Mayweather & McGregor was rumored to be agreed on with modified MMA rules
With all the chaos and media attention from last week’s insane bus attack, it was reported by many news outlets that discussions were taking place for Conor McGregor to fight Floyd Mayweather for the second time but under a bizarre modified rule set.
According to Omar Al Raisi, editor-in-chief of the Sports Journal, Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor 2 rematch would take place in the UFC’s Octagon but no takedowns no kicks, no elbows and no knees would be allowed.
This sounds more like a boxing match than an actual MMA fight.
The report also claimed that the fighters would wear standard MMA 4 ounce gloves and that clinch-fighting would be permitted.
“Floyd Mayweather will fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. With 4 ounce gloves, no shoes, 5-five minute rounds in 155 division.
No kicks, no take downs, no elbows, no knees. Certain things will be allowed like the clinch.”
No kicks, no take downs, no elbows, no knees. Certain things will be allowed like the clinch. pic.twitter.com/Gmv5koAG00
— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 8, 2018
But when you consider the decades of work that the UFC had put to legitimize the MMA and turn the sport from an underground freak show into a sustainable, mainstream phenomenon, the idea that they’d jeopardize all of their hard-earned credibility by allowing such a haphazard set of rules was a ridiculous thought to entertain.
The journalist who broke this new also has since slightly rowed back on his claims, suggesting that he was simply reporting on the negotiations.
“Let me clarify. Nothing is approved or signed. The modified rules MMA fight is something that has been discussed.
No one has an interest for another boxing bout & we all know Floyd won’t jump into a full MMA fight.
Modified rules generates interest and Conor has better chances”
Let me clarify. Nothing is approved or signed. The modified rules MMA fight is something that has been discussed.
No one has an interest for another boxing bout & we all know Floyd won't jump into a full MMA fight.
Modified rules generates interest and Conor has better chances pic.twitter.com/Mm0OzfPTbY
— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 10, 2018
But ‘the man’ in any potential fight talks between McGregor and Mayweather is UFC’s Boss Dana White and while he’s been known to bend the truth at stages of his career, he’s insisted that there’s nothing to the report that the idea was being entertained to put together a compromised rule set in order to get the lucrative rematch signed.
And he did so in typical Dana White fashion:
“None of that is even close to true. Dumbest shit i have ever heard.”