October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King, only eight years into promoting, convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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May 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I first heard the name, “Brock Lesnar,” he was a 270 lb. World Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Entertainment) brute who to me looked so “monster-like” that if the WWE wasn’t scripted and based on “worked” (predetermined) matches, that he could kick anybody’s ass, maybe even the great “Andre The Giant,” again if the fights were real.
PRO WRESTLING CAREER PRIOR TO UFCHis time as a professional wrestler spanned from 2000, when he was wrestling and learning the “game” with Shelton Benjamin in Ohio Wrestling, a WWF developmental farm club. In 2002, Brock debuted in the WWF and his career as a “fake” fighter took off. He had epic matches, albeit “worked” with Kurt Angle, himself an Olympic Gold Medalist n 1996. His first title opportunity was when he took the WWF title from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Wrestlemania 19 in 2003. That followed with landmark matches with the late mass murderer Chris Benoit and Bill Goldberg, a collegiate gridiron star that never made in the NFL.
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May 6th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When it comes to writers, ther has never been a scribe that I’ve enjoyed and learned more from than Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and WrestlingObserver.com The man is a virtual encyclopedia on every form of MMA, every fight, every fighter, I’m telling you nobody knows more than Dave when it comes to the new era of combat sports. That being said, Meltzer was the sole guest on the “Ring Talk MMA Hour” and he rocked! To LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
April 27th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- To say that UFC President Dana White is pissed off, well that might be the understatement of 2012 when it comes to the world of MMA. Earlier this week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission refused to license Alistair Overeem, this after testing positive about six weeks ago for Testosterone, an-anabolic Steroid. At first I was told that his level was 7-1, which would put him with a hair of Nevada’s limit. But when the results were finally released, Overeem, of the Netherlands, a Strikeforce star before signing with the UFC late last year and then defeating ex-champ Brock Lesnar, had a 14-1 ratio, Nevada will let a 6-1 ratio go, WADA, the World Anti Doping Assn. has a 4-1 cut off. Overeem is suspended with “stipulations” that say he cannot fight anywhere in the world for nine months!
CHAMPION DOS SANTOS NOW FACES FRANK MIR!
On May 26, it’ll be ex-UFC champ Frank Mir challenging the best stand up fighting heavyweight in probably MMA history in Junior Dos Santos. After capturing the title with a KO of Cain Velasquez last November on the UFC debut card on FOX TV, Dos Santos, had fought with a broken foot, and Velasquez with a bad knee and shoulder, Dos Santos has fully recovered, as has Velasquez and both will be on the May 26 Pay Per View card from Las Vegas. READ MORE…
December 31st, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There are no more questions regarding the ability of Alistair Overeem after his one round dismantling of ex-UFC heavyweight (205-265 lbs) champion Brock Lesnar. Born in the United Kingdom and now living in the Netherlands, Overeem, who has won titles in organizations like K-1, Dream and Strikeforce, had went went 10-0 with a draw in his last 11 scraps. But seeing he wasn’t fighting anybody in the UFC top ten, people doubted his ability. Not anymore!
OVEREEM TOOK IT RIGHT TO LESNAR
The best heavyweight kick boxer in the world, Overeem looked to be in great condition, while Lesnar appeared a little bit fleshy. This may have had a lot to do with the fact Brock had been off for 14 months and underwent massive intestinal surgery. Both men started in the standing position which favored Overeem seeing Brock was a former NCAA (collegiate) wrestling champion. Lesnar tried taking Overeem down, but each time Lesnar attempted to do so, either Overeem escaped Brock’s grasp, or he made Lesnar pay with some vicious knees.
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December 30th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
BROCK LESNAR RETURNS AFTER HAVING SURGERY & LAYOFFLESNAR NEEDS WIN OR HE’S DONE?
San Francisco, CA- The Ultimate Fighting Championship go tonight (Friday) on PPV with UFC 141 from Las Vegas, NV. Not Saturday, but tonight at 7 PM PT Zuffa Sports, the UFC’s parent company, gets a little “risky” with one of their incredible draws Brock Lesnar going against Alistair Overeem, a fighter with a 6’5 frame and 256 pounds. We know Lesnar, a half inch shorter, cuts 20 lbs. to weigh the 265 heavyweight limit Thursday and will weight about 285 come fight time. If Lesnar gets beat here, I’m sure they’d find another fight for him, but his value on PPV and overall would plummet.
