Watch Out MMA. Bare Knuckle Boxing Is Here!

Bare knuckle boxing has finally set up legitimate roots in the US and I predict it’s just a matter of time before its popularity surpasses that of MMA.

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Bare Knuckle boxing is currently sanctioned in Wyoming and Mississippi.  Other states are reportedly hesitant right now, which is reminiscent of when MMA was first introduced to the US.  The UFC had a definite fight on their hands and it took a long time for states to jump on board but they were the first to break ground on something like this.  I anticipate the acceptance of Bare Knuckle Boxing to happen much quicker because of the path laid by the UFC.

MMA has already accelerated Bare Knuckle Boxing’s growth because of how quickly it has attracted former UFC fighters like Chris Lytle, Kendall Grove, Phil Baroni, Bec Rawlings, Johny Hendricks, Melvin Guillard and Chris Leben.  All of these fighters have spoken well of their experience in the new sport, which is sure to help attract more fighters in the near future.  The bigger the names, the bigger the PPV numbers and as we all know…money talks.  That’s all these other states are waiting on.

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I’m sure, just like when MMA first came on the scene, conservative legislators will speak on how barbaric it is and that there are medical concerns but it’s already a forgone conclusion that cuts, blood and broken hands pale in comparison to traumatic brain injury issues that the NFL is negotiating.  Yes, fighters do get knocked out but that’s way different.  Fighters that suffer a knockout are sidelined, via medical suspension, for a minimum of 60 days.  MMA has already successfully defended this and the removal of 4 ounce gloves isn’t significant enough of an argument to put Bare Knuckle Boxing in a separate category.

So, why do I think Bare Knuckle Boxing will surpass MMA’s popularity?  For the casual observer, Bare Knuckle Boxing is a sport that eliminates everything that is boring about boxing and MMA.  Grappling aficionados, like myself, enjoy when fighters get to showcase their wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills and end a fight with a submission on the ground.  But let’s face it, the masses want blood.  They want to see to fighters go to war and bang it out on their feet.  I’ve seen three Bare Knuckle Boxing events so far and this is exactly what you get.

Regular boxing matches are too long.  Fighters typically conserve energy for the first half of the fight and the gloves offer enough padding to make knockdowns and knockouts, the exception more than the rule.  With no gloves, the opposite is true.  A Bare Knuckle Boxing match is 5 two-minute rounds as opposed to most pro boxing matches, which are typically 10-12 three-minute rounds.  This means Bare Knuckle fighters have to get after it, which means Bare Knuckle viewers get an exciting damn show.

The quickest way for a sport to grow is to be more appealing to more people than your competitor.  I am a boxing fan and even more of an MMA fan, but Bare Knuckle boxing is way more exciting to watch.   The organizations are paying high enough purses to attract top tier MMA and boxing talent and putting them in a faster-paced, more intense arena and the payoff is going to be very huge.  Good for them and good for us.  

PMS 2.0 019 – 49ers Legend George Kittle

On today’s show, Pat is joined by former Iowa Hawkeye and current TE for the San Francisco 49ers, George Kittle, who is making waves in the league right now. They chat about being overlooked in the league, who some of his favorite TE’s are, what Kyle Shanahan’s offense is like, and how Pat Angerer changed his football career (4:23-21:32). Later, Pat brings the guys in to talk about the new blog on PatMcAfeeShow.com and what they’ll be writing about. Digs covers some NFL news and gives out a few of his weekly awards, Zito and Connor talk Twitchcon and how the political attack ads are taking over TV, Todd chats about his comedy show from last weekend and dives into Brock Lesnar in the UFC and Floyd Mayweather getting into MMA, and Nick pops in to talk Lowe’s closing several stores, Pete Davidson, helicopters crashing, and a little hockey talk. Today’s a great one, come and laugh with us. Cheers.

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Floyd Mayweather Signs MMA Fight In Japan

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Well, I never thought I’d see this day.  I was convinced Mayweather had found a way to continue to lure top MMA fighters into boxing him so he ride out the rest of his career with huge paydays and easy fights.  But Mayweather just signed on to fight a 20-year-old Japanese kickboxing sensation.  This time he’s going to throw himself into his opponent’s game right?  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

The fight is sanctioned under an MMA organization in Japan but everyone so far, including Mayweather, has made it very clear that the rules haven’t been set yet.  Big eye roll moment here.

