Dana White: Conor McGregor More Likely to Fight Floyd Mayweather Than Nate Diaz

UFC President Dana White said an MMA fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is more likely than a third meeting between McGregor and Nate Diaz.
On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from White, who noted Diaz hasn’t shown a recen…

UFC President Dana White said an MMA fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is more likely than a third meeting between McGregor and Nate Diaz.

On Saturday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from White, who noted Diaz hasn’t shown a recent desire to get back in the Octagon.

“We’ve been hitting him up since the last time he fought [UFC 202], offering him fights, and he’s not interested in fighting,” White said.

White also told TMZ Sports he’s talked with Mayweather’s camp about another potential cross-sport encounter, but there are no “active discussions” between the sides.

The undefeated boxer said in a December Fight Hype video he believed there was a massive amount of money available if he switched sports, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.

“Exactly what I said is this: If I could make over a billion dollars before, I could do it again,” Mayweather said. “If I chose to get in the UFC and fight three fights or fight four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars. Which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights—I could make a billion dollars if I choose to get in the Octagon and fight.”

The 40-year-old Michigan native cruised to a 10th-round knockout victory over McGregor in their August boxing match.

Although the outspoken Irishman drew praise for keeping the fight competitive in the early going, Mayweather was never in any serious danger and didn’t appear to amplify his offensive attack until he went for the KO in the final rounds.

The opposite would likely be true in a UFC fight. It’s hard to imagine the longtime boxer making a seamless transition to MMA against a lightweight and former featherweight champion.

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Ronda Rousey to Be Inducted into International Sports Hall of Fame

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame during a March 3 ceremony. 
Damon Martin of UFC.com passed along the news Wednesday.
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Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey will be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame during a March 3 ceremony. 

Damon Martin of UFC.com passed along the news Wednesday.

                 

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Alexandre Pereira Da Silva in Critical Condition After Weight-Cut Complications

MMA fighter Alexandre Pereira da Silva is in critical condition at a Brazilian hospital a week after passing out while attempting to cut weight ahead of his debut during Shooto Brazil 80.
Brazilian MMA Athlete Commission COO Cristiano Sampaio confirmed…

MMA fighter Alexandre Pereira da Silva is in critical condition at a Brazilian hospital a week after passing out while attempting to cut weight ahead of his debut during Shooto Brazil 80.

Brazilian MMA Athlete Commission COO Cristiano Sampaio confirmed the news Saturday to Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting.

“We heard about the incident on the day of the weigh-in, told by the leader of the team and the promoter of the event,” Sampaio said. “We went to the hospital to understand the case. The doctors still had no diagnosis of the exact cause. The athlete remains in critical condition in the hospital. We’re following the case closely.”

Cruz also translated comments Nova Uniao head coach Andre Pederneiras made to Spanish outlet Combate about the situation.

“According to the hospital doctors, his dehydration is not what caught their attention,” he said. “The report indicated ‘heat stroke,’ which is like his body got overheated, which is something rare, but happened.”

Sampaio noted Da Silva had yet to become officially eligible to compete since the athletic commission didn’t receive his final physical exam before learning of the hospitalization.

Pederneiras added Da Silva didn’t face a major weight cut ahead of his first professional fight. No further information was provided.

Da Silva was scheduled to take on Marcos Silva during Sunday’s event in Rio de Janeiro.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas Fight Announced for UFC 223

Rose Namajunas will defend the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship against former title-holder Joanna Jedrzejczyk on April 7 during UFC 223 at the Barclays Center in New York City. 
UFC announced the rematch Friday.
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Rose Namajunas will defend the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship against former title-holder Joanna Jedrzejczyk on April 7 during UFC 223 at the Barclays Center in New York City. 

UFC announced the rematch Friday.

                

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MMA Star Gabi Garcia Says She Almost Died Cutting Weight for Fight in Japan

Gabi Garcia said she stopped trying to lose weight for her scheduled MMA fight against Shinobu Kandori last month in Japan because she feared serious health consequences. 
On Thursday, TMZ Sports passed along comments about the fight cancellation …

Gabi Garcia said she stopped trying to lose weight for her scheduled MMA fight against Shinobu Kandori last month in Japan because she feared serious health consequences. 

On Thursday, TMZ Sports passed along comments about the fight cancellation from Garcia, who said she missed the weight cutoff by 17 pounds—not 27.

“I decide not cut weight because I feeling like I almost died,” she said.

                 

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Conor McGregor Says He Wants a UFC Fight Next

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor said he’s focused on a return to MMA amid speculation about a potential boxing match against Manny Pacquiao.
On Saturday, TMZ Sports relayed comments McGregor made while out in New York City, and he threw a verba…

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor said he’s focused on a return to MMA amid speculation about a potential boxing match against Manny Pacquiao.

On Saturday, TMZ Sports relayed comments McGregor made while out in New York City, and he threw a verbal jab at boxing in the process.

“I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” he said, adding, “MMA next.”

                 

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