip going to the grocery store dealing with all the lines and sometimes empty shells and have our custom ingredients delivered right to our door. That's such a huge relief and it's helpful as we juggle busy schedules. Not only that. i like to eat. Good food at hellofresh has not disappointed. I highly recommend you. Try hellofresh for yourself. Go to hellofresh dot com slash shale twelve and use the code shale twelve for twelve free meals including free shipping. That's right twelve free meals again. Go to hellofresh dot com slash shale twelve and use the code shale twelve for twelve free meals and free shipping hellofresh. America's number one meal kit my official prediction for way lee vs rose. I'm taking thug rose. Look i'm well aware guys. Don't think you've gotta tell me. I know the tail curses a real thing. I know twenty twenty one but a little slow over here. Bad guy inc. I'm not positive. That's the one that gets me out of it. I'm not matter fact. Roses and underdog. Here let me at least give you the breakdown that i've got and i'll concede that it's limited roses surprises at times and we've seen a lot of rose. Seen a lot of rose also means that in roses bad moments. We saw that too. We've seen very little whaley. They have one common opponent. That is your wanna champion. I realize the problems with math. But i will share with you. That rose in two different fights with your wanna had a much easier time collectively then way lee did in one night with you wanna. Is that enough to deduce much. Well i'm sharing with you before you go part with your money before you think old charles owed one. Maybe i should listen to him. This time. Right i'll share with you. It's not a ton but if you do look at power. I keep hearing that. The power favors way li. I will just remind you guys in the championship rounds where you wanna was almost unrecognizable from all of the shots that she took one and never went down. So how we're saying that way. Lee has the power over rose who connected one time and took his belt. I'm just. I'm not sure how we come to that conclusion. That one surprises me way lease definitely strong and her ground and pound is vicious when she gets on top. She's able to generate a lot of power on the feet where that fight was largely contested with you wanna. She had a lot of accumulation. Not a lot of power. At least in comparison to what thug rose was able to get done now. Look this is a stretch by me. But it's all i ga. I will share with you. Guys bury my lead. I'm gonna start with my supporting evidence. I'm going to save my point until second. I am an honorary olympian for this year's. Us greco roman team. The reason i as. I sit in on meetings with john barnes and with rich bender so i know the information about to tell you to be true china. The country of china right. Because you've got to ask yourself and your very fair to ask yourself. What is roseman doing in this time off. What his way leaving doing in this time off. Has it hurt or help either of them. I can't speak for rose. I've reached out to pat barrett. Couple times we're playing a little bit of phone tag here way. Lee china olympics. If you make an olympic team in china which means you have proven to the governing authority of your individual sport and you were recognized at the best in the nation. You're not guaranteed and olympics whereas in the. Us you are. You go through an olympic trials. For any sport the governing body will put you on the list. You will fly to the games and you will have a place. Within the village you will have an olympic experience guaranteed in china. Once you make the olympic team the government will then send in officials to assess you in training if they do not come to a conclusion that you're likely to bring home a medal. They will not send you out of the country. China looks at it a lot stronger than we look at it. We look at it as competitive. We understand the sacrifice but we also understand the sportsmanship. You win some and you lose some. We understand that we will stand. There probably also tip our hat and we walk away in china. It's different. They believe it to come all the way down to the way their country is going to be viewed militarily russia's the same way you wonder why you wonder why the russians went so many medals in the olympics. Their government believes that the medal count of the games held. Every four years is a direct representation on the strength and the view of the other world leaders to the strength of those countries. So china will not send you to the games unless they believe that you can win a medal so the same thing is going to go for way. Leah's why bring this up. We're talking about. What is she doing in the meanwhile is she ready to go. Is she ready to defend. She would not be allowed to board the airplane unless she was assessed and people believe she can bring honor. And i think that it's a tremendous story. I don't feel there's any land mines in speaking about that. I think that is a tremendous story. And i think that it also helps to answer a lot of your questions. And don't forget the respect that we all had for way lead because of what she went through in the fight with your wanna. That was right on the verge that might have been the last show. I believe that it was there was the last show that was publicly attended. I believe it was right on the verge of that. But the pandemic had begun way. Lee went to what i believe was thailand. But she was held there and couldn't leave. She barely made it to the us through the quarantine into the case. She was kept out of training. She has a hard time making one hundred and fifteen pounds. She was kept out of training. She didn't have a vehicle to get to food or dietary needs. She had to adapt to whatever was around her and she had to train in a hotel room which she spoke about largely consisted of picture. The bed k. She's on the floor and she's basically doing stair steppers. She's on the floor. Stepping onto the best deputies stepping onto the best w stepping under the bed stepping down and then shadowboxing for hours on end to get her heart rate up to burn calories to keep her way down to stay fresh to go out there and put on a fight which by the way resulted in her leaving the world championship and by the way went down not just his fight of the night but a fight of the year and most people can see. There's not an official war for the greatest female fight of all time. That is the level of discipline that you were discussing here. Not only culturally not only nationalistic but within herself that is level of discipline to make weight having foods outside of your custom training in a hotel room with a mattress. It's amazing it is an amazing story of feet of mental. That was a mental exercise for her and she passed. I only bring that to you because why we do have questions of. How will this affect these. Ladies of what is the layoff me. I feel very comfortable in telling you. Based on the evidence that i just laid out i feel very comfortable in telling you and i have not laid eyes on. I don't know her. I haven't called her spoke to her and that also extends to our team. I've not called. So i have no inside information. None and i'm still confident in telling you she's going to be ready to fight. Let's move away from. Ufc two sixty one really quickly and answer question that circulating in the boxing world this week. How big of a deal is it. That oscar de la hoya was intoxicated on a live broadcast while seeking a privilege. Licensed to return to the ring himself. I will tell you right out of the gate. You're likely making something out of nothing. Is there a relevance to wear. That can be problematic for oscar. Yes absolutely now. You have fifty different states in this country. There's a number of states that are going to license anybody for anything if they can even smell money. That's okay but now you're limited to having to go to those places it would essentially take your ability to go to a reputable state out for example for oscar to do what he did and then get licensed in california which is a very reputable state is going to be less likely and let me tell you why because a lot of people are gonna chill. How would that be california's business. How would oscar being drunk and or whatever it is you wanna guess. He was on in his free time. Have anything to do with a stage jurisdiction for a fight and a license in the future. Well i'll answer the question. And don't forget i started this by saying there's not a whole lot here but it's not there's nothing here. The state of california. I'm just giving an example that you would know because it was chocolate del but when chocolate ladele came out to fight tito ortiz before he could get a privileged license. The commission said we're going to come and watch you train. We're going to send representatives to your gym and we're going to watch and monitor you. We're going to see how fast you are. How you reactions are what your level of condition is by example. Whatever it is. They were fully checking but they did. That chuck was training with coach. Mckee at the time they sent them to coach mckee's jim and they observed a full work. And that's it. Yeah