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Mike Tyson reveals the secret weakness that would see Conor McGregor beat him in a UFC fight

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Mike Tyson has insisted that the only way Conor McGregor could ever beat him in a UFC fight would be… by standing on his feet.

The 54-year-old claims he would beat the Irishman in a boxing match but says he would never enter the Octagon due to his fear of his opponents standing on his feet.

Tyson says his biggest downfall on the UFC stage would be his foot phobia as he ‘would just give up’ if they were stood on, having previously labelled himself as having the ‘worst feet in the world’.

Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor could only beat him in a UFC fight by standing on his feet

Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor could only beat him in a UFC fight by standing on his feet

Mike Tyson says Conor McGregor could only beat him in a UFC fight by standing on his feet 

When asked about a potential fight against former two-weight champion McGregor, Tyson kindly declined.

He said on the Dan Patrick Show: ‘I don’t think I want to do that. Not because Conor might kick my a**, it’s just because Conor has the right to step on my feet.

‘If anybody steps on my feet I’m tapping out. He doesn’t need to hit me. If he steps on my feet when we get out the ring it’s gonna be a problem.

‘Then we’ll have some police involved. We’ll have the lawyer involved. It’s gonna be ugly.’ 

Tyson previously explained his fear of an opponent stepping on his feet in an interview with GQ Sports last year. He said: ‘I don’t know what I would do in the UFC.

‘Because I watched the UFC a couple of times, and I watched these guys step on people’s feet. And I have the worst feet in the world.

‘If somebody steps on my feet, I would totally tap out. I would just give up, it would be a no-brainer.’

Tyson says he would give up against retired UFC star McGregor if he tried to step on his feet

Tyson says he would give up against retired UFC star McGregor if he tried to step on his feet

Tyson says he would give up against retired UFC star McGregor if he tried to step on his feet

The boxing legend is, however, coming out of retirement to take on Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition showdown on September 12 behind closed doors in California.

Tyson won 44 of his bouts by knockout and was a two-time world heavyweight champion during his career.

However, it is unlikely that Tyson will add to his knockout tally against Jones as the pair are banned from hurting each other, with the fight being abandoned if it is deemed too violent.

Although Jones insists he will remain wary over fighting Iron Mike despite the safety precautions in place. 

He said: ‘For me, I know how to have fun in the ring and try to make it the best that I can make it.

‘But at the same time, Mike knows one way. It’s like playing with a pitbull pup… He’ll play, but he’ll get lost because all he knows is [to] go at it. So that’s all Mike knows, to go at it. So I’ve got to be prepared for whatever Mike comes out with.

‘Now, I want to box, have a good time and give people a good show, as well but Mike ain’t ordinary. He’s not that person that can go out and do that. All he knows is to take your head off.’

Tyson is preparing for an exhibition comeback against Roy Jones Jr (above) in September

Tyson is preparing for an exhibition comeback against Roy Jones Jr (above) in September

Tyson is preparing for an exhibition comeback against Roy Jones Jr (above) in September

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Mauricio Pochettino says he wouldn’t have taken the Barcelona job

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Mauricio Pochettino has once again claimed it is his ‘dream’ to manage Real Madrid and reveals he would not have taken the Barcelona job had they offered it to him this summer. 

The former Tottenham boss is still out of work after being sacked by the Premier League club last year but is still regarded as one of the best coaches in the world and is on the radar of Europe’s elite clubs.

He was linked with both the Barcelona and Juventus jobs over the course of the summer but there was no formal interest from either.

Mauricio Pochettino says he would not have taken the Barcelona job had they offered it to him this summer

Mauricio Pochettino says he would not have taken the Barcelona job had they offered it to him this summer

Pochettino says he didn't see himself working alongside club president Josep Maria Bartomeu

Pochettino says he didn’t see himself working alongside club president Josep Maria Bartomeu

However, the Argentine has revealed he would not have taken over at the Nou Camp anyway because he feels he could not have worked successfully with president Josep Maria Bartomeu. 

‘They didn’t offer me to coach Barca,’ he told Marca.

 ‘I didn’t see myself with [president Josep Maria] Bartomeu.

‘I did eat with Ramon Planes [Barcelona sporting director] because we have a friendship for many years, since 2009 when he signed for Espanyol.

