The Friday Five: July 13th, 2018

1. Brock Lesnar Returns To UFC, Cannot Fight Until January

Brock Lesnar has officially un-retired and re-entered the USADA testing pool on July 3rd, ending any rumors of his returning to the Octagon in 2018.

A USADA spokesperson confirmed to MMA Fighting, tat Lesnar’s suspension has continued, keeping him out of fighting until January 8th.

“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3,” the USADA statement read. “With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”

Lesnar’s suspension stems from testing positive for the banned substance clomiphene multiple times for his UFC 200 fight with Mark Hunt. Lesnar defeated Hunt in that 2016 fight, but it was later overturned to a no contest.

2. Cyborg/Nunes Looking To Finalize Superfight

It seems that the long awaited UFC featherweight title fight between Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes is about to happen, the only issue is neither fighter can agree when it will happen.

Cyborg took to Twitter on Wednesday night, and would say that she signed a contract to defend her title against her fellow champion at UFC 228 on September 8th in Dallas. Hours after Cyborg announced the Dallas deal, Nunes responded that she signed a contract to fight Cyborg at UFC 232 on December 29th.

 

3. Patricio Pitbull Calls Out McGregor

 

While speaking with FIGHT SPORTS, Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull, decided to come after Michael Chandler, his Bellator 203 opponent Daniel Weichel, and Conor McGregor

I’d like to apologize to Bellator, because it’s good to have an organization that’s challenging the monopoly of the UFC, but we don’t have safe politics regarding drug testing. It shouldn’t happen in an organization that’s so big, so I think we’re failing in that effort. Daniel Weichel, in 20 days [he looks like that]? He isn’t clean. It’s not correct. We’re only tested on fight week, before the fight or after the fight, and that’s it. It’s perfectly possible for these guys like Weichel and [Michael] Chandler to cheat. And everyone knows. People talk. If they’re using something, we can see; if they show off their bodies, how they are right now.

If you look at photos of me when I was a kid, I already had an athletic body, but if you go and check my photos now, I believe I’m fat right ow. You’ll see some fat in my body. ‘m 31, so my body’s already different, my hormones aren’t the same as they used to be, and then you have a guy like Daniel Weichel ripped like that? He’s more ripped than Conor McGregor, who’s using a lot of things too, the bastard. They have to enforce the rules, make it a strict program so these guys are caught. They are cheating. But if you are going to let people use, if there’s any possibility of people going above the rules so they can’t get caught? Let everybody use so we can on be on the same standard.

 

4. Pacquiao Returns On July 14th.

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Manny Pacquiao is not afraid of Lucas Matthysse’s punching power heading into their WBA welterweight title clash this weekend.

All but three of Matthysse’s 39 wins have come by way of knockout, and is looking to make Pacquiao his 37th knockout victim on July 14th.

While speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Pacquiao brought up Matthysse’s last stoppage victory against Teerachai Sithmorseng.

“When I saw his fight against Teerachai it was a good fight,” Pacquiao told a news conference

“I don’t care if he has 36 knockouts…it’s about your talent and skill inside the ring. Let’s see on Sunday who will be the best.”

5. Hearn Threatens To Lowball Wilder

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The drama between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua continues, as Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, claims Wilder’s fee “should go down” for a heavyweight unification fight.

Joshua is looking to add his name to a contract to face Wilder on April 13th at Wembley Stadium, following a fight this September at Wembley most likely against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

Hearn claimed this week that with a win Joshua’s stock will continue to rise, while Wilder may lose some value.

“He was never on a percentage. He was on a flat fee, which he accepted,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.

“I think the fee should go down, because Joshua is going to fight Povetkin, and if he wins, his value will increase significantly, and I don’t believe that Wilder will be in a fight that will increase his value.

“We’re going to send them this week a new contract with a new date, and Joshua is going to sign the contract, so it’s even more black and white. A lot of people are saying Joshua wouldn’t sign the contract, you don’t want the fight, so this way it’s – ‘here’s everything you’ve agreed, it’s signed’.

“When you look at a contract and it’s all blank, and then you look at it and there’s Anthony Joshua’s signature on it, it’s a lot more tempting to just get it done, so fingers crossed he’ll sign it.”

 

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