With the hype of a McGregor vs Mayweather match up in full swing, may it be contested under boxing, mma or some hybrid boxing/mma rules lets not forget the time Muhammad Ali took on Antonio Inoki in a special rules mma fight.
At the time Ali was the WBC/WBA Heavyweight Champion and Inoki was the NWF Heavyweight Champion. The two met at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo on June 26, 1976, needless to say it was a sceptical with many boxing writers and fans claiming it as one of the most embarrassing moments in Ali’s career.
With history having a tendency of repeating itself do you think a matchup between McGregor and Mayweather will eventually come to fruition and if so who’s reputation can tarnished the most with a loss?
Turning back the clock to the pre-fight press conference before UFC 196 we may have reached the summit of trash talk between Nate and Conor.
Juicing, touch butt and bums where topics which where brought up between the two and had these words been put into a different context they could easily indicate something completely different other that two professional mma fighters trying to get one over on the other teams camp.
Diaz claims he trains with top ten boxers, jiu-jitsu and mixed martial artists, but McGregor thinks different labeling them all “juice heads and bums”. Below is a list of the two fighters teammates who are helping them prepare in the build up to UFC 202. Who’s team would win if shit hit the fan?
⦁ John Kavanagh (SBG Dublin Head Coach)
2005 European BJJ champion. Ireland’s first BJJ black belt.
⦁ Ido Portal (Movement Coach)
Self proclaimed master of movement. He also specializes in bodyweight and gymnastics oriented strength and conditioning.
⦁ Owen Roddy (SBG Dublin Striking Coach)
Cage Contender Featherweight Champion. Professional mma career 11-4.
⦁ Patrick Holohan (SBG Tallaght Head Coach)
Retired UFC flyweight fighter. Professional record of 12-2. BJJ brown belt.
⦁ Gunnar Nelson (Mixed Martial Artist)
Current UFC welterweight with a professional record of 15-2-1. BJJ black belt and decorated BJJ practitioner.
⦁ James Gallagher (Mixed Martial Artist)
Current Bellator featherweight fighter. Professional record of 4-0.
⦁ Artem Lobov (Mixed Martial Artist)
Current UFC featherweight with a professional record of 11-12-1-1. TUF finalist.
⦁ Dillion Danis (BJJ Champion)
World and Pan-American No-Gi champion. BJJ black belt under Marcelinho Garcia.
⦁ Paddy Barnes (Boxer)
Commonwealth Games; 2 gold medals, EU Amateur Championship; 2 silver and 1 gold medal, Olympic Games; 2 bronze medals. World Series of Boxing record 5-1.
⦁ Conor Wallace (Boxer)
Six time all Ireland Champion.
⦁ Cian Cowley (Muay Thai Champion/Mixed Martial Artist)
Current Irish Muay Thai super wealtherweight champion. 4 Nations, Golden Belt, ISKA and CMT title holder. Amateur mma record 3-1.