The Friday Five: November 3rd

 

  1. UFC 217 At Madison Square Garden: The Return of GSP
    GSP is considered a legend among fans of the UFC. His first run set a pace that could rarely be matched inside the cage, making memeable comments such as “I am not impressed with his performance” following a Matt Hughes fight, and casting an imposing glare while walking to the Octagon, GSP was one of the defining faces of UFC.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX3sEGtG8mQ

    Now, four years later a lot has changed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, gone are the Fertitta brothers, who bought the UFC, and installed Dana White in a last-ditch effort to save the failing organization. Now in power is WME-IMG, a powerhouse media and talent agency operated by Ari Emmanuel. And while White still acts as the President of the organization, many of St-Pierre’s contemporaries are gone from the UFC. Now, a younger breed of fighter led by Conor McGregor are the focal point of the organization. McGregor’s star has risen to such a level, that he demands not only top dollar for his fights, also co-promoter status. Will Saint-Pierre be able to thrive in this generation of the UFC?

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  2. Deontay Wilder To Fight Bermane Stiverne
    The day following Bermane Stiverne’s 39th birthday, Deontay Wilder wanted to give his challenger a gift.Stiverne, who at Thursday’s press conference said he would smile if he were to kill Wilder in the ring, did not open the gift. Wilder revealed that he bought his challenger for the WBC heavyweight title, a bottle of Pedialyte. Pedialyte is commonly used to help people suffering from dehydration, which Stiverne claims hindered his performance against Wilder in 2015.
  3. Kavanagh thinks Tony Ferguson is the best option for Conor

    Coach John Kavanagh while at the Irish premiere for ‘Conor McGregor: Notorious’ on Wednesday night, claimed that he didn’t see the logic in a fight pitting GSP against McGregor.

    Following his win over Kevin Lee, Kavanagh believes that Tony Ferguson is the right fight to make for McGregor.

    Kavanagh told MMA Fighting a potential meeting between McGregor and GSP makes no sense.

    “He’s fighting at 185. He was a big 170er, but to me athletically it doesn’t make any sense.

    “Tony Ferguson is the fight that makes sense at lightweight. I think that lightweight is Conor’s ideal weight class, so Tony is the fight that seems right at the moment.”

  4. Eddie Hearn wants Tyson Fury to fight Joshua in 2018
    Promoter Eddie Hearn is imploring Tyson Fury to get back in the gym, and get himself in order for a ring return.Fury has been out of the ring for two years, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko to win the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO world titles. And now those titles are held by Anthony Joshua stopped Klitschko back in April to unify the WBA, IBO, IBF belts.

     

    The other fight in Joshua’s future is against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, which Hearn is less interested in because of the lack of star power Wilder holds worldwide.

    “You talk about AJ versus [Deontay] Wilder but it’s nowhere as big as AJ against Fury. That is a fight that can be built into something huge. Two completely different characters, two completely different styles, two undefeated heavyweights, two unified champions. An incredible match up,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

    “But Tyson needs to get back on the horse, and show the British public he’s still serious, show the British public that he is here and back in the game. But, that doesn’t come on social media it comes from being in the gym and getting through the ropes.

  5. UFC 3 Trailer Released.

    In a release on Friday, EA Sports announced that McGregor will be the soul cover athlete for UFC 3. The Irishman shared the cover in the prior iteration of the game (UFC 2), with then-UFC women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey.

    UFC 3 is slated for release in February 2018. The game will be released on both Xbox One and Playstation 4 platforms.

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