Jessie Vargas claims Brandon Rios knocked out Conor McGregor in sparring

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Despite the doubters and the detractors, the UFC’s Conor McGregor managed to lure Floyd Mayweather Jr out of retirement for one more fight, in what is bound to shatter plenty of financial and viewing records next month.

The fantasy slowly started to become a reality as last week, we hit another milestone as the Irishman and the 49-0 American stood toe to toe and exchanged plenty of heated verbal insults when they embarked on a four-city world tour, culminating in London, England.


Although we’re now edging nearer to the fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, not many are giving the Notorious a chance against somebody who has disposed of 49 straight opponents.


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You can’t blame them either, as the UFC lightweight champion has no boxing experience, and jumping in at the deepest end possible is probably a step too far – even if he does possess a dangerous left hand.

One of the main reasons why they don’t give McGregor a chance is because of training footage that has gone viral, ranging from his work on the bag to the struggles he faced when sparring Chris van Heerden.

However, the newest sparring claim might be the biggest sign yet that McGregor is out of his depth in this situation.


Former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas recently spoke to Villainfy Media where he was asked about the fight, and dropped the huge bombshell that McGregor’s team brought in Brandon Rios to spar – and the latter knocked him out cold.

Manny Pacquiao v Jessie Vargas - Weigh-in

While nobody has any concrete proof that it happened, Vargas admitted that the boxing world is small and those are the rumours he’s been hearing.

As you’ll be able to see below, he said: “He got knocked out cold. We hearing stories.

“The boxing world is small, you hear these things.

“I heard they tried Brandon Rios, but he knocked out Conor, so they had to push him away.”

If Rios did spar McGregor, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise as he’s known for his punching power, great chin and his aggressive style, in general, having knocked out and stopped some formidable opponents.

Mike Alvarado v Brandon Rios III

Vargas was never a big fan of the fight to begin with, and gives McGregor a one percent chance of being the victor.

He added: ““I just got tired of it, but I’m looking forward to seeing Floyd get the victory by knockout.

“Conor is going to get knocked out. Floyd always lives up to the hype, I have no doubt about that, Floyd will get the victory. I actually wanna put some money on it, you know, Conor has like 1% chance of winning.”

There’s no way of telling whether this actually happened – unless somebody decides to upload another video of McGregor sparring.

Do you believe that Brandon Rios knocked Conor McGregor out in sparring? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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