you know what this guy looks like. He's ready and they put him in there. So i only offer you that because that would be free time imagine if they came to inspect chuck on the day that they set aside to inspect chuck and he did what oscar did and he showed up drunk so now all of a sudden who is two years older than chuck was who has been removed from the ring. Several years longer than chuck was oh and by. The way is not sober at the time that you come to check on them you see the problem. There are things that happen in a reputable jurisdiction that many of you wouldn't know and it's on the books today. I've never heard of anybody that's actually been called upon this but it is on the books right now. Use myself as an example when i served a suspension for banned substances. Not only could. I not spar if anybody came sparred with me they could have their license taken away now. Imagine how unfair that would have been. I show up to the gym. Only i know if i'm still suspended. How long my suspicion has only. I would know the rules to that. Because i've now been immersed in some young guy they pop in and they take his license when best on the books to this day right now that's still sits there whether they ever call it on on it or not. I think it's very good reason that they use discretion. Don't call people on it. I'm only sharing with you. Guys my remember chris. Cyborg chris cyborg was on a suspension in california showed up to a strikeforce event and was in the front row to take in the event. We'll the people that gave her the seats and usher that nobody knew this was the rule but the state of california dead. Which is if you were suspended. You may not come to an event. They brought security over and they removed her from the building. I bring these as examples just to remind you and to inform you. There's a lot of rules that you don't know about in a licenses. Not a license like you may be able to relate to you all probably have a license in some degree it might be. Because you're a master of your trade. It might to operate a motor vehicle. A privilege license is what we're discussing here a privilege licenses. Something very different. So oscar de la hoya being forty eight years old saying that. He's coming back only a matter of months. And then showing up almost could not communicate. The words were coming out of his mouth but not in a freethinking format. He just used the word baby over and over and over. He kept on saying baby. I only share that with you. Because of the commission's going to look and the reputable now he could he could cruise writing he go to nevada. And there's a lot of places where this is going to be a dialogue but there's a lot of places where at are a lot of places where it is we're gonna say just zagging. We haven't seen you and we're going to show you the same respect as we showed other guys. Which is we're going to give you the benefit of the dow. We're going to assume that you are an expert on this. We're gonna come out. We're gonna watch you train. We see you get a couple of miles and get some rope in your hand. Work is we're going to assess and more likely than not. We're then going to sign off rubber stamp this thing because ultimately we take guys at their word and if a guy says that he's ready and if a guy says that he can do it we trust him but just imagine alex. You have the information that i just brought to you. Many of you may not have known that about chuck. Or maybe you didn't know the cyborg store or maybe you didn't know what i had to deal with when i went through a suspension and the jeopardy objectiveness that i could have put a training partner through who was just trying to get through was workout but now armed you with that. Imagine if the day the commissioner elects to show up to take a workout by the golden boy and he shows up stoned like he did on saturday night. I'm i'm offering for you. Because i think this is a real thing. I think this was a real blunder. And i think this was a real mistake. It was a real media opportunity with what now we're told us as many as one point five million and by the way that's buys think of yourself when you watch a fight you watch it alone just think of you know. Of course you don't watch how. How many people do you watch it with is that the neighborhood is a full party. But i mean think of that whatever. That number is just for you personally. Then times that by one point five million okay. There was a lot of eyeballs. And now there's a lot of eyeballs. That no a forty eight year old oscar de la. Hoya is not sober. Put that some commissions going to license him. It just becomes problematic and it becomes a problem in an area that never needed to be. Nobody neither oscar at the desk at night snoop dogg. did just find. He had some fat comedian with him. And that guy was terrible. But that's as good as you're going to get it boxing. I mean all fairness the fat comedian and snoop. They didn't need anybody else. So they then decide in the show sheet and the rundown that they're going to bring in the golden boy to announce his fight. He had no announcement he had no opponent. He had no weight class. He had no date of the story of the five ws. Who what when why and where oscar succeeded. None of them and somebody would trigger. Who witnessed him in the back. Still said this is a good idea to send him on the other side of the curtain. Right you gotta wonder who's watching the shop when the inmates are running the asylum who whereas the adult in the room and i realized there was no adult that we saw on television. I'm well aware of that. But somebody behind the curtain. Who is the one that gets the check for the one point. Five million buys right. Ask what's going to get a fraction and paul was probably a little smarter doing and i'm only sharing with you. Somebody somewhere is getting that into decision making capacity and this person is so absent that they sent a stoned golden boy in front of the world not to make an announcement know who what when why or where we stated. The only thing you know. Is that oscar. Because of substance abuse cannot form a coherent sentence and is stuck on replay of the word baby. We're going to go by that fight. We're going to support that fight. Yeah we are. But we're not what the government somebody with. A government is going to have to sanction that fight and that person is going to be questioned. Okay everyone it's time for the moment you truly have all been waiting for. Let's not waste any time. My official prediction for us men versus masel is going to be an still look. I already know what happens. When who's who's been fights moslo. Because i watched it happen. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. And i only bring that to you because it's the same guys in the same weight class contesting the same rules for the same championship. It's one of those things now. Even though in sport you can have something different. I will acknowledge that was a very competitive fight and not to mention the story line of mazda not getting a full training camp is very real but i do have to wonder how one prepared was right. I mean the mere fact. The mas vidal on six days. Notice seven days notice was able to get to another continent get licensed to all of his media. Stay within a bubble and make wait. That's fear relevant the fact that he could do all of those twenty four hours worth of travel alone. So what are we talking. Was it six days. Let's just call. That means the way ins are and five. But you gotta one day is just to travel. I mean look how many days you got and he with the absence of a proper training facility was still able to make wait. Look i think he was in shape. I think he was training more than the story is said and i think that he left with a whole bunch of credit when the reality was oozing did the same thing and while been had the benefit of knowing he had a fight at that date of knowing where he needed to be of knowing where his weight had to be. He did not have the benefit of knowing. Who is opponent was it was a very different stylistic match by only offer you that because in many ways to the same thing miles but all did now i like the storyline. I will just tell you as an athlete. I've had and i've observed the opposite effect. I remember through the college wrestling season. I get to the nc double a. tournament. And i would do my best to not feel the pressure and let everybody else choke on it. I will do my best to do that but the reality was you just weren't wrestling as good at the end of the season as you were at the beginning. It's long you're tired. It's a lotta hotels. it's a lot of travels. A lot of practices is a lot of early mornings. It's a lot away. it's it's a lot of everything and you get tired is doesn't just on a personal and i look around the guys win. The ncwa tournament are the right guy but two through eight could be anybody. Because everybody's so tired. We had a guy within this country. Name brandon agam brandon. Eggo was an alternate for the world championships behind kale sanderson. Maybe you guys have probably heard. Kale decided to not go at the last minute. Fm gets pulled off the bench flies out there but he is a completely