‘I don’t know if I’ll ever coach Madrid, but of course it’s my dream.

‘If it’s not the best it’s one of the best clubs in the world. I’m no different, everyone has it on their dream list.’

The former Tottenham boss reaffirmed it is his 'dream' to take over at Real Madrid in the future

The former Tottenham boss reaffirmed it is his ‘dream’ to take over at Real Madrid in the future

Pochettino once said he would never manage Barcelona because of his links to local rivals Espanyol. 

It remains to be seen if his stance has now changed, given he is looking for work and the under-fire Bartomeu is nearing the end of his presidency.

The 48-year-old has seemingly tried to clear the air over those comments, claiming he was being ‘ironic’.

‘I was ironic then,’ Pochettino added. ‘It was my first news conference at Tottenham and they asked me about the Barca rumours. Then I answered with my irony and I think I went too far, I said what I said.

He also tried to play down his claims he would never manage Barcelona because of his links to local rivals Espanyol

He also tried to play down his claims he would never manage Barcelona because of his links to local rivals Espanyol

‘It sounds very nice for the radical Espanyol fan but I did not want to speak for that radical fan. Nor do I have to justify any statement because no one can question my love for Espanyol.’

Pochettino has been courted by most of Europe’s leading clubs since his impressive work in north London came to an end.

While he has fielded some calls over possible jobs this summer, there has also been no word on others.

‘Neither PSG, nor Juventus, nor Inter Milan [made offers],’ he revealed.

‘I did have a call from Monaco and Benfica. I have no need to lie.’

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Fantasy Football Column: Make Bruno Fernandes a priority signing and urge caution on Kai Havertz

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The quirky team-names filtered through, some straight out of the Fantasy playbook, others strangely unique, and finally we have been able to see the makeup of our rivals’ teams.

Fantasy Football brings out a different side in people whether that be among colleagues in the office, in a friendship group, perhaps it is a family league for some healthy competition.

Gameweek One always catches many players out – new players arrive as the shiny new things, not tried or tested, come with a high price point and players go big hoping they can hit the ground running.

Mohamed Salah's opening day hat-trick brought major rewards for his Fantasy Football owners

Mohamed Salah’s opening day hat-trick brought major rewards for his Fantasy Football owners

Those who invested in Harry Kane and his Tottenham team-mates were left to rue a poor show

Those who invested in Harry Kane and his Tottenham team-mates were left to rue a poor show

For some debutantes that proved a worthwhile roll of the dice but for Kai Havertz owners, you fell right into the Fantasy trap.

In this weekly column I’ll be breaking down what we learned from the latest round of games, how best to utilise the free transfer for our squads and the differentials that can make the biggest difference week-to-week.

Biggest takeaways from GW1

West Ham cannot defend. Leeds will score a lot of goals this season. And a happy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is great news for FPL players across the world.

There was a lot to unpack from the opening round of games, where the average points total on FPL coming in at 50. The best performance of the week saw a Leeds fan finish with 142 points having triple-captained Mohamed Salah ahead of his hat-trick against the Yorkshire side at Anfield.

Many of the results went as expected but a handful of this year’s FPL staples – Aubameyang, Timo Werner and Trent Alexander-Arnold – all fell short of expectations.

James Rodriguez looked a step up in class for Everton but he needs to turn his influence into goals and assists

Daniel Podence grabbed an assist as Wolves dominated Sheffield United in their 2-0 away win

James Rodriguez (left) and Daniel Podence (right) both stood out as future differential options

Everton and Wolves, in my mind at least, emerged with the most credit in the bank going into Gameweek Two. Carlo Ancelotti’s rebuild of Everton is working brilliantly right now and while I am yet to bring him into my team, James Rodriguez is one I will be keeping an eye on should he turn his overall influence into tangible points for goals and assists. You get nothing for purely being effective in this game.

For Wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo’s future was an area of concern but with that now sorted, and Raul Jimenez still at the club, they will again be a force to be reckoned with. It is Manchester City up next but from then on they have West Ham, Fulham, Leeds, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

If Jimenez is out of the price bracket at £8.5m, keep a watchful eye on Daniel Podence who really caught my eye on the left of the three-man attack in their win at Sheffield United. 

