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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Jon Jones and Dana White have been firing back and forth yesterday and today. Basically each is calling the other a liar. White claimed Jones was asking for $30 million to do the fight with Francis Ngannou. Jones said he never asked for a dollar figure but said he signed a new deal but feels he deserves more for a superfight. White said that he had text messages that prove otherwise. Jones then told White to release the text messages. Jones also suggested to White that if he doesn't want to pay him, release him so he can be a free agent. Dana White suggested both take a lie detector test. Releasing the text messages would be more enlightening. Jones did say that he makes more than $5 million per fight but believes he should be paid more for a fight with Ngannou. 

Christopher DeJoseph, who was one of the lead writers of Smackdown, was let go. No other details are available.

Here are the weigh-in results for tomorrow's UFC show on ESPN which starts at 6 p.m. Eastern

  • Chris Gutierrez (145.5) vs. Vince Morales (145.5)
  • Casey Kenney (136) vs. Louis Smolka (136)
  • Tim Elliott (126) vs. Brandon Royval (125.5)
  • Klidson Abreau (206) vs. Jamahal Hill (205.5)
  • Billy Quarantillo (149.5) vs. Spike Carlyle (150) - they agreed to a 150 pound catch weight fight
  • Katlyn Chookagian (126) vs. Antonina Shevchenko (125.5)
  • Mackenzie Dern (115.5) vs. Hannah Cifers (115.5) 
  • Brok Weaver (157.5) vs.  Roosevelt Roberts (156) - Weaver missed weight by 1.5 pounds
  • Daniel Rodriguez (170) vs. Gabriel Green (170.5)
  • Augusto Sakai (259.5) vs. Blagoy Ivanov (255.5)
  • Tyron Woodley (170.5) vs. Gilbert Burns (170.5)

As part of Ric Flair's new contract, he sold rights to the term "The Man" to WWE that he had attempted to trademark which led to a business dispute with WWE who had been using the term for Becky Lynch. 

The Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream NXT title match for 6/7 was filmed last night until 1:30 a.m.

WWE

  • WWE has just added a Best of Shayna Baszler show on the WWE Network.
  • Announced 205 Live matches for tonight include Danny Burch vs. Tehuti Miles and Tyler Breeze vs. Tony Nese.
  • Bob Kulivk, who produced and played lead guitar on the song "The Game" for HHH, passed away at the age of 70. He also worked with Chris Jericho's band Fozzy early on.
  • The Fox station in Columbus, OH has a feature with Elias. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

UFC

  • In an interview with Aaron Bronster, Dana White was asked why Ronaldo Jacare Souza wasn't sent home when he arrived in Jacksonville after telling the UFC he had been in contact with someone who had COVID-19. White defended it saying that they were waiting for his test result first.  "Because I didn't want to. It's my show. I'll do what I want to do. I didn't want to. I wanted to wait for the test to come in."
  • There is another controversy brewing for tomorrow's show. According to Ariel Helwani, Nevada wants everyone in attendance at the shows to wear a mask. White told reporters he would not be wearing a mask, and if he's forced to, will watch the show from a private room instead.
  • The LFA noted that five alumni of the promotion, Brandon Royval, Mackenzie Dern, Spike Carlyle, Tim Elliott, Chris Gutierrez and Casey Kenney are fighting on tomorrow night's show. 

MISCELLANEOUS

  • ROH, Pro Wrestling Tees and the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown are celebrating Pride Month with a limited edition Ian Riccaboni Micro Brawlers with proceeds being donated to the Bradbury-Sullivan Center in support of community programs and initiatives.  There will be only 500 figures produced and they are available from ROHProShop.com and ProWrestlingTees.com
  • ROH has announced that 50 matches from the past will be added to Honor Club ever Friday night starting today. Among the matches added today are:
    • DoFixer vs Blood Generation which won the 2006 Match of the Year award in the Observer poll
    • Samoa Joe & Bryan Danielson vs. KENTA & Naomichi Marufuji
    • Christopher Daniels vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH title
    • Nigel McGuinness vs. Claudio Castagnoli for the Pure title
    • Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. A.J. Styles & Matt Sydal
    • Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Roderick Strong & Jack Evans
    • Mercedes Martinez vs. Lacey vs. Daizee Haze vs. Allison Danger
  • Kevin Eck runs down the week in ROH.
  • A graffiti tribute to Shad Gaspard in Somerset, KY is just off the street where Old Monticello St and Beecher St meet if anyone with access wants to visit it.
  • IWTW starting 6/2 will introduce a new weekly streaming block of Japanese wrestling from the Freedoms promotion.
  • Western Australia announced they will be going to Stage 3 on 6/6 meaning that EPW will reopen its wrestling school.
  • Philippine Wrestling Revolution's Homecoming show from last year that features Jeff Cobb and TJP will be streamed as an iPPV on Sunday. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • MLW is releasing a new weekly digital short series called MLW Pulp Fusion on its YouTube channel and page.  The first episode features The Dynasty, Tom Lawlor, Dominic Garrini, Konnan, Myron Reed, L.A. Park and Kevin & Ross & Marshall Von Erich.
  • This week's MLW Anthology show at 10 p.m. tomorrow on Bein Sports and 6:05 p.m. tomorrow on YouTube is built around Low Ki, including matches with Shane Strickland and Homicide.
  • A story on Joe Perri, a longtime Pittsburgh area fan, who passed away due to cancer. (thanks to Lee Wall)
  • CWE's 11th anniversary show will be on its Facebook page live tonight.  There will be attempts to raise money such as you get a shoutout for a $25 donation, plus autographs, phone calls from talent and other things can be had with donations.  The empty arena show starts at 8 p.m. Eastern live from Winnipeg with a tag team tournament.
  • A story on Ron Simmons. (thanks to Mike Kumzuk)
  • A story on Impact's Chris Bey in the RetroMania video game.
  • United Wrestling Network has new segments including Work Rate, Heritage Hall, and The Push.

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