The Friday Five For October 13th

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  1.  GLORY 46- Verhoeven- Silva:

    Verhoeven already has a title defense scheduled for later this year, he will be competing  in GLORY’s debut in Mainland China, GLORY 46: Superfight Series card in a very interesting matchup; he will take on former UFC staple Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who is making his kickboxing debut.Silva, a veteran of thirty-plus MMA bouts, is confident that his striking skills will translate to the ring. But he has an insanely tall task ahead of him against Verhoeven, one of kickboxing’s most decorated and dangerous champions.

  2.  Three Junior Middleweight Title Matches In One Night At Barclays Center
    At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, not one but three 154 lb. champions will defend their titles in a Premier Boxing Champions triple-header. WBA champion Erislandy Lara takes on Terrell Gausha, Jermell Charlo defends his WBC belt vs. Erickson Lubin and IBF champion Jarrett Hurd defends against former champion Austin Trout.

    The event is a brilliant bit of matchmaking for many reasons. Not only will the three title fights provide guaranteed action and excitement, but the placement of them on the same night adds a new form of competition. The 154 lb. champions are not only competing against their challengers, but also against each other: which champion will look the most dominant? Who is the true #1 junior-middleweight?

  3.  Deontay Wilder Says No One Wants This Fight With Stiverne To Happen
    In an interview with his hometown paper, the Tuscaloosa News, Wilder is in no way happy about the circumstance he found himself in.

    “I must complete the task,… Unfortunately, he’s the body that’s in front of me. Nobody wants this fight – I don’t even want it. But the reality of it is, it must happen. He’s my mandatory, so there’s no way around it, and people have to deal with that.”

    The undefeated Wilder defeated Stiverne in January of 2015 to win said WBC title, and in the time since they fought Stiverne has only fought once, which was a November 2015 victory over Derric Rossy.

    Wilder still expects to beat the only opponent he hasn’t knocked out even easier in their rematch.

    “It’s not like I was trying to avoid Stiverne, because I wasn’t… The second time it’s easier. When I figure you out the first time, the second time is a piece of cake. It’s a piece of cake, and the way I am now – it ain’t even near the end of camp and I’m already ready right now. That’s the dangerous part about it.”

  4. Kevin Lee’s Weight Cut Almost Killed Him

    Last week at UFC 216, Kevin Lee needed to cut an upwards of 20 pounds in 24 hours to make weight for his fight against Tony Ferguson. When the official weigh-ins occurred, Lee showed up with only minutes to spare and came in one pound over the 155 pound limit. Following an hour Lee was 1.5 pounds under the limit. Following this it was reported that Lee was battling a staph infection, and claimed on Chael Sonnen’s podcast that it “damn near killed” him.

    “The actual weight cut itself didn’t start off bad. It started off the same as most of my other ones. I normally come into fight week about 176 [pounds] and I’ve got about 20 pounds to cut, this time 21, so I came in at 176. I keep details of all my weight cuts so I know exactly where to dial in and where to turn it up. So I was following one of my weight cuts that went really well when I went in Ireland and everything was fine and we dialed it back. I normally don’t start the actual water cut until about 10 PM, but we dialed it back to about 5 PM to give myself the extra time for the extra pound and the weight started coming off quick. I normally go to sleep the night before at about 165, this time I went to sleep about 161 so when we woke up at 5 AM, we kind of were in too much of a lackadaisical – I was kind of in a good mood, like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be smooth. I’ve only got six pounds to cut. I normally cut nine pounds.’ I thought it was gonna be smooth and I took it a little too light.

    “The first three hours I only got a pound off. Put yourself in my shoes, it’s 8:00, the weigh-ins start at 9:00, and I’ve still got five pounds to cut; so they’re literally throwing boiling water into the hot tub with me because I’ve got to get it off now, get it off quick. . .

    “So right around 10:30 is when the doctor came up and we were still a pound and a half over and he was saying I had to weigh in by 11:00 and then they’d give me the extra hour. I was hoping that somehow their scale was off and they would just give me the pound. I was hoping and I was praying but it was what it was.”


  5. Espinoza Claims Mayweather And McGregor Brought New Fans To Boxing.

Stephen Espinoza, the Executive V.P. and G.M. of Showtime Sports has a different perspective than many who claim the Mayweather and McGregor clash damaged the sport.

“At a certain point I felt a good analogy was it was sort of like a summer blockbuster movie. You don’t want every movie to be ‘Transformers’ but when it comes it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype and go to IMAX and go see it on the big screen and get caught up in the excitement, the drama and the explosions, the fireworks and all of that.”

Espinoza continued while speaking to Boxing Scene…

“Boxing fans are harder on their sport than any other sport and in some ways deservedly so. But this is one where it was a different type of experience, it was a different type of spectacle we rarely see and it’s a good change of pace. It wasn’t the norm but as a change of pace it was certainly interesting and intriguing and I think compelling.”

Espinoza claims that the fight that reached a wide-ranging audience,

“It did without question bring new fans into the sport, particularly young fans.”

“Conor has a very strong fan-base of young males… and even females… so that’s a particular benefit. That there was a whole legion of teenagers who follow Conor McGregor who are now talking about boxing.”

“It’s absolutely a positive thing.”

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