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Anderson Silva asks Dana for Conor McGregor

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Anderson Silva definitely wants another big payday to the tune of Conor McGregor level.

Both of them are excellent strikers with good ground game however the youth of Conor might just be too much for the Spider.

Anderson tells Dana that the fans want to see the biggest names fight. I am not sure about that, we want to see the biggest names fight during their prime not to step-in generations apart just for a big payday.

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Conor McGregor Earnings Increase via Game of Thrones

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Conor McGregor made a successful comeback in 2016 making him on of the highest paid UFC fighters. In the press conference following UFC 205 he said he is closing out 2016 close to $40 million dollars in earnings.

Conor will continue to be a money making fighter in 2017 and other revenue streams are on sight like boxing. He has already gotten his boxing license (Conor get boxing licsene) and while a Mayweather vs McGregor is not likely to happen we are not shutting it off anytime soon.

One sure thing to increase his earnings is appreaing on “Game of Thrones”.

McGregor, 28, will make an appearance in one of the two remaining seasons of the hit HBO show, according to Northern Ireland newspaper The Sunday Life.

Conor McGregor is expected to appear in one of the two remaining seasons of HBO as the Game of Thrones director is a huge UFC fan and he believe Conor is a perfect fit for the show.

Conor is a also a huge fan of Game of Thrones and has sparring history with the “The Mountain” Icelandic strongman Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson.

In case you missed that sparring from almost two years ago, here it is:

Following the Game of Thrones appearance floodgates for commercials and more offerings might come Conor’s way. As long as his acting doesn’t interfere and get him beaten up in his next UFC fights, he should be on his way to more earnings in 2017.

Mayweather Has no Respect for Conor

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Ever since Conor McGregor got his boxing license the buzz of a Conor vs Mayweather mega fight has never been so loud at least on the side of McGregor.

The side of Mayweather however feels it is more talk than reality as Mayweather Promotions’ CEO Leonard Ellerbe insists this is just Conor’s way to get more attention and more money from UFC.

Leonard Ellerbe adds — “He’s done a masterful con job to try to trick people that he could actually pull this off.

Nobody is mad but it’s a con job trying to make people think this is real and even mentioning him and TBE in the same breath is disrespectful, completely disrespectful.”

Leonard Ellerbe continues — “Isn’t this the same guy who tapped out three fights ago?”

Mayweather on the other hand has taken it to a new level showing no respect for Conor McGregor as he posted on his instagram the loss of Conor against Diaz and ran a contest for the best quote:

Expect Mayweather to continuously mock Conor as he apparently has no respect for him boxing skills.

UFC Fighters Fight to Unionize and Get What is Right

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UFC has 500 fighters under contract and while the big headlines are Conor McGregor earning $40 million dollars on UFC 205 most of the fighters are underpaid, getting their ass beaten, live broke and do not have basic privileges. UFC is loaded and just recently been sold for $4.2 billion dollars making it the largest purchase in sporting history.

On Wednesday five UFC veterans introduced the Mixed Martial Arts Athlete Association whose purpose according to the group statement —

“The association’s sole concentration is to fight for the rights of MMA fighters and force UFC’s ownership to dramatically alter the company’s decade-plus outrageous treatment of its athletes.”

One of the five veteran fighters is former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre who says —

“UFC without fighters is only three letters of the alphabet, It’s time for us to make our voice heard and make change happen for the best of the UFC and fighters.”

Georges St-Pierre says that UFC and not the fighters is the biggest opponent there is —

“We’re all afraid, but it’s time to join up. It’s a fight for what is right and what is wrong. We should never be afraid to stand up for our virtues.”

The five UFC veterans to lead this initiative are St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, TJ Dillashaw, Tim Kennedy and Donald Cerrone who are all calling for more money, and improved healthcare and other protections.

Most of the fighters are left alone for themselves and as St-Pierre adds —

“I know a lot of fighters want to remain anonymous, but I’m telling you guys, come see us. It’s time to stand together.”

Organizing a union was first started a few years ago but it didn’t gain any traction as these moves were seen to be desperate attempts of fighters past their prime, bitter and angry. On a side not, most unions are seen to be like that, an attempt by the company to squash it. An anti-trust lawsuit was filed in 2014 by a number of UFC veterans but again it didn’t progress much.

The UFC was still a growing entity and being a private company its financials and how it paid its fighters were never highlighted until the Fertitta family sold it for 4.2 billion dollars to the WME/IMG group that eyes started rolling.

