We’re using behind report on final week’s biggest business stories opposite a churned martial humanities universe.
As a result, we have a lot some-more to cover, that brings us to this special mid-week edition of “MMA Biz.” Rather than follow a standard format with a long-form lead story, here are a 5 biggest developments from a week-and-a-half left by, featuring Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Cris “Cyborg” and more.
1) Conor McGregor Inks His End Of Floyd Mayweather Deal
News of Dana White and Conor McGregor similar to terms on a quarrel with Floyd Mayweather was all though reliable 10 days ago, as a UFC President suggested that all his warrior had to do was put coop to paper.
“We’re right there to get this understanding done,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on May 13. “I would like to get it finished this Sunday, and start negotiating with Team Mayweather … Conor and we have concluded on a deal.”
It’s been all still on a traffic front given that time, though White told Okamoto that he is awaiting to accommodate with longtime Mayweather confidant Al Haymon — who he’s reportedly been in hit with for months — someday this week.
With that said, it would be intolerable if a Mayweather side got finished as quick as McGregor’s given that a undefeated fighter will positively direct a infancy income stake. Meanwhile, White will be angling for during slightest a 50/50 split given that he and McGregor have to divvy up their share.
Of course, a vital financial gap could still put a kibosh on a multi-million buy super-fight. But with hundreds of millions to be made, and with Floyd recently putting a contingency during “90 percent” that it eventually goes down, we contend this thing gets requisitioned for a finish of a year.
If it doesn’t, it’ll be a unequivocally bad demeanour for all parties — quite McGregor, whose two-weight UFC pretension power still includes 0 defenses.
2) Cris “Cyborg” Cited for Misdemeanor Battery
Things got a small chippy between Cris “Cyborg” and strawweight play black Angela “Your Majesty” Magana during a UFC Athlete Retreat this past weekend in Las Vegas.
The beef stemmed from descent tweets Magana had sent out on Cyborg progressing this year, including this:
— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 27, 2017
It’s tough to tell from a usually video expelled of a occurrence (see above), though a legitimate UFC women’s featherweight champion landed a true right on Magana’s face before onlookers pennyless adult a action. The former TUF aspirant was reportedly diagnosed with “acute conduct injury, cervical strain, as reported by TMZ Sports.
While Cyborg avoided arrest, a Brazilian has been cited for misconduct battery, that can lift a chastisement of 6 months in jail and a excellent adult to $1,000. More than likely, Cyborg will get off with a excellent and village service, though how this impacts her already hilly standing with a UFC stays to be seen. A matter Cyborg put out Monday doubt a MMA leader’s association enlightenment will expected do her no favors.
With initial champion Germaine de Randamie MIA, a UFC’s women’s featherweight multiplication is on really skinny ice.
3) Georges St-Pierre Back To Welterweight?
With Georges St-Pierre and now Michael Bisping incompetent to contest until this winter, it’s looking increasingly expected that their middleweight championship quarrel will be scrapped, creation approach for an halt 185-pound pretension hitch between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker.
Where does that leave GSP?
Back where he should have been in a initial place, according to Dana White, who says a longtime welterweight champ will face “whoever a 170-pound champion is when he comes back.” With Tyron Woodley and No. 1 contender Demian Maia set to face off some time this summer, St-Pierre holding on a leader in late-2017 would make a lot of sense.