Touching footage of McGregor apologising to White after Mayweather defeat

In a poignant scene from the final episode from All Access, McGregor is in the changing room post-fight, being consoled by his family and friends, when he apologises to White for his defeat.

White refuses to accept:

Sorry? Dude, I’m ecstatic!

Floyd Mayweather tried to place £310,000 bet on McGregor fight but walked away after being made to wait

According to ESPN, Mayweather approached a sports betting vendor in Las Vegas around 3.30pm – just hours before the main event – and tried to stake around £310,000 on the fight ending inside 9.5 rounds. The odds were 1/2, meaning he would have make a £155,000 profit, but the bet was not placed. Concerns over the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win reportedly caused a delay. He then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout but was again frustrated by the delay and left without staking any money. Source:

He was p*ssed.

Aldo: No moral victory in McGregor’s loss

Aldo speaks about the series of laugh-crying emojis he tweeted in the moments after McGregor lost to Mayweather.

First of all, I didn’t even watch the fight. I was at a football game… I don’t know. I have people who take care of my social media… You know every athlete has people who handle their social media – who work their social media.

And the ex-champ says he wasn’t particularly surprised when he heard the result.

Conor doesn’t have good cardio, and (they) knew he’s not used to boxing. Mayweather was closed up, just waiting for the time to pounce. The guy hadn’t fought for two years. He didn’t even prepare for the fight.

Asked if thought McGregor won a moral victory by lasting ten rounds:

Of course not. Moral? First of all, you try to prove that with someone who’s almost 41, who’s been away (from the sport). Of course, it was a money fight. A moral victory would have been taking on an active boxer, a champion, and then fought him. And then you’d see how he would barely last a round. Because it’s an entirely different sport. We need to put ourselves in our places. I’m an MMA athlete. I can’t go tomorrow and say I’m going to do muay Thai in Thailand with a Thai fighter, because I can punch and kick well. There’s no way. Each one in their places. I respect martial arts, so I put myself in my place. I don’t see a moral victory.

Coach Roddy: ‘I was heartbroken’

Coach Roddy appears on ‘The Late Late Show’, to talk about how difficult it was for McGregor and the whole team when the fight didn’t go their way.

I was heartbroken. I don’t only work with Conor, Conor’s a good friend of mine. We’re training partners and sparring partners for many years, and then I took up the coaching role. When you see what somebody puts in — the amount of hours he puts in, the amount of sacrifices he makes and the team makes — when you see all of that, and you’re all working together for one moment, for that night, and it doesn’t go your way sometimes — it’s heartbreaking. I was very upset over the fight, because I know how bad he wants it, and I know how bad the team wanted it.”

Malignaggi: McGregor ‘has no balls’

McGregor’s former sparring partner, Malignaggi, doesn’t think McGregor made a valiant effort against Mayweather.

The guy has no balls. When you back him into a corner he’s a little pussycat. He quit. If you don’t throw a punch for over a minute, you quit buddy. You can explain it any way you want … you quit buddy, you absolutely did.

Malignaggi, who left McGregor’s team over a series of leaked photos from their sparring sessions, then went on to reiterate his desire to settle his differences with McGregor in the boxing ring.

I don’t like the guy, I never will like the guy, personally I think he’s a scumbag. Just the fact I could sink my fist into his face — I would love that. The fact I could get him looking like the sissy that he is — I would love that.

Former ringside doctor says McGregor may have been hurt more than many think

Darragh O’Carrol, a former ringside doctor and emergency physician, gives his professional opinion on stopping the fight, Saturday night. McGregor claimed after the fight that he was more fatigued than hurt, but O’Carrol agreed with referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call an end to the fight at the moment he did. O’Carrol explained that Byrd likely didn’t call off the fight due to signs of McGregor just being tired. O’Carrol said as an Irishman, and a self-admitted McGregor fan, that he would like to believe McGregor was just fatigued in the 10th round, but, as a physician and former ringside doctor, he believes the fight was stopped at the right time and for the right reasons.

