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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor proved to the world he was more than game for Floyd Mayweather Saturday night.

In the end, though, Mayweather showed why some believe he is the greatest boxer ever.

Mayweather withstood an early onslaught by McGregor, turning it on in the ninth and finish the MMA fighter in the 10th for his 50th career win in 50 pro fights. The bout took place from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The time of the stoppage was 1:05 of the 10th round.

Mayweather retired from the sport two years ago only to be talked back into the “Money Fight” with McGregor. It was reported that he would make at least $100 million on the night, with McGregor taking in $30 million.

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said. “He used a lot of different angles, but I was the better man.

“Conor McGregor, you’re a hell of a champion.”

McGregor came out fast, as expected, against the former world boxing champion. Most live scoring had “Notorious” ahead early, but as he does, “Money” worked his way back into the fight with his defense and counter-striking.

Mayweather dominated the ninth round, going to the body and face with McGregor gasping for air. McGregor’s hands were at his side almost the entire round, an obvious sign of fatigue from battle.

This was the professional boxing debut for McGregor, who won the UFC lightweight title last year when he stopped Eddie Alvarez. The Irish fighter became the first person in UFC history to hold multiple belts at the same time, as he was also the featherweight champion when he defeated Alvarez.

“He’s not that fast and he’s not that powerful, but he’s very composed,” McGregor said. “I had a bit of fun over on this side.”

In earlier action, Gervonta Davis won a controversial fight with Francis Fonseca when the bout was stopped in the eighth round with Davis being declared the winner.

It appeared as if Davis struck Fonseca in the back of the year, but he still earned the knockout in 39 seconds. Davis, though, failed to claim the vacant IBF junior lightweight belt after missing weight.

Badou Jack finished Nathan Cleverly in the fifth round and Andrew Tabiti claimed a decision over Steve Cunningham. Jack left with the WBA light heavyweight title, while Tabiti won the USBA cruiserweight belt.

Conor McGregor knows there are times to be “Notorious” and times not to be.

But for the most part, the reigning UFC lightweight champion doesn’t differ much from the two.

McGregor meets Floyd Mayweather this Saturday night in a “super-fight” that will bring MMA and boxing together in one ring.

“What you see with me is what you get,” he said during a recent conference call. “I am the same person on and off the camera. A lot of people like to say I’m not. Obviously there are different moments. You’ll catch me against an opponent, I’m a little different but I portray myself as who I am. So what you see is what you get with me.

“And there have been many articles, many stories, many things written, but it’s been okay I suppose. It’s just I am who I am. I speak the truth for what I believe and people portray that in many ways. So I’m pretty open and what you see is what you get with me.”

Known for his brash attitude and lightning-quick hands, McGregor did admit a few things have changed now that he and his girlfriend are parents.

“I’m razor quick with the diaper changes,” he said. “Right now I have a nutritionist who’s been with me for this time, bringing in the weight. So the cooking is out the window, my son has been living with me since, it must be three months now. We’ve had one hell of a camp. It’s been one long stretch.

“A lot of hard, hard work. A lot of dedicated and focused work and then of course the nutrition has been top of the range, and that’s why I’m at peak physical condition at this moment, ten days out. Now we are closing in on the weight cutting phase, and then we weigh-in and we fight. So that’s about it. I’m by the book.”

Jon Jones

Jon Jones’ reign atop the UFC’s light heavyweight division appears to be over once again.

The UFC confirmed in a statement Tuesday night that Jones has been notified of a potential violation of the anti-doping policy by the USADA. The failed test came following weigh-ins for UFC 214 last month.

Jones returned from a suspension for taking a banned substance at the event, besting Daniel Cormier to win back the belt that he was previously stripped of.

Below is the UFC’s statement:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jon Jones of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an in-competition sample collected following his weigh-in on July 28, 2017.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Jones, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) also retains jurisdiction over this matter as the sample collection was performed the day before Jones’ bout at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA, and USADA will work to ensure that the CSAC has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Jones’ potential anti-doping violation.

Jon Jones

As far as Daniel Cormier is concerned, his feud with Jon Jones is far from over.

