Why Jack McGann is Switching from MMA to Boxing

TheMacLife‘s Andrew McGann speaks to Jack McGann to get his take on why a switch from MMA to boxing makes sense for his career.

Jack “The Pilgrim” McGann is a lightweight MMA fighter that hails from the UK.  He’s had a fair professional MMA career with 11 wins and 5 losses.  Though a closer look at his record shows his last two bouts, both at Fight Nights Global (FNG), resulted in two consecutive losses.  That’s a slight trend to more frequent losses from an initially uninterrupted series of seven wins after his pro MMA debut in 2012.  You might think that  would signal a need for change, but in his own words McGann had this to say when asked about his likely transition to from the cage.

“I’m a fighter at heart,” McGann said. “Maybe I was meant to be a boxer and I’ve just had sixteen MMA fights and I should have been in the ring the whole time. I can’t tell, but MMA is what I’ve done since I was a kid. I’m not saying I’m done with it, but right now it’s boxing.”

For now, McGann remains confident his move will be a good one with an anticipated March ’18 debut in the ring.

“I’m going to be going in three quarters of the way up,” McGann said. “I would have like to have started on an eight rounder, but they won’t let me. I’m going to start on six and then I’m going to be fighting decent opponents and I’m going to move fast. Hopefully I make my debut in March.”

Keep your eyes peeled for this MMA turned Boxing professional as it’s anyone’s guess how he’ll fair.

Update on Possible Big Show Retirement

(Triple H and Big Show stare down, photo via wwe.com)

Big Show was recently interviewed by Brian Fritz and discussed his future in the ring:

“I wouldn’t say I’ve had my last match. I get asked all the time is there another title run, another tag team title run or championship title run. You never say never in this business because anything is possible and anything can happen on Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live. I personally don’t see any of that in the future but I’ve been around long enough to never say never. Anything can and will happen so we’ll see. I think my job, so to speak, whatever you want to call it, that last match I had with Braun Strowman, I kind of passed the torch to Braun Strowman. He’s the next big monster. He’s the next giant, if you will. He’s got such athletic ability, such presence, and he’s on fire right now with what they’re doing with him, the way they’re booking him and how he’s competing in the ring. I was very proud to hand the monster title that I held for so many years off to him. I think he’s going to take it above and beyond anywhere I’ve taken it. When you leave the business and you step back, you want to leave your responsibility in capable hands and I think I’ve left my responsibility in very capable hands with Braun.”

Big Show also talked about possibly doing a match outside of WWE:

“I think it would have to be a very special thing with a significant number of zeros at the end of the check for me to do something like that. It would probably cost a lot more than anybody would be willing to pay to get me to wrestle anywhere else other than WWE. Again, you never say never. If the right opportunity comes along but I’m definitely a WWE guy, always will be a WWE guy. I’m a Vince guy. I’ve been through too much with him over the years to ever really think about going anywhere else. Don’t get me wrong. If something comes along with enough money, I’ll be out there in a pink tutu-waving hello. I don’t care. Whatever it takes but I’m really happy with everything I’ve done in my career. I don’t feel the need that I have to prove anything. I’m very happy and very thankful and very blessed from all the guys I’ve worked with from Hulk Hogan to Randy Savage to Ric Flair to Arn Anderson, all the way up through Rock, Stone Cold, John Cena, ‘Taker. Everybody that’s ever been anybody in the past 30, 40 years, I’ve had a chance to work with them all. I’m very blessed and thankful. Sometimes you have to know when you’ve done a good thing and be appreciative.”

Mysterio to Make WWE Return?

Rey-Mysterio
(Rey Mysterio)

Former three-time WWE World Champion Rey Mysterio recently spoke to ESPN and talked about the circumstances regarding his departure from WWE back in early 2015. He also revealed that he would be interested in returning to WWE, even if it’s for a relatively short run.

His current wrestling status:

“I’m not locked up to any company. I’m an independent contractor, as we say,” Mysterio said in an interview with ESPN.com. “I could go work wherever I want. That’s the beautiful thing about being on this side of the fence. You don’t have a commitment with only one company. You can go around and pretty much wrestle wherever you want. You can choose when you want your off-days to be. That was one of my main priorities when I left WWE.”

Why he left WWE in 2015:

“I told myself, once I started feeling aching and I was having hard times getting up from my bed in the morning when I woke up, it was gonna start getting close to that time [to quit]. I was feeling that right towards my end of the last year or so of WWE,” Mysterio said. “It came to the point where I was feeling like that constantly. I didn’t want to fall into another phase of taking either medication to ease my pain. I wanted to use the rest way to heal my body up. Believe it or not, the last two years, I don’t think I’ve felt better.”