clear head. He didn't study the field. He didn't do the acclamation and the training camps. He didn't know he was going to go. They pull him off the bench. You second the world just a couple of seasons ago. This happened with joe. Cologne for the american wrestling fans but joe cologne was an alternate top guy pulls out. Cologne gets sent without having the pressures of crowd. Studying without going through the training camps shows up hands up bringing home a medal. And i could give you countless stories like that. Were a guy who comes in with a clear. Head has a significant advantage significant. Now if the work's not there the whole story. I just told done take place. The work has to be there. When i'm looking at mas vidal able to make weight without the benefit of even training facility. Because he was stuck in hotel and i did media with mas vidal. I don't know if mazda has ever been more accessible than he was for media for his last fight he got a hold of me. And i'm writing. What time is it there. And it was like three in the morning and he wanted to do media. Now remember what time that was here in portland but i called the crew. We went and flipped the lights on. Fire up the studio. What do you wanna talk about. And he came and did the interview in a bathrobe. He just got out of the sauna. He was exhausted and he was tired but he was getting absolutely everything in. So when i bring to you that i know he didn't have all of the benefits of weight cut in any still made. I just have my own opinion that he wasn't as out of round as he's been saying and i can also share for you. I've gone through countless training camps. Where my first week. And my first three weeks i was much better than i was ten and eleven and twelve weeks i just was. It was too much. It was too much of a grind. It was too many guys too many days too much advice getting pulling all sorts of different directions. He just wear down extremely important to be able to peak one thing that might dolecek has and as soon as he. Thomas did a forever single fight but it was three days off seventy two hours three days of absolute rest air conditioned room where. You're not breaking a sweat. Don't leave that couch. Nothing goes in your hand but a remote control three days of absolute rest as a way to recover nine. What you're thinking. Hey anybody can grab three days while i understand that. But not if they don't know that recipe. And i can tell you it's a very big difference but that's just from a physical standpoint. It's the mental. Where i share this with you because i liked the story. I like the mas all. We'll be ready. I like the mazda has the balls to say if you allow me to do this. I'll never make another excuse. Just give me this one chance. I love that hunger. I love the fact that the star in the sport basically got down and begged for this opportunity. I respect that. I respect that hunger. Don't be stunned if the jail curse that has been very real throughout two thousand and twenty one with absolutely no avail. Don't be surprised if that doesn't get broken here. Though because there is more to these stories in those training camps and all of these things that these big luxury gyms he was able to make wait. He was in pretty good shape. He pushed for five rounds through a lot of kicks. Didn't have a pressure on himself. He didn't have a pressure because very little was expected of them it was little was expected of him because he didn't have the training camp now a lots expected to him. Now he's fighting at home. Make sure you take that into account. You wanna talk about pressure guys at all. The only reason pressure matters pressure creates a stress. Stress creates a fatigue. That's it you'll hear sports guys all the time talking about who's got the pressure gives a god damn well. I'll tell you who. I'll tell you who i'll tell you why it does matter when you get into something like this. That is so cardiovascular based championship rounds. Who can be there at the end of the night who can go harder than his opponent when you get into something like that pressure matters because it creates a stress which is a chemical release in your brain that can produce lactic acids with fatigue. You and you now have a guy who's fighting at home and his remove all excuses for respect full respect but you still have to wonder what is the consequence of that going to be everything in life in every choice. It's a trade. it's an absolute trade. There's no such thing as homecourt advantage in. Fighting it is a court disadvantage. You've told all your buddies your whole life would a tough guy you are. Now you're going to have to walk out with your shirt off and prove it. It's one of those things. One of those things and there was a gap between these two the first time it was a competitive fight i saw you guys sought to of the judges had all five rounds for one of the judges had afford a one that one judge was wrong. It was a clean sweep for but it was competitive. There was a gap and there was a gap that i do not believe a training camp can make up an even if the training camp helped. Don't forget mazda has sat out. He's done media tours. He lived the good life. He's enjoyed stardom. I hope. I would expect uis men. Meanwhile made that walk nine weeks ago. We don't get better at something as human beings by not doing it and all the wind appears to be blowing an. Who's men's favor in. Uis ms one of these guys that you're better off to not make angry. Contrary to what a lot of guys will try to do and fighting where they try to get under. Somebody's spanner they scanner. They tried to evoke emotion as a way of fatigue in them as a way of distracting them. Every now and then you meet that rare animal. Who's a lot more dangerous when he's wounded and who's been angry and asthma has a chip in. Who's trained differently. He didn't do any of those things before. So even though ma's always absent at training camp uis men is plus a very different training camp. Great fight excited to see it. I believe the jail curse comes an end. I am taking all right guys. That's it for today show. Thank you for listening. Y you're watching the fights this weekend. 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Ep. 2,983: Is Conor McGregor losing steam, the situation at ATT, possibility of GSP vs Khabib, Justin Gaethje Vs Donald Cerrone preview, more

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Ep. 2,983: Is Conor McGregor losing steam, the situation at ATT, possibility of GSP vs Khabib, Justin Gaethje Vs Donald Cerrone preview, more

"Title Roll Baby on May Junkie Radio with with gorgeous Georgia and this is what we do in why we do it baby. We're covering. MMA from all all over the world this is the premier stop for all your combat sports needs and they may junkie radio from the Mandalay Bay resort and Casino in the fight capital of the World Las Vegas Nevada. The lights are on the mic Sir hot. It's tied to get your. Ma Fixed Junkies take it away big. John Gorgeous George goes are you ready. Junkie reports the Pike capital of the world inside the beautiful Mandalay Bay racing sports book. You are listening to the radio show the only show that matters and I'm your host. Gorgeous George with me is always the TVs and dastardly goes our east coast. What's up goes. What's up? I'm excited today. 'cause we got a big main event to talk about and a lot of good news nuggets. They're scattered. They're all all across the universe from different parts but it's fun. They're fun topics. I would agree. I think we're going to jump around around on a lot of different topics and a lot of them are definitely newsworthy so that'll be fun. We will preview you see on. ESPN plus sixteen of course we got people out in Vancouver so keep locked on enemy junkie from here through fight night which is Saturday September fourteenth because again and we're always on the scene just like we were representing strong in Abu Dhabi will do the same thing out in Vancouver and we can't forget our boys on the west coast also covered bell tour to twenty six so shout out to the whole team just really really good content being put out on the daily and don't forget folks. We have a tablet. Excuse me we have a APP a fabulous APP for tablets and the smartphones and that is probably one of the best in quickest ways that you can always stay on top of it looks nice to come home and and pour yourself a glass of wine and just go to the desktop if you still have one in you know scroll through that listen to the Emirate Junkie Radio PODCASTS. I get that but you know when you have that fifteen minute break at work. I'm telling you can just catch up because these guys and gals are always producing work at a constant great. I'm amazed at what at the machine that we become so with that said we do plan on talking about of course McGregor it took them awhile but he did respond he kind of chimed in you know angling a little bit towards mcgruff excuse me. Dustin Pedroia who kind of actually reached out to McGregor I and then of course how `Bout Ali Abdel Aziz one of the top managers in the game he saying that DSP is next for Abe Ou. I don't think that went over to well by the way because any see has Tony Ferguson