Friday Five: November 17th


  1. Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg Made Official For UFC 219.
    After stalled negotiations, social media taunts, and potential contract issues, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm is finally official for UFC 219. The MMA organization announced the match on Thursday evening via twitter.
    Cyborg will be making her first featherweight title defense following a victory of Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 in July. Holm snapped a three-fight losing streak in June with a knockout of Bethe Correia.
  2. Fabricio Werdum threw a boomerang at Colby Covington.

    Prior to UFC returning to Australia this weekend for UFC Sydney, Fabricio Werdum decided to use a boomerang and throw it at the face of controversial fighter, Colby Covington.

    The two got into got into a verbal confrontation on the streets of Sydney, the host city for this week’s event. Covington, who filmed part of the incident on Instagram Live, said Werdum punched him in the face. Covington also called Werdum an anti-gay slur, which could be heard on the video.

    Werdum is competing in the main event of UFC Sydney against fellow heavyweight Marcin Tybura.

    Covington has taken up anti-Brazil rhetoric over the past few months, starting in the lead up to his fight with Demian Maia in Sao Paulo. In the video, he said “f*ck Brazil” and called Werdum — and Brazilians — “filthy animals.”

    “F*ck Brazil, F*ck Fabricio Werdum, little bitch ass. F*ck Brazil. A bunch of filthy animals. And they wonder why they get talked to like that, because they’re a bunch of animals.”

  3. Parker and Wilder’s reps look to secure 2018 fight

    Wednesday on FIGHT SPORTS, we discussed the issues between promoters David Higgins and Eddie Hearn as they attempt to negotiate a title unification between WBO champion Joseph Parker and IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua.

    Higgins stated in various interviews that Hearn passed along an “insultingly low” offer for Parker in the initial message, but Hearn claims that instead of replying to him via the initial email, Higgins decided to mislead Parker and get him to rant on social media.

    According to David Higgins, the two sides had a much better interaction regarding the split of the money.

    “We weren’t happy with their starting point but they have signaled they are willing to move a bit. We are in the middle of that negotiation now.”

    “We know exactly what the lines are, both parties want the fight but we have to settle on a fair deal. We want utter transparency … open books, all the revenue in the pot and all the costs, a right of audit and then a share that we feel reflects Joseph’s status as an unbeaten champion as a ratio of the overall pie.”

    Higgins initially said he was looking to secure a 60-40 deal in favor of Joshua – after stating that Hearn wanted an 80-20 deal.

  4. Oscar De La Hoya talks a fight with Conor McGregor

    Speaking on the Golden Boy Radio show on the DashRadio platform, Oscar De La Hoya revealed that not only has he been getting back into fighting shape, he’s doing so with the idea that even at the age of 44 he can still take out the UFC champion.

    “You know I’m competitive…“You know I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training. Secretly training. I’m faster than ever, and stronger than ever. I know I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds.”

    “Just one more. I’m calling him out. Two rounds. That’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”

    This comes following Conor McGregor’s boxing debut in August of 2017, which De La Hoya publicly lambasted at any opportunity, especially during the build to the Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fight the following month.

    And while De La Hoya seemingly now has had a change of heart on the matter, he still gives McGregor credit as a fighter inside the Octagon.

    “He’s the king. He’s the king. Hey, let’s get it straight: in the cage, he would freakin’ destroy me.

    “No, (we have to fight) in the ring.”

  5. Bellator announces heavyweight grand prix for 2018

    The tournament will be one feature eight heavyweights and be featured on the new Paramount Network, formerly known as Spike TV. Newly signed Quinton “Rampage” Jackson , Roy Nelson, Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, “King Mo,” Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione, and Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader will be the eight fighters featured in the Grand Prix.

    The tournament will be three rounds (quarter, semis, and finals) and will encompass multiple events throughout 2018.

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