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What's Next For Conor McGregor?

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

1:00:16 hr | 7 months 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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Ewan McGregor

Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

55:56 min | 6 months ago

Ewan McGregor

"Hey guys guys here with another episode of The Sunday sit down. podcast my big thanks as always for clicking and listening along with me again this week goodwin good one for you. I think this week again. You and McGregor Golden Globe winning actor Ewan McGregor. Who as you probably know? Got His break in trainspotting where he played a heroin addict became a darling of the independent film community and then soon after agonized over the decision believe it or not but was cast in Star Wars episode. One Phantom menace as OBI WAN KANOBI ended three star wars movies somewhere in there. He did Moulin Rouge as well and kept that balance of big movies big blockbuster a Hollywood productions and also keep in that sort of small film credit he won his Golden Globe for the FX series. Fargo just a couple of years ago really interesting in guy who's lived a lot of life whose parents gave him permission at sixteen years old in his tiny village in Scotland to leave school. And go chases dream of being an actor Durham. His uncle actually was an actor as well and his inspiration. His uncle was one of the x wing fighter pilots in the original star wars movie. And you'll l. here in our conversation. The advice surprising advice. I think you'll find that his uncle gave him about whether or not he should do the star wars movies. He's now starring as the Villain Villain Roman black mask in birds of prey the DC movie that stars Margot Robbie Harley Quinn and it's a band of five bad ass women if I may be so bold fighting you and McGregor. It's directed by a woman it's written by a woman it's all about power it's all about women empowerment and you McGregor finds himself in the middle of it. We got together at a cool spot called Gold Bar in New York City and just to paint a visual picture. There are great producer. Hannah thought this would be the perfect spot for the villain black mask because it's got gold skulls on the wall and in the film. He owns a nightclub the character it does and it just Kinda felt like that kind of plays a little dark. A little edgy. I don't know if it was creepy but there definitely were gold skulls staring at us over the course of the interview. I hope you enjoy our conversation right now in the Sunday. Sit Down podcast with you in McGregor. Thank you for doing the serve. My pleasure nice to meet you you as well. We brought she to a place. We thought would fit both so skulls and the walls old chains behind us very is is good touch for the character. I played well the club. You're right and that's what our brilliant producer thought as well was that this would be good for Roman Roman so let's talk about Roman who. Oh He is yes. What appealed to you about that character when you read it on the page? Roman well I think the as an actor the something exciting to play a character that has great. Great polar polar opposites in him so Roman is in one hand. Incredibly charming and gregarious and people like to be around him and the he has a club club and and it's very popular club because he makes people feel good and they like to be around him and and blinking of an eye. He can and be unbelievably horrendous and violent and horrible and cutting and it was and that that I think is exciting. Exciting to play as an actor and to see if you can sort of believably flip from one to the next and then and then to sort of further uh dig into why might be that way and was of interest to me. He's he's a comes from a very rich Fam- Gotham family and he's he's been sort of ousted from his family you know he's he's probably not very good at what he does a very good food business person so the fans also just despicable so's family of got rid of him and he's horribly rage full about it and is a very thin skinned and and then like starting to sound like someone we know somebody who's in charge so I I liked that sort of expiration Asian of why he behaves the way he is does. It was fun to play. Do you have to empathize with the character before you play them. I've heard actors who play villains. Clearly bad guys say yeah okay find something maybe not that I like about him and some I can plug in a little bit. I think you can't. I think that you can't play the bad guy you know. You can't don't play just being the bad guy because otherwise it doesn't so you have to understand it and I think whenever somebody is being rage full or horrendous or in my case in this film the moment of TPP massive misogyny know which is which was another thing. I was Interested in this film about because it's a female driven pieces for leading ladies. It's while five leading ladies directed by a Lady Kathy and Written by Christina and produced by female driven piece that tackles OBE albeit is just a great kick ass of Superhero Bahira film it also explores the world of Misogyny you know and I am playing the sort of misogyny if you like so you have to be able to play those scenes. You can't just is play than the bad guy or feel true. You have to play what he's feeling and I think when people are in the moment of violence Orlands so the moment of rage completely connected with it. They're not they're not putting it on. You know that it's happening for a reason. So you have to get into that. You have to understand. At that moment. I suppose to be able to play it. I told you a minute ago. I interviewed over a year ago. Margot Robbie and this was all being shot and developed and she was excited about the prospect aspect of of being a woman draft on production company. They produce it. What was the appeal for you to step into that world? You've got four girls not strange territory for you. Yeah what was it the appeal of you to step into that world and make some kind of commentary about misogyny. Yes yeah I I thought you know because it's time it's just time you you come across you know we're we're open to it and we're learning all the time man. I think we're with a lot of catching up to do for a long a long time. We've had it in a certain way and it's got is changing and it's got to change but change doesn't come easy. I think for a lot of people you notice it when you when you step outside of when you go into the countryside or just a different environment you can see. The people have got some catching up to do and a film film like this can do that. Foam that this can put that out there. You know and I was just sort of proud to be part of that. You say I've got four girls myself. I'm I'm just. I'm lucky to be working in an industry where we're more aware of how things where and how things need to be an and are actively taking part in making that different and changing that so to be to be in a movie that's tax and I love the fact that it wasn't it it. A lot of pieces are about extreme. The extreme ends of Misogyny rape or tanger and we have horrible moments in this film but we also have the General Muendane. Man's planning all right darling. All of the sort of the mundane every day misogyny that women have to put up with his tackled in this film to. And that's because it's written by women and it's performed by women and so as a result I just really. I liked that. I thought it was good for you. Know I have been guilty of the darling thing or or a man's blading or something like that. So do I thought that was good to be involved in it for those reasons. So there's the deeper part of the piece which you've described here but also have to imagine another level perhaps more shallow level. It's just fun to play. It was fun to be. It was fun to play him. Except for the there's one there's one there's a scene where he humiliates A. Ah a woman in a nightclub and that that wasn't nice there just wasn't fun to play. I just awful and it had to be you know but it just it didn't feel in any way good the sort of the stuff I did with Chris Messina Chris. Chris plays my sort of henchmen. My right hand man and we did developed this very odd and funny relationship. He's he's I've known him a little over of socially but never worked with him and I loved working with with a law and I got to play the real bad guy with him because I'm the boss and he's looking for instruction all the time and also so once my favor and wants me to you know once Miam- affection and I just want to give it to him so that that stuff was fun to play that was really so villainous villain ask but so like I say the moments of humiliation and stuff. Weren't that much fun to play at all we were just talking about The big premieres ears and all the fan events that come with doing a film like this. You're no stranger to the three star wars films. Are you ready to jump in now to this big. DC The scene universe and to be a part of that story and to have the fans have some expectation. Yeah you played the character. It's quite interesting. I don't sort sort of get into it really. I mean I don't like look to see what people are saying. Really I get told people go well you should you said this. There's some some people sort of threats with the star because I'm doing another star wars going to do an OB. One series is no turned into a series for for Disney. And for look so that people people are ah happy to come up and tell you think it should be or not to mess it up. You Know Yeah Yeah Yeah 'cause they belongs to them in a way you know and I think that that kind of fandom is is is it doesn't belong to them in a way I mean the but I don't really come into into I don't come into contact with it very much. I don't I've never done this off convention circuit yet. Maybe I should go. Haven't I haven't done that yet so I don't come face to face with an awful lot and I don't do social media ending anymore and so don't come to come across it there. Which is where you really get confronted with the US? So I don't see it very much but I think I think I do understand that. There's a sort of belonging that the fans feel like these characters. Listen these storylines sort of belong to them because they love it so much. There's a real connection there so I understand that but at the same time you know. We're making the films and the choices voices that I made the other choices that I made working with the people I'm working with with Kathy. The director Margolin the choices we made for black Moscow Are Creative conversation between all of us. This is where we ended up. I'm curious what those conversations were like with Margot for example because like I said it was her production company they were sort of driving it. Did you work intimately and talk about. Here's who we want. Roman to be. Did she have ideas for you on him. Well I threw you Kathy really work mainly with the director. And but I'm sure Dave had all those conversations before and my interaction with Margaret. It was mainly on was onset because I believe she was I think she was. She's so busy you know she's she's going from one phone to the next so she was shooting something during the period or at least when I was having meetings with Kathy and then I met her properly you know when we started shooting. She's really impressive. She's still great she's she's very she's she's very professional and private almost onset. She's she's playing her part on her par- so extreme Eh Harley Quinn. That's that maybe that makes you know. She's very thoughtful and pensive onset. And then I've got two more since we finished making the film in a wait. Now what we're doing press and stuff. You see more of her her her own character and she's very funny very fun to be around. Is it fun to be back in these big budget films like this. You've done everything. Everything is an actor independent films. Small greedy movies. Do you like being on a big film set with effects and all the rest of it once in a while I do I like the I do like the variety of it is true I like I like all of it and I've always enjoyed what I do and I love acting I love. I love the moment. When you're when the camera's rolling and you're you're you're coming up with what's going to be new performance in the in story is is still very exciting to me? I do love being lost in that moment and I like the variety yet. The there's different energies. You know a big film just takes just necessarily takes longer longer. There's there's very often you're going to work to play the same scene day after on this film because birds of prey was wasn't like in the massive end of this the financial spectrum for movies but it was it was a big foam nonetheless and had a good pace. You know we were. We were shooting notes slowly. But I've done big movies where you shoot the same scene for days and days and it could get quite tedious. Sure get boring your your your job then is to keep it fresh and keep it real. There's a lot of them to indie films. You're shooting in five. Weeks actually are GONNA go on changing costume on the on the on the hoof good. You don't seem to me like the kind of guy. Hi who calculates a career arc. It seems like you've just taken good projects as they come along some actors I think probably they need to do a big budget movie or something something like that. Do you have a philosophy on the the roles you take or is it just good script good director people. I WANNA work with at this point. I don't know because it's always changing. I don't have a great sense of it and I I like that. I don't because I think if you're if you're trying to mold something it's a very difficult thing to do. I mean it's hard hard enough just to be in. You know convincing and good in a movie that's enough for me. I like to put my energy there. I you know I have. I have a a great. I've had gray agents. I have good agent. who think more along those lines so I'm advised of course by those people and I actually think it's admirable because you famously with your stars as it could be in the middle of the Star Wars run and I'm sure you're all your agents were saying you've gotTa do this next as you said GonNa Ticket Nineteen Thousand Mile Bike ride with my buddy you very happy with it I just I? It's just been lucky. Look I've been really lucky and I do I. I wouldn't be able to do work on a film that didn't believe in you know that there's different degrees of that. Of course there are moments where you think the idea being an. NFL of with exposure is a good is a good idea. It's if you if I love making Bacon indie films and small like like that probably the most just the feeling of it that small crew film Rodrigue Garcia. We went to the desert outside about. And we've made the stub called last days in the desert replied. Jesus for five weeks and we and it was an amazing experience so that's probably the most satisfying fine feeling for an actor. But if you did those movies one after the other the other then you still have to. People still have to know that you're there and see you in but you still have to believe in those films Tmz light-plane Roman in this film. You couldn't do that if you didn't believe in it somehow. He didn't have a reason to want a gut feeling that you wanted to do it. But but that's sort were ends. I've been lucky to to be able to pick and choose a little bit. I suppose and it all started with trainspotting which I don't make to make you feel old but a couple of weeks from from now will be twenty four years old which I believe is half your life. That's no right back at home hard mathematics. The couldn't believe because I remember when it came out and it was so different and cool and dark and funny and all the things trainspotting was. Did you have a sense when you were shooting in that film that you're on to something special you couldn't have imagined become this iconic movie did you know did I I was it was the fourth movie I ever made amid shallow grave with the same team with Danny Boyle and Andrea MacDonald producing and John Hodge writing. And we made this film shallow grave which was three hundred it was was a it was a I felt my first movie and their first movie. Danny's first movie and with Chris. ECCLESTON and Kerry Fox a nine and it was an amazing experience up until then I'd done a few done a played the lead in the BBC adaptation of standouts novel the scarlet and the Black doc the rouge in Wa. I had started my career in in Dennis Potter series called Lipstick on your lipstick on your collar which was a six our. TV'S OFF TV show. He was one of our best TV writers Dennis Potter and Britain. So I'd had those experiences when I made shallow. Shallow grave. Didn't realize what we what was different. I'd have these two filmmaking experiences and this about similar I'm when I saw it. I realized used that I was involved in something very new something different and in British cinema. Something important to know with with Danny and his his great camera. I talk for Brian. Eno shot both shallow grave and transporting and they came up with this new feeling. Look at an energy the and it was real. It was just so exciting to be part of it was so exciting and then when they then asked me to play Renton and trainspotting. They asked me when we were. We're and we went to sundance with shallow grave and that was my first trip to Utah and then from there I went to La. It was my first time going to La and and that really. Yeah it was just. I've been in America when I was a kid but hadn't been back since there. That was pretty mind blowing on that trip. They said look. We want you to read this trainspotting. And by that time Irvine Welsh's novel trainspotting had sort of certainly in Scotland and stop swept the country and people were mad about this book and in London in and the tube train you could see everybody was reading it. It was like a phenomenon of the novel so when they when they went to adapt the novel it was already quite exciting using idea and when they gave me the script and I read it. I don't even know today how many times I've felt that about apart because I read it and I I just had to. I had to play that part. I had to had to be me and they were quite clever. They didn't they didn't John He's told me since didn't think I was right. I wasn't skinny or didn't look very heroin. Ask or am I just immediately started losing way. I just had to prove to for them and then the next time I went to see them I was just like you know I was already quite gaunt. And they were like Oh okay and they asked me to do it but so so I did to have a good feeling about it was it was just really believed in them and still do always have done that. Being part of that filmmaking group is defined. He is an actor and set the bar very high for me in terms of what to expect yourself in a piece of work but also what what to expect from a director and that relationship can be very special like always has been with me and Danny and so taught me a great deal and they just Berlin actors in it and they had great writing from Irvine Welsh's novel Joan Hodges script screenplay and then Berlin music and it just felt like when we we're making it you know I was watching a bit of it yesterday. Holds up to. It's just a great film. It's so it's so so beautifully done was there a moment ullman. Where you remembered? Okay this is taken on a life of its own really taking off. I mean it was one thing to make a cool movie. You were proud of but then it became came something else in the culture. Have you seen trainspotting. You gotta see trains in the words started to spread. Did you guys have a sense of moment that it it blew up. I can't can't remember because it was the ninety S. Remember remember very much about it but I do remember moments so do I and it was sort of I remember I remember being out and about in London a year after it or something and just like walking in places and feeling like clubs or wherever just feeling the energy change around quite. Ah It's quite. It's quite difficult to deal with. And it's quite hard thing to to cope with to be honest but very very well but Xavier first taste of celebrity. That was yeah I think so I mean I it just that feeling was crazy at the time but also that and that that moment you know there was a sort of British music scene was was kicking off the way system. Euler and pulp and we were. We were very much the movie element of that time you know and it was just amazing to be part of really. I mean good unbiased. And so when the offer to due star wars comes along. I've read that you were reluctant to do it for reasons that you'll have to explain but was part of that to sort of keep that trainspotting crab Fred and be that kind of and not jump into the big blockbuster yes it was It was very much very much was was a very much felt like there. If I could just carry on making films with them I would have just done that and I remember. It just didn't feel like anything done before and I was scared of it. Probably I mean there is a kind of fear involved in jumping into something that huge and and so I was. I was scared of it but I was mainly just felt like I felt like I wanted to urban. Cool Grungy Andrzej actor who does these kind of movies and I still do like to be that really so worried about it and then I worried also about what it might do to the could you can come back from that because there are still can still be this person and the truth is you just. You can be whoever you want to be doing things that are right for you and the closer I got to it so I met casting director with. I don't know however. Many hundreds of British doc does the time and then it again and then it got down to me and to others I think and then I went to the studio in London and and and did a screen test for George George for the first time and just the closer I got the more I wanted to do it and the more the more I was remembering uh seeing those films when I was a kid now my uncle is in all three of those original films Denis Lawson is and he plays Wedge Antilles in the original three is. He's an excellent pilot and so and he'd always been ready dismissable but because you know. He did a couple of weeks working in a cardboard spaceship in L. Australia wherever they shot them in London and he had this massive following the Noida. Him You know. And he was one of the people that don't do it. And I remember speaking to Danny Boyle and phoning I remember people. I respected who had worked with phoned up and asked and ultimately eh just has to be your own decision and the near got to it the more I wanted to do it and so by the time the and I I'm not you know I'm so glad I did because I because it's is it was so interested to be part of that is a no but to step back into it actually much probably more excited to do it now than then. I'm sure because I feel like I'm I'm older and I've got I've got I've got more understanding of it all now and and And I want to be part of it still want to you know it was tricky. The film three I made were no hugely liked at the time when they came. came out. or at least this diehard star wars fans of the day and the when the came out in the ninety late ninety S. Wasn't that the first one very dismissive of them. So it serve it was it was that was difficult to deal with as well. The fact that people didn't some people didn't seem to like them as much as the other ones but that's now changed changed into the this because because those people were you know guys and girls in their thirties who my age at the time. Who wanted to feel like they did? When they saw the film scene there were seven or eight? Well of course you can't so now I'm meet the people who were seven and eight. Who saw the film that I did and for them? That's their star way. Do you know where they start. I'm the older ones the older ones but those are those. They're ones so I'm quite excited to do to do my what will be a series For for them and also for people who my age who may have changed the tune lopate and also for a brand new generation of kids. You know who are getting into this world with MILDURA outdoor mandal oriented and it's exciting. It'll be exciting to play him again. It's rare to go back and to play. A character played in a long time ago and we did do. It was trainspotting. We we show a second sequel to trainspotting a few years ago and it was the first thing I had to play hard to come into a bar. You're and reunite with sick boy with Johnny Miller and that was my first seen as Renton again. In Twenty that point it was twenty years and I walked into the bar. The cameras were rolling in. I just. They're just renton. That'd be alive in me for twenty two straight after. Think about it it was just it was just just a it was just amazing. How enough to really struggle to find him again he was just there and they'll do it with? Ob One right back saver comes right. Ah Did that. We talked about your first taste of celebrity with trainspotting walk into a club in filling the is go to you star. Wars clearly is something else entirely where you fully fully prepared for what it would do to your life in terms of your celebrity and the intention to have in the scrutiny. You would have and everything that comes with being a star of the most beloved movie franchise of all time. Yeah I can honestly say it didn't really feel a very. I didn't really feel it very much. I sort of notice it more now in a way I am. I don't know if it's because of the the fight the oldest there has been all this talk about me doing another one for the last four five years so and so it's sort of in in that world it sort of more in the in the air I suppose so I I feel more. I come into contact with it more nowadays than I did before you do seem to have managed celebrity. Well just watching from the outside. I mean right. You've been a family man. You've got four daughters. It doesn't seem to have dominated your life the fact that Ed wherever you walk people know you write. It hasn't governed your life. No no I tried not I try not to let it. You know it's really. It's really because because I really as an actor you have to you have to be. You have to put yourself in the shoes of other people and if you if you don't if you don't get to be in the world then you were. Your work isn't based on anything so I really like an AH. I don't want to have to walk down the street. You know but there are some places that are easier to do that than others. You know. It's it I suppose it got harder for me. In London I felt living under anymore Maybe as a result I don't know exactly but I noticed insist that when I would go somewhere alone I would go walking very fast my head down and just to so's not because it's uncomfortable. That can be embarrassing. I and I always happy to speak to people if they want to. Come up and talk about my work and stuff are really but the but it's turned into you just doing selfish with people. There's no there's no there's no there's no conversation there's no communication all it is. Someone comes up and wants to photograph so you stand with an you. Take the photograph and they and then there happened off the goal. They may have senior movie. They just know that face put it on instagram. It's just there's no. It's a sort of Solis thing. There's no exchange of anything right right whereas before it used to be. I saw that movie the or even if people didn't like some ESP- especially in Scotland movie by doing and then they're the Israel has an exchange or a question or you've worked with and you work with. I don't know direct you. You might be interested to know what it's like to Ron Howard or somebody or you know. But then there's then there's an exchange and that's more satisfying for both parties parties. I would think but that's sort of turned into just the selfish and if you're in a busy place like it's difficult because people don't really understand but if I've been asked for selfish and stuff you know when you get to the airport and you're going through the line to get to control can take off and then you're stuck there art like the Q.. And everyone who's right so embarrassing one person does it then it becomes okay so yeah so sometimes I realized I was walking with my head really quickly getting road London and I don't really want to be like the want to be able to interact with people so I just I just I have done that and I try and do that. And let it sort of govern me if you like. But it's but that's not to say that it's not. I didn't always deal with that very well. I think during that time I probably didn't I sort of in denial about it a lot like my life hasn't changed and I'm still just you know partly you want it partly. It's not to you. You want the success and you want to be famous and you want the recognition and the same time it can make you uncomfortable a difficult like that so yourself wrestling with it. And you and I didn't deal with that very well. Probably but then then then I learned sort of more what it is and I had more of a clear-headed angle on on the world and publicity publicy for reason this you know I managed to keep it all in perspective a little bit. I hope hey guys. Thanks for listening to the Sunday. Sit sit down podcast. Stick around to hear more from you and McGregor after the break. If you don't know your numbers you don't Know Your Business. Most companies don't have a clear picture of their business and that's why many businesses struggled to grow net suite by Oracle is here to solve that problem as a business owner. Are you really confident. You're making the right business. Decisions agents serious entrepreneurs and financial teams run on net sweet. 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I was reading about you as a young boy. In Scotland. Your parents who were teachers said You told them when you were five years old that you were going to be a movie star or at least be an actor is that true and if so what put that idea and your little head as well as Dennis. Ns My uncle who always been my hero really. And my I come from krief which is a very beautiful small. Just just before the highland start and Scotland this little town and it's an old market town. Were you know people would come to sell their cattle. So it's very agricultural has got a beautiful high street and is built on a hillside. It's a beautiful place but it's very small and it's very farmers and small business people. It's a it's a wonderful place. My uncle's actor who lived in London. And when I was born in seventy one so when I was a kid he come up and he he wearing you know mainly mainly people were were in this tweet. where I came from my uncle would come and sheepskin waistcoat and beads and flares? And no shoes and he'd be like with flowers smoke. It's a little swig ours. And like who is this guy. WHO's this I want to be this guy off off and he was just a an amazing character in my life and I would go to see him no? I remember the first time he did a these to do something armchair theatre on British television where they would shoot a play. It was like little half our plays are and our place and they would do them in the television and he was in one and so I I was going to remember the first night. You know. We're watching my going to watch. My uncle on the television was blew my mind and then when my parents took me to the data Glasgow to see the Star Wars for the first time in the cinema to see my uncle on screen but also it was star wars. There's blew my mind so it was him. I think just wanted to be like like him. And I've saw tracked it to this his character who he was and I suppose how different he was from from most of the people I I was in contact with and and I wanted to be an actor because he was an actor and I thought that was that was really. I suppose in my naive thinking but I really did won't be one then and then and then I just I often wonder would. I still have thought to do it if he hadn't been an actor right if there hadn't been someone in my family who had already paved save the way if you like. We'll probably wouldn't seem possible little town. That's right well. How would you even know where to go? No no I don't know I don't know that it would have been so I'm so I think think I have to be always incredibly grateful to them and I am and he's still he's still the only person I would ever think if I'm I don't know if I've get stock or on sat and not I'm happy with what I'm doing something. There's only one person I would have reformed about acting and it stem status and so he's so important to me and anyway then and then I wanted to be an actor and remember telling him he remembers it when I was nine hemmed me telling him that I wanted to be an actor and he just said well you know Oh Quebec tomatoes ten years if you still feel that way and it was earlier than that. When I was sixteen my parents did an amazing thing because my brothers two years older than me and he was very successful at school and he became head boy and he was the captain of the cricket team and the rugby team and he was very? It's like a golden boy at school and I. It was not that so results I know as a result of a anyway whatever it was. I wasn't very happy at school and start getting into trouble when my father taught at the school I went to so it was probably embarrassing for him. You know that I wasn't that was being sent to see the headmaster for this reason or another and I did six weeks of my penultimate year. So in Scotland you do secondary school it would be my fifty or sixty years there last austere school so I was in my fifth year at six weeks of it and then I was driving into Krief with my mom one night to see my friend and she's it was raining raining and I remember the windscreen wipers going back and forth in the rain and she just said she said listen. Spoken to your dad and if you want to leave school you can also hello world into wide screen and I never went back. I didn't go back to school. I did was a week later. I've been I've been. I've been writing to the local repertory theatre path repertory theatre for years asking if I can go and do something there backstage if I could help or work or whatever and they always said you have to train you have to be you have to do training to be to be staged management or something so I can never do it but that week I left school I wrote to them and they wrote back and they. They were doing a production of passage to India and they needed extras on stage. So just like how the world's collided at that moment so a week. After left school I was standing on stage and birth retailer being directed by somebody down. Joe Night was her name. She was a great sketch rush to director. And should I left and I didn't know if I was a my darling darling booster and it was just to man and never never looked back. You know I was sort of felt like at last in my in my world where where was meant to be you know it was just great and amazing story and and you were six six old and then I got into a seat theater arts in town which was a good hour and a half way so I sort of left home then to do. It was only sixteen so I don't know a lot of mothers who would say sixteen years old. You're free to go. You can leave school. What do you think it was that brought your parents to that decision? They say Oh oh he's he loves acting he'll be better at that than he is at school and yeah why do you think they said to you. Well I think it was. I think I can all. I hope it was because they knew knew me and they knew that I was so passionate about being an actor just all I ever wanted to do and I couldn't really do it at school. I did some school plays I did a lot. Performance music plays in the pipe and drum in the pipe band played French horn. Did poetry nights did anything. Ah The arts or performing I was involved. I was in the choir but everything else. I was used the house trying to help my eight year-old her mass homer to right in her. I had to write a book. I'm sorry I could not assist my daughter. I understand joking I had to write it and then sign it. She's like okay so we've reached your limit at eight years old Komo so I think so I would hope it was that they understood me and I wanted to act and they could see that I wasn't happy at school and that I I wasn't and they. They had the courage to let me go. But I don't know but the same thing happened to me with my eldest daughter Clara when she was sixteen because she was Very keen photographer. And she she. She said one day she wanted to leave school and just do photography. So what do you say and I was thinking how because this this has become like a family legend. Now that my parents let me leave school at Sixteen as part of our family history and I was faced with the same CIA. I didn't ask to be out of school but she was suggesting clarifying. I think I should just live when we have children. I Want WanNa do this and I was thinking that can laugh. How do you come back? I can't I can't say no but anyway luckily it didn't ever come to the moment where she got back into school and she did very well. She went through university here in New York. NYU and stuff. Also since it worked out pretty well for you don't have much of a case that it's a bad. I know you've done well. Yes you now working with Clara. I did do it from a car this year with amazing we didn't get to act together sadly but I'm sure that that will happen. I hope so but she she together with a boyfriend Jin Jimmy. She produced a movie called the birthday cake and Jimmy role and he's a great music producer and and has done love film work on his music videos and stuff and then find his way into this world. It's very good foam. Is it so I did a couple of days on it playing a priest and we show I saw book and the story a little bit but it was nice to be on set with her. I must've been wild a little girl. I know it was crazy. It was really nice. And she was very professional. And she was taking some stills as well. She's in the film but no unseens with me and assay is also producing the film so she was taking behind the scenes pictures. Molester was there and gentlemen three my three older girls were there I was Gonna ask. Are the three other girls also interested in what dad does for living or. Is that something you think. They may be. He's geared toward the arts or acting esters definitely a AH has always been an actor I think or former anyway. She's she's incredibly talented musically and she's a she's always done school pleasure she's very good on on stage. Yeah she's done she doesn't have some earthy two things here in New York and she's just so you can't take your eyes offer unstaged. She's really she's really interesting. I think she's an interesting actor. She's written beautiful songs and I think she's going to come here to New York to go to college. And but not to do eighteen to filmmaking making and literature on which I think is very interesting that she's going to. She's sort of throwing her that little broader and much because she ready is not too late. She doesn't she doesn't really need to sounds. It's like you know so it's been an actor. Perhaps I think we are quite similar. I don't know and Germans. She's going to call us to do something else. She's interested in criminology. Collagen and prison reform and she's a very different direction. I love that that she's she's phoned her own. Entrust our own passion. We were talking before we we started here about being the father of four girls. What that's like and that's been front and center this week because Kobe Bryant four girls? Yeah so what does it mean to you to be a girl. Dad As people are saying well I all I can tell you is the most Austin born thing in my life. I don't I don't know any differently. You know I don't have a boy or Sonera and thing by I love it. I Love I love being the father of my girls. I mean I don't think of it really. I just love being dad. GotTa whether they'd been boys girls wouldn't have mattered to my love for them so it is wonderful to be. It's been wonderful to be growing up with them. Stick around to hear more from you and McGregor on the Sunday. Sit Down podcast including what was like to work on the hit musical film Moulin Rouge. Hey it's MSNBC's Chris as this week on my podcast wise is happening. I'll be talking talking with Beth. macy author of dope sick dealers doctors and the drug company that addicted America. The big problem is. There's still a huge stigma that says if if you're taking one of these life saving medications you're treating a drug with another drug and I saw people over and over in my book. Die Because of that outdated unscientific attitude. That's this week on wise is happening. Welcome back to the Sunday. Sit Down podcast now. More of my conversation with you and McGregor. We're talking the range of films who've made on the big budget end of them. There's a press star wars birds of prey and Moulin Rouge which was like this fabulous spectacle. Yes what was that experience like for you. It was just sort of a like a dream like you might imagine it would be. It was so magnificent it was a long you and Deborah like we were out there for we went out to. We shot the whole thing in Australia. And we were there in the studios there and and we went out for two or three two weeks to do a workshop of the script. I think six months before we started working on it properly. We went over there. We read scenes. We learnt songs performed after two weeks. A sort of on the book play reading of it and we would burst into song here and they're whatever but we and then we went away home for six months and came back and then when we came back we used for another was like think three months or something. It was such a long time and it was partly Extended because Nicole entered a rib and Bazzaz lost a parent and I forget whether it was his mother and father. I'm sorry I can't remember but On on on the first day of Photography and so that further pushed back a week or so but it was amazing. Experience that you never get a chance to really get into so by the time we were. You're shooting second. Nature burst into song. It didn't feel any way sort of unusual to do that. And I think that can be the odd thing about musicals or sometimes but for or is it was it was just wonderful and we also tried lots of which tried lots of songs that didn't make it into the records and songs that didn't make it. I did a version of Harry Nilsson Song. I can't live if living is without you for the end. Which would it be to belittle on the nose right but thank you should to? Singapore Singapore's here now but I remember every now and again on the radio. There's another one father to son. was that song and every night again. I'll hear something. The radio show recorded that song in Australia. But it didn't end up getting into the and were you up for singing right away when you heard about the project. He said sure. Yes little all songs Dan I love it I love you. I've always loved singing when I when I met by. I did my first audition with him for Romeo and Juliet. The film had made before. And I think that's right. Yeah he made. He made the the ballroom was called a strictly bowl. He made that then. He made Roman Julia tonight. Addition for that with him and he's an amazing. He's an amazing artist because he really means people he worked with us for an hour. Two hours and the audition and asked us to play things different ways and it was really a great experience for the actor and for him you know I think. Hope very tight to spending that much time to ask the audition and the right right everything that comes. Yeah no it was really really good so when I when I addition so he didn't when he when he got me back to addition for Moore Rouge lose. I'd I was doing a play on the West End Call Malcolm in the struggle against the EUNUCHS and I lost my. I just read my voice to bits during this play so when I met him and I had to sing. I sang a Youtube Song Bob so I was so husky and Croaky and he was like look. I just take it. You can sing and I was like. Yeah really CAN'T I. I can get very good. Take my word for it but luckily And then we we worked with the marriage to freeze on the on the music which was a great pleasure to record music with them. Amazing and now looking forward to today in the future as we sit here right now. You're working this amazing Ryan Murphy Project. Yeah what can you say about that at this point. Well we've we've Christina show who I worked with from killer films I worked with on Velvet. Goldmine remember that anybody that had it Velvet Goldmine S. one there was close all those years going to film called all those years ago and I loved working with her of kept in touch with her. been and again we. We've almost worked on other projects. And she brought me with Dan Monahan. Who's going direct correct about this series of Halston and Halston? I didn't I wasn't really very familiar with Halston. And so I I read about him. Found turned out a little bit about him and I started really liking him falling for him. You know and we pitched all round all the usual suspects in La. Hey we did all these pitch meetings which I'd never really done before. It was quite interesting with our writer. Charen we went round and then nobody would pick it up. I think because there's no murder or or nobody gets nobody gets killed you know so. They're not really that interested. And then when Ryan phone does speaking to Christine that that was it didn't look like it was going to happen. He went. Oh No. That's going to happen. So so we're going to make it with Ryan Net flicks and I'm just here to start. Prep now a scope meetings with people who worked in news and loved Allston. And I'm just super excited about it. We start in about eighteen days and it's a great. He such an amazing character and the more I watch him and listen to him and the more I love him so I'm really excited to play and it was an amazing time here in New York City with them. You know Andy Warhol. And all of these Victor Hugo and these vary Liza Minelli and all these great eight characters so wonderful world to create. You know you like to create a world. Don't you you do team here. Thanks man thank you very my big thanks to you and McGregor for a great conversation. You can catch his latest movie birds of Prey in theaters. Now and I'm joined going now in the Sunday. Sit Down podcast by the producer of this. Fine podcast Maggie Law. He Maggie I willy and the producer of the Sunday today interview with you and McGregor The aforementioned Hannah Donovan Winkle. Hello Hannah Hello Willie. I like that guy. I'd never met him before. Just a charmer walked into the room. Could listen to that Scottish. I love the voice for hours. He's just came in and was cooled. Everybody was happy to sit and hang on every single person. I love that Yup which was so kind. You know from the Audio Guy to every single camera person are in turn was the Just height of of politeness and class. Yes can you talk a little bit about the spot. The a gold bar because I walked in there I was like wow. This place is intense and you said watch it will make sense and the minute. He sat down. He said this place is perfect for Roman Roman in the movie. Is this club owner. And you know as he mentioned in in the Interview just that. We just heard his character is kind of You know really cool. Cool and fun. And he's got this club but he's also can be really terrible and the club that he owns in the film has these gold walls to it so I found this this club downtown and I just. It's sort of had vibes to me. It's sort of spoke to me for it was very romanesque For for him and so I thought it'd be great setting. It turned out that he picked up on that and it worked out really well. There's an underrated part of the job that you guys do which is to find the locations nagging do this to everyone. I talked to say they love the interviews partly because they're outside and there's some more we're cool and they're not sure they are and a lot of a lot of thought goes into that. Yeah it can be really challenging to find something that is willing to have us be there and you know opens the their location to us and that also suits the the guests that you have everybody gets sometimes tricky line between suiting them as just an actor who who they are or trying to be matched the vibe of whatever project. They're promoting or you know what they're what they're therefore actually the night before we shot McGregor magazine. I shot an interview for a future Sunday today. We knew combs country superstar. A different setting. I was in the basement of a country. juke joint barbecue. Odd Drink Drinking Jack Daniels out of Solo cups slightly different energy fe ten for that. You are like a lot of people in that. You love Moulin Rouge. I love Moulin Allan Reuss that was such a cool well-done movie and your intent on getting some answers Alabama but Moulin well sort of drunkenly Rewatch uh-huh being totally honest and I just swoon city for me cracker. But I really. Okay thank you I wanted to know I just also seen it on Broadway. It's been playing here and Broadway in New York and I wonder if he had seen the the Broadway version and he told me off camera that he had not seen it but I was like. It's this spectacular spectacular if I can borrow a line from the movie. It's really just a visual. We will feast. And so you know. Maybe if you'RE GONNA go watch the the musical here in New York you know check check both sides you might come in and take in the show you never know. But he he has not seen it on Broadway and I. I think that was just an interesting thing that I wanted to know. You know. Maybe he'll want to take on the role he ever step into the show. Oh Yeah so Maggie if I say that the name you and McGregor to you do you have a favorite star Wars Star Wars. Yeah I think yeah his big league blockbuster that was sort of my generation I guess of watching Star Wars which he kind of talked about when I was young and my brother made me sit down and watch literally every a single one of the star wars movies so yeah that that's definitely what I know industry? Even if you say that I'm remembering he spoke. We were talking off camera before we started and we were talking about how those star wars movies were poorly received. But he's but he would he says checked what you're saying. Is there poorly received by the people who grew up on the first movies brightly for another generation. They were they loved them. Despite all say we can all agree on. That right. Brings is is terrible Well it was really fun interview. Great Location Hannah. I so enjoyed sitting with them. But he's such a great guy who again got permission from his parents drop up out of school at six hundred ninety and faith they had your ears and they were right. Yeah they bet on their son they were and they and they still are watching his Star continued to rise and and continues to be at the top fifth game. They go to his premier. Sometimes they were there I think when he When he got his O B e I think they were there I have to check myself. I'm not I'm not entirely sure that that's right but I mean it's just a fairly close though he and continue to support having that's really sweet to see him to ignore his uncle's advice way back then not to do the star. Wars movies is like it'd be very different hand great job. Thank you Maggie. Thank you as well. Thanks to all of you as always for tuning into the Sunday. Sit Down podcast. If you want to hear more of our full length conversations with my guests every week be sure to click subscribe so you never missing episodes and of course. Don't forget to tune in to Sunday today every weekend on NBC. I'm Willie geist will see right back here next week on the Sunday. Sit Down podcast podcast.

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"Gets into his flow. He just posted too. Many threats around feeling called against fully prepared fully committed Conor McGregor stupid. To think at this man doesn't have wrestling defense or some kind of grappling defense. And it's me at this game. I made this game. What it is you know? We stay smits Tom. You shouldn't get near although we'll be blood spilled it will not be bad blood and it will be Ko gentlemen. Welcome back in your life on this Wednesday night here in Las Vegas Nevada Hogan everyone and welcome to a very special edition vary Hawaii's Emma may show right here on. ESPN radio oh the SPN APP and Siriusxm Channel Eighty. We are instant city and it is nine. PM Pacific Time a little. After nine Pierre nine zero three to be exact but more importantly midnight on east coast twelve o three. Am and I am told that the freaks come out at night. That's what I'm told from the the radio vets at ESPN. So I specifically asked for this time slot because I wanna hear from the FREAKS. We've got a lot to talk about on on this Wednesday evening. The you have to forty six press conference is in the books. It is the highly anticipated return of Conor McGregor. The notorious Conor McGregor who did not fight once in twenty nine thousand nine who had unbelievably Tumultuous Twenty Nineteen. His last appearance inside the Octagon October of two thousand eighteen. He lost to Habibur Mogomedov in a fight. That was dark. That was heavy. That was At times times uncomfortable the trash talk vitriol. The venom being spewed by both men and in particular conor McGregor leading up to that fight was not fun. The fight itself itself was cool. It was fun it was it was dramatic at times. The aftermath was ugly and could have gotten a lot worse. It was here in Las Vegas. You Recall Habib even and his team. I thought incited it. All by Habib first jumping over the cage and Going after conner's team and then he'll be team going early in the cage after connor and everyone got to spend it was just a whole mess of a situation where we haven't seen connor flight since then and like I said twenty nineteen one to forget. Multiple will run INS with the law here in the United States issues back home in Ireland accusations allegations and for a minute. We thought maybe he wouldn't come back but he was actually trying wrong by the way to come back over. The summer broke his left. Hand that derail things that delayed things but now here we are January eighteenth. It goes down. T. Mobile the arena. Las Vegas you have to forty six. At one hundred seventy pounds Conor McGregor going up against Donald Sharoni. In fact this rivalry if you will started back back in two thousand fifteen at a press conference here in Vegas where they went back and forth and now here we are like four and a half or so years later. They're actually going to fight. The stakes couldn't be higher fire. And it's interesting because this is the first time in Connor's career that excuse me first time over the past five years of Connor's career that he is not fighting for the belt or that he is not a champion going into a fight but still the stakes feel incredibly high. Why because he needs to get back on track? He hasn't want since November of two thousand sixteen. His last win was against Eddie Alvarez Madison Square Garden where he made history by becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time then of course when after the mayweather fight light fought him in August of two thousand. Seventeen here in Las Vegas went ten rounds ultimately lost. That fight took almost a year off Fox Habib and then then last year was inactive. He has to win. He has to look good and all eyes are going to be on how he looks how he behaves. What he says afterwards on on Saturday night in Las Vegas Tonight on this program? I want to hear from all of you. I WANNA get your say on what you thought about the press conference what you think about the fight. What you think of this this new conor McGregor what you think about the dynamic between both connor answer only where he goes from here with victory? Anything goes whatever's on your mind. I want to hear it. So gimme a call one. Triple eight seven to nine three seven seven six one eight hundred eighty eight say. ESPN that's the number to call one. Eight eight eight seven to nine three seven seven six all of our callers. All of our guests appear on the Shell Pennzoil performance line and of course. ESPN radio's presented by Progressive Progressive Insurance. Now it's time for straight talk brought to you by straight talk wireless. This is the straight talk as far as the press conference. That happened just about for so hours ago here in Las Vegas Vegas I. Everyone wanted to know if connor would be late. He's notorious for that. Pardon the PUN. That's his thing guess. What not only was he on time when he was actually early? Twenty minutes early they started exactly at five. PM Pacific Great Sign Right and what has been the main talking point going into this fight since my interview with him aired aired on my show on Monday area. Who WanNa know more than may show on the planet? You probably already big fan of it. If you're not get with the program anyway. The big story was the new connor. Wow He's so calm. He so collected he so zen. Like where's the. Where's the trash talking conor McGregor? Where's the mean conor McGregor under? where's the Connor McGregor? Who Likes to put down opponent? Looks a talk himself up. He seems so at peace so happy and going into that interview. His team kept telling me no. He's really really happy. There's been no issues. He's back on track. In fact he's in a better place was back in two thousand fifteen. Two Thousand Sixteen Prime Conor McGregor rigger. It's actually true. Him Fighting on one seventy not having to cut anyway not fighting a one fifty five just focusing on the training having an opponent opponent. That isn't getting under his skin where there's no bad blood with him in the this is all working in our favor and I was like yeah guys come on. This is a cliche. We hear this in the fight. Game the time all the the fighters coming back and oh you know. He's he's he's looking better than ever any feels better than ever and he's fighting better than ever and he's training better than ever. Yeah Yeah we heard that. And then they stumble. It's like there's a bunch of excuses and I sat in front of him and then I spoke to him for an hour and now I believe it I believe that once seventy was the right call when I didn't initially initially I believe he's in a very good place I believe he's happy. I believe he's back mentally physically and what we saw at the press conference today was a man who I think thought he was about to lose all of this. You heard him say I'm so happy to be back in Las Vegas. I'm so happy to be back in America. I'm so happy to be fighting again. I respect my opponent kept thanking the audience. It was like he was at a a Disney world parade like waving to everyone just happy to be on display. He was going down the path of being that stereotypical fighter who almost blew woodall. who had nothing one everything and then was about to lose everything and I think he recognizes that this is the second chance and he'd better not blow it and so so he's been on good behavior and I'm not going to say for the rest of his career? He's going to be an angel but I think it was important for him and his team considering everything that happened to him everything that he did to himself all very much self-inflicted last year things that were indefensible. I think it's been important for them to be on their best behavior to be on time to be respectful to represent themselves and the sport and you have seen the best light possible. And he's doing that. This has been a phenomenal week. No drama no issues. No stumbles even with all the the bad stuff. Still kind of lingering hanging over him he's handling handling it all very well impressively and so to me. It felt like a guy who was just happy to be back happy to be there thirty almost lost it all enjoy the moment and I know there are some people who were a little upset you want to see the clown perform perform in front of you. You want to see the show you want to see him dancing in front of you right. You WanNa see all that stuff. I I get that but this. Isn't that fight. This isn't that moment for him. He doesn't want that if you were reading. The tea leaves. If you're paying attention you've known it was going to go down like that exactly exactly like that. That wasn't a surprise to me. That press conference was never going to be filled with fireworks vitriol. None of that stuff and Saronic not that Kinda Guy. He's not that kind of trash talking guy. He's not the Kinda guy that wants to get under his opponent skin. But here's my theory. I have a theory for all of you. Everyone walked away from the press conference saying all right there was respect. They were nice to each other. You know a couple of lines. Oh you know blood will be spilled but no bad. Blood will be spilt great line from kind of Gregory. You heard at the top of the show but I have a theory. There actually was mental warfare. There actually was mental warfare. Being played by Conor McGregor. Maybe subconsciously but I do believe mental warfare was played. You may think I'm crazy by saying this because it was so nice because there was so much so much love it was like a mutual admiration society but there was mental warfare. After after the break. I'll tell you exactly what that mental warfare was and in fact my great friend and colleague the One and only Chelsea son and the man with the largest arms at a Westland Oregon my colleague here at Espn one of the brightest minds in the history of the game as far as promotion is concerned. He'll join me. I'm going to tell them what my theory is is as far as the mental warfare. And I'll get his take on that I want to hear from you one triple eight say. ESPN one eight eight eight seven nine. Three seven seven six. That's the number to call this. This was straight talk. Brought to you by straight talk wireless everything for less only at Walmart. Don't go anywhere we're going to hear from chill P after the break. We're going to hear from all of you we. We got a lot more to discuss right here on the number one show on the planet the Hell WanNa show on. ESPN radio as you. 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The return turn of the notorious Conor McGregor his first fight since October of two thousand eighteen. He's going up against Donald cerrone cowboys. Aronie it's on. ESPN plus pay per view. Everyone's ones buzzing. It's a it's a big scene here. They're expecting a gate of more than ten million dollars. Obviously whenever connor fights it's a big deal the press conferences. Tis are always a big deal. This time around. The press conference just ended a few hours ago and there wasn't a strong Irish presence and that's expected it's after the holidays. They're not expecting a lot of Irish. Is people come over but it sold out and a lot of people are obviously very excited locally all over the place I mean. People have traveled from all but I don't think we'll see the same kind of Irish presence that that we saw back in two thousand fifteen two thousand sixteen days. ESPN radio's presented by progressive insurance. All callers appear on the Shell Pennzoil performance line. You can give give us a call right now. One triple eight seven to nine three seven seven six. That's one eighty eight say. ESPN and we're brought to you by the Shell. V Power NITRO PLUS PREMIUM GASOLINE SELENA engineered with four levels of defense against gunk wear corrosion and friction so Prior to the break. I said that I actually thought that mental warfare where was played at the press conference. Everyone's saying Oh is nice pleasantries all that stuff more but actually think that something really interesting and smart happen. Let me say hello to my good friend and colleague one of the brightest minds in the history of this fight game the one and only showpiece son informer UFC title contender former belt or title contender. And just all around great guy. He's probably in bed right now. He wants to be sleeping but I've asked him to do one Hick today because we've been out of seven and Chelsea how are you. What's up here? One eight seven. Am Sun early for me from the country up early every day. It's nice to hear your voice. Oh by the way it is very nice. I missed you. I mean I saw like two hours ago and it's been a great day. We started the show. Excuse me the day on the Strip Caesar's palace we did Arie on the bad guys up on. ESPN plus the platform that we built That was fun. We got to do a whole bunch of stuff throughout the day. We're going to be doing doing a whole bunch of stuff all week long here in Vegas but the big story of the day. Of course. The press conference highly anticipated. Everyone wants to see what kind of connor would show up with. The VIBE was between before I ask you about my theory I let me ask you this scale of one to ten. How would you rate that from an entertainment standpoint? I loved it I loved it because because of the old bits McMahon philosophy always give the crowd what they want but never give them what they're expecting. I like that and I think conor is going to go. You know he's GonNa go hot sometimes on a scale scale of one to ten he's GonNa come at you at ten every now and then he's gotta go with two or three. I mean a great way to make people here. You isn't to shout it's to lower your voice voice and force them to listen a little bit clear but I have to tell you. You did a great tease at a great leader. I am dying. What what is your theory? What really do you think happened happened today? Okay so this is it. We know that historically Donald Surani sometimes on the big stage you know. He stumbles historically when the going gets tough he tends to. He tends to turtle up a little bit you know. He's fought for the multiple times and W C world extreme cage fighting back in the day and of course now and you have see. He never won the big one and even when he's not fighting for the belt. When it's a big stage he falters and so what I think conor did subconsciously consciously was ler him in false all sense of security where buds? This is going to be fun. It's going to be like an old sparring match. There's nothing to worry about here. It's going to be okay because look at what happened exactly aclu year ago. Exactly you're going to Brooklyn first event on. Espn Alex Hernandez what did he do. He poked him remember. He said if I soon the hotel he's an old man I'm going to retire. Hire him all that stuff you remember. How Hot Surani was how Mattie was? How disrespected he felt and look at the Surani that showed up? Connor doesn't want that Surani. He wants a happy Surani. Happy to be happy. Happy to take part in the in the connor show and Bam Saturday night. BAM head kick Bam left-hand Bam you're done in round one. I think he was playing tricks with him. I I think he actually feels. Now it's running. We're buds it's not going to be so bad and connor was playing and that's the mental warfare. What do you think okay make? No mistake okay. Yes Congress is going to step in the back absolutely within the rules and Donald Lauren. Conrad trying to play that same day with him and he's going going to step in the back as well. Look I like everything that you just said. I don't know if I will subscribe quite to the fact that it was calculated in predetermined. I think it was more unintentional. I do agree with you that that is what happened for whatever reason. Connor is not very nice behavior. Not for nothing. When Connor wants to be a gentleman he is quite a gentleman? I mean he could be very complimentary at times. I thought I want to go. And then he was going to be pretty nice to Donald. I think you predicted the same. However here's a part I had wrong I oh I thought that conner would spew plenty of Benham? He would just shoot. The Benham added the S. brother at copied ATMA's but I thought he would pick his shots and then remain main humbling kind to throw me. I was wrong about that. He man when he cooled down. He called it all the way and by the way. I don't know if you picked up on this but a very big thing for connor At press conferences historically and the way in for that matter as well when connor does a face off he cannot be trusted. I mean they don't white has to break a sweat every time time. He's gotTa get involved sometimes Dana pushing so far apart I would. Somebody caught her through a kick at them and just like barely missed like connor can't be trusted face to face and I thought okay. They're going to clear the tables tables and this is where he'll turn comes but it never came and quite frankly for somebody to show Cowboys Aronie respect of which in fairness he has earned and he deserves. I thought it was a cool move in many ways. It wasn't what we tuned. In or but era I am glad I did if I'd be fair with you. We're talking to tell son in here on. ESPN PIN radio. ESPN APP Sirius. Xm Channel Eighty. Were breaking down the press conference that we do here in the world of mixed martial arts like the NBA press conferences. Come and go and no one cares about them. In in our sport we actually do shows based off of press conferences. That's how much fun this sport is. All right everyone needs to lighten up a little bit and just have a little fun and it was great entertainment but one thing that I thought Surani did wrong. Chill he said Hey. We're all good as long as you. We'll talk about my grandma's lines we're talking about family. We're all good connor. That's me to me. That's a guy who's saying like please I don't want any harm. I don't want want any trouble please. Just don't make a personal. And so what did Connor do. He did exactly what Sironi asked him to do. It's not personal buddy. We're friends and then come Saturday. He's GonNa go for the knockout very early. He's he's it's so to me it was. It was brilliant. It was a different kind of brilliant. It wasn't the same kind of aggressive connor that we've seen in the past but it was the one who is here little kitty kitty and then cup lamb no air. I'm not going to be able to sleep at night. I'm not gonNa live with the fact that you are. We're giving so much credit to this. Your analysis and interpretation of what happened is completely correct. I don't disagree. You're feeling the audience. But there's a part of you giving living connor credit for a mental manipulation. Yes that I don't WanNa take credit for it because I don't believe that he tactically and strategically earned it. I do. I think it's a byproduct I think everything that you had is true. And yes he's looking to complain and he's going to ask back. I just think you're giving a little bit too much now. Read it to his strategy strategy. I really think it was unintentional. You're crazy We have thirty seconds on me. Ask You faced off. Size has been a big talking point going into this fight you feel like Surani. It has a size advantage. Yes I do. And by the way thrown had a a great jacket on not for nothing worth metrics. Yeah I think that size is a real thing. Look if you hit somebody the size that they are. I mean it's kind of like chopping down a tree. You need a whole bunch of shots. If if it's a big tree you just do it could just take more it can just absorb. It's a very real thing. What connor has the knockout power? I don't question that. But he's not gonNA get one shot like he has. Some people use Josie by example. It's not that kind of fight love. You can go back to bed now. Thank you love you son and joining us your calls. I promise after the break we're talking. UFC Two forty be six right here on ESPN radio. Don't go anywhere Viva Las Vegas. It's the Hawaii show right here on. ESPN radio these Sirius. Xm Channel Eighty. Thank you very much by the way to our good friends over at ESPN radio eleven. Hundred here in Vegas for allowing me to do the show here special Wednesday late Wednesday early Thursday morning depending on where you are addition of the Hawaii show it is nine thirty two. PM Pacific Time Twelve thirty two am am on the East Coast. And we are talking all things Conor McGregor versus Donald Sharoni. One triple eight seven to nine three seven six one eight eight eight say. ESPN that's the number number to call it. UPN radio by the way is presented by progressive insurance creators of the name. Your price tool choose from a range of coverage options and pick the price that works for you visit visit Progressive Dot com today so I said calls we want him. We got him nick. Pittsburgh Europe I. What's on your mind Ariel? Oh my gosh. I can't believe we're speaking. This is amazing for having. Oh Gee maybe you need to have this on your Monday shows like maybe once a month a little phone call actually a little bit cook. We break the fourth wall here for a second. This show needs to be on every day. All right enough of Dili. I'll put everyone on bless this show on. ESPN radio every day. Anyone who thinks there's nothing to talk about this sport doesn't have an off season. There's always something to talk talk about. Is there a better show. Is there a show. That's more in tune with the fans. And what they want to talk about what they have on their mind than this one. No anyway back to you. I'm in Pittsburgh. Berg talking to area Halawani right what he sits across from Qatar Mcgregor bird with what do you mean. Oh my gosh but but now there's no shit okay. A couple of this is this is good to see connor back but you know this notion that this is a new connor. You know you wait until Mas Ospital COMINGTON anybody stand in front of him and starts now thing off. I have a feeling we're going to see the old connor starts to come back and I mean it's not only just that you know everybody is writing cowboy off. I mean I think conor is GonNa win but what if you know we go in here. McGregor wants to make a statement. You know he's been and submitted a couple of times he wants to try to submit. You know Surani trying to send a message and you know Surani catches and slipping real quick and then you know Surani tries to go get his. BMI SPELL B. Where does that leave McGregor? What happened to McGregor if that happens? Okay we'll make you said a lot there first first of all. I don't think anyone is suggesting that the old connor can come back at some point. I mean he's not like a completely different guy didn't walk into a booth and you know change himself in a completely different human but I think what was important. was that for this fight. He showed up a little different a little more relaxed more calm just less aggressive and I think he's accomplished that does not. Everything's he's GonNa Change leading up to this fight so that's number one number two. Yeah you're right I mean cowboy can win this fight. He's no bum. I think he has been a little bit disrespected. The guys the winningest fighter. Can you see history. He can win this fight in many different ways. His ground game is underrated in my opinion and the fact that it's happening seventy probably favors him because he is the bigger fighter and the more natural seventy pounds. But here's another thing that's being talked about historically connor fights guys who are on winning streak winning streaks excuse me their confidence is very high. They're feeling good about themselves. They want five zero six zero seven in a row. Right I mean although and Mayweather Mendez Eddie Alvarez just just one the belt when they fought. Here's a Guy Donald Sironi who's lost his last two. Not only has he lost his last two he was finished in his last. Two and those fights happened happened in the last seven months. What's his confidence like? How's he feeling about himself? Where's he at mentally so there's a lot at stake here? There's a lot at play and I think that's that's what makes this fight so much fun. Let's go back to the phone lines. Great Call my mouth. Let's go to Jack in Harrisonburg Jack. What's up hey funny that's awesome? You know as I just you know wanted to make a point you know I think you know which mcgregor a greater his downfall really happen but the mayweather fight and I don't think after that he he was saying. I all the controversies everything you know. It got to his head but I think he's finally back to where US like. Okay I'm good and I'm not GonNa talk trash anymore until I finally win again Canal Valley when he's GonNa do that he's back Jack thing. Here's the thing yes you can look at. That may whether fight as a turning point and I think there's something you be said for the fact that look I referenced this all the time but it's a real thing Marvin hagler great boxer once said it's hard to wake up at five. AM when you're waking up in Silk Pyjamas and all of a sudden he has sought pajamas. He's got a lot of them and he's got silk sheets and all the possessions of the world and the Nice cars it's up and yeah maybe he lost a little bit. He lost that drive. Dr But here's the thing. He may have lost the drive but then last year he almost lost it all. He almost went away he almost screwed it all up. You know what I mean. And that's a scary thing for a young man who's thirty one years old and has two children and I think he saw the light and I think he now realizes I can't screw this up. Now you know remains to be seen we've heard this athletes before but at least for right now he's saying all the right things could Derek in Chicago Derek. What's up Derek? Are you there Derek. What's up yeah how you doing? You're on the air my man what's up. Yeah Yeah my question is Do you think this is a new conor McGregor due to the laws to took a beat. And you think you take his trash talk will ever be the same after what happened between him and could be and and I think that it depends on the opponent I think he has no animosity towards Donald Sharoni. So he doesn't have to trash talk him. I think that I see a lot of people saying Habib humbled them. Listen to how he talks about the Hubby fight. He thinks he should have won that fight. He thinks he mistake self-inflicted mistakes write the drinking all that stuff. He thinks that he actually did better than people think he did in that. I don't think he'll be pummeled them. I think what happened last year. Humbled him I think two thousand and nine thousand nine humbled them. I think being a jail cell Miami humbled them I think the allegations humbled them. I think him acting a fool humbled them. I don't think he'd like to us. It could be that way but I don't think internally he feels Kabaeva pummeled them and he thinks that he could beat him nine times out of ten. Let's go do nate in Columbus Nate. What's up what's going on man? What's going on man how you doing great? Hey so so. Here's the thing McGregor eight humbled. Let's let's just get that out there. Okay he's still the same person Persson he was even before the mayweather fight is a hype. He's a hyped fighter. And here's the thing that a lot of people don't don't take into account account for A. I saw something today. Where online or on social media where he said you know he saw Lebron spends hundred fifty million a year on taking taking care of his body and McGregor realized that? So that's GONNA help. Prepare him to be a better fighter. But then also there are people in his camp that really that are really like substantially good fighters at is weak spots so like Dylan Danis being a world class Ju Jitsu or more Moi Tie fighter. I mean that like working with Dylan. Dana's every day is going to to prepare him to be a better ground fighter so I give McGregor this fight because he's going to be a better ground fighter. You're going to be a better striker. Like he always has been. He's that he is a world. Class striker always has been but now he's got ground game on point and it's GonNa be all McGregor Schwinn say. Thank you for giving me the time to talk. Doc in the air have a great night and go bucks baby all right. which books are we talking about by the way we're talking about the Tampa Bay buccaneers the Milwaukee Bucks the Pittsburgh Pirates? I don't no no let's go to Joe in Chicago. Joe What's up going. Thanks for having me So I got two things. I WANNA share theory About Qatar augurs gauge. I'm sorry Cowboy vers gates after that and the DC the Mike engage face and he said you know there's Irishman next for you and as you I know he's retired. I want a real fighter so I believe that's why cowboy and he in backlash you blew. Psychology didn't work. Well actually I think it bothered him that gate. She was so personal with his trash talk. I think that bothered him. I think he'd like the fact. That ceremony was a lot more respectful. But all right I it's a fair point but I think it was more about the the personal tax. What was number two? Okay okay So number two I'm a big. I'm a big bear fan after his Shuki points last year The jump on Rachel Nichols She kinda go into his Sexual assault allegations and then you today. At the press conference there was a question regarding that I just wanted to like. Where's the line between like? Are we just going to judge them as entertainers ballplayers or like people. You know Was that question. You think Fair for McGregor tonight after the answering all this stuff on. ESPN like Dana. Said and stuff like that obviously. It's a very valid question but Do you think time is right for that or not. I think it was fair because a lot of other reporters. I haven't had a chance to ask. I didn't even know what the question was because he got cut off. I think the fans and look this is going to happen. You're doing a press conference in front of fans and they get rowdy audience they have their own agendas far as how they want the press conference to go I. I don't think it was right for them to bu but in particular I don't I think Dana White thought that he was helping Connor conor by saying he's not going to answer that we've already addressed it. I think he actually did them a disservice. I think Colin was ready to talk about it. I think he was ready to answer. Whatever question was being thrown at him same way? He was ready to answer them when I asked him about. It didn't say anything before hinder. After and I think Dana was trying to take a bullet for him so to speak and I think he actually did. It serves because now now people are saying like oh he has something to hide he shouldn't have done et Cetera. Let them answer it. It's his business. It's his story and then move on and at that point. Oh you could say look I answered it today I answered it with Arie on. ESPN we're moving on. I'm an innocent man and The the truth will come out time time. GimMe patients all that stuff. But I think by just jumping in there without letting him speak actually did them a disservice. The fans should be ashamed of themselves. You should not be bullying reporting should know y you are are there. That's for the media is a press conference press conference press conference press being the operative word let the man do his job ask question be quiet and then react F. words words and let Connor have his say I think they should just let him speak move on and everyone's happy. Unfortunately that did not happen. All right one more break much more of your calls to forty forty six talk special guests all that and more in the last break for now though standby how Lonnie show. ESPN radio you have to forty six right here on. ESPN radio you the APP and Siriusxm Challenge. We're back after this. There is on fire coming up here in March. There's no main event yet. Things go okay on on Saturday inge quickly Yes yes God willing become here safe and from this bound Saturday night mostly might be well attainable. And who would that be you. Think lawing them or not I couldn't care any weights anything. I'm in prime condition and ready to go. Welcome back to the Hawaii show right here on. ESPN RADIO ESPN APP. And SIRIUSXM channel. Eighty that was from from the UFC. Two Forty six press conference earlier today in Las Vegas. That was my colleague. Marker Monday asking CONOR McGregor just how quickly he can return to Action Shen if all goes well if he walks away relatively unscathed on Saturday night against Donald cerrone and he has lofty goals for twenty twenty says he he wants to fight at least three times. Maybe four told me on Friday that. Hey if all goes well if this goes like. I think it's going to go. Why oh I can't fight next next month now? It's going to happen next month. Because there's a pay per view already booked in Houston and it's it's filled up. They're not going to put them on that card. But I threw out a very what I thought was a very interesting theory on. ESPN DOT COM. This morning. You can see the article. It's up there now. What if conor McGregor defeats Donald Thrown in the relatively really quickly on Saturday night what if he knocks him out in like two minutes could he possibly turn around and fight on March seventh here in Las Vegas March seven? There's a pay per view T.. Mobile arena is a CO main event. John Wayne Lee. You WanNA NJ check throwaway title but this domain Donovan. They want Israel Adesanya to fight. You'll Romero they're having issues with the last style vendor contract issues. They can't agree on terms. Conor wins. Slide them right in their muscles here. He's training he's holding a press conference tomorrow. He wants that fight. Mazda O'Connor conor connor who's connor anyone connor nate Diaz Connor. Nate's luck getting surgery. He's good can they turn turn it around. Can they come to terms with connor. They need a main event. He says he wants to do it so I thought that answer was very interesting. The question was interesting. Good on mark for asking. Let's go back to the phone lines. Let's say hello to Nina in Los Angeles Nina. What's up Inari there Nina going and once all right? Let's go to Tanner in Chicago. Tanner what's up. Hey Areo hey what's up I just wanted to say thanks for taking the call. It's a pleasure to talk to you a student journalists myself and you cover the most bad ass sport and the game so thank you for taking the call So my question for you is If Connor were to and certainly don't hope at this happens and I don't think that this happens but if connor were to lose the cowboy but he still wants to continue his fighting career should he possibly consider moving trying to a different camp. Especially after all the you know over analyze Asian of the you know the whole John. Cavanaugh comment about Connor running the camp and I think Luke Thomas had like a really interesting quote about he was talking about his camp talks like talk about him as if he's like a dictator later so you know he's Kinda surrounded by yes men. Should he consider moving to a camp where he is Coached by people. That won't just treat him and as if he's a God. Listen Congressmen with the same guys. Since Day. One in fact he brought his his early. You know his first. Boxing coach ever is first combat. Sports coach Phil Sutcliffe two-time Olympian from Kremlin boxing club. He brought him back. Say what you will about Kinda McGregor the person the fight or whatever you want. This man is incredibly loyal. He's not doing. I went back and listen to my very first interview with him in two thousand thirteen and the one thing he said in that interview that stands out till this day he said I will never leave Ireland I will never leave as BG. I will never turn my back on my team and look at corner. It's the same guys. Owen Roddy John Cavanagh Sergei the wrestling coach Artem logo. Same guys. What is this Dick? What are you talking about? These are the same guys. Look at the success they had together for all those years. You think it was those guys that lost the Habib Fight Forum maybe the four days of partying in between training sessions. Maybe he was that or maybe it's just that could be better. How about that? Maybe that's possible and then prior to that was a mayweather fight which he was finding. I was forty nine. And he's a guy who was Owino going into that boxing match in boxing right so I mean I think it's a little much. I think John's comments were twisted. And maybe taken out of context. Who cares what they say to all of us really who cares? Do you really think that a guy with this much at stake with this much to lose is just going to go out there and not surround himself with people who are going to make them better. Like at the end of the day superstars superstars. They can do whatever whatever they want. He's GonNa put himself in position to be surrounded by people who make him comfortable who he trusts who's own interests in mind. Best interests ridiculous thing. He's not leaving these guys. I don't care what you say anyway. Let's we only a couple of minutes. I don't I don't I don't understand Dan. How the only gave us an hour here on his? What could they possibly be talking about tonight other than UFC to forty six the return of Connor McGregor? We've got like two minutes. It's left and I promised my mark money we're really late to get to mark and that's on me but we had so many calls every mark. Are you there two minutes yes. It's it's actually ended and a half. It's Mark Lundy of ESPN DOT COM. He's the one that asked that question to Connor McGregor. And so let me ask you this you ask them the question about the quick turnaround do you think if you winds in two three minutes that he actually can turn around and fight on March seventh and if so who would you book them against. It seems like that's there's been doing and NFL UFC. Why wouldn't you want convert her back in? I mean this week's not not even not even two months against that. I mean just engage. You seem like he's available. Bowl is is whore. Mas It all back from I know and this is after the Yes right. I mean like Conrad said at the press conference lineup. I mean there are a lot the possibilities for that. Is that potential fight if it's going to happen Really Inter Inter relatively short amount of time mark. This is your appearance ever on any of my shows. Thank you very much for your contributions should be should but we're out of time. I love you very much. This has been incredible. Thanks to everyone for tuning in. Thanks everyone back in Bristol. TST ANCO it's been a great night right here in Las Vegas. They only gave me the only game in our. Could you believe it or back on Saturday for three hours so we got a lot more to discuss for now we say good night how Lonnie show. ESPN ESPN radio. The APP Siriusxm Channel Eighty. Thank you so much for listening. Thank you so much for tuning in and we love you all and we'll talk to you on Saturday. We'll yeah well. You didn't think that we would actually say goodbye on a Wednesday without our minimalist tip of the week would you. I know we were on the radio. I know we're big time. I know we're in Las Vegas. We're getting set for two forty six return McGregor Sironi all that stuff more but tradition is tradition. We gotta stick to the script each and every Wednesday. TST minimalist of the week. I need this you need. This troy hit the music. Yes tease minimalist. Okay aerial so I'm very excited heading back to Vegas for my first con regretted fight and I gotta say I took a little inspiration away from in your sit down interview with Conor McGregor that aired and I want to play this piece of sound this little quote from Connor. Quick to set up the tip of the week for me. It's not about me. I'm in a position where it's not forever. Now this is not only from me and automated so no one will stop my hunger Fridays on my hunger to to compete and entertainment and just live my life the way I wanna live in the way I enjoyed the live in. It's too much money and without awareness of in the past can be dangerous. You know we we can. There's no limits there's no boundaries. You can do anything he can go anywhere you can am. I want to do what I enjoy the on. And this is what I enjoyed going to keep the on and and now I'm doing it full steam ahead and I'm in the best shape of my life mental and physical so with this renewed sense of purpose that Conor McGregor has he is adopting some minimalist principles aerial. He is realizing that even though he has all the money in the world and obviously no for me new scaling down and for your average person rescaling downturns the amount of money we have but he is realizing that things that you can buy anything he wants. But that's not what makes you whole. That's not what makes you a a better person. We have these voids in our lives. We feel West accomplished. Or there's something there's something that is missing we try to fill it with stuff. That doesn't maybe. It fills a void or lie for a day for a week. Maybe a month but then it goes away that initial Pang of joy that you feel goes away and and it fades away and connor. What he is realizing is that things are important? It's the kind of person I am. That's what people remember me by. And that's what I want to you. Rub Off on people who I am not the things that I have. Were you disappointed in that moment. That my follow up question to that statement wasn't have you adopted the minimalist lifestyle. Have you been listening to. TST Did you feel like that was a missed opportunity. My part yeah I mean honestly. I'm surprised he didn't throw it out there right there on camera on air show on Monday that. TST has been impacting him. Yeah I think you have But but see this is interesting because you're saying this and it all sounds good but true or false true or false before we went on the air this evening and what show was so great to be on the radio. I love doing it. Thank you very much by the way to everyone at ESPN forgiving us up to you. I know I kind of play the whole like I want more. But it's honestly an honor and a privilege to even get an hour if if I'm being a hundred percent honest but true or false. You told me you're not buying this act. This changed. Act The nice guy. You're not buying it. So which is it. Is it the minimalist lifestyle that he's adopting or is he just putting on an act so for my purposes whether he means it or not I wanted to take this opportunity to expound on however I don't think this is the genuine. This is genuine one bit really. Think of everything that happened with. Conrad Gregor Twenty nineteen incidents arrest. Bad things happened. I'm all for second can chances but do people really change that quickly. I'm skeptical. I mean this is a guy who famous changed him. Money has changed him. I mean I know he just went on this little minimalist thing here but I'm not necessarily sure if I buy it. I think he's trying to fool people and I think he's on to this little redemption tour right now and he's just keeping it calm and you know using that conspiracy theory that you were alluding to earlier to try to trick people. I think he's tricking us. Wow this is fascinating thing because it feels like Kirkman wrong feels like the public is is buying right. Yeah sure people when he's changed when I spoke to him in August that interview right after the footage was released of him punching the man in the bar. I think most people weren't buying it. They felt he was not being sincere. They felt it was is just you know some sort of script that he was reading from his PR team. But I felt this time around. Not just in my interview but everything that he has said and done over the past five or so days since the the build up for this fight really ramped up. I feel like people are buying it at least for now and like I said on the air it might change. He gets booked against nate nate. He is booked against forbid. He is booked against Tony. Ferguson H. E. WHO's made it very personal. I feel like maybe guy could come out. I mean this is a man connor. I've asked him before are you know has a bit of an anger prom. He he sometimes can't control it and I get that but right now it seems like he's in a good place. He seems happy to me. He seems very genuine. You look at him on that stage. He's happy to be there. He's authentic he's appreciative. He's respectful. Why can't we just take that for what it is? Why do we have to say that? It's it's disingenuous or it's not real it's inauthentic it's fake. Why can't you just trust that? The man's in a good place. He's happy he doesn't want any problems he doesn't want any drama. He just wants to fight. Okay well we shall see. We shall see Saturday night. You have see to forty six to return of Conor McGregor. Her and like I said over the past year Conor McGregor versus a broomstick is a big deal like him. Fighting is the story here. CERRONE is a good part of the story and the fact that he's getting his fighting the big payday. That's all well and good but the story on Saturday night that we want to see okay. How plays out is whether or not he wins whether or not he wins impressively and if he loses where does he go from here? Because there's a real story to be told he loses. Does he come back. Does he want to keep going at that point does he say I don't have it anymore. I don't feel like doing this. There's so many questions that are going to be answered not just for Connor for the future of the one seventy division for Horry Mas Vidal for tomorrow's men then for the one fifty five pound vision. He controls so much. He's the only guy that controls everything from one fifty five to one seventy. Maybe even a little one forty five to why the hell not. 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Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More

