UFC stars excited about McGregor vs Mayweather fight

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UFC stars excited about McGregor vs Mayweather fight

Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday, June 14, 2017, he will come out of retirement to face UFC star Conor McGregor in a boxing match on August 26.

The Straight Blast Gym head-coach tweeted "10 weeks #McGregorVsMayweather" alongside an image of himself and The Notorious One. "Shut up. Step up and fight like Conor McGregor fights". After losing to Nate Diaz, which seemingly made him a bigger star, McGregor would go on to defeat Diaz in the rematch, before becoming the first simultaneous two-division world champion in UFC history at UFC 205 back in November.

McGregor, the UFC's reigning lightweight champion and former featherweight champion, is known as much for his bravado as for his explosive knockout power inside an MMA octagon. According to USA Today, the fight contract expressly forbids McGregor from kicking, or using his elbows, against Mayweather. Mayweather is coming out of retirement for his 50th professional fight against McGregor who has never professionally boxed before.

McGregor, who has seen a meteoric rise in the UFC just in the span of a few years, has wanted the fight for long. McGregor is being given a money line of +550 to win this contest. "If it happens both guys will make a lot of money, but Mayweather wins". I don't think it damages the brand or Conor McGregor at all, I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor. And while the fight itself may not ultimately live up to its billing, you can expect ticket and Showtime pay-per-view prices to approach record highs. The purse for the fight is not being disclosed, but it is rumored that both fighters will receive a considerable boost to their net worth. "It's definitely the biggest fight ever in combat sports history, and probably going to be the biggest payday ever", UFC president Dana White said.

Floyd, who bowed out of the sport in 2015 after his 49th consecutive win, shared a poster advertising the big bout in Las Vegas on Instagram, and simply captioned it, "IT'S OFFICIAL!"

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