Conor McGregor Episode UFC 246: THE RISE OF COWBOY

Conor McGregor loses to Cowboy Cerrone Tonight.

Conor McGregor is no longer a fighter. He’s a Superstar.

And Superstars can never be fighters once they’ve traded in the passion to punch a man in the face with their addiction to hearing cheers from their adoring crowd of fans.

Conor and Cowboy at the UFC 246 Press Conference

No longer is he the young, inexperienced teenage fighter, inspired by poverty and neccessity. No, that Conor is long gone. Conor McGregor is now “The Notorious“, and in 2020 he is a virtual movie star, inspired only by the cameras recording his every move, his personal DJ that he brings with him to his fight camp, and getting praise from ESPN for making sure he has the right pair of gucci shoes on.

A fighter starts his career wanting to pay the rent, feed his kids, buy a house for his Mom, prove to his Father that he’s a champion, get out of the ghetto or channel his inborn desire to punch someone in the face. His actual goal, as true of most natural born fighters, is to “make it to the top” of their respective financial ladders. In the case of boxing, it used to be to make it to an HBO pay-per-view special and win the Heavyweight title. In MMA, it’s to make it to the UFC and become a champion.

But what happens when you’ve conquered your goals and become an undisputed double champion, holding two belts in the same company in two different weight classes? Do you go for three? 4? All of them?

Floyd Mayweather delivers one of many punches to the head of Conor McGregor

Conor decided to enter boxing. Although he’s never boxed in a professional match a single day in his life, he challenged the then 49-0 Floyd Mayweather to a fight in 2017.

Needless to say, Mayweather was quite happy at retiring with his now 50-0 record.

Immediately after his TKO loss to Mayweather, the shockwaves felt in Conor’s mind were put on display for the world to witness. He’s since aquired multiple arrests for assaulting people, he broke a fans cell phone outside of a nightclub, pissed off some important people in his homeland of Ireland, he had to answer multiple accusations of cheating on his partner with several women (one of which claims he’s fathered her child), he punched an old man in the face for not wanting to drink his whiskey, gets stripped of both of his UFC belts, and threatens another UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, by throwing a hand truck at the window of a UFC bus filled with athletes, coaches and people uninvolved with the then brewing conflict with Conor and his adversary.

McGregor’s arrest after throwing a handtruck at a bus carrying UFC fighters in Brooklyn

This ridiculous and outlandish criminal behavior wasn’t punished but rather rewarded with a $50 Million Dollar contract offer to fight the new champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and get a chance to redeem his character and prove that his violent acts weren’t the result of a crazed man whose scrambled mind is now plauged by fear, frustration and an over-inflated ego which is unable to cope with defeat.

The match resulted in another loss for McGregor, his third most devestating defeat, and second fighting loss in a row. Not by knockout or TKO, but by tap-out. In other words, Conor gave up.

15 months after his loss he returns today, 1/18/2020 to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a UFC veteran who has broken more records than any other fighter in UFC history. Conor can brag about his former position as being the most dominant force in the UFC, but he certainly is the most popular, even with guys like Jorge Masvidal, Israel Adesanya and Stipe Miocic proving that no one cared about McGregor in 2019. The only people who seem to be excited about Conor’s return is the “casual” fan, who only knows about Conor thanks to some friend of thiers who mentioned his name in relation to the UFC or plays him in a video game.

Cowboy Cerrone serving up his patented Leg Kick to Al Iaquinta

But in terms of being a true hall-of-famer, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is the person who holds the records for most wins, most knockouts, most bonuses and many other accolades unachieved by other fighters in the UFC. He challenged Conor McGregor back in 2016, but Conor declined his offer – despite previously saying he’d fight Cowboy anytime, anywhere – and chose what he believed to be an easier fight with Nate Diaz, who subsequently defeated Conor by choking him, causing him to tap, and resulting in the first of two forfeits in Conor’s UFC run.

Cowboy is known for his devasting headkicks, perfect combos and his rear naked choke submissions. Conor is known for his left hand knockout power, and an inability to win any match that lasts more than 3 rounds, unless rewarded by the judges. In Diaz vs. Conor 2, McGregor spent 4 out of 5 rounds running away from Diaz, and was saved by the bell, nearly submitted just moments before the end of round 5. The match was given to Conor, but real UFC fans knew that Diaz just defeated Conor a second time.

Cowboy has a left of his own.

So how does Conor McGregor manage to get rewarded for losing multiple times in a row and beating up old men at bars?

