UFC

  • The dust has now settled on two of the most high-profile fights in recent memory. Floyd Mayweather jr. is once again retired after providing a rude welcome to the sport of boxing for Conor McGregor, while Gennady Golovkin has been left scratching his head in response to a dubious draw opposite Saul Alvarez.
  • Three weeks after Floyd Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is set to host the bout that boxing aficionados really wanted. Gennady Golovkin will fight Canelo Alvarez on Saturday with worldwide middleweight dominance on the line, pitting two of this generation’s most exciting boxers against one another. It’s a fight Golovkin has been waiting for his entire career, and it’s Alvarez’s best chance to outshine the one blemish on his stellar fight record.
  • The Jon Jones comeback narrative has come crashing down under all-too-familiar circumstances.
  • A last-minute decision to change to smaller boxing gloves would normally be the biggest story in the lead-up to a fight, but for Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor it feels like a footnote. Mayweather and McGregor have fueled the hype machine for their bout on Saturday with endless twist and turns and headline-grabbing moments, to the point where the actual fight almost seems secondary.
  • The UFC has struggled to emerge from the shadow of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, who both found a level of fame that transcended mixed martial arts through their presence and personality inside and outside of the octagon. All attempts to find a new superstar have fallen flat, but the answer could be someone who was there before McGregor and Rousey were household names: Jon “Bones” Jones.
  • Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have turned the promotional efforts for their upcoming fight into the world’s mouthiest roadshow. The back-and-forth insults and antics have only increased with each stop as they visit four cities in four days to jaw in front of large audiences of screaming fans, with the finale set for Friday in London.
  • Amanda Nunes emerged as the new face of women’s mixed martial arts by overwhelming former UFC champions Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate with powerful, precise punches, but she wasn’t able to do the same with Valentina Shevchenko when the two met at UFC 196. Nunes won that fight by unanimous decision, but the rematch, which headlines UFC 213 on Saturday, offers both fighters a chance to finish the fight in a more definitive manner.
  • A fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor could either be a watershed moment in combat sports, or a cynical cash-grab masquerading as a boxing match, but one thing is certain: it’s happening. Mayweather and McGregor both confirmed they have signed a contract putting them on course to meet in the ring at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th for a 12-round fight that promises to be the height of spectacle (if nothing else).
  • Madison Square Garden will host a highly touted boxing match this weekend, even if it’s not the fight everyone is talking about. Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs are meeting to unify the middleweight titles boasting a combined record of 68-1, but the growing buzz surrounding a potential fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is distracting from Saturday’s bout.
  • The welterweight title fight between Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley in November was widely considered one of 2016’s top UFC bouts: a back-and-forth affair that ended in a majority draw and the promise of a rematch. That promise will be fulfilled Saturday at UFC 209, when Woodley once again tries to defend his belt against “Wonderboy” Thompson.
  • If Anderson Silva has anything left to prove, it’s that he’s still capable of winning in the UFC now that he’s north of 40 years old. Silva holds records for longest fight win streak (16) and most title defenses (10), but his last UFC victory happened more than four years ago, which is why he enters UFC 208 on Saturday as a slight underdog against Derek Brunson.
  • When Anderson Silva returned to the UFC and defeated Nick Diaz, Canadian UFC fans were hopeful that Montreal’s MMA hero Georges St. Pierre might be next.  The former welterweight champion vacated his title and left the UFC in December 2013, but never officially retired from the elite MMA league.