For as long as there have been professional combat sports, lighter weight-classes often don’t draw as much attention as the heavier ones. That isn’t from a lack of talent. While seeing two large men slug it out is fun, for purists, the lighter divisions are often the place to go for the most skillful action. Even in the Ultimate Fight Championship’s (UFC) short history, the lightweight division has consistently been a hub for fast paced and tactical combat. Now the 155 pound division hasn’t lost its place as shark tank. However, the much maligned UFC featherweight division is starting to make a play for consideration as the most dependable, and best, division in the company.
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On this episode of the show we talk about the main event of UFC 202–Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz–with renowned American Top Team striking coach Dr. Paul “Paulie Gloves” Gavoni. Paulie has been a striking coach in the industry for almost two decades, having coached fighters like Brad Pickett, Jeff Monson and Melvin Guillard. We ask him his thoughts on CM Punks upcoming debut, a possible fighters union and of course about McGregor/Diaz II.
Also on the show we speak about some recent Hollywood news. The topics include Ghostbusters, Suicide Squad and a new show with Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg!
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The song used in the opening is Simon Panrucker’s “Treasure Hunt (Instrumental)”
“What’s he losing? He could land a bomb too,” are the thoughts of one of the greatest fighters of all-time on a possible Amir Khan and Conor McGregor bout. In the last few years Roy Jones Jr. has transitioned to a role as one of the voices of HBO Boxing broadcasts. And he is just as talented in the arena of giving thoughtful analysis as he was in a boxing ring.
Comments like these are what make Jones Jr. so unique and enjoyable to listen to. Because he breaks it down to the brass tacks. The man will give you an open and honest opinion on the fight game. And it must be respected, since he is one of the grand masters of it.
The idea of a boxing vs. MMA clash is always fodder for interesting conversation. Now, a bout between a star of MMA and star of pro boxing has occurred (see: James Toney vs. Randy Couture), but that was a match-up between two aging names well passed their primes. However, a scrap between the pay-per-view box office draw McGregor, and multi-time world champion–and name fighter–Khan, would be much more significant. Since it would pit two pugilists in their prime against each other.
Khan seems very interested in the idea, judging from recent comments. The real questions is, would McGregor be keen on it as well? He seemed up for a possible bout with retired boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. And that would have been under boxing rules. Khan is actually willing to step in the cage with the current UFC featherweight champion. If Toney was able to secure a one fight deal with the UFC then Khan stepping inside the famed octagon seems almost likely. If the money is right that is.
But watch the video and let Jones Jr. further galvanize your interest in this dream-fight.
Video courtesy of Fight Hub TV:
Here is the memorable first match-up in its entirety. The rematch takes place on August 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC 202. Only on pay-per-view.
As you would expect, that headline is dripping in sarcasm. Yesterday, the main event participants of tomorrow night’s UFC 196 were paired up for an interview on Fox Sports’ “FS Live” show. And nonsensical hilarity ensued.
Outlandish statements like McGregor claiming he will choke out the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt or Diaz claiming his opponent grew up rich, are some of the more funny moments of the interview. The entire segment boiled down to the two hosts throwing out questions to the two fighters and watching them bicker over the answers.
Suffice to say it is a fun watch and even more entertaining build-up to what should be a wild fight.
— FSLive: Jay & Dan (@FOXSportsLive) March 4, 2016
easports.comThe complete list of fighter ratings for the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2 have been released. Since Jon Jones is universally considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, it is no surprise that he has the highest overall rating at 95. Following close behind is his hated rival, and current light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier at a rating of 94.
However, “Bones” is not the only man with that hefty 95 rating. Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson shares the top spot, and deservedly so.
Several fighters share that second highest rating with Daniel Cormier. They are Conor McGregor (at featherweight), Rafael Dos Anjos and retired welterweight superstar Georges St. Pierre.
Other ratings of note are Anderson Silva’s fall to 90. After being the highest rated fighter at middleweight since the series’ inception. New addition, and Japanese MMA legend, Kazushi Sakaraba’s highest rating is 89. Since he is featured in three weight classes because, well, he’s awesome. Not to be outdone, “Iron” Mike Tyson has also entered the fray this year with an older and younger version of the pugilist. Unfortunately, his ratings are not listed just yet.
For the full list of fighters and their ratings, for the March 15th release, head over to easports.com.
Yes, Sakuraba is in it as a mystery character! WAR SAKU!!!