there but of course that's all these job is to stir the Pot Logan Paul Dana's Scott Coker serious goes Kobe Covington or Hey Mazal Dustin Paulie. Something might go down and we're going to cover all that buckle up folks here we go all you junkie fan listen if you're looking for a sports broadcast outside the box with the topic trending and all of the people speak their minds listen to our brothers and sisters over at four the wind podcast on Itunes stitcher an and the catch up with the latest news and golf check out the Ford Press podcasts played golf week as a matter of fact the all the USA Today network work podcast including podcast from NFL and NBA go to podcast Dot USA Today Dot Com doc literally. Where do you WanNa Start Bitcoin topic. I'm I'm ready to go and they all excite me. I guess in their own little way and that's the beauty of remain I wanNA start with conor McGregor those surprise surprise so Poi- a says that now's about a good time for them to run back and of course McGregor kinda steals align that that Suharto's been bend the knee and kiss the hand that type of thing but basically he's like what he was implying was. You're not calling the shots. That's what they all basically are saying is like. I'm the A side you're the FBI side. I decide when McGregor has one thing going not study beat Dustin standpoint. It was like five years ago but he did beat them but McGregor. Although he's been gone he he's not in that circle and I don't think just employees out of line. What's what's supposed to do goes to sit there and not say nothing in hope. McGregor pick some of these other guys. They're growing in stature and so they're feeling like well. I'll L. listen man you know and I have a say in this. He's not aligned not at all. I thought that was actually brilliant of him to do what I'm finding interesting is the reaction from other fighters to Conor McGregor because conor McGregor used to be able to tweet something and it would just create chaos and this past card. I think a lot of people just kind of went whatever that's conner being like he's kind of being shuffled to the side now because you know. Ben Asking came at them and tell them do wanna quantify forever just engaging same thing and it's true if you look at the media if you look at the fans what we're covering right now is more like Habib Habib is not just a big star outside of the US now he's starting to become big in the US as well look at instagram followers all that so so I think he's losing a little bit of cloud and so when he goes when he tries to play that Connor Persona on a guy like destined point. I think now fans are smart enough and I think he's just kind of lost a little bit of credibility where people look at what he says and go and say why doesn't make much sense that didn't use to happen. We used to laugh our ass off at things I would say but now it doesn't make like D. as his biggest Batman and the joker nay even kind of says yeah whatever you just he's focusing on on hey mark it's kind of getting pushed off to the side and I'm curious to see what conor McGregor has to do to turn this around. I thought Dustin plays a great guy to start start with because you're right. He beat them. What more do you want to worry about. The take down on the wrestling and I'll I'll agree and slightly disagree on one thing you said when you mentioned the word cloud I think he's got cloud in the game because of Conor McGregor if he were to go to either Diaz or Moslem all right now while not him but him and Dana and say hey listen connor wants the fight. He's already signed the the the bowed agreement. We're GONNA rip up this this contract and you're fighting and guess what you're probably can be better. DSS pavers McGregor is going to be better than his papers Muslim all right I'm pretty sure Diaz and both MAS would go yeah. I'm in right so that cloud I think still exists what doesn't exist though goes is the cloud of what is words are and the reason is because he's kind of becoming a little bit of the kid the cried wolf. Is that the the one that would always be a liar and so yeah yeah. You know I'm I'm down. I'm down to fight and now I know that there's an injury out there that at least he clarified you you know recently on the ESPN interview but before that it's like he was just down to fight everyone who's down fight everyone on this day and so that I think was was one where you looked at that. You actually actually knew that that tweet was coming and then when you read it you Kinda giggled or ruffled feathers and then after that you kind of shrugged and said Yeah we let's wait until next week. You know what I mean but it didn't seem to carry any weight now. Of course we know okay the the hand injury there he could start gripping soon. He can definitely throw a punch so now you're thinking a little bit more more serious like what might or might not happen but yeah those little games of what he says whether it's been the knee Kisla hand or I'm the guy a side nobody's buying into. I know there's a lot of memes out there now that Kinda just show the bigger players talking and they put they put conner in the corner kind of like nobody really cares anymore. He needs to be careful. He needs to actually go out and do something now and I thought dust employ presented the perfect scenario for him to come back and do something there because remember he's only one fight away at any time and how there's even scenarios where Dana White as crazies towns he could still be the guy you never know home but I feel like he's the only one fight away from doing whatever the hell he wants. I still remember back in the day. When would Li Wiedeman and some of those guys were champ they they love of being on a on a McGregor card or Ronda Rousey card because they knew some of that paperwork trickled down to them. You know what I mean so I could see a lot of the champions always cozying up but see both both of them are gone in and neither one is a champ and so now it's like yeah. I do want to fight you because I know they're gonNa pay me more but you're just not around so we're just GonNa continue going and doing our thing and back to aspirin aspirin. Just I liked the way how he's cut and dry you know. Do you don't want to be beginning. He's just GonNa Smash you you know in a sense you know and then he just gets to whatever else he wants to say and how about Cagey due to tackle them kind of saying stuff that you know of connery reads it. Yeah Connor may be like. Can you folks believe he may say what he wants but when everyone goes away and he goes to the restroom takes a leak washes his hands and then stares at the mirror. He's probably thinking that gauge cut the obsolescence a father and a husband because you know you're probably thinking you know. homeboy ain't wrong I'm Ki. I've been jackass as of late and I do have a responsibility here. Okay let me collect my breath here. You know because I could see him. Being infuriated needed gauge he did. I absolutely agree and I think it's not just the comments. It's really his behavior outside of the cage gauge. The one thing you never wanNA show in those type of twitter beats or anything is that anything's getting to you right but look at what he's been doing outside the cage if if if an older gentleman doesn't WanNa drink your whisky and that gets under your skin enough where you want to punch him. Can you imagine Agean what these comments are doing to him. He's gotta be throwing things around the house. He's gotTa be kicking dogs. I don't know what man but he's gotta be going crazy. That's what Oscar and start to the end was. Stop start hitting but see okay but what he ended that tweet with I don't do you have the tweet in front by any chance what he what he ended it with that would make. Ben Aspirin brilliant brilliant because he takes his shots and then he kinda tells him now right a ridiculous response or something like that and that's when that's brilliant when it comes to trash talk. Basically you're telling the other guy whatever you come back with. I kind of told you to do that. You know I'm your dad. I told you to do that and that's what I find is so creative about Ben Aspirin and so smart when it comes to head games. looks like there was a little like ending looks like there's a little update on that account trying to find that original original tweet writhing had to do something with don't beat up old man but I'm just looking right now as I was trying to clarify what it was. There's something from McGregor to Ben asking. He says why so serious. Ben You read that. That's where it started. Oh that's what it started. Ben Asking says Oh after what he what he then been asking says. Let's be serious at notorious in May may too much money to ever have the desire to train at the world champ level. He Ain't getting younger those times done the glory days on author now. Okay Yeah Yeah I I did see why so serious. I didn't see that little replying from conor Conor McGregor but at the end I remember what you were telling me. That was well. He did say only glory days and hot air now. That's how we end down. If that's what you're asking and then the other one he ended with stop hitting Goldman is what he said