FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/14: Mayweather shouts homophobic slur at McGregor at Friday press conference, plus Sage, Saki, TUF, more

By Cole Henry, MMATorch editor

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor - July 14, 2017 press conference (photo credit Steven Flynn © USA Today Sports)

Mayweather-McGregor tour concludes

Today was the fourth stop of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor world tour, and possibly the most controversial. While both men have seemed a bit off at certain points throughout the tour, Mayweather reached a new low today when he used a homophobic slur towards McGregor. “You punk, you f—-t, you ho,” Mayweather screamed near the end of the event.

This tour seemed to be a circus act at times, and I’m not sure what effect it will actually have on the fight or the fighters involved. Mayweather did make several other interesting statements, mentioning that he felt that McGregor went too far with his comments on race and the comments made to Mayweather’s family. He went on to mention that he would never disrespect McGregor’s family.


-Top ranked kickboxer Gokhan Saki announced some time ago that he had signed a UFC contract, and it seems that he finally has an opponent. The UFC has announced that Saki will debut against Henrique da Silva in Japan on September 23. This will be just the second MMA fight for Saki, but his 83-12 kickboxing record, along with his 59 knockouts makes him an interesting MMA prospect.

-Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez have been announced as coaches for Ultimate Fighter season 26. Coming off a brilliant performance against Michael Johnson in his UFC debut, Justin Gaethje’s next assignment is a different sort of competition. It has been announced that he will be the coach of the upcoming Ultimate Fighter 26, against former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

-Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi has been scratched from UFC 214 lineup. I think that this is a blessing in disguise for Sage Northcutt. This was going to be a very tough fight for him, and he really needs a win right now. Hopefully he is re-booked against an opponent that is closer to his own skill lever. He probably isn’t a UFC-caliber fighter, but he could be down the road, so it doesn’t make sense to feed him to a guy with as much experience and skill as Makdessi.

-Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya has been announced for upcoming UFC Fight Night: Mexico City card.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S UPDATE: THURSDAY NEWS DIGEST 7/13: McGregor vs. Mayweather hype in Toronto amped up compared to L.A., Yamasaki defends decision (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

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