The Friday Five: February 8th, 2019

1. Whyte Blasts Joshua For Picking “Garbage” Miller

Dillian Whyte is moving on from a potential rematch with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking to land some shots.

Speaking with Sky Sports this week, Whyte blasted Joshua’s selection of American heavyweight Jarrell Miller, who he’s expected to face this spring at Madison Square Garden.

“Miller is garbage,” Whyte said to Sky Sports.

“I can’t believe they’d choose to fight Miller over fighting me. But I get it, it’s a business move. Joshua needs to fight on DAZN in America and Eddie’s under pressure to deliver.

“Miller is the perfect opponent for America. He looks the part, he’s undefeated, he can’t punch, he’s got a good workrate, you know he will talk the talk. He’s a perfect opponent for them. I wouldn’t waste my time going to the fight, I know what’s going to happen already. Six, seven rounds minimum and then [Miller] is going to get knocked out.”

2. Miocic Talks Cormier Not Giving Him A Rematch

Daniel Cormier took to Twitter earlier to explain why he isn’t interested in facing Stipe Miocic anymore, calling him “entitled” and stating nothing can be better than the first-round knockout that occurred when they originally fought at UFC 226.

Now, Miocic is firing back.

Miocic, who serves as a part-time firefighter in his home state of Ohio, says he offered to fight Cormier at UFC 230. Cormier instead faced Derrick Lewis at the November Madison Square Garden event — the headline bout was booked on just a few weeks’ notice. Cormier won the fight by second-round submission.

3. Cejudo Still Unsure Of Flyweight’s Fate

During a recent UFC 234 media scrum, UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo claimed he still had no answers on the future of the division in the UFC.

Cejudo says he feels the situation has gone from bad to worse, claiming that former title challenger John Moraga just got released from his contract.

“Welcome to the UFC, welcome to MMA,” Cejudo said. “I’m speechless. I don’t know what to tell you guys. I really don’t.”

Cejudo said after retaining his title with a 32-second knockout of T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Brooklyn, he met with UFC President Dana White in Las Vegas to discuss the future of the division. But he says he left with no better outlook than he arrived with.

“I’m getting no answer from [White] either,” Cejudo said. “There’s a pink elephant in the room. It’s like, ‘Hey, I’m the champ.’ I should be told something at least, out of a little bit out of respect. It’s still unsure.”

4. Wanderlei Silva Experiencing Concussion Symptoms

Wanderlei Silva has traded with some of the best strikers MMA has to offer and competed in some of the sport’s greatest bouts and rivalries. But after a 51-fight career, the toll may be finally taking in.

In an interview with Brazilian website PVT, Silva said after 29 years of competing in martial arts, he is beginning to experience concussion-like symptoms. He’s also made the decision to donate his brain to research after death.

“I was in a lecture about concussion and of the 10 symptoms the guy mentioned, I had eight,” Silva said. “The symptoms would be, for example, mood swings, getting angry very fast, forgetting some things, having difficulty sleeping.”

“I thought a lot about it and even tried to contact people to make this donation. I have the most interested in donating, since I won’t be using it anyway [laughs]. This area is very important.”

Silva, who is currently 0-2 in Bellator, currently trains hard once a week at Evolucao Thai in Brazil. But back when he was a champion in PRIDE, and there wasn’t much information and knowledge on brain injuries, he trained on a more frequent basis.

5. Gilbert Melendez Claims Nick Diaz Is Retired.

While he has not made any sort of announcement, Nick Diaz is retired from MMA, according to longtime teammate and friend Gilbert Melendez.

Melendez made the retirement claim during a recent appearance on Chael Sonnen’s “You’re Welcome” podcast. In addition, Melendez says Nate Diaz is still training but making a nice living out in California.

“I would love to see [Nick] come back, but last time I checked, he’s retired,” Melendez said. “[Nate’s] training hard. His brand is huge. He’s so dang famous; the guy’s an A-lister now. Everyone knows him where I go. He’s big in the cannabis game out there and hanging out with celebrities, doing appearances. Being a real businessman out there. He has his specialties, and he’s doing good. He’s training all the time, living a good lifestyle.”

Melendez doesn’t rule out a comeback for the elder Diaz under the right circumstances, but the former Strikeforce and WEC lightweight champion says those aren’t there at the moment.

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