Conor McGregor runs out of steam in 10th vs Mayweather

The battle between MMA darling Conor McGregor and 40-year-old boxing icon Floyd Mayweather ended as many expected, with Conor succumbing to the grueling demands of boxing which requires much more stamina than standard MMA fights.

Still, Conor started out strong, and gave hope to the many bettors who bet the underdog. This probably made many in Vegas sportsbooks nervous as a McGregor win would have been a disaster, but reality set in the Floyd started to engage more with every round.

As good as Conor looked early, Floyd looked a little older and slower than expected. But as the fight wore on, it became clear that Mayweather spent the early rounds sizing up Conor, and then settled on a strategy to take the fight to the MMA guy with relentless pressure. The punches added up and sped up Conor’s journey to exhaustion, which left him fighting with little left other than his heart by the 10th round.

Is anyone surprised? They shouldn’t be. McGregor is lethal as an MMA fighter, but when you restrict him to boxing rules with a boxing champion, he really has no chance, even with Floyd slowing down a bit. Put Conor in the ring with a 29-year-old title contender, and he gets his clocked cleaned.

Likewise, most boxers would likely get slaughtered in an MMA octagon. They’re different sports.

Still, both men put on a decent show last night, and made a killing in the process . . .

  

Diaz lined up for boxing match unless offered GSP

nullNick Diaz seems adamant about one thing. He wants to get paid.

The Strikeforce Welterweight Champion is seeking either a high-paying super fight with UFC champion, Georges St. Pierre, or he is going to enter the boxing ring in hopes of earning a big payday.

The good folks at MMAJunkie.com put together a story featuring boxing promoter, Don Chagrin, who has a deal in place to have Diaz face IBF super-middleweight champion, Jeff Lacy in the boxing ring.

Today’s announcement that Diaz and Lacy will box this fall was met by a caveat from Diaz manager Cesar Gracie, who said the fight could be shelved if the UFC offered the Strikeforce welterweight champ a fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

“I don’t want to get into a thing,” Chagrin today told MMAjunkie.com “I’ve got a contract. If the UFC fight comes up, then we can talk.

“But they were the ones that wanted me to go ahead, and I’ve gone and acted in good faith. I’m thinking that they will.”

Gracie said today that he’s waiting to hear from the UFC on the potential Diaz vs. St-Pierre superfight. UFC president Dana White said this past week that he would meet with the Strikeforce champion in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., to discuss the fighter’s future.

“Barring something like (UFC president) Dana White telling us, ‘Hey, we really need you to fight GSP at such-and-such a date and it conflicts with [boxing] – barring that, we’re going to fight Lacy,” said Gracie.

This boxing match would be very risky for Diaz as a loss could not only hurt his future there, but it would certainly hurt his chances to fight St. Pierre.

The choice isn’t to the same extreme as James Toney stepping into the octagon, but Diaz is entering another world. His ability to strike with MMA opponents won’t be the same as fighting a man with the boxing skills that Lacy has.