What were the top stories last week?
I was so busy with work this week that I didn’t have a lot of time to write, but we’ll make up for it here.
Let’s get to the stories that didn’t make the top five.
– Adam Rose was arrested.
– Lillian Garcia wasn’t one of the WWE releases, even though it was rumored.
– An Andre The Giant film is in the works.
– TJ Dillashaw faces Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200.
– Matt Brown’s former jiu jitsu coach jumps him in Brazil.
– Bellator also releases Will Brooks and Vitaly Minakov.
– UFC’s flyweight TUF tournament is back on.
– Canelo vs Khan did nearly 600,000 PPV buys according to Lance Pugmire.
– Kell Brook and Jessie Vargas are close to a unification bout.
– Floyd Mayweather is still trying to talk about a fight with Conor McGregor.
And now, the top five…
5. Phil Davis beats King Mo at Bellator 154.
After multiple changes to Bellator 154, what once looked like a decently stacked card had a lot of star power taken off.
Davis beat Mo in the main event, setting him up for a fight with light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary.
4. WBC postpones Deontay Wilder vs Alexander Povetkin.
Hey, boxing is being a little proactive here. Though, they shouldn’t be given too much credit for doing the right thing.
Alexander Povetkin failed a drug test for meldonium, which is on the banned substances list. His fight with Deontay Wilder has been postponed by the WBC.
We’ve seen instances in the past where drug test failures weren’t handled as neatly as this one. Even though I wanted to see that fight, I’d rather see it on as even a playing field as possible.
3. Is Richard Schaefer on the comeback?
Richard Schaefer was in the news last week discussing his possible comeback to the fight biz. If you remember, he and Oscar De La Hoya had a falling out over Golden Boy and Schaefer left the company. But it sounds like he’s ready to come back.
I can’t imagine him coming back either working for Mayweather Promotions or at least in partner with them. While De La Hoya and Mayweather don’t get along, Schaefer and Mayweather seem to get along decently well.
2. Sources say the UFC is about to be sold.
This was about to be the biggest story of the year, and very might well still be. But it slowed down during the week after Dana White tried to deflect.
Darren Rovell wrote last Wednesday that the UFC was in advanced talks to sell the company. We’ve heard UFC sale talks before. In Rovell’s report, even Dana White threw around the 4-billion number.
But what makes a lot more sense is how it relates to other business endeavors. There is another rumor that the Fertitta brothers could be looking at purchasing the Oakland Raiders to bring them to Las Vegas.
If you put those two stories together, it does make a lot of sense. But it does seem that we’re a little ways away from news that will be anything near final. But if this does happen and the Fertitta brothers don’t own the UFC any longer, it’s the biggest story of the year.
1. Stipe Miocic is the new heavyweight champion.
UFC 198 had a heavy Brazilian flavor to it being that it was held in Curitiba. We saw Cris Cyborg’s debut. We saw Jacare take Vitor Belfort apart. And we saw Stipe Miocic knockout Fabricio Werdum. You can read our live coverage to find all the results.
The main event was odd because Werdum looked bad physically and for whatever reason, he completely played Miocic’s game. He rushed Miocic, possibly thinking he hurt him, but he rushed right into the knockout blow.
— UFC (@ufc) May 16, 2016
Miocic is your new champion and he’ll probably face Alistair Overeem unless Cain Velasquez changes plans at UFC 200.
See you next week.