Anderson Silva Wants Conor McGregor Fight

anderson-silva-conor-mcgregorAnderson Silva hasn’t fared too well in his recent UFC matches. However, the once dominant middleweight is still one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. And he recently urged UFC President Dana White to set up a high-profile match between him and Conor McGregor.

This would be a catchweight bout, given that Silva normally fights as a middleweight and McGregor fights as a lightweight. McGregor is coming off a loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, where he was trying to reclaim his lightweight belt that was stripped for inactivity.

This fight was marred by a post-fight brawl, which happened due to bad blood that’d been brewing for quite some time between the two camps. McGregor is interested in a rematch with Khabib, but he might not get one immediately.

Can Silva Still Beat the Best?

Silva is undoubtedly one of the best pound for pound fighters in UFC history. At one point, he was consistently at the top of these rankings while holding the middleweight title for seven years from 2006 to 2013.

anderson-silva-mcgregorBut as mentioned before, “The Spider” has fallen off his game in recent years. The 43-year-old is no longer considered an elite title contender. Nevertheless, he hasn’t lost the same confidence he had in his prime.

“I’m just waiting. I accept the challenge of Conor,” he told TMZ. “I think Dana needs to think about this.

“It’s two big guys in this sport, two big names. Two big legends and why not? It’s not about money, Conor. It’s about a martial arts challenge.”

What Would Be the Catchweight?

Silva proposes that 180 pounds would be a good compromise between himself and McGregor. This might work for the latter, who usually comes into his lightweight fights quite a bit heavier than 155 pounds after weigh-ins.

“I think 180 [pounds] for me is good. I think for Conor, too. Because that’s a superfight. It’s not about weight class,” Silva explained.

“I don’t believe Conor would win [against Khabib]. Definitely not. In a rematch, I don’t believe that. I believe Conor needs to fight with me. That’s a good fight.”

Will This Fight Happen?

conor-mcgregor-training-mayweatherDuring the build-up to his bout against Khabib, McGregor said that Silva was a “legend in the game.” This shows that he obviously has great respect for the former middleweight champion.

But can mere respect lead to a fight between the two?

Silva would need to pull off a huge win or two before coming into this conversation. He’s no longer the same draw that he was several years ago and is considered on the downside of his career. However, the Spider is also a very skilled fighter who’s still capable of a big win.

The key issue, though, might come down to money. McGregor has made $100 million and $50 million in his last two fights against Floyd Mayweather (boxing) and Khabib, respectively.

He’s not going to fight somebody just because he thinks they’re a legend. And a Silva-McGregor matchup doesn’t seem like it’d generate the same type of pay-per-views as the Mayweather or Nurmagomedov matches.

Another issue is that a McGregor win over Silva wouldn’t further his career. He likely needs a victory over a high-profile opponent to face Khabib again, assuming he doesn’t get a rematch right away.

Regardless, a fight between Silva and McGregor would be entertaining. It just doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Wants to Fight Floyd Mayweather

khabib-mayweather-1Khabib Nurmagomedov is still riding high on his UFC 229 victory over Conor McGregor. However, he already appears focused on the future and recently called out undefeated and recently unretired boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Nurmagomedov did this while standing ringside with Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. With his arm around Ellerbe, Khabib challenged Mayweather to a fight.

“Hey, let’s go, Floyd. We have to fight now. 50-0 vs. 27-0. Two guys never lose. Let’s go. Why not?

“Because in the jungle, only one king. Only one king. Of course, I am the king because he cannot drop McGregor but I drop him easily. Let’s go!”

Khabib says it all, because both athletes are undefeated in their respective sports. This alone would make a fight between the two a historic occasion.

Is there Any Possibility of Nurmagomedov vs. Mayweather?

bernard-hopkins-floyd-mayweatherIt’s theoretically possible that Khabib and Mayweather could meet in the future at some point. However, there are some big hurdles to overcome before this happens.

