Tyron Woodley Reveals Start Date For Floyd Mayweather’s MMA Training

It appears that Mayweather is actually going through with this.

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Tyron Woodley has revealed the start date for Floyd Mayweather’s MMA training.

Whether this training actually leads to a pro-MMA fight remains to be seen, but it’s going to be something interesting to follow in the coming months. This has been an ongoing story all year long.

Mayweather has been teasing for months now that he will make the transition from the world of boxing to the land of MMA.

He recently went on record by saying that he plans to submit the paperwork to get an MMA license, which will likely be in Nevada.

With Mayweather teasing a jump to MMA from the boxing world, there are many who believe that the opponent for Mayweather would be his former rival Conor McGregor.

Mayweather has gone on record by stating that this would serve as his retirement fight, which would leave him with a perfect 50-0 pro-boxing record.

If this fight does happen then, it wouldn’t impact his boxing record but rather his MMA record.

The UFC welterweight champion is a strong believer in the boxing legend and has gone on record in the past by stating in interviews that he is willing to train Mayweather.

Woodley has recently given an update on when Mayweather would start his training and decided to share the news with the world through the power of social media.

“I just talked to Floyd. He was in Singapore…somewhere else,” Woodley said during an Instagram Live session earlier this week (transcribed by MMA News). “I just talked to him a couple of days ago. So when he get back in town next week, me and him are going to start training.”

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Floyd Mayweather Set to Begin MMA Training

Floyd Mayweather has been teasing fighting in the UFC for months, but we now have a specific time frame on when he will allegedly begin training. In a live chat with fans Thursday morning, Tyron Woodley informed fans when he will begin training Floyd M…

Floyd Mayweather has been teasing fighting in the UFC for months, but we now have a specific time frame on when he will allegedly begin training. In a live chat with fans Thursday morning, Tyron Woodley informed fans when he will begin training Floyd Mayweather in MMA: “I just talked to Floyd. He was in […]

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Rose Namajunas Refuses Conor McGregor’s Online Apology: ‘F**k That’

Rose Namajunas wasn’t about to accept Conor McGregor’s apology on Instagram:

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Many prominent MMA personalities were affected by Conor McGregor’s chaotic Brooklyn outburst two days before April 7’s UFC 223.

The attack, where the former champion threw a metal dolly threw a bus containing rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, left two fighters injured and unable to compete on the event and also forced a third fight off the card when McGregor friend (and accomplice) Artem Lobov was pulled from his scheduled fight with Alex Caceres.

But the incident, which eventually saw McGregor incarcerated for assault charges overnight and awaiting court this June, almost had a far more impactful effect on the event, as UFC women’s strawweight Rose Namajunas was in the bus and visibly shaken by the events, to the point where she even considered not fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk on the card.

While “Thug” Rose did decide to fight on and beat her rival by unanimous decision, things are still not good between her and McGregor. According to Outside the Cage on Twitter, Namajunas had a seething reply to “The Notorious” when he tried to apologize to her on Instagram, simply saying, “F*** that, call Pat,” in reference to her longtime partner Pat Barry.

Namajunas also addressed the incident during a recent appearance on The Jim & Sam Show (via MMA Mania), noting that the situation is far from ideal because even though she picked up a second victory over a woman who just months ago was talked up as the best female MMA fighter of all-time, she’s only asked about the attack, so that accomplishment will always be overshadowed by what McGregor did:

“It just sucks because that’s the question that’s always gonna be asked. And it’s like, ‘Look what I did.’”

A fair point from “Thug” Rose to be certain because her second consecutive win over a historic women’s champion is undoubtedly being overshadowed by a needless, violent event that not only injured innocent people but forced three fights off of the most anticipated pay-per-view of the year thus far.

The focus will likely always remain on McGregor and his antics from the weekend, however, and it’s hard to look past Namajunas’ desire for her efforts in the cage to be focused on rather than a crime committed by a superstar who has shown he cares about little else than going off the rails in his post-Mayweather period of debauchery.

In that sense, you can see why she isn’t accepting McGregor’s apology.