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. Continuing the fight would have put McGregor at risk for continued head trauma, [or] repetitive damage leading to a severe traumatic brain injury such as a brain bleed. It wouldn’t be the first time a boxer experienced this, as was tragically the case just this year to young Daniel Franco, who required emergency neurosurgery to save his life.

Coach: Diaz ‘needs to get paid at least $30 million’ for McGregor trilogy

Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez says he hopes the big payout for McGregor from the Mayweather fight, could mean more money for his future UFC opponents, particularly Diaz. Diaz’ last two UFC fights were against McGregor in 2016, and he made $2.6 million dollars in those bouts combined. After seeing what McGregor made against Mayweather, and the potential money that could be made in a trilogy bout with McGregor in the UFC, Perez expects 10 times more.

At least $20 million, $30 million. Come on! UFC’s making a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money and they’re pocketing it. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, a good two fighters. It’s just like Mayweather when he fought Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy.

McGregor calls out Diaz to complete trilogy at 155lbs

McGgregor calls out Diaz for a third fight as his return to the UFC octagon. It’s 1-1 between the two fighters and McGregor is offering Diaz a shot at his lightweight title should the California fighter want to meet him for a third time. McGregor believes that because he re-matched and beat Diaz at 170 pounds, it’s only fair that Diaz comes down to 155 pounds to meet him for the decider.

I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me. I re-matched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight. I asked for it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won the 155lb title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lb limit.

McGregor reveals how he could have beaten Mayweather

McGregor believes one change to his training camp could have altered the result of his fight with Mayweather. In a lengthy Instagram post, McGregor pays tribute to his team and his opponent, but also admits he could have done with more time to prepare.

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

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Michael Phelps challenges McGregor to a swimming race

Because McGregor recently swapped the octogan for the ring, Phelps is considering challenging McGregor in the pool. He asked his 2.2 million strong Twitter following if he should step out of retirement and challenge McGregor to a swimming race. Earlier this year, Phelps raced a ‘shark’ as part of a Discovery Channel publicity stunt. The shark was created using CGI and beat Phelps by two seconds in the 100 metre race, but viewers expressed disappontment that he hadn’t jumped in the water with a real deadly predator.

Chael Sonnen: McGregor vs Diaz III is next

Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, says McGregor’s next fight will be a rubber fight with Diaz:

I think [McGregor] is going to fight in the UFC. A little inside information, I think it’s Nate Diaz next.

McGregor says he is open to settling the score with a third deciding fight with Diaz by year’s end, recently saying:

I have certainly many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz that’s sitting there, I have options.

McGregor-Mayweather breaks the all-time PPV record

Dana White says that last weekend’s super-fight has generated a record-breaking 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, a figure which would dwarf the previous record of 4.6 million, set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, by almost 2 million. This is despite the 3million people who illegally streamed the fight. The final figure could be higher, as it doesn’t include sales outside the United States. It will also mean that McGregor holds the pay-per-view record for both boxing and mixed martial arts. The 6.5 million figure also beats the cumulative total for the top five UFC pay-per-views in the company’s history, and is five times larger than any WWE PPV event ever. The fight will go down in history as one of the single most profitable sports events ever.

McGregor given two-month ban for medical reasons

McGregor has been given a two-month suspension from all sport on medical grounds. The ban prevents McGregor from another fight – boxing or MMA – until at least October 26 and no physical contact at all until October 11. At the end of the ban period, Nevada State Athletic Commission will ask McGregor, 29, to take a medical exam. McGregor was spotted with a black eye hours after the fight, but otherwise looked in good shape. A medical suspension is given when a fighter is “determined by a physician to be unfit to compete” until “it is shown that he or she is fit for further competition …”

Estimated 3 million people illegally streamed McGregor-Mayweather fight

Almost 3 million people watched Saturday’s McGregor-Mayweather fight using illegal streams, according to web security company, Irdeto. Viewers used online links to get around paying the $99.95 charged in the US for the high-definition pay-per-view (£19.95 in the UK). 239 illegal streams of the fight were watched by 2,930,598 people. Had they all paid, even at a lower rate, the illegal audiences would have brought in at least $60 million more.