But if the former UFC light heavyweight champion has a better offer to move back up to heavyweight, he’ll take it.

Cormier touched on Jones, his future and more during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. He also said he has yet to watch a replay of his loss to Jones from UFC 214.

“I don’t know exactly what path leads back to a fight with Jones, but I anticipate he’ll be the champion,” Cormier said. “I don’t believe anyone else in this division can compete with me. After I win enough fights, I believe that we’ll fight again. Also, we make money together, and when you make money together, the UFC is usually pretty open to making those matches.

“I really shrunk myself from heavyweight. I used to have big old traps and I was bigger guy when I fought at heavyweight, but I’d entertain anything. The UFC values me and honestly, man, they’ve already reached out with some ideas about me fighting, and I was like, ‘well, I need time,’ but there are options at heavyweight and options at 205.

“Obviously the Jimi Manuwa fight is a fight that could happen. Volkan Oezdemir has done fantastic for himself, a guy that’s a cool guy, but if the easiest path back to fighting the fights that I want is to go through somebody like that, then I’ll do it. So it’s a matter of just what I decide to do.”

Recently, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was a guest on “Submission Radio.”

Weidman, who is coming off a finish of Kelvin Gastelum to snap a three-fight losing streak, discussed the idea of a move to light heavyweight, Saturday’s Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight and more:

Why Chris had to have surgery on his thumb

“So, I guess in the fight on one of my left hooks, I’m pretty sure in the first or second (round) when he was coming after me, I threw a left hook and my thumb got dislocated and I had torn a ligament and a little piece of bone. And so after the fight I got my hands checked out. I thought I was gonna be okay, I didn’t think I was gonna need surgery. I was just hoping just something was broken, but ended up needing to do a surgery where it’s gonna be an alright recovery, it’s like a six-week recovery. But they gave me a crazy-ass scar, I got a pin in my hand right now, had a bunch of stitches. So it’s pretty painful surgery, but it’s a quick recovery.”

How his thumb is feeling now

“I’m like two weeks, I’m like two and a half, I think I’m almost three weeks removed from surgery. I had surgery pretty much right away. Yeah, but it was one of those things where it was really painful and I had a, you know, it’s a monster scar and I think anything on my hand just is, it sucks with all the nerve endings in there. But yeah, no, it’s doing alright, it’s feeling good.”

If life is more enjoyable now that he’s finally back in the win column after beating Kelvin Gastelum

“You know, I feel good, I feel good. And yeah, I guess a little less stressed, but I’m very motivated to continue. So I’m back in the gym, I’m doing everything I can with my legs. I got my legs looking good, trying to get those calf muscles looking right, you know, and just doing everything I can cosmetically to be looking as good as I can, and that’s it.”

Who makes sense next for Weidman’s next fight

“I don’t know, we shall see. The division is in a weird spot. I got into this sport to become champion, so whatever it takes to get the belt. That’s where the money’s at, like, the real money that you’re able to use, you know, for the rest of your life to make this all worth it, I feel like you gotta get that belt. So that’s the goal. Whatever way I can get the belt, whether it’s rematches with Yoel Romero or Luke Rockhold. You know, whoever’s in the top five (that) people want to see me fight, I’m down for. Obviously, the quicker way I can get the, belt that’s what I want to do.”

If Weidman is eyeing Luke Rockhold if he beats David Branch

“Yeah, who knows. Who knows what’s gonna happen. I think Branch beats him. I think Luke, he got put to sleep by pillow-hands Bisping and I think his chin might be gone, so I have a feeling he gets put to sleep against Branch. But we shall see, I don’t know. I don’t know what the future entails. I’m not really anticipating anything. I can’t control these things, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just gotta take care of myself, and whoever gets thrown on my plate we’ll go forward with that.”

With his rivalry with Bisping and Bisping being close to retirement, if Chris would be disappointed if he never got a chance to fight Bisping

“Nah, I don’t care. I want the biggest challenges, and honestly I don’t think he’s the biggest challenge. Definitely, whether he’s the champ or not, he’s not the individual that I get excited to fight because he’s champion. I could get excited to fight him if he had the belt. Other than that, which I don’t see him having the belt very long, I don’t see any reason to fight him.”

