Dana White Expects Conor McGregor to Defend UFC Title Before Year's End

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Critics have dismissed the fight as a mismatch between a generation's best boxer and a champion in five weight classes against a UFC two-weight champion who has never boxed professionally or as an amateur.

Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor and boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather have been exchanging verbal jabs and theatrics for months and months with the threat of an unheralded crossover fight constantly at the forefront of the conversation.

"Conor McGregor is 28-years-old, much bigger than Floyd Mayweather, very active and has knockout power in both hands". "The fight is under the rules of boxing".

McGregor later avenged a loss to Nate Diaz with sharp boxing skills, and he decked then-lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez repeatedly before finishing him in November. I don't worry for Conor's ability. "Maybe. But to do this all at once is very, very hard".

Both fighters are allegedly making at least $100 million dollars each for this fight. Fans betting on McGregor, meanwhile, could see value in the long shot with a payout in the 7-1 range.

A 12-round decision could be hard. "Because he'll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime", White said.

"Of course it's bad for boxing", said Duva.

"People will say, 'He doesn't have to watch for kicks".

The fight that pits two fighters who are the king of their respective sports will take place on August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"Look, I love boxing", he said. If you're Team Conor, it's going to feel endless.

Despite Mayweather's inactivity, Sulaiman says a belt other than their world super-welterweight title strap could be on the line. White said this week. "No".

I don't begrudge either of them their money (and there's going to be truck loads of it), I am of the belief that you get whatever you can get while you can get it when you are an athlete, especially in the world of a fighter.

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Financial terms were not released, though Mayweather got the greater share of revenue when he fought Manny Pacquiao and is expected to have a similar percentage against McGregor. None have managed to knock him down.

McGregor landed the first blow Wednesday, minutes before Mayweather officially announced the fight on Instagram and as anonymously sourced reports that a deal was done circulated on social networks. He is one of the best, if not THE best, play by play combat sports commentator in the whole world right now and he will undoubtedly do a great job calling the epic fight!

White on the UFC's involvement in the fight: "None". He has shown that he can be a champion in two different weight classes, but now he is switching sports - which will be hard. "Boxing is more aerobic". Buyer beware. Buy this if you want, but don't be shocked or complain when it's worse.

This could be the biggest money fight of our generation. It could be a very short fight too, but these guys know what they're getting into.

There are some unknowns that could tip the scales a bit for McGregor.

We'll post running highlights of the most memorable moments each fighter delivers.

Iole weighed in on how he expects the bout to unfold. Such a statement would have sounded truly ridiculous a year ago.

"That's Conor's wild card", Malignaggi said.

"(Conor) wants to fight Floyd Mayweather on August 26, and he wants to defend his (UFC) title this year too.

"We'll have that to cling to", she told the paper. Reflexes slow down. Maybe you're not as mentally sharp.

The full panel for the evening is as follows: Brian Custer will be the host of the event, Mauro Ranallo will be the play-by-play announcer, Al Bernstein, who is one of Showtime's most prominent figures, will be the colour analyst for the evening, and accompanying him will be former boxer Paulie Malignaggi, who will also be a colour analyst.