Because he’s a millionaire. Because he’s “The Notorious”. Because he’s Conor Mcgregor, and “Casual Conor Fans” will have nothing else to cling to when they say they’re fans of the UFC unless Conor’s name is mentioned in the Pay-Per-View they’re willing to spend their sneaker money on.

As with any sport, millionaires never seem to be penalized unless they self destruct and spend all of their own money. Conor has managed to keep his bank account secured and paid off anyone who would have been a threat to his lifestyle or career. He’s avoided jail time and even with video proof of him throwing a left punch to a sitting, unarmed, elderly man’s face at a local pub, he suffered no penalty.

Conor McGregor is no longer motivated by the ferocity of his desire to fight. Instead, he bathes in the sea of cheers from his “my-man-can-do-no-wrong-even-if-he-kills-someone” fanbase. These days, he makes sure his sunglasses look good for the video cameras and uplifted cell phones during the weigh-ins, and puts on a big smile for anyone willing to give him praise for “making his comeback”: albeit for the third and final time.

Conor McGregor during the UFC246 Weigh In

Here’s what’s going to happen tonight: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will knock out Conor McGregor with a head kick in the first round. Conor will be over confident, will try to land the big left hand to hurt Cowboy, and Cerrone will be ready. Cowboy will get hit with a couple of big punches, and when Conor dives in a second or third time with the big shot, Cowboy will land a solid right kick to the head, Conor will go down, and the fight will either stop at that moment, or Cowboy will proceed to take Conor’s back and force a tap.

If this doesn’t play out in this fashion, you can count on two other possible outcomes:

  1. A third round submission by Cowboy
  2. A 5 round fight that ends in a decision, giving Conor the win and a huge middle finger to an amazing performance by Donald Cerrone, who will receive yet another post fight bonus.
Both Conor and Cowboy wearing their Darkest outfits to the UFC 246 Press Conference.

Casual fans will get upset at this prediction, but that’s expected. A “Casual” isn’t a fan of the sport. They’re a fan of Conor’s attitude, his cars, his house, his son, his Irish heritage, and his ability to entertain with his over-confident diatribe during any and all interviews he engages in.

But a true UFC fan will see that Donald Cerrone is bringing beers, bikes and a black snakeskin coat with a hat that covers his gaze to conceal that single headkick to the head that will finally give Conor the punishment he deserves.

Cowboy’s coming for Conor’s head… Dead or Alive.

JEFF THE PRODUCER PODCAST EPISODE 5: IS FLOYD MAYWEATHER COMING TO THE UFC? BEN ASKREN RETIRES, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut DISCUSSED and CHARLIE’S ANGELS BOMBS!

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Plus: Why did Ben Askren just announce his retirement after only 3 fights in the UFC? JTP says he’s made a terrible mistake and gives advice on what he can do to keep his name in the minds of MMA fans!

You may have seen the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut on various social media platforms, where fans of Justice League are asking Warner Brothers to release what they believe to be a better version of the film. Does the mysterious “Snyder Cut” even exist? Jeff The Producer sets the record straight and gives the “so-called-nerds” some real eye opening facts about their fantasy flick that was NEVER MADE!

Charlie’s Angels recieved yet another reboot, this time from Director/Actor/Writer Elizabeth Banks, but the movie flopped big time in the box office. The fledgeling director blames MALES and SPIDER-MAN for the failure! JTP reveals the REAL reason why the movie underperformed, and shares real audience reactions in his 2nd consecutive special segment of “Reviewing the Reviews”!

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The “Dark Fate” Of The New Terminator Movie

Terminator: Dark Fate, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

There’s one major element that compells an audience to dislike a movie: Bad acting.

“Terminator: Dark Fate” is a good idea with terrible actors, and a storyline that could have been better if there was an actual villain. Add in some awkward looking cgi with obvious cuts, camera editing and poor special effects, and you have a barely made-for-tv movie that would have been great if it were released in 1995.

Let’s start with the good stuff.

Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t disappoint. His storyline is unique and it respects his character as the classic Terminator, while adding an element of humanity not observed in prior films. No longer is The Terminator a fearless robot, learning phrases he doesn’t understand or being disconnected from emotions. This time, he’s gone full blown human, while retaining all of the abilities of a T-800, and it works.

What also works is Linda Hamilton’s reprisal of her role as an older Sarah Connor. It’s as if she’s channeled the “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” version of Sarah Connor and brought her back to life, flawlessly. Her scenes with Arnold are memorable, funny, electric and infused with 35 years of understanding each others roles. Together, no matter what they say or do, they light up the screen and make it an enjoyable moment.