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Source: Mayweather vs. McGregor In UFC ‘Closer To Happening’

In recent weeks, talk of an over-the-top Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor bout in the UFC octagon has cooled down quite a bit. The rumors were roaring hot at one point after Mayweather posted a video of himself stepping into an MMA cage and teased a “billion dollar” deal with the UFC earlier this year, […]

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In recent weeks, talk of an over-the-top Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor bout in the UFC octagon has cooled down quite a bit.

The rumors were roaring hot at one point after Mayweather posted a video of himself stepping into an MMA cage and teased a “billion dollar” deal with the UFC earlier this year, yet nothing was made official and talks died down as McGregor was arrested on assault charges for his now-infamous Brooklyn bus attack on April 5 in New York.

It’s lead many to believe that the bout was a joke that was never going to happen in the first place, yet Mayweather’s head of security, Greg La Rosa, recently stoked the fires back up again during a recent appearance on MMA Junkie Radio, claiming that while many are calling ‘bulls***’ on the fight, ‘Money’ isn’t joking when he said that if the boxing legend comes back, it will be to MMA:

“I think he might do it. I think he might come back. Never know. I don’t know who it would be against, because that stuff would be all behind the scenes, a little out of my reach. But I think he might do it.

“A lot of people are calling bullshit on this one, but we’ll just have to see. He’s around camp, he’s talking about it, and he’s not kidding when he talks to Jim Gray there and says if I come back it’ll be for MMA. That’s not a joke that he’s making.”

Pressed for his assessment if it would actually happen, La Rosa then said he believes it’s closer to happening than not:

“Man, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s closer to happening.”

As Dana White loves to say, we’ll see what happens in regards to Mayweather vs. McGregor in the octagon. But based on Mayweather’s recent words to Filipino news outlet ABS-CBN News during a world-traveling trip, he isn’t focused on any type of combat sports return as of now:

“I’m not worried about the octagon or the boxing ring. As of right now, I’m touring around the world, doing different things, embracing my fans, getting love from all around the world,” Mayweather said. “Right now I’m just traveling. I don’t know what the future holds, but as of right now, I’m retired.

“I’m not thinking about fighting right now.”

There’s little doubt that Mayweather vs. McGregor would be the biggest fight of 2018 in terms of mainstream appeal, as their first fight in the boxing ring last year was rated as the second-highest grossing pay-per-view event of all-time.

There are hurdles to surpass, however, and Mayweather doesn’t seem to be too intent on making the bout happen as of right now.

But that could all change rather quickly. Is it a fight you’re excited to pay money for?

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Colby Covington Sounds Off On ‘Coked-Up Leprechaun’ Conor McGregor

UFC welterweight Colby Covington has made nearly every big name in mixed martial arts his target as of late. And now he’s focused on the biggest name out there. Heading into his interim title fight versus Rafael dos Anjos at June 9’s UFC 225 from Chicago, Covington clapped back at the circling suggestions that he […]

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UFC welterweight Colby Covington has made nearly every big name in mixed martial arts his target as of late.

And now he’s focused on the biggest name out there.

Heading into his interim title fight versus Rafael dos Anjos at June 9’s UFC 225 from Chicago, Covington clapped back at the circling suggestions that he was simply copying former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s style in an interview with BJ Penn Radio, and to no surprise, he claimed he was here to be his own unique supervillain – not to make friends:

“People, they wanna say I’m mimicking McGregor, I’m mimicking Chael Sonnen. I’m not trying to be anything like them. Does it look like I’m trying to get followers or I’m trying to get fans? I don’t care. I’m not trying to make people happy. I don’t care. You’re gonna be mad, but you will tune in to see me fight ’cause you wanna see me lose. At the end of the day, all these people that wanna say I’m trying to mimic another person, no. I’m unique in my own way. No one’s ever done and went the route I’ve went, full supervillain here.”

Covington then went full-on “Chaos” on McGregor, claiming he used a certain substance. The top-ranked welterweight recently offered to bring McGregor in for his assault charges stemming from his April 5 bus attack on Khabib Nurmagomedov and others in Brooklyn, New York, an over-the-top outburst Covington claims McGregor only did to get back the headlines he was stealing from him:

“He’s a coked-up little Leprechaun. He’s making stupid mistakes, but the thing is, Jason, is that he noticed that King Colby was in the media a lot and in the headlines, and he was losing attention, so he was just trying to steal the headlines back. But at the end of the day, as soon as I put out my tweet that King Colby the bounty hunter was looking for him, he turned himself in. He knows he didn’t wanna get his hands dirty with me.”

