Rumors of a UFC matchup between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor continue to intensify, with recent stories suggesting fight is going to happen, albeit with significantly modified rules. UFC Owner Dana White has now moved to deny these claims.
As Forbes pointed out, Omar Al Raisi, editor in chief of Dubai’s largest sporting news outlet, The Sports Journal, claimed on Twitter that Mayweather versus McGregor II is imminent and would take place in the Octagon. He went on to write that the fight would be co-promoted by Mayweather, McGregor, and the UFC.
Since then, however, Al Raisi has backtracked in his statements, as detailed by Forbes here. He tweeted again posting that “nothing is approved or signed. The modified rules MMA fight is something that has been discussed.”
UFC President Dana White also took time out to comment on the rumors via Twitter, writing: “None of that is even close to true. Dumbest shit i have ever heard.”
The modified rules allegedly discussed would not allow kicks, takedowns, elbows, or knees, with each participant wearing four-ounce gloves. For all intents and purposes, it appears to be pretty much boxing in the Octagon.
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- Source: Forbes