The Friday Five: July 27th, 2018

 

 

1.  Conor McGregor Negotiates Plea Deal

Conor McGregor has found a way out of his legal troubles, as the former UFC duel champion has struck a plea deal with Kings County Prosecutors.

McGregor would leave a Brooklyn Courtroom on Thursday, accepting a plea deal in which both of his felony counts would be dismissed, and plead guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

Following the guilty plea on the misdemeanor, McGregor was sentenced to five days of community service, and ordered to complete an anger management course.

In a statement given outside the courhouse, McGregor would tell reporters that…

“I am thankful to the DA and the Judge for allowing me to move forward. I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for your support.”

 

2. Floyd Mayther and 50 Cent Feud Continues

Credit: Chris Farina/Mayweather Promotions

The on-again/off-again relationship between Floyd Mayweather and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson has gone off-again, following an Instagram rant from the retired boxer.

Over the weekend, Mayweather took to his Instagram to post a scathing message to Jackson, accusing his son of wanting to do nothing with him, Jackson’s financial situation, and other salacious allegations.

“Curtis “Confidential Informant” Jackson, you’re mad because your oldest son Marquees’ mother doesn’t want to be with you! Your Son, your own flesh and blood don’t want nothing to do with you! You haven’t had a hit song on radio in who knows when and you’re definitely not hot enough to even sell records anymore so Interscope dropped you,” Mayweather stated.

“You are jealous of any rapper, athlete or entertainer that’s hot or got something going on for themselves. You are a certified snitch and we got paperwork to prove it. You talk about Ja-Rule but you stole his whole style and ran with it! You’re the only self proclaimed gangster that’s never put in work! You need to pay homage to the real 50 Cent for stealing his name and his storyline. Your claim to fame was getting shot numerous times & living to tell it and you think that’s Gangster? Where at?

“You’re currently living in a f***ing apartment in Jersey, you are always in somebody else’s business just to stay relevant. You should just become a blogger cause it’s obvious you don’t have nothing going on in your life. Are you mad that Kanye West ended your career? The only thing you got going on is Power and everybody watches that because Ghost is a dope ass character on the show. You can leave the show everybody will still watch Power, but out here in the real world I’m The Real Ghost.

“That’s not a Mansion in Connecticut that you’re in debt for, that’s a dump, a money pit, an oversized trap house! It was dope when Mike Tyson had it in the late 80’s early 90’s, but you couldn’t afford to maintain it. You’re always talking about somebody is broke, but the last time I checked it was Curtis Jackson that filed for bankruptcy, not Floyd Mayweather.

“So quick to gossip like a b***h, why don’t you tell everybody how you got herpes from DJ. Where’s your memes for that, huh? Or better yet, post on how your Coca-Cola deal wasn’t really 300 million you f***ing liar and tell how that spinning G-Unit necklace that somebody got robbed for was fake. Just remember, I was with you everyday and your driver Bruce was my driver also. I know where all your bones are buried, so be easy Curtis Jackson! And by the way, don’t ask to borrow no more money from me.

3.Anthony Joshua re-signs with Matchroom Boxing

Nearing the end of his contract, many wondered what the next step for Anthony Joshua would be, on Friday he and Eddie Hearn left nothing to the imagination.

Joshua, who had conversations with UFC President Dana White, as committed himself to Matchroom Boxing, re-signing for three more years with the promotional company.

“When I decided to become a professional boxer, I felt the boxing market was stagnating and in need of new energy,” Joshua said in a press release.

“Both Matchroom and Sky have backed me and have given me opportunity after opportunity, and I will always deliver. They’ve worked very hard to give me a platform to showcase my skills and tell my story, so choosing to renew our deal was always a matter of when, not if.”

4. Fedor/Sonnen Signed For Bellator 208

One day after Matt Mitrione and Ryan Bader face off in the first semi-final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen will fill out the other side of the Grand Prix Final, in the main event of Bellator 208 on October 13th.

Emelianenko came to the semi-finals after stopping former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir in 48 seconds at Bellator 198,

Sonnen would drop into the semi-finals after defeating Rampage Jackson at Bellator 192, after making his first move into the heavyweight division after fighting at welterweight and light heavyweight for the majority of his  career.

5. Garcia and Easter Battle At Staples Center

 

Credit: Scott Hirano/Showtime

With some of the biggest decisions of his career awaiting him, Mikey Garcia first has to answer the challenge of Robert Easter Jr. on July 28th in a lightweight unification battle.

The southern California native returns to the Staples Center for the first time in seven years, in his first fight at lightweight since January 2017. Garcia told FIGHT SPORTS that he’s always wanted to come back to lightweight.

“The only reason we went after Lipinets, was to win a fourth world title in a fourth division”, Garcia said over the phone.

“I told everyone that I wanted to come back to lightweight and win titles there.”

Much of the conversation on Garcia has focused on his very public talks with UFC President Dana White and Matchroom Boxing CEO Eddie Hearn. Both promoters are making moves into the American boxing market and have made contact with Garcia.

“I’m still holding conversations with (Dana White and Eddie Hearn),” Garcia said on fight week.

“But I need to focus on my fight, first. I let them know that I want to focus on this fight, and then follow up after”

With potential fights against Ray Beltran or Vasyl Lomachenko on the other side of July 28th, Garcia may need to make a decision soon, but not before facing a formidable opponent in Robert Easter Jr.

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