Would You Like To Work With The Team Behind Conor McGregor? (Competition Closed)

Conor McGregor

Would You Like To Work With The Team Behind Conor McGregor? (Competition Closed)

Here's the latest edition of Rob's Rants in which CSNPhilly's Rob Ellis does just that about the hottest topics in Philly sports.

Rhys is the word
What Rhys Hoskins has done in less than a full month in the majors has been unprecedented. It’s been staggering as a matter of fact. We’re not talking Phillies history. We’re talking history of baseball. 1876.

He has 11 home runs this month after being called up Aug. 10. He’s a must-watch, whether at the park or on TV. But here’s the thing, we all know he can’t keep this pace up. We get it.

Teams and pitchers will make adjustments, there will invariably be struggles, blah, blah, blah.

Can we enjoy it a little before the reality police pull us over for having too much fun? The cries from the “slow the roll” crowd have begun. Domonic Brown's six weeks of glory have been invoked in the conversation. This needs to stop.

As dreadful as the last few years have been with this team, when Pat Neshek is your All-Star rep, you deserve to be able to savor a little and live in the here and now. As I’ve mentioned before, Hoskins is a hitter first. He works counts, he can hit from behind in counts.

That will make him much less prone to long slumps or fading away Brown. Here's what Cubs manager Joe Maddon said after Hoskins hurt his club over the weekend:

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young guy look that profound at home plate. That’s the part that tells me he can sustain, not necessarily this pace, but he can sustain because he doesn’t strike out. He will accept his walks. He doesn’t expand the strike zone. He uses the whole field. He’s a big guy with short movements to the ball. Pretty impressive.”

Yes it is.      

No. 88 in the rafters
Eric Lindros will become the sixth Flyers player to have his number retired. The ceremony will take place in January (see story)

Lindros was a phenomenal Flyer. He racked up 659 points in 486 games played with the orange and black. Yes, things got ugly the last couple of years with him and his parents and the Flyers' brass, namely then-general manager Bob Clarke.

They gave up a ton for him and it didn’t result in a Cup. But when he was on the ice, he was a great player. The 6-4, 240-pound combo platter of size and speed was rare back in 1992 when Lindros broke into the league.

The Flyers were perennial Cup contenders during his prime and through no fault of his own, they never had a good enough goalie.

Much his Hockey Hall of Fame induction, Lindros' No. 88 being raised to the roof of the Wells Fargo Center is much deserved. 

Cha-ching
The Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight was about one thing: money. Not Mayweather's keeping his perfect 49-0 record intact and surpassing Rocky Marciano. It was not about Conor McGregor's showing he could box or bringing MMA to a larger audience.

They were just the by-products.

There’s a reason why Mayweather’s nickname is “Money.” Conservative estimates have Mayweather earning in excess of $200 million when all is said and done with this fight. That will put him north of $1 billion made in his career. McGregor was a plumber less than a decade ago — he could take home $100 million for his work Saturday.

What about the Vegas bookmakers you ask? It was the most-bet fight ever — $85 million was wagered on the bout.

Forget the trash talk, the racial implications, the misogyny. This was a well-orchestrated dance between the two the entire time leading up to the fight. Mayweather may have won the fight on a TKO in the 10th. But both guys were victorious.    

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a show in the last fight of his spectacular career.

Conor McGregor didn't do so badly, either.

Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes in the 10th round.

It was a smashing end to a career that earned Mayweather more money than any fighter before him — including an estimated $200 million for his last bout.

“I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see,” Mayweather said. “I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight.”

Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.

Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC fighter landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade. He did it in what he said would be his final fight, against a man who had never been in a professional boxing match before.

McGregor boxed surprisingly well but after landing some shots in the early rounds, his punches seemed to lose their steam. Mayweather then went on the pursuit. McGregor backpedaled most of the way, stopping only to throw an occasional flurry as Mayweather wore him down.

“I turned him into a Mexican tonight,” McGregor said. “He fought a Mexican.”

Though Byrd cautioned McGregor for hitting behind the head on two different occasions, there were no real fouls in the fight and McGregor never tried to revert to any MMA tactics

McGregor had vowed to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and he won the early rounds with movement and punches to the head. But the tide of the fight turned in the fourth round as Mayweather seemed to figure out what he had to do and began aggressively stalking McGregor.

