Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are at it again. Could this be a sign the UFC is serious about signing ‘Money’ to make his MMA debut?
Last year proved to be one of the strangest years in combat sports history. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor had been engaged in a war of words with Floyd Mayweather for some time when 2017 rolled around.
Few believed the beef was more than just a concocted bid for attention. As it turned out, the two were serious about fighting, but the fight itself was, essentially, a concocted rivalry for big money.
Hoping to break the all-time pay-per-view record, Mayweather vs. McGregor was set for August 26, 2017. The circus came and went, and was a half-decent fight. The reality, though, is that the world tour and pre-fight antics were far more worthy of a watch.
Now, after 14 months away from MMA action and the UFC lightweight belt, McGregor and Mayweather are still talking smack.
I already fucked you up in 2017 now they about to fuck you up in 2018. You’re about to start your new year off with a bang 🔪🔨⛏💣⚰️ pic.twitter.com/upaRfLbgvJ
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 10, 2018
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Although he was about 30 days too late in reacting to the McGregor/cartel story, Mayweather’s Tweet reignited the rivalry. Mayweather had been linked to talks with the UFC recently until he shot them down publicly.
Could this be the start of another rivalry that ends in a total mismatch? The difference this time is that McGregor would be the one with the massive advantage and ‘Money’ would be the noob.
Responding to his foe, ‘The Notorious’ brought up his most dominant moment of their boxing match:
Meanwhile…in The UFC
While McGregor continues to talk smack with Floyd Mayweather, there’s an entire division preparing to move on without him. As UFC president Dana White recently said, the 155-pound class needs the champion to defend or vacate, or face being stripped again:
“And to the other fighters, not only to the sport but to the other fighters,” White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo in regards to McGregor owing the MMA world a title defense.
“This is a game of time, do you know what I mean? Time is your enemy in this sport or any other sport. When you’re a professional athlete, time is your enemy. And we can’t go on forever and not give guys the opportunity.”
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“Tony has been around for a long time and has earned his dues. Khabib has earned his dues. And the list goes on and on and on. So Conor has done very well, he’s made a lot of money.”
“And if he decides if he doesn’t want to fight again for another how long, that’s up to him. That’s his choice and his decision. But the belt has to move on. So we’ve got to figure some stuff out here in the next couple of months.”