Namely, Khabib is suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission after his post-match brawl with McGregor’s team at UFC 229. The UFC is also holding his $2 million purse, which caused Nurmagomedov to threaten to break his contract with the world’s biggest mixed martial arts promotion.

It’s unclear whether Khabib would actually leave the organization that’s helped make him a star. However, he might do so when considering the type of money he can earn from boxing against Mayweather.

What would Sell a Khabib vs. Mayweather Fight?

Khabib makes a very interesting opponent for Mayweather for a few reasons. First off, Nurmagomedov would become the second MMA fighter besides McGregor to cross over into boxing in order to face “Money.”

Secondly, Khabib is the first fighter to ever knock down McGregor with a punch in competition. Even Mayweather – who has far more boxing experience than Nurmagomedov – failed to put Mcgregor on the canvas.

Building fights is all about hype. And the fact that Khabib was able to knock down McGregor with a stiff right hand while Mayweather couldn’t would make for some interesting pre-fight theatrics.

Finally, the simple fact that Money is interested in this matchup sells the deal. Mayweather said that he would be willing to face Khabib for the right price.

Ramifications of a Bout between Money and Khabib

khabib-mayweatherThe boxing match between Mayweather and McGregor is the second biggest pay-per-view event of all time. It’s doubtful that Nurmagomedov and Mayweather would match this.

After all, Khabib hasn’t generated quite the same publicity throughout his career as McGregor. But it would definitely be another giant fighting event.

However, it’s worth keeping in mind that Mayweather came out of retirement in order to face Manny Pacquiao at some point in 2019. Therefore, he needs to dispatch Pacquiao – something he did in 2015 – in order to keep the bout with Khabib attractive.

It’s definitely conceivable that he can once again beat Pacquiao and keep his perfect 50-0 record untarnished. That would set up another big payday with Khabib if everything falls into place.

$1 Million Bets Made on Floyd Mayweather to Beat McGregor

mayweather-mcgregor-fightHow good are Floyd Mayweather’s chances of beating Conor McGregor in tonight’s fight? Good enough that multiple $1 million bets are now rolling in on Mayweather leading up to the mega match.

According to ESPN’s Dave Purdum, Vegas sportsbooks reported “multiple $1 million bets” this week.

The MGM took a $1 million wager on “Money” Mayweather at -550 odds from a VIP bettor. Jay Rood, MGM vice president of race and sports, said that the money was wired to the casino cage. The wager would earn the anonymous VIP bettor a $182,000 profit if they’re successful.

William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook also reported receiving a $1.2 million bet on Mayweather at -500 odds. This customer paid cash and stands to win $240,000 in profits.

Million Dollar Bets are Pushing Mayweather’s Odds Back Up

mgm-sportsbookA flurry of betting activity on Conor McGregor briefly pulled Mayweather’s odds under -500 across the sports betting world.

We here at GTBets experienced the same thing because our early week odds were -455 on Mayweather and +335 on McGregor. Here’s how the odds sit going into the fight:

McGregor, Conor +400
Mayweather, Floyd -550

As you can see, we’ve added almost -100 to Money’s odds in the last few days. And some Vegas sportsbooks have put him at -600 lately.

Other Big Bets Reported on Mayweather

mayweather-mcgregor-million-dollar-bets“The price is skyrocketing right now,” Rood told ESPN regarding the dramatic line shifts with Mayweather.

The two $1 million bets are the largest known wagers on the fight to this point. They highlight a sudden surge in betting activity surrounding Mayweather. Aside from the $1 million bets that William Hill and MGM took, they each accepted $300,000 wagers on Money.

The South Point sportsbook reported taking two bets worth “approximately” $200,000 on Mayweather within just 15 minutes of each other.

These came just after somebody wagered $50,000 on McGregor at +450 odds. This would earn the winner a $225,000 profit if McGregor can win.

McGregor still Leading the Action

mcgregor-sparringIt would seem that Mayweather is drawing the majority of the betting action when looking at recent wagers. But sportsbooks are still a long way from closing the gap between McGregor and Mayweather.