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December 23rd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Looking at the next two UFC “main” events only, the UFC goes next Friday night in UFC 141 live on pay per view from Las Vegas, NV. Not Saturday, but Friday night December 30 at 10 PM ET (7 PM PT) Zuffa Sports, the UFC’s parent company, gets a little “risky” with one of their incredible draws Brock Lesnar going against Alistair Overeem, a fighter with a 6’5 frame and 255 or so pounds. We know Lesnar, a half inch shorter, cuts 20 lbs. to weigh the 265 heavyweight limit and will weigh about 285 come fight time. If Lesnar gets beat here, I’m sure they’d find another fight for him, but his value on PPV and overall would plummet.
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September 7th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
BENOIT STORY OFF ‘TILL MONDAY! THURSDAY NIGHT ALL ABOUT GATTI!
San Francisco, CA- Part 6 & 7 of the Chris Benoit: Double Murderer & Suicide have been pushed to next week. Today, we have Professor Marbry on “Bare Knuckle Boxing,” the Steroid Scandal and North Korea’s Government, and MMA star Allistair Overeem fighting Brock Lesnar in December. Late today, I’ll give you what investigators said about the 2009 murder of Arturo Gatti. Only at RingTalk.com!
September 2nd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I penned the story a couple of weeks ago that the Ultimate Fighting Championships, featuring Mixed Martial Arts fighters, the fastest growing sport in the world, that the UFC was going to the Fox TV Network after signing a $100 million dollar a year (seven years) deal, some people in the boxing world, said, “So what?” Then it was announced that the UFC would go on the same date, November 12, that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez box on HBO PPV, and that Fox would pull out all the stops when it came to advertising their first UFC show, boxing people, especially Todd du Beof, Vice President of Top Rank, the promotional firm that handles Pacquiao. In short, the announcement blew out a slew of fuses in the boxing world.
UFC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT ON FOX NOVEMBER 12
Although some thought that there was no cause for alarm, especially Top Rank chief Bob Arum, at least that what he was saying, I would bet he soiled his shorts when he found that the UFC’s unbeaten World heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, a Mexican-American who delivers the goods, will meet Brazil’s Jr. Dos Santos in what will be Cain’s first title defense since he blasted out Brock Lesnar last year on the same night that Pacquiao-Marquez III. The whole idea of this, in my mind, is to show both casual sports fans and boxing fans alike, those not yet enamored with the UFC, that MMA is as, if not more exciting than boxing, and that you won’t have to pay $70 bucks to watch READ MORE…
August 24th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
It’s been nearly 13 years at an event called ‘Ultimate Brazil,’ since the UFC has been in the uncrowned birthplace of what we now know as Mixed Martial Arts. At that time the city was Sao Paolo, but this time the UFC is pulling out all the stops and are going to Rio de Janeiro. A card laden heavy with Brazilian fighters, probably the greatest of them all Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva tops the bill.
“THE SPIDER” HAS ALL THE TOOLS FOR MMA SUPREMACY
Silva (30-4, 17 KO’s, 6 subs), the current UFC middleweight (185 lbs.) champion, will defend that title against #1 contender Yushin ‘Thunder’ Okami (26-5, 9 KO’s 4 subs) in a rematch of a fight that took place over five years ago in another organization. In that fight, Okami won a technical disqualification due to what was deemed to be an illegal kick by Silva. I doubt the same will happen here as I anticipate Silva will dominate his formidable challenger.
OKAMI HAS PLENTY OF WEAPONS IN HIS MMA ARSENAL
This is not to say that Okami doesn’t have a chance; he is a strong wrestler, which many believe is the formula needed to defeat Silva, ala Chael Sonnen’s near flawless performance last year. He also has a very strong chin as of his five losses, only one has come via KO and that was early in his career back in 2003. However, in Silva he’s fighting arguably the number one fighter in the world. As a matter of fact, that DQ loss to Okami was Silva’s last.
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August 7th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- Literally 30 minutes before the first fight of UFC 133 and you can feel the electricity in the air here at The Wells Fargo Center in the City of Brotherly Love. Whether in Philadelphia, Las Vegas or Rio de Janeiro, where they’ll be in three weeks, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, better known as the UFC, delivers excitement like no other sporting event in the 21st century.
