Floyd Mayweather says he’s coming out of retirement in 2020, Dana White shares Instagram post

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather said on social media Thursday night he’s coming out of retirement, and UFC president Dana White was quick to share the news.

Mayweather announced on his Instagram lately Thursday that he is coming out of retirement in 2020. This is what he wrote.

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Coming out of retirement in 2020

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“Coming out of retirement in 2020”

White was quick to re-post the photo of Mayweather on his own Instagram account, which has quickly led to speculation that White and Mayweather may have come to a deal.

On Wednesday night, Mayweather and White were shown sitting beside each other at the L.A. Clippers vs. Boston Celtics NBA game in Los Angeles. Mayweather shared a photo of the two sitting courtside on his Instagram.

“@danawhite and I working together again to bring the world another spectacular event in 2020. #boxing #UFC #mma #mayweatherpromotions”

The question is now, what are Mayweather and White working on?

For months now, White has teased Zuffa Boxing. What better way to lead off White’s boxing venture with a bang than with Mayweather as the headliner. Such a partnership is something that could be very lucrative for both sides. Then again, Mayweather also said recently in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he’s done with boxing. It’s hard to say what the actual truth is at this point.

But if White and Mayweather were to come to an agreement on some sort of deal, it wouldn’t be the first time as White and Mayweather have been no stranger to co-promotion in the past. In 2017 White allowed UFC superstar Conor McGregor to fight outside his UFC contract against Mayweather, an agreement that all parties profited from. Perhaps White and Mayweather have come up with another deal that benefits all sides. At this point, it’s pure speculation.

Do you think UFC president Dana White and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather have worked out some sort of deal for his return?

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Yoel Romero takes a shot at Israel Adesanya with “Captain Phillips” meme

Top UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero took a shot at UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on Thursday night with a hilarious “Captain Phillips”-inspired meme.

Romero and Adesanya have engaged in a war of words on social media and in interviews lately with a potential fight between the two rivals on the horizon. With No. 1 contender Paulo Costa injured and unavailable to compete until next summer, Romero has been bandied about as Adesanya’s next potential opponent. Both men have said they have agreed to the matchup, but for whatever reason, it hasn’t been officially booked by the UFC yet as the promotion sorts out its Q1 2020 fight calender.

Always with a strong Twitter game, Romero continued to take shots at Adesanya on social media this week, tagging Adesanya in a hilarious meme featuring ‘the captain’ from the Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips.” Check out what Romero sent to Adesanya on Twitter below.

“I’m telling my kids this was @stylebender #iseeyousoonboi”

The caption in the meme reads, ‘I am the captain now.’

Romero and Adesanya seem locked in on a collision course for the UFC middleweight title. Although Romero is currently on a two-fight losing skid with decision defeats to Costa and former champ Robert Whittaker in his last two bouts, “The Soldier of God” remains a highly-respected fighter at 185lbs. Fans, media and fellow fighters all know how dangerous Romero and how much Adesanya is taking a risk fighting him. So while the fight may not make sense on paper considering Romero’s losing skid, it’s still a fight fans want to see.

At this point, Romero and Adesanya are just waiting for the UFC to send the contracts. Both guys want the fight, the fans want it, and the media agree it’s a reasonable matchup, so it’s just up now to UFC president Dana White and the matchmakers to send the contracts out.

Do you think the UFC will give Yoel Romero the next UFC middleweight title shot against Israel Adesanya?

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Corey Anderson calls Jon Jones a ‘casual’ MMA fan

UFC light heavyweight contender Corey Anderson labeled UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as a “casual” fan for his use of MMA math to justify fighting Dominick Reyes next.

Jones wrote on Twitter that he wants to fight Reyes next instead of Anderson, and used the fact that Ovince Saint Preux knocked out Anderson while Reyes dominated OSP as the reason for why Reyes is the more dangerous opponent.

Anderson saw what Jones had to say and criticized the champ’s approach to wanting to fight Reyes next instead of him.

Here’s what Anderson wrote on his Twitter today after seeing what Jones said.

“Lol come on jony boi you kno how the fight went all the way up to that point. I took my L and learned from it. And barely been touched since. I don’t think I’ve absorbed 100 strikes in last 4 fights combined. And was domdonating that one. You starting to act like a casual..”

“We got the “goat” out here using MMA math now to justify his scared ways Now I’ve seen it out. When goats turning into dogs..a female dog at that. #casual #ufc”

Jones vs. Reyes is not official yet by any means, but BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor reported the fight will headline UFC 247 this February in Houston, Texas.

If Reyes indeed gets the title shot instead of Anderson, it leaves “Overtime” in a bit of a pickle as far as his next opponent goes. He’s already said he doesn’t want to fight Anthony Smith, and he’s already beaten Jan Blachowicz, so it’s hard to say who would be next for Anderson if Reyes indeed gets the title shot. He may opt to sit out and wait to fight the winner of Jones vs. Reyes, but that doesn’t always work out too well.

Do you agree with Corey Anderson’s comments about Jon Jones using MMA math to justify fighting Dominick Reyes next instead of him?

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Cris Cyborg vs. Julia Budd betting odds released

The opening betting odds have been released for the main event of Bellator Los Angeles between Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd and challenger Cris Cyborg.

The online sportsbooks William Hill released the odds for Cyborg vs. Budd. Check them out below, courtesy of BestFightOdds.com.

Bellator 238 Opening Odds

Cris Cyborg -360
Julia Budd +250

The challenger Cyborg opened as the betting favorite. She is a -360 favorite to win the fight, meaning a $360 bet would win you $100. The champion Budd opened as the betting underdog. She is a +250 underdog, meaning a $100 bet would win you $250.

Typically, the champion is often the favorite heading into a title fight. However, in this case, it’s fair that Cyborg was labeled as the favorite by the oddsmakers.

