MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/10: Dana White talks up this week’s Mayweather-McGregor press tour (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

By Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch contributor

The Mayweather-McGregor press tour takes place this week and it promises to be big and rowdy.

The tour kicks off Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles with stops in Toronto on Wednesday, Brooklyn on Thursday, and concluding Friday in London, England. A press release stated that 30,000 tickets had already been issued for the two U.S. stops. Additionally, interest was so high in Toronto that the event was moved from the indoor Sony Center theater to the larger outdoor Budweiser Stage.

With the big crowds expected and what we know about both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, UFC president Dana White is expecting a wild atmosphere. “It’s going to be a f—ing sh– show,” White said at Saturday’s UFC 213 post-fight press conference. “Absolute sh– show. So, I don’t know. It’s going to be crazy.”

White also confirmed that he will be in attendance at each stop of the tour alongside McGregor. He also posted a picture to his Instagram of he and McGregor having just landed in L.A.

With the fight being a boxing match and promoted by Mayweather and Showtime, White expects a different type of press conference than what UFC fans may be accustomed to. “I think it’s going to be more like a boxing press conference than it is our press conferences,” he said. “You know how mine are. No bullsh–. We walk in, and we sit down, and, ‘What’s up? Who has the first question,’ and we get it rolling. I think there’s going to be a lot more bullsh– in this one.”

All the events are free, but you will need a ticket to get into the North American stops. L.A. and Brooklyn are sold out, Toronto tickets became available this morning at Ticketmaster. Fans should be able to show up to Wembley Stadium for admission on Friday.

The press tour schedule is as follows:

Tuesday July 11 – Los Angeles 5:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday July 12 – Toronto 6 p.m. ET
Thursday July 13 – Brooklyn 7 p.m. ET
Friday July 14 – London 2 p.m. ET

Hiscoe’s Analysis: This should be fun to watch and see if any storylines develop throughout the week in order to keep interest from stop to stop. I imagine the London event will be insanity. Knowing McGregor he likely has a couple tricks up his sleeve to make news each stop of the tour.


-Amanda Nunes revealed yesterday that chronic sinusitis led to her pulling out of her fight with Valentina Shevchenko the morning of the fight. Nunes wrote on Instagram: “I have fought with it before but this time it didn’t work out. During the weight cut I was unable to breathe and felt off balance from the pressure in my sinuses. I was not feeling well enough to risk getting punched in the head with such pressure.”

-Dana White told a Hawaiian TV station that Max Holloway is likely to defend his UFC Featherweight Championship against Frankie Edgar before the end of the year. Holloway has been lobbying hard for UFC to run an event in Hawaii, but White said he doesn’t know where the fight will take place.

-Following his release from UFC, Frank Mir told NBC Sports Radio that he is looking for a fight with either Fedor Emelianenko or Brock Lesnar.

-Andre Harrison, the final World Series of Fighting Featherweight Champion, will fight Steven Rodriguez to headline the Professional Fighters League event from Everett, Washington on July 29.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/9: More questions than answers regarding Nunes missing UFC 213 main event (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

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