PRELIMS WERE ALL GOING THE DISTANCE
That of course was before the fights actually started, so the question is did it actually deliver? Early on during the prelims, it looked as though the answer was going to be no as fight after fight kept ending in lackluster decisions. However, as the night progressed, so did the action and by the time we got to the main card, the action was full throttle, the adrenaline was flowing and the crowd was like a ticking bomb waiting to go off. Now the big question was, did the main event deliver?
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July 25th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- What a difference a year makes? A year ago, Pat Curran (pictured @ left) was a relative unknown when he entered the Bellator season three lightweight (155 lbs.) eight-man tournament and won. Though he lost in his bid against lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, he showed his worth by lasting five rounds with one of the top ‘pound for pound’ fighters in the world. This year, he appears to be doing the same thing, only this time it’s ten pounds lighter in the featherweight (145) division and he’s a clear cut favorite.
CURRAN IS CURRENTLY ON A GREAT ROLL!
Curran (15-4, 3 KO’s 5 subs) won a unanimous decision Saturday night on MTV2 in the tournament semifinals against highly touted and pre-tourney favorite Ronnie ‘Kid Ninja’ Mann (20-4-1, 3 KO’s 10 subs) in a surprisingly one-sided affair. Always improving on his all-around skills, Curran used his length to keep Mann at bay as he picked him apart with clean and effective striking. A flying knee early on that caught Mann flush, seemed to set the tone for the remainder of the fight.
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June 30th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- While last weekend it was the MMA big boys that stole the show, this week the main event features a couple of bantamweights battling for the 135 lbs. title in UFC 132. However, don’t think for a minute this fight takes a backseat in any way, because this fight has the potential to be the best fight in bantamweight history thus far. Why? Because it features a rematch of arguably the best two fighters of the weight class in the world.
“THE DOMINATOR” MEETS “THE CALIFORNIA KID”
UFC champion Dominic ‘The Dominator’ Cruz (17-1, 6 KO’s 1 sub) is not only defending his belt, but has a chance to avenge the only blemish on his record. That is because his challenger Urijah ‘The California Kid’ Faber (25-4, 7 KO’s 13 subs) defeated the current champ via guillotine choke in a fight they had four years ago. At that time though things were different; Faber was one fight away from becoming champion in World Extreme Cagefighting at featherweight (145 lbs.). Cruz meanwhile was fighting in only his 10th professional fight. A lot has happened since then.
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June 28th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- It isn’t often one gets to experience free high profile mixed martial arts action, so how rare is it then when you get it three nights in a row? Such was this case this past weekend where we were treated to a Strikeforce Challenger series card on Friday, Bellator’s summer series opener on Saturday and finally a UFC on Versus card Sunday night. In a strange twist of fate, what could have been a disaster for the UFC turned out the better for it?
UFC GIVES NATE THE BOOT!
Literally 24 hours before the UFC’s fourth live free card on the Versus network, the main event originally scheduled between former middleweight (185 lbs.) contender Nate Marquardt and current welterweight (170) contender Rick ‘The Horror’ Story fizzled right before their eyes. In what the UFC has stated was a failed physical, Marquardt was unauthorized to fight. No specific reason was given, but it is speculated performance enhancing drugs were the reason because READ MORE…
June 26th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- As much I enjoy MMA and the Bellator Fighting Championships, going into its summer season series opener I did question why they were beginning their new season with a featherweight tournament? Especially considering they just ended season four with one in the same weight class (145 lbs.). However, after watching the four quarterfinal matches in this season’s tourney on Saturday night, I now understand the method to the Bellator madness.
CHAMPION IDOL WHILE STUD PAIRINGS AIR ON MTV2
Even though featherweight champion Joe Warren still hasn’t defended his title against the season four tournament winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, which takes place next month, Bellator wasted no time in stacking the field for their next featherweight title challenger. Someone else who wasted no time in his quest was tournament favorite Ronnie ‘Kid Ninja’ Mann (pictured at left). Mann (20-2-1, 3 KO’s 10 subs) used all of four minutes to handle his business as he TKO’d challenger Adam Schindler.
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