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Roy Jones Jr. on a Possible Amir Khan/Conor McGregor Clash

“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.

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Brock Lesnar’s MMA Career: A Fight-by-Fight Review – Part I

Brock Lesnar’s MMA career is one of the more fascinating and unpredictable eight fight tenures in the sport you may ever see. In just eight fights he secured his status as one of the biggest draws the industry has had to date. In just eight fights he changed the opinions of fans and analysts on what a performer from the realm of pro-wrestling can do, when outcomes of fights weren’t predetermined. In just eight fights Lesnar showed that, while his amateur wrestling credentials gave him a base to build off of, his freakish athleticism propelled him to the top of his division faster than any pundit of MMA ever imagined.

On Saturday night Lesnar makes his return to the octagon against Mark Hunt, in his ninth fight. But first, let’s look at four of his previous eight fights, and the uncanny start this man had to his career.

Opponent One: Min Soo Kim

When looking at this fight, two industry terms from professional wrestling come to mind: “squash match” and “jobber.” A squash match is a bout where one of the performers is meant to look completely out-classed against his far superior opponent. Which perfectly segues into what a jobber is. A jobber is the aforementioned out-classed individual, who is out there to make his opponent look like a million bucks. This is not meant to demoralize Kim and his career. But with a record of 3-7 in his four years in the sport, he was a fighter that was often there to elevate his opponent.

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Is it More Impressive to be Great in One Division or Good in Multiple?

Multi-division success is a difficult achievement in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It can turn a very good fighter in to a legend. Naming the fighters that have had legitimate success in more than one division isn’t a trivia question that will cause any brain cramps.

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Randy Couture and How MMA Records, Thankfully, Don’t Define a Career

If you read the previous installment to this series (B.J. Penn and How MMA Records, Thankfully, Don’t Define a Career) you may have an idea where this is going. If not, get comfy in whatever seat you may be resting in, and grab a cold one, while we explore why the legend that is Randy Couture is greater than the sum of his unspectacular record.

In the last few years many sports pundits have written articles and recorded podcasts on what would be a given sports “Mount Rushmore of Top Athletes.” Mixed Martial-Arts (MMA) is no exception to these in-depth, and fun, discussions. And in many cases, Randy “The Natural” Couture has been included in numerous lists for this fictional honor.

The Lynnwood, Washington native’s 19-11 record is not what would be considered overly impressive,at first glance. This is not to say it isn’t a good record. To have a career record of 19-11, when all but six of those fights took place in Ultimate Fighting Championship, is evidence of a successful run in the sport. It is all the more impressive that he even had 30 pro-fights when you consider he didn’t start his career until the age of 34. But what makes this 19-11 record go from being good, to being great, is all in the details.

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