For those of you who don’t follow my work outside of Field Gulls, my main role on SB Nation is Associate Editor at BloodyElbow.com. Most of my week is dedicated to covering all things related to MMA (primarily UFC), as well as other combat sports such as boxing, kickboxing, grappling, etc.
As you may have read about or heard in recent weeks, August 26th was a pretty big day in sports history. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor made his pro boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather, who was coming out of retirement (again) for one last monstrous payday. An unprecedented meeting of the two biggest pay-per-view stars was hyped, overhyped, advertised as something other than a mismatch given the differences between boxing for MMA and the sport of boxing itself, and in the end, McGregor fared better-than-expected but still inevitably lost by 10th round TKO to Floyd. Gate revenue will be stupidly high, as will the PPV buys, both men will make an obscene amount of money, McGregor will ideally return to the UFC, and Mayweather announced his retirement for the billionth time, sporting the coveted 50-0 record.
I cannot stress enough how freaking happy I am that this spectacle is over, and that I can get on with a “normal” work schedule starting next week. It’s been unbearable hearing outrageous takes and getting bombarded with nonsense of Twitter, and I already deal with “Luck is better than Wilson” several months of the year.
Every once in a blue moon, my two worlds end up colliding. Last year, I did a post on Marshawn Lynch sparring with then-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Last night, there were several Seahawks who took interest in Mayweather vs. McGregor, and I compiled their tweets so that you don’t have to search for them.
Be great champ @thenotoriousmma #GP #Ezzz https://t.co/w9qnNCHFbH— Neiko Thorpe (@Neiko15) August 27, 2017
We can only hope https://t.co/Nb5vpjeAet— Blair Walsh (@BlairWalsh3) August 27, 2017
It's over he need that ice!!!! #TMT— Rees odhiambo (@Rees_o71) August 27, 2017
TBE! @FloydMayweather— Richie! (@prichiejr) August 27, 2017
KO!!!!! pic.twitter.com/iWyJgjEpGv— Rees odhiambo (@Rees_o71) August 27, 2017
50-0 ! Don't bet against Floyd Mayweather— Marcus Cromartie (@Cromartie_M) August 27, 2017
But it still wasn't worth what pay per view was charging... #TMT— Chris Carson (@chriscarson29) August 27, 2017
Never go against the champ.— The Enforcer (@Kam_Chancellor) August 27, 2017
Congrats Champ https://t.co/VWAZqUsKhb
he got KO'd said he would "out class" and "put him to sleep"— Cassius Marsh (@KingCash_7191) August 27, 2017
But he did surprise me! I thought after the first round... maybe, but naw!!!— Cassius Marsh (@KingCash_7191) August 27, 2017
#McGregor pic.twitter.com/qF3JbA501J— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) August 27, 2017
That was an amazing fight to watch!— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 27, 2017
I must say. Mcgregor gained a fan tonight.... He taught hard.... made no excuses .... represented himself well...#Respect— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) August 27, 2017
August 27, 2017
For the uninformed: TBE = The Best Ever, TMT = The Money Team (Floyd’s nickname was once “Pretty Boy,” but it was changed to “Money.”)
Side note: I’m pretty sure Russell Wilson is the best boxer on the Seahawks roster, but I could be wrong.