William Hill reports that even after the $1.2 million wager on Mayweather, they’d face a “seven-figured liability” if McGregor wins.

Westgate SuperBook told Purdum a different story, though. They said for every bet they received on Money, there were 12 placed on “The Notorious.” However, 76 percent of the money was on Mayweather winning. Going further, the average bet placed on McGregor is worth $212, while the average on Mayweather is $8,036.

Recording Breaking Betting Action

Everybody expected the Mayweather-McGregor fight to be big in terms of betting. But few expected the action to be this extreme.

The numbers have yet to come in from every sportsbook. But it’s estimated that Mayweather-McGregor will easily trump Money’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. This match drew a record $60 million in betting action at land-based sportsbooks.

Why All of the Sudden Big Bets on Mayweather?

SPO-BOX-FLOYD-MAYWEATFloyd Mayweather opened this fight as a massive betting favorite. His GTBetst odds were as high as -800 at one point.

But McGregor’s bold predictions and press conference antics have won him plenty of fans since then. And this helped sway some of the betting action his way.

Mayweather’s odds have been dropping steadily ever since. And the $1 million bettors, as well as the $300k bettors, were likely waiting for the lowest possible price.

That came this week, as Money dropped as low as -400 at some sportsbooks. Bettors who waited until this weekend now stand to win twice what they would’ve by betting on Mayweather right away.

Few are expecting anything different than a Mayweather victory tonight. He’s a perfect 49-0 in the boxing ring and has beaten some of the sport’s greatest.

McGregor, on the other hand, has never fought an amateur or professional boxing match. The UFC lightweight and featherweight champion is looking to pull off the biggest upset in boxing history.

McGregor’s long-shot odds are yet another reason why people are willing to bet so big on Mayweather.

Mayweather may Bet $5m on Himself to Beat McGregor

The upcoming Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor fight has spawned countless bets across the globe. And Mayweather may soon place one of these wagers.

The 40-year-old fighter is thinking of making a $5 million bet on himself beating McGregor. This would be odd because those close to “Money” say that he doesn’t normally wager on his own fighting skills.

According to CBS Sports, Mayweather’s confidence is swelling heading into his August 26 fight with McGregor. He’s currently sitting at -455 odds at GTBets.eu, which would net him a $5.5 million winning bet ($500k profit).

The sheer amount of Mayweather’s bet will boggle the average person’s mind. However, this is a small amount for a guy who’s set to make over $100 million on the bout. And Money is no stranger to living up to his nickname with big sports bets.

Here are a few of his large wagers over the years:

Will Mayweather’s Huge Bet Pay Off?

mayweather-betsOn paper, Money doesn’t have much to fear in this match. He’s a perfect 49-0 in the ring and has beaten some of the best the boxing world has to offer. And he’ll be facing a mixed martial artist who’s never fought a boxing match before.

However, Mayweather has been the most humble of his career leading up to the fight. He claims that his age and lack of ring time since 2015 could hurt him.

Of course, this is all necessary in order to sell pay-per-views. McGregor doesn’t have the boxing skills of Mayweather and has long-shot odds of winning. But this hasn’t stopped people from betting on “The Notorious.” He has +355 odds at GTBets, which are far better than his true chances of stopping Money.

While Mayweather may not publicly state his confidence, he’s showing it in other ways. This includes a week-long party that he’s throwing himself to celebrate his own strip club. The week-long bash shows that Money isn’t exactly worried about his opponent.

The Circus has Quieted

mcgregor-mayweather-torontoMany will remember the 4-stop media tour that McGregor and Mayweather did to promote their fight. It was filled with insults, shenanigans, and plenty of four-letter words. But the most-recent media event inside Ka Theatre at the MGM Grand was anything but a circus.

As Yahoo Sports describes, it was “subdued, sterile and businesslike.” Contrast this to the previous press conferences across Europe and North America, where rowdy crowds watched the fighters rant and rave.

“I think after the reception these guys got, they don’t want fans near this place,” said UFC president Dana White, who’s referring to all of the the wild fans who watch Mayweather and McGregor’s press conferences.

