The Friday Five: June 22nd, 2018

1.  GSP’s Coach Wants Him To Fight Mayweather

While Georges St-Pierre may be gone again from the UFC octagon, his head coach Firas Zahabi is looking towards the boxing world for his next opponent.

While as a guest on Joe Rogan’s MMA show, GSP’s head coach claims he wants his fighter to box Floyd Mayweaether.

“I want Georges to fight Mayweather. I keep bothering Georges ‘you fight Mayweather, you fight him’. He’s like ‘it’s crazy’. I know it’s crazy. (Transcription by MMA Nytt)

“They’ll fight at a catch weight. Do you think Mayweather is worried about being concussed? He’s fought all the top punchers in the world. He’s just going to have to worry about Georges’ volume and reach but he can handle himself and Georges can handle himself. But the whole world is going to tune into that one.”

2 Mousasi To Defend Bellator Middleweight Title Against Rory MacDonald.

Bellator is loading up the card for their return to San Jose, as Gegard Mousasi will defend his middleweight title against Rory MacDonald.

The Bellator welterweight champion will drop down in weight to face Mousasi in his first defense of the title. Mousasi took the title at May’s Bellator 200 event in a devastating TKO won over Rafael Carvalho, for his seventh straight win.

Joining the unnumbered card set for September 29th at the SAP Center is the fourth fight in the rivalry between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.

3.Josh Barnett Released From UFC


Following a five year career with the UFC, Josh Barnett has been released from his contract.

Barnett would fail a USADA  out of competition test from December 2016, which would later be reversed by the UFC’s anti-doping partner following an independent arbitrator finding that Barnett unknowingly ingested Ostarine, from a legal supplement he was taking.

Barnett would go on to sue to supplement maker for lose of income and reputation, but would publicly slammed USADA and their results management process. The issues with USADA may be the reason for asking for release from the UFC.

In a statement to ESPN, Barnett would explain that USADA was a major contributing factor to his release.

“It’s true that I have asked for my release and we are discussing the terms now,” Barnett said. “Zuffa [parent company of the UFC] has been fantastic and above-board since I re-signed with the company [in 2013]. Every promise made has been kept and I have no disparaging words for them.”

“After everything I went through with USADA, and my vindication in that case, I don’t feel comfortable giving the control necessary to USADA that would continue my career in the UFC,”

4. Wilder Has Issue With Contract From Joshua

Two points stand in between there being the first undisputed world heavyweight champion in two decades, as Deontay Wilder awaits clarification from Anthony Joshua.

In a story first reported by World Boxing News, Shelly Finkel said that he and Wilder requested clarification on two points from Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn, before they would sign a deal.

Finkel confirmed that the contract was delivered later than expected, and less than 24 hours later Finkel had two points they needed reaffirmed.

“We looked at the contract on Monday and raised two specific details in the paperwork that we needed clarification of,” Finkel exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It’s frustrating as Eddie Hearn is stating in the media that we need to be quick and sign the contract, but how can we sign if they don’t respond to our email and clarify our concerns?

5. Sulaiman Implores Canelo-GGG To Stop Talking Clenbuterol

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WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman continues to put in his two cents regarding the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch on September 15th.

On Tuesday, the WBC president claimed that he has plead to both Alvarez and Golovkin to stop discussing Alvarez’ testing positive for Clenbuterol and focus on the rematch at hand.

Alvarez tested positive twice in February for the banned substance, and would lead to a six-month backdated suspension in April, which would postpone his initial May 5th rematch against Golovkin.

“I feel that that (Canelo’s drug testing issue) is already in the past. The tests did not show that he ingested (intentionally) a prohibited substance, everything indicates that it was contaminated by means of food, a number of subsequent tests have been done in which he was clean, and I think that chapter should now be turned over,” Sulaiman said to ESPN Deportes.

“The attention must already be focused on what happens in the ring, and if Canelo wins, he should be recognized for his victory. Canelo has already signed up for the VADA anti-doping program (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency). The fight will be inside the Clean Boxing Program and surprise tests will be made for both.

“He has to prove that he can beat Golovkin, Canelo is already a mature and experienced boxer, he is a boxer who has reached some very high places, but the champion is Golovkin and he has to show that he can deal with him and beat him.”

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