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Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More

"Heroine it's area Hawaii before we begin. Today's very special show. I just want to tell you about a brand new podcast here. ESPN that we're all very excited about. It's it's called the S V pod starting this week Scott Van Pelt will be back on the audio airwaves talking sports gambling and honestly everything in between tween and if you don't know Scott Van Pelt where the heck have you been. He's an absolute legend. One of the nicest and most talented people here it is. I'm a huge fan of his and I can't wait for his his return to the airwaves. So if you haven't yet I strongly recommend you subscribe to the SV pod which you can find wherever you get your podcast and once you do so be Dan lookout for episode number one dropping later this week and before you take a listen to our very special show today remember that the following may not be suitable for all audiences prices so listener's discretion is advised. Enjoyed the show. Ladies and Gentlemen Welcome. I am too back in your life on this Monday January Kan.. Thirteen two thousand and twenty Hogan everyone. I'm area WHO WANNA. It is so great to be here with you on this Monday afternoon. In Bristol Connecticut Connecticut. What a way to start? What should be a really fun week? A really memorable and fun week. I feel it. It's been awhile since I felt something like this before. And of course these kinds of feelings come along with a Connor McGregor flight and so here we are five days away from the return of Conor McGregor arguably the most famous fighter in the history Eh of the sport of mixed martial arts. I don't know who would argue against that but nevertheless sure you can argue against it if you want the biggest draw the face of the UFC still his first fight since October of two thousand eighteen it's UFC two forty six. It goes down this Saturday. Las Vegas T mobile arena. You see the lineup. The main card hard right over there conor McGregor Donald Sironi main event welterweight fight five rounds. We are five days away from that fight. And you know I've been thinking why this one feel so exciting. Why feels special because I know some of the narrative has been? Hey you you know. It's kind of flying under the radar and hey it doesn't feel big doesn't feel like there's a lot of buzz. I would argue the opposite way I would say it feels bigger because we've had a break AAC and this almost feels like our version the Ma version of opening day. The last year of C event was December twenty first in the middle of the night in South Korea. The plus pay-per-view was December fourteenth. So it feels like it's almost been a month between events and that has given us a lot of time. I think to talk about this fight to talk about the return. The stakes the story leading up to this point and it feels to me. And maybe it's because I just came back from Las Vegas. I flew to Las Vegas late. Thursday night sat down with Connor on Friday afternoon and then flew home that night. And maybe because I was there I was around his team. I spoke to his coaches coaches and it started to feel nostalgic. It started to feel like the old days and they were saying to me about Connor. And I'll and I'll share my thoughts on Conor McGregor and that interview who is going to air on. Today's show in its entirety was around forty seven minutes. It will air later on. I'll give you the lineup in a second but the main thing that I'll say right off the top is as I was waiting for him and even in the lead up to me going out there and sitting with them and I really do appreciate him giving us the time. He's not talking to a lot of people and it certainly is. It certainly is something that we appreciate that he would give us that time. especially that much time but the main thing that I kept hearing was Oh. He's happier than he's ever been. Oh Oh he no. He's in a great spot mentally physically. This is the old connor. This is better than the old all that stuff and to be honest I roll my eyes and I said I've heard this before and and I said this is a cliche that we hear in the game in sports all the time. Best camp ever all that stuff. But then I sat down with Conor McGregor and I would say that that this is a completely different person than the one that we've seen the last couple of years completely different and we talked about a lot. We touched on a lot. He owned up to a lot. He was very he was very open. I thought he was very forthright. It was different than the guy that I spoke to in August in my opinion and so I'm very curious to hear what you think. You had a lot of thoughts on the August interview. I'm curious to hear what you think about. This particular interview was just two days ago and I know a lot of you saw the teaser. Clip that we posted and and a lot of you are saying that he sounds happier and he sounds more calm. And maybe a little more humble rejuvenated. I can't wait to hear the thoughts afterwards words because I left with a lot of thoughts and I left believing what they were telling me going into the interview. which is he is rejuvenated? He is refocused he is doing all the right things. A lot was touch on a lot was revealed. So I'm looking forward to sharing that with all of you This this sort of Zen like and to be honest. I've been in this before right. I've it reminded me a little bit leading into it of my situation with with John Jones. Back in two thousand and fifteen. When I went to Albuquerque after the hit and run accident I was talking to a guy who's telling me that he was going to change age and he was telling me that he was different and that he has a new lease on life? And all this stuff and I was thinking. Okay I'M GONNA here's some of the stuff that I heard with John because there's a lot of parallels there on with with the trouble that he was getting into and would John. I felt the entire time that he was nervous that he was unsure of himself. I felt that he was kind of feeling like one. One hundred percent. Believe what I'm seeing in this moment and of course we know what happened afterwards. He got in more trouble later on. Didn't get that sense this time around and we never know what's going to happen. It's impossible to predict but didn't get get that sense this time around so that's going to air later on today show. Of course. This is a special fight because there is no belt on the line. It's the first time since the Dennis in a super fight in two thousand fifteen where connors not a champion or. There's no belt online. Because even when he fought twice those were entitled fights but he was still a champion right he was still champion in those fights in this particular case. No belt no champion but it still feels like a big deal because of the comeback because of the stakes aches because of everything that's attached to this fight and so here we are for the first time since you have C.. One eighty three two fighters going into a fight off losing streaks takes off losses to fighters going into a fight main eventing a pay per view first time since Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz did it. You Have C. One eighty three. That's special on its own rate. And the first time since he fought Diego Brandao that he's fighting fighter coming off a loss as well. That's a key thing that no one's talking about the mental part of coming off a loss and then fighting on a stage like conor McGregor. Let's be honest a lot of you say that about surrounding. He has said that about himself. Mentally sometimes he falters in those situations he crumbles in those situations houses confidence going into this fight and and I know as I am about to tell you the line-up here I know a lot of you said over the last day where Sironi on this show whereas his team on the show. I just WanNa make this very clear. I've asked multiple times to come on this show. Not just today but leading up to the fight and team as well unfortunately he declined and as a result of him declining. His team declined as well. But Trust me when I say I tried to get him in his team on multiple occasions coming today show. Hey you got to play with the cards you are dealt and so we will play with these cards. We've got a great show lined up for all of you today all things you have see to forty six discuss now. This is our coverage scheduled for this week. I'm going to Las Vegas on Tuesday tomorrow. Look at all this stuff. We've got our own bag. I live from Sin City on Wednesday and stay on. ESPN plus we've got my radio show special edition of this show on the radio national. Espn Radio National Midnight Eastern. So that's going to be after the press conference which is at eight PM Eastern. That's going to be a lot of fun we've got the way in show on. ESPN plus at noon eastern UFC live to forty six pre show. We've got in addition addition to all that all of our coverage that's going down as far as Media Day Maswadeh doing a press conference I'm I'm told on Thursday's world is a ton. There is a special edition of UFC. She live on. ABC said ABC ABC NOT ESPN ESPN ABC. Going into a basketball game. Which is incredible my show at four eastern radio show three hours on the radio leading up to the card? So there's a lot there. Let me tell you about today's lineup. Because it's a special and I'm very excited about today's show and and then we will get rocking and rolling so in about two hours and thirty five minutes three thirty five. We're back torch tradition with coach. John Kevin Remember prior to the Habib. He didn't come on and we know what happened there. He wanted to keep things tight and in camp did come on the show. We saw what happened now. We're going back to the old ways coming on the Monday before. I'm looking forward to having John. Kevin on the show tells about the camp and everything leading up to that this fight. Roxanne Montazeri has a big fight coming up against macy barber on Saturday a UFC. Two forty six I saw at the Pi on Friday. And I thought you know what it'd be nice to have Roxanne on as you know friend of the program. We got our happy warrior. Fan Right over here. We've got her book. Had to be positive right over here. So we'll talk to Roxanne Bend modifier at three twenty. We'll talk to Rowdy Owen. Roddy striking coach for Conor McGregor. I'm looking forward to that as I knock over Roxanne's Fan. I always do that. We'll get his perspective effective and he's also launched a new amateur program here in the United States. I'm looking forward to talking to him about that. At around two fifty-five we'll have a lot of celebrities making their prediction of for the fight fifteen celebrities way in stay tuned for that surprise celebrities. I asked a bunch of them to weigh in. That's going to be a lot of fun. A lot of familiar faces at two o'clock. My interview with Conor McGregor will air in its entirety. The sit down from Friday where we talked about all those things leading up to this fight on Saturday. So that's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to you all seeing that one forty-five Anthony Pettis will join us. He has a big fight on Saturdays. Well against Carlos Diego Fajita pick for him coming back to one fifty five Fajita with a five five fight winning streak. He is the fighter on this car with the longest winning streak so a big spot for him an opportunity for Anthony pedestal. Get back on track. Eddie Alvarez we'll join us at one thirty. He is just one of three fighters to a fought both ceremony and McGregor the other two of course Nathan Deceiver and so we'll get his thoughts on the fight and also get thoughts on how he's feeling remember. Who's part of the one championship lightweight term and had to pull out due to the ankle injury? So we'll get his thoughts on on his health as well and y'all celebrate his birthday yesterday so a big couple of days for eighty Alvarez first birthday then appearing on this program and of course at it One ten we're going to be joined moments by the Great Dominick Cruz who is One of the most brilliant minds in the game of course co-host of unlocking victory with Gilbert Melendez which airs on all the different ESPN platforms. Wanted to get his take on this fight and how he's feeling as well everything going on in the Bantamweight Division with Henry. So who don't all. It's a by the way before we get to let me know when when he's ready. Oh I didn't you didn't tell me all right. Let me just say I appreciate everyone who watched the the award show and I appreciate all the comments. Comet everyone weighing in it was a lot of fun to to hear. Everyone's take on the award show last week. You know what I'm talking about anyway. Let's move along now and say hello to the Great Dominick Cruz. WHO's kind of to join ruinous from his car? There he is dominic are you. I do not here dominic. We'll reconnect with them here or try to fix that. Dominic you hear me give me a thumbs up if you do okay. Maybe he doesn't even hear me all right well. We connect with with dominic in a matter of moments. Of course one of the most brilliant minds in the sport and actually had a chance to talk to To Connor himself he posted a picture on his instagram. I think it was last Sunday that they had a chance either Saturday or Sunday they were both at the Pi and they had a chance to talk to each other. So I'm curious about that exchange but we haven't seen dominic inaction since December of two thousand and sixteen. There's the photo right over there. And by the way the one thing that struck me in this photo look how big connors left hand is. I mean that thing is gigantic is it just the angle or is it really that big. I mean I know. Obviously the left hand is his you know his famous hand and the famous punch and all but holy smokes. That thing looks like bigger than Dobbs head GonNA thing. It's unbelievable it's got the big appeared long hair Going into this fight. I'm curious about that exchange but like I said December two thousand sixteen we actually Recently on the ESPN may twitter and instagram page recently posted a TT of the last time we saw dominic in a in a post fight press conference setting that great scene after his fight against cody. Garbrandt he was standing up the whole time and that got a ton of love like a million views on that clip him standing up. I think a lot of people just hadn't seen it or just love seeing it again. Him standing up and just taking the the defeat in stride and just having such a great perspective when it came to that particular flight and we'd love to see him back on instagram earlier today that he appears to be in in great spirits he was getting some simplicity done. It seemed like on his shoulder. I think it was either a shoulder arms. So hopefully in two thousand twenty which we are in now we'll get a chance to the CMO back in action and things are wide open at one. Thirty five of course We don't know who Henry Pseudo is going to fight next to. You is pushing for the elbow fight Henry by the way finding love announcing on instagram Graham over the weekend so Mazal Tov to him. His his his lucky partner. But we don't know when he's going to return we also don't know who is going to fight that's still very much up in the air. He's talking about although we have been not so into that fight. Personally guy coming off a loss. I don't know how you should be fighting for a belt own one in a division. Where does Cruz fit into all of that? I Know Coy San Hagan trying to fight against him. He's not fighting on the January twenty fifth card in Raleigh North Carolina. So hello there is. There is a lot to discuss with Mr Dominick Cruz. By the way you know going back to the Connor fight here for a second as we try to connect with him you you know it's interesting because I do believe as I mentioned at the top. A lot isn't being made of the fact. That ceremony is going into this fight on to winning streak. Excuse me losing streak usually when you go to fight historically like. I said the last time someone went into a connor. McGregor fight on a loss. Diego Brandao. Usually you're going into a connor fight on a winning streak week right. You're you're floyd mayweather of course your. ATS COMING OFF A win. Your hubby made off coming off a long streak. Eighty hours coming off. Winning the belt your shows Aldo on on cheek. You're typically rolling right. You're typically on a high. Your your confidence is on a high as well and you're not not coming off two losses in which you have been stopped. It doesn't matter if you're fighting on the PRELIMS IF YOU'RE A fighter coming off of two losses in which you have been stopped I would imagine. Your confidence is a little bit lower than if you're on a winning streak so that's a really interesting aspect in this of course conner's coming off a loss as well uh-huh and he hasn't fought in a while but I think that's a really interesting aspect that people aren't talking about all right. Let's see if we can connect with dominic here. He's joining us now via the phone. Dominic are you there dominic. Do you hear me all right. But I don't think he hears me. We'll connect we shall. We shall make this happen okay. Seems like he's maybe using his his bluetooth. We'll get it done. We'll make it can happen so anyway that I find to be a really interesting thing of course wondering how Connor is going to react to being back everything everything. That's happened pressure on him as well to gain fans back at the end of the day. It really doesn't matter the opponent in my opinion like I said to him versus a broomstick. We can argue about. Should've been this guy. Should it have been geeky. Should've been a guy on a winning streak. Should've been a top contender for the casual Israel Fan for the Joe Sports Fan out there for the mainstream sports fan. All they needed was a win in my opinion I think that a lot of fans are trepidation. I think a lot of fans are taking a bit of a wait and see how this all pans out. is He really back about a lot of people. Come up to me A.. And say you know. Is He really back is he. Is he going to take this seriously. is He really going to stay on the straight narrow all this stuff and I think a lot of fans are not wanting to buy in fully and that's okay but I think one big victory I think one great session Russian on the microphone after and might even honestly it might even happen leading up to Saturday with the pest press conference on Wednesday that five o'clock Pacific eight o'clock eastern eastern might even happen then I think after that and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if if he actually throws us for a loop remember before the Chad Mendes fight a lot. Lot of people thought that he would come out very strong very aggressive that he would come out throwing insults and things like that didn't do that. He was very calm going into that. Fight supremely calm and I think he'll come out. This is my guess. I don't think anyone knows. I don't even think he knows. I think he'll come out supremely calm in this one. If if my conversation with him on on Fridays any indication I come out very calm on Wednesdays. Well I don't think you'll see the same kind of fireworks works in Vitriol and animosity that we saw in the Hubby fine. I think that turned off a Lotta people. As well in fact I was looking back at his debut debut we do a thing on our our linear TV show which airs on Tuesday nights on either ESPN TOUR ESPN news. And I was looking back at the debut. Gugans Marcus Bridge April six of two thousand thirteen in Stockholm Sweden He was the fourth fight on that card on the facebook. prelims amazingly came out. beat him. one-sided win sixty seven seconds like I said gets the sixty Jeez and then I watched the post fight press conference and it's fascinating because in the post fight press conference. He says something that is actually something that he has been saying leading up to this fight and it was great foreshadowing to what was to come in his life. No one could have guessed that he would have turned into what he ultimately became but he actually gave us a clue as to who he is and what he's all about what could happen if he does get riches and fame and all this stuff and maybe starts to drift. We have that we have that sound. I wanted to share that with you. Because I thought that was fascinating insight into who he he is and even though he's changed so much he's really just the same guy. He was telling us that this was going to happen. This is seven years ago April two thousand thirteen post by press conference Stockholm Sweden. Take take a listen to what connor said after that fight. Just I felt the same. You know what I mean even walking in you know people say about. UFC jitters an auto. uh-huh feel it just felt like another contest and competition is competition as a matter of an local club here and I just felt the same to be honest. I don't know what's is going on here. I'm just here in sixty thousand dollars. I'm just thinking what I'm going to spend on a car anyway. Nice car maybe. Some citizens awesome customer. I don't know just last week. I was collecting the social welfare. And I mean I I was in the name like I don't know what's going to happen. Scientists Labra now as opposed to tell anyone you want you. You WanNa fight next whatever I just want to be kept busy. Competent competition keeps me focused on time. I don't have competition ahead of me. I just seemed to drift. You know what I want to be kept busy and let's just whatever whatever you wherever and whenever you know you see that. He said right right there when he's not competing he's drifting when he's not competing he's losing focus and that's been the knock and of course he went in a completely different direction and no one could have predicted the legal issues and the incident and the Miami incident. I mean there's just everything that happened post to twenty nine. Look at all that but he said right there when he had no money when he had nothing nothing nothing to his name. When I'm not competing I'm drifting where I'm not competing I lose focus and it's very much the same things that you say now? I wasn't competing. I was losing focus. I was drifting. I found that to be fascinating. Little turn back the clock for all of you in another fun thing. That hasn't been talked about so much. It's leading up to this fight conor brought in a new slash old face to his Catt Ball. Tell you about that person in a moment. Let's try to connect once again with Dominick Cruz. Let's try this now. Dominic are you there dominant. Can you hear me okay. We shall reconnect connect with Dominic. Not sure what's going on with the phone situation but we'll We'll effort as they say in the business So I was just was telling you about. I'll give you the cheese now. This is what happens sometimes when you do live stuff an interesting story. That's played out that I think has flown under the radar that I think we'll get more attention leading up to this fight. One guy that he brought in a familiar face man by the name of Phil sutcliffe cliff. Who is the owner of the Crumlin? Boxing Club the first guy to introduce them to any form of combat sports. When he was twelve years old he went there for the first time and trained in boxing? There we've heard about chrome Phil had never been a part of any of his camps had never been a part of his corner owner for any of his fights in the UFC. He will be part of his corner in this fight. He is a part of the camp for this fight. He is in Las Vegas. He has been training with him and He has said that he did recently. A Good Friday a sparring session and at atk Crumlin for the for the locals for the community for the boxing club and he had a moment. tiffany where he's like. I should have had these guys. My old coaches from back in the day the people who introduced me to boxing back in the day I should have had these people helping me out for the Mercer fight which makes a lot of sense. You have boxing coaches. You're going to have them a part of your boxing camp. When you're making your pro? Boxing debut people who you and so he has brought him back and I think there's great great symbolism in that I think it's it's really fascinating part of this new old going back to the old ways a simpler time a more innocent time to bring back the people who introduce you you too fighting. Who taught you that left hand taught you how to compete taught? You had a fight you bring those people on. That's a really cool story all right. Let's try to get dominant crews here. One more time dominant. Please tell me you can hear me. Can you hear me. I hear you dominic. You're the man thank you. I'm sorry about that. I Apologize Let's get into it. Thank you for joining us. First off I just on your instagram. You're getting some PT. How are you feeling physically? Great you gotta stay on range and most of the movements when you're building back at My tie here going from Mama build a big win everything is up fee just gotta stay on the PT. You'll be able to return yet. I'm I'm sure her I look at the next six. Months is my goal as an exact time. None of that's been established yet I do we know that I'm just building this actress back right shoulder and I'm feeling really good on track. You will return. You will fight again. I will try it again. You you know and this time I'm just staying focused on. Do you know any chance you return fight. It is against Henry Pseudo. Well there's possibility The way I look at it. He's a champion current and he told me that he wanted to fight me. So why would I wouldn't if I happen. Unless he plays musical chairs call out which is what he's been doing So I'm not sure what Henry thinking but when the champion of the division calls you out you step up and you take it right now is right. I need right for me so I think that's the fight that makes sense. I mean I did lose my last flight. But it was for the title. I was the title holder. And you know I didn't really get my thought to jump right back in there. 'cause I got myself injured back toback but my skill sets have not tarnished at all. They're still there. It's just a matter of stone up and getting that's right with Henry but he's got a right now. I don't think anybody knows what he wants. I don't think he knows what he wants to be on it. Yeah that is that is an astute astute observation perhaps. Let me ask you about this because we were just talking about it. We even showed the photo as we were trying to connect with you. You conversation it seems like with with Conor McGregor regret the last week and I saw a photo that you guys took together. Could you tell us anything about that conversation. What was it like what was what did you guys talk about? It was super like clear and concise conversation. I'd never gotten an opportunity to actually sit and have a conversation with him because there's always some people put like his security guards. He's got an interview or he's gotTa go have a drink window or something. I always going on so This time I walked the Pi. Shut down because I feel unlocked. Victory after the Pi shutdown either in the morning or at night And conor with their closing it down he was there doing training and right at the end of this training he was sitting there and and we just got talking to pick his brain a little what. He's well he's doing different. Why he wants to find his I kind of explained to them how I style I say. Look look this is. I'm being you tonight In this breakdown and miss it how I see in the past few dismantled a lot of people and some of your habit and says team accurate and he agreed with with the stuff that firm but he also said you know. I got some other tricks up my sleeve and he showed me then as well and you know I didn't break those down on the show because you know I I wouldn't have known those I'm GonNa say that conversation with them the Pi. So but I like where he was. I like what he was thinking. I like what he was telling. And I think it's GonNa be fun for the fans to see kind of a different set of movements for him. I mean for me as an observer is an analyst. I two different set of movements. I'll be curious to it'd be how it shows up on fight night for everybody else to see if they're able to make the reads and if he's able to make those investments that he showed me if you're one of the most brilliant it minds in the game that's why I wanted to have you on for this particular show leading up to the fight and you had the opportunity to talk to him a little bit but you also did that unlocking victory show which I'm really looking forward to as well but if I could ask you how do you break down. Surani versus McGregor. What are the keys to victory for Surani McGregor? Could you do that for us. Can you give us a little taste. Yeah that show Oh itself will break all that down Where you can experience the movement? But if I'm talking about it in words Sironi gets to stay tall and and he needs to make sure that he's throwing combinations ending combinations with a kick to fight that I like to look back at her only a few shows up like this. I think he'll do really well against rick story a long time ago. It was a while back that he fought Rick Story and restore eh big seventy founder and throwing was coming over and he did really really well and fight now. Rick Stories and up is not under McGregor stand. We all know that however at the south fault it's very powerful and it's more than a bit sick Stony Tony. You want to go back and watch that I think would really work against the guy like Connor and you're going to need to because it's long nation slowing finishing with kicks either high or low. He's GonNA WANNA attack the body of early and he's GonNa WanNA attack attack the lexicon early but more than anything. I think the key has thrown is he has to come out already having a first round of fighting in the back so that when he shows up that octagon he's in his second round already because because honor McGregor on fire in the first round leaves. Nothing nothing almost in the tank in that first round and Sironi if you look a bit silly does like that in the first he takes a lot of damage and take getting punched a little bit before he goes up second third fourth fifth round and he really easily win last for around but that first round rarely if I've seen thrown come out awake and never have I seen them come out as a week I've connor does in the first round. So I think that the big adjust in this fight is GONNA BE SARONIC can come out in that first round as a wake and his warm and as punch ready at the second round when he's fights anybody else and if he can make that adjustment while the very good first round and if this out of the second round into three four and five hundred feet getting closer and closer edging towards ceremony with a with a good answer gives miss. Win I even told that to to connor honor as well and one of the things. That is why. I don't really like people thinking that I can't go five. I've done with nate I've shown that I can do this. And I said to them all all we have is history and what you've shown us through. Have it and I asked her. I said habitually. What if what if we see and well in the late around? That's the only time we've ever seen fade. So that's all we have to work with and That's how I'm seeing. This fight laid around to throw money at first round. CARONI doesn't come out as awake as he does in his fights and the second round and I think it's GonNa be a hard a hard ground windfarms fascinating stuff can ask you when you say like to to the Layman Fan. When they hear you you say he he has to start the fight? Almost like it's a second round. What would you do in the back? Would you do a full five round fight. You go as hard as possible to to sweat into like just try had to mimic what a first round might look like so that you are not as cold in that first round. Is that what you would suggest. Well I have no suggestions because thrown. He's got a a million fights. I mean what are you gonNA suggest to guy like that realistically. I have no suggestions. All I have is what I do myself and I do a long warmups and and you know ever since I was young. My wrestling coach always told me that always stuck with me. I would go to step on the Mat and if I didn't have a full blooded sweat going before I stepped on that wrestling Matt I wasn't I wasn't even allowed to go onto the mat. He's like no. You're not warm. You're not going so he's gotta be warned. He's gotta be woke up. I don't know what that takes take take from his camp but if you just watch any of his fight after the first round when he comes out in the second round he looks different he look awake. It looks like a different fighter. Punches faster is reacting to different defenses. Improved everything is better in the second round with Ronin so my only only thing is if your him your his camp how do you create that second round fighter in round one that that's all I can ask the question of being I think for everybody. Do you think conor made a mistake by taking his fight. A one seventy no. I talked to Connor. And he's very confident. And you know something I heard you say it was the size of his hand next to my head. It's actually a valid point when you look at the size of his hands when you look at his feet and the size of joint. He's got the frame that can support report the way it's not like he's fat out of shape but once seventy he's just eating and not cutting way and for a guy like connor after talking to him. He prefers that feeling sick. The guy like me who grew up wrestling since I was you know eleven years old. I've been cutting weight my whole life so do not come a little bit away almost feel eerie to me. It almost doesn't feel normal for him. No that's not the case for him. It's harder to cut the way. It feels Erie to be drained and stuck down so I think mentally this is a good move for him and he's he's facing a ceremony where like I said in the first round when connor shows that the best thrown he doesn't generally he. I think If we're looking at habits and what I've seen in and film. Connor has the speed advantage. Sironi probably has you know the range advantage that how far out we can keep the fight. He has the advantage. I believe with his legs but realistically I think conor has the boxing advantage in the speed advantage in the powers. Pretty even on both sides I think ceremony has more powered his legs. Connor has more power in his hands. And this is a very very good matchup to make one hundred seventy pounds and in both these guys are just savages in the sports so nobody loses his fight fan. You've been around this game for a very long time this fight game and and I'm wondering I know you said that you haven't had a chance in the past talk to counter but when you did talk to him last weekend did you get the sense. People are saying that he is just happy. Calm relaxed it seems like he's in a really great place mentally. Did you walk away from that conversation. Saying this guy is like putting on a front or this guy's truly in a really good place and is peaking at the right time. I'm going into this big fight. My experience of Conor McGregor in that moment if somebody at peace who's really looked at all angles and is really learning to deal with the spotlight in a more mature. Way I think everything that happened to him has been a learning experience from them when I sat down and talked to him and he's really understanding standing. What created the mistakes and where he was at when he was creating beautiful thing and The fact that he can recognize intake responsible for where he was at when things weren't working and the fact that he can recognize and be responsible for where he's at when things do work. I think that's a good sign for everybody. What he's WHO's watching this fighting everybody who is a bigger fight and that his mind is at least coming at it? He's in his life outside of the gym from what I saw and that was you you know that was. I think the question is we always know. He's shows up to fight. But how is he able to contain his mind. His heart his his life is spirit when he's outside of the octagon that's most of US fighters riders. How did how can we contain life without fight And it to me. He looked like he was in a much more peaceful place dealing with what he needed to outside of lights. Make fighting eight more appealing and more effortless for him. How much stock should we put into effect on a two fight losing streak and not just a two fight? Losing streak been stopped twice in in his last two fights like I said earlier it usually connor fight someone there on a long winning streak. Confidence is high. Here's a guy who's coming off. Two straight losses in the span of six months is. Is that a tough spot for Sony debuted. Because don't you wanna be feeling good about yourself going to fight of this magnitude. Yeah I mean honestly with as many fights thrown tat how many times he lost and then come back and gone three four five winning streak. You can't even really like attach that to a guy like ceremony my opinion because what he's got is so bad already. It's fought so many times you've got so much experience I think really what you got to look at. If I'm looking at cerrone e over the years and how he shows up and fights I think it comes down to his activity activity level. How active has he been? And how much rent has he given his body leading up to this fight because his last fight that I saw him lose. I don't believe that was the Sironi. That is the Rony I believe. That's the ceremony that got himself to four or five thousand a year and keeps grinding grinding grinding grinding and just take whatever gets thrown at him because he enjoys it but I think that a more clean cut strong savvy. Cowboy comes out if he'd lessons from four or five year. Two maybe three at least three. I mean that's a lot still so two to three. You know if you're fighting five around if a lot how to fight and he's got to get ready for a hard long fight in camp if you've got a five round title fight so it just depends on how well he took care of his body lead into this I think. How much did he give himself? So did he rest at all. Nobody ever knows that was her oni. 'cause it doesn't look like you ever really read if he's not training he's building something if he's not building something he's like walking taking a pit bull down the street or something you never know what what he's doing and if he's actually arresting so it really just comes down to rest I believe so for Surani final thing. Are you you calling this fight on Saturday. No I got that question a lot You know I kind of pulled away from some of the calls recently because I'm getting my body in in really strong shape and you know all that travel makes it all Davis he's office Sounds Great. It's probably call Mr Wonderful. No but I've been building my body stronger to get back in there and compete myself so difficult to is going back and forth area like all right how much TV. How much work can I do? Like a General Israel working class citizen in this regular life of ESPN and color commentary and podcast and all that and how much. How much do I need to set that aside in move into focusing on getting my body strong training competing to today's Rehab when you're traveling going cross country every single weekend you and me both can attest that's very difficult to stay in routine treating your body nicely so I've been focused and staying in? I will be calling John Jones versus Dominic Grant. So if you WANNA hear detailed call make sure you tune into that one okay. So then can I get your pick real quick at the end here. If you're not calling it give us a prediction who wins. Wow Hey you go. That was a nice one Mary. I'll give you that You know if I had a breakdown that fight I like Rony but what you just said about him. Being active in the past six months two times. That's the only thing I don't like I think that that's a little busy for for him. And I think I think conners able to get it done within within three all right. What a pleasure? Thank you dominic. I really appreciate great to hear that you're doing better. Sorry about the stuff at the beginning. Appreciate your patience and we look forward forward to talking to you again. Thanks as always all right. There is the one and only dominick Cruz. Such great insight. It's such a pleasure to hear him each and every time breaking these these fights and checkout unlocking victory later this week you can see it on a multitude of platforms him Gilbert Melendez. He did a fantastic job of breaking things down from a technical standpoint. Now let's transition to our next guess Eddie Alvarez standing by. Let's not wait make him wait any longer there. He is the birthday boy himself. Eddie Alvarez Edward how're you don't hear here Eddie and did you hear me. I can hear you all right. Cool happy birthday my man. What did you do yesterday? Nothing we we. Don't we have a dry January me and my wife never drank on January or burke's or kind of Just out get a good dinner getting good meal and hang out with the kid. Wow okay well. Why don't you do that only February or something? What you have to do it on your birthday month now yes start year off right all right fair enough? Speaking of which. How are you feeling? We talked to the beginning of the show about the injury that forced out of the one championship tournament. How's the ankle? How's the leg? How's the health? I'm back through one hundred percent. We are wearing one championship about maybe about a month ago month or so ago. So I'm just waiting on the batch. Maters Gimme my next opponent. Giving my my date. So we're ready. Wordy barring one hundred percent and when you say okay. You're ready to go. Do you think I know. They just announced in April Dj is going to fight the lightweight. Champion adrenaline is possible on that card possible beforehand. What are you targeting? I just seen this morning about l.. Dj Fight and so on. I'm hoping April. I'm hoping in April as well so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we're we're going to be ready regardless I'm going to be ready to fight three fights this year The idea of getting healthy again with the able to be busy or twenty. I want going busy title. Fight on my mind on it. Percents there to take Jacob Final this year so when twenty we we should go undefeated. I WanNa get the world vital. Okay I like it Obviously one of the reasons I want to have you on this particular week as well as because you're one of only three fighters lighters to a fought both Donald cerrone Kinda McGregor. The other two Dennis seaver and nate says when you first heard about this matchup what did you think what were the thoughts that went through your mind when you thought about you. No these guys very well. My my first thought was This by Probably should happen a little while ago. These guys were going at each other a while back though But what a match up. I mean both fighters And both guys can win. Both both guys has what at eight to beat the other to show off that night. I'm excited about it as a fan thin had on it back maybe Fleiss and ask ask for your picking a second. But I'm just curious as someone who fought them both at one fifty five and as a veteran student of the game. What do you think of it? Being at one seventy does that change the will you think about the fight. There's what changed the way I think about the fight. The fact that this fight is happening at welterweight as opposed to lightweight. No it doesn't is it because both are lightweight. Great and they're just choosing not to cut the fifty pounds order so I don't look at it like this is a welterweight fight. This is a lightweight. Eight by and both guys agreed not to cut the fifteen pounds of water from Tuesday to Friday that we all normally hut so to me. Hey this is a real welterweight. Fine okay dare. I say taking a page at the one championship playbook right yeah. It's hydrated lightweight. Fight we get to see both fighters The best of both fighters the fans the fans wins the fighters win and promoters went. So we want anybody different Gal overweight and one of the Story lines that have been discussed going into this. Fight is the magnitude of a connor. Our fight and historically Surani himself has openly and I really respect him for doing. This has talked about you know sometimes mentally. He hasn't been one hundred percent there. He gets very nervous before his fights. He's even his coaches have told me that before the Leeann Edwards fight. He tried to get out of the fight. He was getting nervous before it. And sometimes he has. You could say crumbled under the pressure. He hasn't won the WC title even though he fought for it a couple times never won the title. You've been in there against Connor. You know what that moment is like. Do you think this will be too big for someone like that. Who has has those tendencies? Who has those traits will that be a factor? I don't I don't think I don't think it's going to be an issue of Surani. Buckle under pressure audience. I don't think southwest you're only has any issue with an audience and or just showing off anywhere in fighting. He's already proven that I I started looking at this fight about two weeks ago. Who I would think would win this fight? And why so life for cowboy for me and When I looked at Dominick Cruz was like I thought that what I had to say? They had some value. Why it all as from a fighter standpoint but dominance though the words right out of my house my bell now despite for Rony is won or lost in the locker room before he comes out He needs to be hot. It needs to they do a full barring A full sparring round before. He's come out as a second round because the second round and third round cowboys caroni that we all know who is keeping distance letting US pick those needs go and combinations is on. That's the unstoppable now with Ronnie that people log and and the one that went by. I'm that's the guy. EAT The show up immediately the night his point it's fascinating to hear both of you mirror the same thoughts as one another and so let me ask you the same. Follow up that I asked him. How would you do that in the back because the back is kind of like? How do you actually do a full round? Would you just say go. Full as far as hitting mitts. Would you like mimicking entire row. What would you do back there? I would I bring my bring my head gear Out these binding guards and everything I bring my best barn partner And then and then you would you around. I mean it's go time. There's no turning back then so you do your full round and you come out in state not have to Like now boy almost his first round of every fight is sparring and he don't start fighting and stop barring though the second and third. He can't afford to do that with someone who comes out so hot like on on I would guess there. I remember there was a belief it was where I grab one of the fittest brothers. Sergio and me and him fought each other almost belong long. What is I felt like? I needed that From me out of felt like I needed off and When you watch even honor? I shared a locker room with him in the back back before he he was sparring beating the shit out autumn for life. ardal out. I was I was almost like I kinda get why someone comes out hot when they spun the back like that they don't need to get into state because they're already in state when you did that with Sergio did it help. Did you feel like it helped you in the fight. which was that you remember and might have been might have been against ag it was a real fast starter? It was there. I think it was a get H.. H He may be in Detroit when I grabbed him. I said Hey man. Can we get some rounds at both of our coaches kind of decorated us. Physicians getting again. Then why light Longtime Philip. You need that especially against a starter and someone connor who he has the best. I eight minutes of any fighter out there So you're going to need to be on your kids like for Cowboy. I would say coming out hot number one I would say attack the lead leg very hard and fast the the body and stay in picking rain. Don't let him get in boxing. Ring for the first at least the first around St Discipline Flint stain kicking range. Let the door to his body and let the the lake go and whenever he can like he did on that Brazilian cowboy fight. Feel a take down here and there but we have some underrated like wrestling and you get through that. Don't get to show everyone all the time but these dangerous. They're amazing insight. Can I get your prediction. What's the official pick? So I have a horse race I I love the old school guys who started when I did my positive Alvin lawler Anita cowboys so my heart goes out to them. I respect both to these guys but in this particular point I'm picking Bonner and it's not because I think he's the better fighter. I actually think Aronie has more wedding and has more ways to win when I'm picking tonner because of where I think you're GonNa take place I think I think it's it's GonNa take place standing up that just won't this won't be resolved on the ground and even more importantly it's going to be taking place in boxing rate honors. It's GONNA force and pressure Surani. And he's GONNA draw bad punches out of he's GONNA be able to bid on so I think it it takes place standing up. Take replace in Boston rains. And kind of wins because of his feet advantage reach advantage and that south hold Iran caroni has been victims a lot of south Wales. RDA headed He's been a victim of a lot of south poles and I think founders owners of bad recipe for him and and if the fight days were at the. It's going to when I envision the fight. I think it's GonNa be standing up an inbox range. I see Connor winning but but that being said if all of us has fans watching get the third fourth and Fifth Brown. This is all going to get really fun. It would be able to seek cowboy Surani Echo. They'll I'm looking forward to a good fight just like all you guys are can wait. Great Stuff Eddie. Thank you so much I really appreciate the insight and happy birthday happy to hear. You're doing well looking forward to the return in in a big year for you in two thousand twenty. Thanks my man thank you all right. There he is the one and only the underground king himself at Alvarez. All right now. Let's go to a guy who's actually fighting on Saturday. UFC see to forty-six huge fight for him. Going back down to one fifty. Five is Anthony. Pettus he meets these streaking Diego for his last five in a row. Let's talk to showtime now via the magic of love skype. Anthony how are you. He can hear me but I can hear him. I hear I hear him. I see his lips like shelves reading my lips saying that he can hear me. All right. We're going to connect with Anthony Hero. I heard him anthony. I hear you you hear him. Yup All right cool man. Thank you for doing this and thanks for doing it via skype. I was expecting so. It's nice to see you by the way he was just telling a story. I don't know if you heard it do. Remember that with your brother going going at it with him. I'm in the locker room to prepare for one of his fights sparring you there for that. I'd rather know. He said that he asked your brother to help him prepare for one of his fights and they we did like a full on sparring session in the locker room before one of his fights and it got really tense and everyone had to break them up. Not Not an animosity thing but I was just surprised at Eddie. And you're way classes as you remember. That and I wasn't part of that. Okay that's crazy anyhow. Good to talk to you good to have you back on the show. Big fight for you this Saturday. First off why go back down to one fifty five to one seventy last year ultimately. Why did you make this call? It was always that opposite of fifty. Five I I did myself take a year off cut weight and and help man like right. Now I'm feeling great on weight. Cut My body's not hurting and rests on fourteen months on since I went down the halls and like on this Monday how are you how are you feeling. And how much do you weigh. How much more do you have a great man? I have about eight pounds waking up until gallons. He owns watering track. Okay and then obviously this opponent dig overhead and not a household name but a guy who's really good and like I said he's on the longest winning an extreme of anyone as far as UFC fighter concern as far as anyone on the card is concerned five fights in a row. He's one when you were told that this was the opponent did you. Did you know of him. Have you seen any of his fights. Yeah actually fought teammate. On Jared Gordon so I didn't know he was And he's scrapped. Roads could fight. Okay impressed. Press with him. I am five injury. I mean he has a two thousand four hundred one like me so I'm excited about in their skills on and when you look back at the last time we saw you that was a big spot against. At as a lot of hype surrounding that fight. How do you feel about the fight? Now what are we five or so months later in your feelings about it about how it all went down. How do you feel man crazy? Young training camp for that flight was perfect. I know claims he didn't get into California. I was like wait that Wednesday like the Tuesday before I was leaving perfect training camp on and then we go to the fight. A Walk Behind the scenes of Yuzawa comes off like. Hey we need this. This warrior drug test Monday the first drug test and was to believe you re hydrate so they had into a second drug test but I had to wait until the end so as by our house fight and I had I had to go again and his inclosing. I did a pistachio on those of the second battle. First bottle those I Bala kristaps person clap acquitted inside of a plastic lasted bag. And I see blood there wasn't as bag and I look at my hand and gashed my foam on you saw mcgirt set. What's on Yeah I call you? Can you not telling you thought it was going on. You'll see dot com zanies. Like argh need stitches can do two things we can s- tissue and then you're probably bleed in the fight or we can glue you shut. What would our whole fight? But then you won't believe in the final shot so I'm like damn. I had to make decision when our reform fight like. Do I WANNA get stitched up Lewd up data comes back my coaches like now. We're not fighting Eddie. Do do did women fight. I have perfect training camp. I felt amazing in my head. I'm like man like the cut my thumb like they're not gonNA stop. Looks like report the blood on my phone and then I know my process might my thought out without comes in as little team so Lucia a hit with a a lighten it a flashlight and maybe like hardy flew the burn like crazy though agoos shut their houses paid my hands up to the fight. So I paint Lucia on my talk with my fiance to who doesn't want me to play It's not up to be at that point like So I'm like. Let's take my Angeles c-i-s warm-ups I'd say my hand house. My hands by Hamlin spreading my fingers like this wedding rose in though seed right wants they make it sound leading my hands up to for the flight. I couldn't warm up thereby crunch. The the rule of Radovan congrats Wilkins Ozzy. I got. I'm so happy. Don't warm up and you'd be deceived in. The fight. Goes a perfect training camp. I felt so. Then you're in bed. Ed Rolling I was in my head on us the wrong energy knock them. I remember thinking like Oh. I'm going to believe easier to hit with that right hand right Hook I saw what is it is rolled back. I think that will mean me attack. That nitrile knocked out in the nineties along. I didn't I don't watch that fight. I'll though apple too aggressive so much adrenaline so it was crazy every chain. Count the one hour before the dashing. Miami's evidence and in our fight no compromise so it was trading like even coming from the one. I had so much confidence going on that year's Camp I felt I felt perfect. Don't I don't know like I was ready to fight and you know shit happens. Wow that is an insane story. You've talked about this before right and talk about it because I know I gave you a chance to fight And right now we're going through some Gort on your suing. You saw for this For sure I mean the test the rules are the person administering the drug. That's that Dutch. That bottle glass glass bottle that and put it in. Yeah so I had to touch about. I had a close. I gave up his desk before. This is my second of the night and I know holding the last cop or something like a jagged Ed Join Dash Mohammed and my head to get up and former claim. That's absurd and your right hand. You said right hand yeah right here you you see it like in the fight but I had a house painted up you see this or not Yup Yup House tape it up and you see it in the fight eight. He wraps it around here. I'm like a CB grab with like the the UFC tape around it. But I can't fight with that so they were like once you out there. We'd have to cut that piece off in Europe and fighting excludes cut would just lunar and I'm just just like man I'm the man I'm not bitch I can't say despite wire before the world's leading me to walk out Elena and that no the the cars were dealt not favor. Her was it hurting. Like was a throbbing now. It hurt when I got goose shut. It was a cut and I need digits so they use. It's like now Polish blue. And then they hit with this light and it hardens it up and that shit hurts so bad at Berlin crazy but then like after the shot obviously just doesn't cut my. Oh my gosh that is absurd when you said your weight you were waiting for them to make a right but now you're gonNA actually go with. What do you mean by that? What do you mean by making? I was waiting waiting for respond a lawyer in a way that we eat I immediately went and and talk to you. I think they were talking back and forth and I'm not sure exactly where that's at. I wants to fight came about. I just not worried about that and I'll have my my my legal team take care of that but Yeah so you know they responded or something and I think that's fair out right now. Where are we have to push for and safe to say like in the fight? You're thinking about it a lot like it messed you up now. I mean I wouldn't say that man like I say like I warm up for the fight so our shots instead of actually going in there using my game plan against it. Let's reverence for the rest of my career tells tells me not to fight. I'm not fighting. Wow so in the back duke. Your head coach longtime head coach. You know a guy who knows you almost as well if not better than anyone in this game told you to step away told you not to not to walk out. Duke was begging me not while I'm in the back arena. I hear the crowd. I hear the fans tough guy is. I didn't want to lose that opportunity denounce dolls. What was going on the history? And how big an alias man. So it wasn't perfect those great opportunity Again my head. I just thought no I don't think build style of fight. Were kind of hand so was dudas. Wow and as far as the actual lawsuit is concerned. Where are you in that process? I honestly like I stopped calling my lawyers about two weeks ago to make to the he can see update update. So I mean I I find. I know it's it's moving forward and in the fight itself used severely injured your foot correct. Did you actually actually break it. Yeah wrote the top of my foot. I Will Point Kiki Chat. I thought it was hike ignored when I got done. The five check locate him a big left hook and then a right locate but again. I didn't set it up bombs like I was planning an amateur out there brown and it just pisses me off the sea. So Oh I'm excited to go this week in the race. That did you have surgery on the foot now. I need surgery Liz Frank or something like the top. The foot is located with thank God. It wasn't July early in the second round. Okay around around great in the beginning of the second round less with right low kick and he checked. Are you even able to go back and watch that fight or Zimbabwe too much because you have been. Yeah I watched it. I looked like an amateur you. You know what I'm saying. That's not my. That's not how I fight. I would never have fought Navias La. I knew that's the wrong way to fight. A Guy with a chin. Like estee is what I mean. How's going on you? You've obviously had a lot of highs and you had the lows and we've talked about the roller coaster career but do you think this one because of something as crazy as like closing a bottle cap. Do you think this one will stick like with you for a long time. I don't want this to happen in either fire. Something needs a change in the rules back there like you should be doing this after we perform because I doubt avenue did my fight light and then do my dirt as an hour. Never had to do it on my or my fight. So Crazy yeah that's a good point like what's the difference if it happens ten seconds after after the right after the fight walked me out then this or stay with me until I've done now before he's in the League for you in Rome and you've got to warm up so you feel pressure can kinda hurry up and get the Pistons down so I did it and it was a lot of. It was too watery because I was too hydrated and then I had to wait till at a p again and I couldn't get until hour before and fight so oh wow well. I'm sorry you went through that. So now you get a chance to come back get back on track. Would it be fair to say you're done on one seventy or do you think you're going to no no definitely not. I feel like a no for me. I can bounce between the two guys at one. Seventy fighters dies at five. They WANNA fight and this year on this. A motive really fell in love with the process of training. Again this camp. I did my own my own Trish I did. I did Tristesse. I made all my own the bills. I've never done that before. I got myself down on where I'm at right now. I love process and I'm excited about by the way. How do you feel and congratulations to your brother? But how do you feel about him now leaving the UFC going Delatour Omega was a business decision. you know we are professional fires. We are price-fighters doesn't matter honestly what what what he's under. I mean my brothers my like you know everybody knows and I took him under my my pops died now. Sixteen years old. He was ten and know that for for me to the scene where he's at right now makes Brown man. He's making good money doing a squirt that we do as a family. And he's about to go into pedestal. Bella Tiller so I'll be there. Yeah the following week from your so big couple of weeks for your family and you don't have to fight on the same card anymore which is probably a good thing for you guys by the way just wanted to ask you this because because you were there and I haven't talked to you about it. I believe you were there when fellow manage early abilities appear to have struck your manager Abraham Cowley. What's your side of the story? What did you see their PF L. early one against that as that's just something like these guys are too old and where I mean not talk? Simple they're in a position where they're supposed to be professional. We're the fighters there the managers. So I mean I mean. Abe Abe handled itself correctly alley at. I don't know what happened personal so things are or is this thing but that's just not I don't I don't agree with that. I agree with that network. Okay Fair enough and being on the same card as connor because I know there was talks of you fighting and connor over the summer. What's that like for you? Maybe even if he didn't break his hand he would have fought you in July right. Madison Square Garden. Is it. Weird for you. Is it mixed emotions. Since being on the same part but not fighting him now man honestly I love I love Irish fans burly they come into any debt so they like me so I'm performing in front of these Irish fans in the crowd he brings and he couldn't have picked a better guy cowboys on a guy that's neuro forever. He deserves his shot. Shot and respect. And I'm GonNa tell you for both guys I think can be yours is well. I'm looking forward to that one. That's a big big fight for j goes well thank you so much for the time I am am really sorry you went through that I had no idea and I hope it all works out in your favor and I hope Saturday night does as well for your sake. Good luck out there. They all right there is is Anthony Pettis sharing an absolute crazy story about If in case you missed it an hour before. His fight against Nate D.. As in the locker room cuts his hand. And you see. I tried to ask them questions about. Did it affect you there. This is not a guy who's offering excuses. He could have probably told us the story back in September October. The fight happened in August here. We are January to cut your hand like that mess. You up your right hand. That's crazy stuff. What kind of cup is us? You know like those key cups you get in the doctor's office right you close it up. I mean how could there be a thing to cut open a hand. That is wild. That is absolutely crazy. So we'll see how that had no idea about that but I'm looking forward to his return. That's on the main card. We ran through the main card very quickly. There Holly L. E. Home Raquel Pennington on on the card as well Carlos Diego for head as I said on the five winning streak on the main card against Anthony Pettus Alexi Olympic against Maurice Green on the main card as well so big fight macy Barbara Against Roxanne modify looking forward to Seduce Joseph A lot of names but also some younger talent that are getting an opportunity to shine on this card like Barbara like yourself so a big spot. Obviously when you fight on a conor McGregor card all right thank you very much to Anthony Pettus for that later in the program. Of course we're GONNA talk to John Cavanaugh on Owen. Roddy and Roxanne Modify Jerry about Saturday night as well but now let us go to interview with Conor McGregor. This happened on Friday in Las Vegas and I know a lot of you are looking forward to it. I had an opportunity to talk to him in August after the The video of the incident in the In the bar and the pub in Dublin was released by. TMZ Him punching the man. We spoke poked him after that. That was a heavily scrutinized interview as far as the meaner and the actions and his future were concerned so I was really looking forward to seeing how he was five months later and of course like I said at the top a lot of people were talking about you know the best camp the best mindset the best health the best training all that that stuff is that really true or is that just the classic Cliche prefight talk so I had an opportunity to sit down in front of him. Talk them for about forty seven or so minutes and we touched on a lot of things and I think a lot of you will find it very interesting and so here without further ado is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor who returns to action this Saturday at UFC. Two Forty six in Las Vegas against Donald Surani. We did this on Friday. The UFC performance institute take a look Connor. It's great to see you again. Good to see how are you good. Yeah it's been a while since I've seen you in person so it's nice to be back here. It's a little bit style. Jake seen the team and whatnot and it's interesting because I've been talking to a lot of members of your team and I keep hearing the same thing we haven't seen him this happy and so long. It's a different connor. He's engaged. She's so motivated. Do agree with all these statements and if so why is that. I'm feeling really good of enjoy my trainer. I took him. I just took my. I listened to myself what I needed to to deal in in in in my in my train and set up and outside of the gym and I- execute them I followed followed. What I what I said to myself that I needed needed to deal? When it's it's it's giving me energy it's given me focus on? I'm happy now young. I'm enjoying my China. So why are you happy now. I mean I'm just focused. I'm just committed. You know when you say to yourself right you know what you've gotta deal we all know what we've gotta deal we say gotTa do. I should do it this way. Honestly do this and if you don't do that and then you carry beyond you. Feel doubt is removed by action. So if you're not working and that's where the Dow I knew things I sh- I should have been doing things I shouldn't shouldn't have been done and still did them and didn't do get me now. I'm 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 on. Its feels good. So that's what got you back on track like. Is there the moment in your life back on track to call when you when you started to tell yourself. I need to go back to how I once was. I thought about a specific moment. It's life life is a crazy roller coaster especially this life and also we've talked we've bounds. I find my best when I set out when I say okay and when I when I must do something I must do it and I do it I execute it and that's what I'm doing right. Now that's what I have done. The China has been phenomenal. My coaches my team. Everyone's been in in sync together and we've had a great camp or very very happy here and you've got to be back in Australia. Haven't been very well very excited Eh. Happy somewhat of a Cliche in the fight game best camp of my life. I've never felt better all this stuff and I think in your particular case because there's so much scrutiny on everything that you do mhm people roll their eyes when they say best. Can't we've heard this before. And why should they believe you. Do you want them to believe here. You know I can't I can't focus too much on the external. Okay it's great. It's all positive overweight. Now everything's going great and everyone's saying it's not but I just most focused on my internal. My internal is amazing. My taught strong. My belief is is hi like my confidence is high. And that's it I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to who I was even better than I was. You know. Everyone says we miss the old the old Colorado Two Thousand Sixteen Kinda do whatever it was but I feel better than that now. Fill 'em mature. I've come full circle of have have experienced everything in this business right. I mean just an explains individual. I know what I need to do what I'm doing and I have a solid team of masters stirs tacticians behind me. That are that I discussed my feelings and my talks with them. We brainstorm and communication as an auditing. Hey I wasn't communicating with my team on my people and I was almost assuming that it should be understood now. I just think like every this conversation's nations constant conversations about techniques skills practices and we're all just rising at feeling the energy and it's a beautiful time. was there ever a point where you thought you wouldn't be back to this spot. Maybe not even fight again was ever doubt in your mind. No no I was there. My training was flawless. I like I said when we had that discussion of World Back Right I. I was in phenomenal condition. I had a few little slabs and caused me. I ended up on sale at you know what I mean. It just slipped off slipped slipped away from me but I was in a phenomenal place then also so am I knew I knew I back. I knew I knew it. Sometimes you need sometimes things need to happen to to get things right right. So that's what happened to me and here. I am always spoken in August. It was a bit of a a different connor. You're very contrite. You're apologetic you. You've never been known to be an apologetic guys as a party. Hit in apologize. Absolutely no absolutely everybody and it was different than what to make of it right and they weren't sure if you're being sincere. You're not why we never seen connor. Look as real as against like the slogan of the you get what you see with me. I mean the wrong the wrong and I'm really that's too I am so that wasn't that long ago. That was just five months. Your demeanor is different. You seem different using happier. Of course you're about to fight. What's the difference? Thirteen this guy and that guy in August where were you nervous about your career you know let let people down. And that's it. I'm in a position where I I must take take control of things and and not shy away from things. And that's that's I've never done that my career and I never will do it. I'm back here now. How many how? Many months five months ago. That was solid five months work so very very happy with one thing that I remember you saying in that interview interview was you felt like it was a knife in the heart when you when you started to hear the Irish fans in particular whose faith in you lose lose that trust because they they propped you up right you meant so much much to them. The support of the people means a lot of me. You know I do this to entertain the people you know this. This is for my for my fans and my people who believe in me not not not so much. It's just my my lack of commitment. I think the people who believe in me and support me deserve better and I wished to give them that night and I will I am. I don't like you said people can see that and I'm putting in the work and I'm I'm Putin the focus woken. That's why we're all we're all in good spirits. Did you feel like they are back on your bandwagon or do you think you have something I generally pay you know. That's if even thought of that then. They're not really with manny rates of look. I've got my team people. I know who's with me and I knows not and that's you know I'll say a prayer for those who who of course me try and bring come to me and and move on and stay focused on the positive aspects of my life and there are many many great things in my life and that's it and you know. Ignorance is bliss they say rights. That's that's that's helped me a lot and I'm like I've got blinkers on right. I'm just focused. Nothing can infiltrate my internal herald thoughts. You know no external. It's like a lot of the narratives aerial that people say and it's a crazy game used. I used to irritate me. The way the way certain ways narratives spread and twisted and these things and I just I had to disengage from an eight. When I came into the game it would happen? And kinda laugh it off and play and play up to it and do my thing and then I just kept on and on and on and that just get a little a little a little more than our area reactive I reacted to disrespect no more. I'm just focused on myself. My inner thoughts my my teams thoughts awesome. And that's where we're at the legendary boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler He wants said many moons ago that it's it's hard to wake wake up at five. Am to go run outside when you're waking up insult pajamas. You've experienced that now right. I'm kind of in a tracks. McGregor line I am a real thing. It's hard to it's not I don't he gets from me. It's not about when I'm in a position where it it's not. It's forever honing long Tom. This is not for money from me. And so knowing that the money will stop my hunger furnace on my hunger to to compete and entertain and just live my life the way I wanna live in the way. I enjoyed the Lynn. And it's certainly. It's too much money and without an awareness of in the the past can be dangerous. You know we can. There's no limits there's no boundaries. You can do anything he can go anywhere you can put him. I know what I WanNa do and what I enjoy the on. This is what I enjoy. We downtown GonNa keep the on that now. I'm doing it full steam ahead and I'm in the best shape of my life mental and physical. But it's like you're throwing a basketball into a hoop right. You're getting punched in the face as you get punched in the face leading up to the fight in the gym and the face already on. I mean let's me on that but I'm just saying where do you find that motivation. You have forever money. Why do you keep doing this? Because it's far too low of aerial. I absolutely love the game. He spoke. They love this business. It's a world game. I'm involved in so many businesses right driving businesses with. There's no business like the business right. was there any possibility in the making of this fake. Remember time you wanted to fight in December and it didn't work out and it was the Edgar Tong's but then of course we settled on this when the momentum donald in a second but was there ever any issues because of what happened last year with all the stuff making this fight of getting a gun of being able to come to America to make this happen. The roadblocks what companies the ultimate fighting championship bright such and such an amazing company. That's held me and the people in the background and we've we've always on great business on. Its people know my character. You know people that know my character so everything went smooth. The people helped me in the background. They understand that and they helped me. And I'm very thankful for that. So and there was no problem making everything went smooth. I know you were in court in November. You paid the fine guilty for the incident with the bar. We spoke about what happened in Miami. Is there anything else. That's pending in your life now or we have a clean slate in twenty twenty clean slate sweat. I remember you telling me not that long ago you felt like your your your character was being assassinated constantly in the press. You feel like that is still the case you we have what I just said blink or is all that good look at i. I will say a prayer for that. You know what I mean I just it is what it is. It's part of the library. It's just like I said it just got on top of me and then as I reacted but no more now I am. I had I had to go to that point. I I wanted to react and then say I'm done with this. Look we're led me my. I'm looking at where it led me reacting to disrespect and these teams and I just I've learned valuable lessons in this that I'm very very thankful for. I will use them going forward. You Talk to anyone that helped you. You'll see this light to help you. I understand that you have to stop reacting to anyone in particular. I've got some great people in my life. I've got great great people in my life. My coaches my management and everyone like my family. Of course I've had some good conversations with people and the most important you've got to have those internal tape conversations because if you can tell yourself then no-one can tell you so. I'm grateful for paths that that I've been on truly it's phenomenal pat and I'm very very thankful I'm very very excited to be back. How would you describe twenty nine thousand nine for you learning year? A Year of figuring out myself my situation twenty twenty the year of perfect perfect vision right actually got better vision than twenty twenty. I was in the exam. That two thousand fifteen twenty the last the twenty ten but then the lady was like twenty today at this time and two thousand ten is like so I think good eyesight and now you have two children who children boy Connor Junior your daughter which is always a great influence on on on a young man right. How has that changed yet? My daughter Create Marie. Laura McGregor on my heart is with my kids. They are here with me now in Las Vegas. We Have Vegas residence scraper. Bike in the Vegas home with the family is here. Yeah my sister's here helping now absolutely amazing. I'm very very blessed. What a what? A time for the happened for me. You know what I mean. It was right right on the money from me. You know what I mean. I needed my kids to help me. They have helped me and I'm very very happy and very very proud. I remember there was a time when you were talking I remember leading up to the Aldo. Fight Oh he has a family. He's not one hundred percent focused walking around with the way and so did it turn out better than it was a positive. Of course now. I'm very very grateful very very blessed that I can bring my family with Marie. Jose was on his own over here when when we were dealing the tour and all of the all over the United States. It's very oliver who are actually on then Ireland Brazilian everywhere but he ended his family with me. I'm very grateful that I can bring the family with me and the kids and wow how life life is life is crazy right. If his life is beautiful would you want to bring your kids to the fight in. I Don uh now. My daughter's a little your Latino. My my family's coming out like they always come out and I think maybe more mates might stay in the Hilson. We'll see we'll see how it is. It's I'm at work. You know what I mean this work at the the end of the day. And it's a word game so I might bring junior. He's been at some intense sessions. He loves to fly. He lose finding themselves figuring out. I I don't think I won't. I won't bring my daughter my daughter when my when my mother and figure out maybe junior who you are and what you do or not quite yet saying he understands sounds fighting unit here. We are champ junior you. I look forward to the day when I show him tapes and show him footage and doesn't quite honestly all those are very intelligent young boyfriend. I two and a half two and a half years of age. He is very very proud of my family in a in a weird way it is almost possible to say that they help save your. I'm wondering right at the time that I needed. It needed it the most so I'm very very happy very very blessed. Obviously you know we've covered back in August. We covered a lot of this stuff. Happened over the past year for you but serious things have been written about you and I've been alleged towards you. Is there anything that you want to say about these allegations that have been written about you. That have been said about you. Look just no. I can't say anything about this just has to take place right. Does it bother you that these things are out there that people call you you. Yes but so why not on time. Patience patience is a skill we must master. Patience is one of the most valuable skills a human being must monster and I'm working hard to master it and I feel I'm getting there so time. Time will time time show all. That's it right now. I'm focused on on. The ballot focused positively thoughts. And I'll say a prayer for those who try of course me I try and bring home to me with with with these these type of teams and that's it and as a family man as a father. I mean even things like you know the story that came out. Someone says the father of the child comes up. You're not that bothered that that sticks to you the two and a half years that that situation was going on for so that was that was a tough one for a while but it is what it is they rico last question on this. Can you say as your manager said and your your your legal team said you deny any of these allegations that that I've been yes of course one hundred percent Adia come on you seriously time time please just fine. That's all time will reveal all time and then I just let's see. How did we end up with Donald? Toronto's your opponent you seem to have many options options. Why him well? I said DONALDA history along history. Well not a long history. But we've had the issues. It's an exciting bill. It's a fan friendly belt. Fight that excites me. And it's the fact that I said I partake and I appreciate it. I appreciate Donald. I have to say you know. He's fought a lot of times and since last time I saw him I saw him at that Aldo press conference many many years ago. He's gone on fought so many times he's also a family man who with his grandmother and these things I appreciate that and I respect that melts. Respect demanded edit the method he went about with the proper whiskey. And you know so much so much walk goes into these things and have a bit of respect appreciate that and I look. forty-seven good belt and I know you're not interested in that. That wasn't there on the runway for for me in this part of this time of my life. That is the right way to go about it. You know and especially now. I'm happy to come back and have my combat and the beginning of of my season against Donald and I look forward to. It's going to be good night. I'M GONNA shine here on January. The eighteenth I'm going to create magic inside the many times before but this is going to be something special so the opponent and the weight was your decision ultimately. You could have made this. This is one fifty five. I'm underweight right now so how much you weigh on this Friday. Before I'm underweight I'd say sixty one sixteen bit so why not make him. I know I could have. I just don't think he looks wail at fifty four right. He does not look well. It won't be seventy five so don't you want it to suffer on the way to want them. I don't know I could be. It would be anyway when he played you know what I mean. I beat him if I had the flu. I don't hear you know what I mean. I don't WANNA focus on my train and I keep shopping man. Bill includes you know. I'm happy when I and also one seventy is an excitement from seventy. I like what's going on in the division at the minute. You got away with that belt. You've got guys fighting for the belt and and I am. I like all what's going on on the I. Feel good on seventy energetic. It's what I way way. And and that's it so it opens up so how many more options right now. I'm not five now. I could make off of this this problem but I am. I just want go information as it is. Let the let the FI play as it is and then look up all my options. Historically the knock on Donald has been. He can't win. The big one never won the belt and WC everyone you've seen it when it seems like he has a big fight. When the spotlight is on him he falters? There's no bigger spotlight than a fight against you. So are you counting on. Cut You counting on him to not show up so to speak and all that all that mean means nothing. It's it's me. I'm going in their fresh shop. Fast night night dangerous powerful and full of energy and it can be if you WANNA put it on the first flight of the of the of the card in the forest pre lymphoid or something. I think that's that's GonNa make Donald Comfortable. Do and see what happens. It's still GonNa be you know what's going to happen. So let's see I know you're very in tune with what the fans saying. When this was first announced there was like he's ducking gay cheat the fight to make Donald? How can you? Donald is the fight to make. What's your response to the people who say that you were engaged and you pick these fights well first of all I put it into the? US's he's hands right it was like they wanted to make about. I wanted to make the battle juices too heavy to he was going on at certain things or said a lot of people saying things are phone these these he's narratives these these vicious narratives that are going around about me and I'm just I'm just putting on on the backbone of for a minute and we'll get to him. He's not a party is not the way our is. That's a handyman. That is a true handy fight from me so whatever he has made it very personal view right. Now you're not going to be able to make a personal with me sanding now. I've gone to the brink of personal attacks on bulletproof I am. You'RE NOT GONNA you're not going to do. That's that's not that's nothing but I'll fight. Fight him at some stage. I think fighting some stairs yet this year possibly this year. I'm going to be active. I'm going to be. This is a spark in me. I'm going to enhance their replacing here and Michelle fans and and get a beautiful win and we don't do the visions look at me. You know what I mean. A tree tree weight divisions in the on this so very very excited. I'm very happy as long media. pollens continue to take home and I'll continue to knock them down so you're viewing this season as you said hoping for three fights right plus no more possibly more. Yes you laid out perfectly for us. That's what we're all spectrum is hard hard to do right now is actively does activity. I don't even know in the next well if I could win here and put it on the way in which very well could happen. I probably in the next event. That's the type of like for me right after the fight is going to be the next. I'm not I'M NOT GONNA I'm not gonNA like Singing with this this this boys you know because you can get caught open it right you get to win. Great Dan and all this all this still. I'm I'M GONNA go out and look at an after party said I'm going to go out and have a few sips of my problem with. I've abstained from that promise to myself. I made a promise to my team. I made a promise to my fans that I would stay born represent fully focus stand from that and I miss it. I do love my liquid. I'll have a few little tips on my after party. I'll take the fallen day to rest. And and then the day after that I will engage in a red zone gratifies training session. Like Oh. Don't post the as after the DS to fight. I went and had my after party and took a day rest after the fight I went in I don residents on the skier scared of stationary machine. We pull the strings down because the leg was jammed from kicking the as me and his legs and so I couldn't I was I was on Chris and I got that walk in and just set my mind. I just sent my mind. Put me back on that train. It's so easy for you to finish a fight. Have a little celebration and then it straight into the next day and then you read a bit about field and then the next thing then is kind of hard to pull it up again so I have my plan that I'm going to set out and that's what it is. I'M GONNA I have my little celebration. Rest the next day and then back into training and then and then what's next. Wow Okay so this is I mean we. We haven't seen you active like this in a very long time so if I asked you to even have the opponents in mind does not matter to so many Joosten the whole hazed Air Macau models. There you'll have a preference. I don't WanNa end with suburban Moscow. Because that's what I'd love that one. That's got the happen to happen happen. It must happen so I wasn't able to Moscow. Yeah it wasn't it like amazing Moscow's a great place. Rouge is a great place. I've got to say I'm very impressed with him. He didn't feel safe at any point. And all Russian people see the fans could people. I you sort of I could. I caught it as well. I love it I love I love the game and look for that track. Competition fully focused. You can see it. Come on you can see shape incident different. Everyone knows everyone knows them no matter what they can but he cannot hide from it so in the build up to that fight a lot with said. It's a very personal between you and a lot was said that it wasn't just sad. Those actions that led to what was it wasn't just didn't just get towards it was it was action that lead it. I was bored so like what I I just think that throughout the course of the bill with the situation you know. He's a move maybe slip under the radar. It was me kind of began all this and whatever whatever did get it get very very personal. But I'm I'm taking a back step from that and focus on the skills. It's a very skillful belt and he he poses Specific specific style set and I- poses specific starts at and it's an interesting clash with with to fully focused fires. And that's what will happen then the next belt and I look forward to and settling it but I'm just curious because it got some personal things about his family and he was talking about things that were being alleged about that you. Do you regret any of that. Do wish in hindsight it didn't get that personal about his family. The religion all the dad s some things. Maybe maybe too far would. Hey it's it is but it isn't. It's the fight business. At the end of the day went away it went. Let's see what will happen again when you hear him. Say He's gotTa Win Ten fights and and all this stuff. Well what is your reaction to that fear. Fear you know doesn't want it so this is what it is. You mentioned something very quickly that I just want to ask about because I think a lot of people would be surprised. You said no liquid in this camp under. When's the last time you had drink Coppola Kookaburras gotree rowlands almost here? Is that a first for you or at least I in a while. I was drinking week last when you might think it was on the phone. Brian Show labral amine part. The subplot drinking in the build-up yeah was that common for you. And you're not not not not to that extent. No not that ED extent. Vaneman me something. I had people holed up in a in a hotel from that part of the world and and I would I would ring and arrange a fight so they come from the hotel down the gym and have a full block full flight. No head guard close. Make a fight. I'd win whatever war and win today. Oh Man I go off and celebrate and then I'd come back three days. This is for you doing you know just donald not not doing what I should have been there celebrating partying just just not living a life that I should should be living. And that's it back there in a great spot. Now let's see and I've I've made mistakes and you know I've been mad enough to admit and correct and that's what I cannot. I mean I'm waiting. I might not be perfect area right but where would I would i. Would I good sleep. Fool belly Hamdam close time. You're going to sleep these days. Well right now we're on. We're getting onto the clock of five-time right tabby walking into the acting on champion Las Vegas this time but back home and Ireland. I was sleeping early. I was waking up early. We had a set time. I think it was it was eleven. AM and Seven PM Training Sessions Slots Colette. So that was it. I stayed structure that now that we're here or in the gym now every time on Friday night and at the time of the fight and counting on I feel. I've got eh costume for the time already to the time zone so perfect absolutely flawless camp. I've heard you call that previous news camp disaster right. I'm not trying to get you know it's not a disaster. You learned something from everything. I heard a lot about myself. And how come you're on. The walk was great. Like it's not like I was coming into Jimbo. Lazy and have is that goes what the deal is almost hugh to intensive who series in two working into hard in the gym. And they're not working hard enough outside because that's a that's a big part of it as well. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside 'cause then the next stay rolls around interviewer and focused when you left and then it's time to go back. You're not a shopping not especially not as eager to be there. And that's what kept happening to me and I just didn't want to beat get in and get their and then I'd have the the scrap and then off go again and it is what it is. Everything's a lesson and some parts of it were though I do scrap. Just stay at the gym. Nancy how are things with your head. Coach Kevin Amazing absolutely amazing very very very in contact contacting on. We will discuss a lot all we. We discussed training methods and practices everything. That's communication has been excellent discount. I made sure that it wasn't the last camp not nothing. Not even. which would everyone involved? You know I've been a lot more in communication with my team and relay ain't how I feel and what were some humor together. We are truly some unit. I brought back my box and coaches and the mail box and GM feels Lavar and and then at Chroma boxing club where the punch. That's been good for the soul and that you know I said in my head after to me after went back then I was like I don't box and and built a good show and I had feel in the corner and that and I was like Damn I should've I should've had the guys there for there may be a little bit. You know as Privata Team Amen but look that's the box have still there also. It's good to have the guys back and does a great energy in the Camden Walkman phenomenal. Everyone's in sync and Matt's it. I'm a true team of tacticians behind me. I'm excited to represent and I work in. This is something that I don't think I've caught on just yet. You and Phil Sutcliffe. I've seen you working with him kind of like the classical boxing guy. If you will the decision to bring him back I think is really interesting. I think symbolic of the fact that you are trying to go back to when it was similar to your roots so to speak. Is this the first time in your career that you've had them apart of of your camp in your corner parts of the corner. Yes and not part of the cabinet since my early career stealing stealing the box in the box and GM will in the fascinating mixed martial arts gym. We were kind of loggerheads a world back at the very beginning because it was not understood the mixed martial arts and that's kind of what led me the interest to kind of stay focused on the on the table box and such a beautiful beautiful discipline. These guys are the best you know what I mean. So I'm very very and this is what I learned how to fight at the box. Feel Kremlin how. How would you say about twelve twelve year so you you see the symbolism and that to have a proper balanced everywhere for six two four six is UFC two for six to twelve was a twelfth fight? Fight something else. That was another one. I think in date counted up to twelve. A one. numerology is is a is a is a marvel and there's some great symbolism in that right gathering back the the old coach so to speak and of course the push out. But you're having was gonNA be better together. Most everyone everyone. Everyone on my team has amazing skills and amazing knowledge of the fight game in specific areas Toronto. And like I said we're all in Singapore all Scotia and we're in a great spot. Did you sign a new deal. Signed a new deal. I mean it's just I usually just before you had about got a piece you negotiate. I believe that's that's all happen after this one. I don't know point of deviate fight deals anymore. If you're just going to renegotiate there's no you know I'm confident. That is going to be a good and Nice paycheck. Most ever probably in mixed martial arts career really gives the range. We knew how much you made for. Mayweather I'd say a about could be. I'm estimating who eighty million Come on yeah because I have I like. I said we've got the Australia Kinda in England and Ireland. She'll be a good one. What did you make for Habib Fifty fifty? Wow Eighty no one's ever made any mostly feathers combined having made that. Yeah so they take on still the bread this. This is the first time since the SEAVER fight that you're not a champion or there's no state there's belt on the line or anything like that. Even with nate not a still a champion and whatnot. Does it feel a little different. No they champ the champ forever and always etched in stone were you know that the title stuff now thought it was great. Yeah that was great straight away. It was like show me that bill. I I wanted this. I saw before. Dana said that with me and that I was messing with this only because we've seen the draw the outline of but I didn't see the color of and I was estimating was going to be to be with the gold all right and then when I saw the seal the black and I thought about it's really well skew. Go to the thing definitely so you almost feel like those two should finish up up their business and maybe the winner fights you because I do who has it on because it ended see in what way is now you know what I mean. It's what did what did he wants to do it again. I think we arrived in. Hurry I mean you could see how the open while he was dipping their enough at the end of that tour around. And that's Tony kicking in. It would've been great acidify. We didn't see it. Look whatever. See what happens. You really feel that the W Tony Fight won't happen. I just maybe you know possibly supposed to have a fourth man to know who put an outlay. I should took a baby donald about three or four times and also in the Andrea Andrea Laden. Something happened but his liver and saying that he's put the they're not for pulling out of belts leading tripped on a studio or violence. And I'm bleeding chair stacked on WSB Tony's the right so see what happens. Did you see reply to your comments. Not what was it again Essentially essentially you know if you WANNA if you WanNa have your courage and all this stuff can make hold on my leg. Come on this these are not the fight all show yourself you know what I mean. The people know what the scrap. What's not a scrap metal? Fine is not although the last musical for the moment but you know what. We're trying to find me so but isn't it a little disingenuous. Everyone like yeah obviously yeah so tainted Baloney right you laugh at it exac recently that you have someone come visit the Gaff as you would call it the apartment and as a as a as a bit of a motivational roms has been happened. What happened because when I was in Miami I went into into health and deals and speak to his people like platinum there's people of the Platinum Lyons had called a great man? We did the room using stop playing and I was just going to great Bosworth. I had a great conversation when it's on it's on. It went everywhere not NAM and I've just kept in contact with very very helpful. Top Montagny Tony Is. It's not just it's not just words. You know what I mean does action in there in the structure and Maurice and he came at Hilson went over some things and again I had my coach. Gosh coaches they are John my conditioning gorgeous and speaking to Tony and we close the is was awesome. Awesome good good good thing I wanted. I wanted my mother John and dot com fast coach. So they can understand where my team can was and you'll be a bit more than seeing can can very happy when I felt really uplifted. Coming out of them took some things very thankful for that. And I'm going to continue that. I think he's GonNa come to me on on the day before the flight maybe also yeah so so. It's almost like a motivational shape. An interview it's actually not even a motivational thing does not. It's well. It is that as well. But it's mature with the title would be of it. But it's only probably shaping up to be more culture and he doesn't live here right comes. He came the interest Florida. Isn't that showed me a lot as came to my house. And is there a lesson or two that he that he talked to you that I'm just yeah we went over some things and I'll just keep it at that. Okay do do do you ever go back and look at your early fight even pre UFC or early interview course is saying that. That's one thing that I have recently. Yeah definitely I went back and listened to my old self. You know what I mean the way. I was thinking when I was when I was you know everything was innocent. Everything was you know what I mean. What it is now are and that helped me a lot? I was able to go back and see what way might way of thinking. Was Dan to the way it is now. And we'll just add what is useful discard not Bruce Lee quote. That's what I don gives you. Motivation of course gives me motivation. Remember what that was like being on Welfare I was actually watching the documentary last night. The notorious documentary documentary your lifelong partner. A tiny tiny room in your parents upstairs. And you're both eating there. It's insane to see that and not to see. Oh you know what you become. You even remember what that's like. He of course I stay. I stay close to my roots. Always stay close to how I came up always in my way of thinking. Of course you've got to you. Yeah because there's a part of you they could forget or you have all this money. You don't know what to do. You're buying things whenever you want. Fancy clothes is all that stuff There's a part of you that could forget that that's understandable. But you know no. I made sure to stay close to my roots. Steakhouse to WHO I am and who who I was and that's it you still want. Never forget spending. You still do not less a lot less lies that I have a lot of things I don't I like I said I actually said this. Tony Robbins because I read something about Lebron James a while back about maybe a year ago steady spent one point five million annual on his helped right and self as his his. Everything is nutrition is China's everything and I spend not only in camp. I bring a team together. People and I'll say that's not the way to do this but I drop. I drop money on blading car ably our award like spend on myself. You know on my held on my fitness on. And that's helped me and then and then I then you acquire more here acquired even more than a shock and that's what I am now so unless I'm possessions and things but you've got to go to write your offer go through that when you get a windfall going to stack things get a little bit it doesn't excite me as much as we'll have you know what I mean. What excites me now is creating now I like I like to create things that I love the clothing and very much involved in the designs audience and building buildings we would reebok in with my company August McGregor and of course the whiskey and the these ventures and that's what angel deal until you're thirty one do you think they'll be fighting at forty? It's probably like a cap now. I'm going to have a solid couple years on out. I'll be rockin over. You can tell a good tool for. I'm GONNA hit the believer early but I'm I'm twenty five years of age the billy. I'll be a billionaire at home twenty five. That's that's so three and a half years. Yeah really. You're getting there. Yeah you look at those lists and compare yourself you know when they put the highest earning APPS KBOI listen to me. I'm calling for you on the list. Now well it alternates by year. I think I was not sure what I was not bad. I think it was. Jeez I forget the honest look there. I was up there I saw the decade on Floyd was top of the decades is very playful. And she's not so good at the management of it right man. How are you know? I'm still a good way away. Yeah I mean I get that I've got I've got the methods and it's something that excites me in and you're supposed to keep fighting in order to get that you can't just leave part of the success. I don't know in Florida. You know what I mean. That's fine definitely helps. Everything zipped up through the Membrane Megan Shouldirefi game. I'm not even scratched scratching the surface on what I really probably shouldn't be paid right. I mean like the back end when Israel Israel but it's it should be it should be guaranteed right but whatever whenever it is what it is so the fine defines definitely an animal to get there like like the restroom. Ford's done you WanNa have another boxing match. Do you feel like that's no certainly. Yeah I like to rematch floyd. I think we should rematch. Loyd I mean he's flirting with it and they'll all this sneaking own pick somebody else that's not going to be the same it's not. I don't phenomenal. I don't film Oakland up and the only reason lost about was 'cause I prepared. I prepared for back. Footed Philly shelled style of opponent. I'm I'm on. The flight was like that. I was picking him apart then. He came forward with at present. I wasn't seeing an intimate shots. Like I am now my my coaches my bill. That that drill silence specific boxing things into me again. And I know I be Floyd Floyd we matched and when we re much. He's not going to be one mission. Question is bound like he said it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be me box. And then we'll mix much allies belt. That was what was said and our his melt as well. It was not not very not written but it was a variable agreement rate. And obviously that's not going to happen and I'm not even I don't even push them either but I would like to box him. I think I think that would be. That would be a good good hair re much. Have you even broach the subject yet. Have you Stephanie. We've talked as always talk to him now. People all this coming back in the basketball game right there. The handshake deal capital capital. Good Yeah Yeah. You could always make this year. Is this something you want to do. Business with the showtime people and Floyd did you never know but it's also you're actively pursuing something you want. Activity is what I'm pursuing right so I'm just keep myself in shape. Fresh focused list and everything will happen true off of that even even even the maywood ability or ten weeks within weeks of that and and before that I wasn't I wasn't messing around again. John I mean I wasn't good solid now now fully focused so we'll see what happens. You do look at that as a man. I could have been the one at end up doing that. In Part I could've been the one to beat him. The one guy. I squandered that one it was great it was a great conversation. Good internal convert a good inner conversation. You have a fight with him so it's great to play Florida. Great great to be in there with him and he's a crafty veteran Sunday's truly craft you. Don't get fifty profile are now through the pro wins and an extensive amateur career. And you know what I mean so it was a great great experience and you know doing it again if if if it will happen. That's going to happen again. Ticks mystic may happen again but also I would be opened the box you know. I know the my money has been. We're actually closed as we're actually comes to sign the money. And what do you mean what's looking at me and he's been talking about the money for you've versus many that's been that's there was an offer was an offer made on that year and what happened just not yet not yet so but in the possibility very very much so great in the box party is are we not. That's that's real parlay a box and bill and I WANNA boxing. I will boxing. I'd love a book. I will get a boxing world title. Boxing is probably GONNA have multiple times to get that the back box multiple times. I love box. He truly walks in so damn good. When you say sci-fi Excuse me Simon what do you mean outages? And they know she as it's going on right yeah okay. Let's have taken up a lot of your time. You know I remember when you beat aalto. You told me that I went from nothing to something to everything right. Yeah what a line that were good quotes put it on clothes rose and seldom out quick. That's right but you know job until we have the elephant you've done it all saw and said he said you've done it also so you know how it on your don't sound much more. Yeah what are we going to say so you have everything and then there was a chance maybe people thought you might lose everything right and that here you are in sitting in front of you and I know people aren't going to believe this your different guy. You're different than the one that I spoke to an even different than the one part of the Habib fight. You were a little bit all over. uh-huh enjoy remember the interview that you did with the Mac Stanford over there you were looking all over the place. You're so zan right now. I don't even know what to make of this. How what do we? What do we make of this? Is this the new new chapter. Is this a new. Connors is back to the old new. I just feel reinvigorated say it. That's let's see. Yeah you lose. All the other stuff is amazing for excitement. The excitement is building. The fans are very excited. That people every seat is balanced semi competing. I'm very excited to be back back and to be to be gift. Gifting this to the people and I'd be remiss if I don't ask for a prediction because that's what you were known for for all those years. How do you meet Donald? I stopped him when I knock him out early. Possibly you've never been a possibly you know yourself I'm GonNa be what's I'm ready for at all. So let's see what happens. John estimates a little bit later. I think it could be very early. I could get knocked out. Welcome combat thank. You thank you so much. Appreciate it all the best. Thank you so there you have it. There is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor tape this past last Friday at the UFC performance institute. In Las Vegas First things I have to thank him again for the time. I appreciate it since the first time we spoke back in two thousand thirteen. Yeah I remember I was in Las Vegas. It was prior to. I do believe you have C.. One it was the one fifty six it was although Edgar and I remember deeming him ask him to come on the show prior to his UFC. Debut and I remember him writing me. I've been waiting for this for for quite some time. And it's because his his fans were hounding me after he won the second cage warriors title. They were hounding me to have him on the show and that following Monday he was on New York Rick and I were talking about. How at the time was one of our favorite interviews in the history of the Ma our ever since then always responsive always gracious with his time? He didn't have to do that. I don't think he's doing a lot of one on one interviews. He's leading up to this fight and for him to do. That was something that we really appreciate it. So thank you very much to him and his team for making that happen as you can see my takeaway as I said at the end in a zen like state he seems happy. He seems at peace he seems to be in a good place. He seems to be in a good place mentally and physically. He seems seems to be really happy with the idea of not having to wait now having to go down to one fifty five unjust worrying about the fight itself. Not The extra fifteen and I was a little taken aback by how zen like he was Comu- was and of course we talked about a lot of things and I thought it was really interesting to hear him up up to a Lotta things own up to the fact that he was drinking leading up to the hubby fight drinking leading up to the hub fight leaving disappearing for three or four days. Not telling anyone where he went. What was he doing could explain his performance? A little bit talking about how it got a little personal. Maybe a little too personal with these are things he had not owned up to. Who in the past and talking to him about the allegations that have been written about him when he got really quite there at the end? Almost seem like you got a little a bit upset that I was harping on it. I thought that was a really interesting moment. The eighty million dollars We've never heard of a of a number like that. Never heard of a number like that in our sport like I said I don't think a lot of people combined have heard of a you know. Combat fighters combined have made eighty million the best fighters of all time time. He said fifty million Habib so he says that's what he walked away with. That's now over double October of two thousand eighteen but eighty million. Potentially after pay purview. That would be a big deal. That would be a really big deal and a show that obviously the still values understands that he is still a a very big dry thought. It was really interesting to hear talk about his activity this year. And maybe turning around quickly if this ends quickly. Here's one thing to keep in the back of your mind. March march seventh. Still doesn't have an official meaning. They can go with your WANNA and Jong Li. But it still doesn't have an official main event last week Israel. I was telling us that he's GonNa fight on that card and that's with their targeting. But what if those talks go. Well clearly there's something up clearly there's a reason. Why is it possible that they they try to turn around conor for March seventh? Maybe against the gate she maybe a quick fight maybe a Mazda fight. I wouldn't be shocked something to think about this week as the week plays out and of course as the fight actually plays out. If it's a quick one I think that's a really interesting thing to watch. Come next Monday. Phil sutcliffe being in his corner. I think is very symbolic like I said. And what about that line. They say I'm toast aerial but I'm still the bread. I thought that that was a great line. Man Who's giving us a lot of great line so in the end I walked away listening to what his team told me beforehand digesting it and then saying you know what they may be right. He does seem to be a much better place he does seem to be happy. And like I said that interview with the Mac life when he was standing there with Andrew again prior to the fight he was all over the place it was it was a little bit jarring to watch. Go back and find that that interview completely different guy a week before this fight completely different man blinders internal family man. It's a really interesting thing now. We'll see how plays out these are are his words. We've been here before with athletes time and again we'll see what it translates into. But I think that was a really interesting table. Set are going in to this week. Seeing what kind of mind frame us in I and seeing what kind of state. He's mentally and physically so. I hope you enjoyed that again. Thank you very much to connor team for the time I appreciate it. It's not often you get to fly out and go for the Data Vegas and come back and then do the show and then go to Vegas but hey this is the life and I love it. Now everyone's talking about McGregor Oni. Everyone's talking everyone has a say. Everyone's winging we got Alvarez's take cruises take earlier in the show but I called upon fifteen F ot S.'s friends of love the show celebrity friends of the show. This is me playing fail. I'm now going to namedrop. I called upon fifteenth celebrity fans who are also friends of the show friends of mine. Perhaps maybe I don't know to get their pick on this fight some fun name. Some fun faces. You're gonNA recognize the majority of these here. Here are the celebrities weighing in on Saturday. Night's main event between conor McGregor. Donnie enjoy I think kind is going to win. You know. I think that this this is redemption. Story this is This is his year to get back into the limelight and to get those big fights that every wanna see I wanna see him in Mazda down next area. What is your man? John flee from the Buffalo Bills Connor COBWEB NBA. Great fight. I think cowboys and come out. Strong things toss around conor for the first couple of rounds By think causing him him with a counter left com connor really fight. He's been losing for years I'm really pulling for college so he can. He can get that game brave and Moslem beat his ass at three blood running me. What's up guys Freddie Prince? Junior here we're on the legends mask and picking your McGregor Sarony fight the brains telling you to go with McGregor. I know the hearts telling you to go with Sarony but remember takes a lot of heart to step in that cage. And when you're a multimillionaire you're going to lose some of that heart and that's why I'm taking the underdog Donald Sarony. You heard it here. Meal Moscow top legend. I Prince Junior. Not so much Booze Airport Josh Donaldson you asked me for my Donald Surani Conor McGregor flight predictions got ceremony McGregor's and a half to prove to me that he can win again. This is Christine Navarro. And my prediction is what it always is. When the man comes to town Conor McGregor knock out in the forest? It's hard to bet against some of conviction so I will be watching the room for ECOMOG again. I'm going to have to go with my countrymen Conor McGregor. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be a good mental head space. It's like John Cabina. Having a what legend said happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. I think you're GONNA see the same caliber from McGregor as in two thousand fifteen. I'm predicting a Kale late. In the second what's up Ariel Sharon Williams here giving you my cowboy verse Connor Prediction. I got cowboy winning to fight via finished in the fourth or fifth round as He survives connors attack early and connor tens of gas out in the late around so I got him finishing Towards the end of the fight what's up areas. NCW with the Orlando Magic January. Eighteenth Cowboys aronie verse. I conor McGregor going to be great. Fight two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second. I think he's found is again. I think he has a chip on a shoulder from his last loss cowboy fan since two thousand ten. And I'm a proud American but I do believe cowboys heavy activity in two thousand nineteen gene. We'll work against him and connor will be coming in fresh in what seems to be a very good match up for him. If Cowboy Russell's connor defending the takedown and the Irishman countering cowboy cowboy was something that Donald doesn't see coming I see connor finishing him in the first round in a post fight bonus for the Celtic Tiger. Whatever happens on Saturday we the fans will win? I think this one's pretty quick one like the gauge. I think it goes to connor and somewhat anti-climactic first round finish. What is going on at Schuyler? Ouston here's my prediction for the cowboys. Running conor McGregor fight. I see Donald Taking McGregor McGregor into deep waters potentially winning by split decision. Or maybe even a late submission round five or late round four C.. Surani pulling guard McGregor Gregor overcompensating raining down punches and Saronic catching him in a triangle as zone so many times not that I'm biased or anything but let's go cowboy picking McGregor I think I had to pick But like I said I'm I'm looking forward to a great five meter. Best man win. Hey this is Mick Foley. And I'm I'm looking forward to a great fight between Conor McGregor and cowboys Sironi but I think Connor realizes to draw distinction between being one of the greatest attractions attractions in MMA extreme might very well be the greatest and one of the greatest fighters in anime history that he absolutely has to win this fight and I think he will but I look for great fight conor McGregor getting the nod. What's up my prediction is Connor Cao's cowboy to I first round Love both fighters low cowboy levies personality. So I'm happy day. He's GonNa get that Red Penny night and that's it I'm gonNA be their lives. I'm extremely really excited. Bom what's up aerial Coming to you from Vietnam Storm Rolling through. I wanted to do this yesterday. But it is what it is McGregor versus Donald Sarony. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I loved it These are two exciting fighters surround. He's been in the game for a while. been doing it for a while. Elba Gregor is not doing it. So long but he's been doing huge things he's coming off a loss with Khabib but I still got him coming back and going on but a tear. I have McGregor in this one But it's going to be exciting. How much fun was that? That was amazing. Who cut that by the way it was? Then you're putting Devon Sour on last longtime friend of the show little trivia the only time someone other than me host of the show was near quick and Devon was on back in two thousand sixteen when my my wonderful well daughter was born so that was a lot of fun. How about that? It's nice to have friends in high places in case you weren't watching and listening. These were the names that appeared. Stevo Mick Mick Foley Michael Carter Williams Point Guard for the Orlando Magic Action Bronson former. NBA All star. Darren Williams my man. KRISTAPS Porzingis wow what guy skylar Aston longtime friend of the program former maybe panelist as well Mario Lopez Buffalo Bills Star. Jonathan Feliciano Louisiana Devon Sawa Prince Junior with a great one with the Basque. Becky Lynch Dominick Murcia New Christian -Ly Navarro and the Great Josh Donaldson Two Thousand Fifteen fifteen. Al Mvp for your Toronto Blue Jays. Now thank you very much to all of them. I appreciate them doing this. They're big stars didn't have to do that. That was a lot of fun and I wanNA remind you as well that if you want to go back and read of of the transcript read about the transcript. The read the quotes. Read the stories that we have coming out of the Connor interview can do so right now over at ESPN DOT com slash. Emma Mesa do check that out there doing phenomenal work. We are doing phenomenal work over there. And it's great to be a part of that team as well so a great day continues to roll along here here on the program and it wouldn't be a conflict of wouldn't be a great day without some spg representation as well later on the program. We're going to be talking to John Calvin but first let's say hello for the first time in a very long time. Wow finally I've been asking this man to appear on the program for quite some time. And he's been dodging me left and right like a boxer bobbing and I'm on her rowdy. Roddy himself it's like it's like old times again. How are you sir you? It is a pleasure to have you back on and it's so it's a very exciting time. It's a very exciting way to start the week. But I have a bone to pick with you. Oh and right off the top you know a staple of a connor fight week is the Owen. Roddy blogs and I've been looking I've been searching SPG Charlestown. I've been looking at the youtube page. Nowhere to be found. Where are they I just at this time around? I just really wanted to focus on on one. I'm here to do you know there's a lot of work to go into the blogs and and stuff like that and just Islam around I just wanted to get in focus on what I'm here to do which is get Kanna cage get a mandate get them ready get them to get in and get NOCCO alko Shell. So that's that's my main focus this law around fair enough all right. I'll give you pass for this one next one. I know he's going to be active this year next one. If it's not there we're going to have some trouble or I just WanNa I put it on. It's insane yes. I know 'cause I saw it on your instagram as well. So let me ask you this. I know he was inactive last year. He didn't and fight and it was somewhat of a tumultuous. Your were you in contact with Connor. Were you training with him last year. Or did you only really link up again. Once this camp started yeah no not so much we went. We went in contact as much as us. Bamble go you know. He's got so many other businesses and stuff like that lease is Ronin so calm we don't we don't walk as much as we as we usually one more income so I didn't see as much as you. You would for that at the same thing. Once we got back walking together we get that flow again. And it's it's it's a history of being German what what kind of physical state was in when you guys started. This camp phenomenal. So there's one thing that he didn't give all this time on. ESPN very very consistent. His strength and conditioning and his nutrition. He's been all pulling for the past year on So it's always good when you have an athlete a combs in the COMP fit and ready because then it doesn't you don't spend half the comp twenty in shape yet you focus on the Task Ohio and look at the opponent look at take threats that they pose look the whole game and then and then excuse game plan so once we start getting back into the swing of things things you know I. It took me to get into pace by cope too macho man on. was there ever any talk of the old band not coming back together or is that a a foregone conclusion because you know he talked about the last have not going well. was there ever any fear that you guys wouldn't come back for this fight. No no I mean kind of from day one is always always kept kept saying goes around them with. I think I think the known who you have around that they've been which from day one and the date is approach Georgia. And it's just for me. It was just for all of us is just knowing when it's time to Gaul Excel. Wouldn't you get the knowledge then. It's all hands on deck so everyone's just sitting around waiting waiting for the Botswana to come up in the air on all band together and you know we're you in favor of the idea of doing this. Fight at one seventy he was first brought up. Did you like that idea. A Forest Service on short it was like why would you WanNa Park up there with ten talk in the nineties. Look look I feel comfortable at this way as he said in your interview. He's out the way he walks around that way. And he's confident that without way and then when you go in and see move around because I thought you see how we put the pace on them head was hell. We had power 'em tires open that outweigh then. It gives you the confidence you know. And as far as this camp compared to the last one he's talked about it. You know the last one not being great John talked about it. People have weighed in he even said I mean somewhat surprising to me in the interview that we just aired he was drinking leading up to the fight itself disappearing. Can you compare how this camp has gone. Compared to the last one against could be. What are the differences yet? Obviously speaking to you today as well audience. It's a confident and happy. And that's you know we didn't see the last for you and you know even the last couple of weeks it's been tension between component of competition and Kana. There's been bad blood between his opponents. This does not include foam. He's happy he's got everything else in the background around. All this business is all flown and now we can focus one hundred percent on what he does today. which is when you see an excuse me when you see Colorado coined Obam Moines frame? It's great to watch and down when connors in good form and and he's enjoying join train and unease switched on then. We have the monster so the whole camp you know follow suit and we all fall into that role and it's been a phenomenal Lecompte company. Help you you know. That's a really great point because it's something I noticed after I left on Friday. You mentioned like no animosity and being in a great spot the Diaz fights and and Floyd and without those also tense right and when we were waiting for him to arrive on Friday and I had a chance to talk to a lot of us at the gym and even seeing this Dj that that he brings. I notice everyone is really happy. You know sometimes when you wait for a guest the common it's a guest of his stature and it's a guest where maybe he's ornery or not happy. Everyone's walking on eggshells and doesn't want say I walked away with like these guys are in a really great mood like they are loving life. They've got the DJ. They're dancing there singing their enjoying the training. It really does seem like the whole experience at least from what I saw on that particular day on Friday. Everyone is just an incredibly high spirits. When's the last time you remember it being like this or feeling like at this for you guys? It's it's it's been since it's felt like that encompasses probably you know maybe the Mendez or a something like that was tumultuous too though right because of the knee yea Today that enable the lead open it was just in good form and everybody was enjoying and he was switched on Cloyne when he could see e could see what was the head of the money was. He's just as you said. That's that's what makes all the boys boys and this time around. It's the same. He's in great form and he's enjoying his train. And I tink as you say when you when you when you go form everything just flows the better. You know. There's no tension. I'm curious to get your take on this. One of the interesting story lines. Silence going into this fight is him bringing his old boxing. Coach Phil Sutcliffe of the Legendary Crumlin Boxing Club and I had an opportunity to meet him and and what a great character he is but you have always the known as connor striking coach. How did you feel about Phil being a part of the team as well on the corner too? Yeah I was like. I didn't know whether like saying the CON is nowhere. Now whether it's going to be you know just post a focus. It's been a very very good. Nash has some which experienced when you talking. Typically that has fifty years experience in boxing. Man where can you get that wealth of knowledge as not even around up years a year so there is nobody in ended the anime fields. That has that kind of wealth of knowledge and talking to fill alarm land on a lot myself from Amemiya. Now if you can't pick up some they're some techniques and so on so many ideas from Amanda has fifty years of knowledge. You're doing something wrong and so yeah it's it's been great and on you know we've all booked Bravo come together and you can see economies. He sat down on the shots. That's when you need say he's A. He's a vase when he needs to be evasive. He's using his weapons when when the opportunities are there and it's been phenomenal there. I think you're gonNA see on NFL. Most definitely I saw an interview. That you did with Oscar Willis over at the MAC life. He's been doing a great job as well and I noticed that you said to him that everyone has holes in. It's part party your job to find the holes in your opponents game. Donald Surani's a veteran. There's there's a lot of footage on this man out there. Tell us what are the holes that you're seeing Donald's game not going to get into Tim. What's that echo to look the COP and lawyers? You know you know is a bit rigid you know. He's crafty as well as craft. You just have to be switched on surrounding A.. A not play to the strengths and Kana get into his flow team like I said this before if Kana gets into his flow east you you just pose it too. Many threats to surrounding so only as only has a few damn tricks himself and very crafty and these veterans really really good for so if we stay switched on E.. Shouldn't you shouldn't get near. Khanna wanted to get your opinion on something that was said earlier in the show. Both Eddie Alvarez and Dominick Cruz suggested justice that ceremony do this. They said that it would be wise for him to have essentially a full five minutes sparring match in the locker room so that essentially he starting the first round like it gets his second round so that typically he's a slow starter. Get warm done. Get the cobwebs out. Don't get all nervous and actually like let it out in the locker room so that. You're really fresh sweating and all that stuff wants to fight actually starts. What did you make of that that piece of advice? What do you think of that is? That is that that I could actually help. I don't think thinks oh to be totally honest. Reason being like a forty minute is a forty minute round five minutes bar and then takes say twenty minutes to get out to the Cajun and you're cold again and you're having a spa and I don't really think people say comes out at East starts slow. I don't think she starts slow. I just think he takes him along a little bit longer homeless to get the people you know you watch him. In his last flights he comes out of the gates. Quick Kenny Mills Finance and Ford possible for him to get into flow takes a couple of rounds. Economy get into his flow with takes milliseconds just needs eh needs to look. He's he's got the east got the radio and I think that's the difference will be put at does know yet. Surrounds will come out. So I don't think you were there any limitations. Because I knew he broke his left. Hand early in the camp was taking some time for it to get well or was it good as as far as the camp started was you know. One hundred percent Khanna's one hundred percents no non noting knocks no buyings no compare effect great mindset in could phone on. Yeah it's okay. It's in pretty flawless. Mummy really can't complain now. I see that you're wearing a very interesting. T. Shirt over there. One ask you about this the nuclear MMA. This is when you told me about this. On Friday I was like what Owen Roddy starting as an amateur Emma may program here in the United States. This this is very interesting and then I looked up the instagram page and the twitter page. Tell us about this because the amateur. MMA seen here in the United States has been virtually nonexistent. What is this all about? Tell us all about about this. Yeah so so more self to business partners East Florida set up a new annonay. Which is the the National Clubs Association for Mixed Martial Arts so we'll be a college based amateur? MMA organization that would want events nation would and give the students and college the opportunity to compete in amateur mixed martial arts now. I think it's I think it's going to be huge. A A huge boost for for amateur mixed martial arts. In general given given these at these students he'll trough onto to compete and then move on in in In that mixed martial arts career in the in the studies wherever they WANNA deal future you know. Now what sparked this idea. Why do this why get involved in this? Sorry well spoke to an my business partners and it was bound to happen. Happen eventually. Arielle You See College. Sports and the states is huge and the introduced a new sports every for every year so on. MMA's grown Felt it was a need for a and we took it on board three years ago when we were walking on her. Ever since you know and how many were announcing go go ahead. Yeah so I would be in February in at UCF Florida we've got a few colleges onboard on them. Yeah works on what date exactly February twenty eight so when you say a few colleges like are these. Are these students. Student athletes going to be coming from different colleges all competing on this particular card. Yes so we've got. We've got a few colleges because Amb or university western Illinois Love Miss. UCF obviously so yeah. We've got lots of colleges colleges signed up. We've got about five or six colleges and compete on a four stash. Showcase event will be which is going to be a showcase which is going to give everybody taste of what we're looking to do with new anime over the over the coming years. Yeah so it's a very exciting time on. They're very proud of of all the walk. That goes with Donna. ELVIRA over here in 'em in Florida there and I'm excited to see where this takes. How many vents are used slated to do in twenty twenty? Do you know yet. We're hoping to do maybe tree showcase events and then we're going to go into full season in two thousand twenty one which will which will consist of regional championships and then regional. It's gone onto the national championships to be to be crowned National Nuclear Eh champion Sandoval College College Championships in an individual championships for students as well. So I think it's it's GonNa be great twist on on on amateur and a Heaven Heaven there. The colleges joined the athletes and you know college sports. I've had the privilege of common over and seen some stuff visit is it. UCF on the scale of of the college over here on on the students have towards awards that the teammates in the colleges. It's amazing so I just think it's going to be insane. Wants to get rolling in. Will you just do this in the United States or Canada Other regions now. Well at the start we want to. We want to just focus on the US colleges in the US the biggest in the world and get the biggest fans you've got you've got At people that were in college years ago that's still supported colleges that dough headphones. Then when we when we introduce and they will you know you're GonNa get the whole backlog of people support their athletes so we start in in the US and who knows where it's GonNa take us and as far as commissions are concerned you have to get them on board or is this sustainable and thing because it's amateur obviously Each day we it will be. We will have to get cleaned from from from from a commission. Okay all right very interesting stuff while I wish you the best February twenty eighth event. UCF UCF University of Central Florida of course in central Florida now. Before I let you go your team famous for predictions. Let's hear this Saturday the return. How does it go down for me? I know you get the sandwich everytime. It's just always seated. The people they crumble when he lands clan on Sironi. It's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an alien annoy he's GonNa Lionheart. Surani's hit start the clone of it's it's it's a countdown before announced that killer blow them away. It probably probably take a couple of minutes in the fourth round in middle to late late foreground and then eighty second Mt. Just uh-huh Landstuhl shirts. You're pretty much pretty much stolen. You know everything from the vibe and the prediction itself feels like the old days to the confidence that you guys have going into. This fight feels like the old days as well Great to see you on Friday coach. Have you back on the show. It's been too long and I'm really really excited about this program like I said amateur may seen Has Been nonexistent here in the state. So I'm curious to see how this plays as well. Yes so we will. We will have you on again sir. Her and I wish you guys the best this week of course with all the HOOPLA and the drama that is sure to come. The storm is coming to Las Vegas so to speak. It's going to be a lot of fun with the Irish coming as well. Good luck this week and of of course. Good luck on Saturday. Can't thank you enough and on real on all right there. He is Rowdy Owen. Roddy Irish legend. Later on. We're going to talk to another member of the coaching staff. John Cavanaugh and that is a tradition of ours. We broke the tradition. which we'll talk about with him when he comes on? But we broke it. Prior to the hubby fight it's back back on so in around fifteen minutes or so we're going to be joined by coach Cavenaugh. That's how we'll wrap up today's program and again as I said at the top for those asking where Sarony whereas coaching staff I asked them. I asked all the hard feelings here. Donald Surani legend of the game an absolute hall of Famer one of the greatest ever and one of the most beloved ever. No hard feelings. I said my opinion on how he one about trying to get the fight on our little show. He didn't agree with it would love to have talked about it with him. talked it out. But alas he didn't like it and told his this team that's come on as well but no hard feelings. I still love you. Donald and I wish you the best on Saturdays. Well now. Let's go to someone else competing in a big spot on Saturday. Her name name is Roxanne modify. She is a legend of this game as well she's at syndicate and I have had my flag here. Excuse me I have my fan here. I should say Roxanne Yeras still rocking it. After all these years you signed it for me and in fact by my side because I think we all need this Roxanne. I have your book how to be positive mental training by Roxanne modify the happy warriors. I just WanNa let you know I have not forgotten about you Roxanne. How're you doing? I'm doing fantastic here syndicate trained a little bit. I really really ready for us by okay. So this is a big one prior to getting this opportunity against macy. Barbara Rising Star. I think she's going to be champions. Did you know a lot about her. Was She on your radar Dr. I've seen a fight you know. She's pretty awesome. Doesn't watching her fight a little bit and Yeah US coming up in the ranks. Are you impressed by I. Her you know she really gets the job done. Is it possible to say she's over hyped. You think she's over hyped. Could you think she's getting the right amount of hype. Think she's worthy of all those type she's getting I think she's worthy of it. You know she. TKO In her last however many five minutes you know she's strong she's spunky so when you say funky what do you mean by that. What do you mean by Funky? How funky spunky like monkey? Okay okay what do you mean by that. How can you be a spunky fighter? He's Yeah I don't know okay. I guess I was thinking Funky because her mentor of Funky Ben Aspirin. So I wanted to know for style was Funky as well now. Of course. Everyone's talking about this message that you sent her and her reply to the message. Can you tell us the story for those that didn't see. What did you send her? What was this the that you sent her? What was it about so I met her? I ran into her at that. You have to institute and we were just chatting. Hey looking to our fight Yak over pool we we somehow week putting him on the up in the conversation and we both like cutting weight the bathtub sweat it out and I know that sometimes you have see books that don't don't have bathtubs so me being the excellent planner that I am. I'll tell an APP. Hey our rooms have bathtubs and they said no so. I thought it would be great if you both made Leslie and healthily. So I should let her know so she can make other plans so I turn instagram. I don't know if she follows me took a chance and no let her know. Hey make other plans. Whatever and then she Apparently posted that which is fine But yeah just trying to be nice and make wait. She she's always made it a flyweight so now. Here's here's my follow up question and did she even though she posted that she actually replied privately as well she did not. Oh come on macy. She didn't even say like. Hey thanks nothing nothing like that. No Man you feel you feel like it was a bit of A. I don't know not a nice move on her part to do that. Well I kind of was still a little worried that he didn't see it. Because when you see a message does read she didn't actually set my message For before like hey come. I'm trying to whatever and she'd read it either so I would have liked some acknowledgement that. Oh steamboat whatever's when you saw the tweet that she put out we just showed it on the screen and her apply apply reply. What did you make of that? Man by all means hyped fight. Let's go even though I was hi. I'm highly ranked like I don't always get the hype end. She has the high. I would love to benefit from that height so bringing go all right so you know Hartfield do regret sending her this message helping her out no not at all. Hopefully she'll listen it. Hotels don't have bathtubs so students I fully expect in an awesome No way in tune in for my way like Oh what are you going good fight you know just my normal entertaining ones. Are they letting you dress up. Do your thing okay. I love that. I love the fact that your kindness has now become like a promotional tool for this fight. I hope so is great thing and of course you've been burned in the past by people missing. Wait so I can understand why you'd want to look out for your opponent here when you when you actually think about the way she fights you see holes in game justice. She's I mean you have so many more you've been around this game for so much longer. She's still so young under twenty five. All that stuff wants to be the youngest champion ever. Do you see holes in our game at this point. Are you catching her. At the right time I certainly hope so. You Know My head coach John The game plan you know. I'm going to take advantage of some of the things that I see. Yeah I will. I will try I sal out yes do you feel like you're being put in that spot of you know. The veteran being fed to the young lion being used as a stepping-stone this is a scenario. That's all all this time in in this fight game. Do you feel like you're being put in that spot absolutely but bring it on. I will prove that I belong to stop that okay so you don't mind being put in that that's bought yet fight them in the UFC. I'm getting stronger and stronger. I'm getting better and better saying always get stronger after their fights especially to Lawson's yes. They're going to see a bit better stronger Roxie. Everyone spry and we're showing right. Of course we're showing that you pointed. Did out recently. That youtube can finish some fights as well so it's not just macy's as many finishes that she does by the way but you also have what this is like cure. My math is correct. Your fortieth pro fight right my sporty fight. They don't fight or one but I can't deal technically for me it's forty this'll be my forty th wow. Did you ever think that you would make it to forty five fights when you really not i. I mean you probably think initially ten something like that so when I first started fighting everybody retired at thirty four like everyone declined. It was Iraq and broken by thirty four. Chris I think retired by three thirty four but now I feel great. I feel better now at my age than I did when I was twenty five so I mean I'm getting stronger. Genre better do it was the move to Las Vegas. That really extended your career. Had you not done that you maybe would have been done by now. Absolutely one hundred percent. It was the the physical therapy in America. My massage therapist Terry Wallace Conditioner Lorenzo got stronger Absolutely honest Aubrac Mr Pan and speaking of Japan I understand a very special guest is going to be in attendance for for those that followed your career for for so many years. We know that you spent a lot of time in Japan. That's where you really hone your craft and became famous but I understand a very special guest. Can you tell us about that. Are you referring to my trainer from Japan. Yes yes unless there's another special guest. How did I know I got a nose for these things? That's a good one. Oh Yeah you can you Kuni NEOCON is gonNA fly from Fan. My former trainer He's going to be in attendance. I'm really excited. He cornered me and coached me for like four years in Japan. Psalm excited to introduce him. I think my mind is gonNA explode when I introduced into minute minute trainers and is this the first time you see him since you're in the UFC eighty now. I've met up with him like every time I visit after dinner or lunch. Never okay. Has He ever been to one year. UFC fights. It's no. Wow why this one. I think you always wanted to come to us. Okay Fair enough. That's is Zeke in your corner or just actually just watching it as a fan. I'm giving tickets okay. Very very nice and by the way just curious because I did see you at the Pi Pin Friday. What does it connor there? And it's kind of interesting to see the fighters interacting with them. Has it been a bit of a different scene with his whole crew being there. You're you're in Vegas. He probably go there. A lot has been kind of different. Seeing Conor McGregor the Megastar they're just amongst all the fighters. What has it been like kind of? I think I heard around. The corner wants that. He was lifting weights I know our team Didn't use the years one acre filming him but I mean it's it's cool I I try not the I can go over some people but space didn't actually meet him okay. You didn't cross pass okay. Johnnie Walker's their bankroll for him. Really your big Johnny Carson. He is talking huge. Johnnie Walker my head up like pectoral the shoulder crazy. He is a large man yes on there as well. So how do you see this playing out on Saturday. How do you envision it so you never know anyone could win a fight at any given time? But I really hope showcase some of my striking the minute schools Competent on the ground. It goes to the ground there. I just hope I do a lot of stuff. Because that's my main. Motivation is to try and hugh spot for you Roxanne. It's it's a great spot for a veteran like you. I'm looking forward to the fight. Great fight between a veteran up and comer. Those are fun fights always so good luck to you on Saturday. Good luck this week with the way cutting hopefully she makes wait no drama this time and we see great fight on Saturday. Thanks as always for coming on and thank you for the The Fan that has that has joined me here at ESPN. I took it all the way from the old job to here. I wouldn't I wouldn't forget it. Yeah awesome thanks so much for having me on. Thanks to all the fans who support me absolutely. You'll see a good show all right right. There she is the one and only Roxanne monetary pound for pound one of the nicest people in the history of mixed martial arts so always great to have her on and that's a big fight fight. That's a big opportunity for her. You see to forty six has a nice blend of veterans and up and comers like Civic Yousef like I said of course horse macy Barbara guys like Pettus and Roxanne Montazeri Alexia Lennick. The Grasso. Cloudy Delphi is an interesting one as well. So there's something for everyone one but of course. UFC Two forty-six headlined by Donald cerrone vs Conor McGregor. The returning Conor McGregor. We've been talking about this fight all show long and so great to have a coach own Roddy on the program so great to have the perspectives of someone. who fought both of them like Eddie Alvarez so great to have a mind like dominick Cruz and so great to have connor on the show from from our sit down on Friday but it has been a tradition dating back to? I believe the Max Holloway fight in Boston. If memory serves me correct so two thousand thousand thirteen August of two thousand thirteen. We would always have John Cavanaugh before and often because they were winning the fights after the victories as well the Monday before the Monday they after but the tradition was broken prior to the last fight it was broken and well. We don't have to discuss what happened but you know what happened. And so now we get back on track we win and we learn and there he is back on track. The tradition is back. What did I say to you John when I asked you? Here's the big question. A couple of weeks said the question I want to know the answer to is. Is the tradition back on. What was your response? When asked you that question? Make mistakes. Don't repeat them. Yes there you go a great line so welcome record there as well L. Tree and tree. How do you feel about why did why did he have to rub it in? I'm sorry there's so much seriously corporate. What are you have to say really but great to have you on and by the way I don't know what kind of skype connection you guys have over the Internet connection but you and just absolutely flawless? Whoever you're signed up within Vegas tremendous stuff well done Cox? Okay yeah fine. How well perhaps we're about we're cooks? Yes okay okay yes all right. We'll leave it at that. So yes so much to discuss John. I remember talking to on the Saturday. After the Habib fight I remember. We were on Long Island for the Bell Tower. Show so much happened in that fight leading up to it the aftermath and you were very honest brutally honest about how it all went a couple couple months later. If I would have talked to you that the ban will be back together that you would be feeling like this that he would be feeling like this. That confidence would be like this. Would you believe me that it would all turn out like this and twenty twenty. I have to be honest and say no. I didn't think it would happen. Why not right after I talk about the great skype connection? That's what happens for God's sakes why did I say that I shouldn't have said anything. I'm sorry hey you don't. Ah I hope that was on the record. There you see you by putting up his record three three. It's actually not bad. I mean listen six H yeah. I'll take a three and three record. Are we going to reconnect them. My hunch is someone called them and sometimes that stalls it but we started off a little rocky as far as skype type but we ended really well and then I had to bring it up. Why did I bring it up? Can't believe I did it but that was a fascinating answer. We're about to get something and then it froze anyway. We'll reconnect with John. Great to have him on great to end the show with him. I'm very excited. Usually I go out to the fights on Thursday morning this one Tuesday because we're going to be doing aerial the bad guy from there and by the way I'm doing radio midnight eastern nine Pacific after the press conference on. ESPN RADIO SO WE'LL GET A. Oh my gosh. We're going to get to talk about the jinx myself on that one John. Yeah you don't talk about. A great connection is until the end. Gosh what a rookie mistakes I think after all these years and you're about to give us a tremendous answer so let's just go back to that moment because I felt like I totally ruined it. You said you didn't think so if I would ask. You all turned out like this this and then I asked why why. Why wouldn't you thought? So what did I do. What did I do? How could it have been so great? I own rotties behind this. What did I do? How could I have done such a think? This goes against everything I always believe in. I don't like to tell anyone who's on the show beforehand because I feel like I'm Jinxing it even. I don't even tell my wife she asked me. Who's on the show? NOPE NOT GONNA find out until I tweet about it. And the Harry. I'm talking about something as precious as skype connections. Are you kidding me Ariel. How could you do this? How can you let everyone down anyway? As I was saying Radio Show Midnight Eastern Nine Pacific press conference. This is five Pacific eight eastern. That's a one hour radio show at midnight which is when the freaks come out. So that's going to be fun. I like that taking your calls and there. We're doing another radio show and that will be on the podcast. We usually do a Wednesday park. That will be our Wednesday podcasts and will be involved so maybe we'll get a minimalist pick of the week there but we will also have another radio. Show Saturday from four seven Pacific sites knowing Fordis- I know sorry one very confusing one to four Pacific four to seven eastern one to four Pacific four to seven eastern. Yes that's a three hour show. ESPN ESPN radio in the midst of the Conference Championships. I might add how. `Bout that that's the coverage on Saturday. How about that at the top? No but in the midst of it I mean. There's a lot to talk about on the Saturday before the Sunday stretch. Come on. I'm taking this as a nice little feather in my cat. A UFC live on ABC to eastern ABC to Eastern. I heard some special guests are going to be joining us on that show. Then it's my show at four eastern and then it's Arianna Bagai live on this year youtube and twitter and then we've got the post fight show and a ton of sportscenter coverage it's going to be a crazy week. Okay okay. I'M NOT GONNA say anything I'm just going to go into the talk about this connection. John Are you there briefly. Yes okay God I totally okay. Why did you not think this would turn out like it did? It was like I actually taught after the fight. I felt it would be hard to tell to be hard for him to motivate himself the train like he used to do when he was coming up and winning cage warriors and then you UFC tiles because he had set out some goals and achieve them so what what was going to drive them again. Of course stand em mayweather fight. Come along and That you know of historical opportunity. That was that was motivation in and of itself. And but after that I just felt well you have the federal into light bells and you have enough money for your grandkids. So what was what was it. That was going to make you train again and I just. I found it hard to see a reason so I'm glad he did find his reason but I just didn't see it at the time so I'll be honest. I just Kinda start focusing on the next wave of guys you know. Every coach Kinda always has a a river of fighters mature Jim from sixteen seventeen years of age open till lender kind of wrapping up to career and I just thought that journey Arab particular particular journey was nearing its end. Did you think there was a chance that he would never fight again or that he would fight in. You just wouldn't be a part of it. Yeah I didn't think you'd be like a repeat myself but I didn't take you be able to trade away. He knows he has to train in order to compete at this elite level and because kind of training like I always figured he'd be around a gym. I always figured he'd be there training. Jitsu were you know kind of for fun with the the actual changing from being to training just for fall into training you compete is very very different than it's it's it's it's so hard it's so difficult ask any professional dinner for more than five years and you're dealing with injuries and waking up sore and whatnot and on them it's just hard to keep that intensity gone unless there's a very very good reason you know when you talked about the Habib fight and the camp in the days afterwards. It was very interesting to hear him talk about it now but when he told me on on Friday that he was drinking leading up to he was disappearing fearing for three four days. That's that's incredible to hear and I appreciate the honesty before a fight of that magnitude. Wow how bad was it. How difficult was it to be the coach and to have a fighter? He was telling us he was fight. He was all in when he was there but the problem was he would just leave and like celebrate the stuff that was going on in the gym. And obviously that's not the best way to to actually actually prepare for a fighter of that caliber in a fight of that magnitude. How trying was that for you? How difficult was it for you Yeah I mean you heard you. You heard him say it. It was it was it was not good and the whole training camp and was driven by a revenge by then you know even when you come down to Doodo sparring sessions. He was talking about the award inspires. There were fights and was actually interested him even for me to hear him saying that each of them was seen as a as a fight. So it actually Kinda makes a tiny bit a logical sense you celebrate a fight. You don't celebrate a sparring session sparring sessions just part of training camp but if you are a viewing it as a five and if you're going in and ruining true people you know destroying people. It wasn't doing rounds. It was just. It was how soon as the fight was over as soon as he could finish somebody then he was gone. He was out at a gym and just wouldn't be in contact with you for days. has that ever happened before. Wow even during the build up when you remember you told me that you got you. Would you would leave the gym. He would come to the gym right prior to the first one and the we. Yeah we didn't have much communication during that period. Yeah what he was still consistent. He was still was still showing up. I remember when I spoke to him in August and I asked him about his relationship with you because it was a bit up in the air and he said you know he saw that you did. Interviews is after fine so you didn't watch as I said I watched it fifty times on my way from the arena to the house. How could you not do that? And you know you just felt like there was no communication all that stuff. Did you guys ever have a serious sit down before for this new journey this new chapter and air out all these sort of things that were out there because there was a big question whether or not you'd be back together. Yeah absolutely and and a lot of it is something I could speak to you now for forty five minutes and one sentence comes out a certain way and you put out a headline and if you're just scrolling on your phone and you just see that headline and if you don't really see the whole interview you know it could be taken out of context and meaning you know he'll have to prove what what way a I have to show me. If I'm going to corner again. Mining behind that was taught was obvious was that I will. I'm obviously very concerned Garner. He's also always said he's like a kid rotor and I just didn't see the need for him to be doing anymore If he we already had all his goals achieved and I look now and I say this is what this is who he is. He's he loves a AH timid has healthiest physically and mentally. When he's in training camp and the motivations are healthy that's him at his is best and what else was he gonNa do? He's not going to go off and take gulls sit around all day. He's obsessed with this sport this lifestyle. So it's it's it's good for everybody involved. It's good for him. To be into professional element of anime. Keeps them on a good track as someone who has known him for so long. I remember the stories that you told me of trying to go to his house. His mom calling you to try to get him to come back to the Jim to wake them up to get him out of bed when he was nowhere near the connor that he is today. And you just referred to him as a kid brother I mean you. Don't often hear coaches refer to fighters like that but you guys have this incredible bond and to see the incident in Miami and the Puck to see these things happen. You care for this man to see the mug shots and things like that. What does that do to you to see? You Know He. He was starting to become as I they asked him. You know like the stereotype of the fighter who had it all and then is on the verge of losing it all to see that happen to your kid brother quote unquote. What does that do to you? It was heartbreaking does no order words for and those heartbreaking and you fear the worst trade a worse for people so you care about the most and you fear you're going to become that that's That stereotype you know that age old story of someone someone getting it all and then losing it all and it was Yeah everybody around were all worried. And but that's that's less than last year's news that's last decades news last few months of being incredible and I feel that you know you can say words and and people like us. We'll believe in adult Lakers will say it's just words. I can see where they're coming from because the proof will be on Saturday night. That's that's where you're going to see if what I as they're calling vintage connor but I actually think it's. It's new and improved conner. If conner was to fight the Guy Guy to be Eddie Alvarez now connor is connor would win. While so it's it's it's been pretty incredible these last couple of months and it's it's it's been a him first of all the siding not using willpower or any doubt nonsense just the citing. He was going to come back and and be a certain way and then he just started doing it. And it's it's been going on. I feel actually almost a year ago talking to you a little bit about this. He started back with chromebooks Jim almost a year ago now maybe even longer and he did that am Easter Holiday Exhibition. And since then it hasn't taken you know. We had the unfortunate setback with the hand. But he still gets training two legs. You know that's anime. animate training is not about avoiding. Injuries is about managing injuries so he just worked around us and them. Now it's been clean. It's being healthy since August so August or September and looking at that video footage He's just looking amazing. I'm here all. We're all excited excited about it and like I said to coach. Roddy the symbolism of having Phil sutcliffe their Kremlin boxing at the great one. It's a really nice story for you as the head head coach have them in part of it. What was that like when when you first heard that he wanted him to be a part of the camp part of the corner? What did you think of that? I was delighted. Um I told you this today. But actually met Phil because Tom Egan that was the first guy to represent. SPG ORLANDS in in the UFC way back in the day and I believe it was connor APP. Roth Tom to Crumlin boxing gym so I went along for one of the. I think it was a media day. We're doing hit some pods there. Or whatever. And so I met fail. And we're exchanging stories about connor unknown connor at the time and just having a bit of legal about how he is and the gym is obviously. He's being filled for four years at that. Stage are maybe five years Congress about seventy in eighteen and being with Phil for five or six years so would come just joking about that and then I didn't see him again until recently and years later and It's fascinating to be around. The is is understanding on his knowledge of. He's got so many champions in this gym but he's taken from five or six six years of age right shooter career from a novice to an elite. You know to the Olympics or whatever our professional fighting and and so to be around someone like that as almost saying as you can see. We're sitting into Saint said here so I hear week on owns conversation. I love being around. Around experienced coaches to talk about strategies and tactics mindset. And he's just a fountain of knowledge and so you you talked earlier just moments ago about you know maybe words sometimes getting twisted or making these words that you say out to be a bigger deal than they are not and I'm wondering about a particular answer you gave to Oscar Willis of the MAC life recently which I've seen has been in a million different ways where you essentially said you know. We're staying coming out of the way he knows more about fighting. All of us. Combine the coaching staff and the reaction was how could that be the coaches. He's the fighter etc.. Could you explain what you you meant by that statement. Because it's not often we hear something like that. Yeah we all have to house. We tried to slip in one sentence. That's GONNA get the most fire reaction on. I'm winning. Yes so far. No what I meant was them of course. We structured the trainer program over the last couple of months but when we're talking to him at the fight breakdown is fight his MMA fight IQ. It was incredible the way he can see tendencies in opponents and say okay. Look I think this is going to happen. Let's make some predictions exum because look some fights. NCAA correct the are okay. Well look let's build some of our training around those particular shots and sequences and and his is insight you know is it to eight world champion for a reason. So that's kind of more to pint of US making one hundred and every Monday morning. We got a an A Monday the morning email from connor saying this is the next seven days training. You know. That's that's not really what I meant but I'm glad some journalists able to make a few articles out of videos and and I hope you made a few dollars out of it a few quid might get. I might. I might give them another another few L. Few little headlines over the next few days so that they can right a few more of those type of turtles perfect. Everyone loves that And so when the idea of one seventy was brought to the table when he decided on one seventy because ultimately ultimately was his call. Were you in favor of this Yes yes I was. Yeah now it's been a while. Well well it's just one less thing to worry about this fight if you look at Donald particular opponent I don't I there's probably going to be around ten pounds into difference on the night. That would be my guess. It's maybe a little bit more. And of course Donald is going to attempt a takedown on to use a grappling game. And it doesn't it's not like he has has a skill set of it. You know Olympic level wrestler. Or something like that. It's going to be. I think one and the striking exchanges and the way is not as is important. Air Does Not does not that big a difference so why have why have either of them you know so freeing to try and make away and then to go back to bean around about ten pounds difference on fight night regardless historically connors fighting guy on a long winning streak. He's fighting a champion he's fighting Legend he's fighting on although it may whether Eddie average champion. This isn't one of those cases. There's no title on the line. He's not a champion in fact ceremonies coming off two you straight losses in which he was stopped. Does this feel big for you. Like the there's no real stakes other than coming back and maybe proving the doubters wrong does this feel like a fight that is worthy of the connor comeback or. Did you want him to fight. A bigger name Probably if few questions you're going to ask me especially when we start getting onto predictions and stuff we'll have to say amounts or so get it out of the way now to explain okay that we're I realized early on we focused. I didn't have the vocabulary that I'm gonNA use now but was definitely what we were doing that we were focusing on systems Rotterdam discreet goals. So if you look at the elbow fight where he dropped that with a few days as notice on Monday step in if we had to be in focused very on a discrete goal of every goal. Orientated the B. L. that would've been kind of disastrous because it was a new noon name a new opponent a new style. Everything was different and you know you. You know the story of me. Santa cars change and he said they're all the same I. The reason I'm being was that his his his training was systems. Orientated I think later on on especially for the mayweather fight. We became very goal. Orientated even hurt himself saying his goal was to beat the Pity Shell system and then some the More I think it's called Mexican style system And he will be able to adjust into contests are that whereas in the past look at example beating beating Mendis on a couple of days notice a very very different style opponent because we were systems orientated. Not Goal orientated. So that's what I feel. We return to so. I don't think it really matter to was across Austa cage because connor is one hundred percent systems orientated. Now you see it in the interview here in his words on the way to training as being it didn't matter to me. I find it amazing. How people are talking about Donald thrown as though he's fighting someone that's number one you know he's fighting CNN punk or something like that? This is the guy that has so many records in in the UFC. So so bad. Is it complementary awards. Conner's ability that that's the kind of way he's been spoken about someone that's been so active. Even period of time that connors being inactive I am but Donald is a phenomenal opponent. Great anime fighter great. All rounder houses has a skill sets. This is this is a great fight. It is a great fight and it's kind of in my opinion why I thought it was perfect for his return. It's a good fight to return to you. Know you're not jumping into the deep when you're fighting a guy with a resume with those kinds of records who's respected the winningest fighter even. That's funny isn't it. Like a top five for the last couple of years. SIRONI crony yeah. Yeah and it's not defend isn't that it's kind of funny that show. Where's your losses yet? Now I get it I get it. Yeah I just don't think he looked down. I was at that fight where he fought just them and he he didn't he didn't look great physically going into that fight and I think I wouldn't seventy. He looks a hell of a lot better so I think it's going to be much better fight than if he was down at won't fifty dollars. One seventy seventy plus a five round fight do you have concerns about the cardio. No not at all yeah. Training is being. The training has been unbelievable. I know I've people are getting tired of hearing me. Say it's the best connor ever. But when he's in this mindset five five arouses five. That's not the issue. The system was the issue. The system is being fixed. And whether that's thirty second fight or twenty five minute fight. The system is right. Result will be right when you hear him talk about three fights maybe even four fights in two thousand twenty. What do you think possible? I think it's great. I think it's great I love being in this mindset. He's he's kind of Twenty nine team is almost like a year's years training I know twenty twenty should be a year competing so you know As long as obviously there's no injuries picked up. Why now why not? Why not right load a few? I think it would make sense for. I'll say here you go. Here's still be delegated. Some okay okay. I'm sure it'd be about. Hey hearing this. But let's say for example the next Justin just to pull an example. There's fight Justin at one seventy. I don't really see the point and I'm going to one fifty five for a belt with him just about one seventy ish. So what's the point. The boat arriving on fight week one seventyish spending a few days trying to get down weight weighing in a dead the next day being about one seventy is just like the hassle of a Waco. Is that who you WANNA go. It's bizarre it's bizarre that we use that language. Oh that's his natural weight on fifty five. No it's not. No it's not. What seventy is is natural way? And I'd imagine someone like Justin is not far off one. Seventy one seventy five or something and wait so just natural weights unless it's something major like a fight love. I won't fifty five pound belt contested on seventy really but besides sites that I don't what was the need. What is it? What would be the point and it would mean he'd be able to compete more often this year? That's what people WANNA see. Let's be honest. Is that your way of saying you WanNa get you next no. It was my way of explaining that I don't see the point pudding ways and give maybe somebody someone could get a good arch clarita but it was just a kid the again a focus on systems rather than specific goals discreet goals fight just and fight master towel densify could be that would be very discreet. Goals rather than the system is Rebecca the gym next week we stay healthy. Stay training at a good pace weeks. Keep eating right. We stay around about that one seventy Late and so that he could make. Obviously we've done one seventy two hundred fifty five and less than ten days in the past so he could make that a neighbor. Love it if the lightweight belt was was offered and but we can we can route. Let one seventy pound fights and in the meantime what any stress on the you know physiologically neurologically distress of of coding of cutting the weight is not part of how much you expect them to weigh on Friday. I'll say one six nine okay because people were freaking out about him saying to me on Friday the low one sixty s so that would be just a pound under the one seventy one seventy one for a non title fight. But that's not all that worried about before will end on the prediction. But I just want to ask you because you're so in tune with this I mean you're there you have the gym here with the people the I'm f all that stuff. Obviously I read a lot. I listened to a lot and I hear a lot and I see people right to me about you. Know what he means to the Irish people. What he doesn't doesn't mean to the Irish people as popularity and whatnot? Do you feel like the Irish people have turned on him. Don't support him as much. Do you think this will be a different scene on Saturday. Because it's always been great seeing the turnout out for him in Las Vegas You know it is just out Christmas i. I don't know how many many people are going to travel allows as for his us for defeating swords him in Ireland's and I don't take people being mean on twitter all all that series because I don't really believe twitter to be real life my experience of Ms in Dublin and I go into the shops or walking down the street and it's just you know people beeping their horn waving over people Russian and for for pictures and wishing those look on our next fight and and that's where my energy energy goes and that's what my focus is not on on a couple of meanings on on twitter fair enough. I'm inclined to say this feels like a new connor because of the way he was when I when I saw him on Friday but again you've known him long before any of this. Do you recall the last time he was this relaxed this happy. This zen like it was really we something to see and to feel that energy. Do you recall the last time he was like that day in and day out. No this this this is a this is new for me. The level of structure in his life. Now it's like You know he's he's already won nowadays always Mama two children. And he's very he's very settled in everything he's doing now and that means yes full. Focus on What he wants to do and what he wants to do is competed anime and it just emanates from this Calmness calmness this contentment with everything around them on a very rewarding. And it's very relaxing. I'm actually I was I. I was taken about Goldman onto this interview. I was more nervous coming onto this interview and trying to give good answers Diana that the fight on Saturday. That's that's that's that's actually honestly true. My God I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or not. But that's an incredible statement. Considering what's happening on Saturday. I appreciate that honesty. Let's see let's end with the prediction. How does it end if I may if I may give a quick shout please You know about our AH warrior. Training Program Buy Com W. W.. Yes and we have four seasons starting at the end of this month and between the four seasons in Cork Mark Taylor Moore and Belfast. We had over five hundred applicants for. And that's that's a little knock on effect obviously the McGregor affect but that's that's kind of what he's doing. Well you know there's a five hundred people get involved in amateur anime seasons a wimp a wimp two warrior starting all over the world and then own on talking about him injecting energy in today amateur scene in America. It's kind of a credible. Yes come out of this little team in Dublin. Oh maybe he's the one that's going to offer structure to the entire are amateur. Mac and then in the US and then my own little world warrior training program that really taken off globally as well. That's kind of cool bill so I just want to give a shout out to all the people who are doing to try outs. At the moment I wished in the very best I look forward to train them with them. As the season progresses and by the NASA website for women to Warrior Royer DOT COM and the number two to our dot com at number two two Aria Dot Com. I prefer the term Warrior Warrior Training Program. But it's width warrior at Dot Com and the seasons in in Tristar Gym or seasons in Melendez Japan Dan. It's an all at the top gyms around the world and it's only grown. I think there's about fifty seasons running annually now will lead and it's grown so jump on their of your gym owner or your interesting experience of of animated transformational effect mentally and physically want a review of testimonials at sea. It's see it's for you Anyway we'll we'll leave it at that They did the prediction. The prediction is that the the systems is. What's GonNa win this fight and a cool calm collected Conor McGregor with no mistakes? It's going to be beautiful fight as again I. I love watching by the various. I almost every time I watch it. I think up something new and this is a fight. I believe it will be studied for a long time as well and wetter dots. Connor catching them in a guillotine and the first two minutes or knocking at the twentieth. ninetieth minute I don't see that as important as the method that the fight goes the systems used within the fight so I predict a a beautiful destruction. I like it. We'll leave it at that. That's an interesting take on the prediction. A bit of unique one but I like it very much. Ah had nostalgic feelings going up and down my body all show long now doing the show. You know it's been a long time that we've had a chance to feel this way about a connor fight eight and the buzz. That is to come this week. It feels like two thousand sixteen and fifteen all over again. I know we all kind of long for that. That was a really fun. Time in the sport from the media perspective. Coaching Perspective Fighting Crisp. It was just a lot of fun to to be a part of it so this has been a really fun day and it's perfect and with you and you know the tradition is two fold. I just want to say you know. It's always been two full all. That's always been the Monday before and the Monday after the victory so I just WanNa put you on the spot here and hope that we get stuck and next week a big week for you to with Dylan in Bella toward orange. The train rolls along so nice to have you on nice to see the whole team. Everyone was so nice and welcoming to me on on Friday and I really appreciate that nice to see the addition of a Dj Ej. Well that's a long ways from the barn back in the day in Thank you so much John guys this week and of course. Good luck on Saturdays. Well thank you sir. All right we'll talk to you soon. There he is the one and only the head coach over at Sba Ireland the Great John Cavanaugh ending as we should on the Monday before a conor McGregor fight. So here we are. The Monday is over. I hope you enjoyed the show. I hope you had fun. I hope it brought back some nostalgic feelings as well. Maybe maybe if you're flying to Las Vegas for this fight maybe for one of those people. I hope that you are able to watch this. And maybe perhaps you are a little more excited about what's to come on Saturday. Saturday can tell you I am. I really am and by the way we gave you some celebrity predictions the most important prediction of the mall from my mom. Texted it to me. She said Conor McGregor prediction so they take us the favorite after all but mom knows weighing in as well what a great day. What a great time to be alive? What what a way to start the two thousand twenty year as far as the UFC concern appreciate everyone who watches today's program and I hope you'll watch our coverage read our coverage? Listen were coverage all week long. Starting tomorrow in Las Vegas thank you very much dominant crews get well soon. Thank you very much Eddie Alvarez looking forward to his return as well thank thank you very much and good luck to Anthony Pettis. Good luck to Conor McGregor on Saturday as well. Thank you very much to him. Thank you to Owen. Roddy and coach John Cavanaugh. And of course good luck to Roxanne Monastery might very if you missed anything. Of course you can check it out on our youtube page apple podcasts. spotify Google play all those places and more. He is back for for the first time since October of two thousand eighteen Saturday night. UFC Two forty six only on ESPN plus pay per view Conor McGregor against Donald Sironi. We'll be back next next week. Talk about the same time a place to tell that I say peace. I'm Outta here thirty one now. Do you think is fighting forty. I think it's worth Ronnie is water law in the locker room. Ow God is going to win. You know I I think that this is his redemption story. I got Surani going to be a great fight. Two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second I think he's found his edgy again. I think he has a chip on his shoulder from his last loss. I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to you. I was but I'm even better than who I want. You know. Everyone says Oh we missed the at the two thousand sixteen fifteen or whatever it was connor. Does I got cowboy. Winning the fight via finished fourth or fifth round and this is a very very good match up to one hundred seventy pounds and both these guys are just average is report fresh shop fast night. Dangerous powerful full of energy. I kinda waiting. I'M GONNA have to go with my countrymen Burger. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be in good mental space conlon's on people when he lands clan on Sironi. It's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an early night McGregor versus Donald Surani. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I I loved it. Amazing how people are talking about Donald Thrown stogies fighting punk or something like that. This is the guy that has so many records Tampa forever and always etched in stone coming off a lawsuit could be but I still got him coming back and going PIPPA care. I have McGregor in this one. If all of us as fans watching get hit third fourth and fifth round this is Albany. Get really fun with the cowboys. Ronnie I think conners able to get it not within three. Then he couldn't have picked another guy cowboy grow up guy that's every deserves a shot and respective and I'm telling you for both guys. How do you stop talking about?