“If I was them, and I got booed off every stage in the planet, I wouldn’t have any fans in here, either.”

The truth is that boxing press conferences are typically quiet in contrast to UFC media exchanges. But it’s still worth noting the difference between the previous and current Mayweather/McGregor press events.

Mayweather is Focused Heading into the Fight

floyd-mayweather-boxingMcGregor has done everything to goad Mayweather into a war of words. He’s also tried to get in his head with bold predictions and taunts about Money’s age.

“I will break this old man,” the 29-year-old McGregor said.

“I don’t see him lasting two rounds. I feel I will have the decision to end it within one.”

He added, “I’m going to [expletive Mayweather] up, make no mistake.”

McGregor tried his best during the recent MGM press conference to get in Mayweather’s head. But these felt like empty words as Money barely reacted. He spent most of the time greeting MGM security guards and talking with his business partner Leonard Ellerbe.

Only members of The Money Team really responded. This included trainer and former Olympian Nate Jones, who yelled to McGregor, “Time to get your ass kicked.”

“Not by you, anyway, you little fool, whoever you are,” McGregor yelled back.

Mayweather quieted Jones and told him to “conduct yourself in an orderly manner.” He clearly wanted to avoid any incidents.

McGregor also jumped in.

“Exactly, tell that [expletive] to shut his mouth,” he said. “Carry yourself with class mate or your paychecks will stop coming.”

Despite the brief exchange with Jones, the Irishman wasn’t rattled overall.

“One of his guys started saying something,” said McGregor. “And I was rising, but whatever. This was a lot more subdued.”

“Was the fans not allowed?” McGregor questioned following the event. “They don’t tell us nothing. I didn’t know what it was going to be. I just roll with it now. It was just media today? I’d like to have known that, but hey, whatever. I enjoyed it.”

Can McGregor Beat Mayweather?

mayweather-mcgregor-odds-boxingAs we covered before, McGregor doesn’t have a great chance to win this fight. But does he have any chance at all?

The Notorious earned his nickname by rattling opponents before UFC matches even began. He was fined $25,000 for a press conference shoving match, has stolen opponents’ title bets, and been ordered to do 25 hours of community service for throwing water bottles at Nate Diaz.

But his attempts to gain a mental edge on Mayweather don’t seem to be working at all.

“I’m going to go out there and do what I do best,” said a modest Mayweather. “Fight, be smart, take my time and be victorious.”

He also explained that McGregor’s taunts have had little effect on him.

“We do this every day at the Mayweather Boxing Club,” Money explained. “Every day we have younger fighters and older fighters with a lot of experience going at it, talking a lot of trash and having fighters being in each other’s ears.”

Mayweather also endured a few more barks from McGregor as they posed face to face for pictures.

But none of this has had an effect. And if Money isn’t thrown off mentally, then he’s very unlikely to lose in the ring.

His boxing skills are unparalleled, given that he’s a master at defense and counterpunching. Every mistake that McGregor makes – and there will be plenty – will be punished by Mayweather’s artful boxing skills.

Aside from some divine miracle, Mayweather should run his record to 50-0 with an easy victory.

Malignaggi Says Boxing World is Laughing at Conor McGregor

paulie-malignaggi-conor-mcgregorConor McGregor has gained steam at sportsbooks recently, with many bettors picking him to beat the undefeated Floyd Mayweather. But one person who’s not impressed with McGregor’s chances is former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi.

The 2-time world champion boxer was invited to help McGregor train for his match with Mayweather. But Malignaggi left when he saw social media posts of their sparring sessions. According to the 36-year-old, the posts make it unfairly seem that McGregor was dominating the sparring action.

Now Malignaggi is pissed and bashing any chances that “The Notorious” has of winning this match. Let’s look at what Malignaggi said along with current odds on the fight.

