During Wednesday’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor pre-fight press conference, the World Boxing Council [WBC] introduced their version of the Million Dollar Championship, as they announced that the winner of the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight this Saturday will receive the newly created Money Belt.
Here’s what it looks like:
The WBC "Money Belt" will be presented to the winner of the Mayweather-McGregor fight. pic.twitter.com/GjU6Lzgyxv
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 23, 2017
World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman talked about why it’s being called the Money Belt at the pre-fight press conference:
“This belt has 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, 1.5 kilograms of solid, 24-karat gold, and alligator leather that comes from Italy.”
Ryno Wrestling Review Episode 114: UFC Legend Daniel Cormier Joins The Show! Plus, A MITB Preview
In Segment 1, Dan is joined by former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier! DC discusses his upcoming final MMA fight, his pro wrestling fandom, his opinions on the current product, and much more! You can request a personalized video from DC, using Taki. 100% of the proceeds benefit Wrestling Prep.
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UFC 249 Officially Canceled; All Future Events Postponed
Another sport has now fallen to the Coronavirus outbreak as UFC 249 has officially been canceled, despite Dana White’s best attempts to make it happen.
Yesterday the UFC President spoke confidently about making the upcoming show happen, as well as future events. However, top executives at Disney and ESPN have stepped in and pulled the event due to Coronavirus concerns.
It is also worth noting that it isn’t just UFC 249 that has been affected here, as all other future UFC shows have been postponed indefinitely until the situation becomes clearer.
The decision to put events on had certainly been met with a mixed response from fans in the first place. Many were happy to see fights going ahead, while others didn’t want to see it happen due to health and safety concerns.
Below you can see Dana White’s official comments about the decision. In the interview, he promises no UFC staff will be getting fired during this period and states he will put things right for the fighters who were set to compete, and the people who worked hard to try and make it happen.
UFC President Dana White spoke to Brett Okamoto about #UFC249 no longer taking place on April 18.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 9, 2020
Dana has also stated that ‘Fight Island’ is still going ahead and being constructed, and that he hopes it will be ready for athletes to train at by the end of this month.
Dana White Close To Securing Private Island For International UFC Fights
Dana White spoke with TMZ Sports earlier this week, and not only did the UFC President double-down on his promise that the upcoming UFC 249 pay-per-view will take place, but he dropped a bombshell of breaking MMA news.
White has come under a ton of fire in recent weeks for his insistence on pushing forward with UFC 249 despite most sports organizations completely shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve been working on this since the world fell apart. Every day when we would work on something, we’d wake up the next day and the world would change. This is definitely been the hardest thing that I’ve ever tried to do – ever.”
White confirmed that the undisclosed location that will play host to UFC 249 has actually been locked down for two months, so the company plans to “pump out fights every week”.
That’s not even the major news coming out of White’s interview with TMZ. Apparently, he is just “a day or two away” from securing his very own private island to run fights until the COVID-19 pandemic blows over.
Due to strict restrictions on international travel, specifically with people coming into the U.S., White has been unable to book international talent for upcoming fights. He noted that they’ll have their own private planes to fly in fighters from all over the world – and obviously there would be no fans in attendance.
UFC 249 airs on April 18th on ESPN+.
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