The new age Ali vs Inoki in the making?
The fight between Connor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been touted as history making. Although this is not the first time the crowd has seen a mixed martial arts fighter take on a professional from any other combat sports, there has certainly not been a fight of this level. Some might also say this bout is a precedent of the bizarre Ali vs Inoki fight in 1976. In what was being called as ‘the fight of the century’ between boxing legend Mohammed Ali and legendary Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki. In today’s day and age, there has been a huge change in the viewership, economy and the fan base. This could easily be the biggest money making match one could ever witness. Everything is just about right for this fight, the face of MMA, McGregor, who has taken the sports to new heights of popularity and one of the best boxers of all time without a single loss. This is a match where both the fighters can easily make over $100 million.
Cody Garbrandt clears on his controversial comments
Cody Garbrandt found himself amidst controversy when he called fellow rival Aljamain Sterling ‘boy’ in a twitter exchange. Garbrandt later rectified his words, saying that he had no idea that the word was politically incorrect. The two fighters have some real issues off screen also. It all started last year when Garbrandt called Sterling overrated and he lost his cool. The two of them have carried on a serious grudge ever since. Neither of them has a liking for each other nor have they made any effort in hiding their feelings. The bantamweight fighter also reportedly said the next time he saw Sterling he better have his guard up. Garbrandt has a line of matches on his card against Sterling, Jimmie Rivera, Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson.
Boxing Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on his MMA challenge
Anthony Joshua, the current WBF and IBF heavyweight champion are one of the best boxers of this generation. With 19 wins and all of them being knockouts, Joshua is a heavy force to deal with. But this boxer is not only making headlines in the boxing world but in the martial arts world as well. UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, has reportedly called out the boxer for a fight in the boxing ring. Although the thought of fighting intrigues Joshua, he thinks that he might not win in that match. With all the hype surrounding the McGregor and Mayweather fight, it’s no surprise that other MMA fighters are issuing such challenges to various competitors of other sports. Recently, another UFC fighter, Jon Jones issued a challenge to WWE wrestler, Brock Lesnar.