Malignaggi Claims that McGregor is Becoming a Boxing Joke

Conor McGregor has done quite well for himself in the mixed martial arts world, winning the UFC Lightweight and Featherweight title belts. And boxing seems like a natural transition for him, given that MMA includes striking.

But Malignaggi thinks that McGregor’s boastful claims about his boxing abilities are turning him into a big joke.

“McGregor gets angry because boxing has not accepted him, but would an MMA fighter accept a boxer walking into their sport claiming that they are the best when he’s never done it in his life,” he told Sky Sports.

“That’s the situation with McGregor in boxing, he is being laughed at and it is only getting worse as each video of a public workout or him shadow boxing is released.”

The Agenda behind Skewing Sparring Footage

Malignaggi was part of The Notorious’ camp a few weeks ago. But this only lasted a short time as he grew tired of what he felt was a misleading social medial campaign.

“It’s been a wild ride the last couple of weeks and every time I think I’m no longer part of the storm, another photo or video comes out,” the retired boxer said.

“Part of me thinks that he has done this on purpose, maybe he wants to figure out a new opponent after the Mayweather fight if he wants to stay in this sport.”

mcgregor-sparringMalignaggi also discussed his bizarre living situation during the sparring sessions.

“He maybe even planned to make me disgruntled before we even got in the ring, I had situations where I would show up to the gym just to be told I wasn’t allowed to train and I was put in a house that didn’t even have cable TV,” he explained.

“Was it all done to create trash talk, he has been dragging this all along for some reason.”

Malignaggi Dishes on what Really Happened in Sparring

If McGregor’s camp wanted a fair stage, they certainly weren’t offering it up to Malignaggi. He began sparring almost right off the plane after landing in LA. And he wasn’t in the greatest shape either.

That said, people could forgive Malignaggi for getting knocked down, which UFC President Dana White shared in a tweet. However, the boxer claims that the punches thrown prior to the knockdown were edited in.

“They want you to believe this was a knockdown and people can choose to be deceived but then they can only be mad at themselves when they realize the truth,” he said.

Malignaggi went on to explain that the punches right before he goes down were taken from previous rounds in the sparring exchange.

“Nothing landed in that exchange. You can think something landed, but it is clearly not the case, a passing graze is not enough to get a knockdown.

“The added footage of punches landed were edited in from the previous round and I always told people that he had a good couple of rounds before.”

McGregor may be Insecure about the Fight

The Notorious can be proud of his boxing skills if the video footage above is real. After all, he may have knocked down an experienced boxer who’s held title belts.

But Malignaggi doesn’t believe that McGregor should be bragging about any successes he had during the sparring session.

“I was tired and out of shape, the fact that he’s not ashamed that a guy came in off the couch and done twelve rounds shows you where his confidence levels are really at,” Malignaggi said.

“I had done the bare minimum beforehand just to show up in a little bit of shape as I assumed the training camp would be like mine or other boxers where each sparring partner does four to six rounds, not twelve.”

Malignaggi again went back to the claims that the video footage was edited, saying that McGregor didn’t pull off the near-impossible.

“Edit this video how you want, you’re trying too hard to prove what. I’ve sparred with hundreds of champions and very rarely does a knockdown happen, especially with the bigger gloves and headgear.”

He added, “[McGregor] is living in this alternate reality where he can punch and hurt people and sometimes I ask myself is he really that stupid, is it an act, why try to prove something that didn’t happen.

“Between me and him, we know the truth. Joe Cortez instantly said no knockdown and look at the people ringside, they would surely react differently at something so rare in a gym. Is McGregor that insecure?”

McGregor Mayweather Odds Have Shifted Recently

When the McGregor vs. Mayweather betting line first came out, Mayweather was a huge favorite. However, media sessions and McGregor’s brash talk have gained him favor with fans.

Here’s a look at our current GTBets line on the match:

  • Conor McGregor +335
  • Floyd Mayweather -455
  • Fight at 10:30pm EST on August 26

This is a far cry from when we had Mayweather at -800 or better. The fans are skewing the line recently by laying money on McGregor.