yeah so two to three different people coming out conor McGregor in just showing McGregor listen. We all know you can sell millions. We all would love the step beyond the other side of you but you just. Kinda haven't done this a lot lately. So why am I gonNA sit here and hope that you pick me. My life moves along and there's big fights to be made in nate. Diaz has made that big fight with Hawes at all. I think Poi- needs to maybe decompress a little bit. Maybe give it about another month before you've been thinking about another matchup for sure and then as far as Ben Aspirin while the only concern I have is is the Ko but that's his only only Ko ever from that mistake. He isn't really get hit much so I'm pretty sure he's he's is. GonNa be ready to go at some point soon and I guess it Singapore. If I'm not mistaken for Him Damian my aso he should be safe there no disrespect to mind but it's going to be more ground tussle missile all right so moving on from all at let's now zero in on Att Mazal Covington they both went on the air show on ESPN and for anybody. That's thinking they're just fooling about. They write the script and then they go out there and play. Their role doesn't look like it to me. It looks like the that the friendship is pretty much done and if not then it's been very very well executed because again these guys were roommates for a few years they've them just tussling around on weekends weekends whether it was just going out and having fun in the three of five in Miami or or being you know just great teammates that are helping each other and they both address that the last few years call helping Ma being with my striking just being really really good homeys but it seems like the business the more money see that's made goes. I think everybody realizes okay. I gotTa Take Care of me and my peeps and so this thing is starting to really really boil over and of course Dustin Pedroia he he addressed the I think he was mad that Covington took Habib Toya when when asked a little bit about that whole little drama he said you know I don't don't sell out a horse as my guy if any help or hey training for that fight you know going back to Florida or whatever and so he's just more of a straight shooter loyal guy but now they've been firing back at each other to the point where they're saying now when we see each other Muslim Tom if I see see you. Let's talk like men it looks like he's ready to talk and at least figure it out like men without the actual threat of violence whereas with Poi- A he's making it sound more more like when I see you. Something's going down yeah and that Jim goes by the way. Hasn't it pretty harmonious. I know there was something I think between would the and some other fighter for years ago. Some stuff was being thrown around but for the most part I know that was the Woodley in Lawler Lumbar when when all those welterweight were at their peak Galvez or whatever you know a few of them were just disliking each other threatening say stuff about each other but for the most part that that Jim everybody kind of gets along under the umbrella of one Dan Lambert who's very likeable in the sport that Jim runs a little differently because there's so so many pro athletes there that I think they have multiple pro practices throughout the day so when you look at the umbrella of WHO's under there. There's been times where we've spoken to fighters and they say yeah. I mean he's there but I've never trained with them. I go. I do my own thing over here. I come in in the afternoons. He comes in in the morning and it seems like Dan Lambert for now anytime we've ever talked to him. He seems like a very intelligent guy and I would imagine that going forward. He's going to probably bleep figure out a way so that these guys don't really cross paths or that if they do. He'll be prepared for something like that. You were already told them. verity already hasn't told them listen. The next time you hear in this gym come to my office because we definitely can have that now. I can mediate. Will we'll figure it out so I really don't see a brawl ensuing suing but you never know man because Covington's pissing so many people off that it seems like he really asked to look over his shoulder. You know I mean you might have to train a two. Am but he's not dumb mm-hmm right like we've talked to Kobe many times these stupid so when you say or this could be something that's perfectly executed. I will say this. I know both of those guys and both of those guys do not get credit for just how smart they are. They're very very smart. So could it be executed. You did perfectly yeah possibly but but you're right. It's starting to get closer and closer to that realm where you're like man. This is going too far. I agree I mean it'll be remained remain to be seen. I definitely don't want anything to happen like I said I think they're all pretty solid guys who punch that clock for over ten years and models case over fifteen eighteen years and they they just. I think they're above that you know what I mean. They're all in good places. I'm sure they're all homeowners and have bank accounts and starting families. There have families that I just don't think that any need to go and do it now. Covington his reply was there there might be abroad. Att Next Time there but I know Poi- was saying and something's going to go down the next time I see so pretty serious stuff there between all those guys now. I wanted to talk about Gig again. We're GONNA do the TAP dancing jump around a little bit here. How about all the of Belaziz Super Manager to a lot of the big names in the sport like Henry Suharto Kamara who's mon- John Calvin gas them but his big client of course is be made off. WHO's coming off that big win and goes ninety nine percent of the plant wants to see him in verses. Tony Ferguson one percent is Ali Adelaziz price still wants to see it but I think he'd rather push his client towards GSP however I I think I can read through this. I think he's basically just telling Dana he man. We got options now. I don't think he wants to renegotiate again but I do think the sport may go in that direction almost like boxing when you when you box the next match you have to renegotiate again and again. It's no longer this contract thing and I could see some of the managers may be pushing in that direction. We heard that he'll be just signed a new contract but whatever he'll be keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger so it could is be the maybe this is just a negotiation tool or whatever yeah. I think maybe a little bit as putting pressure on Tony Ferguson because for as much as we all want Tony to get this fight. Tony hasn't been the easiest guy to deal with his track. Record hasn't been that great as well so maybe it's a little bit putting pressure on him letting them know a man signed the damn thing. Let's get this all done and at the same time all these job is to make money and make his client money and build his legacy and win over. GSP definitely helps in that legacy department and it's definitely GonNa make a Lotta money so I think those type of comments are great to just kind of put out there and get that feel here. See what what the fans say how people react seaview GIN get. DSP to come out and say something so. I don't blame him one bit for doing that but just setting up the future match right he may that we all know. Ferguson's next. I'M GONNA fuck around here with TMZ but basically set the table. Nah You know what goes this honestly what it really. Is this just telling that message. I think it's just for Conor McGregor now. It's just a it's just him saying hey connor. sport is not heard if you do want to circle back now you're behind. Tony and DSP before we even think about you so I I bet you. That's what it is 'cause. We've heard it from Ali on our show that this thing is not done in there was always like this feeling like it could go down at any minute and now Habib is openly said someone's going to jail. Remember and of course we know how connor gets down you you know he flies across the Atlantic Ocean with a bunch of Irish goons and they're willing to throw dollies and and you know street brawl you you know it in the arena there in Brooklyn so you know he's willing to do it somewhere else so that I really hope it. Doesn't I think they made the all made a ton of money and I and I hope they can just you know always be professionals but that thing is getting a little scary when I think about what might happen but I think this was basically a message for Conor McGregor now. Now we are going to focus on the upcoming fight just a couple more things. I wanted to touch on that are very very fun to talk about this. One I know is going to get an Iro from the real serious hardcore enemy fighters the one on the ones that want to talk about XS and Os in rank fighters and go talk but man. I don't know I guess I geek out from time to time and I like the stuff how about Scott Coker saying he would promote Logan Paul Versus Dylan Dana's insane. I mean off the heels of hearing Dana White Sandy would entertain Tom. Cruise Reason Justin Bieber man. I'm a hardcore. I don't want to see that I have no I for one I don. I