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Andy Ruiz Jr. upsets Anthony Joshua with seventh-round TKO to claim heavyweight titles
A late replacement and massive underdog, Andy Ruiz Jr. just shook up the world. Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) spoiled the long-awaited U.S. debut of unified heavyweight champion and British star Anthony Joshua to score four knockdowns and record a spectacular upset via seventh-round TKO at Madison Square Garden. Not only did Ruiz get up off the canvas early in Round 3 in order to do what oddsmakers felt was nearly impossible, he showed tremendous poise, power and fearlessness in systematically dismantling Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) to flip the heavyweight division upside down.
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 11:38PM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch signed for early 2020
In some totally unexpected news, Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II appears to be on tap for a TBD date in 2020. It won’t happen in 2019, but Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II is apparently a done deal. Wilder announced on Friday that after his expected September rematch with Luis Ortiz, he is going to face Fury next year.
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 12:22PM by JLS - 0 comments
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GLORY now exclusive to UFC Fight Pass, will host live events at UFC's new Las Vegas studio arena
Fight fans in the U.S. will find it much easier to follow GLORY kickboxing in 2019, and they’ll find more content to consume. GLORY officials recently announced that UFC Fight Pass will be the exclusive broadcast home for the company’s events in the U.S., ending a previous deal that saw different portions of the organization’s cards distributed across a variety of platforms.
Submitted Feb 1, 2019 5:49PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor was offered $5M to fight Chinese kickboxer
With the combat sports rumor mill buzzing about Floyd Mayweather’s on-again-off-again kickboxing exhibition bout with Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa, it’s only natural that his rivals might be feeling left out. That may explain why John Kavanagh dropped a rumor of his own in a recent interview about his student and good friend Conor McGregor, who just so happened to be the other half of Mayweather’s August 2017 crossover boxing bout that did blockbuster numbers. The former UFC two-division champion has already weighed in on Mayweather’s potential Rizin Fighting Federation meeting with Nasukawa, and now his coach is saying that “The Notorious” is no stranger to receiving wild offers himself.
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 3:00PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Floyd Mayweather Will Fight In RIZIN FF
In a surprising bit of news, Floyd Mayweather will fight in Japanese MMA/kickboxing promotion RIZIN FF. Word came tonight during a press conference (via Ariel Helwani) that Mayweather will face undefeated Japanese kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN FF 14 on December 31. The news was revealed in a press conference:
Submitted Nov 5, 2018 12:26PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Other Combat Sports, Asian MMA
Floyd Mayweather says he’s going to start training MMA ‘soon,’ claims his wrestling game is a ‘seven’ out of 10
Is Floyd Mayweather actually going work with Tyron Woodley for a potential move to MMA? Less than a week after Woodley suggested that he and Mayweather were going to start training together for the boxing legend’s rumored jump into MMA, Mayweather doubled down on the idea in a Wednesday interview with TMZ. Mayweather said he hasn’t started training with the UFC welterweight champion yet but he is “gonna start soon.” Mayweather added that he’ll probably need longer than the “2 1/2 months” timeline Woodley initially floated to get adequately prepared.
Submitted Mar 15, 2018 3:59PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
Ronda Rousey says a UFC return is ‘as likely’ as her going back to the Olympics for judo
Ronda Rousey doesn’t seem poised for a UFC comeback any time in the near future. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion said Tuesday on “The Ellen Show” that she would put a return to the Octagon on the same plane currently as a return trip to the Olympics. Rousey won the bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 3:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, Other Combat Sports
Floyd Mayweather says he has multi-fight offer with UFC, can 'make a billion dollars'
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the most financially successful boxer of all-time, and now it’s possible he could become the most financially successful MMA fighter ever too?
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:08PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, UFC
Grappling standout Gary Tonon signs with One Championship
Standout American grappler Garry Tonon will make his pro MMA debut with ONE Championship. Company officials today announced the 26-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion had signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the Asian-based promotion. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. A debut date and opponent for “Lion Killer” also haven’t been set.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 4:12PM by Leonstolzz - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Asian MMA
Incompetent NSAC judge given ‘small break’, may judge UFC 216
Why after 24 years are there judges in MMA like Adalaide Byrd who couldn’t tell you how to escape a Guillotine? Add in her hugely controversial boxing score for Canelo Alvarez over GGG and Byrd’s presence becomes something worse than baffling. Jack de Menezes for the Independent reports that executive director of the Nevada Athletic State Commission Bob Bennett confirmed Byrd is currently subject to a “small break” in order to review her performance.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 2:09PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous
Gabe Gonzaga to make pro boxing debut on October 28
Gabriel ‘Napao’ Gonzaga started fighting in his native Brazil in 2003. He retired last year with a 17-11 record, which included a failed title shot at the UFC champion Randy Couture, during which he broke The Natural’s arm with a high kick. Now a 4th degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and founder of Team Squared BJJ in Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 38 Napao is stepping into the professional boxing ring. The fourth and final 2017 installment of Rivera Promotions Entertainment’s popular professional boxing series, “New England’s Future”, will be held Saturday night, October 28, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Gonzaga will make his pro boxing debut in a four-round match against Washington D.C. heavyweight Alando Pugh (1-10-1, 1 KO).
