Conor McGregor’s management has been forced into action this week to rubbish the rumours swirling over a possible sparring KO the MMA star suffered in training.
The move follows a report that saw former IBO, WBO and WBA champion Jessie Vargas claim that Brandon Rios was the man to drop McGregor, a statement that has led the Irishman’s management company to wholeheartedly deny the rumours.
Having been previously misreported in the media that Bradley Wheeler was, in fact, the man who KO’d the UFC lightweight champion, McGregor’s team has clarified in communication to Telegraph Sport that neither Rios or Wheeler “have sparred with Conor.”
The rumour was quashed on Tuesday when McGregor’s management told Telegraph Sport that “the guy mentioned by Jessie Vargas is Brandon Rios, not Brad Wheeler. Neither have sparred with Conor.” – Telegraph Sport
With Wheeler currently out injured with a broken leg following a Cage Warriors fight back in June, his involvement has already been debunked.
As for Rios, he has reportedly been taken aback by his inclusion in the KO rumours. Quoted in an interview with ES Sport, as reported by the Telegraph, Rios was clear.
“The world’s gone crazy.
“My phone’s been blowing up. I’ve been getting texts messages and calls about this. I’ve never met McGregor, and I don’t know who he is.”
The furore over the rumoured knock out follows an almost identical claim prior to McGregor’s UFC lightweight title clash with Eddie Alvarez prior to UFC 205 last November, a report that was similarly proven to be false.
Such is the excitement and hype around the meeting of Floyd Mayweather and McGregor that any hint of drama is being afforded far more attention than would normally be the case.
Even Mayweather himself has been drawn into the latest rumour, where he claimed not to believe the knock out claims.
Between now and their August 26 meeting, fans can likely expect the hype only to build from here.