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Sonnen Says Conor Will “Do Everything He Can to Fight Floyd”

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Conor McGregor entered the UFC vowing he was there not to take part, but to take over. He beat arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the sport in 14 seconds. Then he aimed to become the first figure in UFC history to hold two belts at once, and after a trip on the Diaz train with mixed results, he succeeded.

It stands to reason that his next fight might be for something more than whoever the #1 contender or interim champion is in whatever division. He teased an announcement before UFC 205, and after taking Eddie Alvarez’s belt, he said he wants equity in the promotion before he fights again.

Now Chael Sonnen says Conor McGregor next aims to box Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor was #85 on the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes this year, with $22,000,000. Mayweather was #16 with $44,000,000. The year before that, Mayweather was #1 with $300,000,000. A fight between the pair, under any rules, would be extraordinary.

It began on May 6 when a report surfaced in Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun that McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr were about to announce they’d be boxing in Vegas. The next day Mayweather Sr confirmed the pair would be fighting. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan speculated about how and whythe UFC could allow it to take place, which pushed it at least into possible.

Next FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd said it was really happening, and gave the date – September 17. Mayweather said “absolutely” the fight was happening.

Next came reality.

UFC president Dana White said he was open to discussion, but it began with elbows, kicks, AND punches. And on April 1st, McGregor and Mayweather even fought in a bar.

 The discussion died down until July, when McGregor’s team released footage of ‘Notorious’ boxing sparring with former world boxing champion Chris Van Heerden. Van Heerden said Mayweather would outbox McGregor all day, and that set off more weeks of chatter.
However, over and again White noted that Floyd had never called him. And McGregor’s contract with the UFC forbids him from participating in other combat sports without permission, so the fight had to go through White.

Eventually, Mayweather conceded that the fight wasn’t happening. All, bizarrely, without calling Dana White. In the end, he said “you live and you learn.”

Last month McGregor recently took part in a Facebook Live Q&A and continued the conversation.

“Floyd’s afraid of a fight,” said McGregor. “Floyd doesn’t want the fight. Floyd wants a boxing match, and I’ve already said, ‘No problem. Get my f***ing money, and when you get my money, then we can box in this boxing match under this set of specific rules that will keep you alive.’

“So, I’m here. Where’s my money? Because if you keep dropping my name and you haven’t got my money, then I’m going to show up at your front door.”

Everything Chael Sonnen says is interesting, and it’s sometimes incidental if it’s true too. But what Sonnen said on the ESPN UFC 205 post-fight show stands to reason.

“Let me give you the short-term answer because long term, look, the sky is the limit for Conor,” said Sonnen, as transcribed byMichael Stets for MMA Mania. “Nobody knows what he wants to do. He does have a contract with the promotion. Ultimately, he will need Dana White on board for whatever he wants to do as long as he is under contract with the UFC. What Conor is telling people —and we are only as good as the information we are given — what Conor is telling people privately —he hasn’t done it publicly yet — but he is saying, ‘Look, with a win here tonight, should I beat Eddie, I’m going to take some time off and I’m going to do everything I can to get the boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.’

“Allegedly, now again the only person that can sign off on this contractually is Dana White to come in and promote. Allegedly. Rumor. Dana White is a little bit open to the idea to at least hearing what it is he wants to do instead of having a closed door. So leave the speculation at that. I happen to think there’s some legs to it, myself. As far as MMA goes, I think the son-of-a-gun will fight anybody. He’s been saying he will. He was picking fights backstage with Tyron Woodley, with Khabib Nurmagomedov. After what we saw here tonight, he gets to make his own choices.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.