Being open to returning to WWE:

“This is the way I was thinking at the time, and I still think that to this day. When I left WWE, from my understanding and from the time that we sat down … that I decided not to re-sign another contract with WWE was for me to get some off time,” Mysterio said. “I never meant or insinuated in any way or form that I was gonna leave for good. I think that should say a lot. I wasn’t announcing that was the end of Rey Mysterio’s career.

“I would definitely love to go back and finish up. Whether it’s one year or whatever the case might be. Whether it’s a farewell. I owe a lot to that company. That company gave me such an amazing opportunity, and I took advantage of every single moment I was with WWE to the fullest. I wouldn’t want to just be remembered as ‘Oh, man, he never re-signed and he never came back.’ I would definitely love to come back and do a last run and say goodbye to my WWE fans. Tell them goodbye in a proper way.”

“I don’t think I can go back [to a full-time schedule]. There’s just no way,” Mysterio said. “I can’t go back to that schedule. It would be common sense for them as well. That was my main motive for stepping away. I wanted to be able to have some free time. I’m still working really hard right now on the independent scene, but I control my schedule. I might get booked three days — Friday, Saturday, Sunday, come home Monday, and the following weekend I don’t have to work. That right there gives me a peaceful state of mind like you have no idea.”

Was Daniel Bryan Cleared to Wrestle by WWE?

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(Daniel Bryan, 2015 Royal Rumble Contestant)

WWE SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan spoke with radio personality and pro wrestling enthusiast Peter Rosenberg recently, and was still expressing frustration over not being able to compete in-ring despite being medically cleared by many doctors

According to Bryan, he is still not cleared to wrestle by WWE, supposedly on account of WWE’s position that Bryan has had too many concussions.

“Oh, so I’ve had too many concussions [according to WWE]. They have outright said, ‘no, you’re wrestling again.’ Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re still at the ‘no you’re not wrestling again’ part of that conversation. But I have presented them with my case, which is a lot of testing and that kind of stuff that shows, ‘hey, I’m fine.’ And so, it’s interesting.”

He has reportedly been medically cleared by the best specialists at UCLA who WWE sent him to see, however, WWE is still not medically clearing him.

“I’ve worked with some of the best people in the country. I’ve been cleared by specialists at UCLA that I did not choose, right? WWE sent them to me because they’re the best. A whole team of people who work with concussions on a daily basis and they said to me, ‘you are fine to wrestle.’ And we’re also at this stage where all my brain EEGs, my MRIs, my neuropsychological tests [have been positive].”

Floyd Mayweather to Sign With UFC?

(Photo: Steve Marcus/Reuters)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. could bring his unique talents to the world of mixed martial arts.

Per ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White said the MMApromotion is talking to Mayweather about a deal:

“We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real? Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media and then that s–t ends up happening.

“We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f–king happened. Anything is possible.”

White and Mayweather got to know each other well when they were negotiating a deal that allowed McGregor to step into a boxing ring against the undefeated superstar.

During a Dec. 12 live stream on Instagram, via Fight Hype, Mayweather said UFC had offered him a “three- or four-fight deal in the Octagon [to] make a billion dollars.”

Following his win over McGregor on Aug. 26, Mayweather said his boxing career was over.

“You won’t see me in the ring no more,” Mayweather said, via Fernanda Prates and John Morgan of MMAjunkie. “Any guy that’s calling me out? Forget it. I’m OK. I had a great career. I had a tremendous career.”

Mayweather is 40 years old and has never competed in mixed martial arts. He is always in search of ways to make money. His boxing match with McGregor earned the second-biggest pay-per-view numbers ever with 4.3 million buys, behind only his 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao (4.6 million).

Bringing Mayweather to the UFC and setting up a potential rematch with McGregor in the MMA world could lead to another massive buyrate that would be financially beneficial to everyone involved.

Former Champion to Comeback Before WrestleMania?

Triple-H
(Triple H, WWE COO)

Drew McIntyre has revealed on Twitter that he will be taking time off to rehab his biceps injury. The injury occurred during the NXT Championship match against Andrade “Cien” Alamas

Unfortunately I did suffer an injury during my title defense at TakeOver. I’ve dealt with setbacks before. The reality is, I always come back better…There’s a scary thought for whomever is NXT champion come 2018…

He will most likely be out of action for 4-6 months. McIntyre was due to return to the main roster in the next few weeks, that now, of course, won’t happen until around WrestleMania

Angle Comments on Future Feud with Triple H

On if Angle had flashbacks from his feud with Triple H and 2000 when he looked him in the eye on Raw: “Yes. It felt like 2000 all over again. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead!”