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McGregor vs. Cerrone Press Conference Reaction With Chael Sonnen, Fan Calls

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McGregor vs. Cerrone Press Conference Reaction With Chael Sonnen, Fan Calls

"Gets into his flow. He just posted too. Many threats around feeling called against fully prepared fully committed Conor McGregor stupid. To think at this man doesn't have wrestling defense or some kind of grappling defense. And it's me at this game. I made this game. What it is you know? We stay smits Tom. You shouldn't get near although we'll be blood spilled it will not be bad blood and it will be Ko gentlemen. Welcome back in your life on this Wednesday night here in Las Vegas Nevada Hogan everyone and welcome to a very special edition vary Hawaii's Emma may show right here on. ESPN radio oh the SPN APP and Siriusxm Channel Eighty. We are instant city and it is nine. PM Pacific Time a little. After nine Pierre nine zero three to be exact but more importantly midnight on east coast twelve o three. Am and I am told that the freaks come out at night. That's what I'm told from the the radio vets at ESPN in so. I specifically asked for this time slot because I wanna hear from the FREAKS. We've got a lot to talk about on on this Wednesday evening. The you have to forty six press conference is in the books. It is the highly anticipated return of Conor McGregor. The notorious Conor McGregor who did not fight once in twenty nine thousand nine who had unbelievably Tumultuous Twenty Nineteen. His last appearance inside the Octagon October of two thousand eighteen. He lost to Habibur Mogomedov in a fight. That was dark. That was heavy. That was At times times uncomfortable the trash talk vitriol the venom being spewed by both men and in particular Connor McGregor leading up to that fight was not fun. The fight itself itself was cool. It was fun it was it was dramatic at times. The aftermath was ugly and could have gotten a lot worse. It was here in Las Vegas. You Recall Habib even and his team. I thought incited it. All by Habib first jumping over the cage and Going after conner's team and then he'll be team going early in the cage after connor and everyone got to spend it was just a whole mess of a situation where we haven't seen connor flight since then and like I said twenty nineteen one to forget. Multiple will run INS with the law here in the United States issues back home in Ireland accusations allegations and for a minute. We thought maybe he wouldn't come back but he was actually trying wrong by the way to come back over. The summer broke his left. Hand that derail things that delayed things but now here we are January eighteenth. It goes down. T. Mobile the arena. Las Vegas you have to forty six. At one hundred seventy pounds Conor McGregor going up against Donald Sharoni. In fact this rivalry if you will started back back in two thousand fifteen at a press conference here in Vegas where they went back and forth and now here we are like four and a half or so years later. They're actually going to fight. The stakes couldn't be higher fire. And it's interesting because this is the first time in Connor's career that excuse me first time over the past five years of Connor's career that he is not fighting for the belt or that he is not a champion going into a fight but still the stakes feel incredibly high. Why because he needs to get back on track? He hasn't want since November of two thousand sixteen. His last win was against Eddie Alvarez Madison Square Garden where he made history by becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time then of course when after the mayweather fight light fought him in August of two thousand. Seventeen here in Las Vegas went ten rounds ultimately lost. That fight took almost a year off Fox Habib and then then last year was inactive. He has to win. He has to look good and all eyes are going to be on how he looks how he behaves. What he says afterwards on on Saturday night in Las Vegas Tonight on this program? I want to hear from all of you. I WANNA get your say on what you thought about the press conference what you think about the fight. What you think of this this new conor McGregor what you think about the dynamic between both connor answer only where he goes from here with victory? Anything goes whatever's on your mind. I want to hear it. So gimme a call one. Triple eight seven to nine three seven seven six one eight hundred eighty eight say. ESPN that's the number to call one. Eight eight eight seven to nine three seven seven six all of our callers. All of our guests appear on the Shell Pennzoil performance line and of course. ESPN radio's presented by Progressive Progressive Insurance. Now it's time for straight talk brought to you by straight talk wireless. This is the straight talk as far as the press conference. That happened just about for so hours ago here in Las Vegas Vegas I. Everyone wanted to know if connor would be late. He's notorious for that. Pardon the PUN. That's his thing guess. What not only was he on time when he was actually early? Twenty minutes early they started exactly at five. PM Pacific Great Sign Right and what has been the main talking point going into this fight since my interview with him aired aired on my show on Monday area. Who WanNa know more than may show on the planet? You probably already big fan of it. If you're not get with the program anyway. The big story was the new connor. Wow He's so calm. He so collected he so zen. Like where's the. Where's the trash talking conor McGregor? Where's the mean conor McGregor under? where's the Connor McGregor? Who Likes to put down opponent? Looks a talk himself up. He seems so at peace so happy and going into that interview. His team kept telling me no. He's really really happy. There's been no issues. He's back on track. In fact he's in a better place was back in two thousand fifteen. Two Thousand Sixteen Prime Conor McGregor rigger. It's actually true. Him Fighting on one seventy not having to cut anyway not fighting a one fifty five just focusing on the training having an opponent opponent. That isn't getting under his skin where there's no bad blood with him in the this is all working in our favor and I was like yeah guys come on. This is a cliche. We hear this in the fight. Game the time all the the fighters coming back and Oh you know. He's he's he's looking better than ever any feels better than ever and he's fighting better than ever and he's training better than ever. Yeah Yeah we heard that. And then they stumble. It's like there's a bunch of excuses and I sat in front of him and then I spoke to him for an hour and now I believe it I believe that once seventy was the right call when I didn't initially initially I believe he's in a very good place I believe he's happy. I believe he's back mentally physically and what we saw at the press conference today was a man who I think thought he was about to lose all of this. You heard him say I'm so happy to be back in Las Vegas. I'm so happy to be back in America. I'm so happy to be fighting again. I respect my opponent kept thanking the audience. It was like he was at a a Disney world parade like waving to everyone just happy to be on display. He was going down the path of being that stereotypical fighter who almost blew woodall. who had nothing one everything and then was about to lose everything and I think he recognizes that this is the second chance and he'd better not blow it and so so he's been on good behavior and I'm not going to say for the rest of his career? He's going to be an angel but I think it was important for him and his team considering everything that happened to him everything that he did to himself all very much self-inflicted last year things that were indefensible. I think it's been important for them to be on their best behavior to be on time to be respectful to represent themselves and the sport and you have seen the best light possible. And he's doing that. This has been a phenomenal week. No drama no issues. No stumbles even with all the the bad stuff. Still kind of lingering hanging over him he's handling handling it all very well impressively and so to me. It felt like a guy who was just happy to be back happy to be there thirty almost lost it all enjoy the moment and I know there are some people who were a little upset you want to see the clown perform perform in front of you. You want to see the show you want to see him dancing in front of you right. You WanNa see all that stuff. I I get that but this. Isn't that fight. This isn't that moment for him. He doesn't want that if you were reading. The tea leaves. If you're paying attention you've known it was going to go down like that exactly exactly like that. That wasn't a surprise to me. That press conference was never going to be filled with fireworks vitriol. None of that stuff and ceremonies not that Kinda Guy. He's not that kind of trash talking guy. He's not the Kinda guy that wants to get under his opponent skin. But here's my theory. I have a theory for all of you. Everyone walked away from the press conference saying all right there was respect. They were nice to each other. You know a couple of lines. Oh you know blood will be spilled but no bad. Blood will be spilt great line from kind of Gregory. You heard at the top of the show but I have a theory. There actually was mental warfare. There actually was mental warfare. Being played by Conor McGregor. Maybe subconsciously but I do believe mental warfare was played. You may think I'm crazy by saying this because it was so nice because there was so much so much love it was like a mutual admiration society but there was mental warfare. After after the break. I'll tell you exactly what that mental warfare was and in fact my great friend and colleague the One and only Chelsea son and the man with the largest arms at a West Linn Oregon my colleague here at Espn one of the brightest minds in the history of the game as far as promotion is concerned. He'll join me. I'm going to tell them what my theory is is as far as the mental warfare. And I'll get his take on that I want to hear from you one triple eight say. ESPN one eight eight eight seven nine. Three seven seven six. That's the number to call this. This was straight talk. Brought to you by straight talk wireless everything for less only at Walmart. Don't go anywhere we're going to hear from chill P after the break. We're going to hear from all of you we. We got a lot more to discuss right here on the number one show on the planet the Hell WanNa show on. ESPN radio as you. 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The return turn of the notorious Conor McGregor his first fight since October of two thousand eighteen. He's going up against Donald cerrone cowboys. Aronie it's on. ESPN plus pay per view. Everyone's ones buzzing. It's a it's a big scene here. They're expecting a gate of more than ten million dollars. Obviously whenever connor fights it's a big deal the press conferences. Tis are always a big deal. This time around. The press conference just ended a few hours ago and there wasn't a strong Irish presence and that's expected it's after the holidays. They're not expecting a lot of Irish. Is people come over but it sold out and a lot of people are obviously very excited locally all over the place I mean. People have traveled from all but I don't think we'll see the same kind of Irish presence that that we saw back in two thousand fifteen two thousand sixteen days. ESPN radio's presented by progressive insurance. All callers appear on the Shell Pennzoil performance line. You can give give us a call right now. One triple eight seven to nine three seven seven six. That's one eighty eight say. ESPN and we're brought to you by the Shell. V Power NITRO PLUS PREMIUM GASOLINE SELENA engineered with four levels of defense against gunk wear corrosion and friction so Prior to the break. I said that I actually thought that mental warfare where was played at the press conference. Everyone's saying Oh is nice pleasantries all that stuff more but actually think that something really interesting and smart happen. Let me say hello to my good friend and colleague one of the brightest minds in the history of this fight game the one and only showpiece son informer UFC title contender former belt or title contender. And just all around great guy. He's probably in bed right now. He wants to be sleeping but I've asked him to do one Hick today because we've been out of seven and Chelsea how are you. What's up here? One eight seven. Am Sun early for me from the country up early every day. It's nice to hear your voice. Oh by the way it is very nice. I missed you. I mean I saw like two hours ago and it's been a great day. We started the show. Excuse me the day on the Strip Caesar's palace we did Arie on the bad guys up on. ESPN plus the platform that we built That was fun. We got to do a whole bunch of stuff throughout the day. We're going to be doing doing a whole bunch of stuff all week long here in Vegas but the big story of the day. Of course. The press conference highly anticipated. Everyone wants to see what kind of connor would show up with. The VIBE was between before I ask you about my theory I let me ask you this scale of one to ten. How would you rate that from an entertainment standpoint? I loved it I loved it because because of the old bits McMahon philosophy always give the crowd what they want but never give them what they're expecting. I like that and I think conor is going to go. You know he's GonNa go hot sometimes on a scale scale of one to ten he's GonNa come at you at ten every now and then he's gotta go with two or three. I mean a great way to make people here. You isn't to shout it's to lower your voice voice and force them to listen a little bit clear but I have to tell you. You did a great tease at a great leader. I am dying. What what is your theory? What really do you think happened happened today? Okay so this is it. We know that historically Donald Surani sometimes on the big stage you know. He stumbles historically when the going gets tough he tends to. He tends to turtle up a little bit you know. He's fought for the multiple times and W C world extreme cage fighting back in the day and of course now and you have see. He never won the big one and even when he's not fighting for the belt. When it's a big stage he falters and so what I think conor did subconsciously consciously was ler him in false all sense of security where buds? This is going to be fun. It's going to be like an old sparring match. There's nothing to worry about here. It's going to be okay because look at what happened exactly aclu year ago. Exactly you're going to Brooklyn first event on. Espn Alex Hernandez what did he do. He poked him remember. He said if I soon the hotel he's an old man I'm going to retire. Hire him all that stuff you remember. How Hot Surani was how Mattie was? How disrespected he felt and look at the Surani that showed up? Connor doesn't want that Surani. He wants a happy Surani. Happy to be happy. Happy to take part in the in the connor show and Bam Saturday night. BAM head kick Bam left-hand Bam you're done in round one. I think he was playing tricks with him. I I think he actually feels. Now it's running. We're buds it's not going to be so bad and connor was playing and that's the mental warfare. What do you think okay make? No mistake okay. Yes Congress is going to step in the back absolutely within the rules and Donald Lauren. Conrad trying to play that same day with him and he's going going to step in the back as well. Look I like everything that you just said. I don't know if I will subscribe quite to the fact that it was calculated in predetermined. I think it was more unintentional. I do agree with you that that is what happened for whatever reason. Connor is not very nice behavior. Not for nothing. When Connor wants to be a gentleman he is quite a gentleman? I mean he could be very complimentary at times. I thought I want to go. And then he was going to be pretty nice to Donald. I think you predicted the same. However here's a part I had wrong I oh I thought that conner would spew plenty of Benham? He would just shoot. The Benham added the S. brother at copied ATMA's but I thought he would pick his shots and then remain main humbling kind to throw me. I was wrong about that. He man when he cooled down. He called it all the way and by the way. I don't know if you picked up on this but a very big thing for connor At press conferences historically and the way in for that matter as well when connor does a face off he cannot be trusted. I mean they don't white has to break a sweat every time time. He's gotTa get involved sometimes Dana Pushing so far apart I would. Somebody caught her through a kick at them and just like barely missed like connor can't be trusted face to face and I thought okay. They're going to clear the tables tables and this is where he'll turn comes but it never came and quite frankly for somebody to show Cowboys Aronie respect of which in fairness he has earned and he deserves. I thought it was a cool move in many ways. It wasn't what we tuned. In or but era I am glad I did. I'd be fair with you. We're talking to tell son in here on. ESPN PIN radio. ESPN APP Sirius. Xm Channel Eighty. Were breaking down the press conference that we do here in the world of mixed martial arts like the NBA press conferences. Come and go and no one cares about them. In in our sport we actually do shows based off of press conferences. That's how much fun this sport is. All right everyone needs to lighten up a little bit and just have a little fun and it was great entertainment but one thing that I thought Surani did wrong. Chill he said Hey. We're all good as long as you. We'll talk about my grandma's lines we're talking about family. We're all good connor. That's me to me. That's a guy who's saying like please I don't want any harm. I don't want want any trouble please. Just don't make a personal. And so what did Connor do. He did exactly what Sironi asked him to do. It's not personal buddy. We're friends and then come Saturday. He's GonNa go for the knockout very early. He's he's it's so to me it was. It was brilliant. It was a different kind of brilliant. It wasn't the same kind of aggressive connor that we've seen in the past but it was the one who is here little kitty kitty and then cup lamb no air. I'm not going to be able to sleep at night. I'm not gonNa live with the fact that you are. We're giving so much credit to this. Your analysis and interpretation of what happened is completely correct. I don't disagree. You're feeling the audience. But there's a part of you giving living connor credit for a mental manipulation. Yes that I don't WanNa take credit for it because I don't believe that he tactically and strategically earned it. I do. I think it's a byproduct I think everything that you had is true. And yes he's looking to complain and he's going to ask back. I just think you're giving a little bit too much now. Read it to his strategy strategy. I really think it was unintentional. You're crazy We have thirty seconds on me. Ask You faced off. Size has been a big talking point going into this fight you feel like Surani. It has a size advantage. Yes I do. And by the way thrown had a a great jacket on not for nothing worth metrics. Yeah I think that size is a real thing. Then look if you hit somebody the size that they are. I mean it's kind of like chopping down a tree. You need a whole bunch of shots. If if it's a big tree you just do it could just take more it can just absorb. It's a very real thing. What connor has the knockout power? I don't question that but he's not gonNA get one shot. Has Some people use Josie by example. It's not that kind of fight love. You can go back to bed now. Thank you love you son and joining us your calls. I promise after the break we're talking. UFC Two forty be six right here on ESPN radio. Don't go anywhere Viva Las Vegas. It's the Hawaii show right here on. ESPN radio these Sirius. Xm Channel Eighty. Thank you very much by the way to our good friends over at ESPN radio eleven. Hundred here in Vegas for allowing me to do the show here special Wednesday late Wednesday early Thursday morning depending on where you are addition of the Hawaii show it is nine thirty two. PM Pacific Time Twelve thirty two am am on the East Coast. And we are talking all things Conor McGregor versus Donald Sharoni. One triple eight seven to nine three seven six one eight eight eight say. ESPN that's the number number to call it. UPN radio by the way is presented by progressive insurance creators of the name. Your price tool choose from a range of coverage options and pick the price that works for you visit visit Progressive Dot com today so I said calls we want him. We got him nick. Pittsburgh Europe I. What's on your mind Ariel? Oh my gosh. I can't believe we're speaking. This is amazing for having. Oh Gee maybe you need to have this on your Monday shows like maybe once a month a little phone call actually a little bit cook. We break the fourth wall here for a second. This show needs to be on every day. All right enough of Dili. I'll put everyone on bless this show on. ESPN radio every day. Anyone who thinks there's nothing to talk about this sport doesn't have an off season. There's always something to talk talk about. Is there a better show. Is there a show. That's more in tune with the fans. And what they want to talk about what they have on their mind than this one. No anyway back to you. I'm in Pittsburgh. Berg talking to area Halawani right what he sits across from Qatar Mcgregor bird with what do you mean. Oh my gosh but but now there's no shit okay. A couple of this is this is good to see connor back but you know this notion that this is a new connor. You know you wait until Mas Ospital COMINGTON anybody stand in front of him and starts now thing off. I have a feeling we're going to see the old connor starts to come back and I mean it's not only just that you know everybody is writing cowboy off. I mean I think conor is GonNa win but what if you know we go in here. McGregor wants to make a statement. You know he's been and submitted a couple of times he wants to try to submit. You know Surani trying to send a message and you know Surani catches and slipping real quick and then you know Surani tries to go get his. BMI SPELL B. Where does that leave McGregor? What happened to McGregor if that happens? Okay we'll make you said a lot there first first of all. I don't think anyone is suggesting that the old connor can come back at some point. I mean he's not like a completely different guy didn't walk into a booth and you know change himself in a completely different human but I think what was important. was that for this fight. He showed up a little different a little more relaxed more calm just less aggressive and I think he's accomplished that does not. Everything's he's GonNa Change leading up to this fight so that's number one number two. Yeah you're right I mean cowboy can win this fight. He's no bum. I think he has been a little bit disrespected. The guys the winningest fighter. Can you see history. He can win this fight in many different ways. His ground game is underrated in my opinion and the fact that it's happening seventy probably favors him because he is the bigger fighter and the more natural seventy pounds. But here's another thing that's being talked about historically connor fights guys who are on winning streak winning streaks excuse me their confidence is very high. They're feeling good about themselves. They want five zero six zero seven in a row. Right I mean although and Mayweather Mendez Eddie Alvarez just just one the belt when they fought. Here's a Guy Donald Sironi who's lost his last two. Not only has he lost his last two he was finished in his last. Two and those fights happened happened in the last seven months. What's his confidence like? How's he feeling about himself? Where's he at mentally so there's a lot at stake here? There's a lot at play and I think that's that's what makes this fight so much fun. Let's go back to the phone lines. Great Call my mouth. Let's go to Jack in Harrisonburg Jack. What's up hey funny that's awesome? You know as I just you know wanted to make a point you know I think you know which McGregor a greater his downfall really happen but the mayweather fight and I don't think after that he he was saying. I all the controversies everything you know. It got to his head but I think he's finally back to where US like. Okay I'm good and I'm not GonNa talk trash anymore until I finally win again Canal Valley when he's GonNa do that he's back Jack thing. Here's the thing yes you can look at. That may whether fight as a turning point and I think there's something you be said for the fact that look I referenced this all the time but it's a real thing Marvin hagler great boxer once said it's hard to wake up at five. AM when you're waking up in Silk Pyjamas and all of a sudden he has sought pajamas. He's got a lot of them and he's got silk sheets and all the possessions of the world and the Nice cars it's up and yeah maybe he lost a little bit. He lost that drive. Dr But here's the thing. He may have lost the drive but then last year he almost lost it all. He almost went away he almost screwed it all up. You know what I mean. And that's a scary thing for a young man who's thirty one years old and has two children and I think he saw the light and I think he now realizes I can't screw this up. Now you know remains to be seen we've heard this athletes before but at least for right now he's saying all the right things could Derek in Chicago Derek. What's up Derek? Are you there Derek. What's up yeah how you doing? You're on the air my man what's up. Yeah Yeah my question is Do you think this is a new conor McGregor due to the laws to took a beat. And you think you take his trash talk will ever be the same after what happened between him and could be and and I think that it depends on the opponent I think he has no animosity towards Donald Sharoni. So he doesn't have to trash talk him. I think that I see a lot of people saying Habib humbled them. Listen to how he talks about the Hubby fight. He thinks he should have won that fight. He thinks he mistake self-inflicted mistakes write the drinking all that stuff. He thinks that he actually did better than people think he did in that. I don't think it'll be pummeled them. I think what happened last year. Humbled him I think two thousand and nine thousand nine humbled them. I think being a jail cell Miami humbled them I think the allegations humbled them. I think him acting a fool humbled them. I don't think he'd like to us. It could be that way but I don't think internally he feels Kabaeva pummeled them and he thinks that he could beat him nine times out of ten. Let's go do nate in Columbus Nate. What's up what's going on man? What's going on man how you doing great? Hey so so. Here's the thing McGregor eight humbled. Let's let's just get that out there. Okay he's still the same person Persson he was even before the mayweather fight is a hype. He's a hyped fighter. And here's the thing that a lot of people don't don't take into account account for A. I saw something today. Where online or on social media where he said you know he saw Lebron spends hundred fifty million a year on taking taking care of his body and McGregor realized that? So that's GONNA help. Prepare him to be a better fighter. But then also there are people in his camp that really that are really like substantially good fighters at is weak spots so like Dylan Danis being a world class Ju Jitsu or more Moi Tie fighter. I mean that like working with Dylan. Dana's every day is going to to prepare him to be a better ground fighter so I give McGregor this fight because he's going to be a better ground fighter. You're going to be a better striker. Like he always has been. He's that he is a world. Class striker always has been but now he's got ground game on point and it's GonNa be all McGregor Schwinn say. Thank you for giving me the time to talk. Doc in the air have a great night and go bucks baby all right. which books are we talking about by the way we're talking about the Tampa Bay buccaneers the Milwaukee Bucks the Pittsburgh Pirates? I don't no no let's go to Joe in Chicago. Joe What's up going. Thanks for having me So I got two things. I WANNA share theory About Qatar augurs gauge. I'm sorry Cowboy vers gates after that and the DC the Mike engage face and he said you know there's Irishman next for you and as you I know he's retired. I want a real fighter so I believe that's why cowboy and he in backlash you blew. Psychology didn't work. Well actually I think it bothered him that gate. She was so personal with his trash talk. I think that bothered him. I think he'd like the fact. That ceremony was a lot more respectful. But all right I it's a fair point but I think it was more about the the personal tax. What was number two? Okay okay So number two I'm a big. I'm a big Fan after his Shuki points last year The jump on Rachel Nichols She kinda go into his Sexual assault allegations and then you today. At the press conference there was a question regarding that I just wanted to like. Where's the line between like? Are we just GonNa Judge Them as entertainers ballplayers or like people. You know Was that question. You think Fair for McGregor tonight after the answering all this stuff on. ESPN like Dana. Said and stuff like that obviously. It's a very valid question but Do you think time is right for that or not. I think it was fair because a lot of other reporters. I haven't had a chance to ask. I didn't even know what the question was because he got cut off. I think the fans and look this is going to happen. You're doing a press conference in front of fans and they get rowdy audience they have their own agendas far as how they want the press conference to go I. I don't think it was right for them to bu but in particular I don't I think Dana White thought that he was helping Connor conor by saying he's not going to answer that we've already addressed it. I think he actually did them a disservice. I think Colin was ready to talk about it. I think he was ready to answer. Whatever question was being thrown at him same way? He was ready to answer them when I asked him about. It didn't say anything before hinder. After and I think Dana was trying to take a bullet for him so to speak and I think he actually did. It serves because now now people are saying like oh he has something to hide he shouldn't have done et Cetera. Let them answer it. It's his business. It's his story and then move on and at that point. Oh you could say look I answered it today I answered it with Arie on. ESPN we're moving on. I'm an innocent man and The the truth will come out time time. GimMe patients all that stuff. But I think by just jumping in there without letting him speak actually did them a disservice. The fans should be ashamed of themselves. You should not be bullying reporting should know y you are are there. That's for the media is a press conference press conference press conference press being the operative word let the man do his job ask question be quiet and then react F. words words and let Connor have his say I think they should just let him speak move on and everyone's happy. Unfortunately that did not happen. All right one more break much more of your calls to forty forty six talk special guests all that and more in the last break for now though standby how Lonnie show. ESPN radio you have to forty six right here on. ESPN radio you the APP and Siriusxm Challenge. We're back after this. There is on fire coming up here in March. There's no main event yet. Things go okay on on Saturday inge quickly Yes yes God willing become here safe and from this bound Saturday night mostly might be well attainable. And who would that be you. Think lawing them or not I couldn't care any weights anything. I'm in prime condition and ready to go. Welcome back to the Hawaii show right here on. ESPN RADIO ESPN APP. And SIRIUSXM channel. Eighty that was from from the UFC. Two Forty six press conference earlier today in Las Vegas. That was my colleague. Marker Monday asking CONOR McGregor just how quickly he can return to Action Shen if all goes well if he walks away relatively unscathed on Saturday night against Donald cerrone and he has lofty goals for twenty twenty says he he wants to fight at least three times. Maybe four told me on Friday that. Hey if all goes well if this goes like. I think it's going to go. Why oh I can't fight next next month now? It's going to happen next month. Because there's a pay per view already booked in Houston and it's it's filled up. They're not going to put them on that card. But I threw out a very what I thought was a very interesting theory on. ESPN DOT COM. This morning. You can see the article. It's up there now. What if conor McGregor defeats Donald Thrown in the relatively really quickly on Saturday night what if he knocks him out in like two minutes could he possibly turn around and fight on March seventh here in Las Vegas March seven? There's a pay per view T.. Mobile arena is a CO main event. John Wayne Lee. You WanNA NJ check throwaway title but this domain Donovan. They want Israel Adesanya to fight. You'll Romero they're having issues with the last style vendor contract issues. They can't agree on terms. Conor wins. Slide them right in their muscles here. He's training he's holding a press conference tomorrow. He wants that fight. Mazda O'Connor conor connor who's connor anyone connor nate Diaz Connor. Nate's luck getting surgery. He's good can they turn turn it around. Can they come to terms with connor. They need a main event. He says he wants to do it so I thought that answer was very interesting. The question was interesting. Good on mark for asking. Let's go back to the phone lines. Let's say hello to Nina in Los Angeles Nina. What's up Inari there Nina going and once all right? Let's go to Tanner in Chicago. Tanner what's up. Hey Areo hey what's up I just wanted to say thanks for taking the call. It's a pleasure to talk to you a student journalists myself and you cover the most bad ass sport and the game so thank you for taking the call So my question for you is If Connor were to and certainly don't hope at this happens and I don't think that this happens but if connor were to lose the cowboy but he still wants to continue his fighting career should he possibly consider moving trying to a different camp. Especially after all the you know over analyze Asian of the you know the whole John. Cavanaugh comment about Connor running the camp and I think Luke Thomas had like a really interesting quote about he was talking about his camp talks like talk about him as if he's like a dictator later so you know he's Kinda surrounded by yes men. Should he consider moving to a camp where he is Coached by people. That won't just treat him and as if he's a God. Listen Congressmen with the same guys. Since Day. One in fact he brought his his early. You know his first. Boxing coach ever is first combat. Sports coach Phil Sutcliffe two-time Olympian from Kremlin boxing club. He brought him back. Say what you will about conor McGregor the person the fight or whatever you want. This man is incredibly loyal. He's not doing. I went back and listen to my very first interview with him in two thousand thirteen and the one thing he said in that interview that stands out till this day he said I will never leave Ireland I will never leave as BG. I will never turn my back on my team and look at corner. It's the same guys. Owen Roddy John Cavanagh Sergei the wrestling coach Artem logo. Same guys. What is this Dick? What are you talking about? These are the same guys. Look at the success they had together for all those years. You think it was those guys that lost the Habib Fight Forum maybe the four days of partying in between training sessions. Maybe he was that or maybe it's just that could be better. How about that? Maybe that's possible and then prior to that was a mayweather fight which he was finding. I was forty nine. And he's a guy who was Owino going into that boxing match in boxing right so I mean I think it's a little much. I think John's comments were twisted. And maybe taken out of context. Who cares what they say to all of us really who cares? Do you really think that a guy with this much at stake with this much to lose is just going to go out there and not surround himself with people who are going to make them better. Like at the end of the day superstars superstars. They can do whatever whatever they want. He's GonNa put himself in position to be surrounded by people who make him comfortable who he trusts who's own interests in mind. Best interests ridiculous thing. He's not leaving these guys. I don't care what you say anyway. Let's we only a couple of minutes. I don't I don't I don't understand Dan. How the only gave us an hour here on his? What could they possibly be talking about tonight other than UFC to forty six the return of Connor McGregor? We've got like two minutes. It's left and I promised my mark money we're really late to get to mark and that's on me but we had so many calls every mark. Are you there two minutes yes. It's it's actually ended and a half. It's Mark Lundy of ESPN DOT COM. He's the one that asked that question to Connor McGregor. And so let me ask you this you ask them the question about the quick turnaround do you think if you winds in two three minutes that he actually can turn around and fight on March seventh and if so who would you book them against. It seems like that's there's been doing and NFL UFC. Why wouldn't you want convert her back in? I mean this week's not not even not even two months against that. I mean just engage. You seem like he's available. Bowl is is whore. Mas It all back from I know and this is after the Yes right. I mean like Conrad said at the press conference lineup. I mean they're possibilities. The possibilities for that is that potential fight if it's going to happen Really Inter Inter relatively short amount of time mark. This is your appearance ever on any of my shows. Thank you very much for your contributions should be should but we're out of time. I love you very much. This has been incredible. Thanks to everyone for tuning in. Thanks everyone back in Bristol. TST ANCO it's been a great night right here in Las Vegas. They only gave me the only game in our. Could you believe it or back on Saturday for three hours so we got a lot more to discuss for now we say good night how Lonnie show. ESPN ESPN radio. The APP Siriusxm Channel Eighty. Thank you so much for listening. Thank you so much for tuning in and we love you all and we'll talk to you on Saturday. We'll yeah well. You didn't think that we would actually say goodbye on a Wednesday without our minimalist tip of the week would you. I know we were on the radio. I know we're big time. I know we're in Las Vegas. We're getting set for two forty six return McGregor Sironi all that stuff more but tradition is tradition. We gotta stick to the script each and every Wednesday. TST minimalist of the week. I need this you need. This troy hit the music. Yes tease minimalist. Okay aerial so I'm very excited heading back to Vegas for my first con regretted fight and I gotta say I took a little inspiration away from Um your sit down interview with Conor McGregor that aired and I want to play this piece of sound this little quote from Connor. Quick to set up the tip of the week for me. It's not about me. I'm in a position where it's not forever. Now this is not only from me and automated so no one will stop my hunger Fridays on my hunger to to compete and entertainment and just live my life the way I wanna live in the way I enjoyed the live in. It's too much money and without awareness of in the past can be dangerous. You know we we can. There's no limits there's no boundaries. You can do anything he can go anywhere you can am. I want to do what I enjoy the on. And this is what I enjoyed going to keep the on and and now I'm doing it full steam ahead and I'm in the best shape of my life mental and physical so with this renewed sense of purpose to connor. McGregor has he is adopting some minimalist principles aerial. He is realizing that even though he has all the money in the world and obviously no for me new scaling down and for your average person rescaling downturns the amount of money we have but he is realizing that things that you can buy anything he wants. But that's not what makes you whole. That's not what makes you a a better person. We have these voids in our lives. We feel West accomplished. Or there's something there's something that is missing we try to fill it with stuff. That doesn't maybe. It fills a void or lie for a day for a week. Maybe a month but then it goes away that initial Pang of joy that you feel goes away and and it fades away and connor. What he is realizing is that things are important? It's the kind of person I am. That's what people remember me by. And that's what I want to you. Rub Off on people who I am not the things that I have. Were you disappointed in that moment. That my follow up question to that statement wasn't have you adopted the minimalist lifestyle. Have you been listening to. TST Did you feel like that was a missed opportunity. My part yeah I mean honestly. I'm surprised he didn't throw it out there right there on camera on air show on Monday that. TST has been impacting him. Yeah I think you have But but see this is interesting because you're saying this and it all sounds good but true or false true or false before we went on the air this evening and what show was so great to be on the radio. I love doing it. Thank you very much by the way to everyone at ESPN forgiving us up to you. I know I kind of play the whole like I want more. But it's honestly an honor and a privilege to even get an hour if if I'm being a hundred percent honest but true or false. You told me you're not buying this act. This changed. Act The nice guy. You're not buying it. So which is it. Is it the minimalist lifestyle that he's adopting or is he just putting on an act so for my purposes whether he means it or not I wanted to take this opportunity to expound on however I don't think this is the genuine. This is genuine one bit really. Think of everything that happened with. Conrad Gregor Twenty nineteen incidents arrest. Bad things happened. I'm all for second can chances but do people really change that quickly. I'm skeptical. I mean this is a guy who famous changed him. Money has changed him. I mean I know he just went on this little minimalist thing here but I'm not necessarily sure if I buy it. I think he's trying to fool people and I think he's on to this little redemption tour right now and he's just keeping it calm and you know using that conspiracy theory that you were alluding to earlier to try to trick people. I think he's tricking us. Wow this is fascinating thing because it feels like Kirkman wrong feels like the public is is buying right. Yeah sure people when he's changed when I spoke to him in August that interview right after the footage was released of him punching the man in the bar. I think most people weren't buying it. They felt he was not being sincere. They felt it was is just you know some sort of script that he was reading from his PR team. But I felt this time around. Not just in my interview but everything that he has said and done over the past five or so days since the the build up for this fight really ramped up. I feel like people are buying it at least for now and like I said on the air it might change. He gets booked against nate nate. He is booked against forbid. He is booked against Tony. Ferguson H. E. WHO's made it very personal. I feel like maybe guy could come out. I mean this is a man connor. I've asked him before are you know has a bit of an anger prom. He he sometimes can't control it and I get that but right now it seems like he's in a good place. He seems happy to me. He seems very genuine. You look at him on that stage. He's happy to be there. He's authentic he's appreciative. He's respectful. Why can't we just take that for what it is? Why do we have to say that? It's it's disingenuous or it's not real it's inauthentic it's fake. Why can't you just trust that? The man's in a good place. He's happy he doesn't want any problems he doesn't want any drama. He just wants to fight. Okay well we shall see. We shall see Saturday night. You have see to forty six to return of CONOR McGregor back and like I said over the past year Conor McGregor versus a broomstick is a big deal like him. Fighting is the story here. CERRONE is a good part of the story and the fact that he's getting his fighting the big payday. That's all well and good but the story on Saturday night that we want to see okay. How plays out is whether or not he wins whether or not he wins impressively and if he loses where does he go from here? Because there's a real story to be told he loses. Does he come back. Does he want to keep going at that point does he say I don't have it anymore. I don't feel like doing this. There's so many questions that are going to be answered not just for Connor for the future of the one seventy division for Horry Mas Vidal for tomorrow's men then for the one fifty five pound vision. He controls so much. He's the only guy that controls everything from one fifty five to one seventy. Maybe even a little one forty five to why the hell not. That's why it's so fun when he's around when he's back when he's thriving it's just a different kind of fight week and we're in the midst of it and we're having a last Thursday. We're going to have Maswadeh. I'll talk to the press talking to the press Connor Rooney and the rest of the two forty six card. Friday wayans so much more coverage coming your way okay and once again Saturday from four to seven eastern live on. ESPN radio myself. 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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor With Teddy Atlas