On Bisping taking Weidman’s tweets about his eye very seriously and threatening to “get him” when he sees his next

“Man, this guy does everything, he bashes everybody else. You know, he doesn’t expect anybody else to get sensitive when he’s bashing them and he rips up the Cuban flag right in front of Yoel Romero’s face while Yoel’s Romero’s in the middle of a championship fight. I mean, you can’t get more disrespectful and a guy that crosses the line more. So if I was gonna, you know, mess with somebody, Michael Bisping, I think you could bring everything to the table. I don’t think you really have to think too much before you speak with him after everything he said. He’s pretty much, you pretty much go free range on him. So I can’t believe he’s so sensitive when someone says something to him. He can’t take it. It’s crazy.”

If it’s going to be weird if they run into each other behind the scenes or on a UFC Tonight set

“(laughs) I’m sure it will be. I don’t care. I really can’t get mad at anything Bisping says and I can’t take him seriously. I mean, listen, if the guy comes in my face and he’s screaming, we’re probably gonna end up fighting. But I don’t think – if he really wants to do that type of thing, he’s looking for a fight, I mean, if he comes in my face and creates a problem, there’s going to be a problem, but I’m not looking for a problem with the guy. I don’t really care.”

What Weidman thinks about GSP fighting Bisping for the title

“It’s a crazy thing. I feel this whole thing is probably going to hold up the division for a long time if it works out that way. The way it looks like right now and the possibilities of how long it could take before opportunities for the guys to fight for the belt, it looks a little crazy right now. So hopefully things change a little bit and hopefully they will, cause I know Whittaker’s injured pretty long, I know he has a bad knee surgery, so I don’t know when he’s going to be back. And then you got GSP and Bisping. I mean, GSP hasn’t fought in four years and he’s been out for a while, so who knows until when he’d be ready if he was to win to fight again. And then you have Bisping, who also really hasn’t fought too much since he’s had the belt, you know? So I don’t know when even they would fight Whittaker, and then the winner of that, when are you actually gonna fight them, barring injury or not. So it’s a weird weight class right now, so I really don’t know. This whole thing is out of my control, so I just gotta sit back and worry about myself and see what happens.”

If GSP would defend his belt if he beats Bisping

“I don’t know, I guess. I mean, if he’s saying he has to, maybe he will. So we shall see.”

On possibly going to light heavyweight if the middleweight title picture is held up

“Yeah, definitely there has to be a clear picture. Like I said, my goal is to be the champ and there’s no way of me getting to have the belt for two years or more just based on other people taking their time with taking fights. It’s a weird place to be, it’s not interesting. I mean, if 185 doesn’t like, things don’t change, I want to maybe think about possibly going to 205. So we’ll see.”

Why 205 is a potential move for Weidman

“Well, I think it’s a little bit of a thinner division and right now the title picture, I don’t feel like there’s clear contenders, you know? I don’t know how many guys that are up in the top-five that they’re shooting to fight for the title soon. So if there’s a clear picture to a title at 205, then I would consider that. But again, I’m not really putting too much thought into any of this. Obviously I gotta focus on getting my hand better and staying healthy, and that’s it, man. Let’s see, maybe Bisping or maybe GSP gets injured, I don’t know, and then I’ll be ready to go for November and Bisping won’t be able to scatter away from a guy like me. So that would be something that would work out for me nice for me. I’m in New York, I’m ready to go.”

If Weidman’s open to his next fight being at 205

“If there’s a clearer picture to the title, yeah.”

Weidman’s prediction for Mayweather/McGregor

“Yeah, I mean I think I have him (McGregor) winning now. I think he’s gonna win. That’s my last prediction. Third-round knockout.”

“It’s just a gut feeling, just I’m feeling it. I think it’s gonna happen and then they’re going to have a second fight, Mayweather’s gonna win that and then next thing you know they got a Conor verses Floyd trilogy, and everybody’s spent 300 bucks, which means 500 million for each of them.”

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