And while “Money” is still a big favorite at -455, this perhaps doesn’t reflect his lopsided chances of winning.

One thing’s for sure, and it’s that Malignaggi doesn’t think McGregor can beat him. If this is the case, then we can be sure that he has almost no shot against a boxer who’s 49-0 in Mayweather.

Maloof Brothers Bet $880k on Mayweather Beating McGregor – Donating Proceeds to Charity

maloof-brothers-mayweather-fightThe Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight is drawing bettors from all walks of life. And you can add the billionaire Maloof brothers to this list because they’re wagering $880,000 on Mayweather to win.

If the Maloofs are successful, they’re set to win a $160,00 profit on their wager.

It may seem that Gavin and Joe Maloof are trying to cash in on what seems like a sure victory. But the truth is that they’re only making the bet for fun, and proceeds will go to various charities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where they own businesses.

“We have a huge opportunity to help a lot of people in charities, so we decided to do it,” Gavin Maloof told the Associated Press. “It’s a neat way to enjoy the fight, and it’s a fun way to promote our product.” According to Forbes, the product that they’re referring to is Never Too Hungover, a hangover prevention drink.

In addition to helping charity, the Maloofs are also helping Las Vegas’ South Point sportsbook. Given that 85% of money has been wagered on McGregor in recent weeks, South Point needs some help in balancing out the books. The Maloofs large wager will help in this department.

News broke that somebody had bet $880k on Mayweather to win just days ago. However, the identity was originally unknown at the time. But this has now been cleared up thanks to the Maloofs going public with their bet.

Maloofs not Worried about Growing McGregor Trend

mcgregor-mayweather-press-conferenceWhen it was originally announced that Mayweather and McGregor would fight back in the spring, “Money” Mayweather was a huge favorite. Our GTBets sportsbook had him sitting at -800 odds, compared to +500 for McGregor.

But it seems that analysts and the press tour have somehow swung the odds towards McGregor. Here’s a look at our updated odds on McGregor and Money:

  • Mayweather -455
  • McGregor +320
  • Fight at 10:30pm EST on Aug 26

On paper, it doesn’t seem like McGregor had much of a chance. He’s experienced lots of success in the UFC as the current Lightweight and Featherweight champion. However, boxing is a different sport than mixed martial arts. And Conor has never fought a fight at the professional or amateur level.

Meanwhile, Mayweather is a perfect 49-0 in boxing and has beaten some of the greatest the sport has ever seen, including Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.

Gavin Maloof didn’t put McGregor’s chances at zero. But he also points out more valid points on why he and his brother are betting the favorite.

“Floyd is the greatest counterpuncher that probably ever lived,” Maloof said. “I know Conor is a great puncher, and I’m not taking anything away from the UFC. Conor is probably going to be the aggressor.

gavin-maloof“Floyd will wait until he punches. You have a guy switching sports, and that’s not easy, and then you’re taking on the greatest boxer of all time. Now on the reverse side, you have Conor who’s much younger, and maybe that will affect Floyd. It’s a good fight.”

The Maloof brothers don’t stand to win much by their standards. But if they lose, it’s not like they’ll be foreclosing their homes. The brothers have an estimated $1 billion fortune. And they made $534 million when they sold the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in 2013, which was previously a league record.

Maloofs’ Original Ticket had the Wrong Numbers

ESPN showed an original slip from the Maloof brothers that featured the wrong numbers. Here’s what they wrote on the matter:

“The original ticket showed only a $120,000 profit, instead of the correct $160,000 that would come from the wager. The misprint was caused by a rule in South Point’s bookmaking system that does not permit payouts of greater than $1 million, according to sportsbook director Chris Andrews. The total payout, should Mayweather prevail, would be $1.04 million. The book rewrote two separate bets for $440,000 each to rectify the issue.”

Even with the correct bump up to $160,000, the money isn’t a lot to the Maloof brothers. But it would certainly help the charities that they intend to donate to if Mayweather comes through. And with a perfect 49-0 boxing record, this shouldn’t be hard.