Mayweather was credited with landing more than half his punches, as he solved McGregor's defense after a few rounds. Ringside stats showed him landing 170 of 320 punches to 111 of 430 for McGregor.

In a fight so intriguing that it cost $10,000 for ringside seats, McGregor turned in a respectable performance for someone in his first fight. He switched from southpaw to conventional at times and used his jab well, but Mayweather's experience and his ring savvy paid off as he executed his game plan to perfection.

“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him and take him out in the end,” Mayweather said. “I guaranteed everybody this fight wouldn't go the distance.

McGregor was trailing badly on all three ringside scorecards through the ninth round, with scores of 89-81, 89-81 and 87-83. The Associated Press had it 87-84.

Mayweather was widely criticized for not going after Pacquiao in their megafight, and he didn't make the same mistake this time. In a fight that could make him $200 million, he seemed to stagger McGregor with a series of punches in the ninth round, landing at will as McGregor desperately tried to clinch.

The end was near as the two fighters came out for the 10th round and Mayweather went right after McGregor again. He landed a punch that set McGregor reeling across the ring, then landed a combination that had McGregor defenseless as Byrd moved in to stop the bout. McGregor didn't complain when the fight was stopped and went over and hugged Mayweather.

“I was a little fatigued,” he said. “He was composed in there, that's what 50 pro fights can give you.”

He seemed almost happy in the ring afterward, secure that he had given a good performance even in losing.

“I thought it was close though and I thought it was a bit of an early stoppage. I was just a little fatigued.”

McGregor's challenge of Mayweather was fueled by social media and turned into a spectacle as the two fighters promoted the bout. It figured to make him $100 million or so, and gave McGregor a name and brand outside of the UFC.

He also got some respect from a fighter who has been in the ring his entire life.

“He's a lot better than I thought he'd be,” Mayweather said. “He's a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.”

After all the talk and hype, the fight unfolded most in boxing figured it would. Mayweather, a 5-1 favorite, took a few rounds to establish his dominance but once he did it was a one-sided fight.

Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano's 49-0 record and giving himself a great parting gift. He repeated afterward that he was not going to fight again.

“This is my last fight for sure. 50-0 sounds good, I'm looking forward to going into the Hall of Fame,” Mayweather said. “I picked the best dance partner to do it with.

Irish fans arrived by the thousands in the days before the fight, filling the arena for the weigh-in and boisterously cheering for their man. They even went off in the middle of the night and spray painted an Irish flag and “49-1” on a billboard on Interstate 15 promoting Mayweather's businesses.

The capacity crowd of 14,623 cheered McGregor on, but they quieted as the fight progressed and Mayweather showed his dominance.

LOS ANGELES — Floyd Mayweather Jr. reached into a backpack and held out a $100 million check for the crowd of 11,000 fight fans to see.

“Let me show you what a $100 million fighter looks ,” he said.

Conor McGregor interrupted from his stool behind the podium: “That's to the tax man.”

Mayweather replied: “You're right. I'm the IRS, and I'm going to tax your ass.”

The undefeated boxer and the Irish UFC champion have thrown their first jabs in a summer of verbal sparring before the fighting spectacle of the year.

Mayweather and McGregor kicked off a four-city promotional tour Tuesday at Staples Center, facing off in front of a raucous crowd that thoroughly enjoyed this circus' first stop in Hollywood. Both fighters promised a knockout, and they had a prolonged shouting match during their second faceoff, with UFC President Dana White stepping between them.

“I am fighting, and he is boxing,” McGregor said. “It's two men at the top of their game competing. It's two worlds colliding. That enough is reason why this is what it is.”

All but the most naive fight fans realize the promotion for this bout could be much more entertaining than the historic 154-pound fight Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

McGregor and Mayweather traded clever insults and profane boasts that quickly showed why this boxing match should be a rare spectacle — before the opening bell, anyway.

“He looks good for a seven- or eight-figure fighter, but I'm a nine-figure fighter,” Mayweather said. “This (guy) made 3 million dollars his last fight, but we know that's training camp money for me.”

The 40-year-old Mayweather has been coaxed his latest retirement for the colossal payday coming from this unique matchup. The bout will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view, while tickets at T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 — and there aren't many $500 seats.

