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Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard engaged in a five round battle that will be a very early candidate for Fight of the Year. The highly anticipated rematch resulted in an outcome nobody could’ve predicted—a majority draw.
Gray Maynard wasted no time taking the fight to the champion. After a brief feeling out process, Maynard began a serious onslaught with a left hook that sent Edgar spiraling back and around the cage. Another right uppercut put the champ on the mat a second time. In what had to be the longest five minutes of Edgar’s career, he miraculously survived the blitz on heart alone . . . click here for more
“I thought it was my fight.”
Those words came out of Gray Maynard’s mouth over and over at the UFC 125 post fight press conference.
Maynard opened up a commanding lead in the opening round, nearly stunning champion Frankie Edgar with a first round stoppage. “The Bully” lived up to his moniker, flooring the champion three times with big shots and scoring two takedowns. Though Edgar made it out of the round and rallied back, the judges all scored the opener 10-8 for the challenger . . . click here for more
Many thought that Brian Stann bit off more than he could chew when he called out the ultra hot Chris Leben. But when the two stepped in the cage, Stann proved that he was no fool as he blasted Leben and scored a first round TKO. It was quite possibly the biggest victory in Stann’s career as he made his debut at middleweight. It’s a decision that Stann is proud of and also feels was long overdue . . . click here for more
Topping the first professional boxing card of 2011, WBC #3 middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (49-5-1, 42 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Wilson Santana (11-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Centenario in Torreon, Mexico. Time was :45. Rubio is now targeting unbeaten David Lemieux.
In other action, super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) demolished Angel Priolo (30-9, 20 KOs) in round one.
Also middleweight Marco “Dorado Reyes (19-1, 17 KOs) stopped Rito Ruvalcaba (34-11, 30 KOs) in the opening stanza.
In other results: Jose “Piston” Lopez TKO’d Jesus Valenzuela in four; Daniel “Chato” Noriega won a four-round split decision over Julio Cesar “Chicharito” Hernandez; Roberto “Massa” Ortiz knocked out Oscar “Apostol” Solis in round three; and Jose “Venado” Perez won a four-round unanimous decision over Rafael Cerrillo.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
After five highly competitive rounds, UFC world lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar battled to a majority draw with challenger Gray “The Bully” Maynard. In the first round Maynard badly hurt the champion with a punches and nearly finished the fight; Edgar however used his wrestling to survive the round. The remainder of the fight was highly competitive as Edgar scored with quick punches and both men exchanged quick takedowns. In the final round Edgar kept Maynard at bay with hard, snapping punches and stifled the challenger’s takedowns. Scores read 48-46 Maynard, 48-46 Edgar, and 47-47 declaring a majority draw.
Middleweight Brian Stann scored the biggest victory of his career in the night’s co-feature as he KO’ed Chris Leben in the first round with a brutal combination of punches at 3:37. Stann dropped Leben initially with a short combination and, after “The Crippler” regained his footing, the former United States Marine finished him with a hard knee and quick series of hooks.
Photos: Public Adress
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer, head trainer Michael Timm and conditioning coach Christoph Busch have started their long journey to Shymkent, Kazakhstan, where Brähmer and WBA champion Beibut Shumenov will meet in a title unification clash on January 8th. Team Brähmer will travel from Hamburg to Amsterdam to Kazakhstan, arriving tomorrow. (more…)
Your mother always told you that you will be judged by the company you keep. If that’s true in mixed martial arts, then the resume of Gray Maynard keeps looking better and better.
Frankie Edgar, Maynard’s opponent in Saturday’s UFC 125 main event, is a world champion. Nate Diaz is 2-0 with two finishes at 170 pounds since their January 2010 bout. Kenny Florian is a two-time title challenger. Dennis Siver has gone 6-2 after a defeat to Maynard. And Jim Miller has run off a six fight winning streak after losing to “The Bully.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Teofista Boxing will present a card at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Calgary, Canada on January 14 with unbeaten jr welterweights Steve Claggett (10-0-1, 7 KOs) and Jose Mendoza (7-0, 3 KOs) meeting for the WBC Youth Intercontinental title in the headlining bout. In the co-main, Canadian middleweight champion Adam ‘A-Bomb’ Trupish (7-0, 4 KOs) will return to action against Matt Palmer (2-2, 0 KOs). The card will also feature heavyweights Sheldon ‘Prime Time’ Hinton (11-6-1, 4 KOs) and Ken Frank (3-1-1, 2 KOs) colliding in a Canadian heavyweight title eliminator. Tickets are $25-$60. Call 403-607-2001.
From Torreon, Mexico for tomorrow night’s Promociones del Pueblo card:
For the WBC Latino super middleweight title:
Marco A. “Veneno” Rubio 165 vs Wilson Santana 165
For the WBC Latino super featherweight title:
Miguel “Mickey” Roman 129 vs Angel Priolo 128
For the WBC Fecombox middleweight title:
Marco “Dorado Reyes 160 Vs Rito Ruvalcaba 160
Jose “Piston” Perez 140 vs Jesus Valenzuela 140
Raul “Chato” Noriega 113 vs Julio Cesar “Chicharito” Hernandez 113
Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 137 vs Oscar “Apostol” Solis 138
Gerardo Marin 118 vs Arturo Castro 118
Cesar Gandara 112 vs Josue Vega 112
Pugilistic Promotions’ “Badia Spices Friday Night Fights” returns on January 14th at the Magic City Casino featuring what promises to be a war between two unbeaten light heavyweight prospects. Azea Augustama (9-0, 6 KOs) takes on Denis Grachev (8-0-1, 5 KOs) in the eight round main event. Augustama represented his home country of Haiti in the 2008 Beijing Olympics before turning pro. “This is a magnificent card,” Pugilistic Promotions promoter Ramiro Ortiz said. “We have very aggressive fighters, and evenly matched fighters. There are some very good prospects on the card which excites me not only as a promoter, but also as a fight fan.”
Also on the card is fan-favorite Xavier “X-Factor” Burgos (6-1, 2 KOs) taking on Ray Betancourt (8-5, 3 KOs) in a six round junior welterweight bout. (more…)
From the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised UFC 125:
Frankie Edgar 155 vs. Gray Maynard 155
Chris Leben 186 vs. Brian Stann 186
Nate Diaz 170 vs. Dong Hyun Kim 171
Takanori Gomi 155 vs. Clay Guida 156
Thiago Silva 206 vs. Brandon Vera 205
Prelim card televised on Ion:
Marcus Davis 156 vs. Jeremy Stephens 156
Josh Grispi 146 vs. Dustin Poirier 145
Phil Baroni 186 vs. Brad Tavares 185
Mike Brown 146 vs. Diego Nunes 146
Daniel Roberts 171 vs. Greg Soto 171
Antonio McKee 156 vs. Jacob Volkmann 156
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Story by Anthony Springer Jr
Coming into the UFC riding a legendary career and a wave of hype isn’t always a good thing. In the high risk, high reward world of MMA, Takanori Gomi brought more than 30 career wins over from Japan into the Octagon . . . click here for more
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
By Robert Coster
Boxers many time have compelling stories to tell. And such is certainly the case with Haitian-born, Panama-based lightweight prospect Evens Pierre (17-1, 13 KOs). In his short two-year career, Pierre has become the only boxer born and raised in Haiti to win a boxing belt: the WBA Fedecentro title last June, a first step he hopes will move him into the world rankings in this coming year. Winning a boxing title, albeit a regional one, was hailed as a feat by Evens’ supporters back in Haiti, particularly in “Sun City” (Cite Soleil), the commune where he was born, a misnomer since the area is in fact an extended, dreary slum on the outskirts of the Haitian capital of Port au Prince, one of the poorest, crime-ridden, disease-ridden places in the world. (more…)
Former WBC Caribbean champion, Manuel Quezada will attempt to win back that crown when he takes on Mike Mollo in the twelve round main event on January 29th at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. Quezada was summoned for the fight after the man who defeated him; Jason Gavern had to pull out due to an injury. Quezada of Wasco, California has a record of 29-6 with eighteen knockouts.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Deliverance Evangelistic Church
2001 West Lehigh Avenue (site of the old Connie Mack Stadium)
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Service begins at 11am.
Living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield returns to the ring January 22nd headlining the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” pay-per-view event, live from America’s resort, The Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
“Redemption In American” is presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier and will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media on January 22nd LIVE at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources have indicated that there is now a strong chance that three-time world champion and Mexican ring legend Erik ‘Terrible’ Morales will seek a world title in a fourth different weight division against his compatriot Juan Manuel Marquez, also a three-time world champion and currently WBA and WBO lightweight champion. The possible date mentioned is April 16 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Morales reappeared in 2010 and defeated Jose Alfaro, Willie Limond and Francisco Lorenzo.
