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It's the 'fight of the century'. Boxing versus MMA, Old versus New, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather versus Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor. Nothing about it makes any goddamn sense whatsoever but it's happening and there's nothing anyone can do about that.

The only thing we can do now is prepare.

Welcome to the bluffer's guide to Mayweather vs McGregor.

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Over the weekend, Conor McGregor became the first UFC fighter to ever simultaneously hold belts in two different weight classes. He is, without a doubt, a legend-in-the-making, a star we should appreciate while he's still around. But he's also hotheaded and petulant, and I worry that both the UFC and other fighters are learning the wrong lessons from him.

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This weekend at UFC 202, Conor McGregor takes on Nate Diaz in a rematch of their first slobberknocker, which McGregor lost in dramatic fashion even though Diaz took the fight on extremely short notice. Last time, the lead-up was all McGregor. This time around, it couldn't be any more different.

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If you at all follow UFC goings-on (or even just follow someone on Twitter who accidentally watched a UFC card at a bar once), you've probably heard about the Biblical drama storm currently following Conor McGregor. This week McGregor "retired" from MMA over the UFC's refusal to give him a slightly lighter promotional schedule. It's been a confusing mess of whispers and speculation, so here's some clarity: the UFC is absolutely being idiotic right now.

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The UFC is not super kind to its fighters. Don't get me wrong: some champs and popular up-and-comers make decent bank, but they have little leverage. A few ugly losses, ill-advised words, or hell, a uniform violation can leave them out of a job -- or at least on the UFC's shitlist. So it's crazy to see a fighter making the UFC kowtow to nearly all of his demands.

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Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor was supposed to be the biggest fight in UFC history, and it had the makings of something that would actually deliver. A volcanic rivalry between a shit-talking Irish hothead and a stoic Brazilian badass? Check. Two fighters with exciting, crowd-pleasing styles? Check. Characters who felt larger than life, like embodiments of their respective homelands -- stuff of Rocky-style flag-on-the-back legend? Check.