The Friday Five: February 23rd, 2018

1. Paul Heyman Claims Brock Lesnar’s Ready For UFC Return:

As Brock Lesnar’s contract with the WWE nears to an end, the speculation of the former UFC heavyweight champion returning to the Octagon ramps up.

Lesnar, who resigned with the WWE in 2012, has been constantly rumored to return to the UFC, even returning for one night only at UFC 200 to fight Mark Hunt, may make another return to the UFC when his contract expires.

As reported by MMA Fighting, Lesnar, who would still have to take a suspension from USADA, following a drug test turning up positive for clomiphene and was suspended by USADA, may be ready for a return according to his friend and advocate in the WWE, Paul Heyman.

“I think Brock Lesnar does whatever Brock Lesnar wants to do,” said Heyman. “If Brock Lesnar wants to fight in UFC, Brock Lesnar will fight in UFC. If Brock Lesnar wants to fight in WWE, he will fight in WWE. Ask Braun Strowman, ask Randy Orton, ask ‘The Undertaker,’ Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do.”

2. Wilder Thinks He Can Beat Tyson In His Prime:

Deontay Wilder, the current WBC heavyweight champion said in an interview with TMZ Sports last month that he could beat Mike Tyson in his prime.

“Me vs Tyson in 86, I’d kick the hell outta that guy,” said Wilder. “Listen, I’ve got to keep it real I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there’s no school where I’m not no. 1 on earth.”

When asked about the hypothetical situation by TMZ Sports, Tyson gave a very short and clear answer to the idea set by the “Bronze Bomber.”

“I don’t think so,” Tyson told TMZ Sports.

3. Conor McGregor Claims He Offered To Fight At UFC 222:


Even though Dana White and many others think that he may never fight again, Conor McGregor not only guaranteed it, but in a note on Instagram, McGregor claimed that he reached out to fight at UFC 222.

In a story broken by TMZ, McGregor responded to comments from Dana White that he believes McGregor may never fight again.

“I am the best at this. I put my name forward to step in at UFC 222 to face Frankie Edgar when Max Holloway pulled out, but I was told there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need,” said the current UFC lightweight champion.

“I was excited about bouncing in last minute and taking out the final featherweight, without all the rest of the stuff that comes with this game. Please respect the insane amount of work outside the fight game that I have put in.”

4. Mikey Garcia Wants Errol Spence Jr.:

In a story originally published by Boxing Scene, Mikey Garcia is looking at moving to welterweight, but not before fighting Jorge Linares at lightweight in a unification fight.

If he’s successful in this scenario, Garcia has set another world class fighter in his sights, Errol Spence Jr. Garcia told reporters that he’d take a fight with Spence over Vasyl Lomachenko if both were options for him.

“I would rather fight Spence [if both he and Lomachenko were on the table]. Its a bigger challenger, a bigger weight class. People may not take me serious, but I’m coming to welterweight later. That’s going to happen. Whether it’s at the end of this year or next year – I’m coming,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com.
“… I might be there (welterweight) even sooner. I would love the opportunity to fight Thurman or Spence. If you are going to challenge for a championship, you may as well do it against the best fighter.”

5. Fury Mobbed In The Streets Following Groves Fight:


Following the George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr fight at the Manchester Arena this past weekend, Tyson Fury walked through the streets of Manchester and would be mobbed by boxing fans who would chant and cheer for the former heavyweight champion, stopping traffic in his wake.

Fury would take to Twitter playing off the situation, claiming “Great evening last night at the boxing, then a casual walk down through Manchester with 4 thousand fans”
“I’m really ready to return, can’t wait to get back in there.”

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