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 12:07PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Mayweather vs. McGregor officially breaks U.K. PPV record
It was not a surprise Sky Sports confirmed this week to Boxing News that the Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor set the company's all-time pay-per-view record
Submitted Sep 8, 2017 12:06PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Mayweather vs. McGregor trending close to PPV buyrate record
The predictions the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor superfight would be the biggest event in pay-per-view television history just might come true after all. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has confirmed an initial report by the Los Angeles Times that the boxing fight, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and televised by Showtime Sports, is projecting to do somewhere in the mid-to-high four millions in domestic pay-per-view purchases.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 10:55AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, UFC
After loss to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor says he's free agent, open to boxing and MMA
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor held off on committing to a UFC return, but said he’s got options for his future. “I have many options in MMA,”McGregor told MMAjunkie at the press conference for “The Money Fight,” which followed his 10th round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I’m sure there’s options that will present themselves in the boxing game. Right now, I’m a free agent. My name is on the ring.” A little loose from his eponymous whiskey, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) spoke proudly of his effort against Mayweather (50-0 boxing) and his ability to get his name on the canvas as a promoter of the lucrative Showtime pay-per-view.
Submitted Aug 27, 2017 9:54AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities
How clicks and likes made Mayweather-McGregor a fight for the Internet age, for better or worse
It’s one of the best and the worst things about the Internet age: Wherever you go, whatever you click on, you are seen. You are counted. The all-seeing eye of the web knows where you came from, what you read and watched, and how long that precious bit of content held onto the frantic sparrow of your attention before it flew away, carried off on a new current. Because the Internet knows where you go, it also knows what to give you. You click, you like, and it resupplies with more of the same to feed your addiction. Which helps explain how we got here, with just a few days to go before one of the most improbable fights in combat sports history finally becomes real, while maybe also becoming the biggest of all time.
Submitted Aug 26, 2017 9:54PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
50 million Americans (nearly 1 in 6) could end up watching Mayweather-McGregor fight
Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties. The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.
Submitted Aug 24, 2017 12:47AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
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‘Money Belt’ for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor revealed
On Wednesday, World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed the custom made “Money Belt” that will be awarded to the winner of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match that takes place on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Submitted Aug 24, 2017 12:28AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Shayna Baszler talks move to pro wrestling, Mae Young Classic and Ronda Rousey WWE rumors
To a lot of people, Shayna Baszler's move from MMA to pro wrestling was leaving one world for another. But for her, given her background, it's more like switching branches on the same tree, an analogy she's used for years, long before she became a pro wrestler, since it was taught to her that way by Billy Robinson.
Submitted Aug 20, 2017 12:05PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities
Unhappy with ‘monkeys’ comment, Floyd Mayweather said fight with Conor McGregor is ‘for all the blacks around the world’
The uncomfortable topic of race came up quickly on the MayMac World Tour last month. Conor McGregor drew criticism on the first stop in Los Angeles after he told Floyd Mayweather to dance for him, referring to the African American boxing star as “boy.” McGregor used similar language a day later in Toronto and then in New York, on the third stop of the tour, it boiled over.
Submitted Aug 9, 2017 12:42AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
Norman Parke gets Lightweight title rematch against Mateusz Gamrot at KSW 40
Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke will get exactly what he has asked for as KSW have officially announced his title rematch with KSW Lightweight champion Mateusz Gamrot will take place on their first ever Irish show, KSW 40, later this year and possibly feature as the evening’s main event. KSW 40 will take place on Sunday, October 22 inside the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland and will mark the major Polish promotion’s first ever Irish show and only their second ever outside of Poland. Previously KSW 32 was held in London, England back in October 2015.
Submitted Aug 1, 2017 11:17PM by JLS - 0 comments
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