What makes fighters angry is that UFC is making a lot of money and in 2015 they made $600 million dollars in revenue and 2/3 of that came from fights. UFC was pressured by media to disclose how much they were paying their fighters and the executives gave a general sports answer that is was industry standard like any major American sports like baseball, basketball and football. Contrary to earlier statements by Fertitta that they were giving half to figthers as told to ESPN in 2012; though it is believed they were only paying around 15% of their revenue to the sweat and blood of its fighters.

When the MMAAA was introduced on Wednesday, former Bellator president Bjorn Rebney was there and commented — “What the association is going to achieve for the athletes is a settlement to address the past wrongs, driving up [the revenue split] to 50% up from 8%, and a benefits package that provides a safety net”.

Aside from the 501c6 status, the structure of the MMAAA is still not clear and more information like investors, board members, will be learned.

The association wants the UFC to negotiate with them ideally before the UFC’s media rights are up for renewal in 2018 where they are being paid $115 million dollars annually. The UFC organization is pushing for $4.5 billion dollars over 10 years as per reported by the Sports Business Journal.

The success of the MMAAA will depend on the determination and patience of its founding members as this could take time to take off the ground. This process might be long but it will only benefit the fighters of the sport and could only help in developing talent.

How does Conor McGregor Boxing License Impact UFC?

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On Wednesay, Conor McGregor has been issued a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission and people are now excited to see Conor step on a boxing ring and make a name for himself. He already became the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two divisions after defeating Eddie Alvarez in UFC 205 and would want to add opportunities and fan base.

What does this mean to UFC? This is mostly a payday move and fighters has been complaining that UFC who has recently been sold for $4 Billion dollars is a billion dollar business built upon the sweat and blood of its fighters, fighters who are not paid well. Conor McGregor is one of the rare highest paid fighters in UFC who netted $40 million dollars in UFC 205 but he did bring in the viewers as UFC 205 brought in the highest gate sales in history with $17.7 million dollars followed only by the $13.5 million dollars in 1999 Lenox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield. UFC 205 also brought in 1.9 million PPV buys the biggest in the company’s history. Mayweather netted $230 million dollars for his fight against Pacquiao with a PPV buys of 4 million viewers. The $40 million payday of Conor McGregor on the 1.9 million PPV buys seems spare change to old school boxing.

While UFC fighters know this, Conor McGregor is in a position to demand as per his latest statement toward UFC — “If you want to come at me, if you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board, for real. “I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That’s what I’m looking for.”

While the boxing license doesn’t immediately mean Conor McGregor is going to fight Floyd Mayweather because Conor McGregor is under contract with UFC and there are only three scenarios where Conor can get a shot:

1. UFC willingly allows Conor McGregor to enter the boxing ring
2. UFC cashes in big with a Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather right
3. Conor McGregor finds a way to get out of contract from UFC

The only likely scenario that will happen here is #2 wherein UFC will make lots of money off this fight which would still mean nothing for Conor McGregor because his primary objective is to get a $100 million dollar payday on a boxing fight.

Given this scenario there isn’t going to be an immediate impact for UFC as they control the cards and while Conor is their biggest fighter, a single loss by Conor to an upcoming rematch with Nate Diaz or another fighter could exponentially drop his ratings again while UFC remains afloat.

Long-term impact would mean that a lot of fighters would be demanding for higher earnings or looking for a crossover to boxing. The pressure it would bring to UFC from a growing number of fighters with higher demands would keep on increasing and sooner or later UFC will have to make changes to their structure.

Conor McGregor boxing license is more of a wake-up call for now, but not strong enough to deliver a knockout punch on the UFC negotiating table.

Conor McGregor Gets California Boxing License

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Conor McGregor has been playing with the idea of fighting Mayweather in the boxing ring for several months now; but all of that had just been small talks and taunts until on Wednesday when McGregor has been issued a boxing license in the state of California.

According to the California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster — “He got a license today and a federal ID, He’s a California boxer now.”

The California State Athletic Commission issues around 1200 boxing license every year but none of them is newsworthy until McGregor who is the only fighter to hold titles in two divisions in UFC has gotten his. Conor McGregor is a huge name in UFC with a large fan base because of what he brings — spark, unfiltered loud mouth and most especially his fighting skills.

Andy Foster adds – “He’s qualified [as a boxer]. I’d love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We’re happy to license him. We’re happy he’s a California fighter.”

His first boxing fight would probably be in California but expect to see him fight in other places as it is believed he is applying for licenses in other states.

McGregor hinted about a huge announcement after his last UFC fight at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York after he defeated Eddie Alvarez, he however said he is going to be a father, but people still thinks he is keeping something more.

Conor is expanding his reach and options ad he has a knack for alienating organizations; he recently threatened to stay away from Las Vegas because of a dispute with the Nevada State Athletic Commission where he got fined $150,000 for throwing a water bottle at Nate Diaz.