Now let’s talk about why this movie is a complete failure: The unnecessary addition of three characters, who form a plot which is somewhat easy to follow and even easier to forget.

First, we have Dora the Explorer – aka Dani – who is the replacement for John Connor, the main character in Terminator 2. This time, instead of a 14 year old white kid being the target of the evil terminator, he’s been replaced with some politically motivated “wokeness”. The new character is Dani Ramos, and she’s a young latina with a heavy accent who can kick your ass and lead an army. But, for some strange reason, needs to be protected by a half-human robot in order to save the earth from its destructive future. Confusing? It shouldn’t be. It’s a regurgitation of “Terminator 2: Judgement Day“, a movie where a robot was sent back in time to protect John Connor from being terminated by an evil Terminator.

Next, we have Grace, the protagonist of the story, tasked with protecting Dani from the bad Terminator. Grace is a cyborg who is seemingly invincible, endlessly pissed off, and is the result of what would happen if Ellen Degeneres had a kid with the male version of herself. Grace is very angry – at everyone – and she curses a lot. Nothing makes her happy at all. Which makes you wonder why we’re supposed to care if she gets hurt or killed while protecting a defenseless teenager from her future-terminator-stalker. Sound familiar? It should be: that’s the exact plotline to “Terminator 2: Judgement Day“. Having deja vu yet?

So far, Terminator: Dark Fate offers nothing original as the main plotline of the movie.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day’s main characters: John, Sarah and The Terminator.

And our final character is – you guessed it – the evil Terminator. He’s the one who wants to kill Dani at all costs. The problem is, he’s treated like a punching bag throughout the entire film, and keeps coming back to get punched some more. He manages to kill a few humans, of course – he’s not a complete loser. But Gracie the Protective Cyborg beats him up, Sarah Connor beats him up, Dani uses her strategic unexplained self-defense expertise to keep him at a safe distance (which begs the question: Why does she need protection if she can handle herself?) and of course, ARRRRRNNOLLLLLLDDDDDD shoots evil Terminator in the face, throws him around like a kettle bell and strangles him to near death.

To summarize our new characters: We have a young latina who is being protected by a very angry lesbian cyborg from the future, who is being chased by another robot who has no ability to fight anyone with equal skills.

So, if we have our story outlined above, why do we need to see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton appear in this movie? Because no one would pay to see it otherwise.

Gabriel Luna and Arnold Schwarzenegger doing their best to not stare at each other.

In fact, not many people did pay to see this movie. Opening weekend was a failure, and according to recent updated box office numbers, the film is severely underperforming by $80 million. That is, it cost $185 million to make and only raked in about $102 million as of today.

The majority of that budget seemed to focus solely on making sure The Terminator himself and his glowing eyes looked perfect. Unfortunately, the other fighting scenes seemed to receive little to no attention to detail or accuracy. You’ll be asking yourself how much alcohol the producers must have been drinking when they signed off on these sequences.

The “critics” are making excuses, rather than evaluating the reason, for the disappointing turnout. They blame “Joker” for stealing audiences from watching Terminator. They also suggest that “The Terminator” just doesn’t attract viewers anymore. They even blame Arnold himself, saying he’s no longer viable. Of course, none of this is true. “Joker” and its success has nothing to do with Terminator. Does one think Terminator would have fared better against IT 2, Halloween or Shazam? Also, “The Terminator” and Arnold are alive and well, appearing in a brand new 2019 video game called “Mortal Kombat 11“, which has seen an amazing boost in sales since releasing the character early last month.

Arnold Schwarzenegger appearing as the T-800 in the popular 2019 video game “Mortal Kombat 11

The truth is, “Terminator: Dark Fate” is just a bad movie.

But, it does have one thing going for it: Older audiences who watched Terminator 1 and 2’s original theatrical release will enjoy seeing Arnold on screen again. There’s a type of nostalgic taste-bud satisfying feeling one gets when you hear, “I’ll be back” or watch Sarah Connor shrivel in fear as she escapes the clutches of the T-800. Unfortunately, not even Arnold’s 21 inch biceps, 60 inch chest or 220 pound ripped physique can save this franchise.

Terminator: Dark Fate suffers from a poor script, sub-par acting, and CGI sequences that are completely rushed and unrealistic. Nonetheless, praise has to be given to Schwarzenegger and Hamilton for thier efforts, and the story itself may have flourished with an alternate cast and a few script tweaks.

Save your money and wait for the digital download. After watching it once and asking yourself if you should watch it a second time, you’ll hear yourself saying, “I Won’t Be Back“.