You might have seen a tweet on Monday from Omar Al Raisi, editor-in-chief of The Sports Journal, claiming that there will be a rematch between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. under the UFC banner, with a slew of modified rules that effectively make it a boxing match in a cage.
.@FloydMayweather will fight @TheNotoriousMMA in the octagon. With 4 ounce gloves, no shoes, 5-five minute rounds in 155 division.— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 8, 2018
No kicks, no take downs, no elbows, no knees. Certain things will be allowed like the clinch. pic.twitter.com/Gmv5koAG00
Co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions, UFC and McGregor Entertainment.— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 8, 2018
Last time I said McGregor will be a co-promoter, no body believed me. But again this is the right game, sources say things, but it changes very quickly! #MayMac2
He quickly backtracked that bit about “Floyd will fight Conor” on Monday.
Let me clarify. Nothing is approved or signed. The modified rules MMA fight is something that has been discussed.— Omar Al Raisi (@Dantani) April 10, 2018
No one has an interest for another boxing bout & we all know Floyd won't jump into a full MMA fight.
Modified rules generates interest and Conor has better chances pic.twitter.com/Mm0OzfPTbY
Still, the original tweets caught fire and there were those who wanted to know from UFC president Dana White if this was actually happening. In an unsurprising response, it looks like this is all just bunk.
None of that is even close to true. Dumbest shit i have ever heard.— Dana White (@danawhite) April 10, 2018
McGregor was recently removed as UFC lightweight champion after Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. He is currently out on bail and facing multiple charges of misdemeanor assault, as well as felony criminal mischief after being caught on camera attacking the fighters’ bus during fight week in Brooklyn.
Mayweather was recently interviewed by Showtime Sports’ Jim Gray about coming out of retirement for the umpteenth time, and while he never mentioned fighting McGregor again, he said any return would have to to be inside the Octagon.
I’m sorry to say that the circus is still in town and isn’t going away any time soon.