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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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I am too back in your life on this Monday January anuary thirteen two thousand and twenty Hogan everyone. I'm area. Who WanNa it is so great to be here with you on this Monday afternoon in Bristol? Connecticut Connecticut what a way to start. What should be a really fun week? A really memorable and fun week. I feel it. It's been awhile since I felt something like this before. And of course these kinds of feelings come along with a Connor McGregor flight and so here we are five days away from the return of Conor McGregor arguably the most famous fighter in the history Eh of the sport of mixed martial arts. I don't know who would argue against that but nevertheless sure you can argue against it if you want the biggest draw the face of the UFC still his first fight since October of two thousand eighteen it's UFC two forty six. It goes down this Saturday. Las Vegas T mobile arena. You see the lineup. The main card hard right over there conor McGregor Donald Sironi main event welterweight fight five rounds. We are five days away from that fight. And you know I've been thinking why this one feel so exciting. Why feels special because I know some of the narrative has been? Hey you you know. It's kind of flying under the radar and hey it doesn't feel big doesn't feel like there's a lot of buzz. I would argue the opposite way I would say it feels bigger because we've had a break AAC and this almost feels like our version the Ma version of opening day. The last year of C event was December twenty first in the middle of the night in South Korea. The plus pay-per-view was December fourteenth. So it feels like it's almost been a month between events and that has given us a lot of time. I think to talk about this fight to talk about the return. The stakes the story leading up to this point and it feels to me. And maybe it's because I just came back from Las Vegas. I flew to Las Vegas League late. Thursday night sat down with Connor on Friday afternoon and then flew home that night. And maybe because I was there I was around his team. I spoke to his coaches coaches and it started to feel nostalgic. It started to feel like the old days and they were saying to me about Connor. And I'll and I'll share my thoughts on conor McGregor in that interview. Who is going to air on? Today's show in its entirety was around forty seven minutes. It will air later on. I'll give you the lineup in a second but the main thing that I'll say right off the top is as I was waiting for him and even in the lead up to me going out there and sitting with them and I really do appreciate him giving us the time. He's not talking to a lot of people and it certainly is. It certainly is something that we appreciate that he would give us that time. especially that much time but the main thing that I kept hearing was Oh. He's happier than he's ever been. Oh Oh he no. He's in a great spot mentally physically. This is the old connor. This is better than the old all that stuff and to be honest I roll my eyes and I said I've heard this before and and I said this is a cliche that we hear in the game in sports all the time. Best camp ever all that stuff. But then I sat down with Conor McGregor and I would say that that this is a completely different person than the one that we've seen the last couple of years completely different and we talked about a lot. We touched on a lot. He owned up to a lot. He was very he was very open. I thought he was very forthright. It was different than the guy that I spoke to in August in my opinion and so I'm very curious to hear what you think. You had a lot of thoughts on the August interview. I'm curious to hear what you think about. This particular interview was just two days ago and I know a lot of you saw the teaser. Clip that we posted and and a lot of you are saying that he sounds happier and he sounds more calm. And maybe a little more humble rejuvenated. I can't wait to hear the thoughts afterwards words because I left with a lot of thoughts and I left believing what they were telling me going into the interview. which is he is rejuvenated? He is refocused he is doing all the right things. A lot was touch on a lot was revealed. So I'm looking forward to sharing that with all of you This this sort of Zen like and to be honest. I've been in this before right. I've it reminded me a little bit leading into it of my situation with with John Jones. Back in two thousand and fifteen. When I went to Albuquerque after the hit and run accident I was talking to a guy who's telling me that he was going to change age and he was telling me that he was different and that he has a new lease on life? And all this stuff and I was thinking. Okay I'M GONNA here's some of the stuff that I heard with John because there's a lot of parallels there on with with the trouble that he was getting into and would John. I felt the entire time that he was nervous that he was unsure of himself. I felt that he was kind of feeling like one. One hundred percent. Believe what I'm seeing in this moment and of course we know what happened afterwards. He got in more trouble later on. Didn't get that sense this time around and we never know what's going to happen. It's impossible to predict but didn't get get that sense this time around so that's going to air later on today show. Of course. This is a special fight because there is no belt on the line. It's the first time since the Dennis in a super fight in two thousand fifteen where connors not a champion or. There's no belt online. Because even when he fought twice those were entitled fights but he was still a champion right he was still champion in those fights in this particular case. No belt no champion but it still feels like a big deal because of the comeback because of the stakes aches because of everything that's attached to this fight and so here we are for the first time since you have C.. One eighty three two fighters going into a fight off losing streaks takes off losses to fighters going into a fight main eventing a pay per view first time since Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz did it. You Have C. One eighty three. That's special on its own rate. And the first time since he fought Diego Brandao that he's fighting fighter coming off a loss as well. That's a key thing that no one's talking about the mental part of coming off a loss and then fighting on a stage like conor McGregor. Let's be honest a lot of you say that about surrounding. He has said that about himself. Mentally sometimes he falters in those situations he crumbles in those situations houses confidence going into this fight and and I know as I am about to tell you the line-up here I know a lot of you said over the last day where Sironi on this show whereas his team on the show. I just WanNa make this very clear. I've asked multiple times to come on this show. Not just today but leading up to the fight and team as well unfortunately he declined and as a result of him declining. His team declined as well. But Trust me when I say I tried to get him in his team on multiple occasions coming today show. Hey you got to play with the cards you are dealt and so we will play with these cards. We've got a great show lined up for all of you today all things you have see to forty six discuss now. This is our coverage scheduled for this week. I'm going to Las Vegas on Tuesday tomorrow. Look at all this stuff. We've got our own bag. I live from Sin City on Wednesday and stay on. ESPN plus we've got my radio show special edition of this show on the radio national. Espn Radio National Midnight Eastern. So that's going to be after the press conference which is at eight PM Eastern. That's going to be a lot of fun we've got the way in show on. ESPN plus at noon eastern UFC live to forty six pre show. We've got in addition addition to all that all of our coverage that's going down as far as media day. Mazda is doing a press conference. I'm I'm told on Thursday's world is a ton there is a special edition of. UFC she live on. ABC said ABC ABC NOT ESPN ESPN ABC. Going into a basketball game. Which is incredible my show at four eastern radio show three hours on the radio leading up to the card? So there's a lot there. Let me tell you about today's lineup. Because it's a special and I'm very excited about today's show and and then we will get rocking and rolling so In about two hours and thirty five minutes three thirty five. We're back torch tradition with coach. John Kevin Remember prior to the Habib. He didn't come on and we know what happened there. He wanted to keep things tight and in camp did come on the show. We saw what happened now. We're going back to the old ways coming on the Monday before. I'm looking forward to having John. Kevin on the show tells about the camp and everything leading up to that this fight. Roxanne Montazeri has a big fight coming up against macy barber on Saturday a UFC. Two forty six I saw at the Pi on Friday. And I thought you know what it'd be nice to have Roxanne on as you know friend of the program. We got our happy warrior. Fan Right over here. We've got her book. Had to be positive right over here. So we'll talk to Roxanne Bend modifier at three twenty. We'll talk to Rowdy Owen. Roddy striking coach for Conor McGregor. I'm looking forward to that as I knock over Roxanne's Fan. I always do that. We'll get his perspective effective and he's also launched a new amateur program here in the United States. I'm looking forward to talking to him about that. At around two fifty-five we'll have a lot of celebrities making their prediction of for the fight fifteen celebrities way in stay tuned for that surprise celebrities. I asked a bunch of them to weigh in. That's going to be a lot of fun. A lot of familiar faces at two o'clock. My interview with Conor McGregor will air in its entirety. The sit down from Friday where we talked about all those things leading up to this fight on Saturday. So that's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to you all seeing that one forty-five Anthony Pettis will join us. He has a big fight on Saturdays. Well against Carlos Diego Fajita pick for him coming back to one fifty five Fajita with a five five fight winning streak. He is the fighter on this car with the longest winning streak so a big spot for him an opportunity for Anthony pedestal. Get back on track. Eddie Alvarez we'll join us at one thirty. He is just one of three fighters to a fought both ceremony and McGregor the other two of course Nathan. I didn't see over. And so we'll get his thoughts on the fight and also get thoughts on how he's feeling remember who's part of the one championship lightweight term and had to pull out due to the ankle injury. So we'll get his thoughts on on his health as well and y'all celebrate his birthday yesterday so a big couple of days for eighty Alvarez first birthday then appearing on this program and of course at it One ten we're going to be joined moments by the Great Dominick Cruz who is One of the most brilliant minds in the game of course co-host of unlocking victory with Gilbert Melendez which airs on all the different ESPN platforms. Wanted to get his take on this fight and how he's feeling as well everything going on in the Bantamweight Division with Henry. So who don't all. It's a by the way before we get to let me know when when he's ready. Oh I didn't you didn't tell me all right. Let me just say I appreciate everyone who watched the the award show and I appreciate all the comments. Comet everyone weighing in it was a lot of fun to to hear. Everyone's take on the award show last week. You know what I'm talking about anyway. Let's move along now and say hello to the Great Dominick Cruz. WHO's kind of to join ruinous from his car? There he is dominic are you. I do not here dominic. We'll reconnect with them here or try to fix that. Dominic you hear me give me a thumbs up if you do okay. Maybe he doesn't even hear me all right well. We connect with with dominic in a matter of moments. Of course one of the most brilliant minds in the sport and actually had a chance to talk to To Connor himself he posted a picture on his instagram. I think it was last Sunday that they had a chance either Saturday or Sunday they were both at the Pi and they had a chance to talk to each other. So I'm curious about that exchange but we haven't seen dominic inaction since December of two thousand and sixteen. There's the photo right over there. And by the way the one thing that struck me in this photo look how big connors left hand is. I mean that thing is gigantic is it just the angle or is it really that big. I mean I know. Obviously the left hand is his you know his famous hand and the famous punch and all but holy smokes. That thing looks like bigger than Dobbs head GonNA thing. It's unbelievable it's got the big appeared long hair Going into this fight. I'm curious about that exchange but like I said December two thousand sixteen we actually Recently on the ESPN may twitter and instagram page recently posted a TT of the last time we saw dominic in a in a post fight press conference setting that great scene after his fight against cody. Garbrandt he was standing up the whole time and that got a ton of love like a million views on that clip him standing up. I think a lot of people just hadn't seen it or just love seeing it again. Him standing up and just taking the the defeat in stride and just having such a great perspective when it came to that particular flight and we'd love to see him back on instagram earlier today that he appears to be in in great spirits he was getting some simplicity done. It seemed like on his shoulder. I think it was either a shoulder arms. So hopefully in two thousand twenty which we are in now we'll get a chance to the CMO back in action and things are wide open at one. Thirty five of course We don't know who Henry Pseudo is going to fight next to. You is pushing for the elbow fight Henry by the way finding love announcing on instagram Graham over the weekend so Mazal Tov to him. His his his lucky partner. But we don't know when he's going to return we also don't know who is going to fight that's still very much up in the air. He's talking about although we have been not so into that fight. Personally guy coming off a loss. I don't know how you should be fighting for a belt only one in a division. Where does Cruz fit into all of that? I Know Coy San Hagan trying to get a fight against him. He's not fighting on the January twenty fifth card in Raleigh North Carolina. So hello there is. There is a lot to discuss with Mr Dominick Cruz. By the way you know going back to the Connor fight here for a second as we try to connect with him you you know it's interesting because I do believe as I mentioned at the top. A lot isn't being made of the fact. That ceremony is going into this fight on to winning streak. Excuse me losing streak usually when you go to fight historically like. I said the last time someone went into a connor. McGregor fight on a loss. Diego Brandao. Usually you're going into a connor fight on a winning streak week right. You're you're floyd mayweather of course your. ATS COMING OFF A win. Your Hubby Moraga made off coming off a long streak. Eighty hours coming off winning the belt. your shows Aldo on on cheek. You're typically rolling right. You're typically on a high. Your your confidence is on a high as well and you're not not coming off two losses in which you have been stopped. It doesn't matter if you're fighting on the PRELIMS IF YOU'RE A fighter coming off of two losses in which you have been stopped I would imagine. Your confidence is a little bit lower than if you're on a winning streak so that's a really interesting aspect in this of course conner's coming off a loss as well uh-huh and he hasn't fought in a while but I think that's a really interesting aspect that people aren't talking about all right. Let's see if we can connect with dominic here. He's joining us now via the phone. Dominic are you there dominic. Do you hear me all right. I think he hears me. We'll connect we shall. We shall make this happen okay. Seems like he's maybe using his his bluetooth. We'll get it done. We'll make it can happen so anyway that I find to be a really interesting thing of course wondering how Connor is going to react to being back everything everything. That's happened pressure on him as well to gain fans back at the end of the day. It really doesn't matter the opponent in my opinion like I said to him versus a broomstick. We can argue about. Should've been this guy. Should it have been geeky. Should've been a guy on a winning streak. Should've been a top contender for the casual Israel Fan for the Joe Sports Fan out there for the mainstream sports fan. All they needed was a win in my opinion I think that a lot of fans are trepidation. I think a lot of fans are taking a bit of a wait and see how this all pans out. is He really back about a lot of people. Come up to me A.. And say you know. Is He really back is he. Is he going to take this seriously. is He really going to stay on the straight narrow all this stuff and I think a lot of fans are not wanting to buy in fully and that's okay but I think one big victory I think one great session Russian on the microphone after and might even honestly it might even happen leading up to Saturday with the past press conference on Wednesday that five o'clock Pacific eight o'clock eastern eastern might even happen. Then I think after that and I I honestly wouldn't be surprised if if he actually throws us for a loop remember before the Chad Mendes fight a lot. Lot of people thought that he would come out very strong very aggressive that he would come out throwing insults and things like that didn't do that. He was very calm going into that. Fight supremely calm and I think he'll come out. This is my guess. I don't think anyone knows. I don't even think he knows. I think he'll come out supremely calm in this one. If if my conversation with him on on Fridays any indication I come out very calm on Wednesdays. Well I don't think you'll see the same kind of fireworks works in Vitriol and animosity that we saw in the Hubby and I think that turned off a Lotta people. As well in fact I was looking back at his debut debut we do a thing on our our linear. TV show which airs on Tuesday nights on either ESPN TOUR ESPN news. And I was looking back at the debut against Marcus. Bridge April six of two thousand thirteen in Stockholm Sweden He was the fourth fight on that card on the facebook. prelims amazingly came out. beat him. one-sided win sixty seven seconds like I said gets the sixty Jeez and then I watched the post fight press conference and it's fascinating because in the post fight press conference. He says something that is actually something that he has been saying leading up to this fight and it was great foreshadowing to what was to come in his life. No one could have guessed that he would have turned into what he ultimately became but he actually gave us a clue as to who he is and what he's all about what could happen if he does get riches and fame and all this stuff and maybe starts to drift. We have that we have that sound. I wanted to share that with you. Because I thought that was fascinating insight into who he he is and even though he's changed so much he's really just the same guy. He was telling us that this was going to happen. This is seven years ago April two thousand thirteen post by press conference Stockholm Sweden. Take take a listen to what connor said after that fight. Just I felt the same. You know what I mean even walking in you know people say about. UFC jitters an auto. uh-huh feel it just felt like another contest and competition is competition as a matter of an local club here and I just felt the same to be honest. I don't know what's is going on here. I'm just here in sixty thousand dollars. I'm just thinking what I'm going to spend on a car anyway. Nice car maybe. Some citizens awesome customer. I don't know just last week. I was collecting the social welfare. And I was in the name like. I don't know what's going to happen. Scientists Labra now as opposed to tell anyone you want you. You WanNa fight next whatever I just want to be kept busy. Competent competition keeps me focused on time. I don't have competition ahead of me. I just seemed to Drift WanNa be kept busy and let's just whatever whatever you wherever and whenever you know you see that. He said right right there when he's not competing he's drifting when he's not competing he's losing focus and that's been the knock and of course he went in a completely different direction and no one could have predicted the legal issues and the incident and the Miami incident. I mean there's just everything that happened post to twenty nine. Look at all that but he said right there when he had no money when he had nothing nothing nothing to his name. When I'm not competing I'm drifting where I'm not competing I lose focus and it's very much the same things that you say now? I wasn't competing. I was losing focus. I was drifting. I found that to be fascinating. Little turn back the clock for all of you in another fun thing. That hasn't been talked about so much. It's leading up to this fight conor brought in a new slash old face to his Catt Ball. Tell you about that person in a moment. Let's try to connect once again with Dominick Cruz. Let's try this now. Dominic are you there dominant. Can you hear me okay. We shall reconnect connect with Dominic. Not sure what's going on with the phone situation but we'll We'll effort as they say in the business So I was just was telling you about. I'll give you the cheese now. This is what happens sometimes when you do live stuff an interesting story. That's played out that I think has flown under the radar that I think we'll get more attention leading up to this fight. One guy that he brought in a familiar face man by the name of Phil sutcliffe cliff. Who is the owner of the Crumlin? Boxing Club the first guy to introduce them to any form of combat sports. When he was twelve years old he went there for the first time and trained in boxing? There we've heard about chrome Phil had never been a part of any of his camps had never been a part of his corner owner for any of his fights in the UFC. He will be part of his corner in this fight. He is a part of the camp for this fight. He is in Las Vegas. He has been training with him and He has said that he did recently. A Good Friday a sparring session and at atk Crumlin for the for the locals for the community for the boxing club and he had a moment. tiffany where he's like. I should have had these guys. My old coaches from back in the day the people who introduced me to boxing back in the day I should have had these people helping me out for the Mercer fight which makes a lot of sense. You have boxing coaches. You're going to have them a part of your boxing camp. When you're making your pro? Boxing debut people who you and so he has brought him back and I think there's great great symbolism in that I think it's it's really fascinating part of this new old going back to the old ways a simpler time a more innocent time to bring back the people who introduce you you too fighting. Who taught you that left hand taught you how to compete taught? You had a fight you bring those people on. That's a really cool story all right. Let's try to get dominant crews here. One more time dominant. Please tell me you can hear me. Can you hear me. I hear you dominic. You're the man thank you. I'm sorry about that. I Apologize Let's get into it. Thank you for joining us. First off I just on your instagram. You're getting some PT. How are you feeling physically? Great you gotta stay on range and most of the movements when you're building back at My tie here going from Mama build a big win everything is up fee just gotta stay on the PT. You'll be able to return yet. I'm I'm sure for the next six months as my goal as an exact time none of that's been established yet I do we know that I'm just building this actress back right shoulder and I'm feeling really good on track. You will return. You will fight again. I will try it again. You you know and this time I'm just staying focused on. Do you know any chance he returned fight. It is against Henry Pseudo. Well there's possibility The way I look at it. He's a champion current and he told me that he wanted to fight me so I I wouldn't if I happen last. He plays musical chairs. Call out which is what he's been doing So I'm not sure what Henry Thinking. But when the champion of the division calls you out you step up and you take it right now is right. I need right for me so I think that's the fight that makes sense. I mean I did lose my last flight. But it was for the title. I was the title holder. And you know I didn't really get my thought to jump right back in there. 'cause I got myself injured back toback but my skill sets have not tarnished at all. They're still there. It's just a matter of stone up and getting that's right with Henry but he's got a right now. I don't think anybody knows what he wants. I don't think he knows what he wants to be on it. Yeah that is that is an astute astute observation perhaps. Let me ask you about this because we were just talking about it. We even showed the photo as we were trying to connect with you. You conversation it seems like with with Conor McGregor regret the last week and I saw a photo that you guys took together. Could you tell us anything about that conversation. What was it like what was what did you guys talk about? It was super like clear and concise conversation. I'd never gotten an opportunity to actually sit and have a conversation with him because there's always some people put like his security guards. He's got an interview or he's gotTa go have a drink window or something. I always going on so This time I walked the Pi. Shut down because I feel unlocked. Victory after the Pi shutdown either in the morning or at night And conor with their closing it down he was there doing training and right at the end of this training he was sitting there and and we just got talking to pick his brain a little on his well. He's doing different why he wants to find his I kind of explained to them how I style I say. Look look this is. I'm being you tonight In this breakdown and miss it how I see in the past few dismantled a lot of people and some of your habit and says this team accurate and he agreed with with the stuff that I was firm but he also said you know I got some other tricks up my sleeve and he showed me then as well and you know I didn't break those down on the show because you know I I wouldn't have known those I'm GonNa say that conversation with them as a Pi. So but I like where he was. I like what he was thinking. I like what he was telling. And I think it's GonNa be fun for the fans to see kind of a different set of movements for him. I mean for me as an observer is an analyst. I two different set of movements. I'll be curious to it'd be how it shows up on fight night for everybody else to see if they're able to make the read and if he's able to make those investments that he showed me if you're one of the most brilliant it minds in the game that's why I wanted to have you on for this particular show leading up to the fight and you had the opportunity to talk to him a little bit but you also did that unlocking victory show which I'm really looking forward to as well but if I could ask you how do you break down. Surani versus McGregor. What are the keys to victory for Surani McGregor? Could he do that for us. Can you give us a little taste. Yeah that show Oh itself will break all that down Where you can experience the movement? But if I'm talking about it in words Sironi gets to stay tall and and he needs to make sure that he's throwing combinations ending combinations with a kick to fight that I like to look back at her only a few shows up like this. I think he'll do really well against rick story a long time ago. It was a while back that he fought Rick Story and restore eh big seventy founder and throwing was coming over and he did really really well and fight now. Rick Stories and up is not under McGregor stand. We all know that however at the south fault it's very powerful and it's more sick Stony Tony. You want to go back and watch that I think would really work against the guy like Connor and you're going to need to because it's long combination slowing finishing with kicks either high or low. He's GonNA WANNA attack the body of early and he's GonNa WanNA attack attack the lexicon early but more than anything I think the key has thrown. He he has to come out already having a first round of fighting in the back so that when he shows up that octagon. He's in his second round already. Because because honor McGregor on fire in the first round leaves nothing nothing almost in the tank in that first round and Sironi. If you look a bit silly does like that. In the first he takes a lot of damage and take getting punched a little bit before he goes up second third fourth fifth round and he really easily win last for around but that first round rarely if I've seen thrown come out awake and never have I seen them come out as the wake I've connor does in the first round. So I think that the big adjust in this fight is GONNA BE SARONIC can come out in that first round as a wake and his warm and as punch ready at the second round when he's fights anybody else and if he can make that adjustment while the very good first round and if this out of the second round into three four and five hundred feet getting closer and closer edging towards ceremony with a with a good answer gives Miss Win I even told that to to connor honor as well and one of the things. That is what I don't really like people thinking that I can't go five. I've done with nate I've shown that I can do this. And I said to them all all we have is history and what you've shown us through. Have it and I asked her. I said habitually. What if what if we see and well in the late around? That's the only time we've ever seen fade. So that's all we have to work with and That's how I'm seeing. This fight laid around to throw money at first round. CARONI doesn't come out in his fights and the second round and I think it's GonNa be a hard a hard ground windfarms fascinating stuff can ask you when you say like to to the Layman Fan. When they hear you you say he? He has to start the fight. Almost like it's a second round. What would you do in the back? Would you do a full five round fight. You go as hard as possible to to sweat into like just try had to mimic what a first round might look like so that you are not as cold in that first round. Is that what you would suggest. Well I have no suggestions because thrown. He's got a a million fights. I mean what are you gonNA suggest to guy like that realistically. I have no suggestions. All I have is what I do myself and I do a long warmups and and you know ever since I was young. My wrestling coach always told me that always stuck with me. I would go to step on the Mat and if I didn't have a full blooded sweat going before I stepped on that wrestling Matt I wasn't I wasn't even allowed to go onto the mat. He's like no. You're not warm. You're not going so he's gotta be warned. He's gotta be woke up. I don't know what that takes take take from his camp but if you just watch any of his fight after the first round when he comes out in the second round he looks different he you look awake. It looks like a different fighter. Punches faster is reacting to different defenses. Improved everything is better in the second round with Ronin so my only only thing is if your him your his camp how do you create that second round fighter in round one that that's all I can ask the question of being I think for everybody. Do you think conor made a mistake by taking his fight. A one seventy no. I talked to Connor. And he's very confident. And you know something I heard you say it was the size of his hand next to my head. It's actually a valid point when you look at the size of his hands when you look at his feet and the size of joint. He's got the frame that can support report the way it's not like he's fat out of shape at one seventy he's just eating and not cutting way and for a guy like connor after talking to him. He prefers that feeling sick. The guy like me who grew up wrestling since I was you know eleven years old. I've been cutting weight my whole life so do not come a little bit away almost feel eerie to me. It almost doesn't feel normal for him. No that's not the case for him. It's harder to cut the way. It feels Erie to be drained and stuck down so I think mentally this is a good move for him and he's he's facing a ceremony where like I said in the first round when connor shows that the best thrown he doesn't generally he. I think If we're looking at habits and what I've seen in and film. Connor has the speed advantage. Sironi probably has you know the range advantage that how far out we can keep the fight. He has the advantage. I believe with his legs but realistically I think conor has the boxing advantage in the speed advantage in the powers. Pretty even on both sides I think ceremony has more powered his legs. Connor has more power in his hands. And this is a very very good matchup to make one hundred seventy pounds and in both these guys are just savages in the sports so nobody loses his fight fan. You've been around this game for a very long time this fight game and and I'm wondering I know you said that you haven't had a chance in the past when you did talk to him last weekend. Did you get the sense. People are saying that he is just happy calm relaxed. It seems like he's in a really great place mentally. Did you walk away from that conversation. Saying this guy is like putting on a front or this guy's truly in a really good place and is peaking at the right time. I'm going into this big fight. My experience of Conor McGregor in that moment if somebody at peace who's really looked at all angles and is really learning to deal with the spotlight in a more mature. Way I think everything that happened to him has been a learning experience from them when I sat down and talked to him and he's really understanding standing. What created the mistakes and where he was at when he was creating beautiful thing and The fact that he can recognize intake responsible for where he was at when things weren't working and the fact that he can recognize and be responsible for where he's at when things do work. I think that's a good sign for everybody. What he's WHO's watching this fighting everybody who is a kind of a fight and that his mind is at least coming at it? He's in his life outside of the gym from what I saw and that was you you know that was. I think the question is we always know. He's shows up to fight. But how is he able to contain his mind. His heart his his life is spirit when he's outside of the octagon that's most of US fighters riders. How did how can we contain life without fight And it to me. He looked like he was in a much more peaceful place dealing with what he needed to outside of lights. Make fighting eight more appealing and more effortless for him. How much stock should we put into effect on a two fight losing streak and not just a two fight? Losing streak been stopped twice in in his last two fights like I said earlier it usually connor fight someone there on a long winning streak. Confidence is high. Here's a guy who's coming off. Two straight losses in the span of six months is. Is that a tough spot for Sony debuted. Because don't you wanna be feeling good about yourself going to fight of this magnitude. Yeah I mean honestly with as many fights thrown tad how many times he lost and then come back and gone three four five winning streak. You can't even really like attach that to a guy like ceremony opinion because what he's got is so bad already. It's fought so many times you've got so much experience I think really what you got to look at. If I'm looking at cerrone e over the years and how he shows up and fights I think it comes down to his activity activity level. How active has he been? And how much rent has he given his body leading up to this fight because his last fight that I saw him lose. I don't believe that was the Sironi. That is the Rony I believe. That's the ceremony that got himself to four or five thousand a year and keeps grinding grinding grinding grinding and just take whatever gets thrown at him because he enjoys it but I think that a more clean cut strong savvy. Cowboy comes out if he'd lessons from four or five year. Two maybe three at least three. I mean that's a lot still so two to three. You know if you're fighting five around if a lot how to fight and he's got to get ready for a hard long fight in camp if you've got a five round title fight so it just depends on how well he took care of his body lead into this I think. How much did he give himself? So did he rest at all. Nobody ever knows that was her oni. 'cause it doesn't look like you ever really read if he's not training he's building something if he's not building something he's like walking taking a pit bull down the street or something you never know what what he's doing and if he's actually arresting so it really just comes down to rest I believe so for Surani final thing. Are you you calling this fight on Saturday. No I got that question a lot You know I kind of pulled away from some of the calls recently because I'm getting my body in in really strong shape and you know all that travel makes it all Davis he's office Sounds Great. It's probably call Mr Wonderful. No but I've been building my body stronger to get back in there and compete myself so difficult to is going back and forth area like all right how much TV. How much work can I do? Like a General Israel working class citizen in this regular life of ESPN and color commentary and podcast and all that and how much. How much do I need to set that aside in move into focusing on getting my body strong training competing to today's Rehab when you're traveling going cross country every single weekend you and me both can attest that's very difficult to stay in routine treating your body nicely so I've been focused and staying in? I will be calling John Jones versus Dominic Grant. So if you WANNA hear detailed call make sure you tune into that one okay. So then can I get your pick real quick at the end here. If you're not calling it give us a prediction who wins. Wow Hey you go. That was a nice one Mary. I'll give you that You know if I had a breakdown this fight I like Rony but what you just said about him. Being active in the past six months two times. That's the only thing I don't like I think that that's a little busy for for him. And I think I think conners able to get it done within within three all right. What a pleasure? Thank you dominic. I really appreciate great to hear that you're doing better. Sorry about the stuff at the beginning. Appreciate your patience and we look forward forward to talking to you again. Thanks as always all right. There is the one and only dominick Cruz. Such great insight. It's such a pleasure to hear him each and every time breaking these these fights and checkout unlocking victory later this week you can see it on a multitude of platforms him Gilbert Melendez. He did a fantastic job of breaking things down from a technical standpoint. Now let's transition to our next guess Eddie Alvarez standing by. Let's not wait make him wait any longer there. He is the birthday boy himself. Eddie Alvarez Edward how're you don't hear here Eddie and did you hear me. I can hear you all right. Cool happy birthday my man. What did you do yesterday nothing? We don't we have a dry January me and my wife never drank on January burke's or kind of Just out get a good dinner getting good meal and hang out with the kid. Wow okay well. Why don't you do that only February or something? What you have to do it on your birthday month now yes start year off right all right fair enough? Speaking of which. How are you feeling? We talked to the beginning of the show about the injury that forced out of the one championship tournament. How's the ankle? How's the leg? How's the health? I'm back through one hundred percent. We are wearing one championship about maybe about a month ago month or so ago. So I'm just waiting on the batch. Maters Gimme my next opponent and giving them my date. So we're ready. Wordy barring one hundred percent and when you say okay. You're ready to go. Do you think I know. They just announced in April Dj is going to fight the lightweight. Champion adrenaline is possible on that card possible beforehand. What are you targeting? I just seen this morning about l.. Dj Fight and so on. I'm hoping April. I'm hoping in April as well so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we're we're going to be ready regardless I'm going to be ready to fight three fights this year The idea of getting healthy again with the busy or forty forty so I want going busy title fight on my mind on it. Percents there to take Jacob Final this year so when twenty we we should go undefeated. I WanNa get the world vital. Okay I like it Obviously one of the reasons I want to have you on this particular week as well as because you're one of only three fighters fighters to a fought both Donald cerrone Kinda McGregor. The other two Dennis seaver and nate says when you first heard about this matchup what did you think what were the thoughts that went through your mind when you thought about you. No these guys very well. My my first thought was This by Probably should happen a little while ago. These guys were kind of going at each other a while back though But what a match up. I mean both fighters And both guys can win. Both both guys has what at eight to beat the other to show off that night. I'm excited about it as a fan thin had on it back maybe Fleiss and ask ask for your picking a second. But I'm just curious as someone who fought them both at one fifty five and as a veteran student of the game. What do you think of it? Being at one seventy does that change the will you think about the fight. There's what changed the way I think about the fight. The fact that this fight is happening at welterweight as opposed to lightweight. No it doesn't is it because both are lightweight. Great and they're just choosing not to cut the fifteen pounds order so I don't look at it like this is a welterweight fight. This is a lightweight. Eight by and both guys agreed not to cut the fifteen pounds of water from Tuesday to Friday that we all normally hut so to me. Hey this is a real welterweight. Fine okay dare. I say taking a page at the one championship playbook right yeah. It's hydrated lightweight. Fight we get to see both fighters The best of both fighters the fans the fans wins the fighters win and promoters went. So we want anybody different Gal overweight and one of the Story lines that have been discussed going into this. Fight is the magnitude of a connor. Our fight and historically Surani himself has openly and I really respect him for doing. This has talked about you know sometimes mentally. He hasn't been one hundred percent there. He gets very nervous before his fights. He's even his coaches have told me that before the Leeann Edwards fight. He tried to get out of the fight. He was getting nervous before it. And sometimes he has. You could say crumbled under the pressure. He hasn't won the WC title even though he fought for it a couple times never won the title. You've been in there against Connor. You know what that moment is like. Do you think this will be too big for someone like that. Who has has those tendencies? Who has those traits will that be a factor? I don't I don't think I don't think it's going to be an issue of Surani. Buckle under pressure audience. Uh I don't think southwest. You're only has any issue with an audience and or just showing off anywhere in fighting. He's already proven that I I started looking at this fight about two weeks ago. Who I would think would win this fight? And why so life for cowboy for me and When I looked at Dominick Cruz was like I thought that what I had to say? They had some value. Why it all as from a fighter standpoint but dominance though the words right out of my house my mouth now Despite for Rony is won or lost in the locker room before he comes out He needs to be hot. It needs to they do a full barring A full sparring round before. He's come out as a second round because the second round and third round cowboys caroni that we all know who is keeping distance letting US pick those needs go and combinations is on. That's the unstoppable now with Ronnie that people log and and the one that went by. I'm that's the guy. EAT The show up immediately the night his point it's fascinating to hear both of you mirror the same thoughts as one another and so let me ask you the same. Follow up that I asked him. How would you do that in the back because the back is kind of like? How do you actually do a full round? Would you just say go. Full as far as hitting mitts. Would you like mimicking entire row. What would you do back there? I would I bring my bring my head gear Out these binding guards and everything I bring my best barn partner And then and then you would you around. I mean it's go time. There's no turning back then so you do your full round and you come out in state not have to Like now boy almost his first round of every fight is sparring and he don't start fighting and stop barring though the second and third. He can't afford to do that with someone who comes out so hot like on on I would guess there. I remember there was a belief it was where I grab one of the fittest brothers. Sergio and me and him fought each other almost belong long. What is I felt like? I needed that From me out of felt like I needed off and When you watch even honor? I shared a locker room with him in the back act before he he was sparring beating the shit out autumn for life. ardal out. I was I was almost like I kinda get why someone comes out hot when they spun the back like that they don't need to get into state because they're already in state when you did that with Sergio did it help. Did you feel like it helped you in the fight. which was that you remember? It might have been might have been against. AG It was a real fast starter. It was there I think it was a get H.. H He may be in Detroit when I grabbed him. I said Hey man. Can we get some rounds at both of our coaches kind of decorated us. Physicians getting again. Then why light Longtime Philip. You need that especially against a starter and someone connor who he has the best. I eight minutes of any fighter out there So you're going to need to be on your kids like for Cowboy. I would say coming out hot number one I would say attack the lead leg very hard and fast the the body and stay in picking rain. Don't let him get in boxing. Ring for the first at least the first around St Discipline Flint stain kicking range. Let the door to his body and let the the lake go and whenever he can like he did on that Brazilian cowboy fight. Feel a take down here and there but we have some underrated like wrestling and you get through that. Don't get to show everyone all the time but these dangerous. They're amazing insight. Can I get your prediction. What's the official pick? So I have a horse race I I love the old school guys who started when I did my positive Alvin lawler Anita cowboys so my heart goes out to them. I respect both to these guys but in this particular point I'm picking Bonner and it's not because I think he's the better fighter. I actually think Aronie has more wedding and has more ways to win when I'm picking tonner because of where I think you're GonNa take place I think I think it's GonNa take place standing up. That just won't this won't be resolved on the ground and even more importantly it's going to be taking place in boxing rate honors. It's GONNA force and pressure Surani. And he's GONNA draw bad punches out of he's GONNA be able to bid on so I think it it takes place standing up. Take replace in Boston rains. And kind of wins because of his feet advantage reach advantage and that south hold Iran caroni has been victims a lot of south Wales. RDA headed He's been a victim of a lot of south poles founders owners of bad recipe for him and and if the fight days were at the. It's going to when I envision the fight. I think it's GonNa be standing up an inbox range. I see Connor winning but but that being said if all of us has fans watching get the third fourth and Fifth Brown. This is all going to get really fun. And we'll be able to seek cowboy Surani Echo so I'm looking forward to a good fight just like all you guys are can wait great stuff. Eddie thank you so much. I really appreciate the insight and happy birthday happy to hear. You're doing well looking forward to the return in in a big year for you in two thousand twenty. Thanks my man thank you all right. There he is the one and only the underground king himself at Alvarez. All right now. Let's go to a guy who's actually fighting on Saturday. UFC see to forty-six huge fight for him. Going back down to one fifty. Five is Anthony. Pettus he meets these streaking Diego for his last five in a row. Let's talk to showtime now via the magic of love skype. Anthony how are you. He can hear me but I can hear him. I hear I hear him. I see his lips like shelves reading my lips saying that he can hear me. All right. We're going to connect with Anthony Hero. I heard him anthony. I hear you you hear him. Yup All right cool man. Thank you for doing this and thanks for doing it via skype. I was expecting so. It's nice to see you by the way he was just telling a story. I don't know if you heard it do. Remember that with your brother going going at it with him. I'm in the locker room to prepare for one of his fights sparring you there for that. I'd rather know. He said that he asked your brother to help him prepare for one of his fights and they we did like a full on sparring session in the locker room before one of his fights and it got really tense and everyone had to break them up. Not Not an animosity thing but I was just surprised at Eddie. And you're way classes as you remember. That and I wasn't part of that. Okay that's crazy anyhow. Good to talk to you good to have you back on the show. Big fight for you this Saturday. First off why go back down to one fifty five to one seventy last year ultimately. Why did you make this call? It was always that opposite of fifty. Five I I did myself itself year off cut weight and and help man like right now. I'm feeling great on weight. Cut My body's not hurting and rests on fourteen months on since I went down the halls and like on this Monday how are you how are you feeling. And how much do you weigh. How much more do you have a great man? I have about eight pounds waking up until gallons. He owns watering track. Okay and then obviously this opponent dig overhead and not a household name but a guy who's really good and like I said he's on the longest winning an extreme of anyone as far as UFC fighter concern as far as anyone on the card is concerned five fights in a row. He's one when you were told that this was the opponent did you. Did you know of him. Have you seen any of his fights. Yeah actually fought teammate. On Jared Gordon so I didn't know he was And he's scrapped. Roads could fight okay. You're impressed press with him. I am five injury. I mean he has to use their needs so I'm excited about in their skills on and when you look back at the last time we saw you that was a big spot against. At as a lot of hype surrounding that fight. How do you feel about the fight? Now what are we five or so months later in your feelings about it about how it all went down. How do you feel man crazy? Young training camp for that flight was perfect. I know planes didn't get into California. I was like wait that Wednesday like the Tuesday before I was perfect training camp on and then we go to the fight. A Walk Behind the scenes of Yuzawa comes awesome. Hey we need this. This warrior drug test Monday the first drug test and was to believe you re hydrate so they had into a second drug test but I had to wait until the end so as by our house fight and I had I had to go again and his I'm closing I did a pistachio on those of the second battle. First bottle those I Bala kristaps person clap acquitted inside of a plastic lasted bag and I see blood. There wasn't as bag and I look at my hand and gashed my foam on. You saw mcgirt set. What's on Yeah I call? UFC dock and you not telling you thought it was going on. You'll see dot com zanies. Like argh need stitches can do two things we can s- tissue and then you're probably bleed in the fight or we can glue you shut. What would our whole fight? But then you won't believe in the final shot so I'm like damn decision when our reform fight like do I wanna get stitched up Lewd up data comes back my coaches like now. We're not finding Eddie do do. Did Women fight. I have perfect training camp. I felt amazing in my head. I'm like man like the cut my thumb like they're not gonNA stop. Looks like report the blood on my phone and then I know my process might my thought out without comes in as little team so Lucia a hit with a a lighten it a flashlight and maybe like hardy flew the burn like crazy though agoos shut their houses paid my hands up to the fight. So I paint Lucia on my talk with my fiance. That's due to fly out to be at that point like So I'm like. Let's take my Angeles c-i-s warm-ups I'd say my hand house. My hands by Hamlin spreading my fingers like this wedding rose in though seed right wants they make it sound leading my hands up for the fight. I couldn't warm up thereby crunch. The the rule of Radovan congrats Wilkins. I got I'm so happy. Don't warm up and you could see the fighting goes a perfect training camp. I felt so. Then you're in bed ED rolling. I was in my head on us the wrong energy knock them. I remember thinking like Oh. I'm going to believe easier to hit with that right hand right Hook I saw what is it is rolled back. I think that will mean me attack that I try. I try to get knocked out in the nineties along. I didn't I don't watch that fight. I'll though apple too aggressive so much adrenaline so it was crazy every chain. Count the one hour before the dashing. Miami's evidence and in our fight no compromise so it was trading like even coming from the one. I had so much confidence going on that year's Camp I felt I felt perfect. Don't I don't know like I was ready to fight and you know shit happens. Wow that is an insane story. You've talked about this before right and talk about it because I know I gave you a chance to fight and right now we're going through some Gort on your suing. You saw for this For sure I mean the test the rules are the person administering the drug. That's that Dutch. That bottle glass glass bottle that and put it in. Yeah so I had to touch about. I had a close. I gave up his before. This is my second of the night and I know holding the last cop something jagged Ed Join Dash Mohammed and my head to get up and former. That's absurd and your right hand. You said right hand yeah right here you you see it like in the fight but I had a house painted up you see this or not Yup Yup House tape it up and you see it in the fight eight. He wraps it around here. I'm like a CB grab with like the the USC tape around it. But I can't fight with that so they were like once you out there. We'd have to cut that piece off in Europe and fighting excludes coverages lunar and. I'm just just like man. I'm the man I'm not bitch. I can't say despite wire before the world's leading me to walk out Elena and that no the the cars were dealt not favor. Her was it hurting. Like was a throbbing now. It hurt when I got goose shut. It was a cut and I need digits so they use. It's like now Polish blue. And then they hit with this light and it hardens it up and that shit hurts so bad at Berlin crazy but then like after the shot obviously just doesn't cut my. Oh my gosh that is absurd when you said your weight you were waiting for them to make it right but now you're gonNA actually go with. What do you mean by that? What do you mean by making? I was waiting waiting for respond a lawyer in a way that we eat I immediately went and and talk to you. I think they were talking back and forth and I'm not sure exactly where that's at. I wants to fight came about. I just not worried about that and I'll have my my my legal team take care of that but Yeah so you know they responded or something and I think that's fair out right now. Where are we have to push for and safe to say like in the fight? You're thinking about it a lot like it messed you up now. I mean I wouldn't say that man like I say like I warm up for the fight so our shots instead of actually going in there using my game plan against it. Let's reverence for the rest of my career. If Duke tells tells me not to fight I'm not fighting. Wow so in the back duke. Your head coach longtime head coach. You know a guy who knows you almost as well if not better than anyone in this game told you to step away told you not to not to walk out. Duke was begging me not while I'm in the back arena. I hear the crowd. I hear the fans tough guy is. I didn't want to lose that opportunity denounce dolls. What was going? You know the history and how big an India's man so it wasn't perfect those great opportunity Again my head. I just thought no I don't think build style a fight or a kind of a hand so was dudas wow and as far as the actual lawsuit is concerned. Where are you in that process? I honestly like I stopped calling my lawyers about two weeks ago to make to see update update so I mean I I find I know. It's it's moving forward and in the fight itself used severely injured your foot crack. Did you actually actually break it. Yeah wrote the top of my foot. I Will Point Kiki Chat. I thought it was a high kick. No when I got done. The five check. Locate him a big left hook and then a right locate but again. I didn't set it up bombs like I was planning an amateur out there brown and they're just physically off the sea so oh I'm excited to go this week in the race. That did you have surgery on the foot now. I need surgery Liz Frank or something like the top. The foot is located with thank God. It wasn't Gelo those early in the second round. Okay around around great in the beginning of the second round less with right low kick and he checked. Are you even able to go back and watch that fight or Zimbabwe too much because you have been. Yeah I watched it. I looked like an amateur you. You know what I'm saying. That's not my. That's not how I fight. I would never have fought Navias La. I knew that's the wrong way to fight. A Guy with a Chin like yesterday is what I mean. How's going on you? You've obviously had a lot of highs and you had the lows and we've talked about the roller coaster career but do you think this one because of something as crazy as like closing a bottle cap. Do you think this one will stick like with you for a long time. I don't want this to happen in either fire. Something needs a change in the rules back there like you should be doing this after we perform because I doubt avenue did my fight light and then do my dirt as an hour never had to do with my or my fight so Crazy yeah that's a good point like what's the difference if it happens ten seconds after after the right after the fight walked me out then this or stay with me until I've done now before he's in the League for you in Rome and you've got to warm up so you feel pressure can kinda hurry up and get the Pistons down so I did it and it was a lot of. It was too watery because I was too hydrated and then I had to wait till at a p again and I couldn't get until an hour before and fight so oh wow well. I'm sorry you went through that. So now you get a chance to come back get back on track. Would it be fair to say you're done on one seventy or do you think you're going to no no definitely not. I feel like a no for me. I can bounce between the two guys at one. Seventy fighters dies at five. They WANNA fight and this year on this. A motive really fell in love with the process of training. Again this camp. I did my own my own Trish I did. I did Tristesse. I made all my own the bills. I've never done that before. I got myself down where I'm at right now. I love process and I'm excited about by the way. How do you feel and congratulations to your brother? But how do you feel about him now leaving the UFC going Bell Tower Omega was a business decision. you know we are professional fires. We are price-fighters doesn't matter honestly what what what he's under. I mean my brothers my like you know everybody knows and I took him under my my pops died now. Sixteen years old. He was ten and know that for for me to the scene where he's at right now makes Brown man. He's making good money doing a squirt that we do as a family and he's about to go on the pedestal. Belot or so I'll be there. Yeah the following week from your so big couple of weeks for your family and you don't have to fight on the same card anymore which is probably a good thing for you guys by the way just wanted to ask you this because because you were there and I haven't talked to you about it. I believe you were there when fellow manage early abilities appear to have struck your manager Abraham Cowley. What's your side of the story? What did you see their PF L. early one again to that as that's just something like these guys are too old and where I mean not talk simple? They're in a position where they're supposed to be professional. We're the fighters there the managers. So I mean I mean Abe. Abe handled the self correctly alley at. I don't know what happened personal so things are or is this thing but that's just not I don't I don't agree with that. I agree with that network. Okay Fair enough and being on the same card as Connor. Because I know there was talks of you fighting conor over the summer. What's that like for you? Maybe even if he didn't break his hand he would have fought you in July right. Madison Square Garden. Is it. Weird for you. Is it mixed emotions. Since being on the same part but not fighting him now man honestly I love I love Irish fans burly they come into any debt so they like me so I'm performing in front of these Irish fans in the crowd he brings and he couldn't have picked a better guy cowboys on a guy that's neuro forever. He deserves his shot. Shot and respect. And I'm GonNa tell you for both guys I think can be yours is well. I'm looking forward to that one. That's a big big fight for j goes well thank you so much for the time I am am really sorry you went through that I had no idea and I hope it all works out in your favor and I hope Saturday night does as well for your sake. Good luck out there. They all right there is is Anthony Pettis sharing an absolute crazy story about If in case you missed it an hour before. His fight against Nate D.. As in the locker room cuts his hand. And you see. I tried to ask them questions about. Did it affect you there. This is not a guy who's offering excuses. He could have probably told us the story back in September October. The fight happened in August here. We are January to cut your hand like that mess. You up your right hand. That's crazy stuff. What kind of cup is us? You know like those key cups you get in the doctor's office ray you close it up. I mean how could there be a thing to cut open a hand. That is wild. That is absolutely crazy. So we'll see how that had no idea about that but I'm looking forward to his return. That's on the main card. We ran through the main card very quickly. There Holly L. E. Home Raquel Pennington on on the card as well Carlos Diego for head as I said on the five winning streak on the main card against Anthony Pettus Alexi Olympic against Maurice Green on the main card as well so big fight macy Barbara Against Roxanne modify looking forward to Seduce Joseph A lot of names but also some younger talent that are getting an opportunity to shine on this card like Barbara like yourself so a big spot. Obviously when you fight on a conor McGregor card all right thank you very much to Anthony Pettus for that later in the program. Of course we're GONNA talk to John Cavanaugh on Owen. Roddy and Roxanne Modify Jerry about Saturday night as well but now let us go to interview with Conor McGregor. This happened on Friday in Las Vegas and I know a lot of you are looking forward to it. I had an opportunity to talk to him in August after the The video of the incident in the In the bar and the pub in Dublin was released by. TMZ Him punching the man. We spoke poked him after that. That was a heavily scrutinized interview as far as the meaner and the actions and his future were concerned so I was really looking forward to seeing how he was five months later and of course like I said at the top a lot of people were talking about you know the best camp the best mindset the best health the best training all that that stuff is that really true or is that just the classic Cliche prefight talk so I had an opportunity to sit down in front of him. Talk them for about forty seven or so minutes and we touched on a lot of things and I think a lot of you will find it very interesting and so here without further ado is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor who returns to action this Saturday at UFC. Two Forty six in Las Vegas against Donald Surani. We did this on Friday. The UFC performance institute take a look Connor. It's great to see you again. Good to see how are you good. Yeah it's been a while since I've seen you in person so it's nice to be back here. It's a little bit style. Jake seen the team and whatnot and it's interesting because I've been talking to a lot of members of your team and I keep hearing the same thing we haven't seen him this happy and so long. It's a different connor. He's engaged. She's so motivated. Do agree with all these statements and if so why is that. I'm feeling really good of enjoy my trainer. I took him. I just took my. I listened to myself what I needed to to deal in in in in my in my train and set up and outside of the gym and I- execute them I followed followed. What I what I said to myself that I needed needed to deal? When it's it's it's giving me energy it's given me focus on? I'm happy now young. I'm enjoying my China. So why are you happy now. I mean I'm just focused. I'm just committed. You know when you say to yourself right you know what you've gotta deal we all know what we've gotta deal we say gotTa do. I should do it this way. Honestly do this and if you don't do that and then you carry beyond you. Feel doubt is removed by action. So if you're not working and that's where the Dow I knew things I sh- I should have been doing things I shouldn't shouldn't have been done and still did them and didn't do get me now. I'm 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 on. Its feels good. So that's what got you back on track like. Is there the moment in your life back on track to call when you when you started to tell yourself. I need to go back to how I once was. I thought about a specific moment. It's life life is a crazy roller coaster especially this life and also we've talked we've bounds. I find my best when I set out when I say okay and when I when I must do something do it and I do it I execute it and that's what I'm doing right now. That's what I have done. The China has been phenomenal. My coaches my team. Everyone's been in in sync together and we've had a great camp or very very happy here and you've got to be back in Australia's I haven't been in a while and very excited Eh. Happy somewhat of a Cliche in the fight game best camp of my life. I've never felt better all this stuff and I think in your particular case because there's so much scrutiny on everything that you do mhm people roll their eyes when they say best. Can't we've heard this before. And why should they believe you. Do you want them to believe here. You know I can't I can't focus too much on the external. Okay it's great. It's all positive overweight. Now everything's going great and everyone's saying it's not but I just most focused on my internal. My internal is amazing. My taught strong. My belief is is hi like my confidence is high. And that's it I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to who I was even better than I was. You know. Everyone says we miss the old the old Colorado Two Thousand Sixteen Kinda do whatever it was but I feel better than that now. Fill 'em mature. I've come full circle of have have experienced everything in this business right. I mean just an explains individual. I know what I need to do what I'm doing and I have a solid team of masters stirs tacticians behind me. That are that I discussed my feelings and my talks with them. We brainstorm and communication as an auditing. Hey I wasn't communicating with my team on my people and I was almost assuming that it should be understood now. I just think like every this conversation's nations constant conversations about techniques skills practices and we're all just rising at feeling the energy and it's a beautiful time. was there ever a point where you thought you wouldn't be back to this spot. Maybe not even fight again was ever doubt in your mind. No no I was there. My training was flawless. I like I said when we had that discussion of World Back Right I. I was in phenomenal condition. I had a few little slabs and caused me. I ended up on sale at you know what I mean. It just slipped off slipped slipped away from me but I was in a phenomenal place then also so am I knew I knew I back. I knew I knew it. Sometimes you need sometimes things need to happen to to get things right right. So that's what happened to me and here. I am always spoken in August. It was a bit of a a different connor. You're very contrite. You're apologetic you. You've never been known to be an apologetic guys as a party. Hit in apologize. Absolutely no absolutely everybody and it was different than what to make of it right and they weren't sure if you're being sincere. You're not why we never seen connor. Look as real as against like the slogan of the you get what you see with me. I mean the wrong the wrong and I'm really that's too I am so that wasn't that long ago. That was just five months. Your demeanor is different. You seem different using happier. Of course you're about to fight. What's the difference? Thirteen this guy and that guy in August where were you nervous about your career you know let let people down. And that's it. I'm in a position where I I must take take control of things and and not shy away from things. And that's that's I've never done that my career and I never will do it. I'm back here now. How many how? Many months five months ago. That was solid five months work so very very happy with one thing that I remember you saying in that interview interview was you felt like it was a knife in the heart when you when you started to hear the Irish fans in particular whose faith in you lose lose that trust because they they propped you up right you meant so much much to them. Support of the people means a lot of me. You know I do this to entertain the people you know this. This is for my for my fans and my people who believe in me not not not so much. It's just my my lack of commitment. I think the people who believe in me and support me deserve better and I wished to give them that night and I will I am. I don't like you said people can see that and I'm putting in the work and I'm I'm Putin the focus woken. That's why we're all we're all in good spirits. Did you feel like they are back on your bandwagon or do you think you have something I generally pay you know. That's if even thought of that then. They're not really with manny rates of look. I've got my team people. I know who's with me and I knows not and that's you know I'll say a prayer for those who who of course me try and bring come to me and and move on and stay focused on the positive aspects of my life and there are many many great things in my life and that's it and you know. Ignorance is bliss they say rights. That's that's that's helped me a lot and I'm like I've got blinkers on right. I'm just focused. Nothing can infiltrate my internal herald thoughts. You know no external. It's like a lot of the narratives aerial that people say and it's a crazy game used I used to irradiate me the way the way certain ways narratives spread and twisted and these things and I just I had to disengage from an eight. When I came into the game it would happen? And kinda laugh it off and play and play up to it and do my thing and then I just kept on and on and on and that just get a little a little a little more than our area reactive I reacted to disrespect no more. I'm just focused on myself. My inner thoughts my my teams thoughts awesome. And that's where we're at the legendary boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler He wants said many moons ago that it's it's hard to wake wake up at five. Am to go run outside when you're waking up insult pajamas. You've experienced that now right. I'm kind of in a tracks. McGregor line I am a real thing. It's hard to it's not I don't he gets from me. It's not about when I'm in a position where it it's not. It's forever honing long Tom. This is not for money from me. And so knowing that the money will stop my hunger furnace on my hunger to to compete and entertain and just live my life the way I wanna live in the way. I enjoyed the Lynn. And it's certainly. It's too much money and without an awareness of in the the past can be dangerous. You know we can. There's no limits there's no boundaries. You can do anything he can go anywhere you can put him. I know what I WanNa do and what I enjoy the on. This is what I enjoy. We downtown GonNa keep the on that now. I'm doing it full steam ahead and I'm in the best shape of my life mental and physical. But it's like you're throwing a basketball into a hoop right. You're getting punched in the face as you get punched in the face leading up to the fight in the gym and the face already on. I mean let's me on that but I'm just saying where do you find that motivation. You have forever money. Why do you keep doing this? Because it's far too low of aerial. I absolutely love the game. He spoke. They love this business. It's a world game. I'm involved in so many businesses right driving businesses with. There's no business like the business right. was there any possibility in the making of this fake. Remember time you wanted to fight in December and it didn't work out and it was the Edgar Tong's but then of course we settled on this when the momentum donald in a second but was there ever any issues because of what happened last year with all the stuff making this fight of getting a gun of being able to come to America to make this happen. The roadblocks what companies the ultimate fighting championship bright such and such an amazing company. That's held me and the people in the background and we've we've always on great business on. Its people know my character. You know people that know my character so everything went smooth. The people helped me in the background. They understand that and they helped me. And I'm very thankful for that. So and there was no problem making everything went smooth. I know you were in court in November. You paid the fine guilty for the incident with the bar. We spoke about what happened in Miami. Is there anything else. That's pending in your life now or we have a clean slate in twenty twenty clean slate. I remember you telling me not that long ago you felt like your your your character was being assassinated constantly in the press. You feel like that is still the case you we have what I just said blink or is all that good look at i. I will say a prayer for that. You know what I mean I just it is what it is. It's part of the library. It's just like I said it just got on top of me and then as I reacted but no more now I am. I had I had to go to that point. I I wanted to react and then say I'm done with this. Look we're led me my. I'm looking at where it led me reacting to disrespect and these teams and I just I've learned valuable lessons in this that I'm very very thankful for. I will use them going forward. You Talk to anyone that helped you. You'll see this light to help you. I understand that you have to stop reacting to anyone in particular. I've got some great people in my life. I've got great great people in my life. My coaches my management and everyone like my family. Of course I've had some good conversations with people and the most important you've got to have those internal tape conversations because if you can tell yourself then no-one can tell you so. I'm grateful for paths that that I've been on truly it's phenomenal pat and I'm very very thankful I'm very very excited to be back. How would you describe twenty nine thousand nine for you learning year? A Year of figuring out myself my situation twenty twenty the year of perfect perfect vision right actually got better vision than twenty twenty. I was in the exam. That two thousand fifteen twenty the last the twenty ten but then the lady was like twenty today at this time and two thousand ten is like so I think good eyesight and now you have two children who children boy Connor Junior your daughter which is always a great influence on on on a young man right. How has that changed yet? My daughter Create Marie. Laura McGregor on my heart is with my kids. They are here with me now in Las Vegas. We Have Vegas residence scraper. Bike in the Vegas home with the family is here. Yeah my sister's here helping now absolutely amazing. I'm very very blessed. What a what? A time for the happened for me. You know what I mean. It was right right on the money from me. You know what I mean. I needed my kids to help me. They have helped me and I'm very very happy and very very proud. I remember there was a time when you were talking I remember leading up to the Aldo. Fight Oh he has a family. He's not one hundred percent focused walking around with the way and so did it turn out better than it was a positive. Of course now. I'm very very grateful very very blessed that I can bring my family with Marie. Jose was on his own over here when when we were dealing the tour and all of the all over the United States. It's very oliver who are actually on then Ireland Brazilian everywhere but he ended his family with me. I'm very grateful that I can bring the family with me and the kids and wow how life life is life is crazy right. If his life is beautiful would you want to bring your kids to the fight in. I Don uh now. My daughter's a little your Latino. My my family's coming out like they always come out and I think maybe more mates might stay in the Hilson. We'll see we'll see how it is. It's I'm at work. You know what I mean this work at the the end of the day. And it's a word game so I might bring junior. He's been at some intense sessions. He loves to fly. He lose finding themselves figuring out. I I don't think I won't. I won't bring my daughter my daughter when my when my mother and figure out maybe junior who you are and what you do or not quite yet saying he understands sounds fighting unit here. We are champ junior you. I look forward to the day when I show him tapes and show him footage and doesn't quite honestly all those are very intelligent young boyfriend. I two and a half two and a half years of age. He is very very proud of my family in a in a weird way it is almost possible to say that they help save your. I'm wondering right at the time that I needed. It needed it the most so I'm very very happy very very blessed. Obviously you know we've covered back in August. We covered a lot of this stuff. Happened over the past year for you but serious things have been written about you and I've been alleged towards you. Is there anything that you want to say about these allegations that have been written about you. That have been said about you. Look just no. I can't say anything about this just has to take place right. Does it bother you that these things are out there that people call you you. Yes but so why not on time. Patience patience is a skill we must master. Patience is one of the most valuable skills a human being must monster and I'm working hard to master it and I feel I'm getting there so time. Time will time time show all. That's it right now. I'm focused on on. The ballot focused positively good thoughts. And I'll say a prayer for those who try of course me I try and bring home to me with with with these these type of teams and that's it and as a family man as a father. I mean even things like you know the story that came out. Someone says the father of the child comes up. You're not that bothered that that sticks to you the two and a half years that that situation was going on for so that was that was a tough one for a while but it is what it is they rico last question on this. Can you say as your manager said and your your your legal team said you deny any of these allegations that that I've been yes of course one hundred percent Adia come on you seriously time time please just fine. That's all time will reveal all time and then I just let's see. How did we end up with Donald? Toronto's your opponent you seem to have many options options. Why him well? I said DONALDA history along history. Well not a long history. But we've had the issues. It's an exciting bill. It's a fan friendly belt. Fight that excites me. And it's the fact that I said I partake and I appreciate it. I appreciate Donald. I have to say you know. He's fought a lot of times and since last time I saw him I saw him at that Aldo press conference many many years ago. He's gone on fought so many times he's also a family man who with his grandmother and these things I appreciate that and I respect that melts. Respect demanded edit the method he went about with the proper whiskey. And you know so much so much walk goes into these things and have a bit of respect appreciate that and I look. forty-seven good belt and I know you're not interested in that. That wasn't there on the runway for for me in this part of this time of my life. That is the right way to go about it. You know and especially now. I'm happy to come back and have my combat and the beginning of of my season against Donald and I look forward to. It's going to be good night. I'M GONNA shine here on January. The eighteenth I'm going to create magic inside the many times before but this is going to be something special so the opponent and the weight was your decision. You could have made this. This is one fifty five. I'm underweight right now so how much you weigh on this Friday. Before I'm underweight I'd say sixty one sixteen bit so why not make him. I know I could have. I just don't think he looks wail at fifty four right. He does not look well. It won't be seventy five so don't you want it to suffer on the way to want them. I don't know I could be. It would be anyway when he played you know what I mean. I beat him if I had the flu. I don't hear you know what I mean. I don't want to train and I keep shopping man. Bill includes you know. I'm happy when I and also one seventy is an excitement from seventy. I like what's going on in the division at the minute. You got away with that belt. You've got guys fighting for the belt. And Am I. Am I like all what's going on on the I. Feel good on seventy energetic. It's what I way way. And and that's it so it opens up so how many more options right now. I'm not five now. I could make off of this this problem but I am. I just want go information as it is. Let the let the FI play as it is and then look up all my options. Historically the knock on Donald has been. He can't win. The big one never won the belt and WC everyone you've seen it when it seems like he has a big fight. When the spotlight is on him he falters? There's no bigger spotlight than a fight against you. So are you counting on. Cut You counting on him to not show up so to speak and all that all that mean means nothing. It's it's me. I'm going in their fresh shop. Fast night night dangerous powerful and full of energy and it can be if you WANNA put it on the first flight of the of the of the card in the forest pre lymphoid or something. I think that's that's GonNa make Donald Comfortable. Do and see what happens. It's still GonNa be you know what's going to happen. So let's see I know you're very in tune with what the fans saying. When this was first announced there was like he's ducking gay cheat the fight to make Donald? How can you? Donald is the fight to make. What's your response to the people who say that you were engaged and you pick these fights well first of all I put it into the? US's he's hands right it was like they wanted to make about. I wanted to make the battle juices too heavy to he was going on at certain things or said a lot of people saying things are phone these these he's narratives these these vicious narratives that are going around about me and I'm just I'm just putting on on the backbone of for a minute and we'll get to him. He's not a party is not the way our is. That's a handyman. That is a true handy fight from me so whatever he has made it very personal view right. Now you're not going to be able to make a personal with me sanding now. I've gone to the brink of personal attacks on bulletproof I am. You'RE NOT GONNA you're not going to do. That's that's not that's nothing but I'll fight. Fight him at some stage. I think fighting some stairs yet this year possibly this year. I'm going to be active. I'm going to be. This is a spark in me. I'm going to enhance their replacing here and Michelle fans and and get a beautiful win and we don't do the visions look at me. You know what I mean. A tree tree weight divisions in the on this so very very excited. I'm very happy as long media. pollens continue to take home and I'll continue to knock them down so you're viewing this season as you said hoping for three fights right plus no more possibly more. Yes you laid out perfectly for us. That's what we're all spectrum is hard hard to do right now is actively does activity. I don't even know in the next well if I could win here and put it on the way in which very well could happen. I probably in the next event. That's the type of like for me right after the fight is going to be the next. I'm not I'M NOT GONNA I'm not gonNA like Singing with this this this boys you know because you can get caught open it right you get to win. Great Dan and all this all this still. I'm I'M GONNA go out and look at an after party said I'm going to go out and have a few sips of my problem with. I've abstained from that promise to myself. I made a promise to my team. I made a promise to my fans that I would stay born represent fully focus stand from that and I miss it. I do love my liquid. I'll have a few little tips on my after party. I'll take the fallen day to rest. And and then the day after that I will engage in a red zone gratifies training session. Like Oh. Don't post the as after the DS to fight. I went and had my after party and took a day rest after the fight I went in I don residents on the skier scared of stationary machine. We pull the strings down because the leg was jammed from kicking the as me and his legs and so I couldn't I was I was on Chris and I got that walk in and just set my mind. I just sent my mom. Put me back on that train. It's so easy for you to finish a fight. Have a little celebration and then it straight into the next day and then you read a bit about field and then the next thing then is kind of hard to pull it up again so I have my plan that I'm going to set out and that's what it is. I'M GONNA I have my little celebration. Rest the next day and then back into training and then and then what's next. Wow Okay so this is I mean we. We haven't seen you active like this in a very long time so if I asked you to even have the opponents in mind does not matter to so many Joosten the whole hazed Air Macau models. There you'll have a preference. I don't WanNa end with suburban Moscow. Because that's what I'd love that one. That's got the happen to happen happen. It must happen so I wasn't able to Moscow. Yeah it wasn't it like amazing Moscow's a great place. Rouge is a great place. I've got to say I'm very impressed with him. He didn't feel safe at any point. And all Russian people see the fans could people. I you sort of I quit. I caught it as well. I love it I love I love the game and look for that track. Competition fully focused. You can see it. Come on you can see shape incident different. Everyone knows everyone knows them no matter what they can but he cannot hide from it so in the build up to that fight a lot with said. It's a very personal between you and a lot was said that it wasn't just sad. Those actions that led to what was it wasn't just didn't just get towards it was it was action that lead it. I was bored so like what I I just think that throughout the course of the bill with the situation you know. He's a move maybe slip under the radar. It was me kind of began all this and whatever whatever did get it get very very personal. But I'm I'm taking a back step from that and focus on the skills. It's a very skillful belt and he he poses Specific specific style set and I- poses specific starts at and it's an interesting clash with with to fully focused fires. And that's what will happen then the next belt and I look forward to and settling it but I'm just curious because it got some personal things about his family and he was talking about things that were being alleged about that you. Do you regret any of that. Do wish in hindsight it didn't get that personal about his family. The religion all the dad s some things. Maybe maybe too far would. Hey it's it is but it isn't. It's the fight business. At the end of the day went away it went. Let's see what will happen again when you hear him. Say He's gotTa Win Ten fights and and all this stuff. Well what is your reaction to that fear. Fear you know doesn't want it so this is what it is. You mentioned something very quickly that I just want to ask about because I think a lot of people would be surprised. You said no liquid in this camp under. When's the last time you had drink Coppola Kookaburras gotree rowlands almost here? Is that a first for you or at least I in a while. I was drinking week last when you might think it was on the phone. Brian Show labral amine part. The subplot drinking in the build-up yeah was that common for you. And you're not not not not to that extent. No not that ED extent. Vaneman me something. I had people holed up in a in a hotel from that part of the world and and I would I would ring and arrange a fight so they come from the hotel down the gym and have a full block full flight. No head guard close. Make a fight. I'd win whatever war and win today. Oh Man I go off and celebrate and then I'd come back three days. This is for you doing you know just donald not not doing what I should have been there celebrating partying just just not living the life that I should should be living. And that's it back there in a great spot. Now let's see and I've I've made mistakes and you know I've been mad enough to admit and correct and that's what I cannot. I mean I'm waiting. I might not be perfect area right but where would I would i. Would I good sleep. Fool belly Hamdam close time. You're going to sleep these days. Well right now we're on. We're getting onto the clock of five-time right tabby walking into the acting on champion Las Vegas this time but back home and Ireland. I was sleeping early. I was waking up early. We had a set time. I think it was it was eleven. AM and Seven PM Training Sessions Slots Colette. So that was it. I stayed structure that now that we're here or in the gym now every time on Friday night and at the time of the fight and counting on I feel. I've got eh costume for the time already to the time zone so perfect absolutely flawless camp. I've heard you call that previous news camp disaster right. I'm not trying to get you know it's not a disaster. You learned something from everything. I heard a lot about myself. And how come you're on. The walk was great. Like it's not like I was coming into Jimbo. Lazy and have is that goes what the deal is almost hugh to intensive who series in two working into hard in the gym. And they're not working hard enough outside because that's a that's a big part of it as well. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside 'cause then the next stay rolls around interviewer and focused when you left and then it's time to go back. You're not a shopping not especially not as eager to be there. And that's what kept happening to me and I just didn't want to beat get in and get their and then I'd have the the scrap and then off go again and it is what it is. Everything's a lesson and some parts of it were though I do scrap. Just stay at the gym. Nancy how are things with your head. Coach Kevin Amazing absolutely amazing very very very in contact contacting on. We will discuss a lot all we. We discussed training methods and practices everything. That's communication has been excellent discount. I made sure that it wasn't the last camp not nothing. Not even. which would everyone involved? You know I've been a lot more in communication with my team and relay ain't how I feel and what were some humor together. We are truly some unit. I brought back my box and coaches and the mail box and GM feels Lavar and and then at Chroma boxing club where the punch. That's been good for the soul and that you know I said in my head after to me after went back then I was like I don't box and and built a good show and I had feel in the corner and that and I was like Damn I should've I should've had the guys there for there may be a little bit. You know as Privata Team Amen but look that's the box have still there also. It's good to have the guys back and does a great energy in the Camden Walkman phenomenal. Everyone's in sync and Matt's it. I'm a true team of tacticians behind me. I'm excited to represent and I work in. This is something that I don't think I've caught on just yet. You and Phil Sutcliffe. I've seen you working with him kind of like the classical boxing guy. If you will the decision to bring him back I think is really interesting. I think symbolic of the fact that you are trying to go back to when it was similar to your roots so to speak. Is this the first time in your career that you've had them apart of of your camp in your corner parts of the corner. Yes and not part of the cabinet since my early career stealing stealing the box in the box and GM will in the fascinating mixed martial arts gym. We were kind of loggerheads a world back at the very beginning because it was not understood the mixed martial arts and that's kind of what led me the interest to kind of stay focused on the on the table box and such a beautiful beautiful discipline. These guys are the best you know what I mean. So I'm very very and this is what I learned how to fight with the books. Already feel that Kremlin. How how would you say about twelve twelve year so you you see the symbolism and that to have a proper balanced everywhere for six two four six is UFC two for six to twelve was a twelfth fight? Fight something else. That was another one. I think in date counted up to twelve. A one. numerology is is a is a is a marvel and there's some great symbolism in that right gathering back the the old coach so to speak and of course the push out. But you're having to work better together. Most everyone everyone everyone on my team has amazing skills and amazing knowledge of the fight game in specific areas. Toronto and like I said we're all in Singapore all Scotia and we're in a great spot. Did you sign a new deal. Signed a new deal. I mean it's just I usually just before you had about got a piece you negotiate. I believe that's that's what will happen after this one. I don't know point of deviate fight deals anymore. If you're just going to renegotiate there's no you know I'm confident. That is going to be a good and Nice paycheck. Most ever probably in mixed martial arts career really gives the range. We knew how much you made for. Mayweather I'd say a about it could be I'm estimating who eighty million Come on yeah because I have I like. I said we've got the Australia Kinda in England and Ireland. She'll be a good one. What did you make for Habib Fifty fifty? Wow Eighty no one's ever made any mostly feathers combined having made that. Yeah so they take on still the bread this. This is the first time since the SEAVER fight that you're not a champion or there's no state there's belt on the line or anything like that. Even with nate not a still a champion and whatnot. Does it feel a little different. No they champ Tampa forever and always etched in stone. Were you know that the title stuff now thought it was great. Yeah that was great straight away. It was like show me that bill. I I wanted this. I saw before. Dana said that with me and that I was messing with this only because we've seen the draw the outline of but I didn't see the color of and I was estimating was going to be to be with the gold all right and then when I saw the seal the black and I thought about it's really well skew. Go to the thing definitely so you almost feel like those two should finish up up their business and maybe the winner fights you because I do who has it on because it ended see in what way is now you know what I mean. It's what did what did he wants to do it again. I think we arrived in. Hurry I mean you could see how the open while he was dipping their enough at the end of that tour around. And that's Tony kicking in. It would've been great acidify. We didn't see it. Look whatever. See what happens. You really feel that the W Tony Fight won't happen. I just maybe you know possibly supposed to have a fourth man to know who put an outlay. I should took a baby donald about three or four times and also in the Andrea Andrea Laden. Something happened but his liver and saying that he's put the they're not for pulling out of belts leading tripped on a studio or violence. And I'm bleeding chair stacked on WSB Tony's the right so see what happens. Did you see reply to your comments. Not what was it again Essentially essentially you know if you WANNA if you WanNa have your courage and all this stuff can make hold on my leg. Come on this these are not the fight all show yourself you know what I mean. The people know what the scrap. What's not a scrap metal? Fine is not although last musical for the moment but you know what we're trying to find me so but isn't it a little disingenuous. Everyone like yeah obviously yeah so tainted Baloney right you laugh at it exac recently that you have someone come visit the Gaff as you would call it the apartment and as a as a as a bit of a motivational roms has been happened. What happened because when I was in Miami I went into into health and deals and speak to his people like platinum there's people of the Platinum Lyons had called a great man? We did the room using stop playing and I was just going to great Bosworth. I had a great conversation when it's on it's on. It went everywhere not NAM and I've just kept in contact with very very helpful. Top Montagny Tony Is. It's not just it's not just words. You know what I mean does action in there in the structure and Maurice and he came at Hilson went over some things and again I had my coach. Gosh coaches they are John my conditioning gorgeous and speaking to Tony and we close the is was awesome. Awesome good good good thing I wanted. I wanted my mother John and dot com fast coach. So they can understand where my team can was and you'll be a bit more than seeing can can very happy when I felt really uplifted. Coming out of them took some things very thankful for that. And I'm going to continue that. I think he's GonNa come to me on on the day before the flight maybe also yeah so so. It's almost like a motivational shape. An interview it's actually not even a motivational thing does not. It's well. It is that as well. But it's mature with the title would be of it. But it's only probably shaping up to be more culture and he doesn't live here right comes. He came the interest Florida. Isn't that showed me a lot as came to my house. And is there a lesson or two that he that he talked to you that I'm just yeah we went over some things and I'll just keep it at that. Okay do do do you ever go back and look at your early fight even pre UFC or early interview course is saying that. That's one thing that I have recently. Yeah definitely I went back and listened to my old self. You know what I mean the way. I was thinking when I was when I was you know everything was innocent. Everything was you know what I mean. What it is now are and that helped me a lot? I was able to go back and see what way might way of thinking. Was Dan to the way it is now. And we'll just add what is useful discard not Bruce Lee quote. That's what I don gives you. Motivation of course gives me motivation. Remember what that was like being on Welfare I was actually watching the documentary last night. The notorious documentary documentary your lifelong partner. A tiny tiny room in your parents upstairs. And you're both eating there. It's insane to see that and not to see. Oh you know what you become. You even remember what that's like. He of course I stay. I stay close to my roots. Always stay close to how I came up always in my way of thinking. Of course you've got to you. Yeah because there's a part of you they could forget or you have all this money. You don't know what to do. You're buying things whenever you want. Fancy clothes is all that stuff There's a part of you that could forget that that's understandable. But you know no. I made sure to stay close to my roots. Steakhouse to WHO I am and who who I was and that's it you still want. Never forget spending. You still do not less a lot less lies that I have a lot of things I don't I like I said I actually said this. Tony Robbins because I read something about Lebron James a while back about maybe a year ago steady spent one point five million annual on his helped right and self as his his. Everything is nutrition is China's everything and I spend not only in camp. I bring a team together. People and I'll say that's not the way to do this but I drop. I drop money on blading car ably our award like spend on myself. You know on my held on my fitness on. And that's helped me and then and then I then you acquire more here acquired even more than a shock and that's what I am now so unless I'm possessions and things but you've got to go to write your offer go through that when you get a windfall going to stack things get a little bit it doesn't excite me as much as we'll have you know what I mean. What excites me now is creating now I like I like to create things that I love the clothing and very much involved in the designs audience and building buildings we would reebok in with my company August McGregor and of course the whiskey and the these ventures and that's what angel deal until you're thirty one do you think they'll be fighting at forty? It's probably like a cap now. I'm going to have a solid couple years on out. I'll be rockin over. You can tell a good tool for it. I'm GONNA hit the believer early but I'm I'm twenty five years of age the billy. I'll be a billionaire at home twenty five. That's that's so three and a half years. Yeah really. You're getting there. Yeah you look at those lists and compare yourself you know when they put the highest earning APPS KBOI listen to me. I'm calling for you on the list. Now well it alternates by year. I think I was not sure what I was not bad. I think it was. Jeez I forget the honest look there. I was up there I saw the decade on Floyd was top of the decades is very playful. And she's not so good at the management of it right man. How are you know? I'm still a good way away. Yeah I mean I get that I've got I've got the methods and it's something that excites me in and you're supposed to keep fighting in order to get that you can't just leave part of the success. I don't know in Florida. You know what I mean. That's fine definitely helps. Everything zipped up through the Membrane Megan Shouldirefi game. I'm not even scratched scratching the surface on what I really probably shouldn't be paid right. I mean like the back end when Israel Israel but it's it should be it should be guaranteed right but whatever whenever it is what it is so the fine defines definitely an animal to get there like like the restroom. Ford's done you WanNa have another boxing match. Do you feel like that's no certainly. Yeah I like to rematch floyd. I think we should rematch. Loyd I mean he's flirting with it and they'll all this sneaking own pick somebody else that's not going to be the same it's not. I don't phenomenal. I don't film Oakland up and the only reason lost about was 'cause I prepared. I prepared for back. Footed Philly shelled style of opponent. I'm I'm on. The flight was like that. I was picking him apart then. He came forward with at present. I wasn't seeing an intimate shots. Like I am now my my coaches my bill. That that drill silence specific boxing things into me again. And I know I be Floyd Floyd we matched and when we re much. He's not going to be one mission. Josh is bound like he said it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be me box. And then we'll mix much allies belt. That was what was said and our his melt as well. It was not not very not written but it was a variable agreement rate. And obviously that's not going to happen and I'm not even I don't even push them either but I would like to box him. I think I think that would be. That would be a good good hair re much. Have you even broach the subject yet. Have you Stephanie. We've talked as always talk to him now. People all this coming back in the basketball game right there. The handshake deal capital capital. Good Yeah Yeah. You could always make this year. Is this something you want to do. Business with the showtime people and Floyd did you never know but it's also you're actively pursuing something you want. Activity is what I'm pursuing right so I'm just keep myself in shape. Fresh focused list and everything will happen true off of that even even even the maywood ability or ten weeks within weeks of that and and before that I wasn't I wasn't messing around again. John I mean I wasn't good solid now now fully focused so we'll see what happens. You do look at that as a man. I could have been the one at end up doing that. In Part I could've been the one to beat him. The one guy. I squandered that one it was great it was a great conversation. Good internal convert a good inner conversation. You have a fight with him so it's great to play Florida. Great great to be in there with him and he's a crafty veteran Sunday's truly craft you. Don't get fifty profile are now through the pro wins and an extensive amateur career. And you know what I mean so it was a great great experience and you know doing it again if if if it will happen. That's going to happen again. Ticks mystic may happen again but also I would be opened the box you know. I know the my money has been. We're actually closed as we're actually comes to sign the money. And what do you mean what's looking at me. It's been talking about the money for you've versus many that's been that's there was an offer was an offer made on that year and what happened just not yet not yet so but in the possibility very very much so great in the box party is are we not. That's that's real parlay a box and bill and I WANNA boxing. I will boxing. I'd love a book. I will get a boxing world title. Boxing is probably GONNA have multiple times to get that the back box multiple times. I love box. He truly walks in so damn good. When you say sci-fi Excuse me Simon what do you mean outages? And they know she as it's going on right yeah okay. Let's have taken up a lot of your time. You know I remember when you beat aalto. You told me that I went from nothing to something to everything right. Yeah what a line that were good quotes put it on clothes rose and seldom out quick. That's right but you know job until we have the elephant you've done it all saw and said he said you've done it also so you know how it on your don't sound much more. Yeah what are we going to say so you have everything and then there was a chance maybe people thought you might lose everything right and that here you are in sitting in front of you and I know people aren't going to believe this your different guy. You're different than the one that I spoke to an even different than the one part of the Habib fight. You were a little bit all over. uh-huh enjoy remember the interview that you did with the Mac Stanford over there you were looking all over the place. You're so zan right now. I don't even know what to make of this. How what do we? What do we make of this? Is this the new new chapter. Is this a new. Connors is back to the old new. I just feel reinvigorated say it. That's let's see. Yeah you lose. All the other stuff is amazing for excitement. The excitement is building. The fans are very excited. That people every seat is balanced semi competing. I'm very excited to be back back and to be to be gift. Gifting this to the people and I'd be remiss if I don't ask for a prediction because that's what you were known for for all those years. How do you meet Donald? I stopped him when I knock him out early. Possibly you've never been a possibly you know yourself I'm GonNa be what's I'm ready for at all. So let's see what happens. John estimates a little bit later. I think it could be very early. I could get knocked out. Welcome combat thank. You thank you so much. Appreciate it all the best. Thank you so there you have it. There is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor tape this past last Friday at the UFC performance institute. In Las Vegas First things I have to thank him again for the time. I appreciate it since the first time we spoke back in two thousand thirteen. Yeah I remember I was in Las Vegas. It was prior to. I do believe you have C.. One it was the one fifty six it was although Edgar and I remember deeming him ask him to come on the show prior to his UFC. Debut and I remember him writing me. I've been waiting for this for for quite some time. And it's because his his fans were hounding me after he won the second cage warriors title. They were hounding me to have him on the show and that following Monday he was on New York Rick and I were talking about. How at the time was one of our favorite interviews in the history of the Ma our ever since then always responsive always gracious with his time? He didn't have to do that. I don't think he's doing a lot of one on one interviews. He's leading up to this fight and for him to do. That was something that we really appreciate it. So thank you very much to him and his team for making that happen as you can see my takeaway as I said at the end in a zen like state he seems happy. He seems at peace he seems to be in a good place. He seems to be in a good place mentally and physically. He seems seems to be really happy with the idea of not having to wait now having to go down to one fifty five unjust worrying about the fight itself. Not The extra fifteen and I was a little taken aback by how zen like he was Comu- was and of course we talked about a lot of things and I thought it was really interesting to hear him up up to a Lotta things own up to the fact that he was drinking leading up to the hubby fight drinking leading up to the hub fight leaving disappearing for three or four days. Not telling anyone where he went. What was he doing could explain his performance? A little bit talking about how it got a little personal. Maybe a little too personal with these are things he had not owned up to. Who in the past and talking to him about the allegations that have been written about him when he got really quite there at the end? Almost seem like you got a little a bit upset that I was harping on it. I thought that was a really interesting moment. The eighty million dollars We've never heard of a of a number like that. Never heard of a number like that in our sport like I said I don't think a lot of people combined have heard of a you know. Combat fighters combined have made eighty million the best fighters of all time time. He said fifty million Habib so he says that's what he walked away with. That's now over double. That was October of two thousand eighteen but eighty million. Potentially after pay purview. That would be a big deal. That would be a really big deal and a show that obviously the still values understands that he is still a a very big dry thought. It was really interesting to hear talk about his activity this year. And maybe turning around quickly if this ends quickly. Here's one thing to keep in the back of your mind. March march seventh. Still doesn't have an official meaning. They can go with your WANNA and Jong Li. But it still doesn't have an official main event last week Israel. I was telling us that he's GonNa fight on that card and that's with their targeting. But what if those talks go. Well clearly there's something up clearly there's a reason. Why is it possible that they they try to turn around conor for March seventh? Maybe against the gate she maybe a quick fight maybe a Mazda fight. I wouldn't be shocked something to think about this week as the week plays out and of course as the fight actually plays out. If it's a quick one I think that's a really interesting thing to watch. Come next Monday. Phil sutcliffe being in his corner. I think is very symbolic like I said. And what about that line. They say I'm toast aerial but I'm still the bread. I thought that that was a great line. Man Who's giving us a lot of great line so in the end I walked away listening to what his team told me beforehand digesting it and then saying you know what they may be right. He does seem to be a much better place he does seem to be happy. And like I said that interview with the Mac life when he was standing there with Andrew again prior to the fight he was all over the place it was it was a little bit jarring to watch. Go back and find that that interview completely different guy a week before this fight completely different man blinders internal family man. It's a really interesting thing now. We'll see how plays out these are are his words. We've been here before with athletes time and again we'll see what it translates into. But I think that was a really interesting table. Set are going in to this week. Seeing what kind of mind frame us in I and seeing what kind of state. He's mentally and physically so. I hope you enjoyed that again. Thank you very much to connor team for the time I appreciate it. It's not often you get to fly out and go for the Data Vegas and come back and then do the show and then go to Vegas but hey this is the life and I love it. Now everyone's talking about McGregor Oni. Everyone's talking everyone has a say. Everyone's winging we got Alvarez's take cruises take earlier in the show but I called upon fifteen F ot S.'s friends of love the show celebrity friends of the show. This is me playing fail. I'm now going to namedrop. I called upon fifteenth celebrity fans who are also friends of the show friends of mine. Perhaps maybe I don't know to get their pick on this fight some fun name. Some fun faces. You're gonNA recognize the majority of these here. Here are the celebrities weighing in on Saturday. Night's main event between conor McGregor. Donnie enjoy I think kind is going to win. You know. I think that this there's redemption story. This is This is his year to get back into the limelight and to get those big fights that every wanna see I wanna see him in Mazda down next area. What is your man? John flee from the Buffalo Bills Connor COBWEB NBA. Great fight. I think cowboys and come out. Strong things toss around conor for the first couple of rounds By think causing him him with a counter left com connor really fight. He's been losing for years I'm really pulling for college so he can. He can get that game brave and Moslem beat his ass at three blood running me. What's up guys Freddie Prince? Junior here we're on the legends mask and picking your McGregor Sarony fight the brains telling you to go with McGregor. I know the hearts telling you to go with Sarony but remember takes a lot of heart to step in that cage. And when you're a multimillionaire you're going to lose some of that heart and that's why I'm taking the underdog Donald Sarony. You heard it here. Meal Moscow top legend. I Prince Junior. Not so much Booze Airport Josh Donaldson you asked me for my Donald Surani Conor McGregor flight predictions got sironi McGregor's and a half to prove to me that he can win again. This is Christine Navarro. And my prediction is what it always is. When the man comes to town Conor McGregor knock out in the forest? It's hard to bet against some of conviction so I will be watching the room for ECOMOG again. I'm going to have to go with my countrymen Conor McGregor. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be a good mental head space. It's like John Cabina. Having a what legend said happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. I think you're GONNA see the same caliber from McGregor as in two thousand fifteen. I'm predicting a Kale late. In the second what's up Ariel Sharon Williams here giving you my cowboy verse Connor Prediction. I got cowboy winning to fight via finished in the fourth or fifth round as He survives connors attack early and connor tens of gas out in the late around so I got him finishing Towards the end of the fight what's up areas. NCW with the Orlando Magic January. Eighteenth Cowboys aronie verse. I conor McGregor going to be great. Fight two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second. I think he's found is again. I think he has a chip on a shoulder from his last loss cowboy fan since two thousand ten. And I'm a proud American but I do believe cowboys heavy activity in two thousand nineteen gene. We'll work against him and connor will be coming in fresh in what seems to be a very good match up for him. If Cowboy Russell's connor defending the takedown and the Irishman countering cowboy cowboy was something that Donald doesn't see coming I see connor finishing him in the first round in a post fight bonus for the Celtic Tiger. Whatever happens on Saturday we the fans will win? I think this one's pretty quick one like the gauge. I think it goes to connor and somewhat anti-climactic first round finish. What is going on at Schuyler? Ouston here's my prediction for the cowboys. Running conor McGregor fight. I see Donald Taking McGregor McGregor into deep waters potentially winning by split decision. Or maybe even a late submission round five or late round four C.. Surani pulling guard McGregor Gregor overcompensating raining down punches and Saronic catching him in a triangle as zone so many times not that I'm biased or anything but let's go cowboy picking McGregor I think I had to pick But like I said I'm I'm looking forward to a great five meter. Best man win. Hey this is Mick Foley. And I'm I'm looking forward to a great fight between Conor McGregor and cowboys Sironi but I think Connor realizes to draw distinction between being one of the greatest attractions attractions in MMA extreme might very well be the greatest and one of the greatest fighters in anime history that he absolutely has to win this fight and I think he will but I look for great fight conor McGregor getting the nod. What's up my prediction is Connor Cao's cowboy to I first round Love both fighters low cowboy levies personality. So I'm happy day. He's GonNa get that Red Penny night and that's it I'm gonNA be their lives. I'm extremely really excited. Bom what's up aerial Coming to you from Vietnam Storm Rolling through. I wanted to do this yesterday. But it is what it is McGregor versus Donald Sarony. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I loved it These are two exciting fighters surround. He's been in the game for a while. been doing it for a while. Elba Gregor is not doing it. So long but he's been doing huge things he's coming off a loss with Khabib but I still got him coming back and going on but a tear. I have McGregor in this one But it's going to be exciting. How much fun was that? That was amazing. Who cut that by the way it was? Then you're putting Devon Sour on last longtime friend of the show little trivia the only time someone other than me host of the show was near quick and Devon was on back in two thousand sixteen when my my wonderful well daughter was born so that was a lot of fun. How about that? It's nice to have friends in high places in case you weren't watching and listening. These were the names that appeared. Stevo Mick Mick Foley Michael Carter Williams Point Guard for the Orlando Magic Action Bronson former. NBA All star. Darren Williams my man. KRISTAPS Porzingis wow what guy skylar Aston longtime friend of the program former maybe panelist as well Mario Lopez Buffalo Bills Star. Jonathan Feliciano Louisiana Devon Sawa Prince Junior with a great one with the Basque. Becky Lynch Dominick Murcia New Christian -Ly Navarro and the Great Josh Donaldson Two Thousand Fifteen fifteen. Al Mvp for your Toronto Blue Jays. Now thank you very much to all of them. I appreciate them doing this. They're big stars didn't have to do that. That was a lot of fun and I wanNA remind you as well that if you want to go back and read of of the transcript read about the transcript. The read the quotes. Read the stories that we have coming out of the Connor interview can do so right now over at ESPN DOT com slash. Emma Mesa do check that out there doing phenomenal work. We are doing phenomenal work over there. And it's great to be a part of that team as well so a great day continues to roll along here here on the program and it wouldn't be a conflict of wouldn't be a great day without some spg representation as well later on the program. We're going to be talking to John Calvin but first let's say hello for the first time in a very long time. Wow finally I've been asking this man to appear on the program for quite some time. And he's been dodging me left and right like a boxer bobbing and I'm on her rowdy. Roddy himself it's like it's like old times again. How are you sir you? It is a pleasure to have you back on and it's so it's a very exciting time. It's a very exciting way to start the week. But I have a bone to pick with you. Oh and right off the top you know a staple of a connor fight week is the Owen. Roddy blogs and I've been looking I've been searching SPG Charlestown. I've been looking at the youtube page. Nowhere to be found. Where are they I just at this time around? I just really wanted to focus on on one. I'm here to do you know there's a lot of work to go into the blogs and and stuff like that and just Islam around I just wanted to get in focus on what I'm here to do which is get Kanna cage get a mandate get them ready get them to get in and get NOCCO okay. So that's that's my main focus this law around fair enough all right. I'll give you pass for this one next one. I know he's going to be active this year next one. If it's not there we're going to have some trouble or I just WanNa that again. It's it's insane yes. I know 'cause I saw it on your instagram as well. So let me ask you this. I know he was inactive last year. He didn't and fight and it was somewhat of a tumultuous. Your were you in contact with Connor. Were you training with him last year. Or did you only really link up again. Once this camp started yeah no not so much we went. We went in contact as much as us. Bamble go you know. He's got so many other businesses and stuff like that lease is Ronin so calm we don't we don't walk as much as we as we usually one more income so I didn't see as much as you. You would for that at the same thing. Once we got back walking together we get that flow again. And it's it's it's a history of being German what what kind of physical state was in when you guys started. This camp phenomenal. So there's one thing that he didn't give all this time on. ESPN very very consistent. His strength and conditioning and his nutrition. He's been all pulling for the past year on So it's always good when you have an athlete a combs in the COMP fit and ready because then it doesn't you don't spend half the comp twenty in shape yet you focus on the Task Ohio and look at the opponent look at take threats that they pose look the whole game and then and then excuse game plan so once we start getting back into the swing of things things you know I. It took me to get into pace by cope too macho man on. was there ever any talk of the old band not coming back together or is that a a foregone conclusion because you know he talked about the last have not going well. was there ever any fear that you guys wouldn't come back for this fight. No no I mean kind of from day one is always always kept kept saying goes around them with. I think I think the known who you have around that they've been which from day one and the date is approach Georgia. And it's just for me. It was just for all of us is just knowing when it's time to Gaul Excel. Wouldn't you get the knowledge then. It's all hands on deck so everyone's just sitting around waiting waiting for the Botswana to come up in the air on all band together and you know we're you in favor of the idea of doing this. Fight at one seventy he was first brought up. Did you like that idea. A Forest Service on short it was like why would you WanNa Park up there with ten talk in the nineties. Look look I feel comfortable at this way as he said in your interview. He's out the way he walks around that way. And he's confident that without way and then when you go in and see move around because I thought you see how we put the pace on them head was hell. We had power 'em tires open that outweigh then. It gives you the confidence you know. And as far as this camp compared to the last one he's talked about it. You know the last one not being great John talked about it. People have weighed in he even said I mean somewhat surprising to me in the interview that we just aired he was drinking leading up to the fight itself disappearing. Can you compare how this camp has gone. Compared to the last one against could be. What are the differences yet? Obviously speaking to you today as well audience. It's a confident and happy. And that's you know we didn't see the last for you and you know even the last couple of weeks it's been tension between component of competition and Kana. There's been bad blood between his opponents. This does not include foam. He's happy he's got everything else in the background around. All this business is all flown and now we can focus one hundred percent on what he does today. which is when you see an excuse me when you see Colorado coined Obam Moines frame? It's great to watch and down when connors in good form and and he's enjoying join train and unease switched on then. We have the monster so the whole camp you know follow suit and we all fall into that role and it's been a phenomenal Lecompte company. Help you you know. That's a really great point because it's something I noticed after I left on Friday. You mentioned like no animosity and being in a great spot the Diaz fights and and Floyd and without those also tense right and when we were waiting for him to arrive on Friday and I had a chance to talk to a lot of us at the gym and even seeing this Dj that that he brings. I notice everyone is really happy. You know sometimes when you wait for a guest the common it's a guest of his stature and it's a guest where maybe he's ornery or not happy. Everyone's walking on eggshells and doesn't want say I walked away with like these guys are in a really great mood like they are loving life. They've got the DJ. They're dancing there singing their enjoying the training. It really does seem like the whole experience at least from what I saw on that particular day on Friday. Everyone is just an incredibly high spirits. When's the last time you remember it being like this or feeling like at this for you guys? It's it's it's been since it's felt like that encompasses probably you know maybe the Mendez or a something like that was tumultuous too though right because of the knee yea Today that enable the lead open it was just in good form and everybody was enjoying and he was switched on Cloyne when he could see e could see what was the head of the money was. He's just as you said. That's that's what makes all the boys boys and this time around. It's the same. He's in great form and he's enjoying his train. And I tink as you say when you when you when you go form everything just flows the better. You know. There's no tension. I'm curious to get your take on this. One of the interesting story lines. Silence going into this fight is him bringing his old boxing. Coach Phil Sutcliffe of the Legendary Crumlin Boxing Club and I had an opportunity to meet him and and what a great character he is but you have always the known as connor striking coach. How did you feel about Phil being a part of the team as well on the corner too? Yeah I was like. I didn't know whether like saying the CON is nowhere. Now whether it's going to be you know just post a focus. It's been a very very good. Nash has some which experienced when you talking. Typically that has fifty years experience in boxing. Man where can you get that wealth of knowledge as not even around up years a year so there is nobody in ended the anime fields. That has that kind of wealth of knowledge and talking to fill alarm land on a lot myself from Amemiya. Now if you can't pick up some they're some techniques and so on so many ideas from Amanda has fifty years of knowledge or something wrong and so yeah. It's it's been great and on you know we've all booked Bravo come together and you can see connery's. He sat down on the shots. That's when you need say he's A. He's a vase when he needs to be evasive. He's using his weapons when when the opportunities are there and it's been phenomenal there. I think you're gonNA see on NFL. Most after I saw an interview that you did with Oscar Willis over at the MAC life. He's been doing a great job as well and I noticed that you said to him that everyone has holes in. It's part party your job to find the holes in your opponents game. Donald Surani's a veteran. There's there's a lot of footage on this man out there. Tell us what are the holes that you're seeing Donald's game not going to get into Tim. What's that echo to look the COP and lawyers? You know you know is a bit rigid you know. He's crafty as well as craft. You just have to be switched on surrounding a not play to the strengths and Kana get into his flow team like I said this before if Kana gets into his flow east it you just pose it too. Many threats to surrounding so only as only has a few damn tricks himself and very crafty and these veterans really really good for so if we stay switched on E.. Shouldn't you shouldn't get near. Khanna wanted to get your opinion on something that was said earlier in the show. Both Eddie Alvarez and Dominick Cruz suggested justice that ceremony do this. They said that it would be wise for him to have essentially a full five minutes sparring match in the locker room so that essentially he starting the first round like it gets his second round so that typically he's a slow starter. Get warm done. Get the cobwebs out. Don't get all nervous and actually like let it out in the locker room so that. You're really fresh sweating and all that stuff wants to fight actually starts. What did you make of that that piece of advice? What do you think of that is? That is that that I could actually help. I don't think thinks oh to be totally honest. Reason being like a forty minute is a forty minute round five minutes bar and then takes say twenty minutes to get out to the Cajun and you're cold again and you're having a spa and I don't really think people say comes out at East starts slow. I don't think she starts slow. I just think he takes him along a little bit longer homeless to get the people you know you watch him. In his last flights he comes out of the gates. Quick Kenny Mills Finance and Ford possible for him to get into flow takes a couple of rounds. Economy get into his flow with takes milliseconds just needs eh needs to look. He's he's got the east got the radio and I think that's the difference will be put at does know yet. Surrounds will come out. So I don't think you were there any limitations. Because I knew he broke his left. Hand early in the camp was taking some time for it to get well or was it good as as far as the camp started was you know. One hundred percent Khanna's one hundred percents no non noting knocks no buyings no compare effect great mindset in could phone on. Yeah it's okay. It's in pretty flawless. Mummy really can't complain now. I see that you're wearing a very interesting. T. Shirt over there. One ask you about this the nuclear MMA. This is when you told me about this. On Friday I was like what Owen Roddy starting as an amateur Emma may program here in the United States. This this is very interesting and then I looked up the instagram page and the twitter page. Tell us about this because the amateur. MMA seen here in the United States has been virtually nonexistent. What is this all about? Tell us all about about this. Yeah so so more self to business partners East Florida set up a new annonay. Which is the the National Clubs Association for Mixed Martial Arts so we'll be a college based amateur? MMA organization that would want events nation would and give the students and college the opportunity to compete in amateur mixed martial arts now. I think it's I think it's going to be huge. A A huge boost for for amateur mixed martial arts in general given given these these students he'll trough onto to compete and then move on in in In that mixed martial arts career in the in the studies wherever they WANNA deal future you know. Now what sparked this idea. Why do this why get involved in this? Sorry well spoke to an my business partners and it was bound to happen. Happen eventually. Arielle You See College. Sports and the states is huge and the introduced a new sports every for every year so on. MMA's grown Felt it was a need for a and we took it on board three years ago when we were walking on her. Ever since you know and how many were announcing go go ahead. Yeah so I would be in February in at UCF Florida we've got a few colleges onboard on them. Yeah works on what date exactly February twenty eight so when you say a few colleges like are these. Are these students. Student athletes going to be coming from different colleges all competing on this particular card. Yes so we've got we've got a few college or University Western Illinois Love Miss. UCF obviously so yeah. We've got lots of colleges colleges signed up. We've got about five or six colleges and compete on a four stash. Showcase event will be which is going to be a showcase which is going to give everybody taste of what we're looking to do with new anime over the over the coming years. Yeah so it's a very exciting time on. They're very proud of of all the walk. That goes with Donna. ELVIRA over here in 'em in Florida there and I'm excited to see where this takes. How many vents are used slated to do in twenty twenty? Do you know yet. We're hoping to do maybe tree showcase events and then we're going to go into full season in two thousand twenty one which will which will consist of regional championships and then regional. It's gone onto the national championships to be to be crowned National Nuclear Eh champion Sandoval College College Championships in an individual championships for students as well. So I think it's it's GonNa be great twist on on on amateur and a Heaven Heaven there. The colleges joined the athletes and you know college sports. I've had the privilege of common over and seen some stuff visit is it. UCF on the scale of of the college over here on on the students have towards awards that the teammates in the colleges. It's amazing so I just think it's going to be insane. Wants to get rolling in. Will you just do this in the United States or Canada Other regions now. Well at the start we want to. We want to just focus on the US colleges in the US the biggest in the world and get the biggest fans you've got you've got At people that were in college years ago that's still supported colleges that dough headphones. Then when we when we introduce and they will you know you're GonNa get the whole backlog of people support their athletes so we start in in the US and where it's GonNa take us and as far as commissions are concerned you have to get them on board or is this sustainable and thing because it's amateur obviously Each day we it will be. We will have to get cleaned from from from from a commission. Okay all right very interesting stuff while I wish you the best February twenty eighth event. UCF UCF University of Central Florida of course in central Florida now. Before I let you go your team famous for predictions. Let's hear this Saturday the return. How does it go down for me? I know you get the sandwich everytime. It's just always seated. The people they crumble when he lands clan on Sironi. It's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an alien annoy he's GonNa Lionheart. Surani's hit start the clone of it's it's it's a countdown before announced that killer blow them away. It probably probably take a couple of minutes in the fourth round in middle to late late foreground and then eighty second Mt. Just uh-huh Landstuhl shirts. You're pretty much pretty much stolen. You know everything from the vibe and the prediction itself feels like the old days to the confidence that you guys have going into. This fight feels like the old days as well Great to see you on Friday coach. Have you back on the show. It's been too long and I'm really really excited about this program like I said amateur may seen Has Been nonexistent here in the state. So I'm curious to see how this plays as well. Yes so we will. We will have you on again sir. Her and I wish you guys the best this week of course with all the HOOPLA and the drama that is sure to come. The storm is coming to Las Vegas so to speak. It's going to be a lot of fun with the Irish coming as well. Good luck this week and of of course. Good luck on Saturday. Can't thank you enough and on real on all right there. He is Rowdy Owen. Roddy Irish legend. Later on. We're going to talk to another member of the coaching staff. John Cavanaugh and that is a tradition of ours. We broke the tradition. which we'll talk about with him when he comes on? But we broke it. Prior to the Hubby fight. It's back doc on and around fifteen minutes or so. We're going to be joined by coach. CAVENAUGH that's how we'll wrap up today's program and again as I said at the top for those asking where Sarony whereas coaching staff I asked them I asked all we know hard feelings here. Donald Surani legend of the game an absolute hall of Famer one of the greatest ever and one of the most beloved ever. No hard feelings. I said my opinion on how he one about trying to get the fight on our little show. He didn't agree with it would love to have talked about it with him. talked it out. But alas he didn't like it and told his his team that's come on as well but no hard feelings. I still love you. Donald and I wish you the best on Saturdays. Well now. Let's go to someone else competing in a big spot on Saturday. Her name name is Roxanne modify. She is a legend of this game as well she's at syndicate and I have had my flag here. Excuse me I have my fan here. I should say Roxanne Yeras still rocking it. After all these years you signed it for me and in fact by my side because I think we all need this Roxanne. I have your book how to be positive mental training by Roxanne modify the happy warriors. I just WanNa let you know I have not forgotten about you Roxanne. How're you doing? I'm doing fantastic here syndicate trained a little bit. I really really ready for us by okay. So this is a big one prior to getting this opportunity against macy. Barbara Rising Star. I think she's going to be champions. Did you know a lot about her. Was She on your radar Dr. I've seen a fight you know. She's pretty awesome. Doesn't watching her fight a little bit and Yeah US coming up in the ranks. Are you impressed by I. Her you know she really gets the job done. Is it possible to say she's over hyped. You think she's over hyped. Could you think she's getting the right amount of hype. Think she's worthy of all those type she's getting I think she's worthy of it. You know she. TKO In her last however many five minutes you know she's strong she's she's spunky so when you say funky what do you mean by that. What do you mean by Funky? How funky spunky like monkey? Okay okay what do you mean by that. How can you be a spunky fighter? He's Yeah I don't know okay. I guess I was thinking Funky because her mentor of Funky Ben Aspirin. So I wanted to know for style was Funky as well now. Of course. Everyone's talking about this message that you sent her and her reply to the message. Can you tell us the story for those that didn't see. What did you send her? What was this the that you sent her? What was it about so I met her? I ran into her at that. You have to institute and we were just chatting. Hey looking to our fight Yak over pool we we somehow week putting him on the up in the conversation and we both like cutting weight the bathtub sweat it out and I know that sometimes you have see books that don't don't have bathtubs so me being the excellent planner that I am. I'll tell an APP. Hey our rooms have bathtubs and they said no so. I thought it would be great if you both made Leslie and healthily. So I should let her know so she can make other plans so I turn instagram. I don't know if she follows me took a chance and no let her know. Hey make other plans. Whatever and then she Apparently posted that which is fine But yeah just trying to be nice and make wait. She she's always made it a flyweight so now. Here's here's my follow up question and did she even though she posted that she actually replied privately as well she did not. Oh come on macy. She didn't even say like. Hey thanks nothing nothing like that. No Man you feel you feel like it was a bit of A. I don't know not a nice move on her part to do that. Well I kind of was still a little worried that he didn't see it. Because when you see a message does read she didn't actually set my message For before like hey come. I'm trying to whatever and she'd read it either so I would have liked some acknowledgement that. Oh steamboat whatever's when you saw the tweet that she put out we just showed it on the screen and her apply apply reply. What did you make of that? Man by all means hyped fight. Let's go even though I was hi. I'm highly ranked like I don't always get the hype end. She has the high. I would love to benefit from that height so bringing. Let's go all right. So you know Hartfield do regret sending her this message helping her out no not at all. Hopefully she'll listen it. Hotels don't have bathtubs so students I fully expect in an awesome No way in tune in for my way like Oh what are you going good fight you know just my normal entertaining ones. Are they letting you dress up. Do your thing okay. I love that. I love the fact that your kindness has now become like a promotional tool for this fight. I hope so is great thing and of course you've been burned in the past by people missing. Wait so I can understand why you'd want to look out for your opponent here when you when you actually think about the way she fights you see holes in game justice. She's I mean you have so many more you've been around this game for so much longer. She's still so young under twenty five. All that stuff wants to be the youngest champion ever. Do you see holes in our game at this point. Are you catching her. At the right time I certainly hope so. You Know My head coach John The game plan you know. I'm going to take advantage of some of the things that I see. Yeah I will. I will try I sal out yes do you feel like you're being put in that spot of you know. The veteran being fed to the young lion being used as a stepping-stone this is a scenario. That's all all this time in in this fight game. Do you feel like you're being put in that spot absolutely but bring it on. I will prove that I belong to stop that okay so you don't mind being put in that that's bought yet fight them in the UFC. I'm getting stronger and stronger. I'm getting better and better saying always get stronger after their fights especially to Lawson's yes. They're going to see a bit better stronger Roxie. Everyone spry and we're showing right. Of course we're showing that you pointed. Did out recently. That youtube can finish some fights as well so it's not just macy's as many finishes that she does by the way but you also have what this is like cure. My math is correct. Your fortieth pro fight right my sporty fight. They don't fight or one but I can't deal technically for me it's forty this'll be my forty th wow. Did you ever think that you would make it to forty five fights when you really not i. I mean you probably think initially ten something like that so when I first started fighting everybody retired at thirty four like everyone declined. It was Iraq and broken by thirty four. Chris I think retired by three thirty four but now I feel great. I feel better now at my age than I did when I was twenty five so I mean I'm getting stronger. Genre better do it was the move to Las Vegas. That really extended your career. Had you not done that you maybe would have been done by now. Absolutely one hundred percent. It was the the physical therapy in America. My massage therapist Terry Wallace Conditioner Lorenzo got stronger Absolutely honest Aubrac Mr Pan and speaking of Japan I understand a very special guest is going to be in attendance for for those that followed your career for for so many years. We know that you spent a lot of time in Japan. That's where you really hone your craft and became famous but I understand a very special guest. Can you tell us about that. Are you referring to my trainer from Japan. Yes yes unless there's another special guest. How did I know I got a nose for these things? That's a good one. Oh Yeah you can you Kuni NEOCON is gonNA fly from Fan. My former trainer He's going to be in attendance. I'm really excited. He cornered me and coached me for like four years in Japan. Psalm excited to introduce him. I think my mind is gonNA explode when I introduced into minute minute trainers and is this the first time you see him since you're in the UFC eighty now. I've met up with him like every time I visit after dinner or lunch. Never okay. Has He ever been to one year. UFC fights. It's no. Wow why this one. I think you always wanted to come to us. Okay Fair enough. That's is Zeke in your corner or just actually just watching it as a fan. I'm giving tickets okay. Very very nice and by the way just curious because I did see you at the Pi Pin Friday. What does it connor there? And it's kind of interesting to see the fighters interacting with them. Has it been a bit of a different scene with his whole crew being there. You're you're in Vegas. He probably go there. A lot has been kind of different. Seeing Conor McGregor the Megastar they're just amongst all the fighters. What has it been like kind of? I think I heard around. The corner wants that. He was lifting weights I know our team Didn't use the years one acre filming him but I mean it's it's cool I I try not the I can go over some people but space didn't actually meet him okay. You didn't cross pass okay. Johnnie Walker's their bankroll for him. Really your big Johnny Carson. He is talking huge. Johnnie Walker my head up like pectoral the shoulder crazy. He is a large man yes on there as well. So how do you see this playing out on Saturday. How do you envision it so you never know anyone could win a fight at any given time? But I really hope showcase some of my striking the minute schools Competent on the ground. It goes to the ground there. I just hope I do a lot of stuff. Because that's my main. Motivation is to try and hugh spot for you Roxanne. It's it's a great spot for a veteran like you. I'm looking forward to the fight. Great fight between a veteran up and comer. Those are fun fights always so good luck to you on Saturday. Good luck this week with the way cutting hopefully she makes wait no drama this time and we see great fight on Saturday. Thanks as always for coming on and thank you for the The Fan that has that has joined me here at ESPN. I took it all the way from the old job to here. I wouldn't I wouldn't forget it. Yeah awesome thanks so much for having me on. Thanks to all the fans who support me absolutely. You'll see a good show all right right. There she is the one and only Roxanne monetary pound for pound one of the nicest people in the history of mixed martial arts so always great to have her on and that's a big fight fight. That's a big opportunity for her. You see to forty six has a nice blend of veterans and up and comers like Civic Yousef like I said of course horse macy Barbara guys like Pettus and Roxanne Montazeri Alexia Lennick. The Grasso. Cloudy Delphi is an interesting one as well. So there's something for everyone one but of course. UFC Two forty-six headlined by Donald cerrone vs Conor McGregor. The returning Conor McGregor. We've been talking about this fight all show long and so great to have a coach own Roddy on the program so great to have the perspectives of someone. who fought both of them like Eddie Alvarez so great to have a mind like dominick Cruz and so great to have connor on the show from from our sit down on Friday but it has been a tradition dating back to? I believe the Max Holloway fight in Boston. If memory serves me correct so two thousand thousands and thirteen August of two thousand thirteen. We would always have John Cavanaugh before and often because they were winning the fights after the victories as well the Monday before the Monday they after but the tradition was broken prior to the last fight it was broken and well. We don't have to discuss what happened but you know what happened. And so now we get back on track we win and we learn and there he is back on track. The tradition is back. What did I say to you John when I asked you? Here's the big question. A couple of weeks said the question I want to know the answer to is. Is the tradition back on. What was your response? When asked you that question? Make mistakes. Don't repeat them. Yes there you go a great line so welcome record there as well L. Tree and tree. How do you feel about why did why did he have to rub it in? I'm sorry there's so much seriously corporate. What are you have to say really but great to have you on and by the way I don't know what kind of skype connection you guys have over the Internet connection but you and just absolutely flawless? Whoever you're signed up within Vegas tremendous stuff well done Cox? Okay yeah fine. How well perhaps we're about we're cooks? Yes okay okay yes all right. We'll leave it at that. So yes so much to discuss John. I remember talking to on the Saturday. After the Habib fight I remember. We were on Long Island for the Bell Tower. Show so much happened in that fight leading up to it the aftermath and you were very honest brutally honest about how it all went a couple couple months later. If I would have talked to you that the ban will be back together that you would be feeling like this that he would be feeling like this. That confidence would be like this. Would you believe me that it would all turn out like this and twenty twenty. I have to be honest and say no. I didn't think it would happen. Why not right after I talk about the great skype connection? That's what happens for God's sakes why did I say that I shouldn't have said anything. I'm sorry hey you don't. Ah I hope that was on the record. There you see you by putting up his record three three. It's actually not bad. I mean. Listen Yeah I'll take a three and three record. Are we going to reconnect them. My hunch is someone called them and sometimes that stalls it but we started off a little rocky as far as skype right but we ended really well and then I had to bring it up. Why did I bring it up? Can't believe I did it but that was a fascinating answer. We're about to get something and then it froze anyway. We'll reconnect with John. Great to have him on great to end the show with him. I'm very excited. Usually I go out to the fights on Thursday morning this one Tuesday because we're going to be doing aerial the bad guy from there and by the way I'm doing radio midnight eastern nine Pacific after the press conference on. ESPN RADIO SO WE'LL GET A. Oh my gosh. We're going to get to talk about the jinx myself on that one John. Yeah you don't talk about. A great connection is until the end. Gosh what a rookie mistakes I think after all these years and you're about to give us a tremendous answer so let's just go back to that moment because I felt like I totally ruined it. You said you didn't think so if I would ask. You all turned out like this this and then I asked why why. Why wouldn't you thought? So what did I do. What did I do? How could it have been so great? I own rotties behind this. What did I do? How could I have done such a think? This goes against everything I always believe in. I don't like to tell anyone who's on the show beforehand because I feel like I'm Jinxing it even. I don't even tell my wife she asked me. Who's on the show? NOPE NOT GONNA find out until I tweet about it. And the Harry. I'm talking about something as precious as skype connections. Are you kidding me Ariel. How could you do this? How can you let everyone down anyway? As I was saying Radio Show Midnight Eastern Nine Pacific press conference. This is five Pacific eight eastern. That's a one hour radio show at midnight which is when the freaks come out. So that's going to be fun. I like that taking your calls and there. We're doing another radio show and that will be on the podcast. We usually do a Wednesday park. That will be our Wednesday podcasts and will be involved so maybe we'll get a minimalist pick of the week there but we will also have another radio. Show Saturday from four seven Pacific sites knowing Fordis- I know sorry one very confusing one to four Pacific four to seven eastern one to four Pacific four to seven eastern. Yes that's a three hour show. ESPN ESPN radio in the midst of the Conference Championships. I might add how. `Bout that that's the coverage on Saturday. How about that at the top? No but in the midst of it I mean. There's a lot to talk about on the Saturday before the Sunday stretch. Come on. I'm taking this as a nice little feather in my cat. A UFC live on ABC to eastern ABC to Eastern. I heard some special guests are going to be joining us on that show. Then it's my show at four eastern and then it's Arianna Bagai live on this year youtube and twitter and then we've got the post fight show and a ton of sportscenter coverage it's going to be a crazy week. Okay okay. I'M NOT GONNA say anything I'm just going to go into the talk about this connection. John Are you there briefly. Yes okay God I totally okay. Why did you not think this would turn out like it did? It was like I actually taught after the fight. I felt it would be hard to tell to be hard for him to motivate himself the train like he used to do when he was coming up and winning cage warriors and then you UFC tiles because he had set out some goals and achieve them so what what was going to drive them again. Of course stand em mayweather fight. Come along and That you know of historical opportunity. That was that was motivation in and of itself. And but after that I just felt well you have the federal into light bells and you have enough money for your grandkids. So what was what was it. That was going to make you train again and I just. I found it hard to see a reason so I'm glad he did find his reason but I just didn't see it at the time so I'll be honest. I just Kinda start focusing on the next wave of guys you know. Every coach Kinda always has a a river of fighters mature Jim from sixteen seventeen years of age open till lender kind of wrapping up to career and I just thought that journey Arab particular particular journey was nearing its end. Did you think there was a chance that he would never fight again or that he would fight in. You just wouldn't be a part of it. Yeah I didn't think you'd be like a repeat myself but I didn't take you be able to trade away. He knows he has to train in order to compete at this elite level and because kind of training like I always figured he'd be around a gym. I always figured he'd be there training. Jitsu were you know kind of for fun with the the actual changing from being to training just for fall into training you compete is very very different than it's it's it's it's so hard it's so difficult ask any professional dinner for more than five years and you're dealing with injuries and waking up sore and whatnot and on them it's just hard to keep that intensity gone unless there's a very very good reason you know when you talked about the Habib fight and the camp in the days afterwards. It was very interesting to hear him talk about it now but when he told me on on Friday that he was drinking leading up to he was disappearing fearing for three four days. That's that's incredible to hear and I appreciate the honesty before a fight of that magnitude. Wow how bad was it. How difficult was it to be the coach and to have a fighter? He was telling us he was fight. He was all in when he was there but the problem was he would just leave and like celebrate the stuff that was going on in the gym. And obviously that's not the best way to to actually actually prepare for a fighter of that caliber in a fight of that magnitude. How trying was that for you? How difficult was it for you Yeah I mean you heard you. You heard him say it. It was it was it was not good and the whole training camp and was driven by a revenge by then you know even when you come down to Doodo sparring sessions. He was talking about the award inspires. There were fights and was actually interested him even for me to hear him saying that each of them was seen as a as a fight. So it actually Kinda makes a tiny bit a logical sense you celebrate a fight. You don't celebrate a sparring session sparring sessions just part of training camp but if you are a viewing it as a five and if you're going in and ruining true people you know destroying people. It wasn't doing rounds. It was just. It was how soon as the fight was over as soon as he could finish somebody then he was gone. He was out at a gym and just wouldn't be in contact with you for days. has that ever happened before. Wow even during the build up when you remember you told me that you got you. Would you would leave the gym. He would come to the gym right prior to the first one and the we. Yeah we didn't have much communication during that period. Yeah what he was still consistent. He was still was still showing him. I remember when I spoke to him in August and I asked him about his relationship with you because it was a bit up in the air and he said you know he saw that you did. Interviews is after fine so you didn't watch as I said I watched it fifty times on my way from the arena to the house. How could you not do that? And you know you just felt like there was no communication all that stuff. Did you guys ever have a serious sit down before for this new journey this new chapter and air out all these sort of things that were out there because there was a big question whether or not you'd be back together. Yeah absolutely and and a lot of it is something I could speak to you now for forty five minutes and one sentence comes out a certain way and you put out a headline and if you're just scrolling on your phone and you just see that headline and if you don't really see the whole interview you know it could be taken out of context and meaning you know he'll have to prove what what way a I have to show me. If I'm going to corner again. Mining behind that was taught was obvious was that I will you know. I'm obviously very concerned Garner. He's also always said he's like a kid rotor and I just didn't see the need for him to be doing anymore If he we already had all his goals achieved and I look now and I say this is what this is who he is. He's he loves a AH timid has healthiest physically and mentally. When he's in training camp and the motivations are healthy that's him at his is best and what else was he gonNa do? He's not going to go off and take gulls sit around all day. He's obsessed with this sport this lifestyle. So it's it's it's good for everybody involved. It's good for him. To be into professional element of anime. Keeps them on a good track as someone who has known him for so long. I remember the stories that you told me of trying to go to his house. His mom calling you to try to get him to come back to the Jim to wake them up to get him out of bed when he was nowhere near the connor that he is today. And you just referred to him as a kid brother I mean you. Don't often hear coaches refer to fighters like that but you guys have this incredible bond and to see the incident in Miami and the Puck to see these things happen. You care for this man to see the mug shots and things like that. What does that do to you to see? You Know He. He was starting to become as I they asked him. You know like the stereotype of the fighter who had it all and then is on the verge of losing it all to see that happen to your kid brother quote unquote. What does that do to you? It was heartbreaking does no order words for and those heartbreaking and you fear the worst trade a worse for people so you care about the most and you fear you're going to become that that's That stereotype you know that age old story of someone someone getting it all and then losing it all and it was Yeah everybody around were all worried. And but that's that's less than last year's news that's last decades news last few months of being incredible and I feel that you know you can say words and and people like us. We'll believe in adult Lakers will say it's just words. I can see where they're coming from because the proof will be on Saturday night. That's that's where you're going to see if what I as they're calling vintage connor but I actually think it's it's new and improved connor. He's if connor was to fight the Guy Guy to be Eddie Alvarez now connor is connor would win. While so it's it's it's been pretty incredible these last couple of months and it's it's it's been a him first of all the siding not using willpower or any doubt nonsense just the citing. He was going to come back and and be a certain way and then he just started doing it. And it's it's been going on. I feel actually almost a year ago talking to you a little bit about this. He started back with chromebooks Jim almost a year ago now maybe even longer and he did that am Easter Holiday Exhibition. And since then it hasn't taken you know. We had the unfortunate setback with the hand. But he still gets training two legs. You know that's anime. animate training is not about avoiding. Injuries is about managing injuries so he just worked around us and them. Now it's been clean. It's being healthy since August so August or September and looking at that video footage He's just looking amazing. I'm here all. We're all excited excited about it and like I said to coach. Roddy the symbolism of having Phil sutcliffe their Kremlin boxing at the great one. It's a really nice story for you as the head head coach have them in part of it. What was that like when when you first heard that he wanted him to be a part of the camp part of the corner? What did you think of that? I was delighted. Um I told you this today. But actually met Phil because Tom Egan that was the first guy to represent. SPG ORLANDS in in the UFC way back in the day and I believe it was connor APP. Roth Tom to Crumlin boxing gym so I went along for one of the. I think it was a media day. We're doing hit some pods there. Or whatever. And so I met fail. And we're exchanging stories about connor unknown connor at the time and just having a bit of legal about how he is and the gym is obviously. He's being filled for four years at that. Stage are maybe five years Congress about seventy in eighteen and being with Phil for five or six years so would come just joking about that and then I didn't see him again until recently and years later and It's fascinating to be around. The is is understanding on his knowledge of. He's got so many champions in this gym but he's taken from five or six six years of age right shooter career from a novice to an elite. You know to the Olympics or whatever our professional fighting and and so to be around someone like that as almost saying as you can see. We're sitting into Saint said here so I hear week on owns conversation. I love being around. Around experienced coaches to talk about strategies and tactics mindset. And he's just a fountain of knowledge and so you you talked earlier just moments ago about you know maybe words sometimes getting twisted or making these words that you say out to be a bigger deal than they are not and I'm wondering about a particular answer you gave to Oscar Willis of the MAC life recently which I've seen has been in a million different ways we're used century said you know we're staying. Hang out of the way he knows more about fighting. All of US combine the coaching staff and the reaction was how could that be the coaches. He's the fighter etc.. Could you explain what you you meant by that statement. Because it's not often we hear something like that. Yeah we all have to house. We tried to slip in one sentence. That's GONNA get the most fire reaction on. I'm winning. Yes so far. No what I meant was them of course. We structured the trainer program over the last couple of months but when we're talking to him at the fight breakdown is fight his MMA fight IQ. It was incredible the way he can see tendencies in opponents and say okay. Look I think this is going to happen. Let's make some predictions exum because look some fights. NCAA correct the are okay. Well look let's build some of our training around those particular shots and sequences and and his is insight you know is it to eight world champion for a reason. So that's kind of more to pint of US making one hundred and every Monday morning. We got a an A Monday the morning email from connor saying this is the next seven days training. You know. That's that's not really what I meant but I'm glad some journalists able to make a few articles out of videos and and I hope you made a few dollars out of it a few quid might get. I might. I might give them another another few L. Few little headlines over the next few days so that they can right a few more of those type of turtles perfect. Everyone loves that And so when the idea of one seventy was brought to the table when he decided on one seventy because ultimately ultimately was his call. Were you in favor of this Yes yes I was. Yeah now it's been a while. Well well it's just one less thing to worry about this fight if you look at Donald particular opponent I don't I there's probably going to be around ten pounds into difference on the night. That would be my guess. It's maybe a little bit more. And of course Donald is going to attempt a takedown on to use a grappling game. And it doesn't it's not like he has has a skill set of it. You know Olympic level wrestler. Or something like that. It's going to be. I think one and the striking exchanges and the way is not as is important. Air Does Not does not that big a difference so why have why have either of them you know so freeing to try and make away and then to go back to bean around about ten pounds difference on fight night regardless historically connors fighting guy on a long winning streak. He's fighting a champion. He's fighting being a legend. He's fighting on although it may whether Eddie average champion. This isn't one of those cases. There's no title on the line. He's not a champion in fact ceremonies coming off two you straight losses in which he was stopped. Does this feel big for you. Like the there's no real stakes other than coming back and maybe proving the doubters wrong does this feel like a fight that is worthy of the connor comeback or. Did you want him to fight. A bigger name Probably if few questions you're going to ask me especially when we start getting onto predictions and stuff we'll have to say amounts or so get it out of the way now to explain okay that we're I realized early on we focused. I didn't have the vocabulary that I'm gonNA use now but was definitely what we were doing that we were focusing on systems Rotterdam discreet goals. So if you look at the elbow fight where he dropped that with a few days as notice on Monday step in if we had to be in focused very on a discrete goal of every goal. Orientated the B. L. that would've been kind of disastrous because it was a new new name a new opponent a new style. Everything was different and you know you. You know the story of me. Santa cars change and he said they're all the same I. The reason I'm being was that his his his training was systems. Orientated I think later on on especially for the mayor fight we became very goal. Orientated even hurt himself saying his goal was to beat the Pity Shell system and then some the More I think it's called Mexican style system And he will be able to adjust into contests are that whereas in the past look at example beating beating Mendis on a couple of days notice a very very different style opponent because we were systems orientated. Not Goal orientated. So that's what I feel. We return to so. I don't think it really matter to was across pasta cage because connor is one hundred percent systems orientated. Now you see it in the interview here in his words on the way to training as being it didn't matter to me. I find it amazing. How people are talking about Donald thrown as though he's fighting someone that's number one you know he's fighting CNN punk or something like that? This is the guy that has so many records in in the UFC. So so bad. Is it complementary awards. Conner's ability that that's the kind of way he's been spoken about someone that's been so active. Even period of time that connors being inactive I am but Donald is a phenomenal opponent. Great anime fighter great. All rounder houses has a skill sets. This is this is a great fight. It is a great fight and it's kind of in my opinion why I thought it was perfect for his return. It's a good fight to return to you. Know you're not jumping into the deep when you're fighting a guy with a resume with those kinds of records who's respected the winningest fighter even. That's funny isn't it. Like a top five for the last couple of years. SIRONI crony yeah. Yeah and it's not defend isn't that it's kind of funny that show. Where's your losses yet? Now I get it I get it. Yeah I just don't think he looked down. I was at that fight where he fought just them and he he didn't he didn't look great physically going into that fight and I think I wouldn't seventy. He looks a hell of a lot better so I think it's going to be much better fight than if he was down at won't fifty dollars. One seventy seventy plus a five round fight do you have concerns about the cardio. No not at all yeah. Training is being. The training has been unbelievable. I know I've people are getting tired of hearing me. Say it's the best connor ever. But when he's in this mindset five five arouses five. That's not the issue. The system was the issue. The system is being fixed. And whether that's thirty second fight or twenty five minute fight. The system is right. Result will be right when you hear him talk about three fights maybe even four fights in two thousand twenty. What do you think possible? I think it's great. I think it's great I love being in this mindset. He's he's kind of Twenty nine team is almost like a year's years training I know twenty twenty should be a year competing so you know As long as obviously there's no injuries picked up. Why now why not? Why not right load a few? I think it would make sense for. I'll say here you go. Here's still be delegated. Some okay okay. I'm sure it'd be about. Hey hearing this. But let's say for example the next Justin just to pull an example. There's fight Justin at one seventy. I don't really see the point and I'm going to one fifty five for a belt with him just about one seventy ish. So what's the point. The boat arriving on fight week one seventyish spending a few days trying to get down weight weighing in a dead the next day being about one seventy is just like the hassle of a Waco. Is that who you WANNA go. It's bizarre it's bizarre that we use that language. Oh that's his natural weight on fifty five. No it's not. No it's not. What seventy is is natural way? And I'd imagine someone like Justin is not far off one. Seventy one seventy five or something and wait so just natural weights unless it's something major like a fight love. I won't fifty five pound belt contested on seventy really but besides sites that I don't what was the need. What is it? What would be the point and it would mean he'd be able to compete more often this year? That's what people WANNA see. Let's be honest. Is that your way of saying you WanNa get you next no. It was my way of explaining that I don't see the point pudding ways and give maybe somebody someone could get a good arch clarita but it was just a kid the again a focus on systems rather than specific goals discreet goals fight just and fight master towel densify could be that would be very discreet. Goals rather than the system is Rebecca the gym next week we stay healthy. Stay training at a good pace weeks. Keep eating right. We stay around about that one seventy Late and so that he could make. Obviously we've done one seventy two hundred fifty five and less than ten days in the past so he could make that a neighbor. Love it if the lightweight belt was was offered and but we can we can route. Let one seventy pound fights and in the meantime what any stress on the you know physiologically neurologically distress of of coding of cutting the weight is not part of how much you expect them to weigh on Friday. I'll say one six nine okay because people were freaking out about him saying to me on Friday the low one sixty s so that would be just a pound under the one seventy one seventy one for a non title fight. But that's not all that worried about before will end on the prediction. But I just want to ask you because you're so in tune with this I mean you're there you have the gym here with the people the I'm f all that stuff. Obviously I read a lot. I listened to a lot and I hear a lot and I see people right to me about you. Know what he means to the Irish people. What he doesn't doesn't mean to the Irish people as popularity and whatnot? Do you feel like the Irish people have turned on him. Don't support him as much. Do you think this will be a different scene on Saturday. Because it's always been great seeing the turnout out for him in Las Vegas You know it is just out Christmas i. I don't know how many many people are going to travel allows as for his us for defeating swords him in Ireland's and I don't take people being mean on twitter all all that series because I don't really believe twitter to be real life my experience of Ms in Dublin and I go into the shops or walking down the street and it's just you know people beeping their horn a wave and over people Russian and for for pictures and wishing those look on our next fight and and that's where my energy energy goes and that's what my focus is not on on a couple of meanings on on twitter fair enough. I'm inclined to say this feels like a new connor because of the way he was when I when I saw him on Friday but again you've known him long before any of this. Do you recall the last time he was this relaxed this happy. This zen like it was really. There's something to see and to feel that energy. Do you recall the last time he was like that day in and day out. No this this this is a this is new for me. The level of structure in his life. Now it's like You know he's he's already won nowadays always Mama two children. And he's very he's very settled in everything he's doing now and that means yes full. Focus on What he wants to do and what he wants to do is competed anime and it just emanates from this Calmness calmness this contentment with everything around them on a very rewarding. And it's very relaxing. I'm actually I was I. I was taken about Goldman onto this interview. I was more nervous coming onto this interview and trying to give good answers Diana that the fight on Saturday. That's that's that's that's actually honestly true. My God I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or not. But that's an incredible statement. Considering what's happening on Saturday. I appreciate that honesty. Let's see let's end with the prediction. How does it end if I may if I may give a quick shout please You know about our AH warrior. Training Program Buy Com W. W.. Yes and we have four seasons starting at the end of this month and between the four seasons in Cork Mark Taylor Moore and Belfast. We had over five hundred applicants for. And that's that's a little knock on effect obviously the McGregor affect but that's that's kind of what he's doing. Well you know there's a five hundred people get involved in amateur anime seasons a wimp a wimp two warrior starting all over the world and then own on talking about him injecting energy in today amateur scene in America. It's kind of a credible. Yes come out of this little team in Dublin. Oh maybe he's the one that's going to offer structure to the entire her amateur Mac and then in the US and then my own little world warrior training program that really taken off globally as well. That's kind of cool bill so it's going to give a shout out to all the people who are doing to try outs. At the moment I wished in the very best I look forward to train them with them. As the season progresses and by the NASA website for women to Warrior Royer DOT COM and the number two to our dot com at number two two Aria Dot Com. I prefer the term Warrior Warrior Training Program. But it's width warrior at Dot Com and the seasons in in Tristar Gym or seasons in Gilbert Melendez Japan Dan. It's an all at the top gyms around the world and it's only grown. I think there's about fifty seasons running annually now will lead and it's grown so jump on their of your gym owner or your interesting experience of of animated transformational effect mentally and physically want a review of testimonials at sea. It's see it's for you Anyway we'll we'll leave it at that They did the prediction. The prediction is that the the systems is. What's GonNa win this fight and a cool calm collected Conor McGregor with no mistakes? It's going to be beautiful fight as again I. I love watching by the various. I almost every time I watch it. I think up something new and this is a fight. I believe it will be studied for a long time as well and wetter dots. Connor catching them in a guillotine and the first two minutes or knocking at the twentieth. ninetieth minute I don't see that as important as the method that the fight goes the systems used within the fight so I predict a a beautiful destruction. I like it. We'll leave it at that. That's an interesting take on the prediction. A bit of unique one but I like it very much. Ah had nostalgic feelings going up and down my body all show long now doing the show. You know it's been a long time that we've had a chance to feel this way about a connor fight eight and the buzz. That is to come this week. It feels like two thousand sixteen and fifteen all over again. I know we all kind of long for that. That was a really fun. Time in the sport from the media perspective. Coaching Perspective Fighting Crisp. It was just a lot of fun to to be a part of it so this has been a really fun day and it's perfect and with you and you know the tradition is two fold. I just want to say you know. It's always been two full all. That's always been the Monday before and the Monday after the victory so I just WanNa put you on the spot here and hope that we get stuck and next week a big week for you to with Dylan in Bella toward orange. The train rolls along so nice to have you on nice to see the whole team. Everyone was so nice and welcoming to me on on Friday and I really appreciate that nice to see the addition of a Dj Ej. Well that's a long ways from the barn back in the day in Thank you so much John guys this week and of course. Good luck on Saturdays. Well thank you sir. All right we'll talk to you soon. There he is the one and only the head coach over at Sba Ireland the Great John Cavanaugh ending as we should on the Monday before a conor McGregor fight. So here we are. The Monday is over. I hope you enjoyed the show. I hope you had fun. I hope it brought back some nostalgic feelings as well. Maybe maybe if you're flying to Las Vegas for this fight maybe for one of those people. I hope that you are able to watch this. And maybe perhaps you are a little more excited about what's to come on Saturday. Saturday can tell you I am. I really am and by the way we gave you some celebrity predictions the most important prediction of the mall from my mom. Texted it to me. She said Conor McGregor prediction so they take us the favorite after all but mom knows weighing in as well what a great day. What a great time to be alive? What what a way to start the two thousand twenty year as far as the UFC concern appreciate everyone who watches today's program and I hope you'll watch our coverage read our coverage? Listen were coverage all week long. Starting tomorrow in Las Vegas thank you very much dominant crews get well soon. Thank you very much Eddie Alvarez looking forward to his return as well thank thank you very much and good luck to Anthony Pettis. Good luck to Conor McGregor on Saturday as well. Thank you very much to him. Thank you to Owen. Roddy and coach John Cavanaugh. And of course good luck to Roxanne Monastery might very if you missed anything. Of course you can check it out on our youtube page apple podcasts. spotify Google play all those places and more. He is back for for the first time since October of two thousand eighteen Saturday night. UFC Two forty six only on ESPN plus pay per view Conor McGregor against Donald Sironi. We'll be back next next week. Talk about the same time a place to tell that I say peace. I'm Outta here thirty. One you think is fighting forty. I think it's worth Ronnie is water law in the locker room. Ow God is going to win. You know I I think that this is his redemption story. I got Surani going to be a great fight. Two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second I think he's found his edgy again. I think he has a chip on his shoulder from his last loss. I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to you. I was but I'm even better than who I want. You know. Everyone says Oh we missed the at the two thousand sixteen fifteen or whatever it was connor. Does I got cowboy. Winning the fight via finished fourth or fifth round and this is a very very good match up to one hundred seventy pounds and both these guys are just average is report fresh shop fast night. Dangerous powerful full of energy. I kinda waiting. I'M GONNA have to go with my countrymen Burger. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be in good mental space Connor Lonzo people when he lands clan on. Sironi it's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an early night McGregor versus Donald Surani. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I I loved it. Amazing how people are talking about Donald Thrown stogies fighting punk or something like that. This is the guy that has so many records Tampa forever and always etched in stone coming off a lawsuit could be but I still got him coming back and going PIPPA care. I have McGregor in this one. If all of us as fans watching get hit third fourth and fifth round this is Albany. Get really fun with the cowboys. Ronnie I think conners able to get it not within three. Then he couldn't have picked another guy cowboy grow up guy that's every deserves a shot and respective and I'm telling you for both guys. How do you stop talking about?

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Ep. 3,017: Bud for Cerrone, Reebok for McGregor at UFC 246 and more

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Ep. 3,017: Bud for Cerrone, Reebok for McGregor at UFC 246 and 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 FEMA 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 at the Mike. Sir Hot it's tied to get your. Ma Fixed Junkies take it away. Big John Gorgeous George goes. Are you ready. Junkie reports from the fight capital of the world inside the People Mandalay Bay Racist Sports. But you are listening to another episode of the Enemy Junkie Radio. Show the only show that matters. And I'm your host George with me as always is the devious and dastardly goes are east. Co Host wasn't goes Wendy. Happy Monday to you to George and all our listeners listeners January thirteenth. It's fight week folks because on January eighteenth the big fight between Conor McGregor and cowboys Rony goes down. That's the main event for UC to forty six on Saturday. It is people view and we plan to discuss a lot of it. Not just here on our show but all over our website. Ma Junkie the best website on the planet and of course all of the different video franchises all the work that son Baal our great writers and editor so buckle up folks not only. Is it going to be a great episode. It's going to be a fun week of fight week because no one does it like Conor McGregor. We got to give them that goes. Nobody does nobody. I don't even know that anybody comes close. Yeah you can roll your eyes all you want about about this guy about this character and his lifestyle and with you love them or dislike them or whatever. But I'm telling you when when it's five week here in Vegas. And he is in the eye of the hurricane. It is really something else so we're prepared Look there's other news to discuss aside from McGregor versus Sironi. We'll get into that some stuff outside of the UFC as well. Some big name fights or fighters in the news So yeah let's do it. Let's get to what a Monday episode on fight week for. UC to forty six here in Las Vegas. y'All bear with me I do have a sticky. Pooh voice Something hit me hard like two two days ago and I think I'm coming out of the worst part of it knows Sarah suspect prime suspect just brew it inside your body right well. I'm one gave it to you. I had two weeks of Jon Morgan and Kenny. Hathaway one week. They were bad but then one week later still couldn't believe that you could hear the bass in their chests you you know and I was like wow. It's been a week is still not there and like dominoes. What was the bad one? My Buddy Rodney was sick for three weeks Wuzzy. Yeah same thing with Tommy. Three weeks while I I don't know I can't point the finger I just remember those two Being sick and then there was one other person escapes me. But Yeah I mean what's done is. Oh Richard Hunter Richard Hunter. Yeah he's the other that's right. Yeah so what are you GonNa do. I guess I don't know I don't keep track of how often I'm sick years. Go by so fast. I I really couldn't tell you. Oh yeah it was march of two two thousand eighteen. Like I couldn't tell you that type of stuff So here I am but the one here about that gotta be got to be a tough guy in show up got a blue collar which is what Donald Cerrone. He's appealing to goes all the blue collar people with that. Budweiser ad that that has popped up so budweiser has plans for for Donald cerrone with branded cans for UC to forty six now goes I'm either out of the loop which often often in or this is new. Have you ever seen this before one can of old fashioned Budweiser Bud. Light or anything like that or bud line but the old red red white can they'll tribute somebody at the top. It's as great American cowboy ceremony and then it's got a quote from him. I want all the blue collar American working class people to know that I am out there fighting for them people. Ask me quote. Why don't you take time off end quote but the working man doesn't take take time off You know it goes on and says a few other things but basically. That's the gist of the message. What's picture Sironi you ever seen that? It's cool I I haven't seen budweiser itself to have seen bud. Light Do Like Not Olympics but March march madness stuff like that but I've never seen them single out a person or anything like that. I could be wrong but I don't. I don't remember that happening I liked. It's pretty cool. And on the flip side. That's their boy. It is their boy. I mean he's promoted them for a long time. On the flipside. Conor McGregor is one one of the fighters that so. We know that that you've got this reebok apparel deal. which by the way has one year ago and aside from that some of the top fighters in the U. of C.? Such as Conor McGregor. They got individual deals which are obviously more lucrative. The company wide deal is basically. When you fight you get a check from them which is the same thing as which they had hoped replaced just your sponsorship dollars? That's why the guys don't wear bad boy. Shorts and dethrone shirts. Yeah exactly Ackley That's what these do in the past. And so now you get a check depending on the tenure with your company the amount of fights that you've had boom you get a check it's worked worked out for some it hasn't for others. Ship sailed on that conversation that was like four or five years ago. A few fighters got individual deals. Where every month they get paid something? I'm sure some mar bigger than the others. But I know that Van Zan McGregor John. J check Woodley I believe few of those guys got this deal. We'll probably like twenty of them slowly but surely some of them some of those deals Finished McGregor still in apparently working with them because aw globally on February twenty first. A new shoe called Zinn Kinetico. Kinetico is going to drop and he did a little promo there on twitter order at the notorious enemy Showing them off a little bit so pretty cool Both sides Kinda you know showing off a little bit of you've they're backing going into this big event on at UC. To forty six. On Saturday. What I didn't understand about the shoe though is I believe? Don't quote me on this but this is just a shoe that connors helping promote. It's not like a conor. McGregor shoe cracked like back in the day. When you had like Ocho Cinco and all those guys promoting does exotic ones or whatever the hell they were right? This isn't like he's Schuch right. You know that part. I don't know it doesn't appear to have anything special like the colors is Walmart I saw were black and red is actually kind of seems a little basic. Doesn't it a little bit but I guess these are just quick previews that I saw on the website. Yeah I don't think I'm pretty sure it's not his particular the I mean what. What can you really don't fight an issue? You know what I mean so I guess you could train an issue could be a training shoe type thing and it could have the green orange and white colors of the Irish flag I don't know that the McGregor brand has any particular color or logo or anything that that you know where I if he just wanted to go the route out of being in a payroll. You know what I mean which I know he's got a suit line? I know he's doing whiskey but I don't think he's got a top from top to bottom caroline like for example Cristiano Renaldo CR seven. It's called. He has some stuff like that. I would expect McGregor to go down that line at some point by the way he hasn't wouldn't you a lot of people pretty fashionable. You know with the suits with how much he puts into his His outfits on Fight Week I bet you he could pull it off and do well with it. He drank whiskey that part. I'm not surprised that excuse me. I am surprised that he has an partaken in. But anyhow Look I mean the article does include. I guess that's the news in the article it was pointed out that It was a little bit of a surprise. Move for a major company To advertise with someone who's kind of been in some trouble and we're not just talking about the phone incident in Miami or the the old man that got sucked up in in Ireland and Saab but the New York Times reported reported about some Alleged sexual assaults in Ireland which again Like Dana White. UC president said. No charges have been brought forward They're saying it's completely falls but the New York Times reported it and that country's very discreet and very private about the way they handle these affairs they actually don't use the names. Although say is a major Irish superstar but that could be a soccer player rugby player or something like that so these all it's been at this point is allegations that have been denied only through his manager by the way at least our site so that that was pointed out. Oh by the creator of the Post. Silence Amano Managing Editor. Any also pointed to. How Reebok had parted ways with rapper? Rick Ross After some lyrics in one of his songs allude to raping a woman. So we'll see again. I Imagine Reebok is pretty thorough. You know they've been around their own by catching them by surprise. Exactly so weird. Yeah I really goes and one of those guys is that Until you're proven guilty just like the way this country is you're innocent You know what I mean now. Now one of those allegations is from December of two thousand eighteen. Like what's taking so long. You know what I mean because that's going to damage this kid if in fact it's not true in if it is it is and obviously shame on Conor McGregor more than that. But you know what I mean But it sucks that that's going to hang over him. No it's GonNa hang over him tremendously this week. Yeah you know what I mean. Because he's GonNa get a lot about it. Yeah exactly and I mean I honestly I think we all know what answer he's going to give right but but it's something that the media has to ask and I'm sure the the you know the fans are I mean they're gonNa say got asked a question you gotta ask it. He's GonNa have a standard question. I mean a guy like especially a guy like Conor McGregor breath surrounded by so many minds like they're going to protect them. He's going to give some sort of standard answer and that'll be that but you're right. It's how long is this going to play out now. Yeah and fans speaking of that prior to the event you can you. The public can attend a prefight news conference featuring McGregor surrounding Romanian. UFC President Dana White. The event is free and open to the public at the Parole Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas doors open to the public at three thirty PM. Local local time and the press conference scheduled to start at five PM. That is Wednesday right on Friday. You have the the ceremonial Wayans that take place at the park theatre Thirty seven seventy South Las Vegas Boulevard Doors Open for the public there at two PM. Local time and the ceremonial wins and face. Offs between the fighters will go down at three PM. Now that's usually one hour before before the winds usually take place usually at four. This time there are three. That's on Friday free and open to the Public Park Theatre is basically in front of MGM Park Mgm and its adjoining to New York New York and again that other press conference. That's on Wednesday now. I want to do a quick plug for goes tonight. We're GONNA be doing an alternative broadcast or as we call it a watch along for you a to forty six on Saturday ten PM eastern seven. PM Pacific but you know us. We'll get in there about a fighter too early because that's how we roll and we want to make sure that everything's things working and I'm telling you the juices are already flowing on fight night so we can't get in there. We can't wait to get in there and chatted up with all but again officially ten PM Eastern Seven. PM Pacific Vic for UC to forty six. You can watch along with us whether you order the pay per view or not and if you do turn volume down listen US have fun with us like we're hanging you know like buddies and if you didn't order basically we'll be like a radio except you can see the broadcasters and I guarantee you will confirm that we have faces me radio now also in addition on Friday and we'll have more this on Thursday Thursday show but on Friday. We'll also do a one hour preview on sports caster tentatively at four five PM. That's something that we may tweak here in just a second because of this early start time for the way ends Either four or five five. PM Pacific for a preview when our preview on sports caster and then on Sunday eleven am Pacific. We will do a post-fight show on Sunday. Once you know basically the night has been spent and we we've seen all the post-flight reactions and shows shows and everything and we can react on Sunday by then fighters have been taken to the hospital taking their social media pictures and We'll have time to decompress has to react to what will probably be outstanding so hopefully you will join us for that. It's going to be a good time. Yeah for sure all right now look. Here's a few things we're GONNA have to put up with this week. It's the sugar coating Dana White. Says you'll see doctor says Conor McGregor is in the best shape is ever seen them. mm-hmm well that along with I'm sure every boxing sorry. Every trainer that Conor McGregor and Donald cerrone has are probably gonNA say the same anything right He'd never seen their guys more focused. Who doesn't in their best shape staple their life? Who comes out? Looks like Shit. Exactly what are we doing here. It's what we don't know that's going to be important. Especially if you WANNA gamble so do a little bit of your own due diligence us and see what's out there. Usually I think social media is a good indicator of when the fighters buckled down and in camp. And when they're fooling fooling about with these two guys it's tough to figure out because Donald ceremony can train for four hours and then go wake boarding. He can also just not trained for four days and go wake boarding so it's really tough to see. Have you see them post out at the lake wake boarding. It's tough to see if he got his training in or not. When does that guy goes never? When is he just not shown up? Yeah you know what I mean he. I mean he doesn't do camps. That's the thing is he's just in one giant camp where he's is constantly training so he doesn't take very many days off but right but he does you know when he goes out and he has his but he's right back in the gym. The Gym is at his house right. So it's it's no way There's no way around it and like George There's never really a fight that led you to believe that he was out of shape. I mean there's been bites where I think he's been out class. Maybe outsmarted marted. But I think he shows up every fight McGregor goes has that guy. Does that guy ever look like he's got even an ounce of fat on him. I not really. He know what I mean when he whether he's walking out of jail out of a nightclub Out of training or whatever I mean he's pretty cut pretty shredded. He must have a really meticulous Louis. Diet and great metabolism because he really never looks like he's out of shape shape that way so even him clubbing. For three or four days. You would believe that in the morning. He got his roadwork in to pay the price to pay for his sins. You know what I mean the night before So it's really tough to get a good read on them and McGregor Super for super tough mentally Anyway you'll see stuff like that you'll see stuff like I saw on junkie. You know so. We did a little bit of this as well on our off guard series trying to get predictions from fighters which way they're leaning but it's funny. This one says John Jones backing cowboy ceremony attack Conor McGregor. It usually forty six. So the four faces I see vulcanology. WHO's Mon- and Covington all right? You can almost predict what at least two are going to say. You know Covington would like that that McGregor fight You know what I mean. Obviously he's GonNa pick at him but What the other to lose mine woken ask you? I guess you didn't know too much. But what does not me for surrounding for so long. ooh I mean. There are no longer teammates right now Jackson wink but still house. He knocking to take him. You know what I mean. Jones can be a wildcard every now and again so yeah I mean. I think we're pretty sure we know in which direction he's going to go. Yeah Yeah I'm just you know. I'm just prepared unprepared because it's going to be a lot of that and something that it drives me cuts but I just don't have the on the desk. Yeah Yeah Yeah I think we need to find better ways of seeing how both guys is can win. You know what I mean and then in the NFC look it's close. I'M GONNA go to my training partner. Okay whatever but as long as you present ways in both in which both guys can win in fact if it comes the light check out John would very very honest with us gave ways in which both guys could win Between McGregor answer only and and you know he kept it independent of the fact that he's tracer only in the past. I can appreciate that honesty. Here's some interesting news. Goes UC parent company endeavor. which is now what we call W ame? IMG WHO Bought Zoo for about three years ago. They have pledged two hundred and fifty thousand for the Australia. Wildfire Disaster Relief Very impressive Seeing a lot of celebrities doing the same thing in fact shout out to a lot of American firefighters who have traveled overseas to to Australia to help with that goes. I finally found a map of that. Wow I'm telling you all of Australia especially the outer rim. I thought it'd be more like the inner but you could see a lot of the fires just basically. There's no part of Australia. It seems like it hasn't been touched by it. And then if you really have the stomach for it there's some videos that show a lot of wildlife life that that has been killed and then the little Koalas Oh my God that broke my heart. You know what I mean. Look if another couple snakes have to go I you know me I'm not a big snake guy But but there's a lot of creatures there that I would have not wanted to see suffering the way they did. No I did not. They dropped Tons of food out there for the The animals like carrots stuff like that. Right now is kind of heartbreaking to see the videos of the animals that found him you know and they're just the way Chinese trying to be healthy because everything's been taken away from. Yeah so shot to endeavor for doing that all the athletes and celebrities. That have done that. That's very very huge of you all to partake in that because our our mates down under are are suffering for the animals out there cynical kidman and who she married to toby. Keith or one of those guys like terrapin Keith. Urban they donate like five hundred grand and I think and remember who else did but there are some pretty good amounts. Yeah no doubt all right continuing on here with some news nuggets. The show you how sick I am. News and nuggets. Anybody brought us to play the nuggets to have while we're turning that he should. I don't know that I could put one down right now. All right goes look. I don't WanNa be continued to be somber Talking about the Australia wildfires. Just a second ago but you know there was a big family tragedy in Wall Harris's life this past year When he found out about a first disappearance of Anaya blanchard his stepdaughter and and then ultimately finding out that she had been killed About a month later Very very difficult time for any family and it was very public because walt is loved by the community and the community stepped up and obviously on our website. We kind at the time line and tried to spread the Infos. Sec We could until we found out you know that that she was no longer missing but she no longer was with us But eventually actually like is not the sound insensitive but I guess life does move on and for Walt. This is his career and now he's selected the month of April to make his comeback goes and Man Man that's GonNa be really really Emotional for the sport you know lot of the media and a lot of the fans a lot of the fighters when he if and when he eventually comes back which it sounds like you will in April yeah But but again our thoughts and prayers with that family. We have a lot of love for Walt He's on an incredible run right now by the way So he can get back to that and continue his assault on the heavyweight division It'll it'll be great but at least that seems to be the time when he'll be back I point to one event obviously the Barclay Center I think would be huge to get him on now. It's going to be. There's going to be huge spotlight because of Habib and Ferguson but the only other fight card looking forward that far is USA fight and I won seventy two. Hasn't been determined where it's going to be so we don't even know I'm sure they'll be someone else. Because there's usually like three fight cards per month for the but what do you think should he come back to a big Carl dot or maybe just be buried a little bit. Well it's insensitive two or just be put you know On a car. That doesn't have as big of a spotlight. I think everybody handles these situations a little different than others Some people might might WanNa step away for a while and just be with family and then others I could see something like this is maybe keeping him sane getting back to what is life was before and that's training martial arts getting ready for fights I I think he's probably one of those people that handles things outweigh so. I think it's good and until I would say really Put them put them in a big situation a big car. I think that'll that'll help him out. I think it will definitely help them out financially. But also so Spiritually you know getting closer and closer to when I believe is more than likely his goal and that's to win a title near Right now. He's on a pretty good run a good fight like that on a on a main Encarta Would do wonders for him. Yeah I like the way you put that. I think you're right. I think maybe the bigger card is the better one the one in New York in Brooklyn who we might fight. I don't know but The big names are coming. That's for sure like I said he's on a nice run. I think it's four or five zero all right Jessica Penny Wow this is a very complicated case. But she's looking at possibly four years out of the sport and at thirty seven years of age goes she might be you done is what she's saying because by the time she comes back. She will have been forty-one she is very determined to prove her innocence however to do that and get at some time knocked off from this possible suspension that's looming it could cost you up to forty thousand dollars. which by the way there's already been a F- go fund me campaign that's been started for that but either way after reading? What you've read through anything's going to happen here? You know. It's a really tough situation when it comes to her because If you go back and you. That's the confusing thing about you. Sada is like there's so many hoops to jump through and wait for certain things to play out that it's it's like I got so confused reading because one point it almost seems like she says like you're just throwing in the towel because that's the easiest way of just getting out of the situation but feeling innocent which is what she's trying to do and taking money out of your own pocket to fight the situation I mean fighters Not Every fighter is making this huge payday and it's not just the the money that she's put into the situation. It's the money that she's not making because of that she still has to train. It's not like she just goes away. She starts to train to maintain who she is in the sport. Keep yourself in the spotlight. All that costs money and it sucks. What's that she has to do? All that and possibly never fight again you saw it was brought here to make the safe sport or sports safe and I understand then. I'm happy that they did that but I'm not so sure that all this was executed in the best way especially Her being in a situation right now it seems awful. WHO's this goes all the way back to may tenth of two thousand seventeen? She was flagged after Biological Passport Review. on January fifth. She was handed in eighteen months suspension. Which I'm sure was retroactive to that date so she should have actually been backed by now? But I guess that's when the second Violation alleged violation happened and now the the eighteen months was supposed to be two two years but because she cooperated and Kinda stayed quiet and just let it all play out. I guess they gave her that actual six months discount will call it. And that's why I went from two years to eighteen months months but we all know when you saw came along it was going to be two years and then four years for the next one and so- Penny released on January tenth so a few days as ago An instagram post talking about this in emotional statement she put she basically said she's broke defeated and heartbroken. After years of battling your case privately by the way because we haven't heard too much about this honestly that same day you gotta responded wants. The athlete makes public thought then does respond and they basically said look. There's disparity in the facts you know. According to what Jessica said they said quote given Jessica Pennies. Wendy's public public statement. We can't confirm positive tests for Stan. Stan is all However there are many factual inaccuracies and unfounded allegations understatement including that she has been forced out of the sea in fact she s exercise their right to contest her case before an independent arbitrator per request? you solder received after. She released her public statement under the AFC anti-doping policy all athletes other right. To present. Facts and circumstances dances during a full evidentiary hearing. We look forward to the opportunity to present the facts and evidence through this process. One last thing her her manager manager Brian Butler. Who In my opinion has a very good reputation in the sport has been a just an honest person person? He saying that he stands behind her. And he's the one that's helped launch this campaign because because he's saying that she believes she's right and that even the people and the people involved with you Sada Oughta prove that she's innocent and so that's why this just has their head spinning. You know what I mean. And that's why they're willing to go this far because again. She's thirty seven. I'm I'm not trying to show her. The door goes but thirty seventh pretty old. An old considered an older age for a lot of athletes. Not just a female strongly or anything like that. I mean expecially in a sport like to see what the exception of maybe heavyweights this. That's basically one of the last two years and someone's career and the comeback of forty one. Then I you no one could say it's probably all over but he feels like it's not just a reputation but the fact that she should be able to come back and maybe still give us another year or two. Maybe make make some money before she goes on to another career but if Brian Butler relieves it then I believe there's something to it I believe there's some substance and some legs to it so I can't wait to see how how this plays out and in the article that we put on Emma Junkie. There's a link to our gofundme campaign shooting for forty grand. This launched about twenty four hours ago. I believe and they're already at fifty fifty six hundred almost fifty seven hundred so we'll see if she's gone up a little bit here if she can get to the number. She's looking for early. I think yesterday was at fifty four or something like that. Lastly daily has been fired according to him from his belt or analyst role He cites he went off script The belief is according to him that I guess in the when he was calling the Michael Page fight at bell toward Europe six in November he basically was critical of the matchmaking awarded to MVP which kind of been but him being in a role as well to our employees. Maybe they were looking for something different but We don't know because Bell Tower. When they were Richard comment they had nothing to say but The kind of sucks you know. It's a nice gig for fighters it does suck. But you can't be shocked over at Riley. Paul daily I think if you're going to the night of if you're going to have him in the broadcast booth you know he's speak his mind you know and the thing about Paul daily is do just doesn't hold back but you're right. That's like one of the cooler jobs to have like looking at what Josh Thompson's been able to do right And then you look at some of the guys in New York see and how much their careers have changed. Imagine Dominick Cruz with all the injuries that he's had if he hadn't if he didn't have this other outlet of broadcasting broadcasting. He'd have to make that money somehow. Right so this is something that could have really helped Paul daily now at the end of the day there are people that have you ask them. Was it worth getting your opinion out there and not feeling like you had to hold back. Some of them will say yeah. You know who knows. Maybe Paul has money. Maybe that's just not A. Maybe it's something he was doing but he has money doesn't need it and maybe what's more important for him has been real but you have to know that when you're going to say these type the things that will be some backlash. Yeah all right folks. That's it for now. It's going to be huge week and I'm dying over here but don't forget to check out. Our other video franchises sizes the off guard series the spinning back Click and the rankings report although the rankings report won't be out today because guess what there was actually no major. MMA last week with the exception of one championship card that just had no ranked athletes or no one on the radar. So you won't see much regarding rankings thinkings. But that's okay because this is a huge week here in Las Vegas and we're GONNA have a ton tons of other coverage including our Thursday show. What will preview the card give our final predictions for the card? Heard maybe some parlays as well and don't forget about sports caster we'll have pre and post fight shows in addition to the actual watch along on Saturday. All that information will come out throughout. This week's keep an eye on it but basically Friday. She'll be after the ceremonial Wayans on Friday afternoon about four Pacific Time time proximity Seven PM Pacific. On Saturday for the fights and then eleven. Am Pacific Sunday for the weekend. All right folks with that. We're out of here. Go out there and be a champion uh-huh

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The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

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The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

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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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The Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

ESPN Daily

23:11 min | 7 months 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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Conor McGregor Announces Retirement Reaction

The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani

12:44 min | 2 months 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 Notorious McG: Conor McGregor Inside and Outside Ultimate Fighting

Ariel Helwani's MMA Show

23:47 min | 7 months 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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The MMA Beat: Episode 228 (Conor McGregor Speaks Out, Lobov-Malignaggi Trash Talk, UFC Rochester Recap)

The MMA Beat

1:05:17 hr | 1 year ago

The MMA Beat: Episode 228 (Conor McGregor Speaks Out, Lobov-Malignaggi Trash Talk, UFC Rochester Recap)

"You're listening to the media podcast network. It is Thursday may twenty third two thousand nineteen and this is the beat. Welcome everyone by name is Luke Thomas on the host of this program. You know, from Sirius XM as well as MMA fighting and today, ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special panel. You know, I've been doing this show. It's gone through many different interruptions, different studios, different hosts, different. Panelists I've done more than any other person on the shows on 'em may be episode. One here we are episode seventy eight billion we've had a Mike Jackson on the show before, who was a fighter in the UFC. But he was also kind of media before that we have never to this day had a UFC fighter straight up a UFC fighter as a panelist on the show because we weren't sure if it was going to be a good idea. Well, we're about to test that little theory arly to my left is Denny's. Past that is you see bantamweights boom is here. Ryan keller. How are you, sir? Good. Thank you have at the at the very end, you know, heavy is the iceman from fighting as well as the ring Chuck men, and all the men in the hat, man of many names. Yes. All right. Boom, we're going to see how this go just talk for an hour. Trouble in this could be a huge success everything. I was gonna say probably never been in a pressure situation like. Woke up sweating this morning. Welcome to the Tara dome. All right. Let's get this going. We'll start with you is because let's start with KFC was that. Did you know you're with doing the show with you? I'm sure you saw what happened on my day perfect of that was at a Dave and Buster's and Times Square. I can think of everything else to do with spit on one another, and so she got a venue. So here's the issue with this him. Yeah. Pull him going out there on the heels of Dante wilder, by the way, telling Dominique Brazil, Brazil. He wanted to kill him in the ring. You have you have paulie kind of thing similar things, at least to put some low ball in a coma, bidding on him threatening to essentially commit a war crime by doing bad things to his corpse. It's like it's gotten to the point now where everyone's kind of laughing because it's a bit of a sideshow, but you have to see, and it's also going to be in Florida to Florida but yeah, so you kind of have to just sort of wonder if this is all be joke on the other hand man, it is so ugly. Now, I'm wondering if the people promoting because I've seen how paulie promotes in boxing, didn't look like this evening against Adrian Brodie and that was ugly. What is happening here? Is it going too far? How do you feel about this or the big circus? We should just laugh at it. Well, I think you do have to think seriously in the sense of, like, you know, having security, there to make sure nobody gets hurt and, and take it seriously in that manner. But as far as like the promotion itself, I don't think it's gone too far. I mean, just a few months ago, you know, we're talking about Conor McGregor and Habib. That's too far. I think this is right on the border line. I think it's it's always ugly. It isn't pretty but it is the fight game. This is the hurt business. These guys are going to fight at the end of the day. So, you know, I, I don't think it's gone too far, you know, they're attacking the character of the person, which I'm, I'm usually fine with that. There's been some things said that, you know, a little bit off. You know, probably saying he's going to pee on an arts and whatnot. But there's. They're talking about religion races. You know. You know. Not yet, but I don't think that's the direction they're going to. Because if you look at their trash talk is really based about just each other like I have a problem with you, and you have a problem with me. Whereas the Habib and McGregor situation, it's spread out in, and then it was it was more culturally, rather than just attacking the individual. So Kennedy turn of their shirt, but at least at this point, I think it's, it's fine. But we've yeah, no. I think the question is what is too far? You know, I think if you're spitting on somebody that's, that's a little too far to me. I mean, if you spit on me where sensually fighting. So, you know, police doing things like that kind of crossing the line, but words are words and fight promotion is five promotion. I think all his fair, whatever you wanna say you're going to say you know, in all honesty. They're going to get into a ring and scrap and do a bare knuckle in harm each other. So it's you know what you say can't be too much when, you know, at the end that's what's going to have. What about the we've gotten a little comfortable everyone? Frank Kemira said he wanted to Brock lizard, we the first death in the Arctic. You've lost his job at WC. Commentary for that. That was ten years ago. It was a different time. Everyone was looking for to get accepted into the mainstream. So I get the difference. I'm just wondering in your a competitor. Someone wishing death on you do what if what if something bad happens someone's going to trace that back and go. We did not take this seriously, right? Oh, yeah. I mean that's another thing that, you know, this is escalating further and further as time goes on. It's like people are setting the bar higher and higher. Like you said, what Connor and could be it got so out of hand with racial comments and religion and stuff like that. I feel like now that sets the buffer other people to think, okay. Like we can go this fall with it. It's funny because it's almost like he paulie feels like he's in a sideshow like you mentioned. I feel he believes he's in a strange cameo in the gutter he's going to some other place to kind of carry boxing integrity. And he's going to show all these fans are gonna show this guy, this guy from them may world kind of what's up, you know, and it's just it's bizarre level because like you said, this isn't the poli- we've seen in the past. So I feel like he's carrying a little bit more. Your baggage into this, which is a tell obviously, like it's, it's obviously psychologically involved more than maybe he normally would be. And he's got something to prove I guess, so it's, it's all playing out in that in that sense. But man, I don't know that he doubled down, you know, about the coma and all that other kind of, you know, I don't wanna wish harm on anybody. But, you know, if it happens at least show, you guys, you know what this, dude? This is real presenting it like it was a useful. Teaching right. That's what I'm saying. It's, it's I guess we've kind of with the with the backboard between him and McGregor. And then, you know that you have that whole sideline going in. It doesn't feel over the top, it feels like it, maybe where you insipid it might be just given that kind of bad blood between the camps and everything. But I feel like it's only gonna get crazy from here on out man as we get closer to this thing. What's the worst anyone's ever tried to like get promoted fight with you, like whoa? How far is somebody gone? I haven't had much happen to me to be honest. I've gotten people's faces before back and forth, but no. Onset anything like really militias to me or I'm not like the type to talk trash. So I don't think I set it up where it's like it's gonna come back at me like that. But yeah, nothing really crazy with me. No one touched me. No one really said anything about my family or any kind of religious things. So I haven't had struggles with that. But I think that with the poli- thing, it's, it's like he's so fired up, and it's interesting because he doesn't have a direct beef with Artem himself. It all came from that sparring session with Connor. It's like he's still holding onto that bitterness of that video, and he was talking about that. Yeah. He's so heated up to like get back at that, that I think this fight is like all about that moment. This is really I think that's exactly this fight is like, we don't really know what happened in the sparring meal. We saw that little tiny thing. Was it a knockdown wasn't a down? He says, at least the whole thing. Yeah, yeah. I don't think I don't think it's fair to call a front runner. But I don't think he's much tougher in the early parts of the later parts, this, paulie, trying to drown that memory in the bathtub and set a new one. Not just gonna fight with Connor, but I want to show you I was right about, and I run as your show live, essentially he was set up because if you look at all the interviews and all the media, he did. He went in there going on here to help McGregor immune McGregor. I remember like he was talking about McGregor like they were partners. But McGregor was not in that partner business. He wouldn't he brought him in. He flew him into beat them up. Take pictures of and then ruined his reputation by putting all this footage out there. And we know the maitre was how, you know insane. They are they just came after paulie. And I think that's something he wasn't expecting. I mean if you just look at all the media he did post that. I mean, it's just hours of him just going at it and ranting about this. So this is in a way like a little outlet like a way to vent. In a way to, you know, I guess released some of that anger that he has been kind of get back. Yeah. Very sweet wheelhouse for local organization to find because basically taking been data. That's very alive in a white community in Saint Louis, we're going to find some resolution by bringing these two guys to go, what better way to do this, they have way more attention on this fight than they could've possibly had, if they'd had fifty of the way they were going, you know, the, the fight cards that they're putting together with some names on them. But, you know, there's no real be this is the kind of thing they need to find like Mendez a complaint almost on a sideline. You know what I mean? And this is tailor made for bear. No cliff, see because say, like bare knuckle FC wouldn't exist. Bare knuckle boxing, thinks, says UFC in boxing, you know, if you put Paula long, gene, and arts and blue while in a boxing match, you probably know who's gonna win you know if you put them in the UFC in a in a fight that wouldn't be that intrigue because, you know it was going to win as well. But this is a right in the middle. There's clinching. There's forget about the storyline in the beef just the fight itself. It's actually intriguing. It's actually you got an active fighter. But you know that's not really a boxer. And then you've got you know the clinch aspect of it. So just from the. Perspective is actually a really intriguing about this tailor made for that or. The mot- the highest selling pay per view history. Had the promotion that all of us were like that got a little far rights. Versus McGregor two and a half million pay per view buys this fight. I think I don't know what it's going to do because it's. I don't know. I don't know. So that's a good price. What's it gonna be Florida's making them wear gloves that have no knuckles, but they have to have gloves, which is like the most Florida dumb ass thing I've ever heard. There's that, that I was just thinking about this. I remember some bare knuckle. Yeah. Yeah. I was I was thinking about ten years ago with the US he was promoting itself and promoted against fighters were like these guys have accounting degrees in their college graduates, and that was fine for like a respective -bility notion, but to promote a fight. This is the best of became sees probably ever going to do. And the best the UFC ever did was super ugly. I'm not saying this historically crazy. I think everything goes in cycles, but it is kind of alarming Brian right? The like we knew ugliness sold. But I don't know that there's a breaking point like oh, you think ugliness cells up to a point. I'm not sure about that. A little seems to sell as long as you keep up the ugliness. No. It's true. It seems like in this this business. There's like no laws. You know what he'd like do whatever you gotta do to make this cell, and I it's interesting that it's like that, but, like, why don't you engage in more that kind of stuff if you know, the work, I think it has to be somewhat in you, you know, I it's kind of, in your personality to let loose and say crazy things. And when you do stuff like that, you have to back it up. You know, I always admire somewhat who goes so far to say a lot of cocky things, and, and preach things that, you know, you gotta go in there. And now back that up, and that's on your shoulders, you know, and I think for someone like me. I don't really want that on my shoulders that extra pressure. I don't want to put that out there and then be thinking what if now what if I don't do that? What if this doesn't happen, it looks worse on you? You know in the end. So I just try to stay out of that kind of thing. But it's crazy. How things are going. You're spitting on people hit him on the head with microphones. I mean it's funny it makes us want to watch it, but, you know, you guys are mentioned in the Mayweather McGregor and six for four days where he is showing. Up like a pimp and doing stuff and making racist jokes. The tour. Dates where I mean, like I thought that that went too four at the time I was like this is a this is like gratuitous like this is just keeps going on and on. But some people loved it, man. Look at the sales and sales figures for that one is the most uncomfortable reality that kind of thing works as those, it does. And then obviously the common theme in every every scenario it's almost kinda McGregor, right? Because his his specter will play over this as well. And I think that, that's it tells you what kind of business guys running. You know what I mean? Like when he can basically just be a figure that's out there in, in that realm. And it still matters went back to you because Paul he said something that I thought actually with. Right. He said, a lot of things that I didn't think made sense. So not everything. There was one argument. He made that he goes, the these fighters and all the fighters necessarily, but Artem in that community generally, they're like, oh, well boxers, you know, they fight with big pads and limited things you can do at his point is like yes, is multi variable as a may. It's just punching above the waist, but look at the trail of bodies. Look at the trail of damage, it's much worse in inside boxing them, as Emma may, and he sort of tack the community for it. I got to be I don't I don't think he's wrong. I've heard this for years from people that like, well, I'm not saying I made. I don't know which ones harder, right? But I know that the, there's a bit of an attitude inside anime towards boxing. I think people think is a sneaky suspicion. It's a little bit easier and a little bit less dangerous the facts bear, that out, Paul. He's kind of right? Yeah. Agreed with him to some extent. I think you know. And that may fighters think that the game of the harder because of the different aspects that we have the train. In an and using the fight. But with boxing, you're taking a lot more shots to the head because you can't clinched up necessarily and you can't take a guy down in holding down or whatever. So I think with that said, yeah, we just don't know what CTE the research, though. You know, like we haven't seen what it's done to animate fighters that hasn't really been shown. So, you know with boxing. It's definitely dangerous to take a lot of head shots like that, and not have any other option. But, you know, the gloves are gloves. I think you know, I don't really even think poli has something against them. I think this is just him trying to speak on behalf of the fact that he's fighting an enemy fighter. You know, Bill woods. Kidded question, are you worried about C T? Oh, yeah. Hundred percent. I mean, I take by CBT oil every day us that it works. I don't know. I know a lot of people, you know, talk good things about it. But you just never know you know, there's not enough research on CBD, either, like is their side effects later down the road, you find from taking that every day. That's negative. I don't know. But I am worried about it. You know, I've, I've been knocked out once in my career haven't taken much damage, you know, other than that fight, but after that, you start to rethink things, and it's hard to tune that out. Once you deal with that point he does in. I also think that the cultures are different because in enemy you sort of feel like an may make fighters and just EMMY fans have a perspective that boxers or pampered that, boxers, you know, in a way, the culture is, is a little bit different in that, since, like, for example, I've as media, I've covered, you know, open workouts for boxers. And you know it's not a bunch of dudes in amount, grappling, or, and he's usually just one guy and that. Has like twenty dudes around him drying the sweat off. One guy for the water, you know what I'm saying? Just really taking care of them. They almost feel like you know in I mean this with one hundred percent respect like race horses, you know, like Notre. Notre completely treated like you know, like this is the guy wears them may everybody's in there. You're in there working hard. You're in there grinding, you know what I'm saying? So there is that sort of misconception that gets lost old. So this guy must not be tough. This guy has a somebody drying his sweat without, you know what I'm saying? But at the end of the boxers put in the work man, they, they have to be tough to, to, to get their also like just look at record, you know, we tease around about him being the goat and, you know, being a fifty fifty fighter whereas boxers, you know throughout their career until the very end. They get usually set up with, with good ups, right? So I think there's cultural differences in that, but I don't think it speaks to, you know, boxers being less tough than than that feeling as well. How pervasive it is. It's not a scientific, then but I've heard for years. Oh, well bog boxing's a little bit that polish move back against that. Yeah. I mean in a standing eight count. Right. Like that's I always think about that. When a guy like there's no time to recover. The fight is over in, I want a guy is basically knocked down in his is rendered defense. At that point, the fight is usually over. We see cases where they let it go onto long. But that's usually the case in boxing. You could get, you know, just completely clobbered in your your senseless for a few seconds. But then you wake up and you can stand up and actually continue the bite. That's a me is always the biggest divide. Yeah. On his that's when you because you see. Including like melanoma with a broken jaw before. Yeah. And he wanted to quit. He just didn't because he didn't want the scarlet letter on him. Whereas an MA like if somebody you'd be like smart call was the right client. That's true. That's true. And that's that's what he was saying about, like tapping out, you know, he keeps tapping and showing like in may at any point, you can just laid out and tap. If things aren't going your way. It's kind of true. I mean, if you're type strikes against Mets, zero whatever, yeah. If you if you're not in it, and you're having a tough time and you start thinking negative in there. And you know, you're on the ground in a bad position. Like you do have the ability to make it look like you know, put your hover around my neck. And I'm outta here. You know, and, and in boxing, that has is something that really is like frowned upon, you know, to quit like you said, if you stay on your stool, and you don't come up to try to fight and keep going. So, yeah, that's a point too. Com. Hurt. I'm out. Yeah. There's definitely it's easier to, to find a way to, to quit than it is in boxing. That's. Very quickly. I think that's a good thing about like the boxing's lack of humanity is a positive. I mean that's where people get hurt. You know, went when you know you know you one out, but heck I don't wanna look like an idiot, so I'm going to stay in there, you know, extra minute and get, you know, the extra damage and to your point, you know when you get rocked in may get hit. Sometimes we see fight stopped prematurely in right? We talk about it in fence complain about it. But in boxing, like, you know, if if you if you go down, you have the ability to go back up and the will that you have to some into go back in there and get back in the fight. It's it's ridiculous. So I think both both fighters are tough is just different cultures. It's so think about last night. His most ridiculous. It's completely out. See that stuff in boxing? But that fight is over an Emma, may, you know what I mean. 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From the vox media podcast network. N vox dot com. Listen and subscribe, wherever you get your podcasts. All right. More to the other part of the story, which is not connected to the PK of c part. But as you alluded to Conor McGregor going on Robbins, his podcast. Funny, then newsbreaks yesterday that multiple women have accused Tony Robbins misconduct. Good time. Timing was like perfect at any event. Forget that part. Here's the thing, I was thinking about listening to what he, he had said a lot of different things. I'm not really asking any of you to weigh in on the truth value of it, but I found it to be an incredibly deft move by Conor McGregor which they often are number one, he acknowledges sort of, like other sports luminaries, like LeBron. And how they've changed his perspective on taking care of himself. Number one, second of all going on. Tony Robbins, his podcast. We're twenty Robbins was just fan. Boy, ended up it ain't going to sports podcast. And he wanted like a self help guru, where you can just sort of tell your side of the story very Oprah ish in that regard. So that was interesting. And then he to me, like, is this the first time he's talked about the brawl at length. I think so and he talked about it with. Levity and how he was he one in hand. But the thing that was really thinking about was the key insight for me. Chuck, I want to go to you, first on this one. What I took away from. It was he realized that Habib's next fight can't be him. He's got to do something else, but Conner's next fight, if he plays his Korge, right? Might actually just be. Yes. To sit out a rotation. But if he can start to bring levity to an the situation and tell his side of the story and say these guys are running, and God only knows is going to have with Tony Ferguson cowboy right there is a way to weasel his abuse the word. But, you know find a way back in the queue. How effective do you think this is the beginning of seems to me how effective do you think this push can be I think, highly affect, well, I'm glad to hear you say that because I honestly thought that same thing. I was like I wasn't sure what he thought of this brawl. You know, the whole thing, I it seemed like he handled at the time kinda, like counter-intuitively to what some people might have. They might have made a big stink about it and tried to milk, the situation for all its worth, he seemed immediately even that night to just be like, no big deal. No big deal. And so we finally hear him. And he does use levity. And he does mention all that stuff, you kind of starts planting seeds, which you always, you know, he's a very good at doing. I thought it was I thought it was very Conor McGregor. Let's put it that way to come to come in and play it that way. And I agree with you hundred percent. We've talked about it before it's like does anybody really in within the fight bubble wants to see that flight and why we've talked about Gooding so dark that it's one of those things like I don't even sure I want to see that kind of energy collide again. But at the same time, what is he doing then he's going back, and he's reworking, the this is the, you know, the wires behind it and saying like. Well, you know, it was all good fun type thing you know what I'm saying? And I think that he's that's the right approach. I think you've gotta get you have to somehow make it. So it doesn't seem like it's a like a war like you're going back into some dark place where everybody's going to be kind of like the mood of this one is very dark. It get past that, that would be the first part and then start working on the competitive side of it, because he was already planting those seeds as well as saying, like, you know, it was my training. We were we're doing to visit. I'm an attacker. Let me try it my way that sort of thing. He's planning all the right seeds. That's what that's the way I thought, yeah. It was interesting to like one thing, I took away from that was, he mentioned, his foot was hurting, Trine. He can't put a lot of different excuses. You know, from from chaining the way cut and stuff. And I think it's funny because RDA hurt his foot had to pull out of their fight, but then he hurt his foot, and he's mentioning it after taking a loss. You know, it's kind of, like one of those things you don't do you make fun of one guy for pulling out for an injury. But then you say I lost and this is why I had the same injury. But yeah, I. He's Connors really smart. He's playing his cards. Right. Each. He's throwing jabs out back at could be even an Ali, he knows he's going to hear this. And that's you know, Ali has a lot of power and he's, he's going to be stubborn. He doesn't want to give Connor rematch. She wants to let him sit out and you know, try to work his way back back up the top and you know, this is what Connor has to say that trying to find his way back in there somehow. But hey, if poor beats could be that kind of sets Connor up to, you know, another rematch fight. So he he's gonna find his way in there somehow dangerous and we'll quickly going back to you on this one a lot of times. Really? Oh, you know, my hand was Mr. whatever and ninety percent of the time people like ooh. And you still a little bit of that here. But if he can turn that into. But okay. Here's the way to think differently about it next time not like his when you to dwell on the loss, he wants you to reimagined the future in which a lot of fighters. Don't do they don't have it as a way to get it back, then it might work. It might work, right? Yeah. Could for sure. I mean he's saying all the right things you know with injuries. Like some with Conor McGregor like he's going to go in there and make a crazy amount of money to fight some guys are making the base pay and they're fighting for their life, essentially. So if you're not one hundred percent and you gotta go in there and fight for that base pay or let's say it's your last fight on your deal. It's not the same situation as a guy like Connor or someone fighting for, you know, a championship where they're going to go in there with some injuries and make that big payday. I think this was effective, what he's doing oh, one hundred percent and I think this is also not very telling about him. But also the audience like the big fights happen, Casuals, make the big fights happen Conor McGregor versus flew me with it happened because the, the mainstream media, hopped on that, and the cash was were like, what we wanna watch this, you know. But if you talk if you spoke to the hardcore is the hardcore boxers into hardcore and may fans people people weren't they weren't about that fight. So same goes with this one, though, the feeling leaving be McGregor was one. This is Oakley to kinda McGregor. Got washed. And now you see you. Conor McGregor spinning and embellishing, the story line, which he's a master at doing so one stating out there. And this is all targeted towards the Casuals were. That's why he's on Tony Robbins, not, not hardcore fence by painting to the Casuals that look Habib was wrestling me. I was in the attack mode of the whole time. He's the one that looking to fight me. He was looking hug, my leg. He was injured. Exactly. I'm always injured. And then a casual goes. Yeah. Why don't they stand and strike? What I'm they actually fight ways could be, you know, hugging his leg. And then, you know, he's embellishing everything in saying, how the last laugh, you know, by punching his Habib's brother and whatnot. And yeah, I it's just very interesting. And it's also very telling about the casualties because if you listened to that podcast, I think it was. There was an audience there because you clapping we talk. We came up here after that. And we're, we're we're you know talking bad about this. How ugly this, this is a black guy for the sport. And then you got McGregor saying, you know, his cousin try to soak punch me in the punch, and I saw them. Hello. Top of the cage and Stoker punch, the other guy. And everybody's like. Robbins is cracking. I feel like people are so detached from that because we actually get, you know, the nitty gritty like the tweets and we see like every single detail the Casuals are not really paying attention to that. So for them, this is just a circus, when people use exact like I broke my foot, you know, they don't know that we've heard that in the bubble a million times, though, that while they broken Flint. On the back. So I think he's pulling off a steep. It card in the sense that he knows. He can wait it out. He knows if he gets the casualties onboard this up. He's a master of like going like way, too far, like making fun of Habib's wife. And then. Short time later. He's out there with the boys and girls of America painting fences. He's just he's got this ability. It's like a balance, you know, like he knows how to, like, I could do to bad things at one good thing, and even to measure, white how many of the bad things equal the one good thing versa like he's got a real sharp knack for that. So I think it's still too early to tell what's going to happen. But him plans in the seeds and the way that he is getting again, he's not going to get hubby mixed, but he might be after that. I don't know for sure though, we also. Yes. Right. Like what's going on? I mean they right here in this very studio. And he said, nothing was signed nothing signed, but they, although he also said that it'd be was like, I'm not fighting. Yeah. Finding connor's. Right. But how much is that, like, you know, negotiation leverage to, you know, I was curious to what are you guys think about it? Because with Nate Diaz coming back to fight Pettus. Do you think that that's somewhat of a lower for Connor like to kinda get him attracted like oh, Nate Nate's plan bowl? He's coming back, like maybe I should. You know what I mean? Like just in general, I wonder if that's part, I don't know. But I know from Nate side of things we're talking to people around him like his expectation is that he's gonna win obviously, and then bro, it's either going to be Connor title-fights and the west y'all can take a high. These at least putting himself in the Connor sweepstakes is Connor doing the same thing. It's a big question. It's, it's hard to say. All right. Well that other way let me go back to you. Bryan on this because I found this story super interesting sage north cut makes his debut in one we had your eye on the show on Monday. He was saying sage never fought in a ring, man, going back, and I'm like, there's no transparency in. Wayne one's way, cutting program, which I've been saying for six months, the first time I said it, I put it on one of my personal YouTube videos. They got super down voted. I was right then. And I'm right now, there could be a good program just nobody knows which is the exact point that I made. So you had Cosmo all the shandra looking pretty big also multiple time world champion entire boxing. Sage, it'd never fought in the ring, he'd been all for quite some time, he goes in there and gets bulldozed them thirty seconds. Now you're a professional fighter when you looked at that. What lesson did you draw from it? I mean, it's, it's multiple lessons. I, I know you're I favor was saying that he was advice. Is maybe not to go in there and fight that fight. Who knows what happened in training camp and stuff like that. Also on one f seaside matchmaking looking at a young guy like sage and seeing his potential for growth, and then matching him against a guy like that who's got a lot of kickboxing fights and, and, you know, dangerous fighter that's going to be a better striker than him. You know the fight didn't get to play out. Maybe they thought sage could do some, you know, take him down, and get something off on the ground. But a yeah, just think matchmaking wise that wasn't the right decision. You got a lot of potential for siege, and who knows how much money he's making them one FC. He's probably just ready to go. You know it's not on him. He's a fighter fighters fight. And that's just how it is. He's not looking like, oh, this guy was a kickboxer. I don't know. Yeah. It's up to the management, as your major ever been like for you. Honestly. No, it's never happened. I I it's been like here's the option. And it's yes, you know you ready to go. It's yes. So otherwise, you know the UFC's not happy with someone just turning down a fight, because we're we don't like that matchup. We're afraid to fight. This style, because that's not what a fighter is fighters should be ready to fight any style and anybody at any time. So you can't really blame sage himself, but the people around him, he's had a tough time, man. I feel bad for him. And a lot of ways because he's he came in our surgery one hundred percent. And you came under a kind of ridiculous, microscope. Right. I think people were kind of us God before really ever seen him him work. He ends up in situations where he's fighting you know, guys on short notice and things like that was at the Mickey goal and a guys like Reno. Right. That one that's one I was thinking of, but he ends up in these situations. They're just not at advantageous for him. But he keeps he keeps his appointment he goes in there. And then he loses these fights. I really thought going over to the to till one championship the basically they would try to put him with a couple of guys he could beat and get him rolling really surprised that they put him, you know, I, I wasn't sure about like this, this potential matchup, I wasn't sure I was like, but it seemed always to me, I was like that's a pretty dangerous matchup for I. Fight. And then you watch the results of that, and you see him get clobbered like that new. I it just it just strikes you, as like man. This guy keeps finding himself in the weirdest situations that a lot of fighters just wouldn't have to do under unfair kind of maybe us putting too much pressure on her too much too many is on him originally. And so he becomes that appeal like, even what was it deadspin TMZ in those types of? Yeah. They still are covering him. And it's just it's a weird thing man. He's his his star is well past where he is, is a fighter and for some reason, we keep you, we keep getting reminded of that, that, that kinda sucks for him to take away from that thought. I mean I thought the the matchmaking was very suspect. If you look at, you know, the fight itself, yes, you know, sages and everything fighter. But historically, if you just look at his fights, he doesn't really go for take downs doesn't really use his wrestling. I mean he did against in his debut. I think it was on, but, but historically, he's known for his karate style. Right. That's why Tyron Willie brought him in to help them against the, you know, Steven wonderboy Tom century, etc. So, you know, when you pretty putting against someone who's has so much experience in the stand up department, man. That, that's you know, that's that's interesting. That's like when he talked back. He's such a young guy. What twenty-five? No. So much star power. But like you said his fighting career is not playing up to that. And why would you wanna take it like he's a model? I was going to get roles in movies. And then what would you want to take back on a damage here? If you got your face literally crushed face pulverized, wouldn't you be scared in the future about taking shots. So that's the point that I was getting to he's so young and his career now is hindered because such a traumatic injury early on psychologically to get over. That's not easy. You know, the next time he goes into fight, which we don't know, when that would your how long he's gonna now lose years in his prime. He's going to go in there having to be okay psychologically to deal with punching and not think, oh, this might happen again. You know you can't go in there gun shy. And also, like, I don't know if you guys remember, remember when Josh caution fudge ESPN yet is orbital Broten bone broken. He was never really the same after that. And I remember seeing him in fights getting hidden and grabbing his I you know, I don't know if, if he would get injured but just yeah, I think a confidence factor like ways my okay, you know, but that happened in the title fight that happened in the peak of his career, you know. So it's I'm not saying it's okay, obviously, I wouldn't wish that upon anybody. But if something like that supposed to happen, it should happen at that point in your career. Now when you're coming up, you know what I'm saying? So super tough injury. For for, for him. There's a couple of considerations. In addition to this number one, it's like, as you mentioned, like, we don't know exactly how catastrophic that was like. Oh, a rebound is inevitable. Okay. I hope that sounds rose. But like I don't know that it is like Hewlett injury be able to continue to do this. I think the second thing is I made this point. It's like it's not just that tweet. You're talking about where he gets these uncomfortable situations. Like, if you don't groom a fighter correctly, they don't develop correctly. And I don't know what his potential is or could have been, but he's got fourteen pro fights. He's twenty three in two years. Let's say he fights three times a year, twenty five be twenty five years old. You're going to basically know what you got at that point. Right. So I don't know how good is going to be, but we're not far from finding out to be taking shots like this. By the way, the people like sage has no chin bitch. That's shot would have dropped the camp. You kidding me? I'll Ashanti has ridiculous power and accuracy. Flush ridiculous. Never seem. But, but like the, the way this can hinder would supposed to be the growth, period. He's just not. It's not being managed. Well, let's, let's to isn't the footwork in a ring completely different than in a cage. Yeah, I think there's more space in a cage to circle out, you know, in a ring you can get cornered a little bit. So and and Alexandra did a very good job at that he kind of cut him off at an angle. And he you know. The man and then caught him the other way meet them kind of come into it. But yeah, it's, it's a lot different. I feel like in the cage, there's so much space to kind of run away, you know, like if you want you, can you can play that game in a cage where you can move a lot and, and avoid things. And in the ring, I think it's much more difficult. Resembles a circle a lot more, you know in less where you get the ultimate freedom right fighting in back to police point, is what you see, boxers having really excellent footwork in right angles. This is hard to live. Especially someone's really good a cut, and you also then the other part of one over the week. This was happening yesterday. Georgia Petrossian was an kickboxing bout which is part of a tournament face the guy who's tie fighter who is tremendous. I cannot pronounce his name. I will not dry but the other guy, one Georgia Petrosian has a bigger name, I think, to most casual audiences or certainly, one of the bigger store and kickboxing, but he loses now. I thought he won isn't went back and I watched it, but he didn't relatively close. But I thought Petrosian one then Cianci sit on the promoter of one gets out there. And says the I think it, we call it the competition committee decided that the referee didn't enforce the rules, relative to clinching. It wasn't a fair fight, therefore, we're going to overturn it. I was like, what is this? The here's the thing. I agree, Petrosian probably one. But Dinnie is it not super weird that we don't know who's on this committee, what rules they operate by by which standards? Do they apply to overturn a fight or not overturn a fight? Do you not get the Hiba gbs based on this thing? Like I did a one hundred percent. I mean let let's call it how it is. You know, and sometimes media are free to speaking about this because, you know, access is involved. But let's call it how it is. It's not weird. It's sketchy. It's that's what it is. It's sketchy when you're not revealing, you know, fighters weights, you know, in not even the and it still gets to know how much, you know, there are other appointed weighs in at, you know, when you're overruling a judge's decision, basically, in what you're doing is no, this wasn't a win. This was a no contest like it gets into a weird territory. And look, I went and saw the fight right. I didn't see if I live. I saw the fight after after the announcement. And yet, there was clinches where they got broken up several times by the time fighter probably go out on. No. I'm not that will versed in kickboxing as I am in may. But nonetheless, that was that was the, the referee's call, you know, how many times do we see Dana white talking? Smack about referees or judges. Do you know what I'm saying? And he goes all the time. He goes, that's their job. I didn't agree with it. But that's their job. And that's sometimes he has know. Who do you think one in this fight? He's goes, it doesn't matter what I think that, that's what the judges that's what they're so regulated in Singapore before. I mean it's like exactly if that's an availability that that turns everything into something else, like nobody would ever really do that. That's what makes this crazy, right? Like you're you're way, overstepping your bounds. When you have a third party arbiter for a reason, and there's a, there's a big reason because there's gambling like there's outside gambling. There's everything if you can just take, why not just say, well, you know, say north goal was actually winning the fight before that landed. So there's really no difference. I mean do you're still you're changing a you're changing something that you saw that basically goes against what the officials ruled I it just it can't be done it, just it, it it sketchy in. It's like at you. It's crazy. To me, you know, it's like that it doesn't make sense. Did they, they actually overturned? And they're doing a remand. The of the fight, but it's crazy because a lot of fights actually have legitimacy and being overturned, but it doesn't it never happens. You know, people try to get, you know, fights over term, when legal things happen in fights, and it just never happens. But then you have a situation like this. It just seems real sketchy. Like, am I against in theory, the idea of a promotion overturning a fight based on a referee, botching jobless just imagine? Right. Not necessarily I, I can imagine. I can imagine a scenario where if everything is above board. We know under what considerations you would do it. Who's on the committee that makes this season they would have to write up a report, you could read why they did it, what the rules would be about it. Like if I understood what the process was, and who was involved in the process. Maybe I wouldn't agree. But I'd feel a lot better. But you've got a way in system where literally is not public. I asked Gary tonal the our have you ever seen your opponents way in know what the what? And when I call this up people like, oh, there's anecdotal evidence, I'm not saying it's not it's not a good program. I don't know what kind of program it is. Here's what I can say definitively. You don't get to take credit for a damn thing until it's transparent the commission system in the United States is not great Bryan probably knows that better than we. But the reality is this at least they're away ins. The media are invited. You can take photographs. You cannot videotape. You can talk you can look at the scale that's not a perfect system. That's a lot better than I have no idea what my opponent weighed in it. I didn't even get a chance to look at it. The results aren't revealed. You're going to have water style drug testing with literally is not even a thing. It doesn't exist. You got your own agency, you're pushing fighters into which is super sketch, and now you're overturning bouts, and you're not telling us why or who did it or under what circumstances, Gloria red flab sitting other than that, man promotions. Been humming along pretty nicely. At the same time this is what frustrates me like Asian needs a one doesn't it? It's out there doing what they're gonna wanna them who've tried to do the Asian market Mike. Do basically what one is doing failed. So it's good to see them, actually. And I like the fact that they don't have the ten point must system. I actually think that's better. And they are putting on interesting fights. I want them just to do the right thing. What I don't want is emit community. Give them credit for something. They do not deserve. You wanna take credit for something prove it. Yeah, there's there definitely needs to be transparency you, as you said, like I'm still not in favor of a promotion being able to have that power to overrule something. But if you're at least going to do it tell us how you came to that decision. Tell us who came to that who was the people involved that came said decision. But just throwing a Facebook post and being like you'll this is just undermining undermining the officials that basically are in there. It's just it's I just don't get it doesn't translate. You can't do that. I mean they did it. But you can't it's like something that just literally shouldn't be done. All right. Let's go to the next one, which the UFC, Rochester leftovers run all on this one. How hard is it for you to make one thirty five? Not too hard at all. I about one fifty five like when I'm far away from my fight leading up to my fight two weeks out. I'll be like one forty eight and twelve pounds of water. It's, it's not too hard when you show up on Tuesday. What are you typically about one forty eight? That's a lot, she's Christman. Yeah. I I don't I don't get really big. I stay in shape all year round pretty much and I don't I don't like full loft where I gained like a ton of weight and getting the sixties I usually stay one fifty five or under throughout like my whole can't. All right. So you had Kevin Lee in the main event against Huenfeld us owned by the way huddled zone. Just criminally underrated. We'll talk about that and just a second, but I kinda wanna start with Kevin Leland. This one with you. He changes weight classes we knew the ones that you five call was hard for him. We've seen it in person because they have public way in the ultimate fighting championship and sees. Yeah. Not seriously. You could watch look at this guy he looked terrible. Right. So he jumps up away class. And he makes the way he looked so much better at least on the scales. And then he goes up there and has the exact same kind of cardio problems guys full of talent. What went wrong? You know, I think that it was the way that he came out the gate hot like that. He, he started that fight way too fast. And he kept that up the whole way, and it was kind of interesting because when he at the end when he missed that last heat down. He just kind of collapsed. Like he just hit like a wall like his pace couldn't be kept up any longer. And, you know, you could say wait cut or different way class. But Rothfield Dasani says Ford at one fifty five dollars a very fair fight size wise for him. And he's had better performances at fifty five I feel even though the week cuts so hard. He he's done really well he he you know, walk through bar bozo with with wrestling. So I just think that he was so diligent with the wrestling, China take though, Sanyo's down. And I, I really give him the credit for his defense. You use the Comoro a lot to try to, you know, distract him from getting take downs. And I think heavily just got so tired after a while that he just collapsed at the end and kind of gave in. But yeah, I thought he looked healthy at one seventy I think you should probably stay there and you never know it could be a coaching. Something something in this camp the way he's training. You know, I could be training completely different for the type of style that you're gonna put put out there, so who's to know. But you look all right. You would tell you to me to me. I agree with everything you just said, it also seems like he needs to strengthen its plan b a little bit. Like I feel like he doesn't have a plan b it's like he's going. Yeah. It was like he goes in there with a certain game plan and he's stubbornly going to die with it. If you can't get it done. And we've seen him power through guys and make it work, and then we've seen ones like this for guys like off-field as long as we can whether that early storm and been basically take the fight from him. It's been rinse and repeat with a couple of his fights. So you would have liked to seen. I would like to see him develop a plan be a little more where you can see them. Makes them invite a adaptations where he's basically, you know, you see something different from him coming out in the second round or third round. But I think it's just he kind of fixate. It's a little bit on what he wants to do, and it costs them because his cardio, unfortunately, that's what that's what keeps happening to them. I think there's a lot of things to consider, you know. And I got to be very careful with what I'm saying here because this is a the truth. Professional elite fighter. You know, I think, you know, technique wise, and, you know, I've been grappling. I wrestled for two years, I been doing jitsu for almost eight. I think, you know, through a lot of techniques, especially in the take down. He, he tries to power through a lot of a lot of things in, when we see that, and, you know, sometimes it's effective, and you can get through, you can power through certain moves. But nonetheless, it will cost you to your gas tank, some something you have to use frames. There's certain things that, that you technique ways that you implement that that will, you know alleviate that as far as the gas tank goes. I also think you, you know, some fighters are just cardio machines. Like if you look at Kim, Alaska's, that's just the way you're born. Some guys are better built for three rounds. Some guys are better for five you know I think Kevin lease probably a little better built for for three than five. And also, you know, I wanna critique them too much, dude. He fought the number three guy, you know, former world champion he, he didn't get any easy fight. You know what I'm saying? I'm sure if that would have been any other welterweight he. Probably would have gone the w so I still think Kevin Lee is an elite fighter. He's young, there's a lot of room for growth. I'd like to see them again. One seventy just how he looks I think, you know, I wouldn't want to see him back down at one fifty five I think let's take another look. Look, you find a really tough guy. A lot of people have come up short against RDA. Let's see what you look again at one, seventy. So I had a few reads on this one. The plan B one was the one, I read, like what he was against Barboza will things that makes Kevin least dangerous in my mind is he's got the wrestling, but he actively guard passes. And the actively takes mount mount, I think is a lost art, people aren't a very good at it 'cause they just don't practice it but he does so when he can Lord his technical superiority over an opponent. He's a nightmare. He's a nightmare, but if there is a if it's close or the person is even there's no other gear. And like I was on the Monday morning illness. I was looking at the numbers if you look at, like the takedown numbers per round for Habib fight, like one or two most because once he gets you there, bro, you're there, whereas kenley. He was getting a takedown and then he'd get doesn't designed to get up to take down four take those around. This is not you have to have super good cardio ridiculous. Wrestling, or the ability to do punishment in the in between. And if any piece of that any leg of that stool is missing the whole thing collapses. But Brian, I saw an internet commentary, and I want to be very careful how asked this question. Kevin Lee is a polarizing figure now I think he's championship material but he's got some things to figure out. But one of the things they said was Kevin Lee is better about assessing his opponent's weaknesses than he is about realizing his own. So let me ask you one. Do you think that's true? And to how hard is it to assess your own shortcomings, and I don't mean to bring this up, but it is relevant your coming off with two losses. Surely, you must have done some reflection about that. Yeah. I mean you have to look at yourself and see where you're doing things right doing things wrong, yet, you know. That's also the coach's job too. But I'll like meetings with coaches. Not not necessarily meetings. Like I strictly that, but when you're with your coach you'll, you'll, you'll touch on that stuff. You know, you'll talk about that during training or whatnot and see, you know, last fight this happened or this fight. This is going to happen. We gotta work on this, but a lot of fighters don't wanna focus on their opponents that much they want to focus more on themselves and just forget, who they're fighting what they're good at and whatnot. And just get better at every single area so that you're prepared for any situation and with Kevin Lee, I feel like his expenditure of energy is a big thing, and that's something you can't teach. And that's why he's he's using so much strength, like he was saying with everything. He's streaming, you know, he's trying to get you down so much he doesn't go to the plan b like you were saying, before, like, also the takedown, he's just holding waiting trying to get you down straining shrinking. But he doesn't go off to a single switch back to a double. He doesn't do a lot of switching like that. And, you know, I Don I don't I don't know if he's has a game plan issue. Or if it's you know the way he's training. But, you know who knows. I'm not I'm not sure. After after a win or loss. Do you ever go back in and have a hard time figuring out like why? It went the way it did. Or when something goes, right or wrong. You're able to be like, okay, this is why this worked, this is why this didn't. It's, it's not. It's not that cut and dry to me. I feel like sometimes you lose a fight and it's just you got caught or that guy was better that night. I it could be simple things like that. But you have to just get better everywhere. You know if you got taken down a bunch of times and held down he got taken down four times in that fight. Yeah. Now, it's like we need to work, our takedown defense, and our get ups. You know what I mean? Like something specific if it's so obvious in the fight like you got broken down here. You know, like you didn't move you, you were in a Comoran, you just stayed there type of thing like, then you can look at specifics. But other than that, I feel like it's just get better overall everywhere. Yeah, I great. So then that takes us to I'm not the same fighter. You are. That's what. Yes. Heavyweight championship. Megan Anderson, now, this is another one where it's like I'm not sure what to say about this one because. You'll Felicia Spencer was a black bones jitsu. She's just really good. She just knew how to progress an attack is Megan Anderson Danny, but of another sage situation where I don't get identical. But these people get pushed so far, then there's these ridiculous unfair expectations that they can't possibly live up to what happened there. I think, yeah, I think just there's a few issues there like for one matchmaking is key. And matchmaking is very important for fighters development. But when you have literally, no division, then all of a sudden matchmaking becomes really hard. Right. I think from the Holly home fight. We saw that Megan. Anderson, clearly had a hole in the in the wrestling, and grappling department, would you have Holly home, a very decorated, you know, boxer and kickboxer someone that's historically only, you know, in harmony fights, you know, start striking. And then, you know, she recently added the wrestling component by no means. She's an elite wrestler. Yes, she was, you know, and also a wake less below she was throwing around Megan Henderson, and then. They pay her up with cats and Ghana which, you know that fight we know high went down and then Felicia spends her know former Invicta champion super legit. Black belt. So I think the matchmaking was was quite were in this specific situation. And I think you know, meeting Anderson has is very talented. But this is why you need, you know, we're having this is why you need certain fights that, you know, proper matchmaking, you know, would allow that, but with no division. You know, you're just bound to bring, you know, the best of the best to, to fight, you know, she's twenty nine I feel like with matchmaking. It's kind of it's interesting because it's up to the business. The UFC to say like we want to we want to focus on good matchmaking for this fight. I felt that doesn't go across the board. Like they're not focused on, like we want a good match up style for this fighter. They're just like, well, this is the next person. They did that. We're giving certain people, I'm saying, but not across the board. Not for everyone like Megan Anderson, now a big star. I, I know the way class is, you know, not not strong but they're willing to risk her losing to bring in a new star potentially because the week class, isn't deep made it out. But I mean they have her doing a lot of media. She's, she's sort of it'll, it feels like the UFC believes in her and one invest in her is just the matchmaking portion has an line. But also, like I talked to Laura Cinco who does a podcast whether they, they know each other, and Laura was telling me, she was like, let me just she's like, Nope. You don't have to believe if you don't want to, but she's like I trained with Laura or excuse me, with Megan, I know very well. She knows the answers to all the position, she was in just don't fight nights something didn't go wrong in Bowie. She walks around mid one. Seventies as part of me wonders, like do that cut might be a lot harder votes. Realize, yeah. She's tall, man. Klis a bet you it is. But what, what is she supposed to do? You mean they fell one million Kayla Harrison? That's the way it'd be seriously, one of those situations where she just doesn't somehow the spotlight when she get in there. And it's a very isolated. You know there's some people that's, that's the toughest thing is when it becomes time to execute. You just lose some of it or you're slow to react or whatever the thing is it could literally be something like forever. But we've, I've, we've certainly seen her look a lot better. So I I'm not sure but it seems to me like there could be somewhat of a psychological issue going on there, too. I reached out to people to do interviews. And like doing interview coaches were saying, like in the gym, she's knocking out dudes installed. She's doing really well, but under the lights could be on this crazy, because they really, they really increase the spotlight on her because she was being kinda groomed in this weird way despite cyborg. And that was kind of out of the gate, and there's a lot of their first familiarity with her were basically, like, oh, this could be a person to come on and challenge cyborg. That's a hell of a place to start. You know what I mean? That's your lineage. Yeah. And then but you're not ready because you're still developing your game. And it doesn't matter. Because they need you now it's like it's a terrible. Now. Now Spencer's there. She's number two, now just like that. I mean in fairness to Felicia like do Felicias very skilled there. Yeah, he'll Jerry sale. So it's like how is making gonna make up that distance in the in between? You got a lot of work. I don't really know what I don't know what the answer there. We let me do it very, very quickly. I want to say a word of praise to ha- feld Assange to the fight was over. Everyone was like all Kevin Lee fell short, which is not fair to Kevin. And it's not fair to have held is hard to do you always has always as always. Good. He's twenty nine and eleven Brian and the reason why I wanted to bring this up is at twenty nine eleven he's as he pointed out number three in the world. Still in the world's wait wait class, which is not the best one second best one, you have an issue with that bantamweight. You went said it's a little better. But still, you know what I'm saying premier way classes in the sport. And what's happening is, if you are twenty nine and eleven with the kind of losses, he had as a boxer, you'd be washed he'd be nobody. You would not be anything but he is like the exemplar of what it means to be an MA elite fighter because, yes, he has fallen short, you know, fallen short because he took risks and he fought tough dudes out, more often than not he beat him, but he was speaking about the different cultures between anime in boxing, RDA is pure, and isn't he. Yeah. You have to praise that he's fought to who's who won fifty five one seventy and champion. Yeah. Became a champion, and he's taking devastating losses and after taking a devastating loss and coming back and still performing the way he does like you. You have to give high praise that I got and that was a great performance. A lot of people are saying, like all Kevin Lee, this, Kevin that he tried his best to implement this game plan, the whole fight, you know, and then RDA shut it down, essentially. But all people see is that like he failed at doing what he was doing. But RDA's he's doing amazing at one seventy right now. And, you know, he's been knocked out bad a bunch of times, and he shows no signs of fear, and they're still so high priest those kinds of bells truck. Not be shopworn. No. Because he was he's coming off a couple of losses rightly so coming to pay more, which was the record beating. Exactly. And then and then to Kobe. Right. And it's like so you, you're not wanting to present. Sure. Because sometimes you do get a guy like that third fight where it's a desperation kind of fight, and they, they will look different. But I you know that guy always brings it like you said, and it's crazy. You were mentioning how unsung he is ultimately like when he went through Pettus, back in the day. A lot of it was like what's up with Pettus, what, what happened with Pederson, then he beats cowboy the whole narrative, when he's fighting cowboy in that fight was about cowboy wasn't about already and then he goes right through him. And I felt like we never gave him his, his praise for that either. He's one of those guys, you know, he fights guys like Robbie Lawler, and you think like still be the one who's going to you know go right in and he wins up fight. You're just like the guy is just he's, he's not, he's like it's perseverance. But it's there's something else. There's something else that we haven't identified a quarterback who throws the inception, and then take on the next possession marches them right down the field of amazing. And I've always said of this, I think raffled pound for pound the most well rounded fight. In the game. He started getting these, I fight, you got viciously Kayode by Jeremy Steven. They look. Look at them now. Yeah, I think he broke his jaw in that broke his jaw. Yes. All the guys. He's fought. On the back. It was one of those Gable grip j just kind of crushed crushed it a little bit. Yeah. So no one gave him any praise. And I couldn't believe it. But okay, we took time to do it. That's how I know the last thing of this portion of the show, it's called under the radar but we look at just maybe one story that we didn't get to on the run down today. That's worth a mention we start over there work this way. Ford, Chuck, what is under the radar shutout to one Adams who heavyweight who's been basically calling for a shot against them egg? But for the most punishable guy, probably in the AFC right now, the one that people wanna see get beat up Greg hardy. And who's able to get sounds like that. It's happening. And I, I gotta say, sometimes like you see that a guy who wants up. They actually put it out there. It's a it's just one of those weird lessons you like dude shoot shoot your shot, go for the stars and that sort of thing so good job by him. Shout out to the California kid who's not a kid, but he's trying to make a comeback. You know, he's he's hinting at possible opponents that are being thrown at them and just had a kid. I'm sure that, that's inspiring him. But I just find it interesting in this game. You know, your favorite is a guy who smart with business. He has multiple businesses, and he obviously probably doesn't need money. He doesn't need to fight for money, but it just goes to show the addiction of competition. We always want to get that feeling back, you know, there's nothing like winning a fight out there, so you know, without being compared to that, I'd his age, I'm kinda surprised he wants to come back. He's done enough in the sport. He has nothing to prove, but, but you know, we'll see. Brainer to write for Sacramento, Sacramento coming up. So that, that makes a lot of sense for him. But I wonder where they'll go with matchmaking with him if they'll give them like an up and comer or like a big name, still I wonder where they'll go. The competition facing NICKY Ryan over in Polaris in jujitsu match this weekend understand made this point when he had him on the show. He brought Gordon Ryan over for quintet. So he knows who the Ryan brothers are. And they decided to go and match up with NICKY, Ryan and every time I asked somebody who's trained or rule with NICKY, Ryan. I'm like, what's it like to go God like it's a nightmare to go with that guy? So he went up and signed up for it to your point. The guy loves it man. Yeah. He's staying sharp. He said he loves training, jujitsu. So you know, obviously his desire for competition ago against a guy like that crazy. What's under the radar? So cannabis company, a company that must. Home. So anyways, they, they signed a we'll tell you we'll take a billion a million dollar partnership with the UFC and they're going to be at the just doing some tests on CBD. I guess, you know, with athlete, you know, injury prevention and recovery all that, you know, CD you know, and I like this because we want experimentation, we want to find out what works, and what doesn't make maybe it doesn't lead to anything. Maybe it does we don't know. So they're going to do that as well. And, you know, I'm also happy because we know the stigma, and we know that marijuana is a banned substance, at least in competition. And we know obviously, how Silia is and maybe you know, I know CBD's a little bit different but maybe that can start breaking some of the stigmas around the, the plant. Yeah, well as I indicated many times number radio show. No one knows about CBD people have anecdotal evidence that it works. And if it works, you think it works by all means keep using it? But as I speak today, there's not a whole lot of evidence that. It does which just totally unknown. Plus there's like a lot of inconsistency. Like you might know a good company, and I might not know good company, and so therefore, we're getting totally different kinds of products. So that's a bit of the wild west for me me under the radar was you started decided to sort of bless NS, f-, sanctioning are, and as a screening for supplements, your supplement where you could sort of trust that they have undergone a sufficient degree of quality, control. You never know what they're contaminated. But it's simply reduces the risk which I don't have any issue with for the most part, what I did find funny and the no one will notice this. Have you been to the performances to before once? Yeah, it was. It was a it was a cool. Yeah. Good. Signed a deal with something called. Thorne. T. H. O R, N E supplements. And I looked them up. They do have high ratings, but it's not exactly what you would think it's less GNC, and more, like, Walgreens where like you can get creating at Walgreens, but I don't know. That's what you were gonna Walgreens to get actually. Yeah, it's, it's more like lifestyle. You know, how things your grandmother might take the note than a fighter. So I urge you to look it up again. They do have high ratings which needs to be knowledge. They are NSF certified, the only thing I've found kind of interesting was on the front page of their website. They have detox products, which is red flag city because there's no such thing, you know, all those girls on Instagram who still you fit fifties. They're not really we're seeing those I'm going to do a juice cleanse. It doesn't exist. You have your kid