The Friday Five: November 2nd, 2018

1.  Daniel Cormier Views Jones A Bigger Legacy Fight Than Lesnar, Still Won’t Take It

With Daniel Cormier nearing the end of his career, the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion seems all but ready to face Brock Lesnar as his final opponent, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know the ramifications of a third fight with Jon Jones.

“For the legacy, to win against Jones would be better,” Cormier said at the UFC 230 media scrum. “But at the end of the day, even if I win the fight, I’m still down 2-1. It doesn’t really change much, he won the series. I’d have to stick around and try to beat him again. If I beat Lesnar, I’m up 1-0. But yes, for legacy, beating Jones because he’s the only guy that beat me in my career. That’s the one that means more for my legacy.”

Cormier and Jones are considered to have one of the best rivalries in the sport, with Cormier losing to Jones in their two meetings, but ascending to the top of the division after Jones would fail multiple drug tests, the latest following his UFC 214 win over Cormier.

While Jones is set to return at UFC 232 in December against Alexander Gustafsson for a potentially vacated light heavyweight title, the 39 year old Cormier is ready to move on..

“I had to change the mental process in regards to him,” Cormier said. “I had to truly let go of it completely because when he failed that next test I was like, ‘I know I’m done by 40. If everything is what it is, if USADA is what they say they are, I’m never going to get to fight this kid again.’ I had to truly remove myself from anything in regard to him. The reality is, if USADA is what USADA is, you fail the first time and you get a year, if you fail a second time, two years seems like it’s gonna be realistic. At two years, there was never gonna be a way and that’s what has allowed me to kind of move past it.”

2.  Roach Gives Thoughts On Pacquiao-Broner

For the first time in nearly two decades, Freddie Roach was on the outside looking in at Manny Pacquiao, as the Filipino senator/boxer would choose Buboy Fernandez over Roach for his most recent fight.

Now, with a potential showdown against Adrien Broner on the horizon, Fight Hub went to the legendary trainer for his thoughts on this alleged January faceoff.

“Umm, that’s a pretty good fight,” Roach said in the interview. “I wouldn’t pick a winner in that. I think that Pacquiao should win the fight but, um, at ‘47 I’m not [sure] — I’m not involved anymore so I’m not in the mix, so I don’t know what he’s doing. So it’s hard for me to give you an answer without being there.”

While he thought Manny looked “very good” against Matthysse, Broner is completely different.

“I saw the Matthysse fight, he looked like he fought very well and, I mean, Broner is nothing like that, though. I mean, there’s no similarities at all with those two really opposite guys.”

3.  Anderson Silva Claims Conor Is Ducking Him

Anderson Silva is preparing to return to the Octagon for the first time since February 2017, and he has Conor McGregor at the top of his list.

Silva, who would fail a drug test following his win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208, and following a USADA suspension, the former UFC middleweight champion has publicly called out McGregor.

”I’m waiting for the UFC about my next fight, and I’m training hard,” Silva said in English during a livestream. “I accepted the challenge (from) Conor McGregor, but never (discussed) about this fight (with the UFC). But I’m ready, guys. I’m here, I’m training every day. I never lose my focus. I’m waiting for my next challenge.”

In the end, Silva in Portuguese that he thinks McGregor “is afraid to lose, supposedly, to an old man, but I’m here.”

Silva has fought most of his career at 185 pounds, while McGregor has only fought twice over 155 pounds, in two welterweight showdowns against Nate Diaz.

4. Josh Jauncey Looks For GLORY In NYC

Feeling great heading out of camp, Josh Jauncey makes his move to headline GLORY 61 in New York City.

The Vancouver based fighter looks to step up his game on November 2nd, as he fights for the GLORY lightweight championship against Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong.

“To be honest, I really don’t care that it’s in New York,” Jauncey said about main eventing at the Hammerstein Ballroom.  “At the end of the day, every arena looks the same as soon as you enter the ring.”

When asked about his last time in New York, a loss to Elvis Gashi at GLORY 43, Jauncey did claim that it would be “nice” to grab a win in NYC, after the KO loss, “but it’s more of a matter of getting in there and fighting… I’ll enjoy it when I’m finished.”

Talking about the current champion, Jauncey showed respect, but claimed that “[Sitthichai] is pretty basic, he does the basics very well…”

In training, Jauncey relies on his brother to break down film, “he watches tape 500 times in slow motion and send me clips with all the ways we can catch him and expose him, so we work on that.”

Outside of being a southpaw, Jauncey believes that the current champion “doesn’t change it up very much.”

While Jauncey may see flaws in the champion’s game, Jauncey told FIGHT SPORTS that “focused 100% on becoming a champion.”

“It’s all about the title, and then cementing myself as the best kickboxer in the world. If I beat Sitthichai, then there’s not many other kickboxers that could be considered the best, there’s maybe two or three. After I beat Sitthichati, and the other guys in the division, then we’ll see.”

5. Mikey Garcia Wants Top Fights Over Titles

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Mikey Garcia’s goal is to be the best in the sport of boxing, the only way he feels he can reach that point is by facing current IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. as soon as possible.

Standing in the way of that fight was a mandatory IBF lightweight title fight with Richard Commey, on Tuesday instead of going through with a purse bid and delaying a Pay-Per-View showdown with Spence, Garcia would vacate the title.

“We could not close the agreement because obviously there are a lot of big fights on the horizon for me, obviously people know of my interest in the fight with Errol Spence at welterweight, but there are also fights at 135, 140 and 147 pounds that are very interesting for me and we are trying to specify what is best for us,” said Garcia ESPN Deportes.

“We decided to leave the championship because unfortunately we wanted to reach an agreement with the IBF and Commey but they have their rules and we could not, the time to negotiate is short and in the end I wish the best for Commey and whoever will fight him,” Garcia added.

“We are thinking of fighting in January or February, everything will depend on the fight they give us but in those months we are back. We are going to look for what’s best for us, we want to give them great fights, but it is true that Spence interests us as does Lomachenko, Pacquiao.”

 

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