Kurt Angle on the rumors of him having a leg injury: “Leg is ok. I tore a muscle in it doing wind sprints 2 days before PPV. It’s okay though. I feel good and should be 100% in a week.”

His thoughts on AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series: “Their match was incredible. It displayed both of their strengths. If you stay on Brock, he will sell for you. AJ did that, and Brock sold his ass off. Match was MONEY!”

Angle on one Superstar he never got the chance to face but would love to have a match with: “Bret Hart. Never had the chance and I’d love one match with him.”

Kurt Angle on how he got so good on the mic without much practice: “I didn’t have much work on the mic, if any. Sometimes you get thrown into the water without being ready. You have two options. Sink or swim. I swam:)”

Batista to Return to WWE Full Time?

Former six-time WWE World Champion Dave Batista recently appeared on Jim Ross’s Ross Report podcast and revealed that he would like to have one more run in WWE under the right circumstances:

“Yes, I would love to go back. But, the reason why I haven’t gone back is because I don’t want to do a one-off. I want to go [back] and I want to wrestle, man. I want to do some house shows and I want to be a part of the program and I love it. You know, the one-off thing, the cheap pop thing, man it doesn’t do anything for me. So know it’s a matter of scheduling, and if I could go back and, you know, if I happen to get injured, is it gonna affect something else?”

The Miz Wants to Wrestle Daniel Bryan Again

The Miz
(Photo via bleacherreport.com)

WWE Monday Night Raw Superstar and former Intercontinental Champion The Miz recently spoke to Sports Illustrated about wanting to face current SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan in the ring again:

“I would love to beat him up. I would love to beat him up in a WWE ring; all day; every day. I know he’s working tremendously hard to get back in the WWE ring…I would love to have a match with Daniel Bryan; he’s one of the best in-ring technicians that WWE has ever seen, and I would like to showcase how much better I am than him.”

Batista Talks WrestleMania Annoyances

Not being ready for his WWE push:

“There [were] a few people that believed in me and there [were] a few people that just didn’t know what the hell to make of me. And sometimes, I didn’t know what the hell to make of myself. I tell people I got into [pro] wrestling for all the wrong reasons. I was desperate, man. I was going on 30 [years old] and I didn’t have a dime to my name and I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I was somewhat of an athlete and I had somewhat of a look. I had some athletic capability, so I gave it a shot. And then, once I did, I just fell in love with it. I was obsessed with it, but often times, I found myself lost. I didn’t know what to do with myself, who to be. It was a big puzzle I was trying to figure out.

“Even when I moved up in WWE, I wasn’t ready. It took me a long time to figure out things. I just kind of… I just kept putting my best foot forward and kind of tried to show people I was working hard and that I really wanted it, but I was still trying to figure out that puzzle of being very much an introvert and it wasn’t easy. A lot of times, people took me the wrong way, so, no, it definitely wasn’t easy and I have to be the first to say I wasn’t ready.”

Coming into his own around his WrestleMania 23 match with The Undertaker:

“It was weird because by the time I came in for my first run with Take, going into WrestleMania 23, I believe it was, I was really starting to come into my own. And I think that match we had at WrestleMania was when I actually felt like I had really come into my own and I could really carry my own weight. I didn’t feel like people were carrying me through matches anymore or building me. It was actually that time that I could start to build other guys. That was that time when I felt like the company’s investment in me had paid off, that I was really going to start making some money for them, serious money for them.”

Being upset with WWE that his match with The Undertaker didn’t close WrestleMania:

“I was really upset that we weren’t the main event. I just felt like we should have been. We deserved to be. We set some milestones with that and I know with the exchange of title and everything, it was just more significant of a match. And I also just felt like Take deserved that to be the main event and should’ve gone on last. So I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It was [John] Cena/ Shawn [Michaels], I believe. And I just didn’t.. I felt like we got robbed of that top spot and we should’ve had it. And I felt like our match speaks for itself. I think we had the match of the night. And I just felt like Taker should have been the last thing that people saw that night, so I had a chip on my shoulder and I was a little bent out of shape that we didn’t.

“It was just a special night. It was the first time [Undertaker] held that particular title. And I still feel like we should’ve [closed the show]. Again, I say our match speaks for itself. I believe personally that we stole the show that night. I’ll just kind of leave it at that.”

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