Mayweather vs McGregor: Boxing vs UFC... which will prosper after August 26?
In less than two weeks, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will duke it out in accordance with the independent rules of boxing at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, to determine superiority between two very different combat sports.
Conor, representing the UFC franchise, and Floyd, representing himself and the entire boxing umbrella, will theoretically show the casual and mainstream sporting world which pastime is "more deserving" of their hard-earned, entertainment dollar from this point forward.
Will Mayweather vs McGregor impact the Boxing vs UFC rivalry and sway a certain percentage of combat sports fans?
Former UFC champion Randy Courture recently shared his thoughts on the matter publicly, and seems to believe that all advantages point to the UFC gaining a huge surge of momentum, pending the outcome of the highly anticipated event.
"We as mixed martial artists have everything to gain in this match-up with Mayweather and nothing really to lose," the MMA legend recently stated on "The Herd". "Even if it goes twelve rounds, I think for mixed martial artists, it's a win for us. If he does find a way to hurt Floyd...amazing!"
"Boxing has way more to lose in this situation than we do."
In terms of fan perception, the former UFC champion may be proven correct after August 26. But in terms of civil unrest between the athletes and the brass of the UFC, Courture believes Conor may have placed a spotlight to an even bigger, longstanding issue within the lucrative combat sports league.
"Here's what McGregor is doing...he's highlighting the flaw in our (MMA) sport," Randy stated to Colin Cowherd. "Why are they making a $100 plus million dollars in one fight? None of the fighters in our sport, including Conor McGregor has ever made that much in one night. Why? Because the sanctioning body and the promoter are the same guy in our sport. It's too much power, and they manipulate the situation in their favor. In boxing, they are two different parties."
"Floyd can represent himself as his own promoter and negotiate for a bigger piece of the revenue that comes with the event. And Conor in this situation, because he's protected by the Muhammad Ali Act, can do the same thing. Now why he's keeping Dana and the UFC involved is so he can maintain that relationship for future reference. But it's interesting."
With the recent discovery as to why Conor applied and received a boxing license and will ostensibly partake in boxing events from this point forward, it would seem that Randy, as well as every past and current UFC superstar has a legitimate bone to pick with Dana White and the UFC executives. Will Courture pursue just compensation for successful events of years past?
Mayweather vs McGregor
Date: Saturday, August 26
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas
Division: Jr Middleweight (154 lb limit)
"I don't have any issues with Dana," states Randy Courture. "He has a lot of issues with me, but I don't have any issues with him."
It will be interesting to see if this interesting turn of events opens the door to future disputes between current UFC athletes and its directors.