In a tailor-made pinstripe suit that repeated a profane phrase in tiny letters as its stripe, McGregor didn't try to disguise his glee at the prospect of his mammoth financial reward for seeing how his heavy hands can fare against Mayweather's famed defensive skills in this cross-disciplinary experiment.

McGregor got more personal than Mayweather, going after everything from the boxer's apparent money troubles to his attire. McGregor also risked racial offensiveness when he yelled, “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during an exchange with Mayweather.

“He's in a … track suit,” McGregor said, looking at Mayweather. “He can't even afford a suit anymore. The Rolls is a 2012 outside. He is (expletive). There's no other way about it. I'm going to knock him out inside of four rounds, mark my words.”

Two years after his last fight and several years after his trash-talking heyday, Mayweather rose to the promotional challenge in an energetic, biting performance. The unbeaten star led his fans in a call-and-response cheer that derided McGregor as “easy work!”

“That's what the people want to see,” Mayweather said. “To have a sold-out arena and just give these people something just real smooth and calm, they don't want that. That's not what they want. These fans want entertainment, and that's what we're here to give them.”

And while the 40-year-old Mayweather acknowledged his skills have declined and claimed his comeback is for one fight only, he also said he has “more than enough” to beat a rookie boxer.

“We know Mr. Tapout s to quit,” Mayweather said, referring to McGregor's submission loss to Nate Diaz in UFC competition last year.

When McGregor spoke to the media after the public show, Floyd Mayweather Sr. relentlessly heckled him from the back of the room. The 64-year-old trainer's presence provoked genuine amusement from the two-division mixed martial arts champion, who suggested he might not abide by the contract that would punish him for MMA tactics with an enormous financial penalty.

“Tell him as long as he speaks my name with respect, I will abide by the boxing rules,” McGregor said to Mayweather Sr. “I'll abide by the Marquess of Queensberry Rules only if he speaks my name. If he disrespects me during this buildup, then maybe I might just bounce an elbow off his eyebrow. So that's on him how he does it.”

Source: https://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/tags/conor-mcgregor

Conor McGregor is the rarest of athletes: one who delivers on his boasts

Would You Like To Work With The Team Behind Conor McGregor? (Competition Closed)

There is not another athlete in sports today Conor McGregor. Not someone who can talk and talk and talk, spouting outrageous boasts that he then backs up in the crucible of competition. In this he is unique.

He strutted into UFC 194 a rooster who perpetually thinks it is dawn, braying about the first-round knockout he was going to deliver to Jose Aldo, a fighter who hadn’t lost a fight in a decade.

His vow seemed too ridiculous to take seriously. Aldo had been the only featherweight champion in the UFC’s history. No one was going to knock him out in the first round.

Not a brazen, cocksure fighter from Ireland who had been nobody just three years before.

Then McGregor did exactly what he said he would. He knocked out Aldo 13 seconds into the fight, McGregor’s first punch crashing into the champion’s jaw, dropping him to the mat.

For a moment Aldo lay motionless on the canvas and when the referee signalled the fight was over, McGregor climbed to the top of the cage around the octagon and waved a reminder to the world that he had made his word come true.

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December 13, 2015

“I said his right hand would get him into trouble,” McGregor said after Saturday’s fight. “I said he would overload on his right hand. I said if he overloads on his right hand I will hit him with my left hook and that’s exactly what happened.”

McGregor had indeed made this vow.

He had said for days that Aldo would look to throw a right, that Aldo’s fingers would twitch, signalling a desire to put all his power in a right hand punch and that when he did this, McGregor would slug him with a left hook. He said this would happen early in the fight and that his left hook to Aldo’s head would end the fight. Then it worked, just as he said.

As McGregor stood behind a lectern in the post-fight press conference, a smile spread across his face.

“If you can see it here and if you have the courage enough to say it then it will happen,” he said. “I see these scenes and I don’t shy away from them.

A lot of times people believe in things but they keep to themselves, they don’t put it out there.

If you believe in it, if you are vocal about it you are creating that law of attraction and it will become reality. He will overextend and I knew I’d catch him.”

And here McGregor stopped ever so slightly to smile again.

“Mystic Mac strikes again,” he said.

This is a rarity in sports. Hardly anyone delivers exactly what they promise. Plenty of athletes talk. They make silly vows. They say the will make great plays they don’t make. They say they will beat opponents they don’t beat. They say they will lead their teams to victories that never come.

