Top Five – Rest In Power Muhammad Ali

Rest in power

What were the top stories last week?

I don’t like putting deaths in the top five because in some way, I think it minimizes them by turning them into a story that I’m ranking. But I didn’t have a choice here. Muhammad Ali’s death will be one of the biggest stories in the world for 2016.

Let’s get to the stories that didn’t make the top five.

Pro Wrestling

– Goldberg is headlining the next WWE 2K game.

– Dave Dutra, Alex Goff, and Alan Counihan gave their opinions on the polarizing Ricochet and Will Ospreay match.

If you still haven’t watched the match, you can do so below.

– The Masked Man wrote about Vince McMahon, without writing about Vince McMahon.

– There’s a series coming to Netflix about GLOW.

– Tanahashi is out of his match at New Dominion against Kenny Omega. Omega will face Michael Elgin instead.

– Rusev and Lana have set their wedding date.

– Cody Rhodes will work for Evolve on 8/19.

– I’m not quite sure what’s going on, but this is how Matt and Jeff Hardy signed the contract for their upcoming match.

MMA

– Before Michael Bisping shocked the world, Chuck Mindenhall wrote a piece on him for Bill Simmons’ new site, The Ringer.

– Dana White took the Stockton Slap from Nate Diaz.

Getting deals done today #immagetmymoney #stocktonslapped #ufc @representltd #100

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– After losing to Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber will assess things.

– Fedor’s next fight with Fabio Maldonado will air on Fight Pass.

– Don Frye is going into the UFC Hall Of Fame.

Boxing

– – HBO put up highlight for the Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido slobber knocker which ended in a draw.

Rock and Joshua– The Rock and Kevin Hart are in London kicking off promotion for their new movie Central Intelligence. Young heavyweight Anthony Joshua got in the ring with Rock.

And now, the top five…

5. Ariel Helwani’s credential was revoked.

The next few stories will all relate to each other. On Saturday night at UFC 199, right before the main event, Ariel Helwani, Esther Lin, and E. Casey Leydon were escorted out of The Forum.

Helwani tweeted the following:

Kevin Iole wrote more on the situation with quotes from Helwani.

Helwani said:

I was brought to the back by UFC [public relations] and told by Dana White that I had to leave the arena. Dana mentioned that from what I recalled that Brock Lesnar was upset the news was released early and that this could have ruined their deal.

He repeatedly said, “Go cover Bellator. We don’t want you here.”

I said, “What did I do wrong?” He said, “You’re too negative.”

Further down the piece, Iole mentions Helwani’s popularity. Is it possible that Helwani got too big for the UFC’s liking?

Helwani only has 10% of Dana White’s number of Twitter followers, but his influence is strong. He’s the guy casual and hardcore fans believe the most. He spoiled the UFC’s plans to break news about big stories. And oddly, they just made those stories bigger.

4. Brock Lesnar will fight at UFC 200.

You can read Helwani’s story on the Lesnar situation.

That story became bigger than the UFC 199 show. I was on Twitter at the time and was trying to find an update on the fights. But I couldn’t because all the news was about Brock.

How did the UFC get him back? Did WWE allow him? Did he change his contract?

And then WWE published an article about it.

Brock Lesnar WWE UFC

3. Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will rematch at UFC 202.

In yet another story that Helwani broke, McGregor and Diaz will face off at UFC 202. In a way, with Lesnar coming back at UFC 200, it worked out well for UFC. Originally, McGregor and Diaz was going to headline this show, but now, you have two big shows within three months of each other which will help the gate and PPV buys. What a summer for the UFC.

This also kills the noise for any Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight happening this year.

2. Michael Bisping is the UFC middleweight champion.

Michael Bisping is the new UFC middleweight champion
Everyone loves upsets. And this was no different.

It’s still crazy to say it – Michael Bisping is the new UFC middleweight champion.

He won’t be short on contenders. He could fight Chris Weidman at Madison Square Garden. He could face Rockhold again. He could take on Jacare when he’s ready. Or, he could get knocked out by Dan Henderson again. Okay, they probably won’t go with that last one.

1. Rest in power Muhammad Ali.

I already posted my thoughts about Ali on Saturday. Rather than delve into those thoughts again, I wanted to share some of the great stuff I read and saw over the weekend about the greatest.

Roger Ebert watches Rocky II with Ali
Maybe the greatest story ever in Sports Illustrated on the Thrilla In Manilia
My buddy Dazza on his memories of Ali
What happened when Jim Brown challenged Ali

The UFC did a short video celebrating Ali.

HBO Sports put together a brilliant piece. I can’t wait for their upcoming show on him.

RIP to the greatest.

See you next week.

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