don't even really know who Logan Paul is. I know that he's big I know a lot of people pay attention to them up right there. Do you remember the feeling you had when Ryan Bater and Chick Congo. Were walking to the cage last week. Yeah you probably thought oh well. That's cool. He's defending the title respect for Baiter. He's a bee's no way around that one right. I remember that feeling had now pretend that walking to the a cage right now goes is Logan Paul being followed up by Dylan Dana's. Isn't it a different more excited fuel and mostly because you probably want to see if if Dana's gets his ass kicked as much as talks. He's going to have to face the whole world including benefits but that's reasonable but you never know you're holding onto that they've Logan hoggets smash then. That's a message to all those celebs. I'd like to think that hey man I trained. I got my Hollywood trainer training it all these fancy gyms. I could do that. It's not just celebrities but the other athletes. They're getting a message from a real pro. You know what I mean but think about those just those little silly goosebumps that you might have don't though sometimes times trump the feeling of well here comes in Congo sometimes but not not with a guy like Logan Paul and a guy like doing dance we walked out here the Mandalay Bay and and we asked fifty people doing dances or do you know who we welcome. Paula's they will host of them won't know you might think to again yeah. Maybe you'll get ten. Let's say I know who Logan Paula's. You're not going to get very many delegates. Congo invader no but at least that makes sense. You're tuned into watch a fight. It's a we're Emma may junkie. I'm okay. I'm sitting in my chair. The world makes sense. You put these two guys up there and they're making money we are good interview with Todd Duffey and what was he talking about about the pay right and what fighters actually go through to be able to become a mixed martial artists and to to have families to make a living and then you just see somebody come in your sport and make a ton of money and they don't really care. They're just coming in and they're doing. That's where the sport gets a little insulting and I think that type of matchups just too far for me. Okay Yeah but if it happens don't get me wrong. I'm tuning in and I'm probably GONNA laugh my ass off. Could you WanNa win that Fight Dylan Dan cylinders and so just remains holed up strong yeah now to get his ass kicked. Are you going to be hitting refresh on. Ben and Ben Askins twitter reply nonstop. That'd be something else all right and then one last thing here before we talk about. SIRONI versus gauge going down on Saturday folks. I'm really looking forward to that. Fighting that fight I wouldn't it's got titled Implications but because we know Ferguson's next and then of course is the wildcard of McGregor and and then you just never know with Habib. You know what could be next for him but we'll. We'll just call it. We'll call it. You know I guess a title eliminator. I think that's okay listen before we get to that. Let's talk about on that same car it. How about you. Ryan Hall saying it whitaker hurt all step in and fight Israel out of Sonya and how about Greg Gillespie Longtime. Don't ask me about future fights. WHO's don't I'm GONNA ask me. Don't ask fighting all that now. He's just calling people out. I think Heathrow I know for sure he throughout Paul felder and I know a lot of people were were saying hey how how about him versus Mica Chef since they're both kind of just out there and then he said even Kevin Lee I think would be another guy. He's interested which shows them which shows you he does fish a lot and doesn't spend a Lotta time on the sport. 'cause Lee is pretty pretty. made it pretty clear that he's going up to welterweight but regardless. I'm just excited that it. Let's Gillespie's giving a shit about his career. Yeah I like it I'm totally down with with those. I mean like I thought one of them. Gregor Gillespie was huge because he just didn't even like to talk about but the guy had in front of them. Let alone anybody else and he finally came out and said look. I'm starting to understand this I need to do that's fine. I'm down with that and then I love what you're I halted because because it's a great headline and it could happen you never know and if it does happen. Everybody's GonNa say didn't hear I call this like just give it to that. Do you like I love because those are two guys that have kind of been not. I don't WanNa say not media-friendly but the kind of just keep their distance. I don't do too much and it was great to see those to come out of their shell. I'm I'm totally happy. I just hate that he gets to that point in their career or they've done the. Wok So many times and they feel like they can do it their style and look some some people can pull it off but you gotTa have either a zero in the L. Call or a one and a lot of wins and a lot of highlights and then you can kinda call your own shots is once you have a couple l. What sucks is there six hundred people on the roster and someone else is out there outperforming someone else's just the flavor of the month but good on them. There's finally step up and figure that out I lied. We do have one more thing we wanted to talk about and then we'll get the gauging cowboy Barbosa and felder Barboza's pretty adamant about this appeal he'll and now he's almost calling it a. I guess a treating it like a robbery you know but where do you sit with that. What do you want to do with that. Do you want those two d. Do you want the FBI the Modern Day Spencer Fisher and Sam Stout and let's get to the trilogy or do you want him to go their own separate ways and fight out some fights and then if their paths crossed than urine. I WanNa see them do it again and I want us right away with right away. Yeah they're saying. Let's go five. How how long how long have we been talking about? Well you know Connor India's always have that and doesn't it seem like we're kinda getting further and further away from that ever happening. This is a this has been a good fight two times already this last one had a little bit of controversy and I love that felt kind of threw in that wrinkle of all even do five rounds 'cause because definitely like you. The proof is in the pudding. You've already seen it. They've had great fights. I would buy tickets for this. If this were the main event of card I would go because I already know they're. GonNa put on a good fight and to have it five rounds and know that something somethings probably GonNa come out of this where we finally have a decisive winner. I'm totally down for that. I'd say do right away. Hey it's fresh two thousand nineteen now two thousand twenty. They need arresting. What sucking for Barbosa is he has has to feel like he was. I think he already spent the money he wants before and I think he thinks I can do it again. So I think a lot of these fighters editors know what their show is. The priority spent a he may have even thought for sure. I'm probably getting bonuses. I'm either K. on them or we're getting fight of the night. I think that's the reality of citizens like what cooked happen. I just traveled to Abu. Dhabi just had this training camp. I thought I up performed him that night and now I'm rob. I didn't get that second check. We didn't even get a fight. I tonight bonus hammer taxes. He's literally destroyed probably a hotel room and Abu Dhabi trying to figure out how all this happened. You go immediately your coaches and you go. I will not fight fight right and they're probably telling him yeah yeah and then you go back you go. Those are my coaches. Those are my boys and then you go to social media and you see the way how people had it there. It's gotta drive you crazy so I I understand where he's coming from but it was a close fight and I would love to see a third one but I love that wrinkle of five around. I almost don't want to see it unless it's five around yeah yeah all right now off. I rounds is what's going to happen on Saturday if they need to go the whole twenty five minutes because they are the main event of UFC ON ESPN plus sixteen theme cowboys versus gauging at the Rogers arena in Vancouver. It's Donald Sironi verses just engaging two of the top lightweights in the world. Here's some odds by the way just engaging minus one ninety. Donald Surani plus one sixty five. That's courtesy of five times and of course if you're in town around Vegas you know I'm GonNa give you the Vegas odds our excuse me the MGM resorts odds because our homebase is Mandalay bay which is part of MGM resorts where minus two hundred and plus one sixty see get a little bit more. You're actually we'll just leave it at that even at that anyway. Who Do you like those. Have you changed your mind at all from what you felt when this matchup was I made which my my pick right away was gauging but the more I'm thinking about it. I'm I'm gay justified a certain way which usually does and that's pressure and go oh forward if he does. I think he'll he'll he can win this but I don't forget that. Sironi uses some wrestling from time to time and that one's surroundings on the ground is really