The emptiest words in sports are the athlete guarantees. These have become so routine, that people have learned not to listen as the hollow promise of victory slips through the players’ mouths.

Everyone points to Joe Namath sitting poolside before Super Bowl III, assuring the small group of reporters present that his New York Jets would win the game. They do this without understanding that Namath’s vow had been goaded from him by a journalist at a function a couple of nights before.

We’ve been overloaded with pointless guarantees ever since. Because, of course, who can truly predict how a team will do on a field or court or octagon.

Except McGregor does just that. He delivers his vows with such a bona fide certainty that it’s impossible not to listen to him spilling his words in a rambling brogue and not believe every single thing he says no matter how preposterous they seem.

“[Aldo] was currently the No1 pound-for-pound fighter on the roster, he had not been defeated in 10 years, the company’s only featherweight champion, who comes in and predicts one-round KOs?” McGregor said late Saturday night. “I did. And I did.”

It is easy to see why many of the other UFC fighters seem to despise McGregor. His bragging must wear on them, especially when he predicts victories, describing these conquests in vivid detail that he then backs up inside the cage.

That he does this with a rich vocabulary in his strong Dublin accent, makes him impossible for fans not to at least be dazzled by him even if they don’t find his arrogance appealing.

There is something of Muhammad Ali in McGregor’s charisma and cheek (although Ali was the superior athlete).

In today’s contrived sports world, where athletes don’t dare utter a word without a team of publicists by their side, McGregor is a delight.

He is right when he accuses other athletes of being afraid to speak confidently about their visions. A lot of sports stars make a lot of noise but rarely does the noise come with substance.

McGregor’s boastful candor isn’t just refreshing it’s downright astounding. He is on an island all of his own.

As only the second featherweight champion in UFC history he suddenly believes he is in a position to control his future.

As organization officials watched on helplessly after fight, McGregor dictated to them how his next few months will go: he will ly move up a weight class to 155 pounds while at the same time not abandoning the featherweight title. He said he wants two belts on his shoulders.

At this point there is no reason to doubt him. A lot of words might tumble from his lips, but through the smoke of UFC’s outrageous productions they are words at can be believed. He is simply an athlete who does what he says.

In just three years he has helped – along with Ronda Rousey – push UFC to new heights. His faithful legion of fans take over every venue where he fights. UFC officials said UFC 194 brought in $10.

1 million. The thousands of Irish fans who squeeze into his weigh-ins thunder down sidewalks singing Conor McGregor songs. On Friday afternoon they packed the MGM Grand, pouring through the hallways.

The celebration on Saturday was more muted. The crowd was not as unruly as it had been the day before, but it was no less formidable. It surged through the MGM’s hallways, large enough to remind the UFC’s organizers that McGregor is a champion for a modern era, one whose actions match his words.

He promised to knock Aldo out and then he did.

Who else does this? We should enjoy it while it lasts.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/dec/13/conor-mcgregor-is-the-rarest-of-athletes-one-who-delivers-on-his-boasts

Bigotry fueled the Conor McGregor-Khabib Nurmagomedov brawl after UFC 229

Would You Like To Work With The Team Behind Conor McGregor? (Competition Closed)

UFC 229 delivered on the “bad blood” between its golden boy, Conor McGregor, and the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov. In fact, what happened after the fight, which ended with Nurmagomedov forcing McGregor to submit by chokehold in the fourth round, overshadowed a dominant performance by the Muslim fighter from Dagestan, Russia.

Instead of reveling in victory and extending his reign as the lightweight titleholder and first Muslim champion in the UFC, Nurmagomedov taunted McGregor and then rushed to his opponent’s corner.

The fight was over, but the one that began well before the first round of their long-anticipated faceoff was still on.

With their leader slumped over in defeat, McGregor’s camp directed the sort of personal attacks and bigoted slurs that have colored the entirety of UFC 229, which then lived up to its “bad blood” billing within and especially beyond the Octagon.

The world of combat sports, particularly boxing, has long preyed upon race, national rivalries and full-fledged racism to promote fights.

Nurmagomedov leapt above the cage and confronted McGregor’s team, while McGregor responded by trading blows with Nurmagomedov’s cornermen inside of it. Nurmagomedov initiated the mess after the fight, dubbed the “biggest in UFC history,” but the violent aftermath revealed how promoting fights on the back of ethnic taunts and religious bigotry can have explosive consequences.