Cyborg (21-2, 1 NC) is regarded by many as the greatest female MMA fighter of all time. She is the former UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC women’s featherweight champion. The 34-year-old Brazilian is headed to Bellator after a mostly successful stint in the UFC where she went 6-1 overall with wins over Felicia Spencer, Holly Holm, Yana Kunitskaya, Leslie Smith, Tonya Evinger, and Lina Lansberg.

However, she did suffer a brutal KO loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232, her first loss in over 13 years since her pro debut back in 2013, and only the second loss overall during her storied MMA career. After getting into a contract dispute with UFC president Dana White, the promotion let free to pursue other opportunities, and she chose to sign with Bellator, who immediately awarded her a title shot against their champion Budd.

Budd (13-2) has been extremely dominant so far during her Bellator career with a perfect 7-0 record in the promotion. The 36-year-old Canadian is actually riding an 11-fight win streak and she has only lost twice in her career, to the aforementioned Nunes and to women’s MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey. She is an incredible champion and a tremendous talent in her own right, but going up against a superstar like Cyborg, it’s not surprising Budd is being viewed as the underdog in this fight despite being the one with the belt.

Who do you like based on the opening odds in the Cris Cyborg vs. Julia Budd title fight?

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Leon Edwards waiting on Tyron Woodley to sign contract

The manager for UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards says the UFC has offered his client a fight against Tyron Woodley and he is just waiting on ‘T-Wood’ to sign the contract.

The manager for Edwards spoke to veteran MMA journalist Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com and told him that they have been speaking to the UFC for three months about a potential date with Woodley. At this point, Edwards has accepted the matchup, and he is just waiting for Woodley to accept it.

Check out what Martin wrote on his Twitter about the potential fight below.

“Spoke to Leon Edward’s manager today and he says they’ve spoken at length with the UFC about a fight against Tyron Woodley over the past 3 months but they are just waiting on Woodley to accept.

Leon doesn’t want to take a step back so Woodley is the most logical choice for his next opponent”

This potential matchup between Edwards and Woodley makes perfect sense considering the current state of the UFC welterweight division. Next month at UFC 245, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman puts his belt on the line against top contender Colby Covington. The winner of that title fight is likely going to fight the red-hot Jorge Masvidal next.

Edwards is 10-2 overall in the UFC and is currently riding an eight-fight win streak. In his last fight at UFC San Antonio he picked up the biggest win of his career to date when he defeated former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. He also has wins over Donald Cerrone and Gunnar Nelson during his current win streak.

As for Woodley, the former UFC welterweight champion hasn’t fought since losing his belt to Usman earlier this year at UFC 235. He was set to fight Robbie Lawler at UFC Minneapolis back in June but the fight was scrapped and Woodley hasn’t fought since. He is currently doing work for TMZ and doesn’t appear to be in a rush to get back in the cage.

Are you intrigued by a potential welterweight bout between Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards?

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Randy Couture gives health update after heart attack scare

A month after suffering a heart attack, UFC legend Randy Couture has provided a positive update about his current condition.

The MMA world was left in shock almost exactly one month ago when TMZ reported that Couture had suffered a heart attack while working out in his native Los Angeles. After going home and continuing to feel chest pain, the UFC legend proceeded to walk himself to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart attack and treated. He later attributed the heart attack to having thicker blood than the average human being.

TMZ Sports caught up with Couture and his partner in L.A. and asked him how he’s feeling a month after the heart attack scare. Here’s what “The Natural” Said.

“Everything’s great, man. I feel amazing. I should have thinned this blood out a long time ago, I guess,” Couture said.

“Second follow-up on Friday. Everything’s normal, back to normal. So I gotta stay on top of the thick blood. Gotta give blood on a regular basis. Unfortunately, they have to throw my blood away because I was stationed in Germany in the 80s. That’s just the way it is.”

It’s great to hear that Couture, one of the sport’s all-time greatest fighters and a true ambassador for mixed martial arts, is feeling better. At the time of the heart attack, tributes poured in from all over the MMA community as his fellow fighters and others involved in the sport sent their best wishes to the former UFC champion.

Couture is currently involved in the entertainment industry in Hollywood and will continue to film new movies now that he’s feeling better. He is also expected to return to his post as PFL’s color commentator when the promotion has its finale on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas.

Where do you rank Randy Couture amongst the sport’s all-time greatest fighters?

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Ben Askren wants to give television commentary a try

Recently retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren says that he wants to give television commentary for MMA events a try now that his fighting career is over.

Askren announced his retirement Monday on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, citing a need for hip replacement surgery as the main factor behind his decision. Askren was undefeated heading into the UFC with a 18-0, 1 NC record and was the former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion. But he struggled in the Octagon with just a 1-2 record, including back-to-back stoppage losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia.

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Askren was asked what’s next for him following his retirement from active competition. “Funky” said he is interested in giving television a try.

Here’s what Askren told TMZ.

“I think there’s a chance. I think I’m going to give it a try. I’ve got a lot of people encouraging me to give it a try. I’m going to give it a try. I’m still not sure if I’m going to like it or not. I’m up for debate on that,” Askren said.

Though Askren’s fighting career inside the Octagon didn’t go the way he wanted it to, he still generated plenty of headlines with his brilliant gift for gab. Askren is one of the most popular fighters on social media with fans and media, and he also cuts tremendous promos in interviews. His mic skills are top-notch and if he were to give MMA commentary a try he would likely do very well at his job.

Former UFC light heavyweight Sean O’Connell recently made the switch to MMA commentary for PFL’s events and has been praised for his work on television, so maybe Askren can follow in his footsteps and succeed as well.

Do you think Ben Askren will be successful doing television commentary for MMA events?

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