Well folks, the most highly anticipated, and potentially highest grossing event in combat sports history is finally official.
On August 26th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd Mayweather will put his 49-0 professional boxing record on the line against the UFC's Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor.
This fight has been a far-fetched thought for over a year now, and yet now, it is finally real. The fight will take place at the junior middleweight weight limit of 154 pounds, using 10 ounce gloves.
This fight has the potential to make upwards of $500 million, with each fighter standing to make over $100 million each.
Many fight fans are going to bitch and moan about this fight, for reasons like it's a waste of time, or Conor McGregor needs to be fighting in the UFC, but to that, I say get off your high horse and take a seat. Conor McGregor stands to make more money in one night than he could potentially make in his entire UFC career, and he has earned more money than anyone in the UFC ever has and probably ever will.
Will this fight be a disappointment? Most likely. Will we all watch? Absolutely.
My thought process is this - I would do anything to see that domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather be knocked unconscious by Conor McGregor, and I think that there is a 25% chance that happens. I give McGregor the first 3-4 rounds to finish Mayweather, based off of his sheer power and speed, and that incredible left-hand. However, if it gets past those first 4 rounds and McGregor is unable to feel out Mayweather's incredible defense, then we will see a patented Floyd Mayweather unanimous decision victory.
Personally, as long as McGregor doesn't get KO'ed, it's a win for him, and for you UFC fans, he will be back this year, hopefully twice, so take a deep breath a chill out.
If you're one of those fight fans who tunes in just to see knockouts and big punches thrown, then Saturday night's fight between Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt is what you're looking for.
These two Heavyweight brawlers are squaring off on FS1, with the main card starting at 10pm, and this fight will be absolute madness.
Both Lewis and Hunt are knockout specialists, who rarely ever choose to take a fight to the ground, and both pack the power to end a fight in just one hit.
Lewis is riding a 6-fight win streak, and with a win Mark Hunt, he may very well be looking at a title shot in the near future. Hunt on the other hand is looking for a bounce back win, going two fights in a row without a win. The first a loss to Brock Lesnar that was overturned and ruled a No Contest (NC), and the second, a third-round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem.
If you don't follow Derrick Lewis and his antics, you might want to start, because the guys is truly pure comedy, and never fails to make an inappropriate joke or two. He's a big fan of "Ronda Rousey's fine ass".
But in all seriousness, Saturday night is going to be an amazing fight, and there is absolutely going to be only one man left standing, and my prediction is Derrick Lewis via 3rd-round TKO.
One year ago today, June 6th, 2016, Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson tragically passed away from heart failure. He was 42 years old.
Kimbo had been diagnosed with heart failure, and doctors began to prepare to send him to a different medical center where he would be placed on a donor list, but sadly, he passed away before any of that was possible.
Kimbo Slice first rose to fame around the same time Youtube took off as one of the biggest things on the internet, and truthfully, I think Slice deserves some of the credit for it. In 2003 he began his street fighting career, challenging anyone and everyone who thought they were tough enough to stand and trade blows with him to do so, knocking out all types of individuals.
In 2005, Slice began to train martial arts, and by June of 2007 he had earned himself a fight against former Olympic gold-medalist boxer Ray Mercer, defeating him via guillotine choke in the first round. Then, in November of that same year, he made his pro-MMA debut, and defeated Bo Cantrell in just 19 seconds.
Kimbo would go on to fight professionally for 10 years, box in MMA and boxing, only losing twice (both in MMA). However, it wasn't Slice's incredible accomplishments in the ring that made him so special, it was the way he was as a human being that is so well recognized. Slice's demeanor and attitude made him come off as a brawler looking to bully and cause havoc anywhere he went, but in reality that couldn't be further from the truth.
Now, just a year later, Kimbo Slice's son, Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr., one of Kimbo's six children, is carrying on his fathers legacy, as he earned his first career pro-MMA victory just last month under Bellator, and looks to have a promising career ahead.
I will leave you guys with some of Kimbo's best moments outside of the ring, and hope you fall down the rabbit-hole that was Kimbo Slice, the backyard brawler turned MMA star.
Last night, Max Holloway made good on his promise, and finished Jose Aldo via 3rd-Round TKO in Brazil. I certainly would have picked Holloway to win this fight, but even when I did, I still feared everything that made Jose Aldo a champion, and the only champion, for 10 years in the Featherweight Division. However, Holloway was able to weather the storm that Aldo came at him with, and as a sold-out Brazilian crowd fell silent, he finished the All-Time great.
Max Holloway proved last night that he is absolutely the real deal, winning his 11th straight fight, not having lost since an August 2013 unanimous decision loss to Conor McGregor. A win over Aldo is as good as it gets, the biggest name in the Featherweight division's history, and now he has set his sights on Frankie Edgar. Edgar vs. Holloway will be an awesome fight, two warriors, and Edgar being a former champion and a common fixture in the top of the Lightweight and Featherweight divisions.
Last night may have been the end of Jose Aldo as we know it, because he now seems to have gone completely off the rails since his loss to Conor McGregor, and it looks like he may be in the most difficult spot of his career. The Featherweight division is going to move on from him, and he will have to work his way back up, and earn another title shot, and although I know he would love to jump up to 155 and fight Conor McGregor, that is a far fetched dream. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Jose Aldo, and see how things play out for the champ.