The world of combat sports, particularly boxing, has long preyed upon race, national rivalries and full-fledged racism to promote fights.

Although boasting a predominantly white male fan base and a stable of fighters largely composed of that demographic, the UFC has adopted many of these long-standing racial tactics to promote its sport and its most bankable fighter, McGregor.

His unequivocal whiteness resonates deeply with a core of UFC’s audience, and his bankability has amplified his privilege — which he often displays by directing insensitive ethnic and religious slurs at his opponents. He’s done it before with the s of Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz and Floyd Mayweather.

His target this time, Nurmagomedov, is a devout Muslim and proud native of Dagestan, a region marred by ethnic and religious persecution.

After the fight, and the melee, Nurmagomedov vented, “I’m a human being, but I don’t understand how people can talk about jumping on the cage when he talks about my religion, he talked about my country, he talks about my father and he comes to Brooklyn and he broke the bus and almost killed a couple of people. What about this?”

During the fight’s buildup, McGregor did just that, ridiculing Nurmagomedov’s Islamic faith and his ethnic roots and taking dig after dig at his father.

Islamophobia was on full display during the promotion, with McGregor calling Nurmagomedov’s Egyptian trainer Ali Abdelaziz, also a Muslim, a “f—ing snitch terrorist rat,” descending on his ethnicity and faith to unleash loaded, bigoted slurs.

Nurmagomedov — an unapologetic Muslim who prays before bouts and proclaimed, “Thank God” in Arabic after Friday’s weigh-in — took these attacks on his trainer as attacks on him and his faith, which exacerbated the bad blood going into Saturday’s bout.

McGregor made digs into Nurmagomedov’s ethnic identity by posting on his Instagram, and he offered Nurmagomedov a drink of his Irish whiskey during a news conference weeks before their fight, knowing that he abstains from alcohol.

Nurmagomedov sat stone-faced and silent, absorbing everything that McGregor hurled at him, his family, his father and his faith. This was not the fight nor the promotion he signed up for. Dana White, on the other hand, stood between the two fighters, knowing that this promotional formula equaled more attention, and more money.

Instead of White stepping in and stopping McGregor from using deeply personal, ethnic and Islamophobic taunts against Nurmagomedov, he “let Conor be Conor” and capitalized on bigotry to promote the fight.

McGregor’s stardom and whiteness have enabled him to get away with almost anything during fight promotions — most infamously, his attack on the bus in Brooklyn, New York, in April that left many fighters injured, which White condemned but showcased as the center of UFC 229’s promotion.

After the melee, White said he was “disgusted and sick over it.” But what did he do, before the fight, to prevent the bad blood from boiling past the final bell?

The UFC is just as responsible for what took place after Nurmagomedov finally unleashed his pent-up frustration on McGregor, which tainted the UFC far more than it did the fighter forced to endure so much before the fight.

Instead of censoring McGregor, White smiled.

Instead of deterring McGregor with a fine or suspension and taking a firm stance against bigotry, White enabled his biggest star he has in the past, knowing that the hateful tirade directed at Nurmagomedov didn’t make sense but spelled dollars. And record-breaking pay-per-view numbers. By doing next to nothing, White emboldened McGregor, allowing his unhinged star to unleash bigoted attack after bigoted attack.

“Some things aren’t for fight promotion. Religion, family, country. Throwing stuff in Brooklyn. For Khabib it wasn’t fight promotion, it was really personal,” tweeted UFC heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, who trains with Nurmagomedov in California.

Racial rivalries sell bouts. This is an ugly but proven fact.

Although he is technically white, Nurmagomedov’s Muslim and ethnic (Avar) identity diminishes his whiteness in the gaze of the public, while McGregor assumes the role of the “great white hero” within the UFC and world of combat sports.

White and the UFC brass are aware of this and stood in the middle, salivating at the financial projections, while their golden goose, McGregor, bashed everything Nurmagomedov holds sacred throughout the fight’s promotion.

The UFC is just as responsible for what took place after Nurmagomedov finally unleashed his pent-up frustration on McGregor, which tainted the UFC far more than it did the fighter forced to endure so much before the fight.

Source: https://theundefeated.com/features/bigotry-fueled-the-conor-mcgregor-khabib-nurmagomedov-brawl-after-ufc-229/