WBO interim light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has revealed his New Year’s resolution – to fight in Wales for the first time in more than three years. He won his world title, as well as the British, Commonwealth and European crowns, on the road. He has thrilled fans in London, Swindon, Las Vegas, Birmingham and Liverpool since he fought on the undercard of Joe Calzaghe’s super-middleweight title clash with Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff as long ago as November 2007. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
TIts been billed as a battle for validation and respect when UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar takes on Gray “The Bully” Maynard at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. It will be a clash of very different wrestling styles as Edgar brings his endless gastank and incredible will against Maynard’s superior size and brute strength. Although most have already written off Edgar’s title reign as over in less than six months, the champion will be anxious to disprove his critics and it will show in his performance on Saturday . . . place your bets. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon
Nobody can deny that the twenty-eight months since his break through win over Miguel Cotto have been the toughest of Antonio Margarito’s sixteen-year career. Six months after his TKO of the Puerto Rican star in Las Vegas, Margarito found himself on the losing side of a ninth round knockout from Shane Mosley and in the middle of a controversy that would change his life forever. Accused of using illegal hand wraps prior to his championship bout against Mosley in which he lost the WBA welterweight title, Margarito was soon suspended for over a year beginning in February of ‘09. Furiously holding on to his innocence through out his hearing and the subsequent months after, Margarito (38-7, 27KOs) made his comeback to the ring once again last May and won a unanimous decision over Texas’ Robert “Amenaza” Garcia in Aguascalientes, MX.
Soon after, Margarito’s promoter Bob Arum announced that the “Tijuana Tornado” would be taking on the best fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao in November. The much anticipated mega fight drew overforty thousand boxing fans to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX, to watch Pacquiao win a lopsided decision for the vacant WBC super welterweight crown, his eight title in as many divisions. The never say die Margarito suffered a fractured right orbital bone caused by a punch in the fourth roundwhich impaired his vision until the end of the bout and forced him to visit the hospital soon after.
“The fight changed after the fourth round, he caught me with an uppercut and hurt my eye and after that, I couldn’t see,” Margarito stated as he sat ringside at a fight card in his hometown of Tijuana, MX, in one his first public appearances after the fight. “I was told that I hurt him in that round but I didn’t see it or else I would have finished him right there.” (more…)
Main Events won the rights to promote the fight for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight title between Zab Judah of Las Vegas, Nevada and Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa. Judah, promoted by Main Events is ranked number two in the organization’s rankings and Mabuza, promoted by Branco Milenkovic is ranked number one. The bout needs to take place within the next 90 days. Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, announced that the fight will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, late February or early March.
Top-rated female super bantamweight contender Alicia “Slick” Ashley (15-9-1, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY will face the aggressive Crystal Hoy (5-3-3, 2 KOs) in the eight round main event of Maureen Shea’s Pandora Promotions in association with Global Boxing Promotions’ “Brooklyn Explosion” on January 13th at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY. The Jamaican-born Ashleywas recently named the mandatory contender for the WBC Super Bantamweight title. Also featured on the card will be Israeli fan favorite Eilon Kedem (11-4-4, 7 KOs) in a six-round super bantamweight matchuP. Only 10 ringside tickets remain. The Masonic Temple is located at 317 Clemont Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets, priced $75 and $50, can be purchased by contacting Amanda at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ at 201.348.3149.
Back in the day in Brazil, the term Christ Fighter of MMA led you to only one name, UFC, Pancrase, PRIDE and K-1 veteran Ebenezer Fontes Braga.
Trying to spread the word of his Christian faith at the same time as he was winning fights in high-profile competitions, Braga was one of the most unique fighters competing at the end of the 90s and in the beginning of the new millennium. He had a small problem though; how to explain to the members of his church that his work was based on fighting people professionally . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Daiki Kameda will give up his WBA flyweight championship because of problems making the weight limit of the division. Sources say the official announcement should be made soon. Everything indicates that the interim champ Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion will be declared the regular flyweight monarch according to the WBA rules. Concepcion could fight next in Japan in February or March.
By Rey Colon / The Sport Press
Antonio Margarito plans to go directly to a second showdown with Miguel Cotto in June in New York City, but first must receive the approval of his doctors next week and his plastic surgeon at the end of January according to Francisco Espinoza, one of the “Tijuana Tornado’s” handlers. Margarito suffered a dangerous injury to his right cheek in his clash with Manny Pacquiao, but Espinoza estimates that by May or June he would be in condition to fight Cotto, who is planning to defend his WBA junior middleweight belt against Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 in Las Vegas before moving to the grudge rematch with Margarito.
Battle-tested Sherman “Tank” Williams plans to give living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield a beating January 22 when they headline “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort, The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia . . . click here for more
Moments ago Fightnews spoke with former world champion and world champion trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Mustafa spoke on his recent split with former world champion Chad Dawson and his new light heavyweight star, former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) of Hungary.
