Conor McGregor's run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end.The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-belt was officially announced by UFC President Dana White at a press conference for Saturday's pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor last fought at all in a boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.White had not announced he would officially strip McGregor of the championship until Wednesday when he discussed the popular Irish fighter's return to UFC this year."Conor McGregor is 100 percent coming back this year," White said.White said he did not expect McGregor to attend the fight.The UFC 223 main event of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway will be for the lightweight championship. Nurmagomedov was originally scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson. Holloway already holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, and moved up to 155 pounds on less than one … [Read more...] about UFC officially strips inactive Conor McGregor of 155-pound title
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LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two of the top-selling fighters in the world. The two fighters both announced the fight Wednesday, after months of speculation about whether Mayweather would return at the age of 40 to face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight. Oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather a big 11-1 favorite in a fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. It will take place at 154 pounds. "It's official," Mayweather said on Instagram next to a video poster of both fighters. "THE FIGHT IS ON," McGregor tweeted several minutes earlier, posting a picture of himself next to one of Mayweather's father, Floyd Sr. Mayweather, who retired in September 2015 after winning all 49 of his pro fights, will face the Irish UFC superstar at the T-Mobile arena on the Las Vegas Strip. He had tweeted a picture of himself … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight UFC star Conor McGregor in August
Last Updated Aug 26, 2017 7:16 PM EDT The highly anticipated boxing match between the undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor is finally here. Here's everything you need to know before they face off on Saturday night.The fight will air on Saturday, August 26, at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT, 2 a.m. Sunday GMT). It will be broadcast on Showtime pay-per-view live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.You can order the event on TV, online and through Showtime's mobile application. The fight will cost you $89.95 for standard definition and $99.95 for high definition. (Showtime is a division of CBS.)Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) is the favorite (-375) over McGregor (+285) who is making his pro-boxing debut, according to Bovada.Fifty million people are expected to watch the fight Saturday. ESPN projects that it will make $606 million.On Thursday, MGM and William Hill's Nevada sportsbooks received massive bets on Mayweather, ESPN reports.At MGM, bettors placed $1 … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How to watch Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: Start time, live stream and latest odds
Last Updated Aug 27, 2017 3:42 AM EDT Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather defeated UFC champion Conor McGregor in 10 rounds in their much-anticipated fight Saturday night.Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes in the 10th round. It was a smashing end to a career that earned Mayweather more money than any fighter before him - including an estimated $200 million for his last bout. "I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see," Mayweather said. "I owed them for the (Manny) Pacquiao fight." Mayweather battered McGregor around the ring in the later rounds, finally stopping him at 1:05 of the 10th with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight. Before a pro-McGregor crowd that roared every time the UFC fighter landed a punch, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Floyd Mayweather defeats Conor McGregor in 10 rounds
This weekend, as UFC star Conor McGregor faces off in a boxing match against undefeated pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., he'll have many young fans of mixed martial arts rooting for him. The popularity of MMA has been growing for years worldwide, and lately more kids are getting in on the action — despite the concerns of some parents and pediatricians. More than 3.5 million Americans of all ages participate in MMA for fitness or competition. Fifteen-year-old Korey Mendoza says he took it up it after he'd been bullied. "it's just good to learn how to defend yourself and know what to do," he told CBS News' Danielle Nottingham at the gym where he trains in San Bernardino, California. Korey's father, Sam Mendoza, supports his son's involvement and has seen the sport's popularity surge. "When we first started and would go to tournaments maybe there would be 100 kids, and now in the database we probably have about 600 or 700 looking for fights actively," he said. MMA star Ronda Rousey … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo MMA for kids: Could one of these teens be the next Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey?