Saturday Night Live has been running Weekend Update: Summer Edition the past couple weeks in hopes of keeping the funny train rolling ahead of its official return this fall. This week the writers took shots at cultural icon and UFC champion fighter Conor McGregor, who is set to have a big fight with Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather tonight, and it was hilarious. See their take on McGregor below, and continue reading:
While he could have just dropped a dozen f-bombs and likely gotten the same reaction, Alex Moffat instead opted for the Irish stereotype approach, which definitely got some laughs from the Weekend Update: Summer Edition crowd. Conor McGregor is such a bizarre and larger than life personality it might be hard to portray him perhaps more accurately and seem any crazier than he appears to be in public, so it's understandable why the Saturday Night Live staff went the direction they did. To his credit, Moffat did shave down the sides of his hair a little more than he has in the past to better sell the impersonation, so one might hope McGregor acknowledges and respects his commitment should he have any ill will towards the comedian following the on-air mockery.
Although in Alex Moffat and Weekend Update: Summer Edition's defense, it's not as though the Saturday Night Live staff said anything different than what the general public has said about Conor McGregor and this fight. While McGregor is an incredibly skilled UFC fighter and boxer, Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest boxers of all time. Many experts agree that McGregor would make short work of Mayweather in an MMA fight, but there aren't many willing to bet on him in a boxing ring.
Not that the opinion of experts ultimately matters though, as Alex Moffat also mentioned during this Weekend Update: Summer Edition parody that Conor McGregor is set to walk away with a healthy sum of money for participating in the fight. Current numbers are unknown, but the Nevada Gaming Commission has stated that at the very least Conor McGregor will walk out of that fight win or lose with $30 million. For that type of money, who wouldn't step into a ring to let the world witness them fight, even if they know the odds are stacked heavily against them?
The main fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is scheduled for tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ShowTime PPV. As for Weekend Update: Summer Edition, the spin off show will have its final episode August 31st at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. While it's sad the spin off show's well-received run will come to an end, Weekend Update will return in the next season of Saturday Night Live, which is undoubtedly just around the corner. For more information regarding shows airing this fall season, visit our fall premiere guide.