He provided the assist for the opening goal and given he is valued at £5.5m and selected by just 0.5% of players, he has my attention looking ahead to Gameweek Three.

Best use of the free transfer this week

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) – £10.5m

Certainly not cheap but having been involved in 16 Premier League goals since moving to Old Trafford in January, plus the fact he takes the penalties for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, Fernandes feels like a must-have.

And more than 250,000 players are agreeing with me with the Portuguese the most brought-in player for Gameweek Two.

It will take a sacrifice to get Fernandes into the side if he was not already sitting on your bench for the opening round.

Sadio Mane’s price drop may see his ownership depreciate while Gareth Bale’s impending move back to Tottenham could see interest in Son Heung-min wane.

Bruno Fernandes has been involved in 16 Premier League goals since joining Man United

Bruno Fernandes has been involved in 16 Premier League goals since joining Man United

Fernandes is not cheap and many appearing to be cutting their losses on Son Heung-min (left)

Fernandes is not cheap and many appearing to be cutting their losses on Son Heung-min (left)

Fernandes is likely to be afforded room to press on in the midfield and provide the link between the midfield and attack.

He didn’t feature in the pre-season friendly loss to Aston Villa but fear not, a mixture of resting up and being alongside his wife for the birth of their second child meant he involvement was not necessary.

I can see the appeal of Marcus Rashford now that he has been re-categorised as a midfielder but this team runs through Fernandes and then, I’d argue, Anthony Martial.

If budget allows go for the Portuguese midfielder. It is Palace at home first, followed by a trip to the south coast to face Brighton. A potentially lucrative start to the campaign for Fernandes owners.

GW2 FIXTURES 

Saturday September 19

Everton vs West Brom

Leeds vs Fulham

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal vs West Ham

Sunday September 20

Southampton vs Tottenham

Newcastle vs Brighton

Chelsea vs Liverpool

Leicester vs Burnley

Monday September 21

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United

Wolves vs Manchester City 

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Three differentials that caught my eye

Willian (Arsenal) – £8.1m [Selected by 14.6%]

Differential and Willian seems somewhat strange given he has been such an ever-present for Chelsea since arriving in 2013.

But with Aubameyang categorised as a midfielder this year and hopes that the cheap option of Dani Ceballos would work out, less than 15 per cent of players were left toasting the Brazilian’s hat-trick of assists at Craven Cottage in the first game of the new Premier League season.

At 32 he still looks razor sharp. 

While he is not among the cheaper options across the middle, he represents a £2-3m saving on some of the premium options that eat too far into the budget allocated.

He recorded a 93.33 per cent passing accuracy ending in the final third against Fulham and with West Ham’s slapstick defence to come next, his first game as an Arsenal player at the Emirates, Willian is going to have the freedom of north London to produce another virtuoso this weekend.

Liverpool and Manchester City follow in the next four and so a big-scoring GW2 performance could be worth a one-and-done transfer for this week.

Willian's hat-trick of assists against Fulham bodes well ahead of a home game with West Ham

Willian’s hat-trick of assists against Fulham bodes well ahead of a home game with West Ham

Richarlison (Everton) – £8m [Selected by 10.6% of players]

Hear me out, OK.

When Richarlison won the footrace against Toby Alderweireld to race through one-on-one I was about to feel particularly smug as I prepared to write this column. He did the hard part taking it around Hugo Lloris in goal before his finish was truly horrible, high and over the bar.

His strike partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed in the only goal of the game but Richarlison remains the Everton player I think can represent the soundest investment.

He took almost half Everton’s shots against Tottenham (seven of 15) and had nine touches inside Spurs’ area, a total of more than the rest of the starting Everton team combined.

West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton in the next three games very favourable and if he continues to produce team-leading shot attempts and touches in the opposition box, points will follow.

Richarlison failed to score against Tottenham but took almost half of the whole team's shots

Richarlison failed to score against Tottenham but took almost half of the whole team’s shots

Jack Harrison (Leeds) – £5.5m [Selected by 2.9%]

Leeds may have lost against the champions at Anfield but they emerged from the weekend with immense credit from across the Premier League.