Regardless of if he admits he’s copying notorious trash talkers like McGregor and Sonnen, however, he is, just as they built upon the legacies of prominent combats sports smack talkers before them.

It’s a big part of the fight game, and Covington is fully embracing the role of heel to wildly successful results, something that almost assuredly propelled him to title contention much faster than playing a babyface role would have.

Saying he’s stealing McGregor’s headlines is a bit of a stretch, of course, but that’s how he’s gotten this far, so no need to stop now. After so many callouts and so much smack, the pressure’s now on Covington to win the title versus the surging ‘RDA’ in Chicago next month.

If he can back it up, look out.

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MMA Legend Defends Conor McGregor’s Recent Actions

It’s been exactly one month since former UFC champ Conor McGregor stormed UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, New York and threw a metal dolly through a bus containing current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov. The attack injured both fighters and employees, resulting in three fights being called off UFC 223 and leading to McGregor’s arrest […]

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It’s been exactly one month since former UFC champ Conor McGregor stormed UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, New York and threw a metal dolly through a bus containing current lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The attack injured both fighters and employees, resulting in three fights being called off UFC 223 and leading to McGregor’s arrest and detainment on assault charges, for which he’ll next appear in court on June 14.

A clear black eye on the sport of mixed martial arts, the incident was met with the predictable mix of disgust, doubt, and bewilderment after MMA’s biggest star essentially went off the rails to assault a man he could have confronted almost anywhere and injuring innocent bystanders in the process. Indeed, UFC president Dana White derided the attack as the ‘most disgusting thing’ to ever happen in the UFC, but he’s since backtracked on that a bit with it being painfully obvious the UFC needs him to fight, and fight soon.

While it’s not a straightforward approval from White, yet another prominent MMA personality gave some much more forceful support of McGregor.

In a recent interview with Submission Radio (via Bloody Elbow) when former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten stuck up for the Irish star by saying we weren’t his shoes and he simply got caught in the moment:

“We are not in Conor McGregor’s shoes. You know? People can shout what they want, they have no clue what goes on,” Rutten said. “I think once people realize that you have 50 million dollars – he gets mail all day long from people with sick babies and sick kids and my grandma and everybody wants him to give money and so on.

“I mean, he doesn’t only have money, he is super famous on top of that. I know the stupid stuff I did when I was 28 – I didn’t do that, okay, but you know, he has a group around him and he was already angry going in because they wanted to strip him of the title and he’s angry and now the partner, his friends, start saying, ‘hey, maybe we should throw something against them’. Like, ‘yeah,’ everybody starts agreeing. Yeah, you get caught up in the whole moment and you start doing it.”

Maybe being filthy rich isn’t the best excuse for attacking innocent fighters and people trying to make their living, even if others are asking McGregor for money on a regular basis after his monstrous purse to box Floyd Mayweather.

That’s exactly what has left McGregor out of the octagon and causing trouble in public, however, so it would seem the key to redemption for him would simply lie in returning to the octagon and finally fighting for the first time since November 2016. He’s accomplished a ton for the UFC and MMA, that much is true, and Rutten cautioned that even despite the backlash he received online, we should focus on what he’s done rather than his recent mistakes:

“That’s why I said when I was with Joe Rogan, I said, guys, we should give him a pass. And people online, they were like, is he crazy? I’m not saying that (you excuse everything),” Rutten explained. “I’m saying, yes, he’s going to have to pay for what he did, he goes to court, he has to do all that. I’m not saying that (he doesn’t do those things). Of course, he has to – and I said that on Joe Rogan as well – but give him a pass as a fan. Don’t kick the guy while he’s down. Don’t throw him under the bus. He did so much good for MMA. He just needs to find his way in this world.”

“I hope they just … give him a pass, don’t spit him out yet. Let him see if he cleans up. I mean, you give Jon Jones a lot of passes. And me too, I love Jon Jones, I want to see him back. He’s such a talent that is gone and I want to see him fight. This could be a guy that could literally go undefeated his entire life. So yeah, I would love to see a guy like that back.”

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