UFC Applying to Co-Promote Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Through NAC

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2017

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two will fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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The UFC officially filed an application with the Nevada Athletic Commission to co-promote the Aug. 26 boxing match between Conor McGregor, its lightweight champion, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Friday, Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting reported the NAC will hold a vote on whether to allow the UFC to formally promote the fight during an Aug. 16 meeting. The NAC executive director, Bob Bennett, told the outlet the move would also allow the promotion to pay McGregor for the event.

The vote is part of a loaded agenda for the governing body's Aug. 16 gathering. Other topics are scheduled to include deciding whether to grant boxing licenses to both fighters, choosing the referee and judges for the bout and voting on whether the allow eight-ounce gloves, per MMA Fighting.

Although Mayweather Promotions has so far been the only official promoter for the hyped cross-sport event, UFC has been highly involved in the process. UFC President Dana White was present when the sides embarked on a recent worldwide promotional tour.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com passed along comments from White last month about what he expects when McGregor, a sizable underdog, takes on the undefeated Mayweather.

"All these naysayers, let me tell you what," he said. "This fight goes two ways. Either Floyd Mayweather runs around and does his style of fighting, defense, stays away from Conor and tries to not get hit. Conor will go right after Floyd Mayweather and try to knock him out. That's Conor's style. When have you ever seen a boring Conor McGregor fight?

"And then there's the other side, where Floyd thinks that Conor is so weak at boxing he comes right after him. Speed kills, tries to use his speed and actually knock Conor McGregor out. I want it to be a good fight and I truly believe it will be a good fight."

McGregor's chances are bolstered by the fact Mayweather is coming off a nearly two-year layoff since his last victory over Andre Berto in September 2015. The five-division world champion also hasn't won via knockout since his bout with Victor Ortiz in 2011.

That said, the UFC superstar is making his first foray into a boxing ring against one of the most accomplished fighters in history, which creates a monumental challenge.