really really solid and of course he can kick. You like no one else soak engaging so I I. I don't know plus. He's got you know. They both have great durability. Brody just got a lot of a lot more experience than gauge does but anyway you go. Who Do you like. I like just engaging. there are very few people on this planet. I think that can defeat just engaging and when they do they have to fight the perfect fight and that's his thing right is just pressure and that's the thing that sort of that. It seems to Bother Donald Ceremony at times in his career so I think just just engaged. GonNa come forward and I think he's going to be relentless and I think that's the type of pace that we need to have that will beat Donald ceremony. The only thing that kind of stands out in my mind a little bit is just that that I infection that he was talking about he was saying he's still kind of sensitive to light almost thought about pulling out of the fight because of it. I don't know how much that affects them or why'd. I mean that's a training injury. it was just something that happened during his camp and so who knows what that what those type of things do you not to go back to to what Todd Duffey was same. It's just like little little nagging injuries things like all those those things play with your head and and even if it takes away a little bit of it took away a week out of your camp or whatever I don't think it did at a ceremony so throwing. He's a tough customer but I think just engaging. Ag Wins this fight and and beyond storage to me. I think just engaging has the best style to defeat Habib so hopefully fully get tomorrow here hopefully Habibon and Ferguson fight and then I'd love to see that talk gives you feels gauging was very smart. He's now since that other fights done. He's calling out the winner of Habib versus Tony. He's not even mentioning McGregor's name other than you tweet. The tweet Ramji went on. He's not even thinking about the possibility really just saying I got the winner of that fight so he's basically saying I know I gotTa get past cowboy but when those other to fight if I get past cowboy I'm ex and that's the way it should be done clean and quick and just focus on the two names and don't even give anyone else any press so all right so you're going with gauging engaged answering so all my folks it goes down on Saturday. ESPN plus eight excuse me about Plus Sixteen at Eight. PM Eastern prelims are on actually the car on ESPN plus the premium start at five pm eastern certain then they go to eight PM Eastern. Don't forget we have people there on site in Vancouver for that fight card so definitely keep it locked on enemy junkie throughout this week take and weekend. It's going to be an amazing night a fight on that card as well is Michel Surkov. Excuse me an Akita Kreil versus Glenn Scherr Mission is on the FI card. He's versus Jim. Kroute Todd duffey versus. Geoff Hughes. Mike Pereira got a new opponent interest in colony and your ryall versus Antonio Carl's junior. I know a lot of people are looking forward to that. One shoe face goes but is back and he's got your riot hall and by the way is it me or do Brazilian nicknames. Are they just the silliest things at times or are they some of the most clever at times. Both I think the silliness is what makes themselves like so good that that's what's so funny. It was Keno and that was just like a tree stump but if you look at them you go okay get it. He's a tree stump but I've never looked at another human being go. Oh my God. His face looks like a shoe yeah because he's like leathery. Ray is what I don't know if he's leathery or as long as you. I don't know like a height like Congress. Hi Tom I don't i. I don't know what they thought of it but they do come up with some of the funniest thing named Alex you face yeah all right all right. We are out of here folks. thank you again for supporting the new podcast format. I'm Adam Emma Junkie. George goes after goes the radio show is still at emory junk radio and that counts for twitter or Instagram we do have a facebook page to look up there at MMA junkie radio there and do not forget about the great app that we have that you can download and you can basically get more of this not just the show but the website of tablets and smartphones so with that goes in Georgia. We are out of here. 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Let me get out to mr gross would do production it was dot com the steps to combat dot com yo yo yo yo yo joe what everybody out during the universe i'm wondering last time we've seen kinda mcgregor into rain he he was gonna as well by the founders the c o the president the man of the money thing for money may work but i have to say hey luke healer. He's no. He's no floyd mayweather so this could be a possible fight. That connor could win. You already been in the ring with the best one of the best ever to do it so i'm pretty sure you picked up some things and a little killer i like. I like the way he came out of college gal at he had a big win. He <hes> he went to slush made a statement about connor and connor called him up like eight. I'll be talking instead online. I come see and this is how we got here. Empty global tweeted out about maybe a couple of hours ago and they said that despite maybe possibly happen so we'll talk about it with break down. What's going on so mike from what i was reading. This all started over the old man. The conor mcgregor punched in the face at a bar after the old man too o'connor to his face that is proper twelve whiskey was proper garbage. Did you say that or did they want to know. I didn't like it would did you hear hey geico conor proceeded to throw his strong arm his strong hand. He's left handed it through the fan straight straight as a straight lift at his his ass caught. The old man on the team credited. Oh man that fucking budget not as seat on ebay got over there and island but if you i did not flinch videoed emberley. Maybe you got a better copy than and i did but i couldn't see if the punch was hard like it just seems like he puts his hand. You know like he just puts his <unk> over. The guy was about eight years ago. Yeah yeah yeah but what i'm saying just looks like he puts his hand on his cheek. Don't really look like he's. They picked people out there icing ogle from bliss. You set for sure that's that's why i'm like. Was that even real also. He thinks it's not i mean i know everybody thinks he punched want some all over his whiskey is whiskey definitely getting some legs but if you look at the footage don't even look like the do move the only like the punch at any he force but conor mcgregor has reportedly agreed to take on irish rival luke keillor in in a boxing match after a furious row over his alleged assault on an elderly man in a dublin pub footage emerged last week from an an incident in april which appeared to show mcgregor strike a man in a row over whatever that means. I guess some irish stuff in a row over him rejecting a drink of his whisky w._b. European middleweight champion keillor slammed. I am the u._f._c. star on twitter and declared. I'd be happy to put him in his place. If he had the balls the step into the ring again he now has revealed he received i angry phone call from mcgregor leading to him verbally agreeing to accept his offer of a fight now keillor taylor told the irish boxing dot com. I don't want to get into too much but i know he wasn't happy about the call out. He's not happy happy. The fight community in ireland is small enough that no small enough and kremlin isn't too far from ballyfermot and i heard he wasn't happy with the timing of it. He rang me and we had a few words. I told him the fight was there to be made and and he was all for it. He agreed to the fight over the phone. Now obviously mcgregor only been in the ring one simon hours with floyd <hes> <hes> you know but killer claims that his management company empty k. global are in discussions over making the all irish grudge match between the two so i want to take a quick second quick and we have seen anything from mt council. Go that way to okay go ahead. You go you go but i didn't have anything for girls. Guys see what you're saying though know how to do business ciragan pay billy billy joe saunders as to who i said big business to series deal big billie joe obviously big. It's a host of other people. I mean everybody. They're getting everybody t._v. Tom joyner carl's empty k. global. You know warrenton's indicate global frampton within aaronson frampton yes so if they have shown us anything that those guys can do business and if there's one thing dana white likes it could be it could be a possible stadium fight down in ireland a stadiums and i'm not trying to be funny. I'm just not from there so i wouldn't know so he he goes on to say that he got mt k. Discussing over whether or not sta match could be made and to figure out whether mcgregor is and i quote just all talk. He said i agree it could be just all talk whether he has the balls or not to get in the ring again. Never mind with me. We will have to see we could have been just trying to front up or speaking in anger but it got to me no but it got to the stage where