After UFC 205 in New York, McGregor, who was stripped of the featherweight title last week, was outspoken in demanding an ownership stake in the UFC in return for the attention and revenue he has brought the company.

UFC 202 – McGregor vs Diaz $28 Million Dollar Pay Day

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UFC 202 - McGregor vs Diaz $28 Million Dollar Pay Day
UFC 202 – McGregor vs Diaz $28 Million Dollar Pay Day

BJ Penn went ahead and made an estimated earnings of McGregor and Diaz got for UFC 202.

In the estimate below is a quick breakdown of the earnings:

Conor McGregor UFC 202 Earnings
Fight purse: $3 million.
Reebok Sponsorship earning: $250.000.
PPV Share: $11.5 million.
Fight of the night bonus: $50.000.

Nate Diaz UFC 202 Earnings
Fight purse: $2 million.
Reebok Sponsorship earning: $250.000.
PPV Share: $10.5 million.
Fight of the night bonus: $50.000.

BJ Penn even included a show money for his vegas afterparty show, article on UFC 202 Conor vs McGregor Payday.

UFC 202 – How Did Conor McGregor Won vs Nate Diaz?

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Fight Info

  • UFC 202 – Welterweight Fight – Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada SAT. AUG. 30, 2016
  • Nate Diaz: 20-11-0
  • Conor McGregor: 20-3-0


Conor McGregor Wins by Majority Decision vs Nate Diaz


Fight Scores

  • Conor McGregor: 193/313 Strikes, 0/1 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts
  • Nate Diaz: 271/446 Strikes, 1/5 Takedowns, 0 Submission Attempts


  • Conor McGregor had a knockdown against Nate Diaz in the 1st round
  • Conor McGregor had two knockdowns against Nate Diaz in the 2nd round
  • Nate Diaz came back in the 3rd round by pinning Conor against the cage and barraged Conor with punches


UFC 202 – Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor fought on August 21, 2016, Conor wins match on majority decision against Nate Diaz

How did Conor McGregor win against Nate Diaz? This argument started when Nate Diaz beat Conor McGregor on a day’s notice and everyone has counted Conor McGregor out especially since Nate Diaz now has the time to prepare against him.

The argument is completely flawed as same thing can be said of Conor McGregor and while he had the time to prepare excessively, all of his preparations were against Rafael dos Anjos who was the same height, almost same reach as Conor. As far as strategy is concerned both Nate and Conor only had a day’s preparation and with Nate Diaz having more experience was able to bring the fight to his strength on the ground as Nate defeats Conor on UFC 196 on the 2nd round via a rear-naked choke submission.

Now with time and preparation, Conor McGregor is at the height of his athletic ability, hunger to regain the title and his excessive work ethic and preparation allowed him to prepare against the strengths of Nate. Conor went to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as Nate is a black belt in the art. His training was not meant to go into offensive against Nate but was more of being able to defend when the fight went to the ground. McGregor did everything to stay on their feet but when on one just one occasion in the last minute of the last round Nate was able to get to the ground and Conor locked the guard and stayed in defense until time expired. The strategy worked well for him since on the ground it is Nate’s time.

On the feet, Conor is known for his strikes via kicks, and quick punches, and fluid movements around the cage. He also floated and evaded Nate Diaz like Mayweather and Ali does, brilliant strategy. For the bashers who say he run throughout the match, the picture below of Nate shows otherwise:

Conor’s corner

Conor McGregor coaching staff stressed to Conor to get out when Nate is pressing him to the cage, that is the only time Nate is able to strike and he is getting the upper hand in that situation.

Nate’s corner

Nate Diaz is pushing him to go for a takedown against Conor and push the advantage of pushing Conor against the cage.

Conor McGregor’s speech after winning
In classic Conor McGregor style — “Surprise, surprise motherfucker, the King is back”.

Nate Diaz’s speech after losing
He seems to think he has won with his comment — “They are not gonna allow me to win” – referring to the judges decision of favoring Conor McGregor.

This is a very close fight and Conor McGregor clearly won the first two rounds when he had more strikes and Nate went down on both rounds. The 3rd and 4th rounds were close but Nate had the upper hand especially in the closing minutes when he pressed Conor against the cage and was able to strike repeatedly. Round 5 was still close but Conor McGregor had more strikes, was not pressed way less against the cage compared to round 3.

Conor McGregor came out more prepared and wanted this fight more.

In a tweet below, I agree on the motivation of Conor on getting back his name on the winning column:

In the end, both fighters respected each other for a fight well fought to the end:

Below is the video for the full highlights of UFC 202 – Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz

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