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This is just my gut talking but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Floyd isn’t going all the way to Japan just to get his head kicked in.  When they do finally announce the rules, I’m fully expecting the first 2 to be No Kicking and No Takedowns.  I’m guessing the only MMA concession he’s going to make is wearing smaller gloves.  Which isn’t much of a concession if you know you’re the only guy that’s going to land a punch.

I’m eager to see what happens.

@toddmccomas

Mayweather Finds Fountain of Youth

I’m not sure any athlete in the world has ever sat in a better position than Floyd Mayweather sits right now.  He’s 41, which is usually well past the retirement age of most athletes in his sport, yet he’s still boxing, he’s still undefeated and according to Forbes he’s currently the highest paid athlete in the world.  Mayweather grossed $275 million for his fight against UFC Champion Conor McGregor and has made $10 million in endorsements this year.

Mayweather dominated this fight, stopping an exhausted McGregor in the 10th round, which brought his record to an astonishing 50-0.  Ordinarily, I would say at 41 years old, a boxer who’s 50-0 should think about proudly riding off into the sunset.  However, Floyd Mayweather has found the boxing equivalent of the fountain of youth.  I mentioned earlier that his last fight was the highest grossing fight of his career and it wasn’t even against a boxer!  McGregor was the best standup fighter the UFC had to offer and Mayweather barely broke a sweat.  He was about as threatening as a gym pro thrown in the ring to help Mayweather work on his conditioning.  Say what you will about Floyd Mayweather, but he is a GENIUS!

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The UFC has finally reached a level where an amazing mixed martial artist with a magnetic personality and poetic style of trash talk, can blow up to be a social media monster.  Conor McGregor, in my opinion, is the first mixed martial artist to become bigger than the sport and that’s a great thing for the UFC.  There is an argument that Brock Lesnar came first and he was bigger than the UFC.  This is true but that’s the because Brock came from the WWE which is bigger than everything.  Conor came in a nobody.

So, what’s good for the UFC is good for the fighters, right?  The bigger the sport gets, the more fighters make, right?  Well, not necessarily.  The UFC model has always been one that only rewards fighters at the very top of the sport.  But even the top fighters aren’t getting crazy rich.  McGregor was paid $3 million for fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight Championship and Khabib was paid $2 million.  If you think someone of McGregor’s fame deserves more than $3 million a fight, you’re not alone.

I agree with you, but more importantly, Conor McGregor agrees with you which brings us back to Floyd Mayweather being a genius.  Mayweather and his people made a deal with McGregor which guaranteed him $30 million (and rumored to have grossed $100 million) to box Mayweather.  We all know how that ended.  Mayweather embarrassed McGregor and finished him early with very little effort.  This is not a slam on McGregor.  On the street, McGregor kills Mayweather.  In a MMA fight, McGregor kills Mayweather.  But MMA is not boxing and Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers to ever live.  He’s been boxing since he could walk.  To become a boxer of Floyd Mayweather’s caliber takes a lifetime.  I don’t care how well or hard you train, no MMA fighter on the planet is going to get there in 8 months.

But the good thing for everyone involved is, this doesn’t matter.  Most MMA fans hate boxers and most boxing fans hate MMA fighters; so when the two fan bases came together to watch what would happen if the best UFC fighter fought the best boxer, it produced monster Pay-per-view numbers.

As we waited patiently to see if there would be a rematch, McGregor returned to the UFC and loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, handedly, which put a bit of a damper on Mayweather vs. McGregor 2.  So, what did Mayweather do?  He publicly offered up a fight against Khabib.  Keep in mind that Khabib is a grappler and beat Conor in the same way he beats everyone, by grappling.  Khabib is no where near the standup fighter that McGregor is.  Even with this being the case, Mayweather claims his fight with Khabib will gross even more than his fight with McGregor.  And at this point, who would doubt him?

Floyd Mayweather has indeed found the fountain of youth.  At what should be the tail end of his boxing career, he finds a way to extend his career another 10 years and make more money than ever.  Boxing guys that aren’t boxers!   Did I mention yet that he’s a genius?  

@toddmccomas