Worrying facts revealed since Mayweather vs. McGregor this past Saturday, August 26…
Although it was really all about money, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor clash proved quite entertaining. Landing more punches than any of Floyd’s last five opponents, McGregor at the least put in a respectable showing.
Some feel Mayweather carried McGregor that far, but in all honesty, it doesn’t matter. Fans paid to see McGregor tee off on Mayweather, or the other way round, and both happened in bunches.
When the fight was eventually stopped in round 10, it was clear Mayweather was far more conditioned for this kind of fight. Undoubtedly McGregor was visibly tired, barely able to stand when the fight was stopped. Here’s what the Irishman said minutes after the fight’s conclusion:
McGregor Claimed Exhaustion
“I don’t know, I thought I lost a match, I don’t think I lost a fight. I lost a match, I thought his composure was very impressive. (Despite) his speed and his power, I thought the early rounds were mine handily. I thought I hurt him in the first, picking him apart up until the third. The first four rounds I thought were mine. Maybe you give him one in the first four, then he took over five, six, seven. I think I won the eighth, he won nine, and then the tenth.”
“There’s always a patch in my fights where I’m like, I go through this fatigue stage and I just come through it. It’s not damage I’m feeling, I wasn’t wobbled, I wasn’t rocked. You know what I mean? Even the final stoppage. One of them snapped the head back and then three more after that, the two were glancing (shots).”
According to a report by Tonic.vice, the exact opposite is actually true:
Brain Damage Concerns
But Byrd’s calculation to call a stoppage was likely not based on signs of fatigue, but rather signs of traumatic brain injury. Ataxia, or dizziness and loss of balance, is one of the hallmarks of concussion, a type of mild traumatic brain injury. Fatigue may cause sluggish and slow movements, but does not cause the imbalance and poor coordination exhibited by McGregor in the 10th round. Being wobbly, in the setting of pugilistic trauma, will always be treated as the result of head trauma and not as fatigue. To let a fighter continue on would be grossly negligent. Says medical doctor Darragh O’Carroll
The organ the ringside physician is concerned about when a fighter displays ataxia is the brain, and the specific part is a small area near the back of the skull called the cerebellum. The cerebellum functions to coordinate and regulate movements, and when it’s injured, will result in lack of precision and accurate timing of body movements.
MMA is where McGregor belongs, and the damage he took against Mayweather should be treated seriously. Thankfully the ref was on top of the action, and hopefully ‘The Notorious’ won’t suffer any after effects of the fight.