The Friday Five: For September 22nd, 2017

  1. Bellator 183:
    Saturday night is Bellator 183 from the SAP Center in San Jose and it features not only the debut of one of the more beloved figures in MMA, “Big Country” Roy Nelson, but also  Patricky Pitbull taking on Benson Henderson. This is not the first time one of the Pitbull brothers faced off against Henderson…”In a lightweight title eliminator, Henderson fought Patricio Freire at Bellator 160. He was losing the bout throughout the first round and a half, but the fight was stopped when Patricio sustained a leg injury midway through the second round. It was later revealed that Patricio ‘Pitbull’ had broken his shin, sidelining him from the sport for a lengthy period of time.”

  2. Andre Ward Retires:
    Ward, a former Olympic gold medalist, steps away from the sport at the peak of his success. In his last fight he won a rematch against former light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, stopping him in the 8th round to defend the belts he’d won in their first fight.The first matchup with Kovalev resulted in a controversial Ward victory, but he silenced the critics in the rematch.He steps away from the sport with a professional record of 32 victories (16 knockouts) and zero defeats.
  3. Adalaide Byrd taken off remaining 2017 fights:
    Adalaide Byrd turned in the inexcusable scorecard of 118-110 Canelo, giving the Mexican boxer ten rounds to Golovkin’s two. The other two scores saw a close win for Golovkin and a draw. The general consensus was that the fight was close but ‘GGG’ most likely deserved to win the decision, so Byrd’s scorecard was rightly blasted as a ludicrous representation of the fight.Byrd, a referee of both boxing and mixed-martial arts, has turned in controversial scorecards in the past in both sports. Many have been calling for her to be removed from her duties, and in the short-term the Nevada State Athletic Commission may be exploring that option.
  4. Miesha Tate Goes Off On Edmond Tarverdyan:Ronda Rousey’s coach made claims this week that if Rousey would ever come back to MMA, that she should not only fight UFC champion Cris Cyborg, but that the former champion would handle her easily… Rousey’s longtime rival Miesha Tate doesn’t agree with him, so much so that on her Sirius-XM show MMA Tonight, the former fighter turned host makes a personal slight to Tarverdayan saying that the only reason he mentions the idea of a Cyborg and Rousey fight is because “he wants another payday… to pay off that bankruptcy.” 

  5. Jake LaMotta Passes Away:
    The 95 year old was belabored by various health problems over the past few years which required him to be placed into a nursing home, and according to his family have a feeding tube placed in him.LaMotta began his boxing career in 1941 due to being unable to join the military. LaMotta known as the “Raging Bull” for his temperament and ferocity inside the squared circle, would go on to have a final record of 83-19. Five of those losses coming from his greatest rival and opponent “Sugar” Ray Robinson, who LaMotta would only defeat once in their six clashes.LaMotta’s life and career would be chronicled in the Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull, where he was played by Robert De Niro, which would net De Niro an Academy Award for best actor.
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