“It’s just the nature of the game,” said Muhammad. “Somebody has to take the blame. Its no secret that Dawson had major issues going on outside of the ring leading up to the Pascal fight. It wouldn’t have mattered who was training him that night nor would it have changed his performance. I had heard rumblings about the change in trainers for Dawson a few months back so I knew what the deal was. I will just keep it moving. My work as a boxing trainer does not depend on one fighter. My plate is always full. I just took on the role of trainer for former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei. We will begin training after the holidays here in Las Vegas where I reside. My only regret regarding the Dawson separation is that I taught him all he knew but didn’t get a chance to teach him all I knew. I have nothing personal at all against Chad Dawson. I’m not a negative person at all. That’s just not who I am. This is just part of the business. I wish him well in all his fights except when he’s fighting one of my fighters, of course.”
Story & photo by Anthony Springer Jr.
The legendary career of “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell is over.
At least in the Octagon.
After two false starts regarding retirement and months of speculation, UFC President Dana White along with Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta officially announced the retirement of Liddell at Wednesday’s UC 125 press conference. (more…)
A card promoted by LA Boxing of El Paso will kick off the action in 2011 at the border when, on Jan. 28, “Bloodsport Championships” will be held at the El Paso Grand Ballroom, 3136 Trawood, El Paso. Six boxing bouts will comprise the card. In boxing: Joel Garcia vs. Jacob Armijo at flyweight; Yoel Gonzalez vs. Gabe Garcia at lightweight; Wesley Marquez vs. Leonardo Sanchez at super bantam; Ricardo Delgado vs. Edgar Zubia at super lightweight; Carlos Villa vs. Colbert Lozoya at welter; and Eric Reza vs. Christopher Simmons at heavyweight. For more info and to or Marriott der tickets, check out www.bloodsportchampionships.com.
UFC President Dana White started Wednesday’s live press conference for the lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard at UFC 125 with a surprise announcement regarding one of the sport’s most respected icons. In front of assembled media and fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, White broke the news that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Fame member Chuck Liddell, a true pioneer and legend in the sport, is retiring from competing in the UFC. (more…)
It was the crown jewel in 2009’s Fight of the Year. Clay Guida, back against the cage, trading punches with Diego Sanchez. Stunned momentarily by Sanchez’s onslaught, but bravely firing back with punches of his own. It was extremely entertaining. But it was not in Guida’s best interests . . . Click here for more by Philip Ferraro, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 125, check out www.UFC.com
Former WBC and IBF light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson will be trained by Emanuel Steward when he begins preparations for his rematch against WBC light heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal early next year. The Hall of Fame trainer has agreed to join Dawson’s corner as head trainer. “I have always been a big fan of Chad’s and I think he will bring excitement back to the light heavyweight division and to boxing,” said Steward. “I am not interested in winning decisions. I’m concussion crazy. I only want Chad to win by knockouts and I know that’s what he wants to do too. HBO’s investment in Chad is going to pay off big dividends and his stock will be a “strong buy” in 2011, especially after he destroys Pascal in their rematch. (more…)
Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ will dedicate his performance on Jan. 29 to his promoter’s wife of 50 years, Mrs. Henrietta King, who died earlier this month after a lengthy illness at age 87. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), from St. Louis, will face undefeated World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), from North Palm Springs, Calif., at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., on Jan. 29 in a long-awaited world championship unification match at the 140-pound weight limit.
“Don King has promoted me since the beginning of my professional career in 2004,” Alexander said from his Las Vegas training camp. “Mrs. King was with Don for over 50 years. Don has always been there for me, and I want to dedicate my performance on Jan. 29 to Mrs. King for always being there for Don. Mrs. King was a great lady and I was honored to have met her. I will honor her with the best performance of my life at the Silverdome in Pontiac.”
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After nearly a decade, professional boxing makes its return to Harrisburg, PA on February 12 at the Zembo Shrine in the new fight series, “Capitol Punishment.” The series, presented by Payton Promotions, kicks off the inaugural show with WBA #12 light heavyweight Tommy Karpency (20-2, 13 KOs) from nearby Pittsburgh, PA in an eight-rounder against Dallas Vargas (22-6, 16 KOs). The co-main event showcases local phenom Stevie Weimer (5-0, 2 KOs) against Julias Edmonds (7-9, 0 KOs) in a six-round light welterweight matchup. Tickets are $35, $45, $60 and $550 for a VIP Table that seats eight. For tickets call 717-585-1993.
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