i felt comfortable. Oh boy enough passing passing it on to my management team like i said i don't want to get into that much yet but i have handled it. I had handed handed it over to empty k. and they're talking to connor so that sounds pretty interesting to abra. Thank you for bringing that up. We all i know the dana white wants to break into the boxing. Say maybe <hes> i told her november when he says i vent so zoo for boxing could be a player in this to knows empty. K. cobo could do something with sufa could be no. I don't think killer has a promoter if he does. I don't think that he's like a baton motorcycle used by him up a little bit money. He'll straight but boxes which is ran by dana white in management themed mcgregor who has a country within the white what other better to lunch box and then a boxing match. We're kinda. Mcgregor versus q listen final quote. He has agreed to the fight after a shouting match on the phone but i'm doubtful he will it would be the quickest way for him to get the irish people to respect for him to get the irish people's respect back but respecting classes something he has none of and something money can't buy so what i'll say is. This shot shot out a killer. He got his handlers dealing with it and trying to make it come true. I like mike's angle about zoo for boxing and dana withing in u._f._c. already wanting to be in this position so this is basically a lobby. It's been put in their lap right here. You know a a guy khanaqin beat all irish affair. Do it in ireland. Do it in dublin. Stream it over here but i say if you're gonna come back keillor i dunno i think may whether it's gonna frown he's gonna he's. He's gonna he's gonna talk shit and ultimately you want to get back to those heights. If may whether it's gone for real will then fight khan i mean confide confide pack yao or earl. Someone would a big enough name right. I think the keillor doesn't do anything for him. I i mean i just wanna play the sound bite over and over of his own voice you know acts in us that question when confined handed focus that guy exactly i think that he's got a better opportunity more commercial-appeal getting paulie to unretire tire and come back and you know if he can be paulie if that's considered an easy win no easier or yeah no easier than luquillo right so like i don't know i think this guy does nothing unless you are trying to do some all ou- irish affair which again does does nothing for boxing really could they somehow turn us into a global event with a name like keillor. I'll know about gabor van but if mcgregor's don't cite people will be dan people will watch people will we'll see if he can get yeah out of there with a possible knockout then may create more both for the possible fight with who knows greg say fuck may well. You go manny pecci. They many come on man we will go and fight fluids opponents at the lowest awesome. We heard we heard from a occidental. He said he wanted to say he can fight conor so i'm not saying go down down route but if you can get a win over luke killer a possible many patio i it could be right there at your doorsteps. I'll i'll know man. I don't think that luquillo does it. I mean i guess the bigger names out about luke killer though it's not about him. It's about kinda mcgregor people warning but it's still a tune up. It's still a tune-up. That's going to be televised. You're gonna let the world know your boxing again and then they're going to be like wait. You fall mayweather now you you find this guy. I i i my mistake. I needed a tuna before before i get in there with a world champion such as four may weather so i do want the flu with a rematch but if i can't get him at that'd be killer i would like to fight many pack. Yeah you'll think many team jump ahead. It'd be made. I mean possibly possibly but that's what i'm saying. I think a luquillo or comeback comeback ruins that like not even pack y'all came back versus luquillo right man. That's all pac conyers pack outflow he can't can't you can't come back and top cow but he's he's of that level in terms of of of of atheletes stardom like we we you and i just talked about. The duke got thirty five million fucking. I g followers. That's a lot that's almost ten million more than frigging mayweather but you talking about a guy getting there were high level. Boxers have been doing it for whole life. It's the reason he don't want paul palmer. Now we all know what happened and he is right. Pauly's right for the taking right now police old the retired off and on just add a bare knuckle fight why he shorter khanna's taller longer. I mean all the end police a bigger name showtime somehow get involved in if not at least talk about of course the lexus golden opportunities sales event is about exceptional offers but it's also about the luxury versatility and the freedom of a summer day coming together for you at the perfect moment these that twenty nineteen and x three hundred all-wheel-drive or three sixty nine a month for thirty six months with twenty nine ninety nine to assign it experience. It's amazing at your washington. Area lexus dealer call one eight hundred u._s._a. Lexus for importantly is offering pricing details about our customers will qualify offer valid and alexis eastern area only and in september third twenty twenty nine thousand nine hundred other because pauly's colleague but i hear you man listen mcgregor. I don't care. I think mcgregor is big enough his his followers are there his numbers with floyd. Are there so if he wants in. I've said it before i'll say it again. Bring him on why because because it just gets more attention on a sport i only want what's better for the sport if he can help grow it if he can add our bowls even for one day i am with it. It's not going to hurt anyone unless it's a pay per view and then it's up to you. It's your prerogative your decision whether or not you want to spend money on the pay per review but again you know mike do out the zoo for boxing. What if dissolved picked it up would have dissolved what e._s._p._n. Border we don't know we. I don't know whether it's an n._c. K. global fighter and empty k. global doing some negotiations. They have the connection with e._s._p._n. They could put it on that platform for for connor. It could be something that really put some light on him. Get some to win that. He needs like you said for those bigger fights my thing if not floyd if not pack yow who for connor paco everybody else is just too damn dangerous. Oh really there's no secondary no no third super fife. <hes> you wanna you wanna go. You wanna press sure let's hear it <hes> the guy that came out on aggie said he wanted to fight goliath in incan nello though oh him in a ring with what kinda who's that shot that selfish boy i can see how much they kinda way for the floyd five four five. We remember he's a down down. Thank konica do sixty five again. Do what's the last time he did. He fight in a u._f._c. He could be extra. Okay okay. Well there you go and as is you. Don't know shit about anime. If you have some about against a guy don't their hands a lot who kinda calls to the power and in who is up so he'll be right in front of face a fight them for these leaders for be a big pay a kind of mcgregor and we all know one. I think we all know one thing about a._b. Wring your hands verbal hands outside of the ring that is true. That's a big fight. That's a big five-burner but <hes> i mean if you're gonna get you know mayweather victims. I would rather do me donner offer. May donna some some upfront training money. You know hey we're going to do thirty day. Wait checks. If you meet our thirty day we released more money escrow to money <hes> aw getting back in that gym and bill to the fight. Get the kilo fi then. Go may donna donna way. I'll do my if i was if madonna does not get a tune-up. You don't even gotta let me donna get low. You tell them come on chandler's. Do it as sixty exactly like you you you. You won't get no tuner but we'll fight one six. You don't wanna let may done get the ring rust off. You know what i'm saying. He might not yes. That's a good one jemmy nee de as was talking that boxing she he got the win. Nadir's versus connor instead instead of the third fight the first fi in boxing debbie boxing event to one thing that i do wonder i know zoo is under dana but it does it does e._s._p._n. Deal includes for boxing under the umbrella. That'd be very interesting to see when it happens or is that site pass on now. I wonder if connor feels like you know if i fight a u._f._c. Do turn boxers not the same splash fighting a boxer and that's what i mean about the key you like is it the same splash fighting floyd and infighting lou keillor are people just going to say were connor says you know what i mean. Is that guy or are. They going join to get behind them. I don't know but those are my final thoughts. Put chores in the comments section. <hes> this was just a quick one. Make sure you join us on patriot. Dot com forward slash to box locks invoice for episode of untitled nasr g._t._o. Instagram and twitter i do like the kilifi i know killer caught him out the question <hes> his manhood. 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