Yes, Liverpool made mistakes defensively and while that is unlikely to persist, Leeds showed they can – and will – score goals at this level.

There are better investment options in my opinion than Patrick Bamford (£5.6m) and I am urging caution on summer signing Rodrigo Moreno (£6m).

The biggest differential for Gameweek Two could well prove to be midfielder Jack Harrison, valued at £5.5m and owned by less than three per cent of players.

His goal and assist at Anfield caught the eye but for Leeds fans it was not surprising at all. He produced 87 key passes last season and 17 big chances were created in their promotion-winning campaign. Both of those stats were team-leading totals and he stepped up effortlessly in GW1.

With fellow promoted side Fulham next up and then Sheffield United, who showed they are defensively not as sound as they were 12 months ago, after that, Harrison represents a smart way into this Leeds side.

Jack Harrison (middle) represents real value for money in midfield ahead of a game vs Fulham

Jack Harrison (middle) represents real value for money in midfield ahead of a game vs Fulham

Take caution with new signings

It is so easy to become awestruck by summer signings. I’ve been guilty of it in the past and it’s left me with a lot of work to do to close the gap in an FPL league.

I have already explained in this column about certain players I would advise pumping the brakes on.

Rodrigo at Leeds is one. Havertz at Chelsea is another. And new signings will only continue to emerge as the next best thing with Bale’s return and Thiago Alcantara’s switch from Bayern Munich to Liverpool a headline-grabber.

All are immensely talented players but it was telling that of the debuts from GW1, it was those already battle-tested in the Premier League that caught the eye.

Callum Wilson stood out leading the line for Newcastle, Willian made a seamless transition from Chelsea to Arsenal and Jeff Hendrick, swapping Burnley for Newcastle, was another who showed the value in trusting what we know to be true.

Summer signings will come into their own but for now, stick to what you know.

Kai Havertz is a fabulous player but Fantasy Football managers must exercise caution on him

Kai Havertz is a fabulous player but Fantasy Football managers must exercise caution on him

Rodrigo Moreno (left) is another who needs time to bed in at Leeds after joining from Valencia

Rodrigo Moreno (left) is another who needs time to bed in at Leeds after joining from Valencia

TEAM OF THE WEEK 

The weekend of the full-backs as Romain Saiss, Reece James, Timothy Castagne and Lucas Digne forming four of a back five in the Team of the Week.

Arsenal and Leicester were the big winners with two representatives each with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah the standout performer with a 20-point performance for Gameweek One.  

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Premier League make second plea for fans to return to stadiums in warning over being financially crippled by Covid-19

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FRUSTRATED Premier League clubs have made a second plea to the Government to start opening turnstiles next month.

At a hastily-arranged virtual meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs, league chiefs reported back from Wednesday’s meeting with culture secretary Oliver Dowden over the likely delay to fans returning.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has claimed each game played without fans costs the economy £20m

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has claimed each game played without fans costs the economy £20mCredit: Getty Images – Getty

That comes with local lockdowns affecting millions of people across the country as the Government reels from the threat of a second wave of the pandemic.

The 20 Premier League clubs concede health and safety concerns for the public must come first.

But there is growing anger at what they see as a refusal to recognise the financial storm they are sailing through.

League chief executive Richard Masters has stated that each league game without fans costs the local and national economy £20million.

The likes of Tottenham and Manchester United have already seen £30m or more in match-day revenue disappear since football resumed in June.

And that league-wide indignation boiled over at the meeting, leading to a strong attack on Government inaction.

A PL spokesman said: “The clubs reaffirmed that the continued loss of matchday revenues is having a significant impact across the league as well as on the football pyramid and local and national economies. 

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“They reiterated their commitment to ensuring Premier League stadiums will be among the safest public places, through the effective use of a wide range of mitigation measures. 

“Clubs will adopt a range of common standards, which will help deliver bio-secure, safe environments for fans across the league. 

“Taking into account the high safety standards which will be set by the Premier League in conjunction with the relevant public authorities, the league and clubs urge the Government to remain committed to the October 1 date for the controlled return of fans to sporting venues.”

Premier League fans return in doubt with 1,000 people limits and bans in coronavirus hotspot areas from October 1

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